Thursday, September 27, 2007

Epworth Sleepiness Scale

A scale used to evaluate sleep debt. Sleep debt is the cumulative effect of not getting enough sleep. A simple method of measuring your ESS score is presented below:

How likely are you to doze off or fall asleep in the following situations, in contrast to feeling just tired? This refers to your usual way of life in recent times. Even if you have not done some of these things recently try to work out how they would have affected you.

Use the following scale to choose the most appropriate number for each situation:
0 = no chance of dozing
1 = slight chance of dozing
2 = moderate chance of dozing
3 = high chance of dozing

  • Sitting and reading
  • Watching TV
  • Sitting inactive in a public place (e.g a theater or a meeting)
  • As a passenger in a car for an hour without a break
  • Lying down to rest in the afternoon when circumstances permit
  • Sitting and talking to someone
  • Sitting quietly after a lunch without alcohol
  • In a car, while stopped for a few minutes in traffic
To check your sleepiness score, total the points:

1 - 6: Congratulations, you are getting enough sleep!
7 - 8: Your score is average
9 and up: Seek the advice of a sleep specialist without delay

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Scoville Scale

Scoville scale is used to measure the hotness or spiciness of a chilli pepper. The earlier method to calculate it was as follows: Start diluting the chilli extract with water. Let a panel of five judges taste it at regular intervals. The Scoville index is achieved when none of the judges can sense the hotness of the chilli anymore.

Naga Jolokia was tested hottest in the world at 1,040,000 SHU! Here is a comparative list of Scoville ratings to get some perspective on it.

Saturday, September 15, 2007


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, 18th century music genius. He is considered as one of the most influential composers of classical era. He was envied by other musicians of the Royal court, notably Salieri.

Recommended watch: Amadeus

Friday, September 14, 2007

South Asian origin of the name California

A theory that directly links the name California to a Vedic myth has been suggested. In Hindu mythology, the sage Kapila is said to have burnt King Sagar's 60,000 sons to the ground on being accused of abducting their horse. This incident is said to have taken place at "Kapilaaranya" - derived from Kapila Aranya or Kapila's Forest. The link between the Paatala-loka (literally underworld) which is where the horse allegedly ran off to and the situation of America on the earth directly opposite to India, or in other words "beneath" it, has been noted by proponents of this derivation of "California". The existence of an Ash Mountain Park in California and a Horse Island in Alaska seem to consolidate this possibility, although few authorities have voiced any opinions regarding the Kapilaaranya/California mystery.


Battle of Algiers

Battle of Algiers was the Algerian independence revolution co-ordinated by the FLN (National Liberation Front) against 130 years of French colonial rule over this second largest African country. Algeria gained complete freedom in 1962.

Recommended film: La Battaglia di Algeri