GPS data logging and, a nifty data logger

Primarily due to Kushal’s enthusiasm, I got myself a GDL-3204 GPS Data Logger from Sparc Systems Limited. In spite of the somewhat “home brew” looks it is a nifty little device with great accuracy. Kushal has been having fun with it during his recent visit to Malda and, we (Runa and me) have been learning how to get tracks and waypoints done using the simple manual that comes with it.

At some point in time I should start getting familiar with the JOSM application and, upload the logged data using the script here.
For now, it is great fun.

Kushal holding up the device

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A bunch of stuff

  • Recently, I had the chance to use Lotte to translate and, it simply blows me away. The Transifex crew deserve some well earned applause for including elements that make it incredibly helpful for those involved in the work of translations. There is a slight annoyance which has now been turned into a ticket.
  • Read off Planet Sugar that “several weeks ago”, has exceeded 1 million downloads of activities. That’s just too awesome not to talk more about. As is mentioned in this tweet, imagine an activity developer who sees a steady increase in download and consumption going up to 20000 downloads. That’s just so amazingly sweet.
  • The thread here looks to be an interesting one with regards to securing professional translations and, getting an open source project translated via community building. Should be good to see how it pans out.
  • From the time I micro-blogged this, the thread has gone ahead and had more discussions. And, reading it early in the morning, it does appear to be a good thing to have. Those who are coming on to a Desktop Spin from other OS should have an easier way to adapt to and adopt the desktop. Good stuff.
  • In other news, here’s a picture from our diwali celebrations this year

Diyas from this year

Two of my favorite songs

আমি কান পেতে রই         ও আমার আপন হৃদয়গহন-দ্বারে বারে বারে
কোন গোপনবাসীর কান্নাহাসির গোপন কথা শুনিবারে — বারে বারে ।।
ভ্রমর সেথা হয় বিবাগি নিভৃত নীল পদ্ম লাগি রে,
কোন রাতের পাখি গায় একাকী সঙ্গীবিহীন অন্ধকারে বারে বারে ।।
কে সে মোর কেই বা জানে, কিছু তার দেখি আভা ।
কিছু পাই অনুমানে, কিছু তার বুঝি না বা ।
মাঝে মাঝে তার বারতা আমার ভাষায় পায় কি কথা রে,
ও সে আমায় জানি পাঠায় বাণী গানের তানে লুকিয়ে তারে বারে বারে ।।


কী পাই নি তারি হিসাব মিলাতে মন মোর নহে রাজি ।
আজ হৃদয়ের ছায়াতে আলোতে বাঁশরি উঠেছে বাজি ।।
ভালোবেসেছিনু এই ধরণীরে সেই স্মৃতি মনে আসে ফিরে ফিরে,
কত বসন্তে দখিনসমীরে ভরেছে আমারি সাজি ।।
নয়নের জল গভীরে গহনে আছে হৃদয়ের স্তরে,
বেদনার রসে গোপনে গোপনে সাধনা সফল করে ।
মাঝে মাঝে বটে ছিঁড়েছিল তার, তাই নিয়ে কেবা করে হাহাকার —
সুর তবু লেগেছিল বারে-বার মনে পড়ে তাই আজি ।।

I realized that I had nearly worn down the LP during my childhood listening to the above two songs along with this song. In fact, my favoritism to Debabrata “George” Biswas’s songs came immediately after this phase. These days, every trip to Kolkata is a hunt for the CD versions of my favorite LPs. Sadly, not all of them are available. Which is a shame really. Not that the current crop of singers aren’t good. Just that one tends to hang on to those singers one grew up with.