Brown Leaf

by Imran H. Khan

Fall colors in New England are well known in the US. There is a whole tourism industry built around the leaf peepers coming to see the nature in all its glory. I have compiled some photos of trees in the attached album taken from the neighbourhood that I live in, and couple of golf courses that I frequent. Golf course’s open vistas are ideal to capture the colors when the grass is still green and the cold crisp air makes the sky and the clouds look pristine. The trees in the fairways are exposed to cold air and tend to acquire color before other trees.  I have also included a scanned image of a leaf as it is transitioning colors. The intricate structure of a leaf has a beauty of its own. As you will notice that I got carried away with the Japanese maple tree. Its leaves become deep red towards the end.  I have taken photos in different light conditions. When you open the album, click on the “gallery” button to open the different directories. I hope you find these Halloween Candy to your eyes. Enjoy.

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by Imran H.Khan

Soon after the October 2005 earthquake, I had scanned some very old photographs taken in mid and late 1800s in areas that now constitute Pakistan as a means for raising awareness for that part of the world. The photographic techniques used at the time by Photographers John Burke and William Baker were cutting edge. I have presented them using three different types of technologies. Each one presents different kinds of information and experience to the viewer. Read more

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by Imran H. Khan

On October 13th. 2009, Air Chief Marshal Rao Qamar Suleman of PAF participated in the rolling out ceremony of the first of the eighteen F-16C Block 52 aircraft. You can see the album of more images of the ceremony by clicking on the image below. Read more

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by Imran H. Khan

As a Pakistani American I am most interested in good and strengthening relationship between the two countries. As an inhabitant of the planet I am interested that the two countries can work out their issues without resorting to the use of force, as both the countries are nuclear powers. The sad fact of the matter is that right now US is waging a hot war on Pakistan. It is Pakistan’s weakness and inability to defend itself both from inside and out, that it is letting itself to be bombarded with missiles on a nearly daily basis. Over 300 Hellfire missiles have been fired into the homes of Pakistanis since 2007. Each $58K missile attack kills about fifteen people on the average. Many of these people are children and women. By one estimate, one AlQaida type is killed for every 49 civilians. It is estimated that there maybe upto 10,000 hard core Taliban and AlQaida types in Pakistan. Using this strategy would result in the loss of 500,000 innocents to get rid of them. This is the same failed US strategy in Afghanistan that has alianated the average Afghan. The irony of the matter is that the Government of Pakistan actually provides two bases for the drones to fly out of Pakistan so as to give them longer loitering time over Pakistani villages. The Obama administration has appointed a Special Forces general to chart out the new Af-Pak strategy for the region. Being from special forces, he tends to see solution to most problems as needing the application of even more special forces. So he has asked for more Predator strikes into Pakistan and inserting special forces to go into cities of Pakistan, like Quetta. Agianst this backdrop comes “The Enhanced Partnership with Pakistan Act of 2009″, or more popularly known as the Kerry-Lugar Bill. I managed to stay awake while reading all the legalize. I took the time to read it and would urge you to read it too at pakistaniat. It is the single most important piece of US-Pakistan document to study as it lays down the foundation of relationship between US and Pakistan for the duration of Obama administration.  We as a planet, are standing a tipping point in history. If we are not extremely careful in how we tiptoe through the next couple of years, there is a real risk of nuclear war between Pakistan and US. Should such a tragic event happen, the inhabitants of the Northern hemisphere of the planet could be inhaling radiating dust for a very long time to come. Read more

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113th Boston Marathon was run in 2009 by 25000 runners from US and all over the world. The winners ran the 25 mile marathon in just two hours and eight minutes. That is an amazing clip of over 12 miles per hours for the duration. For a person who can only run 3 miles at half the speed, this performance is beyond human. Many runners run it for raising money for charities. This concept of running a marathon for raising funds is something that is worthy of emulation in other parts of the world.

I have attached a few photographs of the marath0n at the 12.5 mile mark at Wellesley. Just watching the runners is an uplifting experience.

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Today is the fourth anniversary of the 7.6 richter scale earthquake that hit the Northern areas of Pakistan. It was the fourteenth most deadly earthquake on record, and resulted in the loss of more than 75,000 lives and the destruction of 600,000 homes. 3.5 million people were left homeless. In just four years Pakistanis have mostly forgotten an event of this magnitude. There are only passing mentions of it in a handful of the news papers about it. This does not bode well for them as earthquakes in Pakistan come with the territory. The majestic mountains of northern Pakistan were carved by forces equally potent. It is extremely important that Pakistanis remember this earthquake, the lessons learned should be kept in mind for when, not if, the next one happens.
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OPEN's Tenth Anniversary

by Imran H. Khan

As a teenager trying to decide what direction to take my life, I vacillated between the vision of the future painted by Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World“/Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring” and Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged“/”Fountain Head“. Growing up in Pakistan, I could readily identify with Ayn Rand; and came to the conclusion that it is Prime Movers who create great societies and countries. Prime movers can exist in a number of specialties, adding value to the society in their respective domains. But within the spectrum of Prime Movers, engineer-entrepreneurs are the cream of the crop. This is in evidence in all the dominant countries of the world today. In late 90’s, a group of Pakistani American business leaders got together to create Organization of Pakistani Entrepreneurs of North America (OPEN) in Boston. Since then five new OPEN chapters have come into being in different US large cities. We celebrated the Tenth Anniversary of OPEN’s founding in October last year. I am continuously amazed at the level of commitment and charity by OPEN’s charter members who contribute their precious time and money to galvanize entrepreneurism within the Pakistani American community.

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My company introduced a new data visualization product called NZR earlier this year. It has since been downloaded and used by hundreds of programmers around the world. This is an unashamed plug for that product.

Printf has been a very useful function in debugging and visualizing the program flow and the data in every conceivable application. As the applications have grown in sophistication and speed, there has been an ever widening gap between the tools necessary to debug and what has been available. A new tool, called NZR, acts as a standalone application that is used to provide insights into the inner working of a program. It provides a real time 3D space to render different types of data that are being manipulated. It does so in a minimally invasive way, which helps in the debugging of real time systems. Real time systems are notorious for changing their behavior as increased instrumentation is used to expose the behavior and problems.

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In April of this year, I had predicted that US policy in Afghanistan is already a failure and that we should reassess it. Given the sharply deteriorating situation there and lack of US public support, there are only limited options left on the table. Recent assessment by Gen. McCrystal is a confirmation of what I had said on a tv broadcast that can be seen below. His request for increased US and NATO troops, if fulfilled, will only delay the outcome but not change it. General McCrystal comes from Special Forces background and his solution as to future strategy is to increase special forces operations into Pakistan. This is the most reckless advice given to a President whose foreign affairs credentials are mediocre at best. Such a step has all the makings of crossing the undefined line in the sand with the Pakistani military with unforeseable consequences. Read more

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I gave a Seminar titled “Zen and the Art of Becoming a LifeStyle Entrepreneur” as part of the seminar series at OPEN New England.  The talk was geared towards explaining the choices available in this style of entrepreurism in general and consulting in particular.  I shared lessons from my experiences in running such an enterprise for  the last fifteen years.

The powerpoint of the presentation is shown below.

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Zen and the Art of Becoming a Lifestyle

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