Archive for January, 2007

Periodic Table

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Lego blocks used to trigger the scientific spark in kids …

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Appreciating new ideas

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“The difficulty lies, not in the new ideas, but in escaping the old ones, which ramify, for those brought up as most of us have been, into every corner of our minds.”

John Keynes

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Big Bazar experience

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The Big Bazar’s point of sale software crashed two times in a span of two hours yesterday. The error message was as usual cryptic in nature, saying some thing cryptic error number and database error. At the cash counter’s operators were in perpetual mode of clicking the icons to see if the server is up. The entire software systems was unreliable.

Also, Big Bazar commits the cardinal sin of making the distressed customer wait of long time. You just do not do that. You have to attend to the customer with the complaint immediately.

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Snapped

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The new snap feature added to wordpress.com just snapped my freedom of clutter free navigation. Who would like to have their writings, to be blocked by some annoying popup?

The snap feature is pretty useless, it is not up to date, it is too small to decipher any thing meaning full from it. Choosing a disable feature in the Bubble opt out configuration doesn’t do any things.

Practically, Snap is the pain in my fingers :-(

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On Specialization

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“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equation, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly, Specialization is for insects”

WeShouldDoItAll

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Introducing

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Introducing Collective Wisdom, mostly relating to programming.

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Alien SMS…

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Via : New Scientist

Alien competition runners up

HERE, as promised, are 10 runner-up entries in the Feedback New Year competition. We asked entrants to compose a text message in no more than 160 characters, sent by an alien who has just arrived on our planet. Some of last week’s winning contributors sent more than one entry that we particularly enjoyed, and three of these are included here.

No sign of survivors. Died out 65 million years ago. No need for return mission.

Thomas J. Lynch, Perkasie, Pennsylvania, US

Natives wonderful. Send ketchup.

Chris Mullard, London, UK

Too late. Another one overrun by Starbucks.

Len Cooke, Wokingham, Berkshire, UK

“Green” site not safe, had to splash down at “blue” site. Life abundant and highly intelligent. Locals say dry land is bandit country – very dangerous.

Colin Wainwright, London, UK

Marooned! On Earth there is but one science. Based on mere observation and logic, it forbids faster-than-light travel and our star drive is refusing to work.

Clive Bashford, London, UK

3rd planet-colonisation candidate. C02 rising and almost breathable.

John Alderson, Reading, Berkshire, UK

Anthropologists will have a field day here. They’ve got a creation myth that everything started with a “big bang”. They’ve even got the math to prove it.

Michael Parsons, Canberra, ACT, Australia

It’s life, Jim, but not as we know it.

Justin Byrne, Dublin, Ireland

Humans are not conscious beings but remote-controlled by little boxes pressed to the head or wires plugged into their ears.

Olaf Lipinski, Bad Homburg, Germany

This planet, mostly harmless, is chiefly remarkable for providing the best evidence so far that the limit of 160 characters on SMS messages is a universal const

Kim Bastin, Brunswick, Victoria, Australia

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