Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Spelling is important - One letter can make all difference :P

Trasnfarmers :P

Sunday, December 12, 2010

So,who wants to be a superhero?

In real life,a bite from a radioactive animal will only make the person sick.This is for anyone out there who may have wanted to engage in superheroics,at any point of time in their lives.This post gives you an idea for starting up your own super-career.

1.Source of 'Power'
This 'powerful' idea is probably the easiest-All it would require is that a homemade stun gun is made,and fixed on gloves or wherever.A stun gun can be made at home for less than 10 USD,by using a disposable camera's flash,or by using a high capacitance capacitor and a discharge circuit,with open leads.One can find quite a number of websites that teach you how to make your own stun gun.

Unfortunately,we do not have rapid healing powers that will help us get away from our injuries,unharmed.And so,some kind of protection is needed against both projectiles such as bullets,and against direct physical blows. The best bet would be to have a helmet,not unlike a sports helmet or a biker helmet,and making sure that it covers the entire face. For the upper body and the limbs,a Kevlar vest is needed for sure,for protection against projectiles,and padding with thick rubber/foam or a chain linked suit ( Like a fencing costume).

I was initially thinking of a large set of ornithopter wings or helicopter blades,but then ,I realised that it would be impractical to have either of them,as they would be too heavy and too 'non- indiscreet' to carry around.The most practical solution seems to be a motorcycle,with a GPS system as a necessary add-on.

These utilities will be necessary,for any emergencies :
-> A basic first aid kit.
- > A cellphone/any other communication device.
- > A set of handcuffs(OPTIONAL).
- >A pocket knife for cutting up ropes etc.
- >A flashlight.
- >Extra clothes.

These utilities will be needed to be carried ,at all times and the best way to do that will be in a backpack.

With all of these ,I estimate the cost of starting up one's superhero career ( not Including the cost of the motorcycle or the cellphone connection) to be around 800 USD. Happy superheroing,everyone! If anyone who reads this has a few ideas of their own,do tell me.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Extra-terrestrials and whistleblower websites.

Disclaimer: The following post is a completely hypothetical one,and I do not believe in extra-terrestrials visiting earth regularly and working with governments.I do think it would be really cool if that were the case though 8).

Any day is a fine day for speculative controversy theories and in the spirit of the same,I'm posting about the probable reactions that will be generated if Wikileaks were ever to reveal that they have conclusive evidence about Extra-terrestrial beings being in contact with governments around the world.
The first reaction would probably be denial by the government(s) in question.But,as the news spreads around the world, they will eventually be forced to admit the 'truth'. Immediately after this,the ETs would be introduced to the world at large,and this would provide a lot of fodder for media around the world.Engineers and scientists everywhere would spend much of their time learning the workings of the ET's spacecraft and any gadgets that they have on board,and the biology of the spacemen themselves etc. Manufacturing companies around the world will attempt reverse-engineering anything fancy that the aliens might have with them,and start selling them. Religious leaders will ,yet again,come up with a 'reinterpretation' of their religious texts ,to accommodate the presence of the aliens,and there will be much debate on if the presence of the aliens proves or disproves the presence of a god(s).Magazines and blogs will be inundated with articles about the 'visitors' ,and people around the world will attempt learning about the various aspects of these non-human sentient lifeforms.Also,undoubtedly,there will be all new forms of porn coming up online(Even if it turns out that the aliens do not reproduce the same way that humans do).There will be a number of movies made that reference the aliens either directly or indirectly,and they would all be blockbusters.Governments around the world will add new laws to accommodate non-earthlings,including methods of punishment etc,and form all kinds of treaties with other governments. Economic relations with other planets will be planned,and the marketplace will change in ways one cannot even possibly imagine.
Over time,tourism to the planet/world inhabited by the aliens will start,and life as we know it will change drastically.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Mathematical model for zombie-human population behaviour.

As a result of extreme boredom,I made the following analysis in Matlab:

"Nicholson-Bailey model for studying zombie-human population interaction"

As expected,Zombies were the parasitoids and humans were the hosts.This is the excrept of the m-file:
%Made by Srikumar Krishnamoorthy,TTU
%This model is directly based on the Nicholson Bailey Parasitoid model and
%the assumptions that are made are : 1.A Zombified Human cannot be
%zombified again. 2.A Zombie needs a human's 'life force to 'survive'(or
%whatever it is that zombies do) 3.There are equal number of Male and
%female humans at all times and they all are monogamously 'coupled' 4.No
%weapons can hurt a zombie.
r=1%r=No of offspring by a human that survive till adulthood(I assumed 2 children per couple or 1 chld per human
c=1%c=Searching efficincy or the probability that a zombie will encounter a human in his lifetime(Okay,'undeadtime' :P)
e=1%e=No of infections that a zombie makes on a human that result in the complete zombification of the human
H0=input('input initial population N0 of Humans: ')
Z0=input('input initial population P0 of Zombies: ')
n=input('input time period of run: ')
for i=1:n
title('No of Humans'),pause
title('No of Zombies'),pause

These are graphs of a few sample runs:

Conclusion :
Whatever the initial populations of the humans and the zombies may be,humans are doomed.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Indian science fiction -What's the deal?

