Friday, November 01, 2002

Yaay... its Friday!!

I changed my vote thingi today. Just wanted to know what others thought of different blogs / commenting systems. Here is the summary of the last one.

One thing you would wish for: (Total votes: 21)

be able to fly: 11... hmm we will need highways in the sky.
be invisible: 4... remember Mr. India ;-)
lightning from hands: 1 ... electrifying!!
understand women: 1 ... good luck, whoever you are :p
understand men: NONE.. hahaha.. :-))
slap Teshu for silly polls - 4 *humph*

And to continue to bug people (in my own unique and patented way), here is a piece of art which is actually an illusion.

There are more than 9 faces on this - can you locate them all :-)

Thursday, October 31, 2002

Yesterday I had some frustrating problems with Blogger and because I couldn't find a way to contact Blogger admin to report the probem, I wrote to Jason Shellen, who is the director of business development at, the people behind Blogger. This morning he got back to me saying the fault was on their side and they have rectified it. And in appreciation of me reporting about this fault Jason has made my blog ad-free at no extra cost. Thanks Jason. :-)

And now for my today's tale:

As Indians I think we are no strangers to the two great epics - Ramayana and Mahabharat. A vast majority of our nation worships either Rama or Krishna or both. Not to mention politics have played the divine cards and corrupted our views.

While surfing the net I came across an interesting article. It's an astronomical calculation of the dates which trace back Rama's date of birth. According to this article Rama was born on December 4th, 7323BC (now that's what you call accuracy!!). It also goes on to explain the complex calculations to assert its correctness and also lists a variety of dates during Rama's life. (scroll down to the end of the article). This made me search more articles on this topic and all of them (and many refer to the same author) have conclusively accepted this date to be correct.

Now if they have dated Ramayan, then Mahabharat shouldn't be so difficult right? Another search on Google gave me the answers. This article dates the various dates of the Mahabhart war (again by the same author). I seem to have lost another link which calculated the important dates in Krishna's life. Amazingly, according to that article, Krishna was born on December 4th, 5582BC and was aged 21 during the great war. I will search again for the link and post it.

Whoa! Now wait a minute. Both Rama and Krishna born on Dec 4th? I have a cousin born on this date and beleive me she is no saint!! (haha.. I hope my cousin reads this.. :-p). About a month ago there was an interesting discussion in Anita's blog and I kept insisting that astrology is a forgotten science. I don't know how many of you will agree with me :-)

Wednesday, October 30, 2002

Ah well! today is one of those days where nothing seems to go right! The blog is behaving funny. Amrita says she sees funny faces before she actually gets to my page. She also got a pop-up asking for password to enter! It happened to me too. I tried rectifying it but nothing seems to work! Is this because of Haloscan? I don't know but I know that this password thing pops up for me for every page which has Haloscan commenting on it. Livejournal and Blurty and other self-hosted pages work fine. All this started this morning... and as far as I can remember I got up on the right side of the bed too. *sigh*

It was one of those days when I shut the alarm off and wait for 'just two more minutes' and then when I next look at the clock its like one hour has just gone by. Had to rush through everything just to get in time to work. The morning meeting went on for longer than usual and when I got back to my desk I had to reboot my computer. My comp doesn't usually get switched off for weeks together at times. Oh well! Its just one of those days.

Got a mail from Lavanya - a secret admirer of my blog ;-) - about the stem cell issue. She didn't want to use up my comments section coz she had lots to say and hence the e-mail. She raised some real nice questions and it took me quite a bit of thinking to reply to them. I thought it was the Lavanya of the puzzles blog. But now I realise its not - after I mail her.

Ok.. I will stop here. I know its one of my most boring posts. Tomorrow I will try to make it more interesting. And if any of you see funny things while logging on to my page... well all I can say is that 'enjoy the free show'.

Tuesday, October 29, 2002

We have all heard of jokes made on blondes. Did you notice that most of them happened to be on girls? If not all of them? Well according to the guys who keep track on jokes (some obscure institution), the joke below is the first male-blonde joke!

An Irishman, a Mexican and a blonde guy were doing construction work on scaffolding on the 20th floor of a building. They were eating lunch and the Irishman said, "Corned beef and cabbage! If I get corned beef and cabbage one more time for lunch I'm going to jump off this building." The Mexican opened his lunch box and exclaimed, "Burritos again! If I get burritos one more time I'm going to jump off, too." The blonde opened his lunch and said, "Bologna again. If I get a bologna sandwich one more time, I'm jumping too."

The next day the Irishman opened his lunch box, saw corned beef and cabbage and jumped to his death. The Mexican opened his lunch, saw a burrito and jumped too. The blonde guy opened his lunch, saw the bologna and jumped to his death as well.

At the funeral the Irishman's wife was weeping. She said, "If I'd known how really tired he was of corned beef and cabbage, I never would have given it to him again!" The Mexican's wife also wept and said, "I could have given him tacos or enchiladas! I didn't realize he hated burritos so much." Everyone turned and stared at the blonde's wife. "Hey, don't look at me," she said, "He makes his own lunch."
Enough is enough. **humph** . I am tired of Enetation. I have switched to Haloscan from this moment. I will keep my Enetation next to Haloscan as well just for old timers to continue / view their old discussions in my comments. I will remove it after a while.

I hope Haloscan won't disappoint me :-(

Monday, October 28, 2002

Ever heard of the term 'if pigs can fly'? Ever seen this happening? Well guess what? My colleague saw it happening! My colleague happens to own a huge farm in midlands and this weekend he spent his time in that farm house. Needless to say, like the rest of England his house, farm and the pig sty got battered by heavy winds. Because of this the pigs hit the panic button and ran out only to be thrown all over the place. My mate couldn't go out to rescue them coz it was risky for him to go out as well. Then he saw one of the pigs taking off and going over the fence and landing on the other side. Whoa! Its a bird... its a plane... NO!! its a flying pig!!

I have seen storms before but this is the first time I have been through a wind storm. It was just winds and no rains. You could hear the howling and whistling and trees creeking. Some trees would creek so much you would ultimately hear a crack! The whole tree would come down and you would run around making doubly sure that the trees in your garden are safe and thick. Roads got blocked, trains stopped and even airports shut down. All of a good reason for friends to dump themselves in my tiny two bedroom house. We had a gala time cooking and watching movies and trying to squeeze ourselves in just one bed. We played cards - and whoever ended up as 'donkey' had to stay out in the storm for 5 minutes (which invariably ended up more like 10 mins coz we never opened the door once he was out.. haha).

Well storms are fun as long as they don't harm anyone :-)
Grrrr... Enetation is down again. It's not letting people post comments even though it looks like its active. I am seriously thinking of moving to some other commenting system. *humph*

Sunday, October 27, 2002

The whole of last night heavy gales have been battering South England. Winds upto 90 miles/hr have been blowing and several people’s property have got wrecked. On the other hand I cuddled up in my warm quilt and I got Shreked!

Yeah, I watched the movie Shrek last night. It was the first time. Suku has seen it some 80 times. She must be crazy!! In my opinion you can watch it at most 79 times. But 80 times… no that’s stretching it a bit too much. :p

I loved the movie! Hilarious, yet thought provoking. I can’t remember all of them because there are too many. I would have to see it a dozen more times to actually get a hang of half of them. But here are a few that cracked me up.

“Hey, hi princess!” (donkey)
“Oh it talks!” (Fiona)
“Yeah it’s getting him to shut up that’s the trick!” (Shrek)

“I don’t want to rush in a … physical relationship. I’m not that emotionally ready for a commitment of this, er, magnitude yet. […] ER, we really should get to know each other first, maybe even as penpals you know.” (donkey)

And here is one that I think is a lesson for most of us (if not all of us).

Shrek: : Look, I'm not the one with the problem, ok? It's the world that seems to have a problem with me. People take one look at me and go, 'Ahhh... help... run... a big stupid ugly ogre!'. They judge me before they even know me. That's why I'm better off alone.
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