Friday, January 25, 2008

A day in a superstar's life

Warning. This story is meant for people who are SCIENTIFICALLY CHALLENGED

It had been snowing for the past few days. The asphalt roads were covered with thick ice making driving dangerous.
Our superstar is driving a ferrari, which was presented to him for his remarkable super heroic stunts.

He had a passion for driving . But today there is a sense of discomfort in his face (It is so evident, that
even a small kid would figure it out).

Being a superstar, he had an ad campaign going on. So he was supposed to be
very consious about the brand he wears, the food he eats, the stuff he drinks etc.
Our superstar has a coke in is hand (obviously the brand he was sponsoring). But the reason for his discomfort is still uncertain.

Inspite of slippery roads, Suddenly He cruises his car at a top speed of 450 Miles per hour, (He is a superstar, he can easily achieve that speed
in any car and in any road condition), He goes nearer to the curb of the road, performs a superhero bang on one of the rocks. (I suppose you
are still unclear as to why he did that).

But a superstar is always right, as soon as he bangs on the rock some ice cubes start rolling from the rocky hill.
In a whisker he stretches out the glass of coke outside and lo behold, some ice cubes roll down through the rocks into the glass.

His face now glitters with a superstar smile, and due to this feat, his discomfort of not having "ICE in his COKE" is vanished,
and he drives happily back home.

Friday, January 11, 2008

My First Pet - Part 1

Those were the days, when i was in my 4th grade. My mother used to conduct tuitions at home for those kids who were poor, whose parents were illiterate and those could not afford expensive tutorials.

It was a bright saturday afternoon, and as usual i came from school very early. Mom was busy teaching kids, so she told me to change my clothes, get fresh and have some lunch. I promptly did so, and when I was just about to put the first spoon of rice into my mouth, My mom's student, asha, came running along with her mother. She told us that some sort of animal had entered their house and was terrorizing their children. Their father was not in the city, so she wanted me to help her out to "exterminate" the animal.

Being a curious and hyperactive kid, I wanted to be the one to solve this mistery. I placed my plate back in the kitchen, and as per my mother's instructions followed asha to their place.

Once i reached their home, i sneaked into the kitchen where the voices of the so called "unknown" animal was still being heard. The vessels were scattered all around the place and it was completely messy. I managed to clear the path way, and followed the voice that finally led me to the narrow passage inside the chimney. I lit a torch inside the passage and lo behold, I could see two glittering helpless eyes, which seemed to me as if they were pleading me to free her out of the passage. Without no further thoughts, i inserted my hand inside the passage and carefully started to pull the animal out, making sure that i wont hurt it. Slowly the two legs of the animal was visible; and soon its body became visible, asha and her mother were shocked to see a two legged animal, then when the body was visible, they knew what it was, It was a cockrell (a yonng rooster)., crouched in a narrow passage.

Looking at the Sun Can Trigger a Sneeze

Have you ever emerged from a matinee movie, squinted into the sudden burst of sunlight and sneezed uncontrollably? Up to a third of the population will answer this question with an emphatic "Yes!" (whereas nearly everyone else scratches their head in confusion). Sneezing as the result of being exposed to a bright light—known as the photic sneeze reflex—is a genetic quirk that is still unexplained by science, even though it has intrigued some of history's greatest minds.

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Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Hotel Keralafonia

Here is the Mallu version of Hotel California (By Yeagles)

On the road to Trivandrum
Coconut oil in my hair
Warm smell of avial
Rising up through the air
Up ahead in the distance
I saw a bright pink tube-light
My tummy rumbled, I felt weak and thin
I had to stop for a bite
There he stood in the doorway
Flicked his mundu in style
And I was thinking to myself
I don't like the look of his sinister smile
Then he lit up a petromax
Muttering "No power today"
More Mallus down the corridor
I thought I heard them say

Welcome to the Hotel Kerala-fonia
Such a lousy place,
Such a lousy place (background)
Such a sad disgrace,
Plenty of bugs at the Hotel Kerala-fonia
Any time of year
Any time of year (background)
It's infested here
It's infested here

