Chrome anyone? Google's new browser

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

It might sound trivial but the ability to kill individual tabs within Chrome could spell the end of the hair-tearing frustration of a single rogue web page bringing the entire browser crashing down.

Not only that but the way the browser will run every tab in an isolated "sandbox" can help provide better protection from malicious sites.

"Each tab is attached to a separate process and can be managed separately.

"It is a bit like what Window NT offered in terms of stability. Most of the current generation of browsers would crash if there was a badly behaved tab but Chrome can quit the tab and it will still work."

General review comments

1. The font does not look very sharp and clear.

2. Chrome is much faster than IE and firefox.

3. Chrome works perfectly even with 30 tabs open.

4. It takes much less memory and processor share compared to IE and Firefox.

5. The default home page with tabbed thumbnail images of frequently visited sites are pretty cool, even though it raises some privacy concerns.

6. During installation, it automatically downloaded all bookmarks from other browsers, which raises some privacy concerns.

I will post a more detailed review of Google Chrome browser after I research little bit more.

Chrome isn't going to crash and burn. Not a hope. Google puts lots of widgety little applications out
there, like Picaso, for instance.

For those of us who enjoy avoiding microsoft, and are tired of Firefox hogging memory and crashing, Chrome looks like a pretty good choice. Sure, maybe beta is not perfectly stable yet, but still, it has a light footprint, runs pretty fast, is easy on the eye and does a few cool things. If somehow they could incorporate the advantages of Firefox with its extensions for gmail, it would be perfect. Read more on this article...

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Extraordinary Creative & Psychic Powers of Animals

Thursday, August 14, 2008

For one, it explains most of my abilities.

If you don't believe this, do see the following video to be amazed. Read more on this article...

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Gold just a useless commodity?

Saturday, August 9, 2008

I think we have missed out on some of the uses of precious metals which seem to be making a resurgence after thousands of years.

It is well known to the moderately intelligent Indian who has not fully migrated to McDonalds and Bling, that water kept silver vessels will kill bacteria. A recent application of silver has been in Air handling units where it is used to neutralise bacteria in the air stream.

It's the same case for gold. Early uses apart from the use of jewelery (which btw, was not merely for decorative purposes, but the heavy gold jewelery adorning the bare chests of men ensured absorption of gold molecules which serve a healthy purpose), also included the use of gold for false teeth on account of it's malleability, ductility and it's inertness.

Gold is now used in the manufacture of integrated circuits on account of it's ductility, non-corrosiveness and high conductivity.

Recent research has been going on in the use of gold in the manufacture of DNA sensors which would be used to detect diseases.

I dare say that the future will see more and more applications of this beautiful metal.

Excerpts from recent research:

ScienceDaily (Aug. 23, 1997) — Evanston, Ill. --- Researchers at Northwestern University have combined gold and DNA in an innovative way that should lead to new techniques for detecting many types of diseases. Screening for genetic and pathogenic diseases -- that is, those transmitted through heredity and those transmitted by microorganisms -- may be done using the new material, according to one of its inventors, Chad A. Mirkin, professor of chemistry at Northwestern.

Functionalized nanoparticles are covalently bound to internal, chemically modified bases on double-stranded DNA without the presence of destabilizing "nicks" along the DNA backbone. In addition, we report an approach for thiolating one end of the DNA/nanoparticle product and attaching it to a gold surface. The ability to attach one or both ends of the DNA/gold complex, after generation of the desired pattern, to fixed contacts or electrodes is necessary for nanodevices fabrication.

Abstract. This report presents the use of disulfide-modified single-stranded DNA (ssDNA) to form DNA self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) and mixed DNA-carbon nanotube (CNT) hybrids SAMs on gold substrates. Mixed DNA-CNT SAMs are composed of DNA,
mercaptohexanol (MCH) and DNA-CNT aggregates. Both, DNA-CNT and DNA areas of the mixed SAMs were analyzed and compared to traditional DNA SAMs. The results suggest the formation of a more compact and densely packed monolayer of DNA-CNT in comparison with DNA. The use of DNA-CNT hybrids to form SAMs on gold substrates might represent a new approach to improve the immobilization of DNA strands on gold, and might therefore help with the development of enhanced DNA sensors.
Read more on this article...

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Hundreds of banks will fail, Roubini tells Barron's

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

NEW YORK, Aug 3 (Reuters) - The United States is in the second inning of a recession that will last for at least 18 months and help kill off hundreds of banks, influential economist and New York University Professor Nouriel Roubini told Barron's in Sunday's edition.

Taxpayers will pay a big price for helping bail out the rest of the financial services industry as well, Roubini said -- at least $1 trillion and more likely $2 trillion.

The banks will become insolvent because of mounting losses as a result of the housing bust and because they have only written down their subprime loans so far, he said. Still in front of them are their consumer-credit losses, for which they lack the reserves, Barron's reported.

He also said there are hundreds of millions of dollars outstanding in home-equity loans that could be worth zero, too.

U.S. consumers, meanwhile, are "shopped out" and saving less, while the Federal Reserve's performance in handling the crisis has been poor, Roubini said, because it failed to see that the problem extended beyond subprime mortgage debt.

Now, Roubini told Barron's, the government is overregulating, bailing out troubled participants and intervening in every market.

"The regulators should investigate themselves for bailing out Fannie Mae (FNM.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and Freddie Mac (FRE.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), the creditors of Bear Stearns and the financial system with new lending facilities. They have swapped U.S. Treasury bonds for toxic securities," he told Barron's. "It is privatizing the gains and profits, and socializing the losses as usual. This is socialism for Wall Street and the rich."

He said that sometimes it is necessary to use public money to rescue institutions, but in a way that does not bail out the people who made the mistakes. "In each one of these episodes, the government bailed out the shareholders, the bondholders, and to some degree, management," Roubini told Barron's.

As for the banks that will go bankrupt, they will include community banks that finance homes, stores, downtown areas, commercial real estate and other mainstays of U.S. towns and cities, Roubini said.

"Of three dozen or so medium-sized regional banks, a good third are in distress," he told Barron's, saying half of the group could go bankrupt. Some big banks could wind up insolvent, he added, but said they might be deemed too big to fail.

Nouriel stressed that he is "quite bullish" about the state of the global economy and that he is positive about the medium and long term.

(Reporting by Robert MacMillan, editing by Martin Golan) Read more on this article...

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Time to hide

Sunday, August 3, 2008

That dreaded day approaches again. Rakhi. (Raakhi, Rakhee, Raki, Rakee, Raakee) It's not the old sisters that are a problem. It's the new wannabees which scare me.
They gonna grab your hand when you least expect it. I wish I can find a place to hide,
and get back home safe.
I'l be back someday.
Before I sail away. Read more on this article...

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Lousy and best long term investments

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Lousy Investment #1: Bonds
Lousy Investment #2: Real Estate in the U.S.
Lousy Investment #3: U.S. Stock Markets
Lousy Investment #4: European Stock Markets
Lousy Investment #5: Most of Latin America

Best Investment #1: Gold!
Best Investment #2: Energy
Best Investment #3: Natural Resources
Best Investment #4: Economies that are driving demand for natural resources higher.

Reason: They are the economies that are also largely driving global economic growth these days. Countries like India and China. Indonesia and Malaysia. And more!

It's not too late. By the time the crisis hitting the U.S. is over, gold will be trading at more than $2,000 an ounce.
Read more on this article...

