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March 3, 2014

Beard transplant business is booming in New York thanks to Hipsters

Filed under: Humor — Suramya @ 2:07 AM

Do you aspire to look like a homeless guy but don’t have the facial hair to pull of the look? If so fear not, NY Cosmetic surgeons are willing to help you for a mere $8,000. Hipsters all around the world rejoice!

Facial surgeons with private practices in Manhattan and Florida say they have seen a phenomenal increase in demand in the last five years, and hipsters are leading the way.

No longer the preserve of fishermen or aging academics, beards are the signature look of urbane men in their 20s and 30s who consider themselves witty, creative and politically progressive.

New York surgeons can perform up to three or four procedures a week for $2,000 to more than $8,000 depending on how much hair needs to be transplanted from scalp to cheek.

When I first saw this article I thought it was a joke which got accidentally released early for April fool’s day. But unfortunately this is true and that tells us something about these people. They are willing to pay ridiculous amounts of money for stupid stuff like this but won’t spare change for an actual homeless guy. If you really want to feel what the homeless feel, try living for a week on the street without your Starbucks or iPad’s.

The no of people asking for this procedure have gone up from 10 a YEAR to 5 a WEEK. Yikes!

Thanks to The Register for the initial story.

– Suramya

July 21, 2013

Great Insults from Science Fiction and Fantasy Books

Filed under: Books Related,Humor,My Thoughts — Suramya @ 10:45 PM

Are you tired of using the same old insults for people who annoy you? Are you tired of using the same insults as everyone else? I know I am, but worry not, the great’s of Science Fiction and Fantasy novels have your back with some really cool insults that you can use without actually abusing. Folks at io9 spent some time to generate a list of 20 best insults and it has some gems. Below are some examples that I especially liked:

3) Timequake by Kurt Vonnegut

“If your brains were dynamite there wouldn’t be enough to blow your hat off.”

5) Mort by Terry Pratchett

“‘It would seem that you have no useful skill or talent whatsoever,’ he said. ‘Have you thought of going into teaching?'”
6) Redwall by Brian Jacques

“To describe the young haremaid’s singing voice as akin to a frog trapped beneath a hot stone would have been a great insult to both frog and stone.”

Check out the whole list at 20 Great Insults from Science Fiction and Fantasy Books

Maybe I should start using these more often. :)

– Suramya

March 28, 2013

A Wedding ring that reminds you of the Day of your anniversary by burning your finger.

Filed under: Humor,My Thoughts,Techie Stuff — Suramya @ 1:05 AM

Found this while surfing the web. This is not an actual product yet but once it’s available I think people who don’t know how to setup a reminder on their phone or online (I use google Calendar), are really forgetful and like pain might want to invest in this. As per the site once the ring is on sale you can buy it for a measly price of $760 only.

From the product description:

If you’re prone to memory lapses — or simply have too many secret second families on the side — then you may want to consider the Remember Ring. Here’s how it works: A full 24 hours before your special day begins, a “hot spot” on the ring’s interior will begin to warm up to 120º F for approximately 10 seconds. And in case that doesn’t do the trick, the ring will continue to warm up every hour, on the hour, all day long!

120 Deg F (~49 Deg C)! Ouch… I think I will stick to my SMS alerts and reminders. :)

Thanks to Gadget Lab for the link.

– Suramya

March 21, 2013

Superhero Toilet Paper Brings Sound Effects To Your Bathroom Experience – Seriously, it does.

Filed under: Humor,My Thoughts — Suramya @ 3:17 AM

This is an actual product that you can buy. I am serious. No really. My first thought when I saw this was: You have got to be kidding me. Although it might be fun for kids or make a good gag gift for the Geeky person in your life. The product is being launched in April at the Nerd Approved Shop. The product details on the site say it all:

When you use Superhero Toilet Paper, no more courtesy flushes are needed! This toilet paper will really empower you to let rip like a superhero. Embarrassing noises from the smallest room in the house will be a thing of the past as you confidently launch into action with each tear. Make every trip to the restroom much more comfortable in superhero style with the Superhero Toilet Paper! The sound effects overshadow all undesirable noises.

Thanks to Nerd Approved for giving me a good laugh.

– Suramya

March 6, 2013

DRM Chair only works 8 times

Filed under: Humor,My Thoughts — Suramya @ 4:30 AM

As if DRM (Digital Rights Management) wasn’t enough in the digital world, the boffins at the University of Art and Design in Lausanne, Switzerland have created a chair where you can only sit on it for a total of 8 times. After which the chair falls apart and you need to buy a new chair. Yes, you read that correctly, you can only sit on this chair 8 times. Although to be fair I can think of some really good practical jokes that can be played with this chair :)

The design of the chair is fairly simple; all the joints of the chair are cast in wax with a piece of nichrome wire embedded in the wax. An Arduino with a small switch keeps track of how many times the chair has been used, while a solenoid taps out how many uses are left in the chair every time the user gets up. When the internal counter reaches zero, a relay sends power through the nichrome wire, melting the wax, and returning the chair to its native dowel rod and wooden board form.

Hopefully folks will realize that this is not really practical and not decide to release it as an actual product.

Thanks to Hack a Day for the initial story.

– Suramya

July 4, 2012

Interesting Troubleshooting step

Filed under: Humor,My Thoughts,Techie Stuff — Suramya @ 11:49 PM

This is a question that has been bugging me for a while and I see most tech support people do this; both here in India and in the US and I can’t figure out how it helps, maybe one of you guys can help me figure this out. Basically if you someone from tech support is working on your computer, lets say installing a driver, or troubleshooting why your net connection is not working, they will minimize all the windows, right click on the desktop and then click refresh. They usually do it a couple of times before continuing with the troubleshooting. Supposedly this helps resolve issues, I did ask them why they do it but didn’t really get a clear answer and it bugs the hell out of me… Any idea what that is supposed to accomplish, other than refresh my desktop icons? I have only one icon on my desktop right now: Trash, which really confuses people and its fun to watch them.

Some of the troubleshooting questions I have heard and the statements people make when I call to complaint about issues are just hilarious. For example I was once told that you can only connect to the internet using a DSL connection if you have windows installed. No other OS’s are supported. I asked the guy to just give me the settings I needed to have and the password to the modem but he kept telling me that since I didn’t have windows it would never work (the conversation started when he asked me to install a software to configure the modem).

It would be interesting to know if others have seen similar behavior when they talk to helpdesk?

– Suramya

April 11, 2012

Doctor Who RPG Video

Filed under: Humor,Techie Stuff — Suramya @ 11:52 PM

Normally I don’t post links to video’s on the blog but after watching this video I just had to share. Its a must watch for all Doctor Who fans but it has a lot of spoilers so don’t watch it if you haven’t seen the last season of Dr Who. The video shows the last season of Dr Who as an 8bit RPG and is awesome. Plus it has Fish and Custard :) I wish that this was a real RPG.

Click on the image below to watch the video:

BTW, Shipra: is 11:50pm better for this stuff than 6am? :)

Thanks to for the link.

– Suramya

January 26, 2012

Vacation… Where am I on the graph?

Filed under: Humor,My Life — Suramya @ 9:44 PM

The following graph is quite true when you think about vacations. I have been out of office for a bit more than a week now and I am just at the end of my trip (typing this at the Bombay airport) so starting monday I will have to deal with all the emails that have accumlated the past week.. Unfortunately most of them won’t be spam, and this is just after I managed to clean up my inbox before I left. :(


The trip was a lot of fun, will describe it in a separate post as I want to include some of the photos as well in the post.

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

– Suramya

January 12, 2012

Still waiting to use this in real life.

Filed under: Humor,My Thoughts — Suramya @ 11:26 PM

Actually now that I think of it, I haven’t used any of the stuff from Physics, Chemistry or Bio that we learned at school in real life either. Gah, the no of hours of my life that have been wasted…

– Suramya

January 5, 2012

A new file-sharing religion Kopimism is recognized

Filed under: Humor,Interesting Sites,News/Articles — Suramya @ 9:53 PM

When I first saw this I thought it was a joke and that maybe I have had too many cold meds in too short a time period. However it looks like the newly founded religion ‘Kopimism’ is real and its central tenet; the right to file-share has been formally recognised by the Swedish government. The Church of Kopimism claims that “kopyacting” – sharing information through copying – is akin to a religious service.

This is quite interesting and funny at the same time. Most governments in the world allow religious freedom so if that same right is given to Kopimism, then the war on piracy would grind to an abrupt halt because continuing would open a large can of worms.

The Swedish government agency Kammarkollegiet finally registered the Church of Kopimism as a religious organisation shortly before Christmas, the group said.

“We had to apply three times,” said Gustav Nipe, chairman of the organisation.

The church, which holds CTRL+C and CTRL+V (shortcuts for copy and paste) as sacred symbols, does not directly promote illegal file sharing, focusing instead on the open distribution of knowledge to all.

It was founded by 19-year-old philosophy student and leader Isak Gerson. He hopes that file-sharing will now be given religious protection.

“For the Church of Kopimism, information is holy and copying is a sacrament. Information holds a value, in itself and in what it contains and the value multiplies through copying. Therefore copying is central for the organisation and its members,” he said in a statement.

Before you get all offended and upset, remember we already have a church of the flying spaghetti monster.

Thanks to BBC News for the initial news. If you want to learn more visit Kopimism’s Official website.

– Suramya

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