EX BALANQUE – ETHOS OF MAYAN CIVILIZATION

Being a big fan of Mayan civ­i­liza­tion, i was excited to receive a gift from my Mex­i­can friend of a sou­venir which belonged to the Mayan civ­i­liza­tion. The curios­ity which was set resulted in me know­ing about the art of Ex Bal­anque masks. Fol­low­ing are some of the close shots of the minia­ture ver­sion of a head wear­ing the mask of Ex Balanque.

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Thou­sands of years ago, at the begin­ning of the long count, before Ex Bal­anque (Black Jaguar) lived its golden age, long before Chichen Itza was a major city and even before the found­ing of Uxmal, the jaguar was already one of the most impor­tant sym­bols or emblems of the Maya culture.
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Aztec, Mayan and Toltec sculp­tures and paint­ings por­tray war­riors wear­ing such masks, some­times depict­ing eagles, ser­pents or coy­otes rather than the jaguar.
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The jaguar (Pan­thera onca) is an ani­mal with a promi­nent asso­ci­a­tion and appear­ance in the cul­tures and belief sys­tems of pre-Columbian Mesoamer­i­can societies.

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Infor­ma­tion Sources

1. http://www.theyucatantimes.com/2012/11/the-black-jaguar-a-powerful-ancient-maya-symbol/

2. http://thestorybehindthefaces.com/2012/01/06/jaguar-helmet-masks-from-aztec-and-maya-to-diego-rivera-from-hercules-to-knights-in-shining-armor-and-hockey-masks/

3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jaguars_in_Mesoamerican_cultures

FLASHBACK: VENGA BOY’S “IBIZA” SONG

Those were the days when MTV was a craze, very few chan­nels were in true color, mil­len­nium was round the cor­ner and I had hit my teens. It was Venga Boys who were the first ones to draw my atten­tion towards the techno music. When­ever their songs played, there was a sense of energy and enthu­si­asm around the place.

Heard this song again after many years at the Sylvester cel­e­bra­tions at the Bran­den­burg Tor in Berlin and sud­denly a lot of mem­o­ries flowed in trance. As I revis­ited it today on YouTube, I was sur­prised to know that this was a remix of an orig­i­nal song called “Bar­ba­dos” sung by Typ­i­cally Trop­i­cal in 1975. Nev­er­the­less the Venga Boys had done a great job in bring­ing in an ele­ment of Ibiza into the Caribbean flavor.

Here’s the orig­i­nal and the remixed versions!

 

 

[Joke] Why India never gets to launch a nuclear missile

I got this as a forward mail. This should be strictly taken as a joke.
During the Cold War, if USA launched a nuke-loaded missile, Soviet Satellites would inform the Soviet army in 3 seconds and in less than 45 seconds Soviet counter-missiles would be on their way.

I got this as a forward mail. This should be strictly taken as a joke.

During the Cold War, if USA launched a nuke-loaded missile, Soviet Satellites would inform the Soviet army in 3 seconds and in less than 45 seconds Soviet counter-missiles would be on their way.

Recent studies commissioned by US department of Defenseincluded one on nuclear war between India and Pakistan :

This was the scenario….
The Pakistan army decides to launch a nuke-missile towards India .
They don’t need any permission from their government, and promptly order the countdowns.
Indian technology is highly advanced.
In less than 8 seconds, Indian army detects the Pak countdown and decides to launch a missile in retribution.
But they need permission from the Government of India .
They submit their request to the Indian President.
The President forwards it to the Cabinet.
The Prime Minister calls an emergency Lok Sabha session.
The LS meets, but due to several walkouts and severe protests by the opposition, it gets adjourned indefinitely.
The President asks for a quick decision.
In the mean time, the Pak missile failed to take off due to technical failure.
Their attempts for a re-launch are still on.
Just then the Indian ruling party is reduced to a minority because a party that was giving outside support withdraws it.
The President asks the PM to prove his majority within a week.
As the ruling party fails to win the confidence vote, a caretaker government is installed.
The caretaker PM decides to permit the armed forces to launch a nuclear missile.
But the Election Commission says that a caretaker government cannot take such a decision because elections are at hand.
The Election Commission files Public Interest Litigation in the Supreme Court alleging misuse of power.
The Supreme Court comes to the rescue of the PM, and says the acting PM is authorized to take this decision in view of the emergency facing the nation.
Just then one of the Pak missiles successfully took off, but it fell 367 miles away from the target, on its own government building in Islamabad at 11.00AM.
Fortunately there were no casualties as no employee had reached the office that early.
In any case, the nuclear core of the missile had detached somewhere in flight.
The Pakistan army is now trying to get better technologies from China and USA .
The Indian Government, taking no chances, decides to launch a nuclear missile of its own, after convening an all-party meeting.
This time all the parties agree.



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Popular bugs in Microsoft softwares

These are some of the popular bugs in Microsoft Softwares

MAGIC #1
An Indian found that nobody can create a FOLDER anywhere on the Computer which can be named as “CON”. This is something funny and inexplicable? At Microsoft the whole  Team, couldn’t answer why this happened!
TRY IT NOW, IT WILL NOT CREATE A “CON” FOLDER
MAGIC #2
For those of you using Windows, do the following:
1.) Open an empty notepad file
2.) Type “Bush hid the facts” (without the quotes)
3.) Save it as whatever you want.
4.) Close it, and re-open it.
Noticed the weird bug?
No one can explain!

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Guide to install Joomla and WordPress on XAMPP

Joomla and WordPress are the best options for a Content Management Systems. Being dynamic, its heavily dependent on the MySQL and PHP. This traditionally is a problem for developing them offline. So here is a solution for it

Joomla and WordPress are the best options for a Content Management Systems. Being dynamic, its heavily dependent on the MySQL and PHP. This traditionally is a problem for developing them offline. But XAMPP provides a complete package of all that Joomla and WordPress require to function on a local server. Below is a guide on how to install both of them on a local server with the help of XAMPP :-

Joomla

  1. Download XAMPP and install/extract the folder in the C folder. XAMPP download link >> http://www.apachefriends.org/en/xampp.html
  2. Once its successfully extracted, go to XAMPP control panel.
  3. Click on the start button of  MySql
  4. Download the Joomla files from here >> http://www.joomla.org/download.html
  5. Go to C:xampphtdocsxampp and create a folder and extract the Joomla files into the folder.
  6. Open a browser and type localhost/xampp/foldername
  7. Follow the installation steps. By default MySql username is “root” and there is no password. Host name is “localhost”.
  8. Joomla is ready to be unleashed !

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