Sunday, November 7, 2010

Hidden meanings of 10 professional symbols

Most of us would recognize the red, white & blue striped spinning barber shop pole, but do you know what those three colors represent? And do you know why many pawn shops display three golden balls in their window? Read on and see how much you know about the symbols of common professions and other organizations.

 The Marines
One branch of the U.S. Armed Forces uses an eagle, globe and anchor as its symbol: The Marines. As the official United States Marine Corps web site explains: "The eagle with spread wings represents our proud nation. The globe points to worldwide presence. The anchor stands for naval tradition. Together, they represent a dedication to service in the air, on land and at sea."

The universal symbol for pawn shops is three balls suspended from a curved bar. The "three balls" were originally part of the coat of arms of the Medici family, who established the Medici trading and banking empire in Florence, Italy. Legend has it that one of the Medicis (in the employ of Emperor Charles the Great) fought a giant and slew him with three sacks of rocks. The three balls or globes later became part of their family crest, and ultimately, the sign of pawnbroking.

 Boy Scouts
The badge for the Scout rank consists of a simple fleur-de-lis, which symbolizes a compass needle. The needle points the Scout in the right direction, which is onward and upward. The Tenderfoot badge takes the fleur-de-lis of the Scout badge and adds two stars and an eagle with an American shield. The stars symbolize truth and knowledge; the eagle and shield symbolize freedom and readiness to defend it.

Live Theater
Comedy and tragedy masks are sometimes referred to as theater masks or drama masks. They have been adopted as the universal symbol for live theater. The origins stem from ancient Greece when actors always wore masks on stage.

There are two symbols most commonly associated with the pharmacy profession. One is the mortar and pestle. Pharmacists would use the mortar and pestle to crush and mix ingredients to cure diseases. The other is the Rx symbol. According to most sources, Rx is an abbreviation of the Latin word for recipe ("recipere").

                                                   Medical Profession
The caduceus (left) is an ancient symbol that stands for wisdom, eloquence, and communication. The rod entwined by two snakes and topped with wings -- comes from the magic wand of the Greek god Hermes. According to Dr. Keith T. Blayney, the association between the caduceus of Hermes and medicine seems to have arisen by the seventh century A.D., when Hermes had come to be linked with alchemy. Dr. Blayney also points out that another traditional symbol of medicine is the staff of Asclepius (right). This symbol is a single serpent encircling a staff, classically a rough-hewn knotty tree limb. Asclepius was an ancient Greek physician deified as the god of medicine.

Wall Street
The bull and bear are two oft-used symbols of Wall Street. A "bear market" is known as a period of time in which the overall trend of the stock market is down. A "bull market" is a period in which the prices in the market rise overall. According to The Motley Fool, the term "bear market" may come from "bear skin jobbers," who sold bear skins before they caught the bears. This term eventually was used to describe short-sellers, who make money buying and selling shares that they don't own (they borrow them). Short-sellers profit when the price of their shares goes down. The theory further goes that since bear baiting and bull baiting were common sports, bull became the counterpart of bear. Others will say the term bear comes from the fact that bears swipe their paws down when fighting, whereas bulls swipe their horns up.

The Badge of a firefighter is called a Maltese Cross. The Maltese Cross is a symbol of protection and a badge of honor. The New York City Fire Department explains: The first firefighters were a band of crusaders known as the Knights of St. John. Their heroic efforts were recognized by fellow crusaders with a badge of honor -- a cross similar to the one firefighters wear today. Since the Knights of St. John lived on a little island in the Mediterranean Sea named Malta, the cross came to be known as the Maltese Cross.

The red, white and blue stripes in the barber shop pole are meant to represent blood, bandages and veins. For thousands of years, barbers didn't just cut hair and shave beards -- they performed surgery, dentistry, and more.
These barber-surgeons, as they were known, practiced everything from tooth-extractions to bloodletting. After sopping up any blood with white cloths, the barbers would wash the cloths and hang them out to dry. This is what the pole's red and white colors signify. It is commonly accepted that the blue color represents veins.

Two of the principal symbolic tools always found in a Lodge are the square and compass. They are reminders that Masons should "square their actions by the square of virtue" and to learn to "circumscribe their desires and keep their passions within due bounds toward all mankind." When these two Masonic tools are placed together with God as the central focal point., Freemasons believe peace and harmony is the result.

