Monthly Archives: May 2012

Open Music–rocks :)

When listening to Guardian Science Weekly, I noted that they often mentioned that they used open music, but that didn’t really spark any interest – until I came across Bach’s Goldberg Variations! This is an awesome piece and one of my good friends shared it with me a long time ago when I was looking for music without words. It’s been a favorite of mine ever since.

And doing some searches on Google, I found some cool sites:

If you come across some more sites, please do share!

Facebook Police!

Delhi Police Use Facebook to Track Scofflaw Drivers – NYTimes.com

Using the pictures, the Delhi Traffic Police have issued 665 tickets, using the license plate numbers shown in the photos to track vehicle owners, said the city’s joint commissioner of traffic, Satyendra Garg.

So it appears that Delhi’s citizens have found a way to express their outrage at the daily violations! The facebook page is still up and running. Today one poster had 7 pictures up with violators caught red-handed. I’d love to give this site a chance and try out this citizen reporting.

Here’s the link to the page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Delhi-Traffic-Police/117817371573308

Two cool workout podcasts

In line with my commitment to focus on our health, Sarah and I’ve become a bit more regular with our Yoga practice and now we needed some cool music for the non-Yoga workouts 🙂 – so to keep the bpm high, I decided to scout for some great mixes and found these – check ’em out:

Fitsational: http://fitsationaltv.podomatic.com/rss2.xml
Indie Soup Runner: http://feeds.feedburner.com/indiesouprunner

Loving it so far 🙂

Setting up shop in India

I had a discussion with a friend yesterday about the registration process for business in India. We were discussing the advantage of the Sole Proprietor model. Since I wanted to get some resources on the topic, a brief search turned up this site: http://business.gov.in/starting_business

Looks like an excellent resource. From what I understand, the sole proprietorship model needs the least amount of paperwork, but does carry moderate risk because of the unlimited liability involved. However, in the details department this site lacks sufficient information to act as a comprehensive guide to navigating India’s convoluted bureaucrazy (I might just have coined something useful there!).

Linux Resources

I’m sure there are a ton of places out there with Linux resources. However, since I’ve decided to look into them here’s my list. My interests are in better administration and possibly delving into Kernel development at a later stage.

Here’s what I’ve found so far:

In addition there are several pdf ebooks available from university sites, if you’re interested in delving into development.

To get the source code, use “git clone” to download it from kernel.org – you can do a quick online search on this term and the version of the kernel you want to work with to find the correct command parameters

2 opening sutras of Patanjali’s text

In reading a commentary on Yoga Sutras (I’m just at the beginning), I found that the commentator stops at every sutra (aphorism?) and meditates on it. The text starts with the sutra “Atha Yoga Anusasanam” – “Now Yoga Teaching”, a standard way of opening texts, I’m told. Like adding a title to a blog, or text, perhaps. The two commentators I’ve looked at take this to launch into several definitions of Yoga, and pedagogy, exploring how Yoga – harmony is one definition – can be taught, focusing on the role of the teacher (guru), and the student. Here, the student is admonished to cultivate an attitude of intelligent submission. This could be called “being coachable”, where one needs to focus on ingesting the information with a reflective attitude, allowing the learning to illuminate one’s understanding of the world.

The second sutra is “Yoga Citta Vritti Nirodah” – “Yoga is the stilling of the mind-state” which I find is quite incredible. As one commentator explains, our state of mind is constantly shifting. He compares it to waves on the sea. There’s the wave and there is water. The mind state is just a temporary phase of the mind, eternally shifting. So in explaining this simple seeming aphorism there is a wealth of background that needs to be understood. For me, it feels like a return to my university philosophy courses where I felt completely baffled most days. In this sutra, the concept of one’s self-perception is brushed away. Why/How? Let’s take a look at how people may describe themselves: I’m a self-motivated, approachable person with a friendly smile. Are you always self-motivated? Are you always approachable? And do you always have a friendly smile on your face? Because one can only describe oneself using mind states as adjectives, the practice of yoga is designed to still the mind. Two questions here:
– What is the practice of yoga?
– And why should we still our minds?

Commentaries are necessary, because our language involves imagination. The concepts which are the foundation of any language evolve over time. In English the word “gentleman” for example, has evolved from the original concept of landed gentry to referring, in the polite form, to any group of men. In a similar fashion the words and concepts in use during Patanjali’s time are different to our understanding of the same now. Citta and Vritti, for example, are are loaded words colored by decades, if not centuries of debate at the time Patanjali penned his text. Their use, and their understanding has changed – which prompts one commentator to suggest that one approach the original text with a dictionary in one hand to explore the text independently to develop a broader and deeper understanding. Perhaps in the process of this piece-wise exploration he hopes that we will have the questing, open and receptive attitude that is suggested.