Pressure to relax

Being in the mechanical world or the concrete jungle, we often tend to forget the smaller and various joys of life. We tend to be into the race for the first, most successful, most wealthy etc. And for sure I know there are hundreds of people who have written about this. What I am going to write is the pressure associated with the fact that we should relax. Initially when I started writing this blog, I used to always think that it’s a way to just indulge in me for that moment of time. Excited about the fact that I am writing, I actually started to tell close friends and associates about the blog. They have been reading it and telling me to update it, cos they think it’s interesting. Well it would be cos it’s a story, it’s MY story. Well not drifting away from the discussion at hand, well I have not been able to find time or not able to rack the brains enough to find a decent topic to write about. Well of course I have now moved into the new home (will post pics soon) and have had a few interesting dinner encounters but nothing out of the ordinary.

Well for one the fact that I am not writing about the events can be termed as apathy or actually lack of time to jolt down the emotions floating inside the head. It’s a point of view, I would say. Either way, the fact of the matter is that I have not blogged for about a week now, and strangely I am feeling pressurized. I though that I will make a point to blog at least once in a day, this seems vaguely impossible at the moment. Anyways, I will be trying to keep up with myself to update this. I did not think that relaxing would be such a pressure.


A spark that grew into a blog i mean fire.

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Studying engineering trains ones brain into thinking analytically or rationally or let me say, inquisitively to make it a bit broader. Ever since I have completed my engineering, or maybe even before that, I have always wondered about things. Nearly everything I see or interact with needs to have a reason for being there, if not knowing how to get it there. As an example, working in the construction industry and looking at finishes interfaces with service elements, you get into a mood of looking and trying to figure out certain aspects of everything you see, for example how would a light fitting be well mounted into a ceiling so as to provide light as well as not spoil the appearance of the well made ceiling. This got me into trouble once, as in, I have been asked to stop at the Dubai Airport Immigration by the police as I was looking into all the cameras and moving around. The intention was actually to look at how they have managed to place a rather boring looking camera into a very well designed aesthetic ceiling.

This mindset is difficult to let go once you are out of work, everything you see, touch, feel, experience is another mystery to be solved, although it is not required. Although I might know that the camera was fit in a very aesthetic fixation so as to not look like a swollen pimple on the face of Cameroon Diaz, still the mindset gives the inquisitiveness to check how it was done. I have not been able to loose the mindset even while thinking of religion. I am a Christian by birth, and have confirmed myself to be of the faith in my adolescence. But now the inquisitive nature of the mind has given way to many questions related to Religion.

Christ, The Bible, Genesis, The Grail, The Ark of the covenant, endless mysteries lodged into the soul of Christianity and waiting to be solved. Although of course I know that I am not the first one to think this way, there have been many people in the quest and have been many journeys that they have taken. I might not be able to leave my current life in the search of trying to solve any of these mysteries. But definitely will find comfort in trying to find information from the research of the greats who have pondered over the same questions again.

The price of Technology !

New, latest, advanced are the keywords of the new techno savvy world. Techno savvy did i say, well yes. If you have changed your mobile phone in the last 10 months, you fall in this category too. Yes, that means even you who got the phone just so that you are not left out in the crowd.

Anyway, the price we are paying for this cannot be described or lemme try to describe it, “Global Meltdown”, the next few years is going to see us loose out on a lot of the goodies from the “Good ol’ days”. What am i going to loose ?

Well picture this, crops are not in as much abundance as it should be, because of which rains are not as strong as they were. Due to lack of rains, countries are in serious shortage of water and a global struggle trying to hold on to maximum amounts of water begins, Water is coined “Liquid Diamond” and is the most sought after commodity in the entire world. Especially drinking water, methods of purification are failing due to various reasons, like major water bottling companies not allowing the bottling of purified water. America attacks “LD” rich countries in an attempt to gain as much control over the LD resources. The claim that the countries house weapons Mass Destruction.

