Sunday, October 01, 2006

from Blogger.com to WordPress.com

I'm completed migrating from Blogger.com to WordPress.com WordPress.com provides verity of features that I find handy. Therefore I stopped bogging here, and moved all the posts to Khloud.WordPress.com.

However, I'm still keeping an eye on Blogger Beta. So, don't stop visiting us :) Looking forward to seeing you at Khloud.WordPress.com

Regards, Khloud

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Space Elevator

A space elevator is a theoretical structure designed to transport material from a planet's surface into space. Many different types of space elevators have been proposed. They all share the goal of replacing rocket propulsion with the traversal of a fixed structure via a mechanism not unlike an elevator in order to move material into or beyond orbit. Space elevators have also sometimes been referred to as beanstalks, space bridges, space lifts, space ladders or orbital towers. The most common proposal is a tether, usually in the form of a cable or ribbon, spanning from the surface to a point beyond geosynchronous orbit. As the planet rotates, the inertia at the end of the tether counteracts gravity and keeps the cable taut via centrifugal force. Vehicles can then climb the tether and escape the planet's gravity without the use of rocket propulsion. Such a structure could eventually permit delivery of great quantities of cargo and people to orbit, and with transportation costs of a fraction of the traditional methods of launching a payload into orbit. A space elevator would consist of a cable attached to Earth's surface, reaching into space. By attaching a counterweight at the end (or by further extending the cable for the same purpose), centrifugal force ensures that the cable remains stretched taut, countering the gravitational pull on the lower sections, thus allowing the elevator to remain in geostationary orbit. Once beyond the gravitational midpoint, carriage would be accelerated further by the planet's rotation. Diagram not to scale. Read about the Space elevator @ Wikipedia and How Stuff Works Special Thanks to Omar for shareing the links.

Army Ants

Text and photographs by Mark W. Moffett At the pinnacle of social cooperation, army ants overwhelm their prey through their sheer force of numbers. Get a taste of what awaits you in print from this compelling excerpt. Forget lions, tigers, and bears. Forget even our own famously aggressive species. When it comes to the art of war, it's army ants that will make you break into a cold sweat. Armored tough, with machete jaws, these masterful fighters hack and dice prey vastly larger than themselves by acting in numbers beyond easy comprehension. Imagine hordes of spear-wielding humans at a wooly mammoth's feet. That's the scale of army ant operations when they're attacking a tarantula or scorpion. Army ant colonies succeed at making tens of thousands such kills each day. Folklore to the contrary, their prowess does have limits. Their dragnets don't take down livestock or people (though some African species occasionally live up to that image). (Army Ants Vedio)

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Financial Freedom

"When it comes to money, freedom starts to happen when what you do, think, and say are one. You'll never be free if you say that you have more than enough, then act as if and think you don't. You'll never be free if you think you don't have enough, then act as if and say you do. You will have enough when you believe you will and take the actions to express that belief. And you'll have more than enough when you realize that you can be rich at any income because you are more than your money, you are more than your job or title, than the car you drive or the clothing you wear. Your own power and worth are not judged by what money can sell and what money can buy; true freedom cannot be bought or sold at any price. True freedom, true wealth, is that which can never be lost." The 9 Steps to Financial Freedom: Practical and Spiritual Steps So You Can Stop Worrying By: Orman, Suze Published By: Crown Publishing Group Available as an e-Book at eBooks.com Paperback at Amazon.com and Audio Book at LearnOutLoud.com

Photographs from 9/11 and simple diagrams: basic and undeniable laws of physics

This segment uses photographs from 9/11 and simple diagrams together with the basic and undeniable laws of physics and chemistry to demonstrate that the official story of 9/11 cannot possibly be true.

Why did WTC buildings 1, 2 and 7 collapse?: Were there explosives planted?

This video focus is particularly on the collapse of WTC 7 which was not hit by a plane and had only a few small fires. The reason for the collapse of this building is officially unexplained to this day. Unofficially, the video and the associated evidence indicate that the collapse was most likely the result of explosives planted in the building ahead of time.

