Thursday, December 15, 2011

Pseudoscience 3: How to Wear Shorts on a Cold Winter Day?

"Rub your chest. Your hands and legs can take care of themselves".- Henri Ducard to Bruce Wayne (aka Batman) in "The Batman Begins".

Have you ever thought about it?

Actually there is no rocket science behind it. It is well-known that the body mechanism works in priority basis. The reason you feel cold in your legs and hands on a winter day is because you haven't protected your upper body well from the cold weather. Two of the most important organs in the body are your heart and your kidneys. When they are not well protected, the body pulls in blood from your legs and hands to give it to your heart, kidney and other important organs in your upper body. As your hands and legs are low on blood, they feel cold.

So, how to wear shorts on a cold winter day?

Option 1: You can wear your usual clothes on your upper body and rub your chest the way Batman did.


Option 2: You can wear adequate number of warm clothes on your upper body.

If your upper body is warm enough, you can wear shorts. No probs.

Why do you shiver in cold? The reason is somewhat similar to the one you just read. If you still can't figure it out, stay tuned for my next post.

[pseudoscience: the information I write with the 'pseudoscience' title may or may not be correct. I simply write what I think and what I guess. The sole purpose I have is to analyze scientific issues in the simplest way possible. Trusting them is upon you.]

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

The Science Learner sometimes takes Photos

Hello people.

Let's be casual today. Let's have a visual treat. Look at some wonderful (!) photos.

The science learner has gone out of his way and tried to understand arts. Not to mention he tried to incorporate his knowledge of optics while he was in the adventure.

So why wait? Let's have a look...

For more photos like this please visit,

Ohh...I will be giving the original versions with my stamp removed on request. Feel free to ask me.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Happy 11.11.11

Today is a great day!!


Because for today it doesn't matter whether you follow the British way or the American way to write dates. In any prevalent way in the world (i.e. mm/dd/yy or dd/mm/yy or yy/mm/dd etc.), you will not be able to make a mistake in writing the date. Today it's 11.11.11.

Have you ever wondered that you have only one such opportunity left in your life to witness something similar?

It will be 12.12.12.

Have you figured out why? I will not answer. Think for yourself.


We won't be able to celebrate a similar kind of day till 01.01.01. That will be in 2101. Will you be alive then?

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Pseudoscience: 2: Stomach and Winter

I live in a place where it gets pretty cold in winter. So cold, that I have to wear around 3 sweaters one on top of another.

When I was much younger, I always wondered why suddenly I feel so cold after taking supper (you can also call it dinner part-II). Within 20 mins from the moment I have finished taking supper, I start feeling cold. The only way I know to get rid of that situation is to jump under the blanket. I always wondered why that happens as I was under the notion that I put more energy in my body when I eat and I am supposed to feel strong and warm. I was slightly wrong. Here is why.

When you eat, a lot of energy is needed to digest the food properly. As a matter of fact, our body mechanism sends in a lot of blood to help that process. But body can't take blood away from the vital organs. So the mechanism borrows blood from those parts of the body which can still perform moderately with less blood. And our skin ("outer" surface) can perform very well with less blood except for the fact that lack of blood supply means less energy is being carried there. So there are fewer heat carrying elements. And we feel cold.

[pseudoscience: the information I write with the 'pseudoscience' title may or may not be correct. I simply write what I think and what I guess. The sole purpose I have is to analyze scientific issues in the simplest way possible. Trusting them is upon you.]

Saturday, November 05, 2011

Pseudoscience: 1: Shower

Why do we feel so FRESH after taking a shower? What are the scientific reasons behind it?

The top reason can be that we tend to clean our body when we take shower. We get rid of a lot of bacteria and we feel fresh. However, bacteria start growing back instantly and that's why in a few hours we start feeling itchy again.

But, a clean body is not the only reason we feel so fresh.

When we take shower, our skin temperature (I was going to write "surface temperature") falls sharply. To maintain the thermal equilibrium, blood starts rushing to the tissues near to the skin. So suddenly there is a change in the blood flow. Tissues which were getting moderate amount of blood suddenly get more blood. Also, we move our body in many different positions while taking a shower. So a lot of processes get initiated again and they start affecting the existing process of the blood flow. Not only that, a lot of depressing hormones that have been released earlier may be suppressed or overpowered by newly secreted hormones (which might be happy(!) hormones). So when we take shower, we passively initiate a lot of processes which aid in achieving a new state of body and mind and the new mental state might be labelled as 'fresh' depending on the strength of your previous mental state.

