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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Be the Change....where do you belong

"People who Change
AFTER Change ~ will Survive..!

People who Change
WITH Change ~ will Succeed..!

People who CAUSE
the Change ~ will Lead..!"
- Prashant Yashwant Joglekar by way of Facebook

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Tesla for free?

2020- Banner outside the gas stations, nviting you inside 
Buy 20 Gallons...get a TESLA free!!

Mediterranean diet...whats new? Humbug! Really?

From here
Pivotal research in the New England Journal of Medicine today confirmed well-worn notions that the Mediterranean diet -- including produce, olive oil, nuts, etc. -- significantly reduced rates of heart attacks and strokes, as compared to a low-fat diet. Now, to make these foods as accessible as corn sugar
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When research has to be stopped because it would be "unethical to continue," it suggests one of a few polarizing scenarios. In this case, it's because the study found something that was clearly good. So good that after five years of watching trends in heart disease and strokes among people at high risk, the researchers could not in good conscience continue to recommend a "low-fat diet" to anyone.
On the island of Ikaria, in Greece, there are more centenarians than you can shake a stick at. In Loma Linda, California, the Adventist community has a lifespan that's five to seven years longer than the average American's. These are people who eat a Mediterranean diet, and we've long inferred correlations between that and their prosperity and longevity. But we haven't had solid research to show us how important their diet -- as opposed to other factors genetic, lifestyle, and social -- actually is.
That's why today's study in the New England Journal of Medicine is particularly important.
As Dr. Steven E. Nissen, chairman of the department of cardiovascular medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, told Gina Kolata at The New York Timesthe study "says you can eat a nicely balanced diet with fruits and vegetables and olive oil and lower heart disease by 30 percent ... And you can actually enjoy life."
So, enjoy life, if that's what it means to you.
Of course, utilizing this knowledge doesn't just mean educating people about diet choices, but also making these foods accessible. That would necessarily involve reassessing and prioritizing how the U.S. subsidizes agriculture. You don't need to eat a ton of any one these items to see the benefits of the diet, so making them more common in U.S. culture is not at all inconceivable.
Here's how the study defined and broke down the diets it tested:
Recommended in Mediterranean diet
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Discouraged in Mediterranean diet
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New England Journal of Medicine
Recommended in low-fat diet
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New England Journal of Medicine
Discouraged in low-fat diet
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New England Journal of Medicine
Sofrito is "a sauce made with tomato and onion, often including garlic and aromatic herbs, and slowly simmered with olive oil."
I note the wine as a point of interest because a lot of people ask me how much they should drink. But no one element of these diets clearly shouldered an undue share of the glory or burden. I take this as a check in the "good" column for alcohol, among the thousands of studies that look more specifically at its goods and bads.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

The new private world

(Better shut that door)
Private World,
Private Girl,
Private World
(Better keep it confidential)

Snapchat is a new social network, built for photos, that self-destruct a la mission impossible style, ten seconds after you look at them.

What is going to replace Facebook - a different social media spin that does not care for your history.
Is it POKE? That works on similar lines as Snapchat, and is competing with FB.
Facebook is becoming a fictitious world, where the best laundry is put on display.
A hint of realism is needed, privacy concerns addressed - and there is a new social media startup that is plugging away in India or China that will pull the plug on Facebook...rats jumping out from one thing - and Facebook, Orkut the graveyard of the online world with the Aghoris/ junk mailers rampaging away. The teenagers, GenY, Millennia kids are already jumping ship ...to safe haven, and deserting Facebook without any remorse of missing anything.

 There is no good reason that emails you wrote three years ago should be so hard to delete, or still be living on the servers of your friends’ email clients. Read more:

It is not just Zuckerberg's style to shift from what brought them here - and that becomes the nemesis ultimately, and the sad demise. Here is an interesting theory Disruption guru Christensen: Why Apple, Tesla, VCs, academia may die Read about it here

Online Scheduling Systems

A major element of working with clients, projects or running events is being able to schedule meetings / having a system to book your events online - particularly when collaborating with multiple partners
THere are lots of paid Services - list here
And a few free as well

If you meet on an ongoing basis with clients, conduct sales calls and have subcontractors or team members you regularly meet with, you may find that you are scheduling a few meetings every week. You may be spending a lot of time managing these meetings – coordinating meeting times, confirming appointments, sending out dial-in information or other logistical details, handling cancellations and reschedule requests. It’s a lot of work!

