Saturday, December 31, 2011

Thursday, October 6, 2011

A Great Story that reached its end !!


Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do... great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.

-- Steve Jobs....

Monday, August 22, 2011

Disclaimer -- I am not so old but felt this passing the buck trend is not fair...

The Green Thing

While an older woman was waiting in line at the store, the cashier told her that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren't good for the environment.

The woman apologized to her and explained, "We didn't have the green thing back in my day". The cashier responded, "That's our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment."

She was right -- our generation didn't have the green thing in its day.

Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled. And we collected the manure, from the horses that pulled the delivery carts, to use in our vegetable gardens.

But we didn't have the green thing back in our day.

We walked up stairs, because we didn't have an escalator in every store and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn't climb into a 300-horsepower machine on wheels every time we had to go somewhere.

But she was right; We didn't have the green thing in our day.

Back then, we washed the baby's nappies because we didn't have the throw-away kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy gobbling machine burning up 220 volts -- wind and solar power really did dry the clothes. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers, sisters, cousins or neighbors, not always brand-new clothing.But that old lady is right; we didn't have the green thing back in our day.

Back then, we had one TV, or radio, in the house -- not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of a dining room table. In the kitchen, we blended and stirred by hand because we didn't have electric machines to do everything for us. When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used a wadded up old newspaper to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap. Back then, we didn't fire up an engine and burn petrol just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power. We exercised by working so we didn't need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity.

But she's right; we didn't have the green thing back then.

We drank water, collected in out rain water tank, straight from the tap when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water. We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we sharpened razors or replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole plastic razor just because the blade got dull.

But we didn't have the green thing back then.

Back then, people either walked or took a bus to work and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their mums into a 24-hour taxi service. We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And we didn't need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 2,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest shoe repair shop.

But isn't it sad that the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn't have the green thing back then?

Friday, July 22, 2011

A Saying Worth Posting...

"Animals are such agreeable friends – they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms"- George Eliot

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

New Job !!!

Dear friends,

I am so happy to share the good news that I got a new JOB !!! I am beyond thrilled in this occasion.....

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

POP Eyes

Pop eye fish disease is various combined problems or symptoms of an underlying disease.The most common reason being bacterial infection. Bacterial infection may have been caused by some preceding fish diseases or ailment. It can also be caused by rough handling, tumors, too much lighting, poor dietand or a vitamin A deficiency. The eyes begin to protrude and a build up of fluid forms in and around the eyes. Like most fish disease, stress is one of the main factors. Overcrowding, poor water quality and temperature changes in the aquarium are all major causes of stress in your fish. Rarely life threatening, pop eye fish disease is easily curable. However, sometimes the fishes eyes will not fully heal and may remain a little bigger than usual, even after the fish has recovered fully.

Symptoms of pop eye disease are one or both eyes will appear a lot larger than normal. Pop eye fish disease will cause the eye or eyes will protrude from the head and look as if the eyes have a cloudy covering. The disease takes about two weeks to peak, and by then the eyes have swollen a great deal.

In my case the victim is a Freshwater Shark (havent found the scientific name for it yet). The guy was fine when I arrived to my new apartment but after three days he started sporting a left pop eye.Have tried most of the water changing techniques under my sleeves but he still have not recovered.Yesterday onwards I have started completely switching off the Aquariums Lights off. My recent study says that running Aquarium lights overtime can distress the fish and make it vulnerable to Bacteria infections.His consumption of food still remains the same and moving around very energetically and trashing the poor Goldies who are in his way.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

I am back !!!!!

I know that I have committed the ULTIMATE CRIME in blogging by not posting these past months.... Now that I am back to being jobless I guess its blogging days from here on...

Promise !!!

Sunday, February 27, 2011

BAD NEWS

My Oranda Gold died last day ............

Cause of death unknown......

Monday, February 21, 2011

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Veiled Rebecca !!

when I was working at EPTRI I was asked to go collect some documents from DiRECTORATE OF HEALTH..As usual I got out without calling them first.... Something I am very careful about these days... When I reached there I was asked to wait for four hours thats when my driver suggested about a museum,Salaar Jung museum near Koti. Thats where I saw her.... Rebbeca... The italian beauty sculpted in almost six foot single piece marble.. She is something I could never be... But its not jealousy but a deep sense of sadness... Legend says she was sculpted by her brother's friend who was present when her fiance saw her for first time...

