A coder's tribute to the country

August, 2015   |

I wanted to write some piece of code dedicated to the country on the eve of India's independence day and thought of doing something with Twitter and maps. I came across this blog post and it was pretty close to what I was planning to do. The code had to be cleaned up a little though. I modified ...


Moving to AWS. The journey.

July, 2015   |

I had started learning Flask and felt that a good way to practice it would be redesigning my site with it. It was pretty easy and the documentation was really good. As a Pythonista, I loved it. The only problem I had was that my hosting provider was GoDaddy(a blunder that I committed in my early...


Browser History Analyser

June, 2015   |

I wanted to write a Python script to analyse my browsing history and view the most visited sites. I wrote a Python script to do this and used matplotlib to plot the visited sites as a graph. Initially, I had to figure out a way to access the browser history from the Python script and this blog p...


IPL Flask

June, 2015   |

I was looking for a quick solution to see cricket scores from my college without having to use proxies. I thought I would design one myself using Python and host it in Heroku. That's how this project was born. You can check the site here. I kept the design as minimal as possible to avoid attract...


BirthdayPy

November, 2014   |

It was November 15, 2013. I was liking and replying to some 150 birthday wishes on Facebook. Midway through, I thought of automating it with a Python script. I wrote one quickly but didn't use it then. I waited for this year and two days before my birthday I remembered this. I went back to the s...


Scraping heavens-above.com for ISS passes

August, 2014   |

I wanted to write a Python script that would scrape Heavens-above.com and post ISS pass details to the Chennai Astronomy Club on Facebook. I did a Google search and found something similar written by Dr Drang. However, the heavens-above site had been modified and the code was not working with th...


Facebook friends heatmap

May, 2014   |

Error: Embedded data could not be displayed. Update: Recent changes in Facebook's Graph API have made it impossible to do this now. I came across a Facebook application that plots one's FB friends' locations as a heatmap on Google Maps. Being the inquisitive geek that I am, I decided to make one...


The heatmap addiction

February, 2014   |

Immediately after I created the Facebook friends heatmap, I started to develop a craze for creating heatmaps. I made a similar one for the Charlie Bates Solar Astronomy Project. It displayed the location of their members who participated in the International Sun Day. You can see that here. I als...


Making a Siri alternative

March, 2014   |

I have been trying to create a Siri like interface using Python and SL4A(Scripting Layer for Android) and I succeeded in creating something that far exceeded my own expectations. I use Google's Voice Recognition API for the analysing the voice. I incorporated features like an emergency tracker. ...