.....Nisan is part of a thriving subculture of men and women in Japan who indulge in real relationships with imaginary characters....... According to many who study the phenomenon, the rise of 2-D love can be attributed in part to the difficulty many young Japanese have in navigating modern romantic life. According to a government survey, more than a quarter of men and women between the ages of 30 and 34 are virgins; 50 percent of men and women in Japan do not have friends of the opposite sex. One of the biggest best sellers in the country last year was “Health and Physical Education for Over Thirty,” a six-chapter, manga-illustrated guidebook that holds the reader’s hand from the first meeting to sex to marriage......
Afghanistan's only known pig has been locked in a room, away from visitors to Kabul zoo where it normally grazes beside deer and goats, because people are worried it could infect them with the virus popularly known as swine flu.
Shabby and rundown, Kabul Zoo is a far cry from zoos in the developed world, but has nevertheless come a long way since it suffered on the front line of Afghanistan's 1992-4 civil war.
Mujahideen fighters then ate the deer and rabbits and shot dead the zoo's sole elephant. Shells shattered the aquarium.
One fighter climbed into the lion enclosure but was immediately killed by Marjan, the zoo's most famous inhabitant. The man's brother returned the next day and lobbed a hand grenade at the lion leaving him toothless and blind.
The zoo now holds two lions who replaced Marjan who died of old age in 2002 as well as endangered local leopards. In all, it houses 42 species of birds and mammals and 36 types of fish and attracts up to 10,000 visitors on weekends.
The date : 31 Dec, 2005. One of the most memorable days for me. The reason: 15 classmates (including 2 Gods and an angel) descended at our(my roomies and my) bachelorpad making it a total of 17 classmates.Most were expected and some were uninvited surprises.
I still have that beautiful photo of that day of my friends. (My curent desktop background)
Looking at their faces, I see the beauty of those days that I miss. In their faces, each one of them shows a combination of happiness, pride, confidence, humbleness, optimism, hope and many beautiful smiles.
I want to relive that moment and hope one day we can have a similar photo after many years for a show & tell of 'then & now'.
New York: $30/hour: Personal Introduction Assistant / “wingwoman”
We have an opening for a part-time personal introduction assistant, aka a “wingwoman.”
You must be classy and dress well.
Beyond that you must be able to do 4 things: 1) start conversations with beautiful women; 2) after that, remain totally silent, unless spoken directly to, but smile and look friendly while the man you are “winging” orchestrates the social situation; 3) socialize and block any man or woman attempting to interfere with the man you are winging and any woman he is chatting with; and 4) end any conversation you are having instantly at the direction of the man you are winging. These requirements are essential, not for everyone, and difficult to do well.
Now, this is a job (that’s why you get paid), but it’s very fun, and you may even make new friends, or even meet someone special, if it doesn’t interfere with your primary employment purpose.
This job is not for you if you are uptight, frumpy, grumpy, shy, a man-hater, a debbie downer, a critic, a control freak, a pouter, a therapist, researching, writing an article, with the press, a prostitute, an escort, a relationship counselor, or a feminist with a bone to pick. Gack.
You must be 18, usually 21 for the events we attend. All work is in public at cocktail parties, charity benefits, museum openings, and the like. You will be added to any list in advance, and any fees for the event will be paid. You are responsible for transportion. Subways are $2. Although many events have free food and drink, this isn’t dating, so don’t ask to be bought anything. If you do ask, by mistake, don’t be grumpy and bring the mood down when the answer is a polite no, or you will be paid for the time you have spent and politely sent packing.
This job is definitely for you if you are easygoing, classy, dress extremely well, and enjoy many, varied, and sometimes challenging social situations.
There is a process of learning and during the process we are usually in a confused state. The reason is this. We have certain principles, values, culture, way to talk/interact, things to do and when we see more liberal, conservative or new ways of things around us, we need to think whether we will just continue to dislike them, ignore them, adjust to them or imbibe these temporarily or permanently.
This is not an easy decision. There will be strong reactions from family and friends against changing. This is when we need to draw and sometimes redraw new boundaries that will redefine our values, principles, beliefs and define the person we are.
This is a dicey and dynamic game. The parameters of percepting a person keeps changing depending on from whose eyes you are viewing the person. The one thing that one will realise is that it is impossible to be seen as right from every person, especially if you want to explore, see and understand the people and the world better.
What I find most interesting is that the US airforce took 20 minutes to intercept the cassna plane. 20 freaking minutes is a joke by the most advanced technological country in the world. I think it shows US's readiness of war.
