7 May 2005

Times are a'changing

In a landmark Indian space launch HAMSAT and CARTOSAT-I were placed into orbit by the PSLV-C6 launcher

Escape the phishing nets

The continuing plight of the Indian tiger

”we don’t smoke marijuana in Muskogee / we don’t take our trips on LSD / we don’t let our hair grow long and shaggy…” sang Country legend Merle Haggard
in “Okie from Muskogee”, his social commentary on the values of a simple rural lifestyle. But we’ve come of age, babe… Michelle Johnson killed and decapitated her 4 year old daughter, then threw the body and the severed head away on the road. The case remained unsolved for four years and was telecast on “America’s Most Wanted”. Police have now arrested Johnson and claim to have solved the murder. Johnson is being held in her hometown - Muskogee, Oklahoma, USA. The same town which had triggered Haggard’s lyrics and formed the ending strains of his hymn

Interesting reading on criminology - computer mistakes lead to fingerprinting system errors costing lives : commentary by Clint Van Zandt

Paradoxically, good maybe bad… Clearer skies achieved as a consequence of effective pollution control over the past couple of decades may enhance global warming! Note…” India's vast brown clouds of smog, which result from wildfires and the use of fossil fuels, have reduced the sunlight reaching the ground

I had referred to the open-source web browser Firefox, in one of my earlier blogs. Firefox has now been downloaded 50 million times since its official launch in November 2004

Ed Viesturs is attempting to become the first American to summit all 14 of the world's 8000 metre peaks.
Other climbers who have already been there are :

Reinhold Messner (ITA) in 16 years 1970/86, at age 42
Jerzy Kukuczka (POL) in 8 years 1979/87 at age 41
Erhard Loretan (SUI) in 13 years 1982/95 at age 36
Carlos Carsolio (MEX) in 11 years 1985/96 at age 33
Krzysztof Wielicki (POL) in 16 years 1980/96 at age 46
Juan Oiarzabal (SPN) in 14 years 1985/99 at age 43
Sergio Martini (ITA) in 24 years 1976/2000 at age 49
Park Young Seok (KOR)
Um Hong Gil (KOR)
Alberto Inurrategui (SPN) in 11 years
Han Wang Yong (KOR)
Source - http://www.everesthistory.com/

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