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the clicking business*

I had read a theory about two people clicking with each other at the very fist site. According to this theory, there is a blank canvas-like thing in our brain, in the shape of a face. Now, this canvas remains "blank" until it finds the other "perfect face". At the moment when our eyes input this "pefect" face, our brain acknowledges to a maximum degree and hence, tries to fill this blank canvas with this newly seen beautiful face, making us feel clicked. This click is the first click, which lasts for only a short moment.

At this first click, however, our blank-canvas is not completely filled - at this time it is like, only 65% filled. But very soon after that, some catalytic agents called feeling, tolerance, devotion, commitment, and frequency of thought, etc. - interefere this canvas, thereby filling the canvas 100% or to the maximum possible limit.

This is just what I had read some years ago on the Internet - I wish I had saved the link.
* Inspired by this

who's your comedian?

See this poll result over the Best Nepalese Comedian that the site recently did. This site in question is the biggest news supplier on the web concerning Nepalese motion picutre industry.

As everyone of us knows, Madan Krishna Shrestha and Hari Bansha Acharya have always acted together. In every type of show in radio or TV, they have appeared together. For us common Nepali people, it has always been "MaHa Jodi", and not just Madan Krishna alone or Hari Bansha alone. Look at all their programmes - Dashain, 216777, Kantipur, Balidaan, Bigyapan, Nepal Bandha, etc. - look at all their programmes that we have always loved. Even today we talk about their programmes in cities and villages alike; and just talking about their programmes brings laughter among the people. The people love Madan Krishna Shrestha and Hari Bansha Acharya as a single unit, not as separate persons. It is almost a fact that if there was just Madan Krishna or just Hari Bansha, then none of them would have becom…

anata-wa eigo wakari-masu ka?

"This polite request in Japanese means "Do you understand English?", which a gaijin in Japan should use every now and then. Whenever you request this to a Japanese person in order to get some information, he or she will willingly try to help (at least that is what happened with me) in their best way possible. Their response starts with "Japanized-EngRish" pronounciation of words, like, R in place of L in most cases. They keep on talking and instructing until they are sure that they have explained everything and in the end, you're right where you started."

This was written by a friend of mine when he was accounting his experiences in Japan. I say, he was not far from the truth. Japan is a place where they really don't need English in any sense. English there, is used as a fashion show-off for your lingiustic abilities, English there is used for product advertisement to make them look cooler, and English there, is also used if you're an Eigo sens…

organize thyself

I always think that creativity flourishes amid randomness. This might sound like an excuse to my cluttered desk, but honestly speaking, I like it that way - heavily random desk. The only thing I do is try to keep it neat with a positon for each item on the desk. For example, at any given time, my desk contains some wires, a remote control, some books, a writing pad, computer peripherals that are constantly needed which I keep connected to the machine and hence all their wires, a mug, pens, water bottle, photo frame, lamp, clock, and last but not the least the machine itself. Even like this, I've never had the need to remove any item due to space-shortage or over-crowdedness. The trick? It's simple - provide a proper place for every item. Here's how.
If you have wires, a lot of them, then try to separate each one. Now, every wire has two ends - one that goes in the machine and the other that goes to the wall. Jack the two ends properly and tie up the middle with a clip/rubbe…

the swim, the salt and the sweet

A tiresome day - trip to Ras Sudr and back. Three hours up and three hours down : six hours : in the van and not enough sleep for a few days now. That should have kept me snoring right now. However, tomorrow is a holiday and I can sleep all day. Hm... beautiful thought!

Ras Sudr is a beach village in Red Sea, around 300 km from Cairo. The water is good and clean, even more than the Mediterranean section of Alexandria. However, in Red Sea, the water is salty - more salty than normal. For the first ten minutes it was okay but soon after, the salt started to make its effect wherever water touched the body, e.g. inside the nose, all over the body, etc. That was kinda irritating for the skin and right now I've changed into a reddish complexion, which will take some days to revert back to normal. And my mouth, oh, I can't feel the taste buds! The chocolate I'm eating tastes like corn and the water I'm drinking tastes like cough-syrup! They say, whenever your taste buds are ou…

drake equation

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Ever wonder about alines, extra-terrestrials, Zorpians, Zeta Reticulans or Ferengis? Ever been a fan of Star Trek and Star Wars - wondering how many civilizations must be out there in the galaxy? Well, you're not the only one!

