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September 28, 2015

The Second Law of Thermodynamics

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — Kamal Advani @ 21:45

Often simplified and paraphrased (mostly by software folks, like yours truly, and pop sci crowds) to “everything tends towards entropy”, the law is surprisingly applicable to wide range of scenarios. Which, I suppose, should not be surprising given the universe and humans forming the ecosystem are simply bags of vibrating, heat-producing molecules. The last statement was not meant to be cynical, nor do I subscribe to the view that consciousness is a purely emergent physical phenomenon, but I am abstracting for the sake of this post. But, I digress.

In software we see the law in the phenomenon known as Software Rot or Bit Rot, or some variation thereof. But, “as above, so below”, the same law applies to groups of people, to companies, to relationships. When a group stops making an effort to be better, then it does not simply stay in place, it tends towards a rotting state. Complacency is bad not because it stops you from progressing, it’s bad because it regresses you. Sometimes, I wonder if there is such a thing as a state of true rest.

Consider now, that if the ‘natural state’ tends towards entropy, what the effect of catalysts towards that state is?

“Is there a point to this post?”, I hear my readers (I should have at least two…) say. Sort of, just one of those days when you wonder why you are in the industry you are. I rarely drink, but, days like this I sympathise with the wise words of jwz, “This is why I sell beer“. People, including myself, simply do not learn.

November 13, 2010


Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , — Kamal Advani @ 19:33

And here we have scientific proof that lolcats‘ depiction of cats who plot and manipulate is indeed true, not some figment of the human imagination! Ah, Pepo, you devil you. As I was once told by ruby2shoes (and as the intertubes says so too, it must be true), “dogs have owners, cats have staff”.

In other news, we also have scientific proof that “cats know more about fluid mechanics than dogs“!

Wonder what we’ll find out next… stay tuned for the rise of the lolcats.

January 12, 2010

Theme change again!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — Kamal Advani @ 21:45

I decided the orangey font was a pain to read, hope this one’s better, it’s a slight alteration (to make it brighter) of the color “SteelBlue” as defined by the GTK tool: gcolor2

January 1, 2010

Happy New Year 2010!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kamal Advani @ 18:47

Happy New Year! May the year ahead be blessed, joyous, and rewarding to you all. God Bless.

September 27, 2008

Hello, Wrold!

Filed under: personal,Uncategorized — Tags: — Kamal Advani @ 22:43

Well, here’s my second attempt at blogging. I will not say much of the first, except for this sentence. The title of this post would be familiar to anyone who’s worked with programming languages, except perhaps the spelling mistake. Of course, it is deliberate. A C programming lecturer of mine mistyped that for our first example, giving us a good laugh. Indeed, we are/were a lame bunch. He is an awesome fellow, with skills that I strive to achieve, as such I have decided to honour his version of “Hello, World!”. Yet this is not a techie-only blog, perhaps it is not even just a blog. It is my attempt to rekindle my love of writing, it is therapy and venting, pleasure and pain, it is an expression of me, whatever “me” is. I realize that I (whatever “I” is) have schizoidal traits, except when I write, here we go.

— Kamal

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