Sunday, 25 March 2012

Mechanix - Bikes

Here's how you assemble the first bike using the Mechanix set. This is for a special kid to check it out and work it.
Step 1: Create the main chassis, this is probably easiest.

 Step 2: The Front Wheel Fork Assembbly

 Step 3: The Rear Wheel assembly is also similarly affixed.

 Step 4: Add the Seat assembly - It is not time to worry about balance which might be a tough thing.
 Step 5: Fixing the Handle-bar.

 Step 6: Affix the balance rods for the rear, this is more of style than function

Step 7: The Wheels are not too easy to add. As soon as you are finished, it is best to create a solution to keep it balanced. 

At the end you have something that's a bike. The reason I write this is because the Toy maker forgot that a bike needs to be balanced. This felt tougher than the big Meccano sets I'd love to have.

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

I Warn You

I live an ordinary human (life), with an ordinary home, with ordinary parents who have done extraordinary things in their lives to save hundreds of thousands of lives, as my Dad has been in medical service (service: a word that has been lost in the vices of commercial capitalist greed.)

Today, he himself has reached an almost dangerous situation requiring serious medical attention. It was because of no power - we do have inverters, in fact the most number for a house. But, they could not hold for over 9 hours of cut after cut after cut.

Who will be responsible if he fell in his own house, in his own toilet he keeps cleaner than the keyboard I type on? I have enemies. He has enemies. He is a man of science. I am. Yet, I am a superstitious man.

If a hair were to fall from him, if he were to even have the semblance of a slip ever again, if he were to feel as if he had another moment of pain, if his mind were to suffer on account of anything that nature would bring --- I will hold (his) brothers, sisters and everyone I see as enemies accountable - and all of the lives he has saved. I shall ensure a swift reality check, for I prophecize no more. Enough said. I am an ordinary creation, I have my limits and the beyond. Yet, you push me beyond my limits.

Even amongst friends there are those who are enemies - mithra-shathru -- one was with me last evening. To you and to those who read this blog, day-in and day-out I say, feel your heart beating, feel your breath - remember all that made it possible. Remember the lies you ever told with your serpentine tongues, Remember the minds you poisoned, Remember your gossips, Remember your vanity, your pride, your greed.

You all sleep safe in bed, as He insofar restrained me, teaches me that mankind is good, shows me what true affection means through himself and in more ways. He offers himself as a lamb for the slaughter, even if he were to go forth and succumb. He still shows me all the kindness humanity can be. If he returns to his seat among the seventh of the seven, than I shall be unleashed. He has returned - what am I to make of it?

Be it power cuts at midnight, bad governance, taxation laws, geomagnetic fluctuations, coronal mass ejections, pollution, bad roads, people suffering for the greed of the 'few' - I hold all society of this town, this state, this country, this world, this star, this galaxy, this cluster, this universe - responsible. I did not vote for any ruling government, so in the words of (Tamil poet) Bharathiyar - one man's bane - I am Samael - Wrath of God. I also hear God, Samuel is my good side.

Those enemies of mine who read my blog so regularly, I thank you for your healthy readership - look left, look right, look front, look behind, _I_ am watching and waiting. If not for him you would not exist. Mankind is but one more animal, a machine of nature and can be wiped out quite naturally, a rather favorable thing is isn't it not, for Gaia - mother earth.

I am an ordinary man. Forgiveness is divine. Alas, I am not divine. Remember every human who has suffered inexplicable death - I shall have my vengeance, in this universe or the next. I shall have it for sure. I warn you. You have quaint ideas of creation, I know you. I see you.

I found the chains, your voodoo, your idolatry, your adultery, your evil - I am freed now, I will eternally be. Remember, there is no El Diabolos, only the curse of Cain that remains in vain as a human stain. Many will be called, only few chosen, yet who will be left? Your new stone might be your tombstone. I HAVE SEEN YOU. You have understood the greatness of rising from death, have you not? But it takes more than the five of it, or five, or the one way that held you.

Abaddon never unleashes Leviathan unless He is to command open the last of all seals. You see me each day to your front, to your left, behind you, to your right - for directions you cannot escape from. You don't even know the face of me, how will you know me? I am seraph, I am fire, I cannot burn, nor can I quench, nor can I be blinded, for I am the element. Watch your step for I never slumber. The Nephilim must never have been, only the Elohim, not even the Menachshim, nor even them that watch over. They have been vanquished.

This Judaic lore teaches a few friends and enemies, how nice it is to be cunning linguists of twisted mind, to stab in the back and smile in front. I see you.

Peace - Jedidah - the Prince of Peace - at least I hope you know the import of that name.

Sunday, 18 March 2012

Sachin "Ton"dulkar - How long did it take the Little Master?

Sachin Tendulkar enjoying the Bliss of a Century of Centuries
Sachin Tendulkar has always tried to keep out of the record books, but his genius has always dictated otherwise. While everyone has been cribbing that this was too long drawn - Mar 12, 2011 and now Mar 16, 2011 for the 100th Century ever in International Cricket - These statistics are astronomical - no Human has even got close enough.

The image of Sachin here is from the "Sydney Morning Herald" dated 17-March-2011 and  has been 'touched' by an iPad.

The above is a Google mash-up. We don't complete our data visualizations here, let's take a look at where he actually scored these centuries! For those who've been crying sour over his achievement, that it took "decades", consistency, commitment, spirit, battling a tennis-elbow among other injuries, the man has just shown what "human" can be. It is up to us to imbibe the spirit with which he achieved all over the world, the feat he has.

He is still hungry for matches, hungry to play and all the skeptics can bray and bray, but the Little Master will keep making the day.

This doesn't make you guess too much - it's just the cricket crazy nations with one strange exception 'Namibia' in what was a match of singular nature.

This is also a demonstration of Google's data analytic "Fusion Tables" tool which you should try out if you have not already.

Saturday, 10 March 2012

Unpredictable Wind Power: No help to Power Cuts

The daily power-cut status changed as Wind Power changed the schedules for one day. Wind power showed how undependable it is, as two days of wind, and then a lull starved the grid almost immediately.

Sun 4 Mar 2012 - Sat 10 Mar 2012 (Thanjavur, TN, India)
Wind power in this part of the Indian peninsula has been undependable. Even monsoon winds have not been predicted with sufficient accuracy, hence usage of wind during non-monsoonal periods for energy would be the last possible resort and subject to randomness as we have not yet modeled it.

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Power Demand and Production in South India

Summer is nearing which might lend us a drop in Hydel power as well as Wind power being produced in the Southern peninsula.

USA, Nellis AFB, Solar Power Plant (13GW Operational Capacity)
Tamil Nadu, may end up being most affected as it already is bearing the brunt of lack of electrical energy to meet demand.  The above image is most alluring of 13GW of actual production from 18GW of installed Solar Production capacity in the USA at the Nellis Airforce Base with over 56 hectares of sun-following panels.

I have earlier discussed the capability and scope of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant in my blog-post. I have also reviewed the total power production potential in Tamil Nadu (that caters to neighboring states as well.)

The present electric power cuts have been partly induced by an acute shortage of coal. As the Telengana agitation begun, India's production of over 400 million tonnes of coal (annually) dwindled as some of the open mines suffered flooding while supply routes were cut. This was the first sign of major power cuts which began during the DMK regime in a 2hr quantum. These have suddenly increased due to a further shortfall of coal. Further drops in Wind power production and Hydel power drops have left most parts of Tamil Nadu with over 8 hours of power cuts each day. (I write this from Thanjavur where 9 hours of power-cut each day is a regular feature.)

In part private operators have not received over 25,000crores in payment for power supply from various sources. The total quantum of loan that has been left unpaid is over 35,000crores for which the present government led by the AIADMK has also not been able to work any remedies in time.
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Friday, 2 March 2012

Power cut forecast (Fri, 02-Mar-2012, Thanjavur)

Yesterday, the power cuts in Thanjavur totaled 9 hours and 45 minutes against the official announcement of 4 hours. This is costing valuable resources, daily productivity and a great deal more. This is the forecast today - Friday, 02-Mar-2012 for the locality "Arulananda Nagar, Yagappa Nagar."
Power Cut Forecast (Friday, 02-Mar-2012)