December 30, 2006

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December 26, 2006

What's your web-affliction?

The internet has been accused of several modern day maladies. Here are some that came up:

Arachnerd: One who spends way too much time surfing or fussing with their home page
Blog-streaking: Urge to publish secrets online
Cheesepodding: Downloading songs “so cheesy that you could cover it in plastic wrap and sell it at the deli counter"
Crackberry: An obsessed gizmo geek
Cyberbalkanization: Individuals who dislike or have little patience for outsiders
Cybergriping: Griping about a company and its products using a website
Cybervigilantism: Exposure or punishment of online lawbreakers by individuals
Cyberchondria: Research tells you it must be cancer
Cyber-Monday: Online retailers experiencing a surge in purchases
Ego-surfing: Googling your name to check popularity
Empty-spamming: Messaging passages from classic literature, with no discernible advertisement
Google-stalking: Snoop about people on your love/hate list
Domainer: Domain name speculator
Dot con artist: Internet-based scamster
Netlag: When response times and download times are slow
Photolurking: Flipping through albums, even though you dont know who they are
Pierre Salinger syndrome: To assume any information published on the Internet is automatically true
Web-rage: Anger caused by slow downloads and nonexistent links
Wikipediholism: Devotion to contributing to the online encyclopedia

December 21, 2006

Stress and your spouse's hand

Even if some of you choose to laugh it off, psychology experts from the University of Virginia have concluded that the wives in the best marriages appeared to have the calmest brains - while holding their husbands' hands under threat.

Holding the stranger's hand was better than holding no hand at all but holding their husband's hand was best, the researchers found.

In Andhra ... + = —

The Indian state of Andhra Pradesh has been on the spotlight for many firsts in technology, reforms, etc. However, this one is going to be a tough one to implement. They plan to introduce a legislation to make HIV test mandatory for couples who intend to marry.

India has the highest HIV infection population in the world and Andhra Pradesh one of its worst hit states. Commendable if the government feels it can pull the legislation through. Considering the social structure and stigmas in India, especially in rural areas, I wonder how the authorities intend to handle a typical situation when either of the couple is found HIV+! Given that fake degree certificates are easy to buy, how difficult will it be to get a fake test report!

December 18, 2006

Are you a Metrospiritual?

Take this quiz.

I scored a 29.

"A metrospiritual leads a lifestyle that promotes inner peace, health, and environmental awareness as well as endorses virtuous behavior"

Robbing Robin

Reading through to the last page of Robin Sharma's 'The Greatness Guide', I could only hear myself repeating his words 'It's never too late to become the person you have always dreamed of being.'

Here are a few quotables -

  • The thing about martyrs is that most of them get burned at the stake.
  • What distinguishes people with an extraordinary character from the rest of us is how they respond when life sends one of its inevitable curves.
  • It's amazing how far you will get by just staying with something long enough. Most people give up too early. Their fears are bigger than their faith.
  • Try not to teach your fears to your kids. Introduce your children to what's possible.
  • When you get back to doing those things that lifted your spirit and sent you soaring, you reconnect with that state of happiness that you may have lost.
  • December 04, 2006

    Ciao Metrosexual; Hello Metrospiritual

    Find out 'What's In and What's Out' and whether you're leaning toward Metrospirituality:


    Not Metrospiritual
    Wu wei
    Indian yogi
    Localized cuisine
    Machu Picchu
    Organic wine
    Home altar
    Angelina Jolie
    Lexus or Toyota hybrid
    Whole Foods
    Tea salons
    Ayurvedic therapies
    Feng shui
    Personal trainer
    Nouvelle cuisine
    Beaujolais Nouveau
    Sweat lodge
    Demi Moore
    Ben & Jerry's
    Pottery Barn
    Espresso bars
    Shiatsu massage

    Midlife Stew

    According to research, middle-aged men who went on to live the longest and healthiest lives had these nine things in common ....

