Editing memories:Airbrushing

note from the author: Yep didn’t post in a while, but yay finally thought of something to write.

Okay, so going a bit out of regular topic here, and into art and history, starting with a specific photo.

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In the photo: taken by the Moscow Canal: the water commissioner Nikolai Yezhov is seen standing beside Joseph Stalin, leader of Soviet Union.
Nice photo isn’t it? Everyone looks so happy… sorta. Continue reading

It makes sense: why I love coding

Humans are amazing creatures. They have minds that technically work faster than any supercomputer created till date. Yet the huge amounts of data they process are not similar or connected, probably why we haven’t solved the answers to most questions in life. If we have, we haven’t found a way to make ourselves follow them.

I have never been good with humans. I have come to love a few, and admire them, but never been good with them. Mainly because my own human brain cannot process the huge amounts of data I get from other brains. The anxiety and confusion is something I have in 19 years of my life, not learnt to process.

Hence I sit down to code. Codes much simpler and much less fascinating than whatever code has powered the processors in our skulls, yet it is the most relaxing thing ever.

Errors are hard to find, and my code is full of bugs the second I try to make it more complicated. Yet the solution, makes sense. In the end it always makes sense.
These 1000 lines of command, make more sense to me than why my friend is sad, why my lecturer doesn’t like me, or why I just am not in the mood to laugh at a joke which is actually funny.

Coding is about creating steps that make sense, it organises the mind, and it has a clear cut reason behind every reaction.

Though I am fascinated by the human mind and long to understand it, when I code, the world seems to be in order for a change.”

-An amateur coder


QWERTY and writing

The blog hasn’t been updated for a while, due to lack of time and energy by the author to use her laptop.

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That shouldn’t be an excuse though right? The author could always use her phone, and right she could. So this blog has been written here. Where the author shows her the different feelings she has had while writing these few lines.


Advantages:
Auto fill: a touch screen makes autofil an asset, the author here frequently doesn’t type the whole word she has inserted in this document..
The small keyboard means the author can type with her thumbs, requiring less space.
Can hide under her desk in class to type this.

Disadvantages:
Hard to go in between lines to edit a line.
Copy paste is a headache.
Can’t navigate between pages as easily.
So that seems to be it, now the author shall consider using her phone more often for typing outside texting.


Leaving that aside, here is some trivia:
A cell phone novel is literally a term for a novel written originally on text. A style originally created in Japan, even becoming popular.
“Love sky” by an author named “Mika” has had 12 million views online and has been published and turned into a movie.


It’d be interesting to know how far smartphones can replace laptops or desktops wouldn’t it?


 

Thought: Internet translators are awesome.

As stated plenty of times on this blog, the internet is a world in itself. This contains communities where people are from all around the globe, different states and speaking different languages.

So it’s awesome when the author can research on any topic she likes on the internet by using a simple translator and view any page she wishes.


So let’s look at the most famous and most widely used translators: Google Translate

Google Translate is a free multilingual translator created by, you guessed it: Google.
The translator supports over 100 languages. Continue reading

ONLINE HARASSMENT: THREATS

OKAY THE AUTHOR WON’T SUGAR COAT THIS;

The anonymity and misunderstanding of the web has given the scope for people to go for online harassment without the fear of consequences.

The web can be a wonderful place, and is mostly, but it is a whole universe in itself and highly misunderstood by law enforcement and by basic citizens.

This has led for “trolls” to go and harass people online, often making people fear for their lives just because they can.

Cyber harassment refers to online harassment. Cyber harassment or bullying is the use of email, instant messaging, and derogatory websites to bully or otherwise harass an individual or group through personal attacks.

– Source: https://definitions.uslegal.com/c/cyber-harassment/

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The happiness of learning and why everyone needs the internet.

I joined Hello Web a few months after joining college. It was mainly because I wanted to actually do something while I was in college. I didn’t even understand Mozilla that well before I approached my seniors to learn more.

I learnt that Hello Web was an initiative backed by Mozilla, and it aimed to spread web literacy.

Interested as I was, I didn’t fully see how it was important everywhere till I did my first on field job.
While I sat there and taught kids in a small room, with a few computers and as the kids sat and listened, I realised a vital reason why it was important to give these kids access to the web.

 

As I showed them how to Google search and how to use YouTube; Continue reading

More of the Web: The deep web

Deep Web

noun

noun: Deep Web

The part of the World Wide Web that is not discoverable by means of standard search engines, including password-protected or dynamic pages and encrypted networks.

“the biggest weakness of the Deep Web is also its greatest strength: it’s really hard to find anything”

https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/Deep_Web

 

As given in the definition above, the deep web is the part of the internet that is not discoverable by regular search engines. The pages are unlisted and or encrypted, specific data on the deep web is a needle in the haystack unless you know the exact place to find it. It is not monitored and is most of the internet.

Though the Dark web is infamous for its drugs and trafficking, the dark web is a small part of the Deep web. In itself the Deep web mainly consists of unlisted content, such as paying service details, members-only sites etc. They are things you wouldn’t be able to access without a passcode or a decryption method, or things just not simply listed and lost in the web of the internet.

But you don’t want to hear about that much do you?

Yes, I’ll tell you about the Dark web, but not what you might think. Continue reading

PLEASE DO PLAY IN THE MUD:Multi-User Dungeons

Before World of Warcraft, League of Legends and Runescape there was MUD.
MUD or Multi-User Dungeons is a multiplayer real-time virtual world and probably the origin of the MMORPG’s AKA Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games’ we know now.
Like a lot of MMORPGs’ now, original MUDs implement a role playing game set in a fantasy world populated by fictional races and monsters, player vs player, have ‘non playing characters’ aka NPC and have interactive stories. Only unlike the good or bad graphics of today, MUD is entirely in text.
Many MUD’s were fashioned around the famous Dungeon and Dragons series of games.

Dungeon and Dragons is originally a role playing table top (or board) game. It allows you to take the role of a character and experience adventures in a fantasy world. The rules are set in written and each action of players decides how the story continues. There is a Dungeon master who plays as a god like character and ensures that the game progresses as the rules decide.

Find out more at the official D&D website

Many MUD’s hence also function this way.
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Before the term MMORPG was coined MMORPG’s were just called graphic MUDs.
The first widely used adventure game MUD would be Will Crowther’s ‘Colossal Cave Adventure’ AKA just ‘Adventure’. Created in 1975 for the PDP-10 mainframe, this came comprised many of Dungeon and Dragon’s game play features including a computer controlled Dungeon master. Adventure has the player’s character explore a mysterious cave that is rumoured to be filled with treasure and gold. To explore the cave, the player has to type in one- or two-word commands to move their character through the cave, interact with objects in the cave and other actions. Continue reading