Thursday, January 14, 2010

Star-gazers gear up for annular solar eclipse

Scientists and star-gazers are gearing up to witness a rare celestial event on Friday - the longest 'annular' solar eclipse of this millennium.
An annular eclipse occurs when the moon covers the centre of the sun, but not its edges as in a solar eclipse. The partially covered sun leaves a shining annulus (ring), visible around the dark moon.
The maximum hiding of the sun will happen around 1.15 pm.
The eclipse, that will last for 11 minutes and eight seconds, will give the scientists a unique opportunity to study the sun's atmosphere.
Although the Indian mainland will miss the centre line of the 323-km path of the eclipse, scientists consider it a chance to watch the equatorial atmosphere at noon. There will be a large reduction in ionisation and temperature.
The ionosphere, the part of the atmosphere that reflects radio waves for long-distance transmission around the world, becomes turbulent on certain days soon after the sunset.
These turbulences or eddies, pose a major threat to navigation systems based on GPS. The Indian Space Research Organisation will be firing a set of rockets to study atmospheric characteristics and disturbances that affect satelliteaided navigation.
Century's longest annular solar eclipse
Astronomy lovers are in for a rare celestial treat as they will be able to witness the century's longest annular solar eclipse on Friday.
"The solar eclipse on January 15 is the longest annular solar eclipse that will occur in the 21st century," Science Popularisation Association of Communicators and Educators (SPACE) C.B. Devgun said.
A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between the Earth and the Sun, thereby totally or partially obscuring the Earth's view of the Sun, while an annular eclipse occurs when the Moon is farther from the Earth than normal, and hence its apparent size is not quite sufficient to cover the Sun completely, he said.
In annular solar eclipse, the Sun appears as a very bright annulus, which in Latin means 'ring', surrounding the outline of the Moon, giving the appearance of a 'Ring of Fire', Devgun said.
The photosphere of the sun shall be covered by the moon thereby forming a ring of fire in the sky for more than 10 minutes in some parts of India. The path of the annularity in India will pass over the states of Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Mizoram while the partial phase of eclipse will be visible all over the country, he said.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

This is the best elevator ever

Tn8KV_This_is_the_best_Elevator_ever - No! These are the best elevators ever!

EkqEq - No! These are the best elevators ever!

trashcanelevator - No! These are the best elevators ever!

xfloormissing - No! These are the best elevators ever!

superman - No! These are the best elevators ever!
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coke - No! These are the best elevators ever!
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look_inside - No! These are the best elevators ever!

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accor - No! These are the best elevators ever!
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hall - No! These are the best elevators ever!
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hair - No! These are the best elevators ever!

forklift - No! These are the best elevators ever!
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guantanamo - No! These are the best elevators ever!

strong_man - No! These are the best elevators ever!

fiat_punto - No! These are the best elevators ever!
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oreo - No! These are the best elevators ever!
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consolenergy - No! These are the best elevators ever!
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kick - No! These are the best elevators ever!
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hANTA - No! These are the best elevators ever!

Internet Vices

tumblr
is a bottle of wine

A quiet night in with a couple friends, and a couple of their friends. Spilling nostalgic stories, flipping through photo albums, singing favorite songs, aiming for poignancy, and occasionally stumbling onto it. Emotions flow freely and without thought.

twitter
is cocaine

Fucking ANYONE is your friend. Yuppies do it on their iPhone. Cheap. Short. Fruitless.

youtube
is shots of tequila

"Just ONE" to humor your friend quickly turns into 4 or 5. Anything and everything becomes wildly entertaining. A fun way to waste some time you won't really remember the details of. Probably for the best.

vimeo
is a tab of good acid

Everyone here is pretty nice and pretty chill. You'll witness some truly beautiful things. Sometimes emotional, visits can be long or short, but you'll leave amazed, and with a better understanding of the world.
facebook

is a vodka cranberry

Social lubricant used to enhance still developing social etiquette. You're aware of your uninhibited actions, but comforted by the built in safety net of excuses.

myspace
is huffing spray paint

Destroys any chance of looking credible. You will be perceived as having the mindset of a middle schooler, and probably do.

digg
is bong hits of weed

Sensationalist political and religious talk. Plans of overthrowing mass media fall prey to collective laziness. Obsess over some "mind blowing" HDR photography.

gmail
is caffeine pills

Great for a quick pick me up to stimulate productivity, but ultimately leaves you exhausted and relying on it.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Power Tips for how to Design for Web

  • As Precise as Possible
  • Most visible Area
  • What Users can Ignore?
  • Graphics VS Text
  • Grabbing Attention
  • Text Formatting
  • Graphics needs to be clean
  • White Space
AS PRECISE AS POSSIBLE
An average User spends 4 seconds on a Page that doesn't give enough time to make an impression on the user and get him engaged with your site. That means that you have to be as precise as possible in explaining what the site you are designing is all about.

MOST VISIBLE AREA

Up-left corner of the web site is most visible Area, main reason for this is that people read books and articles that way and early web sites and applications were designed that way


WHAT USERS CAN IGNORE?

Users are ad-blind. They learned to ignore banner ads or text ads. Avoid designing anything that looks like an ad. Also, users ignore large blocks of text. Nobody has the time to read great blocks of text just to get an idea of what the page is about.


GRAPHICS vs TEXT
One interesting fact. Text grabs more attention than any cool graphic! If you want to deliver a message to your reader I suggest using a large slogan instead of cool header image.

GRABBING ATTENTION
An average User spends 4 seconds on a Page that doesn't give enough time to make an impression on the user and get him engaged with your site. That means that you have to be as precise as possible in explaining what the site you are designing is all about.

TEXT FORMATTING
An average User spends 4 seconds on a Page that doesn't give enough time to make an impression on the user and get him engaged with your site. That means that you have to be as precise as possible in explaining what the site you are designing is all about.

GRAPHICS NEEDS TO BE CLEAN
An average User spends 4 seconds on a Page that doesn't give enough time to
make an impression on the user and get him engaged with your site. That means that you have to be as precise as possible in explaining what the site you are designing is all about.

WHITE SPACE
An average User spends 4 seconds on a Page that doesn't give enough time to
make an impression on the user and get him engaged with your site. That means that you have to be as precise as possible in explaining what the site you are designing is all about.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

For Effective Design

  1. Communication
  2. Usability
  3. Typography
  4. Navigation
  5. Details
  6. Approach
COMMUNICATION
For me Designing is all about finding the correct solution of a particular problem. That's why I feel most important aspect would be understanding the User and centering everything around him.

USABILITY
» Always! Everything we Design should be easy to use.
 
» A Design should be Joy to Use. 
» The True challenge of Design, i feel is making something look visually beautiful but combining this with a lot of usability.

TYPOGRAPHY
» Designing on a Grid, This makes things more Orderly.

» Web Design without typography is like Orange without its peel, its just incomplete.

NAVIGATION
Navigation is the most important element. I try to make the site content organized into logical sections and that the navigation than reflects this.


DETAILS
» Little things like spacing and buttons
have huge impact on the overall designs.
» I try to take a balanced outlook on the importance of individual and design elements. However, one area I often catch myself obsessing over is color selection.

APPROACH
I usually spends the most amount of time focused on solving
my clients objective. Aesthetically speaking, I tend to get caught up in the subtle of details of design, trying to make everything is "JUST RIGHT"


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