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24 January, 2017

Learn Kannada - Part 1

I've never been one to pick up other languages very well. Once upon a time I used to speak Tagalog, Cebuano (from Cebu), and even French! Not at the same time, but as time wore own and the people with whom I spoke to left my life or I left theirs, my ability to speak these languages faded away.

My mother, a Filipina who does speak Tagalog and Cebuano decided that speaking these languages would interfere in my ability to speak English properly. And since my dad could 'only' speak English (he spoke Spanish fluently, and French with working capacity), my mom stopped conversing with me in her native tongue. After moving to India from the Philippines, I had nobody to talk to and, thusly, it faded from my memory.

Living in Bangalore, I have tried to learn the language of the state with some difficulty. Kannada is a strange language, and the script looks quite amazing. Here, have a sample:

ನಾಯಿ ತನ್ನ ಚೆಂಡುಗಳನ್ನು ನೆಕ್ಕಲು ಬಯಸುತ್ತದೆ.
Looks quite pretty, does it not? What's it say? It's supposed to say: "A dog likes to lick its balls", but I've been told that Google Translate isn't very accurate, so I don't know what it actually really says.

That aside, I'm in the same boat as non-Kannada speakers. I only speak a smattering few words in the language, but I see the instant response. If you speak Kannada, you're automatically a superstar. In fact, you become part of their family and, after saying more than a few words, you'll be invited to join the person you're talking to to their house for food and drink. Honestly, I've taken a few up on the offer with very happy memories and rewarded with long-lasting friendships.

Anyway, let's begin the lesson.



Kannada English Kannada word in English sentence
Naanu Me / I am Naanu software engineer. (I am a software engineer.)
Neenu You Neenu student. (You are a student.)
Namma Ours Namma desha Bharata. (Our country is Bharata/India.)
Nimma Yours Nimma ooru Boston. (Your home town is Boston.)
Yaaru Who Teacher yaaru? (Who is the teacher?)
Yaavaga When Class yaavaga? (When is the class?)
Yelli Where Tucker yelli? (Where is Tucker?)
Avaru He / She (with respect). Also they/those people Avaru teacher. (He/She is a teacher.)
Ivaru He/She. This person/these people Ivaru students. (These people are students)
Ooru Place/hometown Nanna ooru Hyderabad. (My place is Hyderabad.)
Hesaru Name Nanna hesaru Tucker. (My name is Tucker.)
Gottu Know Nanage English gottu. (I know English.)
Gottilla Don’t know Nanage C++ gottilla. (I don’t know C++.)
Ishta Like Nanage tea ishta. (I like tea.)
Baagilu Door Idu baagilu. (This is the door.)
Kitaki Window Adu kitaki. (That is the window)
Kurchi Chair Idu kurchi. (This is chair.)
Meju Table Adu meju. (This is table.)
Mane (Ma-Nay) House Idu namma mane. (This is my house.)
Baa Come Neenu illi baa. (You come here.)
Banni Come (with respect) Neevu illi banni. (You come here.)
Hege How Neenu illige hege bande? (How did you come here?)

20 January, 2017

Why sometimes the more common words or terms are better...

Sometimes I will come across words and phrases that, in some cultures, can be taken quite... differently. In some cases it can go even as far as insulting despite the best of intentions. When you're writing, particularly when trying to establish a friendly rapport in business, understanding how words work can prevent embarrassing situations and soured relations. Some examples of this are:





25 October, 2016

Wordpress Illdy Jumbotron Video Background

Having an animated background for your homepage is something that a lot of people would like to do. For Content Management Systems (CMSs) like WordPress, it gets a tad more complicated as you're working within a preset frame.

Luckily, I like the idea of an animated background too.

And I like to do it easily.

But before you attempt this, you need to get the prerequisites set.

1) Get WordPress installed on your webhost.
2) Install the theme 'Illdy'
3) Upload your video that you'd like to play onto your YouTube channel.

Once you do these things, you're ready.


20 August, 2015

Qualcomm Atheros AR9285 + Windows 10 Issue [Resolved]

So, I installed Windows 10 after reading about it and getting over the insane amount of data Windows mines from you. I figured that most companies do something like this and Microsoft just so happens to be quite candid about it -- after it was brought to light by someone on a site which shall not be named (I'm sure those of you who know can guess).

Be that as it may, my Lenovo G580 stopped being able to reach the Internet and I clicked on my WiFi was grayed out and could not, would not connect to my wireless connection no matter what I did.

Luckily I managed to resolve it through a workaround. So, if you're stuck then you should just follow the instructions. This should work for any WiFi connectivity issue (you just have to download the drivers that pertain to your particular WiFi hardware model. Mine just happens to be the Qualcomm Atheros AR9285.




24 February, 2015

Bangalore Outdoor Adventure - Kailasagiri

As someone who has been in Bangalore for some time, I was keen in finding some 'outdoorsy' things to do. Trouble is Bangalore itself has little to offer within the city limits for that type of fun, so you have to go out of the city instead.

After looking around, I got wind of a 'cave temple' outside the city, about an hour and half drive. Excited with the prospect of seeing something new, I got my family into the car and off we went.




