Rent Eyes: Future LifeStyle Applications?

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Wearable Computers

Gadgets are available that people can wear for lifestyle applications. For example wearable gadgets from Jawbone, Nike, Garmin, HD Pro, and others that users can wear for  monitoring running performance, sleep, health, and so on. 

As these gadgets become prevalent and varied then they are going to generate lot of data. The data generated is currently used for self use for the most part. But what if the captured data can be used in real-time for others to experience the situation or moment ?  

Sixth Sense 

An interesting invention by Pranav Mistry, unveiled  at TED talk in 2009, aims to use physical gestures when interacting with digital world.  Later he experimented in overlaying digital world on physical world.  Pranav was a pioneer and an original innovator as one can see the power and promise of the concept from the demonstration at TED talk. 

While a product based on his invention has not appeared in the market yet it  is still a possibility for a version of Sixth Sense to be part of our lives in future. 

What this post speculates is on the possibility of sharing physical world in real-time with others using digital technology.  It is a Sixth Sense in a different sense.  Read on…

Surrogate Mother 

A concept already in vogue in our society.  For women fond of having children but who can’t use their own womb, for medical or other reasons, there is choice made possible by advances in medical science.   Could this example lead to others ?

Rent Eyes

Imagine you love Yosemite and have been there during different seasons and you are simply in love with Yosemite.

Or you have been to the beautiful city of Istanbul and taken boat trip on Bosporus (one of my favorites and highly recommended activity in Istanbul) and like to relive that moment later time in your life.  How could you experience at least few minutes of that boat trip sitting right in your home? 

The examples are endless – see  Times Square,  Hawaii, and so on. 

When you are bored or stressed out from work or life you may wish to be in places you have been in the past and relax. It is like meditation or Yoga for you in terms of lifting your spirits but only if you can experience it. 

If it is once in a month and if your favorite place or places are all nearby then may be you can relive by actually driving up there. But  what if you like to relive past experiences few times or even every day?   What if you are not able to travel at all? What if you need to relive now because your mind  feels like it is ‘now’ or ‘never’.

Any time you wish  to relive in Times Square , Yosemite ,  a trail to Everest base camp,  you can bet that there are some people already there at that very moment. So why not  see and experience those places using them? 

Five Senses

Obviously, to relive past experience one needs input from  five senses.  However, the most important senses are eyes and ears.  So why not start on a small-scale first by renting those sensors from someone who is already at a place you wish to relive?   

By renting some ones  eyes, you can experience that remote place as that person is seeing. You are there  as an invisible object and as a shadow. 

When you are shadowing someone by renting their eyes and ears there may come a point or moment where you want to touch and interact with the distant world that is being projected for you.  For example, imagine you are one of those that find relaxation in visiting malls and shopping over weekends or other times.  Now, consider that there is some constraint holding you from going to the mall but you really want to be there. What you could do is simply rent eyes of someone who is already there.  Once you rent,  you could be in Macy’s or in whatever shop the 1st person is going in.

At some point you may like an item you see in the shop and you like to interact with it – perhaps pick and feel the cloth quality. If you like it the next logical thing is to buy.  This is where  r-commerce (remote commerce or shall we say s-commerce meaning shadow commerce?) applications may be possible in future. You like something you see through the rented eyes and you want to make purchase. 

More use case for Rent Eyes

Other use cases where renting eyes might be useful:

watching sports : rent eyes of those sitting in the front row or special areas

adventure  : biking, racing, skiing. Imagine you can rent Michael Shoemaker’s eyes and experience race car driving

shopping. Just rent eyes of some one already in Macy’s and finish your shopping!

learning: watch a plumber or carpenter or surgeon as they perform their work and learn from it

video games: watch the game as it unfolds to the gamer whose eyes you are renting

Business Models

if ‘Rent Eyes’  idea  becomes feasible then the next logical question is – what kind of  business models might be possible? Obviously business models depend on kinds of applications plausible once “Rent Eyes’ beomes feasible.  For example in a tourism applicaiton,  renter may have to pay a travel guide who is renting his eyes.   The  tour guides for example could making a living by renting his/her eyes daily for $5/hour. With 10 customers simultaneously renting his eyes the tour guide could make $50/hour touring times square for example. Yet another example. A front row seat at a sports game  may cost $1000s but if the person can rent his eyes at $20/rent and finds 50 renters then may be he can watch it for free. Obvioulsy the renter may have reviews and ratings to help users pick the best Eyes!

