Found an article I wrote about COG The Humanoid Robot. Exactly 10 years ago.

The Humanoid Robot Cog for ACM

The ending of the article was optimistic, that we would have humanoids common place. Aibo was promising, but it was discontinued by Sony many years ago. In fact I could not find a single telepresence robot for home usage. I feel in 10 years no significant progress is made. When i search for robots I still find rovers and toy like robots. I hope bigger companies get into home automation and robotics for the masses. A decent vacuum cleaner/telepresence, hooked up to home sensors robot would be something useful for the home. Turtlebot seems something in the right direction, but expensive. iPhone robot Romo is interesting, but is too small and more toyish.

Picture of my bansuri



Bansuri is a 6 hole flute from the subcontinent (Pakistan, India). I have many of these but this one i bought from USA ( it says flute by Bansijeff ). My aspiration is to be able to play a Pakistani or Indian song and make a youtube video of it. Still need more practice before i do that.

Great introductory lesson on bansuri on youtube. However it is in Punjabi language.

Post after a long time. Tried to upgrade b2evolution. (Hence migrating to WordPress)

Tried it but started getting php errors. Thankfully i had saved my backup instructions.
Please save following information. You will need it in order to restore if something went wrong

If you don’t have SSH access, ask support to help you:
– Remove the directory /home/account/public_html/blog
– Untar /home/account/fantastico_backups/blog.backup.tgz
– Empty the database dbname
– Import the file /home/account/fantastico_backups/blog/backup.sql into the database dbname
– Move /home/account/fantastico_backups/blog to /home/account/public_html/blog

Fun Places For Kids is our new project. Its a highly customized word press powered website listing fun and exciting places for kids. The home page displays a google map with flags pointing to different kids locations. The flag images are based on categories. I am really excited on this new .com project, and hope to list out all the fun places for kids in Us soon.

Started Reading Cocos2d for iPhone 0.99 Beginner’s Guide

Started Reading Cocos2d for iPhone 0.99 Beginner’s Guide

Just got another valuable resource in learning polishing my cocos2d skills. Cocos2d is an excellent framework for developing 2D games. The book can be purchased from Packt Publishing. It comes with a few example games. Plan on reading through and learning more.

Cocos2d for iPhone 0.99 Beginner’s Guide

Finished Natural Language Processing Course CS224N

Finished Natural Language Processing Course CS224N

Been a long time i havent written my blog. I was busy studying Natural Language Processing taught by Professor Chris Manning from Stanford. It was a a pretty useful course, and was very hands on with 3 programming assignments and a final project.

These are the few things that i learned and found very useful.

  • Machine translation using parallel corpa from different language. We implemented various IBM models for machine translations. Heart of them was EM algorithm
  • Creating language model one of the assignment made us create a language model from european parliment text and de scramble emails
  • Max Ent to label entities in a biological corpus
  • Wrote a part of speech parser

My final project was to predict stock volatility from quarterly transcripts. We used Scalar vector regression using features such as bag of words.

All in all it was a pretty useful and hands on course.