Saturday, July 30, 2011

A Marble Lesson

There was this museum laid with beautiful marble tiles, with a huge marble statue displayed in the middle of the lobby. Many people came from all over the world just to admire this statue. One night, the marble tiles started talking to the marble statue.

Marble Tiles: Hey statue, it's just not fair. Why does everybody from all over the world come all the way here just to step on me while admiring you?
Marble Statue: My dear friend, marble tile, do u still remember that we were actually from the same cave?
Marble Tiles: Yes! that's why I feel it is even more unfair. We were born from the same cave and yet we receive different treatment now. Not fair!
Marble Statue: Then, do you still remember the day when the designer tried to work on you but you resisted the tools?
Marble Tiles : Yes, I hate that guy, how could he use those tools on me?
Marble Statue : Well, he couldn't work on you, when he decided to give up on you and start working on me instead. I knew at once that I would be something different after his efforts. I bore all the painful tools he used on me!
Marble Statue continued: My friend, there is a price to everything in life, since you decided to give up half way, you can't blame anybody who steps on you now.!

Moral: The harder the knocks you go through in life, the more you learn and put them to use in the future! Do not be discouraged by setbacks and failures. Don't resist change;embrace it. Who knows, these setbacks & failures and the fears that come with change may the tools for your success tomorrow!!

Monday, July 25, 2011


Fantastic answer by Dr Kalam to a question asked at the BBC,

Define BIRTHDAY...


The only day in your life, when you cried and your Mother was smiling.

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The 101 Most Useful Websites

The list primarily highlights the lesser-known or undiscovered websites and misses out all-time favorites like Google Docs, Wikipedia or IMDB that most of us are already aware of.
The sites mentioned below, well most of them, solve at least one problem really well and they all have simple web addresses (URLs) that you can easily learn by heart thus saving you a trip to Google. – record movies of your desktop and send them straight to YouTube. – for capturing full length screenshots of web pages. – shorten long URLs and convert URLs into QR codes. – find the original URLs that’s hiding behind a short URLs. – know more than just the local time of a city – copy special characters that aren’t on your keyboard. – a better search engine for twitter. – search iOS app without launching iTunes. – the best place to find icons of all sizes. – download templates, clipart and images for your Office documents. – everything you wanted to know about a website. – scan any suspicious file or email attachment for viruses. – gets answers directly without searching – see more wolfram tips. – print web pages without the clutter. – reformats news articles and blog content as a newspaper. – when you wish to share a NSFW page but with a warning. – a simple online timer for your daily needs. – if a site is down due to heavy traffic, try accessing it through coral CDN. – pick random numbers, flip coins, and more. – check the trust level of any website – example. – Preview PDFs and Presentations directly in the browser. – simultaneously upload videos to YouTube and other video sites. – the best place for searching web videos. – share you email address online without worrying about spam. – now get read receipts for your email. – visualize and compare the size of any product. – quickly determine the font name from an image. – a good collection of fonts – free for personal and commercial use. – find data hidden in your photographs – see more EXIF tools. – this is like an online version of Google Googles. – helps you search domains across all TLDs. – your favorite blogs delivered as PDFs. – share you screen with anyone over the web. – recognize text from scanned PDFs and images – see other OCR tools. – Track flight status at airports worldwide. – for sharing really big files online. – a temporary online clipboard for your text and code snippets. – check your writing for spelling or grammatical errors. – easily highlight the important parts of a web page. – work on the same document with multiple people. – planning an event? find a date that works for all. – a less confusing view of the world time zones. – you’ll need this when your bookmarked web pages are deleted. – the perfect tool for measuring your site performance online. – chat with your buddies on Skype, Facebook, Google Talk, etc. from one place. – translate web pages, PDFs and Office documents. – enjoy a never ending stream of YouTube videos in full-screen. – discover new sites that are similar to what you like already. – quick summarize long pieces of text with tag clouds. – create mind-maps, brainstorm ideas in the browser. – get color ideas, also extract colors from photographs. – setup quick reminders via email itself. – when your friends are too lazy to use Google on their own. – generate temporary email aliases, better than disposable email. – lets you can quickly edit PDFs in the browser itself. – send an online fax for free – see more fax services. – get RSS feeds as an email newsletter. – transfer files without uploading to a server. – setup a private chat room in micro-seconds. – create text notes that will self-destruct after being read. – live flight tracking service for airports worldwide. – track the status of any shipment on Google Maps – alternative. – when you need to raise funds online for an event or a cause. – find if your favorite website is offline or not? – this website can be used as an example in documentation. – find the web host of any website. – found something on Google but can’t remember it now? – find whether a photo is real or a photoshopped one. – get word meanings, pronunciations and usage examples. – find definitions of slangs and informal words. – consult this site before choosing a seat for your next flight. – download stock images absolutely free. – chat with your buddies on Skype, Facebook, Google Talk, etc. from one place. – unzip your compressed files online. – record your voice with a click. – create custom Google Maps easily. – never miss another Internet meme or viral video. – quickly setup email reminders for important events. – prevent your ISP and boss from reading your search queries. – you can ask or answer personal questions here. – find if that email offer you received is real or just another scam. – master touch-typing with these practice sessions. – send video emails to anyone using your web cam. – quickly send a file to someone, they can even preview it before downloading. – create timelines with audio, video and images. – make a movie out of your images, audio and video clips. – an online audio editor that lets record, and remix audio clips online. – print music sheets, write your own music online (review). – create a temporary web page that self-destruct. – when you need to find the name of a song. – design from scratch or re-model your home in 3d. – use email on your phone to find sports scores, read Wikipedia, etc. – a beautiful to-do app that looks like your paper dairy. – broadcast events live over the web, including your desktop screen. – automatically find perfectly-sized wallpapers for mobiles. – preserve complete web pages with all the formatting. – your virtual whiteboard. – send an email without using your own account. – an excellent layer-based online image editor. – create flowcharts, network diagrams, sitemaps, etc. – Get your Facebook and Twitter streams in your inbox.


