of the week:
"Forcible ways make not an end of evil, but leave hatred and malice
-- Sir Thomas Browne
Yet another grenade attack, more deaths, and more hartals. I wonder
when the perpetrators will be satisfied, when the appropriate action
be taken, and when people will stop mud-slinging and name-calling and
actually work together to cleanse our beautiful country of the plague
In a repeat of the
horror of the August 21 attacks, January literally ended with a bang
as another grenade blast created another tragedy last week. This attack,
riding in the wake of the jatra bombings, was of course followed by
a few hours of total lawlessness, as agitated people sought to vent
their anger by going on a rampage, tearing up rail lines, breaking shop
windows, wrecking cars. Once again, I ask, what will this additional
violence solve? Why spread hate when there's already so much of it?
Well, Hammad Ali
has already waxed eloquent on the subject, so I will not dwell on it
further. Moving on to more pleasant things, I've started receiving entries
for the Stupid Inventions thread. For the less informed, last year we
featured wacky inventions in our New Year double issue. We're looking
for all the budding Edisons and Einsteins to provide us with their original
ideas for a repeat of the column. So, if you've got an idea for a weird
invention that the world could do without, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The best 10 inventions get featured in a special issue of RS.
Well, that's all
from me this week. Take care, and see you in our next tête-à-tête.
your polls, opinions, and queries to email@example.com or
The Girl Next Doo
plans 500-day Mars trial mission
Russia plans a 500-day space flight experiment in 2006 to prepare the
way for a manned mission to Mars, the Moscow Times reports. "We
have informed our American colleagues that we plan to start an imitation
of a manned flight to Mars with the help of volunteers in 2006,"
Yevgeny Ilyin, deputy director of the Russian Institute of Medical and
Biological Problems, told a Russian-American working group last week,
according to the paper. "Any medical and biological experiments
made on board the International Space Station aim at long-distance space
flights of the future," Ilyin said. Russia has logged far more
long-duration space flights by its cosmonauts through the 1980s and
1990s than the United States has, some of them well over a year in duration.
The medical data gained from these missions is regarded as essential
preparation for any future manned missions to Mars or any other planets
in the Solar System.
outfox dogs and hamsters in smarts
The concept that fish is brain food might come from the fact fish have
proved to be smarter than dogs and hamsters to Oxford University researchers.
In tests using blind Mexican cave fish, rezsearchers built an underwater
obstacle course and let the fish become familiar with it. The scholars
later began making a series of increasingly difficult alterations to
the layout, which the fish recognized and learned to circumnavigate
in just a few hours, The Sun reported. More startling, the fish remembered
the original layout months later when it was restored, researchers said,
describing those mental abilities as "very capable."
The scientists said
the swimmers were competent at completing complex mental tasks that
would baffle such pets as dogs and hamsters, presumably on dry land.
E may help restore hearing
Israeli scientists say early study results show vitamin E may restore
sudden onset hearing loss of unknown origin or idiopathic sudden hearing
loss. The findings, presented at the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head
and Neck Surgery Foundation annual meeting, suggest further research
may reveal the role of antioxidants in the prevention and restoration
of hearing loss. Each year, some 4,000 Americans report the onset of
sudden hearing loss. Causes can include infectious diseases, circulatory
disorders, traumatic injuries and immunologic, toxic, metabolic and
However, the cause
of SHL can only be identified in 10 percent to 15 percent of patients,
the remainder of cases, which have no obvious cause, are termed idiopathic
sudden hearing loss. About two-thirds of these patients recover without
treatment within days.
batteries could ease global warming
Scottish researchers think a new generation of rechargeable lithium
batteries could help reduce global warming. BBC News Online reported
Wednesday that the batteries could be used to store electricity produced
by renewable energy sources such as wind power, according to researchers
at St. Andrews
cars, incorporating lithium batteries along with gasoline or diesel
power, would help reduce reliance on fossil fuels. In the case of the
United Kingdom, hybrid road vehicles would help meet its renewable energy
targets for 2020. The vehicles would be fueled by a combination of gasoline
and a battery that is charged by the engine. The reduced gasoline consumption
thereby would contribute to reducing the greenhouse gases responsible
for global warming, researchers said.
can store up to three times the energy per unit weight and volume of
conventional automobile batteries, leading to significantly smaller
and lighter hybrid vehicles.
They also lack the
lead and cadmium contained in some batteries, so their widespread use
would not contribute to a build-up of the toxic metals. The key hurdle,
researchers said, would be developing new, lithium-based materials,
because current rechargeable lithium technologies cannot provide the
electricity needed to power a hybrid car.
others see you quiz
This simple test
lets you know how others see you. Simply grab a pen and paper and write
down the letter of the answer that best describes you in the following
When do you feel your best?
