Saturday, April 26, 2008

elevator 22, 22 things to do on an elevator

1) CRACK open your briefcase or handbag, peer Inside and ask "Got enough air in there?"
2) STAND silent and motionless in the corner facing the wall without getting off.
3) WHEN arriving at your floor, grunt and strain to yank the doors open, then act as if you're embarrassed when they open themselves.
4) GREET everyone with a warm handshake and ask him or her to call you Admiral.
5) MEOW occasionally.
6) STARE At another passenger for a while. Then announce in horror: "You're one of THEM" - and back away slowly
7) SAY -DING at each floor.
8) SAY "I wonder what all these do?" And push all the red buttons.
9) MAKE explosion noises when anyone presses a button.
10) STARE, grinning at another passenger for a while, then announce: "I have new socks on."
11) WHEN the elevator is silent, look around and ask: "Is that your beeper?"
12) TRY to make personal calls on the emergency phone.
13) DRAW a little square on the floor with chalk and announce to the other passengers: "This is my personal space."
14) WHEN there's only one other person in the elevator, tap them on the shoulder, then pretend it wasn't you.
15) PUSH the buttons and pretend they give you a shock. Smile, and go back for more.
16) ASK if you can push the button for other people but push the wrong ones.
17) HOLD the doors open and say you're waiting for your friend. After a while, let the doors close and say "Hi Greg, How's your day been?"
18) DROP a pen and wail until someone reaches to help pick it up, then scream: "That's mine!"
19) BRING a camera and take pictures of everyone in the lift.
20) PRETEND you're a flight attendant and review emergency procedures and exits with the Passengers.
21) SWAT at flies that don't exist.
22) CALL out "Group hug" then enforce it.

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Friday, April 18, 2008

The Indian Quizzing League

The Indian Quizzing League, Chennai (or IQL) is a non-profit organization aimed at spreading the concept of knowledge sharing in the country and also provide a forum for quiz enthusiasts to present their skills and quiz regularly.


The Indian Quizzing League, or IQL, is a quizzing league based in Chennai. India. A group of four quizzing enthusiasts - Karthik Narayan, Ananthakrishnan Ganapathy, Ananthashankar and Vijay Govindarajan from Chennai, being members of the Quiz Foundation of India, took the first step in creating a new quizzing group in late 2007. The idea was to form a quiz group to change the face of quizzing beyond the normal winners. The idea became reality when the group met for its first public quiz meet on January 12, 2008

So far the group has grown to around 10 regular members who meet every Saturday at 17.30 P.M. for a quiz conducted by one or two of its members at the Cafe Coffee Day outlet in the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras campus.


Members of the IQL organise and conduct quizzes for a number of schools, colleges and companies based in and around the city.


There is no membership fee required to attend the meetings. Membership online is available here

IQL goes on the concept of knowledge sharing, whereby in each meeting, aspects other than quizzing are presented and shared with each other.

The IQL group has its own blog here

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Sunday, April 13, 2008

C# the new wave

i learnt C# int my final semester. Every 10 years or so a new approach to programming hits like a tsunami. In the early 1980s, the new technologies were Unix, which could be run on a desktop, and a powerful new language called C, developed by AT&T. The early 90s brought Windows and C++. Each of these developments represented a sea change in the way you approached programming. Now, .NET and C# are the next wave. Microsoft has 'bet the company' on .NET. When a company of their size and influence spends billions of dollars and reorganizes its entire corporate structure to support a new platform, it is reasonable for programmers to take notice. It turns out that .NET represents a major change in
the way you'll think about programming. It is, in short, a new development platform designed to facilitate object-oriented Internet development. The programming language of choice for this object-oriented Internet-centric platform is C#, which builds on the lessons learned from C (high performance), C++ (object-oriented structure), Java (garbage collected, high security), and Visual Basic (rapid development) to create a new language ideally suited for developing component-based n-tier distributed web applications.

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Friday, April 11, 2008

Witty quotes

No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings."
- Bill Blake (ok, William Blake)

When you finally understand the universe, it will not only be stranger than you imagine, it will be stranger than you can imagine."
- Arthur C. Clarke

All that is gold does not glitter, Not all who wander are lost."
- JRR Tolkien

There is a difference between knowing the path and walking the path."
- Morpheus (matrix)

Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted."
- Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

"I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use."
- Galileo Galilei

In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends."
- Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968)

"Do, or do not. There is no 'try'."
- Yoda ('The Empire Strikes Back')

Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake."
- Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821)

If you are going through hell, keep going."
- Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

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Wednesday, April 9, 2008

The story of king ChitraBhanu

In the Shanti Parva of the Mahabharata, Bhishma, whilst resting on the bed of arrows and discoursing on Dharma, refers to the observance of Maha Shivaratri by King Chitrabhanu. The story goes as follows -

Once upon a time King Chitrabhanu of the Ikshvaku dynasty, who ruled over the whole of Jambudvipa, was observing a fast with his wife, it being the day of Maha Shivaratri. The sage Ashtavakra came on a visit to the court of the king.

The sage asked the king the purpose of his observing the fast. King Chitrabhanu explained that he had a gift of remembering the incidents of his previous birth.

The king said to the sage that in his previous he was a hunter in Varanasi and his name was Suswara. His only livelihood was to kill and sell birds and animals. One day while roaming through forests in search of animals he was overtaken by the darkness of night. Unable to return home, he climbed a tree for shelter. It happened to be a Bael tree. He had seen a deer that day but let it live, after seeing the deer's sad family. As hunger and thirst tormented him, he was kept awake throughout the night. His canteen leaked water as he thought of his poor wife and children who were starving and anxiously waiting for his return. To pass away the time that night he engaged himself in plucking the Bael leaves and dropping them down onto the ground.

The next day he returned home and bought some food for himself and his family. The moment he was about to break his fast a stranger came to him, begging for food. He served the food first to stranger and then had his own.

At the time of his death, he saw two messengers of Lord Shiva. They were sent down to conduct his soul to the abode of Lord Shiva. He learnt then for the first time of the great merit he had earned by the unconscious worship of Lord Shiva during the night of Shivaratri. The messengers told him that there was a Lingam at the bottom of the tree. The leaves he dropped fell on the Lingam. His canteen, which leaked water, washed the Lingam and he had fasted all day and all night. Thus, he unconsciously worshiped the Lord.

As the conclusion of the tale the King said that he lived in the abode of the Lord and enjoyed divine bliss for long ages and now he has reborn as Chitrabhanu.

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Sunday, April 6, 2008

My Favorite Bad Quotes - Part 2

Friday, April 4, 2008

My favorite Bad Quotes part 1

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Tuesday, April 1, 2008

A word of Gratitude, to all my friends

A Word Of Gratitude...

Four years passed by

And now I look back with joy

Of the memories passed

And love depart

I was busy so were you

But neither forgot to share a few

Love and hatred abound

From defeat we rebound

Those crazily long bus rides

Over bumpy Chennai roads

And equally crazy staff

I’ll never forget those

Culturals and symposia

We enjoyed attending

Sports and frolics

We freaked never ending

I did many a mistake

I summon the guts to say sorry

To the hearts I caused to ache

In our life’s safari

A word of gratitude

To every one who read this

For their never ending love

That filled my life with bliss

A word of gratitude

To the pretty soul there

For guiding me out of a slump

And showering me with unbridled care

A word of gratitude

To my decent little gang

For helping me script my past

And enjoy life with a bang

A word of gratitude

To my former friends

You made for a good ally

But every good thing comes to an end

A word of gratitude

To the passer by

I learnt a lot from all of you

Thanks for sparing the pain of goodbye

A word of gratitude

To all those who shared my secrets

And kept them

And let them die with memory and time

A word of gratitude

You mean a lot to me

My mind’s content with gratefulness

For every moment I spent with you all

Thank you, my friend, keep in touch

- Anantha shankar

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