Look what kittens brought home!

This late evening, kittens were huddled around something and were very alert! It usually means trouble. It was.

They caught a neat little baby snake! Later Shaleen of http://www.indiansnakes.org/ later identified this baby as Common Wolf Snake. They are non-venomous, nocturnal snakes.

 

After chasing the kittens away, I inspected the baby snake for damages. It wasn't hurt, luckily. I couldn't identify the baby snake, it didn't look like a cobra, viper, nor a krait. I took the baby snake inside the house where there was better light, grabbed the camera and took few pics. 

 


Kittens, all three of them, weren't too happy with my meddling and wanted their toy back. I had to take the baby snake away before I could figure out better light and camera setting to get good pics :-/

Anyway, baby snake is now swimming happily along the rain water stream near by, and kittens found some other distractions to keep themselves busy for the night. 

So cool to see this fairly unknown snake, that too a baby! 

A cobra visited us on Naga panchami!

So, Mom and I were drinking coffee this evening, which happens to be Naga Panchami festival. Mom had given the offering of flowers, camphor, coconut and bananas to bunch of Cobra statues this morning!

Just about then, I see this slithering shape crawling right in front of the house. With no hesitation, I called out to mom, 'Maa, nagara haavu!' and ran for the camera.

I clicked a few pics with a wide angle lens, then asked mom to keep an eye on the cobra and went inside in search of better lens! The cobra though was not in any hurry and was just slowly heading, with no particular destination in mind!

With my trusty 100mm lens, I ventured out, stalking the cobra. Of course, cobra warned me early on itself! Now it had already crossed the granite floor and had crawled into the garden. It had rained heavily and there were rain water puddles everywhere.

I managed to get some close ups, and then I stopped clicking photos and just watched this glorious fearsome creature crawl towards the bushes near by. within few moments it disappeared!

What a nice, pleasant surprise to see a beautiful cobra on the day we worship them! 

Pushing the limits

Our reality is a collection of our individual intents and imaginations. These individual intents and imaginations drive us to our future as well.

There seems to be an inertia that holds us back from acting on these intents and imaginations . Our imaginations and intents convert to action only if they are strong.  

History is full of stories about how a single person's imagination and intent created our past.[ note: history is also perceptible to narrative fallacy and survivorship bias heavily. ] 

Strength of our collective imagination and intent plays a major role in the probabilistic nature of our future reality.

If our current reality makes me go "wow it is nice" feel, then perhaps time to push the boundaries of my imagination and intent. If it makes me go "what a clusterf***, then time to attract other people towards my personal intent and imaginations.

That is the major reason behind why we should "Push our limits" every moment.

Territorial fights

There was a territorial fight between two peacocks, until the neighbour's dog chased them away. Both the peacocks were sizing each other up, circling around, staring each other. 

Occasionally one of them would jump high up, then the next one! This went on for a while!

 

Heron's dinner

A Purple heron gulps down a Checkered keelback snake. I shot these from quite a distance, else there is a chance heron might drop the meal and fly away. It spent quite some time to eat the whole meal. RIP snake.

Shot under low light conditions with some rain drizzling along as well. 

"Lessons for the young man"

  Oh you gonna lie, my boy
  You gonna use some cheap tears and cry
  Just know, it is okay to lie

  Oh you gonna lose, my boy
  You will, again and again
  Just know it is okay to cry

  Dreams go awry, my boy
  You will hit the rock bottom
  Just know we all have been there

  Look around, fun is over
  You will soon start day in and day out
  Just know it is okay to go slower

  'What is the point', don't ask my boy
  We know none the better
  Just create your own bubble soon, we will join
 

Watering the plastic plants

Don't want to watch the birds and the bees
He knows not the sounds of rains and seas
Never knew how the flowers smell
or even how the rivers swell

Ain't got no time, because he is busy
watering the plastic plants

She heard that critters are dying
long gone are the many birds, they say
There is little hope, if at all
Don't know if kids would play in the woods again

Ain't got no time to think, because she is busy
watering the digital plants

We still hear about the kids in Africa
or the bombs in Syria
But it ain't our problem you see
those seem so far away

Ain't got no time to worry, because we are busy
watering the plastic plants

30DaysML: Day25

I started with trying to understand this implementation of RNN, which involves some language modelling. Soon I had to go back to understand basics!

So I watched few hours of Oxford lessons here, more precisely the Lecture 3 and 4. Way better introduction to language modelling than other tutorials I've seen so far.

Must not lose focus!