Anticipation of the Execution of a Reinvention

You're waiting for a train, a train that will take you far away. You know where you hope this train will take you, but you don't know for sure. But it doesn't matter ...

Oasis 2012 ,my first Oasis, seems like that Train riddle from Inception.You know where you hope the train will take you,towards fun and ecstasy ; but you don't know for sure....

#5: Batman vs Capt. America

After the sidekicks Winter Soldier and Nightwing faced off it is time for the masters to battle it out.

BatmanName: Bruce Wayne
Affiliation: Founding member of Justice League Of America
Background: Orphaned at the age of 14, Bruce Wane's life changed totally with the death of his parents. He vowed to take revenge on the criminal world. After completing his education in US, he went far-east to learn new fighting styles and criminal psychology. He initially fought as a plain-clothed vigilante but was so badly beaten up that he realised that he must wear a cowl to actually strike fear into the hearts of the villains. So he adorned his Batman armour and became the Dark Knight who protected Gotham.

Name: Steve Rogers
Capt AmericaAffiliation: Leader of the Avengers for some time
Background: Steve Rogers was a thin and weak Arts student who failed in passing the physical examination test for enrolling into the US Army. So he took part in Operation Rebirth and thus emerged as a super-soldier. Defeating the Nazis along with his side-kick Bucky Barnes made him a hero in the US. Unfortunately on one of his missions, he and Bucky were presumed to be dead after they diffused a bomb in mid-air which caused the plane to explode in mid-air and threw the two of them into the depths of the sea. He was later recovered by the US forces and came to be an important member of the Avengers Initiative.


Ouch that heart !

“A feeling of ecstasy beheld me, as I entered BITS Pilani “. Ideally that’s what I should say. But saying so would not be sincere. Frankly speaking,fatigue, and just fatigue is all I felt. “Why wasn’t GD Birla born in some Metropolis? “. I asked myself as my parents looked around at the Neem trees.

Anyways, did I introduce myself? No, I didn't. I’m Madhav Shrivastav. Like most BITSians, I screwed my IITJEE. How I remember every bit of 18th May. “Congrats, you have cleared IITJEE” read the screen .It were the words “AIR 12188” that spat on my face .Then BITSAT happened . I wonder if it was the online pattern or the Air conditioned rooms or perhaps a BITSAT computation error,that I got a decent BITSAT score. In retrospect it was perhaps dad’s numb face expression that made me clear BITSAT. In short, that’show I got into BITS Pilani.

Coursera - Introduction To Finance by Gautam Kaul

Wan Kong Yew

Wan Kong Yew is a Malaysian national living in Kota Kinabalu. His concept of consciousness, in the vein of Denett, Egan and Marvin Minsky leads him to be interested in Computer Science and Information Theory. He maintains 2 blogs, his personal one  - Call To Reason and the other being a gaming one  - Knights of the Cardboard Castle.

My own professional career is in accounting but I have never formally studied finance. As such the Introduction to Finance course conducted by Professor Gautam Kaul of the Ross Business School of the University of Michigan was a natural choice. It ran for 10 weeks, among the longest of any course offered on the Coursera platform.

Let Me Live Some More

Sushma Sharma

Sushma Sharma is a graduate from BITS Pilani. She presently works in Ernst and Young and loves drawing cartoons and writing poems. A fun-loving character, she is deeply intrigued by the mysteries of life, her recent favourite being 'The need of X-factor in life'.

Let me live it long, let me live it loud..
So that even if I die I make someone proud..

Please give a sip of life more, or just spillings of the bowl...
So that when I become air, I touch their soul..

To be or not to be Non-Vegetarian..

Some people 'live to eat' and others 'eat to live'. I being a bong ( a bengali ), feature primarily in the first category though, sometimes when my lunch / dinner is purely vegetarian I tend to migrate to the second one (Tuesdays in BITS Pilani and when my mom cooks spinach and other bong veg delicacies).

