Doomsday approaches??:::Swapping of Earthly poles

Hmmm, came across a forwarded mail warning about the impending doomsday, end of the world etc etc....the world's gonna end by 2012 it announced. Usually, i delete all this stuff from my inbox, but today i desisted. Had nothing better to do, so decided to go thru it, wasn't much long anyway.

"The world will end in 2012, say experts" ....
went the subject had all myriad kinds of doomsday theories ranging from scientific to religious, stupid to the macabre...the one which caught my eye was regarding swapping of earth's poles....
So I ended up googling up the stuff, and wound up with some interesting findings. The claim it seems isn't half as false as the other theories in the mail. I got references to this in websites of NASA, some educational instutions, other blogs and more doomsday prophets...
The phenomenon:
At present, the overall geomagnetic field is becoming weaker at a rate which would, if it continues, cause the dipole field to temporarily collapse by 3000-4000 AD. The "South Atlantic Anomaly" (localized field reversal) is believed by some to be a product of this. The present strong deterioration corresponds to a 10-15% decline over the last 150 years and has accelerated in the past several years; however, geomagnetic intensity has declined almost continuously from a maximum 35% above the modern value achieved approximately 2000 years ago. The rate of decrease and the current strength are within the normal range of variation, as shown by the record of past magnetic fields recorded in rocks.The Earth's magnetic north pole is drifting from northern Canada towards Siberia with a presently accelerating rate. It is also unknown if this drift will continue to accelerate.

Glatzmaier and collaborator Paul Roberts of UCLA have made a numerical model of the electromagnetic, fluid dynamical processes of Earth's interior, and computed it on a Cray super-computer. The results reproduced key features of the magnetic field over more than 40,000 years of simulated time. To top it off, the computer-generated field reversed itself.

  1. Its unknown whether this field decay will continue further.

  2. Some speculate that a greatly diminished magnetic field during a reversal period will expose the surface of the earth to a substantial and potentially damaging increase in cosmic radiation. However, homo erectus and their ancestors certainly survived many previous reversals.

  3. There is no uncontested evidence that a magnetic field reversal has ever caused any biological extinctions.

  4. A possible explanation is that the solar wind may induce a sufficient magnetic field in the Earth's ionosphere to shield energetic particles even in the absence of the Earth's normal magnetic field.

  5. Present society with its reliance of electricity and electromagnetic effects (e.g. radio, satellite communications) may be vulnerable to technological diruptions in the event of a full field reversal.

  6. Natural Phenomenon like the aurora borealis, bird migrations etc. may vanish..

pretty heavy stuff huh???...
so till l8r...

Edge of reality:::Gadget Or The Girl?

Caught this dig at another blog ( to be precise)...and didn't waste time posting it on mine either.

Reality shows are the "in" things in tubes everywhere these days. Count on Playboy TV to cash in on it and add another feather to its already multi-hued hat.

Churning reality and fantasy being their forte, they have come up with this new reality show "Gadget or the Girl". The show is based on two of men's fantasies...Gadgets and women....
This features the usual run-of-the-mill reality show story about a guy who has to choose from the chicks on display, after some amount of interaction with them. The not so run-of-the-mill twist in the story being, that he gets to ditch the chick and choose a gadget instead!

Here's how:
The show will start by having a guy meet 3 beautiful women. He will choose two of the ladies to take on a date. Eventually he will have to choose one of the women to be his only companion for the rest of the evening.Then he must make one more decision which is the main premise of the game: go on a romantic weekend getaway with the lady or ditch the girl and bring home a brand new gadget.
There's another twist at this point too, the guy doesn't know what his gadget will be... heh heh He can only know about it after he has made his choice, between the girl and the gadget! Imagine if he leaves all the goodies for an electric shaver or a similar item.. lol!!..Another angle of looking at it ...well think how the gal will think after she discovers she's been dumped for a t.v.... Serious emotional turmoil i am sure ...Possible gadgets include a 60-inch plasma TV or a home arcade game etc.

Gadget or the Girl, hosted by comedienne Iliza Shlesinger(in picture), goes on air on Playboy TV on Monday, September 1, at 7:30 p.m. EDT..
Wish we in India could see it..but with even primary sex education shunned here, its still a long way off for Playboy TV!!

So gadget or the girl which would u choose??

'till l8r ciao..

B'lore Blooming!!, The Flower Show @ Lalbagh: a review

Hmmm I wound up at Lalbagh Botanical Gardens, Bangalore(of all places!!!) this weekend to see a flower show!!..yea yea if my frens are seein this i am sure they're gonna be titterin' away like a bunch of sparrows on steroids..but just couldn't help it guys...

Well i dunno my coronations from the chrysanthymums..but hey, it isnt necessary to make a movie to write a review for one why not a flower show? heh heh. You could call it a review from a novice's point of view. Wouldn't blabber much on it though. 

