Saturday, November 25, 2006

When was the last time...

Just jotting down a few of my random thoughts as they rushed thru my mind. This is pretty much the wee hours of the morning, something that I haven't seen staying awake for the past 1 week. All the following thoughts are random to the fullest extent, both in content and order of presentation.

  • When was the last time you had a telephonic convo with a person for a gud 10-15 min and wondered whom u spoke to a little while earlier?
  • When was the last time you ever carefully watched the ppl who dance around the 'HERO' in the dance sequences in movies/albums? (If at all u have the habit of doing so!)
  • When was the last time you swtiched on the TV, just to see Ads?
  • When was the last time u ever talked with a stranger in a bus or train all the way to ur place and forgot to ask his/her name?
  • When was the last time you felt why the whole world doubts your potential and why you need to prove ut potential to every one around you?
  • When was the last time you ever felt why you like /dislike a person right @ the outset, even though you don't know him/her?
  • When was the last time you were rendered paranoic after an unexpected success?
  • When was the last time you felt lonely, even after being in a large social gathering?
  • When was the last you ever questioned someone who said, "why this way?", as "why not this way?".
  • When was the last time you laughed your heart out @ a joke?
  • When was the last time you slipped in to a nap, during a seminar or a class?
  • When was the last time you walked around in the garden freely, without worries or tension?
  • When was the last time you helped your mother in the kitchen?
  • When was the last time you slept asthough you never would get to sleep again?
  • When was the last time you preferred a pani-puri/bhel over a Pizza?
  • When was the last time you called your friend, just to say a 'HI'?
  • When was the last time you read a page in the book for more than a hour, unchanged? (obviuosly bcoz of lapse in concentration:).
  • When was the last time you helped someone cross the road flodded with traffic?
  • When was the last time you fought with ur bro or sis over trivial things with utter innocence and reconciled?
PS: Have you ever felt u are running short of words to express urself? Well I currently am. Lemme stop @ this...

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Monday, November 20, 2006

To be or not to be?

To be or not to be ... depressed?

I am trying hard to battle it out. But I am trapped hard in this whirlpool of depression. I am not able to share it with anyone outta here. So with utter desperation, I blog my mental status. Its killing me bit by bit...

Nothing sounds gud, looks gud nor does any convo interests me. I seem to have been avoiding any important discussion or chat with any of friends. I feel a lot more relaxed being alone. Something is bugging me from within...

I had been to the Uth fest @ NITTE, enjoyed it to the fullest. Ever since I have returned back, I just don't seem to be in tune with the happenings @ the college. I haven't been able to communicate with my friends to the fullest. Every convo is half broken and I seemed to get irritated pretty soon. My minds has gotten pretty fickle over judging issues and ppl around me.

To escalate the tension, are the 'dead lines' from my guide to submit the proj synopsis by the end of the coming week. I am in search of a good proj for my final year. Hopefully we shall manage to find one.

A few probs with my cell as well. I must say, I have been literally handcuffed with the absence of my mobile. My probs seem to be cumulative. Damn it!

I just wanna say to V1,V2 and V3, "Guys, if I have been pretty insensitive to u ppl in the recent past, just forget it... Coz nothing said (or unsaid) or done was purely unintentional. I know my behavior to you might have left u bewildered, but then I am victimized by this depression stuff. Hope to come out of this stuff soon."

PS: I just hope to get out of this state @ the earliest!

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Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Be a part of making history!

The "New7Wonders Foundation", which is the body behind the New7Wonders campaign, has the express aim of documenting, maintaining, restoring and reconstructing world heritage under the motto:


The "New7Wonders Foundation" calls on all citizens of the world to support it.

Through film, television, the Internet and books, people shall be alerted to the destruction of nature and the decay of our man-made heritage.

Monuments in jeopardy, perhaps in a dangerous state of decay, can be saved by publicizing their beauty and highlighting their plight to the international community.

The "New7Wonders Foundation" was created in 2001 by Swiss adventurer Bernard Weber, with a mission to protect humankind's heritage across the globe.

The initial stages of the New 7 Wonders campaign were financed by Weber himself, aided by a small number of committed N7W Members. You, too, can join these members, who remain firmly committed to the project and its aims to this day.

All N7W members have the right to a listing on the N7W Memorial Wall.

Fifty percent of all net revenue raised by the New 7 Wonders Project is to be used to fund restoration efforts worldwide. One such project is the mission to recreate the giant Bamiyan Buddha statue in Afghanistan, which was featured in the Swiss Pavilion along with the New 7 Wonders project at the 2005 World Fair in Japan.

The Foundation, which is based at the Heidi-Weber-Museum in Zurich, Switzerland (an architectural landmark in itself, as the last building designed by renowned architect Le Corbusier), is now well advanced in its aims, with many milestones already reached.

Now, the N7W campaign is in its most exciting, and crucial, stage.

At the end of 2005, the N7W panel chose 21 candidates from the top 77 nominees that had earned the most votes, and these 21 are now in the final stage of the competition. The official N7W 21 finalist candidates were announced by the panel's President, Prof. Federico Mayor, on January 1, 2006 in Zurich.

The final round of voting for the New 7 Wonders will continue throughout 2006 and half of 2007. Then, on July 7, 2007 -07.07.07, the dream of the N7W initiators will become a reality as the globe joins together to celebrate the New 7 Wonders of the World, as chosen by the world's population using modern communications technology.

The list of 21 finalist monuments are as below:

  1. Acropolis, Athens, Greece.
  2. Alhamra, Granada, Spain.
  3. Angkor, Cambodia.
  4. The Pyramid of Chihcen Itza, Mexico.
  5. Christ Reedemer, Brazil.
  6. Colosseum, Rome, Italy.
  7. Easter Island Statues, Chile.
  8. Eiffel Tower, Paris, France.
  9. Great Wall, China.
  10. Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey.
  11. Kiyomizo Temple, Tokyo, Japan.
  12. Kremlin/st. Basil, Moscow, Russia.
  13. Machu Pichu, Peru.
  14. Neuschwanstein Castle, Schwangau, Germany.
  15. Petra, Jordan.
  16. Pyramids of Giza, Egypt.
  17. Statue of Liberty, New York, USA.
  18. Stonehenge, United Kingdom.
  19. Sydney Opera House, Australia.
  20. Taj Mahal, Agra, India
  21. Timbuktu, Mali.
On September 5, 2006, in Athens during the launch of the New7Wonders World Tour, the location of the Official Declaration of the New 7 Wonders of the World was announced: Lisbon, Portugal.

The Portuguese event agency Realizar Impact Marketing, known for its innovative, international multimedia, will create and produce the event on July 7, 2007, which will be broadcast around the world.

From left to right: Bernard Weber, Founder and President, N7W; Manuel Vaz, CEO, and Paulo Pereira, Presidente, Realizar; Jean-Paul de la Fuente, Head of Value Development, N7W.

The New 7 Wonders of the World will be announced during the Official Declaration ceremony in Lisbon, Portugal on Saturday, July 7, 2007 - 07.07.07.

You can join the N7W Society now. Become an official part of this dynamic community and support this historic project.

... be a part of the making of history !

Get complete info on this mega project:

PS: I have casted my vote. Now what do you wait for? Its just a click away...

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Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Swarm - Your window to the web!

Fed up of Googling? Wanna know which website people around the world visit more often?

Well you finally have got this site, that just fufills your appetite!

What is Swarm?

The Basics:

Swarm shows you what websites people are visiting, right now.

Swarm is a graphical map of hundreds of websites, all connecting to each other. It updates itself every second with where people are going and coming from. As sites become more popular, they move towards the center of the swarm.

Website traffic is symbolized with thin lines. Each time you see a line appear, it means someone has moved from one site to the other. You can gauge how many people are swarming around based on the number of lines.

Why use this?

Swarm is a useful tool for browsing the web, not searching it. You need to come here with an open mind and you may find some really cool stuff.


In addition to a forum, Swarm allows you to chat about any link you see. When you see a little chat icon flash, it means people are actively chatting about that link. You don't have to wait for the icon to appear, you can begin talking about any link you find (and hopefully someone will join in!)

Firefox Extension:

You may be asking where Swarm gets its data. The answer is in a Firefox extension that you can optionally download. When you download the extension, websites you visit are anonymously sent to Swarm. There is no registration, no email and no personal data ever given to Swarm. You can also turn it on and off easily. Learn more.

The Firefox Extension is the lifeline of Swarm. Please help enrich Swarm and join the community by downloading the extension.

PS: I did find swarm pretty handy, in knowing where the world's internet traffic is heading towards. Just give it a try, you might stumble on an interesting site...

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Friday, November 03, 2006

Being a last bencher and more...

It was one of my final year resolutions... I have finally moved back, not in time, but in space!

Given the initial condition that I am a very lethargic guy, something that I have imbibed congenitally. I am true licensed version!

I remember how I used to enjoy being in those 'almost last benches' of the class, where I could easily have slipped in to a lofty nap, amidst the most 'interesting classes' (I wonder if there were any???), unperturbed. I used to drowse off in the classes without even the slightest clue to the lecturers, that I was enjoying the state of mental dormancy!

Well my engineering life began, with me literally getting 'adhered' solidly like a feviquick, to the first few benches of my class room. Amidst the whole rat race of 'image building' process in engineering, thyself seemed to have forgotten its true identity, one of a true lethargic creature! Yes I have been slogging quite relentlessly all these 3 years and need to do it in the finally year as well... I had all the plans to prolong and reproduce my prolific track record here @ engineering as well. But as fate would have decided it, all my 'Best Laid Plans' seemed to have flopped!

I had been literally categorized, biologically as Homo-Sapien-De-Nocturnale. (A nocturnal creature, often mistakenly addressed as human being!). If not for the whole campus fiasco, I wonder if would ever have managed to pull myself, out of this vicious circle. I am finally done with it. I have moved back!!!

Well those were only trivial reasons to substantiate my resolution. But when I digged more on that, I found out why my mind seemed so desperate to move back. I must bring it to the notice of the reader that, I am someone who has been totally morphed to suite to the needs of a perfect slogger, a basic requisite if your plan to be a success-full engineering (student?). So all these days, I had been literally slogging, even if I hated to do it. Ooops! But now my mind seems to have saturated a bit, and is desperately trying to engage in to doing 'different things'. Well nothing hazardous though, it’s just, that I am responding to my most innate instincts.

Now to the crux of the issue. Howz it to be like @ the last benches of a classroom?

At the outset, it’s just a heaven! But lemme tell you what, I have also found new ways to 'listen' (to what???) in the class, amidst the highest noise levels! I have also found a better place, from where I could ward off some really boring classes like CIP (Constitution of India and Professional Ethics. Man it sucks!). A gud time to fiddle with my mobile!!!

Given that, I am only 83 days old residing at the last benches in my engineering career. But I have undergone a 'rich' experience, which has changed my perception of an ideal classroom, something that I carried with me all these 3 years sitting with V1. My engineering career was carefully incubated (credits to my profis and V1) in the first benches for the past 3 years. I have finally decided that I had enough of it and I wanted to redeem my 'Last Bencher' title!

Now pretty seriously, why did I move back? I wanna check...

1. Is performance in exams = Spatial position of a student in the class?

2. Are last benchers really that notorious and prankish, as they often looked up on as?

3. I wanna really get a bird's eye view of my class, when the class is on. I am quite jealous of my friends, who boast of enjoying it.

I am almost half way down in this controversial venture. (V1 and V2 are upset about my decision. I must say that they are a bit over paranoiac!)

So far so gud :) I am enjoying my stay in my new niche. I am proud to be a last bencher! A whole new 'League' of Last Benchers has grandly endorsed me... Looking forward to having some good time outta there...

Well I am pretty conscious of my decision and I have contemplated over it quite profoundly.

PS: I had mentioned about me going mobile shortly. I have finally gone mobile. I really have got tons to write about my mobile musings. I will post them shortly. I would present before you my detailed analysis on a new emerging research topic, 'Mobile Message Redundancy' or MMR :). Oooops! One more message, is it an MMR?

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