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Markov Chains and Trump

This is a super short post on a very interesting article I found online.

Markov chains. The guy's written a brilliant article, and makes it super easy to understand what they are, and what they're used for. He's taken the example of Markov chains being used in text prediction. The introduction reads as follows:

This is my shot at explaining Markov chains in a palatable and maybe even enjoyable way. How do I want to make this article enjoyable? Two things: Actual code.Donald Trump.He makes autogenerated tweets using his existing tweets. Wouldn't this make you want to read it? :D Go here.

Google Summer of Code - Taste of Defeat

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You can cry your heart out. You can scold yourself for making initial wrong choices and continuing to work on them. But you just can't go back in time and tell yourself you're making a mistake.

This is a post for future self. You can stop reading here. It has a lot of rant. It has a lot of shallow thoughts. It has written descriptions of thoughts, an hour after not getting selected. Why am I publishing publically then? I just want this to be out there.
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If you aren't me, stop reading.
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For the first 45 minutes, I had no thoughts. The only occasional thought was, some days aren't yours. The past couple of days, that feeling of joy never struck. I did not feel like a winner. Just like the day I gave my bitsat examination 3 years ago. I worked my ass off for two years, was crazy about it, dreamt of how it'd be at BITS every night, wrote the university's name on every book, every floor tile, my whiteboard, but starting a couple days …

Google Summer of Code - The Wait

Second grade memories. Pick a flower, pluck a petal. And another. She loves me, she loves me not. 

That's the exact state of my mind right now. I applied to BuildmLearn for Google Summer of Code '16. For the past month, every other day or so, the thought of whether I'll get in brings me back to that second grade lover state.  For a minute, my shoulder angel tells me I'm in, I start to think of what life will be like once I get selected, of all the things I'll do. The next minute, the shoulder devil takes over and tells me, do you really think you'll make it?
It's 19:08 UTC. Results come out at 19:00 UTC. I will not check until I complete this blog. I've put email notifications on mute. This feeling inside has wasted a good number of hours of mine every week and I really need to write this down. I hear someone shouting in Gujarati in the corridor, exclaiming he got in. Even more nervous now.
The reason I know I will get in is because I've worked very…

Google, Hire Me for Design, yes?

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Emoticons.
Google Hangouts.



Honestly, what on earth have you hired top notch UI/UX designers if this is the best they can come up with?

Second last row, first from the left. Freshman year engineering student made that at midnight after his bae when she said no.Second last row, fourth from the left. Constipated design intern made that. Like he really couldn't get his shit out that night.Last row, first from left. They hired a medical student during the swine flu scare. He was really, really concerned and felt the need for this emoticon in his circles!First row, middle emo. The designer tried so hard to make him look cute while showing off his teeth! Just so hard. It's that sort of a smile that scares women away. Like you really can't send that emoticon to her!Last row, second last. I'm a 100% sure our local Gujarati lover buoy made this :D Good hire, Google!Third row, second from left. Google hired 7 year olds that day. They're really smart you see. They took the imag…

Why isnt web dev like Android dev?

Background : I have been doing Android dev for the past 2 years and know a good deal of webdev. I have decent experience in various frameworks; python flask and the MEAN stack, and have scratched the surface in React and Django, though haven't built a full fledged webapp in either.

First things first. I love backend. APIs specifically. I love creating APIs, and use python flask for APIs all the time. Database and API architecture is where webdev is fun. And there are brilliant tools for the same. Jexia, a startup trying to make making APIs without code contacted me recently to test their tool. It is in beta currently. Do have a look if willing :). They've built an excellent tool, though it's the best for simple APIs, and not complicated ones.

The mess is in webdev is the front end! Oh, the wretched HTML! Why do all frameworks still have HTML!?
Yes, there's jade, and other similar alternatives but they all essentially follow the same idea.
People think they know HTML. Hec…

In the end, its just that one question

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Out of the millions of things taught to us at our JEE coaching center, there is this one line our inorganic chemistry teacher said that's stuck on, till date. He was one funny chap, spoke in the most hilarious accent and had the spirit of a teenager. But what he said to us one day continues to prick me till date.

At the end of JEE, everyone's going to ask you just one question.
Tera hua kya? 

No one is going to care how many hours you spent per day, how hard you worked, or how many books you read, agar nahi hua. If you're gifted, you'd have probably spent less time than the hard workers who make up for it by putting in long hours.
At the very end, the only question that'll arise is, did you get through? And that is how human society is. No one really cares how you made it. The 'how' part only comes in if you're successful. Before that, your story is just another person's story.
Have a look at 21 pilots. Before their music became famous, you did not …