His finger's stuck up his nostril
He's got a big, thick mustache
He makes an ugly, ugly noise
But that's just his laugh
Buxom girls clad in pavada
Eating banana chips
Some roll their eyes, and
Some roll their hips
I said to the manager
My room's full of mice
He said,
Don't worry, saar,I sending you
meen karri, brandy and ice
And still those voices were crying from far away
Wake you up in the middle of the night
Just to hear them pray

Save us from the Hotel Kerala-fonia
Such a lousy place,
Such a lousy place (background)
Such a sad disgrace
Trying to live at the Hotel Kerala-fonia
It is no surprise
It is no surprise (background)
That it swarms with flies

The blind man was pouring
Stale sambar on rice
And he said
We are all just actors here
In Silk Smitha-disguise
And in the dining chamber
We gathered for the feast
We stab it with our steely knives
But we just can't cut that beef
Last thing I remember
I was writhing on the floor
That cockroach in my appam-stew was the culprit,
I am sure
Relax, said the watchman,
This enema will make you well
And his friends laughed as they held me down
God's Own Country? Oh, Hell!

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Good Quotes

By all means marry; if you get a good wife, you'll be happy. If you get a bad one, you'll become a philosopher.
- Socrates

Well Begun is half Done
- Aristotle.

Wise men talk because they have something to say;
fools, because they have to say something.

Genius is 1 percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration.
- Thomas Alva Edison

If A is success in life, then A equals x plus y plus z.
Work is x; y is play; and z is keeping your mouth shut.
- Albert Einstein

Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute, and it seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute. That's relativity.
- Albert Einstein

I have never met a man so ignorant that I couldn't
learn something from him.
- Galileo Galilei

The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the
attribute of the strong.
- Mahatma Gandhi

Computers are useless. They can only give you answers.
- Pablo Picasso

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

My all time favourite romantic song - "Hello"

Lionel richie has really "Stirred his heart" while composing and singing this beautiful work of his. Here how the song goes.

I've been alone with you inside my mind
And in my dreams I've kissed your lips a thousand times
I sometimes see you pass outside my door

Hello, is it me you're looking for?
I can see it in your eyes
I can see it in your smile
You're all I've ever wanted, (and) my arms are open wide
'Cause you know just what to say
And you know just what to do
And I want to tell you so much, I love you ...

I long to see the sunlight in your hair
And tell you time and time again how much I care
Sometimes I feel my heart will overflow
Hello, I've just got to let you know
'Cause I wonder where you are And I wonder what you do
Are you somewhere feeling lonely, or is someone loving you?

Tell me how to win your heart
For I haven't got a clue But let me start by saying, I love you ...

Hello, is it me you're looking for?
'Cause I wonder where you are
And I wonder what you do
Are you somewhere feeling lonely or is someone loving you?
Tell me how to win your heart For I haven't got a clue
But let me start by saying ... I love you

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Bangalore may become wireless broadband city by 2010

If things go as planned, Bangalore may emerge as India's first city with wireless broadband Internet connectivity in about two years.
Indications are that things are moving in that direction.

An empowered committee, headed by Prof Sadagopan of the Indian Institute of Information Technology, Bangalore, has been working on the venture for the last six months and it met here yesterday and shortlisted five companies for the project.

The idea is to provide broadband Internet access irrespective of the telecom service provider one gets service from. If one used the services on the move -- operating a palmtop or laptop -- service provider will charge interconnection charge, Pujari explained.

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'Dumbest criminal' caught in SA

Police in South Africa's capital, Pretoria, claim to have to caught the "dumbest criminal" this year.

The man walked into a station to report that he had been held up at gunpoint by a gang who had stolen his mobile phone.

But when the detective phoned the number of the phone reportedly stolen, it rang in the complainant's pocket.

"The shock left him speechless for a few minutes," said police spokesman Eugene Opperman, adding that the man, 25, was then arrested for perjury.

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Sleep during day to strengthen memory!!

"We still don't know the exact mechanism of the memory process that occurs during sleep, but the results of this research suggest the possibility that it is possible to speed up memory consolidation, and in the future, we may be able to do it artificially," said Prof. Karni.

