Nov 28, 2010

Space Program

When I was a kid my ambition was to become an Astronaut. The serials like Star Trek, Cosmos and UGC programs of those days and movies such as Superman and Star Wars motivated me and gave an idea to become an Astronaut. 


When I was 12 years old I planned for a space program plan of a kid that is taking card Board box, straws, rockets and a small container. My plan which will be comedy today when you read this, took the card board box fitted wings on both sides, and some rockets behind and for respiration in space I kept the container (Milk container) and kept it open for two days thinking that the container when closed with card board and planting a straw will hold the two days oxygen that I can use in space. I am not aware of the gravity or how much pressure is needed to take off or any other basic information of rocket science, only the desire to reach space. The plan did not take off.


In my schooling years I was weak in Mathematics and my dream as an Astronaut ended. But I am still fascinated by the word space, rockets and astronauts. I never miss any programs related to space in TVs and as well as in movies.


Recently when I was searching the net I came to know about a person and his son sending a Home made spacecraft fitted with iphone and HD camera and reached the space and back home. All this can be done within a budget of $500! was incredible. I feel that this kind of experiment will be done by many enthusiasts in future. We will witness many wonders soon.


Here is the extract from the You Tube site:


Video from a camera attached to a weather balloon that rose into the upper stratosphere and recorded the blackness of space. Seven-year-old Max Geissbuhler and his dad Luke Geissbuhler dreamed of visiting space. Armed with just a weather balloon, a video camera, and an iPhone, they basically did just that.


The father-and-son team from Brooklyn managed to send their homemade spacecraft up nearly 19 miles, high into the stratosphere, bringing back perhaps the most impressive amateur space footage ever. The duo housed the video camera, iPhone, and GPS equipment in a specially designed insulated casing, along with some hand-warmers and a note from Max requesting its safe return from whomever may find it after making it back to solid ground. All told, father and son spent eight months preparing for their homemade journey into space, in hopes of filming "the blackness beyond our earth."


Then, one day in August, Max, his father, and his friend Miles Horner headed out to a nearby park to see their dreams realized. After attaching their equipment to a 19-inch weather balloon and switching on the camera, they watched as their simple craft disappeared high into the sky.


"In August 2010, we set out to send a camera to space. The mission was to attach an HD video camera to a weather balloon and send it up into the upper stratosphere to film the blackness beyond our earth. Eventually, the balloon will grow from lack of atmospheric pressure, burst, and begin to fall.


"It would have to survive 100 mph winds, temperatures of 60 degrees below zero, speeds of over 150 mph, and the high risk of a water landing. To retrieve the craft, it would need to deploy a parachute, descend through the clouds and transmit a GPS coordinate to a cell phone tower. Then we have to find it.


"Needless to say, there are a lot of variables to overcome"


After a little over an hour, the craft reached the stratosphere, 100 thousand feet overhead, and captured some incredible footage of space before the balloon popped and fell back towards earth. They found their spacecraft 25 miles away from where they had let it go -- stuck up in a tree.


Although the camera's battery died some minutes before touching down, the footage the camera returned is impressive. And despite the fact that the craft didn't technically reach the boundaries of space, Max and his father are undoubtedly proud of their accomplishment.


Just as the space-race of the 1960s was driven by a spirit of exploration and ingenuity, so too was the bold idea of Max and Luke Geissbuhler to film the darkness beyond our planet with their homemade spacecraft. And just as mankind was at once emboldened by the success of science and the realm of possibility was widened for an entire generation -- perhaps this father-and-son team can inspire others to follow their dreams, too, do-it-yourself style.

And the Video

Nov 25, 2010

New Raw Material to Produce Cement

Researchers have converted discarded plastic bottles in combination with soil to form a porous cement like substance that could be the construction material of the future.

Naji Khoury, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at Temple University in US, says the trademarked product is called ‘Plastisoil’. Khoury said that it takes 30,000 of the better quality recyclable bottles to make one tonne of porous Plastisoil.  He said that an energy analysis shows that it uses less energy to produce one tonne of Plastsoil that one tonne of cement or asphalt. It could ease environmental problems created by storm water run-off because storm water can filter through it into the ground below. He added that preliminary results also show porous Plastisoil to be cheaper to manufacture that existing technologies.

Nov 21, 2010

26/11 - A Souvenir Poem

The World was Shaken,
All souls were awaken,
Our hearts are all broken,
Our enemies have shaken,
Our powers are weaken,

All flowers gathered,
Energies are stored,
The target is aimed,
All powers are flourished,
And the enemies have been perished.

2G versus 3G


  • 20% increase in usage.

  • 30% increase in usage.
  • 200 lakh Crore turn over.

  • 300 lakh Crore turn over.
  • 2 million users.
  • 3 million users.

  • 2 fold increase in new applications.

  • 3 fold increase in new application.
  • 20% drop in productivity.
  • 30% drop in productivity.

  • 200% increase in cost.
  • 300% increase in cost.

  • Usage of grey matter down by 20%.
  • Usage of grey matte down by 30%.

  • Creativity decrease by 2 degrees.

  • Creativity decrease by 3 degrees.
  • Works get simpler.

  • Works get complicated.
  • Slow down by 2 generations.
  • Slow down by 3 generations.

Nov 13, 2010

How to find your lost Mobile

Most people who lose their mobile phones do not file a police complaint as they believe the chances of recovering their phone are less.  However, according to the Chennai suburban police, it is almost certain that you would get back your phone if you file a police complaint with the International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number.

The police commissioner urged people to call 9042400100 to report their missing mobile phones. Those lodging complaints should furnish complete information including their name and address, model and make of the lost instrument, its number, e-mail address, date of loss and IMEI number. The IMEI number can be obtained by typing *#06# on a GSM mobile phone. The number can also be found beneath the battery.

Nov 12, 2010

The Social Network – Face Book

The Social Network is a film about the founder of Face Book. Its a biographical account of Mark Zuckerberg and his billion dollar invention which changed the face of the world. He is an young man who becomes a billionaire at the age of 25.

And nobody ends up being friendless even after having 500 million people sign up on a friend request site. There are so many interesting nuggets in the film.  From Zuckergberg’s first attempts at creating an interactive site at an act of vengeance against his girlfriend. Erica Asbright (Rooney Mara) to his encounter with Napster’s knight in shining armour, Sean Parker (Justin Timberlake), the drama hurtles across with breakneck speed.

It is a creating the next big thing after Google. The high point of The Social Network is its super screenplay (Aaron Sorking) where every dialogue becomes a quotable quote.  The exchange between the lead characters is witty and vibrant, carrying forth the drama with a throbbing intensity.

Nov 7, 2010



  • Connected to wires.

  • No wires, except while charging.
  • Have to sit and talk.

  • Walk while you talk.
  • No need for charging.
  • Needs charging at least once every day.
  • Helps in memorizing numbers as a result the mind gets sharper.

  • Usage of Phone Book makes the mind blunt.
  • Personal and Official works are done better due to less disturbance of unwanted calls.

  • All works get disturbed due to unwanted calls and messages.
  • You don’t looks the phone 100 times a day.

  • You look the phone more than 100 times a day for SMS and calls.
  • You can’t lose or misplace your phone.

  • You always misplace and lose the mobile.
  • You save energy.

  • You lose energy and money.
  • Works get simpler.

  • Works get complicated.
  • You get an identity and personal touch.

  • U lose your identity and no personal touch.

Nov 4, 2010


Today we are proud to have people who have originated in India are place at higher level in the US Administration.

Nikki Haley is person who has been elected as the first woman governor of South Carolina. People who have the roots in India are getting prominence in the US Government. This is a very good opportunity to stay focused in getting closer in the India - Us ties.