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Storming IIT
bsxStormIIT This post is dedicated to Satyam I think the current generation is spoiled by too many things and pulled in some ten directions in the process of living.  With that sort of multitasking, where's the focus needed to crack exams, the stepping ston...
bsxStormIIT This post is dedicated to Satyam I think the current generation is spoiled by too many things and pulled in some ten dire...
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Self-group for Contacts

One thing i have found useful of late is a self-group* for Contacts that i receive in email and other sources such as a business card.

As it's not guaranteed that i can add all contacts to my Google Contacts immediately, i find it simpler to just send the contact details to this self-group [#41Contacts] in a jiffy over WhatsApp Web. This ensures that i don't lose them and can find them easily later [either search across WhatsApp or open the self-group].

* To create a self-group, use the WhatsApp on your other device. If you're on only one device, add another person to the self-group and immediately delete that person [they shouldn't mind that deletion :-)].


bsxGooCon Have been maintaining my contacts on Google ever since Contacts was available in Gmail in the mid-2000s. Whenever i bought a...
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nAbhistan of Ma Narmada

A mysterious thing happened just now.

There's a RangDe event coming up on Saturday 1st October:

| A Rangdezvous (!) with Pranjal Dubey, founder of SSISM- Rang De's partner organisation in Madhya Pradesh. Pranjal hails from the small village of Sandalpur in Madhya Pradesh.

Any place in MP, i immediately investigate how far it's from Ma Narmada :-)

This is just North of the Great River, with:

Malpani trust ~ Natueco research centre
https://goo.gl/maps/9x42tWx2sEo

right on its Banks.

Needless to say, i investigated Malpani Trust and spoke to the very affable Deepak SUCHDE, reminding me strongly of Isha Sadguru (talk of synchronicity, Mal!).

He told me an amazing thing:

That place is the nAbhistan of Ma Narmada!

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https://youtu.be/K8HfGAx8coE

"8 rhymes with great"; that's what jacked him

Wells Fargo = 41; steer clear of all 8s

guess he was Stumpfed ;-)
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looks like Roger Ebert stayed true!

http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/after-earth-2013
I was most disappointed -- not with this movie, but with the reviews it got. RottenTomatoes should fire its entire crop of critics and get another. M Night Shyamalan's movie got a measly 11% on the Tomatometer, which causes m...
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wow, these guys use Chromebits and Chromebooks, while i have used a Chromebook, a Chromebox, and a Chromebase ;-)

http://shastrix.blogspot.in/2015/06/why-i-love-chrome-os.html



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You have to keep looking at the edges to see where the center is shifting to

Short answer: yes, it can replace your Windows 10 laptop or MacBook. (I use both Windows laptops and MacBooks). Longer answer: read on.

First, it’s a given that lots of Windows and Mac users will never switch — or even think about it. They won’t because they don’t see it solving anything for them. But it definitely does for me. It’s secure, stable, easy to use, and self-maintains. And Chrome OS is more like mobile operating systems such as Android and iOS — a refreshingly clean break from the creaky, 30-year-old DOS/Windows/Mac platforms.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/brookecrothers/2016/09/25/the-chromebook-in-2016-pros-cons-can-it-replace-a-macbook-windows-10-laptop/#65d558b560ef
HP Chromebook 13. (Credit: Hewlett-Packard.) I've been using a spanking-new 2016 Chromebook full time for more than a month now. Here's a brief guide that covers the good, bad, and indifferent. Short answer: yes, it can replace your Windows 10 laptop or MacBook. (I use both Windows laptops and MacBooks). Longer answer: read [...]
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Miracle Bar

This day in 1995, Ganesha drank milk. It created a furor in Bangalore. The Ganesha opposite the Infosys Pink Building in Koramangala was awash with milk all over. It was capillary action, but folks refused to look at the science.

bsxMirBar Have seen devotees say that my Guru in a photo follows me around the room. Wherever I go, He follows me with with His eyes. ...
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A special day, where Swami answered my prayer within the day in 2004

http://shastrix.blogspot.in/2011/04/re-sai-rrection.html
bsxSwami The Infinite One Cannot be Understood Only Experienced Swami has passed away . Earlier this month, i was wondering : "H...
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best of both worlds

reading the latest NatGeoMag
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2016/09/

while listening to the Bhagavad Gita in Sanskrit & Telugu:
https://youtu.be/h9X3R_y1Y94
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Have fun

Once, explaining his wide-ranging interests, the Master said: "I don't like to be monotonous. I would like to make a bouquet with five kinds of flowers. I would like to play a flute with seven holes in it. I would like to taste various kinds of food. I don't want to be a dry monk."

