First open sourced project…

https://github.com/karthikdevel/fit/

You got to watch this video in HQ mode…

I wrote this tool to explore GUI design with wxpython and data analysis with pandas. Nothing complicated. Bunch of lines in the parser.py is the workhorse. I could have also taken the pandas code and posted it as a script that one can run in ipython. But then, I threw a GUI in for fun. Now, that I think it can have serious uses, I will be working on packaging the tool and coming out with installers for multiple OSes.

Angry Battousai Eyes

Tried out Himura Battousai’s angry eyes. Looks like I also brought in some shock factor in them. I applied Gimp’s cartoon filter to make my lines seem confident. I used mypaint app with the HB brush. I know, this is getting monotonous. Next time I will try some other character.

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My Sketches

About time I put up some of the sketches that I do to kill time. All sketches are drawn in gimp with my wacom bamboo pen stylus. Not original. I use the manga sketches and copy them by hand. The only original thing I do is change the emotion of the character. Take a look at the ‘sketch’ category. By far, Kauro is my best work till now. Do leave your feedback and comments.

kamiya kaoru

Tough draw. Everything has to be so perfect when drawing her sad and emotional.  There is no excuse for messing her lines.. her hair has to be smooth, her nose becomes less pointy, even her dress does not have sharp lines. I found drawing her eye lashes to be really tough in my wacom. I don’t know why, may be because my canvas was too small and my wacom can’t handle that precision. I don’t know yet. I will have to analyze.

Kaoro's Concern

Kaoro’s Concern

World Cup!

Uruguay:
I don’t know. I haven’t seen any of there game yet.
Paraguay:
They can win. They are setting standards in defending. As I type this message, they have been robbed of one goal by the referee. But they are also getting lucky. The referees has gotten surprisingly soft on hard tackles. But I don’t want them to win. You know there is this philosophy of playing defensive football and they rely heavily on counter-attack.. It is so entirely predictable (and boring). The best part about Paraguay is that they use this philosophy but with some good attackers in Valdes and Cardoza. It is a very good combination. Again, I don’t see any flexibilty. No change in  game play etc. etc.
Germany:

If they win, I would say they have a large share of luck. They have not yet a played a good team! Yes, I know they played against Argentina and England. It was all a hype. I wouldn’t comment about England, we all know about that team. But about Argentina, I have a special section. I am not counting Germany out though. They do well in the big stage. That’s it! Note that Muller is not there in the semi finals. But they do the best on any given circumstance. I like them for that. But I don’t want them to win the world cup just for that. We all need some new style of playing the game. There are those who win and those who win with some style. German’s are like machine and I have had enough of there headers and counter attack.

Argentina:

Argentina’s defense was opened up many times in league matches but the none of the opposing teams had good finishers. So I was looking at all the Argentina fans with concern! If only Riquelme and Pokemon were there. And Maradona is not really helping apart from being the reason Riquelme quit.

Netherlands:

They surely can win this world cup. Surprised no one noticed this team. They have been thorough professionals so far. How? Look at their strategy. They did not bother to bring in Elijero Elia and Afellay in the last match! Those two guys split the opposition defense in the left in the last games they played. But they just made one substitution to bring in Huntelaar. They are really playing there cards close to themselves. I like there coach. You need a good team to beat these guys. Damn I have not seen any of Uruguay’s match.

Spain:

They have had their share of luck. But it’s beautiful to watch these guys play. They stick to their game of quick intelligent passing and they know to make it work for them to win. Though the defense is a bit weak ith Gerard Pique and Sergio Ramos doing some dirty work in the back time and again. They have flexibility. The change to bring in Fabregas and Pedro just changed the match against Paraguay. I guess they learnt their lesson against a team with a similar strategy as Paraguay, the swiss! I want these guys to win. Muller is not there.. Yey! They have to keep an eye on Klose.  I declare I am a fan of their game!

One needs a lot of luck with referees. Why can’t they have technology in there. They want controversy.

Finally, it is Anybody’s game from hereon.  But I want either Spain or Holland to win.

Hit List!

Black Swan was a good read. The elder one at home was amazed at the different idea behind the book. I am on to other books. The current hit list is
1) Cryptonomicon by Stephenson Neal.

2) Debugging: The Nine Indispensable Rules for Finding Even the Most Elusive Software and Hardware Problems by David Agans

3) UNIX® Systems for Modern Architectures: Symmetric Multiprocessing and Caching for Kernel Programmers by Curt Schimmel – They say this is a must read for anyone working close to modern application processors. I read a paragraph and decided this is indeed the first one to be read. I confess may even be desperate, since I have worked on 3-4 cache related issues for the past 3 months.