My new year’s resolutions—2020 edition

Here is a list of my resolutions for the new year…


1. Data Science:

1.1 A set of brief notes:

Write a small set of brief notes (in LaTeX) on topics from machine learning. Focus only on the broad nature of the problem, the essential mathematical/modeling ideas, and only outlines of algorithms. In the first cut, ignore detailed explanations, comments, applications, or detailed comparisons among techniques suitable for the same task.

The goal this year is mostly to further increase the breadth of my reading, understanding, and implementation in code, not depth.

Level of writing: UG. However, only for myself. (Won’t explain everything; the notes may look uneven/partial/not very smoothly progressing.) Wouldn’t care for people concluding: “this is all this guy knows, huh?” Just plain ignore them, and focus on the breadth.

These initial notes could start in any form, but ideally, they should give just a framework. It could be augmented or made deeper later on. (Some parts of it, right in this (i.e. 2020) year.)

Review the progress every two months.

1.2 New ideas:

Definitely work on my possibly new ideas (algorithms/approach), one each from canoncial ML, and DL. I believe they sound sound.

If really new, consider publishing at a good international conference. (Too many conferences in this field in India. And, too many of them too costly too. Only ॠषितुल्य’s can afford them.)

Review the progress every four months.


2. Quantum Mechanics:

The series of posts on ontologies of physics has already been converted into a standalone LaTeX document.

Revise it. Take a printout. Mark the points to keep, to eliminate, to reorder, etc. Also make point-wise notes on a separate piece of paper. Effect the revision into the LaTeX draft. Go through the loop a few times.

Decide on the best way to present my solution to the QM measurement problem. At least 2/3 different ways are possible (if not more); try out them all first in brief rough drafts. Then collect the points together and write a standalone document on the solution I propose (assuming the context of the ontologies document).

Revise the Outline document posted at iMechanica.

Desirable in the new year, but not a resolution: Convert the revised Outline document (the last one) into a first draft for a journal paper.

No specific time-schedule for this one activity. Only a review sure to be taken every month-end.


3. Health etc.:

Follow this principle: Keeping on trying at keeping at it, is more important than being regular. (Else, in resolving to be regular, once the routine breaks, it tends to stay broken for the rest of the year too. So, be easy on yourself. Further change the goal itself. Accordingly:

Minimum: Go for walks (30 minutes) on at least six days each month (“1.5 days a week”).

Separately, do surya namaskars on at least two days a week (eight times a month). (Preferably, walking and surya namaskars should be done on different days. Adjust between the two suitably during the monsoons.)

Keep a register of the days the activities were actually done. Review every two months, and decide at such times about suitably increasing the frequency for the next two months’ period.


4. Blogging:

No separate blog on Data Science for now.

Post the notes on data science at my personal Web site [^], with entries here linking to the same. Consider keeping the actual documents at my Google drive (or GitHub) and giving only links from the personal Web site or this blog (because if a PDF having the same name is updated, WordPress changes the name).

No limit on the blogging related to QM, whether in terms of number of posts or their lengths. When it comes to knowledge-development, atrophy is unacceptable—it’s best left to others.

Leaving aside QM and DS posts/documents, limit all the rest of the blogging to about 3–5 posts per quarter; the lower the better. Review every quarter.

In the songs section, if an already run song happens to strike me again, re-run it. I began adding this section in 2010. So far, I tried not to repeat songs, relying mostly on memory. Succeeded almost always, except for one inadvertent re-run (I believe).

Or, not run any such thing at all!


5. उपनिषदे (Upanishads):

Go through a few of these, and select a suitable one. (Within the first three months.)

Write a first rough draft over the rest of the year.

No need to blog about it right away. (But take a review about this goal sometime around mid-year.)


6. Meditation, side-readings (on all topics—not just spirituality), etc.:

Satisfactory pace achieved already. No need to change it; certainly no need to make NYR’s about them as such.


What else…

Oh! Happy new year!

 


A song I like:

[The first time I heard this song was when I bought a CD of a compilation of songs, right within the first few months once I was in the SF Bay Area (aka “Silicon Valley”). This was in the first part of1998.

I had not heard this particular RD song before, and was thankful to the compiler (a Sardaar, I vaguely remember) for including it in the compiled CD.