Ctrl Alt Delete maker

An Interview with the CTRL+ALT+DEL maker

Monday, September 25, 2006

25 of the top MBA Distance-Learning programmes from Financial Times

Click on the title for Distance Learning Schools PDF File. Or check FT.com for more details.

"Googol" not Google

Googol: A googol is the large number 10^100 (10 to the power of 100), that is, the digit 1 followed by one hundred zeros (in decimal representation). One way of grasping its size is that it is equivalent to multiplying the product of 1 million by 1 million 15 times, then further multiplying that by ten thousand. The term was coined in 1920 by nine-year-old Milton Sirotta, nephew of American mathematician Edward Kasner. Kasner popularized the concept in his book Mathematics and the Imagination. Googolplex The Googolplex is 10^googol (10 to the power of googol) Since a googolplex is one followed by a googol zeroes, it would not be possible to write down or store a googolplex in decimal notation, even if all the matter in the known universe were converted into paper and ink or disk drives. What about "Google"? Google is a play on the word googol. Google Inc. refers to its headquarters as the "Googleplex". Welcome to Googleplex :-)

Brand Camp cartoon: "Brand Architecture"

I love the cartoons of Tom Fishburne "skydeckcartoons.com". I happen to always forward them to my colleagues @ work. Like Dilbert's , they always illustrate something that you can relate to at your company and work environment. Enjoy, Khloud

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Osama Bin Laden Family Guy! (Cartoon from FOX)

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Ramadhan Mubarak

May the divine blessings of Allah fill your life with peace and Happiness. Wishing you a joyous Ramadan. Khloud

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Jake Jarvis - An Impressive Young Man

About Jake I have always had a strong bond with computers. At the age of four, I began to experiment with an old Power Macintosh. Following that age, I tracked each Windows operating system as it was developed, from Windows 95 to Windows Vista. Now, at the age of 14, I have excelled in the world of web programming and design, creating professional websites for churches, bloggers, and even Santas (no, I didn't choose the colors) using HTML, CSS, PHP & mySQL, Adobe Photoshop, and more. I am also proficient in programming languages such as PHP, C++, Visual Basic, and BASIC, as well as some JavaScript. I am currently a freshman at Ridge High School in Basking Ridge, NJ. Also in Basking Ridge, I volunteer at Liberty Corner Computing, maintaining the website and instructing all ages in everything from FrontPage to PHP. Liberty Corner Computing provides after school enrichment activities as well as summer camps and gaming events every Wednesday and Friday nights. As of July 2005, I have discovered that I am a Mac addict at heart and have been from the moment I set my hands on my shiny, new eMac. Since then, I am always looking for new tricks to improve the already great OS X with everything from freeware to commonly-known keyboard shortcuts. Although I am a faithful Apple fanboy, I am still working towards my Microsoft Certified Desktop Support Technician (MCDST) certification. I plan to take the test by the end of 2006. In my free time, you can find me biking, playing tennis, listening to music, reading, or playing around with computers.

I feel Happy reading about young people like Jake. I wish I could see someone like him here in Saudi Arabia. I have heard about several kids who are as smart. Sadly, we don't have a system that helps them to flourish. To Yazeed, the "Special Youngman" in my Family, I wish you success in your study. I'm very confident that you can do amazing stuff. All what you need is to continue as dedicated and enthusiastic about your study. You could make a great programmer.

Blogs Will Change Your Business

BusinessWeek - ISSUE DATE: May 2, 2005 Look past the yakkers, hobbyists, and political mobs. Your customers and rivals are figuring blogs out. Our advice: Catch up...or catch you later

U.S. Health-Care System Gets a "D"

By Catherine Arnst A new report from the Commonwealth Fund points out shameful inconsistencies and inadequacies in the care given in the richest nation The U.S. health-care system is doing poorly by virtually every measure. That's the conclusion of a national report card on the U.S. health-care system, released Sept. 20. Although there are pockets of excellence, the report, commissioned by the non-profit and non-partisan Commonwealth Fund, gave the U.S. system low grades on outcomes, quality of care, access to care, and efficiency, compared to other industrialized nations or generally accepted standards of care. Bottom line: U.S. health care barely passes with an overall grade of 66 out of 100.

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