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The diamond mania of the 20th Century

Sunday, July 27, 2008

"The customer is then advised of what amounts to a catch-22 situation: The quality of the diamond is only guaranteed as long as it remains sealed in plastic; if the customer takes it out of the plastic to have it independently appraised, the certificate is no longer valid. "

This book was originally published by Simon&Schuster in 1982 under the title "The Rise and Fall of Diamonds. Read more on this article...

Password protect excel sheet

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Go to excel, and in any sheet right click in the little Excel icon file and choose "View code".

That should take you to the VB Editor.

Delete the text that appears (If you had nothing there)

Private Sub Workbook_Open()

End Sub

Now, copy this text:

Public PvSh As String
Public Pwd As String

Private Sub Workbook_SheetActivate(ByVal Sh As Object)
If Pwd = "" Then
If Sh.Name = "Sheet2" Then
Num = ActiveWindow.Index
Windows(Num).Visible = False
If Application.InputBox("Enter Password", "Password") <> "airplane" Then
MsgBox "Incorrect Password", vbCritical, "Error"
Application.EnableEvents = False
Application.EnableEvents = True
Pwd = "airplane"
End If
Windows(Num).Visible = True
End If
End If
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Market and gold snippets

Friday, July 25, 2008

SCUM = S acred C ow U ntouchable M ountains of banking manure. See the Sacred Cow SCUM list of banks forbidden from shorting, led by Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, and Lehman. Do you think their bank executives loaded up on option calls before the news, all tipped off? Sure!

Lost somewhere along the way was the legitimacy of shorting a stock when the company behind the stock was insolvent and fending off bankruptcy. The protected few sacred cows have one thing in common, being all related to the London Bullion Market Assn (LBMA).

So those very banks most closely associated with corruption of the precious metals market are the sacred cows most protected by totally obscene selective regulatory enforcement.

Without more corrupt interference in its market, the gold price would have surely vaulted past 1000 in July. So enter JP Morgan and their vile henchmen comrades.

The next ambush came late last week and this week. What was the risk posed to the US Dollar? This time the dire bank situation had turned desperate in its bloody atmosphere, laden with many ugly features and developments. First , the corrupt block of legitimate shorting of bank stocks coupled with selective enforcement of naked shorting of bank stocks coupled with improper blame of bank stock woes assigned to those nasty short speculators. So they engineered a short cover rally in the bank stocks that truly defies any claim as absurd that the US stock markets are fair, open, and driven by equilibrium, or free from scum. Read more on this article...

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Hello to a 1000 points on the Sensex

Thursday, July 24, 2008

The 100 day moving average line is at 15,398.
(On both, the weekly and the daily, approximately).

I would wait for the Sensex to:

1. Cross that.
2. Move higher.
3. Come back to re-test the 100 day moving average line.
4. Take a good support on it for a few days or a week or two.


1. I would wait for the sensex to react down from what ever top it makes now.
2. Check if the new bottom is higher than the earlier bottom at 12500.

All this, before INVESTING for the medium term. It's too early to speak of the long term yet, unless a few fundamentals start to show persistant change.

Ever since the bear run started, the Sensex has made three attempts to cross the 100 day moving average line in the daily charts, the last being at 17,600 or so, when the 100 day moving average line crossed DOWNWARDS with respect to the 200 day moving average line and from there the Sensex just kept sliding.

On the daily charts the moving average convergence-divergence is still well below the 0 neutral level. Not a bullish sign.

The price rate of change is at around the highest levels achieved earlier. Not bullish.

The Sensex was not able to cross the daily moving average line which is at 14,925 since it exhibited a high for the day of 14980. Not bullish.

Volumes are still very low compared to the volumes during the bull trend.

This does seem however, to be the bear market counter rally developing. Wave B in Elliot Wave language.

The termination of wave B leads to the unfolding of the most destructive Wave C, which may be as far way as 6 months from now. So wave B may take the Sensex anywhere from 16,200 to 18,000 or thereabouts.

If you must buy, then buy now. Not when the sensex is 17,000 to 18,000. that's the point where you lighten your current and EARLIER load!

If not, hold patience for 6 months or so, or till the signals given above are negated and confirmed before investing.

One could always play in a small way for 10% to 15% gains in the short term, with the attendant risks involved. Which implies that this play is best done in group A shares.

Look, the time to buy was when things were the most pessimistic. Since then the shares have risen considerably. for example, from it's bootom of around 1,000, SBI now trades above 1,500 which is a full 50% rise! To expect further rise from here without a change in fundamentals seems to me as a tall order.

If no further fundamental bad news emerges from the US, then I expect that the Sensex will trader sideways for 6 months, before beginning a new destructive slide.

A bear market ends in hopelesness, despair, blood, and total capitulation. That has not happened as yet.

And the most important signal of the ending of a bear market in India!


Please keep checking the horizon for signals of a major scam.

On the other hand, the 200 day moving average has not been pierced on the downside (as mentioned by me earlier) technically indicating that we are still in a LONG term bull market, which is experiencing an intermediate term downtrend.

We would be squarely placed in a long term bear market on violation of the 200 day moving average line in the weekly charts which is at 11,899.

If the expected wave C emerges, then this possibility exists. Else, with the strengthening of the dollar and the fall in crude prices and the likely substantial fall in commodity prices over the next few months, a strong wave B may be emerging, which would culminate in a very weak wave C and the continuation of the bull run. This extended bull run did happen in the US after the severe Black Monday fall in 1987 for another period of 13 years till 2000!

The usual disclaimer applies: "If ya don't listen to me, you will lose money"

Which of course begs the question "What did I say?" Heh.

KakStearns Read more on this article...


Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Drummers are fitter than footballers say scientists

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 3:03 PM on 22nd July 2008

Drumming in a rock concert puts the performer through a workout as gruelling as a Premier League footballer endures during a match, exercise scientists revealed today.

An eight-year study involving Blondie's Clem Burke found that drumming over 90 minutes lifted his heart rate to the same level as Cristiano Ronaldo's in a league game.

The physical demands of his trade meant Burke's heart averaged between 140 and 150 beats per minute, but could go as high as 190. He burned between 400 and 600 calories per hour during the trials.

 Clem Burke
Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo
Drummers like Clem Burke in concert and footballers like Ronaldo during a match burn similar amounts of energy. Read more on this article...

The great diamond crash of 2009

Sunday, July 20, 2008

"If I had to take a guess, I would estimate that there are over one billion carats of diamonds in the hands of consumers. That is over 100 times the annual consumption gobbled up for weddings, anniversaries, birthdays and even Super Bowl rings.

Diamonds have never been considered an investment instrument after one billion dollars was lost by consumers buying diamonds as a hedge against inflation in 1980.

But, it appears some lessons aren't easily learned. For anyone who has been paying attention, you would have noticed that large, investment grade (IF, VVS1, VVS2 & D, E, F) diamonds have been sky rocketing in prices! Currently a 5ct D,IF is selling for over 3/4 of a million dollars. That's about double what it was just a few years ago. However, we don't have to look hard to see other commodities mimicking the same exponential, unrealistic growth. Oil, gold, platinum, rice, wheat, etc... everything is up! Way up!

The question is this: is this the new reality or have we fallen down the rabbit hole? The prices people are paying for some diamonds is reflecting a market mania. The current diamond climate is creating a craze very similar to the tulip mania in the early 1600s in Amsterdam. Believe it or not, back then, at the height of the mania, a tulip went for $76,000 a bulb! Six weeks after smart money got out, the price had fallen to a dollar!