There never was any question of thinking about whether I like this song or not, right from the first time I heard it. As they say, it was “right up my alley”. The only noticeable thing was a hurt sense of pride. I had thought I had heard every (good) song that RD had composed. (In the COEP hostels, had become something of a “goto” guy to check if some song had been composed by SD, RD, or Rajesh Roshan/Bappi Lahiri.)

On possible reason I didn’t know about this song was: There was shooting done for it, but the song was not finally included in the as released movie. In any case, I am sure I had never heard it before that moment in 1998. Even if it might have infrequently been played on the radio, I had missed it.

Almost two decades later (in 2017 or 2018), I ran into another version of this song—done right by the original team. It feels like a rehearsal version. This is the version that was released on YouTube by SaReGaMa. The “released” CD version (which I heard) seems to be the final one.

I am not too sure which one I like better. I tend to think that it is the rehearsal version which I like better.

One final bit. People say that this was based on Charlie Chaplin’s Limelight theme. I had heard the Limelight theme long time before 1998, and I had loved it too. But, somehow, when I heard this song, I never made the connection. I just nodded that it was RD’s song. … But, yeah, after being told, it does make sense.

Links: The first link on Google search (the same version as in the compiled CD version): [^]. The “rehearsal” version, as released by SaReGaMa [^]. One of the comments which alludes to the Limelight connection [^]. ]

(Hindi) “tum meri zindagi mein kuchh” (तुम मेरी जिंदगी मे कुछ इस तरह से आये…)
Music: R. D. Burman
Lyrics: Rajinder Kishen
Singer: Lata Mangeshkar, Kishor Kumar


Some thoughts concerning my New Year’s Resolutions

Here is some loud-thinking regarding what NYR’s I should make, and a tentative list for the same.

[That’s right. IMO, you don’t make NYRs on the 31st—you only finalize them on that day. You should have thought a bit for your list over at least a few days before The Evening comes. That’s how it should be done.]

Anyway, here’s what I think of it, as of today.


1. Quantum Mechanics:

1.1 What I did this year:

As to QM, I could not keep the time-table I had thought of when I made my resolutions last year [^].

Sure enough, by way of keeping the resolution, I did post the Outline document at iMechanica [^], and I did it right within the very optimistic time-frame too [10 February instead of 28 February]. However, I didn’t come to write the paper proper. The reason is, after posting the Outline document, I had a bit of interaction with a couple of physicists, and thereby realized that directly writing the paper would be premature.

So, I changed the plan on the fly. I then noted many clarifications over the year, both here and on twitter. In fact, I also completed the ontologies series—a big effort, consisting of 10 posts, many of them with more than 5k words (and containing a lot of equations too).

However, I have not had the time to write down a post on what my solution to the measurement problem is like. The reason is, Data Science came to occupy much of my time.

Yet, in the year 2020, I think I am going to pull my thoughts on the Measurement Problem together, and write a piece on this remaining topic too—either a blog post or an informal LaTeX document. I think the latter. (But am not sure about that. If you post PDFs, people unnecessarily think the material is less tentative that it really is.) I think this task should be definitely doable within the year. More on it, a bit later, below.

1.2 The ontologies series should be converted into a standalone document: 

But before publishing something on the measurement problem (even if only on my blog), I also think that I should first convert my ontologies series of posts into a standalone LaTeX document. Since this series was written purely on the fly, without much planning, there happened some unnecessary repetitions. [Actually, it all began with some five minutes of idle weighing of this idea while going to sleep one night… I then got out of the bed, switched on the light, and hurriedly noted down the idea in a pocket diary. The hurried noting said three posts, one each on NM, EM and QM.] For the same reason, there also were some minor digressions or detours, and also some minor changes of notations (esp. in the ontology of EM, as I revised my positions regarding E fields and all). So, I could now take an opportunity to straighten out all such matters.

Ideally, I should also add some diagrams to this planned document (on the ontologies). But I would have neither the time nor the enthusiasm to make them.

So, if there is any enthusiastic guy/girl who wants to help me out in this respect, get in touch, or suggest me some suitable illustrator/animator who could work on a pro bono basis.

I won’t be able to pay any money. But it could make for a good project for students of commercial art, animation, etc. So, if interested, get in touch. (It goes without saying that if I begin to make money next year, I will make sure to pay something, at least by way of an honorarium. If I make even more money, I will be even more, up to good market rates.) If no artist is available, I will go ahead with cell-phone shots of my own rough, hand-drawn, sketches.