How to realize Renting Eyes?

Renter wears some form of wearable cameras.  The other person watches the feed as the wearer moves around. For examples head mounted cameras made by Gopro.com.  Though Gopro gear  is complex and meant for recording sports such equipment  could be fine for professional tour guides willing to rent their eyes daily at popular places like timesquare, golden gate bridge, Yosemite. Gopro.com. For peer-to-peer use, more simpler wearable cameras would be needed. Such cameras can also help record the visit for personal user compared to conventional handy-cams.

Eye output sharing  this requires advances in medical/neuro sciences. The output the eye of the 1st person is captured, digitized and transmitted. This output is then used to feed to the visionary system of the 2nd person (the one paying to and renting eyes of the 1st person).   With optical output copying approach the vision limitations of the person may impact the experience. For example if the person renting has visionary impairment such as far sightedness or astigmatism and others then the quality of the experience will be sub optimal.  However, this option is too speculative to even dwell further until medical research community can make further advances. More on this later. 

Ethical and Privacy Issues

Per SF Chronicle article recently:   

laws have been proposed that would require cell phone cameras to include a shutter-like clicking sound, so people are aware when they’ve been photographed.

But mobile phones have had cameras built into them for almost 10+ years now. Privacy issues didn’t surface until now as there is more understanding of the use of the mobile and its impact on privacy.

Likewise, when wearable cameras or eye’s optical output is used in ‘rent my eyes’ paradigm to help share your world with others then increased understanding of such use and its impact on society need to be observed for a while to make recommendations on privacy policy. Until then allowing innovation to take its own course in this area is important as this has many benefits to society including benefit to bring joy and excitement to several people who may not have the opportunity to be in places where they wish to be, particularly medically disabled or elderly.

Parakaya Pravesam – Hindu Mythological concept

In mythological stories of India  the concept of entering someone else body is called Parakaya Pravesam.  Para means some one other than self,  kaya means body and pravesam means entering.

The soul of one of person, typically posessing godly powers,  enters the body of another person. Once in there the pWhen soul of 2nd person enters the body (kaya) of someone (para). Once the soul of 2nd person is inside the body of another person then the 2nd person is viewing the world around as well as interacting with the world using his own brain and of course the magical powers as these are mythical and comedy stories. 

Scientific advances may never get to a level where they could help experience world of other person in the sense of using the five senses of that person. However, conceptually and  theoretically it seems logical.   Each of the senses has output (ear, nose, mouth, eyes, skin). If output of these senses feed the brain of the 1st person to produce some output (e.g feeling cold), it is possible that the output of the sensors if fed to brain of a second person could produce same output. 

Sensor output capture and replay  may be an area for medical and scientific community to explore – how to exract neuro signals and replay them by passing to another brain?  If we can then we may be able to play things of past like in a time machine except that we can only play the past and not the future. But may be even future is possible as speculated in the movie ‘Inception’.

It is also possible that somehwere in our body the creator has left a port that emits all data going to brain. Only if we can tap that port and copy the data going to brain then perhaps the data can be fed to another brain/person to help that person see and experience what the 1st person’s brain did.  A music recorded on tape plays the same when you put the casettee in a music player whether it is from Sony or from someone else. Likewise, if the senory data going to brain can be tapped , recorded and used to feed to brain of another person, we may be able to achieve partial parakaya pravesam.