Bangladesh is one of the victims, and in an attempt to retain their Integrity they attack back, but due to the poor technology they have which is borrowed from Pakistan the missile lands in China, killing most of the communist leadership. This leads to a huge meltdown in the Chinese government and hence the Chinese economy, which by then is the dominating power along with America and India. The collapse of the Chinese economy brings about a two headed race for supremacy between India and America and a well known Arms Race, butter fingered America again launch the familiar Nuclear weapon leading to world war 3. And in the end the destruction of Mankind.
Sounds like a story straight out of a conspiracy theory. But if you think about it, its not impossible. The reason for all this, Our Cell Phones. Well what has our cellphones got to do with world war 3 ? The Butterfly effect. Something “small and insignificant” in today’s world, can be responsible for the extinction of the human race.

Scientists suggest that our love of the mobile phone could cause massive food shortages, as the world’s harvests fail. They are putting forward the theory that radiation given off by mobile phones and other hi-tech gadgets is a possible answer to one of the more bizarre mysteries ever to happen in the natural world – the abrupt disappearance of the bees that pollinate crops. You can read more about it here.

As far as I am concerned, i am going to stick to my N80, and will wait for a Radiation free Mobiles like G-Hanz models to become more affordable. Then perform my switch, until then, every call i make will remind me of the grim future I am keeping in store for my future generations.

The Busy Devil’s Advocates, race for the fastest Saint in History is On !!

As far back as i can remember or have looked up on, the record for the fastest sainthood declaration for anyone in the history of mankind has been 27 years, a feat achieved by Opus Dei founder Josemaria Escriva de Balaguer, who was canonized in 2002. The saint who looks most likely to break the record seems to be the popolarissima Mother Teresa of Calcutta, who currently stands as the fastest to attain beatification (the last step before sainthood), just six years after her 1997 death.

The crowds who are now chanting “Santo Subito!” (Saint Immediately!) in John Paul’s name in St. Peter’s Square and the countless individuals praying to his soul, are counting on him reaching those two respective thresholds beatification and canonization faster than either Mother Teresa or Escriva. A more credible hint that the wait will be relatively short was Benedict’s declaration Monday that “in the communion of saints, it seems we can hear the living voice of our beloved John Paul II, who from the house of his father, we are sure, continues to accompany the Church.” In other words, for the current Pope, John Paul is already among the chosen few.

Canonization causes do often begin with popular movements, and are brought forth from the diocesan level of the Church hierarchy to the Holy See for consideration. John Paul’s cause is being presented by the dioceses of both Rome and Krakow, where he was Archbishop. This week they presented mounds of evidence of his virtues, and at least one miracle said to be credited to his intercession, to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. Officials will study the case of Sister Marie Simon-Pierre, a 46-year-old French nun diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease — the same illness that afflicted the late Pope — that inexplicably disappeared two months after John Paul had died. The typical procedure to verify a person’s saintliness includes the equivalent of a trial, which includes a lawyer arguing against the cause (who gave name to the expression the “Devil’s Advocate”), and doctors testifying to the proof that purported miracles have no scientific explanation. A post-mortem miracle must be verified to reach beatification, and a second for canonization.

John Paul signed off on more beatifications (1,340) and canonizations (482) than all his modern predecessors combined. Benedict may be slowing down the process. While John Paul’s, Mother Teresa’s and other cases march forward in the dark offices of the Vatican, it is in the light of day that we see a subtle shift on sainthood policy in this papacy. Yes, most of the valid causes already under way are moving forward, but Benedict has decided to no longer preside over the beatification ceremonies in St. Peter’s as John Paul had done. Later this month, in three separate Italian cities — Turin, Castellammare di Stabia and Rimini — local bishops will beatify three respective local figures, without the presence of the Pope. The faithful can be assured, however, that there is at least one likely beatification ceremony on the horizon that Benedict won’t want to miss.

Clorox – a womans best friend

Ever since i have started to make up the new apartment i had just recently got to make it habitable, i have learned the answer to an age old question that men had, what is with women and clorox. Well for starters, it cleans and it cleans.

Damn, some of the areas that were really dirty within the washroom and the kitchen were made spic and span by clorox, hats off to you O cleaner of cleaners. My girlfriend and I were at it, cleaning, scrubing and trying to bring in some sence of cleanliness to the house.

With a lot of help from our next door neighbours Manisha and Venki, we have managed to convert this block of bricks to something respectable called home.

What Might have been

Every time new technology is promoted these days, people give the example of the telephone, i have always heard people comparing new technology to the success of telephone or the television, the very sophisticated, i-know-it-all look and the statement “When people saw the telephone for the first time they laughed, and said its amazing but who is going to use it”.

But, in the process of trying to achieve the same level of success with newer apt inventions many of the scientists have lost their everything. My today’s blog is a tribute to one not-so-well known scientist who tried to create the unthinkable and if approved would have shown the doors of exit to the energy crisis the world over, maybe even would have stopped the oil-crazy Americans to get into Iraq saving thousands of lives, both evil and divine. ENERGY FROM VACUUM, a concept so weird that we may take some time to digest. My today’s blogging tribute goes to Inventor Edwin Gray or Ed Gray.

33 years ago in 1974, the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office unprovoked – shut down inventor Ed Gray’s facilities which were preparing to produce the Gray Car powered by Ed Gray’s fuel less motor, which utilized energy from the vacuum. Historic photographs from the brochure of Ed Gray’s car have been posted on The Tom Bearden Website Here.

This could have been the greatest gift of a man to mankind. But alas the Greed of man, one day we will definitely chop the branch that we are sitting on, and it will all be over. Well The Vacuum powered engine aside, some of the additions to this car would have definitely been the pride of the owner with the then latest technologies like electronic speedometer projected on the deck of the car, 360 degrees turning radius, power steering, lesser parts of the vehicle, Lexan (another alternative for safety glass) etc. hmm … guess we will have to wait for the next free energy car.

Special Thanks to Roy for this.

It is not fear that grips him. Only a heightened sense of things.

I long wondered why the term “Greek Gods” was used to describe the well built metro sexual man, well i got my answer. Extremely well sculpted bodied men in near to naked clothes would actually prompt any guy to think twice when he takes his fiance along, its a different issue that the gore in the movie would naturally prompt her to give him a hammer on the head lol.

Something about the movie:

300 is a 2007 film adaptation of the graphic novel 300 by Frank Miller, itself partly inspired by another film, The 300 Spartans,[1] and is an a semi-historical account of the Battle of Thermopylae in 480 BC. The film is directed by Zack Snyder with Frank Miller attached as an executive producer and consultant, and was shot mostly with blue screen to duplicate the imagery of the original comic book. An amazing similarity exists between the comic strip and the movie i terms of visual presence, its as if the director has added life into the comic strip. Available on Flickr here.

Spartan King Leonidas (Gerard Butler) and 300 Spartans fight to the last man against Persian King Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro) and his army of more than one million soldiers, while in Sparta, Queen Gorgo (Lena Headey) attempts to rally support for her husband. The story is framed by a voice-over narrative by the Spartan soldier Dilios (David Wenham). Through this narrative technique, all manner of fantastical creatures are introduced, placing 300 within the genre of historical fantasy.

Have also heard reports that the movie is been banned in Iran(modern day Persia) ….. well though i think miller has taken the liberty of portraying the Persians as monsters, The movie and comic more to do with the courage, strength and integrity shown by the 300 Free Spartans on the field to achieve.

One thing i did not like in the movie ? well Dude- ity. These are Greek times, when there were a lot of naked women around. And there are some naked women in this film, but almost every naked woman scene has a muscular dude giving the screen an ass show. Well apart from that i thought the movie would be one of the best movies of 2007.

Very symbolic is the last message of Leonidas to the Spartans “Remember Us !!”.