Thejesh GN

A Blog, A Website and A container for all my views with excerpts from technology, travel, films, india, photography, kannada, friends and other interests. I am Thejesh GN. Friends call me Thej

My DNA is out..so what?

Posted by Thejesh GN On September - 15 - 201318 COMMENTS

Well, At last I took that step a few days back. My raw genome data is out on internet. You can use it for educational, research and related stuff. Of course you can’t use it for insurance, commercial and cloning purposes. On a second thought go ahead and clone me if you can. But you need to pay hourly for each of my clone’s lifetime :) On a serious note go ahead and clone the repository on github and use it.

git clone https://github.com/thejeshgn/dna

dna1

You can verify the repo against my GPG keys 0xBFFC8DD3C06DD6B0.

If you don’t know what git is, then download the zip files from here. It contains all the required data.

The same data is also available on openSNP.

Background
I wanted to get my DNA test done long time back. It was very expensive. I think it was roughly $499. Recently 23andme got their rates down to $99. But then they wouldn’t ship to India. So I had to depend on my friends to get the kit for me. Hence it took more time than I expected.

Considering opening up
Anybody who knows me, knows that I am all for Open Data, Source and Research. As a developer I know how important it is to have access to raw data. That requirement is huge if I am a researcher. So it wasn’t very difficult to decide. But then opening the genome data not only affects me but my present and future family too. So it took me more time. But ultimately there were more positives than negatives. And hence it is out.

What next?

Some analysis, some visualization and fun. There will be more fun if in case my parents go open too (only after their results come of-course).

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How can you support Open Data and Privacy at the same time?

Posted by Thejesh GN On September - 7 - 20134 COMMENTS

I always thought the answer was obvious. This has come up so many times in last few conversations that I think its time to blog.

Open Data is for Governments. Because they have always been closed and they have all the power (money, muscle power, access to resources, ability to change or manipulate law) and its a deadly combination just enough to kill democracy. So its important to know whats going on.

Privacy is for citizen. They are weak when compared to Governments. Most Governments (or corporations) have enough information about them already. We need legal and social frameworks to protect ourselves from them.

Simple?

TLDR;
To balance the power we need more openness from governments and more privacy to citizen.

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The following is a transcript of the statement made by Pfc. Bradley Manning as read by David Coombs at a press conference on Wednesday after Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison.

The decisions that I made in 2010 were made out of a concern for my country and the world that we live in. Since the tragic events of 9/11, our country has been at war. We’ve been at war with an enemy that chooses not to meet us on any traditional battlefield, and due to this fact we’ve had to alter our methods of combating the risks posed to us and our way of life.

I initially agreed with these methods and chose to volunteer to help defend my country. It was not until I was in Iraq and reading secret military reports on a daily basis that I started to question the morality of what we were doing. It was at this time I realized in our efforts to meet this risk posed to us by the enemy, we have forgotten our humanity. We consciously elected to devalue human life both in Iraq and Afghanistan. When we engaged those that we perceived were the enemy, we sometimes killed innocent civilians. Whenever we killed innocent civilians, instead of accepting responsibility for our conduct, we elected to hide behind the veil of national security and classified information in order to avoid any public accountability.

In our zeal to kill the enemy, we internally debated the definition of torture. We held individuals at Guantanamo for years without due process. We inexplicably turned a blind eye to torture and executions by the Iraqi government. And we stomached countless other acts in the name of our war on terror.

Patriotism is often the cry extolled when morally questionable acts are advocated by those in power. When these cries of patriotism drown our any logically based intentions [unclear], it is usually an American soldier that is ordered to carry out some ill-conceived mission.

Our nation has had similar dark moments for the virtues of democracy—the Trail of Tears, the Dred Scott decision, McCarthyism, the Japanese-American internment camps—to name a few. I am confident that many of our actions since 9/11 will one day be viewed in a similar light.

As the late Howard Zinn once said, “There is not a flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people.”

I understand that my actions violated the law, and I regret if my actions hurt anyone or harmed the United States. It was never my intention to hurt anyone. I only wanted to help people. When I chose to disclose classified information, I did so out of a love for my country and a sense of duty to others.

If you deny my request for a pardon, I will serve my time knowing that sometimes you have to pay a heavy price to live in a free society. I will gladly pay that price if it means we could have country that is truly conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all women and men are created equal.

RESPECT

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Lucia makes it

Posted by Thejesh GN On July - 29 - 20137 COMMENTS

I know Pawan from BRTFF organizing days. After the first BRTFF, he wrote a mail to the list explaining about firing the producer. I can’t find it online but its in my Inbox (Sun, Jul 8, 2007 at 8:06 PM). I am quoting from it

The idea I am trying to play with is – “Fire the producer”
A filmmaker needs money to make a film. A film viewer pays money to see a film. The solution is to bridge this gap without the producer.
This plan might not work on a big scale. It might but I don’t know about it. On a smaller scale… like the movies we saw yesterday, it is definitely going to work.
We all pay PVR or INOX or any other theatre about Rs. 200 to watch a film. Most of the times bad commercial films.
Can we give the same 200 bucks to an independent film maker?
Can we give that money to him even before he has made the movie?
Instead of talking concepts and ideas… I will put it forward as a proposal.
I have just finished writing a film. It’s called “Death of a software engineer”. I have no funding. I can’t sell it to a producer… he believes nobody will see it. So I am telling all you film lovers who have seen my works, who believed that there was potential in me to make something good…. Order a DVD copy of the film by paying Rs. 200. Give me two months to finish the film. And you will get your copy.
Does this make sense? Is it possible?

lucia
That was in Jul 2007. Fast forward 2011, he was in the main stream Kannada movies. He wrote story and screen plays for couple and directed one. I have watched all of them. Mainly because they were a good watch and also because I knew what to expect from Pawan.

End of 2011, not sure what happened to “Death of a software engineer” but he pitched Lucia. Of course I pitched in with whatever I could. I am strong believer in in p2p networks.


2013, the movie is ready and has been doing rounds. I am very happy that I was an early contributor and it turned out to be a great investment (however small it is). Now I am waiting for my chance to watch the movie :)

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Telegrams – End of Line

Posted by Thejesh GN On July - 14 - 20132 COMMENTS

End of Line for Telegrams. How could I not send/receive one?

Telegram that Mathang sent to me. Telegram that Mathang sent to me :)

Was a very busy day for Mr. Puttaswamy Was a very busy day for Mr. Puttaswamy. He was very nice to all of us. Thank you sir.

Standard list of messages Good old Standard list of messages.

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