## Tuesday Apr 01, 2008

### Sun takes April Fool's Day Seriously! :)

Sun is known for its April fool day pranks!!!

Check out some of the best pranks! The 1988 & 1991 & 1993 pranks are the best!

Some Famous Sun Pranks!

## Monday Mar 05, 2007

### Cheers to Numbers!!!

Disclaimer : All details mentioned in this article are true to the best of the author's knowledge, though, sometimes, the reader may feel that the author is lying!!!

I do not drive to office. On lucky days, my roommates drop me, else, I take an autorikshaw. Hence, I spend most of my travel time observing vehicle numbers, searching for some patterns or co-incidences. Nothing like I am a math whiz, but just on a lookout for interesting numbers to while away my travel time!!

(Time travel, rather than travel time would have made things different tho! )

/\* The beginning

I once saw a black pulsar - KA - 07 EQ 049. A7 was the code for my specialization in college(Computer Science) and 049 was my college id no! Why not search for my
roommates' id nos too ?

The End of the Beginning \*/

Sixteen days, all nos found!!!! 049, 063, 099, 084, 031. And in the process, I also encountered some nos like these - 9931, 8463 etc!!! Well, is there any way to calculate the probability of such an event?! Well, what is the sample space then?? I leave that to the reader as I already mentioned I am not a math whiz!!

I was amazed that I was able to find all these nos in sixteen days, jus by looking at car nos for 30 mts a day!! This interested me and I wanted to try more. So, this time, I chose squares. I guess it was one fine day in mid Feb that I noticed 8 square nos!!!! And once, I even came up with a couple of arithmetic progression triplets on the same day!!!!

These interesting patterns (or co-incidence if u want to call it) continues to amaze me...

N here's the best - Two cars, both black Hyundai Accents - with the following nos
KA 01 \*\* 1729
KA 01 \*\* 1729

(\*\* - I remember having tried to recollect the 4 letters a thousand times in vain)

FYI - 1729 is called the Hardy Ramanujam number - The only no that can be expressed as the sum of 2 cubes in 2 different ways - 10 cube + 3 cube and 12 cube + 1 cube.

I still wonder why it dint strike me to take a picture of both cars standing together. Afterall, my mobile with a 1.3 mega pixel camera was there in my jeans pocket!! But, going by past experiences, I am sure I will get a chance to click the same cars together, if not something better!!

What is it that makes these vehicles come together to generate patterns? Is it just co-incidence? If yes, then why me? May be because I am the one who doesnt own a bike! Probably, when I own one, I wont have the time to notice all these as I would be busy concentrating on protecting my life from the extremely dangerous bangalore traffic.

Cheers to numbers, probability, and co-incidences!

## Saturday Sep 30, 2006

### My Time Machine...

How many of you believe there is a clock ticking within you, inside your skull, somewhere in the cerebrum?

Well, I do!!!

All of us have our own sleeping trends. As for me, I used to be an early riser when I was in school. There was no attendence in college and I was not bothered about the 8 AM tutorials either, so waking up post 9 became a routine and thats how I am still. And obviously, no morning alarms!

Of course, there are exceptions. You would not want to miss a Federer-Nadal clash that happens at 5 in the morning. You might want to leave for a team outing at 6 the next day.

On each of those 'exception' days, I set my alarm before going to bed. Not a single day have I woken up to switch off the alarm. I always end up waking up a few minutes before my nokia 6020 starts ringing!!!

May be you know for sure that you will have to wake up. Thats your last thought before sleep. May be when you set the alarm in your cell phone, you start off your 'brain clock' unknowingly. I do not know if there is any science here. But all I know is I have a 100% strike rate at this and this makes me feel that my brain too has 'somethin' in it!