Thursday, December 31, 2009

Earth’s Moon

I read in livescience.com that Moon is moving away from us. 4.6 billion years ago , the moon was about 14,000 miles from Earth. It is now 280,000 miles away. Also, Moon steals some of Earth’s rotational energy and uses it to propel itself about 1.6 inches higher in its orbit.

After reading some interesting facts about our Moon and Earth formation, (earlier (4 billion years ago, a day was only 18 hours long), I have started to think “Bhagwad Gita” is absolutely correct. People or God, whoever wrote or conceptualized “Gita” has really thought and considered all these in to effect and written.

I was always wondering, when it comes to love, people always compared their lover with Moon. After reading the facts of Moon, no wonder why they do it. Without Moon, seems like we may not be here even. Moon stabilizes Earth’s rotation.. hmm.. interesting facts from biologists is that tides generated mostly by Moon would have been a logical place for life to originate.

After reading this article from http://www.space.com/scienceastronomy/moon_mechanics_0303018.html my head started to spin.

I was reading this article to my kid and she was asking me an important question “I was under the impression that Moon has less gravity than the Earth and how come Moon can attract Earth and make tides” !! Good question.

Make an action thriller story

Yesterday when I was surfing the net and reading some Indian News paper, I got the following topics.. If you have some nice imagination, you can make a nice action story out of it. The headlines are as follows:

Bhaba Atomic Research Center in Mumbai Fire accident - 2 Junior Scientists killed (may be we can think of something like they found out and the higher authorities killed them.. or they are the terrorists and the higher authorities doesnt want to leak them out and hence killed them.. We have to link the other headlines and make a nice story)

Lunar and Solar eclipse can be seen in India (You can link some scientific fiction based on the eclipse and associate with the above story)

New Year 2010 (bring in some horrific sentiments during new year time)

Terrorist activity in Gujarat Indian border and a Human bomb was discovered (This can be nicely associated with the first headline)

NT Thiwari Sex incident

Telengana problem

India's climatic change

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Happy New Year 2010

Wish you all a Happy New Year 2010..

May you get all you want in this new year!!

God bless all and let terrorism vanish across the globe and peace be with us..

Let Scarcity be Scarce and necessity be abundant !

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Taking of Pelham 123

Director: Tony Scott
Release date: June 12, 2009
Genre: Crime/Thriller
Denzel Washington ... Walter Garber
John Travolta ... Ryder
Luis Guzmán ... Phil Ramos
Victor Gojcaj ... Bashkim
John Turturro ... Camonetti
Music: Harry Gregson-Williams
Cinematography: Tobias A. Schliessler


Watched last thursday "Taking of Pelham 123" starring John Travolta (Ryder) and Denzel Washington (Garber).. I didnt like it.. Lot of bad words.. Travolta and co hijacks a New York City subway train for a ransom.. It turns out to be for a sharemarket tumble.. I didnt quite get in the end what Ryder wanted.. waste of time..

Monday, December 28, 2009

Lost my Scooter

I usually park my scooter in my apartment complex parking space. Since it is very cold during November to March, I don’t use my scooter much. So it was parked wherever I left. I usually notice my scooter every time I get out of my car; I park my car next to my scooter parking space. It was Christmas holidays and didn’t go out. Day before Christmas, it snowed for an inch. So, I was curious to see how my scooter was blanketed with snow. To my shock, I found another truck parked over there instead of my scooter and I checked around and couldn’t find my scooter. I called Police and informed them. For formality sake one Cop came to my apartment and gave me a report number and asked me to inform the insurance. Unfortunately, I don’t have theft insurance. So it is gone. I really feel bad for my lost. What to do?? I cannot buy another scooter now for various reasons… It is bad time and loosing lot of money!!!!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Soccer 2010 Group A

South Africa:

Star Players:Watch out for talented midfield maestro “Steven Pienaar”.
Coach: Carlos Alberto Parreira, is from Brazil
Stats: South Africa have failed to make it beyond the group stages of their two previous FIFA world cup appearances. Their first appearance was in France 1998, second in 2002. This is their 3rd appearance.

Captain: Aaron Makoena (country’s most capped player)

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Mexico:

Star Players: Veteran playmaker Cuauhtemoc Blanco. Younger team mates such as Guillermo Ochoa, Efrain Juarez, Andres Guardado and Giovani dos Santos are also in good form.

Coach: Javier Aguirre is Mexico's most successful coach of recent times.

Stats: Mexico have qualified for the FIFA world cup finals 14 times in all.
Mexico's achieved their best-ever performances in the finals as tournament hosts in 1970 and 1986, reaching the last eight on both occasions.
Captain: Rafael Marquez

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Uruguay:
Star Players: Watch out for Diego Lugano, Diego Forlán
Coach: Oscar Washington Tabarez
Stats: Uruguay will be contesting their 11th FIFA World Cup.
Uruguay hosted the inaugural FIFA World Cup finals in 1930 and went on to win the tournament after defeating Argentina 4-2 in the Final.

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France:
Star Players: Watch out for Zinedine Zidane, Fabien Barthez, Claude Makelele and Lilian Thuram
Coach: Raymond Domenech
Stats:France have appeared in 12 final tournaments, winning on home soil in 1998.
France also managed third-place finishes in 1958 and 1986, as well as fourth spot in 1982.

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Source: http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/standings/index.html

5 Foods that fight Cholesterol

Again, thanks to MSN for giving these tips.

Almonds: Eating a quarter cup of almonds (like 10 to 15) can lower your LDL by 4.4 percent. Almonds have good monosaturated fat. They are also high in calories.

Oatmeal: They have high levels of soluble fiber. These fiber binds to the bile acids that are the precursor to the development of cholesterol and help flush it out.

Fish: Omega-3 fatty acids or good fats are in fish. If you cannot eat fish (like me) you can switch to fish oil supplements.

Red Wine: Red wine have anti inflammatory properties that may help lower cholesterol. For men you can have 2 glasses of red wine a day and for women 1 glass. These can also be found in red grape juice and dark cocoa.

Soy: Soy can help to reduce the production of new cholesterol.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Avatar

I am yet to watch this movie.

I was watching a video on anti Sai Baba elements, who mainly want to propogate christianity. I am not against any religion. I am not a religionist. (I dont know if there is a term like that but I think you will understand what I mean!!).. I was again started to search about Universe and its formation. When I did a initial search, I came across an interesting article.

"Avatar's moon Pandora Could Be Real, Planet-Hunters Say"

It says that, Astronomers have spotted hundreds of Jupiter-sized objects in a range of orbits. Alpha Centauri A is a system featured in Avatar. It is a bright, nearby star very similar to our Sun. Astronomers are also hunting for red dwarf star that is closer and possibly may have life in it.

Astronomers are considering tidal locking could be a problem for red dwarfs. Tidal locking is one side of the planet would be baked in constant sunlight, while the other side would freeze in constant darkness. An exomoon in the habitable zone wouldnt face this.

This is kindling my interest to watch this movie. I will try to watch this movie asap.

One more interest to watch this movie is the Director James Cameron. I think I have seen most of his films like "The Terminator", "Aliens", "The Abyss", "Terminator 2", "True Lies", "Titanic".

To watch: Piranha 2: The Spawning

source: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/12/091217183444.htm

Friday, December 18, 2009

Basic Spanish

I was updating my IM tools title to "Felis Navidad" which means "Merry Christmas"!! Thought of getting some basic Spanish words and found some.

