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August 22, 2009 at 8:15 pm 3 comments

Hall Of Frame: Submit your artwork

Your Hall of Frame

Your Hall of Frame

Cool! Now add your creative and showcase to us in the BLOG!

 

Now CLick on Image, Downlaod it, Save it on Ur computer and Fill it with Your creative imagination!

And send it back to us…

If its great, we will showcase it on the Blog and otherwise, We will Give you feedback so improvise and again send it to us to put it on the blog, with Your Name, Your Photograph (If you send it to us) and YOUR CREATIVE Skill Imagery at our Hall of Frame!

You can use any creative skill For the same (Traditional Art / Computer graphics etc….)

So come on and Post in!

CLick on the image: Save it to your Computer: And add Your Creativity in the white space in between, Save it as a .jpeg / .jpg image and send it back to us With your info (name, email, Ur Photo)

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August 22, 2009 at 7:39 pm 1 comment

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BLINKX: Video Search engine: Don’t “blinkx” anymore

 

BLINKX : Video Indexing

BLINKX : Video Indexing

Blinkx!

Thats’s right, now search and tag your videos too. Its not just text anymore, it’s pure technology and innovation speaking.

The world’s largest and most advanced video search engine. Tag them , search them, detect them now, yes, videos, sounds and images running across the website.

Blinkx was founded in 2004 by Suranga Chandratillake with a hugely successful IPO in London in 2007 and currently has a market capitalization of approximately US $ 350 Mn, with headquarters in San Francisco, CA and UK.

Blinkx launched its Video search engine technology innovation in 2005. It boasts over 35 Million hours of video indexed, ready and fully searchable.

Today, it  Powers video search for 3 of the top 5 search providers. And how does a user submit his / her content here.

Step up:

  • Go to www.blinkx.com/rssupl
  • Load or located at the bottom of the blinkx home page, click on “Submit RSS”.
  • When you are there, enter in the URL of your RSS feed and a valid email address. Click “upload and verify feed”.
  • It’s as simple as that.

What else is cool: Something small and really cool: The Blinkx Pico:

Blinkx Pico, which is the world’s smallest search engine. Pico is a toolbar that sits at the top of your page and as you work, automatically brings back relevant information to what you are doing from the Web, news, TV and in the full version, your desktop. 

Pure Innovation raw technology:

The 35 million hours of video is searchable to a much deeper degree than the weak, manually-created, metadata-based approaches to video search of the past enabling pure indexing through moving images.

Videos in 3d Without the Glass!

BLINKX 3D

BLINKX 3D

Blinkx goes a step further and blinkx and ExitReality have developed a unique space for viewing and interacting with online video.

Users will be able to:

  • Search for, watch and chat about online video in social environments.
  • Collect virtual products such as the blinkx Video Wall, which can be customized with videos related to news, sports, entertainment, weather and more.
  • The blinkx Video Wall can be used to decorate any 3D space, or given to friends as virtual gifts.
  • Take blinkx products, such as flat screen televisions, to decorate their own 3D ExitReality spaces, such as the ExitReality apartments available on Facebook, MySpace and Bebo.
  • Invite friends over to watch videos available in blinkx’s index of more than 35 million hours of content.

So blink no more!

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August 18, 2009 at 11:45 am Leave a comment

National Creative Writing Contest for Schools across INDIA

NATIONAL CREATIVE WRITING CONTEST FOR SCHOOLS

NATIONAL CREATIVE WRITING CONTEST FOR SCHOOLS

 National Creative Writing Contest for Schools across INDIA

The very first National Creative Writing Contest for School Students across India

 Techdivine Creative Services celebrates its First year anniversary of its publication of Expressions, the unique coffee table poetry book & with that the launch of its successfully roaring ‘Creative Writing Community’  & ‘Intellectual Discussion Forum’ that have already crossed a hit subscription of over 20,000 reader hits & with over 1800 registered members across the globe in just the last three months…

As we celebrate, we would like to share this opportunity of blending both the worlds of Creative writing skills with the latest in technology trends of blogging, connecting and reaching across the globe.

‘Who better to share it with than the youth of today!’

We are proud to announce the Launch of our first National Creative writing contest ONLY for school students!

The National “Write-tech-know” Contest

The contest is open only for the top 20 students from each school, registered with us from across India.

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Please remember, Registration is restricted only to School Students: “Schools have to directly register with us with the names of their top 20 students”

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August 15, 2009 at 6:58 pm 1 comment

Transitions in Life!

Transition, change from the past, for the present
Transition, change from the past, for the present

Do we notice the imperceptible changes taking place around us?  Mostly not; unless compelled to do so.

