Monday, November 27, 2006

Meetro: Interesting new IM

I been playing around with meetro, this new instant messenger (IM) that has a very interesting concept - it shows you other users who are near you geographically.

I am sure many of you know about the website; well this is basically the same concept implemented in an instant messenger. You register, giving your address, and it immediately retrieves other users who are closest to you. You can even sort the users in terms of their distance from you (km or miles) .Here is a screenshot:

It supposedly allows you to connect to your favourite IMs as well like ICQ, Yahoo Messenger, MSN and GoogleTalk, but unfortunately I couldn't get it to connect to Yahoo Messenger or MSN. Sent feedback to the team, but no response as of yet.

My overall impression is that it's a very cool idea, and a great tool for those who are into online dating or who like to meet people off the net, you get to know people who are actually physically close to where you are. However it's fairly new, so I couldn't find many people near me, or even in Singapore for that matter. But that should change as it becomes more popular.

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Two really funny videos and Taboo.

How to avoid sexual harassment

Tom Cruise is a Sith Lord.

I was playing Taboo at a friend's birthday party earlier. It's like charades but with certain words you can't say out. For example, you can't say boxer when the word is Mike Tyson. So it was our turn , and one of the guys stepped up to describe the word.

Guy: It's something you don't wanna step on when you are jogging.
Me: Land Mine!

Immediately everyone on my team started laughing uncontrollably. Like what the hell, does anyone wanna step on a land mine while jogging? I don't think so!

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Update from LA Airport

Waiting for my flight back home, it leaves in an hour.

Had a pretty great time here, thanks to my buddy James who was such an amazing host, did more than what I even expected just to make me feel at home. You probably won't read this but if you do, thanks man I really appreciate it!

Couple of funny stuff I encountered while I was here. One was I kept seeing this street called "Ped Xing" as we drove around, I found it really strange that they had streets with the same name in different parts of the city. I asked James about it and he told me that it meant "pedestrian crossing". And then laughed at me for being a dumbass. Like hello how was I supposed to know?

Saturday was INSANE. They had this big (american) football game between Michigan and Ohio State, and everyone was watching it. We went to the bar at noon and started drinking. At noon. I don't even remember the last time I drank during lunch time. Then after the game ended we drank even more. By the end of the day I had downed like 8 pints of beer and 3 glasses of wine. I was pretty alright till the wine. James said I was drunk, but my definition of drunk is when I don't remember what I did or said the previous night, and I still did. His friend who was with us on the other hand, WAS drunk. He was rambling non-stop at the end , and we accompanied him back to his apartment before we left. But he was a pretty cool guy though.
Woke up on Sunday with a really bad`hangover, but still managed to do some shopping. Bought myself a couple of really nice shirts and jeans from this shopping center called Target, it's so great to finally be able to choose something nice AND find my size for that piece of clothing. Spent quite a bit of cash but it was really worth it.

Ended the day by heading down to Hollywood, it was not as WOW as I thought it would be, but still pretty cool. The street performers were nice, there were guys dressed up as characters like darth vader, ariel, supergirl and you could take pics with them for a price. Also checked out Santa Monica Beach and Orange Country. But I do have to say one thing, LA chicks are pretty hot.

Alright flight is boarding, I'm off!

Friday, November 17, 2006

Update from Tampa Airport

Alright I am at Tampa Airport right now waiting for my flight to LA, so just thought I do a quick update.

As expected, I got hauled over for a "random" security check at the gate. Random my brown ass. They wiped my belongings with some sort of cloth which they then put through a machine to scan for residue, I'm guessing, from explosives. She was friendly enough though, not like the staff who interrogated me when I arrived.

So the conference was pretty interesting, I gotta see a whole lot of new technologies as well as the latest (High Performance Computing) HPC offerings from our major competitors. Saw some pretty cool demos as well, there was one where you could travel around earth and see buildings and mountains in 3D using a remote controller, it was based on Google Earth. There was also another where you had a virtual baseball game, where a computer pitcher throws a ball at ya and you try to swing an actual baseball bat to try to hit it. K I think it's cooler if you see it in person.

Also gotta know quite a lot of really nice people when I was there. There was Phillip from Denver who was this pretty funny guy, Carlos from Brazil who was really nice, he drove us around the whole time we were there, or at least what little time we had free. And of course there was Silvia, this really nice Italian girl who had like the funkiest earrings and beads I seen. I think those were the highlights of the trip for me, the people I gotta know.

Hoping to meet more people in LA, and also to catch up with my good buddy James, it's been forever since I saw him. My next update will probably be on Monday at LA Airport, that's all from me now.


From my cousin's blog

Fill in every question and don't post w/o filling in every blank with at least a word.

1. Never in my life have I: bungee jumped, but i wanna.

2. The last person I kissed was: A girl at the national library on our 2nd date.

3. The one person who can drive me nuts, but then can always manage to make me smile: it's either one or the other.

4. The high school I go to is: St Patrick's School (91-94)

5. When I'm nervous: I get really quiet and fidget.

6. The last time I cried was: hmm prob like 2 months ago.

7. My hair: is usually really short, its easier to mantain.

8. When I was 5, I: don't remember.

9. My Christmas last year: sucked.

10. When I turn my head to my right, I see: the hotel room door.

11. I should be: sleeping.

12. When I look down I see: my legs crossed Indian-style

13. The craziest recent event was: a near death experience in Portland

14. By this time next year: I'll be a year older.

15. I love: women.

16. I have a hard time understanding: why some people don't get my humor.

17. One time at a family gathering: I hid in my room cos I don't really like my relatives.

18. You know I like you if: I do things for you that show you that I been thinking about ya.

19. Take my advice: cos many have, and few can say I been wrong.

20. My ideal breakfast is: bacon!

21. If you visit the place I grew up: It's nothing special to be honest.

22. Soon I plan on visiting:Hanoi, Vietnam.

23. If you spend the night at my house: Mommy won't like that.

24. The world could do without: obnoxious people.

25. The most recent thing I bought: A kama sutra book from Borders in Tampa.

26. My favourite brunette is: jolie.

27. The animals I would like to see flying besides birds are: horses.

28. Last night I: went to borders and got myself a whole stack of books, and also got something from Victoria Secret.

29. My birthday is on: 13th September 1991

30. Tomorrow I will be: flying off to LA to see James.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Are you tone deaf?

Take this test to find out. Check out my results yo!

Ya'll should know I'm da man when it comes to music! But don't matter anymore cos' now I got proof dawg! From da site itself - "The test is purposefully made very hard, so excellent musicians rarely score above 80% correct."

I dedicate this result to Su who has made a running joke of the fact that I am the only person she knows who owns an electric guitar but doesn't know how to play it. Well who's the better musician now, biatch? Post your result and we will see!

Am now in Tampa bay , FL

Didn't have the best experience at the airport. 2 words for ya - Racial profiling. I got stopped for "random" checks at almost every counter at the Detroit airport, it got really annoying.

And then there was this really bad experience with the woman who stamped my passport. She mentioned that my name was spelt wrong, so out of curiosity I leaned over and tried to read my name off her screen. Immediately she stared at me and went "Sir, please do NOT look at the computer screen. If you were supposed to read what is on there, it would be facing you." Like seriously, what's up with the attitude, bitch? K so I shouldn't have tried to look, but there no need for the sarcasm, was there?

That was not the end of it. Her colleague who was standing beside her then started questioning me a series of really dumb questions.

Woman: Are you originally from India? (while looking at my singaporean passport)
Me: No.
Woman: Are your parents from India?
Me: No.
Woman: Are any of your ancestors from India?

Wow, nice deduction Einstein! I was really tempted to ask her if any of her ancestors were originally from Africa (she was black), but decided not to because I wasn't really in the mood to be called in for a strip search. So I replied that my grandparents were from India, and she smiled in response, probably pleased with herself for her deductive skills.

Alright I have to rush back into the conference room right now so more updates from me later.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Flying off tomorrow

I'm off to Tampa bay, Florida tomorrow for the Supercomputing 2006 conference. It's like a huge event that they hold every year, and this is my first time going for it so I am pretty excited.

Words can't express how big of a deal this is. Think of it as Spring Break for geeks. But instead of ogling at hot women in bikinis, we will be ogling at the latest hardware and technologies in the areas of high performance computing and storage. And add to that I am finally meeting people I chat with every night in the high performance computing channel on IRC, and will finally be able to converse with people in real life about technical stuff without the other party yawning. You can't ask for much more in life I tell ya.

The conference ends on the 17th, after which I am heading down to Los Angeles to meet my old JC friend James who lives there, haven't seen him in almost 3 years. I didn't really wanna go at first, but he convinced me by telling me that Indian men were considered exotic in LA and he would hook me up with a few hot chicks there. Why else do you think I been jogging recently?

All in all it looks like it's going to be a pretty fun trip, save for the 20+ hour plane ride there and back. Will update more when I get there.

On an unrelated note, the government is amending laws to make oral and anal sex are gonna be legal soon! Thank god, finally! Cos' it's really annoying when hookers go "Sorry, I can't do that, it's illegal.", I'm sure other guys out there will agree no?

Here's a question for ya

I was jogging earlier, and around 1/3 of the way I started having a stomach upset. It wasn't that bad, so I continued jogging. But as I was finishing my run, around a kilometer from my house, it got progressively worse.