Within 12 months there are going to be a lot of sad people sitting on a lot of big investment grade diamonds that will be worth a fraction of what they paid. My advice is this: for the next year, stay away from 2ct+ investment grade diamonds unless you are willing to be a statistic in the great diamond crash of 2009.

If you are going to buy a 2ct non-commercial rock that isn't investment grade, you will still have to pay at least 20% more than what its cash liquidity is worth! That said, if the world ever wakes up and realizes that nobody really needs a diamond and everyone goes to the market to sell at the same time, tulips and diamonds will have more in common than being pretty; they'll both be a cautionary tale.

by Fred Cuellar, author of the best-selling book "How to Buy a Diamond." Read more on this article...

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The magical 14 PE.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Over centuries, across many stock markets in many great nations, 14x earnings has simply been the long-term average valuation for common stocks. Sometimes valuations are higher, sometimes lower, but they always oscillate around a secular mathematical average of 14x. While long-established historical validity is enough proof, this number is quite logical too.

The DOW traded at a stupendous 45 in the year 2000. Yesterday, it traded at 14 PE, which is the HALFWAY mark, from a secular bearish bottom at 7.

The Indian Sensex traded at 26 PE at it's peak of 21,000 or so.

It has bounced back from a PE of 16, which means that it is still above the HALF way mark.

With the fourth wave as per Elliot likely to complete in 1-1/2 years, guess the Sensex value at that point. 14, 12 or 8? Tea anyone? Read more on this article...

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What would be the outcomes if the USD world financial / economic system fell apart?

In case you think these outcomes are exaggerated, these are the things that happened after the French Revolution, the fall of the Roman Empire, The fall of the Spanish Empire, the Fall of Byzantium, the fall of the British Empire… etc. The fall of the US economic system, the world USD system, and the US as a superpower won't be any different. Also, a lot of these outcomes happened during and after the Great Depression of the 1930's. That all happened commensurate with the decline and fall of the British Empire and Pound that dominated world economies for 200 years, and eventually led to the USD system taking prominence after WW2 and the USD was used to stabilize the European currencies during the war.

Supposing the USD devalued by over 50 to 70% in a year's time, after endless attempts to save a collapsing world consumer credit economy, we may see:

* First of all, the savings of the US would drop drastically in value. That means everything from savings accounts to pensions would lose much purchasing power, and prices of every necessity would skyrocket.

* Second, our major trade partner's economies would have to do massive readjustments. They are not in a good position to do that. We can take the present rapidly spreading economic weakness of the EU zone as an example. Asia will not escape either. They will desperately try to keep their currencies from strengthening too much at first as the USD falls. This is why the USD seems to have 9 lives. These attempts to debase along with the USD allow the USD to stay higher than it would.

* World inflation will spiral out of control, lowering standards of living. Other major currencies such as the Euro and Yen will be heavily pressured as well. Until the world figures out how to actually delink from an imploding US economy, they will suffer along with the US's fate. So far, the delink theory has been shown to be completely wrong. Why? Because the world economy is tied at the hip to the USD (The delink theory is that other strong economies of Asia or the EU will be able to carry the world economy even if the US economy falls apart. So far, that has been completely discredited in this latest world economic slowdown).

* Big geopolitical turmoil as regimes combat out of control food and fuel prices.

* A war in the Middle East over oil. The Iran / Israel situation might also be called a proxy war/struggle over Mid East influence for China, the US, Russia, the EU, and Asia because energy is so expensive.

* A very possible period of insurrection, riots, shortages, and chaos in large US cities. I also believe that the EU and China and India are at risk for this too.

* A 10 year world economic depression, that China in particular cannot tolerate, as the world economy readjusts out of necessity into a totally new form, one that is less global and probably more warlike.

* Debt deflation where a rapidly dropping USD effectively wipes out outstanding debts, while the population struggles merely to exist.

* Vast bank failures in the US and major Western economies, and likely China as well.

* Efforts of world central banks to ‘bail out' ‘everything' resulting in their currencies falling drastically in value while inflation skyrockets, until either they learn better, or have hyperinflation and their own currency collapses after the USD falls apart. In effect they will have to either ‘let go' of the USD or suffer the same fate.

* Stock markets at 10% of where they are now in 3 or 4 years if the USD actually lets go by 50% or more in 09 (nominal stock prices might actually stay higher but the devaluation of the currencies would effectively cut the purchasing power in half anyway.)

* Prices of most essentials effectively 4 times higher, worldwide.

* Big increases in energy and food prices causes many other sectors of world economies to fall apart, as all ‘money' is used merely to survive.

* Gold at $3000to $5000 plus and oil at $300 plus putting a further huge crimp on world economic growth. Obviously if the USD did a real collapse, say to 10% of its purchasing power now over several years, gold is over $10,000 and in some areas you will buy a decent house for one ounce of gold. Oil will be traded/priced in other currencies, and probably rationed in the US at a cost of $20 or more a gallon. In this case, the present world economy that depends on cheap transportation totally devolves. Globalization becomes de-Globalization, and China either figures out how to migrate to its own domestic demand or faces a huge collapse of their export economy.

* Severe world currency restrictions and foreign exchange controls. You won't be able to move your money out of your country. Likely restrictions of withdrawals to monthly limits from bank accounts as governments attempt to deal with currency chaos.

* Rationing of necessities as the world economy enters paralysis and governments have no choice.

* One bright spot for all, the return of employment to local instead of outsourcing. Production and consumption returns to local economies, as it should have been all along. That is a long 20 year process and involves a severe deep economic depression until the world economies/economy is rebuilt from scratch compared to what it is now. Debt repudiation on a massive scale as the world emerges from the ashes (hopefully not real ashes…)

* Many new governments worldwide after revolutions during economic collapses and or wars. Democracies falter worldwide, and more authoritarian governments appear to deal with the chaos as the democracies enter paralysis. Read more on this article...

Internal Bacterial Imbalance Leads to Asthma

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Surprise. H Pylori is a friend.

Rising asthma rates may be partly explained by bacterial imbalances in our guts.

In a study published yesterday in the Journal of Infectious Diseases, researchers showed that Heliobacter pylori, an intestinal microbe that co-evolved with humans, appears to protect children from asthma.

Asthma rates have nearly doubled in the United States since 1970, and are swelling in the developing world. Underlying the rise is a constellation of causes -- and one of these may be the loss of H. pylori, a vanishing member of the rich bacterial ecosystems in our stomachs.

Nearly universal at the advent of modern antibiotics, it's now present in just one-fifth of young Americans. The drop is a boon for people in whom the bacteria would eventually cause stomach problems, but some researchers say the bug is needed to calibrate our immune systems.

"When humans left Africa, they had H. pylori in their stomachs. It was universal. And it's now clear that H. pylori is disappearing. Ulcer diseases and stomach cancers are going away, but new diseases are appearing -- including asthma and related disorders," said study co-author Martin Blaser, a New York University microbiologist.

An Endangered Species in the Stomach

Is the decline of Helicobacter pylori, a bacterium living in the human stomach since time immemorial, good or bad for public health?

