The Planet Calls......

The Call beyond lingual barriors

Saturday, February 18, 2006

Korea Develops Running Robot


"South Korea has developed a robot that is capable of running. The feat
is the second in the world after Japan and was accomplished by a local
venture start-up working on a small budget."
Source

Monday, February 13, 2006

Recruitment: How to

How hard it is to find right person for right post. Here is a technique developed to solve this problem.

Put about 100 bricks in some particular order in
a closed room with an open window. Then send 2 or 3 candidates in the
room and close the door. Leave them alone and come back after 6 hours
and then analyze the situation.
If they are counting the bricks.
Put them in the accounts department.
If they are recounting them.
Put them in auditing.
If they have messed up the whole place with the bricks.
Put them in engineering.
If they are arranging the bricks in some strange order.
Put them in planning!!
If they are throwing the bricks at each other.
Put them in operations.
If they are sleeping.
Put them in reception
If they have broken the bricks into pieces.
Put them in information technology.
If they are sitting idle.
Put them in human resources.
If they say they have tried different combinations, yet not a brick has been moved.
Put them in sales.
If they have already left for the day.
Put them in marketing.
If they are staring out of the window.
Put them on strategic planning.
And then last but not the least.
If they are talking to each other and not a single brick has been moved.
Congratulate them and put them in top management

www.theplanetcalls.com

Saturday, February 11, 2006

www.theplanetcalls.com

There is a good news for all of you. As I already posted here that I was planning to create a new site for my weblog. Finally I landed with a brand new .COM domain namely ThePlanetCalls. Now there exists a new incarnation of your favourite weblog. I would like you to listen and speak to your planet there. You are welcome to your very own planet.

Friday, February 10, 2006

The beggers on street

The book "Best stories of Tolstoy" finally solved many of my questions I always had. I never wanted to give money to those beggers on the streets. Though I never was verbally impolite but I simply try not to look at those beggers. I did feel bad at many times but it was the behaviour I learnt by simply watching others overlooking the beggers on the streets. But it happened so that in the office I used to work a few months back had a guy named Arbab Ashraf. He was like any other normal guy but he had something that made me think again. It happened so that we were standing near the office building and an old lady came begging for some mercy. I saw him politely regretting having no money and asked her to ask to someone else. It actually doesnt look anything abnormal but the politeness he showed not only made me raise question about my own behaviour but also compelled me to find a solution to it. I didnt know whether it was good to give money to that lady. Many people say that if you give money to her then she gets promoted to ask for more. It becomes a tendency of many people to beg without doing nothing. I really pondered over this issue and could not find answer myself. I didnt want to give my money for free to anyone even if I felt bad at that very moment.
Recently I went to BookFair here in Patna. I have been ardent book lover and like to have a collection of books. I bought " टोलस्टोय की श्रेष्ठ कहानियां " which literally means Best Stories of Tolstoy. I read this book and it really answered many questions which were troubling me. Tolstoy, a Great Russion Philosopher also had very similar questions and he answered them very practically. The book quotes that " if you ask anyone whose book should be read to make one a good human then his answer would be Tolstoy's ". Tolstoy said that the money he possessed was actually in many ways related to those russian poor people who were seeking help. In essense, finally he found the solution and it was to help those who really needed it. Even if you dont have the money to give or dont want to give then also you should atleast have some good words. I have seen how people ruthlessly reply to beggers and which I believed was an example of being practical in life. Now it has changed.
I am writing this post because today I was reminded of this situation by an incident. After my IGNOU class I was with my friends. Suddenly an old lady came and as usual begged for some money. I saw the lady who was old and thin. I was instantly reminded of tolstoy. The stories and his own experience I read were in my mind. I decided to go with my heart. I put my hand in the pocket and searched for a smaller change. I only had a Rs Five coin. I gave it to her. She gave me a load of good wishes but I know that they are used to do so. The lady went away and after some minutes a few small girls came begging. They approached me directly. The scene was clear. I asked the kids to get away. Again after some minutes came another lady with a girl of probably 16 or 17 years of age. She said she needs help for the marriage of her daughter. I was surprised how professional they are in exploiting the emotions of the people.
Whatever it be, I have decided now that I wont give a penny to any begger until I find him to be really worth giving to. But I will try to be more polite to people even if they are from the extreme lower strata of our society. It was a really nice experience with me. Again I would say that it is nothing exceptional and it happens with most of us. It becomes exceptional only when we ponder over it.


