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Friday, October 27, 2006

Running late...

I was at work today and this girl walked in, with a freaked out look on her face. She ran up to me and asked me how to connect to the "wireless thingy" because she had a paper due in about 15 minutes from that time and she had to print it out, run all the way across campus and submit it to her professor. It was a midterm paper, so it was really important to her.

I asked her to calm down first, and instead of having her install the printer drivers, putting money on her account, printint it out, and carrying all her stuff all the way to the other end of the campus, I decided to print it out from my work account (unlimited prints) and upon her request, have her leave her stuff with me so she could run to her professor's office to turn in her paper.

She came back with a depressed look on her face: she had missed her professor by a few minutes. I then helped her email the document to her professor and dictated the contents of the email to her. I had her tell him that it was my fault that she got delayed because I couldn't help her connect to the wireless connection, which is why she couldn't turn her paper on time. She was so happy at the end and thanked me profusely for all my help. It felt good doing a good samaraitan. The simple smile of gratitude on her face made my day. I sincerely hope her professor accepts her paper and that she passes with flying colors!

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Japanese Bathroom Prank

Waterbed Prank

Japanese Sauna Tricks

This is hilarious!

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Trailer for Frank Miller's 300th

All I can say is WOW! Thanks to N00p for this.

Update: I've embedded the trailer within the post since now it has been officially released and it is now safe to do so. The official trailer for the movie is now available in High Definition on Apple's website, which I HIGHLY recommend watching. I'm simply speechless after watching the trailer for the movie. Check it out here. Enjoy!

Monday, October 09, 2006

Google purchases Youtube for $1.65 Billion

Google Inc. has laid speculation to rest--it will buy YouTube for $1.65 billion in a stock transaction. YouTube operates a wildly popular Web site where original videos appear in a range of quality from amateurish to professional. It will continue to operate independently after the Google acquisition "to preserve its successful brand and passionate community," Google said today. The deal is expected to close in the fourth quarter.

Though YouTube CEO and cofounder Chad Hurley had previously insisted that YouTube wasn't for sale, his view changed when Google agreed to allow YouTube to operate independently, Hurley said during a conference call that included Google and YouTube executives this afternoon.

'A Better Experience'

Bringing YouTube into the ever-growing Google empire will mean that users have a "better, more comprehensive experience" when they upload, watch, and share videos, Google said. It will also give professional content owners more opportunities to get their work out to a wider audience, Google and YouTube executives said during the conference call. Rumors of the purchase first surfaced last week.[...]

South Asia Earthquake: One Year on

Image Courtesy: BBC
Slow pace of quake reconstruction

Musadiq Iqbal is one of the lucky ones - he will soon be moving to his new earthquake-resistant house after his old one collapsed in the 8 October, 2005 quake. Only a few are in his position in Katahi, some 50km (25 miles) south-east of Muzaffarabad in Pakistan-administered Kashmir. In most cases, compensation has not been paid or does not meet the costs of the compulsory new quake-resistant design. Thousands in this mountainous region will have to brave a second chilly winter in temporary shelters.

Under the World Bank-funded government compensation scheme, each home owner is to receive 150,000 rupees (nearly $2,500) in three instalments to reconstruct his or her house. Those whose houses were partially damaged get 50,000 rupees for repairs. Musadiq Iqbal has used savings as well as his compensation and reckons the final rebuild cost will be 400,000 rupees. Workers are busy giving the house its final touches and he is hoping to move in just before winter.[...]

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Friday, October 06, 2006

Dh250m Great Dubai Wheel spins into action

Dubai: Dubai Municipality has approved the master plan of the Dh250 million Great Dubai Wheel project.Developers say the wheel will be the tallest observation wheel in the world, and will be larger than the London Eye, which was recently voted the world's best tourist attraction. Work will begin shortly on the 185-metre Observation Wheel, one of Dubailand's key tourist attractions, which will welcome its first visitors in early 2009 and provide a panoramic view of Dubai.

It will have 30 orbiter capsules with a total capacity of 7.5 million guests per year. The project also includes a restaurant and condominiums.During the journey on the wheel, the visitor will be able to view distances of up to 50 kilometres. The master plan was presented to Dubailand and Dubai Municipality by Great Wheel Corporation, a company that develops, finances, builds and operates Great Wheels.

Currently, the group is working on various sites around the world. "Gaining the approval of Dubailand and Dubai Municipality is crucial to the development of the Great Dubai Wheel, and we are grateful to both for their unstinted support through every phase of the project to date," said Leon Heijkoop, representative of the Great Wheel Corporation in Dubai. The master plan was prepared by a team of experts with the support of Dubailand's project consultants. [...]

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

South Indian version of MJ's "Thriller"

Folks, this is absolutely hilarious! This is a South Indian version of Michael Jackson's "Thriller" music video. For comparison purposes, I've posted both videos in this post. Enjoy!

South Indian Version:

MJ's Original Version:

Little Superstar

This video was played on Jay Leno's show a couple of weeks ago. n00p had linked to it about a week before it was aired on Leno's show, so I was shocked to see it on Tv! It's hilarious!

Monday, October 02, 2006

Karachi 2006

A pretty cool video on Karachi, the city of lights!