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January 29, 2012 at 5:58 pm

Bhanumati: The Best of Indian Musicals?

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Bhanumati (1925-2005) is a great singer, actor, dancer, director, and film producer of South Indian films from early 50’s.One should watch movies or song clips from her early career to enjoy her sweet young voice. Savi rahe is one example for the melody and sweetness. She also charms with her graceaful and confident classical dance performance as one can see in Rara na saamy.

Pilichina biguvatara from Malliswari is yet another great one to enjoy Bhanumati’s sweet voice and her subtle and sublime, yet graceful, dance with fantastic body language and facial expressions of a young girl trying to seduce her lover. Watch how beautifully she uses her hands and fingers and with so much ease and effortlessness.

Special Thanks to Youtube, and to many movie lovers that took the effort to upload several classical clips, we can get to watch and listen to so many wonderful classics with so much ease1

I wonder sometimes what would have happened to Indian heritage in arts, music, philosophy and knowledge coming from Vedas, Gita and other classics without the Brahmin faithful?

Bhanumati is one such talent coming from Brahmin sect. Even Steve Jobs, the great Product Manager of our times, noted Brahman in his autobiography2.

What she produced during her life span makes her a super woman. No wonder she was aptly called asthavadhani. The word astha in Sanskrit stands for number eight and avadhani3 means the master. She is called so because she had mastery over eight or more areas spanning  dance, acting, writing  literature, languages, and movie making. She did all of these with ease, variety, and prowess.

How could a young girl from such rural area as current day Prakasam District in Andhrapradesh province in India come to learn and master dance (Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi,etc), music (Hindustani, Carnatic), play back singing, acting, writing, and multiple languages (Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Hindi) so well as she did?

No wonder, C. N. Annadurai, considered the great leader of Tamilnadu by Tamilians, gave her the title of “Nadippukku Ilakkanam” (means Grammar for acting) which is a well deserving title. He performance in Pilchina biguvata clearly teaches grammar of dancing and acting to aspiring young artists.

For her song scenes in movies she did her own playback singing. Later she would write stories and scripts. In essense, she provided complete end-to-end experience similar to what Jobs did with his products. While Savitri is considred greatest actress of all times in Telugu films (and thus her title – Maha natini) Bhanumati deserves credit for the all round performance. A friend of mine believes Savitri (acting) + Susheela (playback singing) provide for greater experience than Bhanumati (acting) + Bhanumati(playback singing).

This example may mean that Job’s vertical model works when greats like him are in charge. But horizontal model also works as not every individual is gifted with all talents. When we pool and combine talents the result produced can yield great experience. The ideal solution may be hybrid approach and that is what real world is about. That is what Jobs did – he let thousands of developers produce Apps for iPhone thus enhancing the experience of the overall product while he limited himself to the hardware and OS. This is bit tangent to the topic of the post and worth a separate post for those interested in technology evolution. Watch for post on this separately.

I agree with my friend’s view point on Bhanumati vs. Savitri. As ANR says in his tribute to Savitri – there is one sun, one earth, one moon and likewise there is only one great actress – that is Savitri. He further, concerned that some may find weakness in his argument given scientific data that there are multiple suns, multiple moons, he goes on to equate her to the single and infinite sky for her infinite heart and towering performance. Definitely, she must be great to have won such eloquent praise from ANR and for having many fans like my friend. However, Bhanumati still deserves credit for the all round performance. Also, her career proves how education can help sustain female actors in entertainment industry. Savitri and Silk Smitha careers and personal lives seem to have parallels in how their life came to end in the end and so sadly.

Delivering complete experience in movies could work only if talented actors like her are at the helm of affairs just as Gates said about Jobs. In recent times there is not one I can name that comes close to Bhanumati in Indian film industry or anywhere. Her early film performance can be compared to Madonna who herself is another great multi-talented female artist with movie musical hits such as ‘Evita’ and in particular the song ‘Don’t Cry for Me Argentina’ from that movie.