This may be a start up for persons who see this blog. You can dig into the language more in the net if you want.

Vivek said: add a "lu" sound to tamil becomes telugu

My thinking: add a "o" or "el" or "la" sound to english you get spanish (just kidding)

Now just some basic words and spanish translation:

0-cero;1-una;2-dos;3-tres;4-cuatro;5-cinco;6-seis;7-siete;8-ocho;9-nueve;10-diez

first-primero;second-segundo;third-tercero;fourth-cuarto;fifth-quinto;sixth-sexto;sevent-septimo;eight-octavo;ninth-noveno;tenth-decimo

100-cien;150-ciento cinquenta;1000-mil;1000000 un millon

money-el dinero
change - la moneda
banknote - el billete de banco
coin - la moneda
currency - la moneda
cheque - el cheque
traveller - de viaje
to cash - cobrar
bank - el banco
counter - el contado
post office - el correos
letter - una carta
parcel - un paquete
letter box un buzon
stamp - un sello
envelope - un sobre
money order - un giro postal
by air mail - por avion
postman - un a carero

English - el ingles
Mathematics - las matematicas
French - el frances
Spanish - el espanol
German - el aleman
Greek - el griego
Latin - el latin
Physics - la fisica
chemistry - la quimica
Biology - la biologia
Technology - la technologia
Woodwork - el maderaje
Art - el arte
Computing - la informatica
Music - la musica
Geography - la geografia
History - la historia
PE - la educacion fisica
Religious Education - la ensenanza religiosa

fruit Fruta
apple Manzana
orange Naranja
banana Plátano
lemon Limon
peach Melocotón
apricot Albaricoque
pear Pera
grapefruit Pomelo
melon Melón
strawberry Fresa
raspberry Frambuesa
pineapple Piña
cherry Cereza
tomato Tomate
grape Uva

drink Bebida
to drink Beber
coffee Café
tea Té
with milk Con leche
hot chocolate Chocolate caliente
orange juice Zumo de naranja
apple juice Zumo de manzana
tomato juice Zumo de tomate
pineapple juice Zumo de piña
lemonade Limonada
white wine Vino blanco
red wine Vino tinto
rosé wine Vino rosé
dry wine Vino seco
sweet wine Vino dulce
water Agua
(sparkling / still) mineral water Agua minerale (con / sin gas)
cider Sidra
beer Cerveza

salt Sal
pepper Pimienta
vinegar Vinagre
mustard Mostaza
sauce Salsa

vegetables Vegetales
green salad Ensalada verde
potato Patata
carrot Zanahoria
peas Guisantes
mushroom Champigñón
cauliflower Coliflor
green beans Habas
lettuce Lechuga
onion Cebolla
leek Puerro
cucumber Pepino
cabbage Col
garlic Ajo
radish Rábano

Thanks to http://www.smartphrase.com/Spanish/sp_general_words_phr.shtml

Enjoy your spanish and tell me if you learnt more!! Would be glad to know.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

AirPlane Info

Though, I have travelled a lot in my 15 years of overseas stay, I didn’t care to understand any flight and make and some important terminologies about it. To me so far, it was like a carrier which took me safely from one place to another of my wish with ease and to my budget.

This January 2010, I am planning a trip to India and was shopping around for a flight ticket. All ticket costs more than my allocated budget. Finally, my wife got me a ticket after long internet searching hours! It was Etihad airlines. I haven’t heard about this airline much and so initially was panicking a bit to go with this or not. (You see my life is with this airline in that day and I want to play it safe). For that, I don’t want to miss out the deal.

So I did a bit of research about the airlines and air carriers. Wow, I felt I had to learn a lot about airlines and I was thinking, why I didn’t do this research before. Anyways, here is some flight information:
Major flight manufacturers are Boeing and Airbus. (We all know this information; at least I was happy with that).

Boeing is based on USA. However, Airbus is based on France.

Some of Airbus flights are:
A300, A310, A318, A319, A320, A 321, A330, A340, A350, A380


Airbus Numbering system:
The model number takes the form of the letter "A" followed by a '3', a digit, then followed normally by a '0' (except in the case of the A318, A319, A321 and A400M), e.g. A320. The succeeding three digit number represents the aircraft series, the engine manufacturer and engine version number respectively. To use an A320-200 with International Aero Engines (IAE) V2500-A1 engines as an example; the code is 2 for series 200, 3 for IAE and engine version 1, thus the aircraft number is A320-231.

Some of Boeing flights are:

737, 747, 767, 777, BBJ, 787


Boeing Numbering system:

The Boeing numbering system for commercial airliners starts with the airplane's model number, e.g. 377 followed by a dash and three digits (two numbers) following the pattern Boeing xxx-scc. In general, since the Boeing 707, the model number takes the form of a 7 followed by a digit and then by another 7, e.g. 737.
The series number is a single digit (s), e.g. -200. The following two digits number (cc) is attributed according to the company to which the aircraft was first delivered. These two digits are called Boeing customer codes. For instance, a Boeing 747-400 delivered to Malaysia Airlines would take the designation "747-4H6" while a 777-200 delivered to American Airlines would take the designation "777-223". See List of Boeing customer codes for a more complete list.

Major flight engine manufacturers are:

General Electric, CFM International, Pratt & Whitney, International Aero Engines, Rolls-Royce, Engine Alliance

Etihad airlines is based on UAE (Abu Dhabi) and was founded in 2002 and is emerging nicely. Last year alone they have transported 6 million people across the globe and it ranks in top 10. So I am convinced that this a nice airlines.

I will try to research more and get some interesting info about the flight plan and terms in the coming blogs. Visit often.

Asteroid belt

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The asteroid belt is the region of the Solar System located roughly between the orbits of the planets Mars and Jupiter. It is occupied by numerous irregularly shaped bodies called asteroids or minor planets. The asteroid belt region is also termed the main belt to distinguish it from other concentrations of minor planets within the Solar System, such as the Kuiper belt and scattered disc.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asteroid_belt

Monday, December 14, 2009

Hindu Articles

One of my favorite writer in Hindu is Mr. V. Balasubramanian. He writes about music and musicians every friday. I have collected some and will keep adding to it.

A few of them:

http://www.hindu.com/fr/2010/01/01/stories/2010010150860600.htm

http://www.hindu.com/fr/2009/12/25/stories/2009122551240700.htm

http://www.hindu.com/fr/2009/12/18/stories/2009121851280300.htm

http://www.hindu.com/fr/2007/12/28/stories/2007122851370200.htm

http://www.hindu.com/fr/2009/04/17/stories/2009041751210300.htm


http://www.thehindu.com/fr/2009/07/24/stories/2009072451240200.htm

http://www.thehindu.com/fr/2008/05/16/stories/2008051651220200.htm


http://www.vvsubrahmanyam.com/press/The%20Hindu%20%20Friday%20Review%20Chennai%20%20Symphony%20on%20strings.htm

http://pushpaanand.com/inpress.htm

http://www.hinduonnet.com/thehindu/thscrip/print.pl?file=2008070451440500.htm&date=2008/07/04/&prd=fr&

http://forums.sulekha.com/forums/family/for-your-children-57644.htm


http://www.aao.com.au/projects/programs/review/into-the-fire/18/


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http://www.hindu.com/fr/2009/07/17/stories/2009071751080200.htm

http://www.hindu.com/fr/2009/06/26/stories/2009062651180400.htm

http://www.hinduonnet.com/thehindu/fr/2008/06/27/stories/2008062751400500.htm

http://www.hinduonnet.com/fr/2009/02/27/stories/2009022751360200.htm

Angels and Demons

Director: Ron Howard
Tom Hanks:Robert Langdon
Ewan McGregor:Camerlengo Patrick McKenna
Ayelet Zurer:Vittoria Vetra
Release Date:15 May 2009 (USA)
Genre:Mystery | Thriller
Music: Hans Zimmer
Cinematography: Salvatore Totino

On friday last week, I watched this movie (renting from redbox). My wife read the book and she was very excited to watch this move in screen. I am not a reader by nature (might have figured out based on my writings so far).

