Shahzad Bhatti

May 11, 2004

What do I think about Software Developers

Filed under: Computing — admin @ 5:44 pm

What do I think about Software Developers
I generally distinguish developers into following categories:

  • Day-Job vs bright-light chasers and real hackers
  • Generalists vs Specialists
  • Application Developer vs Tool Builder

    So, I consider myself hacker, generalist and tool builder. Like many other enthusiastics, I chase any new computer technologies and after chasing Java, Jini, CORBA, and J2EE for many years, I have putting more focus lately on light-weight J2EE, JXTA, J2ME, aspect-oriented programming, ruby and rails.

May 8, 2004

Iraq: Never be Opressor or Opressed

Filed under: Politics — admin @ 9:59 am

Iraq: Never be Opressor or Opressed
It’s been over a year since major combats has been called over, yet lives
of Iraqi people are going from bad to worse. In the name of freedom, liberty
and democracy they are being bombed, killed, tortured and oppressed.
The very country which
was model of modernity and social equality is now in the abyss of hell.

Yet, entire civilized world is quiet and there is no outcry. You may hear
verbal condemnation here and there, but that is not ease people’s sufferings.
Here are a few glimpses how ordinary iraqis are suffering:






May 4, 2004

Tits and Bits from Matrix Trilogy Movies

Filed under: Science — admin @ 9:59 pm

Tits and Bits from Matrix Trilogy Movies
The Matrix trilogy has been one of the best thought provoking and scifi
movie of all times. Everyone was blown off with the first movie.
The special effects and marshal arts were out of the world
and were an order of magnitude superior than anything presented previously.
Second and third movies did not prove to be commercially as successful as one.
The second and third movies were only incrementally better and many
people who did not pay attention to the backdrop of the story
were disappointed.

So, what is the real message of the trilogy and how it applies to our world.
First question raised in the first movie was “What is the matrix?”
The matrix is the world that looks real, but it’s not.
This is similar to concept of “Maya” or illusion in Hinduism.
In order to see the realy, you need to unplug from it. This applies
directly to the world we live in, where most of us would rather have taste
steak than the reality. The main premise of the movie is that human race is
turned into slaves by machines that use human as energy resource. The movie
shows how all humans are plugged into the matrix, which is very similar to
how most people live in our world. Most people are too tied up with
the matrialistic race to notice any thing else. In fact, movie shows that
some people cannot be unplugged especially after reaching certain age.

Here are some of the tit bits that I have found interesting:

Religions

The movie borrows a lot of ideas from religions such as Christianity, Buddhism
and Gnosticism. The protagonist of the movie is named Neo, with real name of
“Thomas A Anderson”, who is doubtful at beginning like “Doubting Thomas”,
but is helped by Morpheus. Morpheus plays the role of “John the Baptist”
and teaches Neo, the reality of matrix and true potential of Neo.

System

The movie shows how matrix is a system, where humans are plugged in and work
for the machine. It is sort of how real world where everything is inter-related
and governments use the system to control humans. The only way to be free
from the matrix system is to be awaken sort of like awakening concept in
Gnosticism.

Control

The machines control the lives of human beings by the system of matrix, which
is like our world includes things like media, education, corporate. The movie
shows that 99% of people are docile and will believe anything, again we
see our government lie and most people believe those lies. In our world, we
have seen secret societies such as Freemasons, Illumanati, Skulls and Bones,
etc. or a few families, who supposedly have been controlling worldly affairs.

There aren’t any coincidence

The machines have very advanced AI that can predict future actions based
on chemical reaction in the brain of humans. As the Frenchman “Merovingian”
says, every action has consequences.

Purpose

Every program has purpose and without the purpose, program cease to exist. This
also relates to humans as one of the fundamental question is finding purpose in
life. Without the purpose, humans are totally plugged in to the world and live
like zombies. The oracle talks about purpose as well, when she says, “we are
all here to do what we are here to do.”

Reality

There is no spoon, the movie also describes variations of realities. To
the people living in the matrix, that is their reality. People who
are supposedly free and live underground or in Zion think their world is real.
Though, truth is that machines control both world. This also reminds of
some Star Trek movie of holodeck within holodeck and in this movie, it is
matrix within matrix.

Fate

The movie also dicusses topic of fate as when Neo was asked whether you
believe in fate he replies, “no, because I don’t like the idea that I am not
in control.” The frenchman also explains that there is no fate, everything
has cause-effect relationship.

Faith

Faith and Fate go hand in hand.

Love

Love plays very central theme in the movie, as in the second part Neo chooses to
save his love “trinity”, while refusing to return to the source, thus
jeopardizing entire human race. He also brings back trinitiy back to life with
his love. The Frenchman “Merovingian” also sees chemical response of love to
insanity. However, AI managed to create love when two programs who looked
like indians created another program in the form of their daughter. The
movie also shows that love need sacrifice as Neo sacrifices entire human
race to save Trinity or how two programs sacrifice themselves to save
their daughter.

Power

Some programs like Merovingian like to gain power as the keymaker is one part
of gaining more power.

Choice

Choice is also very interesting topic in the movie. A choice is an illusion
created between those with power and those who don’t. The matrix architect
learns that some humans need to make a choice even if they make it unconciously.
In fact, this is the reason why machines allow certain humans to escape matrix
and live underground, despite the fact that machines built the underground
infrastructure and city. As, the architect explains in second movie that 99%
of humans accepted matrix if they were given choice, so in order to control 1%
matrix creates another form of matrix in the real world.

God, Guards and Angles

The matrix shows Architect as God of matrix who designed the matrix. The
agents were sort of like guards and angels. In the Gnostic theology, it is
Satan not God, who created the world in order to imprison humanity.
The architect also had another female partner who helped design the matrix,
though the architect didn’t say her name. Though, most likely it was Oracle
as agent “Smith” called her mom. Also, protector of Oracle’s name is
Seraph, whose name means guard.

Reality

Reality is nothing more than manipulation of senses.

Messiah

Neo represents Messiah of mankind. He is not the first one, but rather sixth.
Some people suggest, first five represent first five books of Moses and
sixth represent Jesus.

Zion City

The zion city is last free city where humans are free. The zion city is
promiseland like Jerusalem.

Know Yourself

Knowing yourself is the key, you cannot see beyond the choices you don’t
understand.

Apart #

Neo’s apartment number is 101 and he dies in firs movie in room 303.

Unanswered Questions

  • Do humans really make good source of energy? It sounds like not very efficient.
  • How do Neo gets his powers?
  • How do Neo sees his future?
  • What is relationships between architect and machines? Are all machines
    have centralized control or distributed?

  • How did Neo end up at Mobil Ave?
  • How exactly Neo killed Smith and his clones in the end? Was it virus?
  • How does Neo power work in real world unless it is another matrix.
    Was Merovingian “One” in one of previous iterations of the matrix. Note that
    Merovingians were rulers of france until 7th century. Also, according to
    some theories, the wife of Jesus, Mary Madeline escaped to France, and
    her daughter “Sara” married into Merovingian family. This ties Merovingian
    with the Messiah.

Other References

  • The movie also makes references to white rabbit, dorthy, etc.
  • You don’t know someone until you fight them.
  • Original number of free human beings were 23, where 16 were female and 7 males.

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