- Rishikesh Dhakal
- A multimedia producer, keenly interested in the evolution of the Internet.Visual Production is my favourite pastime and a serious hobby, too. And I like to travel now and then, preferably with a camera.
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Suddenly, a soothing breeze swept by; but it was strange because I could almost hear it saying softly HOW ARE YOU. At first I could not believe my ears, after all who could be talking to me in the middle of the desert? It must have been just a passing thought. I tried to ignore it and moved along. After a few steps, I heard the same voice for the second time. It said CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW? GOOD. I felt afraid for a moment because this time I was definite about the voice. Nobody was in sight but it was a strange fear that crept up in me. I stood still for a few seconds, gathered my senses and tried to carry on but immediately following a third breeze, the fell-voice said, COME TO WHERE THE FLAVOR IS. I was so terrified this time that before the sentence was even complete, I almost tripped over!!!
From nowhere a big M with a golden arch appeared. It said YOU DESERVE A BREAK. Immediately from behind the M, a walker with a hat and bow-tie said KEEP WALKING. What was happening was obviously strange but the way it was happening, was somehow funny. I was wondering what to say or do, when suddenly a six-foot tall chocolate stick walked up to me and said, HAVE A BREAK, HAVE A KITKAT! Meanwhile, a huge cigarette emerged from underneath shouting YOU’VE COME A LONG WAY; please do continue. Only then, I was beginning to see where things were going. On one hand I was being urged to take a break and on the other, I was being pushed to continue my journey. Clearly, I had to make a choice.
At this point although I was mentally refreshed, physically I was dog-tired. I truly needed rest. All of a sudden, a pair of ten-foot long shoes came walking up to me and said in a commanding voice, yeah; you need rest – JUST DO IT. Of course they were right! I was about to sit down on the ground where a spark emerged from underneath, which after a tiny explosion yielded a long wound-wire with a mouth and a coiled body. It shouted for once – REACH OUT AND TOUCH SOMEONE before collapsing into a circuit-board which buzzed to me, if you move along THE POSSIBILITIES ARE INFINITE; please do not rest.
Oh, it was such a huge dilemma because everything was happening so instantaneously that I barely had enough time to think or act. I was getting hounded and ordered while at the same time I was getting into incremental confusion. In a loud voice, I shouted back to them in order to provide me some time and to stop nettling me continuously. Yes, folks who urged me to rest were right and equally right were those who told me to move on. Thus, I decided to listen to both of them – I decided to travel as well as well as rest at the same time. I had to eat an apple of course, in order to THINK DIFFERENT for achieving this but I came to a wonderful solution – to FLY THE FRIENDLY SKIES. With hope in mind, I requested them whether I could have an airplane!
They liked my idea so much that in no time they produced a jet out of nowhere. In a loud cheerful voice, pointing towards the plane they all said – it is THE ULTIMATE FLYING MACHINE that is designed for TAKING YOU FORWARD – all the time IT KEEPS GOING, AND GOING, AND GOING… Wow, it was such a relief even to see the jet.
On board, there were very few passengers. At first it seemed to be a chartered plane for dignitaries since everybody was dressed in expensive office-suits as if for an upcoming grand meeting. Most of them were busy with their handhelds and laptops – maybe preparing presentations or collecting data! With the plane taken off steadily, I was wandering my gaze among the other passengers when a smart air-hostess came forward. She had brought food for me. BEANS MEANZ HEINZ, she quoted, since you look hungry I brought some extra-calorie beans – they are good for health! I refused straight away. Probably seeing me in a tensed mood she offered some chocolates – A MARS A DAY HELPS YOU WORK, REST AND PLAY, she said. I refused again. She took a step back and stood in front of me looking confused!
My mood was not yet refreshed and I was beginning to think that THERE IS NO SUBSTITUTE for pleasure tonight except the beans and the chocolates. However, with dim hope, I asked her, if she wanted to help me she could give me THE BEST A MAN CAN GET! As if involuntarily, she bent down closer and said softly in a tempting voice – Hmm, so you wanna feel THE REAL THING tonight – you wanna OBEY YOUR THIRST? I nodded gently. She responded with a suggestive gesture, brought her lips close to my ears and whispered – then all you have to do tonight is LET YOUR FINGERS DO THE WALKING. I asked her whether there was a catch involved, to which she replied with confidence – ABSOLUTELY, POSITIVELY OVERNIGHT!
I was fully satisfied by her service, really, she’s the best air hostess I’ve ever met. MAYBE SHE’S BORN WITH IT? MAYBE IT’S MAYBELLINE.If you're interested, then design your own slogan here. WHAT SHALT THOU SLOGAN BE?
