Monday, June 9, 2008

Wedding Ring

Try this out

Why should the wedding ring be worn on the fourth finger?
There is a beautiful and convincing
explanation given by the Chinese.....

Thumb represe
nts your Parents
Second (Index) finger represents your Siblings
Middle f
inger represents your-Self
Fourth (Ring) finger represents your Life Partner
& the Last (Little) finger represe
nts your children

Firstly, open your palms (face to face), bend the middle fingers and hold them together - back to back
open and hold the remaining three fingers and the thumb - tip to tip
(As shown in the figure below):

Now, try to separate your thumbs (representing the parents)..., they will open, because your parents are not destined to live with you lifelong, and have to leave you sooner or later.

Please join your thumbs as before and separate your Index fingers (representing siblings)...., they will also open, because your brothers and sisters will have their own families and will have to lead their own separate lives.
Now join the Index fingers and separate your Little fingers (representing your children)...., they will open too, because the children also will get married and settle down on their own some day.
Finally, join your Little fingers, and try to separate your Ring fingers (representing your spouse).
You will be surprised to see that you just CANNOT....., because Husband & Wife have to remain together all their lives - through thick and thin!!

Please try this out.............

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Flirting In Office

It is not always bad to flirt with someone because many times it advances into a serious relationship. So, you can say it can be the first step to a life long relationship. If you observe tentatively and carefully, you will find flirting everywhere whether it is some social get together or your work place. Would you like to know about office flirting? It is a very interesting subject and you are definitely going to like it if you start reading ahead.

Why do people flirt in the office? Do you know? Some people do not want to entangle in the relationships. Even then they prefer to flirt with their eyes, sound and even gestures. It is quite simple; they want to derive energy from somewhere to enjoy their boring work. Your normal attention charges them to give their best output in the work. This type of office flirting is very normal and healthy as no one is going to be harmed by it. However, the same situation can become worst as now office flirting has not remained restricted to eye batting and simple wooing. Sociological surveys in this regard brought out different and dangerous facts after conducting intensified surveys.

According to the conclusions of recent surveys, office flirting is rapidly converting into sexual and mental harassment. It has been the statement of large number of respondents especially females that they have been physically abused by their co-employees and boss. About 83% of girls state that they have been badly harassed by unfamiliar employees outside the office and even their friends who sometimes flirted with them in office made their secrets public and tried to defame them.

Now what to do about this unwanted office flirting? You cannot quit your job because one of your colleagues is continuously bothering you. And you are not complaining about it to authorities because you do not want to give unnecessary attention to the issue. If you too are facing this situation, here are some of the guidelines to work safely in the office.

If any of your office mates flirt with you occasionally, it is quite okay but if it is a regular feature, you must be alert while dealing with him. Build good terms with others so that they will help you in sorting out your problem. You can show your disinterest to the flirty person with your body language. If he tries to get close with you unnecessarily, you can show your ignorance by not looking at him or putting your arms crossed before your chest. Never touch him or it will give him wrong message that you are interested in him. If you know about the nature of a particular person, never give him personal compliment. You can comment on his professional success, like you can compliment him for wonderful presentation instead of commenting on his pullover or pair of jeans.

These are some of the ways to work safely in the office but just let us remind you that flirting a little is not bad and offending. But one should carry it in a way that it does not offend anyone in the office. If you are seriously flirting with some one you can carry out it outside the office where there is no boss and office rules to stop you.

As energy bills soar, Japanese test fuel of future

AFP - Monday, June 9

TOKYO (AFP) - - As world oil prices skyrocket, thousands of households in energy-poor Japan are taking part in an ambitious experiment to use fuel cells to light and heat their homes.

Since the prime minister's official residence became the first house in the world to be equipped with a domestic fuel cell in 2005, about 3,000 households have signed up to have the grey boxes installed outside their homes.

The project aims to thrust Japan to the forefront of a "hydrogen society" that has kicked its addiction to fossil fuels and produces affordable energy while spewing out far less of the greenhouse gas that is blamed for global warming.

"The principle of fuel cells has been known since the end of the 14th century, but their first practical use was not until 1965, aboard the American spacecraft Gemini 5," said Michihiro Mohri, a senior vice president at Nippon Oil Corp.

The fuel cells produce electricity and hot water through a chemical reaction between oxygen and hydrogen extracted from natural gas or other fuels.

"The hydrogen needed can come from various sources -- hydrocarbons, natural gas, bio mass or rubbish" to create methane, said Mohri.

While the fuel cells do not emit carbon dioxide, some is produced by the system during the process to extract hydrogen from natural gas, although less than traditional forms of power generation.

As well as producing electricity, the fuel cells also ensure a steady supply of hot water for households. With no motor inside, the machines -- about the size of a small cupboard -- are also silent.

"Households with the system are also no longer at the mercy of power cuts during natural disasters," said Mohri, an obvious plus for people living in one of the most earthquake-prone countries in the world.

Japan, with almost no natural energy resources of its own, is seeking to reduce its dependence on crude oil imports by developing energy efficient appliances and alternative forms of power generation.

Oil prices posted their biggest ever one-day gain on Friday, hitting a new record of 138.54 dollars a barrel in New York, up five-fold since 2003 amid supply worries and rising demand in emerging economies.

Far behind in meeting its obligations under the Kyoto Protocol to cutting emissions, Japan hopes to drastically reduce the amount of carbon dioxide produced by its households.

The government even recently called on households to cut their time in the bath or shower to help meet Kyoto targets.

The government-sponsored fuel cell scheme involves a clutch of Japanese energy and technology heavyweights including Nippon Oil, Tokyo Gas, Sanyo Electric, Toshiba, Matsushita Electric Industrial, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Toyota Motor.

Some provide the source of hydrogen, others batteries or other components.

The government estimates there could be demand for 550,000 domestic fuel cells a year in Japan within a few years. There are 48 million households in Japan, of which 25 million live in individual houses.

For now, however, the system is expensive at about two million yen, or some 19,000 dollars, excluding installation. Research is underway to make the machines as economical as possible thanks to less expensive sources of hydrogen.

Thanks to reductions in the cost of components, the companies involved in the project hope to reduce the price of the equipment to one million yen as soon as possible to boost demand, and to cut it further to 500,000 yen in 2015.

Japanese automakers are also chasing the fuel cell dream, working to create a viable car which would produce power through a chemical reaction between hydrogen and oxygen and leaving water as the only by-product.