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Top Performing Stock Markets in 2014

Not surprisingly Emerging markets tops the list. But Argentina, the country teetering on bankruptcy is No.1 really?

Top Performing Stock Market Performance in 2014

Top Performing Stock Market Performance in 2014

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Press Freedom 2014

Scandinavian countries tops the list as expected.

Press Freedom 2014

Press Freedom 2014

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My 2015 Travel Plans

I always wanted to take a few years off and travel around the world and capture the special moments in life. While I don’t have the luxury of taking a few years off, I can at least try taking a few months at a time. Here is a rough outline of my plan for 2015 but it is constantly evolving.

South East Asia

Jan – March
India
Laos
Cambodia
Vietnam

South East Asia Travel Plan

South East Asia Travel Plan

Eastern Europe

May – June

Czech Republic
Hungary
Poland
Slovakia
Slovenia
Croatia

Eastern Europe Itinerary

Eastern Europe Itinerary

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Leaving NYC after 14 years

After living in the city for over 14 years (Manhattan mostly) it is finally time for me to move on and look for new adventures.

I am taking a break for many reasons – spending more time with my daughter in Upstate, traveling to some new places that I never been, working on ideas that have been on the back burner for a while. I want to push myself beyond my comfort zone. Traveling to me is not just about relaxing but also about venturing into unknown. This means experiencing other cultures, trying new food and interacting with the locals.

No I am not saying goodbye to the city and I still have my apartment in the city (but i did sublet it for a year). I will certainly be visiting the city every couple of of months. But I am leaving the city with a heavy heart. This is the city where I spent majority of my life after college.

Watch for more updates, photos and stories in the upcoming days, weeks and months!

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Technology Hype Cycle – Gartner

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Top 23 Far away places to see in the world

Top places include Pyramid of Giza, The Acropolis, Taj Mahal, Stone Henge, Kaaba in Saudi Arabia, The Pantheon of Rome, Mont St. Michel in France and Santorini in Greece.

Check out the article..

Central Park NYC Far away

Central Park NYC Far away

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Wireless only households in the U.S

Cellphone only households:
52% Idaho
46% DC
39% US average

It is not a busy metropolis (like New York) or a city crowded with texting college students (like Boston).

Wireless line only

Cord cutters

You can read more about it in Pew Research.

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World’s Priciest city

The world’s priciest city to live in? Not Tokyo, Paris or New York. Try Singapore: http://on.wsj.com/1cyFyui @jjasonchow pic.twitter.com/M2sh9moleC

World's Priciest city 2014

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Stargazing events of 2014

More information on all of the stargazing events can be found on http://bit.ly/1h4H39T

Stargazing events for 2014

Stargazing events for 2014

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Mars Maven set to blast off on Nov 18

The next Mars space craft Maven stretches about 37.5 feet — about the length of a school bus, weighs 5,410 pounds – the same weight as an SUV set to launch on Monday, November 18th. The payload consists of eight scientific instruments and communications relay equipment for use with Mars landers.

Maven is 21st of NASA’s mission to Mars. Curiosity which was launched in 2011 is still circling around Mars capturing incredible photographs and relaying back to earth. Curiosity in addition to Mars Odessey (launched in 2011) and Mars Express (launched in 2003 by European Space Agency) are the three spacecrafts still in operation. The two landers/rovers on the surface include Mars Opportunity and Curiosity.

It must be noted India just recently launched its own Mars spacecraft Mangalayam which is on its way to Mars and targeted to be inserted into Mars atmosphere in Sep 2014.

The below graphic shows all the launched Mars mission to date from 4 major space agencies – NASA, Russia, European Space agency (ESA) and Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO).

Mars Past Missions

Mars Past Missions

Why Mars? Mars is the most similar planet to Earth in our solar system, with the greatest prospects of habitability for future astronauts. Mars is about half the size of Earth but has about the same land area. A Martian year lasts 687 Earth days. Mars rotation is about the same as Earth – close to 24 hours.

How long does it take to get there? With our current technology it takes about 10 months to get to Mars.