Optimism amidst Sadness in this Beautiful world

Don’t like or even read this post, coz you can get killed by someone who might think you are a threat to their ideas!! For me, I rather die saying things that I feel right. I am gonna die anyway.
It takes only a generation or two to make something come real. We probably don’t see changes in our day to day life, but when we look over a span of years, you can see how things have changed in your life or in the life of a nation.
A vivid example is soccer. Within a century, a form of sports can take over, can become the livelihood of millions. But it takes passion and effort for the beginners. Was just reading about soccer history in Spain as I am a La Liga fan and these thoughts are coming.
My country came into existence when my mom was a teenager. Another example can be the mathematics olympiad across the world. Another example can be the whole jewish people and their achievement of Nobel prizes and domination in the world of finance. Our average life expectancy is around 70-80 and that’s just enough to have so much difference, to see so many revolutions.
Even the other sports like cricket. May be the strongest example is Internet itself and social media like Facebook. I just wonder how it will be different when I will be old.
Time is so fluid. And time also had a beginning. It just doesn’t make sense about talking about time before Big Bang, because time began with that bang.
Who said we need super natural to have the purpose of our life? Just being a mere spectator of these cultural phenomenons sound enough for me to appreciate that I am alive. It’s totally awesome that using this little round thing over my body called brain I can try to comprehend the earth, the universe and everything in between. Ain’t it great? Do we really need heaven outside the realm of what’s real and what can be beautiful? I felt so sad, so threatened with an attack on one of the biggest intellectual of our country. Frankly, I wouldn’t be here trying to do science and dream my life if I were not inspired by Dr. Muhammad Zafar Iqbal (http://www.dhakatribune.com/bangladesh/nation/2018/03/04/attacked-zafar-iqbal-enemy-islam/) and look what this moron is saying “I attacked him because he is the enemy of Islam”. This religious muslim dude doesn’t feel like a man has the right to live, he doesn’t feel like he is a fellow country man, he doesn’t feel like that he has changed thousands of people’s lives, inspired a whole generation of students. Yes, he is not perfect, he said and did things that you may not like. But for the sake of religion, you want to kill him. So easy it is to eliminate, my friend. Then there will be apologetics to say, “No, Islam is the religion of peace.” Every religion is the religion of peace, according to your logic, why are you choosing one then? I have no problem of you choosing one, then why do you have problem for me being outside of it. If you can’t convince me with your ideas, you have no right to stop me spreading the ideas I have. It should be free market of ideas. Well, probably not for you, coz this life is not important for you after all. So, you gotta kill everybody who says anything against you, so that you can ensure that Islam is the only valid idea. How sick religion can be? If you are peacefully religious I have nothing to say, coz I am peacefully non-religious. But when you want to take my life away, then there’s a big problem. Isn’t it?
I feel scared how people want to kill other people in the name of God, how people threaten other people because they don’t like certain ideas, how people get offended so easily, how merely some conversation gets you into fight, just feel so sad that people don’t see the bigger picture?
The idea in a religious mind that this world is not the ultimate, rather this is just a playing ground for something substantially larger after death according to some scripture, just can be terrifying. If you can’t appreciate living this life, and are only thinking about what’s coming after, you are not living in your present at all. Living in present is not living materialistically. You can not change anything with that mindset as this world is not important for you. How sick the idea of heaven and hell is? I have lost so many friends of mine who avoid me because I am an agnostic, there’s a good amount of chance that I will be killed some day being vocal about it like some bloggers in my country living nightmarish life. I stopped talking, writing about these for a while, but sometimes it’s just hard not to say things when events like these occur.
