Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Friday, December 4, 2009
Matthews’ dismissal was the 67th time a batsman has been out for 99 in Test cricket, and the 14th time one has missed out on three-figure glory by virtue of being run out. Fourteen out of 67 – this is an extraordinary ratio which illustrated the madness that can envelop the human soul when the tastily steaming baguette of personal triumph is within nibbling distance. Also, 20.9% of batsmen out for 99 have been run out – yet of the 59,237 Test dismissals that had occurred as of 5pm GMT on December 3, 2009, only 3.5% have been run-outs.
Batsmen on 99 are thus six times more likely to run themselves out (or, perhaps, have a sadistic team-mate run them out), than batsmen who aren’t already mentally picturing charging around with their arms in the air, kissing their helmets, waving their bats at any available camera, and cuddling the non-striking batsman.
There are statistics and there are statistics. And this statistic reveals the inherent nature of the human condition, and the potentially fatal pitfalls of personal ambition, as much as any play by Shakespeare. Arguably. Expect it to be on all school curriculums around the cricket-speaking world within months.
Friday, November 27, 2009
This is a "voluntary action" taken by the Chinese government "based on our own national conditions" and "is a major contribution to the global effort in tackling climate change," the State Council said.
In a meeting presided over by Premier Wen Jiabao Wednesday, the State Council reviewed a national task plan addressing climate change.
A press statement released Thursday said the index of carbon dioxide emissions cuts, announced for the first time by China, would be "a binding goal" to be incorporated into China's medium and long-term national social and economic development plans.
New measures would be formulated to audit, monitor and assess its implementation, said the statement."
So now after US, Chinese have followed the line and next in the line is great "sone ki chiriya"...ha....ha...ha..."India"...Look at the irony of Indians...we still have 300 million (UK+France+Germany) under poverty line but still we are under huge pressure as we are "developed in carbon emissions". Next few days are not easy for Indian top brass, who were not at all prepared for yet another Chinese shock (well we are never prepared for it since 1962). After huge targets set by chinese, nobody will be astonished to see Manmohan Singh govt. under huge pressure to take some affirmative action regarding the issue. The announcement came after indian delegation have left american main land for trinidad. This may be yet another chinese diplomacy to deprive India of any chance to have direct negotiations with the american top brass. Next time they meet, they will be at copenhagen. 26/11 proved fatal again.
Do you know - some facts about climate:
- · One car produces 3.5 times its weight in carbon dioxide every year!! Imagine how that affects climate change!
- · Ontarians (people of Ontario, Canada) produce around 10 billion tonnes of garbage each year. That is enough to fill the Skydome twice the height of the CN Tower!
- · If we reduce junk mail by 25%, we can save 1.2 million trees! Talk to your parents about getting off mailing lists.
- · Some facts that are NOT so cool: The 10 warmest years in history have all happened in the last 15 years! The 1980’s and 1990’s were the warmest decades ever recorded! The 20th century is the warmest globally in the last 600 years!
- · The global sea level has risen on average 1.5 cm each decade over the last 100 years! Scientists believe that it could rise by as much as 95cm – nearly a whole metre – by 2100. Imagine if your house was on the beach!!!
- · A well-tuned car emits up to 10% less carbon dioxide than a poorly tuned car. A well-tuned piano emits even less!
- · Worldwide, a car is being built every second.
- · The highest temperature ever recorded (in the shade) is 58 degrees celsius. This was in the Sahara desert.
- · Who says we need to use gas! The fastest speed ever recorded in a steam-powered car was 234.44 km/hr! Talk about steaming! The fastest electric car traveled at 245.523km/hr!
- · A mature oak tree can pump up to 4000 cups of water from its roots to its branches in one day. That’s approximately 2000 cans of pop worth of water!
- · The oldest living thing is a 10,500 year-old Huon Pine tree.
- · Because water continually cycles through the environment, you could be drinking water that was once inside a tyrannosaurus rex!
- · One car’s used oil dumped down the drain can ruin a year’s supply of water for 50 people... or a day's supply of water for 18,250 people!
- · Water covers 80% of the earth, but only 1% is drinkable.
