Archive for the ‘Newspaper’ Category

* little plant versus yamaha rx

Posted on June 14th, 2011 by Alex. Filed under Newspaper.


The Hindu from 14/06/2011: Go green is the new fashion. In this view, this photo taken by K. Gopinathan is especially remarkable. A little plant pops out of the riders backpack. How will this little plant compensate for the pollution emitted by one of the worst (environmentally seen) bikes ever built namely Yamaha RX which he is riding? The caption “Green is precious, let’s spread the word around” is degraded to an empty and ridiculing phrase. In this sense: Cycling rules!

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* steve ballmer

Posted on May 29th, 2011 by Alex. Filed under Newspaper.


“The Hindu” on 27/05/2011: A Steve Ballmer’s photo is shown in an article captioned: “Microsoft bets big on cloud computing” along with a photo. But it seems that the printing press a little bit of a surplus of red color making Mr. Ballmer’s face look like either a tomato or as if he stayed in the sun for too long. However disproving that the printing press had to much red is another article with a photo of Ratko Mladic (“‘Butcher’ Ratko Mladic arrested”) who had normal skin color, on the same page. Both imaged were scanned with the same settings.

So Mr. Ballmer, commonly known for his crazy appearances at conferences (have a look at the YouTube videos below), could have really had the red face due to high blood pressure after a choleric attack.

  1. Steve Ballmer going crazy
  2. Steve Ballmer – Developers
  3. Ballmer sells windows1.0

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* catastrophe and construction next to each other

Posted on May 15th, 2011 by Alex. Filed under Newspaper.


"The Hindu" from 27/04/2011, front page: While nations still remember and mourn for the victims of the catastrophe in Chernobyl decades ago, the article just next to it announces the construction of a nuclear power plant in Jaitapur. Believe in advanced technology and its disastrous effects, if something goes wrong, can rarely be seen so close to each other.

Links to the articles:

  1. Chernobyl remembered
  2. Green signal to Jaitapur nuclear project

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* political heavyweight

Posted on May 15th, 2011 by Alex. Filed under Newspaper.


A minister and other VIPs got trapped in a lift ("The Hindu" from 14/04/2011), after it went nonstop through all desired stations and came to a halt in the basement. People desperate to free the trapped VIPs tried all kind of ideas. One idea was to use a hammer to open the doors. Ever tried to open sliding doors with brutal force directed towards them orthogonally (what else can you do with a hammer)? I mean, it will work, if you managed to bend them so much that the doors jump out of the guiding rails on top and bottom. Maybe this also works only, if you are lucky and the doors do not get jammed. Something small and long such as a screwdriver that fits into the gap between both sliding doors, might have been a better solution.

While the doors got manhandled, the VIPs were supplied oxygen from a pipe lowered from an upper floor. Question: How did those people open that door and how did the pipe find its way into the cabin? As far as I know, every lift has an exit in the ceiling of the cabin. So why not exit the lift through that opening? But I might be wrong here.

If the lift was not malfunctioning, it had a capacity to carry a load of 1360kg (or 20 persons) at maximum. Assuming that there will be some safety margin, it can carry 1500kg for sure and will not even operate, if the load sensor indicates a heavier load. Second assumption: Usually the physique of Indian males is much thinner and a little bit shorter than e.g. Westerners, who have usually a more sturdy body structure. Hence getting the lift overloaded with only 17 persons seems to be close to impossible. The VIPs appear to equal the political weights with their physical ones. One thing might be learned from that lesson: Next time, please take the stairs. It is a very good exercise.

(Disclaimer: This post contains many unqualified statements such as the trap door in the lift cabin and the assumptions of the load. Like the original article in the newspaper, this post is considered to be sarcastic.)

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* statistics and their difficult interpretation

Posted on March 31st, 2011 by Alex. Filed under Newspaper.


There is a saying: “Never trust any statistics which you is not forged by yourself”. Unfortunately this is not known to an author who published an article in “The Hindu” newspaper captioned “Alcohol consumption starts at the age of 18” today. As usual the consumption of alcohol and its side effects (read: results of consumption of unhealthy quantities of alcohol) is discussed again in great detail as many times before. However this time the author wants to show, how deteriorated the situation actually is by citing from several studies.

From the article (first sentence): “Nearly 30 to 35 per cent of adult men and five per cent of women are regular consumers of alcohol in India.” Let’s do a little bit math, shall we? Based on the latest census (which coincidentally got published today as well), there are 1.210.193.422 people in India of which 623.724.248 are males and 586.469.174 are females. If I am polite towards the cited study, I will take only 30% of the males and 5% of the females, which are 187.117.274 and 29.323.458 respectively. So in the end around 215 million citizens of India drink alcohol regularly.

Somewhere later in the article: “It quoted the data from the International Wine and Spirits Record and said the sale of alcohol litre cases went up from 72,000 in 2000 to 200 million in 2009.” If I make an assumption greatly in favor of the author and the study, the sale of alcohol liter cases/bottles doubled between 2009 and 2011. That means, you have to distribute 400 million liters among 215 million people. So everybody gets a little bit less than 2 one liter bottles for a whole year (assuming there are only regular drinkers here). I think, many have crossed that limit already long time ago and hence abstinence must be strictly maintained till the end of this year.

That raises another question: How many bottles are sold which have a capacity less than 1 liter? Many Vodka, Rum and wine bottles come in 750ml bottles. In fact the question is: What liquor is sold in 1 liter bottles at all? So these numbers do not tell anything. It would have been more informative to get to know, how many liters of hard and soft liquor is sold and not how many bottles.

Another issue: What means “regular consumers of alcohol”? If somebody drinks once in a year on 1st of January, is it regular? If the same guy drinks randomly one day, then has 2 days break, drinks again, has 5 days break, drinks again, has 3 days break and so on is this irregular?

Finally in the text there is only one sentence that honors the huge title given to the article and here it is: “The earliest age at which alcohol is consumed has changed significantly – from 28 years in 1980 to 18 years in 2010”. To figure out the reasons for that statement would have meant some investigation work that is apparently missing here. Instead the results of hazardous drinking is elaborated in great detail.

I am hoping that the author finds this blog entry. If I want to read that kind of articles, I would have ordered Deccan Herald or the Bangalore Mirror. But to let the quality of your article sink even lower, here is one tip: Please check out, how much alcohol contains anti-cough sirup. Then the time, in which somebody gets in touch with alcohol is at the age of an infant. How does this look? I am hoping that this is dramatic enough.

“The Hindu” was a lot better some time ago. Nowadays it is filled with commercials which are so big that there is no space left for text on the front, first, last, second last page and not to forget, some pages in between. What a waste of resources to advertise Eco friendly cars.

I think to digest the newspaper, I need something to drink now. Cheers! 😀

PS: If the reader finds any sarcasm in this article, you are hereby unconditionally allowed to keep it.

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