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Monday, February 06, 2006

The Planet Calls :: New BlogSite

I am working on my new permanent full fledged WordPress Blog page. It is still in its infancies and I am working on it and thinking about the contents. Please see and comment if you like. A new site is also going to born very soon.

Link: The Planet Calls

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Saturday, January 28, 2006

Why not forward email ?

Most of you people must have encountered a few spams asking you to forward the mail to several others. They claim it could be benefitial for you in more than one way. Well most of us simply trash that junk off but a few do forward it to their friends or relatives hoping for some good omen. For all of you who forward such emails....see this small funny presentation. Its really very funny and practical.

Why not forward mail

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Sunday, January 15, 2006

Quotes about India

Albert Einstein: "We owe a lot to the Indians, who taught us how to count, without which no worthwhile scientific discovery could have been made."

Mark Twain: "India is, the cradle of the human race, the birthplace of human speech, the mother of history, the grandmother of legend, and the great grand mother of tradition. our most valuable and most instructive materials in the history of man are treasured up in India only."

French scholar Romain Rolland: "If there is one place on the face of earth where all the dreams of living men have found a home from the very earliest days when man began the dream of existence, it is India."

Hu Shih, former Ambassador of China to USA: "India conquered and dominated China culturally for 20 centuries without ever having to send a single soldier across her border."

Will Durant, (1885-1981) American historian: "India was the motherland of our race, and Sanskrit the mother of Europe's languages: she was the mother of our philosophy; mother, through the Arabs, of much of our mathematics; mother, through the Buddha, of the ideals embodied in Christianity; mother, through the village community, of self-government and democracy. Mother India is in many ways the mother of us all".

http://www.spiritualjourneys.net/quotes_about_india.htm  

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India's schoolbook histories

A really good article about India....kindly read it
India's schoolbook histories

Free Gmail Invites

Gmail
Gmail is something that has become massively popular within a very short span of time. It provides about 2 GB mailbox with various features including the pop and mail forwarding. Those of you who are left out...I am here to help. If you need GMail invites then post here. I have 100 invites left with me and I want to distribute them without hesitation.

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Saturday, January 14, 2006

Windows Live Messenger Beta Free Invites


Windows Live Messenger beta

This will be the next-generation MSN Messenger. The name is new, but it will still be free to download Messenger and use most of its features. And there will be some remarkable new ways to instantly share and connect with friends.
I have 5 invitations and I would like to send them for free to anyone who needs it. Kindly reply to this post to get your invites. I would also request you to click the Google Ads atleast 5 times to help me.

Edit: Due to the limited invites I have, I will now send 1 invite every week to any of the posted request for free.

If you want to know if you are the lucky one then subscribe to this blog by clicking on the appropriate BlogThis link in the right pane.

With Love

All Invites Sent........Please do not request

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Kalidasa's Meghaduta: कालिदासकृत मेघदूतं





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The opening lines of Kalidasa's Meghaduta, taken from the Unicode Sanskrit Documents website.

Monday, January 02, 2006

How to type in hindi : हिन्दी मे कैसे लिखें

Some of my friends at DigitForum asked me as how to type in hindi in the forum. Here is a quick and easy guide. You can search for additional help in the Microsoft Bhasha link in the links section of the blog.

Type in Hindi. How ??

Read this......
in XP go to....
SystemSettings and Language Options Languages (check) Install files for complex script and rtl languages.

Note: Have your XP Cd in the tray. You can now set your keyboard setting to have another XP Keyboard and can use Language toolbar or shortcut keys to change languages. For assistance you may also use Start />
The hind font u would like to use is Mangal.
आशा है यह वर्णन आपके लिये उपयोगी होगा।

How Friends Break : Must Read

How Friends Break ? Both Friends will think the other is busy and will not contact thinking it may b disturbing. As time passes both will think let the other contact. After that each will think why should I contact first. Here ur love will be converted to Hate. Finally without contact the memory becomes week. They forget each other. One fine Day they will meet n blame one another. So Keep in touch with all your Friends. N Pass this to all your friends…I don’t want to be one of this kind..so here iam to say u Hi,,,,take care keep in touch. "A true friend is someone who reaches your hand and touches your heart..."Keep Smiling

Saturday, December 31, 2005

Intel changes outfit after 37 years.

After 37 years Intel has finally decided to show the world that it has changed. It is really amazing how intel managed to work with the same outfit for so many years. So what are the changes? Here they are..

The original Intel logo featuring a lowered "e" will be replaced with one showing an oval swirl surrounding the company's name.


The phrase "Leap ahead" will supplant "Intel inside," which helped
bring the company into the public awareness during the PC boom of the
1990s.

Also Intel has decided to phase ou its well-known Pentium brand and emphasise its Centrino line of laptop chips, upcoming PC and server processors and a new effort called "Viiv" that aims to integrate PCs into home entertainment such as by recording TV shows and sending them to other devices.


Thursday, December 29, 2005

Grub HOWTO : Reference

# menu.lst - See: grub(8), info grub, update-grub(8)
# grub-install(8), grub-floppy(8),
# grub-md5-crypt, /usr/share/doc/grub
# and /usr/share/doc/grub-doc/.

## default num
# Set the default entry to the entry number NUM. Numbering starts from 0, and
# the entry number 0 is the default if the command is not used.
#
# You can specify 'saved' instead of a number. In this case, the default entry
# is the entry saved with the command 'savedefault'. />default />
## timeout sec
# Set a timeout, in SEC seconds, before automatically booting the default entry
# (normally the first entry defined).
timeout />
## hiddenmenu
# Hides the menu by default (press ESC to see the menu)
#hiddenmenu

# Pretty colours
#color cyan/blue white/blue

## password ['--md5'] passwd
# If used in the first section of a menu file, disable all interactive editing
# control (menu entry editor and command-line) and entries protected by the
# command 'lock'
# e.g. password topsecret
# password --md5 $1$gLhU0/$aW78kHK1QfV3P2b2znUoe/
# password topsecret

#
# examples
#
# title 95/98/NT/2000
# root /># makeactive
# chainloader />#
# title /># root /># kernel root=/dev/hda2 ro
#

#
# Put static boot stanzas before and/or after AUTOMAGIC KERNEL LIST

### BEGIN AUTOMAGIC KERNELS LIST
## lines between the AUTOMAGIC KERNELS LIST markers will be modified
## by the debian update-grub script except for the default options below

## DO NOT UNCOMMENT THEM, Just edit them to your needs

## ## Start Default Options ##
## default kernel options
## default kernel options for automagic boot options
## If you want special options for specifiv kernels use kopt_x_y_z
## where x.y.z is kernel version. Minor versions can be omitted.
## e.g. kopt=root=/dev/hda1 ro
# kopt=root=/dev/hda4 ro

## default grub root device
## e.g. groot=(hd0,0)
# groot=(hd0,3)

## should update-grub create alternative automagic boot options
## e.g. alternative=true
## alternative=false
# alternative=true

## should update-grub lock alternative automagic boot options
## e.g. lockalternative=true
## lockalternative=false
# lockalternative=false

## altoption boot targets option
## multiple altoptions lines are allowed
## e.g. altoptions=(extra menu suffix) extra boot options
## altoptions=(recovery mode) single
# altoptions=(recovery mode) single rootflags=data=writeback

