I rarely think about the place where I spent the first twenty two years of my life. That place has a name, and it is Iran. I don’t know the reason. Maybe I am just too caught up with the daily life. Or I just don’t want to think about it. Perhaps, I just don’t care anymore. On a second thought, probbaly it is because I feel the same about Iran as James Joyce did about Ireland. With some minor modifications, really just chaning a few names, what he said in his lecture, Ireland, Island of Saints and Sages can be applied to Iran. Here is the updated version of Joyce’s, and my, sentiment.
The Control and Signal Processing (CSP) Lab in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, at the University of Melbourne invites expressions of interest for a visiting position under the CSPLab Visiting Early Career Scholars program. This scholarship is intended to provide opportunities for emerging engineers with interest in the areas of optimisation, signal processing, and control to spend three to four weeks at the CSP Lab. Final year PhD candidates and recent graduates with fewer than three years of post-doctoral experience are eligible for this scholarship. The scholarship will cover airfares and accommodation for the duration of the visit. They will be provided with a desk and computer resources at the CSP Lab where they will have research interactions with CSP Lab faculty members, research fellows, and PhD students. It is expected that the visiting scholars will deliver a seminar during their visit.
There are no deadlines for the expressions of the interest and up to two CSPLab Visiting Early Career Scholars will be supported every year.
The expressions of interest should be emailed to Dr. Iman Shames (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Prof. Michael Cantoni (email@example.com) with the subject “CSPLab Visiting Early Career Scholars Program” and must include a CV and a brief proposal outlining the research that is planned to be carried out in the duration of the visit.
Another experiment with Lumia 1020: a Turian cruiser.
The intersection of Elizabeth and Bourke streets using Lumia 1020 with its beast of a camera.
As the mid year mark for 2014 has passed I decided to post my favourite tunes of the year so far. Most of the song on the list are released in 2014.
Ok, I was travelling from Amsterdam to Melbourne via Abu Dhabi. Then I realised that I am not checked in my second leg (AUH-MEL) since the flight was overbooked. As a result I have to wait for 24 hours for my next flight. It is not all bad you might say, but it is the second time that it has happened to me in the last 32 days. Last time I had to wait 17 hours and I made a complaint. They offered me 25,000 FF miles, I was planning to answer them when I am back in Melbourne, then this happened. So I sent them the following email:
Python scripts to generate the results in “Rigid Network Design Via Submodular Set Function Optimization” can be found here. Drop me a line if you have any questions.
The awesomeness of having one’s own miracle maker; I mean waffle press. Well, little things in life…little things.
I have 28 hours to finish this beast on my MEL-AUH-AMS-ARN flight. I tried to read it 8 years ago and failed. Let’s see what happens now.
Everyone seems to try to unravel the mysteries of entrepreneurship and what it means to be an entrepreneur. Well, it is a good thing to be innovative and all that and ending up rich. Of course, I am no exception either. But after a while spent on reading articles written about entrepreneurship, or listening to people talking about what being an entrepreneur means, I had an epiphany. The concept that people have in mind when they talk about entrepreneurship, is not that different from what people had in their minds years ago when they talked about car dealers, or travelling sales persons, or even travelling snake oil vendors. The bottom line is that you don’t need to have or necessarily build a product as long as you can sell it, to hell with what you are selling.
I am not really in a position to try to change any of this, but to safe-guard my own sanity, I developed this test:
- Upon coming across an article or a talk on entrepreneurship, I replace all “entrepreneur"s with "car-dealer"s, and all ”entrepreneurship"s with “car-dealership”.
- If the article/talk still makes sense, it should be discarded as bullshit and the author/speaker should be flagged as suspect.
- Otherwise, the article/talk is worthy of attention.