Nerve Endings Firing Away

December 8, 2023

06:46 PM ▸

Dinner at KG BBQ, an excellent Egyptian food truck next to a brewery in East Austin.

Platter of BBQ food. Brisket, lamb bacon ribs, pomegranate and za’atar pork ribs, lamb shoulder, Egyptian baladi salad, pink buttermilk potato salad

December 7, 2023

04:48 PM ▸

I attended a webinar at the university that demonstrated ways in which AI was making our work easier. One quote stood out - People will not lose jobs because of AI. People who do not use AI will lose their jobs.

One excellent example of AI-powered analysis by one of our research partners:

Many neurologic conditions cause similar dementia-like symptoms. Getting an early and accurate diagnosis is a critical NAIP developed an Artificial Intelligence (AI) tool, called State Viewer, to improve outcomes for patients StateViewer looks at an individual patient's brain imaging or other relevant patient data, then identifies Mayo patients with similar data profiles and reports the diagnoses for those patients.&10;This ability to digitally link patient data can improve diagnostic accuracy and accelerate clinical decision making. The tool allows clinicians to interactively explore data to better understand their patient's data in the context of historical examples, well-characterized over many years of care at Mayo The technology is able to track patient journeys from states of cognitive impairment back to states of health and predict future outcomes even before clinical symptoms are present. This will have a profound impact on monitoring therapeutics in practice and clinical trials.
06:21 PM ▸

I wrote a check for a largish amount when the contractor started work on fixing the damage. I got an online alert from my bank asking if it was a valid payment. The next day, an actual person from their bank called me to verify the payment and other details. Security much or is this normal now?

December 5, 2023

09:46 AM ▸

Our dog, Leo, has developed a new neurosis. Apart from night thunderstorms, now the heat kicking in freaks him out too.

So much so that he puts both of his huge paws on my side of the bed and wildly scratches at me especially on my face & neck. He’s fine when the heat gets going.

05:45 PM ▸

Yuki doing his best impression of the Pixar lamp post-surgery

05:48 PM ▸

Is @gluon working for any of y’all? It was working and now apart from Discover, none of the tabs are displaying any posts.

December 4, 2023

08:10 AM ▸

ICICI Bank now allows using a non-India phone number for UPI payments. But only for Canada, UK, UAE, and Hong Kong not for customers in U.S. yet 😐

07:27 PM ▸

I had no clue until recently that Car Fax also keeps a record of your car’s maintenance history. And it’s free for cars you own. I thought it was only for accidents logging and insurance claims.

December 3, 2023

12:34 PM ▸

⚽️ Excellent day of Premier League football. But Darwin Nunez ought to work on finishing well. He missed a couple of sitters.

07:44 PM ▸

Someone is nice & cozy. He has his neutering surgery tomorrow.

PS. By he, I mean the dog.

A white dog snuggled against a person sitting on an armchair

December 2, 2023

10:52 AM ▸

I had to re-activate ActivityPub on because I realized - my replies from to replies from Mastodon users on posts - were vanishing into the ether.

I follow very few Mastodon users directly via and choose to do that via my account.

12:26 PM ▸

Good riddance to Kissinger

This post may sound cryptic if I read it a few years later, so I thought I should elaborate, if for no one else, but for my future self. Some Americans may call Kissinger a complex man, but by that measure, so were Stalin, Mao, and Hitler. unlike them, Kissinger was responsible for killing largely outside his home country.

If you know your average American well enough, you know they value non-American lives much less than American ones. If Kissinger found himself in power only a few years earlier, he would’ve been responsible for American deaths in the “main” Vietnam War and not McNamara & Johnson. Perhaps then Americans would know the man better. But then again, Nixon’s “secret plan” to end the Vietnam War that would eventually extend it could be traced back to Kissinger.

You may be told you don’t understand geopolitics, and while they may be right, you definitely can stand against mass murder regardless of the greater good. The Rolling Stone obituary is the only one you should read if you want the unvarnished truth about how Kissinger was perceived by the other 8.65 billion people on Earth. Kissinger’s versatility in generating hate for America in the rest of the world was unparalleled. You may know about the irredeemable damage he did to Cambodia and Laos. But even his lesser-known roles, for example, in the Bangladesh genocide where India, as an underdeveloped country, had to finally intervene, losing several thousand of their troops, after Kissinger’s America let Pakistanis massacre hundreds of thousands of fellow Muslims. You can feel the reverberations of his coddling of the Shah of Iran even today.

Until 9/11, before America discovered “spreading democracy,” their foreign policy was, “He may be a bastard, but he’s our bastard. No other foreign affairs diplomat than the Sith Lord, Kissinger, embodied this principle. All this was done under the guise of American national interest, which we now know had the opposite effect. The country suffered as a result of his actions.

There is a lesser-known adage in India, “Agar tum kisi ke aapno ko maaroge toh koi tumhare aapno ko maarega” which basically is a more realistic version of karmic justice that states if you kill someone’s loved ones, someone else will kill your loved ones. The underlying sentiment of this adage is that, it’s not necessary that the person who commits the crime will suffer the consequences but it’s often the innocents who may be close to him will suffer. This should explain all the hair-pulling about how such an evil man could live in luxury until he was 100.

Hence, I’ve always believed in this core principle from the Bhagvad Gita. I hope you find the strength to also do so in the season of “do good for goodness sake.”

02:42 PM ▸

As if India didn’t have any more foreign policy hassles with North American countries, they decided to poke the bear. Now, all they have to do is (try to) carry out an operation in Mexico, and they’ll have the NAFTA trifecta.

More context on how India fucked up.

U.S. Says Indian Official Directed Assassination Plot in
New York. A Manhattan indictment said the agent orchestrated an unsuccessful hit job on a Sikh separatist, a plan linked to a killing in Canada.

05:44 PM ▸

If this Domestic Visa Renewal Program was in effect when I was on H1-B visa (2009-2021), I would’ve visited India more often instead of just once. But a great move for those who are still in line.

05:57 PM ▸

What a little below-100 temperature and the occasional rain can do for your vegetable garden that nearly died during the summer.

07:09 PM ▸

Yay! I’ve made my retro camera even more so by adding some dings and scratches by dropping it during my first trip.

10:39 PM ▸

We returned after many years for the Fun Run in Zilker Park, Austin. It was a lovely evening to be out although getting to the parking lot was still a pain even though we had reserved parking.

December 1, 2023

06:06 PM ▸

Best thing about my new Nikon z fc apart from the lovely retro look? After I take a photo in RAW, a JPG version is immediately available on my phone. No more deciding whether I should use my camera or my phone before taking a photo📷

Two dogs, a small fully white and a larger brown one, as seen from the glass of the backyard door

November 29, 2023

09:19 PM ▸

Good riddance. A little too late but the world’s a better place now.

November 28, 2023

06:46 PM ▸

ChatGPT (Dall-E) created this digital portrait of my son based purely on the prompts I gave it. It’s uncanny how closely it resembles him 😳

digital art of a brown boy with glasses against the Austin skyline