We are so scared of religious fanatics. Interestingly I do pray several times a day, as islamic prayer for me is like transcendental vedic meditation to calm me, center me, I hanged out in hindu temples, I will probably go to Tibet with some friends to hang out with some buddhist monks, I read quran, bible, listen some religious soungs, because I appreciate the rhythm, the beauty and the words, the wiseness, the history but I can’t believe literally everything that’s been said in a pre-historic world.
I am just simply open minded, I am open to the idea that I can be wrong, I can make mistakes because simply I am human and I can only know this much in my lifetime. There’s so much that I don’t know. I don’t even invalidate the possibility of existence of a super natural almighty but merely realize that the probability of such existence in nearly zero presence of evidence is very low. And even if the big He exists, that just has nothing to do with these man made religions like Islam, Christianity and everything else with their own stories and dogmas. I believe, if anything, even with the smallest, smallest, tiniest probability of a God being existent, will not make any of his creation to suffer in hell, if he is all that powerful, he doesn’t require us to worship, such a powerful existence requires nothing, he doesn’t require to punish you by burning, even if he exists with again a miniscule probability. The idea of an angry God or Allah, a possessive, manipulative, personal God who wants you to live in a certain way, who looks at you through his firista or angels in every single moment, even when you are musterbating, is such a fanatic, sick and disturbing idea. And everybody who buys it with fear, I just sigh! But I will protect your right of doing whatever you want. You don’t even need to listen to me if you don’t want. But don’t obstruct those who want to listen, please.
Mindfulness is important but being deluded that this world is not important to change, to be happy, to not work for eliminating gender inequality, poverty, bigger issues because of some reward or punishment in after life, just sickens me. Resources are scarce and we compete to get a job, to find food, to find potential partners, but probably in the process we sometimes forget that it’s not all about competition and corruption, it’s about just living as best as you can, that doesn’t have to bring suffering to another fellow human being. I am a vegan now, so I can extend that to even any fellow sentient living being, like animals, fish. Why will you want to inflict suffering on something that feels pain? What kind of sickness is that unless you require inflicting pain for your own survival like we had to when we were hunter gatherers, we were in extreme living conditions. We no longer need to inflict pain on a fellow human being and even on anything that feels pain to live a better healthy life, so let’s not bring suffering to this world anymore. This world has seen enough suffering, it doesn’t require more.
How far are you from being a simple human being embracing everyone, making borders and walls between each other? I just hope we merely embrace life as it is, can see a bigger, beautiful picture and not be afraid of anything and be happy.
Anything is achievable. Just live without delusion.
Anyway, my thoughts have flown so far unexpectedly, back to the history of soccer in spain to cool down.
“The origin of soccer is said to be in Western Europe. However, the exact place of its origin is disputed. England, France and Spain are the strong contenders. The honor of organizing the first Football Association, the first Football National team and the first set of common rules for the game of soccer all goes to England.
Taking inspiration from the English, Spain formed their own soccer organization in 1909 and was named as Royal Spanish Football Federation. The preparation for the La Liga started in 1927, although the tournament was played in 1928. In the beginning, there were 10 teams, which were picked to play in the tournament. Most of them were former winners of the Copa del Rey, the Spanish cup, that outdates the La Liga in Spain. The clubs who went onto write the history of Spanish soccer were FC Barcelona, Real Madrid, Arenas Club de Getxo, Real Union, Real Sociedad, Athletic Bilbao, Atletico Aviacion (Atletico Madrid), RCD Espanyol, CE Europa and Racing Santander. Although the last four have never owned the Spanish cup, they were runner ups, therefore, they were granted place in the newly formed league.
Every town in Spain is known to have a football ground and team as well. Indoor football is played in various sports centers throughout the country. It is often said, that Spanish children learn to play football almost as soon as they learn to walk. Therefore, it is not uncommon, that the most promising players are picked up by the major clubs and coached from an early age.”

