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Sunday, November 02, 2008
Channel Islands

By Pat

Its been two weeks since I visited channel islands, off the coast of California, with a group of friends, and some of the events that occurred last week, got me thinking.

Something draws us to these pristine natural wonders that haven't been disturbed significantly by the usual human activities. Maybe it is literally the thrill of traveling over water to an unfamiliar land, exploration instincts or maybe it is the yearning for tranquility. It was indeed a pleasure to walk on the deserted beach with the rhythmic wash of the waves, sleeping under the star studded sky and waking up to the birds chirping. Further, the shallow beaches gave us the opportunity to see the marine ecosystem and an interesting evolution of fox that shrunk to the size of a house cat, becoming today's island fox species. A nature lover would love the fact that islands that are isolated from the main land for over thousands of years result in pristine natural land devoid of human activity and the resultant rich biodiversity.

We drove down to Ventura on Friday night and stayed there overnight to catch the morning ferry. Island Packers lead the group to Channel Islands on a two tier boat. We spotted some seals right away and were really amazed to see two huge blue whales on the way to the island. We reached the Santa Cruz island by around 11, after an hour long ride on the ferry. The boat docks in a cove where the currents are lighter. We had to walk almost a mile to reach our camp site and it was almost noon, so we decided to have some food and walked back to beach to kayak in the crystal clear calm turquoise waters of the cove, and explore some spectacular sea caves on the sides of the steep basalt cliffs. Unlike the rich marine ecosystem, the foliage on the islands is dry and yet there is beauty in its simple barren landscape surrounded by the vast blue ocean. Later in the evening and the Sunday morning we walked along the trails that provided the spectacular views around the island, with the sun on the horizon and cool breeze in my hair. The two mile hike along the edge of the cliff reminded us of the “lord of the rings”.

Having pitched our tents before we took the evening trail, we returned back to our campsite, tired and hungry from one of the most beautiful trails I have done thus far. We had food and talked till late night before we retired to our cozy little tents. We awoke to gorgeous Sunday morning and made some tea and breakfast and broke the camp as quickly as we could. Leaving all the camping equipment at the dock, we left for the cavern point to enjoy the breathtaking view of the vast ocean set against the beautiful California coast. Then we returned to the shore and spent some time in the cold pacific waters and shortly after we finished that and had lunch we saw our ferry right on schedule. All the passenger helped the crew load and unload the camping gear and thus ending our mini island camping & kayaking adventure, and we returned to the sin city.

Monday, August 11, 2008
Linux & Google Maps
You might have heard
Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.

And I just realized the following:

Give him a computer and then explain the benefits of using Linux...


Give him Google Maps and allow him to plan a Road Trip...

Google Maps

Saturday, June 17, 2006
Fifth Avenue Apple store
Apple Store on Fifth Avenue

New stores open and close in Manhattan every day. Rarely are they of such significance that reporters show up to mark the event. The fifth anniversary of the day that Apple opened its first retail store to heavy criticism was one of those rare exceptions. Apple stores have actually helped the sales and the new stylish store is worth mentioning.

The glass structure with a glass staircase is pretty interesting from a structural engineering point of view and rather trendy for anyone else.

Photo Galleries for your viewing pleasure –
Apple Website
CNet Gallery
CNet video
Business week article

BTW I'm sure you have heard about Bill Gates joining his philanthropy work full time and stepping down from Microsoft

Thursday, December 15, 2005
My first...

My first ever car wreck.

This happened on December 9, 2005 at about 10 PM.

Sunday, October 30, 2005
Diwali blasts

Delhi blast, map
59 people had been killed and 210 injured in the serial blasts in Delhi on saturday 29th.

Fact: Inquilab group, formed in 1996, which has claimed responsibility for the explosions was connected to Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Tayyiba.

Lashkar-e-Toiba and the Jaish-e-Mohammad are the only two groups capable of carrying out these types of attacks. Both groups are based in Pakistan, although they have been outlawed, and have been listed as terrorist groups by the US State Department.

India & PakistanThese explosions have been timed to generate hostility during the festive season when people of all communities are celebrating our national festivals.
I hope that the terrorists shall not succeed in dampening the spirit, will, capacity and the resolution of the people of Indian to live in Harmony.

This is not about any religion. These terrorists don’t have religion or human values.

It is my understanding that the terrorists and politicians are taking the innocent people for a ride. This is only going to lead both the countries to spend billions of dollars on weapons that could be utilized for the welfare of population.

Fact: Pakistan has no plans to cut its defense spending despite needing billions of dollars to rebuild after a catastrophic earthquake devastated the north of the country, President Pervez Musharraf said on Monday.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005
Google Maps vs Terrorism
Delhi - zoom in

The high-resolution static pictures (except of defense establishments or federal facilities like parliament or senate houses) can provide a means of unobjectionable entertainment to the regular netizens. For example check the swastika shaped building in San Diego.

These are very useful, but could potentially be miused by the one-who-must-not-be-named. Real time pictures can show the position of our tanks or troops and could be a dead giveaway about any strategic warfare. Also the precise location of critical facilities could aid terrorists in successful execution of terror attacks at the intended targets.

Google earth hacks
Google globe trotting
Google earth game
Google blog
Google earth mania blog

Friday, September 23, 2005
Rains cause mayhem in India
Girls push their bicycles through a flooded street in Ahmedabad Sept. 23, 2005
An Indian man pushes his motorcycle through a flooded road

This scares the living jesus out of me.

Sept. 4, 2005 - Tropical Cyclone Adeline-Juliet
India Sept. 23, 2005
India Sept. 18, 2005
In India, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa, Delhi and Andhra Pradesh have seen heavy downpour this season.

Any clue why there are hurricanes or cyclones and storms in India and right across the globe, in America?

Hurricane Rita Roars through a Warm Gulf
Hurricane Rita Sept. 23, 2005
Hurricane Rita Sept. 22, 2005 - at strength of class 5
Image of the Day, Sept. 23, 2005

Monday, August 29, 2005
The Warrior
The Warrior.
Seemingly cold and heartless, your sword is your life. Even though there is a loyalty to those you consider friends and you will fight for them if truely needed,
your cause is your own: be it gold, honour or power.

What is the Dominant Inner being within You?
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Wednesday, July 27, 2005
Rains usually bring back the joyful and exhilarating memories, but rains like these cannot be enjoyed.

This recent fury of nature yet again disrupted the life of people and is yet another sign that emphasizes the need to have proper disaster mitigation strategies.

Image of Mumbai Rains

Image of Mumbai Rains

Image of Mumbai Rains

Image of Mumbai Rains

Image of Mumbai Rains

Image of Mumbai Rains

Image of Mumbai Rains

Monday, July 18, 2005
Cell Phone

I just bought this Motorola Razr V3 Phone with a Plantronics M-3000 Wireless Headset.

It might be a dumb phone, but if you only want a cell phone to look great and make calls then this is the one for you.
(I use something else to keep track of my appointments and it works for me.)

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