Archive for September, 2009

September 22, 2009

3 Days 16 Movies

Raju Maharaju

Dil bole Hadippa

Touch of Evil
Shake Hands with the Devil
Inglorious Basterds
Wicker Man
Chariots of Fire
Assault on Precinct 13

September 7, 2009

Happy Birthday Mahesh

This weekend was all about movies again. We have watched 10 movies:
The Express
16 Blocks
Vijayendra Varma
Sword Fish
and 2 more which I am not remembering right now.

Other than that we had nice chicken curry with biryani at home. Also had some martinis and wine.
As Monday is Mahesh’s birthday, Sunday night we brought a Tiramisu cake and troubled him with birthday bumps.

Overall it was a great weekend.

September 3, 2009

Gyan of the Day – Why is Loo called as "Loo"?

Some say restroom, some say bathroom, some say toilet etc. Now a days I have heard more and more people calling it as loo. So why is Loo called as Loo is todays gyan.

The British word for toilet, “loo”, derives from the French “garde a l’eau!” In medieval Europe people had little conception of hygiene and threw the contents of their chamber pots out the window into the street below. In France the practice was preceded by “garde a l’eau!” (“watch out for the water!”). In England, this phrase was Anglicised, first to “gardy-loo!”, then just “loo”, and eventually came to mean the toilet/lavatory itself. The American word for toilet, “john”, is called after the John Harington who in 1596 invented an indoor water closet for Queen Elizabeth I.

September 3, 2009

PMO office confirmed YSR Dead

After India’s biggest search operation came a bad news, YSR is no more. Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, who is currently serving his second term as CM has been declared dead. I don’t want to say much on this as the whole India is watching this news and everybody is in deep sorrow for this loss, I also wanted to show my condolences. May his soul rest in peace. May all his good work shine and people forget any mistakes he has done.

September 2, 2009

Happy Birthday Internet

September 2, 2009

Gyan of the day – Spicy food and Water

Yesterday Paulina and Michael cooked food for us as a token of thanks for couch surfing. Michael prepared some salsa and asked me to taste it. As an Indian who eats more spicy food I asked him add some more chili sauce to it. We sat for dinner and I loved the salsa. But others who were on table were very uncomfortable with the amount of spiciness in salsa. After sometime I was asked as what would I do if I feel spicy. We spoke about options like taking sugar or having some sweet etc. Later I got a doubt as why does water not calm the tongue after eating hot spicy food? I have searched online and got the below answer:

The spices in most of the hot foods that we eat are oily, and, like your elementary school science teacher taught you, oil and water don’t mix. In this case, the water just rolls over the oily spices. Water would in fact spread oil around. What can you do to calm your aching tongue? Eat bread. The bread will absorb the oily spices. A second solution is to drink milk. Milk contains a substance called “casein” which will bind to the spices and carry them away. Milk will only help briefly as it cannot strip the oil completely. Alcohol also dissolves oily spices.

September 1, 2009

Gyan of the Day – Evolution of Credit Cards

I just can’t imagine today’s world without credit cards. It’s now part of everybodys life. Banks around the world has given credits worth billions of dollars based on these cards. So today’s gyan is about when and how this credit card has actually started.

In 1950, Diners Club and American Express launched their charge cards in the USA, the first “plastic money”. In 1951, Diners Club issued the first credit card to 200 customers who could use it at 27 restaurants in New York. But it was only until the establishment of standards for the magnetic strip in 1970 that the credit card became part of the information age.

The first use of magnetic stripes on cards was in the early 1960’s, when the London Transit Authority installed a magnetic stripe system. San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit installed a paper based ticket the same size as the credit cards in the late 1960’s.

The word credit comes from Latin, meaning “trust“. Do you think it still holds the meaning 🙂