Recent Crypto Coin Dynamics of Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Cardano, Litecoin, Stellar and Monero

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You will realize the significance level of the top 7 cryptocurrency if you look at this chart.
1. Bitcoin: BTC (Yellow dotted curve)
2. Ethereum: ETH (Blue dotted curve)
3. Litecoin: LTC (Aliceblue dotted curve)
4. Ripple: XMR (Orange dotted curve)
5. Cardano: ADA ( Brown dotted curve)
6. Stellar Lumen: XLM (Light green dotted curve)
7. Monero: XMR (Pink dotted curve)

This chart shows you the price of these 7 major crypto coins from September till now. If you look at the pink rectangle, you can realize how Ethereum(dark blue), Monero(pink), Litecoin(alice blue), Stellar(Light green) has higher price than bitcoin (yellow). But, they were not always higher, look during november, everything was less valued than bitcoin (yellow curve is at the top in Nov 2017). As Bitcoin’s price had an upward trend during the end of december, all the coin price also saw upward trend. But as Bitcoin’s price is going down, some coins are holding their value but some are losing their value. You can see, underneath the pink rectangle, falls the two coin Cardano(brown) and Ripple(Orange), these two coins are losing their value. However, Ripple had higher values in early January as you can see if you look at the last peak for all coins near Jan 2018. I never had too much confidence in Ripple as it somehow defeats the idea of crypto currency with its centralized feature (But who knows it may see light again if it can deliver its promises). Ultimately, money will flock to services which have higher utility and can gain trust.
So, these should give you some rough idea about the coin dynamics. A successful coin economy depends on how the market share or daily volume of trade is going on that coin landscape. It’s kind of similar to how Forex (Foreign Exchange market) market where currencies are traded moves, how US dollar influences Euro or Japanese Yen, or Chinese Renminbi, or Bangladeshi Taka. Hope you have an idea of evaluating crypto coins and their potential gains or losses over time and can make educated investment decisions. And I guess you can see how crypto exchange market is going to look like in future.

Bitcoin – how it was perceived in 2013?

A talk from 2013 at TED(Technlogy, Entertainment and Design). Watch the talk, and think what is different in the talk in 2013 from what it is now in 2018 after nearly 5 years. Enjoy!

Around the time, I first heard about bitcoin and got mind blown when I realized it could potentially give birth to a global currency. I’m lucky to find the talk for you all again, while exploring the TED talks. Even though Bitcoin was born with the dream of being a global curerncy, however, now a days, it’s mainly being treated as a digital gold or asset where you invest your money with the hope for making profit. But when I knew about Bitcoin, I didn’t get excited by it’s profit-making ability, rather, I was excited by how a currency can be established without the authority of any government by simply using some mathematics, cryptography and algorithms. The beauty of mathematics and the power of internet mesmerized me in significant way and I started learning more. Since then, it has evolved so much, it has experienced so much, it’s been popularized all around the world, criminalized in countries, stolen, hacked and what not ! So, it may not turn into a currency. Who will buy his coffee today with 0.00036 BTC(~ 3 USD) which may be 360 USD (when 1 BTC ~ 1,000,000 USD) ? It sounds foolish. But trust me I have bought my dinner in an Indian restaurant named Khana Khazana in West Lafayette with bitcoin which will be worth more than that in 2020. I don’t regret it, because I didn’t care, what will be it’s value in future, rather that I and the fellow bitcoiners were more excited to be able to use bitcoin to buy our food. So, may be, not bitcoin, but some other crypto currency will be a global coin. Governments will now create their own crypto coin(https://www.cnbc.com/2017/11/30/cryptocurrency-craze-springboards-government-backed-coin.html). But however the future will be, it’s gonna be an interesting one in terms of how we will use our money. When something is exciting, you can always smell it when you play with it, and this video just reminded me of my memories. Hope when I am old, I can say to my grandchildren that I was part of a monetary revolution.

A better world to hope for

Sometimes I have a grim view towards life when I see the pain, selfishness and suffering everywhere. May be our suffering emerges from the simple view that we like to think ourselves as the center of universe. Some sufferings are truly unnecessary, unjust and should and will be eradicated. As every experience is subjective, it’s difficult to wrap your head around a lot of complex, sometimes narcissistic ideas. I personally am spiritual but sometimes can’t stand against the spiritual bullshits. So, I become hopeless when I am tired and feel to give up. But as long as kids from all color, race and background co-exist who are driven to change the world for everyone, I should not lose hope for humanity. Life can be better as long as we strive for it. Compassion and altruism is a win for you-win for others position, but selfishness is a win for you-loss for others position. It’s not very hard for me to choose between these two paths.

The World’s 50 Smartest Teenagers


And I’d probably change the headline of the article from “smartest” to “compassionate”. Coz human seems to be motivated to do phenomenal things when they see good purpose.