The most common culprit of almost imperceptible change is age. “Why do you wheeze when you climb stairs for just two floor?” My daughter asked me last week. I passed it off as a toll taken by age; though the reality is that this weakness is an old one and remained unnoticed.

Most resist the external symptoms of time and related wear & tear. A thumb rule is that the older a person is, the more time taken for formal dressing. So there is a calculated effort to impress- bright colors, branded shirts/pants, hair waved back carefully. Sometimes I wonder, whether the person is comfortable in the role being enacted (for the sake of family). Why not let go and be what you actually are? But then, do many of us know ourselves well to decide to be as and what we are?

God, with His sense of irony, has made human beings attach undue importance to parts of body which have limited utility. Hairs on the head is a classic example of a decorative object. It does not serve any great purpose (unlike hands or legs). But the impact a great hair style has on the subject and his/her viewer cannot be measured. So we find youngsters staring hard at mirror for long periods, patting their hair, men keeping tufts (meant originally only for certain purposes) like women, old men and women dyeing their imperfectly to evade the toll of time and all sorts of odd behavior if examined in the light of reason.

When I was a young boy (several decades back) only school boys and  domestic men servants (who washed clothes, vessels, cars etc.) wore half pants in Mumbai.  Now of course, it is a fashion statement to wear half pants and odd sized pants on all occasions (except job interview) and thereby attempt to belong to another age group. So, when I wear a shorts (called half pant in the past) to the gym, I have an uneasy feeling that someone would  call me to wash their car.

The real changes take place in our sub-conscious and then trickle down to external visibility.  This is noticed only if we meet the person after a reasonable gap. Mentally we slow down- that is reduce the pace at which we want to live hereafter. We see this around us but do not observe. We want less surprises- less changes – expected or unexpected. Life has to be same from yesterday to today. But God and the world around us have a gleeful pleasure in altering our well laid down plans.  So we find sedentary grandparents rushing off to USA/Gulf countries for a new career in babysitting (most probably no one sits, the baby runs around and we run after it continuously till our legs pain).

Did our parents sit back and ponder over their errors of omissions and commission? Did they even admit it to themselves? My son reminded me recently in non-judgmental manner of the instances when I beat him during his childhood. Did I beat him? Yes, I did. For what reasons?  I do not remember. Do I regret it now? Yes. But when I look at my daughter trying to tame my grandson (unsuccessfully at times) by oral requests and then resorting some small corporal punishments, I realize that these are inevitable and cannot be examined by hindsight.

Do we lose our ambitions, zest and enthusiasm with age? I would say they become more tempered. The  goal posts change. Survival up to the goal post  becomes more important than running past it. Some unexpected past time or interest catches serious attention.  So it could a social or a religious organization in which there is some lurking desire to play a more prominent role. I have seen several large institutions run  by persons most of whom had retired from gainful occupations long  back justifying to this logic.

But what is most important in all this is identifying what our heart really seeks- what is it that would give us great happiness. This is the most difficult part of life at any juncture. Long but aimless life serves little or no purpose. At each juncture of life, knowing what we want to achieve in our career, what we enjoy doing in our spare time, what relationships to invest in to make our life more beautiful is vital. This is more easily said than done.

I envy today’s youth some of whom are clear eyed to give up easy choices and seek for what they really want. India has given choices which did not exist some decades back.  But whether they are able to achieve a balance between their material success and mental happiness is a moot point. This perhaps applies to youth and younger generation in any point of time- yesterday , today or tomorrow.

So next time I visit the nearby shopping mall, I will take the plunge and buy the black shirt with stripes displayed at Zodiac shop. My family’s puritanical views on wearing such garments can take a back seat.

I will look handsome in that shirt- rather as handsome as I looked some decades back.

 

Anjeneyan.

August 13, 2009 at 8:11 am Leave a comment

Animoto: The next level in Video – Audio – Imaging Technology!

 

Animoto: Now Create YOUR OWN!

Animoto: Now Create YOUR OWN!

The next level in Video – Audio – Imaging Technology!

That’s right, Animoto which is based in New York City with an office in San Francisco has brains that have worked and produced shows for MTV, Comedy Central, & ABC and so much more.

What is it about:

This amazing web application, turns your images and soundtrack into stunning music videos in minutes. It analyzes the pictures, music etc provided and automatically generates a trailer like video.

How does it do it:

It’s engine analyzes users’ photos and music and takes into consideration music’s genre, rhythm, and tempo to generate a video that takes into the song’s nuances.

Wow! A thinking web application.

What’s more amazing is that the site claims no two videos are ever the same.

