Saturday, January 05, 2008

Chindu's glamorous new avtar

For well over a month now, Chindu is doling out a tabloid from its stable called Ergo. Available free of cost and exclusively to Chennai's IT people, this tabloid is making shredders at these IT companies work over time!! Sources tell that heaps of this new "slick","peppy" tabloid lie unattended! The tabloid has blow ups of skimpily clad models and everything that the parent Chindu considers taboo.

The communist loyalty runs in its blood. Sample story:

I, me, Fidel

Cuban leader Fidel Castro has said that he wears a beard to save time. He believes that ten working days in a year would be lost if he shaved. This and other revealing personal facts fill his upcoming autobiography, “Fidel Castro: My Life,” out by Scribner next month.

The revolutionary credits Hemingway’s novel “For Whom the Bell Tolls” for inspiring him to overthrow Fulgencio Batista, his U.S. friendly predecessor. “While I was up in the Sierra, I remembered that book a lot. Over the years, I must have read it at least three times, and I was familiar with the movie. It talks about the existence of a guerrilla force … in the rear of a conventional army. Hemingway described things in a very realistic way. Later, when we came to know that life as a guerrilla firsthand, we always came back to [that book] to find inspiration.” The New York Daily News quotes Castro, as saying.

Past tense

With a memory astonishing for an 81-year-old, Castro quotes President Bush’s exact statements in paragraphs and tracks the ups and downs of gold prices under Nixon. His childhood reminiscences give clues to his ultimate rebelliousness: “My father owned about 25,000 acres of land. My family was quite well-to-do,” says Castro.
But at the age of six, his parents sent him away to live with a very strict teacher who was so poor that Castro went hungry much of the time, and had to sew his own shoes back together whenever they fell apart. Yet there is no jealousy of his brother, Raul, who stayed with his parents, who is groomed to run Cuba when Fidel goes to the great commune in the sky. But not soon.

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Anonymous said...

Offtopic: 'Indian craftsmen, artisans used nanotech 2000 yrs ago'

Visakhapatnam (PTI): Indian craftsmen and artisans used nanotechnology extensively about 2000 years ago to make weapons and long lasting cave paintings, a Nobel laureate of Chemistry said here.

However, the craftsmen were completely unaware that they were practising carbon nano-techniques that are the most sought after in the current age.

Citing examples of the famous Damascus blades used in the famous sword of Tipu Sultan and Ajanta Paintings, Nobel laureate Robert Curl Jr. said studies have found existence of carbon nano particles in both.

On the sword scientists found carbon nanotubes, cylindrical arrangements of carbon atoms first discovered in 1991 and now made in laboratories all over the world.

"Our ancestors have been unwittingly using the technology for over 2,000 years and carbon nano for about 500 years. Carbon nanotechnology is much older than carbon nanoscience," Curl said at the ongoing 95th Indian Science Congress here.

The 74-year-old scientist from the US shared the 1996 Nobel Prize for Chemistry with Richard Smalley and Harold Kroto for the discovery of the carbon cage compounds, known as fullerenes.

Indian craftsmen used unique smelting techniques to manufacture the Damascus blades which led to nanotisation giving them a unique long-lasting edge.

They had the technology to make wootz steel, a 'high-grade' steel that was highly prized and much sought after across several regions of the world over nearly two millennia.

Wootz also had a high percentage of carbon, which was introduced by incorporating wood and other organic matter during fabrication.

India, for ages, was a leading exporter of this steel which was used to make Persian daggers which were quite popular in Europe centuries ago.

The technique to manufacture wootz declined steadily and has not been in use since the 17th century, Curl said.