Feynman writes in Surely…:
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Then I had another thought: Physics disgusts me a little bit now, but I used to enjoy doing physics. Why did I enjoy it? I used to play with it. I used to do whatever I felt like doing--it didn't have to do with whether it was important for the development of nuclear physics, but whether it was interesting and amusing for me to play with. When I was in high school, I'd see water running out of a faucet growing narrower, and wonder if I could figure out what determines that curve. I found it was rather easy to do. I didn't have to do it; it wasn't important for the future of science; somebody else had already done it. That didn't make any difference: I'd invent things and play with things for my own entertainment.

So I got this new attitude. Now that I am burned out and I'll never accomplish anything, I've got this nice position at the university teaching classes which I rather enjoy, and just like I read the Arabian Nights for pleasure, I'm going to play with physics, whenever I want to, without worrying about any importance whatsoever.

Within a week I was in the cafeteria and some guy, fooling around, throws a plate in the air. As the plate went up in the air I saw it wobble, and I noticed the red medallion of Cornell on the plate going around. It was pretty obvious to me that the medallion went around faster than the wobbling.

I had nothing to do, so I start to figure out the motion of the rotating plate. I discover that when the angle is very slight, the medallion rotates twice as fast as the wobble rate--two to one. It came out of a complicated equation! Then I thought, "Is there some way I can see in a more fundamental way, by looking at the forces or the dynamics, why it's two to one?"

I don't remember how I did it, but I ultimately worked out what the motion of the mass particles is, and how all the accelerations balance to make it come out two to one.

I still remember going to Hans Bethe and saying, "Hey, Hans! I noticed something interesting. Here the plate goes around so, and the reason it's two to one is . . ." and I showed him the accelerations.

He says, "Feynman, that's pretty interesting, but what's the importance of it? Why are you doing it?"

"Hah!" I say. "There's no importance whatsoever. I'm just doing it for the fun of it." His reaction didn't discourage me; I had made up my mind I was going to enjoy physics and do whatever I liked.

I went on to work out equations of wobbles. Then I thought about how electron orbits start to move in relativity. Then there's the Dirac Equation in electrodynamics. And then quantum electrodynamics. And before I knew it (it was a very short time) I was "playing"--working, really --with the same old problem that I loved so much, that I had stopped working on when I went to Los Alamos: my thesis-type problems; all those old-fashioned, wonderful things.

It was effortless. It was easy to play with these things. It was like uncorking a bottle: Everything flowed out effortlessly. I almost tried to resist it! There was no importance to what I was doing, but ultimately there was. The diagrams and the whole business that I got the Nobel Prize for came from that piddling around with the wobbling plate.
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From Chapter 30 of the Gospel: gssxGospel
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Several young men from the village of Dakshineswar entered the room and saluted Sri Ramakrishna. It was about four o'clock in the afternoon. They sat down and began to talk with the Master.

YOUNG MAN: "Sir, what is Knowledge?"

MASTER: "It is to know that God is the only Reality and that all else is unreal. That which is the Real is also called Brahman. It has another name: Kala, Time. There is a saying, 'O brother, how many things come into being in Time and disappear in Time!'

"That which sports with Kala is called Kali. She is the Primal Energy. Kala and Kali, Brahman and Sakti, are indivisible.

"That Brahman, of the nature of Reality, is eternal. It exists in past, present, and future. It is without beginning or end. It cannot be described in words. The utmost that can be said of Brahman is that It is of the very nature of Intelligence and Bliss.

"The world is illusory; Brahman alone is real. The world is of the nature of magic. The magician is real but his magic is unreal."

bsxBrahman Brahman is my father and Maya, my mother. As they interlocked, I got this body. —Shirdi Sai Baba, seen in Chapter 15, Sai...
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We visited this temple last June (11th, when it was inaugurated). It's a wonderful place, clearly visible from the highway, with Lord Venkateswara sporting a seraphic smile. As there was a makeshift bamboo scaffolding, we could climb right to the top of the temple, with a commanding view of the surrounding countryside, as you can see in some of the uploaded photos.
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This is a wonderful place manned by pleasant folks. Even though it's not on sale here, this was the place i first saw the LG Chromebase, which runs on the Chrome OS. I ordered it the same night! We also bought a fridge for the Palm Meadows Security folks here and we got a nice deal from Mr. Pasha here.
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An excellent place right in our backyard for some fantastic early-morning exercise as well as entertainment
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This is the most convenient place for shopping for fitness and other accessories. Lots of choice with fantastic prices and helpful store people. Returns are pretty easy, as we found out today with a 40-liter backpack with a broken buckle
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A convenient place for sending Speed Post, which is probably better than courier services available to us in the immediate vicinity. The folks are a bit lackadaisical, but the systems are good. Don't forget that the Speed Post counter closes by 3 PM. Please see the Counter Timings photo.
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This is a very old temple. The very nice-looking priest out there, Sri Venkatesh Shastri, said that it was 250 years old and he was a fourth-generation priest, looking after the place.
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This is a convenient place for Organic vegetables. Just land up once a week, et voilà! This has been incorrectly placed in Forum Value Mall; it's diagonally opposite Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Whitefield; all my photos of this place have been taken there.
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