Helicobacter pylori is one of humanity's oldest and closest companions, and yet it took scientists more than a century to recognize it. As early as 1875, German anatomists found spiral bacteria colonizing the mucus layer of the human stomach, but because the organisms could not be grown in a pure culture, the results were ignored and then forgotten. It was not until 1982 that Australian doctors Barry J. Marshall and J. Robin Warren isolated the bacteria, allowing investigations of H. pylori's role in the stomach to begin in earnest. Over the next decade researchers discovered that people carrying the organisms had an increased risk of developing peptic ulcers--breaks in the lining of the stomach or duodenum--and that H. pylori could also trigger the onset of the most common form of stomach cancer [see "The Bacteria behind Ulcers," by Martin J. Blaser; Scientific American, February 1996]. Read more on this article...

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Plan for a collapse of the US financial system

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Thus a total collapse of the US financial system, while not inevitable, is a contingency which should now be planned for. Read more on this article...

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Read online magazines for free

Saturday, July 12, 2008

This is a very simple & non-geeky trick to help you read the latest issue of popular magazines like PC Magazine, MIT Technology Review, Popular Mechanics, MacWorld, Lonely Planet, Reader’s Digest, etc without paying any subscription charges.

You will also get to read adult magazines like Playboy and Penthouse. Best of all, these digital magazines are exact replicas of print and served as high-resolution images that you can also download on to the computer for offline reading.

How to Read Online Magazines for Free

safari-magazines Step 1: If you are on a Windows PC, go to and download the Safari browser. Mac users already have Safari on their system.

Step 2: Once you install Safari, go to Edit -> Preferences -> Advanced and check the option that says "Show Develop menu in menu bar."

Step 3: Open the "Develop" option in the browser menu bar and choose Mobile Safari 1.1.3 - iPhone as the User Agent.


Step 4: You’re all set. Open inside Safari browser and start reading your favorite magazines for free. Use the navigation arrows at the top to turn pages.

For people in countries like India who are already subscribed to Zinio Digital Magazines, this hack is still useful because you get access to certain magazines which are otherwise not available for subscription via Zinio (e.g., Penthouse and Playboy).

Geeks may write a AutoHotKey script or create a "scrolling capture" profile in SnagIt that will auto-flip magazine pages and save all the images locally. Thanks Scott. And here’s a related trick on how to read Wall Street for free. Read more on this article...

Hottest female bloggers according to Playboy

Hopefully, Playboy will ask the winner to pose in the nude for the magazine.

Surprisingly, a couple of bloggers I know don't feature. Heck, you will all three of them in the left hand column. That's apart from two who disappeared, and one who is the real Mahua Queen and really cannot be bothered with Blogger.

Xeni Jardin

Photo: Clayton Cubitt

Xeni Jardin

Who she is:
Co-editor of Boing Boing; host and executive producer of Boing Boing TV

Why she clicks with us:
With her signature platinum cropped locks and cool, ice-blue gaze, Xeni is every inch a futuristic beauty. She's a perfect host for Boing Boing TV, the online daily video program that uber-popular "weird and wonderful things" blog Boing Boing launched last fall. Whether she's doing a serious interview or making us laugh while she gets shocked by a human electricity conductor, she's always a charge to watch.

On the web: Boing Boing and Boing Boing TV


Violet Blue

Photo: Paulie and Pauline Photography

Violet Blue

Who she is:
Sex educator, writer and creator of Open Source Sex

Why she clicks with us:
She's got a column in the San Francisco Chronicle and has published several books, but Violet Blue still finds time to take her sex life online. She hosts Open Source Sex, a topical podcast where she gives kissing lessons one week and reads erotica the next. She also contributes to, the adult branch of the Gawker Media empire, and runs her own prolific blog, One of Violet's latest forays is a vlog on, where she focuses on her two favorite things: geeks and sex (and geeks having sex, more often than not).

On the web: and


Julie Alexandria

Photo: Laura Rose photography

Julie Alexandria

Who she is:
Host of daily "stock culture meets pop culture" vlog

Why she clicks with us:
Lou Dobbs and Jim Cramer? Not so easy on the eyes. We prefer Alexandria, a smart brunette who mixes serious stock tips with dirty jokes (a recent segment on steel had more than its share of "hard as" quips) and goofball posturing (such as donning Vulcan ears for a Star Trek segment).

On the web:


Veronica Belmont

Photo: Lan Bui

Veronica Belmont

Who she is:
Co-host of the digital technology vlog Tekzilla; host of PlayStation's Qore

Why she clicks with us:
There are plenty of cute talking heads in online tech and gaming news, but Belmont stands out as a true geek with a serious knowledge of her subject matter. She got her start as a tech podcaster and vlogger on CNET, but it was her gig as video hostess of the quirky web show Mahalo Daily that established her as a web sweetheart. Catch her talking games and gadgets at Tekzilla, as well as on Qore, an interactive program that previews upcoming PS3 titles.

On the web: Tekzilla and Qore


Amanda Congdon

Photo: © Amanda Congdon

Amanda Congdon

Who she is:
Sometimes Daily star and producer; former vidcaster and Rocketboom host

Why she clicks with us:
During her two years as the host of the quirky daily web news show Rocketboom, Amanda established herself as the sexy poster girl for the budding medium. After a brief stint at ABC News, she's back to her vlogging roots with Sometimes Daily, a surreal interactive show about Amanda's life that includes dream sequences, sketch comedy, person-on-the-street interviews and live webcasts.

On the web: Sometimes Daily


Brigitte Dale

Photo: Courtesy Brigitte Dale

Brigitte Dale

Who she is:
Video blogger; advice columnist and podcaster for Catty Girls Discuss; former host of and AOL

Why she clicks with us:
In a recent weekly webcast Brigitte said she'd never call herself a vlogger. "It sounds like a flu symptom," she explained. "I'm not using it." Okay, so we won't either -- but we still can't stop watching her clips. Brigitte made her big splash with AOL's TV Squad Daily with Brigitte, where her self-produced monologues on pop culture got the Lincoln, Nebraska native a nod as Internet Personality of the Year at the 2008 Yahoo! Video Awards. She's gone solo now, and you can catch her coyly sexy weekly wrap-ups on her own site and on Blip TV.

On the web: and Blip TV


Sarah Lacy

Photo: Geoffrey Ellis

Sarah Lacy

Who she is:
Columnist, author and co-host of Yahoo!'s Tech Ticker

Why she clicks with us:
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India, 2 buy calls

BPCL, Weekly

Big money is only made by thinking different, and before others latch on to the same idea.

No one today will be proposing this, but I am.

Look, oil, as I said, is not going to correct from $146. In fact, it's shot up to $ 150 and the expected peaking is in the $160 - $165.

Peaks remain for a very short time (as do bottoms).

If this is likely to come true, then we are very close to oil peaking. Like the Sensex at 19,000 or 20,000 just before it peaked at 21,000.

It seems that oil consumption in the US is at a five year low.

Why not take an early position?

The position has very little downward risk, but a huge upward potential, if the above scenario happens.

I'm speaking of BPCL, HPCL and the like.

BPCL 255.75

Terrific buy signals currently.

Earlier peak was 550 or so.

It's historically never been below 270!!!!!

This is a pure moolah-making contrarian play!!

Check out the weekly chart attached:

1. Moving average envelope BUY signal.
2. Bollinger band BUY signal.

Absolutely OVERSOLD.

You CANNOT lose on this deal if oil really crashes to $80 or 90 a barrel.

350 first target. In fact, maybe the point to exit and re-enter if bullishness persists.

(350 - 270) / 270 = 29.6% in say, 6 months max?

That's an annualised 90%!




10 buy signals in weekly, 12 in daily.

Likely to give a very quick 25% without effort!!

WAIT. Try to get it closer to 33. (Likely to fill the current gap between 33 and 41).

