The Sun shines on the Sun signs

You get up in the morning to the warm winter Sun and suddenly the earth beneath your feet has shifted, well, in this case literally ūüėČ . The astronomers from the Minnesota Planetarium Society found that because of the moon’s gravitational pull on Earth, the alignment of the stars was pushed by about a month. I had read about it some time back but had read it as an ancient science which believed in a different zodiac system. The one that comprises another 13th sign where the Sun spends only 19 days. Ancient Babylonians had 13 constellations, but wanted only 12, so they threw out Ophiuchus, the snake holder.

The change in the zodiac sign seems to have the rocked the world. Most people seem to take the news with a pinch of salt. Some find consolation by that argument that this applies only to people after 2009/2010. I have had friends who could forget your name but not your Sun sign. For most people not reading the daily horoscope is not an option. My roomie’s FB status says “Proud to be an Aquarian…..!!!! i will live and die as an aqua ….!”

Most people find it difficult to associate themselves with the new sign. Mostly comparing themselves to a person in the new Sun sign whom they hate and say “I am not that, am I!!!” Well, if it is any consolation at least they can compare themselves with somebody, I am going to be in the new Sun sign Ophiuchus. No references at all ūüė¶ plus no body seems to know how to pronounce it. So while others are going to be referred to as the Saggi, the Virgo(they are the safest ones no much change there with the new system), the Cancerian, I will be the “she who must not be named” ūüėĮ And the sign seems to be represented by a serpent. I feel like a person who has been unfairly put in the Slytherin house.

According to the Minnesota Planetarium Society, here is where the real signs of the Zodiac should fall. Ready for your world to change forever???

Capricorn: Jan. 20-Feb. 16.

Aquarius: Feb. 16-March 11.

Pisces: March 11-April 18.

Aries: April 18-May 13.

Taurus: May 13-June 21.

Gemini: June 21-July 20.

Cancer: July 20-Aug. 10.

Leo: Aug. 10-Sept. 16.

Virgo: Sept. 16-Oct. 30.

Libra: Oct. 30-Nov. 23

Scorpio: Nov. 23-29.

Ophiuchus: Nov. 29-Dec. 17.

Sagittarius: Dec. 17-Jan. 20.

Anyway reading my new characters make me feel better. Am I ready to shed my Saggi attitude, don’t know yet but my new life doesn’t look bad either.

The constellation Ophiuchus represents a man wrestling a serpent, dividing the snake’s body in two parts. ¬†It is the only sign of the zodiac linked to real men, sharing traits with Imhotep, a 27th century BCE Egyptian doctor, and biblical Joseph. Like Imhotep, Ophiuchus is considered a healer of men and a doctor of medicine or science. He seeks higher education and enlightenment. He is expected to achieve a high position in life. Like Joseph, he is an interpreter of dreams and vivid premonitions. He is envied by his peers and favored by his father and authority figures.

The dominant characters traits are:

* Many people are envious of the Ophiuchan as he/she progresses well throughout life.
* A seeker of wisdom and knowledge
* A flamboyant dressing sense, favouring bright colours.
* Authority looks upon him/her well
* Would make a great architect or builder
* Number 12 is the lucky number.
* Will have a big family but will leave home at an early age

Don’t know how things will go. All that I know is this is one¬†occurrence¬†that the planets had not predicted at all ūüėČ

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Paul strikes again

FIFA is no doubt an event talked about throughout the world but Paul, the psychic Octopus has been hogging¬†no less¬†limelight . Its prediction came true again with the Spain winning today’s match against Germany.

Paul the Octopus is a common octopus who lives in the Sea Life public aquarium in Oberhausen, Germany. And has been making news for its ability to predict the football matches played by German team.¬† Two clear plastic boxes containing food are lowered down into the aquarium’s tank. The boxes have the flags of two countries attached to them, one of Germany, and one of their next opponent. The container selected by the octopus is assumed to be the predicted winner.

With this recent prediction, Paul scores stand at a perfect 100% in FIFA 2010. And he is no less than a celebrity now.¬†¬†Lets see if¬†his celebrity status¬†goes to his head ūüėČ And for the rest non-celebrities (like us)¬†we are happy watching the matches and waiting¬†for the outcome¬†( As if we have an option) ūüėõ

Worth a Read

¬†“Today, India proved once again that it doesn‚Äôt care for its poor. Today, it was proved all over again that those who do politics in the name of poor in this country, always rule for the rich”, said the article and rightly so.

I was really moved by the article, it is worth a read

http://blogs.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Main-Street/entry/shame-india-sold-its-dead

What a waste!!!

There was one story that our physics sir at school would love to narrate.

There was this waterfall in Mysore and everybody admired it. Poets wrote pages on the beauty of the Kaveri¬†river. But there was one man who saw it and exclaimed “What a waste!!!” ¬†That was Sir. M Visvesvaraya. He said that because he saw the potential hydro energy being wasted and untapped.

He went on to become the chief Engineer of the Krishna Raja Sagar(KRS) dam, Mysore built in ¬†1924. This dam remains an engineering marvel and one of the popular tourist attractions till date. It was the first dam to be built with ‘surkhi’ ¬†a mixture of limestone and brick powder instead of cement. He built many dams later which are still functional.

He also honoured with the Bharat Ratna for his contributions. It happens to be his birthday today(the 15th of September) that we celebrate as “Engineers Day” as a tribute to the engineering wizard.