This post is partly due to the Tamil movie 'Endhiran'(Translation: Mechanical man. Robot will not be a proper translation as the word Robot originally referred to a bonded labourer) releasing in theaters around the world(And I'm currently located in one of the places it isn't :( ).It has been marketed from its pre-production as one of India's first science fiction flicks.I wondered about the veracity of this claim as I recall having seen a number of Tamil movies on TV that fit into the genre,when I was smaller.After some intense Googling, I made the following discoveries about the genre:
The earliest Science fiction Indian movie was a Tamil movie, 'Kaadu'(The forest) and was released in 1952.It was about a group of researchers investigating the abnormal behaviour of animals in a jungle,who eventually stumble upon a land where woolly mammoths are still alive.The plot seems very similar to Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost world and the producers were probably inspired by the same,as Conan Doyle was a very popular author in India in the 1940s.The producers must have decided to use Mammoths instead of Dinosaurs,to limit production costs.The move was a moderate critical success but failed to make high earnings from the box office.

In 1962,Kalai Arasi(Queen of the arts) starring MGR,Bhanumathi and Nambiar was released.The film's storyline involved Aliens abducting the lead actress with the intention of learning the performing arts from her.MGR ,in his role as the protagonist,brings her back to Earth,after rescuing her from a rogue alien(Nambiar).The movie can be found on this webpage:http://www.rajshritamil.com/Video/Kalai-Arasi

'The Alien' was a planned Satyajith Ray production which was eventually cancelled.The script was based on a story by Ray which was inspired from Spielberg's ET and involved a friendly alien who become's a young boy's best friend.The project eventually resurfaced recently as 'Koi Mil Gaya'.

Mr.India ,starring Anil Kapoor and Sri Devi was released in 1987 and was about a man who could make himself invisible.One can also say that this was Bollywood's first foray into the Superhero genre as well.The movie is still considered a classic in India.

Dasavatharam,released in 2008,had many science fiction elements in it,and the main plot involved the butterfly effect.

Apart from these,there are a lot of other Indian movies that can be categorized as Science fiction and / or as Science fantasy and I'l post a followup to this post later.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

You? Yes? Yay!

Discalimer: This post is intended only as a work of humour (If you agree) and is not meant to offend anyone,alive,dead or otherwise.

Binomial nomenclature is a system of naming and classifying different species and was developed by Carolus Linnaeus when he attempted to describe the natural world by giving all plants,animals and minerals a two-part name(eg Homo Sapiens , Cannabis Sativa , Canis Lupus etc). In this post,The author(Namely,me) will use BN to categorize the common types of Indian students in the US.

1. Expediticus Patrioticus : (Contrary to what the name sounds like ,these are not 'cus' words.) The ones who belong to this category are beset with a sudden bout of (Unhealthy) patriotism and denounce the place around them as a concentric locus to one of the nine circles of hell.This category of students can be seen asking an attendants at Walmart about why the place doesn't stock 'Imli' Paste.Favourite Catchphrase of this category: "Yaar! Most Americans can't even speak Hindi!"

2. Camouflagicus Automaticus : The ones in this category are the ones who are completely awed by all that they see and experience around them,that they start believing themselves to have lived here all their lives so far,in the hope that their belief will make it true.This category can be seen at all major sporting events,cheering for the team of their choice,without realizing that it was the other team that scored a touchdown. Favourite catchphrase of this category: "The Pizza in the US is waayy better than the one I had in Italy!"

3. Economicus Imbalancicus : This category hasn't yet comprehended the difference between American Dollars and Indian Rupees and is divided into two subcategories,based on their affiliation with either of the two categories mentioned above : "A packet of Chips costed me as much as Rs.10 in India while the same packet costs me only USD 2 here!I'm paying lesser!" OR "A bottle of Juice(Made in India) costs me upto USD 3 here while it costed me only Rs.20 back home!I'm paying extra!"

