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Boom!

Four thousand hungry children leave us per hour from starvation
While billions are spent on bombs creating death showers
The lines are from the song ‘Boom‘ by System of a Down. They were the lyrics that came to my mind when I heard today about the multi-million dollar nuke submarine that was being  imported to India from Russia and the whole multi-billion dollar submarine deal. India is home to many billionaires, but it’s also a country with billions of people below the poverty line. For how many days could the Indian government have fed those mouths if they hadn’t wasted the money on the stupid subs? Think of all the money they spend trying to win a piece of land in Kashmir. And to show the rest of the world that they’re a super power.
Why, India, why?
The answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind
The answer is blowing in the wind.
PS:  Wrote and compiled the whole post while on a Colombo-Matara bus. :)

New year photo tagging

I’m usually not easily annoyed at stuff, but others tagging me in new year wishes photos can really take me to the limit. And I know I’m not alone.
But how can you make another understand how annoying it is? If you’re not very careful explaining this can even lead to loss of friendship. Why? Because those who tag the stupid photos really think it’s some kind of ritual or pleasantry that has to be performed and they don’t want to think about it beyond that. When somebody explains how annoying the whole tagging thing is, all what the tagger hears is ‘blah blah’.
Not everyone can think in the same way. You can’t just make others think the way you like them to think. It’s simple as that.
So unless you want to risk the friendship, never try to explain one how annoying what he does is.

Stupid blog gadgets

There seem to be many bloggers out there who think that the more gadgets they have in their blog sidebars the better. There are those blogs filled with dozens of bright and colorful banners and gadgets that it’s quite hard to focus on the actual blog content.

MP3 players are one of the lamest of these. They suck your bandwidth and can become a reason not to visit that blog again. To make the matters worse, the pause buttons of some of these players can’t be found no matter how hard you try. :/

And why would anyone put up a Clock gadget on their blog? Seriously!

And then there are those long FB fan page gadgets filled with lots of faces.

Even a big visitors count banner isn’t necessary. Okay, I have a small one in mine as well, but come to think of it, what would anyone gain from that except for some ego boost to the blogger himself?

The $0.99 earphone

I ordered an earphone (the one in pic) last week from ebay, which was priced at $0.99 (free shipping). And I received it just seven days later nicely packaged in a big envelop. It looks just like as was advertised, has quite good sound quality, and no defects to be seen.

Well, the factory cost of the earphone would be less than $0.99. But it would obviously cost more than $0.99 to send a package like that from Hong Kong to Sri Lanka, right? Or am I wrong?

Getting rid of distracting thoughts

We’re always distracted by our own thoughts.

Suppose you’re reading a book. Suddenly you might want to check the twitter stream. Or you might want to check out Wikipedia for a singer you love. Then you’ll notice that you’ve received some emails and want to reply them, or, worse, follow the links in them. This line of distractions is endless.

One of the simplest methods to avoid distractions is to write them down. When you’re doing something, have a small text editor opened in the background. Write in all the thoughts that come to you in it. This will prevent these thoughts from staying in your mind and getting stronger so that you’ll no more be able to resist.

Here’s an example text I wrote today while reading a book:

check today’s quotables
wikinews new messages?
check wiki abt trip hop
that fb app
mmmmmmm
sigh
the last of the mohicans
fix the bicycle wheel
spanner?
zombie 😀
google reader greader