Monday, May 06, 2013

Mondays are work from home days. After school, my son was playing on his PS3 downstairs. It was breathtaking to hear him hum out Ode an die Freude while playing the Champions League at the same time.
Perhaps not as awe-inspiring as this but kids continue to amaze me. I am definitely teaching him music.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Grid Computing?

Quite a coincidence that I posted a link on LHC yesterday and today find something related but has the potential to affect all of us dramatically. Its all happening at CERN. So, is this the future?

Monday, April 07, 2008

Boys will be boys

Most boys will agree that there is some kind of an inexplicable pleasure in smashing things together, throwing glass bottles at concrete walls etc. And most grown-up men will admit, at least privately that this isn't something that we grow out of.
The scientists for the LHC are at least admitting this openly with their massive scaled experiment. And those cynics who question the morality of these expensive toys should think on these lines too:

The cynic might say that there's no practical use for any of this, that there might be other uses for all the money and brainpower going into these particle guns. But we live in a civilization shaped by physics. We know that the forces within an atom are so powerful that, unleashed and directed against humanity, they can obliterate cities in an instant. The laptop computer
on which I'm writing uses microprocessors that would not exist had we not discovered quantum physics and the quirky behavior of electrons. This story will be posted on the World Wide Web—invented, in case you hadn't heard, at CERN, by computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee. Maybe you're reading it while listening to your iPod, which wouldn't exist but for something called "giant magnetoresistance." Two physicists discovered it independently in the late 1980s, with not much thought of how it might eventually be used. It became crucial to making tiny consumer electronics that used magnetized hard disks. The physicists won a Nobel Prize in
2007, and you got a nifty sound system that's smaller than a Hershey bar.
More pictures here and details about the hunt for the God particle here

Monday, February 11, 2008

Separate buses for women in Mexico

And I thought this reached such an extreme only back home! Hope the Mexican men aren't as good as us.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Energizer bunnies

The election results are in once again and the Grande Dame of Kerala politics is out. I wonder if the batteries will finally run low for her as well as for K Karunakaran.

BTW, I still can't stop smiling at the name that Karunakaran chose for his latest party, DIC(K). It suits him and the rest of his loyal supporters.
Bracing myself for another five years of absolutely no development in my beloved state....

Monday, February 06, 2006

So true...

See the movie Rang De Basanti, you'll understand.

Sunday, February 05, 2006

Do we realize this?

One particular Sunday we had a visitor in our church. He arrived early, parked his car, and got out.
Another car pulled up near him, and the driver told him, "I always park there. You took my place!"
The visitor went inside for Sunday School, found an empty seat, and sat down. A young lady from the church approached him and stated, "That's my seat! You took my place!"
The visitor was somewhat distressed by this rude welcome, but said nothing.
After Sunday School, the visitor went into the church sanctuary and sat down. Another member walked up to him and said, "That's where I always sit. You took my place!"
The visitor was even more troubled by this treatment, but still said nothing.
Later, as the congregation was praying for Christ to dwell among them, the visitor stood, and his appearance began to change. Horrible scars became visible on his hands and on his sandaled feet.
With the changes becoming more and more apparent to all in the church. Someone from the congregation called out, "What happened to you?"
The visitor replied, "I took your place."
(I am not the one to preach the gospel but this one touched me. I got it from a friend)