|The Bush pilot himself reports about his job and the obstacles involved|
:D funny... no hard feelings ;)
Friday, September 22, 2006
Monday, August 28, 2006
|Amateur camcorder footage of the 2004 tsunami disaster. The footage captures the sudden crashing of a giant wave against the Vivekananda Rock Memorial, situated at the southern tip of Kanyakumari. The video was shot by Aniket Kale.|
The 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake, which had a magnitude of 9.15, triggered a series of lethal tsunamis on December 26, 2004 that killed approximately 230,000 people (including 168,000 in Indonesia alone), making it the deadliest tsunami in recorded history. The tsunami killed people over an area ranging from the immediate vicinity of the quake in Indonesia, Thailand and the north-western coast of Malaysia to thousands of kilometres away in Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, the Maldives, and even as far as Somalia, Kenya and Tanzania in eastern Africa. The disaster prompted a huge worldwide effort to help victims of the tragedy, with billions of dollars being raised for disaster relief.
Unlike in the Pacific Ocean, there was no organized alert service covering the Indian Ocean. This was in part due to the absence of major tsunami events between 1883 (the Krakatoa eruption, which killed 36,000 people) and 2004. In light of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, UNESCO and other world bodies have called for a global tsunami monitoring system.
Monday, August 14, 2006
Sunday, August 13, 2006
|When the coach of Vince Papale's beloved hometown football team hosted an unprecedented open tryout, the public consensus was that it was a waste of time--no one good enough to play professional football was going to be found this way. Certainly no one like Papale--a down-on-his-luck, 30 year-old, substitute teacher and part-time bartender who never even played college football. But against these odds, Papale made the team and soon found himself living every fan's fantasy--moving from his cheap seats in the upper deck to standing on the field as a professional football player. In theaters August 25, 2006.|
Tuesday, July 25, 2006
Monday, July 17, 2006
Thursday, July 13, 2006
Sunday, April 23, 2006
The Bible says that Jesus walked on water, but a professor of oceanography at Florida State University in Tallahassee has developed a controversial theory: He claims Christ was actually walking on a floating piece of ice.
The sixth chapter of the Gospel of John tells the story familiar to Christians: When evening came, his disciples went down to the sea, got into a boat and started across the sea to Capernaum. It was now dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them. The sea became rough because a strong wind was blowing. When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near the boat, and they were terrified. But he said to them: "It is I, do not be afraid." (John 6:16-20)
Reuters reports that FSU professor Doron Nof credits this miraculous act to an unusual combination of water and atmospheric conditions in what is now northern Israel that could have led to ice formation on the Sea of Galilee. Using statistical models to examine the dynamics of the Sea of Galilee (now known as Lake Kinneret) and records of surface temperatures of the Mediterranean Sea, Nof determined there was a period of cooler temperatures in the area between 1,500 and 2,600 years ago. He says this could have included the time in which Jesus lived.
Had the temperature dropped below freezing, it could have created ice to form in the freshwater lake that was then called the Sea of Galilee. And that ice would have been thick enough to support the weight of a man. What's more, it might have been impossible for distant observers--especially in the dark as the Gospel of John reports--to see that it was actually ice surrounded by water and not just water.
Nof calls this a "possible explanation" of how Jesus walked on water. "If you ask me if I believe someone walked on water, no, I don't," Nof told Reuters. "Maybe somebody walked on the ice, I don't know. I believe that something natural was there that explains it. We leave to others the question of whether or not our research explains the biblical account."
Nof acknowledges he has received hate mail for espousing this theory.
The study findings were published in the Journal of Paleolimnology.
A Very Cool 4-Letter Word
The coolest four-letter word is "dude."
That's the proclamation from a linguist at the University of Pittsburgh, who has published a scholarly paper in the journal American Speech that deconstructs and deciphers the word "dude." (Yes, he was paid to do that.)
Hey dude, Scott Kiesling insists that "dude" is much more than a simple catchall for lazy, inarticulate surfers, skaters, slackers, and teenagers, reports The Associated Press. It's ability to morph into multiple meanings and uses has ensured its place in the lexicon of old and young alike.
Here are some of the many uses of "dude"--just in case you doubted the eminent professor:
Greetings: "What's up, dude?"
An exclamation: "Whoa, dude!"
Commiseration: "Dude, I'm so sorry."
