Guinness Book of World Records : Origin

January 30, 2012
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In 1951, Sir Hugh Beaver, managing director of Guinness Breweries, was involved in a drunken argument about which of Europe’s many game birds could fly the fastest. Unable to settle the argument even after consulting a well-stocked library, he commissioned a new reference book that would be filled with the sort of facts that people routinely argue about over beer — the fastest, furthest, most expensive, largest, and so forth.

Thus was Guinness World Records born, and it has continued to this day.

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Inception

August 8, 2010
I watched the movie Inception today. The movie is based on a simple subject, however I felt the way this subject is treated is truly marvelous. I say the subject is simple because the its about dreams and manipulating people. The way Christopher Nolan, blends these two subjects with the peppering of a sci-fi angle and an emotional angle makes the movie interesting.

Dominic Cobb played by Leonardo-Di-Caprio is an “extractor”. He gains access to an individual’s subconscious mind by getting into their dreams, while they are sleeping, and extracts information from the individual’s mind. The main plot of the movie is how Cobb goes about  doing a job of an inception, i.e. to brood and idea into an individual’s mind. While performing this job Cobb has to overcome his emotional problems and the challenges involved in inception.

Somethings I felt were ridiculous in the movie, while the van is plunging to water, Cobb and team float (zero gravity) in their dream. What does the physical state of the dreamer’s body have to do with their dream !! And some scenes of Cobb with his wife were slow drags.

However the concept of time within dreams, different levels of dreams, architecting the dreamworld were all intriguing. This concept is not all fictional, I found this reference of lucid dreaming from the wikipedia page for Inception.

I feel such movies kind of give direction to where the science is heading. They in some ways give us power to push our thoughts beyond the walls of science to give us that thrill and the sense of awe while watching it. Christopher Nolan I must say, has been to a great extent providing the thrill and awe with the movie “Inception”.

I give a thumbs-up to this movie and classify it as a must watch !!

Humanity does Exist-Good one

May 21, 2010
Received the following mail from a friend. After reading it first thought that struck me was, What was the photographer doing ? waiting for the monkey to open the tap ?
Does the monkey has more humanity than the photographer ?

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Dear All

Two blind persons wanted to drink water at the RagiGudda temple, Bangalore. When they were unable to operate the tap, this mother monkey opened the tap for them, allowed them to drink water, drank some water herself and then closed the tap before leaving the scene.

PS: Do share this pic with your friends. It is proof that humanity does exist – even if we humans have forgotten it ourselves…


Avatar: The Plot, the Controversy

January 18, 2010

Avatar: The Plot, the Controversy, the Irony

Reading this post I just feel, that the thinking minds sometimes don’t see things at its face value. They possibly see things in a way that every action has a motive (covert or overt).

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By saying so, I’m not denying that James Cameroon might have taunted the big corporations and power-hungry countries through his movie Avatar. But then its a movie, James Cameroon has told a simple story in a superb fashion.

The controversy is the result  over-analyzing a simple story-line. I’d say go enjoy Avatar as a movie not as a medium that is trying to prove a point.


Locked, tortured by Mumbai father for 7 years

October 2, 2009

Wondering what was wrong with this guy to keep is 2 daughters and wife locked for seven years. Probably some kind of a mental patient. And over all that the guy has the audacity to claim that he did not do anything wrong. Locked up for 7 years, what was the man thinking !!! And over all that neighbours were totally unaware of this. Feel sorry for the folks who get stuck up in this kinda mess for no mistake of thiers. Really sometimes feel blessed to have all good people around.


Fatness can lead to ‘brain shrinkage’

August 26, 2009

The moment I shared this news with a friend, she was quick to point out we will get back to being monkeys. Yes big fat old monkeys. The only thing that differentiates us from the rest is the big lazy brain we are all blessed with. If that start shrinking we might get back to being monkeys, reverse evolution. Older one gets, more the monkey he or she will be.

Fatness can lead to ‘brain shrinkage’ – Health – Health & Fitness – LIFE & STYLE – The Times of India

The research involving 94 people in their 70s showed that people with higher body mass indexes had smaller brains on average, with the frontal and temporal lobes – important for planning and memory, respectively – particularly affected.


Meow…owning a cat cuts stroke risk by third

March 19, 2008

Suffering from stress and anxiety, own a cat says the study !!!

A team of international researchers has found that owning a cat helps in relieving stress and anxiety, which is known to help protect against cardiovascular problems by lowering blood pressure and reducing the heart rate.

“The logical explanation may be that cat ownership relieves stress and anxiety and subsequently reduces the risk of heart disease,” The Daily Telegraph quoted lead author Prof Adnan Qureshi of the Minnesota University as saying.

According to the researchers, one reason could be that stroking the pet could cut the level of stress-related hormones in the blood.

The team came to the conclusion after analysing a data of 4,435 adults, aged between 30 and 75, about half of whom owned a cat. Subsequently, the team tracked rates of death from all causes, including heart and stroke.

The cat owners “appeared to have a lower rate of dying from heart attacks” over 10 years of follow-up compared to feline-free folk, Prof Qureshi said, adding the magnitude of the effect — a 30 per cent reduction in heart attack risk — “was a little bit surprising”.

Cat owners were still found to have a much reduced chance of developing strokes or heart attacks when the team took factors known to trigger heart disease, including high cholesterol levels, smoking and diabetes, into consideration.

Express India :: Meow…owning a cat cuts stroke risk by third

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