What in the Name of ML and AI!


I have started a series post about Data Science (Much talked Buzz word) under the title – “Honest Data Science Talks“. My plan is to keep it least technical. Two posts are up already and first one can be reached here!

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This article is Talk 01 of Honest Data Science Talks series. Each talk of around 500 words length, is personal thoughts and deliberations on the domain.

I met these people from a company that claimed to have been teaching AI (Artificial Intelligence) and ML (Machine Learning) to school kids and teachers. No, not even to high school but to lower and primary. Being curious to know what the program was all about, surprisingly, most of it was using a website with simple animation buttons to move objects up and down. I have seen such sites (exact same ones) and tools earlier and they are not new inventions. What worried me most was that AI being labeled as basic programming. Okay, the much more significant concern was fooling out a community of people who really aren’t aware of AI and falsifying the conceptual background.

I pity the universities for once…

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A Day in Cafe


I had been to a conference in Thiruvananthapuram, and it was my first visit to the city, though I had been to other parts of Kerala several times. After the conference, I had a day off for myself, for I had my plans not knowing yet on where to make it happen.  As strange as it sounds, but truer. I had carried my printed novels for editing with a highlighter, colored pens, pencil, scale, small cards and everything else that is required. I checked out of my room (I had to by 11.00 am) not knowing where to head next. I had a bus to catch at 9.00 pm and I had all day waiting for me to throw in some excitement.

I had expected it to be a sunny day like the previous but the rain had surprised me. I had to surprise back to maintain the natural order. I checked out with small luggage that I had carried and run towards the nearest shelter.  I could see that it was a coffee house ( Turf Café and Bistro ) but looked like nothing that from outside. I, however, took steps inside with no further thoughts standing there in awe for what I saw.

The Cafe, at the welcome.

I really did not want a coffee. However, hoping that the rain would stop, I started looking for something very minimal from the menu, something for 30-45 mins. I ordered a vanilla cream coffee (not sure if that exactly was the name) and sat there with balminess, looking at every corner, which gave welcoming hospitality to the much-needed stranger like me.  Then, after around 10 minutes while when the order is almost about to arrive, I have this lighting moment.

“Sir, can I sit here all day long, maybe till 7.00 pm and do my works?”
“Yes, sir. You can take *that* seat!”
“Thank you.”
“I hope you will order something!”
“Definitely. I am going to have my lunch, snacks, and everything else here!”
“Sure, sir.”
“Thanks a lot!”

That is what led to one of my best days ever! I spent my whole day, working with my novel edits. There was also Mr. Bean series being played on a large screen which for me, was incredible writing support. The food was delicious and so were the staff around. I liked the menu and the smiles they offered. That day, for me, was a bliss. I am sure that every writer or a reader like me would agree that there is nothing more beautiful than this.

Cheers to the perfect day!

Growing Through 2020


What makes December 31 special, most probably, is that it is a representative day for what we were last year and the changes we want to see in the upcoming year. While for some, it is a reason to party, for some an opportunity to resolute and start afresh with new beginnings, and some-some so on for the remaining rest. It’s a birthday of ‘hope’ and gives all the reasons to celebrate. The celebration takes its form and favor.

Some dance, fireworks,
Some read, social networks,
Some family, blog, sleep,
Some something else, beep,
A cake, a celebration, a peace.

I am a person who always needs a metric and check. It has worked with me well, for earlier, I used to organize with a periodic task list and now I align them all with my year resolutions. The resolution plan also has contributed to the effectiveness and satisfaction factor. Oh, I so much have fallen in love with January 01 for it brings the passion, love towards commitments, and new beginnings. I started having resolutions since 2017 and it has worked for me most amazingly. Here is what happened in 2018 and then here is how I wrapped up 2019. Below are the works I would want to work on for 2020 with my utmost commitment (And of course, I really want to improve with my blogging commitments, like I used to do two years ago).