In general terms, our Earth is the only planet known to be habitable for life, i.e., in this Solar System. However, our beloved Sol is said to be just a regular type of star, one among the hundred billion other stars in this very galaxy, and, by an estimated guess, there are about one hundred billion galaxies within the boundaries of this known Universe... blah... blah... blah..., which means it's a pretty big place. So, it is perfectly natural for some inquisitive folks to lift their head and face it to the night sky, wondering how many different beings could be out there; what type of trade they fared; what technologies they ever used; and among all those twinkling dots, how many of those beings have really found answers to their questions. Or are there…

yahoo easter egg

Have you ever clicked the logo of Yahoo! on its homepage? If not, then there's a surprise waiting for you. Just go to http://www.yahoo.com and on the main logo, click on "!" this sign without the quotes. I say it's an easter egg!

welcome windows live writer

There has been much talk about Windows Live Writer, the newest product by Microsoft, which lets bloggers post their blogs from the comfort of their desk, i.e. they can now write their posts without having to log into the blogger service. Additionally, Windows Live Writer, or WLW, says that whenever a new post is published, bloggers do not need to worry about their page layout and text formatting. It claims, WLW automatically imports your settings from the blogger service that you're using (eg. blogger, space, etc.), and uploads your posts from within the WLW window so that the published posts will appear as if you are writing from within your regular blogger dashboard and not from any external application. This sounds cool - and I decided to give it a try. Well, this seems to work fine because this post was written in WLW and published from the same; and I don't see any difference so far, except the unnecessary uneasy space between the header and the text. But this is not a co…

been blogging lately?

Fifty truths about blogging, which you find nowhere to read.

1. If you want to start blogging and have huge amounts of traffic instantly I can recommend one of three things: be an established journalist/opinion maker; be Glenn Reynold's brother; or porn. Otherwise face facts: you've got an awfully big hill to climb.
2. Never get your brother to guest blog for you. Trust me.
3. Before you start, read other blogs and get a feel for what they are like. Then completely forget everything you've read and seen so you can establish a new and distinct voice that will get noticed. This also helps a common problem: a really sucky first post. Trust me.
4. Prepare for the reality that the rest of the world may not share your high opinion of yourself and your site.

Points 5 through 50 follow here.

No wonder, the writer of this list should have got a traffic-jam in his blog-site, at first. It seems that he's been successful in bringing more and more folks to read his posts. Myself, I am wo…

define humanity

Ask a photographer to define humantiy. If he's an expert, he'll keep quite and in turn, probably he'll try to show you photos related to different aspects of humanity. Exactly!

Look at these images. Each one tells a story, but not an ordinary one. Each one tries to capture the moment, attempting to rouse that particular feeling. Within these images one can find all aspects of humanity - from oppression to innovation, from famine to femmes fatals, and from innocence to exploration - and everything in between. I'm impressed.

directX 10

They are giving out previews of DirectX 10.

quizzeria - the quiz kiosk, round 3

A notorious jewel thief, posing as a tourist on a cruise ship, attempted to off-load his loot at the end of the trip, when he realised that he was under suspicion. He chose five unsuspecting fellow travellers and secreted one of the stolen pieces of jewellery in each person's belongings. Can you work out where each item was hidden, and who owned the hiding place in each case and their ocupation?
Passengers: Mrs Brown; Mrs Green; Mr Black; Miss Grey; Mr White Occupation: Nurse; Solicitor; Florist; Dentist; Journalist Baggage: Camera case; Suitcase; Spectacle case; Laptop case; make up bag Jewellery: Diamond earrings; Ruby ring; Pearl necklace; Gold bracelet; Sapphire pendant Here are the Clues

1. The dentist isn't the owner of the spectale case in which the Gold bracelet was hidden, nor is he Mr Black, who isn't the Journalist.
2. Mr White is the owner of the camera case, the ruby ring wasn't hidden there, nor was it in the item belonging to the solicitor.
3. One of th…

100 mbps for ¥ 4200

Imagine what you would do if you had 100 Mbps of Internet connection in your apartment. For many of us, it would be Online TV, Online Gaming, Movie Download, Online PC Server, Virtual Private Network, and if you are really a programming/techy nerd you'd probably make your own smart connection (as in smart homes) with your own gadgets. Of course I'm not talking about Kathmandu, where even a good dial-up connection is still rare. I am talking about homes in Japan, where the commoners are getting 100 Mbps for as low as $36 per month, which is equivalent to ¥ 4,200. A country where a one-time bus ride takes ¥ 250, a can of Coke takes ¥90 and the taxi meter rises by ¥ 700 for every 200 meters (or at least it used to be, back in '97), I guess that this is really a cheap price tag compared to the offer itself, where the customer can have a unique telephone number served through VoIP. It is just like getting a telephone package for "free" with every purchase of Internet,…

l.a.z.i.n.e.s.s.

