Wednesday, October 31

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!
This is truly wacky, but there was a time when I first found out what Halloween was...when I was like 10 or 11, I actually carved out a papaya and lit a candle in it and placed it on the gate. And the neighbors went...WTF! :D It was so funny, the only Indian kid putting up Halloween decorations....I did this for a few years. And yes, we don't get that giant orange pumpkins here...not the easy to carve types anyway.

If you were to dress up for Halloween, what would you want to be? What is the wackiest dress you can think of?

The Road Ahead

Too Tired. Mentally, spiritually, physically...really.

Tuesday, October 30

Laika


November 3rd will be the 50th anniversary of Laika's launch into space on Sputnik 2, the first living creature to be sent to space. Something I didn't know about the dog (follow link below). She is a martyr, a true hero.
[+] Read the Story

[+] Laika Wiki

[+] List of Famous Dogs

Oh well...its just 6 am.

I don't get this rain...like seriously I don't get this rain. Was wondering what if it becomes permanent! It never stops raining...my God! All the roads turn into rivers, slowly life evolves. We develop flippers and join Keiko in the sea. Keiko is dead by the way. And soon, if I don't stop blabbering at 6 am because of insomnia, this blog will be dead too...And I feel like saying things like...No amount of cerebral wanking while eating a 24 bit eggplant can make the Internet caused re-evolution of the Biological Clock go away. Just cause I can say so. Hmphhhh!

Sunday, October 28

Derek Redmond at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Olympics

It's amazing where surfing can take you nowadays. Found this gem of a story from the 1992 Barcelona Olympics...still remember Derek Redmond's memorable race? Watch the tubes below.





Okay please tell me you felt something, tears...even a bit. That was only my second Olympics ever that I remember watching, though I absolutely forgot about this story. It's also listed as part of the ESPN 100 most memorable moments in the past 25 years.

The 1992 Barcelona Summer Olympics was one of the best ever. Absolutely loved the breathtaking opening ceremony, I have to say, I haven't seen anything better than that, save for Australia 2000 and Greece 2004. Antonio Rebollo is a paralympic archer given the task to light the Olympic Flames by shooting an arrow over the cauldron.

[+] Derek Redmond Wiki
[+] ESPN moments.

Friday, October 26

Let it Linger

Watched Click for the first time a whole year after it was released. I don't know why I miss so many good movies, must stop reading reviews and must go out more! The movie featured the song Linger from the Cranberries and even had Dolores singing the song in the final chapters.



Suddenly a rush of memories from years gone by...well there was a time I would ring up the late night, very early morning radio shows and request for songs, and Linger is one of my favourites. Enjoy.

[#] Don't know how long the tube video will last, many of the vids are taken offline, and a lot of copyrighted ones like this have their Embed function disabled.

Thursday, October 25

A380 History in the Making

The first commercial flight of the A380 was completed successfully by Singapore Airlines. A truly momentous day for the Aviation world. What made this more exciting is the wait, since it's conception to its first commercial flight, it took over 15 years for this baby to fly. And who better to fly it first than Singapore Airlines, one of the Worlds Best Airlines. The maiden flight's seats were auctioned off for charity. Check out the SA virtual cabin featuring the first suits in the sky.
I cant imagine what the first passengers would have felt, must have been a once in a lifetime experience. What more considering for many of us, this could be the last ever giant passenger airliner to be built in our lifetime. As unique as this is, the future is uncertain for the Airbus A380. I don't understand the dynamics of future transportation hubs, and how successful the A380 will be, but it sure is sweet to see someone kicking Boeing's butt once in a while. Discovery is rerunning the A380 documentaries, so be sure to catch it if you haven't yet, it's truly amazing.

Wednesday, October 24

Centuries of Mystery Particles, 600th post

My 600th post...will be a running post.
...what fingers will flick the pages of destiny only to find history written until the day tomorrow, shall we now leave in a space plane for far away romances leaving behind this dream of tomorrow, I do have a story for today, maybe another for tomorrow, but in centuries what do you want me to tell, what stories matter if it's already been written...
-gp-

A Silent mutiny, begins today from the bed.
The dreamer sleeps during the afternoon sun,
as he waits for a divine touch.
Interrupt not his voyage,
let him live,
his days.
-gp-

the dreamer awakes from his century slumber
as the sun rises from the far horizon
cold tropical rain bathed the sinned city
landscapes emerge clean again
new souls breath fresh air
let the special ones walk now
let them change the world
-gp-

the stairway leads to the library
in a hidden attic atop the forest castle
hidden even under the summer sky
filled with books never written by humans
immortal gods come here sometimes
to write their travel stories
last summer I discovered this secret library
and I never came back
for eternity
-gp-

this summer nights
rain fall from the northern skies
and from strange lands come
hungry moths
attracted to electric light
akin our dreams
of a promised future
-gp-

competition
there was a time I worried
of competition
but now
I ate
The
Competition
I am Free
-gp-

it's always either
the morning sunlight on my face
or the evening rain
never did this tropical traveler
dream of a winter
where he'd actually belong
never a spring or an autumn
never for a dream
-gp-

magnolia flowers
of various destinations
may never bloom
in a single garden
save for a fantasy
written
or some
poems
because they are beautiful
and they belong
there
-gp-

Gay Wizard is not Pride

Since I already had a rant and whine post before this, lets explore something more hardcore. By now probably half of the world knows that Albus Dumbledore is gay. Hey, if any news merits front page features, breaking news tickers in almost every news agency site, then this is important. So now comes the question, how would all those young impressionable kids accept this shattering news. For good or bad, does it even matter?

For one, Harry Potter is a new age phenomenon. When the literature world seems to have forgotten fantasy, the movie world spewing crap chick flicks, HP brought about a refreshing change to how a simple, not so complicated story can influence the kids to read. Now these are fast food, fast life kids. They read no book, they're obsessed with TV. But HP changed that all. Surely HP doesn't reach the genius of the golden age of fantasy stories and movies, but the new century is sorely missing good fantasy stories. And especially directed to the children and teens.

So change came, and then this thing about gay wizards? Are you sure this makes any sense? Why now, why...if not you want the OTHER half of the world to read the book! Yes, sell more book. You weasel JKR...you know what you did? Now there will be school kids all over the world going around asking what is gay culture! And then surely in due time there will be banning of this book in orthodox countries. It's surprising to notice that not a protest came out of this, yet,. Has the world truly accepted gay-homosexual culture? This book is part of the new age culture, and it will influence people. Do you want to see homo-boys in school?! There will be the uninitiated asking what is gayism. How do you answer that?

Not to say there are no little devils out there at all, but this book will fire it up. Furthermore the statement that Dumbledore is gay is being heralded as 'a welcoming recognition to understanding gay-homo culture'!!!! This is so wrong, because for ages, the gay pride people have attributed homosexuality as a natural change, and now there MIGHT be a chance that a few hundred thousand kids thinking this is cool start kissing their guy friends. Could this happen? For sure there is no scientific evidence that children develop homosexuality naturally but for gay activists to say things like:
Gay human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell said: “It’s good that children’s literature includes the reality of gay people, since we exist in every society.
Yes you do exist in every society, but this is not an excuse to recruit more! We must finally stop and think, is this correct in the first place, should we let the children know that there are people with sexual orientation problems who 'do not' want to be cured - this is ultimately a psychological problem. The crux of the matter is that, there is a growing voice saying that we must be liberal and accept same sex relationship, but in reality this can be averted, a good upbringing will not give birth to people who at a latter age proclaim to be gay. It's just an excuse. First of all they were shunned, then ridiculed and attacked, and then the world accepted them, but are they for real? Do you know that one of the major factors in STD and AIDS transmission are gay, homosexual relationship? I believe there is no need for an understanding of a culture that are created as a pop statement.

If they want they can change it all, change themselves and change the perception of people. In the end, there should not be an excuse saying that since they are here in large numbers, then they are real. Think of the family and friends that homosexuality ultimately destroys before even thinking of spreading the thought to children's. And by the way, this has nothing to do with religion.

Okay...maybe this post is turning into a rant. Well never mind, lets just watch Ammu make Deepavali cookies.

Cheers.

[+] Important reading on the myth of the 'Gay Gene'.

Monday, October 22

Monday and Rain


Monday started too late, or too early I'm not very sure. The crazy thing about being an insomniac and also working after midnight is that you loose sense of time...except that if moves forward damn fast. So I slept at 8 am, woke up at 12, had breakfast during lunch and now waiting for the rain to stop. And still have piles of work, deadline looming, have to go to the bank, have to buy lunch...which probably would be around evening, and dinner most probably be at midnight. Some stupid kid played firecrackers all weekend, the car alarm went off for like a billion times and yes, my blood pressure landed on the moon. It's been raining like forever now, and cloths take about 10 years to dry.

I'm currently infatuated with Mena Suvari (it was Camilla Belle before this) knowing very well I'm 28 and a loser. So this rain thing proves that Al Gore is right all along...that... Penguins are cute. Oh yes, I found out that this fcking btch girl, who has been acting nice all is actually all along helping the bad guy 630 to embezzlemoney out of another equally dumb girl. And black magic might be involved in this...all in the day and life of the Ghost.

All this gives me a headache, I think I'm getting sick and well...life sucks. Anyway, I'm wondering why the heck can' t Indians stop being Indians and eat cereal for a change. Like come on, thosai is full of cholesterol and can give you stroke. I swear. Maybe I lied a bit. And I hate relatives, I fcking hate them. I dont know why I just hate them. Ooo the politics, the drama and bad taste. All this coz Deepavali is coming and they're going to bug me to death on getting a job, getting married...etc. And the oh so generous amount of crying...fck you all. I'd probably follow Vj to Andaman for Deepavali...sit on the beach and get drunk.

World Champion


Kimi Raikkonen is 2007 F1 World Champion! Congratulations Kimi. All's well, Ends well, God Bless all, the seasons over. Next season awaits Lewis Hamilton. Sad Day, but Kimi won it fair and square.

It's been a long time coming for Kimi, he is good, he got a good team and a good car. He will enjoy this more than anyone. Great post match PC from Kimi: Q: Kimi, it is beginning to sink in now no doubt, your 15th win, perhaps you could reflect on your career a little bit, where you’ve come from in Finland, the struggle to get here and what it means to win the World Championship.
KR: I think it’s very difficult to put it into words, but for sure, it wasn’t the best place to start in racing. I came from pretty much nothing, but the family put in a lot of effort always, our friends, our cousins and all the sponsors in the beginning helped us to get here but it was a long time ago. I’ve had great people behind me, great managers to help me here and the teams that I’ve driven for have got close to the championship a few times but I have never been able to really be there at the right moment. He still is the coolest guy in F1. From Sauber to McLaren to Ferrari, no one gets that kind of coaching and experience nowadays. 2008 will be very interesting indeed.

A team wins the championship and not a single person. Hope Alonso and McLaren learns that. Lewis finishes 2nd, runners up in the World Championship. What a season for Lewis, he is a rookie and he is a true racer. Time will tell when he becomes the world championship, and it wont be long.
[+] Ghost Twitter F1

[#] [UPDATE] Okay seriosuly, OMG...seriously...could this be...should it be? I dont know...but man if this happens...wohoo...cruel but wohooo! [BMW, Williams] - McLaren wants to appeal now...like yeh they should, fckng Ferrari did once...remember...:p

Saturday, October 20

Beyond Our Minds


There's so much to find beyond the barriers of the mind.
But why are we not looking for them?

Like at the end of the dream
when the child wakes up
to find everything in place
safely crawls out of bed
into our consciousness
the mind's eye is blinded
by the realities of the dead
what idealism is this
if we cant dream more
and forever
and what dream will it be
if we cant achieve it

-gp-

Friday, October 19

R.I.P

Tempus, My Hard Disk died today.
Thanks for Everything Tempus... ;-(

[update] I did the recovery thing, I hate this the most because there is no sure way of getting the files in one piece. Even if you manage, then there wont be file names, it will be endless copies, you dig up something even older... And what's worst is that you dont know if the HDD is really dead...like maybe the guy is in coma or something. I tried everything, except freezing the drive and taking out the platter. There are 5 partitions in my HDD, and this one had to go. My favorite, my work partition, my buddy and my traveler. A post will come in the future, but I will continue to have that dead cold void feeling inside for a few days. :-(

Thursday, October 18

4 am and nothing else to Do

Do What You Want

- Follow Your Dreams

Sandwich is not food

- Healthy eating is a myth

Waking up at 8 AM is a myth

- Waking up is a waste of good dreams

Fried Pork Smells Bad

- Don't Live In Apartments

Air beds give you back pain

- Exploding air bed gives you extreme pain

TV is no good

- I don't watch Desperate Housewives

Don't stare at ugly people

- All people are not ugly

Don't use the train during after work rush hours

- Sweat smell can make you faint

Don't use the train during work rush hours

- Bootleg perfume concoctions might kill you

Girls are a myth

- Rich girl with dead parents happens only in Movies

I am Legend

- No I'm not

Kamal Hassan as James Bond

- He'd be the best ever

Manchester United Sucks

- You'll Never Walk Alone

Never eat Rabbit meat

- Even if it's your last meal

I have cool orange colored shoes

- Screw Indran for buying me orange colored shoes

Deepavali is next month

- Another Drinking session in the horizon

Good Night

- Good Morning

Tuesday, October 16

Dying Planet

Yesterday was Blog Action Day. Today this Post.


These are photos of the Parit Falls in Cameron Highlands, Malaysia. One prevalent thing you see whenever you travel to Malaysian holiday spots is...Rubbish. A classic case of third world mentality.

The Blog Action Day 2007 is about the Environment. And clearly we are beyond the point of no return. This post is just a small example how Asian countries mainly doesn't care much about the environment. The last bastions of worlds rain forest's and fauna, Asian forests are fast becoming dumping ground for rubbish and disappearing faster than before due to logging, farming and urbanization. Maybe it's time, through coordinated action that we highlight the seriously lacking environmental awareness just at our backyards so that the rest of us will take notice on what's going wrong. There is nowhere else for us to go.

Dont Live My Dreams.

Don't Live Our Dreams You Dumb Ass****. You Are Wasting Tax Payers Money. We Are Not Proud Of You. When Was The Last Time You Heard Anyone Putting The Nations Hope On A Tourist? Yes, You Are Just A Space Tourist. TOURIST! Every Single News Agency Out There Is Billing This Guy As A Space Tourist! You Have Humiliated Us. The World Is Laughing. Spinning a Top for Micro-gravity Experiment?! Then Why The Fuck Do Nations Spend Billions of Dollars On Experiments When They Can Just Spin A Damn 1 Dollar Top!!!

[#] Only Malaysians will understand this. For the Ones Who Understand What This Space Tourist Trip Is, our Blood Boils! --->
// On his meals, Dr Sheikh Mus-zaphar said the ISS was like a five-star hotel and the food was good.

He said he felt that he looked “fat in space.” //


[#] Read all about the most expensive Bozo in Space.[Here!]

Monday, October 15

A Society as real as Yesterday

What makes us scared of immigrants flocking our cities today, when yesterday we read them in books and watched them in movies. No motivation other than to seek life, they are living a true border-less world, but we are deep inside united by 'made up' patriotism and xenophobia in chasing them away by our sharp stares and unblinking lips. Cold eyes says more words, but they are here for good. Did we expect something different? Why are we still being tourists in foreign lands when yesterday said tomorrow would be a just world. And you wished you could just walk over the border to a new country.

What's more worrying would be seeing them being together, held by their own idealism that our own broken society has no answer for. They don't mind for taxes, they use our public amenities that we paid for with our blood and sweat and yet we fail to find a solution. Our disunity will be our own grave, but do we break them apart? In giant metropolis's around the world, small towns make up the veins of the cities, we feed from them and sell to them. Those are the immigrant worlds. They started from huts to towns. They see a beautiful day in the same day we see gloom and doom. They are survivors who forage foreign lands for an opportunity. We are lost in cages in our own world. What colors contribute to our patriotism if we're left in rooms with shrinking walls. We stand united in electronic worlds dreaming of digital love from cyber friends. Who are we really because these immigrants seem so real.

Their tattoos and badges group them into violent gangs and yet we can only stare at them in trains and shudder thinking what they can do if they want to. But we are incapable almost paralyzed in our state of fear of what could have happened and what might happen. You dream of a weekend break where you want to see what you think you deserve to see but there they are in streams of ticking mobs who didn't do anything since yesterday. Tick tock, tick tock, like an ancient time bomb that if it explodes would explode for eternity.

All this might not happen, this too will pass but who are we to judge when they ask for what we worked for. That's what politics made of us, it made us belong to colors, colors of nationalism, religion and races and now here we are jeering at people who do our dirty work. What if they stopped doing it? What dreams we might have when small eruptions in the fabrics of our disunited society slowly spreads the fire. The quakes and rumbles of the real world mangles our mind and drives us to the brink of a fearful death. All this could be wrong too. But we didn't wish for our violent past didn't we?

This could happen in any city. Any country.

And yet, our day just started. Tomorrow's still to come.

[#] Real fantasies from a ride to the city.

Friday, October 12

Bye Bye Miss American Pie

The Perfect Song to Reflect Upon, one of My Favorites...

American Pie
- Don McLean


[#] Brings back memories of the years I listened to Radio 4 and discovered a new world of music...those were the days, Yasmin Yusoff, Patrick Teoh, etc... ;-)
[+] Lyrics....sing along! (It's a long one, 8+ Minutes!)
[+] American Pie Wiki
[+] Don McLean's Official Site

Does It Matter?

You gotta love this:

"I can't say I'm overwhelmed with surprise," Lessing said. "I'm 88 years old and they can't give the Nobel to someone who's dead, so I think they were probably thinking they'd probably better give it to me now before I've popped off."

[Read the Full Article]

[+] Dorris Lessing won the 2007 Nobel Prize for Literature...which now seems....worthless because a prize is no match for service to humanity (the very idea of the Nobel Prize).

Wednesday, October 10

Time


O Great God
Gimme me a few more hours every day
its a jungle out there
when you're dealing with monkeys
lalalalala
I'm going nuts
in the season of the evening rains
thunder and lightning
girls in maroon skirts
on the metro
its a great tragedy
when there's no one to love you
you're going nowhere
lalalalalala
O Great God
Gimme a few more Bones
in this great big world...

Sunday, October 7

For the Need of a Tomorrow

I envy all those who know so confidently what to do tomorrow while I still struggle in the dark. For all tomorrows.

Thursday, October 4

Spaced Out



Meltdown after the Holiday. Work piling up. Head going to explode. All the Money in the world is not worth it if you can't spend it. Time. Life. Good Food. What else? I want to go back to the Island. I want to Escape. Someone Help Me.