Science Experiments at home ? YouTube to the rescue

YouTube is just great, I know when you I say something like that, people usually think, its a Google product, so of course I love it. Yes, I do think its awesome not just because its a Google product (Its a part though) but also cos I think the wealth of resource available on YouTube is nearly unmatchable. In fact, for the sake of How to videos I think YouTube is the best place. For professional looking videos there is Vimeo, which is the video equivalent of Flickr for pictures; but amateur videos, how to videos, guides and music videos, YouTube is just fantastic.

Growing up all of us had chemistry and physics in school, even some experimentation learning as part of the curriculum, but not all of us took that passion forward. When I joined engineering, there were more experiments and lab works that were part of college, and they were interesting as well. However, as we grew older the joy of learning was replaced with the pain to score marks. An in this race, the engineering course which is supposed to create an inquisitive mind in all of us has nearly lost its charm in India. Having said that I do know of a lot of kids who still like to ahead and try some experiments, and these kids are from all ages I might add. That includes, Ryan, my cousin. Interestingly, YouTube will provide them with all the information they need for experiments like this.

Here are some examples of some of the experiments that are available on YouTube. I should say these really did impress me, with the simplicity and the ease of trying them at home.

Psychedelic colors with Milk

Fire Proof Balloons

Invisible Ink with Milk

Crazy Baloons

Create a Lemon Battery

If you do look around YouTube, these are the simplest of the experiments that you will be able to do at home. If you are trying, please let me know.


Guns in Movies and Extraordinary real life weapons

Just watched the final episode of 24 in the last scenes I saw the ‘Mole” use a gun with a silencer while driving around a car. I was in the NCC and while I was with the NCC in India I got a chance to use fire arms as part of the training exercise. I remember that it was not the most comfortable to actually use a fire arm. I began to start thinking was I wrong in thinking that a person actually has a bit of difficulty using these weapons and its not really child’s play ?

Movies have set the tone of our perception of usage of firearms, more often than not, you would see an action hero pick up 2 or maybe 3 weapons and act as if its the most natural thing to do. So well the Inquisitive mind got to work to find what is it actually like to use these weapons, and since I dont have these or have access to these I began to look at the next best option, Youtube. I want to share what I found … A Myth Buster

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Wordless Thursday – World of Inception Dreams

You knew this was coming. I’d call spoiler alert for those who haven’t seen Inception yet, but honestly,this flowchart from graphic designer Sean Mort will just confuse you anyways. If, however, you’ve been fortunate enough to see the mind roller coaster of a film already, Mort’s chart makes perfect sense and might clarify any confusion. Levels and dreamers are labeled accordingly. I think the line for Cobb to Limbo should start at Level 4 though.

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Iron Man 2 and a leap in technology

With Iron Man 2 set to release in just under 2 weeks worldwide and this weekend here in the middle east (YES its releasing early here), I thought it might be worthwhile to check what technologies are available today and what we can achieve in terms of building a real Armor Suit. This would also be of interest to people who would have played the overly successful Halo series and Crysis games. The main concept of the ExoSkeleton has been in games for a long time and has been successfully accepted by all worldwide. So until I am able to finish up a post with this am going to leave you with the trailer and  a few stills from the movie.

Some Stills

One of the coolest features of the new Iron Man movie is that there are more than just one … yes ofcourse. added attraction of Scarlett Johannson as Black Widow makes the whole movie even more interesting. But as a technology stand point the coolest feature seems to be the Portable Iron Man suit. Check out a clip from the movie with the Suitcase Suit.

I am working on a feature to cover how to make a real Iron Man Suit with available technologies. We can recap at some of the close technologies from the first Movie as well. Coming Soon :)

It is not fear that grips him. Only a heightened sense of things.

I long wondered why the term “Greek Gods” was used to describe the well built metro sexual man, well i got my answer. Extremely well sculpted bodied men in near to naked clothes would actually prompt any guy to think twice when he takes his fiance along, its a different issue that the gore in the movie would naturally prompt her to give him a hammer on the head lol.

Something about the movie:

300 is a 2007 film adaptation of the graphic novel 300 by Frank Miller, itself partly inspired by another film, The 300 Spartans,[1] and is an a semi-historical account of the Battle of Thermopylae in 480 BC. The film is directed by Zack Snyder with Frank Miller attached as an executive producer and consultant, and was shot mostly with blue screen to duplicate the imagery of the original comic book. An amazing similarity exists between the comic strip and the movie i terms of visual presence, its as if the director has added life into the comic strip. Available on Flickr here.

Spartan King Leonidas (Gerard Butler) and 300 Spartans fight to the last man against Persian King Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro) and his army of more than one million soldiers, while in Sparta, Queen Gorgo (Lena Headey) attempts to rally support for her husband. The story is framed by a voice-over narrative by the Spartan soldier Dilios (David Wenham). Through this narrative technique, all manner of fantastical creatures are introduced, placing 300 within the genre of historical fantasy.

Have also heard reports that the movie is been banned in Iran(modern day Persia) ….. well though i think miller has taken the liberty of portraying the Persians as monsters, The movie and comic more to do with the courage, strength and integrity shown by the 300 Free Spartans on the field to achieve.

One thing i did not like in the movie ? well Dude- ity. These are Greek times, when there were a lot of naked women around. And there are some naked women in this film, but almost every naked woman scene has a muscular dude giving the screen an ass show. Well apart from that i thought the movie would be one of the best movies of 2007.

Very symbolic is the last message of Leonidas to the Spartans “Remember Us !!”.