Thursday, December 22, 2011
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
- The admission criterion states that merit be calculated this way Academic (80) + Interview(15) + Publications (5). But Applied Linguistics only considered interviews. This is total favouritism, it is done to deny deserving students like me.
- There are at least three students on merit list which have 2nd division Ghulam Dastgir, Zia-ur-Rehman and Bahadur Ali, and who knows how many more. While deserving like me sitting outside these inferior candidates have secured their seats.
- The “criterion” followed by Applied Linguistics states that “Research Interview Plus GAT” marks are included. If this was the way, I could get admission easily. Because GAT is not considered at all.
- The interview marks are unjustly allotted totally basing on favouritism. One who could speak well was given good marks, and others were denied. The candidate who has maximum marks on this merit list even she does not cross me in CGPA. (All list can be seen at gcuf.edu.pk, and under Admissions > M Phil 1st Merit List).
- The “qualifying” marks for interview 10 are put unjustly. There is no rule in university policy for “minimum” marks in interview. But it is done here. The limit was placed, so I could be allotted minimum marks in interview and thus to disqualify me.
|M Phil Applied Linguistics|
|M Phil Bio Technology|
|M Phil Business Administration|
|M Phil Chemistry|
|M Phil English|
|M Phil PakStudies|
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Friday, October 21, 2011
- The change of personality of a person is common. The consciousness of a human either transmitted to computer or other human. There are cases when more than one consciousnesses can reside in same mind. Both Star Trek and Stargate presented this theme several times. ST used Hollow Deck or Hollow Suit for the implementation of the idea, SG applied it though alien technology or alien beings residing in the body of an SG personnel.
- Time travel is very common in such fictional series. Especially ST ships have a tendency to go to past every now and then whenever they encounter a temporal anomaly. While SG use the circular object of shimmering water i.e. Star Gate to travel past. Sometimes aliens possess this technology and SG personnel travel to past. The main concern in such episodes is not to change timeline, because if past is changed present would change as well. So they are always trying to restore the timeline or struggle to stop other enemies who are trying to change it.
- There are parallel universes in each science fiction universe. The characters have a tendency to be trapped into an alternate reality every now and then. It happened several times in SG when SG1 encountered a mirror which could trigger alternate realities. On the other hand ST DS9 has got several episodes on alternate universe. Quite frankly whenever I suspect an episode to be based on this idea I skip it. Because in DS9 it's quite the same every time, go there save someone, or loose someone. So I leave those episodes.
- Beings of another dimension or beings of energy is a very interesting theme which is used in such series. The characters encounter strange beings which are either beyond human or linear understanding of time (e.g. Q and Prophets of Bajor in ST, and Ancients of SG). They are superior, they are hostile or friendly, kind or ruthless, caring or uncaring, that all depends on the kind of species. Other than that there may be energy beings which can convert into solid beings at any time, but its not mentioned whether they are beyond human understanding of time and space. SG and ST has got plenty of episodes on such themes when characters encounter energy beings.
- The theme of a parasite living in humanoid body i.e. symbiont is a reality in ST and SG universes. The parasites live in the body, they give strength, intellect and long life. Both parasite and humanoid combine to create a new personality (Trills in ST and To'kra/ Goa'uld in SG). The parasite is preserved on the death of host and is passed to another one, thus its life goes on and it can live of several life spans of humanoid hosts. The knowledge and intellect plus memories pass from one to another host. It's considered an honour to have a symbiont (in ST, and in human slaves of SG so to become system lord).
- The characters of such stories are explorers. They travel to new planets watching and learning about new worlds. In ST the travel is through space ship (ST Next Generation) while in SG its through Star gate. They encounter various races which are physiologically different from humans. ST depended a lot on changing face of the characters to create aliens and used makeup techniques. While in SG, they have mostly the excuse that humans were enslaved by Goa'uld and taken to other planets. So others would be humans as well. But some races are different e.g. Jaffa, Asgard of SG1. The explorers frequently become saviours for the races they meet. They might free them from an enemy (as it happens most of the time in SG1 to liberate people from Goa'uld) or it may be to save them from natural calamities. In the second situation the planet is usually dying so the explorers help them relocate (through ship in ST and through Stargate in SG).
- Super Human mind abilities is also a popular theme for such fictional stories. There are beings which can control the mind of others/ or transmit and receive thoughts though their brain power both in SG and ST. ST has beings like Volcans and Betazoids who possess telepathic and empathic powers. While SG has the being like Ori or the Path of Origin who possess strong mental abilities. Occasionally there are experiments to create superhuman in SG, which can possess brain power to control things just by their thought (tele-kinetic).
- Interstellar travel, wormholes, space ships, artificial gravity, energy weapons, force fields instead of iron bars and doors in prisons, sub space communication (faster than light communication), faster than light travel, worp drive/ hyper drive are popular concepts which help build these fictional universes.
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Monday, October 17, 2011
Monday, October 10, 2011
Thursday, October 6, 2011
Friday, September 30, 2011
- Expanding the archive e.g. Jasarat Online is a good source.
- Adding more genres e.g. Urdu Chat Data, Urdu Forums Discussions after anonymization, Urdu Blogs.
- Development of Urdu resources based on this data e.g. spell checking words lists for Urdu.
- Refining the data and eliminating formatting. language and spelling problems.
- Finding trends of Urdu writers on Internet.
Thursday, September 29, 2011
I am not clear, whether it was the action of reading WoT first, or the reading of SoT. Now I am in a hollow and a fix kind of situation, drifting here and there. I want to read something, but I cannot because SoT is strikingly similar with WoT. The basic plot has lots of commonalities and I cannot help the feeling that Terry Goodkind has copied something from Robert Jordan. The story drifts apart from WoT’s world ending scenario, but the core remains strikingly same. And after reading reviews about the the similarities, I cannot help myself to read it. But my fantasy loving nature is urging me to do something (actually to listen something). Its just like some heroinchi feels bone crushing need of a cigarette when he can bear no more. Same is with me, I am in a need to read something but don’t know what to read. I’ve tried to read Brother’s Karamazov once again (actually copied in my mobile) but couldn’t develop interest just after a few minutes. What a Shame!
Well, I’ll find something to read, perhaps SoT once again, but let us see a few basic similarities between SoT and WoT. The main purpose of this barely post was to add to the clutter already floating online showing the open secret to the already knowing world.
|The Gift||One Power|
|3000 Years Passed since Great War||3000 Years Passed since Breaking|
|Palace of Profits||White Tower|
|Sisters of Light||Eye Sedai|
|Sisters of Dark||Black Sisters|
|Baka Ban Mana, Daharans||Aiel|
|The Imperial Order||Seanchan|
|Sword of Truth||Callandor|
Thursday, September 22, 2011
|Urdu Web Lughat|
|Urdu Web Lughat Error|
public static void test ()
string match = "\\<I\\>\\s*\\<w\\>(?<Word>[^><]+)\\</w\\>\\s*\\<m\\>(?<Meaning>[^><]+)\\</m\\>\\s*\\</I\\>";
string text = File.ReadAllText(@"G:\Software\Dictionary\dictionary.xml");
MatchCollection m = Regex.Matches(text, match);
StreamWriter sw = new StreamWriter(@"G:\Software\Dictionary\Glossary.txt", true);
string word = "";
string meaning = "";
for(int i=0; i<m.Count; i++)
word = Regex.Replace(m[i].Groups["Word"].Value, "[\\r\\n]+", " ");
meaning = Regex.Replace(m[i].Groups["Meaning"].Value, "[\\r\\n]+", " ");
|OmegaT with Glossary 1|
public static void Main(string args)
string lines = File.ReadAllLines(@"G:\Software\Dictionary\Glossary.txt");
string lemmas = File.ReadAllLines(@"F:\Corpus Related\e_lemma.txt");
string word = "";
string meaning = "";
string lemma = "";
StreamWriter sw = new StreamWriter(@"G:\Software\Dictionary\Glossary2.txt", true);
int count = 1;
foreach(string line in lines)
Console.WriteLine(count+" of "+lines.Length);
word = Regex.Split(line, "\t").Trim();
meaning = Regex.Split(line, "\t").Trim();
lemma = giveLemma(word, lemmas);
foreach(string lemma1 in lemma.Split(' '))
public static string giveLemma (string word, string lemmas)
string toReturn = "";
string lemma1 = "";
string lemma2 = "";
foreach(string lemma in lemmas)
lemma1 = Regex.Split(lemma, "->").Trim();
lemma2 = Regex.Split(lemma, "->").Trim();
toReturn += lemma1 + " " + Regex.Replace(lemma2, ",", " ");
- Get each line from previously made glossary file.