So, is this goal of converting the ontologies-related blog-posts into a document—a mini-book of sorts—doable? Right in 2020? I think definitely yes. I also think that I am going to pick this one up for a resolution.

1.3 Measurement problem: How to go about writing a paper on it:

Even as this activity begins, it should be possible to write something on the Measurement Problem. However, there is another issue to consider. Ideally, the writing should go with some simulations too. … Now, I am confident that I will be able to find the time to write the document, but I am not equally sure about having the time for conducting the simulations too. (Also, I won’t be seeking help from physicists or so. They are third-class people.)

As of today, I tend to think that I should first complete both (i) the standalone Ontologies document, and (ii) the Measurement Problem documents. Only then should I revise the Outline document (posted at iMechanica).

It’s only then that I should download the article template files from Nature / Science / PRL. … No, don’t get shocked—there is nothing shocking here.

I do believe that I do have a good paper here in the pipeline. Any one who solves the measurement problem in such a way that (i) it’s easily understandable even to engineers, (ii) there is a new but simple proposal for the necessary nonlinearity—one that does not introduce any extra variables to the Schrodinger’s equation, and yet one that can be shown to reduce to the linear formalism in a limit, and (iii) the approach can be directly translated into 3D simulations, then such a development would very easily qualify for publication even in Nature—provided the writing is brief enough. So there. … All the preparatory documents would then come in handy as “supplemental information”.

… Come to think of it, this would be my first journal paper. (At least as a first/sole author. In any case, it will be my first journal paper on a theory I myself formulated.)

But the question is, would it be possible to complete the paper right in 2020? I doubt. The reason is, I would also be busy with a very fast moving field, viz., Data Science. But still, I think that it would worth giving a good shot to conversion of the revised Outline document (itself TBD in 2020) into the form of a paper.


2. Data Science:

2.1 What was planned:

A job in Data Science didn’t come through during 2019, as anticipated. So, some of my planned activities related to the same didn’t occur. However, other productive activities came to replace them. So, it’s OK.

Employers have been less productive than I have been.

2.2 What I could be doing:

As of now, projecting into 2020:

The problem of how to make DL more accurate (even robust) seems interesting. I perhaps might have some new ideas to try out here… However, I don’t have enough of computing resources to be able to actually try these ideas out, empirically. So, this one probably will not make to my list of resolutions.

The approach seems relevant (at least with my current knowledge of ANNs and DL), but I am not sure how good it is. Theoretically, it’s not a big deal—“just a variation” on the same old, known, themes. But worth trying. And, it does seem that people haven’t pursued such ideas—even if the ideas seem to have good potential.

If a VC wants to give me an informal scholarship, I could pursue the idea further on a priority and turn over the results to him. Feel free to get in touch. (These rich dumbards won’t, I predict.)


3. Health:

I have always failed in keeping this one resolution of going for walks for at least 25–30 (preferably 45 minutes) a day. I could not, despite making a resolution about it—and working on it.

I think it would be a good idea to keep at least a “compromised” version of this resolution for this year too. Failures don’t matter. You have to give a try again. Also, the one related to सूर्य नमस्कार (“soorya namaskaars”). (I did better, much better, on this count in the last year.)


4. Mental health:

4.1 Blogging—what to do?

I think it’s high time to make a decision: Either close down this blog, or stop writing a lot on it. May be one post per 20 days or so. Or, something like it.

4.2 My blogging, overall:

My current rate at this blog, over 12 years, is close to one post every 11.01 days—not counting my posts/replies at iMechanica.

Last year, I also wrote unusually big posts (often longer than 2000 words, and in the ontologies series, many times going into the range of 5k to 10k words, just because I wanted to finish this series off).

At iMechanica, I find that I have made some 250 blog-posts/replies, out of which there could be some 30–40 blog posts proper (may be about 50–100 too; I haven’t counted them), and the rest are replies.

I had my personal Web site set up when I was doing PhD. I think I set it up in 2007. I used to post some blog-like updates on this Web site back then. Then I blogging here on the 3rd January 2008. I began blogging at iMechanica in March 2008.