Bengal Basin

Learning about the Bengal basin for one of my earth science project. It’s great to clearly know now how the big delta has been formed through Assam basin to Bengal to Himalayas. The formation of the rocks and rivers made my small, beautiful country so green and fertile and full of resources like natural gas and potentially oil in the north-east side. The biggest mangrove forest in the south which is facing great struggle. Studying tectonic plate movements are fundamental to figure out about earth quakes and natural hazards like floods etc. which kill hundreds of people every year. Unfortunately there’s so much lack of knowledge and expertise for evaluating our resources and further extract to grow our economy. We are forced to rely on foreign expertise and be tricked all the time. And also the preservation of wild life and forests are so necessary that people don’t recognize. And the good old corruption and incompetence everywhere is just insane.
I probably would have never learnt the importance of geographical studies on a nation’s economy if I wouldn’t pursue earth science now, so I feel like a great deficiency in how we teach the next generations about our own geography and diversity. Lots to be done to spread information and make people value what we have and stop complaining about what we don’t have!
Today my younger brother in junior school was asking me if everyone can buy question papers for examinations (which has plagued Bangladeshi education system) to get good grades, why should he study the whole year? I had to explain him the value of knowledge and tell him why he shouldn’t be like another corrupt student. It’s so saddening ! Hope I can still be optimistic amidst everything sad.

Software is eating the world

It’s past midnight. And I just realized how I depend on softwares literally my every awakening moment. And I googled how many people feel the same way. And here it is.. “Software is eating the world.” You see how this sentence scares our feelings. If I would use the word “improving/enhancing” instead of “eating/devouring”, you would have imagined things differently. Words can misconstrue and mislead. And here it gets more spooky on artmusicdance if you have time to read —
My Speculations About Reality- Really Speculative!
I think freedom of choice is the most important thing over anything else. So, if everything we do is to live the way we want and if we are always trying to seek for something better for our lives towards the goal of perfection, and if on a positive note, we continue building software for the betterment of our lives and society, we will be software driven. May be in a more radical sense, we can say that we ourselves are gonna be part of softwares, though I guess everybody hates these type of ideas, connotations because of the scifi transformer type movies, where anything mechanical is non-spiritual and thus non-humane, thus undesirable. We have these feeling of separation from things that’s logical, that’s mechanical from things which are spiritual, illogical, irrational – even though our whole consciousness basically rely on both at the same time. But anyway, our ideas are ever evolving I guess about what kind of world we want to live in. It’s not that we know everything or we can know everything, but we try. And as far as I can see, there will be softwares everywhere, inside and outside, more and more. Like money is turning into software based, software generated, virtual. The friction we have about whether it should be accepted or not can link towards very much psychological, philosophical questions like what’s the value of your memories? In far far future, will you pay for a software which can help you regain some memory that you lost but you want to regain? What if we come up with technologies with which it’s possible to store our brain and thus choose different physical bodies, will we call ourselves software, will we coin some new term? When the general artificial intelligence will be capable of giving birth to seemingly sentient robots which can have human like conversation with you, with whom you can form better bond or friendship than with your neighbour, will you call psychologically matured, software driven, human-like robots your friend? The world we, the human species if we exist, are gonna live years from now is not going to be the same world as it is now, like it was not the same, rather was quite different 500 years ago in terms of standards and morality. But I do believe that some basic ideas of life and morality and culture probably won’t change, but how we express and exhibit may change very much along with every other changes that I can not fathom right now. Now why is that relevant to you? That’s a good question to ponder on. Only if you want to!! Haha.
So I will quote legendary Investor Andressen:
“””More than 10 years after the peak of the 1990s dot-com bubble, a dozen or so new Internet companies like Facebook and Twitter are sparking controversy in Silicon Valley, due to their rapidly growing private market valuations, and even the occasional successful IPO. With scars from the heyday of Webvan and Pets.com still fresh in the investor psyche, people are asking, “Isn’t this just a dangerous new bubble?”
I, along with others, have been arguing the other side of the case. (I am co-founder and general partner of venture capital firm Andreessen-Horowitz, which has invested in Facebook, Groupon, Skype, Twitter, Zynga, and Foursquare, among others. I am also personally an investor in LinkedIn.) We believe that many of the prominent new Internet companies are building real, high-growth, high-margin, highly defensible businesses.
Today’s stock market actually hates technology, as shown by all-time low price/earnings ratios for major public technology companies. Apple, for example, has a P/E ratio of around 15.2 — about the same as the broader stock market, despite Apple’s immense profitability and dominant market position (Apple in the last couple weeks became the biggest company in America, judged by market capitalization, surpassing Exxon Mobil). And, perhaps most telling, you can’t have a bubble when people are constantly screaming “Bubble!”
But too much of the debate is still around financial valuation, as opposed to the underlying intrinsic value of the best of Silicon Valley’s new companies. My own theory is that we are in the middle of a dramatic and broad technological and economic shift in which software companies are poised to take over large swathes of the economy. “””
Nvidia CEO: Software Is Eating the World, but AI Is Going to Eat Software


