Chaotic Solitude

Inside every (wo)man there is always an urge to find a structure in Chaos !

Tuesday, September 30, 2003

I am against posting forwarded mails in blogs... but have been doing it too often lately. Anyway, found this irresistably on ! Somehow didn't like certain things here the 3rd one

Top 10 most stupid questions' people usually ask in
obvious situations :

1. At the movies:
When you meet acquaintances/friends...
Stupid Question:- Hey, what are you doing here?
Answer:- Dont u know, I sell tickets in black over here..

2. In the bus:
A heavy lady wearing pointed high-heeled shoes steps on your feet...
Stupid Question:- Sorry, did that hurt?
Answer:-No, not at all, I'm on local anesthesia.....why don't you try

3. At a funeral:
One of the teary-eyed people ask...
Stupid Question:- Why, why him, of all people.
Answer:- Why? Would it rather have been you?

4. At a restaurant: When you ask the waiter
Stupid Question:- Is the "Butter Paneer Masala" good??
Answer:- No, its terrible and made of adulterated cement. We occassionaly also spit in it.

5. At a family get-together: When some distant aunt
meets you after years
Stupid Question:-
Munna,Chickoo, you've become so big.
Answer:- Well you haven't particularly shrunk yourself.

6. When a friend announces her wedding, and you ask...

Stupid Question:- Is the guy you're marrying good?
Answer:- No,he's a miserable wife-beating ,isensitive's just the money.

7. When you get woken up at midnight by a phone call...
Stupid Question:- Sorry. were you sleeping?
Answer:- No. I was doing research on whether the Zulu tribes in Africa marry or not. You thought I was sleeping.... you dumb witted moron.

8. When you see a friend/colleague with evidently shorter hair...
Stupid Question:-
Hey have you had a haircut?
Answer:- No, its autumn and I'm shedding......

9. At the dentist when he's sticking pointed objects in your mouth...
Stupid Question:- Tell me if it hurts?
Answer:- No it wont. It will just bleed.

10. You are smoking a cigarette and a cute woman in your office asks...
Stupid Question:- Oh, so you smoke.
Answer:- Gosh, it's a miracle was a piece of chalk and now it's in flames!!!

Wednesday, September 24, 2003

Another interesting fwd...
The Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida has put up a very interesting Java applet on their site. It begins as a view of the Milky Way Galaxy viewed from a distance of 10 million light years and then zooms into towards Earth in powers of ten of distance. 10 million, to one million, to 100,000 light years and so on and then when it finally reaches a large Oak tree leaf. But that is not all it zooms into the leaf until it reaches to the level of the quarks viewed at 100 attometers. Click here to view this: This is a fantastic representation of how magnificent the Universe is and how vastly infinite it is both in the macroscopic and the microscopic level.

Tuesday, September 23, 2003

Corporate Donkeys

One of the usual forwards...but this one caught my attention...

Once upon a time a Washerman was bringing up two donkeys: Donkey-A and Donkey-B.

Donkey-A felt it was very energetic and could do better than the other. It always tried to pull the washerman's attraction over it by taking more load and walking fast in front of him. Innocent Donkey-B is normal, so it will walk normal, irrespective of the washerman's presence. After a period of time, Washerman started pressurising Donkey-B to be like Donkey-A.

But Donkey-B unable to walk fast, got continuous punishment from washerman. It was crying and told personally to Donkey-A "Dear friend, only we two are here, why to compete with each other....we can carry equal load at normal speed -". That made Donkey-A all the more energetic and next day it told to washerman that it can carry more load and even it can run fast also.

Obviously happier washerman looked at Donkey-B..,his BP raised and he started kicking Donkey-B. Next day with smile, Donkey-A carried more load and started running fast. But it was breathtaking for Donkey-B and it couldn't act that way....But the washerman was frustrated, so he harassed Donkey-B terribly, and finally it fell down hopelessly.

Then Donkey-A felt itself as a supremo and happily started carrying more load with great speed. But now the Load of the Donkey-B is also being carried by Donkey-A., and still it has to run fast. For some period it did, finally due to fatigue it got tired and started feeling the pain. But washerman expected more from Donkey-A. It also tried best, but couldn't cope up with his owners demand. The Washerman got angry with Donkey-A also and started harassing to take more load...Donkey-A was crying for long time and then tried its best...But it couldn't meet the owner's satisfaction.

Finally the day came when due to frustration the washerman killed Donkey-A and went for searching some other Donkeys.

Its an endless story..........

But the moral of the Story in Corporate life is......,

"Think all projectmates are same and that everyone is capable.... Always share the Load equally ..... Don't ever act smart in front of your Boss and never try for getting over-credit... Don't feel happy when ur projectmate is under pressure.. " And most importantly, Never Work Hard, Work Cleverly.....

Saturday, September 20, 2003

I have heard a lot about Microsoft's Age of Empires, but never got a chance to play. Finally, yesterday I did (thanks to my wife and Bil)! A pretty neat game on Strategy and more importantly Project Management. Although all games are about the resources in your hand and how you play it, what makes AoE interesting is that it is about Human Civilization and how it evolves (or evolved). You get to play God also sometimes :-) Although I am still in the Egyptian Leaning module, this game has caught my fancy and I am sure I will be crazy about it for some more time ! The background music is especially great !!

Try your hand, if you don't mind shelling Rs 3900 for that :-) I could hear someone yelling there, "Kazaa! Kazaa!! " ;-)

Tuesday, September 09, 2003

Recently I came across a couple of instances which were kinda disturbing. A question has been popping up in my mind, since then. Why sometimes people make a larger-than-life image of themselves or others? Can't they be normal :-(

Sunday, September 07, 2003

Another article on the Outsourcing Binge; but of a different genre -"Daniel Soong, who lost his programming job to Indian offshore companies, is willing to relocate to India. But Indian officials have told him they don't hire Americans." Read on...

Monday, September 01, 2003

Hakuna Matata
Yesterday I saw "The Lion King" for the fourth time. What a movie it was! Although many would dismiss the movie as resembling "mid-70 Bollywood" movies, the dialogues, graphics and above all the "Simba" character adds the neccessary garnishings to the movie. The subtle humor in some of the dialogues (particularly those of Timon's) makes the movie one of my all-time favorites. And who can forget the famous song - "Hakuna Matata".

My wife (and even me, secretly) just couldn't resist the temptation of exclaiming "cute" looking at "Simba". To tell the truth, yesterday I was watching the movie like a Rajnikanth's fan watching his hero's movie. To say the least, I got goose-bumps in a couple of scenes ;-) Check out some of the dialogues in IMDB's "Memorable Quotes from The Lion King" page. My favorite is this:

Simba: Man, I'm stuffed.
Pumbaa: Me, too. I am like a pig.
Simba: Pumbaa, you *are* a pig.

For those not able to appreciate me going gung ho on this movie, just watch it out once :-)
Yes... I have fixed the problem that I had with "comments" link. Dunno what had happened. But the "impatient" software engineer in me, instead of debugging, chose the easy way out - deleted the code and cut & pasted it again... and bingo! it started working :-) So folks! pour in your comments...please do ;-)

Also as per Naren's suggestion, I have made the necessary code changes to make the links open in a new page .... He he ... now I sincerely hope to get more comments on my blogs :-)