Sunday, February 23, 2003

Well I got the brand new Compaq Evo D230 at workplace with Win XP and Win 2K pre-loaded by our sys admin guys . . .
Fast breezy system Pentium 4, 1.8 GHz 256 MB SDRAM. - This was on 19th Feb 2003

Tuesday, February 18, 2003

Google + Pyra(Blogger) = ?

Sunday, February 16, 2003

I came across Wikipedia for World Parliament of Religions
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. - The World Parliament of Religions is an interfaith conference that was first held in Chicago in 1893 and again in 1993. At the latter meeting it was decided to hold a Parliament every five years, and in 1998 one was convened in Cape Town.

Paper on Broadmindedness of Hinduism

As Amartya Sen reemphasized - dont become a frog in a well ( Kupamanduka ); Indian science, arts and every form of heritage gained and enriched itself to such levels of excellence not in isolation but because of its intense interaction with men from other parts of the world.


Saturday, February 15, 2003

Goodbye, Dolly - Euthanasia to first cloned sheep.

Dolly, the famous cloned sheep has been put to death after being diagnosed with a progressive lung disease and follows earlier reports that she was prematurely aging, including developing arthritis. [DETAILS & DISCUSSIONS]

EXCERPTS FROM SLASHDOT : You see there's this very important substance called telomeres attached to the end of chromosomes. As cells divide, the telomere caps become shorter, and eventually the cells stop dividing and either malfunction or die. It stands to reason that, if you start off with an adult cell, you already have shortened telomeres and will therefore have a reduced lifespan. Telomeres aren't just any substance. They're DNA. The end of a chromosome has short repeating sequences of a few base pairs (ex: AATTAATT, etc.) which are not all replicated when a cell duplicates its genome and divides. This presumably acts as a molecular "clock" for the organism to keep track of its "age," but this is pretty controversial and unsubstantiated.
The mechanics of it are simple -- at the end of the DNA strand in each nucleus is a length of DNA that codes for nothing, called a telomere. With each division, the telomere gets cut back. Eventually, the cell divides one last time and the telomere isn't long enough, so the cut goes right into part of the DNA that codes for something, thus causing an error catastrophe ultimately resulting in death.

But take hope. In the 1980's, while studying cancer cells (in fish, I think), researchers found this chemical called telemorase, which rebuilds the telomeres. [For which one of the more recent nobel prizes was awarded] Ever since, researchers have been working feverishly on telemorase treatments, which we should start seeing in the next decade or two.

I will tell you a little story. You have heard the eloquent speaker who has just finished say, "Let us cease from abusing each other," and he was very sorry that there should be always so much variance.

But I think I should tell you a story which would illustrate the cause of this variance. A frog lived in a well. It had lived there for a long time. It was born there and brought up there, and yet was a little, small frog. Of course, the evolutionists were not there then to tell us whether the frog lost its eyes or not, but, for our story's sake, we must take it for granted that it had its eyes, and that it every day cleansed the water of all the worms and bacilli that lived in it with an energy that would do credit to our modern bacteriologists. In this way it went on and became a little sleek and fat. Well, one day another flog that lived in the sea came and fell into the well.

"Where are you form?"
"I am from the sea."
"The sea! How big is that? Is it as big as my well?" and he took a leap from one side of the well to the other.
"My friend," said the frog of the sea, "how do you compare the sea with your little well?"
Then the frog took another leap and asked, "Is your sea so big?"
"What nonsense you speak, to compare the sea with your well!"
"Well, then," said the frog of the well, "nothing can be bigger than my well; there can be nothing bigger than this; this fellow is a liar, so turn him out."

That has been the difficulty all the while.

I am a Hindu. I am sitting in my own little well and thinking that the whole world is my little well. The Christian sits in his little well and thinks the whole world is his well. The Mohammedan sits in his little well and thinks that is the whole world. l have to thank you of America for the great attempt you are making to break down the barriers of this little world of ours, and hope that, in the future, the Lord will help you to accomplish your purpose.

At The World's Parliament of Religions
Chicago, 15th September 1893

Friday, February 14, 2003

Sunday, February 09, 2003

The AERO-INDIA 2003 came to an end with its magnificient display of the Flying Machines. SUKHOI 30 MKI WAS A TREAT INDEED WITH ITS LANGUID TACTICS AND SUDDEN SHARP GUSHES OF SPEED, ALBEIT FROM MY BINOCULARS . . .
Learn about the Sukhoi
More on the SUKHOI - Youll find plenty of links here. The others seemed to pale out in front of it. I am infatuated/possessed/obssessed by this plane since I saw it in the Aero-India show 4-5 years back . . .

Wednesday, February 05, 2003

A tragedy - lots of questions and some answers - Columbia FAQ
Some of the most common questions about the Columbia tragedy, and the answers as best as could give