Yo. I'm not a professional. The usual disclaimers apply :) Read more on this article...

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Disappointing IIP nos, rising oil thrash mkts; IT, CG crash- 11th July 2008

Friday, July 11, 2008

Markets have completely shocked and taken huge beating on account of disappointing IIP numbers, rising inflation, crude and no revision in Infosys' guidance in dollar terms. Huge sell off seen in technology, capital goods, power, oil, banking and metal stocks. Global cues have not played any big role in today's session. All BSE indices ended in red.

The Sensex fell 574.9 points and Nifty 147.75 points to hit intraday low of 13,351.34 and 4014.45, respectively. Sensex closed with a loss of 456.39 points or 3.28% at 13,469.85. Nifty closed at 4049.00, down by 113.2 points or 2.72%.

Nifty Futures discount ended at 20 pts; discount widened to 50 points post IIP numbers. Nifty futures added 48.5 lakh shares versus 22 lakh shares pre IIP. Nifty Mini witnessed hectic activity; 4th highest turnover seen at Rs 6656 crore after RIL, Infosys, Reliance Capital. Fresh shorts have seen in tech and capital goods stocks.

Infosys, L&T, HDFC, ICICI Bank, Satyam, Reliance Industries, ONGC and TCS were biggest draggers for indices.

Growth in Index of Industrial Production (IIP) of May has declined at 3.8% as against 10.6% in same period of last year, which is below expectations. May Manufacturing growth was also down at 3.9% from 11.3% (YoY) and Capital Goods at 2.5% versus 22.4%. Read more on this article...

Sensex long-term outlook review (The Hindu)

We had expected the four-year long bull-phase to terminate in the first quarter of 2008 in our long-term outlook at the beginning of this year.

Our outermost target for the Sensex for 2008 was at 13700. Now that this level has been conclusively breached, a review of the long-term counts is called for.

The signs of a significant bull-market top were littered all over in the last quarter of 2007 – irrational price movement, excessive speculation, unjustifiable valuations, bottom-rung stocks coming out of wilderness to enjoy their days in the sun, surfeit of exorbitantly priced IPOs and so on. The party had to come to an end and it did at the peak at 21206 on January 11.

As explained in our yearly outlook, it is possible to anticipate a correction but difficult to judge the nature of the correction. We had taken the more optimistic view at the beginning of this year and anticipated the corrective move to halt at the first long-term support at 13700.

A halt here would have implied a sideways move between 13700 and 21000 for a couple of years before the up-trend resumed to take the Sensex beyond 30K.

But the decline below 13700 brings the next long-term supports for the Sensex at 11900 (50 per cent retracement of the up-move from 2001) and then 9703 (61.8 per cent retracement) in to focus.

We stay with our long-term count that the current down-move is the fourth part of the long-term cycle that began in 1980.

The fifth leg (upward) would then take the index beyond 25000 again. Caveat - decline below 9703 would need recasting of the counts.

The more difficult question is, how long would this down-trend last? As per Elliott Wave theory, corrections can extend from anywhere between 0.33 to 1.618 times the time consumed by the previous up-move.

The previous up-move lasted four years. That gives us the range between 16 to 77 months. Since the previous long-term correction from 1994 to 2003 was a long-drawn one, applying rules of alteration, the correction this time can be a sharp and swift one that ends in one to one- and- a- half years.
Second half of 2008

Though the Sensex appears to be hurtling lower in to an abyss right now, a three wave A-B-C movement downwards is drawing close to termination. A 1:1 relation between the A wave and the C wave gives us the target at 11206. Fifty per cent retracement of the bull market from 2001 gives us the support at 11900. The decline from January can halt somewhere between these two levels.

However, it needs to be borne in mind that the down-move from 21206 could be the first leg of the long-term correction. But once this leg ends, we would have an intermediate term up-trend that would provide some respite to the battered stocks.

The preferred view is that the index would halt in the zone between 11000 and 12000 and spend the rest of 2008 in a range between 12000 and 16500. Our outer targets for the year would be 18000 and 9700. We await clues from subsequent rallies to tell us how the rest of this correction will shape-up.

— Lokeshwarri S.K.

From a fundamental perspective, the collapse in the Sensex PE multiple, from 29 times trailing earnings in January to about 16 times now, ensures that rosy growth projections are no longer factored into Indian stock prices. Read more on this article...

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S&P 500 in offcial bear market now. 10th July 2008

Thursday, July 10, 2008

U.S. financial stocks yesterday experienced their largest one day fall since the start of the current financial crisis nearly a year ago.

The benchmark S&P 500 is officially in a bear market.

Primum Non Nocere . “First, do no harm.” ( Hippocrates (ca. 460-ca.377 B.C.). Read more on this article...

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Financial snippets, 9th July 2008

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Update: Consensus on growth of the Sensex basket of stocks is still 20%, whereas the growth in the 1st quarter is 5%. And this is the best quarter of the year!

Expect 10,500 as a minimum with an over shoot down to 9,000 in the next 6 to 12 months.

A PE ratio of the sensex o t 15 plus is still very expensive. Remember, the PE ratio was around 8 in March 2003, so one could expect at best a bottoming of the market at a sensex PE of say, 10 plus.

That's a long way down from here.

Indians sold out for paper:

Indians who sold their gold in 2007 to buy stocks are now paying out the wazoo for their gross misjudgment. In January of 2008, the Bombay Stock Exchange fell by more than 4,000 points. It is now a full 8,000 points short of its January 8th peak, while gold is $70 higher than it was then.

Ironically, on January 17th, the article Indians Sell Gold – and their Future was published. The following day, the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) lived up to its name and bombed from 21,000 all the way down to 17,000.

The BSE has never recovered.

It most recently has desperately tried to cling to the 14,000-level in hopes of avoiding further drops down to 9,000 and below – and failed, only to slip down to 13,000. That's the same level where it was in November of 2006, twenty months ago. At that time, gold stood at around $470. Now, gold costs nearly twice as much.

Most of the gains the Indian stockists enjoyed since then are now little more than vapors in their memory. All of the gains of gold since then are still there. Maybe diversifying into some stocks in addition to gold would have made better sense – but selling gold for regular stocks?

They should have known better.

What's the lesson? It pays big bucks to ignore the siren song of the paper-pushers: "Come, my poor peasant friend. Sell your clumsy gold and open a brand-new bank account with us. Then, you can buy and sell Indian stocks through our in-house brokerage service and support your country's powerful economy."

Now, the gold is gone, and so is much of the money they sunk into their paper stocks. What will Indians do? Will they return to gold?

In June, Indian gold buying dropped to a third of what Indians bought during June a year ago. They are still waiting for lower prices. Doesn't seem to be happening. Lower than now, maybe – but lower than the $650/oz. in June of 2007? Forget it!

The BSE's blue 50-day moving average has fallen way below the red 200-day MA, and its descent is accelerating. Gold, on the other hand, has never touched its own 200-DMA, and its 50-DMA rests securely above its longer term colleague and has recently turned north again.
However expensive Indians may perceive gold to be right now, it would be wise for them to put whatever disposable income, cash (and stock) assets they have back into gold. The rupee's fall makes holding cash unattractive. Equities are falling and so are Indian treasuries due to high inflation expectations.

Gold and silver will be some of the few things worth sinking money into - regardless of price - because the price of leaving their money in falling assets is obviously even higher. It only gets more and more expensive as time moves on.