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Task Set 01: Writing

1.1. Write at least 100 blog posts on itsphblog
1.2. Post 50 technical blog posts on itsphbytes
1.3. Take up A to Z Challenge in April
1.4. Participate in NaNo-Camps in April and July
1.5. Continue working as ML for NaNoWriMo 2020
1.6. Post 30 short poems on Instagram

Task Set 02: Publishing

2.1. Give final edits and get NaNoWriMo 2016 novel titled – i 4 you published
2.2. Revise, edit, revise, edit and NaNoWriMo 2019 novel titled – The Art of Ageing Gracefully published
2.3. Publish at least five ebooks through Smashwords

Task Set 03: Reading

3.1. Take up Goodreads challenge and read 20 novels
3.2. Read and explore two new domains in depth (Life Sciences and Digital Society)

Task Set 04: Research

4.1. Read 50 or more research papers
4.2. Publish 5 research papers (academic, research, management)
4.3. Build four new models related to research area
4.4. Implement 5 workable components for Knit Algorithm

Task Set 05: Profession (Academics)

5.1. Design and deliver two new courses (Semantic Web and Functional Programming)
5.2. Improve Coding profile (complete Basic CodeChef DSA certification)
5.3. Take up and complete 5 courses online (MOOC)
5.4. Design and deliver courses in unique environment (DSA, MT, APS)

Task Set 06: Profession (Industry)

6.1. Provide 30 meaningful internships from Knit Arena
6.2. Host Knit School 2020
6.3. Host 2 events from the company
6.4. Grow as Technical Lead at Transil (Internships, design, research, consultant, technology etc. )

Task Set 07: New

7.1. Conduct 3 workshops on various topics
7.2. Travel to two new places
7.3. Cook 5 new dishes
7.4. Work on building meaningful components for kids growth and development (dedicating to my kids)
7.5. Start and complete at least 3 new series/soaps

You can follow me on Instagram at: prakash.hegade

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What are your resolutions for new year? (if you already have made one, if not I would recommend to do one, or more).

Season Greetings! Happy 2020!

Wrapping Up 2019


Have been doing this past three years now – to set the goals at year start and review them at year end. The goal post of aims set for 2019 is here at: Working Out 2019

Here is how 2019 was:

  • Make atleast 150 general blog posts on itsphblogCould do 35.
  • Post 120 technical blog posts in itsphbytesDid 5. That’s shamelessly a small number. I know.
  • Read a minimum of 100 research papers and document them – Did 20.
  • Read 20 novels taking up Goodreads Challenge – Completed 5.
  • Participate in Camps and NaNoWriMo (Work as ML in November, Camps in April and July) – Hurray. Done.
  • Take A-Z blogging challenge in April – Participated and Completed.
  • Get 20 top posts on IndiBloggerGot 2.
  • Write 10 ebooks (smashwords) – Published 2.
  • Conduct atleast 5 workshops on various domains (writing to research) – Conducted 2.
  • Finish 5 new courses – Completed 1.
  • Get 5 papers published (with collaborated research) – Done. 6 In-fact.
  • Get hard copy published for ‘i 4 you’ and release ‘things in nothing’ as ebook – Still in Progress. Could not work on ‘things in nothing’ at all.
  • Build atleast 10 workable components for Knit Algorithm – Built 4.
  • Build a better profile for our company – Knit ArenaDone. Better than last year.
  • Work in an entrepreneurship environment to get better insights in Hubballi – Started working as a Tech lead for a company.
  • Get a better Coder Portfolio – Better than last year.
  • Teach a new course – Taught.
  • Always try something new, often and more – Did. Always.

No complaints and no regrets. Definitely happy and I look forward for a competitive 2020.

Ten for Twenty Twenty


Ten simple rules for the better world. Ten simple rules to make ten more. 2020 could be it all if 2019 wasn’t. While some are living in memes, some have been one.

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1. Get Physical.
Run, exercise, and stretch. Exhaust yourself with physical tasks at least three days a week. The jobs of sitting in front of wired screens are slowly killing us.

2. Degree and Education are Different.
Anyone can get a degree. Not everyone is educated. Next time you voice out for something, make sure you have read and understood it in holistic. Be an educated literate.

3. Time is Sexy.
Don’t make people wait. Whatever end you are in. It’s funny how people can sit at home and do nothing for hours but cringe to wait for two minutes in a queue.  