Am feeling lazy tonight. Don't want to write, except that I need to go to the kitchen because the milk is boiling and I fear that it must have gotten spilled. Let me check. And another thing, using that milk, I have to convert it into yoghurt, which is really a simple process, which I am sure all of you know.

quizzeria - the quiz kiosk, round 2

Yesterday was troublesome for three boys (Edgar, Hal, and Ike) and two girls (Mary and Shawna). The students were required to speak to teachers for breaking some school rules (tardiness, gum chewing, talking, eating in the classroom, running in the halls). The students' last names are Barnes, Catro, Jackson, Mays, and Schultz. The teachers are Anila, Kelly, Rhodes, Unger, and Wells. Can you match each student's full name with the rule violation and the teacher he or she spoke with?

Here are the facts
1. By noon, Mr. Kelly had spoken to a student about talking in class.2. Shawna (who isn't Castro) spoke with Ms. Unger.3. Hal (who wasn't questioned about tardiness) didn't talk to a teacher until after 1 P.M.4. Barnes (who isn't Edgar) reported to Mr. Rhodes' room.5. Edgar (who isn't Schultz) discussed eating in the classroom.6. Ms. Wells listened to Mary's side of the story.7. The two girls are Castro and Mays.8. The gum chewing incident was not discuss…

quizzeria - the quiz kiosk, round 1

Below is a quiz written by Einstein the last century. Probably translated and updated since then but teh logic is the same. He said that 98% of the people in the world cannot solve his riddle. Are you among the other 2%?

Facts
1. There are 5 houses in 5 different colours.2. In each house lives a person with a different nationality.3. These 5 owners drink a certain beverage, smoke a certain brand of cigar and keep a certain pet.4. No owners have the same pet, smoke the same brand of cigar or drink the same drink.Further Details
01. The Brit lives in a red house.02. The Swede deeps dogs as pets.03. The Dane drinks tea.04. The green house is on the immediate left of the white house.05. The green house owner drinks coffee.06. The person who smokes Pall Mall rears birds.07. The owner of the yellow house smokes Dunhill.08. The man living in the house right in the center drinks milk.09. The Norwegian lives in the first house.10. The man who smokes Blend lives next to the one who keeps cats.11. …

from life comes art

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Impressive tagline. Sounds like an advert slogan for art school. But wait - there's something more about this. While doing a search for quotes related to life and art, I stumbled upon a site related to human DNA. First of all, when someone talks about DNA, what comes into your head?

Intertwined helical strandsStrange proteinsSource of lifeGenetic agentWhat else?And if you are a geek or a scientist reading this post, some technical words might come to your head, like nucleotide, adenine, cytosine, guanine, thymine, base pair, sugar phosphate backbone, nitrogen bases, hydrophobic effect, pi stacking, complimentary pairing, hydrogen bonds, semiconservative replication, plasimd DNA, ribofuranose, and last but not the least James Watson and Francis Crick, ....... and what else?

Okay, okay. I am not eating your head okay, but just trying to ask you one simple question: Can you relate DNA with business in the simplest form? You try to figure that out sometime, meanwhile see what these guys

say no pay for beta

Microsoft has started yet another trend - a charge for testing its beta Office 2007. This sound like a direct accusation, folks, but a Microsoft spokesman says that they had to take the fee in order to manage the unexpected, huge amount of traffic in this download server. Sounds fully logical to me; however, this is a move that MS is taking against the trend. In an age when beta has been free forever, will this new move inspire other big companies to do the same? In that case, hearken ye all thou software makers - the number of beta testers will come to an unprecedented decline if thou shalt start to impose fee for beta products in the future. All hail - free beta! All hail - free beta!

solution required

11569 audio files scattered among
6 folders in
2 hard disks with
4 partitions, and contain
500 duplicate files, which I have to sort in
12 hours time.

Duplicate files can have any of the following attributes:

Same length
Same bit-rate
Same name
same size
different names with different length
different names with different bit-rate
different size with different bit-rate
same name with different bit-rate
or the combination of any of the above.