## nonaltoption boot targets option
## This option controls options to pass to only the
## primary kernel menu item.
## You can have ONLY one nonaltoptions line
# nonaltoptions=quiet splash rootflags=data=writeback

## controls how many kernels should be put into the menu.lst
## only counts the first occurence of a kernel, not the
## alternative kernel options
## e.g. howmany=all
## howmany=7
# howmany=all

## should update-grub create memtest86 boot option
## e.g. memtest86=true
## memtest86=false
# memtest86=true

## ## End Default Options ##

title kernel 2.6.12-10-k7
root />kernel root=/dev/hda4 ro quiet splash
initrd />savedefault
boot

title kernel 2.6.12-10-k7 (recovery mode)
root />kernel root=/dev/hda4 ro single
initrd />boot

title memtest86+
root />kernel />boot

### END DEBIAN AUTOMAGIC KERNELS LIST

# This is a divider, added to separate the menu items below from the Debian
# ones.
title operating systems:
root


# This entry automatically added by the Debian installer for a non-linux OS
# on /dev/hda1
title XP Professional x64 Edition
root />savedefault
makeactive
chainloader

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

!!! BREAD IS DANGEROUS !!!


Research on bread indicates that:
1. More than 98 percent of convicted felons are bread users.
2. Fully HALF of all children who grow up in bread-consuming households score below average on standardized tests.
3. In the 18th century, when virtually all bread was baked in the home, the average life expectancy was less than 50 years; infant mortality rates were unacceptably high; many women died in childbirth; and diseases such as typhoid, yellow fever, and influenza ravaged whole nations.
4. More than 90 percent of violent crimes are committed within 24 hours of eating bread.
5. Bread is made from a substance called "dough." It has been proven that as little as one pound of dough can be used to suffocate a mouse. The average American eats more bread than that in one month!
6. Primitive tribal societies that have no bread exhibit a low incidence of cancer, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's disease, and osteoporosis.
7. Bread has been proven to be addictive. Subjects deprived of bread and given only water to eat begged for bread after as little as two days.
8. Bread is often a "gateway" food item, leading the user to "harder" items such as butter, jelly, peanut butter, and even cold cuts.
9. Bread has been proven to absorb water. Since the human body is more than 90 percent water, it follows that eating bread could lead to your body being taken over by this absorptive food product, turning you into a soggy, gooey bread-pudding person.
10. Newborn babies can choke on bread.
11. Bread is baked at temperatures as high as 400 degrees Fahrenheit! That kind of heat can kill an adult in less than one minute.
12. Most American bread eaters are utterly unable to distinguish between significant scientific fact and meaningless statistical babbling.
In light of these frightening statistics, it has been proposed that the following bread restrictions be made:

1. No sale of bread to minors.
2. A nationwide "Just Say No To Toast" campaign, complete celebrity TV spots and bumper stickers.
3. A 300 percent federal tax on all bread to pay for all the societal ills we might associate with bread.
4. No animal or human images, nor any primary colors (which may appeal to children) may be used to promote bread usage.
5. The establishment of "Bread-free" zones around schools. This article was written by B.S. Wheatberry in a desert after consuming mass quantities of yeast bread then realizing his canteen was empty. (seriously :P )

My New Year Wishes

Yeah!! Today is the last day of examination. After a hectic month today I will be free (atleast for a month). I have many plans and a mammoth todo list for the free time and the commencing New Year. I will also be trying to post more blogs and improve Abhishekclub as well in the coming days. Next month I am also planning to shift to Bangalore with my open arms to embrace a new beginning of life. Ahh.......so many wishes and so little time. I hope you wish me a best of luck for the future. I promise to blog as often as possible and post more good contents.
Also in the pipeline is my old penchant for poetry. I will try to revive my skills before it fades out. I will be posting more of it here. So guys keep visiting and keep me informed what you think of the posts. I would be glad if you make me feel I am not alone :) . Right now I gotta rush for the examination.
Happy New Year in advance :)

Monday, December 26, 2005

Older Elephants Smell Sexier

When male Asian elephants enter their annual period of heightened sexual activity and aggression, they broadcast their availability to the ladies by pumping out a pungent mix of pheromones.