Coming to the movie, though, at the beginning I thought, I am going to get into a nice plot, it was not disappointing. The movie was nice. The only thing was, I was able to visualize what next will happen. Yes, as soon as I understood the way the writer started his plot, I started guessing this is what will happen next and he didnt disappoint me.

I was having two persons in my mind as the suspect. I am not going to reveal the names because I wont do justice to persons who havent watched it yet. (Come on for a buck and couple of hours, I tell you it is worth it to watch)However, I want to tell that I already guessed the suspect and I was right. I think, I am starting to get some Dan Brown's frequency of thought...

The movie was little slow moving but it was holding you to edge of the seat most of the time. Photography and music was good. Some scenes were really scary. You dont get that sudden jerks you usually get in thriller movies.

Overall it was a nice movie to watch. My wife also told one additional information that is in the book but not in the movie. Actually, in the story, Camerlengo is the real son of his Holiness. Since it might have created some controversy with orthodox Catholics I think, Ron Howard might have excluded it. It is my guess and I think that is a nice thing because it wont hurt the sentiments of Christians and I dont think that is necessary too. (Dont ask me what about the book readers?? probably they may be not too orthodox..) I also read some comments about users who have already read the book and watched this movie. They say the movie is not upto the mark w.r.t. the story in the book. Anyways, I liked the movie.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Galaxy

What is a Galaxy?
Galaxy is a collection of stars held together by their mutual galaxy. A group of billions of stars and their planets, gas, and dust that extends over many thousands of light-years and forms a unit within the universe. Held together by gravitational forces. Most of the estimated 50 billion galaxies are shaped as spirals and ellipses, with the remainder being asymmetric.
We are in Milky way galaxy and it is spiral galaxy. It has a bright central core with high density of stars and then a flattened disk surrounding it – like a spinning record. The Milky Way measures about 100,000 light-years across, and is thought to contain 200-400 billion stars. But the stars we can see are just a tiny fraction of the complete galaxy. It's also surrounded by a vast halo of dark matter. This material is invisible, and doesn't interact with regular matter or give off any kind of radiation that we can detect. But astronomers can measure its effects because it does exert a gravitational force on other matter. In fact, the Milky Way is made up of mostly dark matter. The stars account for about 580 billion solar masses, and the dark matter could be another 6 trillion solar masses.
A good example for elliptical shaped galaxy is the galaxy M87. It's thought to have 2.7 trillion stars.
Stars are collected together into galaxies. Galaxies are collected together into groups of galaxies, and these groups are collected into clusters. The largest structures in the Universe are galaxy super clusters, which contain millions of galaxies and can measure hundreds of millions of light-years across.
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Did you know the moon of Pluto?
CHARON
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Did you know the moons of Mars?
Phobos and Deimos
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Source: http://www.universetoday.com/guide-to-space/galaxies/what-is-a-galaxy/

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Constellations

Constellation is a group of stars, that when seen from Earth, form a pattern. The stars in the sky are divided into 88 constellations.

The brightest constellation is crux. The constellation with the greatest number of visible stars in it is Centaurus (101 stars).

The largest constellation is Hydra (Water snake) which extends over 3.158% of the sky.

There are also asterisms, smaller apparent star patterns within a constellation, like the Big Dipper (in Ursa Major), the Little Dipper (in Ursa Minor), Keystone (in Hercules), and the Pleiades (in Taurus).

Constellation family:

Zodiac (12 Constellations representing the signs of the Zodiac)
The Ursa Major (10 constellations)
The Perseus (9 Constellations)
The Hercules (19 constellations)
The Orion (5 constellations)
The Heavenly Waters (9 constellations)
The Bayer group (11 constellations)
The La Caille (13 constellations)

Source + to read more please visit this site http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/astronomy/stars/constellations.shtml

Health and Food:

Recently I read some important foods that help us prevent cancers. This is not my information and it is a nutshell of what I read from MSN.

Blueberries, acai berries, raspberries and cranberries: Lot of berries which are rich in color helps prevents us in cancer.
Green tea: prevents breast cancer and other cancers. (2 cups a day)
Garlic: can add crushed, fresh garlic to your meals whenever possible. Nice information is waiting for 15 minutes between peeling and chopping the garlic to get full effects of active compounds. (Interesting)
Broccoli and cabbage: eating four times a week prevents prostate cancer. Try to eat cabbage, Brussels sprouts and other cruciferous vegetables. Cruciferous vegetables are high in Vitamin C and soluble fiber. They also contain multiple nutrients with potent anti-cancer properties. Examples of Cruciferous vegetables are horseradish, cauliflower, turnip, mustard seeds, radish
Onions and leeks: This belong to the allium vegetables. Allium is derived from the Greek word for garlic. Shallots, leeks and chives are also member of the allium family.
Tomatoes: contains lycopene. Lycopene is a carotenoid without provitamin –A activity. It is red, fat-soluble pigment. Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant, helps neutralize harmful free radicals. Lycopenes may also be heart-protective.
Resveratrol: Red wine has this antioxidant which possesses powerful anti-cancer activity. (Drink responsibly)
Soy: Genistein, which is a phytoestrogen protects against hormone-dependent cancers. It also has several proteins. Consume about 50 grams per day such as raw fresh soybeans, dry roasted soybeans or tofu. Genistein is one of several known isoflavones.
Turmeric: contains curcumin which has lot of anti-cancer effects. Just add a teaspoon. Don’t take too much of curcumin due to its side effect.
Watercress and spinach: contains chlorophyllin that protect against bladder cancer, reduce the risk of liver cancer.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Some of the sites I regularly visit these days (other than the usual famous sites):

http://www.s-anand.net (This guy is very cool. I like this site because he has search engine for Tamil songs) I used to do some Radio like program for myself and search the song I want and hear it. My personal radio. My kid really thought, I was doing a radio program.

http://www.venkatarangan.com/blog/CategoryView,category,Developer.aspx (Being a developer, I liked his blogs. Also, he gives some news about Chennai and I like that).

http://senthilkumaran.wordpress.com/2007/10/28/my-tamil-blog/

http://www.kamakoti.org/newlayout/template/acharyascall.html

http://www.buildwealthinindia.blogspot.com/

http://jgsoftwares.wordpress.com/
http://www.jgsoftwares.com/

http://davimcicode.blogspot.com/2009/05/10.html

http://acharya.iitm.ac.in/cgi-bin/show_kural_ad.pl?1

My collegue has shot some deep sky photos and has a site and it is very cool..
http://deepsky.biz

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http://stithaprajyna.blogspot.com/

Two Recent Robbery Incidents in Chennai:

As I have said before, I am a listener of Hello FM 106.4 radio on the net. In two days, I have heard Suresh (bigil program) telling the following incidences and I thought it is worth to post it in my blog.
1) A 62 year old lady went to temple near Royapuram and when she was sitting inside the temple, another lady (kadie) sat next to her and talked like butter. Later, she offered some Veebudhi. While offering this, she has also sprayed some white powder which made the old lady faint. This kadie lady stole her chain.
2) Another lady has taken Rs. 20K from a bank and she has kept it in her bag and put the bag in the handle bar of the cycle. Then she has noticed that her front cycle has been tied with a thread. In bending to remove this thread, a robber snatched her hand bag from the handle bar and ran away.
People please be careful. Do not trust anyone!! Always be aware when you go to the bank, someone is watching you and try to be extra safe with you and your personal belongings.

