I have a USB webcam, mp3 player, radio, digicam, and printer. But even I have trouble understanding the need for a USB powered massager!
Here's Blogstop - a simple blog-game with the following rule: "Form a sentence from the acronym of the last word found on the latest post. Quirky, funny, nasty, silly, serious, whatever your post may be, the words are yours. Every correct entry gives you 1 point." Nifty idea. Lotsa crazy fans. Even cooler are Apronyms: Acronyms' Particular Relevancy Often Notify Your Meaning Strongly. And also - Apronyms: Apt Phrases, Redolent Of Novel Yet Meaningful Sense.
I haven't been in a 'blogging mood lately. Eh maybe once college starts, I'll have more stories to tell.
Have you ever noticed that 'night' and 'thing' have the same five letters? I wanted to type 'night' but ended up typing 'thing' and thought to myself, I am SURE I pressed the right keys. Of course I did, just in the wrong order. Ya this is what happens when you work too hard.
So I did do well in my math exam - 100% - perfect score :) Of course this was only the midterm and lots of homework and final exams are still left. Finals in 2 weeks. Lots of homework to do right now. G'nite...
So I was talking to my new friend Gogi (we're gonna work on a project soon) about Desis and stuff, and landed on Desi Faces.com. Yeah. It's like the Hot Or Not for Indianz! Gogi said: "you know a site sucks when the top 10 women and the worst 10 women share the middle 5." Hehe. No more comments. Except, now I want to make a profile there too. Hehe.
Just talked to my dad 'n sis. Only heard my mom's voice for 5 seconds - hello? hello? Chirag? Hehe. That's enuf to make me smile all day.
So I haven't blogged in a while. Big deal! Life's good and busy. Went to a distant relative's wedding reception on Saturday to NYC and then stayed over at my mama & mami's place in Queens. Got back home last night, checked my email, watched a little TV, and went to bed. Lotsa tiny things happening in between, some memorable, some iffy. Gonna get my math result tonight - quite anxious.
So I want to see the movie Comedian by Jerry Seinfeld, one of my fav. comedians ever. I found out about the movie via a post about this article on Fark about the death of the lady whose voiced the 'wrong number' telephone message. It's always like this - one thing leads to another. Gotta love surfing.
So anyways, two days from now, July 30th, will be my 3rd year in US. Wow time passes away so fast. I just hope I don't get all sentimental on that day again. Ok back to work.
For once I can say I had a good exam - Midterm for Numerical Analysis. There were 6 questions and as far as I can tell, I got most of the stuff right. Maybe there was a tiny +/- error here and there, but overall I felt good as I left the class. I better get an A :-P
I can recite the alphabets backwards instantly. And tonight I show you my secret trick:
How to memorize the alphabet backwards!
|Z Y X W V||Rhymes with 'EE'|
|U T S R Q P||Rhymes with 'EE'|
|O N M L K||Rhymes with 'AY'|
|J I H G F E||Rhymes with 'EE'|
|D C B A||Rhymes with 'AY'|
I just bought myself this cool Mp3 remote for my PC. I'll need some time to set it up, but once I'm done, I can sleep on my bed and change the channels on my PCTv and check my email :-P Yup! Programmers are lazy... Ok back to work.
Tonight I sadly found out I've been an unforgivably bad friend. There are some things you cannot fix after they've been broken. Sorry doesn't work always. You can't make an apology because you don't deserve a hearing. A friend will love you for the rest of your life no matter how bad, wrong, sad, or angry you are. But you are not a good friend if you don't listen. I didn't listen when I was supposed to. All of a sudden life isn't that good anymore. It's nobody's fault - just mine. I don't know what to do except keep my ears open. Hope I get a second chance...
Life is good. VERY VERY good. It's a little secret. Hehe...
I'm now officially a big Family Guy fan. It's a cartoon with obscure pop-cultural references that has now become Cartoon Network's highest-rated show ever. Gonna watch the whole first season tonight. I need some 'me' time :) Going to family things tomorrow. Tonight is my being alone and not-doing-any-work night.
Somebody needs to tell Mason that beating the crap outta me is NOT a good way to get into my 'blog.
Here's a great site - Half Bakery.com. If you ever have a good idea and aren't able to patent it, go and submit it to this site. That way you have proof that you thought of it first.
Errrr. You have a little computer problem?
My last name is Mehta - pretty common, quite easily pronouncable Indian last name. Your last name could be even simpler, or a bit harder, or too long. But trust me, you should thank god that it's not as bad as Cynthia 's....
Mmmmmmm! Finally glasses with in-built computer screens are here! Not THAT expensive either - $700. Most 17" lcd monitors fall in that range so it's definitely a good buy. Now if only I could find a justifiable use for it. Hehe...
Saw Pirates of the Caribbean (trailer) last night with Suprithi. AWESOME MOVIE! Good effects, nice story, and damn Johnny Depp was funnier than anything and of course, Keira was hot :) Back to work now...
Yay!!!!!!! My daddy just threatened me by email that how dare I claim he doesn't love me! He said of course he loves me :) Yay!!!!!!!!!! Now I can finally go to bed happy... I'm 9 years old right now.
