Kudos to WordPress.Com’s Happiness Engineers

I transferred the contents of my old blog over here on wordpress.com and then started editing/creating  the categories, reorganizing the tags and tweaking the themes/ widgets etc. And while doing so, so random error occurred and, I was unable to make any new post. The state was really frustrating that after all the tweaking and customizing, I am being stopped from posting any new blog entry.

I initiated a support request by filling a support request form and only in few hours, the problem is sorted out. Now, this is really fast and efficient considering the fact that, the wordpress.com service is  free  and also is the largest used website / platform for blogging by millions of user. Maintaining such high level of support and promptness really made me feel happy that I have come to the right place. All my kudos and respect to the ‘Happiness Engineers’ of wordpress.com

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Alternative Power Source: Artificial Leaf

Yes, this article seems little off the regular articles of my blog but I am and always will be disciple of science. A little science is also important in life. And it always good to bring a little variety.

As the title suggests, Artificial Leaf is not exactly an leaf producing glucose from sunlight, carbon dioxide and water but it generates energy is form of hydrogen by decomposing water in presence of sunlight. Now this process is quite old and people have been doing research for long time with different mechanism, different catalyst, different approaches. The major challenges in this domain has been the cost and efficiency of the catalyst, life of catalyst, up-scaling the process and efficient retrieval and storage of hydrogen. Most of the time the catalyst has very low efficiency which makes the process unfeasible for any large scale hydrogen production also the cost of the catalyst is unusually high. Second challenge associated was the deterioration of the catalyst which renders the catalyst unusable. The third major challenge which is still present even now is the up-scaling of the process from bench scale to pilot plant level to prototype and then final commercial product. To my understanding scientists are still struggling to take the process to pilot plant level. The fourth challenge of hydrogen storage and retrieval has been mostly sorted now but it is still a challenge considering the volatile, inflammable and dangerous nature of hydrogen. Other challenges which dependent on the process such as purity of the water being used, flow rate of water, other special requirement also served as hindrance for real progress to be made.

Imagine a house being powered by a bucket of water or a city having its power plant situated in size of a 50 yard swimming pool, such things may look impossible but humanity has moved closer to such reality even more and the work done by scientists of MIT and the news published on their website (Link Here ) is a example that we are not far away for true commercial artificial leaf. The scientists have been able to overcome most of the challenges in successful, continuous and up-scalable process which has to go through the process of testing and evaluation may be 10 years from now we may be driving a car having a a roof filled with water which will be powering the car.

Today is June 21st

Well today is June 21st and its a special for entire earth, not in a literal way though. Well, today is the longest day of the year in northern hemisphere and shortest day in southern hemisphere. also known as summer solstice and winter solstice respectively. It doesn’t have any special significance as 21st December which falls very close to Christmas and also marks the beginning of next sowing season in India. But somehow, I felt that I should write something about this day.

So what is  going to happen today today, nothing special, everything run of the mill will happen but somehow, the idea that today is special in its own way help to lift the morale and enjoy the day, see the events of the day in different light altogether. So, I wish Happy Summer Solstice to all and hope your day goes well.

Is Baba Ramdev another wannabe?

I saw an article in Indiblogger which had pointed out 5 things which bloggers can learn from Baba Ramdev. The characteristics pointed were good but the language used gave a feeling that the author was making mockery of Baba Ramdev. Well, I am no follower of Baba Ramdev but I felt that he has worked great wonders in the country particularly in Northern India by means of popularizing the Yog (not Yoga) and Pranayam back to Indians as an Indian science, tradition and practice. He established Divya Yog Mandir Trust & Patanjali Yog Peeth which taught Yog and provided Auyurvedic Medicine treatment for at a very charitable cost and even free to needy. I will also like to give credit to Aastha TV which served as the medium way back in early 2000s for him to popularize these practices.

Now coming to his recent actions and news coverage by media. One need to understand that the current Ram Leela ground fiasco was not his first protest or demonstration. He has clarified many times that he is not interested to launch a political party or join politics. He also don’t support any political party. Instead like every other Indian he despises the dirty work, scams and corruption filled politics and bureaucracy. Since, he has voice which is listened by millions so he is trying to put it for good work. He has been voicing his opinion and actively working on “Bharat Swabhiman” where he emphasizes on being India (not Bihari or Marahti or so on), use Indian product (boycott foreign luxury products), adopt Yog as a way of life, use Cold Drink as Toilet Cleaner (pun intended) uproot corruption and getting back the Indian black money stashed in the Swiss Bank by our politicians. He also extended his support to Anna Hazare on his protest on Lokpal Bill.

Unfortunately, I find a lot of people commenting that Baba Ramdev is a showman and he wants to gain political mileage out of it. I tend to disagree and really feel sad that instead of people supporting his actions to expose and pressurize government to take some action, we are trying to prove that Baba Ramdev is a pervert and a ‘dhongi’. Unfortunately, we have fallen in the trap laid by politicians and no one else to blame. People like Anna Hazare and Baba Ramdev can only lead a nationalistic movement for a better and corruption free India and instead trying to prove otherwise lets support these peoples, these modern day leaders for pressurizing the government for a more people pro reforms.

PS: Foreign news media is filled with lots of praise for Baba Ramdev which Indian news media (which has become puppet in hand of corrupt) politicians is questioning him. In all this process, the common man is a loser. The article at Indiblogger is a statement of the fact that we want the things the it is now and don’t want any improvement. “Jaago Re”.

Lost

No, no, no … I am not lost, nor I am lost what to write, neither am I lost in some day dream or anything on those lines. What I am talking about is a Television Drama Serial Lost. The serial is considered to be one of the most successful serial in American Television History. The story is about various people who survived a plane crash and get stranded on an mysterious island somewhere in Pacific Ocean. This suspense thriller has really good and catching storyline. It is a blend various ‘masala’ elements of ranging faith, science, humanity, reality, love, hatred, time travel, science-fiction and what not.

Well, the television serial has been transmitted in India on AXN channel. I was among the unfortunate lot who couldn’t not watch the serial on the idiot box. So, I have downloaded few episodes and watching it on my PC. I am no critic of reviewer of art but all I can say is that apart for first couple of episodes which took its time to inject the idea into the mind of the viewer, the episodes which I have watched till now have all kept me spell bound and keep prompting to watch what is happening next.

To justify the title of the post what I can say is : I am lost in ‘LOST’