- · Light is made up of many colours – you can see some of them in a rainbow! The gases in the atmosphere absorb some colours and scatter others. The reason why our sky looks blue is because the atmosphere absorbs most colours and scatters the colour blue.
- · A faucet drip or invisible toilet leak – totaling only two teaspoons per minute – uses up around 57 litres per day.
- · This same small leak ends up wasting 20,630 litres per year!!!
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Every object in the world starting from K...has something in common, either be a hindi family drama or communist korea. Both have a repeat of events in every 20-25 years of its history. In desi indian dramas characters change over to next generation but the bottom line remains same and in korea a new leader called by the name "Kim" comes after 20-25 years and rest all is same. Both are monotonous and ever boring. No intellectual would ever love it.
History: North Korea, officially the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) is a state in East Asia, occupying the northern half of the Korean Peninsula. Its capital and largest city is Pyongyang. The Korean Demilitarized Zone serves as the buffer area between North Korea and South Korea.
The peninsula was governed by the Korean Empire until it was annexed by Japan following the Russo-Japanese War of 1905. It was divided into Soviet and American occupied zones in 1945, following the end of World War II. North Korea refused to participate in a United Nations–supervised election held in the south in 1948, which led to the creation of separate Korean governments for the two occupation zones. Both North and South Korea claimed sovereignty over the peninsula as a whole, which led to the Korean War of 1950. A 1953 armistice ended the fighting; however, the two countries are officially still at war with each other, as a peace treaty was never signed. Both states were accepted into the United Nations in 1991. On May 26, 2009, North Korea unilaterally withdrew from the armistice. The current leader is Kim Jong-il, son of the late Eternal President Kim Il-sung.
Country is normally in the abnormal state of emergency as there is nothing in the country to do. All modes of communications are severely controlled by the Kim Jong dynasty. Everything is monitored at such extent that as far as one can search data about this country in the world, i can bet that he even get a correct population figure.
North Korea has long maintained close relations with the People's Republic of China and Russia. The fall of communism in eastern Europe in 1989 and disintegration of Soviet Union in 1991, resulted in a devastating drop in aid to North Korea from Russia, although China continues to provide substantial assistance. North Korea continues to have strong ties with its socialist southeast Asian allies in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia.
As a result of the North Korean nuclear weapons program, the Six-party talks were established to find a peaceful solution to the growing unrest between the two Korean governments, the Russian Federation, the People's Republic of China, Japan, and the United States.
Most of the foreign embassies connecting with diplomatic ties to North Korea are situated in Beijing rather than Pyongyang.
What a foreign policy....no embassies even in pyongyang. Why the hell small boy Kim does such things? Every foreign tourist is even grouped with some other tourists and a special guide. Movement of tourists are restricted in certain areas (rather they are allowed to move in certain areas.) North Korea (other than Pakistan) is the only state to have no registered NRI's (Non Resident Indian) in country. Look the extent to which they are closed.
They dont have food, they dont have any significant industrial economy but they have only military that too, to fight only South Korea (similar to pakis who exercise to fight indians only). Some key developments include military accomplishments only which includes manufacture of Taepodong missiles, nuclear tests and 20000 cell phones in the whole nation. Internet sites have servers in germany rather than their motherland. Why the hell they exist even? A special permission from Kim Jong ministry is to be obtained to buy TV and radio. God, king, leader everything is Kim Jong and eternal god is his father who is another Kim. Recent reports revealed 72% dont believe in god (highest)..well who would believe after being made to live like a captive in his own country and that too after independence.
The only thing i can suggest for improvement is to change the name North Korea to North Kkorea as ekta kapoor did for her family soaps and her life changed forever. Long live, small Kim. Hope next ruler has a different name. School children has easy assignments as most of the general knowledge answer of the questions regarding their country is 'Kim'. Idiot.
And if we the people of this world want to do anything, is invade North Korea (though China will use its veto power to stop it as china does everything to oppose most). A look at the picture at start shows a grim reality of North Korea. The satellite picture shows the korean peninsula at night. Look at difference between two kk...land