Bangalore traffic …

There used to be such a thing such as a Bangalore belly (stomach upsets that foreign travellers to Bangalore got). But now, what people dread more is the Bangalore traffic.!


This was a test shot, on how my nokia 7210 supernova phone fares on low light – it has a 2.1 MP camera. Not bad at all I should say. And I dont mean the traffic. I meant the quality of the pic.

Floating water

Neatorama features a you-tube video, where researchers apply a high voltage electric field between two beakers of water. And the water rises from the cathode to the anode and forms a floating water bridge. Its pretty awesome.

waterThe info was gleaned from phyorg:

When exposed to a high-voltage electric field, water in two beakers climbs out of the beakers and crosses empty space to meet, forming the water bridge. The liquid bridge, hovering in space, appears to the human eye to defy gravity.Upon investigating the phenomenon, the scientists found that water was being transported from one beaker to another, usually from the anode beaker to the cathode beaker. The cylindrical water bridge, with a diameter of 1-3 mm, could remain intact when the beakers were pulled apart at a distance of up to 25 mm.

Check out the youtube video here.

Check out the original physorg article here.

(via GAS)

Desmond Tutu Quote

When the missionaries came to Africa they had the Bible and we had the land. They said “Let us pray.” We closed our eyes. When we opened them we had the Bible and they had the land.

Desmond Tutu

Wow. Deep. For those who dont know about Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Wikipedia says:

Desmond Mpilo Tutu (born 7 October 1931) is a South African cleric and activist who rose to worldwide fame during the 1980s as an opponent of apartheid. In 1984, Tutu became the second South African to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Tutu was the first black South African Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, South Africa, and primate of the Church of the Province of Southern Africa (now the Anglican Church of Southern Africa). Tutu chaired the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and is currently the chairman of The Elders. Tutu is vocal in his defence of human rights and uses his high profile to campaign for the oppressed. Tutu also campaigns to fight AIDS, homophobia, poverty and racism. He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984, the Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism, and the Gandhi Peace Prize in 2005.[1] Tutu has also compiled several books of his speeches and sayings.

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Taoism and productivity ?

That is exactly Scott H Young is talking about. I was very impressed by the blog post. It is indeed very practical and at the same time intruiging. Defenitely thought provoking. Consider the post starting:

Central to the Taoist philosophy is the concept of the Tao, or Way. This Way is a force that underlies the universe. Humans have free will, so they can follow the Way or depart from it. When they depart, however, they suffer because they are no longer aligned with nature.

The Way and Peak Productivity

As I mentioned in a previous article, you don’t have to view the Way as a mystical force. Another way to view it is like the peak operating state of a machine, when there is no internal friction between the gears. For a person, this is when all of your internal mental states are working without friction. Also, all the areas of your life are supporting you towards your goals instead of competing against each other.

This frictionless state of peak productivity and the Taoist concept of the Way are very similar. Taking this metaphor further, I think there are a number of ways you can apply it to your life:

Read the full post here.

Did you miss anyone in the cc ? – Gmail Suggest Users

Gmail had an april fool joke running on April 1, saying that Gmail had introduced an automatic mood controller and email typer for people. It would auto-reply, auto-correct etc. It was supposed to have been based on AI etc etc.

April fools joke, it may have been, but some of the new labs feature are indeed futuristic. Very futuristic. The latest feature – ‘Suggest user’, suggests any names, you may have missed in the cc list. Everytime something like this comes up, I always end up with a “Ahah. I have had a situation like that!”. And I bet everyone has. You plan to send an email to everyone in the family, and miss out your fathers name ? You plan to send an email to all your friends in Bangalore,  but forget your neighbour !

pic: gmailblog
pic: gmailblog

This whole ‘labs’ thing of Google is really good. Folks inside people who capture their most frequent aha ! moments and put it in as experimental features – is by far the most creative product innovation methodology I have ever seen.

Visit the gmail blog post for more details here.

Shuffle – the profit king !

pic courtesy: gizmodo
pic courtesy: gizmodo

GAS reports:

BusinessWeek is reporting that Apple’s Shuffle 3G – retail price $79.99 – is made up of parts costing just $21.77.

Those costs, which include the headphones and packaging, represent just 28% of the retail price, meaning the tiny device likely has a huge profit margin. To put things into context, the components of the first iPod touch cost 49% of the retail price, while those used in the 3G iPod nano were around 40%.

Perhaps surprisingly given the low costs, the key components come from a big-name firm. Samsung provides both the main chip (at $5.98) and the flash memory ($10). The power comes from a lithium battery costing $1.20 which research firm iSuppli says is the smallest it’s ever seen.

Of course, there are other costs involved in producing a device such as research, staff wages and distribution. Apple says its overall gross margin on products is 34.7%. If that same margin applies to the Shuffle it will be taking in just over $20 per unit.

Read the full business week article here and get blown away !

PS: And oh, by the way, the new shuffle has almost no buttons on its body. It has one button which turns it ON and also controls whether it should play in shuffle mode or in sequence mode. The volume/next-track etc button has moved to the headphone cord !

Witty insults – I

I recently received an email with a bunch of amazingly witty insults – quotable quotes infact, by some amazingly witty induviduals – like Churchill, GBShaw etc. I am going to feature one per post.

pic courtesy: wikipedia
pic courtesy: wikipedia

A member of Parliament to Disraeli: ‘Sir, you will either die on the gallows or
of some unspeakable disease.’ ‘That depends, Sir,’ said Disraeli, ‘whether I
embrace your policies or your mistress.’

More info on Disraeli