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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Green Ideas - School of Art , Design and Media, Singapore

University constructs a green roof as a gathering place.

Green design is an enormously popular trend in modern architecture, just take a look at this amazing green roof at the School of Art , Design and Media at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore . This 5-story facility sweeps a wooded corner of the campus with an organic, vegetated form that blends landscape and structure, nature and high-tech and symbolizes the creativity it houses. The roofs serve as informal gathering spaces challenging linear ideas and stirring perception. The roofs create open space, insulate the building, cool the surrounding air and harvest rainwater for landscaping irrigation. Planted grasses mix with native greenery to colonize the building and bond it to the setting.

The curving green roofs distinguish the building from among the other structures on campus but the line between landscape and building is blurred. The roofs serve as informal gathering spaces challenging linear ideas and stirring perception. The roofs create open space, insulate the building, cool the surrounding air and harvest rainwater for landscaping irrigation. Planted grasses mix with native greenery to colonize the building and bond it to the setting.

Finishes are intentionally raw to act as a backdrop for the art, media and design projects. Concrete walls and columns, cement-sand screened floors, timber railings and a neutral palette define the interior spaces which vary in shape and size. This amazing design seems to offer a new experience at every elevation or perspective fulfilling the intent that a school for art should inspire creativity.

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Friday, July 22, 2011

Green Ideas - Bar Surya, London

Disco pub gets electricity produced by people dancing at specially modified dance floor.

All the flashing strobes and pounding speakers at the dance club are massive consumers of electrical power. So Bar Surya, in London, re-outfitted its floor with springs that, when compressed by dancers, could produce electrical current that would be stored in batteries and used to offset some of the club's electrical burden. The club's owner, Andrew Charalambous, said the dance floor can now power 60 percent of the club's energy needs.

Certainly gimmicky, Club Surya reflects how aware everyone is becoming about global issues. It's really quite surprising that nobody thought of this earlier. This club is cool as an idea if not in substance.