Did you know that, in each seven years, you become a completely new human being? Every single tissue in your body gets replaced by a new one?

For more posts like this, keep looking.

[pseudoscience: the information I write with the 'pseudoscience' title may or may not be correct. I simply write what I think and what I guess. The sole purpose I have is to analyze scientific issues in the simplest way possible. Trusting them is upon you.]

Sunday, September 18, 2011

The Role of Science

"Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius -- and a lot of courage -- to MOVE in the opposite direction."- Albert Einstein

"An alleged scientific discovery has no merit unless it can be explained to a BARMAID."- Ernest Rutherford

If you find a person using complex descriptions, words, you can immediately come to a conclusion that, that person too hasn't understood anything. He is just wasting your time.

Sometimes what is seeming complex to you may not be all that complex. The problem is not with them, the problem is with you. You need to upgrade your understanding level to accept the idea simply.

For example, I read The Brief History of Time when I was in class 11. I didn't understand it. I have read the same book recently, still I haven't understood all of it. But there is a difference. I have understood more things the second time than I did the first time. Hopefully, if I learn a lot and upgrade my understanding level, I will understand it even better the next time.

The role of science is to explain the natural phenomenons in a simple way. We have developed science for a logical understanding of the things and the happenings around us. Biology, Chemistry and Physics are different ways to understand them. Finally, there is no fundamental difference among Biology, Chemistry and Physics, and all of them are trying to explain the same thing in different ways.

What's the difference between science and technology? More on that in the next post. Keep looking.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Reading and Fantasizing about Science

A highly recommended article on science would be "The Value of Science" written by Richard P. Feynman. Everyone should read it to understand the real role of science and its rationality (this can be found in the last section of the book "What Do You Care What Other People Think?"- by Richard P. Feynman).

"For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for nature cannot be fooled".- Richard P. Feynman

Another highly recommended book is "Surely Your are Joking Mr Feynman" by Richard P. Feynman. If you haven't read anything on science before, this can be your starting book.

To find the awesomeness of science, you must read science fiction. I would recommend you start with short stories if you are a first time science fiction reader. And you should read them in the following order.

Isaac Asimov

Arthur C. Clarke

Philip K. Dick

I highly recommend that you start with short stories, telling you again. Go for the Robot series by Asimov first, follow it with Foundation series by Asimov, then you can mix up random titles by Asimov and Clarke. When you have read enough of them, read Philip K. Dick. The reason you should read Mr. Dick later is that you really need to sharpen your senses before you can read him.

So good luck. Enjoy the reading, and spread the awesomeness of Science!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

How to access any website from your office?

Has your FAT-ASS boss instructed your office IT guy to block Facebook, Youtube, Twitter and other popular sites? And do you chew your sleeves being too much bored in the office as you cannot 'poke' your friends?

Or, for any unknown reason, you can't access certain websites that you suspect has happened because your internet service provided (ISP) has blocked those sites?

Well, wait no longer. Here comes the solution.

Click here. Click Here. CLICK HERE. Or note down "" without quote ("") on a scratch paper in case you can't access .blogspot in your office.

This will lead you to a site which will allow yourself to browse any website anonymously. That means you can practically live like a ghost on the internet.

After going to the page, scroll down a little and on the right side you will find this section in the page:

Paste your link/site address in the box and click Visit.

That's it. No FAT-ASS boss can stop you anymore from achieving your internet FREEDOM.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Boosting your internet experience: a FASTER Youtube, a FASTER facebook

Carefully look at the screenshot of Youtube front page below. Can you spot the Flash advertisement?

Now again Carefully look at the screenshot of Youtube front page below. Can you spot the Flash advertisement?

When you use the internet for over 10 hours a day, the minor things start bothering you. When I am watching Youtube videos, I don’t like the 30 second in-video advertisements. On the Facebook page, I don’t like the right hand side bar advertisements which often distract me and annoy me. I also like don’t like the flashy flash advertisements which cause nothing but annoyance and take up unusual bandwidth and slow down my internet experience even further.

So what to do? Can’t I get rid of them all? Can’t I even stop them from using my valuable bandwidth?

Well, here is the solution. Once you get used to this new experience, you won’t even come to understand how you could survive so many years without using this.

This extension is available for both Firefox and Google chrome. Safari, Opera and Internet Explorer 9 have this option too in different ways, but as you are a reader of this blog, I guess you won’t like those clunky browsers.

For Google Chrome, click here and then click on the "install" button.

For Firefox, click here and then click ‘Add to firefox’. Wait for it to finish downloading, restart and make sure after restarting you click the ‘add subscription’ button.

That’s all you needed to do. From now on you will have a totally different and smart experience on the internet.

In a short time, I am gonna make another post on the must have google chrome apps. So stay tuned and spread the word. You are the reason I get inspired to write. Never hesitate to let me know what you think.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

How to download Youtube videos? (the easiest way)

There are a number of ways to download youtube videos. But in this post I wanted to show you one way, which is the easiest of all and requires least effort from the user.

So what you need?
- There is only one prerequisite for this process. You need to have Mozilla Firefox. Version 3.6 is fine, but I recommend Firefox 4. If you don't have it already, download it from here.

[[[[    What next?
- I assume Flash Player is already installed in your browser. If you are watching Youtube videos already, don't worry about it. You already have flash player installed. (otherwise download it from here)    ]]]]  

After that, click "this link". Firefox will prompt you to "allow" and then "restart". Restart the browser. And your job is done.

Next time you watch any youtube video, you will discover one more extra button next to "share". Click the button, choose the file format (choose "MP4 360p" if you are not sure"), and the download will start. You can choose a location if you want to. Otherwise Firefox will save the file in your default download location (Usually it's on your "Documents/Download" folder or just "Download" folder).


IF  YOU WANT TO USE A DOWNLOAD MANAGER while you are downloading, here is how to do it.


1. Click this link.

2. Firefox will prompt you to restart. Restart firefox.

3. Next time when you are on Youtube, and you have clicked "Download" button (as mentioned above) to download a video, from the pop up window choose the option shown in the image.

The download manager will accelerate the download process and your will enjoy the video in a video player of your choice (e.g. SPlayer).

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Monday, May 23, 2011

Future of Facebook

My projections of Facebook if they continue on their success stride:

1. A facebook insurance policy which will cover hacking attacks, security gaps etc.

2. An offline registration desk for children.

3. Inclusion of/ reference to the Facebook page on job resumes.

4. Voting for elections with one vote per account.

5. Account has to be verified by certain authorities.

6. Facebook will merge with the Government.

7. Movies/ music albums will launch on Facebook provided Facebook will start a video sharing service like youtube.

8. Facebook will have deals with Visa/Master card and will start e-book/ music/ movie sharing services replacing services that Amazon or Netflix provide.

9. Facebook will have a Blogging page included by default which will differ from the original Facebook theme and retain the original blog theme.

10. Facebook has already merged with Bing. A greater integration will be interpreted as 'Facebook has replaced the internet'.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

How to save your time with RSS feeds?

You may be one of the many people who loves the internet. So you love going to some specific websites and don't want to miss a single update on that page. But often your efforts go in vain when you find that the page hasn't been updated and you are looking at the same old page that you looked at two days ago.

Now you should know that you are special. The internet wants to take care of you and wants to save your time. So the concept of RSS feeds has been developed to help you with this matter.

In this post, I will show you how to use RSS feeds for your favorite websites and save your time.

WORDS OF CAUTION: Although 80% of the websites support RSS feeds (roughly), 20% still miss them.

For Firefox 4:

1. Step 1: Selecting the link

After opening a Webpage on firefox 4, CLICK the orange button on the top left corner (in my case blue)>;  bookmarks>;  subscribe to this page>; subscribe the link with the RSS at the end. (click on the image to enlarge it)

2. Step 2: Subscribing

Click the "Subscribe now" button. (click on the image to enlarge it)

3. Step 3:  Confirming the subscription

 Click "Subscribe". (click on the image to enlarge it)

4. Step 4: Viewing

Now you can check for updates without actually going to the page. Just check the title. See if it interests you. If yes, then check it.

Orange Button>;  Bookmarks>;  Bookmarks Toolbar or The Title of the site

Don't click unless you want to read the article. Keep on moving your mouse. Click when you want to read it. (click on the image to enlarge it)

For Google Chrome:

Google chrome doesn't support RSS feeds directly, but there is a browser extension to do so.

