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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.
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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.
http://dictionary.reference.com/
(Got the above content in a mail from one of my friends, whom I adore a lot.)

October 7, 2011

iTribute to Steve Jobs.

Filed under: Inspira, Life, Tec — Tags: , , — Vivek R @ 12:08 AM

His Last para in his Stanford Speech (one of my ALL time Favs ).

My third story is about death.

When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: “If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.” It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.

Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.

About a year ago I was diagnosed with cancer. I had a scan at 7:30 in the morning, and it clearly showed a tumor on my pancreas. I didn’t even know what a pancreas was. The doctors told me this was almost certainly a type of cancer that is incurable, and that I should expect to live no longer than three to six months. My doctor advised me to go home and get my affairs in order, which is doctor’s code for prepare to die. It means to try to tell your kids everything you thought you’d have the next 10 years to tell them in just a few months. It means to make sure everything is buttoned up so that it will be as easy as possible for your family. It means to say your goodbyes.

I lived with that diagnosis all day. Later that evening I had a biopsy, where they stuck an endoscope down my throat, through my stomach and into my intestines, put a needle into my pancreas and got a few cells from the tumor. I was sedated, but my wife, who was there, told me that when they viewed the cells under a microscope the doctors started crying because it turned out to be a very rare form of pancreatic cancer that is curable with surgery. I had the surgery and I’m fine now.

This was the closest I’ve been to facing death, and I hope it’s the closest I get for a few more decades. Having lived through it, I can now say this to you with a bit more certainty than when death was a useful but purely intellectual concept:

No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

When I was young, there was an amazing publication called The Whole Earth Catalog, which was one of the bibles of my generation. It was created by a fellow named Stewart Brand not far from here in Menlo Park, and he brought it to life with his poetic touch. This was in the late 1960’s, before personal computers and desktop publishing, so it was all made with typewriters, scissors, and polaroid cameras. It was sort of like Google in paperback form, 35 years before Google came along: it was idealistic, and overflowing with neat tools and great notions.

Stewart and his team put out several issues of The Whole Earth Catalog, and then when it had run its course, they put out a final issue. It was the mid-1970s, and I was your age. On the back cover of their final issue was a photograph of an early morning country road, the kind you might find yourself hitchhiking on if you were so adventurous. Beneath it were the words: “Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.” It was their farewell message as they signed off. Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish. And I have always wished that for myself. And now, as you graduate to begin anew, I wish that for you.

Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.

Thank you all very much.

That reflects his true self. I am honoured to be the one, who saw him passing by. Here are some responses by so called eminent people about Jobs:

John Sculley, former chief executive of Apple, said: ‘

Steve Jobs was intensely passionate at making an important difference in the lives of his fellow humans while he was on this planet. He never was into money or measured his life through owning stuff. The world knows Steve Jobs as the brilliant genius who transformed technology into magic. A part of Steve still lives within all of us through his beautifully designed products and his no-compromises media experiences. Steve Jobs captured our imagination with his creativity. His legacy is far more than being the greatest CEO ever. A world leader is dead, but the lessons his leadership taught us live on.’

Larry Page, co-founder and chief executive of Google, said:
‘He was a great man with incredible achievements and amazing brilliance. He always seemed to be able to say in very few words what you actually should have been thinking before you thought it.
Dick Costolo, chief executive of Twitter, said:
‘Once in a rare while, somebody comes along who doesn’t just raise the bar, they create an entirely new standard of measurement. RIP SteveJobs’.
Tony Blair :
‘His memory will serve as a symbol of what the human mind can achieve.’
(This is my Fav again !!) Obama :
“And there may be no greater tribute to Steve’s success than the fact that much of the world learned of his passing on a device he invented.”
RIP Steve Jobs. And Everyone Out there , Stay hungry , Stay Foolish !

November 9, 2010

Life.

Filed under: B.Tech, IIT, Inspira, Life, Tec, YouTube — Vivek R @ 11:12 PM

Today, I happened to go through this excellent 8 min mesmerizing video which vindicated subtleness of life exquisitely. This completely threw me.After seeing it, I recollect my friend’s saying which goes like –

“Life is what happens to you when you are busy making other plans”.

 

October 13, 2010

And Miles to go before I sleep…

Filed under: Inspira, Life, Lit, Tec — Tags: , , , — Vivek R @ 12:03 AM

Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.


From Robert Frost’s NEW HAMPSHIRE, this poem is a real inspiration telling that a long road ahead, so be prepared to face it.This is the marvel on human principle of deeds and romantic fascination .

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Its about journey we all take, from childhood to adulthood, how hard times seem like dark times, and how easy it seems sometimes to simply give up. But we all have promises to keep, parents to make proud, obligations to fulfill, therefore miles to go before we sleep. . Its about carrying on even when you think no-one is watching, or when all you really want is to rest. Always remember, every task, job or challenge you take is a promise you make. And some of good character would go the distance before you become really aware of.

Most of us fall victim to the apparent beauty or handsomeness , forgetting the purpose of life that that remains in one’s self-less activities of good deeds.As temptation and feasting senses often cause our downfall.We are not told, however, that the call of social responsibility proves stronger than the attraction of the woods, which are “lovely” as well as “dark and deep”.He is stirred by the magical scenery. But can’t stay for as long as he’d like, for he has pressing responsibilities.

It is OK to take time to stop and enjoy life, but not to the extent that it keeps you away from keeping your promises.We may enjoy the beauty of a girl , or nature , but not at the cost of our work . (Take time to smell the roses, but don’t dilly dally around.)

Also , There is a slight lack of surety in the speaker saying to himself, “I think I know,” thus again signifying the meeting ground between what he knows and what he does not.The speaker focuses almost exclusively on the physical fact of his surroundings, he is at the same time articulating his own mental landscape.

What appears to be “simple” is shown to be not really simple, what appears to be innocent is not really innocent…

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