May 16, 2018

GAN in a picture


A Computer Scientist’s View of Life, the Universe, and Everything - Jurgen Schmidhuber

"Is the universe computable? If so, it may be much cheaper in terms of information requirements to compute all computable universes instead of just ours. I apply basic concepts of Kolmogorov complexity theory to the set of possible universes, and chat about perceived and true randomness, life, generalization, and learning in a given universe." - Jurgen Schmidhuber

arxiv paper link

Evolution of a network

Reference: Samim twitter

Home is where the robots are.

Home is where the robots are - Silvio Savarese

Apr 6, 2018

Benefit of quitting social media

  • Negatives:
    • Constant 'hum-of-stimuli' is detrimental to the loss of concentration/focus on work
    • Carefully curated positive news from others causes depression/low self-esteem
  • Positives:
    • Work with intensity can help accomplish more with regular time (8am-5pm). Personally I have tested this during summer'2017 at ARL.
    • Outside of work will be peaceful. Example: reading hardcover book without constant hum-of-stimuli and depression from fake social world.
  • Myth debunked:
    • Not visible to the world. Not true. If you can do something good (deep work) people will find you from the web.
Reference: Cal_Newport:_why_you_should_quit_social_media?

Apr 3, 2018


"Cristiano Ronaldo is different. He's a different player to everyone else and he always has this desire to do something extraordinary in the Champions League. He never rests on his laurels." - Zinedine Zidane

Mar 19, 2018


Andromeda ultra big picture
We are a speck of dust in the grand scale of the universe

Feb 15, 2018

Planning Fallacy

Planning fallacy is a phenomenon in which predictions about how much time will be needed to complete a future task display an optimism bias and underestimate the time needed.

Reference: Wikipedia

Trade-off in solving a research problem

"When searching for solutions to any research problem, there are usually trade-offs between different objectives. You can optimize for getting a really good solution for that research problem, or you can optimize for making a good research contribution. The best problems are ones where getting a good solution requires making good research contributions, but it can be hard to find approachable problems that meet that criteria."


Feb 6, 2018

Flu Caution

We are experiencing one of the worst outbreaks of the flu in recent years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  The following information is intended to help you take action to protect your health and the health of your fellow Patriots.

The Flu:  Flu symptoms typically start suddenly and include moderate fever (~100° Fahrenheit), sore throat, stuffy nose, cough, headache, body aches, and/or fatigue.  Most people recover within a few days to two weeks; however, pregnant women and individuals with asthma, diabetes, heart disease, metabolic conditions, neurologic and neuromuscular disorders are at a higher risk of complications and should take greater precautions.  For additional information about the flu, visit the CDC Influenza Website.

Prevention: Seasonal influenza vaccines are available through personal health care providers and local pharmacies.  Use the Flu Finder Feature on the CDC Influenza Website to find the flu vaccine near you. 

Protect yourself and others against the spread of the flu by exercising good personal hygiene and avoiding contact with others if you become ill: 

  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze;
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water;
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth;
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick;
  • Stay home when you are sick and avoid public or social settings;
  • Practice good health habits: get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.

Treatment: If you begin to experience flu-like symptoms, you should take acetaminophen (e.g., Tylenol), get plenty of rest and drink clear fluids. Students can contact Student Health Services at 703-993-2831. Employees should contact their personal health care provider. Seek immediate medical attention if you experience complications such as chest pain, continuous high fever, dehydration or confusion.

Absences from Class or Work: Students with the flu should notify their instructors and remain at home or in their residence halls. Limit contact with others until 24 hours after symptoms subside. Residential students who remain in their residence halls during an illness may receive meals through Mason Dining’s Sick Meal Request process. 

Employees with flu-like symptoms should notify their supervisor and remain home until 24 hours after symptoms abate. Faculty and supervisors are asked to use discretion with students and employees who become ill, including appropriate tolerance for absences and late assignments.  

George Mason University will provide updates on this public health issue as needed. We wish everyone a safe, healthy, and rewarding semester. 


