This was a really crappy day. I had a night-out yesterday, stuck with a bad cold, didn’t get much sleep, had a meeting for over 4 hours with my professor going over the project and learning FEM and had to cook dinner on top of it. I was bloody tired and went over some of the old posts through Sharpreader to find something interesting. Weirdly enough i did find something to read and alleviate the miserable feeling.
Here are some links. Enjoy.
Why I Will Never Have A Girlfriend – Alright. I sometimes do crib about that but this guy has taken it to a whole new scientific level and proves why the problem is not with the guy or the girl who shares the same feeling. Definitely, a paper on the subject does seem a bit crazy. He’s got way too much time on his hands 😉 Also don’t forget to see his FU-Q pages …
Lost in Translation – What happens when an English phrase is translated (by computer) back and forth between 5 different languages? The authors of the Systran translation software probably never intended this application of their program. As of September 2003, translation software is almost good enough to turn grammatically correct, slang-free text from one language into grammatically incorrect, barely readable approximations in another. Run your favorite phrases through and laugh through the horrors of bad online translators …
StellaAwards – The Stella Awards were inspired by Stella Liebeck. In 1992, Stella, then 79, spilled a cup of McDonald’s coffee onto her lap, burning herself. A New Mexico jury awarded her $2.9 million in damages, but that’s not the whole story. Ever since, the name “Stella Award” has been applied to any wild, outrageous, or ridiculous lawsuits — including bogus cases! There are some interesting stories here …
Internet killed the video star – A very funny flash movie which is a parody of the original video and is on the same lines as the famous song “Video killed the radio star“, the first video ever to be aired on MTV. It involves lots of people(AOL, Bill gates, MTV, MJ, Britney and others) and the animation is not that bad too. You can definitely waste 3 minutes to see this …
Alright. My break time is up. I did enjoy the links i have posted here. Read them during your spare time and loosen up a little …
Read an article today “Chemist Tries to Solve World’s Energy Woes” at Livescience. Chemist Dr. Daniel Nocera at MIT is trying to use the bountiful energy in sunlight to split water into its basic components, hydrogen and oxygen.
Well the research is still underway and is probably far from being complete but there could be some potential here. If it works, is practical and feasible, then in the future, we might be able to use something like this. Although i very seriously doubt the use of sunlight as a perpetual energy source for such a reaction, i would love to be proved wrong.
Here is an excerpt from the article where Dr. Nocera talks about future energy needs.
Nocera cites a calculation by Caltech chemist Nathan Lewis that power demands in 2050 will be so great that just to keep carbon dioxide emissions at twice preindustrial levels, a nuclear plant would have to be built every two days. There’s not enough room on the planet’s surface for other widely touted solutions such as wind and biomass to have much impact.
I seriously do not know on why people are so skeptical about the use of nuclear energy for producing power. It is much much safer and foolproof than it used to be; We can get almost limitless and perpetual energy if we produce fuel rods in Breeder reactors; It is environmentally friendly and clean. History has taught us a bad lesson about reactors but isn’t it time to move forward and think about how not to repeat the history by making advanced safety measures to avoid any kind of catastrophe. And safety is one of the important aspects that we are being taught. The end result is not just about producing power but to produce clean, safe power. And we are getting there …
I for one, strongly believe that reactors are the cleanest answer available to us to meet all the energy needs of the future. It is vital to realize this fact and start building reactors and reduce the usage of fossil fuels as much as possible before we end up imposing doom on ourselves soon. But oh well since economics and politics are involved in this earth saving venture, i know that we will wait until the situation that Norcera portrays in the excerpt is reached …
A very nice piece of trivia that i enjoyed. The actual article is short and to the point. The following excerpt explains enough.
Humans blink every four seconds, on average. How come they never notice? University College London scientists have solved the riddle. When the eyes shut, even for a fraction of a second, the visual system of the brain shuts down too. So you cannot know that you are fleetingly in the dark, they report in Current Biology. Read more…
This post is beautiful. Reminds me of my time in Goa and Mangalore during my trip. Words well woven and written out in a poetic expression that depicts the ocean in a very subtle way. The pictures that are in the post are also very graphically depictive. Here it is.
Listen to what great a silence they behold;
Sun in the clear blue sky, the vagrant breeze warm and dry.
The prelude draws its overtures from the reprise.
Slow and steady the tune is built.
With the flats and sharps as they gather,
Tempo together with the minors and majors.
Into an experience of this astounding resonance. The voice of orbital orgasm!
Whither the moon? Whither the waters? The roar!
As the scale descends, the roar drowns into a death,
Only to pass the dying refrain as the theme to the next.
The roar speaks in a million accents: of triumphs, of disappointments,
Of convictions, of negotiations , of a variety emotions and naked reasons.
In this brutal might there is beauty – austere or magnifique;
but nothing is permitted to last more than the lifetime of a wave.
This is no ordinary orchestra.
This is life, the concert writ against the horizon of constancy.
Couple of days back, I found some good articles and links while browsing through blogs and sites. As usual, between work, i never had the chance to completely read all of it. Got to it now and finished reading them only to get lost amidst these links and wasted enough time that i don’t have the motivation anymore to read this late in night. So decided to post them here before i go to doze off for the day …
Mind May Affect Machines – Researchers at the Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research program, or Pear, have been attempting to measure the effect of human consciousness on machines since 1979. No one can hear them, but they can see their apparent effect: balls that go in certain directions on command, water fountains that seem to rise higher with a wish and drums that quicken their beat — Very interesting and very Matrixy …
‘Human-brained’ monkeys – Scientist warned that their latest experiments may accidently produce “human-brained” monkey. In this world gone mad, we won’t spank the monkey, the monkey will spank us — WTF ?!
The Birth of Google – Larry thought Sergey was arrogant. Sergey thought Larry was obnoxious. But their obsession with backlinks just might be the start of something big — A very good read on how the idea behind Google started growing into the behemoth that it has now become !
The Machine Doesnâ€™t Stop – A very very interesting post about what will become of the Machine in the future. The machine that they refer to is the whole consciousness of machines that are connected to each other through the internet and which could breathe and work as a single entity, some time in the future ! A beautiful vision that reminds me of Terminator !
Well that’s it for now .. I am almost sleeping on my keyboard. Adios !