World Cup Soccer 2010

This year (2010), I wanted to watch/follow as much games as possible.  I remember last World Cup.  I was able to follow-up lot of games last World cup because I was working on the Set Top Box application.

This year, I am not sure.  I am saving the group and countries that belong to each group.  I want to try and collect the updates as it is happening and posts the links here.

Group A

 South Africa     Mexico         Uruguay         France

Date               Teams                               Location

Jun. 11    South Africa vs. Mexico           Johannesburg
Jun. 11    Uruguay vs. France                  Cape Town
Jun. 16    South Africa vs. Uruguay          Pretoria
Jun. 17    France vs. Mexico                    Polokwane
Jun. 22    Mexico vs. Uruguay                  Rustenburg
Jun. 22    France vs. South Africa            Bloemfontein

Group B

  Argentina       Nigeria       South Korea      Greece


Date                    Teams                            Location

Jun. 12      Argentina vs. Nigeria               Johannesburg
Jun. 12      South Korea vs. Greece          Port Elizabeth
Jun. 17      Argentina vs. South Korea      Johaesburg
Jun. 17      Greece vs. Nigeria                  Bloemfontein
Jun. 22      Nigeria vs. South Korea         Durban
Jun. 22      Greece vs. Argentina              Polokwane

Group C

   England     United States    Algeria         Slovenia

Date                   Teams                         Location

Jun. 12           England vs. United States    Rustenburg
Jun. 13          Algeria vs. Slovenia              Polokwane
Jun. 18          Slovenia vs. United States     Johannesburg
Jun. 18          England vs. Algeria              Cape Town
Jun. 23          Slovenia vs. England            Port Elizabeth
Jun. 23          United States vs. Algeria      Pretoria

Group D

Germany           Australia       Serbia            Ghana

Date                     Teams                       Location

Jun. 13            Germany vs. Australia       Durban
Jun. 13            Serbia vs. Ghana              Pretoria
Jun. 18            Germany vs. Serbia          Port Elizabeth
Jun. 19            Ghana vs. Australia           Rustenburg
Jun. 23            Ghana vs. Germany          Johannesburg
Jun. 23            Australia vs. Serbia           Nelspruit

Group E


Netherlands    Denmark          Japan        Cameroon

Date                     Teams                                     Location

Jun. 14            Netherlands vs. Denmark            Johannesburg
Jun. 14            Japan vs. Cameroon                   Bloemfontein
Jun. 19            Netherlands vs. Japan                 Durban
Jun. 19            Cameroon vs. Denmark              Pretoria
Jun. 24            Denmark vs. Japan                     Rustenburg
Jun. 24            Cameroon vs. Netherlands         Cape Town

Group F

   Italy              Paraguay    New Zealand   Slovakia

Date                     Teams                                 Location

Jun. 14         Italy vs. Paraguay                        Cape Town
Jun. 15         New Zealand vs. Slovakia           Rustenburg
Jun. 20         Italy vs. New Zealand                  Nelspruit
Jun. 20         Slovakia vs. Paraguay                  Bloemfontein
Jun. 24         Slovakia vs. Italy                         Johannesburg
Jun. 24         Paraguay vs. New Zealand          Polokwane

Group G

   Brazil        North Korea    Ivory Coast    Portugal

Date                       Teams                                  Location

Jun. 15           Brazil vs. North Korea                  Johannesburg
Jun. 15           Ivory Coast vs. Portugal               Port Elizabeth
Jun. 20           Brazil vs. Ivory Coast                   Johannesburg
Jun. 21           Portugal vs. North Korea             Cape Town
Jun. 25           North Korea vs. Ivory Coast        Nelspruit
Jun. 25           Portugal vs. Brazil                         Durban

Group H

    Spain         Switzerland      Honduras        Chile

Date                      Teams                                       Location

Jun. 16             Honduras vs. Chile                             Nelspruit
Jun. 16             Spain vs. Switzerland                          Durban
Jun. 21             Spain vs. Honduras                            Johannesburg
Jun. 21             Chile vs. Switzerland                          Port Elizabeth
Jun. 25             Switzerland vs. Honduras                   Bloemfontein
Jun. 25             Chile vs. Spain                                   Pretoria

Friday, November 20, 2009

Girls Smoking in India:

As I said in my previous post, I am listening to Diary program in 106.4 Hello FM radio. In the past 10 days, I have heard from 2 persons telling their friends (girl) started smoking.


One guy said he knew this girl during school days and when she went to B’lore for college studies and when she came back, she had picked up smoking and drinking.

Another guy said when he was sightseeing a girl in the terrace, he saw this girl smoking and that is why she comes to terrace for reading.

Man… I cannot accept girls smoking. For some reasons, it bothers me a lot. What to do? We have to teach starting from the young age itself not to smoke. I was thinking girls won’t smoke in India but this generation has changed. Parents need to know what their kids are doing and also who their friends are and their behavior.

SharePoint Discussion List Threading view Rating System:

I wanted to do a Rating system for the email threads we have in our SharePoint system. I have written an email thread synchronizer for SharePoint. Of course, SharePoint synchronizes the email but doesn’t thread it properly. I will write a separate blog for it.
This rating system is like this:


Figure 1:


So a user who needs to rate the email message just clicks a star and the average rating will be shown.


So how did I achieve it?


I haven’t used any c# code (except a web service). What I did was kind of changed the schema.xml file that SharePoint creates for each List. This Schema.xml file is in the appropriate folder in the 12 hive. (12\template\features\customdiscussionboard\schema.xml).


So how and where to change the Schema.xml file?

Since, I know, I need to display my star rating images before View Properties, I was curious to know where and how this is displayed. That is why, I went to Schema.xml file and fiddling it with. I saw a Status Bar field. There I saw this field. So, I changed the Schema.xml file’s StatusBar field and bingo..

This is what I added in the Schema.xml file in Status Bar field:

<!CDATA[

<HTML><![CDATA[<td style="border-style:none" nowrap="TRUE"><div>Please click star to rate: (1 low to 5 high)</div></td>]]></HTML>
<HTML><![CDATA[<td style="border-style:none" nowrap="TRUE">]]></HTML>
<HTML><![CDATA[ <div style="width:55px;"> <img alt="star_1" src="/_layouts/images/star_x_grey.gif" id="star]]></HTML>
<Field Name="ID" />
<HTML><![CDATA[_1" ONCLICK="CurrentEventFunctions.RatingImageClicked(]]></HTML>
<Field Name="ID" />
<HTML><![CDATA[,']]></HTML>
<Column Name="GUID" />
<HTML><![CDATA[',']]></HTML>
<Field Name="FileRef" />
<HTML><![CDATA[',this)"/><img alt="star_2" src="/_layouts/images/star_x_grey.gif" id="star]]></HTML>
<Field Name="ID" />
<HTML><![CDATA[_2" ONCLICK="CurrentEventFunctions.RatingImageClicked(]]></HTML>
<Field Name="ID" />
<HTML><![CDATA[,']]></HTML>
<Column Name="GUID" />
<HTML><![CDATA[',']]></HTML>
<Field Name="FileRef" />
<HTML><![CDATA[', this)" /><img alt="star_3" src="/_layouts/images/star_x_grey.gif" id="star]]></HTML>
<Field Name="ID" />
<HTML><![CDATA[_3" ONCLICK="CurrentEventFunctions.RatingImageClicked(]]></HTML >
<Field Name="ID" />
<HTML><![CDATA[,']]></HTML>
<Column Name="GUID" />
<HTML><![CDATA[',']]></HTML>
<Field Name="FileRef" />
<HTML><![CDATA[', this)" /><img alt="star_4" src="/_layouts/images/star_x_grey.gif" id="star]]></HTML>
<Field Name="ID" />
<HTML><![CDATA[_4" ONCLICK="CurrentEventFunctions.RatingImageClicked(]]></HTML >
<Field Name="ID" />
<HTML><![CDATA[,']]></HTML>
<Column Name="GUID" />
<HTML><![CDATA[',']]></HTML>
<Field Name="FileRef" />
<HTML><![CDATA[',this)"/><img alt="star_5" src="/_layouts/images/star_x_grey.gif" id="star]]></HTML>
<Field Name="ID" />
<HTML><![CDATA[_5" ONCLICK="CurrentEventFunctions.RatingImageClicked(']]></HTML >
<Field Name="ID" />
<HTML><![CDATA[',']]></HTML>
<Column Name="GUID" />
<HTML><![CDATA[',']]></HTML>
<Field Name="FileRef" />
<HTML><![CDATA[', this)" onload="CurrentEventFunctions.RatingLastImageLoad(']]></HTML>
<Field Name="ThreadTopic" />
<HTML><![CDATA[',']]></HTML>
<Field Name ="ID" />
<HTML><![CDATA[',this);return false;"/></div></td>]]></HTML>
]]>
 
Then, I added the javascript functions in the .master file.
 
<script language="javascript" type="text/javascript" >


function EventFunctions (loadedimage)
{
    this.loadimage=loadedimage;
}

EventFunctions.prototype.RatingLastImageLoad= function(rating,id, imgStar)
{
    if (this.loadimage) return; //this is for recursive avoiding
    if (rating.indexOf("~")>=0)
   {
      var index = rating.split("~")[1];
      if (index>=0)
     {
         for (i=1;i<=index;i++)
        {
           var imgstarmakeorange = document.getElementById("star" + id + "_" + i);
           if (imgstarmakeorange != null)
           {
               this.loadimage=true;
               imgstarmakeorange.src = "/_layouts/images/star_x_orange.gif";
               this.loadimage=false;
            }
         }
      }
  }
}
EventFunctions.prototype.RatingImageClicked =function (id, listid, parentlistid, objstar)
{
    if (typeof _spUserId != "undefined")
   {
       this.loadimage=true;
       var intStarindex = objstar.id.split("_")[1];
       this.UpdateStars(id, intStarindex);
       this.callService(id, listid, parentlistid, _spUserId,intStarindex);
       this.loadimage=false;
    }
else
   alert( "You need to signin to rate");
}

var CurrentEventFunctions = new EventFunctions(false);

EventFunctions.prototype.callService = function (id, listid, parentlistid, UserId,intStarindex )
{
var strUrl = "http://yourserver. com:<port number>/Service.asmx?WSDL";
divWbSvc.useService(strUrl,"divSvc");
var iCallID;
if (divWbSvc.divSvc)
{
iCallID = divWbSvc.divSvc.callService(this.updatePage,"InsertRatingsandReturnRatingAvg",UserId, listid,
                                                                     parentlistid,intStarindex, id, true);
}
}
EventFunctions.prototype.updatePage = function (str)
{
    if (str.error)
   {
      //alert(str.errorDetail.string);
      //handle error
    }
    else
   {
        var retVal = str.value;
        var retVals = retVal.split("~");
        //need to write logic here
     }
}
EventFunctions.prototype.UpdateStars = function (starindex, rating)
{
    this.loadimage=true;
    //get the star value (grey/orange) of the current index
    var imgstarindex = document.getElementById("star" + starindex + "_" + rating);
    var Arraysrc = imgstarindex.src.split("/");
    var intlen = Arraysrc.length;
    var imgstarindexvalue = Arraysrc[intlen-1]; 
    //first make everything grey
    for (i=1;i<=5;i++)
    {
       var imgstarmakegrey = document.getElementById("star" + starindex + "_" + i);
        if (imgstarmakegrey != null)
         imgstarmakegrey.src = "/_layouts/images/star_x_grey.gif";
     }
     //second make till the image clicked or rating -1 to orange
      for (i=1;i<=rating-1;i++)
     {
       var imgstarmakeorange = document.getElementById("star" + starindex + "_" + i);
       if (imgstarmakeorange != null)
          imgstarmakeorange.src = "/_layouts/images/star_x_orange.gif";
      }
     // now check if the image clicked is orange or grey
     var imgstarclicked = document.getElementById("star" + starindex + "_" + rating);
     if (imgstarindexvalue == "star_x_grey.gif")
         imgstarclicked.src = "/_layouts/images/star_x_orange.gif";
     else
          imgstarclicked.src = "/_layouts/images/star_x_grey.gif";
     this.loadimage=false;
}

</script>
You need to add a Grey star and Orange star image under the layouts images folder.

What I have done in my service is I insert the user, listid, folder and ratings and figure out the average rating and store it in the ThreadTopic field (actually append the ThreadTopic field with a delimiter “~”).

PS: I am attaching the images :



Monday, November 16, 2009

When time is bad..

Last Friday, one of my friend (I know this guy and I cant believe he will go cheap as like stealing..) was in deep trouble.. He was arrested for a petty theft case for which he was not responsible (atleast to my knowledge, I am not aware of what actually happened)..


Friday afternoon he was arrested.. No one knew till late evening. Police didn’t let him go. Next day he was taken to a court and the Judge bailed him for 500$ bond. However, still Police didnt want to let him go as they need to do immigration background check. He is a GC holder and still they don’t want to let him go and he spent the whole Saturday and Sunday in jail. Here, when you give your SSN, you get the history of a person and still they dont wanted to do immigration check immediately.  He had to wait till Monday. I feel bad for him as it is not worth it to spend 3 days of jail (don’t know yet he is still released or not ) for a small petty theft case (again not sure he is 100% responsible and what the case is about)

When time is bad, you dont how it will drag you to unthinkable scenarios!!!

Friday, November 6, 2009

Adding an Image to a SharePoint discussion List:

My intention is to bring a Rating image in SharePoint threaded view before the “view properties”. I have some other functionality, I am trying to bring but I will discuss it once I am done with that.

What I am talking is please refer the below fig:


In the read box, I need my image. This screen is in the Threaded View of SharePoint discussion. This is a status bar and it will appear for each message.


I googled and binged but couldn’t find much help. Later I thought, how they are doing this and was viewing the source and found out the javascript being used in View Properties. I have seen something like that in Schema.xml and hence I went to that file and bingo… the javascript was there.

So I went and played with the schema.xml and I got it working. Under the Statusbar Field reference, display pattern, you need to add your stuff and it will display accordingly.