David Farris, PhD                                                                             Dr. Wagida Abdalla
Executive Director of Safety &                                                      Director of Student Health Services

Feb 1, 2018

Casual words

  • Fear sets in
  • Bailed on my friend: failed to meet an appointment
  • I had to resurface again after disappearance
  • Someone inspires fear
  • Duck out of the class
  • Heads up on a exam
  • Blow up
  • Tire popped and he came back home

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Nov 21, 2017


  1. Godfather I
  2. Love actually
  3. Godfather II
  4. Godfather III
  5. Scarface
  6. Interstellar
  7. Amadeus
  8. Dark Knight
  9. Titanic
  10. Django Unchained
  11. Gangs of Newyork
  12. Transformers I
  13. Iron Man I
  14. Gravity
  15. Upside Down
  16. Avatar
  17. Clash of the Titansf
  18. Beloved (Oprah)
  19. Terminator II
  20. Comando
  21. 2001 A Space Odyssey
  22. Rambo II
  23. Rocky II
  24. Rocky III
  25. Rocky IV
  26. Rocky V
  27. Assassin
  28. Riddick
  29. Pitch Black
  30. Terminal
  31. Cast Away
  32. Forest Gump
  33. The Contact
  34. Bourne Identity
  35. Bourne Supremacy
  36. Bourne Ultimatum
  37. The planet of the Apes (2001)
  38. The Illusionist
  39. The Prestige
  40. 12 Years a Slave
  41. Apocalypto
  42. Brave Heart
  43. Passion of the Christ
  44. Mad Max
  45. Signs
  46. Spider man I
  47. Spider man II
  48. The Gladiator
  49. The master and the commander
  50. Scent of a Woman
  51. The Emperor's Club
  52. Good Will Hunting
  53. The Talented Mr Ripley
  54. Behind Enemy Lines
  55. The Road to Perdition
  56. The American Beauty
  57. The Usual Suspects
  58. Bruce Almighty
  59. Troy
  60. Seven
  61. Babel
  62. Phone Booth
  63. Minority Report
  64. Vanilla Sky
  65. Magnolia
  66. Mission Impossible V
  67. Rain man
  68. Eyes Wide Shut
  69. The Last Samurai
  70. Silence of the Lamb
  71. The Red Dragon
  72. Hannibal
  73. Tears of the Sun
  74. Fifth Element
  75. Pulp Fiction
  76. Kill Bill I,II
  77. Sin City
  78. The Untouchables
  79. Goodfellas
  80. Limitless
  81. Man of Steel
  82. Arrival
  83. Pearl Harbor
  84. Sherlock Holmes
  85. A.I. Artificial Intelligence
  86. Jurassic World I
  87. Jurassic World II
  88. Jurassic World III
  89.  Devil's Advocate
  90. The Matrix
  91. A Walk in the Cloud
  92. Gran Torino
  93. Million Dollar Baby
  94. No Country for Old Man
  95. Goya's Ghost
  96. The Perfume
  97. Noah
  98. Joseph
  99. Exodus
  100. Son of God
  101. Risen
  102. Searching for Bobby Fisher
  103. Spy Game
  104. Devil's Wear Prada
  105. Cold Mountain
  106. Australia
  107. X-Men I
  108. X-Men II
  109. X-Men First Class
  110. X-Men Days of Future Past
  111. Wolverine
  112. Thor
  113. Van Helsing
  114. Sense and Sensibility
  115. True Lies
  116. Saving Private Ryan
  117. Catch Me If You Can
  118. War of World
  119. Memories of a Geisha
  120. The Pianist
  121. Inception
  122. Underworld
  123. 50 First Date
  124. Click
  125. Animal
  126. Dr. Dolittle
  127. Training Day
  128. Man on Fire
  129. Remember the Titans
  130. The Pursuit of Happyness
  131. Independence Day
  132. Ali
  133. Enemy of the State
  134. Man in Black
  135. Shawshank Redemption
  136. Deep Impact
  137. Face Off
  138. Gone in 60 Seconds
  139. National Treassure I
  140. Kick-Ass
  141. The Rock
  142. City of Angels
  143. Swordfish
  144. Children of Men
  145. Closer
  146. Gandhi
  147. The Jungle Book
  148. The Dictator
  149. The Physician (*Ibn Sina role)
  150. Black Swan
  151. Wanted 
  152. Salt
  153. Ghost
  154. The Imitation Game
  155. Fantastic Four
  156. Constantine
  157. Malena
  158. Basic Instinct
  159. Lucy
  160. Fighter
  161. Mean Girls
  162. The Cell
  163. Speed
  164. Diana
  165. Quantum of Solace
  166. Noting Hill
  167. Mona Lisa Smile
  168. Hancock
  169. Cider House Rules
  170. Life of Pi
  171. The Seven Year Itch
  172. Bus Stop
  173. Don't Bother to Knock
  174. River of No Return
  175. Lord of the Rings I
  176. Lord of the Rings II
  177. Chronicles of Narnia
  178. The Thing
  179. Tango and Cash
  180. Star gate
  181. Soldier
  182. 300
  183. The Kingdom of Heaven
  184. Rush Hour
  185. Kiss of the Dragon
  186. Enter the Dragon
  187. Mummy I,II
  188. Bedazled
  189. Austin Powers I, II
  190. Sphere
  191. Omen
  192. The Grudge
  193. Paranormal Activity IV
  194. Paranormal Activity III
  195. Paranormal Activity II
  196. Djinn
  197. The Ring 
  198. The Moth-man Prophecy
  199. The Vinci Code
  200. Angels and Demons
  201. Edward Scissor-head
  202. Sleepy Hollow
  203. Pirates of the Caribbean I 
  204. Big Fish
  205. The Butterfly Effect
  206. God Must be Crazy
  207. Little Miss Sunshine
  208. Bram Stocker's Draculla
  209. Alien
  210. Prometheus
  211. The Girl With Dragon Tattoos

