lunes, 25 de junio de 2007


















Funny and Beautiful Fruits and Vegetables Arts

I posted watermelon art in my previous post. Let me add some more funny and interesting fruit and vegetable arts.

History of fruit and vegetable carving and more funny arts in next page.

Xiang Wang explains the history of the art:

The exquisite craft of fruit and vegetable carving developed very slowly, constantly adapting to the prosperity of the population. At the time of the Tang Dynasty (AD 618-906) and the Sung Dynasty (AD 960-1279) the garnishing of food was already widespread in China. Splendid fruit decorations or pastry models of animals and humans were not only created for the Kaiser?s feudal banquets; indeed, this art was also practiced amongst the middle classes.
According to Pam Manneeratana:

The Thai Art of Fruit and Vegetable Carving is a valuable heritage of Thailand and one of its oldest art forms. It was originated in 1364 when Nang Nopamas decorated the floating lamp for the Royal Festival celebrated on the night of the full moon of the 12th month of every year. She carved fruits and vegetables in a variety of flowers which were used to decorate the floating lamp, making It look like a huge water lily flower. When the King Phra Ruang saw what she had created, he appreciated this new innovation and decreed that it would be an art heritage of Thailand and should be taught to all Thai ladies. This knowledge has been passed on through generations only in person and to loved ones, especially in the Royal Palace.


Links: history | Saxton Freymann

jueves, 21 de junio de 2007

Most hated internet words includes 'Blog'

Have you ever felt like banging your head on your keyboard when you see dumb words while surfing? British pollsters YouGov questioned some 2,091 adults earlier this month to find out which are the most detested words going around in internet.
In a news release by yahoo news quoting AFP, "blog" is the third most hated word among internet community (I don't believe in it though!).
'Folksonomy', a term for a web classification system topped the list of most hated word followed by 'blogosphere', the collective name for blogs or online journals. 'wiki', a collaborative website edited by its readers got the tenth position.
Ten most hated words in their order:
* Folksonomy
* Blogosphere
* Blog
* Netiquette
* Blook
* Webinar
* Vlog
* Social Networking
* Cookie
* Wiki
via: yahoo news | ars technica
Tags: internet, blog, hated word

martes, 19 de junio de 2007

Friends' Blogs

This page is created to list links to the blogs and websites that I like and enjoy visiting!

If you want your pages / interesting sites to be listed here please post them in comment. I will review them and add in the list!

Skeet's Stuffs
Forum Finder Blog
Tip Tail
Luna Tail
Pixie Tail
Collie Rescue
Freebies Freebies Everywhere
Informal Critique
Everyday Randomness
Technically foreign
Don't Be Shy
A Little of everything
gothic peach


Blog Directories


Will update this list soon

lunes, 18 de junio de 2007


iLord, Thy Phone ...

?iPhone will feature up to 8 hours of talk time, 6 hours of Internet use, 7 hours of video playback or 24 hours of audio playback. In addition, iPhone will feature up to 250 hours?more than 10 days?of standby time. Apple also announced that the entire top surface of iPhone, including its stunning 3.5-inch display, has been upgraded from plastic to optical-quality glass to achieve a superior level of scratch resistance and optical clarity.?
That was the new press release from Apple.
The combination iPod and smartphone will be available at 6 p.m. local time on Friday, June 29, at Apple and AT&T retail stores. The iPhone will be priced at US$499 for the 4GB model, or $599 for the 8GB model.
For that price, it is not unfair to expect all-around features. But, inspite of all the hypes, it is not that perfect piece of gadget. Here are some of the shortcomings I came to know:

Although it is supposed to have the "full internet", it won't even have the Adobe Flash Player! Well, it sounds like it won't be much happy surfing on many sites with flash animations and sites like YouTubes won't be of much fun either.
It will not support Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS), so users won't be able to send text messages with pictures or video to other cell phone users.
The iPhone does not offer Global Positioning System (GPS) capability.
Third-party applications will be allowed only as web-based applications loaded from the internet on the iPhone's Safari web browser.
In order to use an iPhone, buyers will be required to first set up an account with the iTunes store using their credit cards, even if they have no intention of buying anything there. This is in addition to the required carrier contract with AT&T.
Some Apple fans and iGod might diagree with me but inspite of all the great features I don't think this phone is made for me!
Edit: Found pictures of (future?) versions of iphone here and wanted to share with you! Here goes - iPhone, iPhone Nano and iPhone Shuffle.

Other reads: computerworld | Who Can Kill the iPhone

sábado, 16 de junio de 2007

You will love this compilation of cute cats

Nice, well done bjørk song and cute cats!!
I love the cute little cats. Thanks to liddymouse for the great video compilation.

And in this video compilation there are many clips of various cats doing many hilarious things.

Tags: youtube, cats, bjørk, google video

small words, big meanings

Words with 1 to 10 letters to ponder upon!
The most ...

Canada: Still in the Stone Age of wireless Telecommunication

Cell phone bills are really a headache in this part of the world. Everytime I want to call somebody I have to calculate the remaining free-minutes in the plan. I can't afford not having a landline!
To backup my everyday feelings, a recent analyst report calls Canada?s mobile phone adoption rate ?a national disgrace?.
SeaBoard Group report, Lament for a Wireless Nation states that the average wireless customer in Canada pays 56% more than his U.S counterpart.
Canadian wireless penetration is 58%, second last in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development countries and 20 percentage points behind the United States.

