Friday, November 28, 2008

Prime Minister's Questions

One of the best PM's questions I have ever watched on BBC parliament.
Apart from the stunning debate, both parties proved to be truely believing in the current financial crisis and the fact that future Economic plans really matters!

By the way VAT is due to be reduced to 15% from 17.5%.

Well done to Gordon & David

Tuesday, November 18, 2008


What do YOU make of this below???

Barack Obama discovers a leak under his sink, so he calls Joe the Plumber to come and fix it.

Joe drives to Obama's house, which is located in a very nice neighborhood and where it's clear that all the residents make more than $250,000 per year.

Joe arrives and takes his tools into the house. Joe is led to the room that contains the leaky pipe under a sink. Joe assesses the problem and tells Obama, who is standing near the door, that it's an easy repair that will take less than 10 minutes.

Obama asks Joe how much it will cost.

Joe immediately says, "$9,500."

"$9,500?" Obama asks, stunned. "But you said it's an easy repair!"

"Yes, but what I do is charge a lot more to my clients who make more than $250,000 per year so I can fix the plumbing of everybody who makes less than that for free," explains Joe. "It's always been my philosophy. As a matter of fact, I lobbied government to pass this philosophy as law, and it did pass earlier this year, so now all plumbers have to do business this way. It's known as 'Joe's Fair Plumbing Act of 2008.' Surprised you haven't heard of it, senator."

In spite of that, Obama tells Joe there's no way he's paying that much for a small plumbing repair, so Joe leaves.

Obama spends the next hour flipping through the phone book looking for another plumber, but he finds that all other plumbing businesses listed have gone out of business. Not wanting to pay Joe's price, Obama does nothing.

The leak under Obama's sink goes unrepaired for the next several days.

A week later the leak is so bad that Obama has had to put a bucket under the sink. The bucket fills up quickly and has to be emptied every hour, and there's a risk that the room will flood, so Obama calls Joe and pleads with him to return.

Joe goes back to Obama's house, looks at the leaky pipe, and says "Let's see - this will cost you about $21,000."

"A few days ago you told me it would cost $9,500!" Obama quickly fires back.

Joe explains the reason for the dramatic increase. "Well, because of the 'Joe's Fair Plumbing Act,' a lot of rich people are learning how to fix their own plumbing, so there are fewer of you paying for all the free plumbing I'm doing for the people who make less than $250,000. As a result, the rate I have to charge my wealthy paying customers rises every day.

"Not only that, but for some reason the demand for plumbing work from the group of people who get it for free has skyrocketed, and there's a long waiting list of those who need repairs. This has put a lot of my fellow plumbers out of business, and they're not being replaced - nobody is going into the plumbing business because they know they won't make any money. I'm hurting now too - all thanks to greedy rich people like you who won't pay their fair share."

Obama tries to straighten out the plumber: "Of course you're hurting, Joe! Don't you get it? If all the rich people learn how to fix their own plumbing and you refuse to charge the poorer people for your services, you'll be broke, and then what will you do?"

Joe immediately replies, "Run for president, apparently."


Tuesday, October 28, 2008

The Ringing of the Division Bell

Beyond the horizon of the place we lived when we were young

In a world of magnets and miracles

Our thoughts strayed constantly and without boundary

The ringing of the division bell had begun

Along the long road and on down the causeway

Do they still meet there by the cut

There was a ragged band that followed in our footsteps

Running before time took our dreams away

Leaving the myriad small creatures trying to tie us to the ground

To a life consumed by slow decay

The grass was greener

The light was brighter

With friends surrounded

The nights of wonder

Looking beyond the embers of bridges glowing behind us

To a glimpse of how green it was on the other side

Steps taken forwards but sleepwalking back again

Dragged by the force of some inner tide

At a higher altitude with flag unfurled

We reached the dizzy heights of that dreamed of world****

Encumbered forever by desire and ambition

There's a hunger still unsatisfied

Our weary eyes still stray to the horizon

Though down this road we've been so many times

The grass was greener

The light was brighter

The taste was sweeter

The nights of wonder

With friends surrounded

The dawn mist glowing

The water flowing

The endless river

Forever and ever

Friday, September 19, 2008

My Dream Pocket Pc Phone

HTC has released its latest windows mobile pocket pc phone yesterday. With a stunning 3.8" WVGA display, a generous 288 MB of ram and 550 MB of rom running on a 528 MHz Qualcomm cpu. It packs quad-band GSM and dual-band (900/2100 MHz) 3G (with HSDPA 7.2 Mb) support. It looks a bit hefty but it's the same size as iphone (although I hate to talk about iphone).

HTC Touch HD
I've long been thinking to replace my T810 & N560 Fujitsu-Siemens with an alternative which provides the same features plus more Ram and 3G support.



There have been a number of interesting windows mobile phones since last year, But none have interested me. So I decided to go for either Nokia E71 just to get back at all windows mobile devices. But now HTC HD will be my next gadget.

Here is the only video review of HTC HD. This review compares HTC HD with iphone and Samsung omnia. I hate reviews comparing iphone with handsets which have got nothing to do with iphone. iphone might be good but only for people who have less IT skills and they can get over it through apple's user interface. I don't mean to generalize becuase I know a couple of my mates who have really strong computer backgrounds but still prefer iphone. Anyways while you're watching this review try to learn some French too!!

