Dull Day At Work

Boring, dull day at the office today. I worked today to complete some reports and stayed at home on Sunday. I was so sleepy and tired this morning that I didn’t want to get up and take a shower but I had to.

Things look so bleak because of the salary hike issues at the office and I am not sure if it can get better. I put my feet up after lunch and read through some files at leisure, with my eyelids doing the sit-ups for 2 hours or so. Then by 6 pm I was on my way out of there.

I got down at my stop and went to get a couple of drinks at Oberois bar. So it was Smirnoff vodkas and some delicious chilly gobi (cauliflower). Then I steeled myself in the pouring rain and walked back home, just stopping to buy some chocolates. Goodnite everyone; hope September is good for ya!

Arsenal 3 Newcastle 0

Arsenal bounce back after last weekend’s bismal showing against Fulham to beat Newcastle United 3-0 last night. After an exciting start to the game and good play from both sides, Dutchman Robin Van Persie – who endured an injury-plagued campaign last season – struck from the penalty spot after Charles N’Zogbia handled after 18 minutes, which was no more than the resurgent hosts deserved. Just before the half-time whistle, Van Persie was in the right place to slot home a well worked typical Arsenal goal that was a beauty to behold. Newcastle’s Shay Given must be given lots of credit – if it wasn’t for the longtime Toon Army goalie, Arsenal would have scored 5 or 6 goals. Brazil youngster Denilson struck his first Premier League goal after more breathtaking, quick passing from Arsene Wenger’s men – who if they can maintain such displays look again set for a sustained title challenge. Newcastle midfielder Joey Barton, recently released from jail and facing a violent conduct charge from the Football Association, came on for the closing two minutes – to resounding jeers from the home crowd.

MIRC, Anyone?

I first was introduced to mIRC way back in 1998, when I used to frequent my friend’s (senior in high school) internet cafe, located on Broadway road. I started out not really being interested in chatting but soon got hooked on it in a matter of weeks. When I managed an internet cafe in 1999-2000, the first thing I installed was mIRC. I chatted with a ton of people and had a lot of fun. I would get letters from these girls that I had befriended and that used to make my mom feel a little scared to see mails coming in from Finland, Bulgaria, Indonesia & Philippines. I must admit that it’s a bit silly now to keep chatting with strangers without knowing anything about them and unsure if they are who they say they are.

But I guess that also was the charm in it. You never know if the girl who you just had cyber-sex with was actually your 60 year old school principle! Yuck, the thought sickens me. Anyway, when I finally got broadband at home almost 2 years ago, mIRC was one of the first things I installed but I got fed up of it after a couple of months. I have recently started using it frequently again but it’s more to play ‘trivia’ on it. I’ve got a good score now. Hope to see you there sometime. I go by the nickname count_roshculla.

The Vampire Lestat

Among the world’s most fascinating fictional characters, Lestat de Lioncourt holds an esteemed position in the world of goth & vampirism. Created by noted author Anne Rice, (and the second series in the Vampire Chronicles) The Vampire Lestat shows how a young Frenchman, son of a country marquis became the sophisticated child of the dark that we all know. Narrated by Lestat, the story unfolds from when he is honoured by the villagers for hunting & killing a pack of wolves and meeting his friend Nicolaus. The two run off to Paris to become an actor and a musician. Lestat is kidnapped by Magnus, an old vampire, and is ‘made’ into one. Magnus wanted to die but he also wanted an heir. Then Lestat turns his beloved & beautiful mother Gabrielle into a vampire and later his friend Nicolaus.

He helps create the Theatre Des Vampires, where a now derange Nicolaus lives until he kills himself. Gabrielle wishes to be alone and leaves after first asking him to join him. Lestat also searches out the vampire Marius, the existence of whom he learns from the teenage vampire Armand. Marius shows him “those who must be kept” – the mother & father of all vampires. The book ends on a cliffhanger, with Lestat having a brief reunion with Louis and the concert in San Francisco, setting up perfectly for the third in the series – Queen Of The Damned.