Bhanumati has voice that makes one wonder if she has an analog piano stuck somewhere in her voice system. Her singing flows so smoothly. Check Sa virahe and it remains the most melogious rendetion of Jayadeva’s composition. Check ‘Akasa veedilo’ from Malliswari. The alapana is so faultless and worth listening multiple times.

If Bhanumati voice from her songs and in particular ones like Sa virahe are digitized and scanned we may find no modulation errors.  She has so much control of her voice whether going up or coming down. In terms of technical aspects of voice she could be one of the all time greats of Indian singing. Western world has many good female singers such as Celine Dione and they may even perform better on voice control and technical aspects. But given the Indian context each of the acclaimed Indian singers deserve uncomparable praise.

Those with knowledge of Sanskrit/Hindi, Telugu or even w/o knowing any Indian language would find the songs in the side bar melodious to listen to.

Sa virahe
composition:Jayadev Goswami
Language: Sanskrit
Film:Virpanarayana, 1953
Pilchina biguvatara
Composition:Devulapalli Krishnashastry
Film:Malliswari, 1951
Manasuna Mallelamala
composition: Devulapalli Krishnashastry
Language: Telugu
Film: Malliswari,1951
Rara na sami rara
Film:Virpanarayana, 1953
Whatever will be, will be
composition: remix
Language: English, Telugu
Film: Todu Needa
Akasa Veedhilo Haayigaa Egirevu
Composition:Devulapalli Krishnashastry
Nagumomu Galaneni
Coverage of her career on TV9


  1. I had to walk 3 miles to get to a theater to watch a movie when I was a kid. Now it takes just 3 seconds to get to Youtube to watch such great performances of past. Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined so convenient access to movies as we do today. One day iPad + Youtube + Google Psychic may combine to give us ultimate Vittala Charya experience -pick iPad and it stars playing movie or song that is in your mind! It is like how Savitri (Sashirekha) sees what is in her mind (Abhimanyu) when she opens the magic mirror box in Mayabazar.
  2. Though it is worth praising the Brahman sect for their perseverance in carrying their traditions and Indian classic works and arts, one shouldn’t draw too much into Steve Jobs reference to them. There are greats across all religions and social strata. Kabir, a great of muslim poet of medieval India is one such example of great talent outside of Brahman sect. There are several others. So we need to respect the greatness of individual self first. More on this idea of individual appreciation in a separate post as it relates to Bhanumati , Savitri, Mangalam Palli Balamuralikrishna, Rajanikanth, Thyagarja and many artists and saints and how they have been appereciated by Tamilians though each of these greats have come from another region and culture.
  3. In Telugu literary world, performing astha  or satha avadhanam is a must for one to be considered great pundit or master.  It is more like a real-time intellectual stand off. Though most of the questions and trivia that get thrown at the avadhani during an astha or satha avadhanam are related to Sanskrit classics and a mix of Telugu works , one needs to be able to hop between various literary works. Not only that, the avadhani also need to compose  poems  or parodies and jokes in real-time using  current day happenings to enthrall the audience . It is a great stage act that has no parallel in other languages and cultures. Though there are some avadhanis today (like Medasani Mohan),  the one  that  etched the  magic of avadhanam in my mind forever is someone who performed  avadhanam in  Delhi in 1989-90.  I believe it is at Sirifort auditorium or Andhra Bhavan.  Love to find out who the  avadhani was that performed in Delhi then.
  4. See Wikipedia for list of movies, songs and life history of Bhanumati
  5. Suggestions for top 5 songs of Bhanumati’s for inclusion in the side bar are welcome.
  6. Excellent and detailed coverage of her career and accomplishments by Saravanan

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December 25, 2011 at 5:31 am

Worksheet on HRW’s Chapter 6: Molecular Compounds

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This chatper contains five simple sections except the last one.

