Terrorist Attacks, Yet Again

Posted by The Modern Buddha , Friday, July 15 20:55

13, 26, 11, 7 ........ What is it with these 'numbered days' that prompt an unusual amount of violence on innocent civilians by 'Terrorists' in the form of blasts etc. Why do cities with a history and residing in shadow of blasts targeted again and again? What can be proved by such acts of violence? Can these ever be stopped? How many more are to be hurt before someone puts a stop to all these? Is the city I am residing in safe?.....

These are the questions that most of us ask ourselves perhaps sitting in front of TV watching the news channels flash images from the blast sites. We feel better, maybe a little terrible, A lot of pity for the injured and families of the dead, maybe even anger on the people responsible for such acts of terrorism. Then 2 days, or maybe even 3, after that we go about our own way. What does The Govt do. The PM and some ministers visit the affected site and people involved, offer assistance and help, give a long speech on making sure that people responsible are punished etc.

That all folks that happens......but still there's no end to such events happening and such people being punished. Even though we see osama being killed, Saddam Hussein being hanged and Ajmal kasab being locked up......the veil of terrorism hangs low above our heads, any day and anytime.

Hyderabad : GHMC orders a total plastic ban

Posted by The Modern Buddha , Tuesday, July 12 19:53

Finally the much awaited ban - the ban on plastic.
It happened here, in the 5th largest metropolitan city w.e.f the month of July has been a big surprise to me. I have always been a supporter for this cause but truthfully i haven't seen many people who r sensible to this issue and to speak the truth much less the government. But i was shocked when yesterday i visited a bakery and asked him to pack a pastry and instead of the regular plastic cover he wrapped the pastry in a paper plate and gave it to me. I asked him the reason and he said that the govt has banned the sale of plastics weighing more than 40 microns ( yeah, i thought,  whatever that meant). He further added that if i wanted a polythene cover i should pay 2 rupees extra. (Damn!!!). I just cursed the guy and went my way.

But only today morning did i realize the burden of what he said. I visited the Reliance mall today and brought a couple of grocery things and when i went to the counter to pay for my things, i was told by the sales-girl there to fetch my own bag from the next time and since this was my first time I would be given a paper bag. Gosh, i thought, "this is serious".

50 Interesting Facts About Pi

Posted by The Modern Buddha , Sunday, July 10 19:07

  1. Pi is the most recognized mathematical constant in the world. Scholars often consider Pi the most important and intriguing number in all of mathematics.
  2. In the Star Trek episode “Wolf in the Fold,” Spock foils the evil computer by commanding it to “compute to last digit the value of pi.”
  3. Comedian John Evans once quipped: “What do you get if you divide the circumference of a jack-o'-lantern by its diameter? Pumpkin π.”
  4. Scientists in Carl Sagan’s novel Contact are able to unravel enough of pi to find hidden messages from the creators of the human race, allowing humans to access deeper levels of universal awareness.

50 Interesting . . . Facebook Facts

Posted by The Modern Buddha , Friday, July 8 14:08

  1. Facebook has over 350 million active users. More than 35 million users update their status each day, with more than 55 million status updates each day.
  2. More than 2.5 billion pictures are uploaded to Facebook each month.
  3. The average Facebook user has 130 friends and sends eight friend requests per month.
  4. Among children under 18, Facebook was ranked third in the top 100 searches of 2009, behind YouTube and Google.
  5. A recent survey of 500 top colleges found that 10% of admissions officers acknowledged looking at social networking sites such as Facebook to evaluate applicants. Thirty-eight percent of admissions officers said that what they saw negatively affected the applicant. 

Why Google+ is going to be a huge hit with the GenY

Posted by The Modern Buddha , Tuesday, July 5 20:26

Long After a series of failed attempts at social networking, Google may hit the web with Google+, its answer to the popular social networking site Facebook. Read further on to know why and how it could have a major impact on the future of the Web and the our look on social networking.

Google had always wanted social networking to work, and this time, it may just work.
Google’s previous attempts at creating social networking websites have been disasters. Open Social failed because Google couldn’t get Facebook and other social networks to buy into the idea of a shared social identity. Orkut has not been a hit with the current generation either. Google Wave was not being useful enough to attract any users. Google Buzz freaked people out by naively overstepping its bounds on privacy. and now its google+. Right from the name it seems on its way to be the new social rage.
when Google unveiled its latest social experiment last week — called Google+— I was extremely skeptical. Still, Facebook is so malignant in terms of privacy and such a mess to use and configure that I was inclined to give Google+ a try. I just expected that it would be a speed-dating relationship like most of the other social networking sites(which do not possess the fate of Facebook) and destined to last no more than a few weeks that at the most that too with the self-created hype. But I was proved wrong.