Archive for January, 2007

Set minds to motion!

Posted on January 26, 2007. Filed under: science |

from:flintspark.blogspot.com
hi all!

I was thinking to pose some good questions that occured to me and that might be materialized in the future.

1.Lets build a bamboo microsope.

In the pursuit of taking science to villages,we try to make a bamboo low cost mircoscope.

The only costly thing in it will be the lenses.

The microscope tube as well as the mechanism all will be made up of bamboo,since it is locally available,rough and tough,prevents entry of external light.

The problem is to design the mircoscope’s mechanism.

Firstly,it must be able to move the main tube up and down,

next,it must be able to move the lens up and down.Simply put,both coarse and fine adjustments.
also how to attach the lenses with the rim of the bamboo tube.

How will you do it?

2.This is the original idea(i think) of Mr PS Ghose,of National Bal Bhawan.

Why to go on buying a laptop,when you can build it?

I mean,since desktops are now available at about 15000,so why not assemble our desktop on to a small atteche case?(say vip case)

The heating would be one big problem and the bag must be able to close on completion of work.

We shall need to drill out holes of the sides to provide the connection.
It shouldn’t have its own power suppy,thats ok.
but it must have its own monitor.and keyboard and mouse and possibly speakers.

then we shall need to provide it with adequate protection from elements.The hard disk needs to be cushioned.

think on it.and gimme an ingenious solution.be descriptive and then lets matertialize.

3.This one is quite funny and is all bout lateral thinking.

What can you hold only with oyu right hand?
Don’t answer if oyu already know.

Answers to those who comment.

hugs for a great repulic day,
sameer

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Racist?Who,we?

Posted on January 25, 2007. Filed under: social |

Hi all!

This comment can be taken in regard to the shilpa shetty controversy,where she was “allegedly” racially abused by her house mates,in the reality show ,Big Brother.

I have got just 2 things to say:

1.She was called a paki, and then she was not.Was she?Was she not?

We have no way to ascertain this point of racial buse coz neither have we seen the show live or on the TV,neither have we experienced this word before.

We are just going on the fodder that news chanels and papers have fed us.So why to scribble up your mind for something you haven’t seen for yourself,you haven’t heard for your self?

Remember,Aristotle’s three tests?

Also,even when we are convinced that all this has taken place then,it must be the public of Britain that must critisise and not the government of India,which has got many other things to do.

2.We say The Brits are racist.We might even say the Whites are racist.But we are unable to see the enemy within.

Are’nt all of us in Inida racist?

It is well said”jab kisi se koi gila rahkna,samne ayina rakhna.”i.e,whenever you have any grudge against anyone,keep a mirror in front of yourself.

We call all Northeast people “Chinkis”.All people from south and who are a little dark,are called southys,whether they hail from Tamil Nadu or from Karnataka.We say”yes yes,its the same.”

People are bewildered when they see a fair south indian.Why?

Why is it that the sale of fairness creams in India beats any other commodity?
Why do all expect a fair daughter in law,for our sons?

This is a stereotype that needs to be broken first and then we can blame the rest of the world for being racist.
Kill The enemy within before you kill someone outside.

(consider this as an echo from Barha Dutt’s Editorial in HT)

Hugs,
sameer

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I am not panic.

Posted on January 14, 2007. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Nothing is idle, nothing dynamic.
What is moving, is certainly not sonic.
Its catastrophe, fall of apocalypse
Her beauty,
I am taking deep breath, am not panic.

What shall I move, what shall I stall,
When I am blind, like a bird in jar.
Its time when everybody is crying.
Her beauty,
I am taking deep breath, am not panic.

Every body dies,
Gas chambers were not needed.
Neither bombs, nor planes.
It was you and me who did it.
Her beauty, with no head on shoulder, no arms to hold…
I am taking deep breath, am not panic.

Still original, kT

Okkie dokkie.. I am not saying that this is best from me, but still I liked it after I finished it. What say…Comments are invited.

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Happy Hartal!!!

