Functional conference, 2015

Last year, I had attended the rather useful, first edition of the, Functional conference, and returned this year too.

I walked in when the keynote, by Amit Rathore, was in progress. The talk seemed to veer in the direction of “functional-programming-awesome, functional-programmers are ninjas, or some equivalent fighter hero types”. I am not big fan of that sort of messaging; it does not appeal to me. But it was interesting to note that Amit’s company continued to build on the advantages that functional languages provided, and were able to keep the organization nimble and productive, considering their mission to disrupt the media industry. Continue reading “Functional conference, 2015”

Birds, seen from my home-windows

(All photos courtesy of wikipedia)

Around my neighbourhood, the summer has made the trees sprout refreshingly green leaves, and also quite a lot of the plant life is blossoming flowers of various hues – pink and orange being the predominant colours now, like the Raintree‘s pink topped flowers, pink hued bougainvillaeas, African tulip. Some, like the next door Avocado and Mango trees, have started bearing fruits.

This is turn has increased the bird life around here; am able to sight quite a few different birds just outside of my window.

Indian Robins

Indian Robin
Indian Robin

Red Whiskered Bulbuls

Red Whiskered Bulbul
Red Whiskered Bulbul

Rose Ringed Parakeetsthere are 2 pairs which visit the African Tulip tree quite often. One pair nests there

Rose Ringed Parakeets
Rose Ringed Parakeets

Brown headed Barbets

Brown headed barbets
Brown headed barbets

Purple Sunbird

Female of the Purple Sunbird
Female of the Purple Sunbird

Indian Koel

Asian Koel
Asian Koel

And ofcourse, the now ubiquitous Rock Pigeons.

Rock Pigeon
Rock Pigeon
Indian Golden Oriole
Indian Golden Oriole

 

(All photos courtesy of wikipedia)

Barn owls, my Bangalore neighbours

I stay in an apartment complex, situated in Cox town area of Bangalore. Over the past couple of weeks I have been hearing a screeching sound – that of a bird – and I was under the impression that it could be the sound made by nesting Kites.

Barn owls, from David Whistlecraft on flickr

Last evening, the screeching started again, once the sun set, and I rushed to my window to catch a glimpse of the creature that was making this noise.
As luck would have it, I happened to notice a pair of birds perched on the shaft-sill (which encloses apartment drain pipes). I was overjoyed – more so because I think I sighted Barn owls, even though in the late evening light I really couldn’t make out the details. Am rather confident they are barn owls – watching Animal planet and the like helps I guess.

In any case I noticed them again today, just soon after sun set. Need to get binoculars to observe them better. Looks like they are nesting. A quick web search pointed me to the Bangalore Barn Owl conservation group. So shot off a note to Dr. Subramanya, who runs that group, about this sighting.

Am overjoyed; love owls, and didn’t expect to sight Barn owls in a city setting. This news item provides some more information on why this is beginning to happen: “What a hoot! Barn owls in apartments