My new year’s resolutions—2019 edition

Here are my resolutions for the new year:

1. Get a suitable job in Data Science in Pune.

Revise the resume and upload / send out by January-end.

2. Wrap up my research on the non-relativistic QM:

Get a Beamer presentation (containing all the main points of the paper) out by Date-1.

Get the first version of the QM paper out, by Date-2

Submit the paper to a suitable journal which accepts papers on the foundations, by Date-3.

The optimistic-realistic-pessimistic estimates for the dates are:
Date-1: 28 Feb — 31 March — 31 May
Date-2: 31 March — 31 May — 31 July
Date-3: 30 April — 30 June — 31 August

The reason for the somewhat larger variance is that I will also be working in Data Science, and probably also just beginning doing a job in it. Much depends on how circumstances work out in this regard.

It’s very likely that QM will cease to be of much interest to me after that, though, of course, I will keep myself available for discussions concerning this paper. Another exception is noted near the end.

3. Self-metered ‘net access:

No more than just one hour of general surfing per day, preferably 45 minutes. The time spent on blogging, browsing news sites, reading personal blogs, emails, etc. is included.

Time taken by the OS and software updates, and by large downloads like software libraries, large data-sets, etc. is not included. Any time possibly spent on programming in the cloud, on browsing tutorials, help on python libraries etc., also is not included.

4. Daily exercises and meditation:

To quantify: “Daily” here means on at least 300 days a year.

Do some mild exercises at home, daily. (Really mild form of “exercise”s. In the main, just a few stretching exercises, and a few “surya-namaskaar”s. No need to exceed 12–15 “namaskaar”s a day eventually; begin with just 3 to 5.)

Offer a small prayer at home. Just about 10–15 minutes, but try to do it daily. (No particular time-slot in the day.)

Meditate more regularly, say for 15–30 minutes, at least 4 times a week. At least 10 minutes on the remaining days, just to keep a continuity.

Try: Taking a morning walk to a nearby garden at least 3 times a week, preferably daily (rainy days excluded). (Currently doable, but it depends on where I get my next job. If I have to spend some 3–4 hours a day in just commuting (the way I did during 2015–16), then no guilt for dropping this resolution.)

Come to think of it, I have done this all for extended periods (of several years). It was just that since moving to Mumbai (in 2013) onwards, there occurred a break. I am just going to pick up once again these good habits. All in all, should be easy to keep this resolution. Let’s see how it turns out.

5. Eat more salads:

Once in a job, try to have mostly just salads for the lunch (thus ensuring 5 meals a week predominantly of salads). Even otherwise, try to have salads for lunches, for about 15 days out of a month.

I have tried eating salads, and have found that, once again, this resolution too should be pretty easy to follow. Indeed, this is going to be the easiest one for me to keep. The reason is: really good salad services are available in Pune these days—not just veg. salads but also the greens + nonveg type of salads.

6. Begin cultivating a pet-project in Data Science:

Settle on an area and begin working on it this year.

The topic is likely to be: Rain-fall predictions.

A good, more modest initial goal might be to build a model for predicting just the temperatures in between October through May. That’s because predictions for temperatures in this period, I guess, would mostly involve only temperature and wind-speed data, which should be more easily available. (Data and predictions for pressure, humidity, and rainfalls might turn out to be a more difficult story.)

Things noticeably absent from my resolutions:

1. Restrictions on food & drinks. The idea is that the above resolutions themselves should lead to a better lifestyle so that restrictions as such aren’t necessary. And, in case the above resolutions also get broken, then trying to observe restrictions on just food and drinks is going to be pretty artificial, even just a “duty”! To be avoided.

2. Some other “Good habit”s like maintaining records of expenses on a daily basis, writing diary, etc. I just cannot maintain such things on a regular basis, so no point in making any resolutions about them.

