June 11, 2005

Anyways

"People are often unreasonable, illogical,
and self-centered;
Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, People may accuse you
of selfish, ulterior motives;
Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies;
Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and frank,
people may cheat you;
Be honest and frank anyway.

What you spend years building, someone
could destroy overnight;
Build anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness,
they may be jealous;
Be happy anyway.

The good you do today,
people will often forget tomorrow;
Do good anyway.

Give the world the best you have,
and it may never be enough;
Give the world the best you've got anyway.

You see, in the final analysis,
it is between you and God;
It was never between you and them anyway."

Mother Theresa


June 04, 2005

Why world poverty is a trade issue ?

Follow-up to Murdering the humanity from Ritesh's blog

Benin, once known as the 'White Gold' of Africa becuase of its cotton farms is one of the poorest nations of the world. It ranks 161st out of the 177 poorest countries. 60% of the nation's export depends on cotton. But the same cotton is leaving farmers in debt because of the falling prices. They cann't grow anything else on the barren land. In 2002 alone, the GDP of Benin fell by 1.4 per cent and export earnings by 9 per cent as a direct result of the falling price of cotton.

The Big question is that why this is happening.

Have a look at some of the facts. The US is the world's largest exporter of cotton. American cotton farmers receive $3.9bn a year in Government subsidies -which is more than the entire GDP of Benin and three times the annual amount the US gives in aid to Africa.The American government pays its farmers to produce cotton, spending $14.8bn between 1998 and 2002 on subsidies, compared with the $20bn dollar value of the crop. Cotton is currently 48 cents per pound – 30 cents less than it costs American farmers to grow their crop.

The World Trade Organisation ruled last year that America's cotton subsidy system was illegal as it resulted into massive market distortion and kept the price of cotton artificially low. Around 60,000 farmers have stopped growing cotton in Benin because they cann't compete with the prices.
Oxfam, the agency behind this research believes that, while measures to increase aid and for debt relief are vital, African nations such as Benin cannot escape poverty until the trade issue is finally addressed. If the issue is legalised it would mean a wholesale review of subsidies paid to farmers in the US and in Europe to give Africa the chance to begin to compete. This would be decided only after the next G8 summit.

And cotton is just one of the graphic examples as how such decisions by government destroy the poorest farmers of poorest countries.


Murdering the humanity

George Bush opposes Africa Debt plan.

He says "It doesn't fit our budgetary process."

How the hell would it fit when you are busy killing Iraqis and American soldiers rather than saving Africans.

Grrr !!!! what kind of sick world we are living in ?????


May 28, 2005

Ramayan on Net

Have found some interesting sites about the great Indian Epic 'Ramayan' which I am putting here.

Ramayan Story in short

Astronomical Dating of the Ramayan
(Though I have my curiosities about this)

For detailed analysis, you can refer to this page, this is really very-very elaborate.

Ramayan was also made into cartoon movie by a Japanese Director Yugo-Sako. I had seen the movie on cartoon network sometimes and was a proud owner of the video CD as well. This is an old cartoon (by some 10 years) but a brilliantly made one. I am wondering where I can buy it again.


May 26, 2005

Poem for life

This poem was a birthday gift to me from a very good friend of mine.
What better could I ask for :)

IF

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you
But make allowance for their doubting too,
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:
If you can dream—and not make dreams your master,
If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it all on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on!"

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much,
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And—which is more—you'll be a Man, my son!

—Rudyard Kipling


May 22, 2005

Revenge of Sith

Finally had a chance to watch star wars – Revenge of Sith, went all the way to Birmingham to watch the movie :) I am happy, all the questions are answered. The force is with me.

May 20, 2005

Presentation

Gave a presentation on Modelling and simulation in System Biology on 18th May,2005. Plan is to make a web-page and put the PPT slide there.

May 17, 2005

Batman Forever…......

Finally my Batman movie collection is complete. Now i have DVDs of –

  • Batman
  • Batman Returns
  • Batman Forever
  • Batman and Robin

YEAH !!!!


May 16, 2005

Always a fovourite…..........

Tyger Tyger. burning bright,
In the forests of the night;
What immortal hand or eye.
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

In what distant deeps or skies.
Burnt the fire of thine eyes?
On what wings dare he aspire?
What the hand, dare seize the fire?

And what shoulder, & what art,
Could twist the sinews of thy heart?
And when thy heart began to beat.
What dread hand? & what dread feet?

What the hammer? what the chain,
In what furnace was thy brain?
What the anvil? what dread grasp.
Dare its deadly terrors clasp?

When the stars threw down their spears
And watered heaven with their tears:
Did he smile His work to see?
Did he who made the lamb make thee?

Tyger Tyger burning bright,
In the forests of the night:
What immortal hand or eye,
Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?

The Tyger
William Blake


May 09, 2005

Pointillist Software

Pointillist is a collection of programs for inferring the set elements affected by a perturbation of a biological system, based on a collection of evidences. It contains four programs: Data Manager, Data Normalizer, Significance Calculator, and Evidence-Weighted Inferer. First two are for data retrieval,manipulation and normalization. The Significance Calculator is a program that can analyze the probability distribution of a set of observations, and compute the statistical signficance of each observation on the basis of the distribution.The Evidence-Weighted Inferer is a classification program that attempts to divide a set of elements into two sets, affected and unaffected. It compares multiple evidences to determine which elements of a network are most likely affected by a perturbation of a system.Overall, just another machine-learning program.


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