... Canada is a wireless telecommunications backwater whose citizens pay more money for fewer features, and some argue that our slow adoption of true next-generation high-speed wireless data networks has cost the country billions in lost productivity and opportunity.
I believe on SeaBoard's belief that relatively high cell phone prices in Canada suppress demand for wireless services.
I wish I could update this post with some good news soon !!!
reference/sources: news article | analysis
Tags: canada, mobile phone, cellphone

jueves, 14 de junio de 2007



Britain's Got Talent - 6 year-old Connie Sings Great

"I thought you were fantastic," said Simon. "I only have one question: Was that really you singing?"

Pretty little girl Connie Talbot aged 6 became the star of the latest round of auditions for Britain's Got Talent.

Picture Source | Youtube
Tags: Britain's Got Talent, singing, little girl

miércoles, 13 de junio de 2007

"I look exactly like your dad"

A new research at Durham University UK on women's behaviour shows that women who get on well with their fathers tend to marry men with similar facial characteristics. Those having difficult relationships with their fathers tend to choose men with very different looks.
Well, it seems a new love phrase for love-struck guys is brewing up - "I look exactly like your dad". But be aware... you need to study past history of your girlfriend too. Only "Daddies' Girls" look for men like their fathers!
I am sorry for those girls with fathers having unique face! You are bound to get a hard time finding your love.
If you don't believe, click on the link to see some photos of well known "Daddies' Girls" with their partner and fathers.
news link | Sciency Daily



lunes, 11 de junio de 2007


WiTricity and Nikola Tesla: Wireless electricity

"Goodbye wires ? MIT team experimentally demonstrates wireless power transfer, potentially useful for powering laptops, cell phones without cords."
That was the MIT news release. And there was flood of news about this new technology.

We moved one step closer to a world where plugging in your laptop, cell phone, iPod, and even a lamp for power is no longer required. Researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a wireless electricity called "WiTricity" that can transmit electricity wirelessly. (from PC world)
But many people think differently. They claim this is not a new invention but it was already invented a century back by Nikola Tesla. You can see Tesla's demonstration of "the transmission of electrical energy without wires" in 1891 in this photo and it is explained in this wikipedia page.
But it is also true that the invention was not implemented in the real world. With whatever I have read and learnt, it is clear that WiTricity concept is not recreation of Tesla principle either. This small clip Tesla - The Lost Wizard - A brief biography on the brilliant inventor, Nikola Tesla from History Channel would be very nice addition:

The following article implies that Tesla had to abort the research due to lack of funds.

...After paying off his investors, Tesla spent his remaining funds on his other inventions and culminated his efforts in a major breakthrough in 1899 at Colorado Springs by transmitting 100 million volts of high-frequency electric power wirelessly over a distance of 26 miles at which he lit up a bank of 200 light bulbs and ran one electric motor! With this souped up version of his Tesla coil, Tesla claimed that only 5% of the transmitted energy was lost in the process. But broke of funds again, he looked for investors to back his project of broadcasting electric power in almost unlimited amounts to any point on the globe. The method he would use to produce this wireless power was to employ the earth's own resonance with its specific vibrational frequency to conduct AC electricity via a large electric oscillator...
Tesla was not alone in the pursue of wireless electricity.

...One British inventor, H. Grindell-Matthews, actually demonstrated his "mystery ray" apparatus in 1924 to a Popular Science Monthly writer in London (See: Pop. Sci. Monthly, Aug. 1924, P. 33). When his beam was directed toward the magneto system of a gasoline engine, it stopped the system. Afterwards, it ignited gun powder, lit an electric lamp bulb from a distance and killed a mouse in seconds! Grindell-Matthews said the secret was involved with the "carrier beam" he used to conduct a high-voltage, low-frequency electrical current. During 1936, Guglielmo Marconi experimented with extremely low frequency (ELF) waves and displayed their exceptional ability to penetrate metallic shielding. These waves could affect electrical devices, overload circuits and cause machines like generators, electric motors and automobiles to stall. Diesel engines, which do not rely on electrical ignition, were not affected. Mysteriously, Marconi's research on the subject was never found after the war.
One comment in one of the news article goes like "... it is true that Tesla is almost completely ignored by the media and by schools. All I was taught in my physics class was that Tesla invented the Tesla coil. Is it a conspiracy? Or are our teachers and media just bone-stupid?" Some say in Tesla experiment "electricity was conducted through the earth, with a small portion of it making the return link through the air".
But whatever may be the case, no-one had even attempted to recreate it and these snake-pile of wires are still plying beside my computer. At least those MIT guys have started it again. Hats off to the MIT team!
Source/links: Tesla wireless | Telsa Page in wikipedia | MIT page | wikipedia witricity
Tags: witricity, telsa, wireless, electricity

jueves, 7 de junio de 2007

Want to buy my blog ?

Well, this is not an offer! I am not finished yet! I have many things to write about and I am lovin' it!
But this nice widget by is cool way to boast about the value of your site!

My blog is worth $4,516.32.
How much is your blog worth?

Well, if you have a blog you too can get it and place it in sidebars. I have seen big numbers in many sites. Tell me about you!
Tags: technorati, wiget, website value