Nov 15, 2017

image write MATLAB without border

imwrite(a, 'a.png')
f = figure; imagesc(predDepth); axis off
[a,b] = export_fig(f);
imwrite(a, 'a.png')

Nov 9, 2017

Nov 3, 2017

BAVM17 talks

Nov 1, 2017

The awesome 7-year-postdoc

the-awesomest-7-year-postdoc-or-how-i-learned-to-stop-worrying-and-love-the-tenure-track-faculty-life-Radhika Nagpal:
  • I decided that this is a 7-year postdoc.

  • I stopped taking advice.

  • I created a "feelgood" email folder.

  • I work fixed hours and in fixed amounts

  • I try to be the best "whole" person I can.

  • I found real friends.

  • I have fun "now".

Oct 27, 2017

Charisma and Charismatic

What is Charisma:
Includes traits that successfully convey emotions that back up your message while displaying confidence, among other traits. Includes body language as well when delivered the message.

-How it is different than Charm:

"Charm involves making eye contact with individuals and flashing them a smile, getting people to talk about themselves, asking personal questions and making emphatic statements, whereas charismatic leaders don’t necessarily have to interact directly with the people they influence at all – they can do it from afar. So, while charmers are popular, charismatic people don’t have to be."

"You can be charismatic without being likeable" eg, Steve Jobs

Types of Charisma:
  • Star-power charisma: difficult to attain eg, Marylin Monroe
  • Kindness charisma: attainable eg, Dalai Lama
  • Focus charisma: attainable 
  • Authority charisma: attainable

How to gain it: 
Although at first glance it may seem that gaining charisma is magical. Most of it stems from the way we use words and how points are conveyed. 9 core verbal tactics:
  • metaphors, 
  • stories and anecdotes, 
  • contrasts,
  • lists,
  • rhetorical questions,
  • four mores traits
Margaret Thatcher was unbelievably charismatic because of her rhetoric and use of these tactics.
MBA students who analyzed recordings of themselves giving speeches, with these tactics in mind, ultimately gave new speeches that were rated as more charismatic. The message should be complemented by: