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Monday, September 04, 2006

When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to acheive it !


In Paulo Coelho's The Alchemist, the old man says, When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to acheive it.

Yes! the universe did conspire in helping me to acheive my dream....every piece fell into place, all barriers vanished, the path ahead lay smooth and welcoming...i just went and grabbed what I've wanted...my cherished wish was granted. I finally got an offer from Google today!

Saturday, August 26, 2006

No Go

The links in my previous post do not open and the images have disappeared. So I placed the buttons in the side bar from a link by Googling "social bookmark buttons". Looks better and more manageable.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Simple Steps to Add Digg and Deli.cio.us to Your Blogger Blog

Toady, I googled "how to install del.icio.us buttons on my site" and found Tyler Banfield's blog. The post is helpful..but too complicated for me. The embedding tips are too complicated. I simply included the tag in my template (as suggested in the post) and copied the blogger's icon image page url in place of the link text.

Thursday, July 27, 2006

The Silence Of The Lambs, Red Dragon


I got a chance to read Thomas Harris' bestsellers The Silence Of The Lambs, Red Dragon, having watched the screen version of The Silence Of The Lambs umpteen times. This is one instance when the movie is better than the book. Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster added life to the characters.

Red Dragon gives a psychological analysis of the serial murderer. One feels sorry for the little boy Francis and understands how he turned into a sadist. Having been deprived of a loving family and abandoned by his mother, the character victimizes families that are similar to his mother's. But, The Silence Of The Lambs does not analyze the violent psychology of the murderer. The book, however, gives a brilliant psycho-analysis of Hannibal Lecter. The character is repulsive but very interesting. I wonder how the author's imagination could conjure up the more gross details in the book, too gross for inclusion in the movie.

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Censorship? BOOOO!!!!

My blog is finally viewable after so many days...probably the effect of Bomaby Blasts of 7/11. But blocking blogs is atrocious and a sign of helpless shooting in the dark. Almost three weeks and the authorities could not catch the culprits...a reflection on their inefficiency and failure, intelligence should have had prior knowledge. So target the blogs...freedom of expression and opinion.

Bloggers expressing righist or leftist opinions are not bombers...freeflow of opinions does not create terrorists...oppression, poverty, illiteracy and crazed psuedo ideologists do.

Monday, June 26, 2006

Nix, Hydra - Pluto's New Moons



What a Time to Live In!

What a Time to Live In! Being able to watch and learn about so many Cosmic Discoveries. Makes me feel free from earthy concerns - its a vast, vast universe out there..waiting to be discovered and strike awe with its wonders. Wish I will be reborn in an age when it is posiible for a few terrestrials (restricted entry is necessary to avoid exploitation and ruin) to visit these wonders upclose.

This illustration shows Pluto (center) and its moons from the surface of one of the two newly named satellites. The two moons, discovered last year, were officially named Nix and Hydra last week.

Charon, Pluto's largest moon, is to the right of Pluto. The other newfound moon is the bright dot on Pluto's far left. Nix and Hydra were discovered in May 2005 by a team of researchers using the Hubble Space Telescope.

Nix gets its name from Nyx, the Greek goddess of darkness and night. Hydra is a mythical nine-headed serpent, seen as appropriate for the outermost moon of Pluto, the ninth planet in the solar system.

courtesy nationalgeographic news

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Google Earth Upgrade


Google's release of a major upgrade to its Google Earth software gives users a three-dimensional satellite view of the world. Four times more land would be covered in the latest version of the free Google Earth software, enabling about one-third of the world's population to obtain an aerial view of their homes and neighborhood.

More than 100 million people have downloaded Google Earth software since it was offered a year ago. Google Earth takes me on a journey whenever I want, wherever I want to.

Hope Google will soon offer 'Google Universe' to journey beyond the Earth. Just type in your desired destiantion/planet/star/meteor etc., and Google will take you there! with links to exhaustive information about the destination.

Monday, May 29, 2006

Avoid Zoos! Help Free Animals and Birds

Avoid Zoos! Help Free Animals and Birds


One way to describe my visit to the local zoo this Sunday, with my kids and nephew...Very Sad. Showing captive animals in misery is certainly not the right education and entertainment for children. The water in which the hippo was immersed was like the dirtiest in the history of creation. The poor hippo looked so sad and lonely under the blazing sun. The old Lion was frail and lonely. And the humans! ...throwing pebbles at the poor lion. The Leapord was as frail and sad. Where are the monies assigned to the Zoo? Why doesn't any guard or official stop the humans from scaring the poor animals and give them better conditions.

The best way to bring an end to the captivity of animals is by avoiding zoos and aquariums. When there are no visitors, govts will stop allocating budgets for zoos and private zoos will close fast.

Friday, May 26, 2006

Child Predators Should be Shot


Oprah is perhaps the bravest woman of her times. Facing up to her past, and trying to help others like her by sponsoring a huge reward for informers is her way of getting at her offender. She is saving numerous potentail victims from similar trauma. Her efforts at trying to accumulate support to impress the congress to impose stricter child protection laws are commendable.

Child predators should simply be shot at. Universally, all countries should adopt this one single law. If any so called human rights activists start protesing they should think of the rights of the children who suffer from weak, inept laws. No one can understand the trauma of these victims unless they themselves suffer it. Judges can only impose so much sentence on the guilty, if proven! Other victims should pass the sentence on these criminals (and I am sure they will decide only on one kind of punishment).

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

In Quest Of Some Peace and a Lot of Quiet



I want some peace and a lot of quiet

I need some peace and a lot of quiet. I feel so stressed out..there's always something that needs to be done..running with the clock...I need a break.

Getting away to a beach....I just want to gaze at the waves..watch the changing colors of the sea...from golden red at sun rise to transparent white under the sun..aqua green in the partial sun..and grey under shade...to silvery under moonlight.

Listening to the gentle whisper of the splashing waves splash..splash...and the ocassional shrieks of the gulls.














Or Swiss meadows...gazing at the snowy white alps..basking in the beauty of the flowers...filling my lungs with the fresh, cold mountain air..and quiet all around .......what could be more peaceful!