Friday, March 28, 2014

Missing Malaysian plane should wake us up

When I say 'us' I mean the entire aviation industry - the aircraft manufacturers, aeronautical engineers, all world's airlines, and organisations like NTSB, FAA, etc. throughout the world. It is time to re-design the so-called black boxes - the flight data recorder and the cockpit voice recorder - on which accident investigations almost entirely rely.

My common sense says these so-called black boxes need at least two improvements:

1. They should float in case of a crash in the water. This will help locate them much more easily. If they cannot be made to float by themselves, they should be attached to inflatables that will inflate automatically when they come in contact with water thus making the black boxes rise to the surface of water. These boxes are painted orange I know for better visibility. I don't know if the paint is luminescent. If not, they should be painted with a luminescent paint.

2. The black boxes should emit a white smoke for days in case of a crash on the land. This will make them relatively easy to locate even if the crash happens in a difficult terrain like jungle, mountain, etc.

My common sense says neither of the above improvements to the black boxes is impossible to do. I am sure technology for these either already exists or can be designed by engineers easily if asked. The increased cost is certainly worthwhile given what the world is experiencing today.

My other suggestion for better accident or terrorism investigation in the future is to add a third black box to hold the hard disk storing recorded video from a cockpit surveillance camera. In these days of surveillance cameras everywhere, it is difficult to understand why the cockpits of every plane are not fitted with surveillance cameras! 

Monday, February 17, 2014

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Google is driving me nuts!

Ever since Google introduced Google+, it is driving me nuts. It is forcing me to do this and that while I am trying to do my work on the Net. All on a sudden a new window opens up and asks me to choose between this or that, click here or there, choose my real name or username or domain name. F***. Often times people do not have time to read and understand everything before making a choice because they are in the middle of something else. And as such they make a mistake and pay for it!

My domain name is My YouTube username is kimbhut65 (and kimbhut65's channel was created way before I bought my own domain). My pen name is Shoban Sen and my real name is something else. I have over 200 videos in my YouTube channel (kimbhut65's channel). Few months ago, while I was working on my channel design, all on a sudden a new window opened up. Google suggested to me that I better use as my username in YouTube also - to simplify everything in my own interest. Without thinking much I agreed to change my username. The next moment, I discovered, kimbhut65's channel does not exist and in's channel there are zero videos! I almost got a heart attack because I was building that channel since 2007! With great difficulty, I don't remember exactly how, I got in touch with a human being in YouTube's customer service and explained the situation to her and literally begged her to revive my original channel. Well she did not do it, but she told me how to do it within a specified time limit. And some how I managed to revive my channel!

Same thing happened again today. I do not even remember exactly what happened because I was concentrating on something else at that time. Another window opened up and forced me to choose something, probably to publish kimbhut65's channel on Google+. (I don't even know when and how I became a member of Google+ and even worse, I don't even know what exactly is Google+, I never use it)! In a hurry, making sure I am not opting to change the name kimbhut65 (I already burnt my finger once before doing that), I clicked on Next only to discover that my profile picture, channel art (cover photo) have all disappeared. F***! At the moment, I am trying to re-upload my profile photo and channel art which was created only about 2 months ago devoting much time and effort when YouTube forced us to re-design our channels!

After I publish this blog I shall try to assess the extent of today's damage and whether this can be reversed. Does my YouTube channel still exist? Google is expanding its business left and right. It used to be just a search engine (and a good one)! Now we have soo many Google products that I find it difficult to cope up with. Google, Google+, YouTube, blah, blah, blah ... F***!

I think it is time for me to retire from the Internet and just play golf or go fishing! After all, I am 72!!!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Harvard University Information and Videos

I am a Harvard University retiree and we have been living in Cambridge, Massachusetts for over 30 years. My wife and I both worked in Harvard for many years and are both retired now. Our daughter has been associated with Harvard in various positions - from student to faculty. She still works for Harvard in a non-teaching position.

Having been associated with Harvard for such a long time and knowing Harvard as staff, parent of student, parent of faculty etc. gave me some inside knowledge about Harvard that not too many people can claim. So, after retiring, I started making some videos about Harvard (mainly as a hobby) and and started publishing them in YouTube. As of date, I made 15 videos about Harvard covering more or less its entire Cambridge campus. I know prospective students, tourists, and others seek information on Harvard in the Internet. So for the benefit of all interested parties, I am listing below all my Harvard University videos here. Just click on the title and you will be taken straight to the video.

Harvard University Cambridge Campus  (A quick tour)
Harvard University Campus Tour, Part 1  (Most viewed)
Harvard University Campus Tour, Part 2
Harvard University Campus Tour, Part 3
Harvard University Campus Tour, Part 4
Harvard University Campus Tour, Part 5
Harvard University Campus Tour, Part 6
Harvard University Campus Tour, Part 7
How to get into Harvard College   (Important for prospective students)
Cost of going to Harvard   (Important for prospective students)
Harvard Museum of Natural History (Part 1 of 3)
Harvard Museum of Natural History (Part 2 of 3)
Harvard Museum of Natural History (Part 3 of 3)
Harvard Law School Moves Houses   (My first video)
Harvard's Preparation for Commencement

Comments are welcome.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Classic Bhai Phonta / Bhai Dooj

Brother-sister bonding thus developed lasts for ever!

Happy Bhai Phonta / Bhai Dooj 2012 to all.