Other things on the todo lists (though not resolutions):

1. After getting a job in Data Science, also try to explore a job as an Adjunct/Affiliate Professor in Pune. No more than 6 hours of commitment per week, including any time spent guiding student projects. For about 2 hours / week, even pro-bono positions can be considered, if the college is convenient for commute. Only for the computational topics of: Data Science / FEM / CFD / computational QM.

2. If possible, begin exploring relativistic QM. No time-frame being specified for its studies. It will be just an exploration. The only reason to include it here is that I believe my new approach is likely to simplify understanding the relativistic QM as well; so would just like to explore the simplest theoretical topics (at UG level) concerning the relativistic QM as well. (So far, I have summarily ignored it, but from now on, especially in the second half of the year, and especially my paper on non-relativistic QM is out, I would like to pursue it, just a bit.)

3. Participate in a Kaggle competition, especially in the second half of this year—purely for fun. If possible, do it right in the first half (though because of QM and all, it might not be possible, though if I get someone else suitable to form a team, this option would be still open).

Changes at this blog:

1. For the songs section, now on, I may from now on repeat some of the songs I have already run here.

It sometimes so happens that a song comes to me very naturally, I like it too, but it’s just that because I noted it on the blog some time ago, I cannot mention it again. In the new year, I am going to break this (self-made) rule.

2. I will also try to reduce the length of blog posts, preferably to within 1000 words/entry

A song I like:

(Western, instrumental): The title song of the movie “Chariots of Fire.”
Music: Vangelis. [Inspired from the song “City of Violets” by Stavros Logarides? See the note below.]

Note: I guess I had missed this movie (though I had watched its trailers in the movie halls many times back then in the early 1980s). Thus, the version of this song which I first listened to probably was not the original one [^], but some later rendition by someone / some orchestra, very possibly, that by Paul Mauriat. My primary memory of this song refers to this later version. Yesterday, when I checked out Paul Mauriat’s version [^], I felt that this wasn’t it. Some time in between, there also appeared a rendition by Yanni [^], and I liked it too. (I am sure that I had listened to this song before Yanni’s version came on this scene). Finally, just yesterday, I also caught, for the very first time, the London Olympics 2012 version (i.e., “Isles of Wonder” by the London Symphony Orchestra); once again, I found that it was a great rendition [^]. … It’s wonderful to see different emphases being made to the same “tune.”

Today, if I have to make a choice, I would pick up Paul Mauriat’s version [^] as the one I like best.

Incidentally, yesterday, while browsing the Wikipedia for this movie and the song, I also got to know for the first time about the plagiarism controversy involving this song [^], and so, I checked out Stavros Logarides’ song: “City of Violets” [^], especially this version [^]. The similarity is plain unmistakable. Even if Vangelis is a reputed composer, and has won not just the academy award but also the court-case (about the alleged plagiarism), if you ask me, the similarity is sufficient that I have no choice but to note Logarides’ name as well. After all, his song historically came first—whether Vangelis was inspired from it or not!

My approach, my credit:

The song controversy again highlights the reason why care must be taken by any original author, for protecting his IPR. … Another reason why I have been insisting on holding those informal seminars in the physics departments in this country, and why I got upset when all these physicists declined me.

The latest email I wrote (a couple of days ago) has been to Prof. Sunil Mukhi, HoD Physics, IISER Pune [^]; he also maintains this blog [^]. I wrote that email with a cc to Prof. Nilima Gupte [^] of IIT Madras, my alma mater. (Gupte and Mukhi were students at SUNY Stony Brook at the same time, I had gathered years ago, while reading the blog maintained by Gupte’s late husband.) As of this writing, I still await Mukhi’s reply.

The reason now to rush up at least a set of presentation slides (on my new approach to QM) has also to do with the fact that my computer was broken into, over the past few months. Best to hurry up the publication. Thus the resolution # 2 above.

Anyway, enough is enough. Any further editing will be very minor one, and even if I effect it, there won’t be any additions to my NYRs, for sure! For the same reason, I won’t even separately note such minor updates.

Bye for now, take care, and wish you all a happy (and a prosperous) new year!

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