She was so shy that she wore a veil when she came out to meet her fiance... She had kept her face meekly down never meeting their eyes... Obviously it not her fiance who got entralled..

The sculptor should have been in love with her .... No other man could have captured essence of that moment otherwise...

The sculpture of Veiled Rebecca made by Giovanni Maria Benzoni around the time 1809-1873.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Fin Rot in your tank !!! Then you need to read this..



Fin rot is mainly due to Bacteria.Bacteria can be categorized into ‘friendly’ and ‘unfriendly’. Most of the bacteria found in aquariums are harmless, but others are potentially harmful in high densities. Friendly bacteria include the scavenging, decomposing bacteria digesting uneaten fish food, plant matter, dead algae, and basically everything that consist of organic matter. The nitrifiers also known as "beneficial" bacteria convert ammonia (resulting from bacterial activity, fish waste etc.) into the less toxic compounds of nitrite and nitrate. On rare occasions, denitrifying bacteria can settle in oxygen free areas and transform nitrate into oxygen and nitrogen gas.‘Unfriendly’ bacteria are summarized as pathogenic, disease causing bacteria.
Pathogenic bacteria are opportunistic, meaning as long as the fish is healthy, it will not be bothered. Some bacteria are present at all times and in a constant fight with the fish’s immune system. A strong immune system allows the survival of the bacteria strain without harming the fish.Bacterial infections are secondary diseases; they can only prevail if the fish is weakened under stressful conditions (high temperature or else very low temperature, ammonia, nitrite, high organics, low dissolved oxygen etc.), resulting in rapidly multiplying pathogens. A stressed and weak fish with pathogenic bacteria present results in a bacterial infection, which will be fatal if left untreated.
Any time a bacterial disease occurs, adjustments in the aquatic environment need to be made in order to lessen and to eliminate stress causing factors to the fish. Bacterial diseases should be treated with antibiotics, preferably in a quarantine/hospital tank so that the good bacteria colony collection in the tanks will not be harmed and the other healthy fishes would not get immune to the antibiotic. Antibiotics function by slowing down the pathogens thus increasing the immune systems efficiency. Nevertheless, it is the immune system that cures the disease not the antibiotic. To achieve a slowdown, antibiotics interfere with the reproductive mechanisms of the pathogen by interrupting its lifecycle. Vets recommend usage of different antibiotic of different composition each time so that the fishes do not get immune to antibiotic (this happens mainly in case of large aquaculture.)
The two relating terms are antibiotics and antibacterial. While antibiotics are naturally produced by a microorganism for killing another microorganism, antibacterial substances such as sulfa and furans are manufactured artificially.
To apply the correct antibiotic to a given pathogen the pathogens cell wall is decisive for the determination. Pathogens have either a thin or a thick cell wall. The method to differentiate between the two main types of bacterial cell walls is called the "Gram Staining Technique". In which there is the "gram positive" and the “gram negative". Keep in mind that the beneficial bacteria are gram negative as well. This tells us how each bacteria responds towards certain antibiotics.
Antibiotics against (thick wall) gram positive pathogens prevent the build up and repair of the cell wall which eventually will lead to the cell content leaching out, consequently killing the pathogen. Antibiotics against (thin wall) gram negative attack by interfering with the protein synthesis (metabolic process) therefore eliminate the cells ability to produce food.
Gram positive antibiotics will not have any effect on gram negative bacteria nor will gram negative antibiotics have an effect on gram positive bacteria.
The most common pathogen in the aquarium are the aeromonad species for freshwater and its counterpart vibrionaceae in marine and reefs (Both are gram negative). Aeromonads/vibrionaceae can be responsible for dropsy, abdominal swellings, skin ulcers, red patches, fin and tail rot and pop-eye.

General indicators of bacterial diseases can be deformed frayed fins, open sores, red steaks on fins or along the fish body, grey film on eyes, swollen or bloated belly, lethargic behaviour, loss of appetite etc. Antibiotics come in all forms and shapes - liquid, powder, or tablets. The magnitude of active ingredients multiplies the products to choose from, not just by themselves, but also the variations and combinations
It is essential to determine the disease causing bacteria in order to apply the correct antibiotic. The application dosage and time frame should be followed according to manufacturer’s recommendations.

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