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Friday, November 5, 2010

3G-Adding a new dimension to our lives

3g- Adding a new dimension to our lives
This post is brought to you in response to 3G life contest by DOCOMO

Let us start by learning basic things about 3g...

What is 3g?
International Mobile Telecommunications-2000 (IMT—2000), better known as 3G or 3rd Generation, is a generation of standards for mobile phones and mobile telecommunications services fulfilling specifications by the International Telecommunication Union. Application services include wide-area wireless voice telephone, mobile Internet access, video calls and mobile TV, all in a mobile environment. Compared to the older 2G and 2.5G standards, a 3G system must allow simultaneous use of speech and data services, and provide peak data rates of at least 200 kbit/s according to the IMT-2000 specification. Recent 3G releases, often denoted 3.5G and 3.75G, also provide mobile broadband access of several Mbit/s to laptop computers and smartphones.

history of 3g
The first pre-commercial 3G network was launched by NTT DoCoMo in Japan branded FOMA, in May 2001 on a pre-release of W-CDMA technology. The first commercial launch of 3G was also by NTT DoCoMo in Japan on 1 October 2001, although it was initially somewhat limited in scope; broader availability was delayed by apparent concerns over reliability. The second network to go commercially live was by SK Telecom in South Korea on the 1xEV-DO technology in January 2002. By May 2002 the second South Korean 3G network was by KT on EV-DO and thus the Koreans were the first to see competition among 3G operators.

The first European pre-commercial network was at the Isle of Man by Manx Telecom, the operator then owned by British Telecom, and the first commercial network in Europe was opened for business by Telenor in December 2001 with no commercial handsets and thus no paying customers. These were both on the W-CDMA technology.

The first commercial United States 3G network was by Monet Mobile Networks, on CDMA2000 1x EV-DO technology, but this network provider later shut down operations. The second 3G network operator in the USA was Verizon Wireless in October 2003 also on CDMA2000 1x EV-DO. AT&T Mobility is also a true 3G network, having completed its upgrade of the 3G network to HSUPA.

The first pre-commercial demonstration network in the southern hemisphere was built in Adelaide, South Australia by m.Net Corporation in February 2002 using UMTS on 2100 MHz. This was a demonstration network for the 2002 IT World Congress. The first commercial 3G network was launched by Hutchison Telecommunications branded as Three in March 2003.

Emtel Launched the first 3G network in Africa

By June 2007, the 200 millionth 3G subscriber had been connected. Out of 3 billion mobile phone subscriptions worldwide this is only 6.7%. In the countries where 3G was launched first – Japan and South Korea – 3G penetration is over 70%.In Europe the leading country is Italy with a third of its subscribers migrated to 3G. Other leading countries by 3G migration include UK, Austria, Australia and Singapore at the 20% migration level. A confusing statistic is counting CDMA2000 1x RTT customers as if they were 3G customers. If using this definition, then the total 3G subscriber base would be 475 million at June 2007 and 15.8% of all subscribers worldwide.

Applications of 3g
The bandwidth and location information available to 3G devices gives rise to applications not previously available to mobile phone users. Some of the applications are:
Mobile TV – a provider redirects a TV channel directly to the subscriber's phone where it can be watched.
Video on demand – a provider sends a movie to the subscriber's phone.
Video conferencing – subscribers can see as well as talk to each other.
Tele-medicine – a medical provider monitors or provides advice to the potentially isolated subscriber.
Location-based services – a provider sends localized weather or traffic conditions to the phone, or the phone allows the subscriber to find nearby businesses or friends..

3g in India

In 2008, India entered into the 3G arena with the launch of 3G enabled Mobile and Data services by Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. (BSNL) in Bihar (Patna). BSNL is the first Mobile operator in India to launch 3G services. Later, MTNL launched 3G in Mumbai & Delhi. Government owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) has already been provided with a 3G license and has been operating its services in 380 cities by the end of March 2010. Nation wide auction of 3G wireless spectrum in April 2010 was announced. The auction fetched huge sums of money for the Government of India, estimated to be around Rs 35,000/- Crore ($7.6 billion). The total revenue collected by the Government was nearly Rs 1,06,000 Crore ($23 billion). Private provider Tata Docomo has announced the services to be launched during Diwali Season in November 2010. Airtel and Vodafone expected to provide its 3G service from January 2011.

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Greatest ROCK songs of all time!!

1. Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin
2. Johnny B. Goode - Chuck Berry
3. Like A Rolling Stone - Bob Dylan
4. Respect - Aretha Franklin
5. (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction - Rolling Stones
6. Jailhouse Rock - Elvis Presley
7. A Day In The Life - Beatles
8. Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
9. Good Vibrations - Beach Boys
10. What'd I Say - Ray Charles
11. Papa's Got A Brand New Bag - James Brown
12. Won't Get Fooled Again - Who
13. All Along The Watchtower - Jimi Hendrix
14. (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay - Otis Redding
15. Imagine - John Lennon
16. Born To Run - Bruce Springsteen
17. Layla - Derek & the Dominos
18. Light My Fire - Doors
19. I Heard It Through The Grapevine - Marvin Gaye
20. Free Bird - Lynyrd Skynyrd
21. Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On - Jerry Lee Lewis
22. When A Man Loves A Woman - Percy Sledge
23. Hey Jude - Beatles
24. Hotel California - Eagles
25. Rock Around The Clock - Bill Haley & His Comets
26. You Really Got Me - Kinks
27. American Pie - Don McLean
28. Tutti Frutti - Little Richard
29. Baba O'Riley - The Who
30. Sympathy For The Devil - Rolling Stones
31. Superstition - Stevie Wonder
32. Louie Louie - The Kingsmen
33. Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana
34. Bo Diddley - Bo Diddley
35. Yesterday - The Beatles
36. My Generation - The Who
37. Smoke On The Water - Deep Purple
38. Don't Be Cruel - Elvis Presley
39. Whole Lotta Love - Led Zeppelin
40. Shake, Rattle & Roll - Big Joe Turner
41. Purple Haze - Jimi Hendrix
42. Summertime Blues - Eddie Cochran
43. In The Midnight Hour - Wilson Pickett
44. Time - Pink Floyd
45. Oh Pretty Woman - Roy Orbison
46. Sunshine Of Your Love - Cream
47. Walk This Way - Aerosmith
48. Sweet Child O' Mine - Guns N' Roses
49. A Whiter Shade Of Pale - Procol Harum
50. What's Goin' On - Marvin Gaye 51. Tears in Heaven - Eric Clapton

51. Tears in Heaven - Eric Clapton
52. Comfortably Numb - Pink Floyd
53. Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon & Garfunkel
54. You Shook Me All Night Long - AC/DC
55. Good Golly, Miss Molly - Little Richard
56. Everyday People - Sly & The Family Stone
57. Roundabout - Yes
58. Bye Bye Love - The Everly Brothers
59. Born To Be Wild - Steppenwolf
60. Sixty Minute Man - The Dominoes
61. Voodoo Child (slight return) - Jimi Hendrix
62. November Rain - Guns N' Roses
63. One Nation Under A Groove - Funkadelic
64. The House Of The Rising Sun - Animals
65. Mr. Tambourine Man - Byrds
66. Let's Go Crazy - Prince
67. Please, Please, Please - James Brown
68. Thunder Road - Bruce Springsteen
69. Somebody To Love - Jefferson Airplane
70. Dust In The Wind - Kansas
71. Slow Ride - Foghat
72. Crossroads - Cream
73. Blue Suede Shoes - Carl Perkins
74. With Or Without You - U2
75. More Than A Feeling - Boston
76. We Will Rock You - Queen
77. Go Your Own Way - Fleetwood Mac
78. 21st Century Schizoid Man - King Crimson
79. Mystery Train - Elvis Presley
80. Suite: Judy Blue Eyes - Crosby, Stills and Nash
81. Show Me The Way - Peter Frampton
82. Where Did Our Love Go - Supremes
83. My My Hey Hey (Out Of The Blue) - Neil Young
84. Money - Pink Floyd
85. Ziggy Stardust - David Bowie
86. Master of Puppets - Metallica
87. Stand! - Sly & The Family Stone
88. Sultans Of Swing - Dire Straits
89. That'll Be The Day - Buddy Holly & The Crickets
90. Dream On - Aerosmith
91. Maybellene - Chuck Berry
92. Every Breath You Take - Police
93. Jesus Christ Pose - Soundgarden
94. For What It's Worth - Buffalo Springfield
95. All Day And All Of The Night - Kinks
96. Tom Sawyer - Rush
97. Tangled Up In Blue - Bob Dylan
98. Hound Dog - Elvis Presley
99. Kashmir - Led Zeppelin
100. All Right Now - Free