    • They were not overweight
    • They had low blood pressure
    • Had low blood sugar
    • Had low bad cholesterol
    • Drank moderate amounts of alcohol
    • Did not smoke
    • Had high hand-grip strength
    • Had higher education levels
    • Were married (!!!)

    Warm water after a meal ...

    The Chinese and Japanese drink hot tea with their meals...not cold water...  maybe it is time we adopt their drinking habit while eating!!! Nothing to lose, everything to gain...
    For those who like to drink cold water, this article is applicable to you.  It is nice to have a cold drink after a meal. However, the cold water will  solidify the oily stuff that you have just consumed. It will slow down the digestion. Once this "sludge" reacts with the acid, it will  break down and be absorbed by the intestine faster than the solid food. It will line the intestine.
    Very soon, this will turn into fats and can lead to cancer. It is best to  drink hot soup or warm tea/water after a meal.

    Zen Sarcasm

    1. Do not walk behind me, for I may not lead. Do not walk ahead of me, for I may not follow. Do not walk beside me either. Just pretty much leave me the hell alone.
    2. The journey of a thousand miles begins with a broken fan belt and leaky tire.
    3. It's always darkest before dawn. So if you're going to steal your neighbor's newspaper, that's the time to do it.
    4. Don't be irreplaceable. If you can't be replaced, you can't be promoted.
    5. Always remember that you're unique. Just like everyone else.
    6. Never test the depth of the water with both feet.
    7. If you think nobody cares if you're alive, try missing a couple of car payments.
    8. Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes.  That way, when you criticize them, you're a mile away and you have their shoes.
    9. If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you.
    10. Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him how to fish, and he will sit in a boat and drink beer all day.
    11. If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.
    12. If you tell the truth, you don 't have to remember anything.
    13. Some days you're the bug; some days you're the windshield.
    14. Everyone seems normal until you get to know them.
    15. The quickest way to double your money is to fold it in half and put it back in your pocket.
    16. A closed mouth gathers no foot.
    17. There are two theories to arguing with women. Neither one works.
    18. Generally speaking, you aren't learning much when your lips are moving.
    19. Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.
    20. Never miss a good chance to shut up.
    21. Never, under any circumstances, take a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night.

    December 03, 2006


    auto-suggestion (self-suggestion): Form of verbal therapy wherein one repeats affirmations or suggestions until one's body-mind begins to act accordingly.

    Most of us never realise that the best way to heal oneself is a gentle tap on the sub-conscious. But none of us know how to do that. Do we?

    The machine is; your brain. Your brain is made up of two parts, your conscious and sub-conscious and they work together. We know a lot about the conscious, but the sub-conscious is still a vast unknown territory. One of the greatest powers of the sub-conscious is its ability to use the power of auto-suggestion. Conscious suggestion is the mechanism of feeding the sub-conscious mind thoughts of a creative nature. I.e. Positive affirmations that make their way into the deep fertile ground of the sub-conscious. Or, through neglect and inertia permit thoughts that are destructive to the desires of your heart.

    When you read out loud a written statement of your desire for whatever you want, everyday, several times everyday, and do it with emotion and concentration on your desire, and, see and feel yourself already in possession of what you want, then you are communicating (self-suggesting) your desire directly to your sub-conscious.

    Once you have decided what you want to use in suggestions, spend a little time working out a form of words for each suggestion that is short, positive, and powerful. Repeat this to yourself.

    Effective use of suggestion can:

    • Build confidence
    • Reinforce goals by etching them into your mind
    • Reduce stress
    • Motivate and energise when you are feeling sluggish.

    A full circle ...

    Felt a sense of pride to read that Infosys would be recruiting 25 graduates from 12 UK universities for training in their Mysore facility. And that they have 126 graduates from the US already onboard!

    Wasnt it just few years ago that we scrambled to embassies to get a visa to what we thought was el dorado. Infosys has long been considered one of the best organisations in the world to work for and for sure these graduates are going to land the experience of a lifetime with Infosys in India.