Sunday, January 31, 2010

Back To The Start

Well, this is a song I wrote months ago when I was just sitting at home idle. It was exam time and I had a huge book-fever. I couldn't read a line and my head was throbbing heavily. There was not a single game in my PC and net wasn't working, nothing worth watching on TV. Altogether, it was one longest day of my life and I was almost reaching madness. I don't know how but I ended up writing this song. Hope its good!

"Everytime I try to do it,
I'm failing all again.
I try to do it one last time,
But I lose the hope away.

I'm trying hard,
Yet I'm far.
I falling right back to the start.

I didn't wish this to happen,
But I couldn't help myself.
I guess its getting too much for me,
Yet I got to do that.
I know I cannot finish,
What I intended to do.
Well, I'm never gonna stop,
Coz, I want  to do it, woo hoo!"

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Wiki Blunder!

Wikipedia is the best encyclopedia in the world and there is no doubt about it. One day I was so bored that I started browsing, clicking links after links. One led to another and I end up with a news of the death of the actor 'Kunal Singh' of 'Kadhalar Dhinam' fame. I wanted to read more about his death and I tried Wiki search but did not find his page. I found the page 'Kadhalar Dhinam' and clicked on the link to the actor. And here I found the big wiki blunder.

I clicked on the link of actor Kunal but I ended up in the page of 'Kunalan', son of Ashoka the great, emperor of 3rd century BC. I so used to believe that wiki is perfect and I felt very bad when I realized this mistake by wiki.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

How Does a Gun Silencer Work?

Well, I was watching so many action movies but every time I see a gun with a silencer I can't stop wondering how it works. As usual I checked on the net and Bingo! I got the answer. But the answer was amazingly simple. There is absolutely no mechanism in a silencer.

All that's required is that, the silencer should be slightly bigger than the gun barrel. That's all it takes to mute the firing sound (not exactly mute though). Well, I'll use the same example as I got through.

Imagine a balloon filled with air. You pop it with a pin and it burst making a huge sound. That is because the air pressure inside the balloon is very high and when the balloon pops, there is a huge drop in the pressure in a very quick time, creating the sound. But when you remove the end of the balloon, the air pressure reduces slowly and hence the sound is very less.

Similarly, in a gun, the gun powder is ignited behind the bullet. The gun powder produces a high pressure pulse of hot air. And as the bullet is out of the barrel, so is the air behind it. The air pressure in the barrel is around 3000 pounds per square inch (psi). So you hear the sound as there is a huge drop in the pressure. But in case of a silencer, when the bullet is out of the barrel, the air is released into a slightly larger volume and hence there is no huge drop of pressure but a considerable one. When the bullet is out of the silencer, the pressure is only 60 psi. Hence the firing sound is so much reduced.

Simple, yet effective!

Monday, January 4, 2010

Lessons Learnt in '09

I'm happy as I got through the rough page of my life. But certainly I must be positive about this past year. I learned quite a lot about life. Some of them I remember are...

  • Never get emotionally attached to any one in life.
  • Know your limits to each and every person you are acquainted with. 
  • Never consider everyone the same.
  • Do what you feel important rather than what you think important
I had to learn the first point in the hard way but at least I should be happy that I finally learned it. I really hope this new decade will turn out a better road - if not a highway, at least an expressway