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Au Revoir !

(Shaswat Koirala) Permanent link

The time has come. This is my last post to my college blog. 

Don’t be confused; I’m not being sacked lol!

My time at Montgomery College has almost come to an end. I have one more month of summer classes and then I’m done.  It has been quite a journey and I have to say, being a part of Montgomery College is one of the best decisions I have made in my life. I have made some great friends and acquaintances with fellow raptors. I can proudly say that Montgomery College has excellent faculty, which strives for students' success. Regardless of the grades I received, I have a huge amount of respect for all the professors.

Being a part of Montgomery College blogging program has been a very rewarding experience for me as a student. It’s hard to believe I wrote 56 blog posts in 2 years. I thought I was done after the first year until Ms. Homan and Ms. Jane offered me to continue as a blogger for one more year, and I accepted the offer in the blink of an eye. Thank you Ms. Homan and Ms. Jane for having faith in me, and hence, giving me the privilege to become the longest serving college blogger till date. I may not have been as effective in the second year due to the scope-limited nature of college blogs, but I’ve thoroughly enjoyed being a part of it. Thank you readers for your support; I hope my posts were worth your time.

I'd like to wish all the bloggers, readers, professors, college and the community best of luck for the future. I owe a lot to the college and the community, and hopefully I’ll be back someday to serve my college.

I’d like to end this blog with my favorite quote by Martin Luther King Jr: "If I can help somebody as I pass along, if I can cheer somebody with a word or song, if I can show somebody he's traveling wrong, then my living will not be in vain." 

Ciao !

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DC Chili Cook Off

(Shaswat Koirala) Permanent link

Hi everyone,

I hope you all are doing great. I finally started preparing for the finals. I had a lot of fun last week. I went to DC Chili Cook off, a charity music festival organized every year by DC101. As I am a fan of rock, I thoroughly enjoyed alt-rock bands: Soundgarden and AWOLNATION. Some people seemed annoyed by the fact that there was no chili at a Chili Cookoff, but music was pretty good, and that's all that mattered to me.

Check out two videos I recorded. The first one is "Sail" by Awolnation. You can see crowd surfing, shoes flying. The second one is a song called "Spoonman" by Soundgarden. I could only record a short clip before my phone ran out of battery.




Crowd Screening Technologies

(Shaswat Koirala) Permanent link

Hi everyone,

I hope you all are doing great. Today Physics Club of Germantown Campus organized a presentation on “Counter-Terrorism: Crowd Screening Technologies” by Mr. Carl V. Nelson, a retired Principal Staff Physicist at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. Long story short: he gave us a brief explanation on multiple sensor system field experiments, data analysis techniques, oceanographic systems, ocean optical and electromagnetic modeling, sensor physics and instrumentation and computer-based data acquisition systems.

He basically introduced us to a reliable system, which can screen the crowd in an efficient manner. The most common metal detectors require people to walk through a small metal detection area one at a time, and this way it’s not possible to screen each and every spectator in a stadium with a capacity of 80,000. Hence, the system Mr. Nelson introduced uses a Wide-Area Metal Detection (WAMD) technology to screen large numbers of people for metal weapons.  WAMD system embedded in the floor pre-screens everyone entering the stadium and can easily locate suspects in a crowd, which would lead to an immediate investigation.

Check out a few pictures from the program

 

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A "Limerickal" Tribute

(Shaswat Koirala) Permanent link

There was once a beautiful road
People used to walk with smile bestowed
Suddenly someone dropped a bomb
Took her away from her loving mom
Collective insanity had to explode
In a moment of panic and fear
The gateway to safety remained unclear
Amongst chaos and weakeaning immunity
Suddenly evoked human unity
Collective goal helped them persevere
Amidst hard work of cops
Closed shops and dangling hopes
Working together with motive and belief
Suddenly there was a moment of relief
"He's captured" cheer the folks
As intelligence sort out the error
And the state recovers from terror
Hope Watertown turns into a bliss
And departed souls rest in peace
Let humanity blossom for ever and ever.

 

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