<1html><1![CDATA[]]>
<1html><1![CDATA[


<1img alt="star_1" src="/_layouts/images/star_x_grey.gif" id="star]]>

<1html><1![CDATA[_1" ONCLICK="RatingImageClicked(]]>

<1html><1![CDATA[,this)"/><1img alt="star_2" src="/_layouts/images/star_x_grey.gif" id="star]]>

<1html><1![CDATA[_2" ONCLICK="RatingImageClicked(]]>

<1html><1![CDATA[, this)" /><1img alt="star_3" src="/_layouts/images/star_x_grey.gif" id="star]]>

<1html><1![CDATA[_3" ONCLICK="RatingImageClicked(]]>

<1html><1![CDATA[, this)" /><1img alt="star_4" src="/_layouts/images/star_x_grey.gif" id="star]]>

<1html><1![CDATA[_4" ONCLICK="RatingImageClicked(]]>

<1html><1![CDATA[,this)"/><1img alt="star_5" src="/_layouts/images/star_x_grey.gif" id="star]]>

<1html><1![CDATA[_5" ONCLICK="RatingImageClicked(]]>

<1html><1![CDATA[,this)"/>
]]>



I added the above after the <1field Name="Attachments" /> under in schema.xml file.

If it helped someone, I will be glad. If you don’t get it let me know.

I have javascript to handle my functionality and you need the image. I didn’t provide that here.

PS: I have added 1 because the blog interprets the html tag and didnt show properly.

Aval thantha Uravu

When you read the title, you may feel I am going to talk about "Adults only" stuff..   Sorry.. It is pure G stuff..

My house in Trichy (I love that house still now), is in the end of street.  After the small street, the next house continues.  That house was owned by a film distributor company at that time.  I think they owned this "Title" movie.. I dont know .. However, they had this Titled banner displayed in the front of the house.  You know how, it was like 2 feet height x 10 feet wide printed in Tamil alphabets with "jigna" (very colorful).  The reason I describe this banner is because that is the highlight of this blog. 

A person walking down that road, cannot miss this banner's visibility.  Ok I think I have enough described about this banner.

When I was studying like 9th standard (Padichayanu kekaatheenga :) ), I have seen this maths teacher daily passing this street. 

It so happened he taught me Maths during 10th standard.  In the first class he asked me, where is my house.  I got excited.  I should have just said my address and kept quite.  Since, I have seen him passing that street daily, I thought, he might have noticed this banner and gave him this "titled" banner reference with description like "jigna".  Truly, (believe me), I was not aware of the other meaning in this title.  I am so small to understand the other meaning at that time.

This teacher went and told other teachers too and everyone started making fun about me on that.  Even in 11th and 12th my Maths teacher when he is too happy, he will say the titled and make fun.  I was not understanding at those times why they are laughing for this... 

Hmmm.... I dont mean to make bad of my teachers.... may be it might have been fun had I really meant it with meanings known to me..............

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Dictionary

I used to find words that I feel are new to me and save it in word document. Since, I do this at work, home, laptop etc., I miss all the words I have saved so far. So I thought, I will blog it so that I keep updating this post with words.

Nimble:  lively, quick, agile, lissome
Progeny:  offspring, young, descendants
Comprehensible: understandable, clear, logical, intelligible, lucid, graspable
Austerity: severity, strictness, sternness, graveness, soberness
Rein: bridle, restraint, harness, leash, lead, strap, restriction
Obfuscate: confuse, disguise, conceal, complicate
Scruple: misgiving, doubt, qualm, compunction, hesitation, regret
Obscurity: darkness, dimness, shadows, gloom, murkiness
Dearth: lack, shortage, drought
Rudimentary: basic, elementary, simple
Encumbrance: burden, load, hindrance, nuisance, impediment
Vendettas: feud, blood feud, quarrel, dispute, grudge, revenge
Dexterity: deftness, adroitness, agility, nimbleness
Philanthropy: charity, compassion, patronage, humanity, generosity
Elixir sweetened drug
Vitriolic: spiteful, venomous, hurtful
Diatribe: attack, tirade, rant
Notorious: infamous, disreputable, dishonorable, tarnished
Swanky: posh, swank, ritzy, classy, glamorous, high-class, chick, upscale
Dorm: dormitory, room with many beds, building where students live
Scrambles: mix up, mess up, and jumble
Delegate: hand over, give, allot, entrust
Piques: interest, attract, intrigue, stimulate, arouse, grab, awake
Disguise: mask, costume, camouflage, masquerade, cover, cloak
Artifact: relic, object, work of art, piece
Collegiate: cloistered, idealistic, unworldly, naïve, removed
Ramble: walk, hike, stroll, wander
Sonnet: verse, rhyme, ode, elegy, limerick, couplet, epic
Hog: control, dominate, take over, corner the market
Loathe: hate, dislike, detest, despise, abhor, abominate
Loath: unwilling, reluctant, not keen, wary, chary, against, opposed
Meticulous: careful, thorough, particular, fussy
Grapple: wrestle, struggle, fight, tackle, seize, snatch, grab
Sermon: lecture, oration, talk, homily, discourse, address
Fawn: brown, beige, taupe, tan, buff
Cogent: convincing, strong, logical, rational
Sublime: inspiring, uplifting, moving, transcendent, and magnificent
Unpalatable: inedible, indigestible, disgusting, revolting, foul-tasting, unpleasant, nasty, bad
Exodus: mass departure, migration, emigration, flight, evacuation
Plummet: fall, plunge, drop, dive, tumble
Pinnacle: summit, peak, height, top, apex
Gesture: sign, motion
Lurk: prowl, lie in wait, loiter, hang about, skulk
Svelte: slim, slender, graceful, lithe, willowy, sylphlike
Nefarious wicked, evil, despicable, immoral, reprehensible, disreputable
Invigorated refreshed, revitalized, re-energized, revived, rejuvenated
Whopper monster, giant, whale, elephant
Estranged alienated, separated, not speaking, at odds, divided
Conciliatory appeasing, peace-making, pacifying, assuaging, mollifying
Hoard save, store, amass, stockpile, accumulate, collect, gather
Dud failure, flop, fiasco, washout, letdown, disappointment
Whet sharpen, hone, file, grind
Insatiable voracious, greedy, avid, ravenous
Rein bridle, restraint, harness, leash, lead, strap, restriction
Dire terrible, awful, calamitous, ominous, dreadful, horrible
Stymied thwarted, foiled, blocked, obstructed, hindered
Frivolous playful, frolicsome, perky
Whine complain, moan, bleat, whimper, gripe
Nebulous vague, imprecise, hazy, unformulated
Subjugation defeat, overthrow, suppression, conquest
Deluged flood, inundation, torrent, overflow, surge, cascade
Delude deceive, cheat, mislead, fool
Scant slight, limited, negligible, little, scarce
Morbid dark, gloomy, moody, morose
Cringe recoil, wince, flinch, shrink, shy away, cower
Throbbing sore, tender, aching, raw, excruciating, hurting, agonizing, burning
Preposterous ridiculous, outrageous, unbelievable, absurd, silly
Passion fervor, ardor, obsession, infatuation, excitement, enthusiasm, zeal, craze, delight
Efficacious effective, efficient, effectual, successful
Pare peel, skin, strip, trim, prepare
Nurture care for, look after, take care of, raise, rear, foster
Tutelage auspices, sponsorship, guidance, protection, support
Deceptive misleading, illusory, deceiving, unreliable
Probe search, investigate, explore, look into, check out, query, survey, prod, poke about
Ludicrous absurd, ridiculous, preposterous, nonsensical, comical
Benign kind, caring, kindly, gentle
Dexterity deftness, handiness, agility, adroitness
Relinquish give up, surrender, hand over, abandon, renounce, resign, bow out
Discern distinguish, separate, tell the difference, discriminate
Etiquette manners, good manners, protocol, custom, propriety, decorum
Perplex confuse, baffle, stump, puzzle, stupefy, floor
Swivel spin, rotate, revolve, pivot, turn around, twist, twirl, wheel
Delinquent criminal, aberrant, antisocial, offending, felonious, wrong
Edifice structure, construction, house, shop
Slew veer,swing,slide,skid,swerve
Squeamish delicate, prudish, particular
Xenophobic Chauvinistic, intolerant, racist
Volatile unstable, unpredictable, explosive, impulsive
Surge rush, flow, pour, gush
Perseverance insistence, firmness, resolve, determination
Oeuvre composition, opus, work, piece
Revelry festivities, revels, celebrations, carousing
Ruckus commotion, disturbance, rumpus, riot, uproar
Croon chant, drone, sing, utter, say
Unrequited unanswered, unreciprocated, unreturned
Repartee banter, jousting, wordplay
Quaint old-fashioned, old-world, charming, pretty, attractive, appealing
Guileless frank, candid, ingenuous, straightforward, open, honest
Revel drink, party
Spoof send-up, burlesque, parody, take-off, satire, skit
Lucid clear, logical, coherent, cogent, reasoned, plain, simple
Protagonist character, hero, leading role

