Life is just an another experiment
You may need a basic knowledge in Science to understand this blog. Hold on what have you decided after reading the first line? Don’t complicate by trying to remember e=mc2 derivation, I will try to keep things simple, so read on.
High school the final 2 years of school life I have been in the same school since secondary so nothing is new except the subjects. Now that I have grown up a little and entering in to a different phase of life- I still felt like the primary school boy. I personally didn’t realize the seriousness that others had in high school. It’s a new beginning with change in way of studies now we have practical example (you know the one you do in Labs). Honestly I like them, but I use to mess up things always; so it was the beginning of the year and I selected Computer Science. But my School Principal and my parents asked me to take Biology – finally I won and got computer science. A student with more than 85% in overall score would probably choose biology but not me after all it’s just a subject. Mathematics, Physics, chemistry are common all i have to choose is either biology or computer science.
Why not Biology?
Before getting further why I didn’t take biology? Yes there is a reason. Have you seen a zoology lab? If you haven’t I will tell you how it would look like. There will be bottles of snakes, lizards, insects and all other bizarre creature that you feel sick about on seeing outside are here for studying and understand. And the lab experiments – here is an example “Ok student’s frog dissection” – the lab in charge shouts. “Now take a frog and nail it to the wooden stand” says the lab in charge, all of a sudden that thin girl in class goes “aaaaaa……..” with a whistling sound, note that she shouts with both of her hand in the chin. The teacher would say “Don’t be scared the frogs are sedated”. They really nail the frog to the stand like a Davinci diagram. Now the instructions - take the surgical knife and cut through the frog. Catch that girl, O no she fainted! Bring a glass of water. The lab in charge would say “that happens every time”. All this screaming shouting and killing a sleeping frog - I can't do that, more annoying is to take out the whole digestive system of the frog and paste it on to the lab sheet, no way fellows that’s not going to happen. So here I am in Computer Science.
I still got Chemistry or may be not
So, life was good with computer science but still I got other subjects as well, chemistry was one hell of a subject. Let me be honest here, either its studies or girls my chemistry was never good. Here is the chemistry lab for you, you know the first advise that teacher gives you on entering the lab is don't mix 2 concentrated solutions together, because that will go ‘BOOM’. I was very curious to see how, so I went directly to the rack where they keep Con.H2SO4 with a test tube and took few drops of it, while looking for one more found Con.HCL took few more drops of that too in the same test tube. ‘Boom it went’ it was very bad I thought how bad few drops could be – my advise don’t try it. It was chemistry practical exams “Do you remember salt experiments?” they will give you a salt and you have to find out what it is. Few can be identified by colors and few by experiments; there is this chain of experiments that you have to do to find out. I was doing one, half way thro still I can’t find what the salt is. Suddenly the guy next to me came to me and took some of my salt; i whispered “Dude what are you doing, I got more experiments to do – why the hell would you want my salt”, his reply stunned me “Sorry, I lost all my salt in an experiment so I thought of borrowing some from you”. He really thought putting more salt in a experiment can give result, and more than that he thought of borrowing some from me – I said “Hell no, why would they give the same salt for the guys standing next to each other, are you mad?”. He replied “Don’t worry man I know my salt, all I need to do is turn this liquid purple”. Well if this dumb guy can do, so can me; after few minutes I found out “yes the brown-ring”.
I don't remember the salt name now but I am sure I got a brown ring in the test-tube and when I showed it to lab-in-charge he said that’s correct. There is this good feeling you get, when you do things rite and was waiting for my chemistry teacher to show the result. But it was for a moment before the same guy who was next to me came again and took my test tube (the one with the brown ring) and poured it in to his conical flask, “not getting purple yet” he said shaking his head. I was like “Who is this guy? Why is he along side me” I whispered again “why did you do that?” he replied “Sorry again, still working on that purple color”. Now what would I show to the teacher, one thing I did rite and the world can’t take it, will have to do that test again. So I did the brown-ring test again; this time it didn’t work “come on where is the brown-ring”. If you had such times when you can’t do thing which you have already done, then you can feel my situation. So I tried a lot of times and no luck, may be I missed something don’t know why. My salt for experiments is done and dusted, now I don't have any more salt left to do experiments – I said to my self lets think out side chemistry to solve this and I came up with a brilliant plan. Took a blade and scratched the bench that was in the corner of the lab to get some wooden powder; this girl who was taking acids for experiments gave a weird look – I said “just sharpening my blade” with a smile no wonder my chemistry was bad. With the wooden powder ready I put some into the test tube corner to give it a brown-ring effect. May be I should have been a make-up artist.
Physics was not easy either, specially the labs experiments. On a fine Friday afternoon I was standing near the window of Physics lab, my Physics teacher called me and asked me to help me with the spectrometer, don't get me wrong he asked me to carry the instrument to the lab, not any experiments. Few other class students were in need of the spectrometer to do some experiments; it was a little heavy so I have to lift it with 2 hands. There was a prism in the middle, which came out so I took it and put it in my shirt pocket, just that you know I have no intension of stealing it. So I gave the spectrometer and the school bell goes “tringggg…” I rushed to my class. After an hour, a girl form the next class came looking for me – O it’s always a good sign. She came to me and said “Are you Selva?” “Yes I am!” she continued “The Physics Master has asked for you, and you better have the prism that you took form the spectrometer”. This is when your brain says “O no, not again – I didn’t mean it”. So I went to the teacher and said what happened. Looks like he understand that and he was in a some deep thoughts, to break that silence which is killing me i said “can I go now?”, “Wait, the prism is here and how did these guys completed the experiment and got correct readings ?” – He questioned him-self and continued “You go and ask them to meet me” actually handed over a list and I was like this head-hunter searching for these folks. See even standing near a lab can bring me trouble! You can imagine what would happen when I do experiments.
In one of my Physics lab exercise I had this experiment called “Viscosity of Liquid”. Don't get scared I will explain, there will be this tall glass tube with oil you have to drop a ball-bearing from the top and with a stop-clock you have to find the time taken by the bearing to travel from top to bottom. So you take a lot of readings and use some math to bring out the viscosity of the liquid. So here I am doing this with couple of other guys, so there was this enthusiastic guy who said “I will do it” and I agreed to take the readings and note it in a paper, so I am the guy who is going to do the math and paper work. It was going good at least there wont be any blasts this time, the reading were not coming correctly so we decided to try again and the time was running out. So this enthusiastic guy did some very fast experiments, he will drop a bearing with one hand and clock in the other hand and he will show me the clock and say “2.3 seconds” I will note it down. Meanwhile the other 2 guys were having a lovely conversation about the movie that they saw recently. We are trying to finish things up, suddenly the inevitable happened. He dropped the stop-clock instead of the bearing; “sorry I dropped the clock?”, “where?” and he pointed his fingers in to the tube. I said “how the hell I am supposed to take a reading from that”. I never knew why I have always been with folks who mess up things, may be that's what made my life interesting.
We may work hard to impress or deliver better results for out customers / clients, no matter how hard you do the result is what the customer looks at. So don't be worried about the process and the reorganization for how you did it – All the matters is what you did. So remember a brown ring can be formed from a complex mix of acids or even from a wooden dust!