Considering that you have a Google account (e. g. Gmail account), you can easily subscribe to pages in Google Reader.


Click the install button which will install an extension on your browser.

Next time when you visit a page you will see the following subscribe button on your navigation bar:

Click that icon (click on the image to enlarge it). It will take you to your google reader page and give you an option to subscribe.

So that's all for the technical aspects of RSS feed.

For you I have collected some RSS feed links. Play with them.

For Firefox:

1. The New York Times.

2. BBC Science and Environment.

3. TIME.

4. CNN.

 5. My Blog.

For Google Chrome, just follow the aforementioned procedure:

1. New York Times

2. BBC Science and Environment


4. CNN.

5. My Blog.

If you want to know how to send/receive 2 GB of data for free even using the world's slowest internet connection, read this post. Thank you.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

The science learner does not read newspaper

This idea was originally popularized by MEGA bloggers like Tim Ferriss (The 4 hour work week) and Leo Babuta (Zen Habits).

If you open a daily newspaper, you will discover few amazing things. I will point out a few:

1. Brad Pitt's toilet habits.

2. Lady Gaga's brand of underwear.

3. How many times Britney Spears winked when she was getting out of her car.

There are even more:

1. How scandalous the politicians are.

2. How meanly you can criticize a team's performance.

Coming to this point, you may feel I have exaggerated my points. YES, I have exaggerated my points. The whole purpose of this is to tell you that there is hardly anything worthy to read in the newspaper. And if there is any, you don't need to know them.

All that said, I am not putting down the value of news. When something important happens, you won't have to look for it, the news will come to you. If you don't believe me, think about all the major incidents that happened last few years. How many of them did you discover in a newspaper in the first place?

Newspaper is full of negativity. If a person lives an awesome life, he will never appear in the front page of a newspaper. But if that person makes a mistake, or better, gets involved in a scandal, he has a high chance to make it to the front page.

Again, don't confuse between news and information. News usually vanishes in a week, sometimes in a month. Information stays forever.

What I want to say is that all the things you find in a newspaper are not as important as you think they are. Take a skeptic look at the newspaper articles you have read this morning. Are they really worthy of your time? Do they deserve to occupy a place in your brain memory cells?

Again, the information a newspaper presents is often dumbed down because each newspaper article is written keeping in mind about the understanding ability of the dumbest person in the world. Because even the dumbest person wants to buy a newspaper to look smart, and the newspaper companies don't want to lose the pennies from him.

I suggest you find a website which presents information of your taste and intelligence. As you are reading this article, I have no doubt that you have access to internet. Use RSS feed so that you won't have to check every piece of article. Read only what appeals you.

Remember, by newspaper, I mean the DAILY NEWSPAPER. I have high appreciation for magazines like National Geographic, TIME, Reader's Digest, NEWSWEEK, TOP GEAR, PC WORLD and many many more. Magazines or periodicals are usually written putting a lot of thoughts behind each article and they want people to keep the magazines in their shelves for years. So usually the contents are timeless and worthy of your time.

So, what's your next move? Are you gonna check the newspaper tomorrow morning?

Monday, April 04, 2011

The feedback problem in Time Travel

Imagine Bob Dylan was singing in a concert holding the microphone in his hand. Suddenly a screeching sound occurred out of nowhere, got picked up by his microphone and got amplified by the amplifier. Now the amplified sound will again be picked up  (the feedback problem) by the microphone, again be amplified. Again be picked up and again be amplified. Again be picked up, again be amplified. It wouldn't stop until it damaged the whole sound system (in real life filters are used to avoid this problem).

Now imagine Steve who is the only son of Mark. Steve was born in 2000, Mark was born in 1970. Mark was again the only son of Greg who was born in 1940. Steve is a smart boy and knows how to travel back in time. So he traveled back in time and killed Greg in 1960.

Now two problems occur.

1. If Greg died in 1960, Mark was never born. So who is that Mark that Steve knows? Isn't he a ghost?

2. If Mark was never born, how come Steve exists? Who gave birth to Steve?

There is a hypothetical solution to this problem.