Wow... What a difference in Sound Quality...

I used to listen to songs in external speakers. Now headphones. I am finding a heck of a difference hearing in headphones. Even, minute sounds can be heard nicely. Also, I am able to differentiate each track being played. Left and right ear hears music separately. I am not a sound engineer but can differentiate and appreciate this music much more in headphone. Needless to say the sound quality will be much nicer if we hear in Bose headphone speaker or equivalent.

One pitfall is it pains the ears a lot. Don’t want to wear it for long time. Ofcourse, not here to argue the disadvantages of wearing a headphone to ears.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Uma Ramanan and K.J. Yesudas

My Brother-in-law used to sing in A.V.Ramanan’s music troop till 2000 (I think I remember the period right), I used to listen to Uma Ramanan’s voice.
After that I liked her voice with the combination of K.J. Yesudas. I felt the two voices blended nicely. I thought I will collect her songs sung with K.J. Yesudas and here it is:

Song : Ennuyir Neethane Movie : பிரியா Music : Illayaraja Singers : K.J.Yesudas , Uma Ramanan
Song : Kanmani Nee Vara Movie : Thendrale Ennai தோடு Music : Illayaraja Singers : K.J.Yesudas , Uma Ramanan
-----------------
Song : Aagaya Vennilave Movie : Arangetra Velai Music : Illayaraja Singers : S. Janaki, Uma Ramanan, K.J.Yesudas
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Song : Nee Pathi Nan Pathi Movie : Keladi Kanmani Music : Illayaraja Singers : K.J.Yesudas, Uma Ramanan
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Song : Vaaname Mazhaimegame Movie : Madhu Malar Music : Gangai Amaran Singers : K.J.Yesudas, Uma Ramanan
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Song : Athadi Adhisayam Movie : Manaivi Solle Manthiram Music : Illayaraja Singers : K.J.Yesudas, Uma Ramanan
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Song : Kuyiley Kuyiley Movie : Pulan Visaranai Music : Illayaraja Singers : Uma Ramanan, K.J.Yesudas
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Song : Kasthoori Maane Movie : Puthumai Pen Music : Illayaraja Singers : K.J.Yesudas, Uma Ramanan
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Song : Kattaaya Kaadhal Movie : Thozhar Pandian Music : Illayaraja Singers : K.J.Yesudas, Uma Ramanan
-------------------
I will soon get the links for these songs and I wish to thank http://www.thiraipaadal.com/singers/Songs_Uma%20Ramanan_3.html for getting me this collection.
You can post in the comment in case if I have missed any and I will update.

Belief in God got strengthened

I should say I am a kind of selfish guy. Yes, when I was in trouble (deep), I usually pray to my favorite God “Perumaal”. 99% of the time, he has answered my prayers. Only one big prayer wish is pending and still!!
Anyways, coming to the point of my selfishness, in this couple of years (2007-2009), I should say, I was in a comfortable state, meaning, I didn’t have any prayers. So I started questioning about God’s presence or whatever... My friend told, since I am currently undergoing 7.5 naatan (Sani), my period of 07-09 was good as I am undergoing “Pongu Sani”. May be that also added and I was arguing to myself God’s presence. What selfishness?? Humans (at least me) when they undergo some pain only they think of God... Otherwise, they think they are smart enough to question God’s presence...
When my Dad had a massive heart attack on October 31, 09, after 4 days, still didn’t pray much, yesterday night, when I called my sister and she was telling the variation about his ECG and pressure, I did my deep prayer and yes he answered me.. You won’t believe, I woke up at 2:30 am and India time 2:00 Pm called her and Doctor has told her that he has recovered and nothing to worry and he will be soon moved from ICU to a separate ward.
What a relief … Now that I should not question about God’s presence, I wanted to put it in my blog and read it all the time when I become arrogant...
Thank you “Perumaal”

Monday, November 2, 2009

Why I like “Diary” Program in Hello FM 106.4

I like to listen to internet radio all the time. It is not only you listen to music, but also, you can get the news and listen to various people’s talk. I was a fan of Singapore radio till February 2009 (till now). After that I couldn’t listen to that station as they stopped broadcasting over the internet for various copyright issues. I really miss that station.
However, one of my friend who is now in Australia, gave me the link to 106.4 Hello FM this September (09) and am listening to this radio. I like to listen to “Bigil” program by Suresh. He talks casually and he tries to figure out lot of different games. I couldn’t listen to much of it due to timing issue.
I don’t miss Diary program by Girish. Girish your voice is, I think very suitable for that type of program and you did capitalize on it. Good job. I like this program for 3 reasons:
1) As I said before, it is because of Girish’s voice. I think this guy should be in his 25s. I can understand his feeling towards love.
2) Nice songs of 80s to 90s. I like it.
3) “Vambu” Nice to hear lot of people’s happenings. This gives a chance to learn people psychology. Sometimes takes our memory to our college life.
I don’t simply want to hear only songs in Radio. I want to hear different people’s talk and various news + songs in Radio. Also, another biggest advantage of Radio over TV is you can do your work and listen to the program.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

India vs Australia current series

This is the second match today (October 27, 2009) between India and Australia. First match, India lost by a meager 4 runs. Second match, currently poised to India win. With this trend, my analysis is, board of Cricket of India and Australia, wants the match wins equally shared by both the teams. So if my prediction is true, you can see a 4-3 series. Please note that this is just my theory based on my pure logic. I may be wrong but something tells me this is what might happen. Let us wait and see.

