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September 20, 2010

A Tribute to Vajra

Filed under: general,personal,poetry — Tags: , , , — Kamal Advani @ 22:03

I just gave away my laptop of some 8 years. Its hostname was “vajra“, a Sanskrit multi-semantic word – some meanings rather less subtle than others, but that’s a tale for another rainy day. The meaning I first encountered for it however was ‘diamond’. That is the name I gave to it.

I do not know if I can confer this name on to an equally worthy machine in the future – whether I do, or do not – equality in this case will never replace Vajra’s intrinsic identity.

The Vajra that just left was truly a diamond, it stuck with me through thick and thin, all throughout my university and personal life – the whole of my time in Melbourne. A most resilient machine. It was sad seeing it go having been a significant part of my life for so long. Yet it is well that it went to someone who wanted to reuse it as a small mail server, as my main use for it has, sadly, since dissolved.

While a university student with a tight budget, it gave me no trouble. Many days it ran at least 10-15 hours a day, compiling code, browsing the net, playing music, yapping on IRC. It has been a companion for the longest time.

I remember that on the way to Melbourne, the first time, I managed to lose its original power adapter due to tardiness at the airport security check. I found an original, new, and cheap replacement not long after though. Truly it was Divine synchronicity. Even when I messed up, it remained kind to me.

2-3 years ago, the one thing that died was its hard drive. I replaced it the next day, and it was buzzing with life once more.

Vajra – a Compaq Presario 1700 AP – has the following featureset:

  • Pentium 3 (Coppermine), 750 MHz
  • 384 MB RAM
  • 110 GB HDD (the original was 40GB I believe)
  • NIC
  • Built-in (soft-)modem
  • Floppy drive-bay

It has accomodated several OS spirits during its time with me:

  • Linux: Mandrake, Redhat 7.2, Debian, and most recently Ubuntu Karmic
  • Windows: WinME, WinXP

I wish it well, and when the time comes – may its various elements evolve further: the minerals powering its chipsets, the metals of its frame, the luminous atoms of its LCD.

May the spirit of Vajra,
the diamond,
be forever.
In one form
or another.

August 23, 2009


Filed under: philosophy,poetry — Kamal Advani @ 02:44


Moment built upon moment
Of units measurable and not
Of events uncountable
Continuous and discrete
Apparent eternity
And a fleeting whisper
All at once.

How it comes, how it goes
Wow, how it goes
An all-encapsulating fabric
Seemingly ever-folding
Never unraveling

Ever-consuming manifesting events
Never to return
Each merged as a read-only datum
Accessed only by Mnemosyne’s will
With Divine accordance

Dimension sublime.

— Kamal

April 28, 2009

Bad Browser Haiku

Filed under: poetry — Tags: , , — Kamal Advani @ 01:53

Yes, I have nothing better to do. Enjoy the following haiku, which is potentially a pseudo-ku (not to be confused with Sudoku – gosh I am funny :P!), though I tried to stick to the rules and spirit of it.

Fox on fire, why, how.
Script gone rogue, Face... book, so cold.
Kill... the tab. Okay.

Yes, poetry is like code, and vice versa ;-).

December 22, 2008


Filed under: poetry — Tags: , — Kamal Advani @ 17:08

The Night progresses
The World hushes
A moment of time
We move through

— Kamal

PS. I was in a trivia channel, and people started heading out as the night came… these words (further refined) came through.

October 13, 2008

An Ode to the Shell

Filed under: poetry — Tags: , , — Kamal Advani @ 15:09

Yet another poem I wrote before leaving uni, as I was about to lose my beautiful Unix account. With commentary, it was part of my Unix .plan file :).

An Ode To The Shell
Dear Shell

There is time still
In my heart, a heavy load
Soon, part I will
Accept my free-form ode

One line of script
And you saw me fit
Anointed with Unix Nature [1]
Awoken, once and forever

The ampersand
My background friend
The hash
Script docs in a flash

for and while
Benchmarking in style
Redirecting to file
On my face a smile

Commandline completion
My eternal companion
Your prompt my dominion
Forever awaiting my opinion

more or less
Your pagers did impress
A blessed sin
How it made me linger [2]
Wouldn’t I like to know!
And ls?
Light on my directory’s mess
Oh kill,
Gosh what a thrill

foo, bar, and baz
Music better than jazz
command not found
advice so sound

Segfault fury
You threw at me
In all its glory
Initiating divine hackery

Synthesis of pipes and redirects
Plethora of commands at your behest
Skillfully accepting my greps
My shell, you are the best

Dear Shell
This is gonna hurt like hell [3]
I bid you farewell.

Commentary and references
[1] tm esr,
[2] tm Cranberries, Everybody Else’s Doing It, So Why Can’t We?, “Linger”
[3] tm Sarah McLachlan, Mirrorball, “Hold On”.

Good luck everyone. It’s been great (for the most part anyway) in CS.

To those who’ve read/answered/constructively criticized my posts, a
sincere thank you. To those recently graduated, good luck with the
jobhunting (shameless plug: let me know if you have a free spot :P).

And to my friends still struggling – hang on in there :).

— Kamal

A Coder’s Slumber

Filed under: poetry — Tags: , — Kamal Advani @ 15:00

A poetry I wrote during my uni days, am glad I still have a back-up of my old, now dead (RIP), laptop harddrive!

A Coder’s Slumber

Hours have passed
Bugs have been squashed
Do any remain?
To think not would be inane

But tis late, or early?
To bed I must hurry
Class at 5.30, More code at 8.30
Perhaps even time for some curry

Wait, what’s this
Cement mixers running amiss!
How am I to sleep
When my ears so bitterly weep

Alas it be the day
Where nocturnals have no say
Forcefully I enter realms of slumber
A pox o’ that wretched mixer


— Kamal

October 11, 2008


Filed under: personal,poetry — Tags: , , , — Kamal Advani @ 13:10

Subtle and intangible
Irrational and incomprehensible
Powerful and life-driving
Never lose it, never tire of it
Live, strive, persist!
Inspire, and be inspired
Know, avoid all doubt
Have Faith

— Kamal

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