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Why fee hike by IIMs is condemnable

Citizens of India should come out of stupor and brainwash created by a corrupt and obliging media about pseudo liberalisation and globalisation. Madness,loot and plunder and irrational increase in prices is going on led by governments and their organisations. Never in history of India such outrageous extravaganza and loot was witnessed as under government of Man Mohan

Why IIM fees are not at all justified?

  1. If a state affiliated college which is duly approved by AICTE or even an accredited college can successfully operate for fee of Rs 60 to 90 thousand per year, why IIM needs Rs 6 lacs per year almost 8-10 times of that
  2. IIMs specially IIMA,IIM Kolkata and IIMB have been given free land and their huge assets have been already amortised.These are virtually free of cost.
  3. These institutes are trying to continue Victorian age luxury and opulence somehow.They have huge land and other assets which is sheer waste in current urban realities. For MBA program the core facility is just two class rooms,one library,one computer lab,a couple of seminar rooms and one auditorium for a 60 students batch.Why IIMs need 130 acres of land and buildings worth 60 crores for just 200 seat intake is a riddle.It is sheer opulence and luxury.In fact IIMs are most unproductive set ups in country even much more than IITs.
  4. The value addition in IIMs is questionable. It is the input of students each year that is their strength.
  5. The budget of IIM-A for example of around Rs 80 crores is huge figure pointing to wastage and luxury.
  6. IIMs are state promoted institutes and have to act as benchmark and control points in liberalised economy to check exploitation and price rise. But they are doing opposite.
  7. What has happened that in last 6 years they have increased fee from 30,000 to Rs 6 lac or 20 times? It means inflation of 333% each year.
  8. The fee hike in IIM is not the only concern.Comparing to their fee all fraudulent setups in private sector also hike fees to mint money and exploit markets.Now that fee has been increased,fraudulen t institutes will also hike fees quickly. This a criminal and negligent act on part of central government and IIM boards.It is anti national act and inflation causing phenomenon.IIMs have failed to get donations like in USA from society and Alumni who are stinking rich guys to fund their education cost.In fact these institutes are pseudo centres of excellence with only self claims and very low productivity of manpower and assets.
  9. GOI should come out with a white paper on how to cost technical education in India with various metrics and norms and their reasonable cost currently so people of India know what is bare minimum cost of education.The madness of fraudulent liberalisation must stop.
  10. India's GDP per capita is hardly Rs 40,000 and by that figure not even best Institute shoudl have fee more than rs 1.5 lacs.This is figure in USA. Education is as a policy a no-profit work in society.
  11. The argument of IIMA board recently announced by Samir Barua that salary will hike by 2011 so student can payback fees is a pervert argument making education a commercial sale and a commission business.More salary- more my fee argument.What education has to do with salaries of students and their placements?are these placement shops taking their percentage?It is shameful and illogical argument.

It is time government of India intervene to restore sense in Indian economy management and put effective control on price hike of property,medicines, education and commodities to stop loot,plunder and mismanagement.

We are heading for crisis.

There is no recession in India having 120 crore population and unsatisfied demand.Just that by ridiculous and criminal rise of prices by 300-500% on almost everything in last 7 years has made people poor and unable to buy things.

The growth is being restricted to 5 % guys making rest poor.

Couple this with terrorism, failure of law and order and nion fucntiong judciary and Indian society has been taken to brink of disasaster by currtent governmmetn run by capiotalists and brainless people.

People shoudl ensure that congres sis wiped out from elections to punish them for several sins.

Indians must learn to reverse pice rise trend and come back to sensible levels as soon as possible.

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Green Ideas - Crown Plaza Hotel, Copenhagen

Hotel offers free meal to guests who are willing to generate electricity

The Crown Plaza Hotel in Copenhagen , Denmark , is offering a free meal to any guest who is able to produce electricity for the hotel on an exercise bike attached to a generator. Guests will have to produce at least 10 watt hours of electricity - roughly 15 minutes of cycling for someone of average fitness. They will then be given meal vouchers worth $36 (26 euros).

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