Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Murphy's Technology Laws That Will Go Wrong

Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.

Law #1:
You can never tell which way the train went by looking
at the track.

Law #2:
Logic is a systematic method of coming to the wrong
conclusion with
confidence.

Law #3:
Technology is dominated by those who manage what they
do not
understand.

Law #4:
If builders built buildings the way programmers wrote
programs, then the first woodpecker that came along
would destroy civilization.

Law #5:
An expert is one who knows more and more about less
and less until he/she knows absolutely everything
about nothing.

Law #6:
Tell a man there are 300 billion stars in the
universe, and he'll believe you. Tell him a bench has
wet paint on it, and he'll have to touch to be sure.

Law #7:
All great discoveries are made by mistake.

Law #8:
Nothing ever gets built on schedule or within budget.

Law #9:
All's well that ends . . . period.

Law #10:
A meeting is an event at which minutes are kept and
hours are lost.

Law #11:
The first myth of management is that it exists.

Law #12:
A failure will not appear until a unit has passed
final inspection.

Law #13:
New systems generate new problems.

Law #14:
To err is human, but to really foul things up requires
a computer.

Law #15:
We don't know one-millionth of one percent about
anything.

Law #16:
Any given program, when running, is obsolete.

Law #17:
A computer makes as many mistakes in two seconds as 20
men working 20 years make.

What Tree did YOU Fall from?

Find your birthday and then scroll down to find your tree...

   Dec 23 to Jan 01 - Apple Tree
   Jan 01 to Jan 11 - Fir Tree
   Jan 12 to Jan 24 - Elm Tree
   Jan 25 to Feb 03 - Cypress Tree
   Feb 04 to Feb 08 - Poplar Tree
   Feb 09 to Feb 18 - Cedar Tree
   Feb 19 to Feb 28 - Pine Tree
   Mar 01 to Mar 10 - Weeping Willow Tree
   Mar 11 to Mar 20 - Lime Tree
   Mar 21 - Oak Tree
   Mar 22 to Mar 31 - Hazelnut Tree
   Apr 01 to Apr 10 - Rowan Tree
   Apr 11 to Apr 20 - Maple Tree
   Apr 21 to Apr 30 - Walnut Tree
   May 01 to May 14 - Poplar Tree
   May 15 to May 24 - Chestnut Tree
   May 25 to Jun 03 - Ash Tree
   Jun 04 to Jun 13 - Hornbeam Tree
   Jun 14 to Jun 23 - Fig Tree
   Jun 24 - Birch Tree
   Jun 25 to Jul 04 - Apple Tree
   Jul 05 to Jul 14 - Fir Tree
   Jul 15 to Jul 25 - Elm Tree
   Jul 26 to Aug 04 - Cypress Tree
   Aug 05 to Aug 13 - Poplar Tree
   Aug 14 to Aug 23 - Cedar Tree
   Aug 24 to Sep 02 - Pine Tree
   Sep 03 to Sep 12 - Weeping Willow Tree
   Sep 13 to Sep 22 - Lime Tree
   Sep 23 - Olive Tree
   Sep 24 to Oct 03 - Hazelnut Tree
   Oct 04 to Oct 13 - Rowan Tree
   Oct 14 to Oct 23 - Maple Tree
   Oct 24 to Nov 11 - Walnut Tree
   Nov 12 to Nov 21 - Chestnut Tree
   Nov 22 to Dec 01 - Ash Tree
   Dec 02 to Dec 11 - Hornbeam Tree
   Dec 12 to Dec 21 - Fig Tree
   Dec 22 - Beech Tree

APPLE TREE(the Love) - of slight build, lots of charm, appeal, and attraction, pleasant aura, flirtatious, adventurous, sensitive, always in love, wants to love and be loved, faithful and tender partner, very generous, scientific talents, lives for today, a carefree philosopher with imagination.

ASH TREE(the Ambition) - uncommonly attractive, vivacious, impulsive, demanding, does not care for criticism, ambitious, intelligent,   talented, likes to play with its fate, can be egoistic, very
reliable and trust-worthy, faithful and prudent lover, sometimes brains rule over the heart, but takes partnership very seriously.

BEECH TREE(the Creative) - has good taste, concerned about its looks, materialistic, good organization of life and career, economical, good leader, takes no unnecessary risks, reasonable, splendid lifetime companion, keen on keeping fit (diets, sports, etc.)