How did the idea originate:

The masterminds when were working in the film/TV industry, felt that there’s just a big gap between the quality of content you see on the web and the type of stuff that one sees on TV and in film.  So the founders of this unique innovation thought, why not narrate one’s pictures with text to tell a story. May be send a message to a loved one and create event invitations and so much of unlimited possibilities.

The Heart of Animoto today:

The heart of Animoto is its newly developed Cinematic Artificial Intelligence technology that thinks like an actual director and editor. It analyzes and combines user-selected images and music with the same sophisticated post-production skills and techniques that are used in television & film.

As of August 2008, 250,000 users in over 200 countries have registered with Animoto.com with 4 million videos and 50 million views

It also have exclusive services for teachers who use it to bring presentations and lesson plans to life in a whole new way for their students.

So what are you waiting for, go and gear up! Create your own!

CREATE YOUR OWN VIDEOS

Let the rhythm take the web over!

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August 8, 2009 at 12:02 pm Leave a comment

Games: Nintendo Wii

Some of the best Innovations are the simplest & most user friendly.

Here is another fun filled action packed such offering from Nintendo Wii

 

wii o mania around the globe

wii o mania around the globe

 

Wrap up your sleeve and you are ready for a pulsating action packed ride. Literally!

Very easy to use and extremely addictive.

Amazing channel and media with online capabilities with unique features such as a Weather forecast channel, news channel, photo gallery channel, the amazing Mii for Create your own avatars, messages channel , it is a complete thriller.

Some amazing features of Mii from Wii:

wii mii

wii mii

Users can create, modify their own personal 3D Miis, right from face, to accessories to handedness of the individual.  These Miis are cute characters with amazing feature and characteristic capabilities to create Miis that look like him / her your friends or anyone you know.

Downside: Sadly, Wii does not play audio CDs or video DVDs, which is something of a disappointment.

Some cool Wii Accessories

The Wii Remote

wii remote

wii remote

 One Wii Remote comes with the console for any more, You can get them for approx $40. Or better get a Wii Play that already has an extra remote.

The Wii MotionPlus

 This gadget plugs into the bottom of the Wii Remote and provides extra movement information to improve controller tracking.

WOW! The Wii Speak

wii speak

wii speak

 USB microphone designed that will let users talk to each other online.

The Wii Nunchuk

wii nunchuk

wii nunchuk

 Few games require these and again, check with the Wii Sports bundle, you should get the Nunchucks.

Whats the Wii Zapper

wii zapper

wii zapper

A plastic that is gun-shaped housing for the Nunchuk and Wii Remote. The Zapper is handy for first-person shooters or games that involve some kind of Wii Remote aiming mechanic. The Zapper is available for about $20 comes with a minigame called Link’s Crossbow Training

The Wii Classic Controller

 The Wii Classic Controller is a traditional gamepad designed for legacy Virtual Console games.

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Approx Wii Cost : $249.99.

Wii games Cost: From the cool Wii games, Virtual console games to Wiiware game: range is $5 to $50

Its a Pulsating go – getter that would make you go wiiiiiiiii (I did not wanna say that!)

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August 4, 2009 at 5:02 pm 3 comments

Walking through life too fast: In the wrong lane!

Lonely in the fast lane
Lonely in the fast lane

I dreamt of the morning sun, but the weird part was the clouds were too dark. So much that, the sun was hidden behind it. The shadow eclipsed the fireball such that the Knight of light was shut behind the emptiness of the vast sky.

I saw something today and felt a lot more than I would normally feel. It was asking me to slow down on life.

Worried and hurried by the daily routine of making the dough for our bread, butter and “jam” I had forgotten how it feels to be human again. Surrounded too many a times by those who I would recall (If I would ever want to recall them that is) as just a dark abyss or shadows, who are never there and would never be beside but only follow through.

I rushed in with my routine as I cast away the holy smokes of unknown groups; I spent the precious fifteen minutes of morning scurrying around for getting things together set and ready for the day.

And what a day it was….

As I rushed across through my door leaving behind a cracking sound that would have awaken my neighbors for sure, my amazing hunt for the treasured Auto rickshaw for my today’s Mumbai journey began. Begging around at qualms for a ride for which I am sure to shell out a hefty piece of green from my pocket, I finally managed to convince one of the amazing rick drivers for a drive to my office.

As I waited in the rick, my work had begun with morning calls from all around the amazing spaceship in which I was and all of a sudden the vehicle screeched. I felt like my house door was hitting me back, I t was really loud!

Oh God! Was I going to get late ‘coz of some pointless traffic today?

As this question infuriated my tiny brain, I looked out and screamt at the first guy standing near the rick.

I took out my frustration of blocking my time and space early morning at him and was trying to move on into the rick, I saw something.