I would encourage teachers to do open book test on this chapter as kids do need periodic table as well as some material from the chapter that better be used as reference than memorize.

Some of the concepts are too advanced, particularly the mlecular geometry. Could have been avoided or introduced later when needed to explain something else.  

  1. Introduction to Chemical bonds
  2. Covalent Bonding and Molecular Compounds
  3. Ionic Bonding and Ionic Compounds
  4. Metallic Bonding
  5. Molecular Geometry

Time permitting, I would love to continue the hypothetical atom house story and build on that to introduce formation of compounds and attractions/repulsions in thus formed complex structures.

For now, kids should be able to benefit from just doing this practice worksheet using open book.

Parents and teachers can coach using the questions which are all from HRW book. These are good set of questions to help quickly get most of the concepts from the chapter into their brains if they are strapped for time and can’t read the lengthy and verbose chapter.

Another very useful worksheets is here

Introduction to Chemical Bonding

1. What is a chemical bond?

2. Identify and define the three types of chemical boding?

3.What is the relationship between electronegativity and the ionic character of a chemical bond?

4a) What is the meaning of the term polar, as applied to chemical bonding?

4b) Distinguish between polar-covalent and nonpolar-covalent bonds. 

5.What determines whether atoms will form chemical bonds?

6. Determine the electronegativity difference, the probable and bond type, and the more electronegative atom with respect to bonds formed between the following pairs of atoms

   Electronegativity difference   Bond type  Electronegative  atom in the bond
 H and I      
 S and O      
 K and Br      
 Si and Cl      
 K and Cl      
 Se and S      
 C and H      

7. Assign rank to the bonding pairs in order of increasing covalent character with 1 being least covalent and 7 being the most covalent.

 H and I  
 S and O  
 K and Br  
 Si and Cl  
 K and Cl  
 Se and S  
 C and H  

8. Use orbital notation to illustrate the bonding in each of the following molecules:

 Oxygen, O2  
 Hydrogen Fluoride, HF  

9. The lattice energy of sodium chloride, NaCl, is -787.5 kJ/mol. The lattice energy of potassium chloride, KCL, is -715 kJ/mol. In which compound is the bonding between ions stronger? Why?

Covalent Bonding and Molecular Compounds

10. What is a molecule?

11.a) What determines bond length?

11.b) How are bond energies and bond lengths related?

12. Describe the general location of the electrons in a covalent bond.

13. As applied to covalent bonding, what is meant by an unshared or line pair of electrons?

14.Describe the octet rule in terms of noble-gas configurations and potential energy?

15.Determine the number of  valence electrons in an atom of each of the following elements


16. When drawing Lewis structures, which atom is usually the central atom? 

17. Distinguish between single, double, and triple covalent bonds by defining each and providing an illustration of each type.

18. In writing Lewis structures, how is the need for multiple bonds generally determined?

19. Use electron-dot notation to illustrate the number of valence electrons present in one atom of each of the following elements.


20. Use electron-dot structure to demonstrate the formation of ionic compounds involving the following elements:

 Na and S   
 Ca and O  
 Al and S  

21. Draw Lewis structures for each of the following molecules

 One C and four F atoms  
 Two C and one Se atom  
 Two N and one I atoms  
 One  Si and one Br atoms  
 One C and one Br atoms  
 One C, one Cl, and three H atoms  

22. Determine the type of hybrid orbitals formed by the boron atom in a molecule of boron fluoride, BF3.

23.Draw Lewis structures for each of the following molecules. Show resonance structures if they exist.


24. Draw Lewis structures for each of the following molecules. Show resonance structures if they exist.

 H2 C2 02  
 Br 03  

Ionic Bonding and Ionic Compounds

25.a) What is an ionic compound?

25.b) In what forms do most ionic compounds occur?

26.a) What is a formula unit?

26.b) What are the components of one formula unit of CaF2

27.a) What is lattice energy?