There are many more categories but the author is forced to conclude this post without listing them all out as a result of the still incomplete assignment that he just remembered.On a concluding note,he would like to say this : " “All travel has its advantages. If the passenger visits better countries, he may learn to improve his own. And if fortune carries him to worse, he may learn to enjoy it. - Samuel Johnson”

Tuesday, September 14, 2010


There are many books,movies and video games that deal with cyborgs(Cybernetic Organisms) in some form.A cyborg,by definition is an effective amalgamation of biological organisms with artificial/non-biological parts to augment certain traits .By the strictest of classifications,everyone who uses spectacles or hearing aids or even a mobile phone phonebook for storing data is a cyborg.Of course,when someone refers to a 'Cyborg',they usually are referring to an organism(Mostly human) who has been grafted with electronics/mechanical additions and is superior in some way to a normal human being,either with an increased range and/or functionality of an existing sense organ ,or having a completely new ,almost preternatural ability(Such as telepathy or the ability to see in infra-red or the ability to generate electricity etc) that is not usually observed in 'normal' human beings.

The latter definition of a cybernetic organism does not seem to be very far away in the future,with developments on the integration of human nervous systems to computers and with breakthroughs in the understanding of the human brain ,specifically and the human body,in general,happening rapidly.

Dr.Kevin Warwick of the University of Reading in the United Kingdom,in 1998,succefully had an RFID chip implanted in his hand ,with the aim of controlling nearby devices such as heaters etc,with the aim of finding out the extent to which the human body can accept foriegn bodies.Later,he had a more complex neural array implanted in him which had an array of over 100 electrodes that could send wireless signals to devices.A later implant in his wife made possible the first wireless signal between two humans which can be categorized as a 'rudimentary' form of telepathy.
Other breakthroughs in the field are being made,especially with a focus on orthotics and prosthetics.Notable contributions have been made by Dr.Herr of MIT and others.
The day is not far off when cyborgs might be commonplace in society and the definition of 'Human' has to be changed permanently.

Friday, July 30, 2010

About 'Ravan/Ravanan'

Tis post is being written as a response to a few other blogs that I saw in which the author(s) had written about the movie Ravanan, mostly with a tone of disdain towards the portrayal of the characters in the movies that he felt were not an appropriate rendition and rather blasphemous as it was against the accepted convention that the protagonist Ram(a.k.a Ramar,Ram, etc) is an incarnation of a hindu deity. I would like to point out that there have been many versions of the ramayana in the past(And I'm not just talking about Valmiki Ramayana,Kamba Ramayana etc).The Ramayana (and many other epics) started out as a orally transmitted one before being recorded after writing became an integral part of human lives.Ie,it happened in a similar manner to other epics such as the Lliad. And though the above said epics are ascribed to one author or a group of authors,it is not really so. To bring an analogy, all versions of the Ramayana are like different linux distributions with certain distributions being more known publicly.
In fact,the indonesian version of the ramayana tends to treat hanuman as a more sinister character than other versions and these kind of variations are what contributes to the richness of the story of the ramayana(Im talking about a generic ramayana,not any specific version).
In that way,the movie Ravanan/Ravan can be expressed as the director's interpretation of the epic (Not a very good one though :P) but there is nothing very new about it as localized or individual interpretations of epics have been done for literally,thousands of years.Thus,there is no point to the outcry at all.

Friday, June 18, 2010

A bunch of thoughts.

One's memories are a confusing thing - When memories of past happenings flash through the mind,one does not really relive the experience.Rather,one tends to view them with the not readily apparent purpose of deconstruction,with speculations about alternate choices and contemplation about what could have been,and satisfaction with what has happened.
I look back at the memories I have with me,from the earliest that I can remember to the present moment ,with a sense of awe with regard to the constancy of change,and I realize that life is about wanting to hold on to the present while the future draws us to it.And about how we as individuals change,subtly and in a manner that we ourselves don't seem to be aware of.
Life is also about finding happiness and satisfaction in one's existence and about trying to spread the cheer to the rest of the universe.
And there seem to be cycles that persist,with different people moving on to the roles that one once held and oneself moving on to other roles to play.Life is also about trying to reconcile with the past and look forward to a wonderful future.
And definitely,life is about understanding oneself and finding peace.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

The relevance of individuality.

"I'm unique,just like everyone else" - This is a catchy slogan that I have seen a lot of times , in a number of places. The seemingly self-contradicting statement brings out an important question that is quite relevant in today's world - How important and relevant is individuality in the world today?
Sadly, individuality seems to be a not-so-important thing ,with most people automatically conforming to a set group mentality , sometimes without even being aware of the change in them.One's peer group seems to influence a person's outlook on things to fit in line with a perceived 'normal' one.When an individual faces off against a group,more often than not,the will of th individual seems to be subjugated by the collective will and even if the individual really does not comply with the subjugation, he is perceived as inferior but he group in question and eventually,for the sake of maintaining his individuality,he is forced to ally with the group.
That leaves us with a conundrum of sorts with regards to the strength of individuality versus hive-minded collective strength.