Monday, October 29, 2007
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Tech support guys have to deal with lot of silly people. Following are some true conversation recorded .
Customer: I have problems printing in red…
Helpdesk: Do you have a color printer?
Helpdesk: What’s on your monitor now ma’am?
Customer: A teddy bear my boyfriend bought for me in the supermarket.
Helpdesk: And now hit F8.
Customer: It’s not working.
Helpdesk: What did you do, exactly?
Customer: I hit the F-key 8-times as you told me, but nothing’s happening…
Customer: My keyboard is not working anymore.
Helpdesk: Are you sure it’s plugged into the computer?
Customer: No. I can’t get behind the computer.
Helpdesk: Pick up your keyboard and walk 10 paces back.
Helpdesk: Did the keyboard come with you?
Helpdesk: That means the keyboard is not plugged in. Is there another keyboard?
Customer: Yes, there’s another one here. Ah…that one does work!
Helpdesk: Your password is the small letter a as in apple, a capital letter V as in! Victor, the number 7.
Customer: Is that 7 in capital letters?
A customer couldn’t get on the internet.
Helpdesk: Are you sure you used the right password?
Customer: Yes I’m sure. I saw my colleague do it.
Helpdesk: Can you tell me what the password was?
Customer: Five stars.
Helpdesk: What antivirus program do you use?
Helpdesk: That’s not an antivirus program.
Customer: Oh, sorry…Internet Explorer.
Customer: I have a huge problem. A friend has placed a screensaver on my computer, but every time I move the mouse, it disappears!
Helpdesk: Microsoft Tech. Support, may I help you?
Customer: Good afternoon! I have waited over ! 4 hours for you. Can you please tell me how long it will take before you can help me?
Helpdesk: Uhh..? Pardon, I don’t understand your problem?
Customer: I was working in Word and clicked the help button more than 4 hours ago. Can you tell me when you will finally be helping me?
LASIK is the acronym for Laser-Assisted in Situ Keratomileusis, a type of refractive laser eye surgery performed by ophthalmologists for correcting myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism. The procedure is preferred to photorefractive keratectomy, PRK, because it requires less time for the patient's full recovery, and the patient feels less pain, overall. Many patients choose LASIK as an alternative to wearing corrective eyeglasses or contact lenses.
Thursday, October 25, 2007
The 79-year-old geneticist said he was “inherently gloomy about the prospect of
He says that you should not discriminate on the basis of colour, because “there are many people of colour who are very talented, but don’t promote them when they haven’t succeeded at the lower level”. He writes that “there is no firm reason to anticipate that the intellectual capacities of peoples geographically separated in their evolution should prove to have evolved identically. Our wanting to reserve equal powers of reason as some universal heritage of humanity will not be enough to make it so”.
Seems like Watson has a penchant for saying controversial things, like when he suggested that stupidity is a disease and that we should genetically engineer girls to be pretty!
But in a documentary series to be screened in the
"If you are really stupid, I would call that a disease," says Watson, now president of the
Watson, no stranger to controversy, also suggests that genes influencing beauty could also be engineered. "People say it would be terrible if we made all girls pretty. I think it would be great."
The best way yet to get whiter teeth using cheap house hold items. The preparation and time to do this is less than 5 minutes. Amazing results!
Pica, an eating disorder in which sufferers feel compelled to eat nonfood items, is usually seen in children. At least 10% of kids enjoy eating dirt or paste or plaster, but adults suffering from pica often develop unusual tastes.
Strangely, the same such cravings pop up so often they have their own names. Pagophagia is the compulsive eating of ice; coprophagia describes eating (often animal) feces; coniophagia involves - get this - the pathological consumption of dust from Venetian blinds.
And pica can be fatal. Too much plaster might lead to fatal lead poisoning, for instance, and consuming clay can lead to a potentially deadly intestinal blockage. (Image: Baobao, an 18-year-old Mongolian girl eating dirt)
Sunday, October 21, 2007
It’s a vocabulary test. For every word you get right, FreeRice donates 10 grains of rice to a hungry persons around the world. The rice is distributed by the United Nations World Food Program (WFP).