When you travel back in time, you can never affect the natural course of incidents. You can only be a observer and you will be invisible. The reason you will be invisible is that if you travel back in time, you will not be in the same time-space coordinates that you are in. There the concept of time will be different and the biological configuration of the humans won't allow them to see you. So you can only observe and cannot change anything.

So even when Steve will travel back in time, he won't be in the same space-time coordinates. And also, he cannot affect things there. He can only observe Greg and his activities.

I remember reading somewhere, some famous person said "I am not I. I am a copy of I".  What it means is even if one of the 'I's gets killed, the other 'I's will still survive in another universe.

It will be nice to remember that there is hardly any difference between a sound wave and a radio wave except their wavelength difference. We can hear the sound waves, we cannot hear the radio waves. So if our biological structure hasn't grown to sense that band of frequency, we won't notice it naturally. So in a parallel universe, you have a higher chance to be invisible assuming that the creatures there have responses to another band of frequencies.

Some interesting points come out from this discussion.

1. History won't follow the same pattern for the same person in different universes.

2. History synchronization is not possible. Even if it was possible, it would hardly overlap.

3. People can be treated as variables in a universe. While the number of variables will be same in different universes, they will have their own functions (something like the role of X in different mathematical equations. Based on the equation, X will give have different values (in our case, different life history)).

So what do you think? You wanna meet your other self? Does your other self love the same person you love?


You may find out some even better logical deductions.

Till then, cheers!!

Disclaimer: The above post is purely a child of thought and should not be used as a reference. The purpose of this post is to encourage the readers to think differently and produce even better ideas.

If you have missed my other two posts on time travel and parallel universe, you can click the green links.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Common Mistakes in English: Text Lecture 1


Oh, we are so dumb and sometimes we don't even know it. We act like smart using wrong information or facts. Am I being too offensive? Well, answer me, how often do you say "It's me! It's me!!"? And you know what, it's wrong.

There are a lot more. Here I have made a collection of the most common ones. More to come. So keep on looking.

Wrong: It's me who did it.
Right: It's I who did it.

Wrong: I like playing guitar.
Right: I like playing the guitar.
# musical instruments always preceded by 'the'

Wrong: Once upon a time Titanic was the largest ship.
Right: Once upon a time the Titanic was the largest ship.
#the name of a ship is preceded by 'the'

Wrong: I waited for her for one and a half hour.
Right: I waited for her for one and a half hours.

Wrong: A boy's hat is different from a girl.
Right: A boy's hat is different from a girl's.

Wrong: Don't make noise when I sleep.
Right: Don't make a noise when I sleep.

Wrong: It was him.
Right: It was he.

Wrong: Jack has not come also (or too).
Right: Jack has not come either.

Wrong: It's me.
Right: It's I.

Well, here were few examples. I suggest you do your own research. I just wanted to give you the heads up.

More text lectures like that are about to come. So stay tuned.

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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Announcement On Blogging Workshop

Dear Viewer,

I am going to host a workshop titled "A to Z of Blogging and Online Earning".

The workshop will take place at 6 PM on March 17, 2011 at room A203 of the E&TC Department of MAEER's MIT.

If you are one of those people who have a lot to say and have a lot of new ideas, but don't find a place to express them, consider attending this workshop.

I will share all my experience I have learnt in last 5 years and help you to create your own blog and thereby create your own personal space on the Web.

Come join me and spread the word.

This is the next revolution of online journalism.

See you on March 17, 6 PM at room A203.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” - Steve Jobs

Friday, March 04, 2011

Exploring a parallel universe!

My friend asked me, "Why don't you publish it on your blog?"

"I don't want people to think I am crazy", I replied.

"If it sounded crazy, I would tell you so. But it seems very logical to me".

"Well then, I will publish it someday".

That was the conversation I had with one of my closest friends. Apparently when I proposed him the idea, being a huge cricket fan, he wanted to play cricket with his other self from the parallel universe immediately. He wanted to bowl to his other self, and knowing that the other him would be thinking the same way, would he be able to guess his bowling trick and defend the ball accordingly?

Nice idea, but I couldn't comment on the plausibility of the situation.

Can I make a tunnel between the parallel universe's' (note universeS: many of them)? I don't know the answer, Stephen Hawking will answer you that.

Let's  make things simple.

How the hell it is possible that a parallel universe exists?

Before I answer this, I will give you a scenario.

Human ears can hear sounds which have a frequency range between 20 Hz to 20000 Hz. Any sound below 20 or beyond 20000 is not audible for the human ears. But dogs can hear sounds which have frequencies more than 20K. So the concept that humans cannot hear anything more than 20K doesn't mean that sounds beyond 20K don't exist. Human senses just cannot feel them.

So far we know of only 4 dimensions. Initially we knew only 3 dimensions. That were height, width and depth. Later Einstein brought in the idea of a 4th dimension and that is time. In recent times 6 more dimensions have been discovered but human senses cannot feel (check this link) them. So the inability of human senses to detect them does not prove that things beyond these 4 dimensions cannot exist. If things go on according to the properties of the other six dimensions, events will take place, but humans will not be able to sense them. So even if a parallel universe exists in those dimensions, we won't feel a thing (but here a paradox occurs, if two objects can simultaneously occupy one single space; answer is NO; they need to have different space-TIME coordinates). But that in no way proves that a parallel universe cannot exist.

The things that we can observe depend a lot on the sense of our time. If you take the speed of electrons revolving inside an atom, that will serve as the base of all our observation with respect to time. All the things that we see around us have shapes and meanings to us because our senses have grown to understand things which have properties co-related to the speed of electrons.

If in another universe, the quark (the building block of electrons) have different properties (I cannot explain what), that will affect the speed to electrons, therefore the whole universe will have a different sense of time. And all the creations in that universe will be defined by that. The molecular structure, the speed of light (isn't it highly ambitious?), the sense of time will be different there. I believe even Einstein's famous equation of mass-energy will be multiplied by some deviation factor to be accurate or will have a totally different form.

Hence, we cannot ever reject the idea of a parallel universe. May be we are too dumb to sense it.

Is it possible to exchange things between universes?

May be. But if that happens I believe that will have to follow the law of conservation of energy. The total energy (hence mass) in an universe should be unaltered.

Stephen Hawking once said, if you see a stranger through your door hole, let him in. He might be your great great great grandson traveling back in time.

I say the same thing adding a few more words inside parenthesis (at your own risk!).

However, many scientists oppose the idea of traveling back in time because of the feedback problem. More on that in another post. Till then keep on thinking about this post.

Disclaimer: I am not a scientist. The ideas proposed above are purely mine and shouldn't be taken as references. They might be totally wrong. Accepting them or rejecting them depends totally on you. I suggest you not to accept them; instead, think about them. If you find anything different, let me know and let the world know so that everyone can learn something new.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Exploring Time Travel!

I am posting some questions which I have in my mind for many years.

I have always wondered, how do we get our sense of time? In my understanding, our sense of time is related to the expansion speed of Milky Way (the speed of Sun and Earth will be dependent on it as the Milky Way is the ultimate container). Considering my point is true, I will get a different sense of time if I was in Andromeda which has a different expansion speed. If the expansion speed of Andromeda is faster than that of Milky Way and if from Andromeda I can observe the events in the Milky Way (preferably the planet earth), won't events in the earth feel slower to me? My sense of time will be more than the people living in the earth, so I will advance in time. So won't it be time travel?

There are few doubts though.

Jupiter takes nearly 250 years to make a circle around the sun. If I stay in Jupiter, what will be the biological change in my body? As I will be living in a faster container (in this case the Jupiter), won't my body metabolism rate change? If the sense of time in Jupiter becomes my normal sense of time (because of the biological change in my body), and if I live for 60 Jupiter years there, won't my life span be (60*250)=  15000 earth years?

The sense of time that we have about the normal life span of a human being, isn't it the same for an ant because of their biological tiny structure?

Theoretically, if you travel in a train which travels at a speed close to the speed of light, and if you travel in that for 7 days, when you will come out of that train, you will discover the age of the earth has increased by almost 100 years.

There are a lot of questions to be answered. If you have any counter proposal, let me know. If you think my understanding is wrong, also let me know in the comments.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

How to learn new words!!

HI there!

I am sure many of you who read this blog are people who use English as their second language. Unless you are a super genius, probably you have faced the same problem that I have faced. So what's the problem?

It is 'Learning new words'.

Why don't you pick up a word list and learn it? It should be that simple.

NO! It's not.

You learn the words, you remember them for a few days and then you forget them. At least it happens with me.