A Proud End to Pink Floyd's Keyboardist

Legendary Pink Floyd keyboardist Rick Wright passed away from cancer at age 65. I was in the middle of my busy day when my best mate broke the news to me.

I am still thorughly crushed and stunned with the news, his music meant alot to me and I will never forget him or that sweet, soft voice he had when he sang. I don't know if I'll ever get over it.

Rick only comes around once in a lifetime. His loss proved how loved he was for the work he produced, which will continue to influence and inspire for many generations beyond him and Pink Floyd would never play again, without him.

He joined Syd in Heaven and will live in eternal bliss forever...

Rest in Peace, Dear Rick

Monday, May 26, 2008

Phoenix Landed on Mars..!!

Congratulations...Phoenix successfully landed on Mars a few hours ago. These are unprocessed ,raw images taken by Nasa's Phoenix spacecraft.

Above is a short clip giving an overview on the mission.


Sunday, May 25, 2008

Mission to Mars

Nasa's spacecraft (Phoenix) is due to land in the far north end of Mars in less than 3 hours. Landing on Mars is very challenging and out of the 11 attempts since 1971 only 5 have succeeded.
Phoenix started its journey towards Mars on the 4th of August 2007 after a flawless countdown. The lander will reach the surface of Mars after 10 months of travelling with a distance of 423m miles from earth.
It will stay on Mars for the next 3 Months searching for signs of life by completing a series of sophisticated scientific analysis.
Phoenix is equipped with a robotic arm to dig through the top soil layer to the water ice (thought to be buried below the surface ) and to bring samples of soil and water to the lander platform of which scientific analysis will be carried out on later.

Its destination on Mars is known as 'Vastitas Borealis' ,in a similar location to northern Canada on earth. The last 7 minutes of this mission is the most critical part and if all goes to plan ,Phoneix will become the first spacecraft landing in the Martian Arctic.

You can follow the mission overview on Nasa's website.
Image credit : NASA

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Europe's tallest residential tower

Beetham Tower Few days ago when my friends and I were hanging about in Manchester I found myself next to a galssy tall tower. I had seen this tower many times before but I had never been next to it. Beetham tower is the most prominent and newest landmark in Manchester. People usually refer to the tower as Hilton hotel. The tower stands 171m and 50 storeys above the city centre at the junction of Densgate. The first 23 floors are occupied by a 5-star Hilton hotel and the remaining 26 floors are residential apartments. The duplex penthouse is occupied by the building's architect ,Ian Simpson for £3m. According to the media this tower is visible from 10 countries. I took a couple of pictures of the tower with my mobile phone.

Beetham LandscapeBeetham Zoomed
Hilton Hotel

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Answers to the Data Fusion Questions !

Here is the answers to the Data Fusion Exam.
Use your UB number for both the Username and Password.


I only got one wrong (No.18) in the MCQs and for the rest I guess I'll get a relatively good mark.Please leave your comments below and let everybody know how you did in your exam.

I wish you a very good holiday and good luck with your project.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Secret Army !

As I was flipping through the Tv channels and not finding anything interesting to watch (while preparing for the exams !!) a few days ago,I was surprised to see an old series called 'Secret Army' On UKtv History.

Secret Army was one of the popular drama series in Britain which broadcast for several years on BBC1. It was also broadcast in many countries a few years after the series ended in Britain. I remember watching several episodes with my dad during primary school days. It brings back sweet memories of being a little boy.

The songs in the series was proved so popular and was performed by 'Angela Richards'. The Intro soundtrack is a masterpiece and my favourite.

Urban Wind Energy

With all these energy crisis and ever increasing price of fuel there are many alternative sources of energy which can be used cheaply with one-time setup cost. Wind is one of the greatest sources of energy which is widely used all around the world. But according to the latest figures, the number of wind turbines is not as many as it should be. Hundreds of years ago the first windmill was invented in Persia and it became a popular source of energy for grinding grain and later on was used for pumping water into the farms. In many regions of the world there are certain areas usually on hills which are often windy during the day. I think urban energy receives much less attention than wind farms. Nowadays with all the buildings that are just cracking higher into the sky, a small wind turbine can generate enough electricity to at least light up the common areas inside the buildings.

Recently I have also seen many buildings in England having a couple of turbines on their roofs. There are many projects in the UK researching on how to achieve more energy from wind power more efficiently.

Last December I had a trip to the Netherlands. There is a village near Amsterdam called 'Koog-Zaandjik' which is famous for its historical windmills and is also a great tourist attraction. The village was quite windy when I was touring around and it was a wonder that I only saw three modern wind turbines working at the time !

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

to Pass or Not to Pass

Guys, You better know what we went through this semester. Data Fusion is undoubtedly one of the most interesting and applicable subjects in every field. But we could never find this out without Dr.Daniel, illustrating the wide applications of Data Fusion nicely on Matlab through his section. Unfortunately we couldn't get much out of the other two sections lectured by Dr.Peng and Dr.Hossein for the reasons you all know about. I think Dr.Daniel as the module coordinator has been great during this semester and we could have ended up in an absolute confusion without his kind support and help. I hope we all do well tommorrow in the exam.

Once again I would like to thank Dr.Daniel on behalf of all WSN students.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008


Dedicated to the engineering students who are enrolled on Data Fusion but have no access to the computing department webpage.

This page is only accessible by Students enrolled for Data fusion.
You need to enter your UB number for both the username and password.

Note:Do not use your password. Only your UB number.