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101. Be Bop A Lula - Gene Vincent
102. Money Honey - Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters
103. Jumpin' Jack Flash - Rolling Stones
104. Lucky Man - Emerson, Lake & Palmer
105. Kick Out The Jams - MC5
106. Green Onions - Booker T. & The MG's
107. Back In Black - AC/DC
108. School Day - Chuck Berry
109. Runaway - Del Shannon
110. Good Rockin' Tonight - Wynonie Harris
111. London Calling - The Clash
112. Eight Miles High - Byrds
113. Aqualung - Jethro Tull
114. Heroin - The Velvet Underground
115. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - Elton John
116. The Joker - Steve Miller Band
117. Barracuda - Heart
118. I Get Around - Beach Boys
119. Child In Time - Deep Purple
120. White Rabbit - Jefferson Airplane
121. Free Ride - Edgar Winter Group
122. Long Cool Woman (In A Black Dress) - Hollies
123. American Woman - Guess Who
124. Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden
125. Wake Up Little Susie - The Everly Brothers
126. Gimme Shelter - Rolling Stones
127. I'm Walkin' - Fats Domino
128. Nights In White Satin - The Moody Blues
129. She Loves You - Beatles
130. Walk On The Wild Side - Lou Reed
131. (Love Is Like A) Heat Wave - Martha & The Vandellas
132. Rock and Roll All Night - KISS
133. It's Your Thing - Isley Brothers
134. Reach Out, I'll Be There - Four Tops
135. White Room - Cream
136. Paranoid - Black Sabbath
137. Money For Nothing - Dire Straits
138. Jeremy - Pearl Jam
139. Blitzkreig Bop - Ramones
140. Lola - Kinks
141. Hold On, I'm Comin' - Sam & Dave
142. The Weight - The Band
143. Old Time Rock & Roll - Bob Seger
144. Purple Rain - Prince
145. Refugee - Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
146. Whipping Post - Allman Brothers Band
147. Welcome To The Jungle - Guns N' Roses
148. Magic Carpet Ride - Steppenwolf
149. No Woman No Cry - Bob Marley
150. (Don't Fear) The Reaper - Blue Oyster Cult 151. Paranoid Android - Radiohead
152. Psychotic Reaction - Count Five
153. Chain Gang - Sam Cooke
154. Bang A Gong (Get It On) - T-Rex
155. Teardrops From My Eyes - Ruth Brown
156. I Got You (I Feel Good) - James Brown
157. Peggy Sue - Buddy Holly & The Crickets
158. Sweet Home Alabama - Lynyrd Skynyrd
159. Like A Hurricane - Neil Young
160. Gimme Some Lovin' - Spencer Davis Group
161. Lawdy Miss Clawdy - Lloyd Price
162. Great Balls of Fire - Jerry Lee Lewis
163. In A Gadda Da Vida - Iron Butterfly
164. Paradise By The Dashboard Light - Meat Loaf
165. California Dreamin' - The Mamas and the Papas
166. Jump - Van Halen
167. Work With Me Annie - The Midnighters
168. I've Seen All Good People - Yes
169. Piece Of My Heart - Janis Joplin
170. Cloud Nine - The Temptations
171. Time Of The Season - Zombies
172. Proud Mary - Creedence Clearwater Revival
173. Space Oddity - David Bowie
174. Heart Full Of Soul - Yardbirds
175. Should I Stay Or Should I Go - The Clash
176. Be My Baby - Ronettes
177. One - Metallica
178. Do You Believe In Magic - Lovin' Spoonful
179. Werewolves of London - Warren Zevon
180. We're An American Band - Grand Funk Railroad
181. Alison - Elvis Costello
182. Bad To The Bone - George Thorogood
183. Come Sail Away - Styx
184. Sharp Dressed Man - ZZ Top
185. Grace - Jeff Buckley
186. Stand By Me - Ben E. King
187. Sherry - Four Seasons
188. Fever - Little Willie John
189. Riders On the Storm - Doors
190. Free Fallin' - Tom Petty
191. Cold Sweat - James Brown
192. Lonely Teardrops - Jackie Wilson
193. Under The Bridge - Red Hot Chili Peppers
194. Sledgehammer - Peter Gabriel
195. The Wanderer - Dion
196. My Sweet Lord - George Harrison
197. Pride & Joy - Stevie Ray Vaughan
198. Let's Stay Together - Al Green
199. Rocky Mountain Way - Joe Walsh
200. Ain't Too Proud To Beg - The Temptations
201. Long Tall Sally - Little Richard