The guy had only one leg, his packet was lying scattered on the road and there were only loud angry horns supporting him. He was not angry, was just trying to gather his scattered stuff of the rusty roads of Mumbai.

I swallowed my horrible tone, got out of the rick, bowed my head in apology, and actually told the vehicles around to shut up, picked up his stuff and dropped him to his office.

We did not speak, he asked me few questions, but I told him I felt to horrible to answer for what I had done or was going to do had I not just seen what I saw. He just smiled, and he made my morning peaceful.

As I got back to work, the start was not very good and as I saw the day proceeding ahead, I could feel only emptiness around me.

But my sweet friend (emails) dropped in some note which staggered me. It was about a similar incident that happened with me today that the mail was describing.

I paused with shock and a tiny bit of surprise.

I pondered back to what and how my day began.

It took a physically challenged and lonely guy on the street, who was also trying to make his living, slow me down with an act of solitude and humbleness on his face.

I remembered my time back at work again today; I found loads of emptiness, no courtesy and nil gratitude for life from those around. It looked so sad. I had the guys number with me, I called him during the day, thanked him for slowing me down and making me realize how important it is to what we strive for, that’s more than just a job.

I guess running scurried in the routine rat race, with all those around, I had forgotten the value of time, money and what it means to give someone space and support.

I felt good, as I jotted this down but I really asked myself, ‘Is someone who is less fortunate and more troubled in life hitting so hard against you with his life scattered but yet not complaining,  the Only person who can make us look back and think about how we live?

The reality was harsh and sad.

I think it should never be a jerk that would desperately need to slow us down.

As I jotted down the final lines, I found myself remembering that guy’s face from morning, who had so much less than I did, but still thanked me, was smiling at the end of the day and said, this is a routine for me, I hope you have a great day!

I need a great day…. I think it’s time I got a great day!

But the next time, I won’t wait till my rick hits someone…..

So, how was your day?

 

Le’mme know

 

August 4, 2009 at 11:19 am 3 comments

Le Tour de France 2009

 
The Tour Map 2009
The Tour Map 2009

The Tour de France is the most well known and prestigious of cycling’s three “Grand Tours”.

The race lasts three weeks and attracts cyclists from around the world. The race is broken into day-long segments, called stages and this year’s 2009 was upstaged by the 24 year  Mark Cavendish.

  • Age: 24
  • Team: Columbia
  • Born: Isle of Man
  • GB Team: Olympic Podium Programme

 

Mark Cavendish

Mark Cavendish

The leaders of a team and his team mates racing on the Tour de France try to excel, individually or by the support they provide to their team. This amazing sporting team spirit of courage, determination and perseverance which is the Tour de France is an annual bicycle race that covers around 3,500 kilometers (2,200 mi) throughout France and bordering countries.

The Tour de France 2009

The Tour de France 2009

Individual times to finish each stage are added up to determine the overall winner at the end of the race. The rider with the lowest aggregate time at the end of each day wears a yellow jersey.

The course changes every year but it has always finished in Paris and since 1975 along the Champs-Élysées.

It typically has 21 days, or stages, of racing and covers not more than 3,500 kilometres (2,200 mi).[2] The shortest Tour was in 1904 at 2,420 kilometres (1,500 mi), the longest in 1926 at 5,745 kilometres (3,570 mi).

The number of teams usually varies between 20 to 22, with nine riders in each. Entry is by invitation to teams chosen by the race organiser, the Amaury Sport Organisation. Team members help each other and are followed by managers and mechanics in cars first Tour de France was staged in 1903.

Riders aim to win overall but there are three further competitions: points, mountains and for the best young rider. The leader of each wears a distinctive jersey.

The maillot jaune (yellow jersey) is worn by the general classification leader. The winner of the first Tour wore not a yellow jersey but a green armband.

The maillot vert (green jersey) is awarded for sprint points. At the end of each stage, points are earned by the riders who finish first, second, etc

The Points and more:

Flat stages: 35, 30, 26, 24, 22, 20, 19, 18, 17, 16, 15, 14, 13, 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1 points are awarded to the first 25 riders across the

finish.

 Medium-mountain stages : 25, 22, 20, 18, 16, 15, 14, 13, 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 points are awarded to the first 20 riders across the finish.

 High-mountain stages : 20, 17, 15, 13, 12, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 points are awarded to the first 15 riders across the finish.

