"'Truth is strange," you know, "stranger than fiction' - besides being more to the point" - Edgar Allan Poe

September 14, 2005

Part 1 - Speed Reading 101

The idea is this- to read two lines of text at a time. I’m not sure a lot of people believe me when I say I can do so. Here’s an attempt at trying to explain how.

Consider the following text-

This bunch, it seems, is still hung up, on how to act like losers,
"Relax", I say, "the bear and I, we're quite brilliant abusers!
The bangys and the bitches, you just keep up the good work,
And we shall see how each of you is worse than the average jerk!"

What I do, is start reading off the first line normally, for about 1-2 words. Then I let my gaze open up to include two lines of text and leave a ‘lazy eye’, if you’ll pardon the expression, to absorb whatever text is available on both lines. By the localization of data theory, I’m able to mildly comprehend what’s happening on both lines without totally understanding either. Thus, after about a second, I’m reading –


This bunch, it seems, is still hung up, on &^%^&*^(
"Relax", I say, "the bear &^((&%*)

Now continue ‘reading’ so until you reach the end of the line at which point all the words are in your head, albeit in the ancient gobblydegook script. While turning your head back to reach the beginning of the 3rd line, again ‘lazy eye’ the first two lines, and the full meaning of the lines shoud hit you smack in the face, thus giving a decent transition into the next line.

Estimated increase in reading speed – 75%

Cool, eh? Works for me.

I’ve tried to do 3 lines at a time, but that’s just not happening. Strangely though, I can do a variation of this to do 4 at a time, but not too much increase in speed. Besides, some of the beauty of the text disappears that way.

9 more to go.

The last ten - Part 0

Ok, news. Following this post, I’ll post only ten more in pispeak; after which I’m off the blogsphere in this format. Not that it’ll matter much. I am starting another blog though, and if you ask nicely I might even give you the address.

...

www.ryanlobo.net - WoweeZowee.

One of the last

Finally I find a book that makes me feel good.

We can never know what to want, because, living only one life, we can neither compare it with our previous lives nor perfect it in our lives to come.

Einmal ist keinmal, says Tomas to himself. What happens but once, says the German adage, might as well not have happened at all. If we have only one life to live,we might as well not have lived at all.

If a love is to be unforgettable, fortuities must immediately start fluttering down to it like birds to Francis of Assisi's shoulders.

(Kundera, Milan - The Unbearable Lightness Of Being)


And this one's for Ammani -

He tossed the paper aside. 'Taxation, gentlemen, is very much like dairy farming. The task is to extract the maximum amount of milk with the minimum of moo. And I am afraid to say that these days all I get is moo.'

(Terry Pratchett - Jingo)


And yeah, this blog shuts down this weekend. That’s right, the end.

September 12, 2005

The egghead's conundrum

Little man of little man, waits for himself, does not swallow
Little man of little man, by degrees of stuttering madwomen
Anal two that knots bears, anal two that leads
Strike from a louse small volume any watchman with a girdle


[See the wikipedia entry on humpty dumpty for an explanation. No links, punk!]

September 10, 2005

...

So Chetan Bhagat's releasing his second book next month. And he's got this routine where he's forwarding a 'password' to all his friends and wellwishers. Which neatly pops you to the homepage for the book. With an excerpt, through another link. Tell you what, I'll save you a lot of tension by just giving you the link.

http://www.chetanbhagat.com/ontcc/thebook/excerpt.php

The password on www.chetanbhagat.com/mail.htm is 463.

September 01, 2005

Interesting

The author of k-pax has this to say-

ON THE SPEED OF LIGHT AND THE EXPANSION OF THE UNIVERSE

In his new book, Faster than the Speed of Light, Dr. Joao Magueijo suggests that his variable speed of light (VSL) theory explains many of the mysteries of the Big Bang universe in much the same way as does Alan Guth’s inflation (variable expansion rate of the universe) theory. I suggest that both are variations on the same theme, namely, that the speed of light is a direct function of the expansion of the universe. That is, the speed of light in the early universe varied because of inflation and, furthermore, it varies today in intimate proportion to the present expansion rate. To put it another way, light travels because the universe is expanding.

The principal ramification of this hypothesis is that photons do not travel through space-time—they are dragged along with it. According to this proposal, the speed of light (and other electromagnetic radiation) through space is an illusion; it is, in fact, 0 km/sec. It is the universe which is expanding at the present rate of 300 km/sec., and taking these massless wave/particles with it.

I suggest further that objects with mass are not pulled along by the expansion. Indeed, such objects resist this “force,” and therefore tend to slow down the universe’s expansion rate. This can be observed, for example, in the effect of celestial objects on the path of photons in space-time and, in particular, the gravitational effect of black holes. Thus, the latter do not prevent light from escaping them; they prevent space-time itself from expanding around them.

It follows also from this proposal that if the expansion rate of the universe is increasing, we will eventually be able to see objects that we cannot now see and, conversely, if the universe is slowing down, that such objects will twinkle out. If the expansion rate becomes zero, and therefore photons stop moving with space-time, we will be able to see nothing at all. This concept is in direct opposition to predictions currently associated with the rate of expansion of the universe. The correct interpretation is experimentally verifiable by currently available methods.



Gene Brewer
March 9, 2003