The entry fee to the place is quite overpriced for a guy like me who isn't even interested in flowers(but its better spending ur money at this place if you're considering to visit a place like the Scary house, one of the unscariest places i've ever been. Come to think of it many Indian Toilets are scarier ha ha ha). Well, after that, we made it to the show after a lot of searching cos it was my first time to the place and the same being huge. It was located bang in the middle of the Gardens in some old structure.

 I go straight to the flowers now. Well, it had flowers, and a humungous number of them at that. The prize-winners were really pretty but some unpretty ones ended up with better ranks than some good looking ones(well they were good looking to me atleast)..Among some of the only flowers i know, i found the marigolds at the most healthiest of state. The rest of them, roses and dahlias, i dint like b'cos they were either too small or rotting and after seeing the huge dahlias we had in our college these ones didn't stand a chance b4 dem. But not to worry,  all you budding florists and flower enthusiasts, the other more exotic and rare varieties were quite good actually.  There was one piece of decor there,  an anthurium globe kinda thingy which looked like a huge strawberry, which  i really liked.

There were also stalls for the sale of bonsai, pots, seeds, manure, veggies, orchids et al...a gardener's pure delight!!..Hmmmm even i kinda ended up enjoying the affair..i  give a thumbs up on this one..certainly worth a dekko, the colors are quite mood-lifting.

Hope u guys like the pics i clicked

Ciao and till l8r tk cr...

Go to my flickr photostream for more pics

Boom time in Toon Town!!

Seems its rosy days ahead for the Rs 1,300 crore (approx $306 million) Indian animation industry or so says the Deccan Herald in an article.
Click here for the scoop on that

It goes on to say that following the recent successes of some ani-flicks, the production houses are quite optimstic about future projects too. With the hindi Film Industry, flinging out mindless, insipid stuff every other day, this does seem a distinct possibility. But, as i mentioned earlier in another post, the Indian industry is still a long way off from making the kind of stuff that hollywood or the Japanese guys make, not because of lack of talent but for reasons which are rather not related to the direct creation of the animation stuff. Recently, I saw the rushes of Roadside Romeo, from the Yashraj stables. From the looks of things, it was quite good. Lets see how it turns for real. Hopefully, we'll be served similar stuff in the future....

Mummy 3: The Tomb of the Dragon Emperor ..a Review!!

Hmmm well, went to see the movie yesterday....came back with kinda mixed reactions.
Didn't quite meet all my expections of what i'd call a very nice movie..It was more of a so-so kind of affair.
  • Story:
"The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor." Brendan Fraser returns as explorer Rick O'Connell to combat the resurrected Han Emperor (Jet Li) in an epic that races from the catacombs of ancient China high into the frigid Himalayas. Rick is joined in this all-new adventure by son Alex (newcomer Luke Ford), wife Evelyn (Maria Bello) and her brother, Jonathan (John Hannah).

Doomed by a double-crossing sorceress (Michelle Yeoh) to spend eternity in suspended animation, China's ruthless Dragon Emperor and his 10,000 warriors have lain forgotten for eons, entombed in clay as a vast, silent terra cotta army. But when dashing adventurer Alex O'Connell is tricked into awakening the ruler from eternal slumber, the reckless young archaeologist must seek the help of the only people who know more than he does about taking down the undead: his parents.

As the monarch roars back to life, our heroes find his quest for world domination has only intensified over the millennia. Striding the Far East with unimaginable supernatural powers, the Emperor Mummy will rouse his legion as an unstoppable, otherworldly force...unless the O'Connells can stop him first."

Source :
The prologue to the story, of a marauding, mercenary Chinese warlord trying to become the emperor of china and in the pursuit of this, ending up getting cursed, was quite promising though repetitive if you've seen the earlier Mummies. But as the movie progressed, the story element started to digress. With lots of silliness, loose ends and some pretty slack acting, this story of revenge by a 2000 year old witch for the murder of her lover kinda loses steam.

Jet Li, am a huge fan of his, is wasted in a way the Rock was for the Mummy 2. Most of the time, the wierd CGI mummy thing goes around in the movie posing as him and when he finally turns into himself, he ends up doin all the strange mumbo-jumbo stuff and shape-shifting into wierd creatures, none of the Jet Li stuff we're used to seeing.

Brendan fraser still retains most of his funny stuff with him, but i found the chemistry between him and the new evelyn totally limp, Rachel weisz was so so better. The graphics of the movie are quite an improvement over the older movies of the franchise (but of course!)..the Yeti shown in the movie being a fime example of that, but there was certainly a scope for improvement in that as well but certainly wasn't as bad as the TOI reviewer would have had us believe.

So, if anyone is looking for some "slam blam thank you ma'am" kinda stuff, without having to put much of an effort for the story,then, presto! this movie's for you my dear. Inspite of all the negatives, i wasn't half as bored as i was after watching some really poor and insipid Bollywood stuff lately, so can say its watchable but certainly and absolutely not a scratch on the original Mummy as a concept really.

till l8r ciao...