August 30, 2009 1:02 am

Mathematics at the Market place

Filed under: Math — ramsblog @ 1:02 am

See the picture below. This is from http://www.Bing.Com (Aug 22, 2009).  Although the billing counter is not shown in the picture, the billing is often almost done by one of those people at one of the ends or at times they take the turns for billing.


However, if the picture did show the billing counter, it would probably not more than a box. Those folks are with no calculators, no computers but well versed with mathematics. they also keep track of people buying things and provides an amount at the end of the transaction for respective individuals accurately.

It is quite a challenge to remember all the amounts, people and the items they buy at such a busy market. We usually see every stores having a POS (Point of Sale) machines; and those guys on the streets – are well equipped with Mental Mathematics – Amazing…


August 20, 2009 4:44 am

Windows Live Movie Maker

Filed under: Hobby,Photography,Tech,Tools — ramsblog @ 4:44 am

Playing with Windows Live Movie Maker – a movie feature that I am using after a long time. I used to love Photo Story, i don’t know if it is still available. I was going through some of the photo movies I had made long time ago, and realized, something that I haven’t tried again in a long time and need to take a look again.

Before looking for photo story to install, I stumbled on WIndowsLive Movie Maker which is part of windows live essentials, and liked it a lot. I am yet to explore several features and have just installed it to create a sample out of handful of pictures

you can download Movie maker from http://download.live.com  / http://download.live.com/moviemaker

there is also a great video resource available up on windows live blog – http://windowslivewire.spaces.live.com/blog 
[The new Windows Live Movie Maker – available today!
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August 19, 2009 11:32 pm

Too much Software Test Automation?

Filed under: Software Quality,Software Testing — ramsblog @ 11:32 pm

Presentation about the Software Test Automation scheduled in Seattle area for Aug 20. see SASQAG for more details http://www.sasqag.org

Thursday, August 20, 2009, 6:30 pm
at Compucom (Excell) in Bellevue, WA

Address and directions can be found here

August 18, 2009 6:00 am

Orange (spicy) salad

Filed under: Recipes — ramsblog @ 6:00 am

cross posting from ootathindi blog Salad#3- Orange salad

August 17, 2009 6:11 pm

will count to 100….

Filed under: Children,Math,Parenting — ramsblog @ 6:11 pm
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from the time my 4yr old has learned counting numbers, it has been interesting how she include her learning to day to day activities. I don’t remember telling her that I would count number for her to do something. I am referring to the one we often see the instances in general, that count 3 or count 10 for someone to do something for us. Anyways, count 10 is normal as I have heard before for various instances (incl. anger management 🙂 )

A typical conversation while I’m on my computer…

V: daddy, please come
me: sure, give me just a minute (well, this minute at times often 10-30mins or until she or I forget the task)
V: daddy, lets go;
me: okay, i am on my way – go ahead to the door, wear your sandals, and I will be right there
V: (she does all those, waits for longer, remove her sandals and back to me) daddy, ‘m back
me: oh! okay did you go to the door, alright, lets go (but still on computer)
V: okay i am counting 100 now, start
me: hmm, sure (i think for a moment that 100 would give me enough time), please count
V: 1,        2,           3,          4,         5, ………
me: good, that pace buys me more time now, I chuckle myself not letting her know
V: now the pace speeds up a bit after 20; 21,   22,    23,   24,   25 ….
(and further more)
31,32,33,34,35….. 71,72,73,……
(and there 100)
me: oh! one hundred already? did you miss any numbers?
V: Noooooooooo
me: (i finally close the computer and go)

well, at least she is not aware of counting 1-10 and for her counting 100 is a norm for now… 🙂

August 14, 2009 11:59 pm

Mysore palace on Bing.com Today

Filed under: General — ramsblog @ 11:59 pm

Great to see the well lighted Mysore Palace on http://www.bing.com website today. Happy Independence Day


August 13, 2009 10:14 pm

Salad#2: Baked Vegetable Salad

Filed under: Food,Recipes — ramsblog @ 10:14 pm
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cross posted from my ootathindi blog Salad#2- Baked vegetable salad

August 11, 2009 12:06 am

I am writing daddy, is it ok if I….

Filed under: Children,Learn/Teach,Parenting — ramsblog @ 12:06 am
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How would you respond if a kid is doing that he/she supposed to be but not at the right time. Our 4yr old daughter is very enthusiastic about writing words, drawing pictures, etc….. but at times it happens when she should be heading out for school. yes, she goes to preschool.

On mornings when I am in hurry to head out and she should be going to school. When we come down to kitchen and packing things to go. I ask her several favors. one of them being get ready and get the lunch bag. here is the conversation:

me: V- please get ready and take your lunch bag
v: ok
me: (after few mins), hellooo please get me the lunch bag and wear your shoes
V: I am writing something, how about a little later?
me: with some constraints, agree and then ask the same question again
V: ok daddy, i am writing something, is it ok with you if i leave this writing here?

i become speechless, how would you respond to this questions?
     1. say “ok you don’t need to write lets go” I wouldn’t want this to affect her mindset. 
     2. ok, finish your writing and then go – this wouldn’t be helpful, while we are on toes to head out.

quite a challenging question sometimes… given the context … although I tried to explain her the actions, justifications, etc, but does it matter…

August 5, 2009 7:00 am

Photosynth – any resource recommendation?

Filed under: Photography,Software — ramsblog @ 7:00 am

Just started looking into Photosynth on http://www.photosynth.net and tried out on a sequence of pictures. It did not turn out as expected and as in those demos and other synths posted on the site. Are there any resources that any of you recommended on how to use it? I remember watching an 8-10minute video long time ago, and unable to get it now. Trying out myself, merely makes it a slideshow and I could not quite figure out the synth options while creating one.

Is it a paid subscription to get that synth or is it available for regular free synth subscription?

August 4, 2009 6:03 pm

Recoup my valuable blood….

Filed under: Fun,General,Medical,Personal — ramsblog @ 6:03 pm



How long does it take to recover 3 tubes of blood? I went to a lab few days ago and the person there drew about 3 collection tubes of my blood. I usually don’t like to see my own blood being drawn, yes, I get fainted some times. however, I was dare enough to watch my blood being drawn this time. First off I noticed there were 3 empty tubes, I wondered but still didn’t ask anything. She prepared my arm to find a vein and there the pin / syringe was pierced into my my veins. Now the Blood poured through the pipe and into the tubes, it (blood) didn’t even ask me 😦

image source: http://www.haemtech.com/images2/tubes.jpg

Now, so much of blood is out, I think I would have to focus on eating more beetroots and apples to regain that amount of blood in a couple of days or a week? 🙂

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