Red, White and Black


At The Pakistani Spectator
2 November, 2007, 7:49 pm
Filed under: random

Yours truly features in the series of interviews with Pakistani bloggers at The Pakistani Spectator.

Read here.

P.S. if you haven’t seen Khuda Ke Liye yet. Still. Go see it now .



Untitled
27 November, 2006, 11:52 am
Filed under: Pakistan, random

So, I was reading random stuff today and stumbled across this little gem:

In the early 1990’s Eqbal Ahmad was granted a parcel of land in Pakistan by Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto’s government to build an independent, alternative university, named Khaldunia. The land was later seized by Bhutto’s husband, Asif Zardari, reportedly to build a golf course and club.

I suppose one should be innured to vagaries of the “State” of Pakistan, but this little tid-bit hit me hard in the face.



Akismet is dead!
30 September, 2006, 11:11 pm
Filed under: random

I have been the target of a major spam attack – 200 plus comments in the last 12 hours and akismet spam was sleeping right through it!

Arrgh! 😦 😑
And it continues unabated.



On a lighter note…
31 August, 2006, 11:36 pm
Filed under: Pakistan, random

sajidandzeeshanAn emerging band from Peshawar has caught my fancy. Sajid and Zeeshan are the first local boys to bring out a commendable album in a language that is not their native tongue. Previous attempts to sing in English have been made by a number of other local groups, but somehow they have never been able to pull it off. But these guys have totally rocked it!

Two things stand out with this band. One, all their songs are based on unconventional themes – it is not the typical lovey dovey stuff that litters the Pakistani music scene. What is more is that all of their songs retain a certain continuity and fluidity! Secondly, they ventured forth with animated videos to complement their songs. I am absolutely in love with the video they produced for their song “Freestyle Dive” which chronicles the moral dilemma of an unemployed man contemplating a bank robbery. Unfortunately though, I have been unable to locate an online version so far.

In any case, I shall leave you with some of their songs. All songs are worth a listen, but “Freestyle Dive” and “My Happiness” come as highly recommended.

Happy listening!

 



Geek or Hack?
5 February, 2006, 3:23 am
Filed under: random

I have obviously nothing better to do on this Sunday morning. So here goes:

My computer geek score is greater than 79% of all people in the world! How do you compare? Click here to find out!

I scored as :

20% scored higher (more computer geeky),
1% scored the same, and
79% scored lower (less geeky).

andthe verdict was:

Mid-Level Computer Geek. Wow, it seems you spend more time in front of a computer than with people.

But then I am just a mid-rank geek. So maybe there is still some hope. khe khe…



Untitled
17 January, 2006, 12:22 am
Filed under: random
As it is evident- I had made up my mind to do anything but serious work. So after trying many templates, I reluctantly settled on this – only because I wanted a change.

One of these days, I might be bothered to design and tinker up one myself. One of these days, I might be that bored.



The Cold!
8 January, 2006, 1:44 pm
Filed under: random

Yesterday, Lahore experienced the coldest day in 39 years! So it wasn’t just me… I had four layers on, was sitting in a warm enough room and yet the cold-induced numbness wouldn’t just go away. Little wonder…

Lahore experienced the coldest day as mercury dropped to minus two degrees Centigrade. A similar drop in temperature previously occurred on Jan 4, 1967.The Met office report said that dry continental air continued to prevail over the region, while cold and dry weather would persist in Lahore during next 24 hours.

A maximum temperature of 17.2 degrees Centigrade was recorded in Lahore, the report said.

PS. It’s still pretty cold!



Six Degrees of Separation
21 December, 2005, 1:35 am
Filed under: random

Did you know that everyone in this world is separated by a chain of just six acquaintances. True enough. I stumbled upon this link today via Gmail Clip bar:

In 1967, psychologist Stanley Milgram tried to test the theory by sending several letters to random people in the Midwest. The letter featured the name, address, and occupation of a single person on the East Coast; participants were asked to forward the letters to the people who they thought were most likely to know the person. It took an average of five intermediaries to reach the target.

The last time I had heard the term was for an advanced programming assignment (my first truly torturous CS course) – where we were required to efficiently figure out the six degrees between two actors (we were working in the movie domain) and well I had hated it back then. I never thought of it beyond that assignment. But now I am intrigued. Why does it hold true? Apparently there is still no mathematical proof – only the one carried out by Stanely Milgram. So why does it hold? I suck with Math – can any Math cheetah hazard a guess?



Spamming on Gmail
10 December, 2005, 7:53 pm
Filed under: random

Over the last few days, I have started to receive alot of weird spam on Gmail. Below are snippets from two similar emails in as many days.

I received encouraging information about you and how trust worthy you are. I am delighted with such a useful information. I am interested in the partnership investment program with your corporation…the above situation prompted my decision to solicit your co-operation to take delivery of this funds into your custody for my proposed investment as you will be adequately conpensated with $2 000,000.00. I will arrage all necessary procedures in ensuring a smooth process for the funds to get to you. I will appreciate you contact me once you receive this mail via e-mail account indication your capability and willingness to enable me to give you more details of my modus operandi of getting this money to you hitchfree.

and

I am married to Late Mohammed Hasan of blessed memory who is an oil explorer in KUWAIT and Angola for twelve years before he died in the year 2002. We were married for twenty years without a child, he died after a brief illness that lasted for only four days. Recently, my doctor told me that I have only three months to live due to cancer problem. Having known my condition I decided to donate the fund to either a charity/orphanage home or devoted Allah (God) fearing individual that will utilize this money the way I am going to instruct thereafter. I want this organization or individual to use this money in all sincerity to fund charity homes (motherless homes), orphanages, widows. As soon as I receive your reply on Email: I shall give you further directives on what to do and how to go about actualising this project. I will also issue a letter of authorization to the said bank through my family lawyer authorizing them that the said fund have being willed to you and a copy of such authorization letter will be forwarded to you.

The orginating addresses in both cases are hotmail ones. I quit hotmail because i grew sick of the spamming at that account and now its following me here. 😦 😦



Throw Rocks At…
10 December, 2005, 6:40 pm
Filed under: random

…Boys!!

Came across a pesky little game today. And buoyed by my feminine ego, decided to grace my blog with it. No offense to anyone. Really! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜›