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Audi’s Amazing Self-parking Car


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Myself  .By T.V. Antony Raj

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Audi's self parking A7 being tested in Las Vegas (Source: dailymail.co.uk)
Audi’s self parking A7 being tested in Las Vegas (Source: dailymail.co.uk)

In most countries, the test for parking is one of the hardest task before getting a license to drive a car. For most of us parking a car might not be the easiest of all manoeuvres. Now, electronic gadgets take over much of the guess work.

At the beginning of last year, Audi, the German car maker whose slogan ‘Leap ahead through technology’ (German: ‘Vorsprung duech Technik‘) demonstrated a car that can park itself without the need for a driver. Audi calls it “Piloted Parking.”

This reminds us of cars from Mr. Q’s lab in James Bond films and Knight Rider’s KITT.

Audi demonstrated its self-parking car in Las Vegas. After getting out of the vehicle, at the click of a button on a smartphone, the car drives off by itself to a nearby parking garage. The car was summoned by pressing another button on the smartphone.

Here is a video clip of the Las Vegas test. The car controlled via a special app moves only in special ‘pedestrian free zones’. But Audi is developing anti-collision technology to be used in a normal car park.

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Amazing, isn’t it?

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The Vesper Martini


“One drink of vodka in a cheerful glass, in the company of good poetry and the scent of blossoms and earth might entice the most well intended to forgo promise of atonement until a worse time. I have at times been just less than amazed how one drink merges with the second, where at some unknown point a mental transformation sets in.” – Ronald Everett Capps, Off Magazine Street

 

Vesper Martini James Bond style
The Vesper Martini of Ian Fleming’s James Bond

 

As connoisseurs say, Martini is a drink with many options. Every bartender knows how to prepare the classic Martini:

 

2 1/2 ounce gin
1/2 ounce dry vermouth
1 green olive or lemon twist for garnish
Orange or Angostura bitters (optional)

 

The bartender first fills a mixing glass with ice cubes, pours the ingredients over the ice and after stirring for half a minute, strains the mix into a chilled cocktail glass. If desired, he will add a dash of orange or Angostura bitters. Finally, he adds an olive or a lemon twist garnish.

 

There are many shades of the classic martini. Dry Martini uses a bit more dry vermouth. Bone Dry Martini also known as Desert Martini does not contain vermouth. Gibson Martini uses a cocktail onion for garnish. Perfect Marini has equal portions of dry and sweet vermouth. Dirty Martini contains a dash of olive brine. 50:50 Martinii uses equal parts of gin and dry vermouth. In Vodka Martini, vodka replaces gin.

 

I like this quote from Casino Royale where James Bond sent to play a high-stakes baccarat game against Le Chiffre orders a martini:

 

“A dry martini,” [Bond] said. “One. In a deep champagne goblet.”

 

“Oui, monsieur.”

 

“Just a moment. Three measures of Gordon’s, one of vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake it very well until it’s ice-cold, then add a large thin slice of lemon peel. Got it?”

 

“Certainly, monsieur.” The barman seemed pleased with the idea.

 

“Gosh, that’s certainly a drink,” said Leiter.

 

Bond laughed. “When I’m…er…concentrating,” he explained, “I never have more than one drink before dinner. But I do like that one to be large and very strong and very cold and very well-made. I hate small portions of anything, particularly when they taste bad. This drink’s my own invention. I’m going to patent it when I can think of a good name.”

 

Later in the film James Bond names the Martini “Vesper” after Vesper Lynd the novel’s lead female character.

 

James Bond: I think I’ll call it a Vesper.
Vesper Lynd: Because of the bitter aftertaste?
James Bond: No, because once you’ve tasted it, that’s all you want to drink.

 

Vesper Martini uses both gin and vodka. However, it uses the delicate, golden-colored French aperitif Kina Lillet often referred to as “L’apéritif de Bordeaux” in lieu of the usual dry vermouth, and lemon peel instead of an olive for garnish.

 

Ingredients for Vesper Martini:

 

3 measures of Gordon’s Gin
1 measure of vodka
1/2 measure Kina Lillet
One large thin slice of lemon peel for garnish

 

Since the publication of the book Casino Royale in 1953, there has been much change. English Gordon’s gin now under 80 proof used to be 94 then. The brand of vodka though not specified in the novel or the film have a Bond connection in both 100 proof Stolichnaya and Smirnoff. Now, the Kina Lillet, can be found labeled as White or Blanc Lillet.

 

I found this recipe for a modern Vesper in Esquire.

 

The Vesper, 2006

 

Shake (if you must) with plenty of cracked ice:

 

3 ounce Tanqueray gin
1 ounce 100-proof Stolichnaya vodka
1/2 ounce Lillet Blanc
1/8 teaspoon (or less) quinine powder or, in desperation, 2 dashes of bitters

 

Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and twist a large swatch of thin-cut lemon peel over the top. Shoot somebody evil.

 

Oh, and don’t worry about the champagne goblet. Cocktail glasses are bigger now. And that shaking business? All things being equal, a stirred martini will be colder and silkier. Just so you know.

 

 

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To Get the Job Done Right Give It to a Woman.


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Myself . By T.V. Antony Raj

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Mrs James Bond
Mrs. James Bond

On November 15, 2006, in Colin Murray on BBC Radio 1, interviewed two current operations officers of the SIS (Secret Intelligence Service), commonly known as MI6 (Military Intelligence, Section 6) which supplies Her Majesty’s government with foreign intelligence. The two officers, a male and a female, with their voices disguised for security reasons, compared their real-life experience with that of James Bond, code name 007.

The officers confirmed their lifestyles as quite glamorous and varied. They had plenty of travel and adventure overseas. They accepted developing compromising relationships with potential sources and their role as primary intelligence gatherers. They confirmed a Q-like figure, head of the technology department, exists and that their director referred to as ‘C’. They stressed that MI6 operated under British law and denied the existence of a “license to kill.” However, I feel that their denial an utter baloney because recently I came across the following intelligence account through my private grapevine.

Recently, MI6 had discreetly made aware that an opening for an assassin existed in their agency, to replace James Bond, code name 007, who is no more. Hundreds of noxious personae applied, discreetly of course.

After completing background checks, interviews, and testing, they chose three finalists – two men and a woman. They blindfolded the three and took them to a safe house.

An MI6 agent led one of the men to a large metal door and handed him a revolver and said: “This final test will confirm that you will follow your instructions no matter what the circumstances be. Are you ready?”

The would-be assassin #1 said, “yes.”

MI6 agent: “Inside this room you will find your wife. We order you to kill her!”

The would-be assassin #1: “Do you expect me to shoot my wife?”

MI6 agent: “Okay. Put on your blindfold. We will take you and your wife back home.”

They gave the second man the same instructions. He took the gun and went into the room. After five minutes, the would-be assassin #2 came out. With tears in his eyes, he blabbered, “I cannot kill my wife.”

MI6 agent: “Okay. Put on your blindfold. We will take you and your wife back home.”

Then came the woman’s turn. Instructed to kill her husband, she took the gun and went into the room. MI6 agent smiled when he heard shots, one after another and then screaming, crashing, banging on the walls. After a few minutes, all was quiet.

The door opened slowly and there stood the sweating woman. “You gave me a gun loaded with fake bullets,” she said. “So, I had to beat him to death with the chair.”Moral of the story: “If you want a job done right ask a woman to do it.”

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