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
c. 850 – The Vikings’ longboats were versatile: they could either be rowed or moved by sail, maneuvered by a steering oar on the right side. They struck fear throughout Europe.
12th Century – The mariner’s compass was used by the Chinese well before 1050, the year the instrument made its appearance in European ships in Mediterranean waters.
c. 1200 – The steering oar was slowly replaced by the rudder, a maritime invention from East Asia that had made its way to Europe via Arab mariners.
1295 – Marco Polo described huge ships in Chinese seaports with separate watertight bulkheads. Without the compartments, ships with pierced hulls would sink. A half-century would pass before Western naval engineers adopted the technology.
1417 – Prince Henry the Navigator of Portugal organized a naval academy of engineers, mapmakers and ship’s pilots. Borrowing from Arab vessels, they designed the first caravels. Propelled by lateen rigging, the three-masted ships were fast and tacked into the wind.
1492 – In 1492, in the service of Spain, the Genoese navigator Christopher Columbus took the caravels Nina and Pinta along with the Santa Maria on his historic voyage across the Atlantic.
1588 – The invincible Spanish Armada, with about 130 ships, sailed to conquer England. Its defeat by the English navy, with its smaller but more maneuverable ships, would change the balance of world naval power.
1775 – American rebels gave the name Enterprise to a 70-ton sloop captured from the British. It was later burned to prevent recapture.
1807 – Robert Fulton’s steamboat Clermont ran from New York City to Albany in 32 hours. A sailboat would have taken four days.
1831 – The U.S. Navy had a fourth ship by the name Enterprise, a 194-ton schooner.
Mid-1800s – The French and British vied to build the better ironclad battleship. In 1862 the Union’s Monitor and the Confederacy’s Merrimack clashed in the first battle of ironclads in history. The result was indecisive.
1877 – The fifth ship by the name Enterprise was a 1,375-ton steam-powered sloop of war.
1938-1958 – In World War II, the U.S.S. Enterprise was an aircraft carrier. She sank 71 enemy ships and downed 911 planes. Severely damaged by kamikaze attack at the end of the war, she would later be sold for scrap.
1961 – The latest U.S.S. Enterprise was commissioned, the first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier ever built.
1981 – The space shuttle took a new ship shape into a new sea.
Final frontier? – U.S.S. Enterprise
Monday, February 04, 2008
11th century – San Marco, Venice. The Doge’s chapel was modeled on a now destroyed church in the rival – and more splendid – metropolis Constantinople. But as it prospered, Venice both updated and preserved San Marco’s splendor: five shallow Byzantine brick domes were covered over by metal ones. The 320-ft campanile, foreground, raised in 912, collapsed in 1902. It was rebuilt in 1912 – on its 1,000th birthday.
1113 – 1150 Angkor Wat, Cambodia (213 ft. tall). Part holy mountain, part city, the sprawling temple built by King Suryavarman II was intended to be proof of his divinity.
1224 – 1424 Notre Dame de Chartres (112 ft.). Again and again, over the course of 200 years, fire destroyed the cathedral as commoners, clergy and nobility struggled to raise it. But with its towers, sculpture and luminous stained glass, it became the crown of the High Gothic age as it celebrated the piety, pride and prosperity of Crusader France.
1550 – 1557 Suleimaniye Mosque, Istanbul (174 ft.). Suleiman the Magnificent’s reply to Justinian’s Hagia Sophia.
1555 St. Basil’s, Moscow (107 ft.), marked Ivan the Terrible’s victory over the Mongols.
1506 – 1626 St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome (452 ft.), took 120 years to complete by a Who’s Who of architects, including Bramante, Raphael, Bernini and Michelangelo. Begun by the warrior Pope Julius II, it is the fortress of Catholic faith.
1630 – 1653 The Taj Mahal, Agra (200 ft.), was built by Mogul Emperor Shah Jahan as the tomb of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. Dethroned by their son Aurangzeb, Shah Jahan gazed upon the Taj from prison and was later buried beside Mumtaz.
1889 – The Eiffel Tower, Paris (984 ft.), was built as a temporary structure to celebrate the centennial of the French Revolution. It was first called an eyesore and then, as the world’s tallest structure, became a source of pride, defining the skyline of the City of Lights.
1930 – The Chrysler Building, New York City (1,046 ft.), was quickly surpassed by the Empire State Building – but only in height. It’s Art Deco beauty celebrated a Golden Age of American capitalism.
1996 – Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (1,476 ft.). Peaked like the Angkor Wat, the world’s tallest building attests to the ambitions of Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad.