Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Devotees queuing up with their offering to the chariot and blessing from the chariot.
This picture was taken on thaipusam night, about 2000 people marched with candles throughout the thaipusam route to express unfair arrest of 5 HINDRAF leaders detained under Internal Security Act (ISA)
The orange color T-shirt printed "Makkal Sakthi" means peoples power. Makkal Skathi refreshment hut was place togehter along with others in Penang's Thaipusam
Next day of thaipusam, the chariot returns back. Coconut breaking session is going on just before the chariot makes a stop here.
Here comes the chariot, making its way back with shiny and colorful lights.
Posted by Praveen at 4:29 PM
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
The Bermuda Triangle, also known as the Devil's Triangle, is an infamous stretch of the Atlantic Ocean bordered by Florida, Bermuda, and Puerto Rico that has been the location of strange disappearances throughout history. The Coast Guard does not recognize the Bermuda Triangle or the supernatural explanations for the mysterious disappearances in its midst. There are some probable explanations for the missing vessels, including hurricanes, undersea earthquakes, and magnetic fields that interfere with compasses and other positioning devices. But it's much more interesting to think the following vessels got sucked into another dimension, abducted by aliens, or simply vanished into thin air.
1. Flight 19
On the afternoon of December 5, 1945, five Avenger torpedo bombers left the Naval Air Station at Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with Lt. Charles Taylor in command of a crew of 13 student pilots. About an hour and a half into the flight, Taylor radioed the base to say that his compasses weren't working, but he figured he was somewhere over the Florida Keys. The lieutenant who received the signal told Taylor to fly north toward Miami, as long as he was sure he was actually over the Keys. Although he was an experienced pilot, Taylor got horribly turned around, and the more he tried to get out of the Keys, the further out to sea he and his crew traveled.
The Bermuda Triangle, located off the US east coast, is the location of many unexplained disappearances.
As night fell, radio signals worsened, until, finally, there was nothing at all from Flight 19. A U.S. Navy investigation reported that Taylor's confusion caused the disaster, but his mother convinced them to change the official report to read that the planes went down for "causes unknown." The planes have never been recovered.
2. Flight 201
This Cessna left Fort Lauderdale on March 31, 1984, en route for Bimini Island in the Bahamas, but it never made it. Not quite midway to its destination, the plane slowed its airspeed significantly, but no radio signals were made from the plane to indicate distress. Suddenly, the plane dropped from the air into the water, completely vanishing from the radar. A woman on Bimini Island swore she saw a plane plunge into the sea about a mile offshore, but no wreckage has ever been found.
3. USS Cyclops
As World War I heated up, America went to battle. The Cyclops, commanded by Lt. G. W. Worley, stayed mostly on the East Coast of the United States until 1918 when it was sent to Brazil to refuel Allied ships. With 309 people onboard, the ship left Rio de Janeiro in February and reached Barbados in March. After that, the Cyclops was never heard from again. The Navy says in its official statement, "The disappearance of this ship has been one of the most baffling mysteries in the annals of the Navy, all attempts to locate her having proved unsuccessful. There were no enemy submarines in the western Atlantic at that time, and in December 1918 every effort was made to obtain from German sources information regarding the disappearance of the vessel."
4. Star Tiger
The Star Tiger, commanded by Capt. B. W. McMillan, was flying from England to Bermuda in January 1948. On January 30, McMillan said he expected to arrive in Bermuda at 5:00 a.m., but neither he nor any of the 31 people onboard the Star Tiger were ever heard from again. When the Civil Air Ministry launched a search and investigation, they learned that the S.S. Troubadour had reported seeing a low-flying aircraft halfway between Bermuda and the entrance to Delaware Bay. If that aircraft was the Star Tiger, it was drastically off course. According to the Civil Air Ministry, the fate of the Star Tiger remains an unsolved mystery.
5. Star Ariel
A Tudor IV aircraft like the Star Tiger left Bermuda on January 17, 1949, with 7 crew members and 13 passengers en route to Jamaica. That morning, Capt. J. C. McPhee reported that the flight was going smoothly. Shortly afterward, another more cryptic message came from the captain, when he reported that he was changing his frequency, and then nothing more was heard, ever. More than 60 aircraft and 13,000 men were deployed to look for the Star Ariel, but not even a hint of debris or wreckage was ever found. After the Ariel disappeared, Tudor IVs were no longer produced.
6. The Spray
Joshua Slocum, the first man to sail solo around the world, never should have been lost at sea, but it appears that's exactly what happened. In 1909, the Spray left the East Coast of the United States for Venezuela via the Caribbean Sea. Slocum was never heard from or seen again and was declared dead in 1924. The ship was solid and Slocum was a pro, so nobody knows what happened. Perhaps he was felled by a larger ship or maybe he was taken down by pirates. No one knows for sure that Slocum disappeared within Triangle waters, but Bermuda buffs claim Slocum's story as part of the legacy of the Devil's Triangle.
7. Teignmouth Electron
Who said that the Bermuda Triangle only swallows up ships and planes? Who's to say it can't make a man go mad, too? Perhaps that's what happened on the Teignmouth Electron in 1969. The Sunday Times Golden Globe Race of 1968 left England on October 31 and required each contestant to sail his ship solo. Donald Crowhurst was one of the entrants, but he never made it to the finish line. The Electron was found abandoned in the middle of the Bermuda Triangle in July 1969. Logbooks recovered from the ship reveal that Crowhurst was deceiving organizers about his position in the race and going a little nutty out there in the big blue ocean. The last entry of his log was dated June 29 -- it is believed that Crowhurst jumped overboard and drowned himself in the Triangle.
