Thursday, August 27, 2009

Nice anagrams (rearranging letters)

An anagram is a type of word play, the result of rearranging the letters of a word or phrase to produce a new word or phrase, using all the original letters exactly once; Someone who creates anagrams is called an anagrammatist. The original word or phrase is known as the subject of the anagram.

Here are a few nice anagrams.

  • SMAISMRMILMEPOETALEUMIBUNENUGTTAUIRAS - ALTISSIMUM PLANETAM TERGEMINUM OBSERVAVI (Galileo used smaismrmilmepoetaleumibunenugttauiras for Altissimum planetam tergeminum observavi ("I have observed the most distant planet to have a triple form") for discovering the Rings of Saturn in 1610)
  • DILIP VENGSARKAR(Former Indian cricketer) - SPARKLING DRIVE

A few cute abbreviations are here.

    Tuesday, August 25, 2009

    A few time tracking tools

    We always seem to 'waste use' our time on different things at work or at home. Though we know tend to do this again and again. We do decide and say to ourselves that we will use time productively. At least I do all this. But almost all the times I had to take the same decision again and again. I think the reason is that I do not have a formidable way of measuring how much time I'm using for different things. If I know that I would definitely reduce the unproductive time phase by phase.

    Different types of Time Tracking tools come handy for this.

    A good short list and review of the tools available is posted at pocketmacblog

    5 things to learn from toddlers

    Ever wondered why a kid is always so's because of the following 5 things observed and learned from a toddler by a mother.

    1. I Will Try, Try Again.

    Kids fall down on a regular basis. My son falls 400 times a day. And, he gets up 400 times a day. He never gives himself a hard time for falling. He doesn't feel guilty about past falls. He just gets up and tries again. Life is about getting up again after falling. So is your career.

    2. I Know It All Works Out.

    In kid's shows, characters find themselves in sticky situations. They ask themselves, "What do I do now?" Then, they find the answer. They don't go backwards, ever. They go forward, and because they go forward, they build their confidence and self-esteem. The pathway forward may not also be in a straight line, or it might take a little longer, but they find their way out because they know they will.

    3. I Will Ask For Help.

    Kids are not afraid to ask for help. It's a way of life for them. They do so regularly and naturally and that's how they are able to reach their goals successfully. Kids don't expect to work out their difficulties alone. They know that alone they are not as effective.

    4. I Will Have A Good Attitude.

    No matter what happens, no matter how grim a situation looks, kids look at the bright side. If the bridge they need to cross falls down, they take another bridge. If the road is blocked, they find another road. They keep doing different things (with a smile) until something works. If they get afraid, it's short-lived, and they are on their way again.

    5. I'm Growing And Learning.

    Kids don't give themselves a hard time when they make a mistake. They know they can't do everything. Frequently their limitations are frustrating, but they keep learning because they understand that success happens over time with hard work and practice.

    Let's try to practice these things, which we used to do some years back and let's observe the difference they bring in us.

    Thursday, August 20, 2009

    Top Ten Tips for Good Interpersonal Communication Skills

    In day-to-day life every person has to communicate either with the person himself (through self talk) or with others. One needs good interpersonal communication skills to have an effective outcome of the communication.

    Following are the top ten tips, which are very easy to follow and which should be followed by every one not just in job and business communications but in every aspect of life.

    1. Listen first. Communication is a two-way process; getting your message across depends on understanding the other person.
    2. Be interested in the people you are communicating with. Remember people are more attracted to those who are interested in them, and will pay more attention to what they are saying.
    3. Be relaxed. Bad body language such as hunched shoulders, fidgeting, toe-tapping or hair-twiddling all give the game away.
    4. Smile and use eye contact. It’s the most positive signal you can give.
    5. Ask questions. Its a great way to show people that you are really interested in them.
    6. If the other person has a different point of view to yourself find out more about why they have that point of view. The more you understand the reasons behind their thinking the more you can understand their point of view or help them to better understand your point of view.
    7. Be assertive. By this we mean try to value their input as much as your own. Dont be pushy and dont be a pushover. Try for the right balance.
    8. When you are speaking try to be enthousiastic when appropriate. Use your voice and body language to emphasis this.
    9. Do not immediately try to latch onto something someone has just said ... "oh yes that happened to me" and then immediately go on and tell your story. Make sure you ask enough questions of them first and be careful when / if you give your story so as not just to sound like its a competition.
    10. Learn from your interactions. If you had a really good conversation with someone try and think why it went well and remember the key points for next time. If it didnt go so well - again try and learn somethign from it.
    Source: Linkedin Group