Posted on January 12, 2007. Filed under: bandh, kolkata, Politics |

The other day I recieved a forwarded SMS from a friend of mine with the following message:
English man subha uthkar bolta hain-Good morning.
Hindu says : Suprabhatam
Muslim: Salam
but aj kal subha uthkar Mamta Banerjee Bolti hai: aj bangala bandh hai…!! Happy Hartal
For a moment, I could not but laugh out loudly. But an instant later, it no more seemed funny. And it should not either. And for all those who do not understand the signuficance of the sms here’s a list of .. well… what should I call it- poltician-declared-public holidays in Kolkata last December onwards: two 12 hour bandhs plus one 24 hours bandh and then one 48 hour bandh for various issues and various poltical parties in 31 days of December and then once again a Bandh on the 8th of January! Okay, and this list doe not include the endless number of processions and things like road blocking.. protest… all that one can think of to disrupt the life of the city and irritate just about everyone!
I understand full well that the issues the parties take up are serious and that they need to be addressed, and its not just one Miss Mamta Banerjee but Bandh is a strategic tool of peaceful mass protest, but then a simple fact is, a bandh is supposed to show that the certain issue has so much support from people that people are going on a strike till their demands are met, but the truth is people do not come out of their houses during bandh- not exactly becaus ethey support the cause or anything but simply because they are scared they might be stopped on their way and they would have to face various troubles and hazards which is not rare either! So its a “forceful” espousing the bandhs demand. And for that matter there is a certain section of the population who are not even aware of why this strike has been called!!
Kolkata’s annual calendar has hardly been bandh-free for years now and finally,now that the ruling party is taking steps to curb the number of such abrupt halts… the opposition seems to be reluctant.
I am not a poltical or even social expert… but as a layman- as an young student of both the city and the country, I just want to ask one question- is bandh the only peaceful way to go about it? I only know nothing is absolute, so there must be alternatives. And all I know is, it is high time such alternatives are adopted because there are professions other than POLITICS in the city.. in the country, in which having a ‘bandh-day’ is neither helpful nor desirable… and there are certain people like daily labourers for whom a day-off implies -a fast.

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Why iPhone may win…

Posted on January 11, 2007. Filed under: Uncategorized |

I know, you know that iPod in itself is not a complete device, and I can always rank Creative Zen higher than iPod, but still iPod is a market leader. Similarly there can be n device like iPhone, and there are already m devices some what like iPhone before iPhone, but still it will become a market leader(presently an assumption). Why I think so…you better watch these videos.

SMS feature
[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jgy50uWLOSw”>

Phone feature

Image feature

Video feature

Music feature

Email feature

Web browser feature

Now these videos will tell why I said that iPhone would probably become market leader in spite of the hefty price tag.

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Apple’s I Phone, where is phone.[Updated]

Posted on January 11, 2007. Filed under: gadgets |

Apple’s I-phone, that probably wont remain I phone as Cisco people are on fire and are burning apples.

And as of me, I am not at all excited about Apples Iphone.

First of all I want to know, that is it Ipod with telecommunication abilities or a phone with Ipod capabilities. And if its phoe then where is a numberpad. I am siting far away from the launch and all the hooh plah, but still what I can see is that there is no keypad, not even a virtual one. And when I showed it to my mom, she said that this is useless, and said that why should she spend some 600$ for a phone that does not have a keypad. And even I would prefer buying an Ipod and a phone separately. And Nokia is providing me better options here in India.

Apple is too much of a US centric company, which for such products is not good. And even of US point of view, they are locked on Cingular, and I dont think Cingular is having a 100% capture over market. Battery life as it is being reported sucks. Camera…just 2GB, humph… 600$ and +, I get only a 2MP camera, 2MP is just so normal. Apple will be very late when they will come in India, which is not going to happen in coming 1 year. And if Nokia and other players in India get on the social apron, then Apple is in for some big troubles.

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UPDATE:
As Abhishek has pointed out in his comment, that I have not mentioned about the cool features of Iphone, here they are…but this post was not meant to introduce you all to Iphone, which is done brilliantly over here, here and here. It was more of comment on Iphone, because when it is about gadget then one must have at least two senses at work, and I had only one, sight, and the touch was missing. And allways remember that it is a Smart Phone.
Cool features…

  • All touch screen.(Ok..wash your hands before you touch it… ;-0
  • Patented QWERTY key board(touch screen)
  • Quad-band (GSM 850/900/1800/1900)
  • Visual Voicemail (Lists all voice mails and allows to select them as in emails.)
  • On connectivity front; Bluetooth , Wi-Fi , POP3 and IMAP4 e-mail, and a Safari Web browser.
  • Few sensors; proximity sensor: dims light when brought near to body( I want that in my room , when I increase proximity…[;-)], ambient light sensor adjusts brightness and saves power, accelerometer: switches screen from landscape and portrait mode.

The big question is, whether, iPhone would be able to break in mobile market or not? iPod was successful not just because of its design but also due to iTunes, which was there as a seamless support. What none of the mobile company have is … something like iTunes. Xpress Music phones from Nokia would certainly pose some kind of challenge to iPhones.

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Apple’s I Phone, where is phone.[Updated]

Posted on January 11, 2007. Filed under: gadgets |

Apple’s I-phone, that probably wont remain I phone as Cisco people are on fire and are burning apples.

And as of me, I am not at all excited about Apples Iphone.

First of all I want to know, that is it Ipod with telecommunication abilities or a phone with Ipod capabilities. And if its phoe then where is a numberpad. I am siting far away from the launch and all the hooh plah, but still what I can see is that there is no keypad, not even a virtual one. And when I showed it to my mom, she said that this is useless, and said that why should she spend some 600$ for a phone that does not have a keypad. And even I would prefer buying an Ipod and a phone separately. And Nokia is providing me better options here in India.