25 August, 2013

An Observation of the Failing Rupee and Indian General Elections

For those of you keeping track of the failing Rupee, there is just something really strange going on. Consistently, every single time there has been a general election the Indian Rupee has plummeted. It seems to be expected and is reinforced by a severe lack of concern from the central government, only stepping in when foreign investors started fleeing.

What happened? Or rather, what is happening. Check out the images below to get a grip on what I am going on about.
2014-elections

04 July, 2013

Why I will never again buy a network bound phone

I have learned the hard way the annoyances of purchasing network bound phones. Never again will I
do this. The reasons are too many to write individually, but can be surmised in one word.

Annoying.

It may seem a little bland, considering that I've actually decided to put it down on a blog, but hey, there you have it. My main issue is that these phones lock you out intentionally for... what reason? Really. I still have yet to find one good reason for them locking their phones. If they want to bind you to a contract, then that's fine. Why would that justify the need to actually lock the phone? If you buy a contract and not use the phone, what loss is that for a cellular provider? They get free money from a client who doesn't use their network.

Yeah, yeah. I know the reasons. I know that people would buy these phones on a contract, break the contract, sell the phone, yadda, yadda, yadda (which was done in India and is why network bound phones never caught on there).


24 May, 2013

The New Google Maps

If you haven't got the word, Google is renovating their Maps web application. I signed up for the preview a couple of days ago and got the invite just now and have played around with it.

Right off the bat I'm impressed. It's a lot more intuitive, easier to navigate, POI's (points of interest) are a lot easier to visualize and the addition of photographs along the bottom to give you a better idea of what's to see around whatever town/city you're looking at is a very nice touch indeed.

If you haven't been able to check it out, then I suggest you go and see for yourself. Keep in mind that it's still in preview mode, but I already like it much more than the current version of Google Maps.

I would go into the details of it, but I'm a firm believer of sharing information. So check out this article to see a more in depth comparison between the two types.

http://www.droid-life.com/2013/05/14/new-google-maps-sign-up-page-goes-live-briefly-reveals-some-new-details/

To request an invite, go here: http://maps.google.com/help/maps/helloworld/desktop/preview/

05 May, 2013

The Advent of the Predictive Web (or Web 3.0)

First off, the first thing you ought to know is what version of the Internet we're using. If you are not aware, currently it's Web 2.0, which is defined as (thank you Wikipedia):

The term Web 2.0 was coined in 1999 to describe web sites that use technology beyond the static pages of earlier web sites. It is closely associated with Tim O'Reilly because of the O'Reilly Media Web 2.0 conference which was held in late 2004. 
Although Web 2.0 suggests a new version of the World Wide Web, it does not refer to an update to any technical specification, but rather to cumulative changes in the ways software developers and end-users use the Web.

What does that really mean though? Actually, you've been using it consistently. Almost every major site on the Internet qualifies as Web 2.0, and perhaps none more apparent then Facebook, Google, and even Yahoo!.

Then along comes HTML5, a fantastic new markup language for your browser that (despite some resistance) has introduced the full functionality of the intention of Web 2.0. A website that responds to you, the user. That can be anywhere from changing your personal space on the website to contributing to a singular project in an online collaboration.

But I'm getting sidetracked. I'm not writing this to go on about Web 2.0, but trying to introduce the next generation of the Internet.

So, when I say 'Advent of the Predictive Web', what exactly do I mean?

Let me give you an example of how it would work. Let's say you're coming off a plane in a new city, one that you've never been to before. It's got its own language, got its own customs, and you're running low on cash and need an ATM before finding a cheap hotel for the night.

Now, you can use your favorite search engine to find all the necessary information, of course. Thing is, that would take time and it would be too generic.

Lo' and behold, Web 3.0 can actually use comprehensive searches to find the meaning of what you need. Yes, my fellow readers, I'm talking about actual Artificial Intelligence to understand you.

The theory is this. Take the scenario above and then search for the following in one sentence as if you were talking to a human being.
I am lost with no money in a X speaking country and I need an ATM and cheap hotel nearby. Can you recommend me something?
And voila! Web 3.0 would understand your plight and form a comprehensive itinerary for you (or several variations). Perhaps it would lead you to the nearest ATM and YMCA by taking your GPS location. Maybe it would recommend you to take a taxi, offering you to use your credit card or Paypal to pay for it, to get you to a hotel that you can afford. Included would be translations in X language for you to communicate with the driver.

Sounds pretty incredible, right?

Well, there have been reports that small instances of this capability are being developed by Google with Glass. Already they have implemented somewhat intelligent search functions with their Google Goggles App, which I hope they are going to integrate with Glass straight out of the box.




So, think about that for a moment. A fully integrated system attached to your persons for you to explore your world using a device that can actually predict and recommend things for you based on you.

Imagine going to a museum and letting a device give you a full tour based on research that is ready at your fingertips in an instant including video and other sources to give you a better understanding of what you're looking at. Imagine looking at a painting and learning all the 'secrets' about it by someone showing you on YouTube.

The implications are boundless and I, for one, cannot wait to see what happens next.

18 April, 2013

Google+ Comments... and a new look?

Yeah, I've decided to give the new HTML dynamic templates a shot to see what they are all about. It's about time I updated this.

On a side note, the new Google+ comment integration looks promising, although I don't really have much of a following... well, at least it looks great!

That's pretty much it for now.