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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Living outside the tribe

A basic misunderstanding on the nature of tribalism in various cultures maybe at the root of our confusion about first nations... Steve

treaties with some Native American societies in the West.  It was naively assumed by the federal government that when "spokesmen" for a band agreed to a treaty that it legally bound all members of their society to its terms.  From the perspective of the band members, it really only obligated those specific individuals who agreed to the treaty.  If others in the band failed to follow the terms of the agreement, the federal government assumed that they were going back on a legal agreement.  This cultural misunderstanding on both sides was the consequence of having radically different kinds of political systems as well as profound ethnocentrism.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Building Long tail traffic for a website

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Daily hindu rituals

Gayarit Mantra

Calendar in California murugan temple

108 names of gods

These lines are said to represent: the three aspects of Siva, the three syllables of Om, the three Vedas, the three selves, the three fires, and the three daily oblations. Wearing the tripundra is believed to purify the votary.

Idli breakfast

Rice coconut sweet 
Rice coconut no sugar
Lentils spicy on the lips. 

Carnatic music



Sunday, August 13, 2017

Hinduism coconut

Eating the Tamil way by Smriti Iyer, Indian

In the Tamil culture-
  • Traditionally, we eat our food using our hand. Therefore, do not ask for spoons and forks while eating with a Tamil family. It is as odd a thing to do, as eating French food by hand without using cutlery.
  • Use only one hand (usually the right one) to eat. The other hand should not touch the plate (don't even keep it on the table). This hand can be used for re-serving yourself from the main bowls.
  • Do not touch the serving spoon of the main bowl, with the hand you use for eating. This is called 'echhil kai' (Tamil words) literally meaning 'Saliva hand'. It indicates the hand you use to eat. It is believed that contaminating food by touching things with your saliva hand makes the food impure. It is only to avoid spreading any kind of infection or disease from one person to other.
  • Do not touch other people's plates while eating (not even with the unused hand). Again, 'echhil kai'.
  • In some homes, people prefer sitting on the floor to eat.
  • Do not get up in the middle of a meal. It is considered rude and disrespectful of food and the people you are eating with.
  • DO NOT WASTE FOOD. Again, it is considered as rude and disrespectful. If you are unsure of the quantity of food you want to eat, serve yourself small portions and go for a re-fill. It is completely okay if you end up serving yourself thrice, but wasting food is out of question.
  • Never lick your plate directly with your tongue.
  • Never lick the main bowl. Even if the dish is over, and you want to scrape the dish clear of any morsels, use a spoon to get it out.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

20 orders of magnitude improvement!

Anytime someone mentions a 20 orders of magnitude improvement in anything, I pay attention!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Anti aging trials begin

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Sagrada familia architecture notes

Gaudí’s observation that God did not “build” in straight lines. 

What is remarkable about this ethereal forest is its deceptive simplicity. Well before sophisticated, computer-driven calculations, Gaudí had discovered “that an interlinking of parabolic arches and slanting columns can bear the hefty weight of even large vaulting masonry” (Zerbst 208). This allowed Gaudí to do away with the famous Gothic flying buttresses, which he considered “crutches.” Instead of using the flying buttresses to prop the outside walls which in turn supported the weight of the roof, Gaudí used parabolic arches inside the church to transfer the weight inward onto the top of the parabola (curve) thereby supporting the roof directly from below. 
The soaring pillars are made primarily of four different kinds of stone, varying in colour and load-bearing strength. The strongest stone, the maroon-tinted porphyry, supports the crossing, the point where the east and west transepts meet the nave. The four columns here will also provide the main support for the projected Christ tower, the tallest of the eighteen towers, at 558 feet (170 metres). Other stones used are local hard Montjuich stone, granite, and basalt. 

No flying  buttresses, just loads distributed on lightweight parabolas made of tilted columns.