But older males have the upper hand on their younger, less experienced competition, producing a more attractive mix of scents, a new study shows.

This mating period is called musth (pronounced "must").

Researchers analyzed more than 100 secretion samples from six males and found that this pheromone, called frontalin, exists in two mirror-image molecular forms designated as "plus" and "minus."

When teenage males start producing frontalin, they produce mostly the plus version. As they age, though, they begin secreting more of the minus pheromone, which smells bitter and acrid to humans. With maturity comes a mixture of the two forms. By the time they reach their mid 20's, adult Asian elephants have perfected a 1:1 mixture.

"There isn't any compound that smells exactly like it," Elizabeth Rasmussen of Oregon Health and Sciences University told LiveScience. "I certainly wouldn't call it pleasant."

But female pachyderms love it.

Strong reactions

To determine what frontalin mixture created the perfect scent, Rasmussen and her colleagues prepared samples for the approval of females elephants in different reproductive stages, from not reproductively active to ovulating and pregnant.

Sniffing and approaching the sample indicated attraction; erect ears and backpedaling showed repulsion.

Some females urinated on the spot, but that reaction can be read either way, Rasmussen said.

Ovulating females were attracted to the 1:1 mixture, but non-reproductive and pregnant females weren't interested. And none of them were impressed by the immature samples.

The researchers also offered a whiff of the "perfect scent" to young and old males, who expressed their distaste by blasting air from their trunks, trumpeting, and roaring. However, samples of immature males generally piqued the males' interest, particularly the younger ones.

"The young elephant is curious in this secretion, and to learn about it he will come up and sniff it," Rasmussen said. "The more experience the young elephant gets in smelling an older bull, the better he'll get at producing his own scent."

The length of musth increases, along with the concentration of frontalin, as males mature, the researchers report. The fittest males produce the strongest, most attractive pheromone mix for the longest period, which improves their status among potential suitors.

Saving elephants

The finding could prove important in developing better conservation techniques and preventing crop-raiding, particularly of rice in Asia, by crafty elephants.

"They know enough to wait until the rice is ripe, until it's been gathered in bundles by humans, and then they go in and quickly crop raid," Rasmussen said. "They make off with bundles of rice."

In Africa, farmers fend off crop-raiding elephants with chili peppers, but repulsive musth-related scents might be a stronger approach.

"We probably won't be able to use pheromones alone," Rasmussen said. "But the more you understand about how elephants use olfaction and how specific signals and pheromones influence elephants, the more humans can figure out good, elephant-friendly methods to control behavior we don't want."

The research is detailed in the Dec. 22 issue of the journal Nature.