4. Seasons are Fucked Up.
Nothing will change by posting and talking about it.  Awareness campaigns are equally shitty useless. Everyone now knows.

5. Do What Educated do.
Read and Write. Period.

6. Communicate and Commute.
Write meaningful emails and talk sense.  Know and use the etiquette’s.  Cut the slang usage. Use cars wisely.

7. Social Media.
It’s not everything. It’s nothing. Don’t just start living there. Not everyone needs to know every single thing you do.   

8. Happy and Myth.
There is a gigantic difference between you being happy and others thinking you are happy. There are people for whom cooking is the happiest thing to do and they do it every day.

9. Make New Resolutions. Often.
Create a year bucket list and work towards checking all of those and ten more. Break it down to monthly and work seriously towards them.  Be careful about distracting glitters.

10. Dream and Aim Big.
‘Big’ don’t need motivation or any inspiration.

Announcing NaNoWriMo-2019 Novel


In less than two days we are going to hit November and November is all about writing. Not just writing, but writing 50K words.

If you are new to National Novel Writing Month, you can check out the starter pack post HERE. This will be my third year working as ML for India.

This year the theme of NaNoWriMo is time travel and sticking around, I am writing a novel titled – “The Art of Ageing Gracefully“.

I could get a temporary cover ready, however, the contents from word 1 to word 50,000 or more are saved for November. I am already excited! Are you? You can also connect me as a buddy on NaNoWriMo site and my id is prakash_hegade.

Yay!

Pour Your Heart Out


In the world which continually judges you, Gazes to invent and appreciate your negatives, looks beyond all your works to find your weaker points, to the foe acting friend, pour your heart out.

In the world that judges you by your appearances, rips you apart from your color and way you breathe, from the way you talk and behave, from the way you dress and present, in the world that wants to find and celebrate your flaws, pour your heart out.

While the world has its expertise, in the world which evaluates you by the world’s expertise and not by yours, the world which tells you what is correct when it thyself does not know what is, the world, decently corrupt and faithfully immoral, pour your heart out.

In the world which wants you to fall, fall because you will cry, because when you cry the world feels good, because when you cry you feel low and that is precisely why the world feels good, pour your heart out.

In the world where one person in the chain spoils the entire, lets down clan as the whole, shows up as a leader, a bad one, messes up with the whole process, destroys the culture,  questions your unprejudiced actions, pour your heart out.  

In the world where ego thinks while what others have is ego, gives advice because just like that, always stays one-sided, never sees the bigger picture, judges and judges and cries, and shouts, supports weird things, acts random and biased,  pour your heart out.

In the world which does not allow you to celebrate the little things of joy, tells you its cliché, while they can, but you can’t, while whatever you do always has a pinpoint, pour your heart out.  

In the world where you are broken into pieces, all messed up, have no direction, the ugly pieces as the world calls it, the nasty parts as the world sees it, pour your heart out.

In the world which is made up of weird rules and protocols, makes you make mistakes, tells you to be unique and tells you not be when you really do, the world which then asks you to follow the masses like another ass, pour your heart out.

Pour your heart out, because that makes you happy and no one can take that happiness away from you.  Pour your heart out because that is the way to satisfaction. Pour your heart out because that is love. Pour your heart because you are you, and you are away from judge-mentals. Pour your heart out to stay away from the lows.

Pour your heart out!   

5 Years of Blogging


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And following is the blog summary:

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This year has been slow like last year. But, the good part is that I have not given up on writing. Managing 3 jobs (1 full time and 2 part time) and writing has been a challenge from past 1 year. But, writing is what keeps me sane.

I hope to get better and regain back my writing frequency with time.

My heartfelt thanks to every blogger and friends for keeping up the support. It truly means a lot to me. It would have never been possible without all the love!

P.S. I have also been writing short poems on Instagram at prakash.hegade.

Who will Educate the Education System?


The Schools, the modern ones, aren’t like the ones before. I had to get my son admitted to Nursery and it was more challenging than my Master’s admission. I did reach out for some schools nearby and here is long story short!