Long term memory is defined as a permanent memory that doesn't disappear or that disappears after many years. This part of our memory is divided into two types – memories of "what" (for example: what happened yesterday or what one remembers from an article one read yesterday) and memories of "how to" (for example: how to read Hebrew, how to drive, play basketball or play the piano).

In this new research, which was conducted by researchers at the University of Haifa in cooperation with the Sleep Laboratory at the Sheba Medical Center and researchers from the Department of Psychology at the University of Montreal, it was revealed that a daytime nap changes the course of consolidation in the brain.

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Leaving Computers On Helps Them Last Longer

Rest easy, your computer is more likely to be damaged by a virus picked up from the Internet than by being turned off and on too much. They are also energy efficient: Such efficiency has reached the point where most PCs place themselves in sleep mode if they remain idle for a certain period of time. So your PC will likely slip into sleep mode anyway, even if you leave it on overnight.
Sleep mode itself, once a pretty unreliable option—you never knew if you would be able to wake your PC without having to reboot it—has been vastly improved with newer operating systems. If you want your PC to consume as little energy as possible when not in use, shut it down. If you want it to consume zero energy, you're going to have to unplug it.
Your PC can be in only three states: on, sleep or off (also called standby)—each of which draws some level of electric current. A PC that is "on" will either be actively processing information or sitting idle, depending on whether the user is typing a document, reading e-mail or has stepped away briefly. The amount of wattage drawn when the computer is on varies greatly depending on whether it is a laptop or a desktop PC. (The latter uses more energy because desktop power supplies are less efficient and require a separate and often larger,
power-hungry monitor.) It also varies based on the type of work being done: Complex calculations requiring intensive processing are more power hungry, whereas writing or Web browsing consume far less electricity.

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A Meaningful composition by Kabir, (Sung by agnee).

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Sunday, January 6, 2008

Mankuthimmana kagga

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The Einstein puzzle

Supposedly, Albert Einstein wrote this riddle, and said 98% of the world could not solve it.

There are 5 houses in 5 different colors. In each house lives a man with a different nationality. The 5 owners drink a certain type of beverage, smoke a certain brand of cigar, and keep a certain pet. No owners have the same pet, smoke the same brand of cigar or drink the same beverage.

The question is: "Who owns the fish?"


Google's Egg puzzle..Try to solve this

The Standard Problem in simple writing goes like this:

* You are given 2 eggs.
* You have access to a 100-storey building.
* Eggs can be very hard or very fragile means it may break if dropped from the first floor or may not even break if dropped from 100 th floor.Both eggs are identical.
* You need to figure out the highest floor of a 100-storey building an egg can be dropped without breaking.
* Now the question is how many drops you need to make. You are allowed to break 2 eggs in the process

Taare Zameen Par..

In humourous terms, Its one of the "BOLLYWOOD" movie where an heroine was not required. Seriously speaking its a movie with amazing performances, ultimate concept, and with a moral to carry back home.

Aamir khan has done a commendable job explaining the meaning of dyslexia to common man. The problem with us is we generally ignore the problem in our kids and use force to just dump alphabets into their mind, nullifying any scope for innovation.

In my view, We have not only lost our sense of smell (which our ancestors posessed), but also the sense of innovation. Knowledge today is adaptive rather than creative. We adapt to what we read and what we are taught.

Its high time that we realize our mistakes and give freedom of thoughts for kids; They rightfully deserve it.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

"Hotel Rwanda" - The story of a True Hero

"Strength is not a physical entity nor it has anything to do with brains, True strength resides in the heart of people who put their lives at risk to save their fellow humans" - This is the theme of Hotel Rwanda.
One of the best movies i ever watched in my life. This great movie showcases the most horrible intricacies of the nature, subdued by a man with great internal strengh and presence of mind, Mr Paul Rusesabagina (Played be Don Cheadle). Working as a Hotel manager in kigali Rwanda, Paul is strangled in the civil war fought between the Hutu and the Tutsi tribes, Even as the entire world shows its back, this great man holds his nerves and manages to save more than 1200 lives. Its really worth watching the way he does this feat.