Roads, Bengaluru

I have a gut feeling that my observation is worth a paisa if not anything else. I’d to roam around Bengaluru this week, and couple of weeks ago on some personal appointments, and my observation is, a lot of narrow roads are not really narrow. What I mean by that is
1. There is no properly laid footpath
2. Only 3/4th of the road is usable. No vehicles can go on the rest of the road; as the finishing is bad, no body is willing to use that.
3. The lane markings on the road do not exist :(
4. Roads are patched in a very bad and unorganized way. They slow down vehicles as people brake more and more when they see humpy roads.
5. Potholes all of a sudden.

What I think is, either sides of the roads needs to be finished properly so that the entire road can be used for vehicle movement..

I really really stick to my lane as much as possible. I try hard to be a civilian with common sense. I follow what Rahul Dravid’s poster all over Bengaluru say: When on road, always say “Pehle Aap”. Unfortunately, no body says, “Pehle Aap” to me :(
I don’t know if anyone tried to measure the quantum of waste; fuel wastage, time wastage, delayed arrivals at destinations etc because of these under-developed, low-quality, worth-less roads. If the roads are really up to standards, I really believe a good amount of traffic gets controlled and it speeds up vehicles.
I’m not sure if Government is trying to bring in some standards to these roads. The pace at which the improvement is seen is very moderate. It seems these bureaucrats should realize, and work faster, and keep strict quality measures. Modi ji, please, please, bring in quality standards to these Government projects at ground level. Roads in particular are broken..
I pay a lot of money as tax, proud, and honest I’m. I don’t cheat.  And when I hit a pothole, I feel like punching that road contractor right in his face, who did that low quality shitty work.

Tongue

Tongue is a small thing, but what enormous damage can it do.

I was trying to tease a friend of mine on a whatsapp group yesterday night. I sort of felt my joke went in wrong direction, however, I presumed that it wasn’t so rude or not funny at all and it wouldn’t disturb him. Like I wrote for myself a few days ago, on how I go beyond the limits in teasing friends, it repeated. This time, I was being careful, yet, I sort of assumed he would take it as a joke. I’ve seen him for taking things lightly. But looks like he hasn’t been liking this.
Plus, as a bonus to screw my morning, a bad dream woke me up. It was quite uncomfortable a dream.
I decided, I will try my best, no matter how close somebody is, to understand my limits with my words. I will choose them carefully. It looks like I just can’t be funny without being rude. :) Benign violation is the word I could recall for these jokes, and clearly, I’m not any capable of cracking them. :)
Watch that if you find it funny. I watched it a long time ago.

warp, a fast C and C++ preprocessor – outdated project

I’m writing this down to catch the attention of some folks who are into this warp/warpdrive or those who put this thing on github.
I’ve been trying to use compile and use it. With some tweaks, I could compile it. But, the source tree and files uploaded at git master branch at https://github.com/facebook/warp is somewhat outdated, and it is missing a whole lot of information.

Although I appreciate the contribution to open source from facebook folks, it seems to me that it is not done in proper way.

  • There are plenty of hard-coded paths in Makefiles(ok, I can fix them),
  • Missing scripts  – builtin_defines.sh is missing(its tricky to take a guess, and even if I could arrive at something, I’m not sure if it is optimum)
  • Basic documentation going missing, example, the documentation says,

This will produce warp (the core program) and also the drivers warpdrive_gcc4_7_1, warpdrive_gcc4_8_1,warpdrive_clang3_2, warpdrive_clang3_4, and warpdrive_clangdev, each packaged for the respective compiler and version.

  • but, none of the Makefiles build these drivers, which makes the whole understanding unclear.
  • It is a pretty incomplete project uploaded at github and it asks for a lot of time being invested to get this tool working, which perhaps could have been easily avoided, making the contribution much more worthwhile at the open source standards, if someone from FB checked it more carefully and uploaded it to github.

I tried contacting nearly all of those who are contributors on github to this project to kind of help me by uploading that missing piece of information, and I haven’t got any reply from anyone yet. So, I’m writing this blog post hoping to grab their attention or someone who knows warp/warpdrive better already so that the missing information could be corrected and the project is more useful.

Mighty Nature

It seems to me that there is nothing more helpless a situation for mankind than battling against nature.
There have been floods in Andhra Pradesh lately and there was a lot of disaster because of Hud-hud cyclone. There is this Ebola disease threatening people to death. And At my hometown, we are hoping for rains. This rainy season hasn’t even been moderate for us. Hence problem for harvesting lands, drinking water etc.

No matter how boastful we human beings are about we building the next gen this, next gen that, killing animals for meat or money, converting green lands into barren land where skyscrapers are erect, it is only so as long as nature could excuse us. When She is tired of us, she would shake these dusty us off mildly like a bad habit.

It appears to me that Bangalore for example lost its glory of being the garden city because of overused everything. Deforestation can only be controlled by government and the impact of this isn’t limited to that area alone but more surrounding areas. My hometown never suffered like this earlier. What’s happening now is people started experiencing the sigh of helplessness as nature denies to bless us and we wonder why things are worsening for us.

Internet!

This weekend has almost been like a weekend without internet. I mostly spend my time on my laptop during weekends. I had plans to read some stuff on and off but without internet this plan didn’t fall in place. It seems to me that I’m addicted to my laptop. While I don’t see nothing wrong with it, I’m trying to figure something that keeps me very busy. Like handful of interesting work. I don’t know when would I find that.