Friday, August 31, 2007

Real Age: All About Men

RealAge Tip of the DAY for August 30, 2007

All About MEN: Fountain of Youth for Your Muscles
Your hair may thin and your jawline may seem determined
to move south, but there's one thing you never have to give
up as you grow older: young muscles.

Strength training affects muscle DNA on a cellular level,
giving it the profile of much younger muscle tissue.
The result? Pump some iron and you'll considerably narrow
any natural strength gaps that exist between you and those
still-wet-behind-the-ears younger men.

Push-Up Power

Remember when 73-year-old Jack Palance did one-handed
push-ups on stage at the '92 Oscars? That could be you.
Well, maybe not the Oscar part. But any guy can be fit past
50 if he strength-trains regularly.
(Try these on-the-go workouts and kiss withered-
old-man muscles goodbye.)

Here's how a recent study proved it. Before going through
a resistance-training program, the older men in a study
were nearly 60 percent weaker than the younger guys.
But after 6 months of chest presses, leg extensions, and
other resistance exercises, the senior group's muscle
strength doubled! They closed the gap to just 40 percent
less strong. Imagine what a whole year of push-ups could
do . . ..
(Start toning your trunk with these abdominal

Turning the Clock Off
Muscles get weaker as you get older for lots of reasons --
and most of those reasons boil down to the natural aging
process. But strength training halts much of that -- right
down to changing the rate at which muscle cells are
programmed to expire.

Now, which protein powder can help pump you up?
Here's your answer.

RealAge Benefit
A physical activity program that builds
stamina, strength, and flexibility can make your RealAge
as much as 8.1 years younger.

RealAge Smart Search: Don't forget to stretch!
Stay limber -- and safe -- by adding stretching to
your workout.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Train to Nowhere

Well, not exactly nowhere - eventually the kids who
board the
Gurukul Express will hopefully go far with
the unique approach taken
by the teachers on this
train. School. Train. Both.

Great pics as usual from Flickr user Joe Zach, a.k.a.
Jim Reeves
, and with more than the standard
descriptive comments
Flickr users normally seem
interested in. Enjoy, and do leave comments for
this talented Flickr clicker.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

BLANK NOISE: What Did You Call Me ?

This is for the over-18 crowd !

Below is the latest message received from
The Blank Noise Project, currently involved in compiling
a list of reader-
submitted derogatory, sexist names that
are used
to describe them. All submissions are welcome
and uncensored.


Over 70 people participated !

Thank you for creating the list of food names you have been
called by unknown people in public.
You can view the list of
presented in the form of ' word image meaning revision chart'


We propose to keep building this list as a part of our
Tales of Street Love and Lust"- an archive of street
comments/ gestures/behaviour that will be disseminated in
public as information about street sexual harassment.

Keep sending them in! (
subject titled 'excuse me')
You can print these posters and
put them up in your streets/locality/bus stops. To make them in
your local language- email us and let's translate it together!

We look forward to hearing from you

Thank you,

Blank Noise Team "

BLANK NOISE mob : 0049 152059 13339

Terrorism is Alive and Well: Proof

(click icon)

The Global Incident Map
A Warning :The knowledge gained here is not
guaranteed to impress your local Security Agency
and may even put you on one of their trackers as
a link to Terrorist activities. Then again, maybe not.
You just never know.

If you really need to know of Terrorist activity in any part
of the world for whatever reason, this site uses Google
maps to provide you with the details including the link to
newspapers that carry the latest details of the incident.
I tried it out for Texas, which is where I live and here's
what I found :
[The Monitor] TEXAS
McAllen airport reopens after bomb scare

"Police have reopened McAllen-Miller International Airport after
multiple electronic messages claiming a bomb was in the facility
forced an evacuation at about 11:30 a.m"
Link to map of incident above

NPR Interview with Morgan Clements, founder and
publisher of the Global Incident Map

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Hate is Alive and : Well, in the USA....

The previous post regarding a Hate crime in Germany
needs to be seen in a different light so as not to
give the impression that Indians are only unsafe there.
So I give you a link to the article about
the beating of an Indian couple from San Francisco
back in July.

Note to self: I must take a closer look at crimes

of this type and post accordingly.....

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Hate is Alive and Well in Germany

'Dozens of young Germans attacked a group of Indian
visitors to a village in the eastern state of Saxony over
the weekend, chasing them through the streets and
smashing up the restaurant where the Indians had
taken refuge, the local police confirmed Monday.'
~ from

Link to ten more versions of this story

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Keeping An Open Mind....

The Pink Panther series - animated or otherwise - is
almost sacred to me, so I have to ask myself this :

how the hell did this happen and what were they thinking ?

Just Jared
has pics of Aishwarya Rai
on the sets of
The Pink Panther 2 with Steve Martin. Yes, 'Ash' just had
to accept the role turned down by former Miss Universe
Jennifer Hawkins and Miss Universe 2001 finalist
Celina Jaitley.

I'm keeping an open mind but it's not easy.....

