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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Findng Kumari Kandam

Check out:
Quite interesting. Besides  see History channel on it!
How old are the vedas? Are these as old as the Ice Age?

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

It pays to innovate!

Do you know about ? Looks like the tough problems that were unsolvable by large corporation and others get posted here. Thanks to Jonah Lehrer's latest Book Imagine that pointed me to this website.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Secret of knowing where you are is knowing what time it is

Do you know that GPS units pinpoint your location by merely finding out what time it is at that location - just like 300 years ago?
Of course now we use those 24 satellites that are 10,000 miles overhead!

Source: NOVA's video Lost at sea

Thursday, August 9, 2012

If you were to write a story on a social issue...

Seems like all film festivals are interested in a plot that explores social issues of our times. If you were asked/forced to write a story on a social issue what would you write on? This is exactly what I was faced with. So I decided to put together a list of topics to spin my plot around.

Here is the definition: A social issue is any controversial issue/problem/topic that affects the members of a society.
  • Poverty
  • Unemployment
  • Crime Rates
  • Low Mortality Rates
  • Drug and Alcohol Abuse
  • Underage Drinking
  • Social Discrimination
  • Xenophobia, racism, extremism
  • Teen Pregnancy
  • Sexism
  • Pollution
  • Gay marriage
  • Censorship
  • Gun control
  • Financial/ Economic Policies (Banking, Housing loans, Stocks)
  • Living standards and social security
  • Health care
  • Corruption, party cronyism and nepotism in public life
  • Politics, quality of democracy
  • Ethnic problems
  • Education
  • Housing
  • Judiciary, rule of law
  • Transportation and basic infrastructure
  • Environment
  • Regional and local problems
  • Public administration, bureaucracy
  • Foreign policy
  • Immigration, Smuggling people/border crossing
  • Culture
  • Issues of the elderly population
  • Issues of the disabled population
  • Issues of the diseased population
Wikipedia has a whole lot more.

What do you think? Is this of any use?

Can you predict if you will have an insight?

It seems that it is possible to predict if you will have an insight and solve a difficult problem that has been bothering you! And it also seems that you will have such insights only when you are relaxed - like daydreaming or when you lay awake in your bed or when you take a warm bath.
So if you are stuck with your plot or script, don't swear it - just relax, take a walk or jump on your couch. You will have an insight.
Read "Imagine: How creativity works" the latest book by Jonah Lehrer - it is amazing!
Here is something on insights: