Monday, December 30, 2013

From the window of my house to Masjid AlAqsa

I live near a certain Masjid Al-Farooq, as has been shown in the map below. Hint: I live somewhere to the right. Thats it! No more Hints..

If maybe I make a tower large enough, and with a telescope that defies the normal laws of 'light travels in a straight line', I can see Masjid Al-Aqsa right above the Masjid Al-Farooq, Hyderpora.



Or I could just see Iron Man.

Ok Bye!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Stories about Internet of Things, Kashmir and Weather. #IoT

Through some snooping around on the Internet, I managed to locate a SYNOP code being generated somewhere from Srinagar, Kashmir.

Its interesting to be able to visualize all the data that is available publicly. is one such promising interface for the Internet of Things (IoT). Currently, its mostly based on xively and some other general feeds, but pretty impressive nevertheless.

So I was scanning around, and zoomed into Kashmir, India. I saw a feed being generated from Sringar. A SYNOP feed to be exact.

After some snooping around without even bothering to look what SYNOP meant, I found the source of the data at this location:

Fig 1: Too close to home (Click to Zoom)

A picture taken by a certain Mr. D. B. Malhotra gives a clearer picture:

Fig 2: The meteorological complex. All the heavy honking near that place could be presented because of technical reasons. (Click to Zoom)

Every three hours it senses, and generates data like this:

42027 31595 50000 10072 21015 38393 48481 70510 83420
      333 59009=

where 42027 is the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) number of our beloved, local Kashmiri station. It contains 420, just like the rest of us Kashmiris do. (Refer to: Chaar Sou Bees - Four Hundred Twenty). 420 is a magic number in India. It is an urban slang word to refer to dishonesty. You definitely would want to read this article on Wikipedia for more about the origin and the movies.

For the geeky people, you can check the weather from the feed generated at this website. Just enter our magic number 42027 there. Go wild, make some Android apps.

Alex Smart questions : "Why so many URLs bro?"
I answer: "That's what research does to you."