Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Walking in Bangalore

Walking in Bangalore is not easier. Even the responsible establishments do not care for the pedestrians. Diwakars Global Hospital in JP Nagar 2nd Phase parks their vehicles on the pavement. The administration and the doctors do not heed to the complaint. Lack of Civic Sense!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

India Today

Friday, November 7, 2008

Kamal's Birthday

Its Kamal's birthday. I was sure that he would do something different this time too. He did not celerbrate his day. Instead he urged his fans with a message "an individual's birthday loses credence or importance when genocide is practiced in our neighbouring island with renewed vigour." He was referring to the on-going conflict in Sri Lanka.


Today I got an opportunity to meet the Chandrayaan Project Director Dr.Mylsamy Annadurai today. He is a simple man, but displayed passion and pride in achieving the mission. Tomorrow, the same time the Chandrayaan will be close to the orbit. He did not smile much, shared some wits once in a while. I take a lot of pride that a Tamilian has achieved a big feat.

ஒபாமாவின் வெற்றி

வேலைக்கு போனோமா

வீட்டுக்கு வந்தோமா

என்று இருந்தோமா;

அமெரிக்கா தேர்தல் முடிவு

நமக்கு வரமா ஒபாமா

பொறுத்திருந்து பார்ப்போமா?

I wrote this witty poem to reflect the moods of Indians on Obama's thoughts on outsourcing to India. Scripted while bathing.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Catching Cold

The weather looks good; but feels bad. Common cold is back - its so common that everybody seems to be saying "i too have cold". Is a climate change phenomena that everyone catching cold at the sametime? Well, today's research report clarifies my doubt:

Researchers have found that the common household surfaces like TV remote control, refrigerator door handles and bathroom taps are the hotspots to spread cold virus. By touching these contaminated surfaces, the virus could transfer to another and cause a cold infection.

So, know that your door knobs and remote controls are the top germ carriers. Read on more here.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Chandrayaan and Chinese

Do you know you can track any satellite launched worlwide from the website http://www.n2yo.com ? Yes, your guess is right. You can

Chandrayaan and Chinese

Do you know you can track any satellite launched worlwide from the website www.n2yo.com ?

Chandrayaan and Chinese

Do you know you can track any satellite launched worlwide from the website http://www.n2yo.com ? Yes, your guess is right. You can track our own Chandrayaan through this link http://n2yo.com/?s=33405.

But the recent news is that Chinese media is questioning the success of Chandrayaan. Same news has been replicated in various chinese websites and the source is not clear.


Glaucoma Suspect

The eye specialist suggested that I go for Glaucoma test as I am a Glaucoma suspect. The pressure conditions in my eyes made me a suspect. The doc says it could be hereditary but none of my family members have this. The doc suggests that there symptoms would not be that prominent, so, its better one undergoes regular checkup. I will be going for the test in another couple of days.

Here is a good faq on the glaucoma:


Kumble's quitting

Kumble has announced his retirement from international cricket. Its a welcome decision as very few people know when to quit. I also wonder if the media played a mind game by speculating on the retirement of senior players. Surprisingly, Ganguly announced his retirement, and now its Kumble's turn.

Injury is the primary reason cited, but its an open secret "the form" also matters. The senior players are not consistent any more.

Voluntary retirements will pave for bringing in fresh talents.

For me to explore further:
* What Sports Psychology is all about
* S-Curve and Performance

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Edison Vs Tesla

The recent weekly edition of Vikatan carried an interesting news in the Haai Madhan section. Madhan had written about the dark side of Edison. Its on how Edison carried out campaign against alternating current AC which was invented by his friend Tesla


Friday, October 31, 2008

Heading for Green Diwali

Green Diwali will not be a distant dream. In a year or two, the entire country will celebrate Green Diwali - a Diwali that is eco friendly, pollution free, noise less, less budgeted one. There are good news from various parts of country that school children taking oath to avoid crackers. In Lucknow, eco friendly crackers were on sale. In the capital city Delhi too, the government has appealed for a green Diwali which did have good response.

Bangalore had its 'high' on Tuesday. Here is a report on the pollution levels that Bangalore witnessed.

The three-day (October 26-29) air and noise quality tests conducted by Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) reveals that RSPM in air has increased from 71-73 micrograms per cubic metre to 130-138 micro grams per cubic metre at City centre-City Railway Station (a commercial area) and S G Halli (a residential area).

According to the report state, both are higher than the national ambient air quality standards (of 100 micrograms per cubic metre).

Oxides of nitrogen in air have also increased when compared to normal days. The continuous ambient air quality system recorded 125 micrograms per cubic metre during festive days when compared to 93.5. An increase in sulphor dioxide and carbon monoxide values was also reported at both the locations.

The study was conducted at Jayanagar, AECS Layout, Vijayanagar Club, Indiranagar ESI Hospital and Cubbon Pet. The noise levels were calculated between 5- 11 pm.

Out of four locations where ambient noise level was monitored, noise level has increased at only one location and decreased at 2 locations and was unchanged at one location as compared to the Deepawali day, 2007. The average ambient noise levels on normal day were ranging from 60-70 decibles and on Diwali day 63-87 decibels.

Bribe News Compilation

Psychology of terrorists

Yesterday's news of Assam blasts that killed around 70 people and injuring 500 others is very disturbing. The government was not alert enough despite warnings from various sources. Various Indian cities have been targeted throughout this year, including Bangalore. Should not the police and the government think technically and use technology to solve the terrorism issue in our country?

There is a psychology behind why terrorists do what they do. According to Clark R. McCauley (Professor of Psychology, Bryn Mawr College), psychologists recognize two kinds of aggression, emotional and instrumental. Emotional aggression is associated with anger and does not calculate long-term consequences. The reward of emotional aggression is hurting someone who has hurt you. Instrumental aggression is more calculating -- the use of aggression as a means to other ends. Terrorist aggression may involve emotional aggression, especially for those who do the killing, but those who plan terrorist acts are usually thinking about what they want to accomplish. They aim to inflict long-term costs on their enemy and to gain long-term advantage for themselves.

But, government is caught in political issues to handle their foes and please their friends. Politics is worser than the terrorists. Politics is worser than recession.

Secrets of Vishy's success

Viswanathan Anand defended his World Chess Championship title in Germany by beating Vladimir Kramnik.

Vishy's team consisted 4 people - Uzbek Rustam Kasimdzhanov, Peter Heine Nielsen of Denmark, Radoslav Wojtaszek of Poland and five-time Indian national champion Surya Shekhar Ganguly.

According to Ganguly, here is the secret of success of Vishy:

"Anand was cool with us even on the day when he lost. Working with Anand is such a pleasure. It’s never boring. Despite working 19 hours a day, we could continue working. And the reason is simple. Because of Anand we used to get the enthusiasm. If you ask me to be with Anand on an island without any chess material, it would still be a learning experience for me.

"Anand is a very cool guy. You don’t see him panicking, he is an extremely versatile player. He can work any number of hours. Give him a complex position and he is just the best player in the world to handle it. It’s amazing."

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