(a) In the morning
(b) During the afternoon and early evening
(c) Late at night
2. You usually walk
(a) fairly fast, with long steps
(b) fairly fast, but with short, quick steps
(c) less fast, head up, looking the world in the face
(d) less fast, head down
(e) very slowly
3. When talking to people, you
(a) stand with your arms folded
(b) have your hands clasped
(c) have one or both your hands on your hips
(d) touch or push the person to whom you are talking
(e) play with your ear, touch your chin, or smooth your hair
4. When relaxing, you sit with
(a) your knees bent and your legs neatly side by side
(b) your legs crossed
(c) your legs stretched out or straight
(d) with one leg curled under you
5. When something really amuses you, you react with
(a) a big, appreciative laugh
(b) a laugh, but not a loud one
(c) a quiet chuckle
(e) a sheepish smile
6. When you go to a party or social gathering, you
(a) make a loud entrance so everyone notices you
(b) make a quiet entrance, looking around for someone you know
(c) make quietest possible entrance and try to stay unnoticed
7. You are working hard, concentrating hard. You are interrupted.
(a) welcome the break
(b) feel extremely irritated
(c) vary between these two extremes
8. Which of the following colors do you like most?
(a) red or orange
(c) yellow or light blue
(e) dark blue or purple
(g) brown or gray
9. When you are in bed at night, in those last few moments before
going to sleep, you lie
(a) stretched out on your back
(b) stretched out face down on your stomach
(c) on your side, slightly curled
(d) with your head on one arm
(e) with your head under the covers
10. You often dream that you are
(b) fighting or struggling
(c) searching for something or somebody
(d) flying or floating
(e) You usually have a dreamless sleep
(f) Your dreams are always pleasant
Now write down the number that is after each of your answers for the
1. (a) 2 (b) 4 (c) 6
2. (a) 6 (b) 4 (c) 7 (d) 2 (e) 1
3. (a) 4 (b) 2 (c) 5 (d) 7 (e) 6
4. (a) 4 (b) 6 (c) 2 (d) 1
5. (a) 6 (b) 4 (c) 3 (d) 5 (e) 2
6. (a) 6 (b) 4 (c) 2
7. (a) 6 (b) 2 (c) 4
8. (a) 6 (b) 7 (c) 5 (d) 4 (e)3 (f ) 2 (g) 1
9. (a) 7 (b) 6 (c) 4 (d) 2 (e) 1
10. (a) 4 (b) 2 (c) 3 (d) 5 (e) 6 (f ) 1
Now add together the ten numbers.
How many points do you have?
Others see you as someone they should "handle with care."
You are seen as vain, self-centered, and extremely dominant. Others
may admire you and wish they could be more like you, but they don't
always trust you and hesitate to become too deeply
involved with you.
51 TO 60 POINTS:
Your friends see you as an exciting, highly volatile, rather impulsive
personality; a natural leader, quick to make decisions (though not always
the right ones). They see you as bold and venturesome, someone who will
try an adventure. They enjoy being in your company because of the excitement
41 TO 50 POINTS:
Others see you as fresh, lively, charming, amusing, practical, and always
interesting; someone who is instantly the center of attention, but sufficiently
well-balanced not to let it go to your head. They see you also as kind,
considerate, and understanding; someone who will cheer them up and help
31 TO 40 POINTS:
Other people see you as sensible, cautious, careful, and practical.
They see you as clever, gifted, or talented, but modest. Not a person
who makes friends too quickly or too easily, but someone who is extremely
loyal to the friends you do make and who expects the same loyalty in
return. Those who really get to know you realize that it takes a lot
to shake your trust in your friends, but, equally, that it takes you
a long time to get over it if that trust is broken.
21 TO 30 POINTS:
Your friends see you as painstaking and fussy. They see you as very,
very cautious and extremely careful, a slow and steady plodder. It would
really surprise them if you ever did something impulsively or on the
spur of the moment. They expect you to examine everything carefully
from every side and then, usually decide against it. They think this
reaction on your part is caused partly by your careful nature and partly
People think you are shy, nervous, and indecisive, someone who needs
to be looked after, who always wants someone else to make the decisions
and who doesn't want to get involved with anyone or anything. They see
you as a worrier, who sees problems that don't exist. Some people think
you're boring. Only the people who know you well know that you aren't.
Two guys are drinking
together, when one of them throws up all over himself. "Christ!"
he says, "My wife ish going to kill me."
His friend puts his arm around his shoulder and offers him 20 dollars.
"Don't worry," he says, "I'm your besht friend - give
her thish and tell her that I chucked up on your jacket, and that I
gave you thish money to get it cleaned."
"Fantashtic," says the first guy. "You're amashing, really
Arriving home, the
poor guy's wife opens the door. "Where the hell have you been,
look at the state of you..." she kicks off.
Quickly he replies,
"Look love, it's not really my fault. Jack threw up all over me,
but you know he's really a nice guy 'cos he gave me 20 bucks to get
my jacket cleaned..."
"But there are 40 dollars here," she replies.
"Oh, yeh, I forgot to tell you," he says, "Jack shat
in my trousers as well."
There was a little
guy sitting at a bar drinking a beer. A while later a huge guy walked
into the bar and he went up to the little guy and karate chopped him
in the back. The little guy fell off his bar stool and when he got up
the big guy said, ''That was a karate chop from Korea.''
The big guy went
to the restroom and the little guy ordered himself another beer. About
20 minutes later the big guy came back and karate choped the little
guy in the back again. The little guy got up and dusted himself off
and the big guy told him,''That was a karate chop from China.''
little guy got up and decided he wasn't going to take any more of this,
so he left the bar. About an hour later the little guy comes back to
the bar and he hits the big guy in the back. The big guy is knocked
out cold and he's on the floor. The little guy tells the bartender ,
''Tell him that was a cricket bat from the stadium!''
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Lol. Dear be serious about your studies. How many days I haven't seen
you!! Niku. Big hugs. Bye.
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