Chetan Bhasin's Blog

A Student, Poet, and a developer.

Perhaps a bad system

“Everybody says, ‘study — you’ll pass the exam, nobody tells you to do it to learn something’”, said Anish as he experienced a funny feeling with a shot of disgust. He’s right. What he doesn’t tell you is that those talking to you don’t really want to tell you anything about learning; or perhaps they have no idea of learning and quality education in first place. Keep talking, you’ll know more. If he did tell you more, and got overheard, he’ll have to bear the meaningless torture of another five minutes for absolutely no good reason.

I’ve been struggling with a college teacher who teaches "name censored to save my ass". Well! She doesn’t really teach; though I think she is supposed to do so.
I don’t know what’s wrong with her, but sometimes her actions make me wonder how can a teacher possibly be so bad at teaching and yet be a teacher. They get paid. They get paid good! How? Why?

Alright, let’s talk some sense now. The reason why one person who is bad at something is appointed for that profession is when there is huge demand in that profession and not enough supply.
To add more to it, we must remember that the above statement applies only to cases where appointment of a person in that profession is absolutely necessary. Makes sense?

How about I tell you that people who appointed that person have no idea of quality and/or the knowledge in the domain they’re hiring for, so they end up hiring people who’re complete fuck ups; and since the demand is so high they sell these stupid assets anyway!

Trust me when I tell you I know about it. I’m a student of Computer Applications in New Delhi, in IP University. Nobody on the entire planet is supposed to know this better than me.

I live in a world where teachers narrate from books in a pronunciation so bad that an automated text to speech engine would do better. Hell, an automated system would even craft better sentences with better grammar.

That’s not what I’m surprised of though. What I’m surprised of is the possibility of how a person can take a perfectly good sentence from a book, have their eyes still sticked inside the book and then narrate broken version of it?! Surprise!! Not really, if you live in a world like mine, you would already know the feeling.

I go to college nearly every day. Before college, I used to go to school. So, I’ve practically being doing this for almost the entire life that I’ve lived. If you’re not from my world, you must wonder if I get something in return.
Well! Not really. Although I do get a satisfaction that I wouldn’t be frowned upon in a society where people usually curse anything that has more blessings from the god of quality and creativity. Yes, that’s true.

Standing Tall [Poem]

Do not frown upon me
For what I do not have.
Do not frown upon me
For I make up for most of that.

My eyes might not shimmer
When I see your pocket full of dimes;
But I promise they'll shine brighter
When I step outside every time.

I might not seem so happy
When you stepped up and I couldn't do.
I swear it won't be so crappy
When someday I'll make it too.

The world seems full of madness
When your luck climbs and mine crawls.
There's not need of sadness,
For I can still stand tall.

You only see what I'll leave behind.
You make it look so hard.
I believe in things of different kinds,
And I see all the hidden cards.

Those who fight are better than those who don't.
You just have to make the call.
Those who believe are better than those who don't,
In strength of standing tall.

Do not frown upon me
For everything I have lost.
Do not frown upon me
For I'll get back at any cost.

Facebook's Emotional Manipulation Experiment And What I Think About It

I just finished watching "The Social Network" movie for the third time. Only a couple of minutes after I was done I came across this post on Huffington Post regarding facebook's experiment which manipulated emotions of several facebook's users by changing what was being shown to them.

The experiment conducted by facebook continued for one week in 2012 when the original algorithm for what would be displayed to users in their news feed was replaced by one which made certain people see mostly good posts, and others mostly bad posts in their news feed.

What facebook found was that the responce of users was in clear corrspondance with what was being shown to them. No surpirse!

The information gone public has generated all sorts of reactions from facebook users from people wanting to quit facebook and those protecting the company.

However, I am personally against any such experiments and have not yet fully read any comments favoring the company, I believe that the information of the expeirment can effect how people see facebook (for a couple of days, at least).

Being a strong lover of science of psychologoy myself, I understand that while some emotions go a long way in building our decions there are some which last only for a couple of days (or weeks in some cases).