So my computer @ work is undergoing usual maintenance etc. so I got a few mins to kill. First up, bad first lines of novels. Pretty funny. Sometimes my blog even sounds like it. Next, the US budget is pretty much screwed. Economy's gonna go bad though one of my friends (stockbroker) tells me the stock market's gonna go up in next six months. Let's sit back and see. Sit back, cuz well, I don't really have any investments, so nothing's @ stake here.
Anyways, things are back to hectic. I called up my home (Calcutta) last night and talked to everyone except my dad :( Well he was @ work. And this morning I get an email from him saying he doesn't love me anymore because I didn't call him up on his b'day :( Guess I have no excuse. I had talked to him just 3-4 days earlier too. So I thought I'll call after a week and talk in detail. And now he is not talking to me anymore. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! DADDY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Tonight I found out that the easiest way to annoy a 16 yr old girl, is to ask her if she's 13 yet or not. Trust me they get annoyed and mad. Of course, more fun for me :)
"Fusing images, text and song, BROKEN SAINTS creates a whole new way of telling an epic tale following the adventures of four very different people bound by an unknown force." - Sun Dance Online Film Festival. Frankly I'm just blown away by the excellent graphics and animation quality. I need to make sometime to watch the 24 episodes, that even BBC talks about.
Well so maybe I have to pay a tuition bill beyond my capacity, but at least I'm not as forked as this lady! Just shows you that no matter how bad you think things are, someone somewhere is definitely more messed up than you are.
I knew it was coming all along and I knew how much it was gonna be, but I kept hoping it wouldn't be as bad as it turned out to be - my tuition fees for year 2003-2004 :( It's about $7500 for Fall 2003 and a similar amount for Spring 2004. My first semester at Rutgers was less than $5200 in Fall 2000. This year I gotta pay $2000 more than I did last year. What a wicked coincidence that starting today, my salary has increased by $2/hr (= $2000/year). So what I make extra at my job at Rutgers, I give it back to Rutgers as tuition. It's a vicious circle - I work, I study, I remain poor. Thankfully, CSL's doing good so I'm not in a do-or-die situation yet.
I'm trying to purchase a good DVI cable for my monitor but these products sound sooooo dirty! What the hell does "DVI-I F/F Gender Changer 1 Ft." mean! What about "1 Meter DVI-I Male To Male Dual" Ewwwwww I don't even wanna guess. Maybe I just have a really dirty mind. LOL. The reason why I want a DVI cable is that my new video card, which by the way is totally awesome, has a digital output and my monitor has digital input - meaning if I use a DVI cable, my screen will be a lot lot sharper than it is right now. At 1280x1024, sharpness matters a lot. Hope I find something nice 'n cheap :)
I did a LOT of work on this site and now have to study for 5-6 hours. Oh well... no time to relax... Most people relax on weekends - I work even more. But at least I make totally kickass sites :-P
- Those who use frickin' eye-gouging YELLOW backgrounds.
- Those who don't.
Here's an example of the kind of wacky chats I have online every day:
- Suprithi: i ate some food...feel so much better rite now
Suprithi: where u wanna take me
Chirag: hehe pizza is best food
Suprithi: nah, i ate some rice
Chirag: compusa ? LOL :-P
Suprithi: i am gonna pretend u never said that
Chirag: lol they all do!
Suprithi: i am still pretending
Chirag: *sigh* nobody understands what i truly want.....
Suprithi: and what do u truly want?
Chirag: dvi cable for my new radeon 9500 so that my 981 synergy works better on 1600x1200 w/ 75hz ref. rate....
Suprithi: me too
Chirag: I'll marry you if really meant that!
WOOOOOOHOOOOOOOO! I am now on my new computer :) It's fully functional and thankfully nothing went wrong. Got a lot of stuff to setup and working full day tomorrow. Oh well... Going to bed in a few.
Now if only I had these superpowers, my life would be so much more fun...
I don't really care about my marriage and stuff, but here's an article that makes me happy for being single :)
Here's a great site for economics students or pretty much anyone who likes to find interesting world statistics: Nation Master.
Tired as hell. No energy right now but still trying to do my laundry. Oh well. Last night I saw the movie "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind." Good movie. I think. *grin*
Happy B'day Daddy!!!!!!!
Don't ask me why I'm still awake. I felt really sleep all day, so after work I just went to sleep 5-9pm and then I woke up and now I can't go back to bed. Oh well...
Tired. Just got back from work. My back is sore cuz I think I slept funny last night. Urgh. Going back to sleep for a couple of hours.
I've been working hard lately. Had math class last night. Have it tonight also. I haven't slept enuf either. Urgh.
Last night I barely saw the fireworks. Cuz well I was driving and as usual, got lost - this time, in the infamous Jersey City at midnight. Yeah, don't do this. Ever. Phew I'm just glad I made it back. Took me over 2 hours to get back home. But it's not because I'm a bad driver or anything, but mainly cuz all the exits to the Jersey Turnpike were closed for some reason and we (My cuzin Sneh, her friend Vic, and myself) had to drive allllll over Jersey City before we made it home. But hey, the fireworks were definitely worth it. We saw 3 different displays for about 25-30 mins and I got to drive for over 6 hours!