FreeRice automatically adjusts to your level of vocabulary. It starts by giving you words at different levels of difficulty and then, based on how you do, assigns you an approximate starting level. You then determine a more exact level for yourself as you play. When you get a word wrong, you go to an easier level.
There are 50 levels in all, but it is rare for people to get above level 48.
What you know is wrong: it actually takes fewer muscles to frown than to smile.
It takes 12 muscles to smile and 11 muscles to frown.
Muscles involved in a "zygomatic" (i.e., genuine) smile:
Zygomaticus major and minor. These muscles pull up the corners of the mouth. They're bilateral (one set on either side of the face). Total number of muscles: 4.
Orbicularis oculi. One of these muscles encircles each eye and causes crinkling. Total: 2.
Levator labii superioris. Pulls up corner of lip and nose. Bilateral. Total: 2.
Levator anguli oris. Also helps elevate angle of mouth. Bilateral. Total: 2.
Risorius. Pulls corner of mouth to the side. Bilateral. Total: 2. Grand total for smiling: 12.
Principal muscles involved in a frown:
Orbicularis oculi (again). Total: 2.
Platysma. Pulls down lips and wrinkles skin of lower face. Bilateral (though joined at midline). Total: 2.
Corrugator supercilii (bilateral) and procerus (unilateral). Furrow brow. Total: 3.
Orbicularis oris. Encircles mouth; purses lips. Unilateral. Total: 1.
Mentalis. Depresses lower lip. Unilateral. Total: 1.
Depressor anguli oris. Pulls corner of mouth down. Bilateral. Total: 2. Grand total for frowning: 11.
Saturday, October 20, 2007
A blessedly uncommon but life-threatening disorder, megacolon is characterized by the one-two punch of a massively inflated colon (one), and the accompanying abdominal distension (two). Although generally a complication of bowel diseases like ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, megacolon occasionally develops from severe - and we mean severe - constipation.
A bizarre breed of guinea pig that was created for laboratory testing more than 30 years ago has become the latest designer pet. The skinny-pig has no hair on its body except for tufts on its face and feet.
They eat three times the amount of a normal hairy pig and their dry skin requires moisturising. But animal lovers are willing to pay up to $300 for a Hairless Guinea Pig.
Brainscannr - free brain scans for everyone !
Brainscannr - free brain scans for everyone !
Where’s your head at? Brainscannr will tell you. Simply type in your name and it then constructs the emotional contents of your brain from a variety of symbols.Japan Probe explains:
Ken Y-N of What Japan Thinks has just launched the website BrainScannr.com, which translates the idea of the wildly popular Japanese nounai me-ka website, using smileys to represent brain contents instead of kanji.
Oddee has a neat compilation of the top 10 Most Bizarre Scientific Papers, with gems like "Pressures Produced When Penguin Poo - Calculations on Avian Defecation," "Farting as a Defence Against Unspeakable Dread," and "The Effect of Country Music on Suicide."
Take for instance this particular paper, written in 2005, which could be very useful one day. It is titled "Safe and Painless Manipulation of Penile Zipper Entrapment":
Author Satish Chandra Mishra, about his enlightening paper: "Entrapment of penile foreskin is quite a distressing situation for the child and the parents and can be a frustrating management problem. Any overzealous intervention would simply worsen the situation. Also, attempts to cut open the zip fastener are time taking and may not be either helpful or feasible in all the situations. The approach to the zipper manipulation should be quick, simple, non-traumatic and reproducible irrespective of the age of the child, mechanism and site of entrapment, presence of the local edema and zipper size or design." The paper can be found HERE.
Friday, October 19, 2007
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Now you can save endangered species and eat ‘em too! With the Endangered Species Chocolate, that is. Made for Walteria Living by Kathleen Walsh and anita Mothersbaugh (portion of the proceeds will go to World Society for the Protection of Animals).
Each box of chocolate contains a pygmy hippopotamus, mountain gorilla and koala.
to the Latin scholars), which is even more disconcerting when you consider that one generally contracts roundworms by swallowing egg-ridden human feces. Once infected, the eggs hatch in the stomach and intestines, then migrate throughout the body.