It’s 2018. The first book to try to formulate probability/chance was by Abraham de Moivre in exactly 300 years ago in 1718.

If you roll two dices, can you get two numbers that sum to 14? No. Coz the maximum number in each dice is 6. But can you get a number 11? Yes. That’s probable. How much probable? Can we measure? These are some basic probability that every science student learns in high school. But the underlying philosophy here is striking:
“Not everything is equally probable. Some are more likely than others. Some arguments, ideas are better than others, but based on some established ideas or agreed upon assumptions. How do we measure?”

What are your chances of waking up tomorrow? Is it 100%? What’s the chance that your relationship will last? Are these even measurable? What does it mean when you say I hope? Does that automatically translate into a highly probable future? Why don’t you get that million dollar lottery? Can you win some bucks at those Vegas gambling playing poker or blackjack? 😉 What’s your chance that you will win the game? It wasn’t that easy for mathematicians and statisticians to formulate what it really means by what’s probable,what’s expected in the world of uncertainty we live in and deal with. And in science, who doesn’t deal with some basic probability equations in their data.

I absolutely admire the talk by Dr. Ana at Lawrence Livermore National Lab on “Understanding the world through statistics.” who introduced me to this book.

“The best thing about being a statistician is that you get to play around everyone’s backyard.” – The great statistician John Tukey.

May be I can make a new phrase for CS programmer too..haha.

“The best thing about being a computer programmer is that you get to make toys for everyone.” LoL.

Basketball statistics and why Stephen Curry attempts more 3 point shots than 2 point shots:

What you have?

I wish I had realized this early in my life. I was reading this:

“If they have to be chased, then they don’t want you. And if they don’t want you, then you shouldn’t want them . As Maya Angelou says, “When people show you who they are, believe them the first time.”

If someone, be it potential friend, wife, business partner, is showing you that they would rather not get along with you, believe them. Be confident and live.””

I personally feel like literally everyone, at one point or other in their life, intensely feels the fear of being left out, be it in a broken relationship, be it rejected by a job interview, be it get fired, be it not being able to achieve something very desirable, be a friend mistreating, be your parents being horrible with you. The fear, the loneliness eats the soul, takes us to the darkest corner to hate living. I realize now it’s all for good ultimately. Being challenging and resilient truly takes time and you need to fail to learn. But boy, it’s so hard to keep your sanity sometimes.

“This cannot be said enough. Imagine you walked into a car dealership and the salesman told you he had a car for you. He says, “Well, it’s kinda old and beat up. It still runs, but it’s high on gas, there’s a few scratches on the paint, and I’m not sure how reliable it is.” Now, how much would you want to buy that car? You’d be out of there in a New York second and looking for something better in no time, I’m quite sure. Why? Because if the person selling you the car doesn’t even believe in the quality of the car, why should you?

This is exactly why you need to increase your confidence and self-esteem. If you don’t believe in what you are selling, then why should others? Confidence is attractive. If you believe you have something valuable to offer, so will others. The more you truly love yourself, the more convinced you’ll be that you will find right things for you. ” — From a pairedlife.com post

Realize what you can offer.