Any suggestions?

il buono, il brutto, il cattivo

Just watched The Good, The Bad and the Ugly. No comments, except for the music. So, this all-time popular "western" music was originally from this movie! I could never would have known if it was not for Haythem who introduced me to the film. It's been like more than five months he gave the cds for this movie! In between, now and then, he used to ask - 'so how did you like "The Good, The Bad and the Ugly"? ' And I always had to shake my head with a dropped face - but not tomorrow.

And amigos, it was quite surprising for me to know that the song The Ecstasy of Gold by Metallica comes from this movie. I mean, near the end of the movie, this song could be heard where they are in the graveyard. Two, okay three, oratorically homologous (is the combination appropriate?) quotes that I found interesting in this movie:

Tuco: There are two kinds of people in the world, my friend: Those with a rope around the neck, and the people who have the job of doing the cutting…

google vs microsoft

Only yesterday I had made a post about coldwar between Google and Microsoft and surprisingly, today afternoon I found a relevant article called IS GOOGLE THE NEW MICROSOFT? in The Economist. Here are some fragments from the article.

"...During the mainframe era, IBM wore the crown. But it fumbled the transition to smaller machines in the personal-compuer era, and the throne was usurped by Microsoft. Now, at the dawn of the new era of internet services, Google is widely seen as the heir to the kingdom. As the upstart has matured into a powerful industry giant, the suggestion that "Google is the new Microsoft" has become commonplace in computing circles..."

The article continues, saying that Google has awesome power in its hands. "...Google provides the front door to the internet. For many online businesses, their position in its search ranking - the workings of which are closely guarded secret - is a matter of life or death. Too much power is thus concentrated in…

photosynth, by microsoft

Hmm... interesting stuff! Manish and myself had some talk about something like this back in kec but it was nothing more than an idea for us; and this is not relevant, either. These days it doesn't take a scientist to see that Microsoft and Google are following parallel paths when it comes to services they are providing for users. Both the companies seem to be pushing against each other in order to provide newer and newer products. First, Gmail with 1 Gb. Then Hotmail increased size to 25 Mb. Second, Google Earth. Then Windows Live Local. Third, Google Picasa & Hello. Then Microsoft Photosynth - a recent blog from Microsoft about its new product Photosynth made me think twice about this Google-Microsoft coldwar. Check out Photosynth to believe what they are saying.

In fact ever since Microsoft announced the concept of Live, everyone has been hopeful in getting to see new type of products - both from Google and Microsoft - the effects of which have already started to show as bet…

sutffs pending

Burn mp3 cd
Arrange photographs
Prepare Seagate HD for use - probably have to run it through a high level scan.
Copy Haythem's stuffs and return them back this week.

bollywood facing script-ruptcy

Yeuta arko nakkal! Remember Pyaar To Hona Hi Thaa? It seems to be the Bollywood version of "French Kiss". I was bored and flipping endlessly through the channels, but briefly stopped for a while in One TV, because a guy (Kevin Kline) had been making an interesting face whie talking to a girl (Meg Ryan). They were inside a train, which was moving out of Paris. Eiffel Tower could be seen in all its glory, the scene being accompanied by a beautiful piece of music. Soon Meg falls asleep and Kevin starts to search her bag. It was at this scene that I felt - hey, this looks like Pyaar To Hona Hi Thaa, and decided to continue.

The more I watched, the more convinced I became, when finally he takes her to his farm. He shows her around his farm, the landscape, the grape vines, he fights his brother as soon as they see each other, his family comment about the girl, police looking for Kevin Kline, etc. -all these sequences are copied ditto in Pyaar To Hona Hi Tha with Ajay Devgan acting…

google earth. amazing!

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It is very easy to loose yourself in front of Google Earth for days, and this needs no explanation. If you have spent some time using this software then probably you have wondered where these images actually come from and how were they taken! Check out the source.

It's quite amazing about the amount of geographic data Google Earth possesses. From a closeup view of Machu Picchu to the pinnacle of Mt. Everest and from Eiffel Tower to Rainbow Bridge, it's all here. As a tourist, you can have a great time revisiting the places you've been. Now you can recollect your memories from that particular resort in the Caribbean or that frail yak-trail in Nepal; and from The Great Barrier reef in Australia to that mountain cabin in Cananda. I even tried looking up for my house and lo! there it was - although not a high resolution one, it was however, accurate in portryaing my neighbourhood in Koteshwar [27°48'62.17"N, 85°18'28.66"E]. In fact this version of Google Earth…