Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Tough Words Learnt Today n Forgotten Tomorrow :)

1. ephemeral - fleeting

"There remain some truths too ephemeral to be captured in the cold pages of a court transcript" (Irving R. Kaufman).

2. tampion - muzzle protector

3. ligule - strap-shaped object 
"Another distinctive feature in Selaginella is the presence of an unusual structure on the adaxial side of a leaf; this is the ligule, a peculiar tonguelike outgrowth from the leaf surface near the leaf base. "

4. feckless - ineffective

"If you think you can help out, why not donate something to the Feckless Goblin and help make it a happy little green and pointy nosed thing."

5. archimandrite = abbot
"An archimandrite (literally, "chief of a sheepfold") is a celibate priest who has been elevated to an honorific rank, one level lower than bishop. "

6. Kabuki - Japanese theater

7. forsooth -indeed

"Being formerly common as an affected garnish of polite conversation, forsoothcame to be regarded as noting a ladies' man, and was occasionally used, allusively, as a noun or a verb."

8. ruga - tissue fold

One descendant of "ruga" that you'll probably recognize is "corrugate," which initially meant "to form or shape into wrinkles or folds."

9. fleam - lancet
Lacking a decent syringe for drawing blood, I'd merely pierced the vein inside his elbow with a fleam, and drained off the welling blood into a small vial.
A Breath of Snow and Ashes

10. canvass - solicit
"The evidence had been repeatedly canvassed in American courts” Anthony Lewis).

Saturday, September 25, 2010

World Capitals

1.  Montevideo - Uruguay

2. Pyongyang - North Korea

3. Amman - Jordan

4. Monrovia - Liberia

5. La Paz - Bolivia

6. Santo Domingo - Dominican Republic

7. Minsk - Belarus

8. Manama - Bahrain

9. Lusaka - Zambia

10. Georgetown - Guyana

11. Roseau - Dominica

12. Phnom Penh - Cambodia

13. Caracas - Venezuela

14. Tripoli - Libya

15. Moroni - Comoros

16. Honiara - Solomon Islands

17. Ljubljana - Slovenia

18. Dushanbe - Tajikistan

19. Port Louis - Mauritius

20. Roseau - Dominica

21. Rabat - Morocco

Best level on today: 3/5

English Word List -II

1. clunk - thump - to heat heavily with something thick

2. blubber - Fat of a whale

3. pout - sulk

4. grouchy - irritable

5. overblown - excessive

6. felony - a grave crime

7. forger - counterfeiter

8. statuesque - grand

9. exilir - potion - a dose or draught of potion

10. sepulchre - a tomb - a grave, burial cave

11. lavation - the washing of hands

12. aboveboard - straightforward

13. faux - imitation

14. exonerate - to free from blame - to acquit

15. rogue - scoundrel

16. obliterate - to efface - to erase - to destroy

17. impasse - deadlock

18. frond - large leaf

19. riveting - fascinating

20. bunker - a place for storing coal - a window seat and chest - a bomber proof shelter

21. frolic - prank - merriment

22. assuage - ease

23. disconcert - confuse

24. guffaw - hearty laugh

25. epistle - letter

26. headland - promontory - the point of land jutting out into the sea

27. signet -seal

28. treachery - perfidy - violation of faith

29. tubercle - a small tumour - pimple or knob - consumption - nodule

30. foreshadow - indicate in advance

31. tendon -sinew - a bundle of fibres by which a muscle is attached to a bone

32. impertinence - rudeness

33. stupefaction - bewilderment

34. bohemian - unconventional

35. pronghorn - antelope

36. lancet - surgical knife

37. misdemeanor - infraction - offence - evil conduct

38. refute - to rebut by argument - to disprove

39. falter - stumble

40. portly - stout

41. tiara - crown

42. sass - backtalk

43. jugular - pertaining to the neck or throat

44. tenacity - persistence

45. forsake - abandon

46. baleen - whalebone

47. doggedness - persistence

48. outlying - remote

49. flagrant - blatant

50. debunk - discredit

Today's latest score of mine on

Best level : 20/60

Total grains donated: 1720

Friday, September 24, 2010

Tough To Crack List

(While playing English vocabulary on )

1. dorsal - back

2. immoderate - excessive

3. lout - goon - an awkward mean fellow - clown - bumpkin

4. woeful - miserable

5. palpitate - throb - tremble

6. proclivity - inclination

7. nimble - agile - quick of moment

8. scruffy - unkempt

9. clunky - ungainly

10. gaunt - lean -thin -haggard

11. ominous - threatening

12. cumulonimbus - thundercloud

13. ratify - approve

14. seedy - shabby

15. putrid - rotten

16. lop - cut off

17. spry - nimble - lively - active

18. brash - audacious - bold - impudent

19. quag - a marshy spot - bog

20. snag - obstacle

Monday, September 13, 2010


To see a vision
when going for a mission
in the era of multi-faceted fission

Let's understand the fugitives 
of this broken mind
which hinders it's success
tries so many times to bind

The real vision is awaited
till the mission stands completed

- By Shrey ( My brother)

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Quotation by Eric Hoffer

The difficult and risky task of meeting and mastering the new—whether it be the settlement of new lands or the initiation of new ways of life—is not undertaken by the vanguard of society but by its rear. It is the misfits, failures, fugitives, outcasts and their like who are among the first to grapple with the new.

Eric Hoffer (1902–1983), U.S. philosopher. The Passionate State of Mind, aphorism 51 (1955).

A Quotation

When you are about to badger the weak,
Then imagine yourself before a more powerful man.

Tiruvalluvar (c. 5th century A.D.), Tamil sage, poet. repr. Calcutta, Y.M.C.A. Publishing House (1958). The Sacred Kural, translated from the Tirukkural of Tiruvalluvar by H.A. Popley, vs. XXV.10 (1931).

Legends say that the author was either a Jain monk or a Hindu outcaste priest.

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Electronics Concepts

1. When a transmission line or waveguide is mismatched by a load, a standing wave is created in the line or the waveguide. The distance between two adjacent maxima or minima is one half of a wavelength.

2. The radius of Earth is 6378 KM.

3. Charge on one electron is 1.6 * 10 (pow -19) coulomb

4. Minimum 3 identical RC high-pass sections connected in cascade are required in a phase-shift oscillator.

5. In a microwave circuit with waveguides, a waveguide twist is used for rotating plane of polarization.

6. Microstrip line has the combined characteristics of dielectric, ohmic and radiation losses.

7. A duplexer uses same antenna for reception or transmission without interference.

8. X-band frequencies are in the range of 8.0 to 12.0 GHz.

9. The advantages of cycle stealing in DMA are:
      a. It increases the maximum I/O transfer rate.
      b. It reduces the interference by the DMA controllers in CPU's memory access.
      c. It is beneficially employed for I/O devices with shorter bursts of data transfer.

10. An FM radio station performs better than an AM station radiating the same total power as FM is immune to noise.

Monday, September 06, 2010

Electronic Facts

1. Electrons in a pair spin in opposite directions, their opposite spins cause their magnetic fields to cancel each other.

2. Quartz Crystal: A slice of quartz grounded to a prescribed thickness that vibrates at a steady frequency when stimulated by electricity. The tiny crystal about 1/20th by 1/5th of an inch, creates the computer's heartbeat. It is piezoelectric, generate electricity when subjected to pressure.
Resistor symbol

Capacitor symbol3. Resistors are used to lower the level of current in a closed loop.

4. Capacitors are electronic components used for storing small amount of electricity. That explains how radios keep playing for a couple of seconds even after unplugging them.

5. Amplifiers are used to make weak signals stronger.Amplitude modulated signal stays on one exact frequency.

6. Frequency modulated signal is transmitted by changing its frequency.FM radio waves always stay on the same amplitude.

7. The electricity running through human's brain is of too small a magnitude to be measured by most electrical equipments.

8. To generate a  radio wave, electric field must be continuously changing.

9. Electronics is a branch of physics that deals with how electrons behave in vacuum or gases.Electricity is the group name of  energy possessed by energized electrons.

10. Electronic systems normally use relatively small amounts of  electric energy to process or transmit information.

11. Homes usually have AC supply.Electronic components have a transformer to convert AC to DC.

Electronic Terms

Boltzmann Constant:

In joules equals  1.3806503 × 10-23 (m2 kg s-2 K-1  ) or joules per kelvin

In electronvolts, the Boltzmann constant is 8.617 343(15) × 10−5 eV/K

Used to define the relation between absolute temperature and the kinetic energy contained in each molecule of an ideal gas, a constant of proportionality for temperature and energy

Avogadro's Number:

The number of atoms needed such that the number of grams of a substance equals the atomic mass of the substance,

An Avogadro's number of substance is called a mole. For example, a mole of carbon-12 atoms is 12 grams, a mole of hydrogen atoms is 1 gram, a mole of hydrogen molecules is 2 grams, etc.

Faraday's constant:
It is the charge carried by one mole of electrons. There are 6.02214e23 electrons per mole of electrons. (Avogadro's number)
Each electron has a charge of 1.602177e-19 coulombs per electron.
So Faraday's constant is 1.602177e-19 coulombs per electron * 6.02214e23 electrons per mole of electrons = 9.64853e4 coulombs / mole of electrons.
This constant is useful to us when we are doing problems in electrolysis.