Here comes the closing post for July 2006, the month I feel I'm back to the regular blogging mode...well, sort of. This is my 10th post for this month, which means one-third of the month I blog(ged)...that's a good frequency for me! I don't want to make this post just a statistics though - the 10th post - without substance. Since this is the last day of July, I want to talk about a few things that have happened (been happening) to random jottings..., poudyal blog, and my online presence in general over the past few months, especially in July. Frequent visitors here might have noticed, random jottings... has undergone a massive facelift recently. And much more than spending time writing posts, I have been spending time designing this "face of the blog" and learning a thing or two about php scripts and coding along the way. For a web enthusiast like me, with no background whatsoever in programming languages and scripts, its a huge achievement.
...continue reading "End of a blogging month…start of a (mini-)summer break!"


And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.
- Abraham Lincoln

"Dear Professor Poudyal, We are pleased to inform you that we have received your manuscript and that it has been sent out for review", those were the opening words of an email that I received recently from a secretary of the editor of a reputed journal, where I had submitted a paper co-authored with my profs. (the real ones!). This was not the first time I had been mistaken for a professor or a senior research fellow. A couple of months ago, I had submitted an earlier version of the same paper for a conference and the acknowledgement email also started with "Dear Professor Poudyal". A month or so before that, I had a mail in my pigeon-hole that was addressed to some "Dr. Poudyal", which was ME apparently! In all these cases, I replied with an email explaining I was not a Prof. nor a Dr., but merely a PhD candidate, and that just in my first year!
...continue reading "Grumpy Old Man"