Tuesday, July 22, 2008

I saw this in The Hindu Crossword 9283 and found it pretty cool, iff I am correct that is:
Down 8 - Young beginner (Y) longs to be at SEA with fleet (Royal Navy) (6) - YEARNS (?) = longs

As cool as this was, I found another to be kinda bad, again, if I am correct:
Down 18 - Quietly (P) SEND worker (ANT) for a lamp hanging from the roof (8) - PENDANTS (?)
Specifically mentions the article there to indicate singular, then why would it be a plural?? Or is my English so bad? Oh well

I can't reason this very well, but,
Down 19 - Embarrassed about (RE) a misshapen NOSE, it's thought (8) - REASONED
is REASONED for "it's thought"? Then what does "Embarrassed" have to do with AD??
Or, if READ is for "it's thought" what does "Embarrassed" have to do with "REASONED"???
hmmm... reasoning seems to be - "VS, your answer is wrong" :(

Oh well, I am only glad that I am doing this again :D


Friday, July 18, 2008

Hindu Crossword 9280
Got into it again :D


 1 Girls in love — just the opposite — cowboys throw them over (7)

 5 Loving to take a girl to heart (7)

10 It is rare to find same mountain range in Spanish countries and the U.S. (6)

11 If not a topper, then bowler is needed to perform it (3,5)

12 Here an oracle made capital about party leader (6)

13 Not independent of a kin (8)

14 Betrothed has a stricken engineer for a fan (6)

15 Series of steps needed to get to the stars (6)

18 Sad to beg stupidly to have distinguishing names (6)

20 Forgive one who is equal to a Spanish nobleman (6)

23 Control others before a wet shower (8)

25 Acted as a weak-minded person and ran away taking couple of rings (6)

26 Not befitting the well born (8)

27 Comes into view (6)

28 Moneylenders certain to be on road in U.S. (7)

29 Boils with anger as he looks around (7)


 2 Remains to endure (6)

 3 Very quietly one gets into line for undressing (9)

 4 Rumour coming up about Virginia dodging the question (7)

 6 Tom lets appearances get blotched (7)

 7 There’s a new art to card game (5)

 8 Hope for the lost and sick (8)

 9 Divide the cost of investment between us (5,8)

16 An advocate put a river record first (9)

17 Spectacles for boy workers (8)

19 Dash to pieces with wild threats (7)

21 Reason for delayed start to match anti-monetarist policy (7)

22 Conforming to a rigorous standard, always remains in quarter (6)

24 The heir belongs to them (5)


Thursday, July 17, 2008

Hindu Crossword 9279
After a very long time, sat down with the Crossword today, and it doesn't seem too bad, have done decently well. Although, I had to browse to get some (the lowercase characters) :(


 1 Oh madam, I nearly bled! Can I be taken out? (9)

 6 Frilling used in ecru chemises (5)

 9 You need to tie her up with a knight (5)

10 Gathering done in great number for a service, we hear (9)

11 Supported animated in trouble (10)

12 Hold me back on the way (4)

14 They may propel balls to great length (7)

15 Freckle observed by astronomers (7)

17 Red returns with barren heart as a stripper of land (7)

19 Makes comments about German currency with the dollar (7)

20 Name it in the Church of England (4)

22 Sight for sore eyes (10)

25 Play some role in dismantling (4,5)

26 Keen to agree somehow (5)

27 Extremely stupid to have office in quarter (5)

28 Scandalous informers (9)


 1 Render planks of a boat watertight by pressing old ropes into its seams (5)

 2 Instant perception is needed in teaching (9)

 3 Bed linen gets twisted — gets into knots (5,5)

 4 Closer fitting hats made in Eastern base (7)

 5 In their cunning ways they slip away (7)

 6 Rugby union on the way becoming inefficient by inaction (4)

 7 Lower quality bread made to deceive (5)

 8 I’m going into property assessments (9)

13 A spy of the hostile country (5,5)

14 Devoted wholeheartedly he acted, but died in a ferment (9)

16 Al on a faulty leg becomes a lawyer’s assistant (9)

18 It’s about time to have plan to surgically replace a severed limb (7)

19 To many it was a real music performance by a composer (7)

21 Mark of authenticity (5)

23 Separates into lots (5)

24 Protective screen used for batting practice (4)


Thursday, July 10, 2008

Hawk Eye - A faux pas?
The more I see the use of Hawk Eye in Tennis, the more I feel it is not the right way to call, atleast not in Tennis. There has been so much questioned about the technology, more since the Federer-Nadal 2007 Wimbledon Final. Now, I am one of those who want to bring in more innovations using Image Processing into all these sports. But, today, I got to read the explanation given by Mr. Hawkins in www.hawkeyeinnovations.co.uk, and I still am not very convinced.
The technology sounds solid and interesting, atleast for someone who is interested in Image and Video Processing. But, the logic associated with the idea seems to have a void. In Tennis, the ball is claimed to skid upto as much as 10cm! Now, can the system really find out the moment of contact better than a camera capturing at 150 frames a second? Can they collect data from 10 different cameras and estimate the exact location in real time?? If Federer in the 2007 Wimbledon Final, standing so close to the ball near the baseline, could not see the ball bounce ON the line, and all TV cameras to the naked eye show the ball bounced beyond, and only the Hawk Eye says it was a millimeter on the line, to me, that is definitely questionable.
Mr. Hawkins shows another example of Sreesanth's delivery to Collingwood in a Test match at the Oval. Now, this ball is supposed to have clipped the leg stump because of a variety of reasons. So, how does the Hawk Eye accommodate for the abrasions in the ball? What if the side of the ball to hit the stumps was more abraded than it would have been at the beginning of the innings? Isn't this more valid considering Collingwood comes in 2nd to 4th down, and Hawk Eye claims the ball would just have rubbed past the leg stump? Also, if the bails wouldn't fall, the batsman cannot be given out, so, how should we apply that to a Leg Before decision, given the margin was so minute?
But in cricket, the decision is more probabilistic, as against Tennis, where you could freeze the frames and see where the ball really bounced. At that point, the human error could still occur as against a not-so-well-explained technology to throw in its frailty. Honestly, I don't think the Hawk Eye is the right approach for Tennis. Even in Cricket, where it would probably better suit, they're still not willing to subscribe to it, how come in tennis? Can they not use something more like the Cyclops for these close line calls? The ball makes a faint noise somewhere, say an observatory tower, when it hits the line. That way, if the call is challenged, they can take it to the tower and then decide on what the right call should be!!! Oh well, so much for technology's advancements!