Aside from outsourcing your scheduling duties, there are ways to make the meeting process go smoothly and take you a lot less time in the process. Using an online scheduling and calendar system is one option. You can use these tools as an internal system or even integrate them with your website so clients and colleagues can easily schedule meetings with you (without you having to handle the details). Here are a few online scheduling systems you may want to explore.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Miracle Oil

From FB - Brian Wilkinson
WD-40 who knew?
"Water Displacement #40".
The product began from a search for a rust preventative solvent and degreaser to protect missile parts.
WD-40 was created in 1953, by three technicians at the San Diego Rocket Chemical Company.
Its name comes from the project that was to find a 'Water Displacement' Compound.
They were finally successful for a formulation, with their fortieth attempt, thus WD-40.
The 'Convair Company' bought it in bulk to protect their atlas missile parts.
Ken East (one of the original founders) says there is nothing in WD-40 that would hurt you.
When you read the 'shower door' part, try it.
It's the first thing that has ever cleaned that spotty shower door.
If yours is plastic, it works just as well as on glass.
It's a miracle!
Then try it on your stovetop.
It's now shinier than it's ever been.
You'll be amazed.

What is WD-40? Its ingredients?

WD-40 Uses:
1. Protects silver from tarnishing.
2. Removes road tar and grime from cars. Spray paint off car
3. Cleans and lubricates guitar strings.
4. Gives floor that 'just-waxed' sheen without making them slippery.
5. Keeps the flies off of Cows, Horses, and other Farm Critters, as well. (Ya gotta love this one!!!)
6. Restores and cleans chalkboards.
7. Removes lipstick stains.
8. Loosens stubborn zippers.
9. Untangles jewelry chains.
10. Removes stains from stainless steel sinks.
11. Removes dirt and grime from the barbecue grill.
12. Keeps ceramic / terracotta garden pots from oxidizing.
13. Removes tomato stains from clothing.
14. Keeps glass shower doors free of water spots.
15. Camouflages scratches in ceramic and marble floors.
16. Keeps scissors working smoothly.
17. Lubricates noisy door hinges on both home and vehicles doors.
18. It removes that nasty tar and scuff marks from the kitchen flooring.
It doesn't seem to harm the finish and you won't have to scrub nearly as hard to get them off.
Just remember to open some windows if you have a lot of marks.
19. Remove those nasty Bug guts that will eat away the finish on your car if not removed quickly!
20. Gives a children's playground gym slide a shine for a super fast slide.
21. Lubricates gearshift and mower deck lever for ease of handling on riding mowers...
22. Rids kids rocking chair and swings of squeaky noises.
23. Lubricates tracks in sticking home windows and makes them easier to open.
24. Spraying an umbrella stem makes it easier to open and close.
25. Restores and cleans padded leather dashboards in vehicles, as well as vinyl bumpers.
26. Restores and cleans roof racks on vehicles.
27. Lubricates and stops squeaks in electric fans.
28. Lubricates wheel sprockets on tricycles, wagons, and bicycles for easy handling.
29. Lubricates fan belts on washers and dryers and keeps them running smoothly.
30. Keeps rust from forming on saws and saw blades, and other tools.
31. Removes grease splatters from stovetops.
32. Keeps bathroom mirror from fogging.
33. Lubricates prosthetic limbs.
34. Keeps pigeons off the balcony (they hate the smell).
35. Removes all traces of duct tape.
36. Folks even spray it on their arms, hands, and knees to relieve arthritis pain.
37. Florida's favorite use is: 'cleans and removes love bugs from grills and bumpers.'
38. The favorite use in the state of New York, it protects the Statue of Liberty from the elements.
39. WD-40 attracts fish. Spray a little on live bait or lures and you will be catching the big one in no time. Also, it's a lot cheaper than the chemical attractants that are made for just that purpose.
Keep in mind though, using some chemical laced baits or lures for fishing are not allowed in some states.
40. Use it for fire ant bites. It takes the sting away immediately and stops the itch.
41. It is great for removing crayon from walls. Spray it on the marks and wipe with a clean rag.
42. Also, if you've discovered that your teenage daughter has washed and dried a tube of lipstick with a load of laundry, saturate the lipstick spots with WD-40 and rewash. Presto! The lipstick is gone!
43. If you spray it inside a wet distributor cap, it will displace the moisture, allowing the engine to start.

As for that Basic, Main Ingredient.......
Well.... it's FISH OIL....
Who would have guessed ? ? ?

Friday, February 8, 2013

Get to the beach...for wellness and great health

 We enjoy enough warm winter days here in California. Get to the beach as many times as you can, Check out the benefits of negative beach ions. Specially us geeks of Silicon Valley spend so much time around electronics, our negative ions are perpetually depleted...
And read about earthing from earthing.com
Earthing is a fast-growing movement based upon the major discovery that connecting to the Earth's natural energy is foundational for vibrant health
Check out the FAQ http://www.earthing.com/SearchResults.asp?Cat=1832

The Positives of Negative Ions at the Beach

You just can’t explain that feeling you get at the beach. Maybe it’s the sound of the waves, or the warm sun replenishing your vitamin D levels, or just being away from daily stresses. Whatever “it” is, you just feel good. Something must be in the air.
According to mounting research, there really is something in the air at the beach. Because of the constant crashing and movement of the waves, the beach contains high levels of negative ions. Negative ions appear to have a positive effect on health and mood. They are produced when moving water, wind, and radiation break apart air molecules. What’s left is an oxygen molecule with an extra electron.
High concentrations of negatively charged ions have long been thought to affect the way you feel and there’s now supporting evidence they can boost mood, ease depression, and even improve physical health. Negative ions can also be found in high concentrations at waterfalls, in the mountains, and immediately after a summer rain storm. Even your shower or the fountain in the park produces negative ions.
These special air particles are actually biologically active when they enter the body, yet how they work is still unknown. Animal studies have found that living in an area free of negative ions can actually shorten the lifespan. Researchers at the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow found a negative ion-rich environment improves an animal’s ability to handle physical stresses. They also appear to help boost production of protective antioxidant enzymes, and lead to beneficial changes in neurotransmitters and hormones in the body. Preliminary research conducted by Michael Terman, Ph.D. at Columbia University Medical Center, suggests that high density negative ion therapy may help those suffering from Seasonal Affect Disorder, a type of depression experienced in the winter. Besides their positive physiological effects, negative ions are thought to also help clean the air of odors, allergens and pollutants.
Indoor environments tend to have very low levels of negative ions. Our modern lifestyle is to thank for that. Computers, electrical appliances, and air conditioning all contribute to negative ion depletion. Some health experts recommend using negative ion generators to replenish the indoor environment.
This summer you can get your negative ion fix by seeking them out where they are found naturally. Make your vacation plans and head to the mountains or where the water moves. If a vacation is not in the budget, just roll the windows down in the car or step outside after a storm rolls through this summer. You’ll definitely do yourself some good.
This article was distributed via the Abundant Living Health E News. 
To Read other articles, visit www.abundantlivingorganic.com

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

ORLANDO MAGIC India Night - Sheela ki Jawani - Jan 27

Bollywood going mainstream @ Orlando Magic.
OMG - what is the world coming to ;-)
Love the energy and the Bollywood "pyro" techniques - the Orlando Magic Cheerleaders have captured the nuances of the moves well. Rehearsed for 27 straight days like amchi marathi mulgi Madhuri's ek-do-teen perhaps ;-)

Tesla - Gory Details

So ....many of our friends reached out trying to get the inside scoop.
If you were considering getting in line- for folks who have ordered in October 2012, they were just asked to pick the options, and their delivery date is end of April. So  about a 7 month wait period. But get in line quickly, this thing is creating a buzz
NOTE: We ordered in May 2009, and we picked our specs in September, and finally delivered in January - even though the target delivery was November/December

Back to the "inside scoop".
Firstly I would recommend the Tesla Forum
But here is a quick summary based on the "usual" questions
In particular, the details of the 220V connection is spelled out below - that is the most complex issue you will deal with, as it pertains to switching to an electric car.
We are overall quite pleased, love the power, and Tesla has truly catered to the *high* end luxury car market segment. If you were driving a fancy sports car, you would not be able to tell the difference. Is it worth the money? Time will tell.
There are simple issues (No spare tire, water entering inside the pop out handle during the car wash etc) so we are considering getting the extended warranty and purchasing the service plan outright. 

State rebate of $2500 check apply from here - http://energycenter.org/index.php/incentive-programs/clean-vehicle-rebate-project
Once you are approved, you should see the check arrive into your mail-box.
Federal Tax $7,500 is more complex

Details are here http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/taxevb.shtml
Remember to send the information to your accountant to include in your 2013 tax returns


 OPTIONS: http://www.teslamotors.com/models/options
Options are really dependent on your interests, But check out the forums on what folks are saying
The one option I would want you to consider is to go with the largest 85kwh battery size / the 320 mile range, for a variety of reasons.

Tesla provides a standard adapter to charge directly from the 120V socket in the garage. That makes it easy! We are currently working on the 220V connection (see below)

Tesla is building a network of Superchargers throughout North America along well-traveled routes. Superchargers are designed to give road-trippers half a charge in about half an hour. Includes all hardware, software, testing, and unlimited free charging at all Supercharger locations.  Here are the locations of these superchargers

The new 220V connection in the garage


With all the standard cables and power adapters that Tesla provides, you are essentially good to go. You don't need any special install - but may want to consider getting the optional components to get a faster charge.
Read about single versus dual here http://www.teslamotors.com/forum/forums/single-vs-twin-charger
If you have a 220V charger at home, and not planning to take it for long drives, you don't need the Dual Super charger

SUMMARY of work effort for the new 220v connection
Our home amperage was at 125AMPS
The Tesla 70 Amp high power charger will suck up much of it.
It was imperative for us to upgrade to 200 AMPS, and while at it, why not go to 400 amps and have the ability to charge a couple cars simultaneously.
So the new 400 amps line coming into our home will be split into two- 200 amps for the home and 200 amps for the charging stations in the garage.
We currently have a panel that is maxed out with the number of breakers.
We are considering getting an additional breaker panel that will feed into the old panel. Both these are dedicated for the 200amp into the home. The reason we want to keep the old panel - is not to be "that" disruptive and make changes with the electricity being fed into the house.

Then an additional panel dedicated for the charging with about 4 breakers.
Also, because you can leverage the subsidized PG&E billing (see details here) for electric cars, you may want to have metering setup separately.PG&E currently offers two "EV plans". E9-A and E9-B. E9-A is timing vary rate that allow you to use electricity as cheap as $0.037/KWh during the summer and as cheap as $0.0468/KWh. But to avail the E9 rates, you need a dedicated line for your charging station. So essentially you need 2 meters - one for the home and one for the charging station.
And ...you need dedicated 220v wiring from your existing panel to your charging location (garage)

Here are the details and the steps 
- Call PG&E and tell them you want to increase the amperage to 200 or 400 amps
- Line up an electrician who can change your panel and install the 220V wiring for your home 
- PG&E will send some docs to sign, along with a bill.  Sign and mail
- PG&E will now send you the specs of the trenching and the work to be done.
You need to trench a 30" x 8" pathway all the way to your panel location. PG&E is willing to do it, but they are super expensive. 
- Before you begin trenching, call 811 and a 3rd party provider will call all the service companies (phone, cable, electric, gas) to come down and mark the lines (areas where you should NOT be digging). 
- Once the trenching is done, making sure you don't dig over the lines 
Once the digging is done, you will need a sand layer of a couple inches at the bottom of the trench, lay the new conduits (schedule 40 and 30)
- Call PG&E to lay the new 400amp wiring.
- Cover the conduit with sand (a few inches) and fill the trench with stone-free soil.
- Call PG&E for 2nd inspection
- Once approved Call your electrician, have them come down to do the following.
PG&E will turn power off before this work begins.

You will need to pull a permit with the city for this step
Ideally, the electrician should start in the morning and wrap by evening
 * Lay the new 220 v wiring all the way to your garage (from the panel)
Install the new panel
  * Install the new meter (for the charging station) by the new panel
  * Install any wall charging unit.
* Ideally you want the ability to charge outside the garage as well as inside.
Some folks just run the charging cables to the driveway through the garage door (it will still close). You may consider making a small depression  in the garage floor to help facilitate that.
-  PG&E comes back, does the checks and activates your power.
Model S iPhone App available now (also on Android)
You sign in with the same email and password as their website and it automatically links to your car. The menu includes Home, Controls, Charge, Climate, and Location across the bottom of the screen.
Home - shows current status, can sign in and out there.
Controls - vent roof, lock, unlock, honk horn, flash lights
Charge - switch from standard to max range, start and stop charging
Climate - shows current interior temp, turn climate on and off
Location - map view of the car location, direction to get to the car (goes to Maps app)
A San Antonio owner of Tesla Signature writes... the feeling is mutual too. feels like bragging but feeling good.
Yes, MB has sold 3 M cars in USA and Porsche 1.5 M but still this is made in the US. I really hope this car succeeds.

