Often when I am travelling I see these giant green circles on the ground. They look beautiful and is clear are man made. But what is going on. I have seen them all over the US, on the west coast, while flying to east or south you can see them.

Finally the mystery was solved when I was watching “America Revealed – Food Machine” by PBS. These are agriculture fields or food factories irriagated by something called central pivot irrigation system.
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(This is the last of this HTPC build series do read the Part 1 – HTPC Research and Part 2 – HTPC Build ) After researching for almost 3 years HTPC was finally built and is the center of my audio video setup. It is truly a one-box-to-rule-the-all solution. I was able to replace the following AV components with this single box Google TV – online streaming WDTV Live – local media player Comcast Cable Settop box Bluray-DVD player Digital Video Recorder Here is a photo I posted on facebook
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(This is the second part of this HTPC build series do read the Part 1 – HTPC Research and Part 3 – HTPC Final ) After doing a lot of research I come up with the final list of components. I choose to go for SSD for the OS and programs drive. Really like the choice of Silver Stone GD06 case I made. But that required me to buy a modular power supply and shorter cable set.
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(This is the first part of this HTPC build series do read the Part 2 – HTPC Build and Part 3 – HTPC Final ) It was 2008 and I needed to replace my old faithful Sony Vega CRT TV. LCD TVs were becoming quite mainstream at that time and anything above 46 inches were more than 2000 bucks. Spending that much requires some research and I landed on avsforum’s LCD forum.
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This post is actually about a electronic product, so what does the design has to do with it? Let me start with a bit of history. I am not sure where I got interested in design. But few months of my life where my neurons would have been lit up enough that light was coming thru my ears must be when I came to US. You see I grew up in the India of middle 80s (feeling old :)) where the design must have been stuck in the five year planning commissions.
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Whenever you are flying over an area just after the takeoff or before landing, most of the time landscape below looks like a organized jumble of residential and commercial buildings with criss-crossing roads and highways. Since our mind is such a great pattern matcher, occasionally you recognize a landmark or building from up above and your mind feels happy. But this morning in my regular early morning flights to Portland, OR I was in for a treat.
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I have been slowly reading ”Thinking fast and slow” by Daniel Kahneman. It is full of fun phrases like ” nonregressive assessment of weak evidence” still it is an important book in understanding of human biases and how we decide what we decide. I am sure toread it multiple times. One really good thing is you can pick any chapter and read it a they are independent.
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Pankaj Kumar

A Product Guy working in Cloud in particular SAP HANA Cloud Platform playing with Cloud Foundry + Subscription and Usage billing models

Product Management

San Francisco Bayarea