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Causality, Probabilities and Destiny

Read couple of papers[1][2] on probabilistic causality which got me thinking :) How much in control are we of our surroundings?

For every little thing has causation in every other little thing. And more importantly I, me is part of everything. One with the universe ?
That's a nice tag line but is it really true? Long since my childhood have I believed in this oneness at least on some levels. Most of my arrogance (and some of my pride[3]) originates in the belief that I make things happen. But hard was it to realize the pitfall of this "Center of universe" theory. Its more or less like classical model of universe. Every point in the universe is potentially at the center of the universe. Like every point on the surface of the balloon.
This to a casual observer argues for the steady state theory of universe, every point at equilibrium being attracted with equal force from every direction. But the BIG pitfall of this argument is that take a star system which is collapsing on its own (or expanding doesn't matter) and add more or less uniform number of stars filling up rest of the universe. The stars system still keeps collapsing.
So what does this translates to? That universal fabric does not guarantee smoothness. The fact that I have influence on everything happening around, does not itself give me any chance of actually controlling it. Mostly because converse is also true, that every other thing influences me, so no control what so ever is inferred. And unless I have reason to believe I am in some ways special I have no dominion over anything around me.

And that brings us to the topic of destiny. Does the above mean everything is just destiny or probabilistic causality deciding things for me? And although not backed by observable experiments (yet?) multiverse theories do provide a simpler explanation that all those probabilities actually exist and are not selected against at all except for the original causality.

One Plus 5T Face Unlock is spookey.

I can't get over how fast and accurate it is, and so far no videos of fooling it have emerged. Its on your face ;) apple :D. And all this with just the front camera 8-O.

Of course its not secure enough for payments or anything. And your banking apps can be separately locked away. Great engineering by one plus.

Gem of questions

Arsh : But Babu tell me one thing , when I grow up what do _you_ want to be?
Me : ummmm.....

Being lucky

Well this has been a month of streaks of luck for me and kidos.

First we won jackpot at those stupid kids replica of slot machines in a mall. Then yesterday we won a cool prize in raffle at our kids school fare. Hurraa!!!

Its funny since I had till date never won anything at any event where luck mattered even as a kid :)))

Self indulgence

Even a broken clock gets to be right twice a day.... How about being right thrice? I am cool :D

अल्बाट्रॉस सँडविच

लेखक – जयदीप चिपलकट्टी
(Associate professor Department of mathematics, University of Manitoba, Canada)

बेथ : तुला एखाद्या नवीन विषयावर संभाषण सुरू करायचं आहे असं तुझ्याकडे पाहिल्यावर वाटतं.
गिमेल : मी तुला एक गोष्ट सांगणार आहे, पण तिच्यातलं मुख्य पात्र तसं का वागतं ह्यामागची कारणसंगती त्यात स्पष्ट झालेली नसेल. गोष्ट सांगून झाल्यानंतर, ज्यांची ‘हो’ किंवा ‘नाही’ अशी उत्तरं देता येतील, असे प्रश्न तू मला विचार. आणि मग माझ्या उत्तरांच्या आधारे ही कारणसंगती तू शोधून काढ.
बेथ : मान्य आहे. निदान तूर्तास.
गिमेल : एक माणूस एका रेस्टॉरंटमध्ये आला, आणि त्यानं वेटरला अल्बाट्रॉस पक्ष्याच्या मांसाचं सॅँडविच मागितलं. सॅँडविच समोर आल्यानंतर त्यानं एक चावा घेतला, आपल्या कमरेचं रिव्हॉल्वर काढलं आणि स्वत:च्या कानशिलात गोळी मारून घेतली. त्यानं असं का केलं असेल?

What took them so long?

Linux 4.10 released with "Better Writeblock Management"???? You mean this was known issue? with such a *ahem* simple *ahem* fix? So for 10s of years i have been waiting on a blocked editor when copying my photos to USB and you simply didn't care???? Year of Desktop Linux anyone?

Warming up to the new microsoft

Its hard to believe. Just couple of years back I would have thrown any microsoft technology out of the window when it came to my personal use.

But today I finished switching all my projects to use Microsoft Visual Studio Code.

Its open source, it runs on linux (still can't believe this one), and it has outdone any other FOSS web code editor in terms of speed (What?), features and support for modern open (what what what?) standards/tools.

Resistance was futile.

https://code.visualstudio.com/

Facebook killed my blog

Looking at the rate of posts here, this blog is dying. And the reason is facebook.

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