BIRCH TREE(the inspiration) - vivacious, attractive, elegant, friendly, unpretentious, modest, does not like anything in excess, abhors th  vulgar, loves life in nature and in calm, not very passionate, full of imagination, little ambition, creates a calm and content atmosphere.

CEDAR TREE(the Confidence) - of rare beauty, knows how to adapt, likes luxury, of good health, not in the least shy, tends to look down on others, self-confident, determined, impatient, wants to impress others, many talents, industrious, healthy optimism, waiting for the one true love, able to make quick decisions.

CHESTNUT TREE (the Honesty) - of unusual beauty, does not want to impress, well-developed sense of justice, vivacious, interested, a born diplomat, but irritates easily and sensitive in company, often due to a lack of self-confidence, acts sometimes superior, feels not understood loves only once, has difficulties in finding a partner.

CYPRESS TREE(the Faithfulness) - strong, muscular, adaptable, takes what life has to give, happy content, optimistic, needs enough money and acknowledgment, hates loneliness, passionate lover which cannot be satisfied, faithful, quick-tempered, unruly, pedantic, and careless.

ELM TREE(the Noble-mindedness) - pleasant shape, tasteful clothes, modest demands, tends to not forgive mistakes, cheerful, likes to lead but not to obey, honest and faithful partner, tends to an   all-attitude and making decisions for others, noble-minded, generous, good sense of humor, practical.

FIG TREE (the Sensibility) - very strong, a bit self-willed, independent, does not allow contradiction or arguments, loves life, its family, children and animals, a bit of a butterfly, good sense of humor, likes idleness and laziness, of practical talent and intelligence.

FIR TREE (the Mysterious) - extraordinary taste, dignity, cultivated airs, loves anything beautiful, moody, stubborn, tends to egoism but cares for those close to them, rather modest, very ambitious,  talented, industrious, uncontented lover, many friends, many foes, very reliable.

HAZELNUT TREE (the Extraordinary) - charming, undemanding, very understanding, knows how to make an impression, active fighter for social cause, popular, moody, and capricious lover, honest, and tolerant partner, precise sense of judgment.

HORNBEAM TREE(the Good Taste) - of cool beauty, cares for its looks and condition, good taste, tends to egoism, makes life as comfortable as possible, leads reasonable, disciplined life, looks for kindness, an emotional partner and acknowledgment, dreams of unusual lovers, is seldom happy with her feelings,  mistrusts most people, is never sure of its decisions, very conscientious.

LIME TREE(the Doubt) - accepts what life dishes out in a composed way, hates fighting, stress, and labor, tends to laziness and idleness,soft and relenting, makes sacrifices for friends, many talents but not tenacious enough to make them blossom, often wailing and   complaining, very jealous, loyal.

MAPLE TREE(Independence of Mind) - no ordinary person, full of imagination and originality, shy and reserved, ambitious, proud, self-respect, hungers for new experiences, sometimes nervous, many complexes, good  memory, learns easily, complicated love life, wants to impress.

OAK TREE (the Brave) - robust nature, courageous, strong, unrelenting, independent, sensible, does not love changes, keeps its feet on the ground, person of action.

OLIVE TREE(the Wisdom) - loves sun, warmth and  kind feelings, reasonable, balanced, avoids aggression and violence, tolerant, cheerful, calm, well-developed sense of justice, sensitive, emphatic, free of jealousy, loves to read and the company of sophisticated people.

PINE TREE(the Particular) - loves agreeable company, very robust, knows how to make life comfortable, very active, natural, good companion, but seldom friendly, falls easily in love but its passion burns out quickly, gives up easily, many disappointments until it finds its ideal, trustworthy, practical.

POPLAR TREE(the Uncertainty) - looks very decorative, no self-confident behavior, only courageous if necessary, needs goodwill and pleasant surroundings, very choosy, often lonely, great animosity, artistic nature, good organizer, tends to philosophy, reliable in any situation, takes partnership seriously.

ROWAN TREE(the Sensitivity) - full of charm, cheerful, gifted without egoism, likes to draw attention, loves life, motion, unrest, and even complications, is both dependent and independent, good taste, artistic, passionate, emotional, good company, does not forgive.

WALNUT TREE(the Passion) - unrelenting, strange and full of contrasts, often egoistic, aggressive, noble, broad horizon, unexpected reactions, spontaneous, unlimited ambition, no flexibility, difficult
and uncommon partner, not always liked but often admired, ingenious strategist, very jealous and passionate, no compromise.

