First Time I Took My Laptop Out

I took Samantha, my  laptop, out for the first time today. I must say that I was apprehensive and very nervous. Why, what was the big issue? Lappys are meant for portability and taking one with you when you go outside is natural and the whole reason behind creating (by the manufacturers) and buying (by the customer) of a laptop. Right?

But nervous I was. Like on a real date. I showered and dressed and put Samantha in the laptop bag that I got when I bought the system. It felt so good hanging on my shoulder. Very good and the shoulder pad was well cushioned. I crossed the street and went to the ATM and got cash out. I hailed an auto and directed him towards the Bay Pride Mall. I sat right in the middle of the seat and held Samantha close to me. We got down and I took her into the computer / peripherals store in the mall. I had a small issue with the USB mouse (it’s like an accessory for a woman, rite?) and got it fixed.

Then it was onto Barista for coffee; I ordered a Barista Blast and sat in a corner, pulled out Samantha from her bag and set her on the table. She looked so good sitting on the table, like an angel. She blushed, I beamed. Within a minute I booted her and connected the mouse. The coffeeshop’s wifi wasn’t working (it just never is) so I just ran through some of the mp3s that I had on it and checked out some of the images that I had saved recently. There was a woman there who had also brought a laptop, one more expensive but I didn’t check it out. Ok, I totally did but it meant nothing. Honest!

After spending about an hour or so over there, I was hungry and so I tucked Samantha back in her bag and took an auto towards Padma so I could go into Oberois Bar and get some drinks and lunch. On the way a couple of rash drivers almost crashed into the auto that I was in . I hung onto Samantha like my life depended on it. I did not care if I got hurt, lost an arm or a leg or worse – but Samantha must be protected at all costs. We averted disaster, I went into the bar, ordered vodka (it was stirred but I was shaken) and some fried rice with chicken. I wasn’t so sure of taking Samantha into the bar and the couple of times I got up to go take a leak, I asked a waiter to keep an eye on the bag for me. 2 hours later, I paid my bill, bought a little chocolate and came home to watch a movie on Samantha’s dvd drive.

So that’s it – a fixing of her wireless mouse, some music, coffee, lunch & drinks, chocolate and a movie!! Just like a real date. I hope I get lucky later tonight!!

Your Face Up In Space

NASA is encouraging people to send electronic images of their faces to fly into orbit aboard one of the final remaining space shuttle missions.The “Face in Space” program allows people to select which mission they want their faces to be a part of. Discovery is currently set to launch in September and Endeavour is the last scheduled shuttle mission, planned for November, before the program is retired. But those dates are expected to slip.

“The space shuttle program belongs to the public, and we are excited when we can provide an opportunity for people to share the adventure of our missions,” said space shuttle program manager John Shannon. “This website will allow you to be a part of history and participate as we complete our final missions.” There are no plans for submitted photos to be shown publicly, although there is a disclaimer on the website that says “Whatever you post on your Face in Space page may potentially be available for everyone to see, so you must exercise caution in what you post.”

If you are not able to upload a photo, you can submit your name instead. After the flight, participants can go to the website and print a “flight certificate” signed by the mission commander. Shuttle Atlantis could get one last chance to fly in orbit next June. NASA is waiting to see if the White House and Congress approve an extra mission. Nearly 75,000 people worldwide have already submitted their images or names.

So if you want that sexy Klingon or Romulan to notice you, click www.faceinspace.nasa.gov

Blackhawks Win The Stanley Cup

A few years after rebuilding and drafting/hiring talented youngsters, the Chicago Blackhawks have ended a  49 year old drought and won the 2009-10 Stanley Cup playoffs after beating Philadelphia 4-3 in OT. Captain Johnathan Toews (pictured here on the left) won the Conn Smythe Trophy as MVP of the playoffs. Winger Marian Hossa ended a personal drought – he played on two different losing teams of the past two Stanley Cup finals; as a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2008 and the Detroit Red Wings in 2009.

It ended in a bizarre sequence that saw Chicago’s Patrick Kane end the game at 4:50 of the first overtime on a goal almost no one saw go in the net. Kane’s shot from along the goal line slipped under the glove of crouching Flyers goaltender Michael Leighton and just inside the post. There was confusion as the play continued, the players looking for the puck, until realizing it was in the net. In the end, the ’Hawks simply had too much for the Flyers, who made history with their comeback from a 3-0 deficit in the second round against the Boston Bruins, but couldn’t find a way to cope with the ’Hawks deep forward group. Chicago won despite not getting a goal in the final from captain Toews.

The win gave Scotty Bowman, the ’Hawks senior advisor of hockey operations, the 12th Stanley Cup of his career – nine as a coach (with the Montreal Canadiens, Pittsburgh Penguins and Detroit Red Wings and three in front office positions (with the Penguins, Wings and now the ’Hawks). This is first final to be won on OT since New Jersey beat Dallas in double OT. Patrick Kane, who had the winning goal, added two assists, while Dustin Byfuglien, Patrick Sharp and Andrew Ladd also tallied for Chicago. Scott Hartnell had two goals and Daniel Briere had a goal for Philly.