Scientists Predict What You'll Think of Next


To recall memories, your brain travels back in time via the ultimate Google search, according to a new study in which scientists found they can monitor the activity and actually predict what you'll think of next. The work bolsters the validity of a longstanding hypothesis that the human brain takes itself back to the state it was in when a memory was first formed. The psychologist Endel Tulving dubbed this process "mental time travel." How it works Researchers analyzed brain scans of people as the test subjects watched pictures on a computer screen. The images were divided into three categories: celebrities like Jack Nicholson and Halle Berry, places like the Taj Mahal and the Grand Canyon, and everyday objects like tweezers and a pocket mirror. To make sure the subjects were paying attention, they were asked a question about each image as it came up, like whether they liked a certain celebrity, how much they wanted to visit a certain place or how often they used a certain object. Later, without any images and while their brains were still being scanned, the subjects were asked to recall as many of the images as they could. The researchers found that the patterns of brain activity associated with each picture "reinstated" themselves seconds before the people could verbally recall the memories. On average, the time between beginning brain activity associated with the memory and the subjects verbally stating the memory was about 5.4 seconds. "When you have an experience, that experience is represented as a pattern of cortical activity," explained Sean Polyn, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Pennsylvania and leader of the study. "The memory system, which we think lives in the hippocampus, forms a sort of summary representation of everything that's going on in your cortex." Googling your brain The process can be compared to the way web crawlers work to browse and catalogue web pages on the Internet. Web crawlers are automated programs that create copies of all visited pages. Search engines like Google then tag and index the pages. In the same way, as we're trying to remember something, our brains dredge up the memory by first recalling a piece of it, scientists say. When trying to remember a face you saw recently, for example, you might first think broadly about faces and then narrow your search from there, enlisting new details as you go, Polyn explained. It's like adding more and more specific keywords to a Google search, until finally you find what you want. Scientists call this process "contextual reinstatement." "The memories that came up would be hits and the ones that most match your queries would be the ones that came up first," Polyn told LiveScience. Reading your mind The researchers were even able to do a little mind-reading by watching the search in progress. By comparing the brain scans of the subjects while they tried to remember the images they'd seen with those collected when they first viewed the images, the researchers were able to correctly conclude whether the people were going to remember a celebrity, place or object. "We can see some evidence of what category the subject is trying to recall before they even say anything, so we think we're visualizing the search process itself," Polyn said. A similar mind-reading effort was announced earlier this year, when researchers found they could predict where a patient would move his hand based on brain activity the instant prior. Scientists think that contextual reinstatement is unique to memories that involve personal experiences, so-called "episodic" memories, but that similar processes might be at work in other forms of memory. The study was detailed in the Dec. 23 issue of the journal Science.

Sunday, December 25, 2005

Facts establishing India's Greatness



* India never invaded any country in her last 1000 years of history.
* India invented the Number system which was spread to Europe by the Arabian traders. Aryabhatta invented 'zero'.
* The world's first University was established in Takshila in 700BC. More than 10,500 students from all over the world studied more than 60 subjects. The University of Nalanda built in the 4th century BC was one of the greatest achievements of ancient India in the field of education. India was the hub of knowledge and foreign students also came here for study as quoted by Chinese pilgrim "Huen-Tsang" and "Fa-Hien"
* Many researchers now believe Sanskrit is the most suitable language for computer software. Its syntax is very logical and it provides extensibility to the language itself.
* Ayurveda is the earliest school of medicine known to humans.
* Although western media portray modern images of India as poverty striken and underdeveloped through political corruption, India was once the richest empire on earth.
* The art of navigation was born in the river Sindh 5000 years ago. The very word "Navigation" is derived from the Sanskrit word NAVGATIH.
* The value of "pi" was first calculated by Budhayana, and he explained the concept of what is now known as the Pythagorean Theorem. British scholars have officially published in 1999 that the value of pi was first calculated by Budhayana, and he explained the concept of what is now known as the Pythagorean Theorem.
* Algebra, Trigonometry and Calculus came from India. Quadratic equations were first used by Sridharacharya in the 11th Century; the largest numbers the Greeks and the Romans used were 106 whereas Indians used numbers as big as 1053.
* According to the Gemological Institute of America, up until 1896, India was the only source of diamonds in the world.
* USA based IEEE has proved what has been a century-old suspicion amongst academics that the pioneer of wireless communication was Professor Jagdeesh Bose and not Marconi.
* The earliest reservoir and dam for irrigation was built in Saurashtra.
* Chess was invented in India.
* Sushruta is the father of surgery. 2600 years ago he and health scientists of his time conducted surgeries like cesareans, cataract, fractures and urinary stones. Usage of anesthesia was well known in ancient India.
* When many cultures in the world were only nomadic forest dwellers over 5000 years ago, Indians established Harappan culture in Sindhu Valley (Indus Valley Civilisation).
* The place value system, the decimal system was developed in India in 100 BC.
* Lakshmi Pati Mittal is an Indian with the largest Iron Empire and the third richest man in the world.




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Saturday, December 24, 2005

My First Post

My First Post....