- Split the word and meaning.
- Pass the word to another function, along with the lemma list (got from e_lemma.txt file) and return all possible forms of a verb or a noun.
- At the end write a new line for “word-tab-meaning” pair for each lemma form of verb or noun.
- And if there is no lemma, simply write the original word meaning pair.
|OmegaT with Glossary 2|
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
- The names e.g. Wheel of Time, Sword of Truth an like, they seem to follow same pattern (although not true for all).
- The story starts with the world being tore apart by evil forces. They are getting strong, the end of time is near.
- The world of the story is totally strange and weird. In cases like Harry Potter, it’s built upon ordinary familiar world as a hidden part, otherwise its totally unearthly with commonality of basics of life (characters are humans, there are trees and animals etc.) but other things are different, additions by the wild imagination of the author. All main characters are human (as far are these 4 series are concerned) with addition of other magical, unearthly creatures.
- The world has a Creator, but he doesn’t interfere with the matters of humans. So they have to save the world on their own. But he usually provides the the ingredients , to be precise the hero of the story.
- The hero is—as said earlier in the discussion of SoT—a person who is gifted with special powers. He is ordinary person in the beginning. He doesn’t know how to use the powers, mostly he denies to be the world saver, he runs away but the evil forces give him hard time, try to kill him, they tease him so much that he finally becomes an angry cat from a running mouse. So he fights back, he learns to use his powers, and becomes lion from angry cat and plans for the final fight. ( I am tired of these final fights, but as you can see this is the discourse structure of such novels, they cannot deviate, so final fights are must for a hero).
- The heroin, how can a novel be without a heroin . So there is always at least 1 heroin or otherwise as much as the hero thinks he should have (refer to Wheel of Time, the hero has 3 heroines and he loves them all simultaneously). I am quite a jealous of all heroes . The heroines are not ordinary females, they’ve an important part in the novel, they possess a unique power which aid the hero several times in the story. They fight side by side with the hero in battle with the evil. One might say they share battle and bed simultaneously, and this adds to the soft side of story, the urge to read on. Well, that’s a debatable thing whether heroines should have such liberties .
- The villain is a wicked person or thing (non-human entity) who want to rule the world. So he taps the thousands of years old dark powers, he try to get the powers, to be a ruler and to become immortal. During his struggle he fears the hero and tries to kill him or lure him to his side, and thus the story starts, the old conflict of good and bad starts which will end at the end.
- The story goes on for several books. Each book is a new struggle for the hero and heroine. The hero especially has a hard time, but he develops and gets mature, he becomes wiser and masters more powers, prepares for the final fight with the villain. During the progress of story he might loose some people (minor characters) but heroine should be with him till end (otherwise at least I would not read such a story, that’s why if there is a suspicion of any kind I have a habit to confirm that the royal pair is alright, safe and sound at the end of novel, hope so you understood how do I do this ).