While facebook's quest for knowledge regarding the users' emotional reactions may only have triggerd some depressing feelings in some people for only a while, there is no reason for us to not to believe that it might have caused some havocs which we might not have discovered.

I don't yet know the basis on which facebook's algorithm decided what to show to whom, but let's assume that someone is already going through bad times, and then facebook comes in the way and shows them more depressing stuff; in turn, making people make bad decisions which they may not recognize immidiately.

I am not saying that this theory is entirely true, but I don't think it would be wrong to consider the possiblity.

I appriciate facebook's efforts in research related to social psychology, but there are also many ways in which I personally dislike facebook (not saying that you should too).

Anyway, if I was to give my personal opinion I would ask people to maintain a healthy life and not let social networks and what they see on their screen determine their moods. At the same time I also strongly encourage social psychology researchers and companies who dominate internet and social networks to not to conduct such experiments without proper precautions.

There is nothigng wrong with using a social network, but it's also important to know your boundaries.

Future Of A Man, And How I Intend To Change Mine

I always tell people that a man must not know his future. For if it is good, the knowledge of it might make him over confident, so much so that he ruins it. If, however, it is bad, he might lose hope which could help him get through the bad times, or else ruin the possibility of changing the time ahead.

Yet, for some reason, I find myself reading my horoscope every morning.
May be it's the complex of me considering myself better and smarter than others to consider myself deserving of knowledge of my future. Or maybe it's just my fear which makes me make this extra effort of trying to change my future.

Whatever the case may be, what I have found today, and always, is an idea which expresses it better than any forecast, that I have ever read, spoke for itself.
It is an idea which seems to make more sense than any horoscope has ever made, or ever will make.

I have read several horoscopes of myself, most of which have been negative and depressing. According to an astrologer who my father consulted when I was born, I should have died already. Well! Let me clarify that I'm not dead and this writing is a well proved evidence of the same.

It was extremely depressing for me when I read horoscopes forecasting miseries when I was already going through my bad times. They spoke of accidents, deaths, and everything bad that I could possibly ever imagine.

Nonetheless, I got through all my bad times, proving most forecasts wrong (while some have been terribly true).

What I found, though, was that the days when I did not read my horoscope (or days when I was less concerned about astrology) were, in many ways, better than those days I spent otherwise.

Pardon me, those who believe in astrology; I do not intend to prove the whole idea of astrology wrong.

What I want to say is that sometimes it's just better to leave future for the future and not let it drag our present behind.

Thus, a man must not know his future, however true it may be.

The Sky Which Is Mine [Poem]

I can still feel the pain when I want to.
I can still feel the joy as I do.
I can still put the words down on paper;
I just don't know what to shape them to.

More desire to lose than to gain;
That is all that has changed.
Is it too bad to wish for freedom
When your house is no more your home?

To spend a moment with the face
That feeds my heart which is huge,
And fuels up the fire in the back of my head
Which keeps burning the oil that it must do!

I still carry the pebbles - most beautiful.
They do not just shimmer - they shine;
And light up the world that they need to,
And make up the sky which is mine!

Adulthood Avenue [Poem]

The entrance of world of players
Is strange as it may seem.
There, kiss and kicks both appear fair,
And all garbage appears too clean.
Here, everybody keeps trying to act
Who they are not, and can never be.
This is a place where fear is a fact,
And that is what keeps them in teams.

Everybody plays their poker face,
And everybody knows what they hide.
Everyone knows what's real and what's fake,
Yet everyone will tell you lies.
Every morning the light might break free,
But at the night, the sky cries.
For a time of day the frown may cease,
But, in the end, hands are used to clean wet eyes.

Every foot slips and trips in the tide,
But they never tell what they did.
Stern - they all act alike,
But are afraid of falling as when they were a kid.
The weaklings feed the stronger one--
It has always been the world's trend.
The philosopher only accepts that he is done
When he has made more enemies than friends.