songs…

Note: I wrote this on my earlier blog hosted as https://pradx.wordpress.com. I recovered the text from the WayBack Machine. This post appeared on December 3, 2006 as per the permalink. I’m trying to collect here again all my old writings spread on various blogs.

Some songs have an uncanny resemblance to either your life or your personality. I was listening to The Corrs (again??) and found that this song had this for me. I’ll search the net to see if I can find the song and put it up a later.

But here are the lyrics in question:

“Do you feel you’re someone else inside,
And no one understands (who) you are..”

Trust me. No one in the world, not even me understands me completely and I always feel that I’m someone else inside.

“Then you stumble on tomorrow,
And trip over today”

Well, not exactly..but this makes more sense:

“You’re racing for tomorrow,
Not finished with today”

Jumping from one thing to another between my interests. When I’m studying, I’m thinking of project ideas…When I should be thinking project ideas..”Darn! Haven’t finished that chapter”.

“Would the sun shine brighter,
If you played a bigger part”

I wonder..

“So you promise that tomorrow
[will] be different than today..”

Always.

The song? ‘Would you be happier?’ – The Corrs. That’s a double whammy on the occassion tof 4 down 2 to go..

Welcome to the all-new Parallel Spirals

I deleted all the previous posts since they’re basically not the best of my writing. I will remain offline till 2nd December, 2006. But, you will see on the timestamp that the date is: 25-11-2006. This is thanks to WordPress.com’s timestamp edit feature.

I plan to limit myself seriously in this all-new blog. This is an attempt to make blogging a more productive experience. Feedback and comments are always welcome.

Dark Energy

I first posted this on my space blog at http://blog.seds.org/pradeep. I recovered the post using the Wayback Machine here.

NASA had a big press release on dark energy. If you’re new to the concept of dark energy or have only heard about it and don’t know what it exactly is (like me), go to this wikipedia article for starters.  For those of you guys who understand high-tech space language, go here. Er, you guys can read the comments too.

Phil Plait over at Bad Astronomy assures us that the language in the press release is more people-friendly.

[via Bad Astronomy]

Stories Worth Following

The CS Monitor‘s report on India stepping up ties with Africa, in the face of China doing the same. Don’t understand why they do this. The national interests of India and China can’t be the same. If Africa benefits, good for them. If India benefits, good for us. But, if India is going in just to compete with China, it’s bad strategy.
 
MS to reconsider it’s China Policy from BBC News.

Rice traders and environmentalists have warned the Government of India against experimenting further with genetically modified crops .No news report in CNN-IBN. Have to check their website though…

GoodNewsIndia has several good articles related to agriculture practises and re-invigorating ancient water pools – at a time when it is being said that wars will be fought over water.

Last but not the least…India’s mission to the moon…oh! did I say India’s manned mission to the moon?

Glad to be here…

I probably won’t be blogging for the next couple of days…have to make some arrangements vis-a-vis my studies…exams getting closer…winds getting colder…brrr…and no @#$%^& announcemnt from MU….hmmph…

Hindustan Times has introduced a practise of providing the email ids of people writing the stories – the reporters – this is a wonderful concept and I hope other newspapers follow the example…

A nuclear-less world

Note: I wrote this on my earlier blog hosted as http://parallelspirals.blogspot.com/. I recovered the text from the WayBack Machine. This post appeared on Ocober 16, 2006 as per the timestamp. I’m trying to collect here again all my old writings spread on various blogs.

The whole world takes all its nuclear explosives and gets rid of them. A thorough search of the Earth is carried out with satellites to make sure that no evidence of nuclear energy is left on Earth. All Uranium, useless to Earth and useful only to nuclear energy is also packed and taken far away into space and explodes. The world is then rid of nuclear energy.

What a lovely scenario to contemplate. But, not so possible in the next 10-20 years. Nuclear alternatives, it seems are necessary for the coal dependant economic powerhouses of India and China. Until you have effective and useful alternatives to coal and as cheap,nuclear power would be very hard to get rid of.

But, if it is eventually got rid of, won’t all the good stuff – like nuclear medicene, go along with it too? Who knows what other hidden purposes Uranium can be used for?

Think about it.

If there is a perfectly scientific explanation to this, kindly send me a link in the comments section. I’m too lazy to search on the Internet or do research on what I think? If you want to make this a PhD thesis, go ahead.

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listening to:
birds leaving after hearing the children shouting…

Is the Earth a PMM?

Note: I wrote this on my earlier blog hosted as http://parallelspirals.blogspot.com/. I recovered the text from the WayBack Machine. This post appeared on Ocober 16, 2006 as per the timestamp. I’m trying to collect here again all my old writings spread on various blogs.

A PMM is a machine which can output work for no input of energy. That’s sort of like your car running without petrol.

Is the Earth a PMM?
Is the Earth rotating without any input of energy? If it gets an input of energy, where does it get that from? I understand that the Earth revolves due to the effect of gravity as a force causing the Earth to move around it. But how does the Earth rotate?

If the Earth is a PMM, it violates the laws of thermodynamics. If the Earth can violate the laws of thermodynamics, why can’t we? Rules are meant to be broken, right?

If there is a perfectly scientific explanation to this, kindly send me a link in the comments section. I’m too lazy to search on the Internet or do research on what I think? If you want to make this a PhD thesis, go ahead.
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listening to:
Toss the feathers – The Corrs.

Untouchability

Note: I wrote this on my earlier blog hosted as http://parallelspirals.blogspot.com/. I recovered the text from the WayBack Machine. This post appeared on Ocober 16, 2006 as per the timestamp. I’m trying to collect here again all my old writings spread on various blogs.

I read in a newspaper article yesterday that Buddha was the only ‘God’ who was born (or reborn) on this Earth as an ‘untouchable’. This was in commemoration of the mass conversion of dalits from Hinduism to Buddhism lead by Dr. B.R. Ambedkar about 50 years ago.

Dr. B. R. Ambedkar was one of the architects of the Indian constitution and is quoted to have said:”I was born a Hindu, but I will not die a Hindu” against the caste system prevalent (even today) in a Hindu society.

What I’m asking is, is this because  God was too high a being to be born into an ‘untouchable’ family? If that is so, it goes against the teachings in several religions which states (besides the several Constitutions):
“Man/Woman is created equal”. Another possibility is that ‘the guardians of religion’ felt that this would give too much room for untouchables to rise up against the priest class and had them deliberately deleted.

Knowing very little of human beings, I would say people would be more likely to accept that such accounts existed and were deliberately deleted. They might even offer to re-instate some of the stories into the religious texts. Truth be said, having stories in books doesn’t do much good for the reality. Even if you didn’t change these texts, would you be ready to offer these people access into places of worship?

The same idea can even be applied to stories of women. They may also have been deleted considering that women were only supposed to sit at home and cook and such stories would only cause them to demand for their rights. If every man/woman is created equal why do we need laws to ban untouchability and other such practises? Shouldn’t it be embedded in the human DNA?

Well, that’s too much to ask too. Old habits die hard. But, it’s not that wrong to hope in  youthful idealism, is it?

I have only stated my point of view. If I hurt your innermost sentiments I would like to apologise, but please consider it for a moment even if you don’t state it publically.

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listening to:
Original of the Species – U2
Rebel Heart – The Corrs
Fix you – Coldplay