Oh Cucumber!



Cucumber, the great!


1. Cucumbers contain most of the vitamins you need
every day, just one cucumber contains Vitamin
B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin
B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron,
Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium and

2. Feeling tired in the afternoon,
put down the caffeinated soda and pick up a
cucumber. Cucumbers are a good source of B
Vitamins and Carbohydrates that can provide that
quick pick-me-up that can last for

3. Tired of your bathroom mirror
fogging up after a shower? Try rubbing a
cucumber slice along the mirror, it will
eliminate the fog and provide a soothing,
spa-like fragrance.

4. Are grubs and slugs ruining your planting beds? Place a few
slices in a small pie tin and your garden will
be free of pests all season long. The chemicals
in the cucumber react with the aluminum to give
off a scent undetectable to humans but drive
garden pests crazy and make them flee the

5 Looking for a
fast and easy way to remove cellulite before
going out or to the pool? Try rubbing a slice or
two of cucumbers along your problem area for a
few minutes, the phytochemicals in the cucumber
cause the collagen in your skin to tighten,
firming up the outer layer and reducing the
visibility of cellulite. Works great on wrinkles

6. Want to avoid a hangover or
terrible headache? Eat a few cucumber slices
before going to bed and wake up refreshed and
headache free. Cucumbers contain enough sugar, B
vitamins and electrolytes to replenish essential
nutrients the body lost, keeping everything in
equilibrium, avoiding both a hangover and

7 Looking to fight off that afternoon or evening snacking binge?
Cucumbers have been used for centuries and often used by
European trappers, traders and explores for
quick meals to thwart off starvation.

8. Have an important meeting or job interview and
you realize that you don’t have enough time to
polish your shoes? Rub a freshly cut cucumber
over the shoe, its chemicals will provide a
quick and durable shine that not only looks
great but also repels

9. Out of WD 40 and need to fix a squeaky hinge? Take a
cucumber slice and rub it along the problematic
hinge, and voila, the squeak is gone!

10. Stressed out and don’t have time for massage,
facial or visit to the spa? Cut up an entire
cucumber and place it in a boiling pot of water,
the chemicals and nutrients from the cucumber
will react with the boiling water and be
released in the steam, creating a soothing,
relaxing aroma that has been shown to reduce
stress in new mothers and college students
during final exams.

11. Just finish a business lunch and realize you don’t have gum or
mints? Take a slice of cucumber and press it to
the roof of your mouth with your tongue for 30
seconds to eliminate bad breath, the
phytochemcials will kill the bacteria in your
mouth responsible for causing bad

12. Looking for a’green’way to
clean your faucets, sinks or stainless steel?
Take a slice of cucumber and rub it on the
surface you want to clean, not only will it
remove years of tarnish and bring back the
shine, but is won’t leave streaks and won’t harm
you fingers or fingernails while you

13. Using a pen and made a mistake? Take the outside of the
cucumber and slowly use it to erase the pen
writing, also works great on crayons and markers
that the kids have used to decorate the

Disclaimer: I have verified a very few of the above usages and found good. You are at your own risk to use the cucumber!

Wishing you all a great health! 🙂

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Posted by on August 4, 2012 in Health


Both Sides Now – Joni Mitchell

Recently I heard this beautiful song and liked its lyrics very much, that I thought I will post it – in case somebody is interested!

Lyrics: Both Sides Now

Bows and flows of the angel hair
and ice cream castles in the air
And feather canyons everywhere
I’ve looked at clouds that way

But now they only block the sun
They rain and snow on everyone
So many things I would have done
But clouds got in my way

I’ve looked at clouds from both sides now
From up and down, and still somehow
It’s cloud illusions I recall
I really don’t know clouds at all

Moons and Junes and Ferris wheels
The dizzy dancing way you feel
As every fairy tale comes real
I’ve looked at love that way

But now it’s just another show
You leave’em laughing when you go
and if you care, don’t let them know
Dont’t give yourself away

I’ve looked at love from both sides now
From give and take, and still somehow
It’s love’s illusions I recall
I really don’t know love at all

Tears and fears and feeling proud
To say “I love you” right out loud
Dreams and schemes and circus crowds
I’ve looked at life that way

Oh but now old friends are acting strange
They shake their heads, they say I’ve changed
Well something’s lost but something’s gained
In living every day

I’ve looked at life from both sides now
From WIN and LOSE and still somehow
It’s life’s illusions I recall
I really don’t know life at all

I’ve looked at life from both sides now
From up and down and still somehow
Its’s life’s illusions I recall
I really don’t know life at all

If you want to listen (and see as well), here’s the YOUTUBE link!
Enjoy this beautiful song…

God bless the creativity of 60/70’s!

One thing would always be true – I really don’t know life at all!

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Posted by on March 15, 2012 in Life, Song


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Perl – How To: fileparse


In this post I cover the interesting use of one of the important Perl File::Basename routines: fileparse().

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Posted by on October 23, 2011 in Perl, Technical


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Since Oct 3rd, 2011 basic started its functioning!

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Posted by on October 15, 2011 in Linux, Technical


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‘A’ visionary is no more..

Steve Jobs

“I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did.”
                                                                                                 – Steve Jobs 1955-2011


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Posted by on October 6, 2011 in Life


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Ubuntu Natty on Pandaboard: Native Build Steps

Natty on Pandaboard


When I decided to make changes in the Ubuntu Natty Linux kernel (Version 2.6.38) for Pandaboard on my laptop. I thought, it would be a straight forward affair to build it and flash the generated image onto the Pandaboard’s SD card and see it running smoothly…

That time did not know that I would need to change my plan and search the Internet for right build instructions, which eventually I could not find.

Later I decided to go for another option, native build the Kernel on the Pandaboard itself..

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Posted by on October 1, 2011 in Linux, Pandaboard, Technical


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Useful Linux Commands: Part III

Linux Tools


This post continues from Useful Linux Commands: Part I , Useful Linux Commands: Part I and list the commands which I found special in embedded Linux environment.

While working on Pandaboard related project, which boots using a SD card, I needed to backup the SD card before I experimented with boot sequences, display resolution, etc. I knew direct cpying the two partitions (FAT32 and linux partition) to backup may not be a 100% backup.

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Posted by on September 30, 2011 in Linux, Programming, Technical


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