Saturday, February 24, 2007

Rare Photos of Bollywood Stars of Today!

Should of interest to Indians and those interested in Indian Cinema...

Friday, February 23, 2007

The Bane of Excessive Television Viewing

Television, the idiot box; is no doubt a thing we cannot do without in the 21st century. It is so much a part of our lives that life without it is unimaginable – At least to most people. It undoubtedly is a source of a wealth of information, knowledge and entertainment. However; it has the potential to become an addiction and a nuisance if used without discretion. It is not for nothing that it is called an idiot box.

Children can especially become victims of excessive TV viewing. It is not unusual for a young child to be glued to the TV for anything between 3 and 6 hours every day. This is way too high and can definitely affect their mental and physical health. According to recent findings of the science journal Biologist watching television can harm children much more than previously thought. It can raise the risk of obesity, autism, cancer, sleep disorder among other illnesses. We have long known the risk of excessive TV watching; but this new list of potential risks is cause for concern. The risks of becoming a TV addict are two fold - firstly TV’s tendency to glorify violence and stupidity and secondly the harmful radiation that TV’s emit undoubtedly contributes to the aforementioned health hazards. Analog TV’s (bulky one’s which most of us have) are worse in this regard. The new breed of LCD and plasma TV’s are better equipped to handle the radiation resulting in slightly lesser harm to the body.

It’s nearly an impossible task to stop children from watching TV. TV has become so much an extension of our lives. It puts pressure on parents to minimize the risk of TV addiction. It is a challenge to all parents. Parents must leave no stone unturned in dissuading children from watching excessive TV. It is reality that must be faced and confronted as early as possible. Children’s viewing habits must be controlled. After all it involves the health of children and the future of our society.

Are You Not Blessed?

I received this by mail. Nice one. Just ponder a little bit...

It's difficult to keep focused on our own lives when the lives of others look so much happier and more prosperous. Our eyes wander and our minds make comparisons. There seems to be no fairness. We're good people, hard working people, kind and generous. Yet, all the blessings that fall out of the sky, land on someone else's head. It doesn't make sense.

Or does it?

When we compare our 'lack' to the 'plenty' of others, we lose sight of every blessed thing in our own lives. Jealousy creeps in and asks, "Why them?" Insecurity follows on its heels with, "Why not me?"

The value we place on the simplest things in our lives is the foundation that supports everything else we receive. Gratitude solidifies that foundation. When we're grateful for having our basic needs met, everything else is an extra blessing.

Open your eyes to the good in your life and see it. Open your heart and receive it. Don't look away, in longing, at the lives of others. You'll miss the work set before you, the opportunities to be filled up; the reason for your existence.

A blessing we see; is a blessing we're ready to receive.

We, who have so much, compared to the majority of people on this planet, need look no further than our own lives to find an incomparable abundance of blessings.

- Author Unknown

Sigmund Freud's Priorities - A Short Test!

Here is a short test for you.....interesting......try it! It could give a clue of your life's priorities.

The following five things are happening in your house at the same time. In which sequence would you solve them?

1. The telephone is ringing!
2. The baby is crying!
3. Someone's knocking or calling you from the front door!
4. You hung the clothes out to dry and it is beginning to rain!
5. You left the tap on in the kitchen and the water is already overflowing!

In which sequence would you solve these problems? Write the sequence and check below how your decisions were made.

First write YOUR sequence from 1 to 5 then scroll below and read after!

Every individual point represents something in your life.
On the list you can see which meaning every point has:

1. Telephone represents Work
2. Baby represents Family
3. Door represents Friends
4. Clothes represent Money
5. Tap represents Love Life

Your chosen sequence determines the priorities in your life.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Dubai to Start Toll System For Motorists From July 2007

Come July; Dubai will start charging tolls to motorists. The toll system; known as Salik will be introduced in only two areas, one on Sheikh Zayed Road and the other near the Garhoud Bridge in Deira. Commuters will be charged AED4 every time the point is crossed. Is this a good move to reduce Dubai's chaotic roads? My answer is more of a NO than a yes. Yes because it will partly address the bad congestion on Sheikh Zayed road especially in the mornings. It might cut traffic by 25% on this road.

But I am afraid this is not a permanent solution. Traffic on other roads will get even worse since people will avoid paying tolls. Both Jumeirah Beach Road and Emirates Road are packed in the mornings as it is, and now there will be even more traffic on these roads as daily commuters will try avoid paying the tolls on SZR. These roads are ill equipped to handle additional traffic. Worse; the toll system will be for 24 hours. Even in the still of the night like 3 am the motorist is not spared!

The toll system in my opinion should have been introduced only when the metro system was up and running. Without a proper alternative taxing commuters by way of tolls is not justified. The city bus transportation is pathetic and inadequate. Two wheelers are not an option because of the lousy weather for most of the year. And the metro will be operational only by late 2009.

The pictures highlight the the way the toll system will function.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Scott Wade's Amazing Dust Art Pictures

What is the best any one can do with a dirty uncleaned car having a layer of dust on it? Wash it? Scribble some meaningless words on it? Scott Wade is different. When dust gets thick on the back window of a car he uses it much like a black drawing board to create some incredible art that is to be seen to be believed. He uses his fingers, brushes etc to carve amazing pictures - pictures that are as good as any art work. He lives in San Marcos and does this on the dirty cars in the locality he lives. Have a look and appreciate his masterly skills.

Scott Wade starting his Work

A Dirty Car

An Outline of his Work

Step Two

Job Finished! - This is "A Copy of C.M. Coolidge's - A Friend in Need"

Albert Einstein - Couldn't be better, right?

Mona Lisa's "Da Vinci" - In the background Vincent Van Gogh's "A Starry Night"

A Wildlife Scene!

A portrait of Kinky Friedman on the back of a Mazda driven by his Wife!

Work on a window covered with frost!

At his work; doing it to perfection

You can see Scott's work here in Statesman