Apple is too much of a US centric company, which for such products is not good. And even of US point of view, they are locked on Cingular, and I dont think Cingular is having a 100% capture over market. Battery life as it is being reported sucks. Camera…just 2GB, humph… 600$ and +, I get only a 2MP camera, 2MP is just so normal. Apple will be very late when they will come in India, which is not going to happen in coming 1 year. And if Nokia and other players in India get on the social apron, then Apple is in for some big troubles.

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UPDATE:
As Abhishek has pointed out in his comment, that I have not mentioned about the cool features of Iphone, here they are…but this post was not meant to introduce you all to Iphone, which is done brilliantly over here, here and here. It was more of comment on Iphone, because when it is about gadget then one must have at least two senses at work, and I had only one, sight, and the touch was missing. And allways remember that it is a Smart Phone.
Cool features…

  • All touch screen.(Ok..wash your hands before you touch it… ;-0
  • Patented QWERTY key board(touch screen)
  • Quad-band (GSM 850/900/1800/1900)
  • Visual Voicemail (Lists all voice mails and allows to select them as in emails.)
  • On connectivity front; Bluetooth , Wi-Fi , POP3 and IMAP4 e-mail, and a Safari Web browser.
  • Few sensors; proximity sensor: dims light when brought near to body( I want that in my room , when I increase proximity…[;-)], ambient light sensor adjusts brightness and saves power, accelerometer: switches screen from landscape and portrait mode.

The big question is, whether, iPhone would be able to break in mobile market or not? iPod was successful not just because of its design but also due to iTunes, which was there as a seamless support. What none of the mobile company have is … something like iTunes. Xpress Music phones from Nokia would certainly pose some kind of challenge to iPhones.

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Something requiring your action

Posted on January 11, 2007. Filed under: social |


I am sorry to include two simultaneous posts but this is urgent.

I have been trying to get this thing materialized with many organizations but with litte success.
Due to other useless things in life,i haven’t been able to take these ideas forward.

I want you to read this and try to materialize it.
A poster of a similar thing in was seen in Singapore.

hugs
sameer

>>Sir,

Sub: Initiation of a programme for the poor for winters.

I appreciate your esteemed organization’s role in organizing aids and facilities for the poor.

I have a suggestion of a scheme to make that might be initiated by your organization at a larger scale.

This programme would be to start a collection drive of old, but wearable woolen clothes from all households.

Most of the people do have clothes that are wearable but have either have shrinked for their size or are out of fashion. People are ready to donate such clothes but do not know where to do so.

This calls for your organization to collected such clothes on a massive scale, segregate them into sizes and then distribute them to poor, who do not have any defense against winter.

A similar programme was initiated by a society in Singapore.

I hope that my suggestion would be received and discussed by your society at the latest.

I would appreciate a response or an acknowledgement about the same.

Yours truly,
Sameer Thukral

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Theories of plant translocation

Posted on January 11, 2007. Filed under: science |

Another post form flintspark.blogspot.com

 

Being a student of life sciences also,it is inevitable fo me to include some talk and theories of life sciences.

Firstly,

What i need is a physical application in form of a product of device which uses this phenomenon.

It has been shown by Henry Dixon,that the accent of sap and water to the leaves from the roots is only due to 3 reasons:

1.The transpirational pull
As water evaporates from the leaves of the plant,there is a suction created by this action resulting in a pull drom the roots.
You can also see this by taking a porus pot and gluing a tube filled of water to it,the tube dipped in a jar of water.As the water evaporates,the water level in the tube rises.

This is how water rises to trees even over 100m in height.

2.Cohesion and Adhesion.
The water molecules are cohesed(attracted) to each other forming a continuous column of water.they also are adhesed(attracted) to the xylem vessel(a thin tube) in the plant.

Since xylem vessels are thin,they help in conduction of water in small plants by cappliarity(passive asscent of liquid in a thin tube).

3.Root pressure

The water molecules surounding the root are very much eager to enter the root(due to less water potential in the root).
Thus the root exerts a pressure towards the water in the xylem vessel.

To check this out,cut a potted plant above the root at any place.Sap will exude out of it.

My question is:Is there an device required or already made that works on these principles?

I propose,a motor less water escaltion system to fill up your overhead water tanks.But it doesn’t seem plausible.

You can ask it if you don’t understand any point.

But if you have understood,start thinking.

Hugs for a great brainstorm,
sameer

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I am Sorry…

Posted on January 11, 2007. Filed under: Uncategorized |

I am really sorry as I was unable to post on the New to brew section, And its nearly a week. You all can see that my post have also reduced, in this week and this will remain so for nearly a month to come. It is painful to say so. But over here it is exam season, so I am kinda busy in working for my grades. But still I will try to bring up one post, in two or three days. But things are tightening over here. Engineering is a tough job, and so are exams during the course. But still I would appreciate if you bring up some suggestions and rants, or any kind of criticism will be greeted with open arms.
Bye the way my exams will end on 12th of February, so it would be a hip season after that.

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