Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Theories of the Universe

Science sounds really crazy nowadays. We all know, or thought we know, that a bigger object can't fit into a smaller object, but now they are saying things like, "when a star implodes, it gets sucked in by its own gravity, and compresses itself into a sub-atomic size"(or something to that effect anyway)

I, for one, choose to remain deeply skeptical of theories such as the above. It is pure common-sense, that a object as big as a star cant shrink to such an extent.

So, I have another proposition. When a star implodes, it sucks itself like crazy, and there are huge Explosions within it, and with these explosions, the mass that it has gets converted to another form, maybe, energy. And this energy puts the star in a path to a vicious cycle, so that it attracts more rocks to come crushing into it, and they in turn getting converted

In fact, I would go to the extent of saying, that this is what Gravity is all about. For example, you are waiting in your car for a left turn (or for whatever reason), and as vehicles zoom past your car you feel the car swaying to fill the void created by the moving vehicle. The same way, the earth's core is converting mass into energy and making a void, and all matter surrounding it, including us, are trying to "fill" the void, thus producing the "gravity" effect

However, for this to work, one thing would be necessary -- that all objects are exposed to the vacuum. Merely creating a vacuum in a bottle and floating it in space is not going to make it attract stuff to it. The vacuum made by the planet core is far more special, in that the energy leaving (or radiating) from the planet has the effect of pushing us toward the place it is leaving from. Like people getting out of the elevator make way for those waiting to enter, and, in this hypothesis, they all want to get in at the same time and thus create a jam. It's complicated to explain. It's like breathing out and breathing in at the same time!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Rails of life

Do you know anyone whom you consider is "destined for greatness"? And what do you think set them apart?

What qualities in a person would lead you to conclude, that beyond any doubt, this individual is going to make a name for himself?

In my own experience, it is the quality of accommodative -ness. Of course, not just that, for if you do that to everyone unconditionally you will end up like a fallen banana peel

So such persons should also have an inner strength that leads others to respect them. The respect is therefore two way, and well received at both ends.

So how does that connect with my title "Rails of life"?

The thought occurs to me sometimes, that you do see people whose career gets cut short. Ordinarily it is an injury or disease. At other times, it is their own behavior and actions. Is there a way you could predict it about anyone? Not really.

The other quality, therefore, that is needed is some amount of steadfastness and dedication to one's objectives. And it begins NOW for everyone, and from now onwards through all the way to your rise. If you get complacent, or burn yourself out, you are not going to go all that far. Bad destiny is always lurking in there, waiting. No matter if you are a Michael Jackson or Amy Winehouse..

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Of change

The Being is in a constant state of flux. You deal with matters every day, but the way you do that varies, both from moment to moment, and day to day. How often did you leave work exhausted from trying to crack a problem, only to come back next morning and move on from that point within the first few minutes? (Don't worry even if this never happened to you, because it can)

What does this imply about you, about all of us, and mankind in general?

It means our perceived productivity is merely an illusion. Now, am I going too far in saying that? I'll let you decide, but hear me out first

The way we think of ourselves, is shaped by the way our opinions are considered by others. It is shaped by how our work is received by the world. In many cases, the world is very discerning in what it chooses to be good or the best among the works, but it is not always the case. Many a talent has been nipped in the bud by inattentive teachers in overcrowded classrooms. See, how circumstance plays out?

Life is a big, complex chain reaction. And the sequence is set into motion for you perhaps even before you were born on this earth. And how can you control what came before you were born? And how about after? At 1 year of age, of 2, 3, 4, 5 ....?

Your influence increases so very gradually, and even that, based on many conditions, that may or may not come into being.

So that leads me to ask, who are those people gloating things like "you make your own destiny"? The answer, according to me, is that they are the people who never encountered the restricting circumstances at crucial times of their lives that shaped their destiny. Yes, they may present a thousand bad conditions to prove me otherwise, but it will still be true that their circumstances WERE kind to them at important points, and without such gracious providence they WOULD NOT be here gloating about their exploits

Ok, enough rants. What I want to say, really, is that no matter where you are in life, if you can read this, you do have sufficient influence in your life over your circumstance. And circumstance IS capable of changing in an instant, based on good, correct and informed decision making

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

What can be faster than light?

Being a daydreamer in class is not necessarily bad. Many a thing is learned not in class, but outside. And there are things that you learn INSIDE. These things are relatively unique to each individual. This also explains why each person likes to be explained in a particular way. This also explains why parents make better teachers (minus the exceptions please). Some examples of learning "inside" are -- bicycling, math, any art, technique, way of thinking, the list goes on..

So this happened when during the science class the teacher was explaining that nothing is faster than light. My mind went to the flashlight, and the interval between flicking it on and the light hitting the wall. What else happens so fast? I know there is something, I can feel it inside..

How about a rope? You pull one end, and the other end changes position instantaneously. Ha! I had found it. Something (probably) faster than light :)

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Sunday, February 6, 2011

A short story

Somewhere in a dark corner of the (a?) vast universe, was a little planet, just like our Earth. In that planet was a little civilization.

The people of the planet, through their ages, advanced enough in their knowledge of the sciences to build spacecrafts capable of traveling at several times the speed of light. This triggered in them exciting thoughts of exploring the universe

However, there are one problem. They didn't have enough people on their planet to cover the whole universe, or even a small part of it. So, to get the most bang for their buck, they did this: They split up into teams of one person each, and each one would take an independent direction, and report on their findings.

There was one more problem though. The distance they would require to travel would take entire lifetimes, and a person who once set out, was not expected to return back ever.

Among the explorers, was one person named Adam, and he discovered Earth. Seeing that it could possibly support life, he landed on Earth and witnessed vast amounts of land and resources. He liked it there so much that he decided to settle down there for the rest of his life.

Using advanced cloning technology, he made Eve for himself, and all the animals and plants, making genes capable of customizing themselves according to their environment. In fact, he altered himself to adapt to Earth's environment

And thus, the world as we know it, was born.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

What is your favorite activity or hobby?

I heard somewhere the saying: If you do what you like you will never have to work a day in your life

So I did precisely that. I moved to a profession that I KNEW I would like. Time went by. But guess what? The picnic one day ended.

I used to enjoy my work, no doubt. But as I went on, small discontent-ments set in. It is true always, that the "devil is in the details". Take ANY job. For argument sake, let's say a fighter pilot. It is all so exciting and glamorous to be in the air force. So you earn the good grades, go through the physicals, and get through pilot training. And guess what? There is no much work, really. Your country is not at war, or doesn't really need air combatants at the moment. So how do you spend the time? Maybe you won't fight a single dogfight in your life. You will just go around in sorties and do air shows. After a while it is routine. Or perhaps you will not be happy at something. That your commander always makes you do the sorties he likes and never appreciates what you have to share. Or perhaps your colleague is selected for completing the super-class aircraft pilot training and you were stuck with backup pilot training on an old plane. This list is endless.

The key to enjoying work, is to detach from it emotionally. Make a habit to start and finish the most boring tasks without in any way being affected or losing your sense of humor. There. I said it. Your desire "not to work a day in your life" is plain wrong.