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October 29, 2012

Eight food idioms that are right under your nose !

Filed under: B.Tech, Crap, Fun, IIT, Inspira, Junk, Life, Lit, Tec — Tags: , , — Vivek R @ 11:25 PM
1. Nutshell  [nuht-shel]
The term “in a nutshell” refers to a shortened description, or a story told in no more words than can physically fit in the shell of a nut. But the origin of the term tests those limits with the most longwinded of tales. The ancient Roman encyclopaedist Pliny the Elder claimed that a copy of Homer’s The Iliad existed that was small enough to fit inside a walnut shell. Almost 2000 years later in the early 1700s the Bishop of Avranches tested Pliny’s theory by writing out the epic in tiny handwriting on a walnut-sized piece of paper and lo and behold, he did it!
2. Beans  [been]
English speakers have been using the word “spill” to mean “divulge secret information” since 1547, but the spilling of beans in particular may predate the term by millennia. Many historians claim that secret societies in ancient Greece voted by dropping black or white beans into a clay urn. To spill those beans would be to reveal the results of a secret vote before the ballots had been counted. Kidney he lives, pinto he dies!
3. Pie  [pahy]
As many of us know from experience, it is not so easy to make a pie. A buttery crust can fall apart in the deftest of hands and around Thanksgiving many pumpkin “pies” might be more accurately deemed pumpkin “soups.” On the other hand (or for our purposes) anyone can become an expert at eating a pie. Popularized in the U.S. in the late 1800s, the most notable use of pie to mean “simple and pleasurable” appears in Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Part of our next food idiom makes a home in many pies, especially in America.
4. Apples  [ap-uh lz]
Apples and oranges refers to two incommensurable items, i.e. a comparison of things that cannot be compared. Though they are both fruits, apples and oranges are separated by color, taste, juiciness and 89.2 million years of evolution. The idiom first appeared as apples and oysters in John Ray’s 1670 Proverb collection, and equivalent terms exist in many languages: “grandmothers and toads” in Serbian to “love and the eye of an axe” in Argentine Spanish. What other funny fruits turn unusual phrases?
5. Bananas  [buh-nan-uh z]
Not only does going bananas mean “to go crazy,” the term can point to things for which you’ve gone bananas, or obsessions. According to lexicographer E.J. Lighter, going bananas refers to the term going ape often used in American popular culture in the second half of the 1900s. Apes were seen as crazy by the mid-century media, and what do apes eat? Bananas! For example, here at Dictionary.com, we’re bananas for grammar but we go bananas when people end sentences with prepositions.
Cheese  [cheez]
Perhaps the savoriest idiom on this list, the word cheese can refer to a person or thing that is important or splendid as well as to the delicious dairy product. The usage is thought to have origins in Urdu, from the Persian chiz meaning “thing.” In common usage, “the big cheese” is a person of importance or authority, and cheese is often associated with smiling, based on the “say cheese” method of posing for pictures.
Tea  [tee]
Though English is spoken all over the world, there are certain idioms that recall its, well, Englishness. Popularized in British Edwardian slang, cup of tea originally referred to something pleasant or agreeable. The negative usage as in not my cup of tea arose during World War II as a more polite way to say you didnt like something. “You dont say someone gives you a pain in the neck,” explained Alister Cooke in his 1944 Letter from America. You just remark, he’s not my cup of tea.'”
Eggshells [eg-shel]
Our final idiom is also our most delicate: walking on eggshells or taking great care not to upset someone. The term is thought to have originated in politics when diplomats were described as having the remarkable ability to tread so lightly around difficult situations, it was as though they were walking on eggshells.
In a nutshell, we hope you go bananas with these food idioms. Whether or not they’re your cup of tea, these terms are easy as pie to use and they’ll make you the big cheese of any conversation! So go ahead and spill the beans, it’s just like apples and oranges.
(Got the above content in a mail from one of my friends, whom I adore a lot.)

August 24, 2011

What are you going to do with this life of yours ?

Filed under: Crap, Fun, Inspira, Life, Physics — Tags: , , — Vivek R @ 5:28 PM

What are you going to do ?

This Simple Cartoon from Abstruse Goose  Teaches a lot.

You know , You are given THE Opportunity , to live. You are the end result of billions of years of Sacrifice, despair , death and Amorous relations…

So Anyways , What are you going to do ?


July 16, 2011

First Class !

Filed under: Crap, Fun, Inspira, Life, Lit, Movie, YouTube — Tags: , , , , , — Vivek R @ 5:11 PM

So it was another OSM day that I witnessed. The day I Dashed with X men. This Spell binding movie, also took me through some of the Emotional moments.  A “Marvel’ous one ! The other weekend , I was lost somewhere between `Rage & Serenity’. Here I go !


Having only THE PAIR, Charles Xavier(Prof X) And Eric (Magneto),  at the movie’s cynosure, Movie was just able to bind the Audience. Second half is swift. Negatives include some buffoon Mutants ( Got Confused for a Sec at one point of time 😛 ) , Not properly edited Script with Punchy Dialogues…

x - mate

Coming to its Positives, I particularly liked the way Director showed how the relation between Xavier & Magneto . And how the things went at their Espionage. Magneto origins were at Jewish Holocaust of Nazi time. A Survivor of some Concentration Camp. Where as Charles Xavier is a Harvard-Oxford-Columbia Genetics Freak. A Telepath(Pretty interesting is it !).  Both of these Characters are Fresh & Energetic.

