DOING AWAY WITH TRADITION WITHOUT RAISING AN EYEBROW AND BEING PRAISED FOR IT. NOW THAT'S TOUGH! POSSIBLE BUT TOUGH!
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Tuesday, December 06, 2005

I am having it pretty rough this month with my exams spread out over December. I really haven't had the time to sit down and reflect. The blog has thus been stagnant for quite sometime. So while others celebrate this festive season, I will be cooped up in my room trying to grasp the innards of the Theory of Computers among others.

Oh yeah! It's going to be some Christmas for me.

Reading newspapers for a few minutes is the only break from the drab routine I've been keeping. I just came across a few anecdotes in the fine prints of The Telegraph. Here are some.

Too much reading...not good

Squinting
in front of the monitor for long periods could be the cause of a condition called 'dry eye'. This especially happens if there is too much of reading material (blogs?). Long periods of squinting if front of the monitor, experts say, reduces blinking. The average 15 blinks a minute could drop to 7.5 blinks a minute. Blinking is the natural way to keep eyes moist so such drastic reduction in blink rate could cause eyes to be unnaturally dry. Though treatable with drops and ointments, it presumably is painful.

So people, take a break between blogs.

Smart & Savvy Birds

John Marzluff & Tony Angell
have co-written a book called In the Company of Crows. The duo have been studying the Crows. To be precise Corvids, that includes Crows, Ravens and others of their ilk. They feel that on the one hand they have been feared, hunted and much maligned and on the other hand, their cleverness and ingenuity is folklore. They found the bird worthy of study and respect.
They have compiled some fascinating feats about this bird. For example, Japanese carrion crows use moving cars as nutcrackers.
Seattle crows, after being trapped by the authors, have learned to avoid them, even in the midst of thousands of students and if given the choice between french fries in a plain bag or a MacDonald's bag, crows chose the branded bag every time.
This book seems to be an interesting read. I'm sure a lot of avid avian
aficionados are drooling over this book.

That's all the time I could spare for this blog today. Back to Theory of Computers. Yawn!

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