Sunday, July 27, 2008

Houyhnhnms And The Island Of Anuta

This is a article in BBC talks about an isolated island in Pacific ocean called Anuta.Being one of world's most remote islands the people there have a great community spirit and the harmony, which goes as far as adopting each others children .If a couple was childless for any reason they would be perfectly entitled to ask another family member or friend if they could have their next child.This reminds me of one of the islands that Jonathan Swift talks about in his 18th century classic- Gulliver Travels -The country of the Houyhnhnms wherein there is a slimilar notion about adopting other's childern.The author says

Here likewise the regulations of children is settled:as for instance if a Houghyhnm hath two males he changeth one of them with another that hath two females;and when a child hath been lost by any casualty where the mother is past breeding it is determined what family in the district shall breed another to supply the loss.

Wonder how world will be if everybody has same love and compassion.

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Saturday, July 26, 2008

Send Your Name To Moon

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NASA gives an opportunity to "send your name to moon".On its moon rover project called Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiters NASA gives general public a chance to send their names to moon.The registration is free and is can be done here .They give you a certificate on your name which is dated and numbered and downloadable too.The last date for registration is 31st July, 2008

How will your/ name go to Moon?
All registered names would be put onto a Micro Chip which in turn would be mounted on to LRO spacecraft by NASA. Further using registration number on the certificate anyone can cross check or retrieve or share their certificates once the database is published on the site after launch of mission in Oct/Nov.


Me along with my family will be going to moon.

interested in joining us ?



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Thursday, July 17, 2008

The Man Who Jumped From The Space

Joseph William Kittinger II on August 16, 1960 made a jump from a hot air balloon(called Excelsior III) at 102,800 feet.He fell for 14 minutes and 36 seconds (before reaching earth) reaching a maximum speed of 714 mph before opening his parachute at 14,000 feet. Pressurization for his right glove malfunctioned during the ascent, and his right hand swelled to twice its normal size.He set records for highest balloon ascent, highest parachute jump, longest drogue-fall (14 min), and fastest speed by a human through the atmosphere.

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Saturday, July 12, 2008

Royal Enfield Thunderbird Twin Spark


Royal Enfield India is growing slowly but steadily .The latest offering from the Chennai based company is the new Thunderbird with a twin spark engine and few other changes ,most significant of the changes made is the UCE (unit construction engine) with integrated gear box which according to Royal Enfield reduces the metal wear and tear. The UCE in the Thunderbird Twinspark means that customers will no longer have to deal with the chronic issues of owning a Bullet — the vintage version that has given the company the reputation it basks in today — which means no more push rod adjustment to stop tappet noise, no more oil leaks, no more checking oil level with a dipstick (a glass window now allows an instant check)..Other new features included are the auto decompresser, CV carburetor, powerful disc breaks, a 6-plate low effort clutch and highest payload for any Indian motorcycle(160 kgs) .That plus a torque of 28 Nm ,the company says is the bike's USP.The new Thunderbird @ 20 bhp promises to be more efficient and responsive.The company might phase out the present TBLB(Thunderbird Lean Burn) depending on the response .


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Sunday, July 6, 2008

Curse Of The Finals

India's curse of the Finals continues to haunt them with yet another flop performance in a final .In the last 22 final matches since 1999 India have lost 18 finals and just won 2 while it shared the title 2 times .This final belonged to Mendis who with his unique bowling action(with the flick of the middle finger ,carrom ball its called!!!!!) bowled superbly for his 8-1-13-6 .Wonder what has to be done to end the curse.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Fire Walk Test

Sandeep of Techsavvy reports this unusual way of testing laptops.Really, this type of testing seems to have caught up .Few days back I saw a personal at a multi-brand laptop showroom standing on a laptop to prove the laptop's strength.

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