Most Indians who used to blog regularly in those times have more or less discontinued doing any significant blogging. Professors persisted for a longer time, but they too have mostly stopped. Some got promoted or assumed greater administrative responsibilities, which must have affected their being regulars (people like, say, Dheeraj Sanghi or Abinandanan). Others might have simply lost interest. Very few still go on, and their pace has reduced a lot.

Another point: I also don’t get (m)any good quality replies. Most of my posts in fact are just monologues. There is a definite feeling that people from more powerful countries / positions (esp. Americans, but also others) want to read what I write, but they don’t want to acknowledge—lest this action on their part lead to an elevation of my position / prestige. It’s as if they want to benefit from me, but still want to feel superior at all times, anyway.

Not at all unexpected from Americans—I have spent 7 years of my life in that country, and I know them as a people pretty well. Retards eternally looking for getting compliments for being great, re-assurances that they are not fools, and obsessed about money and power. Without any thought of being reciprocal. Also, un-necessarily assuming a grumpiness (even “intellectual goon-some-ness”) while talking to foreigners. (“Hey, there was a guy here who did it first!”) That’s what they are like, when all facades are dropped. Not all of them, but most of them. (Yes, I am a facts-driven guy.) You couldn’t count on them to acknowledge that I post neat things, or positively reciprocate to my ontologies series, or the fact that I have solved the measurement problem. No scope for saying: “Hey, hey, hey, an American did it first!” That’s (especially) why.

But with about 44% share, the largest group of my readership is constituted of Americans. (Yes, I am a data-driven guy.)

Second come the Indians. They constitute the second biggest group, at about 37%. You already know what they are typically like. “Unless I pull down this Ajit Jadhav guy, I cannot rise higher up.” Here, I’ve quoted a past colleague from the IT field—a junior colleague of mine. No further comments necessary.

Anyway, what I wanted to highlight here is that, my experience of blogging has been remarkably different from what, say, Scott Aaronson, Atanu Dey, or Abinandanan might have had.

4.3 What could make for a good New Year’s resolution in this direction?

So, the question is: Should I keep engaging people who don’t know how to reciprocate values (or know too well how to deliberately pull down others so as to rise up in career, calling names and ascribing psychological weaknesses (“you are imposing” types) to accomplish such goals)? And for what reason or purpose? And should I be doing it all for free?

But then, with blogging, there also are advantages like a certain professional visibility. Now that I have got into Data Science, it’s important to have some visibility here too. So, may be closing down the blog wouldn’t be the best thing to do.

So, that’s another thing that I am thinking about.

Guess I will wrap up my thoughts on this matter and reach some decision by the time the new year’s eve arrives. … One option here is to start a new blog, mainly for Data Science, and with it, may be, shut this one down permanently…. Let me think about it….


5. Other things from the last year’s list:

I think I did pretty OK on the counts of diet and also meditation, though not much on exercises (though I did do them for some spans of time, as noted above).


6. Not resolutions, just a wish-list of sorts:

This is just a wish-list. I don’t see them as potential resolutions to make on the new year’s eve. But I might as well note them.

  • Go on a “long” tour by car, mainly for site-seeing but also visiting temples as they come by—say to “Somanath/Dwaraka” in Gujarat (a long drive through Saurashtra is what I have somehow wanted to do for quite some time—I honestly don’t know why it caught my fancy, but it’s been almost a decade or so that it has). Or, may be, go some places in Rajasthan and MP and all. … The trouble here is, my car has now become old. 15 years old, in fact. (It was 6 years old when I bought it second-hand.) I just got it re-registered. Hmmm… 15 years completed and into the 16th year… Whether you call it “old” or “teenager”, one thing is for certain: it wouldn’t be reliable for going on such long a journey. And, I don’t have any money anyway. Not even for the petrol, let alone for buying a new car.
  • Write a ML program to automatically recognize the “raaga”s of popular Indian songs. This idea has been with me for a long time, decades in fact. The first time I wondered aloud about it was in 1985, when I was teaching in an engineering college in Pune. A COEP guy who just did MTech from IITKGP had joined the college. He was into Indian classical music, I vaguely recall. In any case, this was the idea I had tossed across to him. … The first couple of AI books I bought and read were in the early 1990s; the titles I think were something like “Expert System” for medical applications. (I had bought them from Modern book-stall in the Camp area.)
  • Every week, translate at least 1–3 verses from an उपनिषद (“upanishad”) into English (possibly also liberally using Marathi in the process), explaining the roots of the Sanskrit words, their context and sense, and hence the actual meaning of the verse (in literal and more figurative/speculative terms), after filtering out the externally slapped on mysticism, “interpretations,” etc. … Any actual mysticism already present in the verses will be kept in tact. But mysticism is in the least bothersome to me. The real issue is this: Whatever I write, it will be seen only in the context of the scholarly commentaries by others—many of the authors being of unnecessarily high reputations. So, my writings wouldn’t be seen for what they are: as an honest kind of an exercise, arising out of a hobby-like interest, purely for personal growth and satisfaction. People tend to think that उपनिषद (“upanishad”) are only for the scholars and the like—not for a personal, enjoyable, process of discovery for oneself… May be I should try a bit next year, but without making any resolution about it. Or, make a resolution for just a few verses per month, may be on a separate blog… Something to think about…