Future Captain Picard?

As part of the trade for Andrej Meszaros we got, from Tampa Bay, Filip Kuba and this guy – Alexandre Picard. Picard is a local boy, hailing from the city of Gatineau, which is right across the Ottawa river. Picard began his career by playing major junior hockey for the Halifax Mooseheads of the QMJHL. He was signed by Philadelphia and played for the Flyers & the Phantoms in the AHL. Picard was dealt to the Tampa Bay Lightning on February 25, 2008 (along with a draft pick) for forward Vaclav Prospal. If he plays steady he has a good chance of building his career with the Sens and being close to home will probably be good. And hey, who knows, if he gets better, maybe one day he could make captain. And we can all call him Captain Picard.

Make it so!

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Sens Trades Meszaros For Kuba & Picard

The Ottawa Senators have traded restructed Andrej Mezaros in exchange for defensemen Filip Kuba and Alexandre Picard as well as San Jose’s first-round pick in 2009 (previously acquired) from Tampa Bay. A 22-year old player with almost 250 NHL games already under his belt, the 6-foot-2, 218-pound native of Povazska Bystrica, Slovakia, played in all 82 games with Ottawa last season, recording nine goals and 36 points. He ranked second on the Senators in points among defenseman, two behind Wade Redden.  His six power-play goals were a career high and led all Ottawa defensemen. Meszaros also ranked third on the team in blocked shots with 100 and was fifth on the team in average ice time with 21:02. A veteran of 246 NHL games, Meszaros has yet to miss a game in his career, playing in all 82 games during each of the previous three seasons.  He has recorded 26 career goals and 110 points with 213 penalty minutes.  Meszaros has also accumulated 11 power-play goals, four game-winning goals and one shorthanded goal.

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Slap In The Face

After a year & 8 months, all the employees of my office are finally going to get our ‘so-called annual appraisals hikes’. It’s been long overdue and we have been waiting for it with bated breath.

And we were let down! Instead of making us feel appreciated and saying thanks for bearing with us for so long, they made almost the entire team feel like we’ve been had. If it’s bad for the senior guys the recent new joinees in my team and in some others were made to feel like everything is such a big joke against them. Then the management wanted to have a meeting on how to cut costs even more – by booking a conference room in an expensive hotel, having a 5 hour discussion there and then eating an expensive dinner and driven back & forth in company cabs! It was like a stinging slap in their faces and what the fuck do management think they are doing with people’s careers & lives! It’s a little too much.

Whiskey On The Rocks

Yesterday was the bachelor’s party of the MIS guy from my team. He is getting married on the 4th of September. On Wednesday he had taken a bunch of us out for lunch at the hotel near our office, where we always go for lunch parties. For lunch that day, the biggest attraction was the huge fish that a couple of us, including me, had ordered and it ended up being shared by 6 people cause it was huge. Last night, 12 of us got into a tempo traveller a little after 9 pm from the office and headed for Cherai Beach. I almost did not go since it was getting very late and I didn’t want to be coming home at 1 am drunk. Also I was quite weary of cops checking us but since we had a driver who was not drinking (being from the same company that arranges the company cabs) it would be ok to go along. So me and two other guys from my team went as well. On the menu was 8 whole grilled chickens, 6 bottles of beer and 4 8 PM whiskey bottles.

Now I’m not a whiskey drinking guy. Although I have had it in the past, I never drink it out of choice. The last time I had it was during the New Year party 8 months ago. So I just had a couple of them mixed with water and it did not go down well with me! However, we were all starving and the chicken tasted so good. Huge chucks of chicken wrapped in silver foil just waiting to be eaten. I sat on the huge rocks and chatted, with a whiskey in one hand and chicken in the other. It was quite breezy and the waves were gorgeous, although I didn’t step into the water. Some of them did and in the end there was a stripping off one guy’s pants and a pure moment of absolute nakedness. Lucky for me it was very dark and I was far away, so I cudn’t see anything and hence I did not puke! By midnight we packed up and got back into the tempo and went back to the office. From there we split up and 4 of us were dropped back to our respective homes in a car.