202. Paint It Black - Rolling Stones
203. Strawberry Fields Forever - Beatles
204. Billie Jean - Michael Jackson
205. You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling - The Righteous Brothers
206. Dance To The Music - Sly & The Family Stone
207. One - U2
208. My Girl - Temptations
209. Dazed And Confused - Led Zeppelin
210. Another Brick In The Wall Part II - Pink Floyd
211. Rocket 88 - Jackie Brenston
212. Carry On Wayward Son - Kansas
213. Brown Sugar - Rolling Stones
214. Blueberry Hill - Fats Domino
215. Soul Man - Sam & Dave
216. Twist And Shout - Beatles
217. I Wanna Be Sedated - Ramones
218. Wild Thing - The Troggs
219. Why Do Fools Fall In Love? - Frankie Lymon & Teenagers
220. Knock On Wood - Eddie Floyd
221. Hurricane - Bob Dylan
222. Rockin' in The Free World - Neil Young
223. 25 or 6 to 4 - Chicago
224. Cocaine - Eric Clapton
225. Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison
226. I Want To Hold Your Hand - Beatles
227. Born In The U.S.A. - Bruce Springsteen
228. I Can See For Miles - The Who
229. Truckin' - The Grateful Dead
230. Uptight - Stevie Wonder
231. People Get Ready - Impressions
232. I Got A Woman - Ray Charles
233. Rave On - Buddy Holly
234. Dreams - Fleetwood Mac
235. Surfin U.S.A. - Beach Boys
236. Turn! Turn! Turn! - Byrds
237. Iron Man - Black Sabbath
238. God Only Knows - The Beach Boys
239. Think - Aretha Franklin
240. Sweet Little Sixteen - Chuck Berry
241. The Tracks Of My Tears - The Miracles
242. Locomotive Breath - Jethro Tull
243. Desperado - Eagles
244. Maggie May - Rod Stewart
245. I'd Love To Change The World - Ten Years After
246. Who Do You Love? - Bo Diddley
247. Bad Moon Rising - Creedence Clearwater Revival
248. Shine On You Crazy Diamond - Pink Floyd
249. Changes - David Bowie
250. Takin' Care Of Business - BTO 251. Higher & Higher - Jackie Wilson
252. Black Magic Woman - Santana
253. Mony Mony - Tommy James & the Shondells
254. Anthem - Rush
255. Rock'n Me - Steve Miller Band
256. China Grove - Doobie Brothers
257. Crying In The Chapel - The Orioles
258. Take It On The Run - REO Speedwagon
259. There Goes My Baby - The Drifters
260. He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother - Hollies
261. Glad All Over - Dave Clark Five
262. Breakdown - Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
263. Uncle John's Band - Grateful Dead
264. Hit The Road Jack - Ray Charles
265. Stop! In The Name Of Love - The Supremes
266. Pink Houses - John Mellencamp
267. Lucille - Little Richard
268. Tumbling Dice - Rolling Stones
269. Roadhouse Blues - Doors
270. Rock 'n' Roll Hoochie Coo - Rick Derringer
271. Call Me - Blondie
272. School's Out - Alice Cooper
273. Aenema - Tool
274. Suspicious Minds - Elvis Presley
275. We Gotta Get Out Of This Place - Animals
276. What's Love Got To Do With It? - Tina Turner
277. Roxanne - Police
278. Earth Angel - The Penguins
279. Ain't It A Shame - Fats Domino
280. Low Rider - War
281. Rocket Man - Elton John
282. Love Hurts - Nazarath
283. You Got Another Thing Comin' - Judas Priest
284. Doctor My Eyes - Jackson Browne
285. Monday, Monday - The Mamas and the Papas
286. I Saw The Light - Todd Rundgren
287. Pride (In The name Of Love) - U2
288. All The Young Dudes - Mott The Hoople
289. Rooster - Alice In Chains
290. Fields Of Gold - Sting
291. Rock You Like A Hurricane - Scorpions
292. I Love Rock 'n' Roll - Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
293. Surrender - Cheap Trick
294. Nothing Else Matters - Metallica
295. No Time - The Guess Who
296. Woodstock - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
297. River Deep-Mountain High - Ike & Tina Turner
298. Bad Case Of Loving You - Robert Palmer
299. Love The One You're With - Stephen Stills
300. You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet - BTO