Tuesday, May 14, 2013

The Easy Way to Growing Wheatgrass at Home

Wheatgrass has slowly gained its reputation of being a healthy source of nutrition. Benefits of wheatgrass are too many. Nowadays, different supplements are manufactured out of this plant. The only downside about these supplements is that they usually include several additives which may impede the overall quality of the nutrition provided by this plant.

A good alternative to having the same amount of nutrition from wheatgrass is growing them yourself in the comfort of your home. Understanding how to grow wheatgrass at home is a very advantageous move. You are going to get the nutrition from wheatgrass juice anytime you want to.

Wheatgrass is a good source of nutrients and a host of a variety of substances which are considered essential to the proper functioning of different body systems. Wheatgrass is a source of Vitamins C, A, E, and B12, among many others. It is also plenty with enzymes which plays a vital role in every chemical reaction happening inside the body. It is also equipped with minerals which strengthens bones, teeth and enhances the overall functionality of your nervous system. These are just a few of the reasons why many homeowners are interested in growing wheatgrass at home. Wheatgress shots can be good recipe to try.

Before finally starting on your project, there are some things that need to be considered. First, the tools that you need to use should be properly selected, though some of them are already available in your home. You also need to have good quality berries, organic fertilizer, and a flat tray. Acquiring a sprinkle sprayer is not really mandatory, but it may be useful when watering your wheatgrass. Now that you have the necessary tools, you can start your project right away.

Here are 5 easy steps to do so:

1. Prepare your berries for the germination phase. This starts with rinsing the berries in cold water. Then, place them in a cup and leave overnight.

2. Using the flat tray, spread a few sheets of paper towels. This step ensures that the little roots of the berries will not stick out of the potholes. Then mix soil with organic fertilizers and spread all over the tray, around 1.5 inches deep. Spread the berries all over the soil, but make sure that they don't stick with each other.

3. Sprinkle a little amount of soil over the berries. Next, cover the tray with paper since the berries needs to have some shade, as they do not need exposure to light as of yet. It also serves as a protection from birds and other berry eating insects.

4. After 24 hours, sprinkle water over the berries. They should be moist, but not soaked in water. This process should be done every day until you finally see tiny little leaves sprouting. When this happens, you can finally remove the paper cover on top of the tray.

5. To make sure that you have fully understood the process of how to grow wheatgrass at home, you need to be religious in watering your small plants exactly twice a day. After 10 days, you can enjoy your wheatgrass. Repeat the same process in order to have a steady supply of nutrition in your home.

Friday, April 07, 2006

Difference in Hub, Switch, Bridge, & Router.

I always get confused with this. And so find this elegant description that will help me remember:

In an ethernet network there are 4 devices that from the the outside look very similar. In this article we will look at the difference between hubs, switches, bridges, and routers.


A hub is the simplest of these devices. Any data packet coming from one port is sent to all other ports. It is then up to the receiving computer to decide if the packet is for it. Imagine packets going through a hub as messages going into a mailing list. The mail is sent out to everyone and it is up to the receiving party to decide if it is of interest.

The biggest problem with hubs is their simplicity. Since every packet is sent out to every computer on the network, there is a lot of wasted transmission. This means that the network can easily become bogged down.

Hubs are typically used on small networks where the amount of data going across the network is never very high.


A bridge goes one step up on a hub in that it looks at the destination of the packet before sending. If the destination address is not on the other side of the bridge it will not transmit the data.

A bridge only has one incoming and one outgoing port.

To build on the email analogy above, the bridge is allowed to decide if the message should continue on. It reads the address bob@smith.com and decides if there is a bob@smith.com on the other side. If there isn't, the message will not be transmitted.

Bridges are typically used to separate parts of a network that do not need to communicate regularly, but still need to be connected.


A switch steps up on a bridge in that it has multiple ports. When a packet comes through a switch it is read to determine which computer to send the data to.

This leads to increased efficiency in that packets are not going to computers that do not require them.

Now the email analogy has multiple people able to send email to multiple users. The switch can decide where to send the mail based on the address.

Most large networks use switches rather than hubs to connect computers within the same subnet.


A router is similar in a switch in that it forwards packets based on address. But, instead of the MAC address that a switch uses, a router can use the IP address. This allows the network to go across different protocols.

The most common home use for routers is to share a broadband internet connection. The router has a public IP address and that address is shared with the network. When data comes through the router it is forwarded to the correct computer.

This comparison to email gets a little off base. This would be similar to the router being able to receive a packet as email and sending it to the user as a fax.

Here we have covered about hubs, switches, routers and bridge, if you want to learn about exciting protocol MPLS, please go to my blog - MPLS Tutorial & MPLS Basics

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Tao Te Ching

Came across this site:

I have lot of Tao Te Ching collection by different authors. But whenever i read it feels like new. Tao is actually the real essence, yet unfelt. Always there, yet missing. One of the favourite is this:

Under Heaven all can see beauty as beauty only because there is ugliness.
All can know good as good only because there is evil.
Therefore having and not having arise together.
Difficult and easy complement each other.
Long and short contrast with each other;
High and low rest upon each other;
Voice and sound harmonise each other;
Front and back follow one another.
Therefore the sage goes about doing nothing, teaching no talking.
The ten thousand things rise and fall without cease, creating, yet not possessing, working, yet not taking credit, work is done, then forgotten.
Therefore it lasts for ever.

Truely, difficult exist because of easy. And light becuase of darkness. And therefore the wise empties himself and remain event to all good and bad. As is truely referered in the hindu mythologies by the word "Sam". The wise remains wise in pain and pleasure and never succembs to them. If it is pleaure, he never lefts himself be drifted in it and if it is pain, he never lets it move him. By not letting himself identified with both good and bad, he realizes that he is above and beyond. Though he tastes the good and bad, but those tastes come from the body or the mind and never from him. Then what is he? He is the Tao. Rather the Tao is him.

I think I should be elaborating more on this thing called "Sam". Much undervalued word than it is. It is the way of living, a method, a meditation and a complete Tao way.

Monday, February 06, 2006

Solving the search problem !!!

I lately came across a cool application called pinkou ( www.pinkou.com) more famous with the motto "Document to Document Search". Underlying idea is keyword extraction from the document using some technique and putting back the keywords into the search engine. The pinkou is a great approach to finding similar documents.

Say, you have a document (say, a patent) or an article or a piece of information and you want to read more on the similar information. You want more of it. And then you try to play with the keywords relentlessly for couple of minutes and hours and come down to the conclusion that you cannot find similar thoughts, articles or documents and that you have exhasuted the web :)

This had happened to me many a times. And now suddenly when playing with pinkou, I realized that I was wrong. There were many artifcles, pieces that were burried deep in the web. And the essence of the document that comes out using keyword extraction technique REALLY is often counter-intutive. Something that is less likely for you to be entered. And then the results are simply stupendous. You find so much of web telling you what is similar to what you want to read. And this becomes a great utility. Immediately I am addicted to the application. Surely, this has solved a great problem of the web that existed till now for people like me. To find more of what I already have. More of what I already like.

This approach has not only given the context for the search, but has proven to provide a utility that gives you keyword with the help of which you can find something similar. You can add, edit and remove keywords to play with your search. And then the idea is simple. If you know something, like something, you can browse more on similar tracks. Find more relevant information, relevant to the document that you have put in.

Really a cool thing!!!