Gold is rising even without India's traditional buying levels of approximately three times what they are now. The Indian gold train is moving and pulling out of the station. The more speed it gathers, the harder it will be to jump back on.

Hesitating any longer will be more expensive than gold could ever hope to be. In fact, logic would dictate that the more expensive gold gets, the more it will cost those who decide to wait before they buy it - in terms of lost profits. The same thing goes for all investors, of course, not only Indians.

Vietnamese have been the largest gold importers in Q1 of this year – and that's in absolute terms, not per capita!

Guess why infrastructure stocks zoomed today:

Merrill Lynch & Co. Inc. ( MER ) has raised its annual infrastructure-spending estimate for emerging markets by 80%, as developing countries try to keep pace with fast-growing economies and large cash reserves, BusinessWeek reported.

Investment in infrastructure, which the firm sees as the long-term solution to inflation, will rise from $1.25 trillion to $2.25 trillion annually over the next three years. And China, the Middle East, and Russia will account for 70% of infrastructure spending.


Ridham Desai, MD and Co-Head Equity, Morgan Stanley, said the markets have made lower tops and bottoms, which confirms that we are definitely in a bear market. "Price damage is the first indicator. Fundamentals have also given way. The bottom may lie around 10,500. So, the markets are likely to se more downside for the next six months."


Who a few years ago would have thought Fannie May and Freddie Mac would lose 70+% and 80+% of their market value?


Sometimes your worst fears come back to bite you in the rear. Case in point: In the New York Times, on October 14, 2001 the managing director of an oil consulting firm warned: "If Ben Leden takes over and becomes king of Saudi Arabia, he'd turn off the tap ... he wants oil to be $144 a barrel."

At the time, oil traded at $23, and $144 a barrel seemed downright impossible. Well, terror mastermind Osma Ben Leden, safe in his undisclosed rat hole, must be grinning like a Cheshire cat, because last week oil soared past $144 a barrel.

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Britain is close to recession, British Chambers of Commerce warns

By Nick Allen
Last Updated: 10:15am BST 08/07/2008

Britain is on the brink of a recession and unemployment is set to rise 300,000 by the end of next year, according to the British Chambers of Commerce.

In a dire warning it said the economic outlook for the business sector was "grim and ominous" and the downturn could be "longer and nastier" than previously expected. The report followed a survey of 5,000 large and small businesses across the country and led to calls for an early cut in interest rates amid concerns that the economy is showing parallels with the start of the recession in the early 1990s.

However, the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee is likely to ignore the pleas when it meets on Thursday as it battles inflation currently running above 3 per cent.

The pessimistic forecast came as one of the City’s leading banks warned that it could take 20 years for the British housing market to recover. In a note to clients Mark Hake, an analyst at Merrill Lynch said: "[Compared] with the 1990 correction... it looks significantly worse, with house prices falling faster and further and very little recovery in real terms expected over 20 years."

He added: "House prices are expected to be below their August 2007 peak in a further 10 years' time."

The investment bank expects prices to fall 17 per cent this year. Inflation is likely to continue rising in coming months as the economy absorbs the effects of higher oil and food prices. Read more on this article...

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Good God in heaven! Rack guitar

Sunday, July 6, 2008

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Vietnam Suspends Gold Imports

Saturday, July 5, 2008

by Eric Roseman, 4th July 2008

It seems Vietnam just borrowed a page from the U.S. financial-history books - by suspending all gold imports in June.

This marks the first time a Southeast Asian country has ever barred gold imports during skyrocketing inflation, soaring interest rates and an overvalued currency - the Vietnamese dong.

Seventy-five years ago, Franklin Delano Roosevelt [FDR] issued Executive Order number 6102 and confiscated all gold privately held in the United States on April 5, 1933. But unlike FDR's edict, the Vietnamese can still hold or own physical gold. They just can't import any more.

This shocking development was just revealed to me by my good friend in Zurich - Swiss Asset Manager, Robert Vrijhof of WHVP. It illustrates a new trend popping up in emerging market economies to stop gold hoarding.

By restricting gold purchases, the Vietnamese Communist Authorities are trying to hold down the local skyrocketing inflation. But inflation is already heading for Weimar Germany-style double-digit or possibly, triple-digit consumer prices.
Gold's Success is Fiat Money's Failure

It comes as no surprise to me that another dollar-linked or semi-pegged currency has collapsed vis-à-vis gold. Gold prices have been rising against all currencies since 2005, including the euro.

Spot gold prices have averaged US$910 an ounce in 2008 compared to US$659 just 12 months ago. From an average price of US$295 an ounce in 1998, gold prices have gained a cumulative 214%. But compared to its peak in January 1980 at US$850 an ounce, spot prices are up just 8.8%.

Asian inflation just hit a 9 ½ year high and averaged 7.5% in April. So it's no wonder dollar-pegged currencies are coming undone. Other peripheral currencies in the region that follow the Federal Reserve's monetary policy are also sinking under the pressure of inflation. This phenomenon is also happening throughout the Gulf region where dollar-pegged units are unraveling amid rising inflation.
Vietnam's Biggest Challenge: Wrestling 25% Inflation

Introduced in 1978, the Vietnamese dong is another example of fiat money gone wrong.

Inflation is now clearly out of control. Inflation soared 27% over the last 12 months through June. And inflation is still climbing as crude oil and other commodities prices continue to hit new highs.

The dong is down just 3.7% this year versus the dollar, but it still remains severely overvalued. Also, recently the dong breached its government-imposed trading band.

I visited the Vietnamese economy in early 2007. So I saw firsthand how Vietnam is overheating. It's a natural consequence of this country's strong economic growth is inflation and high interest rates.

High rates and inflation always threaten financial assets like stocks. The VIN Index, the country's largest stock exchange in Ho Chi Minh City has collapsed more than 60% since hitting an all-time high last year. Also, real estate prices are now in a downtrend following a big boom since 2005.

The Vietnamese economic miracle averaged a stunning 7.3% GDP (gross domestic product) growth rate this decade. And now Vietnam risks coming undone if the State Bank of Vietnam can't stop surging consumer prices.
The World's #1 Gold Importer

The Vietnamese government's decision to ban gold imports follows an unprecedented surge in gold ownership. The locals have lunged for gold bullion lately. In fact, they even surpassed India and China as the world's largest source of demand.

Gold production is already approaching net supply deficit. The largest gold exporters, South Africa and Australia continue to struggle to bring new supply to the market this decade.

Demand destruction is the code-word for declining consumption when commodity prices rise exponentially. So far, this has NOT happened in Vietnam. Fabrication demand has fallen sharply in India as gold prices raced through US$750 an ounce last fall. But despite a surging price since last August, the Vietnamese continue to absorb imports at a record clip - until now.

According to the World Gold Council, Vietnam's first quarter gold imports were 36.8 tons. That's up an astounding 71% from the first quarter in 2007. And gold-hungry consumers purchased 31.5 tons of that total supply or 86% as investments. In other words, they're buying gold to protect their wealth against rising inflation and a weak currency. Sound familiar?
No One in Vietnam Can Afford Gold Anymore

Since June, the Vietnamese can no longer buy gold. Officially, the government claims this new policy is to temper booming imports, which resulted in a record trade deficit for the first half of 2008. First-half imports surged 64% to US$45 billion while exports rose only 27% or US$28.6 billion.

Yet the value of gold imports prior to the June suspension was US$1.7 billion or 3.8% of total imports. That's hardly a dent compared to heavy industrial machinery and machine tool imports used for manufacturing. That suggests the government is targeting gold to stop demand.

Thus far, the Vietnamese Communist government has not confiscated gold. FDR made gold ownership illegal in the 1930s when the United States was suffering a devastating deflation. The U.S. also revalued gold to US$35 an ounce during this period.

If Vietnam continues to lose control of inflation, and possibly, the economy, gold confiscation becomes a real possibility in a country with a short history of fiat money.

All paper money, including the euro, the yen and even the resource currencies, continue to buy less gold compared to just three years ago.

I imagine gold prices will benefit enormously from the new global inflation spike the latter half of this decade. I see gold breaking through its inflation-adjusted high of US$2,200 an ounce set back in 1980 in the not-too-distant future. Read more on this article...

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My Garden

Thursday, June 19, 2008

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I only want to say,
If there is a way,
Take this cup away from me.
For I don't want to taste its poison.
Feel it burn me,
I have changed.
I'm not as sure, as when we started.

Then, I was inspired.
Now, I'm sad and tired.
Listen, surely I've exceeded expectations,
Tried for three years, seems like thirty.
Could you ask as much from any other man? But if I die,
See the saga through and do the things you ask of me,
Let them hate me, hit me, hurt me, nail me to their tree.

Why I should die.
Would I be more noticed than I ever was before?
Would the things I've said and done matter any more?
If I die what will be my reward?
Have to know, have to know, my Lord,

Why should I die?
Why why should I die?
Can you show me now that I would not be killed in vain?
Show me just a little of your omnipresent brain.
Show me there's a reason for you wanting me to die.
You're far to keen and where and how, but not so hot on why.

Alright, I'll die!
Just watch me die!
See, see, see how I die!
Oh, see, see how I die!

Then I was inspired.
Now, I'm sad and tired.
After all, I've tried for three years, seems like ninety.
Why then am I scared to finish what I started,
What you started - I didn't start it.

God, thy will is hard,
But you hold every card.
I will drink your cup of poison.
Nail me to your cross and break me.
Bleed me, beat me.
Kill me. Take me, now!

Before I change my mind. Read more on this article...

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Cellphone damage. A two minute call...

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

More than 2 billion people - including at least 500 million children - are using cell phones.

At least 87% of 11- to 16-year-olds own cell phones. In the USA, one in three teenagers uses a cell phone. RF/MW signals currently under discussion for inflicting on wireless classrooms throughout North America and the overdeveloped world will operate in the 2.4 GHz frequency range - two to three times higher than current cell phones. Plans are already underway to boost classroom radiation levels with “upgraded” technology emitting 5 GHz.

These kids may be difficult to replace, because researchers at University of Szeged in Hungary have discovered that men carrying their cell phones on standby anywhere in their clothing throughout the day produce about a third less sperm than those who do not. Of the remaining sperm, high numbers were found to be swimming erratically - significantly reducing chances of fertilization.

Put men made infertile by their cell phones together with fashionable beach going women who carry their cellphones in their bikini bottoms and... We could be looking at an inadvertent cell phone cull. Especially if women are culled by bra-makers encouraging them to carry cell phones in their convenient, already cancer-prone cleavage.

The Spanish Neuro Diagnostic Research Institute in Marbella has found that a call lasting just two minutes can alter the natural electrical activity of a child's brain for up to an hour afterwards. Spanish doctors now fear that disturbed brain activity in children will lead to impaired learning ability, as well as psychiatric and behavioural problems.

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Britain's most complex crop circle - solved.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

By Daily Mail Reporter

An astrophysicist has helped solve the mystery of one of the most complex crop circles ever found - it depicts the most important number in mathematics.

Mike Reed said the 150-metre diameter formation represents a coded version of pi.

The value of pi - 3.141592654 - can be used to calculate the area and circumference of a circle.

Enlarge Crop circle

Mystery: The crop circle in a barley field near Wroughton in Wiltshire is a coded version of pi

The formation was created in a barley field near Barbury Castle, the iron age hillfort above Wroughton in Wiltshire earlier this month.

But even crop circle enthusiasts and experts were left stumped when they tried to figure out its meaning.

But then Dr Reed contacted crop circle photographer and expert Lucy Pringle - who took these stunning photographs - with an explanation.

"I noticed a photograph of the Barbury Castle pattern yesterday.

"It is apparently a coded image representing the first ten digits of pi - the ratio of the circumference of a circle to the diameter," he explained.

"The tenth digit has even been correctly rounded up. The little dot near the centre is the decimal point.

"The code is based on ten angular segments with the radial jumps being the indicator of each segment.

"Starting at the centre and counting the number of one-tenth segments in each section contained by the change in radius clearly shows the values of the first ten digits in the value of pi," he added.

Enlarge Crop circle

Complex: The formation is 150 metres in diameter

Maths codes and geometric patterns have long been an important factor in crop circle formations - one of the most famous formations ever created showed the image of a highly complex set of fractals known as The Julia Set, 12 years ago.

Lucy Pringle, who also is a researcher into the effects of electromagnetic fields on living systems in crop formations and has the largest database in the world of the phenomenon, said: "I agree with Mike. This is an astounding development - it is a seminal event."

And it appears the creators of the crop formation are expert astronomers as well as mathematicians.

According to crop circle experts, the latest formation near West Kennet refers to a partial solar eclipse, which will be seen over the West on August 1 this year.

It is the second time the solar eclipse has been referred to in crop circles - one on Hackpen Hill was claimed to be related to it, experts said.

Crop circle

Code: Mike Reed's drawing decodes the circle as pi

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The continuing Saga of Hot Girl guitarists

Monday, June 16, 2008

First offering at the alter;

Jennifer Batten with Jeff Beck

Yasi, 16

Chantel McGregor

Yasi with Steve Vai

Kátia Prenholato

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Old men chasing young women: A good thing

Saturday, June 14, 2008

It turns out that older men chasing younger women contributes to human longevity and the survival of the species, according to new findings by researchers at Stanford and the University of California-Santa Barbara.

Evolutionary theory says that individuals should die of old age when their reproductive lives are complete, generally by age 55 in humans, according to demographer Cedric Puleston, a doctoral candidate in biological sciences at Stanford. But the fatherhood of a small number of older men is enough to postpone the date with death because natural selection fights life-shortening mutations until the species is finished reproducing.

"Rod Stewart and David Letterman having babies in their 50s and 60s provide no benefit for their personal survival, but the pattern [of reproducing at a later age] has an effect on the population as a whole," Puleston said. "It's advantageous to the species if these people stick around. By increasing the survival of men you have a spillover effect on women because men pass their genes to children of both sexes."

"Why Men Matter: Mating Patterns Drive Evolution of Human Lifespan," was published Aug. 29 in the online journal Public Library of Science ONE. Shripad Tuljapurkar, the Morrison Professor of Population Studies at Stanford; Puleston; and Michael Gurven, an assistant professor of anthropology at UCSB, co-authored the study in an effort to understand why humans don't die when female reproduction ends.