- The last novel of the series is the climax. The hero and villain are in hand to hand combat. They fight, use powers of that world, try to kill each other. As you know hero is a person with not so complete knowledge, the villain is master of powers but hero is rather raw as compared to him. But the hero manages to defeat him because villain is a damn fool full of pride who misses trivial things. Thus the hero wins and the world, which is usually a mess now, starts recovering under the holy command of the hero and, of course, the heroine.
- Another commonality is the presence of one or more supporting characters which help the hero learn to use powers. They may be permanent or temporary, friends or foes, they help him learn somehow. As he is unique and rare, so he manages to learn quickly enough which can save his guts and the world.
Friday, September 16, 2011
Bloggers are writers, but unlike traditional writers they are not supposed to be writing only when they have “mode”. If you are in the market, if you want to survive and if you want your readers to continue coming on your blog, you’ve to keep on pushing yourself. Blog posts get old in hours so you have to build new. Posts are read and forgotten, and then they demand more. Same as today people eat, and then demand more to eat. So the experts create “stimuli” for the land to produce quickly and efficiently i.e. fertilizers, they create medicine for cattle and chicken to “produce” faster whether it is milk or eggs or meat. So bloggers are like a commercially breaded commodity, they are supposed to produce, and keep on producing. This process of pushing themselves hard, writing more frequently even if one has no desire to write, extracting every bit of creativeness from the mind creates a hollow effect in the mind. Blogger does not spend much time in writing as much he spends on thinking what to write. The problem is not to create a post, problem is to create a topic around which the post will be woven. Don’t worry, I am with you in this barren land of blogging. When it is “blossom” or “spring” on me, I keep on writing, the topics keep on popping up in my mind and I keep on flowing on the fertile waters of this season. But the “spring” is not always like this. There are times, as there are times for Pakistan now rains are killing then drought will be killing, so there are times when “spring” ends, the springs of water become dry, rains stop pouring down, the sky is hot and bitter, and mind is barren. At these times a blogger feels helpless, or let me admit, I feel helpless, lonely, empty handed, drifting in a void, having a hollowness within me and visiting my blog’s admin page time and again, clicking on New Post button, sometimes opening it writing a few words and closing the opened tab, other times closing the browser just after clicking on new post, shutting down or putting away the PC, looking for a refuge from this emptiness, to seek something, anything to write about. Well, these are hard times for a blogger or perhaps a writer, he wants to write but he does not know what to write. So folks after this long, sad preface which most probably was not able to make a similar effect around you , I would like to share a few ideas to write blogs posts on.
- Surf the waves. Write on the HOT TOPICS. Write about what people are crazy about this time. Write on an update, a new OS, a new gadget, a new phenomenon, a new website, a new service. But make sure its hot for a wide variety of people, its not that you are having a hot thing behind your house and you start writing about it.
- Review a new gadget, OS, Linux Distribution, Smart Phone, Mobile Application or a Programming Language.
- Write about a problem you encountered, and managed to solve.
- Write your reactions what you see around you.
- Write about your life experiences, reflections, professional life and about your city, province, country.
- Read, read and lots of read then react and analyse what you have read.
- And if you can’t do it, go to Google and search killer topics for blogging
So if you were hoping for a magic, this isn’t anything like that, there is no shortcut to success. It’s a long way full of hardness, one has to suffer for a good creation same as a mother suffers for her baby. Posts are like children, and children are not purchased ready made, they are part of your soul, parted from you not so easily. If you do not write this way, then you are not a true writer, hence not an original blogger. Enjoy Blogging!
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
- It thinks that every person in the world is left handed.
- It changes the routine and standard desktop usage. I can't go every time on left to close or open a window. I've built a habit to have close, min, max button on right side for 10 years now. Its hard to break the habit.
- It thinks that everyone is a Mac user. By God I've never seed a Mac running system in my whole life (well, a iPad 2.0 is another thing I happened to see one ;-) )
- The launcher is pathetic when it comes to customization. For God sake give some room, give some choice, everyone does not want that God Damn launcher on left side.