 Time-trials: 15, 12, 10, 8, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 points are awarded to the top 10 finishers of the stage

OVERALL STANDING ON TIME

Results link after stage 21

Tour 2009 Jersey winners

Total distance covered: 3459.5 km

http://www.letour.fr/2009/TDF/LIVE/us/2100/classement/index.html

Winner: Mark Cavendish

http://www.markcavendish.com

 

 

Legends Trivia:

A legend of the same:

Lance Armstrong in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2005

Lance Armstrong

 

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August 2, 2009 at 5:42 am Leave a comment

Change is in the air! Change is everywhere! – Recession proofing Career!

 

Career proofing: Flying High! on clouded skies

Career proofing: Flying High! on clouded skies

An amazing 4 hour midnight telephonic conversation and I conclude, I am not made up for phone talk!

I then realized, I did it anyway so may be change IS in the air.

Not trying to jump hoops here. Just getting and catching up with the current market scenario.

Had a wonderful conversation with two very different individuals yesterday which made me blog into ‘The blog is personal again’ section. Both were frustrated & discouraged with their jobs, one had resigned and one was dying to resign. Both had remarkably unique points of view to share on the current scenario.

The one who was free from both income and ‘immediate-earlier’ stress spoke with sheer self-belief of the current industry trend of no / poor job & career opportunities.

I asked him, “How did you take this step then, if the industry is so bad?” He said “I resigned ‘coz the industry is awful anyways, so there is no immediate scale for professional growth in our organization. Whatever be your performance, you would be tagged in with the millions as far as recession in industry goes. So when you know the industry is bad, even the sector that’s doing well refuses to grow or accept growth, so why not resign and start a venture of my dream?”

My long silence, made the optimistically high and free being to continue and add, “When I know what I do for others is not going to get me anywhere, I might as well try to do it for me. If it does not work, I anyway have the industry to blame, its recession everywhere and so if not now, then when?”

I smiled, wished him the best of success and loads of positive morale which he would need whether or not his ‘venture’ clicks.

The other individual still bound by rules, corporate policies and frustrations from one’s superior was very clear, “it’s not a good time to leave. Let’s think about changing careers when the industry does well. I can’t sleep with peace, but can at least pay my daily bills without having to plan or think. What say?”

I had nothing to say, I just nodded.

I realized I have become too patient listening to people. Well, at least one good personal skill I added this year I guessed. But, then I just put forth both queries and pointers together:

  1. The industry is anyways bad; why not venture into something new. One can change careers when the industry is good or doing great, we would have better professional career opportunities.
  2. The industry is bad. Now, it’s time to just stay putt and follow with the crowd. When nothing works, at least your bills are still getting paid!

Then I felt, I would ask all of you…. What say? What would you choose? What is your take on this?

Give me your views on the same.

 

Blessedart!

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July 31, 2009 at 2:08 pm 2 comments

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Kargil Vijay Divas

  

Real Life Heroes

 

 

Its been a decade since May  – July 1999 and today India celebrates it’s 10th anniversary of Kargil War.

This was a war that claimed the lives of over 500 of India’s bravest soldiers. There are no words which can do justice to the valiant act of our brave soldiers, to whom we are indebted forever. They are our True and real heroes.

These real life heroes fought the enemy in a terrain and altitude, where probably the everyday Joe that’s You and me would have difficulty in just moving from one spot to the other.

Today, with so much of media buzz I recollected my meeting with one of these Kargil heroes who had visited our College after this heroic victory. The way that legend spoke to us of the environment that was at the mountain peak, surviving that itself was a war.  It was a high altitude warfare in a mountainous terrain.

He mentioned on that during these unbearable and severe freezing chilly coldness, the armymen at times actually sat “on” the fireplace to beat the cold.  I remember the heroic soldier mentioning of the different phases of this heavy war.

Starting with Pakistan, infiltrating forces into the Indian-controlled section of Kashmir and occupying strategic locations enabling it to control NH1.

The second phase was of India knowing of this infiltration and sending across our forces.
 
Then, was the massive battle that ensued with Pakistan first attacking heavily and then our Indian forces responding with manifold strength.

The final attacks from our Forces happened in the last week of July and the fighting ceased on July 26 with our Victory. True to our country’s heroic character despite having to pay a heavy price for fighting a war within its territory, the Indian forces allowed the Pakistanis return across the Line of Control.

Casualties for both sides were heavy.

By the end of the war, India had resumed control of all territory south and east of the Line of Control, as was established in July 1972 as per the Shimla Accord. The day has since been marked as Kargil Vijay Diwas  – Kargil Victory Day in India.

 

Kargil Bofors
   

 

Kargil Indian victory
 

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July 27, 2009 at 5:45 pm 3 comments

Wolweric: Part2: The Revenge of Crewin’s son

 

By Shivansh J

By Shivansh J

 

 

“May be I should be a vampire instead of a pumpkin,” said Ale.