Gold Plated Chair

Now that my ‘back is hurting’, don’t I need a luxury chair to bring me back to comfort? You have a great but stressfull job that requires you to be at your desk for hours on end but you haven’t got the perfect chair yet? Or do you just want fancy furniture?

Well it doesn’t get any fancier than this! Gaze your peepers at this expensive office chair from Interstuhl Manufactur, designed by award-winning designer and architect Hadi Teherani of Germany & at a price of $65,000. Of course, it also features silver and gold plating. The gold chair is also available in a variety of color options to compliment your office decoration!

It’s also comes with a matching foot stool. But ofcourse!  And there is a less expensive silver version too, if you don’t like gold!

Pardon Me, Is My Back Hurting Your Knife?

I never saw this coming. It came completely out of the blue. I had just reached home and had changed and had a wash and was just starting work on a ppt that I needed to present. I saw my good friend online in GTalk and thought I’ll chat with her. And I got the rudest shock in recent memory! I was cut down, taken to the very depths of metaphorical hell and back. I never expected this person to speak this way about me and be so spiteful. I thought I was voicing my frustrations to a friend and somehow it got used in an attack about me. I do not know what triggered the accusations this evening but I have some idea and I am going to find out more.

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The sad part about this is I guess we weren’t as close as I thought we were.

Bike Runs Into A Man

I saw an accident today on my way to the bus stop once I got off work. My friend Kiran from our HR team and I left 5 minutes past 7 from the office and were walking to the bus stop at HMT Junction. It was kinda dark since it was the scheduled load shedding at the time. We had to cross the road and were looking for a gap when I heard the sound of metals scrapping hard against the road and a thud.

We looked back and saw that a bike was lying in the middle of the road. There weren’t many vehicles at the moment, so I dumped my bag on the side of the road and I ran to help the rider, who was slowly trying to get up. That’s when I saw that there was an older man lying unconscious on the road. Obviously, the older man had run in front of the bike while trying to cross the road and the ‘thud’ was the bike ramming into him. There was blood everywhere. I got the bike rider’s glasses from underneat a truck’s wheel and handed it over to him. He seemed stunned & bleeding but he would survive with some bruises & cuts and pain for a few days.

By now, many people were trying to lift the older man up and I feared that he was dead. I looked back and saw that many buses & cars were surrounding us now, so making sure that the older man was about to be put into a car and driven to a hospital, I made my way back to Kiran and we went to the bus stop. I have no idea if that guy is alove or dead.

Distant Origin

Another one of my favourite Star Trek Voyager episodes is Distant Origin from the 3rd season. It’s a lesson for humans not to be too arrogant and makes you think about blindly believing stuff that has been written in a book that dictates all your life.

Two scientists, who belong to a superior reptilian humanoid alien species called the Voth, discover the dead remains of a Voyager crew member. Conducting tests on the skeleton and find out that the humans and Voth’s are of similar origins. This proves the senior scientist’s, Gegen, theory that the Voth originated elsewhere, most probably on the same planet as the humans did. The elders of the Voth society are not willing to subscribe to that theory, dismissing the findings as coincidence.

So the two scientists look for Voyager on their own and board the vessel clocked. Gegen manages to beam Chakotay to the Voth ship but his assistant is held on Voyager. The doctor examines the Voth and discovers that their DNA is alike humans and that the species called Voth originated on Earth and evolved elsewhere. The Voth were once dinosaurs and are descendant from a species called the hadrosaur! However the Voth ships now capture Gegen’s vessel and Voyager and demand that Gegen recants his theory. Voyager’s weapons are no match for the much more advanced Voth. Faced with the destruction of Voyager’s crew, Gegen admits in open court that his theory is wrong.

