Archive for March, 2007



What’s in a name? Well, it didnt really matter to Shakesphere what the name of a person. And, I dont think mindset of people has changed a lot about a name even in this era. Well, if you still do think a lot about a name you must be seriously out of work or you have retired from work and are looking for some different hobby to hook on to. Well, on a more serious note what I am coming to say is there is nothing more to a name than just a means of identification.

But, I guess a name means more than just a, well a name. At least that’s what one can derive from the changing of names of so many cities across India. First it was the three metros of India – Bombay, Calcutta, Madras where renamed as Mumbai, Kolkatta, Chennai respectively. Now, the “christening” bug has infected the Government of Karnataka. They have decided to rename Bangalore to Bengaluru and subsequently there are plans to change the names of other major cities into some names which invokes the need of a small crash course in pronunciations.

Well modifying the famous Shakespherean question you might ask “What’s in changing a name?”. It wouldn’t have affected us if the Chief Minister of Karnataka decided to change his son’s name into something more primitive just to accomodate the kannada image into his name. Maybe, a big bash worth a few lakhs for the change of name. But, changing the name of a city involves a lot of expenditure. For one all the direction markers have to be replaced. Change the administrative records according to the new name.

Even if the financial expenses are ignored as a one time expense ( I guess the Karnataka Government coffers are overflowing with funds. Wonder why the infrastructure is still taking a beating with all this excess funds?) the image of Bangalore which is been built across decades partially depends on the name of the city as well. Bangalore has risen as the IT capital of India by the rush of multi national IT majors from across the globe. And, for all these multi nationals Bangalore still will be Bangalore except when they might look at Bengaluru in some memorandoms they might sign on. Even then they might wonder is it the name of a pre-historic mammal. Anyone who has worked on building a brand does know the brand name holds the key. The name Rolls Royce gives you the immediate feeling of royal luxury and comfort. Its the same with the brand called Bangalore. Even if it looks Bangalore has risen fast as the IT capital of India, the brand name Bangalore is still in the process of catching on worldwide. I wont say Bangalore is barely known by people. After all there is term called Bangalored. But its Bangalored not Bengalured. That is the difference a brand name can make. It can make or break a brand. Will the change of name make or break only time will say.

Let’s ignore the brand name part as well. Bangalore has enough IT majors who have set up their shop in the city. Bangalore (pardon me I still find Bangalore catchy) can pull through. But, does it really matter to you or anyone what is Bangalore called. Well, the legislators might also ask the same question. If it doesnt bother you why make an issue out of it? To their kind information it doesnt really matter to me neither does it to the millions of others. They will still call Bangalore, Bangalore. But it will hurt the pockets of millions of tax payers of Karnataka who pay taxes in the hope of living a better and smoother life. I guess living a smoother and efficient life is passe. Changing the name seems to be more appealing to our legislators which is the only reason that justifies the expenditure on changing names. Or is it some superstition like most of the Bollywood filmmakers have about the names of their movies? Or is it to compete with the three metros whose names are changed (the names were pronunciable at least unlike the long Bengaluru)? After all Bangalore is no less than a metropolitan, might be termed a metro pretty soon as well. So then we are stuck with the same question. What’s in a name? However, deep you try to dig into the mystery you return back clueless. As usual compromise with the decisions of the pot bellies and carry on with your mundane day to day activities, ignoring your rights to question a decision even if it is right. After all we are the world’s largest democracy. Or are we really a democracy? About that issue, some other time. For now lets have some fun in free time and start helping out with some innovative names for the other cities.

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A research by a group of scientists on Bdelloid rotifers, microscopic aquatic animals that live in watery or occasionally wet habitats including ponds, rivers, soils, and on mosses and lichens, shows that these organisms have not had sex for the past 40 million years. But, these organisms have still managed to evolve into distinct species thus challenging the theory that sexual reproduction is essential for two entities of the same species two have distinct characteristics.

Biological theories apart, how could these species not think of sex. I mean the basic urge that drives the male of a species to engross in a fight with another male to get a chance to mate with the female of that species has been curbed in these species. Life must be real boring being one of these Bdelloid guys.

Click on the link below to read more,

http://www.physorg.com/news93597385.html


Commuters using the BMTC, the public bus transport system in Bangalore, India can track the routes of the busses using online GPS data provided by BMTC.

