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Only in India!!!
I had goose bumps as soon as I saw this picture in rediff, not because it's the India's fastest train. Only in India can you see such a decoration, train beautifully decked with flowers, all the hungama around it..... I miss all that....where celebration looks like a celebration with full of joy and happiness!
Techonology at its best!! (or is it really!!!)
Read this article on technological development at ESA website. Even before that, on my trip to South Korea I happened to visit this "Ubiquitous World". What they offer is this. Sooner we will be able to switch on the lights, play the CDs or even filling your bath tub without moving an inch from where you are sitting. Enter your home, you will have all the lights & TV switched on, blinds go up, curtains folded! Your telephone messages will be read automatically, your wife in US(who is there to study) pops up on your wall to say hello. Move to your kitchen to get food, your TV screen is on the refrigerator. You don't have to 'check out' at the shopping mall. Everthing, billing and payment, is done automatically. Awesome! Isn't it. But, how far such a technological development is good to the people on this earth. As through years, we have seen technological developments having their advantages and disadvantages. And this is one more development where there might be many advantages but one disadvantage apart from many others is that "you are making people lazy". When you grow lazy, your mind stops working, your body is too heavy to lift yourself, and then there you get more technological developements with more effective gym equipment and what not. Life becomes tougher as balancing between your consciousness which says "Hard work" and then these gadgets which give you all the "pleasures" of life.
Anyway below is the article from ESA
for your pleasure of reading. It's a must read one though.Ariane 5 technology turns the lights on
21 February 2005
Soon we may be able to fill the bath, turn the lights on and play our favourite CD without moving from our chair or pressing a button. Technology, developed by ESA for European spacecraft, is now being used to create small sensors that can make any flat surface – walls, windows or tables – interactive.
"The idea is to use an accelerometer to determine the exact position of touch on an object,” says Nicolas Delorme from Nodal Consultants, part of ESA's Technology Transfer Programme's (TTP) network of technology brokers. “For example, an accelerometer can determine exactly which part of the interactive surface on a window or a door has been touched, making the surface as sensitive as keys on a keyboard."
Accelerometers are used in combination with gyroscopes onboard Ariane launchers for the inertial positioning system and to kick-off the pyro-technic switches that control the fuelling of the boosters. They are also used on satellites to determine the exact position of the spacecraft. As they are used in space, these systems have to be extremely accurate.
"This technology is at the heart of ReverSys, an innovation which could revolutionise how we consider the objects around us and how we use them,” Nicolas Delorme adds.
Ros-Kiri Ing, President and Founder of Sensitive Object, the company that developed and patented ReverSys, received assistance from ESA's TTP technology broker Nodal Consultants who carried out market research for them and identified technology and partners.
"Our patented technology is based on recognising the sound waves propagated in an object when it is tapped at a precise location," says Ros-Kiri Ing.
Just as fingerprints are unique, a tap on a flat surface gives an acoustic signature that is unique for the specific point of impact, as the waves emitted are diffused differently from a tap even a few centimetres away. This property was discovered thanks to a physical process called 'temporal reversal' which precisely identifies the point of source of emitted waves.
"I had the idea of associating this signature with an action and creating a sort of virtual command table. The association is managed by a computer programme that links touch at a specific location to a specific action. A small sensor, the accelerometer, placed nearby, then detects the sound waves and analyses their acoustic signature. If the signature is recognised, the intended action is executed, if not, nothing happens," Ros-Kiri Ing explains.
ReverSys technology can be used with most solid materials: glass, wood, steel, even a brick wall. Sensitive control panels can be placed at any location on a surface to create an interactive human-machine interface. It also has a number of important advantages:
* it is wireless and cable-free and can be integrated onto any surface
* it does not require any modification to the surface
* it is aesthetic and fits with any decor
* it can easily be re-programmed to reposition the sensitive zones
* it is simple to operate
* it can be easily moved
Ros-Kiri Ing explains: "In a bathroom, for example, ReverSys could be used to put a control panel on the edge of the bath or even in the shower, with the sensor placed nearby, away from the water. If the control panel needs to be moved to a new position or a new command needs to be added then it’s no problem. There is no need to touch the sensor, with the help of computer it is a simple matter to modify the system and define new sensitive zones.”
This certainly has many advantages for home owners; for instance, the controls for the lights in a room could be moved without having to change the wiring. A big advantage when fixing up an old house or changing the way a room is used.
"When I first saw Ros-Kiri Ing demonstrating his system I was really impressed. In just minutes, he managed to turn a simple white-board into an interactive device, controlling the playback of music on the computer," says Pierre Brisson, who as head of ESA's Technology Transfer and Promotion Office has seen hundreds of examples of how well space technology can be used to make life on Earth easier.
"Who would have thought that the technology we use in the Ariane launchers could simplify the way we turn on a light?”
Greg Chappell - The tough Coach
'I have an unflinching commitment to the job'
February 14, 2006
Mired in controversies that he describes as "needless", India's cricket coach Greg Chappell has momentarily wondered whether he should stay on. On Tuesday though he told his detractors he is not going to flinch.
Greg ChappellThe tough-talking Australian, who found himself at the centre of a row regarding Sourav Ganguly's place in the team after taking over as coach eight months ago, said, "There have been people around the team and outside the team who have tried to make issues much bigger than they have really been."
Given the controversies did he ever think it may not be worth it?
"It has probably flashed across my mind once or twice, but I have never actually got to the stage where I thought it is not worth it," he told M K Razdan of the Press Trust of India in an interview.
"You think, is it worth it? Then I ask myself that question and the answer is always yes, it is. I have an unflinching commitment to the job. I am more committed today than I was the day I started, because I have seen what can be done; I have seen what can be achieved if we get the right people with the right commitment together."
Chappell's strong personality evokes a mixture of praise, criticism of his methods and unsubstantiated whispers about his "agenda."
In fact, a Pakistani spectator had held a placard during Monday's Lahore one-day international that said, 'Chappell vs Ganguly'.
The coach dismissed such talk by stating that he has a "very happy and committed" dressing room, although he is saddened by needless controversies that have gone on since he took over. Most of the controversies have been "engendered from outside the team," he added.
When he accepted "one of the most challenging and demanding jobs in cricket" he knew "some feathers would be ruffled along the way to make the changes that were necessary", Chappell said, pointing out that from time to time any coach will need to take tough decisions, pull the players aside and talk to them about developing their game and their focus.
Nevertheless, he describes his experience so far as "fascinating" and by and large "wonderful".
I'm not a control freak: Chappell
>Chappell vs Ganguly
>"The more important side is that we have made some wonderful progress and seen some wonderful change in individuals, the way they have gone applying themselves to their cricket.
"I have seen some terrifically exciting changes with young players coming into the squad, which is reinvigorated. The older players and the whole group has been refreshed by the youth and enthusiasm that has come into the team. I think that has been misunderstood and misrepresented in certain quarters to the detriment of Indian cricket," Chappell said, as he went on to express his views on a variety of issues concerning Indian cricket:
His agenda: "I have only one agenda from the day I arrived. I was employed to try to improve the Indian cricket team. I came here with that agenda and that is the only agenda I have."
His commitment, he said, is to excellence, and he is working very hard along with his support staff, skipper Rahul Dravid and the team towards that goal.
"We are seeing results of that on the field. The job is only partly done. It is probably not even half done, in the sense of what we need to be able to do on a consistent basis to win cricket matches."
Controversies: "I knew to make change was going to be difficult. To change the way people perceive things, the way people think, whether it is the players, the media or general public takes time. Along the way there are bound to be some fluctuations. I cannot get involved in that and cannot get distracted by that."
Does former India captain Sourav Ganguly figure in his plans for World Cup 2007?
"I am not able to say at this stage who will be in that squad. As I said to the group of 30-odd players when we started in Bangalore in June, who plays in 2007 World Cup has nothing to do with me, nothing to do with selectors. In any case I am one of the seven people involved in the process. It is actually up to each individual to either select themselves in or select themselves out, and that will be by performance, by their attitude, by their ability to fit into all the criteria that are needed to be a Test cricketer or a one-day international player.
"It has less to do with the runs made and wickets taken. It has to do with having everything that makes up the individual who blends into a group that can be a successful team. It has a lot to do with individuals and their commitment to getting better as a person, getting better as player. It is not just about batting or bowling; fielding is a very important part of it.
"Then there is attitude -- your attitude towards the team, towards your team mates. There is a checklist of about ten points each individual needs to be able to meet to fit into the future of the Indian cricket."
In other words, is it up to Gunguly?
"It is up to all of us. It is up to any individual who is playing cricket to display qualities that are necessary to meet the requirements of a successful team."
Bowling coach: Does India need one?
"No, we do not need a bowling coach. We have got hundreds of bowling coaches. We have got Michael Holding on television who tells us everything that we have to do. We have Imran Khan on television everyday telling us what we have to do."
Is he worried by the drop in pace of Irfan Pathan and Zaheer Khan?
"Some bowlers start their careers as medium pacers and they finish up as fast bowlers like Imran Khan did. You have got others who start as fast bowlers but finish up as medium fast bowlers like Richard Hadlee. You have got other bowlers like Kapil Dev who were swing bowlers who bowled at 130 kmph. They got hundreds of wickets in Test cricket.
"I am not sure Pathan has dropped that much pace -- he still bowls 136 or 137 kmph from time to time. In Zimbabwe a few months ago he bowled in high 130s."
"He is a young man who is developing. There has been way too much emotion and energy devoted to this particular subject. There are not many cricketers in the history of the game at 21 years of age who have got the record Pathan has got. Let us accept he is not a fast bowler. Once we accept that we might not have all this emotional claptrap that goes on about Pathan."
World Cup 2007: "I do not have worries as such. I have some focuses. There are some areas we need to develop such as our batting, bowling and fielding, our flexibility, our ability to handle all types of situations that can come up on the field during a cricket match. If we keep developing in all these areas we will be a competitive team that will have a chance to win the World Cup. If we can get to semi-finals anyone can win from that point."
Indian dressing room: "We have a very happy and committed dressing room. We have a bunch of cricketers from Sachin Tendulkar, who has played hundreds of Test matches and hundreds of limited over matches, to cricketers who have played two or three one-day games. We have a good blend of personalities, good blend of talent, youth and experience."
Search for fast bowlers: "If Indian cricket lacks anything through its history it is that we have not had a lot of fast bowlers. That has a lot to do with culture, climate and conditions. The BCCI needs to look at types of players that win Test matches. History of cricket tells you that fast bowlers have a big part to play. We need to look at parts of India that are likely to develop fast bowlers. The sort of wickets we play on domestic cricket makes a very big difference to the types of bowlers that get developed."
Get to that Customer Service guy!!!
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ఈరోజు నాకు చాలా అనందంగా ఉంది. ఒల్లు పులకరించే విషయాన్ని ఒకటి చదివాను..,
n Drink six (6) glasses of water (1.5 liters) everyday and avoid medicine, tablets, injections, diagnosis, doctor fees, etc.
n You can never believe before practicing.
List of Diseases That Can Be Cured By Water Therapy
n Blood Pressure / Hypertension
n Anemia (Blood Shortage)
n Rheumatism (Pain in joints / muscles)
n General Paralysis
n Pulmonary Tuberculosis
n Kidney Stones
n Hyper Acidity
n Uterus Cancer
n Rectal Piodapse
n Eye Diseases
n Ophthalmic Hemorrhage & Opthalmia (Reddisheye)
n Irregular Menstruation
n Breast Cancer
n Urogenital Diseases
n Early morning, after you get up from bed, (without even brushing your teeth) drink 1.5 liters of water i.e., 5 to 6 glasses. Let us all know that ancient Indians termed this therapy as "Usha Paana Chikitsa" . You may wash your face thereafter.
n Here it is very essential to note that nothing else, neither drinks nor solid food of any sort should be taken within 1 hour before and after drinking these 1.5 liters of water.
n It is also to be strictly observed that no alcoholic drinks should be taken the previous night.
n If required, boiled and filtered water may be used for this purpose.
n It is difficult to drink 1.5 liters of water at one time, but you will get used to it gradually.
n Initially, while practicing you may drink four glasses first and to balance two glasses after a gap of two minutes.
n You may find the necessity to urinate 2 to 3 times within an hour, but it will become normal after quite some time.
By Research and Experience
n The following diseases are observed to be cured with this therapy within the indicated days as below:
� Constipation - 1 day
� Acidity - 2 days
� Diabetes - 7 days
� Cancer - 4 weeks
� Pulmonary TB - 3 months
� BP & Hypertension - 4 weeks
It is advised that persons suffering from Arthritis or Rheumatism should practice this therapy thrice a day, i.e. morning, midday and night, 1 hour before meals for one week; and twice a day subsequently until the disease disappears.
How Does Pure Water Act?
n Consuming ordinary drinking water by the right method purifies human body. It renders the colon more effective by forming new fresh blood, known in medical terms as " Haematopaises". That the mucous folds of the colon and intestines are activated by this method is an undisputed fact, just as the theory that the mucous fold produces new fresh blood.
n If the colon is cleansed then the nutrients of the food taken several times a day will be absorbed and by the action of the mucous folds they are turned into fresh blood. The blood is all-important in curing ailments and restoring health and for this water should be consumed in a regular pattern.
Life is Short, Just go for it
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