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Whee! The highest number of runs scored in an over is not 36. Not even double that figure. It is only a mere 77 runs. Wow! How silly a bowler that could have been? It is all true apparently. One over in the history of first class cricket has recorded a whopping 77 runs. Check this out for a detailed run through story.

This is the scoring pattern (Much like a UK telephone number including the ISD code!): 0444664614106666600401. Even more striking thing is that, some dot balls figured out in between. Those were the times when batsmen got bored by hitting anything not too cosy for them!

It was only an exhibition match, but for a great cause to alleviate a little bit of the pain of an awestruck nation due  to the earthquake. The damages and the loss of people can never be compensated. It is beyond what we can comprehend and fathom. Hopefully the money collected out of the exhibition help to rebuild the hopes of the unfortunate Haiti people.

The game itself was set with an awesome theatrical presence. Arguably the best two of the men ever played tennis positioned one side. Sampras and Federer need no introduction of any kind, do they. They announced their aura straighaway by a series of volleys and top serves. Afterall, they just have 30 grandslams between them, Just? Who patrolled the other side of the net? Agassi-Nadal combo. Boy, can you ask for more, if you are a tennis fan?

I really enjoyed watching these games. Agassi was at his imperial best, cracking jokes. Equally good were the Sampras-Fedex pair who at best are stoic when it comes to mood display in public. But even these  usually laconic persona gave away to some fun talking throughout the match through the microphone. In all, it was different, but filled with fun. And what is more, it was all done for a good cause.

Stumbled upon this site

A cool presentation I liked there is about the evolution of the universe tagged against the timeline since the big bang. It goes to show how fast things moved in the beginning; yet how slowly it took to get into this fabulous shape (whatever is known as of today) that we live in. No doubt this is a continual process of marvel.

Yesterday I attended a very nice talk during the Broadcom internal seminar series. It was a nice talk discussing the semiconductor fabrication. For me, it was truly whale swallowing kind of a talk, since a lot of new things learned.  The term “tapeout” is there in the common vocabulary in semiconductor industry and we all use it with such ease that no one really bothered to search the origin of the term itself. I had done it once by doing a wikipedia, but then as usual had forgotten all about it. Anyway, here is the legend behind tapeout. Mike Magee said it all very cleanly, but let me sort of state it again.

Well, tapeout refers to that fancy thing the designers deliver to the (semiconductor fabrication) fab companies in Taiwan (well, I can say so because most of the fab companies are in Taiwan). The fancy algorithm we conceptualized in plain equations, went through the LaTex pages and then C programs finally took shape into RTL and gates and transistors. That then further went through the backend processes to eventually a set of masks. These mask description is what is given to the semiconductor manufacturing companies. These days, it is just a  matter of file transfer using ftp or so. Then you can rightfully ask:why there is a term called tape out? Well there is history to it, fair enough I will say!

Also check as well as this for some more details.

It is official now. The clay memorial millenium prize is to be awarded to Grigory Perelman for proving the great Poincarre conjecture. It is a different matter whether he decides to accept this. The man who dared to ditch the Fields medal may have an opinion of his own on matters pertaining to award and its credentials. Lesser mortals like us get amuzed by his decision, but then he is special and different.


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