Daily Archives: September 15, 2008

Metamaterials – Privacy at stake ?

Have you heard of the term “metamaterial”? It is considered to be an emerging technology that has the potential to change the way we live today. Although the first metamaterial was developed in the late 1940’s , recently researchers in the UK and US put forward a blueprint for building a cloaking device. Light as we know can be either reflected(mirror) or transmitted (see through glass). What meta material does is bend light around in unexpected directions . In simple terms ” Things made out of metamaterial can make you invisible”. Sounds interesting? , think again. 

We could very well have invisisbility cloaks to make the wearer invisible and snooping around. Or government keeping a watch on whatever you do in your daily life by clocking listening devices , cameras in public (or maybe private places). Security agencies all over are already spying on internet users LEGALLY in the name of safety (which is a different debate all togather). 

Maybe its time we start discussing about it.

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Can the English language survive with him around?

G.W Bush famous quotes: 

1. “The vast majority of our imports come from outside the country” 

2. “If we don’t succeed, we run the risk of failure”

3. “We have a firm commitment to NATO and we are a part of NATO. We have a firm commitment to Europe; we are a part of Europe

4. ” A low voter turnout is an indication of fewer people going to the polls” 

5. “It’s time for human race to enter the solar system”

6. “Human being and fish can co exist peacefully”

7. “You teach a child to read and he/she will be able to pass literacy test

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White… Bloody white…

Serial blasts in Delhi.

Serial blasts in Ahmedabad.

Serial Blasts in Hyderabad…

It has been a long time since I have started seeing these headlines. Com’on, it’s got boring. Can’t you have more creative headlines? What happened to the creative barons of the media? Believe me, as a viewer, whenever you keep seeing these headlines, my first instinct is to switch channels.

Sadist… some people would say. What about the loss? what about those killed? How can you think of TRP’s and stuff in the face of such crisis?

Right, I am sadist.

I got used to it. As every other common man has.

What has the common man done after each of these blasts?

He avoided going to these places after the blasts for the first 2 days. He thought, what else will happen? We have seen this happening every now and then. This is not something new. It was just sheer luck that he wasn’t there at the place.

The common man is not terrorised any more. We have become resilient. We now expect something more creative from the terrorists now. Even flying planes into crowded streets is old fashioned now.

A billion strong common man. Someone has to do something really very creative to get our attention now. And you should look at the different hings we have done to take the cue.

  • We have a home minister responsible for internal security, who hasn’t been elected by popular vote. We let him be there, because he was in the coterie of you-know-who. 
  • We have elected “representatives of the people”, when they were spending time behind bars accused of homicide. 
  • We dote on politicians who still follow the colonial policy of ‘Divide and Rule’. For us, division (on the basis of race, caste, ethnicity and so on) gives us a sense of identity. 
  • We pay our taxes diligently – the money which is used to feed a bloated bureaucracy. For us, red-tape is a way of life – a part and parcel of “the system”. 
  • People can plant bombs, but don’t worry. If they get caught, they will enjoy a decade of plush hospitality, till our judiciary decides. And then, there is still a chance of being acquitted. 
  • We argue over a cup of tea, whether capital punishment is the need of the hour. We debate on human rights, when psychotic killers go on a rampage. Civilized society, as some would say. 
  • We continue to patronise a security system, which is next to non-existent. For us, police is a word we should avoid, police station is a place we should avoid going to, a policeman is a person we should avoid any contact with. They are ‘the untouchables’.

So do you get the point? 

You need to change to entertain us. You need to change to terrorise us. 

Believe me, we have got bored with the crimson red colour of blood too. We have been seeing that everywhere. We have even changed our sense of colour. 

Blood is no more red.

It is WHITE – anyone can add any colour to it.

Haa… It even brings a smirk on my face, when I see a politician dressed in spotless white… White, bloody white…

(This post also appears on my online blog – ns360.wordpress.com. All views expressed here are my own, and as any common man’s views are, there is no need to worry about them. These are just thoughts of the common man.)

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Big Bang – A 2000 year old theory?

While scientists around the globe were busy with the LHC experiment, i was doing my own research on the “Puranas”. Thought to have been written 2000 years ago, they are the religious texts which talk about the creation of the universe (and much more).

One thing in particular grabbed my attention 

In the beginning the Brahm pervaded the entire universe. When it was time for creation, the Brahm manifested itself as the three supreme gods, BrahmaVishnu and Shiva.” Then water was created and out of the water arose a huge many-headed serpent known as Seshnag. Vishnu took this serpent as his resting place. Next from the waters came a golden egg shining with the brilliance of a thousand suns. Brahma, the Creator, entered the egg and for a thousand years carried on the work of creation within the egg.  After a thousand years the egg hatched into two parts. The upper part was made the heaven and the lower part the earth. The sun emerged from the egg and took its ordained place in the heaven. Since it was the first to emerge it is known as Aditya. The various landforms, rivers, oceans and mountains then followed.”

It is interesting to note that now we know that during the big bang there were 4 fundamental forces at work (electromagnetism, weak nuclear force, strong nuclear force and gravitation) . Could this be Brahm, Brahmma, Vishnu and Shiva?  

Also could the “golden egg shining with the brilliance of a thousand suns” be the universe at initial stage? 

The Vedas never talk about any explosion but simply say that Brahma entered the egg and for thousand years carried on the work of creation of egg. Interestingly scientists say that ” there was no explosion; there was (and continues to be) an expansion. Rather than imagining a balloon popping and releasing its contents, imagine a balloon expanding: an infinitesimally small balloon expanding to the size of our current universe. “(Source: Big Bang Theory website).

Were our ancestors explaining the Big Bang theory 2000 years ago?


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