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August 31, 2006

Desperate people on Orkut

Filed under: My Life,My Thoughts — Suramya @ 10:36 PM

Well this is just one of those things that I find funny. I mean how desperate can a person get to have a female friend? Apparently a lot from what I have heard…

A couple of days ago I was talking to Tarini and she was telling me that she is sick of ‘weird’ people scraping her/mailing her asking to be friends with them. Then she told me that due to a mistake another friends of ours posted a list of phone numbers on Orkut with her phone number in it and she got flooded with calls from weirdos (her words) wanting to be friends… It got so bad that she stopped answering her phone if she didn’t recognize the number.. So I agree that there are a lot of desperate people on Orkut..

But the Desperate person of the year award goes to Prafull from Dehradun. He left a message on Surabhi’s Scrapbook asking to be friends and this is what their conversation went like: (My comments are in ()’s)

prafull: u dont know me but i want to introduce me and also want to know you….i wanna be ur friend
(Ok, Decent enough approach. Should have told more about himself, why he wanted to be friends etc)
Surabhi: why?
(Good Question)
prafull: bcoz i know u can make my good friend
(Stupid answer)
Surabhi: How do you know that?
(Exactly what I was going to ask, and the question he should have answered earlier)
prafull: bcoz my heart says that u r true…..why u don’t want to be friend like me dr whats the problem am i not good………
(This is where I started laughing… Can’t this guy take a hint?)
Surabhi: Why does your heart say that I am true?
prafull: dr plz dont be quessioning be my friend.. if u think u r really true.
Surabhi: I dont know what true means- You said I am true. Why does your heart say I am true?
(I guess Surabhi was having Fun… I would have ignored him a long time ago…)
prafull: hey what happend
prafull: true means u can make a good friend means never be false.. it means u can say trust worthy bcoz dr friendship depends on only trust and understandability. and i think u have both quality even i know you ..
(Now the desperation shows)
prafull: now plz tell me we r friends naaaaaa
(Ok… Here’s a suggestion for you.. When a girl says no she doesn’t want to be friends she usually means it. Posting messages like the one above after being told no, will only make you look like a fool and then people like me will make fun of you)

I am sure there are others worse than this but this is the most recent example I could find… If you have other stories do tell…

– Suramya

August 30, 2006

Biblical curse generator

Filed under: Interesting Sites — Suramya @ 11:36 PM

Really funny stuff. A sample of some of the curses I got from the site:

“Listen, thou sulphurous nonentity, for you will become as popular as a boil on the king’s backside!”

“Behold, thou shalt be trampled by a herd of stampeding pigs, O ye offspring of a squashed cockroach!”

“I pray thou shalt beget difficult teenagers, thou armpit of Satan!”

For more interesting curses visit: Ship of Fools: Biblical curse generator

– Suramya

August 29, 2006

Side by side or miles apart, dear friends are always close to the heart

Filed under: My Life — Suramya @ 11:17 PM

Don’t remember who exactly said this but its true. Friends are always close to a persons heart no matter how far apart you might be at the time. These past few weekends have been really awesome because I got the chance to meet some old friends some of whom I didn’t meet for over 8 years.

On the 19th we had a get together at Yash’s place for AFBBS (Air Force Bal Bharati School) 12C 1998 batch. This get together was planned at the last meet we had where seven of us met at TGIF for lunch. This time 12 of us showed up (Plus +1 for Nora) which was a big achievement as it was the biggest get-together for our batch ever. We spent the whole time talking, catching up with each other’s lives and generally having fun. We were up talking till I think about 1:30 am thats when every one left as they had to drive back home…

The pics from that party are at: http://photos.suramya.com/GetTogether_19thAug2006/, I will be putting them up in the photogallery sometime soon. (No really I will)..

Since this party was so much fun and there were a couple of people who couldn’t make it to Noida we decided to have another one at Ankur’s place in GK-I on the 26th. This party was even better as a lot more people showed up: Ankur, Arundhati, Aditya, Gautam, Gaurang, Kashif, Kunal, Praveen, Samarth, Tarini, Me, Vivek and Yash along with Rahul (Tarini’s fiance) and Parul (Vivek’s fiance). So it was a lot more fun. This time we managed to convince Samarth to sing for us (Which he did and was pretty good at it), Vivek and Parul to dance for us. Once they danced all of us also decided to join in, and it was surprising that Ankur’s neighbors didn’t come knocking asking us to turn the music down.

The pics from this party are at: http://photos.suramya.com/GetTogether_26thAug2006

Apart from school friends I have also gotten in touch with friends I had in 8th standard (~1994) and hadn’t seen/spoken to since. Ricki and Saurabh are two such people I have gotten in touch with on Orkut after having no interaction at all with them since 1994. Thats over 12 years!

Lets see if we can meet up some time…

Well this is all for now. Will post more later.

– Suramya

August 19, 2006

Starry Night LEGO Mosaic

Filed under: Interesting Sites — Suramya @ 11:54 PM

Lego’s have been used to create the strangest things… In past they have been used to create Churches but this one is really cool.

This guy named Ed Hall used lego bricks to recreate his favorite painting: “Van Gogh’s Starry Night”. It took him several months and approximately ten thousand bricks to complete but the result actually looks cool as you can see in the photo below:

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Check out Starry Night LEGO Mosaic for more details.

– Suramya

August 15, 2006

Huge Firefox crop circle

Filed under: Funny News,Linux/Unix Related — Suramya @ 3:21 PM

I guess even aliens prefer using firefox… :) Actually it was the work of OSU Linux Users Group in Oregon.

From project wiki:

“The Firefox Crop Circle project shows that we have so much passion for Firefox that we want it to be visible from space! Planned in under two weeks and completed in under 24 hours, the crop circle had a final diameter of 220 feet. We constructed the circle in an oat field near Amity, Oregon, where it was completely invisible from the road but unmistakable from the sky.”

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FireFox Crop circle

More details: Linux Users Group – Oregon State University

Thanks to nixCraft for the link.

– Suramya

August 9, 2006

12-C from Air Force Bal Bharati School 8 years down the line

Filed under: My Life — Suramya @ 11:54 PM

This past sunday we had a small get together with my class mates from high school (12th) who were in Delhi. Seven of us from class showed up: Kunal, Navneet, Samarth, Suramya, Tarini, Udit and Yash. Rahul was also there to give us company.

We met in TGIF in the Priya Cinema complex, Vasant Vihar at 1:00 pm and were in there for a couple of hours.. I think the people over there were getting ready to throw us out when we left ;)

It was great meeting friends after such a long time. I was meeting Navneet and Samarth after almost 8 years. It was fun catching up with each other’s lives. Got in touch with a few other classmates so we will probably be having another get together next weekend.

Below are some pics we took during the meet:


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Udit, Kunal, Samarth, Yash and Navneet

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Navneet, Kunal, Samarth and Yash

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Udit, Kunal, Rahul, Tarini, Samarth, Yash and Navneet

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Tarini, Samarth and Yash

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Me, Udit and Kunal

Well this is all for now. Will post more later.

– Suramya

August 4, 2006

Upside-Down-Ternet

Filed under: Funny News,Techie Stuff — Suramya @ 4:12 PM

What do you do when you find someone else stealing bandwidth from your wireless network and you don’t like it? You Lock it down correct? This person didn’t do that, he decided to have a little fun at the expense of the unauthorized user…

So he ran squid with a trivial redirector that downloads images, uses mogrify to turn them upside down and serves them out of it’s local webserver. So the visitor gets websites that look something like:

Check out Upside-Down-Ternet for rest of the crazy things he did.

– Suramya

August 1, 2006

CD-Sextant: Build your own sextant using old CD’s

Filed under: Interesting Sites,Techie Stuff — Suramya @ 5:56 PM

This cool DIY (Do It Yourself) project teaches you how to make your own sextant to experiment with celestial navigation using the following items:

  • A CD with box (you can use those free AOL disks).
  • A4 Sticker paper (full page, without label cuts. For printing the scale on inkjet or laser printer)
  • 2 small glass mirrors ( 40 mm x 22 mm x 3 mm thick ).
  • 1 2×4 Lego brick
  • 2 2×1 Lego plates
  • 1 2×2 Lego brick
  • 1 2×2 Lego plate
  • A couple more Lego bricks for the shade support (depends on your design)
  • Cyanoacrylate glue (Loctite Superbonder).
  • Paper cutter (Olfa cutter)
  • Ruler
  • Scissors

As you can see you only need some commonly available items and the instructions don’t look that hard to follow. Might try making this one of these days…

Check it out: Here

Update (4th Aug 2006):

Since a couple of people got confused and this post was an OHT (Over Head Transmission) for someone here are a couple of links with more info on Sextants:

* Define Sextants
* Wikipedia entry of Sextant
* The Sextant
* How to use a Sexton

– Suramya

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