    Thursday, August 13, 2009

    Is Recession Ended?

    This is the news of the day that French and German have climbed up from their dipping economies exiting recession.

    BBC reports that both the economies grew by 0.3% between April and June, bringing to an end year-long recessions in Europe's largest economies. But economic activity in the eurozone fell by 0.1%, showing the region as a whole is still in recession.

    UK markets responded positively to the news.

    Hope the rest of the world follows.

    Source: BBC

    Chevy Volt 230 mpg

    General Motors Corp. said Tuesday its Chevrolet Volt rechargeable electric car should get 230 miles per gallon (98 kilometers per liter) of gasoline in city driving, more than four times the current champion, the Toyota Prius.

    The Volt is powered by an electric motor and a battery pack with a 40-mile (65-kilometer) range. After that, a small internal combustion engine kicks in to generate electricity for a total range of 300 miles (480 kilometers). The battery pack can be recharged from a standard home outlet.

    GM came up with the 230-mile (370-kilometer) figure in early tests using draft guidelines from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for calculating the mileage of extended range electric vehicles.

    If the figure is confirmed by the EPA, which does the tests for the mileage posted on new car door stickers, the Volt would be the first car to exceed triple-digit gas mileage.

    GM has produced about 30 Volts so far and is making 10 a week, CEO Fritz Henderson said during a presentation of the vehicle at the company's technical center in the Detroit suburb of Warren.

    Most automakers are working similar plug-in designs, but GM could be the leader with the Volt, which is due in showrooms late in 2010.

    Toyota's Prius, the most efficient car now sold in the U.S., gets 48 miles per gallon (20 kilometers per liter) of gas. It is a gas-electric hybrid that runs on a small internal combustion engine assisted by a battery-powered electric motor to save gasoline.

    The first-generation Volt is expected to cost near $40,000, making it cost-prohibitive to many people even if gasoline returns to $4 per gallon. The price is expected to drop with future generations of the Volt, but GM has said government tax credits and the savings on fuel could make it cost-effective, especially at 230 miles per gallon (98 kilometers per liter).

    The EPA guidelines, developed with input from automakers, figure that cars like the Volt will travel more on straight electricity in the city than on the highway. If a person drives the Volt less than 40 miles (65 kilometers), in theory they could go without using gasoline.

    The mileage figure could vary as the guidelines are refined and the Volt gets further along in the manufacturing process. GM is nearly halfway through building about 80 Volts that will look and behave like the production model, and testing is running on schedule. Two critical areas, battery life and the electronic switching between battery and engine power, are still being refined, but the car is on schedule to reach showrooms late in 2010.

    GM also is finishing work on the power cord, which will be durable enough that it can survive being run over by the car. The Volt will have software on board so it can be programmed to begin and end charging during off-peak electrical use hours.

    Chrysler LLC, Ford Motor Co. and Daimler AG are all developing plug-ins and electric cars, and Toyota Motor Corp. is working on a plug-in version of its gas-electric hybrid system. Nissan Motor Co. announced last month that it would begin selling an electric vehicle in Japan and the U.S. next year.

    Source: AOL Autos

    All the new, upcoming and to be launched cars list

    AOL Autos consists of list of all the new, upcoming and to be launched list of cars. This list provides different options to check the new cars by make, by style, by type and by price. You can also search the new cars by providing the criteria.

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