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Plugins for Migrating WordPress Installations

Plugins for Migrating WordPress Installations

For anybody who manages a wordpress installation, a question that inevitably arises at some point or another is how to migrate their site from one hosting provider to another. Ideally, any such migration tool should have the following capabilities: Allow backup files of a reasonable size say 512 MB or 1 GB for freeAllow in-dashboard importing of external backup file, and …Allow filtering of files and directories which are included in the backup archive while exporting a site. I tried…

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How to kill a great platform

How to kill a great platform

There are few things in life more disappointing than watching a beautifully crafted, socially responsible, disruptive technology platform self-destruct from the inside out. With the launch of the so-called “web-extensions” versions of Mozilla Firefox – which now extends to the once reliable ESR (Extended Support Releases) branch – Mozilla has destroyed much of the appeal that Firefox once held for its community of loyal and devoted users and developers. This is a not a recent development. It started several years…

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EVONET18 – Tensor Networks for One and All

EVONET18 – Tensor Networks for One and All

So one month ago there was this wonderful workshop on “Optimising, Renormalising, Evolving and Quantising Tensor Networks” – or EVONET18 – organized by the Max Planck Institute for Complex Systems (MPIPKS) in Dresden, Germany. I was fortunate enough to be selected for a poster presentation and had the great privilege of mingling and discussing physics with some great minds such as Javier Molina-Vilaplana, Shinsei Ryu, Thorsten Wahl, Andrew Green, Zohar Ringel, Andrej Gendiar and some very talented graduate students including…

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An Epidemic in India

An Epidemic in India

Prologue A disease has spread throughout this great land of ours. To be sure, this disease is not new to us Indians. In some ways it has become part of our very national DNA. It has been with us for thousands of years. What harm then, one might ask, could such a familiar disease do to our nation and civilization if we have survived thousands of years with it? India today is not the India of old. India today is…

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Theoretical Physicists in India

Theoretical Physicists in India

There are many research centers and researchers in India working in hep-th (High Energy Physics, Theory), gr-qc (General Relativity/Quantum Cosmology) and quant-ph (Quantum Physics). However they are scattered all over the place and I have not been able to find a place which lists the names of places and individuals working in these fields in India. So, I figured, why not make a list! Here is my attempt at making one. It is, hopefully, a continuing work to be expanded…

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Competitive Nationalism and (the myth of) Islamic Homogeneity

Competitive Nationalism and (the myth of) Islamic Homogeneity

Recently the Chief Minister of Karnataka, Mr. Siddharamaiah, made the following observation on twitter regarding the recent communally motivated murders in the Dakshin Kannada (South Karnataka) district. Expressing grief as the deaths of both victims from different communities, he described the tragic incidents as the results of “competitive fanaticism” between extremists on either side This expression, “competitive fanaticism”, perfectly summarizes the favored tactic of certain elements of India’s polity. The goal is too keep the embers of nationalism and religious…

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Herniated Disc Exercises

Herniated Disc Exercises

Found a really nice set of five simple exercises for treating herniated or bulging discs. The exercises are: Cat-cow Bird-dog Lying prone face down with elbows tucked in under your sides Superman – with your arms either by your side, or folded behind your head, or stretched out in front Cobra or Mackenzie press-ups.

Fluctuation Dissipation in Quantum Gravity

Fluctuation Dissipation in Quantum Gravity

In statistical mechanics we are mostly concerned with the statistical averages of various physical quantities when the system is in equilibrium. Fluctuation is a common phenomenon in nature. Fluctuation means how much a quantity deviates from its average value. The average value of the thermodynamic observables and the size of their fluctuation about their equilibrium values can be predicted by equilibrium statistical mechanics.

Speeding up WordPress

Speeding up WordPress

One common problem with wordpress sites is that they can seem sluggish compared to, lets say, sites built with static or single-file CMSs such as grav. There are several online tools which can help you check how fast your site is and how to optimize its performance. Two of these are pingdom and Google’s pagespeed insights. Putting my site through these two tools yields the following results: A more comprehensive list of online tools for testing your wordpress site speed…

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Spacetime Geometry as Information Geometry

Spacetime Geometry as Information Geometry

In an entry to the 2013 FQXi essay contest and in an accompanying paper, Jonathan Heckman, a postdoc at Harvard, put forward a scintillating new idea – that one can derive the theory of strings and of gravity starting from nothing more but a Bayesian statistical inference model in which a collective of $N$ agents (representing by points on a $d$-dimensional grid) sample a probability distribution in order to obtain the best fits to a set of parameters $\{y_1,\ldots,y_M\}$. In…

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