Archive for the 'Personal' Category

Chicago Museums

Tuesday, April 25th, 2006

Via Factoids (an excellent little site at UChicago) I learnt about the MUSEUM PASSPORTS at the Chicago Public Library. You can check out a museum passport for 1 week from any of the Chicago Public Libraries. It gives you (and your immediate family) absolutely free access to 11 museums in Chicago. I shall try to [...]

Particle Accelerator day

Saturday, April 22nd, 2006

(Via Cosmic Variance) Yesterday, Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich, declared Particle Accelerator Day, in Illinois, in recognition of the state’s federal laboratories (Fermilab and Argonne) as world leaders in accelerator technology. I wonder what other wierd days have been declared in Illinios. Since the UofC helps to manage Fermilab and Argonne, I was hoping that someone [...]


Wednesday, November 30th, 2005

I gave up midway on A feast for Crows and started reading Sundiver by David Brin. Time to make a trip down to the Library to pick up some books for the winter break. Any recommendations?

Stop the presses

Thursday, November 10th, 2005

A shell script I wrote earlier got mentioned in the December issue of Macworld. It is hard to find the mention, but it is there. I wrote the script to move my feeds from Safari RSS to Bloglines. Last month, I upgraded the shell script to an Automator action, so you do not need to [...]


Monday, November 7th, 2005

Apoorva made me put in a preview function so that you can preview your comments before you submit them. It is so easy to add functionality to a wordpress plugin. I downloaded and installed the Live Comment Preview plugin. I also stumbled across the Get Recent Comments plugin. This one shows recent comments and trackbacks [...]

Busy Busy Busy

Thursday, September 22nd, 2005

The Fall quarter starts on Monday (26th September) and it looks like I am going to be very, very busy. I am going to be teaching an undergraduate Calculus class (Math153), grading for a graduate class on Option Pricing, writing up my thesis and applying for jobs. The first casualty is my Netflix account. I [...]

Domain Transfer Scam

Monday, August 29th, 2005

I got an strange email yesterday: From: Jessy Timber <j> Subject: dcostanet.COM.. Are you perhaps interested in buying DCOSTANET.COM ? The domain is for sail through Dommerce for $89.95. If you are interested signup here: Jessy The first thing that went through my mind was Why?!! would anyone buy this domain and then [...]

Mumbai Monsoon

Thursday, July 28th, 2005

On Tuesday, Bombay received the heaviest rainfall it has ever got this century. More than 90 cm (36 inches) of rain fell in less than 24 hours. To put that figure into perspective, that is a little more than the amount of rainfall Chicago receives in a year. There were massive floods all over the [...]

Mammoth Caves

Wednesday, July 20th, 2005

I just got back from a trip with Hemanshu to visit the Mammoth Caves National Park in Kentucky. In addition to being a U.S. National Park it is also a World Heritage Site. There are three main cave systems in this area, the Fisher Ridge Cave System, the Martin Ridge Cave System and the Mammoth [...]


Thursday, July 14th, 2005

After a disastrous trip to Indiana dunes a couple of weeks ago, I have decided to visit my rabbitty friend Hemanshu in Champaign, IL. Over the weekend we are going to rent a car and drive down to to the Mammoth caves in Kentucky. This national park has more than 360 miles of underground caves [...]