Some of the OSM dialogue’s :

“There is so much more to you than you know, not just pain and anger, there’s good too, I felt it. When you can access all that, you’ll possess a power no one can match, not even me ”  Prof X to Magneto.

“Mutation. It is the key to our evolution. It is how we have evolved from a single-cell organism into the dominant species on the planet. This process is slow, normally taking thousands and thousands of years. But every few millennia evolution leaps forward.” Prof X.

“Any involvement of the mutant involves the extinction of the less evolved kind.”  – X

(Killer !) If you’re using half your concentration to look normal, then you’re only half paying attention to whatever else you’re doing.

`Listen to me very carefully, My friend: “Killing will not bring you peace.” ‘  ~ Prof X

`Peace was never an option.’ ~Magneto

” We have it (Urge) in us to be the better man.” Prof X

Finally , Magneto and Xavier would eventually part ways because of the differences in their beliefs on how to help mutants.

(Btw , found this interesting , where someone Xplains about Management Principles Learned from X men . Wow ! )

All in all ,  First Class is not a bad film. 🙂 Worth spending all the time with your (Dedicated to) beloved ones. 🙂

-Kevis !


June 6, 2011

Summer has come and Passed……..

Filed under: Crap, Fun, Inspira, Life, Lit, YouTube — Tags: , , , , , — Vivek R @ 7:09 PM

Wait wait…… This is not a post about Summer. Again, a typical dose of Awesome things that I found. 🙂

Here is one OSM comment that I found on youtube itself, about the song “Wake Me Up When September Ends”…

The front singer, named Billie Joe was just a kid when hes father died, hes father died a September day, and right after Billie’s fathers funeral Billy ran all the way home, and went to bed, when hes mother came home and asked him what was wrong, the only thing he said was: “Wake me up when September ends”

And thats why he is crying almost everytime they play this song live..

And the songs Lyrics are here :

Summer has come and passed
The innocent can never last
Wake me up when September ends

Like my father’s come to pass
Seven years has gone so fast
Wake me up when September ends

Here comes the rain again
Falling from the stars
Drenched in my pain again
Becoming who we are

As my memory rests
But never forgets what I lost
Wake me up when September ends

Summer has come and passed
The innocent can never last
Wake me up when September ends

Ring out the bells again
Like we did when spring began
Wake me up when September ends

Here comes the rain again
Falling from the stars
Drenched in my pain again
Becoming who we are

As my memory rests
But never forgets what I lost
Wake me up when September ends

Summer has come and passed
The innocent can never last
Wake me up when September ends

Like my father’s come to pass
Twenty years has gone so fast
Wake me up when September ends

Wake me up when September ends
Wake me up when September ends…………….

And here is the Song :

Already, I fell in love with it ! 🙂

Yea, as the topic of Love came now, Lemme direct you to one of the Lectures given by a man, who is considered as Perfect Personification of Indian Culture. As an Indian, let me take this Opp. to explain “l-o-v-e” in a more holistic way.

Here is the wiki link that goes to a Lecture, that Swami Vivekananda delivered at San Francisco.

( Teaser :

This is the question: Is not your husband God, your child God? If you can love your wife, you have all the religion in the world. You have the whole secret of religion and Yoga in you. But can you love? That is the question. You say, “I love . . . Oh Mary, I die for you! ” [But if you] see Mary kissing another man, you want to cut his throat. If Mary sees John talking to another girl, she cannot sleep at night, and she makes life hell for John. This is not love. This is barter and sale in sex. It is blasphemy to talk of it as love. The world talks day and night of God and religion—so of love. Making a sham of everything, that is what you are doing! Everybody talks of love, [yet in the] columns in the newspapers [we read] of divorces every day. When you love John, do you love John for his sake or for your sake? [If you love him for your sake], you expect something from John. [If you love him for his sake], you do not want anything from John. He can do anything he likes, [and] you [will] love him just the same.

(……After explaining the first two)

The third [angle of the love-triangle is that] love is its own end. It can never be the means. The man who says, “I love you for such and such a thing”, does not love. Love can never be the means; it must be the perfect end…..  . ………… [There is] no why, because it is not the means. When one can love, that is salvation, that is perfection, that is heaven. What more? What else can be the end? What can you have higher than love?

Love never asks; it always gives. . . . When a young man goes to see his sweetheart, . . . there is no business relationship between them; theirs is a relationship of love, and love is no beggar. [In the same way], we understand that the beginning of real spiritual worship means no begging. We have finished all begging: “Lord, give me this and that.”

There was an old Indian emperor who on a hunting expedition came across a great sage in the forest. He was so pleased with this sage that he insisted that the latter come to the capital to receive some presents. [At first] the sage refused. [But] the emperor insisted, and at last the sage consented. When he arrived [at the palace], he was announced to the emperor who said, “Wait a minute until I finish my prayer.” The emperor prayed, “Lord, give me more wealth, more [land, more health], more children.” The sage stood up and began to walk out of the room. The emperor said, “You have not received my presents.” The sage replied, “I do not beg from beggars. All this time you have been praying for more land, [for] more money, for this and that. What can you give me? First satisfy your own wants!”

Aaaargh… My Teaser is not short…. Darn… )

So, Thats it for today folks !

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