The Voth decide to let Voyager go as long as they immediately leave their region of space. Despite it being proved that the Voth & humans share a origin on Earth, the vain & proud Voth society don’t want to change 20 million years of history & doctrine, even it is false. Just as the crew leaves, Chakotay presents Gegen a globe of the Earth (pictured above). Gegen ponders about the day when all of Voth will see where they came from as Chakotay beams back to Voyager.

Sounds familiar? Don’t put all your trust & faith in some damned book & doctrine just because it is easy to believe in it.

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Arsenal Lose To Fulham

Just like I stated here last week Arsenal found themselves shooting blanks in a 1-0 defeat away to Fulham. The Gunners rarely got shots on target and when they did it just wasn’t enough to either beat the goalie or avoid the woodwork. Their performance on Saturday forced coach Arsene Wenger to admit that his team “were not good enough” and that Fulham deserved the win.

Oh oh! When your coach says something like that, you know your team is in trouble. I just don’t see that many goals coming from the team. And the midfield was aimless and badly in need of Cesc Fabregas’s presence. The depth is lacking and if 2 or 3 first choice players get injured, I fear that we will end up outside of the top 4, forget about winning the Premier League.

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Hypotheticals, Answered

I found this meme at Rude Catcus and found it to be very interesting. Here are the answers to a few of the best hypotheticals from his site.

One day you find a magic charm. If you activate it, everyone will have to tell you the truth all day long. Do you use it? Or leave it alone? Why, or why not?
Yes I guess I will. I prefer the truth and I think the truth shall set you free. Even if it is bitter.

You can spend a day with any one author, musician or actor – living or dead. Who do you choose and why?
I can’t decide who I would choose. Only one? Well, if I must select only one then it would have to be Sarah McLachlan. Cause she is beautiful, interesting and her music & her voice is the best in the world. Her voice makes me cry and that rarely happens to me.

If you were elected President of the United States this very moment, what’s the first thing you’d do?
Arrest George W. and his father and I’d probably also have an affair with a female intern in the oval office.

You’ve been asked by Superman, Batman, The Boy Wonder and The Wonder Twins to join the Justice League. The only condition? You have to choose your own superhero persona. So what superhero do you choose to be and what are your powers?

Kama Sutra Man! I would seduce the evil women of the world with my various techniques and make then do good deeds just so they can sleep with me!

You are given the opportunity to travel forwards or backwards in time at your leisure. Don’t worry – you can come back. Which do you do? And why? Any particular time you want to check out?
I would like to go back in time and see when humans first made fire. I’d probably blow it out or pee on it or something.

You are given the opportunity to inhabit one fictional world – a civilization, time period, location, whatever – for one week. You can exist in Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind, Battlestar Galactica’s future, or Friend’s New York in which twenty-somethings can live in Manhattan on pretty crappy salaries. So, where – or when – do you go and why?
Oh the science fiction fan in me wants to go to Battlestar Galactica’s world. Sexy blond cylons who want to bed me for information! But there’s a lot of dying & destruction there. So maybe live in my favrouite sitcom world, Friends’ New York where I cab sit in a coffeeshop all day or get the Joey special – two pizzas – or listen to Pheobe sing ‘Smelly Cat’.

You are granted the power of invisibility. What’s the first thing you do with this power?
Probably visit all the ladies locker rooms.

What’s the most bizarre gift you’ve ever received?
Nothing really that weird. Although for one valentine’s day, a girl I can’t stand gave me this very sweet teddy bear that had a ‘Love You’ sign on it’s chest!

A stranger walks up to you on the street and tells you she knows the day and way you die. Do you get the answer or do you walk away? Why?
I would ask her for the answer. So I can make plans.

You have your choice between two superpowers. You must choose one. You can either stop time or walk through matter. Which do you choose and why?
Hmm, toughie. But I have always wanted to stop time, so…

You will receive $100 million dollars for 20 years of your life. Let’s say that those 20 years you lose will travel in a flash. You won’t have any sense of the passage of time – nothing good, nothing bad…nothing. With the money you will obviously be set for life, every financial concern a thing of the past. Do you take it?
I don’t have much going on for me and who wants to live forever. I’d take it, baby!

You find a sack of money. It contains $20,000. If you take it, you will not get caught. You don’t know exactly where it came from but you can be assured that it’s not coming out of any individual’s pocket. Do you take it and live with whatever guilt you might have? Or do you take the money and enjoy spending it?
Can I get a Hell Yeah!

You are offered any talent – you can dance like Astaire, paint like VanGogh, or write like Hemingway for instance. The only problem is that, while this talent will make you famous and world-renown for whatever it is, you’ll lose any other existing talents you have. What do you do? And what talent would you like to have above all?
Dance like Fred Astaire. And I don’t have any other talents.

A comet is hurtling towards earth and, in two months, will destroy everything. A special project has been established to send a probe into space containing five items that best represent mankind. What are they?
A Playboy mag, a laptop, a loaf of bread, a pot of coffee & a joint. Wait, can I be sent in that probe as well?

Truth or dare? You know, in general, what kind of person are you? Truth? Or dare?
Truth.

The world is going to end in 37 years. You and you alone know this and it is an absolute certainty. Do you tell anyone? Why or why not?
No I won’t but I’d leave subtle hints around and when it is nearly time people can call me the next Nostradamus.

You have to spend 24 hours as a currently famous person. You’re basically living their life for a day. So, what famous person do you choose and what do you do?
Hugh Hefner and do I have to draw you a picture!?

If you were able to be transported anywhere (geographic location) for 24 hours, where would you go? What sight in the world would you most want to see?
Easy! Canada. Get some Canadian beer & eat poutine and watch some hockey.

If you could go back and right any wrong in history – historic or personal – without having to worry about any of that Star Trek past changing the future paradox shit, what wrong would you right?
Funny answer : Just after the time of Christ’s cruification – I’ll make sure the bugger does not come back! Serious answer : I’ll go back in time to when Hitler was being born and I’d drown the motherfucker before he can scream!

You are forced to move either backwards or forwards in time. How far is unknown. What is known is that you can’t return. Do you move ahead or back? And why?
The past. I would do anything to be able to rectify a few mistakes!

Six Layers Meme

LAYER ONE:
– Name: Roshan
– Birth date: August 2nd
– Birthplace: Kuwait city, Kuwait
– Current Location: Kochi, India
– Eye Color: Dark Brown
– Hair Color: Black
– Righty or Lefty: Righty

LAYER TWO:
– Your heritage: Indian (Keralite)
– The shoes you wore today: Black laceless shoe
– Your weakness: My closest friends & family
– Your Fears:  Failure
– Your perfect pizza: cheese, chicken & capcicum
– Goal you’d like to achieve in life: a billionaire

LAYER THREE:

– Your most overused phrase on AIM: what the fuck?
– Your first waking thoughts: OH Turn the fucking lights off
– Your best physical feature: My sexy eyes
– Your most missed memory: My childhood

LAYER FOUR:
– Pepsi or Coke: Coke
– McDonald’s or Burger King: McDonald’s
– Single or group dates: Single

- Adidas or Nike: Adidas
– Lipton Ice Tea or Nestea: Lipton Ice Tea
– Chocolate or vanilla: Chocolate

LAYER FIVE
– Cappuccino or coffee: Cappuccino
– A famous person, dead or alive, would you interview: Samantha Fox
– Movie can you watch and say the lines along with the actors: Bruce Almighty
– Name two of your passions in life : rock n’ roll & the internet
– Least favorite time of day: Morning..I am still not a mornin’ person
LAYER SIX
– Use hairspray or gel: None
– Your favorite meal: noodles
– Color is the inside of your head when you close your eyes: black
– Listen to classical music: a bit here & there
– Ever said LOL in real life without thinking about it: once

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