A great one-up: "That's so lame, dude."
Agreement, surprise, and disgust (depending on your tone): "Dude."
How "dude" was used historically:
Originally: It meant "old rags." A "dudesman" was a scarecrow.
Late 1800s: A "dude" was akin to a "dandy," a meticulously dressed man, especially out West.
1930s and 1940s: "Dude" became cool.
1981: Dude became part of the teenage lexicon with the movie "Fast Times at Ridgemont High."
Kiesling explains that the word derives its power from something he calls cool solidarity, which is an effortless kinship that's not too intimate. AP notes that cool solidarity is especially important to young men who are under social pressure to be close with other young men, but not enough to be suspected as gay. "It's like man or buddy, there is often this male-male addressed term that says, 'I'm your friend but not much more than your friend,'" Kiesling told AP.
The dude study: As part of his extensive research decoding the finer shades of meaning of "dude," Kiesling listened to conversations with fraternity brothers whom he taped in 1993. In addition, in 2001 and 2002 he asked undergraduate students in sociolinguistics classes to write down the first 20 times they heard the word "dude" and who said it during a three-day period.
The results, dude: He found the word taps into nonconformity and a new American image of leisurely success, notes AP.
* Men used "dude" much more than women, although the ladies did sometimes call each other dudes. (Dudettes?)
* The least frequent use of "dude" is between genders, and when it is used, it comes with rules. "Men report that they use dude with women with whom they are close friends, but not with women with whom they are intimate," according to the study.
* And the people with whom the students were least likely to use the word "dude" is with parents, bosses, and professors. Authority figures are not dudes.
And that's the word, dude.
Friday, April 14, 2006
Jamshedpur, April 13, 2006
A inspector, Vidhu Bhushan Dwivedi, who was injured before the sixth ODI yesterday when a drive from Rudra Pratap Singh hit him on his face, has filed FIR against Singh, Irfan Pathan and coach Greg Chappell.
Dwivedi, who lost three of his front teeth due to the impact, has also lodged a FIR against the manager of the Indian team, Jharkhand State Cricket Association and the Indian Cricket Board.
The sections of IPC which the cop has slapped on the players are 279, 337 and 338. The cop's grouse is that if it were a net practice, the players should have been inside the nets and not hit outside.
Thursday, April 06, 2006
Tuesday, March 14, 2006
Labels limit us
"When I let go of what I am,
I become what I might be."
-- Lao Tzu
Be aware that any label puts limits on you. Today, experience how it feels to let go of the labels.
Feel the freedom, the spaciousness, the infinite potential of simply being.
"With every breath, the possibility of a new aspect of self arises."
-- Wayne Muller
"As long as I am this or that, I am not all things."
-- Meister Eckhart
Create a personal mission statement. Identify your vision, values, virtues, passions and meaning of life.
If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn't thinking.
I doubt the expression on the Face of Pollock :-P (Some Broke Back Moutain-esque :D)
Mark Boucher celebrates with his relieved - and absent - team-mate, Shaun Pollock, after
An incredulous Ricky Ponting leads his troops off the field,
Makhaya Ntini and Herschelle Gibbs lap up the acclaim,
Mark Boucher pumps the air after hitting the winning runs to complete
Makhaya Ntini and Mark Boucher celebrate the moment of victory after they guided
Herschelle Gibbs launches another boundary during his amazing 175, which put
Andrew Symonds takes a brilliant catch to dismiss Jacques Kallis as
Nathan Bracken congratulates Herschelle Gibbs on his incredible innings,
Herschelle Gibbs, arms aloft, celebrates his hundred. He was finally dismissed for 175 brilliant runs,
Herschelle Gibbs lashes another boundary during his astonishing 175,
Not to be outdone, Graeme Smith lashed the Australian bowlers in pursuit,
The scoreboard showing Australia's world record score of 434 for 4, South Africa v Australia, 5th ODI, Johannesburg, March 12, 2006
Ricky Ponting scythes one through the leg side,
Ricky Ponting raises his arms on reaching a memorable hundred. He eventually fell for 164,
Adam Gilchrist greets the deep extra-cover boundary. Again.
Simon Katich pings another boundary,
Andrew Hall takes a breathtaking catch to dismiss Adam Gilchrist,
Adam Gilchrist celebrates his blistering fifty,
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