She and Joe were sitting on the backyard. The birds twittered. The autumn leaves made a rustling sound. “But you already have your pumpkin costume although you had been a vampire last Halloween.”

“I know but I want to wear my big teeth again.” said Ale.

Kraw! Kraw! A sound came from the sky. “Oh my” said Joe “it’s a raven”. It flew to the forest. “Follow it” said Ale it’s a sign sent by Romania.

They followed it and reached the dense forest.

There stood Romania with the raven and told them to come to Wolweric.

After they reached Wolweric Romania told them that she received a challenge letter from Crewin’s son. The letters on the letter were curvy and old fashioned. Joe picked it up and read aloud.

To Joe and Ale I challenge you both to have a fight with me in the Temple of the dark Lord which is above the Mountains climb a hundred of stairs on the land of Eldorado on 8th of March in the year 1358.

Joe and Ale ask Romania how to reach there. She told them to go in the time machine which Stiffen had invented. They found it after a long search of Wolweric. Romania told them that Crewin’s son had inherited the transformation power from his father and he could transform into an old lady.

They were setting the machine to go in1358. Soon they took off, to the temple of the dark lord after they reached there. They found the mountain and realized they have to trek. After reaching the peak of the mountain they found a staircase going in the middle of the mountain and as they stepped on the first step the entrance closed by a huge boulder.   They met an old lady who told Ale to drink a portion which would make her stronger.

On the way Ale fainted Joe picked her up and continued the journey. Joe remembered that Crewin’s son can transform and an old lady. Oh no the lady was Crewin’s son and the portion she gave her was poison. Just then Joe heard a voice coming from the walls it said “if you want to save your sister’s life defeat me. Joe hurried down the stairs to the temple. Finally he met Crewin’s son. Very soon they started their fight, the weapon he had was very dangerous and Joe had to fight bear hand!

They started fighting, Crewin’s son fired the weapon Joe dodged it. When Crewin’s son had to reload his weapon Joe took the advantage and started to kick and punch him. Crewin’s son fell down and he kicked back Joe. Joe fell near the idol of the dark lord and found a sword behind it. He used it to fight against Crewin’s son. Just then Crewin’s son again fired the weapon and Joe strike it back with his sword on him and killed Crewin’s son.

A tablet came out from the dark lord’s idol and a voice came from it too it said give this tablet to your sister she will be fine. Joe took it and gave it to Ale. Within a few minutes Ale was fit and fine.

Soon they went home and went for the Halloween party near their house……. Continued…….

July 21, 2009 at 9:10 pm 1 comment

The Greatest Trip To The Zoo

Dense Nature

Dense Nature

 

 

 The transition from the cold blue and foggy grey pick-up area to the vibrant and somewhat gaudy interiors of the bus hurt my eyes. After all the pupils of 6ChM and 6JSa had boarded the bus, it was now waiting for my English teacher, who was one of the coordinators of our zoo trip. I glanced at the designs on the inner roof of the bus. There were multicoloured cellos and shining trumpets, looking as if they were waiting ready to leap up and play a melody.

 

After I was bored at staring at the metal transport office with the peach coloured roof and the brown bench outside, I started a brief chat with my pals. In the heat of the conversation (which turned out to be not so brief), my teacher finally entered the vehicle. It was quite unusual as my English teacher was never late. It was as queer as a green flamingo writing the middle name of its sixth cousin (thrice removed) with the leg that it was balancing on.

 

This zoo trip was a trip to give us inspiration for writing poems, which was what our English topic was. We had been informed about a trip around a week before it took place. In class we had to vote for either going to the botanical gardens or the zoo. My class is full of animal lovers and majority of us voted to go to the zoo. We were to take notes about our surroundings in the zoo. These were to help us later when we were writing poems about the field trip.

 

The bus started immediately after my tutor belted up. The zoo was quite close by because the school was also in Jurong. However, the trip could only be two hours long because we left in the beginning of lunch, stayed there for the two periods of English and returned by the end of the afternoon break. We spent 40 minutes in the bus, so that left us only an hour and 20 minutes, in which time we also had to get to and fro from the places in the zoo. In the middle of the bus ride, a storm broke out, which we all knew would lead to the animals not coming out into the open if they didn’t like rain.

 

Just as we were about to enter the zoo, the rain stopped. In fact, the rain hadn’t reached here yet because the roads and flora were dry, although we could see the grey clouds in the distance. We strode over to the ticket counter, formed a straight line a few metres away from it and each gave the teachers five dollars for the ticket. My friend and I got tram tickets as he had a muscle problem because of which he couldn’t walk long distances. Because he wasn’t allowed to go alone (a school rule), I was requested to go with him. We hopped onto a tram with zebra stripes painted all over it and headed off for the fragile forest.