Currently, the service is available only for the Volvo buses in service with the BMTC. For more information click on the link below,

http://www.eventsbangalore.net/2007/03/01/yelli-iddira-where-r-u-tracking-bangalore-volvo-buses/

Also, if you want to look at Bangalore bus route details online click on the link below,

https://destunknown.wordpress.com/2009/01/22/bangalore-volvo-bus-route-details/

For a more accurate bus route search check out the link below,

https://destunknown.wordpress.com/2010/08/11/bangalore-bus-route-details-a-more-accurate-search-site/


The question says it all. Modern day scientists might say we are inventing better materials than before, methods to make your life safer and easier than before. That’s what my point is, we are just making already existing designs better. People are writing new softwares but the basic design of a computer is still the same. Whoever, gets out a new machine on the market, all we do is look and marvel at how beautiful the thing looks, but is it going to change the way looked at things or is it going to change the entire lifestyle of generations to come?

Think how dramatic the invention of an aircraft might have been. It changed entirely the way we used to travel in a matter of decades. In fact, the invention has made the entire world economy to depend on its efficiency to work. Think of the invention of the first computer, again changed the way people saw at things, and way they lived their lives.

Going back in time, think of a simple lever or the wheel that was invented. These simple yet magical inventions really spelled magic in the lives of people. It changed mankind as it was at that point in time. And were they complex piece of machinery that needed hoards of people with very high IQ breaking their heads for decades on in spending millions of public money in terms of grants. They were basically a moment’s spark in a creative brain which transformed into a magical mankind changing inventions.

Just a few months back I was watching a show on Airbus A3XX on a TV channel. It was told on the show that, the current fuselage design used is stretched to its maximum possible optimization on the Airbus A3XX and cannot be further stretched in order to carry more number of people. It might be that some “brilliant” scientist engineer might come up with tweak which will make the design stretchable to carry few tens more of passengers. But, has it changed the way we travel? We can always book the next flight can’t we if we are not accommodated in the same Airbus. I am still flying to my destination am I not?

Although it might just be a phase in the glorious rule of humans on earth, it nonetheless manages to kindle a question in my mind. Is the advancements in human life saturated to a point that we find no need of more life changing inventions? Why can’t there be a new and better way of transport? Why can’t we be at two places at the same time?

We might argue about robots in their initial stages of development now is a big invention and that when they are mass produced will change our lives. But, then robots have been in the pipeline of developing into a mass usable product for ages now. For decades after the first self sustaining robots were invented, no one has been able to make them accessible to human race to change our lives. The wheel didn’t take decades to change lives, it would have done it in a matter of months. Even airplanes didn’t take decades. Purists might argue, we are reaching saturation levels in terms of physics. But, all we need is a simple gadget not a complex machine doing terrabytes of calculations per second. I wouldn’t blame the whole world, I myself have lost the touch to innovate and do small things in life to make life more interesting. No point in pointing fingers at the whole world.


Astronaut Stuck in Space for Now from PhysOrg.com

(AP) — Astronaut Sunita Williams is stuck in space – at least temporarily. She flew up to the international space station last December planning to come home in early July after a seven-month stay.

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Why some people are more attractive than others from PhysOrg.com

Paradox of evolutionary theory, often cited by creationists, is explained at last. Researchers believe they have solved a mystery that has puzzled evolutionary scientists for years … if ‘good’ genes spread through the population, why are individuals so different?

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Now then you cannot say that you are not pretty because your mum and dad weren’t good enough, so you lack the good looks.


UN health agencies recommended male circumcision as a tool for its fight against AIDS. However, this is not a total protection against the dreaded syndrome that has plagued mankind for decades now. Still condoms, abstinence etc., are the prime precautions to prevent AIDS. However, the chances of AIDS can be reduced with circumcision. So all those frustrated male souls out there, go get a little trim job done. It could mean a difference between life and death.

Read more by clicking on the link below,

http://physorg.com/news94297781.html



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China and Russia plan Mars mission from PhysOrg.com

China announced Wednesday it will launch a joint mission with Russia to Mars in 2009, marking “an important milestone” in space cooperation between the two countries.

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String theory for the past few years has been very close to my heart. I might not be a physicist neither am I even close to what you can call a science geek. But ever since I heard about String theory from a friend of mine and the possibilities of having more than 4 dimensions I am fascinated by the theory. All my views are strictly that of a layman’s view so might not be scientifically proven or right. But nevertheless I feel the field of physics is bound to be drastically changed and probably with it changing entirely the way the world of technology is being run now.

Here are a couple of videos from one of my friend’s blog which gives you an insight into multiple dimensions in string theory. Very interesting.

http://ctweblogs.wordpress.com/2007/03/28/imagining-10th-dimension/


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