(One of the reasoning behind this, Ponting won the toss and elected to field. 90% of the time I have seen him opting to bat that too in a Day/Night match, I havent seen him electing to field.)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Show of “Kamalhassan 50 years” in Vijay TV

I was watching the last couple of hours of Kamalhassan 50 years in Vijay TV, yesterday evening. Though sometimes, I asked myself what am I doing, while watching the show, I still wanted to watch till the end as I know, Kamalji and Rajniji will be giving a speech and wanted to hear them talk.
Actor Vivekji, (sorry Padmashree Vivek) wrote a poem about Kamalji. Though, I liked his poem about Kamalji, he was careful in always adding “Pamashree” in each and every representation of Kamalji. It kind of told me that, he was trying to say he also received it and he wants him to be represented that way.
Actor Partheebanji wanted to give a different kind of speech. So, I think, he selected the “Vanchapukazhchi” method. I felt it was a bit strong of a criticism. He said, why we are celebrating the 50th Anniversary for KamalJi and what he has done big to be celebrated. Though, it might have been in every one’s mind, this guy openly said it. Later, he turned the plate as if it was just “admire” than criticism. Anyways, I think lot of “Kalai” family would have mentally accepted those initial critics from Partheebanji.
Music director Illayarajaji came and also sang a song on Kamalji. Usually, Illayarajaji is not a good orator, he just used his music talent and escaped from giving a speech. I cannot forget one time, he was trying to praise “Vaaliji” on his some occasion (I forget the occasion name) and he told about the song “Sundaree, Kannal oru Sethi..Solladi innal oru sethi” and also told you don’t need a poet to write these words. Though later he realized what he was talking, tried to compensate it as a complement, it was a fun when I was watching that incident.
In between Kamalji’s daughter Shruthi sang her father’s favorite song. Prabhudevaji and his father gave a dance performance which was also very good. We can feel how Super star enjoyed it.
Later Mammottyji talked. My son was bringing a book to me and asked to read him the story and hence couldn’t listen to what Mammottyji talked. Sorry Mammottyji. I know he challenged something about Kamalji but didn’t follow it.
Then Mohanlalji’s talk was crisp. Similarly Prakashrajji, Arvindji, Arjunji, Venkateshji all came and had their praise for Kamalji.
Finally, the most awaited talk from “Super Star”. I really, really, really admire “Super star”. He is so simplistic, he gave multiple incidences of his friendship towards Kamalji. Hats-off to you “Super star”.
He pointed that, it was not necessary for Kamalji to include him in some of the initial movies (during 1975 time period) Kamalji was acting, and still he wanted Super star to be included. Also, he told, later Kamalji asked him to act alone because he needs to get his own identity. The highlight was how movie “Endiran” was tailor-made for “Kamalji” and for various reasons it came to Super Star. He also told Shankarji not to expect the same performance of “Kamalji”. It requires guts and power to say these things. I believe, that is why you are a Super star. Again Hats-off.
Last but not the least, Kamalji came and gave his part of the speech. He appreciated Super star and also praised their friendship. He was talking about his belief more towards the community than God. I felt, he was careful in not hurting the people who believe in God. Whatever he spoke made sense to me. I don’t know if I was in Kamalji’s shoes what I would have said, but whatever, he told, made me think that I did spent my time for a good person.
Overall, it was a nice evening and I enjoyed that show. Thanks to Vijay TV for casting it.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Indian Police Cop

On Deepavali day of this year (17th October 2009), though it was like another day for us in USA, in the evening we went to a fair organized by the Irving County. This fair was completely free. I need to say something we like and enjoy the most in USA, especially in Irving, TX. It has so many beautiful parks. It has lot of recreational activity centers and most of the parks have these. All parks are meticulously planned for various activities.

Ok coming to the fair, It had lot of activities like a small train ride for the kids along the lake, lot of jumping activities, sliding activities, balloon riding, bungee jumping, mountain climbing, face painting, magic shows, circus shows etc activities. It was a good evening for the kids.

My main intention of this blog was not to just stop with the fun activities alone but to share an important event that happened that I thought lot of our Indian policeman and Government civilians can/should follow. There was a long queue for hot dogs (America is famous for its hot dogs) and I saw a Police Cop, who was standing in the line and lastly purchasing the hot dog, giving money to the vendor. Though, I am used to this kind of events here, my memory just flashed a thought of the same event happening in India. When I shared this with my friend, he told you should blog and you should have captured a picture of it also. Even though, I missed to capture the image, I wanted to blog.

Will our Police cop stand in a queue (of course with his uniform on) and buy a food or any other thing for that matter?

Though, we cannot blame all Indian Police cop for that, but majority of Indian Police cops doesn’t do that.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Ghost(s)!!!!!

Ghost:
After seeining "Neeya Naana" (Vijay TV program) about ghost in a TN Village,I was thinking of ghost and wondering how an ordinary man can see a ghost in this world?
Some of us believe Spirit (Aathma) is inside our body and that spirit leaves this body when we die. Some spirits wanders in space inside earth’s atmosphere for various reasons. Assuming this is true, a spirit that is wandering in the air (or as air), how can it visualize the happenings in earth? Our science (sixth sense) says that in order to activate our body, we need all organs (brain, face, eyes, nose, ears, tissues, muscles, bones, blood, hands, legs etc.) of our body, functioning properly. So how can a spirit which acts like a wind in our case (I am associating to wind because we can only feel it and cannot see it) can see an activity or keep in its memory / mind, an event that happened when it was inside a particular human body and try to take revenge or something like that (most cases we believe ghosts are here because they have not full-filled some of their revenge).
When I was thinking the spirit as wind, I have seen sometimes winds acting fiercely destroying lot of objects. So I was wondering, if the winds can destroy (for whatever reasons), why can’t a spirit destroy some humans? Those fierce winds have some scientific theory in it for acting like that. However, I cannot or correlate any theory for these spirits (at least that is me).
I have also read in Science that we cannot see lights beyond certain wavelength and our ears can hear only certain frequencies. So something beyond our imaginations/vision should/can happen for the spirits.
I was also wondering some kids are born as child prodigy on certain fields. How can this be possible? Though one theory to relate this to our genes, it can also be associated with spirits. can it be??? May be a person who was very good in a particular field died, can be reborn as a grand kid and get those skills by birth. Again, there needs a storage medium for the talents, between births. Still possible ????? Or maybe the gene theory works much better?
We cannot easily prove that spirits are roaming around or not. It is the same old question that will remain for years to come. Some who believes will argue it is there and some don’t.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Indian Citizen

Top 10 mandatory qualifications needed for an Indian Citizen
I was thinking of the important qualifications that are mainly needed for an Indian Citizen. Me and my close friend circle, though all NRI’s currently, will always keep talking about what is necessary for India to improve. One of the concerns we talked about was the huge human population (a known fact). Though human population is advantageous in certain ways, it is disadvantageous in other ways. I thought about and am writing my thoughts on the important (by me) qualifications that are needed for an average Indian citizen.
1) All Indian male/female should undergo one year of mandatory military training/discipline. There should be no exception to this.
2) All Politicians should need some basic qualification like 10th plus (a college dedicated to political) training and in that they should have attended a year and earn a diploma. Not even a small case against him/her
3) Politicians can be in the rule for a period of 2 terms and not more than that.
4) No blood relation can come to power at least for the next term or be in power simultaneously.
5) For some years till it gets into the blood of every citizen, there should be some very strict traffic discipline enforced.
6) Similar should be enforced for all Government servants. They should be given enough salary so that they don’t get bribes.
7) Ethics needs to be taught right from childhood.
8) Law should be enforced and people who are in public services especially who are in Law and Order needs to be ethical and correct and force it on other fellow civilians and respect them.
9) There should be no case that can be in the court for more than 6 months. Similarly any Government case should not be pending not more than 90 days and even with a valid reason cannot exceed more than 180 days
10) Every job needs a minimum rate/hour fixed and should be given the same rate for any person under any circumstances.
I hope there are so many thoughts that can be refined and followed. In case you have more please post it in your comment.