Archive for February, 2008

SA Vs PAK U-19 World cup

Well the news of the Indian U-19 cricket team reaching the finals made the front of all news papers some days back. With people relishing the prospect of an Indo-Pak final, their appetites might just be fulfilled!

Pakistan were 86/2 at the end of 18.5 overs ( out of a maximum 47) while chasing a revised target of 252. They were well up with the D/L method needing to be 91/2 at the end of 20 ov. Match will be resumed tomorrow with the same score.

With this final on Sunday at 11.30 am IST and also the Ind-Aus final at 08.45 am IST, it seems like a double treat! Hopefully, both Indian teams will make my day!


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Coat 4 d de

The only difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits!

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Engineers’ sense of humour!

I had got this in an email long time back… enjoy!

After every flight, pilots fill out a form called a gripe sheet, which
conveys to the mechanics problems encountered with the aircraft during the flight that needs repair or correction. The mechanics read and correct the problem, and then respond in writing on the lower half of the form what remedial action was taken and the pilot reviews the gripe sheets before the next flight.

Never let it be said that ground crews and engineers lack a sense of humor!!

Here are some actual logged maintenance complaints and problems as submitted by pilots and the solution recorded by maintenance engineers.

(P = The problem logged by the pilot.)
(S = The solution and action taken by the engineers.)

P: Left inside main tyre almost needs replacement.
S: Almost replaced left inside main tyre.

P: Test flight OK, except auto-land very rough.
S: Auto-land not installed on this aircraft.

P: Something loose in cockpit.
S: Something tightened in cockpit

P: Dead bugs on windshield.
S: Live bugs on back-order.

P: Autopilot in altitude-hold mode produces a 200 feet per minute descent.
S: Cannot reproduce problem on ground.

P: Evidence of leak on right main landing gear.
S: Evidence removed.

P: DME volume unbelievably loud.
S: DME volume set to more believable level.

P: Friction locks cause throttle levers to stick.
S: That’s what they’re there for.

P: IFF inoperative.
S: IFF always inoperative in OFF mode.

P: Suspected crack in windshield.
S: Suspect you’re right.

P: Number 3 engine missing.
S: Engine found on right wing after brief search.

P: Aircraft handles funny.
S: Aircraft warned to straighten up, fly right, and be serious.

P: Target radar hums.
S: Reprogrammed target radar with lyrics.

P: Mouse in cockpit.
S: Cat installed.


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Kwote 4 d de

Always know that u r unique…like everybody else!

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Paper, Party n Play off

Actually this was supposed to be my early morning post! Its 5 am and I have been up for about one and a half hours now! The reason? Suddenly woke up and drank some water and could not sleep after that and then remembered that there was the Ind-Sri cricket match. So now have turned on the TV, taken Dad’s laptop!

For the record, Srilanka are 21-1 after 5.2, Parera bowled out by a superb delivery from Ishant! The ball pitched about 6 inches outside off, slightly straightened and knocked the top of off stump! Perfect delivery!

Haven’t had a chance to blog for 2 days… Saturday, after my exam got over, I and Aditya had to work on the presentation to be done the next day! It was on Magnetic Refrigeration at MIT, Pune. The presentation was more than satisfactory for me! However, we did not make it into the top three. The judges were really excellent and asked really brilliant questions to all. Overall, the session was ok, with paper quality going from pathetic to brilliant! But some things really struck me. First was the pointlessness of MIT in selecting 15 papers for the finals when they had given just 8 topics. This meant that most of the paper topics were repeated. Actually, they were three from a very specific topic from MagRef! Atleast you could have kept some variety for the judges. Ours was the second in MagRef and by the time the judges had moved on to the third, they were really bored. Also, 15 papers plus lunch break meant that the judges were at it for about 5 and a half grueling hours. Second was the request from MIT to not put our college names on the ppt. It could have been to advocate fair judging or to conceal the fact that most papers were from MIT itself! However the first prize was one by a guy from Iran, his paper on cab driver simulation modeling was easily the best paper of the lot. Second went to a boy MIT who had a ppt on Rocket boosters. He had the material but he had the attitude too. Decency and respect were clearly things he had to learn. The third went to a couple of guys from VIT. Theirs was also a good presentation , concentrating on the safety aspect of  Intelligent vehicle system with some really cool videos! In the end I felt, that our topic let us down. It was specific and it was common. I will keep that in mind for the future.


Another score update now, Sri 61-1 in 11.4, Sangakkara and Jayasuriya are really taking the attack to India.


So my day at MIT meant I did not get to see even a single ball live of the brave Indian chase against the Aussies. I was constantly keeping up with score updates but I must admit, had lost all hope when I heard the Aussie score. Still, I believe the run chase just reflects the new aggressive, attacking and never give up attitude the youngsters have brought into the team. And though India dies lose the game rather badly, the innings such as on Sunday still manages to keep hopes and spirits alive! Come on India, win todays match! Chak De!


Sunday evening , there was the birthday party which was really a hit! And yesterday morning went to the OSCARS, afternoon to doing nothing in college, evening with friends at Mc D, and Kahwa, and night to carrom and TV!


Will sign off for now. 

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Kote 4 d de

The fact that we live at the bottom of a deep gravity well, on the surface of a gas covered planet going around a nuclear fireball 90 million miles away and think this to be normal is obviously some indication of how skewed our perspective tends to be!
– Douglas Adams

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Exam virtually over! :)

Well yet another exam comes to an end! But not without it has really tried and tested my patience! Some really unfair papers , on either side of the line, and with a really average performance by me, the exams best forgotten! Though the aftershocks will be felt in the results, this exam will be painstakingly remembered during the next exam!! Then i will perhaps regret my cavalier attitude towards this exam. Hopefully, the damage done will not be irreparable…

But lots to look forward ti till the next exam… Starting my paper presentation this Sunday, some workshops in town, quizzing, a visit on the cards to Chennai, Zest in college and of course the rest of the Tri-series!! Good times ahead, cant wait to end tomorrows paper 😀  

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