Saturday, May 31, 2008

Everyone is a pilot now!

As technology becomes more and more entrenched in out lives, everybody becomes a geek. Nowadays, even my mom knows how to right click and play a song in iTunes instead of the default Windows Media Player.

In the early days of computers, you had people just to create charts and operate word-processors. Investment banks had huge teams of chart experts to create pitch books. Now you and me can do it better.

This trend can be seen in military aviation as well. Soon, most military aircraft will be operated by the particular force that needs air support (army/marines/special-forces), rather than a dedicated air-force.

UAV's are becoming more and more common, and cheaper, and easier to operate. With more R&D being done due to the Iraq war, UAV's are acquiring most of the capabilities of ground-attack fighters. Air-force ground-attack figthers usually attack targets based on army requests. But there is a lot of tension between the US army and the US air-force because the air-force doesn't always provide the support requested. If you want to relate to this, think of some centralised function in your company that you depend on. If that division is internal, most probably, they have their own priorities, and you will be bottom in that wait-list.

UAV's have been the manna from heaven for the US Army. The US Army currently operates around 9,000 UAV's in Iraq, all operated by soldiers. These UAV's have been responsible for cutting down most of the combat fatalities since 2007. Nowadays I don't hear much of soldiers dying there. The UAV's verify a patrol route before a combat patrol passes thru the area. They also run some special image processing programs to search for roadside bombs.

Now every soldier is a potential pilot!!

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Friday, May 30, 2008

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Thursday, May 29, 2008

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Lalu Yadav speaking in English

Check it out...

video

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Don't mess with employees

Via an email forward...


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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

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Monday, May 26, 2008

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Sunday, May 25, 2008

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Saturday, May 24, 2008

Lawn chair Larry

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Friday, May 23, 2008

Ramblings for 2008-05-22


Memories

My lil sis used to sit like this in our kitchen watching my mom cook. I was 17 when she was born!! Gosh... those were the days... babysitting when Mom and Dad were not at home... Sis absolutely hated the maid...


Source: Pic from an email forward got today...

If you hire monkeys, you will get monkey-quality work

Found this in an email forward...


Same thing in software development as well. Programming is a combination of art and science. It's like the saying my grandfather once told me - "A 100 fools cannot outhink 1 wise man". A 100 monkey-coders cannot beat 1 great programmer.

This is what happens when you take steroids

Continuing from my previous post on steroids, found this pic on the fantabulous "Hot Chicks with Douchebags".


If you take steroids and workout well and eat a lot of protein, the body gets very very greedy for the protein. These proteins are used to build up muscle. Fast. Very fast. This happens as steroids increase the production of testosterone, which stimulate very high creation of the Human Growth Hormone (HGH). It is the HGH that stimulate muscle-building using available protein, as long as you tear down some muscle thru workouts. The problem is that this process is very unnatural, and your body is creating muscle that it doesn't really need. Natural bodybuilders who don't use steroids force natural muscle creation proportional to the weights they are lifting.

When you stop taking steroids, all that unneeded muscle breaks down. Fast. very fast. Leaving your skin sagging. Like the pecs of the douche in the pic.

Btw is it me, or does the babe looks like Eliot Spitzer's hooker?

Karan Johar and Shahrukh Khan???

Really???
Need to check with my housemate Mr. Bakhwas for more details...

Karan had always struck me as a wee bit effeminent on his absolutely horrible show "Koffee with Karan". This show is so bad that I stop channel-surfing to watch it and cringe. Something like the Gigli effect I guess (So bad, that it's good).



For scientific reasoning behing the Gigli and "Koffee with Karan" effect, see this post by Kathy Sierra. Summary in pic below (taken from Kathy's blog also)...

Thursday, May 22, 2008

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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Short term gain, long term pain


Craig Davidson, a canadian novelist went on steroids for 4 months to test their effects as part of writing his novel. He has written this macabre account here in the Guardian.

"The needle is 21 gauge, 1.5in. A hogsticker. Forty of them arrived in a package from Greece. Ever received a package from overseas? You get that puff of air when you rip it open - air that's travelled thousands of miles. Foreign, like stepping into a stranger's house.
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Wake up, eat, jerk off, work out, eat, jerk off, eat, work out, eat, jerk off, eat, sleep.


The question most sane readers will be asking by this point is: why didn't he stop? Why, despite all the awful side-effects, did he keep plugging needles into himself.


I'm sure my answer is no different to that given by most steroid users: the results.Once we pass that period of massive physical change - childhood through our teens, puberty and growth spurts - we settle into a sense of our bodies. We understand the parameters and capabilities, what it can and cannot do. And though it's disheartening to say, at 30, I was already finding evidence of a body on its downslope. While I worked out regularly, I hadn't made a sizeable gain in years. In gym parlance, I'd 'hit the plateau'.Steroids shattered the limitations of my body....

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Steroids are the classic example of short term gain for long term gain. The correct term is "anabolic steroids" - anabolic for muscle-building (as opposed to catabolic or muscle-wasting, which happens on the Atkins diet).

Now unlike most other things in short-gain-long-pain category, steroids are something that can be very tempting to use. Firstly because of the results - a great body and the resulting alpha male status. But more importantly, those results are so very hard to get. Ask anybody who has really tried to get 6-pack abs and a sculpted phsyique, and they will tell you how difficult it is. I give my hats off to anybody who has transformed their body because it is not only about exercise and workouts - it is about sacrifice, diet, perseverence and determination. It is so easy to lose heart and give up. The human body is one great adaptable machine that getting that perfect body becomes a mental game more than a physical game. Steroids cut out the mental efforts from the equation.

I can see this becoming a huge problem in India. Because Indian kids start out with a huge disadvantage required for muscles - a high-protein diet. It is easier if you are a christian from Kerala and eat beef/chicken/fish most of the week. But forget it otherwise. And diet is a major component to getting the desired body.



via Smoke Signals

Ramblings for 2008-05-19


Monday, May 19, 2008

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What I learned today: Snafu, Fubar

Saw this on the tele just now...

In WW2, many enlisted men were fed up with the quality of officers and the mess that they were being gotten into. So they came up with code words to communicate the situations amongst each other...

Snafu - Situation normal, all fucked up
fubar - fucked up beyond all recognition

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Ramblings for 2008-05-17


So what have you done in your life?

In 96 hours, Jack Bauer has killed 93 people and saved the world 4 times. What the hell have you done with your life?

Jack Bauer can leave a message before the beep.

When Jack Bauer turns on an Xbox the screen just says "You Win" and turns itself off again.

When life gave Jack Bauer lemons, he used them to kill terrorists. Jack Bauer fucking hates lemonade.

When Jack Bauer goes to the airport and the metal detector doesn't go off, security gives him a gun.

Kim Bauer was an accident. Not even the pill can stop Jack Bauer.

There are no such thing as lesbians, just women who never met Jack Bauer.

People with amnesia still remember Jack Bauer.

Jack Bauer got Hellen Keller to talk.

When Jack Bauer pissses into the wind, the wind changes direction.

If you're holding a gun to Jack Bauer's head, don't count to three before you shoot. Count to 10. That way, you get to live 7 seconds longer.

Jack Bauer often stands in front of his microwave and yells "WE'RE RUNNING OUT OF TIME" while waiting for his Top Ramen to cook.

The "Smoothie" was invented when Jack Bauer needed information from a banana.

Jack Bauer came up with the idea to can and sell his own urine, that product is known as Red Bull.

Jack Bauer once forgot where he put his keys. He then spent the next half-hour torturing himself until he gave up the location of the keys.

Jack Bauer won the Tour de France on a unicycle to prove to Lance Armstrong it wasn't a big deal. He thinks yellow wristbands are gay.

After 7 minutes of interrogation at the hands of Jack Bauer, Tom Cruise admitted that he was gay.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Ode to my hero

"
Jack Bauer could strangle you with a cordless phone.

Jack Bauer sleeps with a pillow under his gun.

Jack Bauer played Russian Roulette with a fully loaded gun and won.

During the commercials, Jack Bauer calls the CSI detectives and solves their crimes.

When Jack Bauer was a child, he made his mother finish his vegetables.

Jack Bauer can get McDonald's breakfast after 10:30.

The Black Eyed Peas were just The Peas until Jack Bauer heard their music.

Jack Bauer doesn't speak any foreign languages, but he can make any foreigner speak English in a matter of minutes.

On a high school math test, Jack Bauer put down "Violence" as every one of the answers. He got an A+ on the test because Jack Bauer solves all his problems with Violence.

Simon Says should be renamed to Jack Bauer Says because if Jack Bauer says something then you better fucking do it.

Superman wears Jack Bauer pajamas.

When Google can't find something, it asks Jack Bauer for help.

Jack Bauer teaches a course at Harvard entitled: "Time Management: Making the Most Out Of Each Day."

Sun Tzu once wrote, "If your enemy is weaker, conquer him. If he is stronger, join him. If he is Jack Bauer, you're fucking dead."

Jack would never have given up the wet list... no one takes potential kills away from Jack Bauer.

Jack Bauer once killed so many terrorists that at one point, the #5 CIA Most Wanted fugitive was an 18-year-old teenager in Malaysia who downloaded the movie Dodgeball.

Quentin Tarantino was asked to direct a biography about Jack Bauer. He passed. It was too violent.

Tony was once shot in the neck, rushed to the hospital, underwent emergency surgery and was back on the job in just a few hours. Jack Bauer still can't believe that pussy went to the hospital first.

If Jack Bauer was gay, his name would be Chuck Norris.

You can lead a horse to water. Jack Bauer can make him drink.

All men are created equal. They are all vastly inferior to Jack Bauer.

Finding Nemo would have been vastly more exciting had Jack Bauer been looking for him.

Jack Bauer was conceived by torturing the other sperm until they gave up the location of the egg.

Jack Bauer has been to Mars. Thats why theres no life on Mars.
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Source: The internet


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Friday, May 16, 2008

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Thursday, May 15, 2008

What I learned today: 20th Century Limited

20th Century Limited was an express passenger train operated by the New York Central Railroad from 1902 to 1967, during which time it would become known as a "National Institution" and the "Most Famous Train in the World."




Interesting stuff about this train
  • Passengers walked to and from the train on a plush, crimson carpet which was rolled out in New York and Chicago and was specially designed for the 20th Century Limited, thus the "red carpet treatment" was born.
  • Carnations were given to men boarding the train, and perfume and flowers to the women.
  • In 1928, its peak year, it earned revenues of $10 million and was believed to be the most profitable train in the world.
  • Also in 1928, Erwin "Cannon Ball" Baker, who eventually became the first commissioner of NASCAR, raced the 20th Century Limited from New York to Chicago in an automobile, beating the train.
  • In 1938 industrial designer Henry Dreyfuss was commissioned by the New York Central to design the streamlined train sets in Art Deco style, with the locomotive and passenger cars rendered in blues and grays (the colors of the New York Central). The streamlined sets were inaugurated on June 15, 1938. His design was probably the most famous American passenger train of all time

Source: Wikipedia

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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Feeling the heat?

"A guy told me one time, "Don't let yourself get attached to anything you are not willing to walk out on in 30 seconds flat if you feel the heat around the corner." Now, if you're on me and you gotta move when I move, how do you expect to keep a... a marriage?"
-- De Niro in "Heat" (One of my all-time fav movies)

Back in 1999, I had slipped off from home to watch "Heat" with some friends. Made up some story to parents about going to somebody else's house . Watching an English movie was an anathema in our conservative household! As for me and my buddies, "Heat" meant prospects of some sizzling sex scenes... LOL. Seems so funny when I think about that now...

We were disappointed on the sex front. But man... what a movie... The bank-shootout scene is IMHO the best in any movie. Period.


iPhone for sale

If anybody is interested in snagging a brand new iPhone bought from the US, pls email me (see address in the sidebar). A colleague has one that he is willing to give away (not for free).

You will of-course need to do a jaibreak to unlock the phone.


Ramblings for 2008-05-13