I’m starting a Vlog series, yaay!

Guys. It’s unbelievable that I am stuck on to this site after four long years! It’s so good to be back. But this time, I am starting a video blog. That’s right.

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Life in a day

This is a post I wrote for ManipalBlog. It is a bit long, but do read on:

When I close my eyes, I can see all different people in the world from town to town, from country to country. I can see it, I can feel it, I can touch it.

These are the simple words of Okwan Yoon from Korea (he says, it doesn’t matter if it is from South or North Korea)- who is travelling the world on a bicycle. 

If you have been following our facebook updates, you would’ve come across the couple of competitions we had held. We at ManipalBlog asked people to click a photo of their view at 12 noon, from around Asia on July 6th, 2012. Next week, we asked people to send in their photographs of ‘Faces’. We received a few photos across India. Nothing special about them. But when we put them together, something beautiful beyond our regular perception started taking shape. Where the whole was greater than the sum.

Today, I came across the documentary Life In a Day. It is an attempt to capture for the future generations, what it was like to be alive on the 24th of July, 2010. But without their knowledge, it has morphed into something greater than they ever imagined it to be.

For all future generations Life In a Day will be an insight into the 2010’s, an insight into our culture, our economy and our world. But for the present generations and myself, it is an insight into the very essence of life. It paints a picture of the multitudes living out there, getting through life. A melange of their joys, sorrows, love, hate, fears, cravings, boredom, tears and smiles.

In North Africa, fly smaller than here. And in turkey, smaller fly than here. But this size is same fly in Korea and Japan and China. So I feel very emotional.” says Okhwan Khoon, staring at a fly in his soup (served in Nepal).

Sometimes simple questions and simpler answers when put together can yield profound revelations. To many things unexpected but yearned for.

Whether you love football because it brings the world together, whether you love cleaning, your laptop, keeping your feet in wet sands,  being yourself, life itself or Mamihlapinatapai. Whether you fear snakes, dogs, rats, going out, cultures, losing a loved one or god Himself. Just remember these concluding words of an everyday woman:

I worked all day long.  On a Saturday, yeah I know.The sad part is I spent all day hoping for something amazing to happen, something great, something to appreciate this day, something to be a part of it, something to show that there is something great that can happen everyday in your life, in everyone’s life. But the truth is it doesn’t alway happen, and for me today nothing really happened. I want people to know that I’m here, I don’t wanna cease to exist. I’m not gonna sit here and tell you that I am this great person because, I am not..at all. I think I am a normal girl, normal life, not interesting enough to know about. But I want to be. And today, eventhough nothing really happened, tonight I feel as if something great happened.

P.S : This movie was initially conceived to commemorate the fifth birthday of YouTube. May be because of that reason, this movie is available free on YouTube. Just watch it here.

Malachai – Snowflake : FIFA 11

Snowflake by Malachai is one of the best songs of FIFA 11, and a nice song otherwise too.

P.S : What’s with the monkey mask? At times I feel Paradise took inspiration from them (whose video is mediocre by the way). Nice lyrics.

P.P.S: Dang! When I listen to this song all I can think of is FIFA 11.

Think Different

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I couldn’t help but put this up. An ad for Apple computers, this is one of those videos which move you to a point above yourself.

                                                                

” Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels.  The troublemakers.  The round pegs in the square holes.

The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And hey have no respect for their status quo.You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them.
      
About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They invent. They imagine. They heal. They explore. They create. They inspire They push the human race forward.

And while some may see them as crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy                                      enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”

>Myriad mornings

>It’s probably a long time since I posted some pictures from my hostel and all, so this one’s for you.



The morning of Manipal, as seen from our hostel room, the room with the view. *wink*



Aand the sunrise..


I agree the view is pretty amazing on the 7th floor, but after a while it just loses charm,  the other side of the story though, is something you should all know- valley facing can mean only one thing! INSECTS!
Unless you are a forensic entomologist and want to analyse something like this for the FBI or something, its divinely forbidden to open the window in the evenings. I know I’ve gone through this already (the manipal bug) but you can’t really help it when new types of indigenous species make it through your netlon everyday. Never mind.Just in case you are interested in seeing some samples(read ‘being a dork’), contact me (before I push it through the opposite door *smirk*)

>The Invisibility cloak- lets throw some light on it

>Yeah, you heard that right. Imagine an Invisibility Cloak (for starters, a cloak that conceals you and renders you truly invisible) becoming a reality. Out of the world, ain’t it. Fortunately the scientific community is working its arse off to make it a reality. And good news is, the future isn’t that bleak. Guess J.K.Rowling and Ignotus Peverell won’t be disappointed after all.

         Obviously, there’s more than one way of making it happen. One of them ( If you have seen G.I.Joe-Rise of the Cobra) is to capture the image of objects behind you and project it in front of you, which will actually camouflage you pretty well.This is called optical camouflage.To elaborate:
1.The digital camera captures the image behind the person wearing that cloak.
2.The image is processed and enhanced and projected in such a way that this actually appears to bounce off the cloak and VOLA!
                     The other, more interesting way is this: Imagine you throw, ok rather drop a stone over a lake. The water eventually covers the stone and makes it invisible, though the stone is actually a tad bit inside the water.Even better analogy : when you dip a tea bag slowly inside tea.Get it? Since this involves a much complex area of physics, I’m not going into much details. But the funda is, we actually need light to see objects. So, what if we can bend it around objects, instead of allowing it to get reflected by objects. What if we can use a material which instead of scattering radiation in all directions (which is what conventionally happens), can make the incident wave smoothly pass through the cloak without any deflections! Luckily enough, we can. These materials are called ‘meta-materials’. These are artificial materials which are composed of a man-made matrix of tiny metal wires and loops.They would look something like this. Amazingly. meta-materials can create a space where no electromagnetic waves can propagate , somewhat creating the water-stone effect.Somewhat like this! Awesome, right?  Apparently, scientists have demonstrated this effect using microwaves, and are now working to create this effect in the visible spectrum. 
  Aand if THAT happens, you can GET YOUR OWN INVISIBILITY CLOAK!
p.s.: for detailed references click here.