The Powercut

We experienced a  powercut yesterday.And by powercut I don’t just mean no lights and electronics, I mean having electronic devices like mobile in my hand but no WiFi connected to it. I spent for around 20-30 minutes walking around,staring at the stars,feeling the breeze.But later on I started checking my mobile inspite of not having any notification. I wasn’t alone.I had people around me  ,But I still kept checking for new statuses even when I knew there wouldn’t be any.I knew reading in dark hurts our eyes ,But I couldn’t stay away from using technology even in the dark.I’m was not the only one .Everyone around was doing something similar.The place remained not so noisy compared to how it should have been ideally.I then realized something .Humans developed technology to keep themselves together, To have a better communication, To stay in touch more often with their loved ones who stay far away.But the development has now landed  most of us at a stage where we are so obsessed with idea of communicating with those who are far ignoring them who are sitting next to us.

I’m not against technology but I’m against the way we are using it. Party around, take pictures! But do not party just to take pictures.I was a social media freak till yesterday, But now I’m trying to change. Trying to look at the world with my real eyes rather than some one else’s camera.Trying to use social media for what it was started.Trying to be more in the reality than virtual reality.All these things aren’t what we don’t know.We just don’t pay enough attention.So here’s a small try from my side to bring your focus on this topic.

Ignored Inventions

When we think about inventions, only scientists like Graham Bell, Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison strike our mind. But there are many others who aren’t give much recognition in spite of their useful and cool inventions.

Yesterday ,I was  watching TV program about new gadgets and my mind suddenly drifted about inventions.  We all give a lot of importance to discoveries and new inventions but fail to recognize the developments made next. Every one of us know who invented telephone, But nobody spends time to know who further developed it to a cell phone or a smart phone. What if no one strived for an easier and convenient life? If every one of us were content with the invention of postcards, the idea of telephone would never emerge! And if everyone was content with the idea of landlines, May be we would not have cell phones and smart phones today. May be this whole platform of word press would not exist! Being a pioneer in a field is a great achievement, but the development process is an equally brainstorming task.

So I started thinking about things which fall under such category for a while and found few of them which we use regularly.Here’s a list of things I found:

Bubble gum:

Who knew that a small chewy substance would gain so much attention? Many of us bubblewould definitely like to have a piece of gum when we are tensed! The story dates back to 1928, Walter Diemer being the inventor. He said ‘It was an accident’. Whatever the reason was, I was a successful accident. We can never find a store without gum in it. And even today, blowing a big bubble without popping is something children brag about.

Headphones:

I first thing I do when I start traveling long distances is to make sure I have my headphones. Any journey you happen to go alone would be so boring without these pair of tiny buds of speakheaders ringing in our ears. These tiny little things had traveled a long way to become the ones we use today. Nathaniel Baldwin invented first headphones in 1910 in his kitchen and sent them to U.S. Navy for radio communication .In 1958  John C.Koss introduced Stereo phones, made for listening music.These were bulky too.In 1979,Sony came up with ‘Walkman’. It was the first time the world saw headphones so small.Once they were out,further developments took place to make them more clear and noise free.

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Of course early man discovered fire by striking stones together. But how would it be if we had to find a pair of stones every time we need to cook something or light up a candle? . The first successful friction match was invented in 1826 by English chemist John Walker, a chemist and druggist. Thanks to him, we need not carry two heavy stones or wooden sticks accompanied with dry grass wherever we go.  

Cell phone:

Obviously I have been stating about it as example the whole time. So guess I need not explain about it further other than stating that cell phone was invented by Martin Cooper (Motorola). He is considered as the “father of cell phone” and his wife is known as” First lady of Wireless”

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Cotton candy, smiley 🙂  ,ball point pens and every single invention is a result of some ones creativity and deserves recognition.Let me know your views and opinions in the comment section below. Also let me know if I missed something which should have been in the list.

 

 

 

Fidget Spinners

We all are hearing a lot about them these days. Don’t we? For those who never heard of them till now, it is a toy which is designed to spin and do nothing else. To sound technical, this is what a fidget spinner is according to Wikipedia:

“A fidget spinner is a toy  that consists of a bearing in the center of a multi-lobed flat structure made from metal or plastic designed to spin along its axis with little effort.”

Fidget spinners were designed around 20 years ago but have entered their lime light recently. It is the hottest toy at present. They are now available in a number of sizes and colors. Generally, the common fidget spinners available in market are the ones made of plastic with a combination of metal discs. But, there are fidget spinners made with different alloys and metals. There is even a pure gold fidget spinner!

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Majority of the people are using fidget spinners to relieve stress and improve focus, concentration levels. The spinning of fidget spinner gives sensory pleasure which is believed to improve focus levels and is also being marketed as remedy for autism and ADHD. But there are also articles which strike off the purpose stating that all these health benefitting reasons are not proven and are just marketing strategies being used to improve their sales. They claim that fidget spinner is nothing other than a toy which of course helps people to quench their thirst of fidgeting. Fidget spinner cannot totally relieve stress but can act as a distraction instead .Many schools also found fidget spinner ‘annoying’ and  banned students from using them in school premises.

Fidget spinners remind me of the stress balls whose demand rose very quickly in the past. It had the same reason: It helps relieve stress. Some of the users found it really helpful while some found it to be just another toy.  It’s the same case even with fidget spinners: Some find it very useful while some did not.So we never know until we give it a try ourself. Irrespective of all these reasons, many kids and youngsters are purchasing it just because it’s in trend. Many apps have also been created to act as virtual fidget spinner. You can also access a virtual fidget spinner using Google. Just search for “spinner” in Google and the virtual spinner shows up. There are a lot of tricks in YouTube which you can try when you own one. So happy fidgeting!  : P

First Rain

The scene so serene
Darked out at once
Closing the curtains of the great skies
Not even allowing a single ray of light
Dark clouds from great distances
Gathered at a spot
To tell the tales
They heard when they were apart
Cool breeze welcomed their visit
Hugging each of the fluffy ones with an air kiss
They started laughing out loud
Moving for tunes,with  lights all around
Thunders and lightning! – thought the people below
Taking shelter they ran, as the echo of thunders followed
Soon it started to rain
The first rain of the year!
The nature was rejoicing
The whole world seemed to be dancing
The soil turned to a red carpet
Welcoming the purest water form
Dry grass emanting petrichor
Everyone wished it lasted for some time more
The trees turned clean and green
Puddles with water, every where you see
All of it came to an end
With a puff of air, in the form of wind
The clouds moved forward
Bidding an adieu
Assuring they would be back again
With fresh showers very soon.

Why we like watching horror movies?

Ghosts! Magic! Supernatural beings! Paranormal Activity! Exorcism!

Yes. That’s what I’m talking about –“Horror Movies”.  Many of us love to watch horror movies. Horror movies are getting scarier day by day with increasing number of people coming forward to watch them. This clearly shows why the sequels for horror movies are increasing.

Have you ever wondered why some people like watching horror while there also exist a part of population who are strictly away from watching such movies? We watch horror in spite of knowing the fact that the scenes shown are going to be disturbing and negative. So the question arises: Why we like being scared? Why do we like watching Horror movies?

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The answer likes way back in our own individual lives. Everyone in our childhood was afraid of something or other, especially when in dark. When we are scared our brain releases ‘dopamine’, an organic chemical which controls our brains pleasure are reward centers. As we grow old, we understand that what we were afraid of during our childhood, (be it a towel in dark or sound of dry leaves) was not actually threatening or terrifying, and the amount of dopamine released as a reflex for such situations decreases gradually. Coming to horror movies, it is associated with many things like sudden shocks, darkness, suspense, thrill, and violence and of course the creepy background music. Therefore, we all watch horror movies to build the scary mood and kick the level of dopamine again.

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Also researches show that people who lie at the extreme ends of the empathy scale tend to watch horror movies. The ones with low empathy or gore seekers are attracted to the killer or beasts in such films. People with high empathy put themselves in the place of the victim .They get highly connected with the victim and watch the entire movie in the point of view of the victim.

Humans like the idea of experiencing thrills now and then. Studies also show that the reason why we enjoy watching horror movies can be very much correlated with the reason why we like roller coaster rides or going into haunted houses. Also, Most of us who enjoy horror movies watch them knowing that what happens on the screen is never going to happen any time in the reality. But children totally indulge themselves completely while watching such movies. So there is a good chance that watching horror movies might be a bad influence on children.

Hope this article gave you an insight about why we like watching horror and evil stuff. Hope you liked it. 🙂