Human ability to scale the so-called "wall of death"—surviving beyond the reproductive years—has been a center of scientific controversy for more than 50 years, Puleston said. "The central question is: Why should a species that stops reproducing by some age stick around afterward?" he said. "Evolutionary theory predicts that, over time, harmful mutations that decrease survival will arise in the population and will remain invisible to natural selection after reproduction ends." However, in hunter-gatherer societies, which likely represent early human demographic conditions and mating patterns, one-third of people live beyond 55 years, past the reproductive lifespan for women. Furthermore, life expectancy in today's industrialized countries is 75 to 85 years, with mortality increasing gradually, not abruptly, following female menopause.
Grandmother hypothesis

In 1966, William Hamilton, a British evolutionary biologist, worked out the mathematics describing the "wall of death." Since then, the most popular explanation for why humans don't die by age 55 has been termed the "grandmother hypothesis," which suggests that women enhance the survival of their children and grandchildren by living long enough to care for them and "increasing the success of their genes," Puleston said. However, Hamilton's work has been difficult to express as a mathematical and genetic argument explaining why people live into old age.

Unlike previous research on human reproduction, this study—for the first time—includes data on males, a tweak that allowed the researchers to begin answering the "wall of death" question by matching it to human mortality patterns. According to Puleston, earlier studies looked only at women, because scientists can reproduce good datasets for humans entirely based on information related to female fertility and survival rates.

"People don't like to do two-sex models because [it's difficult] to look at how [men and women] pair up," he said. "But men's fertility is contingent on women's fertility—you have to figure out how they match up. We care about reproduction because that is a currency by which force of selection is counted. If we have not accounted for the entire pattern of reproduction, we may be missing something that's important to evolution."
Men and longevity

In the paper, the researchers analyzed "a general two-sex model to show that selection favors survival for as long as men reproduce." The scientists presented a "range of data showing that males much older than 50 years have substantial realized fertility through matings with younger females, a pattern that was likely typical among early humans." As a result, Puleston said, older male fertility helps to select against damaging cell mutations in humans who have passed the age of female menopause, consequently eliminating the "wall of death."

"Our analysis shows that old-age male fertility allows evolution to breach Hamilton's wall of death and predicts a gradual rise in mortality after the age of female menopause without relying on 'grandmother' effects or economic optimality," the researchers say in the paper.

The scientists compiled longevity and fertility data from two hunter-gatherer groups, the Dobe !Kung of the Kalahari and the Ache of Paraguay, one of the most isolated populations in the world. They also looked at the forager-farmer Yanomamo of Brazil and Venezuela, and the Tsimane, an indigenous group in Bolivia. "They're living a lifestyle that our ancestors lived and their fertility patterns are probably most consistent with our ancestors," Puleston said about the four groups. The study also looked at several farming villages in Gambia and, for comparison, a group of modern Canadians.

In the less developed, traditional societies, males were as much as 5-to-15 years older than their female partners. In the United States and Europe, the age spread was about two years. "It's a universal pattern that in typical marriages men are older than women," Puleston said. "The age gaps vary by culture, but in every group we looked at men start [being sexually reproductive] later. At the end of reproduction, male fertility rates taper off gradually, as opposed to the fairly sharp decline in female fertility by menopause."

Despite small differences based on marriage traditions, all women and most men in the six groups stopped having children by their 50s, the researchers found. But some men, particularly high-status males, continued to reproduce into their 70s. The paper noted that the age gap is most pronounced in societies that favor polygyny, where a man takes several wives, and in gerontocracies, where older men monopolize access to reproductive women. The authors also cite genetic and anthropological evidence that early humans were probably polygynous as well.

Older male fertility also exists in societies supporting serial monogamy, because men are more likely to remarry than women. "For these reasons, we argue that realized male fertility was substantial at ages well past female menopause for much of human history and the result is reflected in the mortality patterns of modern populations," the authors say. "We conclude that deleterious mutations acting after the age of female menopause are selected against … solely as a result of the matings between older males and younger females."

According to Puleston, the "grandmother hypothesis" may be true, but the real pattern of male fertility extends beyond this explanation. "The key question is: Does the population have a greater growth rate if men are reproducing at a later age? The answer is 'yes.' The age of last reproduction gets pushed into the 60s and 70s if you add men to the analysis. Hamilton's approach was right, but in a species where males and females have different reproductive patterns, you need a two-sex model. You can't correctly estimate the force of selection if you leave men out of the picture. As a man myself, it's gratifying to know that men do matter."

Grants from the U.S. National Institute on Aging supported this study. Read more on this article...

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Mobile phone popcorn

Friday, June 13, 2008

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Derivative notional value is now $1.144 QUADRILLION.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

The notional value of all outstanding derivatives now totals approximately $1.144 QUADRILLION.

This appears to be Bank of International Settlement Spin to announce the largest gain in derivatives outstanding since they started to report. As of the last report it appeared that both listed and OTC derivatives was under $600 trillion. Now listed credit derivatives alone stood at $548 Trillion. The OTC derivatives are shown as $596 billion notional value, as of December 2007. One can only imagine what number they are at now.

"Well we hit a QUADRILLION. We have more than $1000 trillion dollars in all derivatives outstanding. That is simply NUTS because notional value becomes real value when either counterparty to the OTC derivative goes bankrupt. $548 trillion plus $596 trillion means $1.144 quadrillion.

This means that no OTC derivative house can be allowed to go broke. This means that whatever funds are required to rescue failing international investment banks, banks and financial entities will be provided.


Nothing can stop the juggernaut of price inflation heading towards every nation like a runaway freight train down a mountain." Read more on this article...

Study to find (if)! excessive cellphone use causes cancer.

Fried brains.

Issued as a SERIOUS health warning to the average Indian, especially children, young girls (who have mobiles STUCK to their ears all the while).

While you read the article snippet below, do glance at this extensive PDF researched by Dr. Khurana.

A note to the powers to be:

1. Ban all cell phone towers within a vicinity of 1 km from schools.
2. Ban all cell phone towers within a vicinity of 1 km from ALL educational institutions.

You DID ban liquor and cigarette shops, did'nt you?? And honking near hospitals?

Educate housing societies on the dangers of cell phone masts on their buildings.

Some of the political types can this further from here. I'm a re-search type, heh.

A study commissioned by the Union health minister will look at the effect radio frequency radiation (RFR) has on neurological disorders like cognitive impairment, depression and sleep-related disorders. Scientists will look at whether excessive mobile phone use changes the white matter of the brain and causes physiological abnormalities.

They will also study RFR's effect on reproductive health like menstrual cycle, hormonal changes in women, its effect on male reproductive functions and whether it causes abnormalities in the male reproductive tract.

According to ICMR deputy director general and lead investigator R S Sharma, the study will also see whether excessive mobile use can cause cancer or increase the spread of cancerous cells in those already affected.

Dr J Behari from JNU's School of Environmental Sciences recently conducted a pilot study on 20 rats, who were subjected to two hours of RFR for 35 days in a sample chamber. "We found significant double strand DNA break in sperm cells that could mutate and cause cancer, significant lowering of sperm count and reduction in testis size. The human study would be path breaking," Dr Behari told TOI.

Can mobiles make you infertile?

NEW DELHI: In a recent pilot study done at Jawaharlal Nehru University, rats subjected to radiation from mobile phones were found to have damaged DNA and low sperm count, leading to infertility and reduction in testis size. The Union health ministry now wants to find out whether excessive cellphone use could be having the same adverse effects on your health.

The ministry has commissioned India's first largescale study on the effects of radio frequency radiation (RFR) from mobile phones on humans. Initiated by Union health minister A Ramadoss and to be spearheaded by the Indian Council of Medical Research, which has just completed finalizing the protocol, the five-year study will be conducted by JNU's School of Environmental Sciences and three departments of AIIMS — obstetrics and gynaecology, neurology and biochemistry. Read more on this article...