By the time I reached the lift of my flat, it was almost unbearable and I was was suffering from nausea. I barely made it to the toilet in time, I didn't even bother to take off my socks, it was that bad. The rest of the details I will spare you, but here's what I was wondering about. It happens a lot to me. As in a stomachache that gets progressively worse the closer I am to home? Why is that so? Does anyone know? Or am I the only one that it happens to?

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Indian men pay for sex but want virgin brides: poll

The most interesting statistics from the survey are as follows:

"The survey of more than 2,500 men aged between 16 and 25 conducted by India Today magazine across 11 cities found that 49 percent claimed to have had sex with a sex worker while 37 percent said they had had a homosexual experience.

But 63 percent of young men in conservative India said they expected the women they married to be a virgin.

Fourteen percent of those surveyed said they had had sex with a member of their own family."

K the last part is kinda scary. 14 percent engaging in incest, that's not exactly a low number. K I have heard that some traditional families in India have this thing where the cousin has the right to marry their niece, that is already hard for me to understand, but we are talking about sex with a sibling or a parent, here.

K it's a sex survey, and a lot of guys probably exaggerate/brag in such surveys because thats what guys do, so often the results have to be taken with a pinch of salt. I never get why guys do that, you don't see me bragging about me losing my virginity when i was 12 to an half-Italian, half-Japanese and 1% Hispanic model. But I digress, my point is doing it with a family member is hardly something to brag about, so that percentage is probably fairly accurate. I really can't imagine, as hard as I try, anyone going around bragging to their friends - "Hey guys, I banged my sister last night, she was a fine piece of ass!". K I feel creeped out just typing that.

Oh yeah the 67% wanting a virgin bride was also somewhat surprising, albeit less so compared to the incest statistic. I had the impression that those views were no longer as widespread as they once were. Men and their double standards! And they wonder why so many women hate them.

They should really do a similar survey here, among the different races. It would be really interesting to see what the results would be.

KsE : Whoring to MTV?

One thing I really hate about Killswitch Engage is how they re-record their songs for their music videos, they replace almost all the screams/growls with clean singing. They did it with the End of Heartache video, and now they did it with their new single "My Curse" from their upcoming album Daylight Dies. It's a real pity because it's a really great song, but the edited version pales so much in comparison to the original version.

It's obviously a tactic to garner more fans from the mainstream rock audience, but it's kinda sad to see a band willing to compromise their integrity to the extent of modifying their songs simply for the sake of getting more sales. What's next, selling their songs to be used as jingles?

Check out the edited (radio friendly) version here.

Original (album) version can be found here.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Stupid jet lag

I must still be suffering from jet lag, I woke up at 5 am this morning. I never wake up that early. Either that or I am getting old. Hopefully it's the jet lag.

I was wondering what to do so early, and then I decided to go on WoW. I haven't been playing for a couple of weeks because I been in the States and also I been busy preparing for the trip. So decided to pop in and say hi to the members of my guild whom I kinda missed.

Yes my guild members are really tight with each other, sometimes it's almost like we are part of a family. I logged on, only to find out that the guild button was grayed out. I stared at it in disbelief for a few minutes. Then the truth dawned on me, I got kicked out of my guild. Talk about a bad start to a day. You think you finally found a guild who accepts you for who you are (i.e. a crappy player) and you open yourself up to them, and one day you come back from the States and you find yourself kicked out. Well you know what, I was never really into that guild anyway so I don't really care! Good riddance!

Just found out I probably have to travel to US again next week, this time to Tampa Bay, Florida. Just a verbal confirmation, have to wait till I have the plane tickets in my hand before I can safely say I'm going. But if that happens, I will remember to get the stuff I forgot the last time, I promise!

Went shopping with the sis yesterday for my belated birthday present. Belated as in 2 months after my birthday. Alright, so she did gave birth a couple of weeks before my birthday and had to "rest", but I think that's just an excuse. Childbirth is like way overhyped, it's probably way easier than what women make it out to be. But yeah it was fun, got a nice reddish-maroon stripped shirt, a belt and 3 pairs of boxers - 1 black, 1 white and 1 grey. White when I am really happy, black when I am really angry, and grey when I am sad.

What, women can wear different kind of bras to suit their mood but men can't? That's gender bias for ya. A note to the ladies, if things ever get freaky between us and I happen to be wearing black, run. Don't even bother looking back, just run and get the hell away from me. Don't say I didn't warn you.

Yes, I am wearing the black one today. That is for you, my former guild. I will now strive to be the best ever druid on WoW just to show you people how wrong you were to dismiss me. Till then, adieu.