 

The fragile forest was a butterfly enclosure. The butterflies would just be fluttering in the air- living in an enclosed area wouldn’t make much of a difference to their life as the place was huge and the zoo keepers refilled their ‘feeding bowls’ (Five multicoloured hexagons with holes in them arranged in a circle on a white disc that is nailed to a tree.) and there were countless flowers. We made a partition in the chains that were hanging and opened the door that led to the butterfly park.

 

There was only one colour around me- green. Everything from the butterfly net to the moss growing on the emerald trees was jade green. Name a shade and it was there- pear, olive, lime, Persian green, army green, shamrock green, pine green, bottle green, sea green, racing green, midnight green, teal green, camouflage green, kelly green, pigment green, tea green, electric green, moss green, office green, hunter green, fern green, myrtle, spring green, spring bud, viridian and even asparagus!

 

The first thing that greeted my ears was a bunch of loud peacocks and peahens hopping like they needed to use the toilet but the thing that was using the lavatory was taking its time. Hanging upside down from the tree next to me was a bat. Its sinewy wings looked like the fabric batman’s wings were made of. A fresh breeze hung in the air. I walked a few steps ahead and I was soon on a wood bridge, as brown as the three primary colours mixed together.

 

There were calm waterfalls and tranquil water flowed elegantly under us. Unruffled lotuses bloomed in the cool pool like a magicians hands hypnotizing someone. The peaceful moments were broken by two screams. One of them came from a girl near a cluster of bats. She had screamed in surprise because the bats had just urinated. The other one came from one of my classmates because she had dropped her homework diary in the pond. We all walked towards the place where she dropped it to see if it could be retrieved. We could see it, floating on top of the water but it was out of reach and it was drenched in water. There was anyway not much point recovering it as the water would have made the ink spread out all over the page (chromatography- the process of separating different liquids in a solution). I then walked towards the bats and took a couple of snapshots so that I could write a poem about it later.

 

We lined up again and marched over to the orang-utan point. My friend and a supervisor had already left because he could then rest on the way and they will still reach there before us. It had started drizzling and soon it was heavily raining. I praised myself for remembering to pack and umbrella. After all, this was Singapore- you could never predict when it would rain. The problem was that the monkeys had all gone indoors as they disliked the rain. We only had half and hour left so instead of waiting for the monkeys and getting as fed up and bored as a spoilt five year old being forced to look at mouldy custard dripping down a wall, we headed back to the bus, stopping for a couple of minutes in the otter’s pond. Anyways, we could see their living conditions later by peeping in our locker room.

 

I could hear the otters before I could see them. Otters are minute mammals that eat fish. They are as furry as stereotypical teddy bears. I didn’t find them too interesting as most of them just sat in the corner under a tree and we could barely make out their outline even after craning our necks as much as owls. I could only see the head of one of them that was sleeping inside a hollow log.

 

We reached school a few minutes late for our next lesson, but otherwise, we followed the schedule. The trip was enjoyable and amusing because all my friends were with me and we had a great time. Even though I had been to the zoo numerous times, I never had this much entertainment. Also, I noticed many more things in this trip because I was looking for small details to write some poetry about. This was a fantastic trip and I think that it was a great idea to choose the zoo for inspiration.

Aditya K

July 20, 2009 at 3:05 pm 3 comments

The Adventurous Land and the half blood Man: Having the Elixir

by Shivansh J

by Shivansh J

  

 

In the dark zone on the lonely place of the barren land was an area of thick forest. This land of Crizol as they called it was a land of fear and horror.

 Here lived a family and might I add a happy family.

 One Sunday morning Joe and Ale had a fierce fight and as a punishment their step mother told them to go to the dense and extremely thick forest. Silently Joe and Ale walked out of the house. When they reached the forest a vicious lion was ready to eat them for brunch, what a great way to start the day.

 They got scared and jumped into a downstream. That stream then….. changed their lives.

 They reached an enormous place. There was a sign post outside the place.

 On it was inscribed,

                       “Wolveric made by Stiffen Jones”.

 “Hey”, said Joe, “Stiffen Jones is our ancestor”.

 They met their ancestor’s assistant Romania.

 She quoted, “Stiffen had made an elixir which could get a dead man with half blood back to life. A man named Crewin Hawk he is the man with half blood and he has stolen the elixir but he does not know that the heart beat scan of the great great great great great  children of Stiffen who you’ll are, has to go in it then only it can be activated .Now you children have to take back the elixir from him. Oh I almost forgot that Crewin can transform himself into a serpent and a wizard who has one eye. I do not know more secrets of this place. Stiffen had made a secret tree which shall open when you say ‘Elton mat’ .In that tree are the secrets of this place”.