27.b) What is the relationship between lattice energy and the strength of ionic bonding?

28.a) How do ionic and molecular compounds compare in terms of melting points, boiling points, and ease of vaporization?

28.b) What accounts for the observed difference in the properties of ionic and molecular compounds?

28.c) Cite three physical properties of ionic compounds?

29.a) What is a polyatomic ion?

29.b) Give two examples of polyatomic ions?

29.c) In what form do such ions often occur in nature?

Metallic Bonding

30.a ) How do the properties of metals differ from those of both ionic and molecular compounds?


30.b) What specific property of metals accounts for their unusual electrical conductivity?

31. What properties of metals contribute to their tendency to form metallic bonds?

32.a) What is metallic bonding?

32.b)how can the strength of metallic bonding be measured?

Molecular Geometry

33.a) How is the VSEPR theory used to classify molecules?


33.b) What molecular geometry would be expected for F2 and HF

34)ccording to the VSEPR theory, what molecular geometries are associated with the following


35. Describe the role of each of the following in predicting molecular geometries:

a) Unshared electron pairs

b) Double bonds

36.a)  What are hybrid orbitals?

36.b) What determines the number of hybrid orbitals produced by the hybridization of an atom?

37.a) What are intermolecular forces?

37.b) How do these forces compare in strength with hose in ionic and metallic bonding?

38.What is the relationship between electronegativity and the polarity of a chemical bond?

39.a) What are dipole-dipole forces?

39.b) What determined the polarity of a molecule?

40.a) What is meant by an induced dipole?

40.b) What is the everyday importance of this type of intermolecular force?

41.a) What is hydrogen bonding? 


41.b) What accounts for its extraordinary strength?

42. What are London dispersion forces? 

Practice Problems

43. According the VSEPR theory, what molecular geometries are associated with the following types of molecules?

44. Use hybridization to explain the bonding in methane,  CH4

 AB2 E  

45. For each of the following polar molecules, indicate the direction of the resulting dipole:


46. For each of the following polar molecules, indicate the direction of the resulting dipole:


47. On the basis of individual bond polarity and orientation, determine whether each of the following molecules would be polar or nonpolar:


48. Draw a Lewis structure for each of the following molecules, and then use the VSEPR theory to predict the molecular geometry of each:

 NH2 Cl  
 SiClCl3 Br  

49. Draw a Lewis structure for each of the following polyatomic ions, and then use the VSEPR theory to determine the geometry of each: 


Note: this is meant for use by kids, teachers, and parents working with this text book. Please don’t copy. Follow copy right notice of original HRW book. The questions are word-for-word from the book and therefore please don’t copy this into any commerical works based ont these questions.

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December 14, 2011 at 5:07 am

Periodic Table of extrasolar planets?

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Could it be possible for periodic table pattern and rules to be found in genetics  and extrasolar systems?

An earlier post on this blog alluded to the possibility of periodic table of  life genes. Today’s news,   Alien planets get pigeonholed,  further underscores that possibility.

It appears that there are efforts to catalog and tabulate all discovered extrasolar planets so far. 

If there is pattern found in the tabulation then it may be easy for scientists to predict yet-to-be discovered planets just like how Mendel predicted existence of three not yet discovered elements back in 1870.  All three were eventually discovered during his lifetime.   

Some questions to ask for now. These may take long time to find answers if there will be answers. But nonetheless worth hypothesizing.

Could there be some cosmic order on how planets, life, and elements are created?  

Could there be sibling planets to earth, sibling planets to Jupiter like sibling elements in periodic table?

Could number 7 be behind the cosmic order like it is behind so many other things including the upper bound on periodicity in Periodic table of elements?

Come back here in 50 to 100 years later?

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December 6, 2011 at 5:50 am

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Periodic Table of Genetics – Possible?

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This idea came up while creating reading aid on Periodic table and how best to teach it to kids. The number of rows in Periodic table is 7. What it means is that there are at most 7 sibling elements that exhibit similar characteristics.