WEEPING WILLOW(the Melancholy) - beautiful but full of melancholy, attractive, very empathetic, loves anything beautiful and tasteful, loves to travel, dreamer, restless, capricious, honest, can be influenced but is not easy to live with, demanding, good intuition, suffers in love but finds sometimes an anchoring partner.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

An Introduction to the Demons According to Indian Culture

There is a reason I chose Indian and not Hinduism as an appropriate title. When I say Indian, it gives me the freedom to talk about demonic myths of numerous varieties. I can speak of spirits that might be not only demons classified as Vetalas, Bhutas, Pishachas, Rakshasas, Asuras etc., but also Prets, Betaals, Dainees, and chudels. These too are often also taken as demons. Many urban legends are inspired by these demons.

Demons in Hindu Mythology: If I have to do a random survey asking questions about hindu mythology, most of them might very well give me correct answers which is good but if ask the source of their knowledge it would definitely be movies and televisions. There will be few like me whose source might be internet. If I ask what is the difference between a Rakshasa and Asura or difference between Daitya or Danava? Most of them will say that they are one and the same, just known to us by different names. Heck! you too are thinking that what's the difference? they are same.

I wouldn't say you're completely wrong, they all are bad news. Our Vedics and Puranic stories have explained each of these demons quiet elaborately. The problem is that there is no one book of Veda or a Purana, there are many and Ramayana and Mahabharata goes without saying are epics. These holy pieces of literature describe rakshasa, asura, daitya, danava etc., very differently.

Rakshasa: These are usually depicted as the ones with a huge body structure. Red eyes, fangs protruding down from the top of the mouth, big mustached face as well as sharp, claw-like fingernails. Most renowned rakshasas from the mythologicals scripts are Ravana, often known as Rakshasraj (King of rakshasas). Kumbhakarna, Bakasur, Jatasur, Kirmira, Ghatotkacha, Hidimba Hidimb.

Asura: Asura according to what I understand is rather a concept than a being. Different puranas will tell different stories of their origins, but so far as my idea of asura goes, it is anybody who has the following negative qualities such as pride, arrogance, conceit, anger, harshness, and ignorance instilled in themselves is an Asura. In some texts Asura is also synonymous with "powerful" or "mighty". So even vedic gods and deities are too described as asuras.

Daitya and Danava: During my research one name kept popping up everywhere "Kashyapa". The story of Kashyapa was different in different books though. Kashyapa is portrayed as the father of both, devas and asuras. In one of the Puranas, Kashyapa was married to many women among them were Aditi, Diti and Danu and his sons with Danu were Danavas, with Diti are the Daityas and with Aditi are the Adityas, who are considered Devas and are also called Suras.

Pishach: Pishach are most often taken as the demonic ghost in hindu mythology. Some urban legends depict them as some demonic entity that can be summoned by mantras and tantras to do desired tasks of the summoner. Pishach are also known to have possessed human beings and alter their thoughts, hurt them in certain manner and the victims are afflicted with a variety of maladies, diseases and abnormalities like insanity.  Tantriks chanting mantras are supposed to cure such afflicted persons, and drive away the Pishach which may be possessing that particular human being. You may find this very similar to the christian method of exorcism.

Preta or Pretatma: Preta are nothing but the soul or ghost of the departed. According to Indian believes when a person dies their soul merges itself with the Paramatma (the Ultimate soul). But if the soul is unsatisfied in any way it either chooses the option of rebirth or keep wandering in the afterlife (bhatakti Atma). This atma or Preta or pretatma in this condition may find means to communicate with the living world and try to fulfill their unfinished business and in process may or may not hurt people in the living world. Not very different from the general concept of ghost folklore around the world.

Betaal: A ghostly character, most of the time to be found as a soul of old man. White long hair, white eyes, usually naked, is the generalized description of a Betaal. Betaals are found hanging upside down on old banyan trees. The most famous story in Indian folklore is the Story of "Vikram and Betaal".

Dainee or Chudel: Indian ghost stories cannot be complete without a Dainee or chudel as some may say. Chudel is a female ghost often described as a hideous creature with long sagging breasts and unkempt hair. Often, her feet are backward; her toes in the back and heel in the front. Their signature costume is a white saree. Her victims are always men. A chudel has the power of shape-shifting. She assumes the form of a beautiful young woman, with her head covered and carrying a lantern to charm any man and ultimately kill them.

If you come up with for name and types of Indian ghost please mention them in the comments.