- It was meant for netbooks and now Ubuntu is promoting this "thing" as Microsoft is promoting new version of Windows, the 8th one. These hours could be used to enhance kernel integration, driver development and for Gnome enhancements. Even if they had created customization options, perhaps it could be acceptable.
Sunday, September 11, 2011
- Use free dictionary to get meaning and pronunciation of an English word. Click on speaker icon present next to the word.
- Use Google Translate to get English to Urdu (or your language) translation as well as pronunciation of English word.
- Listen to podcasts.
- Listen documentaries and other clips posted on Youtube.com. It will not give you pronunciation of specific word but your general listening and speaking will improve.
- Watch English movies. Torrentz.com is a good place to get pirated versions of English movies. Older movies (2 to 3 years old) usually have good quality as well as a subtitles file with them. This can help a lot initially to understand the words spoken by native speakers, and thus improve your pronunciation.
- There are not only movies available, but there are TV Series also available. A TV series is good as compared to movie in various ways, in my point of view. It has a long story, a TV series can last for several years, viewer can have better understanding of story, context and characters. A TV series is usually in Standard English (while movies sometimes get characters which do not speak in Standard Accent). So you may select a TV series of your own choice and get it downloaded, and watch an episode whenever you get time. You’ll feel that you’ve developed an interest, love the story and characters, and understand what the characters say. I love to watch Science Fiction series like Star Trek The Next Generation, Star Trek Deep Space Nine, Stargate SG1. And it has helped me a lot in improving the pronunciation as well as listening comprehension.
- Listen Audio Books. If you love to read books, then do not read but listen. There are audio books available for every popular novel or story of today, and you can get them from torrentz.com. I love to listen fantasy stories like Wheel of Time, Harry Potter, Codex Alera. This not only gives you very good pronunciation and listening practice but also improves your expression and vocabulary.
- The traditional sources: use Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary or Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary. The CDs can be purchased from market or installation files can be downloaded from torrent websites. OALD is my favourite for pronunciation of different Standard Englishes. Currently it provides British and American English pronunciation which can help a beginner to distinguish the pronunciation differences.
- Real communication has no alternate. If you happen to have a friend in North America, Australia, Canada or England and s/he speaks English. Do contact her/him and ask for voice call on Skype or Google Talk. A spontaneous interaction with native speakers will increase your listening and speaking abilities alike. And you may get a very close net friend as well.
Friday, September 9, 2011
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
- Simple and clean interface
- Listing of posts, no categories so reader can see every post regardless of category or blog type
- Rating Like or Dislike
- A ranking for top blogs
- Highlights in terms of top posts
- In beta stage for a long time.
- No response to emails sent though firstname.lastname@example.org (I've asked to add my English blog several times, didn't find an answer).
- No automatic way to submit your blog.
- No RSS feed icon visible
- Interactive interface and good looking
- Featured posts
- Popular posts and comments
- Proper website navigation
- About, Join us, Bloggers everything needed by a new visitor
- RSS feed icon visible and present
- Feedback, Twitter and Facebook links
- Categorisation to choose for the reader
- I felt difficult to go through segmented parts because I want to read everything until I am saturated. So might not be a negative point in your opinion.
- Interactive and rich looking interface
- Positive reviews from world class newspaper and news agencies.
- Guest posts
- Member blogs
- Join us link
- Post snippets instead of mere listing (more appealing)
- Email subscription
- Social media i.e. food for Facebook, Twitter addicts on their very account on social media
- A collection of professional looking Pakistani Blogs.
- Kind of restrictive and draining policy to submit your blog e.g. blog should be 3 months old, at least 25 original posts, place the linking badge where it is visible. Well, I should admit I was little bit annoyed on this much work :-D. As I am an easy going person, this may be a fault of mine not the blog aggregator.
- No RSS link. I cannot survive without an RSS, so I do not subscribe to Pak Positive.
- Innovative use of Blogspot, a free service
- Presence on Social Media
- Email subscription
- A cool AJAX based interface to read blogs. Click on Read Full Post icon and it will open actual blog suing AJAX. I loved this feature.
