Thursday, September 21, 2006

The MICRO world vs the MACRO world

It is the mark of an educated mind
to be able to entertain a thought
without accepting it.
-- Aristotle

purnamadah purnamidam purnaat purnamudachyate
purnasya purnaamadaya purnameva vashishyate
-Ishavasya Upanishad

Completeness is that, completeness is this,
from completeness, completeness comes forth.
Completeness from completeness taken away,
completeness to completeness added,
completeness alone remains.

One is only micrometers wide. The other is billions of light-years across. One shows neurons in a mouse brain. The other is a simulated image of the universe. Together they suggest the surprisingly similar patterns found in vastly different natural phenomenon. -- David Constantine

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Breaking Waves

In physics, a breaking wave is a wave whose amplitude reaches a critical level at which some process can suddenly start to occur that causes large amounts of wave energy to be dissipated. At this point, simple physical models describing the dynamics of the wave will often become invalid, particularly those which assume linear behavior.

I've now broken away from the "chaste student life (brahmacharya ashrama)" phase of my life. It doesn't necessarily mean that this is the end... but it's certainly the first and only break so far. Suddenly my life's just whizzing by. All my old anchors are gone... and their traces fading. I am of course happy that I got to experience all the things that I have. It's the 'fading away' part that bothers me some - I don't always know if it's for the better or worse.

Coming back to my point... My life's become so fast paced now that I hardly ever sit and really THINK about things. It takes some effort to crack this hard shell. Here's are some quotes (from various sources) that managed to pierce through - one way or the other.

1) The future lies ahead of you like a sheet of snow; be careful how you step coz every mark will show.

2) If you can solve your problem, then what's the need of worrying?

If you can't solve it, then what's the use of worrying?

3) The person who hates you thinks about you twice as much as the person who loves you! So never mind if you are loved or hated.

4) When a man wants something really bad... he does get it. But when he does he doesn't like it.

5) Value the people who have touched your life because you'll never know just when they'll walk out of your life and never come back again.

6) GOD plays chess with each one of us. He makes moves in our life and then sits back to see how we react to the challenges.

7) Even a correct decision is wrong when it is taken too late.

8) The past reflects eternally between two mirrors -- the bright mirror of words and deeds; and the dark one, full of things we didn't do or say.

9) Wanting to be someone else is a waste of who you are.

10) If we both exchange a rupee, we have a rupee each. But if we exchange one good thought, we have two good thoughts.

11) There is nothing either good or bad, but its our perception which makes it so.

12) A ship is always safe at the shore, but that is not what it is build for.

13) While one person hesitates because he feels inferior, the other is busy making mistakes and becoming superior.

14) The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.

15) Get busy living or get busy dying.

16) Faith moves mountains, but there are those who prefer dynamite.

17) Never make an apology or defense until accused.

18) In tough times you will always find two hands eagerly waiting to help you, and those hands will be at the end of your own arms.

19) Happiness is like a radio station, broadcasting all the time... You just have to learn how to tune it and receive you favourite channel.

20) The great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.

21) Never say something is peanuts 'coz there are people who make a living just selling peanuts... things are just valuable and less valuable.

22) Should you shield the canyon from the windstorm, you would never see the beauty of their carvings.

23) We have no more giants, only obedient ants.