Posted by Praveen at 11:30 AM
Monday, January 14, 2008
Radio waves naturally travel in straight lines, so you would naturally expect (because of the curvature of the earth) that no radio station would transmit farther than 30 or 40 miles. And that is exactly the case for ground-based (as opposed to satellite) TV transmissions. The curvature of the earth prevents ground-based TV transmissions from going much further than 40 miles (64 km). Certain radio stations, however, especially in the short-wave and AM bands, can travel much farther. Short-wave can circle the globe, and AM stations transmit hundreds of miles at night.
This extended transmission is possible is because of the ionosphere -- one of the layers of the atmosphere. It is called the ionosphere because when the sun's rays hit this layer, many of the atoms there lose electrons and turn into ions. As it turns out, the ionosphere reflects certain frequencies of radio waves. So the waves bounce between the ground and the ionosphere and make their way around the planet. The composition of the ionosphere at night is different than during the day because of the presence or absence of the sun. You can pick up some radio stations better at night because the reflection characteristics of the ionoshphere are better at night.
Posted by Praveen at 1:42 AM
Posted by Praveen at 1:29 AM
Sunday, January 6, 2008
Another miserable day for Mr.Speed a.k.a Karthy Gasdev, I am not very sure what happen this time. Well i can conclude that Mr. Speed wasnt a shining star in Jitra. Too bad mate!
This one was a couple of months back. Sad Mr.Speed looking at his smashed car due to brake failure. Too bad bro, Riders need to taste the road sometimes, Drivers need to taste the steering wheel sometimes. ;-)
Posted by Praveen at 5:18 PM
Saturday, January 5, 2008
Posted by Praveen at 10:21 PM
Pictures back in time. I can figure out where is picture 1, 3 and 4 located along penang road. Picture 2 seems to be a little bit confusing. I was thinking that picture 2 is the tower view of picture 3, after taking a close look on both picture. I cant make up my mind to believe that both are same. The buildings in the picture looks diffrent with the other picture.
Posted by Praveen at 5:47 PM
Friday, January 4, 2008
Check out this video. Extremely funny advertisement on Anti Cannabis Campaign with the title on "high for a night slow for a month."
Posted by Praveen at 11:30 PM
Brilliant mashup of moment in 1966 World Cup Final where Russian linesman awarded England a controversial goal against West Germany. Kitkat got in on advertisement
Posted by Praveen at 10:32 PM
Carlsberg has come up with a creative advertising campaign where £5000 in £10 and £20 notes were individually dropped in the streets of London. On each note is a removable sticker that reads “Carlsberg don’t do litter. But if they did it would probably be the best litter in the world.”
Posted by Praveen at 12:45 PM
Here comes another weekend.. i am just so bored and dunno what to do on weekends. Last week was full-filling weekend in conjunction with arrival of new year and just after xmas. Worse come to worst i would go fishing or not clubbing on saturday nite or friday nite. I have to get something done on the weekends besides clubbing... Looks like this year i will be seeing the least clubbing experince than ever before. Hope this work out! Those driving down to your hometown or having their own activities on weekends. Becarefull when u hit the road. Drive safely.
Posted by Praveen at 12:08 PM
Thursday, January 3, 2008
Posted by Praveen at 9:55 PM
Every year we see changes in peoples life, its too bad isnt it for those who are not having the changes in life. Still the same wooden house, still the same old unorganised area and finally high-crime rated area thats where they live in. If we take alook certain places in prai and butterworth districts in Penang state, we still can see quite a number of places can be quoted "poverty area". Looking at the kids and youngsters at the area, it really recalls Jay-z's video clip on Hard Knock Life. Hopefully, the government have its own plan of devoloping at the same time place a small changes in their lives for the sake of election.
Here is a real scenario, One woman, Nagama (not her real name) has 11 children, husband is bed-ridden and they are illiterate. This is contrary to Samy Vellu’s view that “Today all Indians are educated and some doing very well.” Five of her children have no citizenship or birth certificates. They would be among the 20,000 ethnic Indians who have been denied their rights to identity and citizenship in Malaysia. The children cannot be admitted in schools or find employment because they do not have identity cards. She approached the MIC officials who took whatever papers she had and she never heard from them again. There is no one to open any legal avenues for her to pursue.
Another scenario, in a low-cost flat lives a woman whose husband has a chronic illness but works as an office boy. They have two daughters who are disabled. The building is not disabled friendly. They survive on a meagre diet of mainly plain rice with a colouring of curry. They receive no help from the government. They have received no help from the MIC. They have met with local party leaders and answered numerous questions but to no end. She is asked if she is a member of the party? No. They say they can only help party members.
They approached the welfare department and the first thing they asked was if she subscribed to Astro (Satellite TV Channel)? Yes. They were not entitled to welfare aid because they could afford to subscribe to Astro.
The Astro subscription was made by her sister for the sake of the disabled daughters, a gift. They are at a dead end. The daughters are 18 and 20 but look like mere children because they are stunted in growth. The older girl is smaller in size and suffers from epilepsy. The mother says she prays to god everyday that he would take her daughters while she is still alive so that she can give them a decent burial because nobody will ever marry them.
Posted by Praveen at 6:03 PM