Let us hope he inspires lot more engineers to acheive greater heights and come up with more viable and cost-effective solutions for the problems of the real world.

Happy Engineers Day!!! to all the engineers out there…

Standing on Giant shoulders

“If I have seen farther it is by standing on the shoulders of
giants” — Isaac Newton
At no other point of time would these humble words of a genuis mind
be more relevant than now. If the new generation boasts of acheiving
greater heights it is not because we are the most intelligent
generation but simply better equipped than our predecents. All the
acheivements that we have acheived till now are because we don’t
have to reinvent the wheel. It is already there we just have to use
it and build on it.
I realise this everytime I use technology as an aid. And what better
example than a google search. Anything under the sun and even beyond
the sun is available here. For example, if you forget some command,
searching for it wasn’t so easy. You needed to know where to find
it. If it is a book, is it a part of the library, is it available
currently. Or ask some resource person / expert/ peer. Esp. if it is
learning a new technology attend classes for it, travel half the
world to attend conferences or training sessions. Buy related books
and required equipment. Programs written in low level languages and
compilers took long to execute any program. Any error costed lots of
valuable time and money. All this was a costly affair.
Now it is just a matter of seconds. Type anything that might be
relevant to the command and lo! you have the thousands of pages
throughout the world giving you the answer. Visit any forum and you
have all the expertise dished out to you, that too for free. You
don’t have to waste your time and money doing the same mistakes that
somebody has already done. Just a PC and an Internet connection and
you have the world at your disposal. It is difficult to even imagine
a life without these facilities in our life. So if you are getting
things done in a record time. If you are able to produce excellent
results from a project. You also have somebody else to be thanked
other than yourself.

“If I have seen farther it is by standing on the shoulders of¬†giants” — Isaac Newton

At no other point of time would these humble words of a genuis mind¬†be more relevant than now. If the new generation boasts of acheiving¬†greater heights it is not because we are the most intelligent¬†generation but simply because we are better equipped than our predecents. All the¬†acheivements that we have acheived till now are because we don’t¬†have to reinvent the wheel. It is already there we just have to use¬†it and build on it.

I realise this everytime I use technology as an aid. And what better¬†example than a google search. Anything under the sun and even beyond¬†the sun is available here. For example, if you forget some command,¬†searching for it wasn’t so easy. You needed to know where to find¬†it. If it is a book, is it a part of the library, is it available¬†currently. Or ask some resource person / expert/ peer. Esp. if it is¬†learning a new technology attend classes for it, travel half the¬†world to attend conferences or training sessions. Buy related books¬†and required equipment. Programs written in low level languages and¬†compilers took long to execute any program. Any error costed lots of¬†valuable time and money. All this was a costly affair.

Now it is just a matter of seconds. Type anything that might be¬†relevant to the command and lo! you have the thousands of pages¬†throughout the world giving you the answer. Visit any forum and you¬†have all the expertise dished out to you, that too for free. You¬†don’t have to waste your time and money doing the same mistakes that¬†somebody has already done. Just a PC and an Internet connection and¬†you have the world at your disposal. It is difficult to even imagine¬†a life without these facilities in our life. So if you are getting¬†things done in a record time. If you are able to produce excellent ¬†results from a project. You also have somebody else to be thanked¬†other than yourself.

This is just one example related to programming world but the same holds for all the other fields. Faster information dissemination, the way we  communicate and the ultra modern ubiquitous technology has enabled the modern day human beings much beyond our imagination and simply changed the way we live. Let us toast the technology and all those who made a better life possible.
This post was a part of my drafts from a long time. Since today is the 40th birthday of the Internet, so I thought this would be the best time to post this . 40 yrs ago on 2nd Sept 1969, the first test packets were exchanged on two computers in University of California. This eventually led to the birth of the Internet and the rest as they say is history.

Education Bill passed

Parliament has adopted ‚ÄėThe Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Bill, 2009,‚Äô which envisages free and compulsory education to children in the 6-14 age group.

That is some great news. Education is a great leveler and this bill was long awaited.  Now let us hope that this is implemented properly and translates into an educated and enlightened India.

It was also great to know that the bill also seeks to do away with the practice of schools taking capitation fees before admission and subjecting the child or parents to any screening procedure and I hope they do away with unwanted reservations. We also need to wait and see what would be the medium of instruction and how do they bring the kids to school whose parents just refuse to send their kids to school. Also the funds and infrastructure required for the project are huge.

Nandan Nilekani quits Infosys to head the UID(Unique Identity) project

If you have read today’s newspaper you could not have missed this headlines “Nandan Nilekani quits Infosys to head the UID(Unique Identity) project”. Nandan Nilekani is the Co-chairman of Infosys Technologies Ltd.

Just three days back I picked up his imagining India to read and I was wondering why isn’t he out there in the arena implementing his ideas. And today this news. He is starting a new trend by doing this and I hope he is able to recreate the Infy saga ( This is a challenge as heading a private institution is pretty different from working in the govt. machinery). This, I am sure, will make lots of other entrepreneurs and celebrities follow suit .Our public sector badly needs some fresh perspectives and more effective(read uncorrupt) and innovative people.

PS: Nandan Nilekani is an alumnus of our school. So all the Josephites out there this is something we need to be proud about.