Continue reading … “2008: Reflections”
As I mentioned in my previous entry, my camera gear has been catching dust most of the time – barring couple indoor occasions. The process of settling down and setting up the apartment – as I mentioned in the same post – had kept me indoors and more importantly, kept me away from the Weekend Photo-Expedition routine that I have become so used to. While I was wondering where to go and what to shoot so as to (re)start/continue the routine, I just realized that yesterday was Einstein’s 129th birthday 🙂 Knowing that and knowing that he worked in Princeton for a while, it wasn’t a tough decision to make: Princeton University would be the destination for my first photo-expedition in this part of the universe.
It was in March 2005; while walking back from Day #1 of APS Meeting I told my advisor that I had declined a $70 ticket for a Lakers-Sonics game at Staples Center. He wasn’t too happy about my decision and since then, I had been planning on making amends for it…. My fanatic affiliation to Detroit Pistons at that time (in 2002-2004) was minimal at best and even when Pistons won the NBA Championship in 2004, I was a fan of a certain team from La-La land… But thanks to Dave Bezotte, Evan Dixon (who explained all the rules & regulations and answered all my dumb/stupid questions while watching countless number of games on TV) and Cory Arthur — during my stay in 1105 Jasper for two years (2004-06) — yours-truly turned into a die-hard Pistons fan.
Blue Gene, a massively parallel supercomputer of IBM, occupies as much space as this room [room that we were in, capable of comfortably seating over 500 people], eats about 2MW of power and does only 1015 operations per second. However, each of the human brain in this room occupies about 0.06 cubic feet of space, does 1016 operations per second and how much power do you think it consumes?…
OK, before I go on to write anything about my experience on this day, I am obligated to warn you that the much (or almost all of the material) contained pertains to National Football League (a.k.a. American Football, Pile-Up Game, or whatever else you may know it as…) and that you may not appreciate the material if you do not know understand this wonderful game.
Didn’t I promise to tell you about some exotic adventure in my previous entry? Hopefully, my narration/description will live up to your expectations – if not, take a tour of these places and you can feel it yourself. BTW, I am looking for a way to generate a map of the route that was followed in this trip – if any of you know a decent way of getting it done, please do let me know.