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The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

How odd it sounds to say that. Really ! Are we living in the 21st century or what !!!

Is this still the Middle Age? Say out loud — The King of Saudi Arab. What an anachronism !!!

I read today that the said "king" of SA is getting out of hospital in New York !

And it occurred to me how there's this civilizational clash going on between the West and the Muslim nations ... Muslims would generally have a very low opinion about the "moral" values of the West and would be lightning fast in criticizing them but when it comes to getting medical care, I guess they don't mind when the King goes on a little jaunt to the Big Apple to get his slipped discs set right or a few broken bones joined back ...

Oh well, people tend to not realize when they are being hypocritical ... that's human nature.

A Double Century — At Last

Well, it has got nothing whatsoever to do with the celebrated Little Master. It's only a personal milestone ... this is my 200th blog post for this year ...

Oh well, that definitely calls for some celebration !!!

Not that quantity signifies quality — not by any stretch of the imagination !!!

But I am happy with my 'perseverance' since I am usually lazy and what not ...

And this is far from a money-spinning endeavor.

What a journey this year has been ... but that calls for a separate post !

India's Cryogenic Travails

It seems India is yet to perfect its cryogenic engine powered satellite launch vehicle ... today, one more launch was postponed. India is of course yet to become self-reliant in this technology either ... still using Russia supplied engines.

I guess India is still on a learning curve when it comes to all this complex technology which is a combination of so much ... material science to electronics and what not ...

My hats off of course to the boffins of ISRO who have achieved so much in spite of the fact of working in an organization that is "owned" by the Government of India.

Bidding Adieu to Larry King Live

I must confess I have wasted too many hours sitting in front of the TV and many hundreds of those hours might have been spent watching Larry King Live.

Well, the critics will all be dissecting Larry's career and show and what not. I think I mostly enjoyed watching people who are at the top of their game in various professions. How else would I have managed to meet people as diverse as Michelle Obama to Seth Shostak.

So, my thanks to Larry for bringing all these achievers to my drawing room at various points of my life. Watching successful people has an effect that is mostly beneficial. It somehow makes you want to achieve something in your own life. So, a positive influence after all.

Of course, one can criticize the sense of priority of our society where people who have a "public" sort of career tend to get the lion's share of publicity. So, you have movie stars and music stars holding forth on every topic under the sun. Perhaps, that reflects the escapist tendency of …

Beginnings and Endings

I was thnking about Liz Hurley's marriage with Arun Nayar coming to an end.

On the other hand, Prince William seems to be on track to keep his promise to his girlfriend Kate Middleton and marry her.

So, some things are ending and others are beginning.

And then I hear just now about the death of Richard Holbrooke — that's an ending as well ... albeit in a completely different category and of a completely different kind.

Elizabeth Edwards

Her death is quite shocking to hear.
Reminded me of others who have died over the years.
Reminded of my mortality as well. Especially because it was 'cancer.'
The days of our lives are numbered. As Elizabeth said.
Life and death. So sudden!
What a contrast. More than day and night.
What to do. An unsolvable mystery.
A one way journey ... no turning back, no returning.
All of us will be dead as well ... soon enough. The span of a human lifetime is not much in the life of the universe ... although it appears to be quite long within its own framework.
Nature rules ...

News please

Well, here's one of my occasional news round-ups of the day ... just a random collection today's news headlines that caught my fancy for some reason or the other ... oh, so it's my 'editorial judgment' and I am responsible for it, okay!!! So, don't hyperventilate please, ye reader, if you are not in agreement with my particular choice of headline items ... you are free to have your own blog and then talk THERE about the stuff that interests you ... of course, I know that my stuff is better than your stuff — that's a NO-BRAINER!!! So, with that helpful 'disclaimer' or 'Preface,' let's get started ...

Oh, let me start with yesterday's news in fact ... I saw Barkha being 'tried' on NDTV by folks like Dileep Padgaonkar and Sanjay Baru and Swapan Dasgupta. Manu Joseph was there too and the program overall helped me gain some perspective into the whole controversy since I have not been following it too closely ... well, seems like B…

Vehicle Assembly Building

Too many records to its credit ... largest, or fourth largest building in the world by volume, tallest single-story building in the world, tallest building in Florida until 1974, etc.

Well, what can one say about an 'assembly' facility ... basically a 'workshop' that is 160 meters tall, 218 meters long, and 158 meters wide. No need to say much really.

Let me just quote Wikipedia and say that the interior volume of the building is so vast that it has its own weather.

Read more ...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vehicle_Assembly_Building

Boeing X-37

Oh, the U.S. is still up to doing its usual secret x-plane stuff!

I learnt about this beast only today.

It's supposed to do an automatic landing at the Vandenburg Air Force Base this weekend.

Wow!

A Space Shuttle that lands automatically all the way from space ...