 After they reached the core of the tree they came across a lab having a computer which had all the secrets of Wolveric. They researched and through the speed of technology, now knew everything about Wolveric.

 “Now go home your mother will be getting worried I shall call you’ll after half month and by that time I shall make one weapon only with that weapon you can kill Crewin .His son is coming back from Formica city .Bye till that time ”, said Romania.

 After they reached home their mother was angry with them “where were you’ll, I searched the whole forest I did not find you’ll. Now eat your dinner and go to sleep”, she said.

 After 15 days Romania called them back to Wolveric and said “The weapon is ready”.

 It looked like a machine gun. “Crewin and his son have entered Wolveric” said Romania. “And now they are trying to destroy Wolveric because the Elixir is not working.” Now they reached Wolveric and Romania handed over the weapon to Joe and Ale. “The weapon can only used once, use it to kill Crewin”, said Romania.

 They began to search for Crewin and his son.  They heard noises coming from the inner head quarters. They went in the direction where the noise was coming from. On the way they came across  an animal which had a head of a lion and the body of a human.

 It seemed as if it was ready to kill them. It ran after them Ale said “Use the weapon” “No” said Joe “It can only be used once and we have to use it to kill Crewin” by that time a unicorn came along and gave a fierce weapon  to Ale and  voice came from it “Use it to kill the animal. From your true friend Romania”. Ale fired the weapon and that animal died.  

 They continued their task to save Wolveric. At last they came across Crewin and his son Joe said “You kill his son and I’ll manage this evil wizard”.

 They had a fierce fight and Ale broke her bone. She then fainted .The son came and helped his father. Then Ale woke up and snatched the elixir from Crewin.

 Just as Ale snatched it, Joe fired the weapon and that was the end of Crewin. His son warned the two kids “I shall take my revenge”, he cried. The two kids then went back to Romania gave her the elixir and the two weapons. She said “you’ll fought so brave for the Elixir, as a reward I am giving it to you’ll. Come back next year”, she said.

 Then they went home and waited for next year.

 Till then, adios!

 Shivansh J

July 12, 2009 at 10:27 am 7 comments

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Career Obsession

Do we need to be obsessed about our career or do we just need to ensure that we have a job and do it well? Isn’t a good job synonymous with a successful career?

When we started out in the employment field in India thirty years back, job was a luxury and career a word in dictionary. Better qualifications got you a better job- a more secure job. The first thing that was mentioned on getting a job was that xxx has got a secure job. Today’s generation would be puzzled by this obsession, as job insecurity ( for a skilled and young individual in India ) is not on the horizon.

When does job translate into career? I believe that gaining expertise and higher responsibilities in one’s chosen area or allied area of expertise on a continuous basis would translate a job into career. Doing a function mechanically needing limited application of mind would perhaps indicate that stagnation has begun. Another indication would be when your immediate Superior’s job seems attractive, easy to do and more importantly having self confidence to do it well.

Do we need to be obsessed with career? In other words, is career different from our employment with the present organisation? In today’s circumstances career obsession seems to be a pre requisite for success. In today’s changing times, every organisation demands skills and talents relevant to today and not yesterday or day before. We are as good as our last victory (like our cricket team). If we do not measure up to the tomorrow’s need, then in comes a rank outsider who is seen to have those skills. Yesterday’s heroes or heroines are now to follow the new leader or well …. look elsewhere.

In such a situation what does an individual do? I believe that he or she has to continually upgrade their skills so as to be relevant to today and tomorrow. Age has nothing to do with it. It would be incorrect to say that “I am too old to learn new tricks. In my time we used to………”. These kind or dialogues would draw embarrassed silence only.

Is not the organisation responsible too? Does it have to be obsessed with its own success and survival and not care for the people who were responsible for this? Yes, it also has its responsibilities. It has to nurture and grow people who lack the obvious skills, but with some assistance could be re-deployed suitably and prove to be assets in changed circumstances also. This requires visionary skills at upper and middle levels of management and listening ability. Also the appraisal system should be have a core of honesty which has creditability within the organisation and which would inform the correct situation so far as the individual is concerned.

Well, what would you say to your young cousin who has started to examine new openings within a month of taking up a new assignment? I would say focus on career, upgrading of skills, higher levels of responsibilities, exposure to new areas and opportunities for a larger contribution to the organisation would be the key to the decision.

What do you feel? I would love to get responses to the above views- especially from the younger generation.

June 30, 2009 at 10:46 pm Leave a comment

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