- Comments, Tweet and Facebook Share for individual posts on the aggregator
- No RSS. When I tried to use default blogger RSS (just add /rss after a blogger/blogspot address, it'll lead to the rss feed of the blog), I got the link but the subscription didn't go well. As this is not using a dedicated hosting and aggregating software, the feed is not well formatted and readable. You don't know where the blog title ended and post title started and where did the body start. So I had to abandon it, and use Pak Blogging instead.
- Looks like manually updated, since blogger/blogspot does not provide auto-update features (apparently).
- Simple and clean interface. The one I like, list of posts no categories scroll down and read whatever you want.
- Contact, Badges, all the stuff a new visitor needs.
- Straightforward Submit Blog link. No worries, no restrictions.
- Categories and Recent Posts widgets for ease of browsing
- RSS feed link, the one I love to subscribe instead of emails
- Well I suppose nothing is perfect so they should have something here as well. So Too Much Commercialization and adds on first page ;-)
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
- I hate animated gifs. There should be a way to block such posts. Mind it, the posts not the person. ;-)
- There should be a way to connect my blogspot blog to G+ account. So I can share my feed on it automatically. And it should NOT be like Buzz, which copies whole post as a new entry. I hate such solutions, I want people on my blog not that they read all of it on their G+ stream.
- There should be Applications. :-D Well, some might say it will add only crap as it does on Facebook. But it feels good to have Applications. You consider yourself having more liberty and choice. :-)
- There should be a groups kind of thing. Or at leas they should integrate existing google groups in g+. I am afraid that won't be a good idea though. Google groups are not meant to be integrated, they are stand alone service.
- There should be Professional Profiles or Pages. So the sites or brands can promote their business. But it looks like as Google's real name policy is kind of strict, its not gonna happen so easily.
- I want Translation of Comments and Posts on the fly. I hate when my foreign friends write in their native tongues and that is shared on my stream. What the HELL, if I can't understand those posts why they appear in my stream (same with Facebook activity feed, but they are gonna add on the fly translation support for comments). Damn Google Translate is the best freely available translation software I've ever known. They can easily integrate G+ with Google Translate service.
- A descent way to Send Messages. Yeah yeah I know that one can send your friends email based messages through their profiles, they'll appear in gmail as a profile message. I don't like half solutions. There should be a way to interact with someone who is not in your circles. You should be able to send him/ her a message, or at least ask him/her why s/he bothered to add you in his/her circles. That's not possible through gmail based service.
- Download Windows Live Writer.
- Install it, afterwards you will be asked to setup blog account.
- Enter your Blogger.com credentials and setup for the blog you want to post on with Live Writer.
- Now open up the pictures folder in a new Explorer window.
- Start writing a new post in Live Writer name it Test Post.
- Go to Insert tab (the interface is familiar for Office 2007, 2010 users: Ribbon Interface).
- Here you'll find Table function. Click and it'll open up a new dialogue for table configuration.
- Select number of cells and rows as per your arrangement scheme. Select cell width, default width worked well for me by the way.
- Click OK and a table is inserted in the blank post body section.
- Now Drag and Drop each picture (from pics folder) in each cell. The picture will be automatically adjusted as per cell width.
- When you are finished. See in Home tab, second separator Publish. There is an option Post Draft to Blog. Click it and Live Writer will start publishing your draft post to your blogger account. It will not minimize but you can do other things in meanwhile.
- As soon as it is finished, go to Posts section of your blogger dashboard, and see there is a draft named Test Post.
- Click on Edit and the pictures are in front of you arranged cleanly in table cells. You can see the Preview to make sure that they'll look nice on your blog. And now you have two ways.
- Continue editing this draft, rename it and add your other content and Publish it.
- Or you can copy the pictures code by clicking on HTML mode in post editor and paste that code in your original post (of course through HTML tab). And you are done :-)