Lethal Chocolates

Are you concerned about clogging your arteries and weight gain due to your choco-holic nature? To scare you more 😉 here goes another piece of interestingly disturbing info!

According to British Security Service (MI5), during WWII German sabotage agents developed an exploding bar of chocolate that was intended to be smuggled into the homes of the Royals (most probably they were famous as choco-lovers too).

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This yummy-looking choco-bar is actually a hand grenade. It’s made of steel with a thin covering of real chocolate! When the piece of chocolate at the end is broken, a strip of canvas is pulled out and after seven seconds – ‘Ka-boom’!  😈

None of the chocolate bars reached Britain but British Authorities did capture some in places as far away as in Turkey. According to the MI5 file “Camouflages for sabotage equipment used by the German sabotage services.” A secondary use for the proposed disguised chocolate bar was as an emergency hand grenade.

Via : Gizmodo

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10 classic movies : free at Google Video

TheListUniverse has posted a collection of 10 classic films from the 1920s, 30s and 40s that you can watch on Google Video. On the list, you’ll find Fritz Lang’s M, the 1922 German silent film Nosferatu, The Gold Rush with Charlie Chaplin, The General with Buster Keaton, and three films by the great Frank CapraIt Happened One Night (with Clark Gable), It’s a Wonderful Life and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (both with Jimmy Stewart).

Gold Rush by Charlie Chaplin (One of my all time favorite)

Decoding the future with genomics

Stumbled upon this interesting and persuading video of Juan Enriquez ‘s presentation at the TED conference from 2004 entitled “Decoding the future with genomics”. Juan talks about the need to utilize the Genomic data generated from the labs around the world and ended the presentation with views about knowledge-based economy determining the fate of nations. Here it goes:

Scientific discoveries, Juan Enriquez notes, demand a shift in code. The shift from cave paintings to hieroglyphics made possible the rise of Egyptian society, the pyramids, and the conquest of other peoples. The shift to binary code brought with it the era of computing and then the Internet, with vast implications for just about every area of human endeavor. Similarly, the rise of genomics has brought a shift in code toward the structure of life, with implications that are slowly revealing themselves. Enriquez argues that our ability to thrive in the culture created by this shift depends on our mastery of it, and companies whose futures lie with the intersecting fates of science, technology, and computing will do well to mind the knowledge gap — and not get swallowed up by it.

Juan is the author of the 2001 best seller “As the Future Catches You” and chairman and CEO of Biotechonomy, a life sciences research and investment firm.

Ajab si & Main agar kahoon – Om Shanti Om

OSOAfter Life in a Metro, no Hindi music album appealed to me much. Listening to my old playlist excessively while commuting daily, I was looking for a new addition to bring some variation. One recent numbers I like is Aankhon mein teri Ajab si from Om Shanti Om among the hoards of new songs. Though yet to be subjected to repeated listening to test how long it appeals to me 😛 , I kinda like Aankhon mein teri from Om Shanti Om which has music by my favorite mentor in SRGMP Vishal Sekhar. More so because the background music is minimal like the music director duo’s Tinka Tinka number and tune is melodious and pleasing to ears. Didn’t expect Vishal Dadlani of Vishal Sekhar duo to pen down a soft romantic lyrics considering his stern image in SRGMP. KK proves his versatility yet again and is no doubt my favorite singer of recent time. The music is different from the recent VS style of music. I feel it is more like Vishal Sekhar of Jhankar beats style.

From the promo, it looks like the song is about a fan totally enchanted by his dream women who is Superstar. But in a 70’s set up (?). Well I heard the movie is about reincarnation, so it explains this. And yes the tagline too – ‘For some dreams, one lifetime is not enough.’ Shreyas Talpade is looking funny with the 70 style wig/long hair. 😀 Is it me only or does anyone feel Deepika Padukone looks bit like Gracy Singh? Wonder why the name is Om Shanti Om of the loud-looking movie – Well Shahrukh is Om and Deepika is Shanti in the movie. Anyway, before getting drifting too much from the song to the movie and the stars, here’s the lyrics.

Aankhon mein teri
Ajab si ajab si adaayein hai
Dil ko banade jo patang saanse teri woh hawayein hai
Aayi aisi raat hai jo

Bahot khusnaseeb hai
Chahe jissey duur se duniya
Woh mere kareeb hai
Kitna kuch kehna hai phir bhi dil mein sawal kahin
Sapno mein jo roz kahaan hai woh phir se kahoon ya nahin

Tere saath saath aisa
Koi noor aaya hai
Chand teri roshni ka
Halka sa ek saaya hai
Teri nazron ne dil ka kiya jo hasarr asar yeh huwa
Ab in mein hi duub ke hi ho jaon paar yahin hai duwa

Aankhon mein teri
Ajab si ajab si adaayein hai
Dil ko banade jo patang saanse teri woh hawayein hai


Update: 3rd October, 2007

Aneek Dhar’s beautiful rendition of “Main agar kahoon” in Saregamapa Challenge 2007 made me change my earlier opinion that Ajab si is the best song of Om Shanti Om. I re-listened Main agar kahoon again and am absolutely loving this soft melodious romantic number. No wonder Sonu Nigam is roped in to sing this number as he’s the one among the current lot of singers, who is the perfect for such a song which reminds you of the era gone by. Shreya joins in for a short part in between. Again I’m surprised that this is Vishal Shekhar composition. I think this song also does justice to the re-incarnation theme of the movie. The lovely theme music of Om Shanti Om marks the beginning of the song and interspersed throughout. Here’s a sneak peek to the song from Youtube.

Shattered Still Life

Martin Klimas takes ’still life’ pictures of ceramic figures, taken as they’re being destroyed! From The Morning Life

Martin Klimas destroys a lot of clay to make his art. Combining the silence of Eadweard Muybridge’s horse pictures with the association-rich composition of a still life, Klimas breaks recognizable objects so they become something else, and stops us just at the moment of transformation.

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The aspect of destroying is not the most important one in my work. Let’s say it is a catalyst to unleash and study this transformation. The hardest part of my work is to smash so many figurines until I find one that truly is showing me something new. I am in that sense a sculptor, but I have only a 5000th of a second to build my sculpture.

Can shattered real-life be an art-form too?