For example there are seven noble gas elements:  Helium (He), Neon (Ne), Argon (Ar), Krypton (Kr), Xenon (Xe), and Radon (Rn). They are siblings and exhibit similar characteristics.  From  electron configuration of  one element one  can formulate electron configuration for the other sibling elements.  Further,  from existence of one element we can predict existence of  its siblings even if they are not yet discovered. That is what Mendeleev, the creator of Periodic Table did. He knew some elements but not their sibling elements because they were not yet discovered. He left spaces for them in his table and three of them, gallium, scandium, and germanium, were found during his life time. 

There is also a myth in India about there being  potentially 7 copies of each person.

Could biologists, working on Human Genome database, explore this question:  are there at most seven siblings of any particular gene?  Knowing one, can we construct the sibling genes?


Could there be Periodic Table of Human Genes if the higher order (the God!) used same rules for life building blocks ( cells and their genes)  as he did for non-life building blocks (elements and their atoms)? 

Could rules around arrangement of electrons inside atoms and periodicity of elements  be same for configurations of amino acids in genes and periodicity across genes?

Will biologists be able to discover new genes based on periodic law for siblings?

There are seven types of anxiety, so the scientific community claims. Could the number seven be related to the column height in periodic table or the group number (I,II, III,… VII)? Or could there be more types of anxiety if scientific community takes clues from d-group of periodic table?


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November 22, 2011 at 3:17 pm

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Interesting Next – Philosophy, Fiction, …

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Some topics interesting to write or read about :

Vyas : is he the most prolific fiction writer of all  times?

Vyas is credited with creating Mahaabhaarat, the great Indian Epic. He used several concepts in his fictional works.   One concept used in the story of Jaraasanda can be seen in Matrix.  Air transport and war equipment concepts can be seen in modern-day warfare and space exploration –  Helicopters, Cluster bombs, drones, Space shuttle and so on.

He created a complex story with hundreds of characters and side stories without getting lost.  The story is several thousand pages, packed with numerous bed time stories, entertainment, and serious philosophical concepts and diatribes.

It is written using Sanskrit, a language used only for writing and one that is not spoken! That is why it is called vikruti (un-natural) language. The prakruti (natural) languages of India are ones such as Hindi, Marathi, Telugu, Bhojpuri and many others.  In ancient India Sanskrit was used merely for inter group communication in writing while each group used their own local language.  A Sanskrit scholar would translate and read out, in local language, messages from distant kings or pundits.  Today the place of Sanskrit is taken over by English.

Only Rowling could rival  him in terms of volume of output. But then she had access to lot more previous works to get inspiration and synthesize and more importantly access to writer tools – typewriter and computers. Vyas didn’t have such luxury.  He supposed to have lived on an island near Yamuna River in current day Uttarpradesh province. An island area that one can only be reached by swimming or by boat. Several things worth talking about Vyas and his main work – Mahaabhaarat purely from creativity of individual human spirit.

Jiddu Krishnamurthy: the World Teacher that decided not to teach at the end


Second Law of Thermo Dynamics – one that means so much without saying so much

is there some message in this simple physical law so well articulated by scientists?

Does the concept of over governance defy this law?

What about young theologies that enforces order and civil behaviour against this simple physical law?  Aren’t they up against the natural law?

Does this law foretell what the world might be in few thousand years from now ?  

Will there be country borders and governments in future?  

Some one associated with Ayn Rand institute, recently opined that western civilization is on decline and that some of the government policies are setup against the spirit of free markets.  Is that expected anyway from the 2nd law?

Did Karl Marx knew of the 2nd law? How did he think social economic order can be enforced against the will of nature as the 2nd law states.

Too many questions but very few answers.  Could be worth multiple PhDs in social and economic sciences?

Ayn Rand

A great mind and thinker of 20th century. For many of us she is the most recent classic author that we know and can relate to. She uses unique and time-tested style to get her message and philosophies across. There is not many that come to our mind in terms of using story style to get powerful philosophical views across. May be Chānakya  (c. 370–283 BCE) from Ancient India used similar approach?  Or could it Vyas, the ancient India scholar credited with creating  the most complex story called  Mahaabharat about 5000 years ago ?

History of Telugu Language :  does it need correcting?

Is Telugu, a language considered Italian of the East for its suitability for singing,  littered with pseudo Telugu literature from the likes of Nannaya , Tikkana, Errapragada,Viswanatha Satyanaryana and others ? Did they use Telugu script to merely transcribe poems and literature from equivalent Sanskrit works? How much of their works is original and written in achha Telugu?  Should Telugu language history reclassify Nannaya, Potana, Viswanatha Satyanaryana and many others as great Sanskrit scholars and provide rightful appreciation and credit for those who actually contributed  original compositions in acha Telugu?

Thyagaraja, Annamacharya, Chalam, Gantasaala, Srinatha, Sri Sri, Kandukuri Veeresalingam, Atreya, Arudra, C . Narayana Reddy and others contributed lot more to Telugu using local character, cultures and spoken words than the Sanskrit copiers. Did other authors, and in particular ones from Telangana., contribute more to acha Telugu literature than the traditional Sanskrit scholars that lived in AP  in the 12-18 centuries? Are these old sanskrit pandits Aryan descrents of north who happened to live in AP?

Should Telugu historians, besides removing linkage with Nannayya and other Sanskrit copiers, even remove some Telugu letters / suffixes created by the pseudo Telugu scholars as part of  their transliteration of Sanskrit  work?

Gita: manas, budhi, atma

In Mahabharat, in the final battle between the two clans a warrior of one side refuse to fight fearing blood shed and family destruction as both sides of the armies are of his own race and blood.  In here, Krishna, the charioteer to the unwilling warrior,  has some words of wisdom to the warrior.

Vyas creates this fictional scene to present his metaphysical concepts. The whole dialogue between the frail fighter (the passenger) and the charioteer  is the most complex in terms of metaphysical concepts and speaks for the creative genius of Vyas.

Though Socrates, Nietzsche and others may have had their philosophical excellences, what Vyas produced in Gita is unquestionably the most challenging piece of work for any linguist or philosopher. One particular dialogue that is fascinating to read is the one where the charioteer tells the unwilling fighter the relation between self, body, soul, intellect , desires, and worldly objects – too many metaphysical concepts that are difficult to understand without an analogy. Here is the analogy that is so wonderfully constructed:

English version:

Self is the passenger of the chariot;  body is the chariot;  soul is the charioteer; mind is the rein;  organs  (or impulses or desires) are the horses;  external world of objects that we desire to seek /explore are the roads.

Indian version:

Atma is the passenger of the chariot; Sharira is the chariot;  Buddhi is the charioteer;  Manas is the rein; Indriyas  (or in Telugu Korikalu) are the horses; external world of objects the roads.


the great Tamil poet of 5th or 6th century AD.

Did he knew about black holes?

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November 22, 2011 at 6:43 am

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Future TV & Steve Jobs

What did he have in mind to tell his biographer that he cracked how to solve interactive TV?

What does this mean :

  • for online video pioneers like Youtube, Netflix,..
  • for existing TV package providers like Dish, Comcast…
  • for TV OEMs like Sony, Samsung, Sharp, …
  • for the couch potatoe or the sports buff
  • for TV advertisers

Newton, Apple, and iPhone

they are all connected, how?

Thank You China Day

Thanks Giving, Labor Day, Mothers day, Fathers Day, Veterans Day, Presidents Day – all  of these  for good reason.

Folks in China deserve appreciation too for many things they produce from iPhone to hospital supplies for families all over the world.

So why not all countries declare ”Thank you China Day’?

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November 22, 2011 at 6:31 am

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