So, there.

I will think further, and post my final resolutions on the 31st or so.


A song I like:

(Hindi) “puruvaa suhaani aayee re…”
Singers: Lata Mangeshkar, Mahendra Kapoor, Manhar Udas
Music: Kalyanji–Anandji
Lyrics: Santosh Anand

[When this movie came, I was in school, may be in 6th/7th standard or so. (The movie date is 1971, which means I must be in 5th standard. But back then, we were in Shirpur, and it would take more than a year before any new movies came to Shirpur. People would go to Dhule or Jalgaon, nearby district places, if they wanted to see a latest movie.) So, when it eventually came to the town, I must have been in 6th or 7th—and my vague sense of memory seems to suggest that it must have been in 7th standard, 1st sem. Anyway, this movie was censored for us by our parents, obviously in reference to the mini-skirt of Saira Banu, I guess. (I vaguely remember that this movie was declared tax-free, but such a bit wouldn’t have any effect on parents.)

But the audio of the song would often get played on radio or loud-speakers at public function. It had a catching rhythm and energetic singing by all. So, it created a niche somewhere at the back of the mind….

… Some time this year, when I googled for this song, a HD YouTube video came up as the first link. … Well, Saira’s skirt would be looked at as being quite a normal dress today in India. No parent would censor the movie, I guess—not in the cities anyway… In any case, what really caught my eye while watching this video the first time wasn’t Saira Banu’s enthusiastic dancing (she seems to be actually enjoying the act), but a small sequence of steps of gliding backwards which they gave to Bharathi (check out at 01:25 here [^]).

I don’t know why, but while watching this song for the first time, this stepping back sequence came a bit unexpectedly, and may be that’s why, I somehow noticed just how smoothly, subtly, Bharathi has performed it. Perfectly in touch with the rhythm, with a perfect smoothness, with just the right kind of a light footwork. OK. It may not impress every one. Yet, somehow, it captured me… I don’t know if your reaction would be the same or not. But, personally, I found this small sequence to be a most expertly delivered: it was smooth and delightful. “That’s how dancing should be” I involuntarily thought—right on the fly when I first watched it.

I didn’t know the actress, so checked out on her name and background. Turns out to be a Kannada actress. …Well, obviously. It couldn’t have been any one but some South Indian lady—only they can get that smooth… I know for a fact (from IIT Madras as also later on through many colleagues) that in South India, at least in our times, most all girls would get taught at least some rudiments of dancing—at home, or at some nearby school, or in a temple, or so. It would be considered an essential part of a girl’s upbringing. … If you practice this skill right from the childhood, then being in step with the rhythm comes very naturally to you. You don’t do it “consciously”. The steps comes out a lightly, and it all looks natural…

… Anyway, we would often hear this song on the radio or loud-speakers, and I have enjoyed its rhythm and texture, the fresh tune, Lata’s alluring opening and also the Western-like “laa laa laa” thrown together, the ingeniously arranged orchestration with traditional Indian instruments, and, very very apt and grown-in-the-soil (almost “sweet”) Indian words. It’s पुरुवा [^] here—neither पूर्वा nor, obviously, पुरवा [^]. If you want, a fairly good translation is here [^] (though it could be improved a bit—just an addition of a comma here and there, that’s all (don’t disturb the literal translation aspect of it, done very well!)). All in all, the song has an unusual, innovative composition—and an overall a very happy sense to it… Hope you like it too. …]

 

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!