Friday, September 26, 2008

Google Outspends the U.S. Government for Geothermal research

Now—the charitable wing of the search engine giant—has chipped in nearly $11 million for this renewable resource: so-called geothermal power, or tapping the Earth's heat to make electricity. That makes the largest funder of enhanced geothermal research in the country, outspending the U.S. government

I am not surprised by this news.But the timing of it is a little early one can say. Google, being one of the worlds largest consumers of energy, has to do something about/for it. By Geothermal energy, we are meaning to use up the fireball thats burning at the center of the earth considering it as a rich resource. We will have a lot of time before we go on to the debates of how harmful it will be to use up the whole fire ball and what effects it might bear on the climatic calamities we are seeing now or speculations about gravity as its a long time plan and it might even take a decade before which we start to see any commercial use . Google's investment on this is a very strategic and generous move like many of its initiatives.I am not sure what Google has in mind.


E-Cigarettes : Cant live without Nicotine

The pubs in UK are starting to use E-Cigs to beat the smoking ban..
The new E.cig smokes like a real cigarette and users get a shot of nicotine every time they inhale.The device even produces a cloud of water vapor with every puff, though causes no harm to smokers.

Users can choose between No nicotine, Low, medium or high nicotine, menthol, strawberry or cherry.The makers of the product at The Electronic Cigarette Company say the vapour produced is odourless and contains no tar or carbon monoxide, resulting in no risk of passive smoking.

However the company say the E.Cigs are just as addictive as the real thing.

Cigarettes, a necessity now a days for many people has become a part of life.This culture has seeped to India lately where smoking is considered as a trend.Many smoke only for the charm of the same.And it will not take long for this e-cig to make it way to the Indian market, given that the ban on smoking is now strict in the IT sector.People will be very glad to get a puff or two with this geek-like device...Oops what else can be done with this??? Lets see.. we are not far from all that..

Know more about e-cigs here.


Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Local Currency - Localized

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Lewes launches its own currency

An East Sussex town is introducing its own currency in an effort to encourage shoppers to support the local economy.

The Lewes Pound works like a voucher, with one Lewes pound note worth the same as a pound sterling. Up to 10,000 notes have been printed.

The currency will be accepted in local participating stores and can be bought in four outlets in the town.

More than 70 local traders have agreed to accept the Lewes Pound as a complementary currency to sterling.

The town had its own currency between 1789 and 1895.

A currency for the town. Brilliant idea. The logic is simple, use this local currency for local sellers and shops only and the economy shall strengthen.Thats a great vision. But the problem here is that people are attracted towards exclusivity; they, instead of spending it are sparing the same. They are collecting it for Christmas gifts and selling on e-bay. This has to change .People seem to be sure that its going to be temporary. The organizers must assure the people that its doomed to permanency and that its not more valuable than the actual pound. Creating awareness and conducting programs to promote the same will prove to be fruitful as the vision behind this is too beautiful to be wasted. I myself am hunting for a Lewes dollar or two in the price of a pound

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Different? Or just Safe??

Everyone wants to be different, Stand out.. But why? I am having this question for a long time now.May be I (We) can understand it better by expressing my thought process on that. Whats so special about being different? Or is it special at all? or just a freak show?? Lets keep it short...

We see many traditionally educated people, with orthodox background trying to be different also , knowing that the other way has proved to be a success. If everyone wants to be different, wont it be common?? and for a change i would try traditional ways :P...

Jokes apart, In my view, "Being Different" is creating a whole new turf for the battle.People realize there is a risk involved and they play with the risks as trump cards. For example, I know that I can do anything. But I am not sure about my level in the bigger stage as I have not competed before.A man who goes for a duel without the knowledge of the Strengths and Slips of his foe, is bound to lose and so am I with my venture.

What i can do that can keep me glorious and prevent me from losing? Create a new pool of opportunity and plunge deep into it and mark the turf with my name. This ensures relative success and satisfaction and loads and loads of work. But I will be successful.This justifies that me being different is safer too.. But can it remain permanently that safer? That depends on my personality.But it gives me a launchpad that can bypass many levels in traditional ways. May be you have a different view :P .. put it in .. we can discuss..