Monday, September 20, 2010

The report card

A father passing by his son's bedroom was astonished to see the bed nicely made up and everything neat and tidy. Then he saw an envelope propped up prominently on the pillow. It was addressed, "Dad". With the worst premonition, he opened the envelope and read the letter with trembling hands:

Dear Dad,

It is with great regret and sorrow that I'm writing you. I had to elope with my new girlfriend because I wanted to avoid a scene with you and Mom.

I've been finding real passion with Sally and she is so nice. I knew you would not approve of her because of all her piercings, tattoos, her tight motorcycle clothes and because she is so much older than I am.

But it's not only the passion, Dad, she's pregnant. Sally says that we are going to be very happy. She owns a trailer in the woods and has a stack of firewood, enough for the whole winter. We share a dream of having many more children.

Sally has opened my eyes to the fact that marajuana doesn't really hurt anyone. We'll be growing it and trading it with the other people in the commune for all the cocain and ecstasy we want.

In the meantime, we'll pray that science will find a cure for AIDS so Sally can get better; she sure deserves it!

Don't worry Dad, I'm 15 years old now and I know how to take care of myself. Someday, I'm sure we'll be back to visit so you can get to know your grandchildren.

Love you dad!!!

P.S. Dad, none of the above is true. I'm over at Tommy's house. I just wanted to remind you that there are worse things in life than the report card that is in my desk drawer. Call when it is safe for me to come home!!!!!!!!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Jai Ho!!! Hindi version sung by Spanish

Friday, September 10, 2010

The Italian Man Who went to Malta

The Italian man who went to Malta

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Silver is more valuable than Gold!!!

There once lived a great mathematician in a village outside Ujjain. He was often called by the local king to advice on matters related to the economy. His reputation had spread as far as Taxila in the North and Kanchi in the South. So it hurt him very much when the village headman told him, "You may be a great mathematician who advises the king on economic matters but your son does not know the value of gold or silver."

The mathematician called his son and asked, "What is more valuable – gold or silver?" "Gold," said the son. "That is correct. Why is it then that the village headman makes fun of you, claims you do not know the value of gold or silver? He teases me every day. He mocks me before other village elders as a father who neglects his son. This hurts me. I feel everyone in the village is laughing behind my back because you do not know what is more valuable, gold or silver. Explain this to me, son."

So the son of the mathematician told his father the reason why the village headman carried this impression. "Every day on my way to school, the village headman calls me to his house. There, in front of all village elders, he holds out a silver coin in one hand and a gold coin in other. He asks me to pick up the more valuable coin. I pick the silver coin. He laughs, the elders jeer, everyone makes fun of me. And then I go to school. This happens every day. That is why they tell you I do not know the value of gold or silver." The father was confused. His son knew the value of gold and silver, and yet when asked to choose between a gold coin and silver coin always picked the silver coin. "Why don't you pick up the gold coin?" he asked. In response, the son took the father to his room and showed him a box. In the box were at least a hundred silver coins. Turning to his father, the mathematician's son said, "The day I pick up the gold coin the game will stop. They will stop having fun and I will stop making money."

The bottom line is: Sometimes in life, we have to play the fool because our seniors and our peers, and sometimes even our juniors like it. That does not mean we lose in the game of life. It just means allowing others to win in one arena of the game, while we win in the other arena of the game. We have to choose which arena matters to us and which  arenas do not.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Inception movie events explained using ‘Infographics’

Inception, the movie with a user ration of 9.1/10 (as of 6 September, 2010) and ranked #4 on the Top 250 on IMDb, captured my imagination and got me stuck into it during the full 148 minutes of its running. The movie gives so much to think about and argue once you are done with the 148 minutes. It is arguably one of the best Sci-Fi movie released in the last couple of years.

During my search i also came across a well drawn graphic providing information on the events which occur during the movie. The graphic is appropriately titled as ‘Inception Infographic’ and clearly explains all the ‘dreams’ and ‘kicks’ with such ease and is reproduced below for easy reference.




Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Things which even Microsoft can’t explain!!!

microsoft-office #1 - For those of you using Windows, do the following:

  1. Open an empty notepad file
  2. Type 'Bush hid the facts' (without the quotes)
  3. Save it as whatever you want.
  4. Close it, and re-open it.
  5. Noticed the weird bug? No one can explain!


#2 - Again this is something funny and can't be explained... At Microsoft the whole Team, including Bill Gates, couldn't answer why this happened! It was discovered by a Brazilian. Try it out yourself...

  1. Open Microsoft Word
  2. type “=rand (200, 99)” (without quotes)
  3. press ENTER
  4. And see the magic.....!
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