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Web Worker Daily : Printing Tip

Sound advice and valuable tips presented in a
simple straightforward manner are the norm for
the Web Worker Daily Blog.

"If you print a lot of documents, and especially if you
support a number of color printers, you’re aware of
the staggering costs of ink and toner. The printer
business works on the classic razors and razor
blades business model, where the central device
costs next to nothing, but blades, ink cartridges and
toner cost a fortune. The good news is that by setting
your printers to print standard documents in Draft mode,
and then switching to better output quality only when
you need to, you can save a bundle."

Read the rest here :

How to Save a Bundle on Printing Costs

Monday, August 20, 2007

More Water, Less Weight

Real old news by now. Bears repeating since it
reinforces your resolve, refreshes your retention
and rocks your rectum....really !

Real Tip for Aug. 21, 2007
Here's the deal, dieters. You'll make great strides in your
effort to lose weight if you get a little extra of this
past your
lips: water.
Upping your daily water intake by 33 ounces --
about 4 additional cups -- could help you melt an
additional 2.5 pounds over the course of a yearlong diet.
Here's the simple science behind the claim.

Water, Water Everywhere

When researchers evaluated the water-drinking habits
of overweight women who were following various popular
diets (from Ornish to Atkins), water intake helped tip the
scales in the right direction. The women who either upped
their water intake or replaced sweet drinks with water lost
about an extra 2.5 pounds. But it had to be water:
Switching to or adding diet drinks didn't have the same
(Read this article on the smart way to use sugar

Why Water's Great
So how does H2O give dieters an edge? It may be that
drinking water helps reduce calorie intake -- you're full of
water, so you eat less! It could also be that the agua alters
your metabolism in some helpful way. Just keep in mind
that drinking water, by itself, doesn't melt pounds.
The women who benefited from the extra H2O were
already on reduced-calorie eating plans.
(Drinking water may be good for this, too.)

How much water do you need each day?
This article can help you figure it out.

Are you a RealAge member?
If not, take the free RealAge test, find out your "real"
age, and receive a personalized health plan.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Easy Cropper : Crop Images Online

If you are a Blogger like me and frequently use images
online for
publication, Easy Cropper is a must-have Bookmark !
This nifty little
online cropping tool will crop your image to your
specs within seconds
- without downloading any software or
having to open
any Graphics editor on your PC. Simply click on
the 'Browse'
link, select from the stored 'images' folder on your PC,
( take note of the original dimensions of the pic ! ) type in
the new
desired size, and voila ! Your new resized image is displayed
on a
new Easy Cropper page. Don't forget to save the new image
your PC for uploading.....

Monday, August 13, 2007

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A-I Cuisine

I am not an Anglo-Indian by birth since I am the product of a Bengali
female and a Madrasi Male. But almost everything else
about my
upbringing and life in India has been Anglo-Indian :
school, church,
best friends, girlfriend, etc. The best times of my life have
been in the
company of Anglo-Indians, to the extent that I visited
after an absence of over twenty years solely for the purpose of
the Best Man at my Anglo-Indian friend Russell Newby's wedding
my Anglo-Indian cousin, Marilyn Miller.

So naturally with this background the cuisine I crave is the Anglo-Indian type.

Now that I'm in the USA, there are plenty of Indians and Indian grocery
and restaurants that ensure my taste for Indian food stays intact.
But like the
Jews of Indian descent, the Anglo-Indians are an almost invisible
, slowly
declining group and so is their wonderful cooking tradition. How nice then,
to find the 'real deal' in Bridget Kumar an A-I ( the common abbreviation
for 'Anglo-Indians' ) who so generously and skilfully shares her knowledge
and traditions via her Blog at
and her website at

(click to enlarge)

Speaking of Anglo-Indians, there are attempts to keep their lively
tradition and culture alive in the form of regular and well-organized
worldwide reunions. One of the biggest ones is now underway in Canada.
Check the program schedule and updates here :

Real AgeTips : Aug 13 2007

Exercise: The Road to Independence

Having to rely on someone else to help you, let's say,
get out of the car when you're older would be a real drag.
An alternative . . . Read more.

Pistachios for the Greater Good

When it comes to cholesterol, it's good cop (HDL) vs.
bad cop (LDL). And only a good cop has the power to
charm your arteries into coming clean. Do you have enough?
Read more.

Ready to Team Up?
Team sports are a classic way to
get kids moving and may be more motivating than solitary
activities . . . for some. But not all kids are ready and willing.
Before the new school year begins, get a read on
whether . . .
Read more.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Stiletto Run 2007





and fotos

are the 'F' words of the day for the folks at
Glamour Magazine who held their annual
Stiletto Run in Moscow's Red Square last month.

Yes: it's old/odd news by now, but the colorful images
are worth a look, IMHO and
No: Foot Fetish mattters here :

Or was that.... Foot Fetish matters

Hmmm....this looks interesting :

Huge collection of event photos, copyright
Vasim V
Live Journal

A smaller handful : slideshow

REAL AGE : Tip of the Day aug 10 2007

Real Age brings you the real tips on tuning up
your diet and health to sync with today's 'rush hour'

Dark Beans Are Best

You'll find protein, fiber, and folate in beans, as well as
these surprising health helpers: antioxidants.
The darkest-colored beans have . . .Read more.

Say "No" to Life in the Fast Lane
You may be getting ahead on your to-do list by scheduling
every minute of every day, but your health could pay a price.
Death rates from heart disease are higher in cultures
where . . . Read more.

Ways to Boost Your Balance
How's your balance? Stand with one of your feet 12 inches
off the ground and see how long you can maintain the
position. Here's what your results mean. Read more.

real age test
Take the test here

Send to a friend: Go here.

Friday, August 10, 2007

The Red Dot De-mystified

From Ask Yahoo, 1998 :

Dear Yahoo!:
What does the red dot on the forehead of Indian women represent? What is it made of and at what age do they get it?
Columbia, Missouri

The Yahoo answer here

More recently, a Forum post at :

For centuries, Hindu women have worn a dot on
their foreheads. Most of us
have naively thought this was
connected with marriage or the rest here


Thursday, August 09, 2007


Dear Blank Noise readers/ supporters :
The following people have participated in " Excuse Me?" :
  • Surbhi Goel,
  • Sneha Bhat
  • Payal Kamat
  • Jyotsna Mandana
  • Naeem Mohaiemen
  • Soumya C Shekhar
  • Ratna Apnender
  • Shikha Sethi
  • Iz
  • Chaitra Yadavar
  • Nayantrana Abreo
  • Vinita Bharadwaj
  • Nabila Zaidi
  • Annie Zaidi
  • Neelam Jain
  • Raheema Begum
  • MIchaela
  • Paige Trabulsi
  • Reema Banerjee
  • Sneha Singh
  • Chitra Badrinarayan
  • Meghana Chythanya
  • Ruchika Bahl
  • Anusha Hari
  • Ratna, Shravanthi
  • Hemangini Gupta
  • Sindhu Menon
  • Jasmeen Patheja,....
  • Neeti Jain
  • Beatrice Jauregui
  • Tanisha Soni
  • and you?
30+ people have sent in their responses to being called
fruits, vegetables, meat, animals, things, objects

We already have a list of over 100 ridiculous and
words/ statements being prepared.
Please email us your list by the 14th of August. Be an agent,
get family members/ friends/ peers/ colleagues/ acquaintances/
strangers to re call the same.....make that list and send it to
us asap!
The responses will be up and out on the blog. besides
that they may be printed in the eve teasing dictionary that we have
collectively built/ and or might be announced out loud in public.
Your name will not be printed if you choose to be anonymous.

Be it malai ( cream), watermelon, samosa, or any thing else
that makes you look back and ask " are you talking to me???"

Think back and send in that list.

Thank you for your support and encouragement over the years!
This time we ask you to participate, yet again! Hurry!

In spirit

Blank Noise
mob : 0049 152059 13339


Tuesday, August 07, 2007

FON Plug

I just posted something on Fredundant which is my
other Blog on MySpace. It's about the FON community
and I think you should check it out if only to be aware of
the coming revolution in the USA in terms
of WiFi access
and a Web 2.0 approach

Today's FON LINK

Earlier post about my FON fun

Monday, August 06, 2007

BKS Iyengar : Breathe Right

Greetings and salutations are in order for
Yogacharya B.K.S. Iyengar , a genuine living legend

who just turned 92 on July 30th of this year (view his
Birthday photos via this superb Flickr slideshow ).

He is the founder of the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial
Institute (RIMYI) in Pune, named after his wife
Smt. Ramamani Iyengar
. The institute which was
inaugurated on January 19, 1975 features the bust of
Smt. Ramamani
at the entry gate while that of Guruji is
present in the entrance hall. Guruji's bust has been chiseled
by his devotee the Queen Mother of Belgium, at the age
of 81,
joyous at accomplishing her life's dream of performing

Here is a 5 min. video sample of his amazing breath
control not too long ago

Seniors Synch Heavy Metal

Found this on MySpace:

Check out this video: Hawaiian Hardcore.

Saturday, August 04, 2007

Outsourcing Child Care

This may come as a bit of a shock to some parents
in America, but some of their peers are so hard-
pressed for time that they solve their problems by
Outsourcing Child Care Overseas

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Fishy Art

I liked these photos of a couple's faces painted
with pictures of fishes which seem to be animated by
the facial movements of the models.


Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Don't Dismiss This Turban

click to enlarge

His Turban may look out of place here at the Laurel Hollow,
New York waterfront, but he needn't be disturbed.
He is, after all, Harvinder Anand, the new mayor of this
95% White community of multi-millionaires in Long Island, NY.

Let's applaud this man for accomplishing the feat of winning
this post in an uncontested race, without relying on the aid of
Indian voters.

Full story from the International Herald Tribune here