This morning my aunt left me back @ my bunker. I miss living @ home. I swear! And I know this sounds really corny but my aunt is definitely the best aunt ever :) I am literally her son. I love her sooooo much. I talked to her for a while and then I became all homesick. So I called up my parents and talked to them. And my rich diamond-jewelry-buying sister. Yeah she just bought herself more jewelry, kinda like this. Damn rich people! Hehehe...
Anyways, now I SERIOUSLY have to work. No, SERIOUSLY. So ya, no 'blogging for a while.
Just got home a few mins ago; had gone up to Hoboken, NJ to see Cigir (Cher). The view of the New York skyline so breathtaking that as soon as I arrived there I realized it was a mistake to forget my digi-cam @ home. However, I didn't even know where Hoboken was and just went cuz Cigir assured me it's pretty. So there we were for 4 hours... mid-summer night, beautiful weather, slight sea-breeze wafting in from the Hudson bay, some good food at some unknown Italian restaurant, and a hint of Bacardi (amazing site by the way). I hadn't seen her in over a month and a half; felt good to catch up on "ish."
I still haven't gone to NYC with her though we planned looooong ago. Well maybe next week...? Problem she works on weekends and I worked on weekdays and weekends. Hehe. Tomorrow being a holiday I was able to go out tonight. Somehow I don't think I'll have too many nightmares tonight. Heh.
Here are 10 best things about US and to keep things in balance, here are 911 things to hate about US. While I don't agree with either of the lists 100%, out of the 10 best things, the following really hit a nerve:
- "In America the destiny of the young is not given to them but created by them.: Not long ago, I asked myself, "What would my life have been like if I had never come to the United States?" If I had remained in India, I would probably have lived my whole life within a five-mile radius of where I was born. I would undoubtedly have married a woman of my identical religious and socioeconomic background. I would almost certainly have become a medical doctor, or an engineer, or a computer programmer. I would have socialized entirely within my ethic community. I would have a whole set of opinions that could be predicted in advance; indeed, they would not be very different from what my father believed, or his father before him. In sum, my destiny would to a large degree have been given to me." - Dinesh D'Souza
To the average reader, he is just another minstrel singing patriotic songs about the US for the upcoming 4th of July weekend. But delve a bit deeper and you realize that even though the Indian-born author only talks good about US, the article seems to be his way of justifying the burning question within himself (and everyone like him, including me) - why did he leave India and his family to come to the US? I used to think that once I've been here long enough, the guilt of leaving my family, friends, and all that I loved, for a better future in US, will vanish. It's far from the truth. While I have adjusted pretty well to the American life, every once in a while the question begs an answer - is money, career, education, name, fame (insert materialistic goals here) really worth leaving what God gave you?
Sometimes I think yes, sometimes I think no. I used to think well I'll get the answer the day I make my first billion. Now I think I'll never get the answer - frankly because this isn't a question/answer, it's an irresolvable conflict. On one hand I could have been happily married by now in India but in truth I will prolly be single for many more years to come. On the other hand, I wasn't satisfied by the education, computer-projects, and business contacts there, but am more than satisfied with everything here. So ya, the confusion and conflict remains. In the meantime, I go out and see Cigir after a LONG time :)
I've been working all morning and as I was getting bored 'n annoyed by the error messages I checked my email and found my sister emailed me after soooo long :-P Now I'm waiting for my dad to email me back. Of course if he takes as long as I take to reply then by that time I'll become a PhD :)
The first divorce directly related to the World Trade Center attacks? Prolly fake but quiet amusing. After you read it, you feel really sorry for the wife and mad at the husband. But nobody looks at it the other way - this is such a great case in favor of having a mistress :-P The only reason the man is still alive is because he was cheating! He should be congratulated for cheating rather than despised for being alive. If he was on his way to some veterinary hospital after rescuing a puppy, everybody would say a noble deed saved his life. But when an immoral deed saved his life, nobody wants to sympathize. Think about it.
I was just talking to my work-buddy Chris (the awesome guy who's helping me make my new pc) and he asked me to check out his site. While the design is decent, and the grid seems appropriate (this being a science project and all), I told him it's pretty hard for amatuers to use grids etc. and not end up with a cheesy looking site. Designing a website is like working with tools to build a house. Effects like 'grid' and 'drop-shadow' are akin to chainsaws and power drills - only the most experienced can use them well, though they generally avoid using them altogether. Ever worked on a little house project? Even your 5 year old wanted to use the cool power drill? Right? Ya that's the problem with web design too - the coolest effects are just too tempting. Even as Flash is becoming more and more popular, the aesthetics of a good design are still the same - clean, sharp, and warm without snazzy effects. And of course, one much pay utmost attention to the typography.
Econ final exam wasn't as good as I expected. Lotta weird questions :( Hmmm.... Hope I still get an A.
Oh by the way now I can say anything I want on this 'blog and nobody can can sue me for libel or defamation :)