Tesla = Apollo Program
Posted by txcattledog on January 24, 2013
OK before y’all lacerate me, read me out. And no, there are absolutely no Space-X puns coming.
We have had our Model S for exactly two weeks. The reception we’ve received is unbelievable. The public’s fascination with this car is beyond comprehension.
I have been trying to figure out why. People have a crush on this car, complete infatuation. OK, it’s beautiful on the outside, superbly simple on the inside, quiet, crazy fast, unexpected. All those are OK, and unexpected starts to get close to it.
I think it’s this.
I think everyone approaches the Model S with one essential thought – NO WAY.
Not as in a good, “I don’t believe it,” but as in a really skeptical, “I don’t believe it.”
They are in the womb of automotive expectedness – the ICE world of the last few decades – and in a span of about 60 seconds (approach car, beautiful, handles extend, OMG, get in, stunning, flat screen stares at them, panoroof slider bar, foot on break, speedometer flips over, roll away silently, first straightaway punch it, memories of first rollercoaster ride, fat-ass grins all over faces) they are shot out the birth canal into the bright light of a new, awesome world (sorry for the graphic overlay, but it’s like that.)
And then they think, NO WAY, as in NO WAY has this freaking out-of-nowhere company kicked sand in the face of 100 years of automaking. NO WAY have they done it, NO WAY is it American, NO WAY is it 8,000 laptop batteries flipped back and forth in the right kool-aid. NO WAY did you buy another one from that super-sized iPad, NO WAY did I just laugh my head off driving in a 3/4 mile loop around your neighborhood (seriously, there’s NOTHING inherently compelling about that).
When did you hear about Tesla? How long has it been reserved? How many are there in San Antonio? Is it really all electric? Where do they make it? Who makes it? WHO MAKES IT?
My wife’s been chased down in the school parking lot, our kids’ friends want to keep going for rides, laughing their heads off. I’ve been blockaded in my driveway, thumbs up from freeway passers-by, blank stares from Maserati owners, people on cell phones behind me at lights talking about it (it goes like this – person drives up, eyes widen, cell phone comes out, speed dial, big smile hand gestures, pointing, etc.).
Our neighbor was leaving for the airport this morning, her driver (towncar instead of cab, just the way they do it) was parked out front. I parked in front of him, got out and went to the door to get their daughter to take to school. “Sir, excuse me sir, is that your car?” “Yes.” “Sir, that is the nicest car in San Antonio!” “Thank you, well, there are a lot of nic…” “SIR – THAT is the nicest car in San Antonio.” “Umm, thank you.”
Power Consumption
It’s our Apollo Program.
People are proud of it. Of the balls to try it. Of the audacity to pull it off. People we don’t even know are proud of us for buying it. They feel like they’ve bought it by seeing it or riding in it. No one is lukewarm about it. Is this how Columbus felt?
I think everyone’s pumped that someone can still kick ass and take names, without going to war to do it.
It’s sort of indescribable.
I’ll add insulation and solar panels if I want to feel greener. This is way beyond that.
Let them make one for you.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Definition of a Mumbaikar

Aye dil hai mushkil jeena yahan
zara hatke zara bachke
yeh hai mumbai meri Jaan.

What it takes to be a Mumbaikar aka Bombayite?

For a Mumbaikar
-We call everyone BOSS
- Tamil, Telugu, Kannada & Malyalam are all the same ..Madrasi?
-We feel inflation when there is a hike in Vada Pav Price.
-Mumbaikar's invention : Cutting Chai, sweet corn 1/2
-Two God's: Balasaheb Thakarey & Sachin Tendulkar
-Bandra has more stars than the entire Universe
- We do not believe in dances like Salsa, hip-hop and all....just one dance form ... Tapori / Ganpati Dance on Nashik Dhol
- If u shout Ganpati Bappa .....You surely will hear MORYA
- Getting on a VIRAR or Kalyan Train from Dadar is difficult than getting into IIT/IIM
- For us Essel World = Disney Land & Marine Drive is Heaven
-We all know value of a minute when catching a train ..6:01 ki fast local have to catch it ......

That's Mumbaikar.......
(Via Leena Sujan and with twists)

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