Shashir's Notes


This website contains (or will at some point contain) notes on a variety of topics including: mathematics, computing topics, video games, science fiction, history, philology, philosophy, current events, et cetera.

I mean for the information on this site to be accurate and relevant to interested visitors. If you find any errors or if you would like to suggest any addenda, please email me at espiesior at

Site information

On navigation...

The major topics that are discussed on this site are roughly categorized among: "Philology", "Mathematics", "Computing", "Personal", and "Miscellaneous". Inevitably, there will exist straggler pages and gray areas. As a workaround, below there is an directory of files, which contains links to all the pages on this website.

What about copyrights?

Most of the content on this website is (henceforth) licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License; and it is meant to be free. Some pages (those containing third-party materials) may be licensed differently. Quite often, the sources are already in public domain.

On displaying mathematical formulas and special characters...

Pure HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) is not robust enough to display complicated math and special alphabets. I use a combination of methods to work around this deficiency. "On displaying formulas and special characters..." discusses these methods.

What did I use to make this website?



Modern Sanskrit Transcription (Sanskrit)
Devanāgarī script and various historical, academic, and machine readable transcription schemes, including the standard developed by the Tenth International Congress of Orientalists (in 1894).

Transliteration and Transcription (Linguistics)
An explanation about the difference between transliteration and transcription of foreign languages in writing. Examples using Japanese.

Stellar Communication (why this title?) (Science Fiction)
A transcript from the future email archives (no privacy in Y3K, sorry): a (jealous) conversation between two friends, one biologist and one physicist. One discovers how to measure human evolution and the other discovers how to bend spacetime.

Most content is available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License.