  • There are schools that have entrance test
    • What do they really test from a three year old? I am adding some yay’s, as parents have entrance test too
  • There are schools which mandate to use their food, bus service, etc
    • What’s the agenda?
  • There are schools that claim to follow Blooms’ taxonomy in teaching learning process
    • That’s insane! we follow it so-so at engineering
  • There are schools that have regular tests and exams
    • Aren’t they supposed to be playing and learn few things on the go?
  • There are schools which don’t take kids who aren’t rota-virus vaccinated
    • Its costs 10k+ and is not a mandatory vaccine in India

The hilarious part is that I was almost petrified hearing the fee structure as it was more than what my entire engineering degree costed. No, it’s not about money. The question is – is it really worthy for a Nursery Education? Aren’t Nursery kids supposed to play, get social, make friends and sing some rhymes? When did education get this formal?

Well, with no guilt, my son is admitted to a nearby government school where the fee including school, books, uniform, etc is less than five thousand. No, like I said earlier, it’s not about the money.  It’s like a play school. They have a simple uniform. There are kids from all kinds of family backgrounds. It looks like a play area. They have seats which get four students seated per bench. There are peers who help each other. Most important of all, my son is happy! He loves going to school. He will be in the same school until he finishes his UKG atleast, for the next three years.

We want him to learn that life exists in its simplest terms and conditions. It’s not a competitive environment. It’s not about exams and results. Education exists beyond books, exams and protocols.

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The rush in the morning to get him ready to school, he kissing bye to his little sister before leaving to school, dropping him to school in the mornings, he being clueless during prayers (prayers also include regional songs, day details, birthday song if any celebrating), he running around corridors in the school, that different face when at school, being excited to talk to friends, well, truly said – Happiness is in little things!

We read and talk and discuss and complain and cry over modern issues but when will we take action against it that makes sense? Are we constrained by our own temporary solutions and limitations? I know there are lot of things that hold us back, but do we need to stay back? I have not been able to answer to a lot of my neighbors on asking why we not got him admitted to a better school. Well, we all have our own definition of ‘better’, don’t we?

While my daughter is curious enough to understand the world and people round her, her brother understands it enough and now has a hundred questions on per day basis to comprehend.  Amidst all the professional and personal commitments, life moves on. At the end of each day, I ask myself,

“Did I hug my kids enough? Did I love them enough?” I don’t think am ever going to find answer for that.

Are YOU in the Game?


We all have varied interests and pass times. Some of us find sports exciting, some of us prefer a couch and a book, some of us music and some like that, something else. It’s usually and actually that which keeps us moving ahead in professional life. The personal interests take a major space. It builds a community and provides a culture to dwell.

In the time lapse, there has to be something that you crazily wait for. That you go mad over. That you cry for. That you don’t mind breaking your routine protocols because it’s an intense deep love.  

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When I started watching ‘Game of Thrones’, it was season 3 on air. Though my friends had recommended right from season 1, my professional works were stopping me to get that space. I remember completing all the episodes in a week stretch once I started. I had to pause my works. Nothing else mattered to me. I was hooked.

It’s rare that one gets to see a perfectly crafted plot. Heaps of characters speaking of numerous human traits and qualities, the story-line, the internal details, the character building, the background score, the theme songs, the connect, the direction, the actors, the list would go on. Why would someone miss something like that? No wonder there is a major world population glued to it.

The Virus
It’s like a virus. A celebration virus. A virus that will make you put your hands on your chin. A virus that will make you cry. A virus that will put you in a different universe. A virus that will put you in a different zone. A virus that gives you a composition which you can never explain in words. It’s just there, with you! You know what it is! You know how you felt! It made you speechless! It made a minuscule ‘different you’ in ‘you’! Something that you proudly carry.

The Craze
My Monday (IST) early mornings have been different. Different enough to bother at nothing else in the world. Stupid enough to stare at the screen when the episode completes not knowing how exactly to get back to real world. Snooping enough to discuss in family WhatsApp group on what just happened in the new episode.

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With only three more episodes left, there is still time to catch up and celebrate the finale along with the world (if you are not at it). We can always debate bringing up our thoughts and conclusions, but, let’s do that over an episode of Game of Thrones. Period.

P.S. This very well applies to every perfect piece ever created. For this time period, it’s GOT.