Food to me is not just 'food' it is more of an 'art'. It is less about cooking and more about how the taste and style blend in with the mood. When I used to study for the dreaded 'IITJEE' my mother used to make my favourite dishes to keep me changa (healthy) and in the best of my moods. It was then that I found out that food could actually make my mood lighter and swing it from bad to good.

Coursera- Internet History, Technology, and Security by Dr. Charles Severance

Flarnie Marchan

Flarnie Marchan

Flarnie Marchan is a technology enthusiast, web developer, and advocate of open education. When not working or playing with all things web, she enjoys the sun and palm trees of Southern Florida. You can read her blog for information on technology and design.

Soumabha and Manoj have given me the wonderful chance to share my experience of Internet History, Technology, and Security, one of the free classes available on Coursera. This course provides an accessible overview of the history and workings of the world wide web. Guiding this tour of the web is Professor Charles Severance, a.k.a. "Dr. Chuck", of the University of Michigan.

Coursera - Algorithms, Part 1 by Sedgewick and Wayne

Wan Kong Yew

Wan Kong Yew is a Malaysian national living in Kota Kinabalu. His concept of consciousness, in the vein of Denett, Egan and Marvin Minsky leads him to be interested in Computer Science and Information Theory. He maintains 2 blogs, his personal one  - Call To Reason and the other being a gaming one  - Knights of the Cardboard Castle.

As someone with no formal education in programming and treats the subject only as a hobby, I approached the Algorithms, Part 1 by Robert Sedgewick and Kevin Wayne of Princeton University with apprehension. As it turned out, I was right to be afraid but it also ended up being one of best learning experiences I have ever had.

Possible Villains for the Avengers 2

The Pit is a film fan and a filmmaker. You can read his thoughts over on My Hollywood Dream or watch his debut feature film, a horror/thriller titled The Eve, in the near future.

The Avengers set a high bar for future sequels and superhero movies in general. Loki leading an army into the heart of New York City made for a pretty epic battle and will be hard to top. I’d like to take a look at three possible villains that The Avengers could face off against in the sequel, all of which would make for a very different movie than the first one. I’m excluding a certain villain cameo from the credits of the original movie to avoid spoilers.

Coursera - Fantasy and Science Fiction: The Human Mind, Our Modern World by Eric Rabkin

La Graciada

La Graciada is a perpetual student, doing part-time graduate work alongside Coursera offerings on a number of subjects, but mainly literature! She lives, works and writes in London, but has also studied and worked on the East Coast in times gone by. She blogs about all these things in a site named as LaGraciada .

Eric Rabkin
Soumabha and Manoj have very kindly invited me to review a slightly different course for this blog: Fantasy and Science Fiction: The Human Mind, Our Modern WorldThis literature course has just finished and was provided by Professor Eric Rabkin of the University of Michigan.

The course traces the influences of fantasy and fairy-tale into science fiction. The syllabus goes out of its way to ensure that the bulk of the writings are available as free downloads, although a few of the texts are not available for free (legal) download, so there is a small financial outlay. In total, the course takes in a very wide range of authors, including the Brothers Grimm, Mary Shelley, and Ursula Le Guin.

London Dreams

Aritra Jyoti Chakraborty

Working as a Software Developer for Intergraph consulting, he has done his Masters in Computer Science from the prestigious Rutgers University Of New Jersey. An avid reader, he reads both fiction and non-fiction and whenever anything catches his eye he makes it a point to pen down his thoughts about it. His hobbies include running and supporting Manchester City, whose matches he follows judiciously.

Vijay Kumar, Gagan Narang, Sushil Kumar, Yogeshwar Dutt, Saina Nehwal and MC Mary Kom.

Do these names ring a bell? Well, if it doesn’t, you have been seriously ill informed over the past month’s affairs. These athletes have all represented India in the London Olympics 2012 which culminated last month and have all returned home with a medal that they will cherish throughout their lifetime.

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