I have tried many ways and I think finally I have found one method that surely will help.

I have used flash cards, word lists, word visualizers, but after a while whenever I have tried to recall them, I have got confused. So I was compelled to think of a new idea. And this idea has been proven effective for me.

I like reading books. So whenever I read the interesting books, I keep a pencil before hand. I don't look up the unknown words immediately, instead I put circles around them. I keep a small notebook where I note those words just for references (NOTE: I don't write any word meaning in this small notebook, only the words). As soon as I finish reading one chapter of the book, I look them up in an offline desktop dictionary (see below). I write the meanings in the book itself (NOT in the notebook). As I am usually reading a story book, I can remember very well in which context the words came up. Even if I don't remember the meanings exactly, I get a natural feeling what the probable meanings might be. And after one or two months, I go through the small notebook, I try to recall the words that I have noted down before and mark the words that I cannot recall at all. I look them up again in the story-book. And when I do that, I happen to look at other circled words as a side effect which further strengthens the process of learning new words.

If you find new words on the web, extract the WHOLE text out of the webpage and put it in a word file. Highlight the unknown words and write their meanings next to them inside parenthesis. Save the page. Keep all the pages of this kind in a folder. Check them out at least once each month.

This method has worked for me. I hope it will work for you too. If you find a better way, let me know. I will include it in the future update of the post.

Download the free offline dictionary from this link.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Isaac Asimov: 'Learning' Redefined

If you are into your 20s and I have to introduce you to Isaac Asimov, then this blog is probably not for you.

But if you are a newbie and a teenager, here is my brief introduction:

Isaac Asimov is one of the three grand masters of science fiction along with Robert A. Heinlein and Arthur C. Clarke. He is best known for the Foundation series which is probably the best science fiction series ever written in the history of mankind. It should also be mentioned he has written more books than you have read in your entire life. Don't believe me? Well, tell me, how many years will it take you to read a few above 400 books?

Well, I can write on and on and run out of adjectives. Why don't you check him out in the following videos? It feels like every sentence he uttered in the videos is quotable. Go watch them...

And here is part 2.

If you have liked the videos, consider reading the Foundation series. Or go watch "I, Robot". The famous movie starring Will Smith is based on his book.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Ernest Hemingway- My love for the old man's writing

Ernest Hemingway- the greatest American author makes me read each page slower and slower. Not that my reading speed has decreased, but I cannot but control myself reading each paragraph twice for the intricate linguistic beauty that lies underneath. My love for his writing started with Green Hills of Africa 7 years ago and became stronger with each book that I read. With A Farewell to Arms, he has proved why he is light years ahead of other writers at least in linguistic beauty.

I remember one paragraph from the book 'I.Asimov' which is an autobiography written by the science fiction God Isaac Asimov. He made a point about Hemingway. 

Isaac Asimov when he was still an amateur writer barely in his 20s went to meet an editor. The editor asked him how Hemingway would explain if it was going to rain the next day. After thinking for a while, Asimov came up with a beautiful line which had beautiful adjectives and lot of literary ornaments. Listening to that, the editor replied "If it is going to rain tomorrow, Hemingway would say 'It is going to rain tomorrow'". This shows how straight forward, simple and accurate Ernest Hemingway was in his writing. 

When I read the Green Hills of Africa I had little idea about literary facts. I didn't know very well who he was and borrowed the book from the British Council as the cover made me interested in the book. Going home when I started reading it, I could feel that his robust description made me feel even how the air was moving in the valleys of the green hills of Africa. Since then, I have read almost a thousand books, but have hardly found any other writer who could make me feel that way and affect my subconscious mind in a way that I would lose the sense of time and place and feel as if I was moving around in the hills as I read along. The feeling was so deep that still I remember almost all the descriptions in the book. 

Now I am reading A Farewell to Arms and enjoying every word of it. Why don't you pick one book by Hemingway and find yourself lost into the beautiful world that Hemingway will create in your mind?

For you, the opening passage of A Farewell to Arms from Wikipedia.

"In the late summer that year we lived in a house in a village that looked across the river and the plain to the mountains. In the bed of the river there were pebbles and boulders, dry and white in the sun, and the water was clear and swiftly moving and blue in the channels. Troops went by the house and down the road and the dust they raised powdered the trees."