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.