Although completely disgusting, roundworms are only occasionally deadly - they can cause edema in the lungs; and the female worms, which can grow 18 inches long, sometimes perforate the intestines, leading to peritonitis.
But the most terrifying wormy complication involves anesthesia. Because worms find anesthesia irritating, they sometimes migrate up the trachea and nasal passages or down the intestines during surgery. It’s been reported, for instance, that one pregnant woman had several of the nematodes worm out of her nose and mouth while she was giving birth.
Craig Venter, the controversial DNA researcher who once tried to map the human genome for commercial purpose, is back at it again. This time, he claimed that he has created artificial life by constructing a man-made chromosome:
The Guardian can reveal that a team of 20 top scientists assembled by Mr Venter, led by the Nobel laureate Hamilton Smith, has already constructed a synthetic chromosome, a feat of virtuoso bio-engineering never previously achieved. Using lab-made chemicals, they have painstakingly stitched together a chromosome that is 381 genes long and contains 580,000 base pairs of genetic code.
The DNA sequence is based on the bacterium Mycoplasma genitalium which the team pared down to the bare essentials needed to support life, removing a fifth of its genetic make-up. The wholly synthetically reconstructed chromosome, which the team have christened Mycoplasma laboratorium, has been watermarked with inks for easy recognition.
It is then transplanted into a living bacterial cell and in the final stage of the process it is expected to take control of the cell and in effect become a new life form. The team of scientists has already successfully transplanted the genome of one type of bacterium into the cell of another, effectively changing the cell’s species. Mr Venter said he was "100% confident" the same technique would work for the artificially created chromosome.
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
How did lettuce get from the farm to your local supermarket? Well, in
Here we get a glimpse into the secretive world of lettuce-transportation, as the lettuce-dogs of
While some parts of the world are shifting away from a dog-based model, and you will rarely see a lettuce-dog in the
Note that the dog on the left is transporting what appears to be a courgette. This is normal for dogs who are still in their training period - ‘pale fronds’, in the jargon of lettucewrangling - or who have been demoted as a punishment for dumb insolence.
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Kiri-origami artist Taketori cuts and folds paper to make realistic-looking insects. Each critter is crafted from a single sheet, without glue, and paint is often used to add to the realism.
German researchers have created a microchip that shows promise to restore limited sight for some forms of inherited blindness. The device contains 1,540 photodiodes (similar to pixels in a camera) that connect directly to the optic nerve to provide some sight.
The technology still has a long way to go - the resolution is approximately 100,000 times worse than normal eyesight (and 300 times worse than a poor cell phone camera), but it’s still a big step towards restoring sight and interfacing with other nerve cells.
Monday, October 15, 2007
Gravity was discovered by Sir Isaac Newton. It is chiefly noticeable in the autumn, when the apples are falling off the trees.
You can listen to thunder after lightning and tell how close you came to getting hit. If you don't hear it, you got hit, so never mind.
When people run around and around in circles, we say they are crazy. When planets do it, we say they are orbitting.
The tides are a fight between the Earth and moon. All water tends towards the moon, because there is no water in the moon, and nature abhors a vacuum.
The moon is more useful than the sun, because the moon shines at night when you want the light, whereas the sun shines during the day when you don't need it.
To remove air from a flask, fill it with water, tip the water out, and put the cork in quick before the air can get back in.
Isn't it meaningless to speak of a 45 degrees angle unless you specify Fahrenheit or Celcius?
An object at rest will always be in the wrong place. An object in motion will always be headed in the wrong direction.
For every action, there is an equal and opposite criticism.
Doppler effect is the tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter when you come at them rapidly.
Sunday, October 14, 2007
October 8th is (unofficially) International Cephalopod Awareness Day!
Ceph·a·lo·pods are marine mollusks like squid, and cuttlefish, characterized by well-developed eyes and sucker-bearing tentacles. The word is from the combination of the Greek kefale and pous, roughly meaning head feet. Some folks pronouce it sefalopod, others say kefalopod.
Take this opportunity to hug an octopus.