Pampered pets can now have an enjoyable trip with the introduction of the first pet-only airline, lunched from a Long Island airport on July 14. PetAirways vows to provide kennel-in-the-sky service for pampered pets, and offers free in-flight pet treats, comfy crates, and a climate-controlled cabin. (AP Photo)
Going through the above link, I remembered one of my most embarassing and scared moments in a company. These were the last months of work before I started off for my MBA. I got to know that I was selected for my MBA program on 14 march, 2008(A very momentous day. I considered it my best birthday present as it was the very next day). I talked to my manager and I gave my 2 month notice on april 1. My resignation was approved on 28th april. I had always wanted to write a last day mail and planned to write one, a good one month before the last day. I completed writing it, started searching all the ex-teammates, acquaintances, present team members, current and ex-managers and head of HR(she had interviewed me during recruitment). Did it all and then instead of pressing the save button, I hit the send button. A whole month before my last day!
There are a few softwares that are just excellent in their time and even after years, they are the best for the function. One such software is winamp. This free software came about sometime in 1990s and I still consider it the best mp3 player there is. I dislike the later bulky versions of 3.0 and 5.0, but love the 2.0 and the compact 5.0 series ones. It is compact, can be pulled to your flexibility, simple controls and even keyboard controls to start, pause, next song and stop. I am currently using the 5.05 version and also have some nice skins which I initially collected. Those were the days when winamp skins were distributed free with the computer magazines like 'Digit'. I dont think they still give out free winamp skins in those DVDs now.
The other very useful software is vlc player. This one came at an age of the mature software player industry and took the market by storm. It was everyone's dream come true. It played a simple minimalistic look and played anything you threw at it. Wow!
The other beautiful piece of software I really admire is Windows 98 version 2. This always had all the OS software I ever needed. On it, I could install office xp and have its latest version. Run winamp or vlc player and enjoy all the best softwares on the pretty stable operating system.
Looking forward to see and use the hopefully light and minimalistic Google chrome OS.
News: "The Delhi high court ruled July 2 to decriminalize homosexuality in the Indian capital, a groundbreaking decision that could bring more freedom to gays in this deeply conservative country. The Delhi High Court ruled that treating consensual gay sex as a crime is a violation of fundamental rights protected by India's constitution. The ruling, the first of its kind in India, applies only in New Delhi."
Now, if the same issue comes up in any other state high court and the gay community supports its argument with the fact that the Delhi court has allowed it and if the state high court rules against the Delhi high court, won't this be appealed in the supreme court as two different high courts have ruled differently for the same problem? As this issue is much beyond the Delhi demographic region, shouldn't the Delhi high court passed this on to the supreme court or shouldnt its result be applied to the whole of India till another opposing rule comes from another high court.
I am not sure if the default status of consensual gay sex in India is a crime if there is such a law in the first place at all.
Maybe gay Delhites will have temporary relief but there should be an easiness that the supreme court has not yet ruled in the gay's favour.
This image provided by NASA shows Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Koichi Wakata, Expedition 20 flight engineer, watching a water bubble float freely between him and the camera, showing his image refracted, in the Harmony node of the International Space Station earlier this month.(AP Photo / June 24, 2009)
At the Colombo airport, you can be a witness to both the moonwalking ladies and a running scam. Moonwalking ladies? at the airport? Yup. Srilankan airlines' operations and the airport design is such that at the place of issue of boarding pass, their places are like this
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The 'X' are the photocopy machines. The 'L' are the young pretty Srilankan Airlines' ground staff ladies in red sarees issuing boarding passes and checking-in luggages. They somehow frequently move around to the other counters or to take a photocopy. And for doing that, they walk on the moving conveyor belt that carries the baggage for delivery to the aircraft. When they walk against the direction of the moving escaltor, it looks like they are moonwalking from the customer's side of the counter. It really was a nice moonwalking sight.
The other is not a good thing. When we wanted to excchange back the SriLankan rupees to an international currency, there were so many currency exchange stores who were just not willing to give the currency with a bill. One said that the printer was not working and reccommended constantly to go a particular exchange center of another company who was charging a higher rate. We skipped both these crooks and went to a third. The guy says we have to give them the original receipt of converting to Srilankan currency and showing it is not enough if we want a bill. Without a bill, he is willing to exchange the currency. He said the need to submit the original recipt of getting Srilankan currency was a rule. Then we just asked Thomas Cook. They were willing exchange the currency with recipt but with their higher rate. My dad said he will get it converted it in his bank and we just went ahead to depart for the flight. Very sad state of affairs in SriLanka. Almost all the currency exchange fellows carteled together and do illegal currency changing without a bill. Beware!
P.S: This was originally written when I was in SriLanka and before Michael Jackson died. This blogpost is dedicated to the real 'moonwalker': Michael Jackson.