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How to Backup and Archive your Facebook

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This post deals with one of the topics that I think all users of Facebook struggle with – How to backup their extensive data! Since in today’s society, half our lives are on Facebook, we of course would love to backup all the chaos that

Kim Kardashian’s wedding!

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Is it sad that while everyone else was wondering what Kim Kardashian wore to her wedding, I was thinking “I wonder if she got her guests to sign a privacy agreement.” Law school has definitely taken over my brain. I read a case about Catherine

Evacuation Zones for Hurricane Irene

I’ve been hunting around the internet to locate good lists of the evacuation zones for Hurricane Irene 2011.  Surprisingly the task is harder to do than anticipated.  So, for those of you who are having difficulty I have made a list of the useful links

Stand Up Comics

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Today’s blog topic is stand up comics.  I’m not sure who my favorite is or even if I have just one.  I’d name Russel Peters, Dana Carvey, Dane Cook, Kathy Griffin, and Wanda Sykes as comics I adore and never get sick off.  They all

Lady Gaga and Bollywood

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Hey Blog readers! You all probably know that I’m a big fan of music, movies, and dance (if you didn’t know, you know now!) So, you can guess how elated I was that Lady Gaga (one of my favorite artists) has shared her love of

Funny lawyer joke

Alright readers, I know I’ve been MIA lately, but that’s all due to law school! Now, I’m on summer vaca so hopefully I’ll be able to post more often. In honor of my being MIA from law school, here’s a funny lawyer related joke I read:

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A lawyer died and arrived at the pearly gates. To his dismay, there were thousands of people ahead of him in line to see St. Peter. But, to his surprise, St. Peter left his desk at the gate and came down the long line to where the lawyer was standing. St. Peter greeted him warmly. Then St. Peter and one of his assistants took the lawyer by the hands and guided him up to the front of the line into a comfortable chair by his desk.

The lawyer said, “I don’t mind all this attention, but what makes me so special?”

St. Peter replied, “Well, I’ve added up all the hours for which you billed your clients, and by my calculation you must be about 193 years old!”

Ashton’s Brownface ad

I’m sure everyone’s heard about the Ashton Kutcher “brownface” ad now. Personally, I thought the whole ad sucked – poor script, direction, and just not funny – and not just the mocking Indians portion.

Basically, the reason people are offended isn’t just the context of this one ad, I think it’s been a build up over time to the point where Indians really needed to finally stand up and say ” We Indians are part of the mainstream now, stop depicting us as brown and always with an accent.” If you think I’m just exaggerating let me remind you that most Indian characters are constantly portrayed in American TV with the accent (ie think Raj in Big Bang, the Indian kid in that Disney show Jesse (obv faking an Indian accent), etc.).

Hassan’s points are dead on and it’s time Indians were integrated better into the world of TV and Film.

The time has come for the US (like the UK has done for a several years now) to just have Indians be like any other character in a show… depict us as you depict any other race – as having an ethnicity, but American accent – and not the token “haha your accent is funny” character. We Indians are over it.

TYT Network saying it’s not offensive:

Hassan’s vids:

Stop bullying.

Truly an inspirational story, but also a remind how disgusting our modern society has become.

We’ve become a society so corrupted by the quest to reach “perfection” in beauty, that we’re missing the fact that beauty isn’t just external. Beauty goes beyond just physical characteristics. We need to judge people based on their intelligence and ability, on their internal beauty, and not just the outside packaging. If you’re judgmental and always trying to pull others down, that is not a sign of beauty.

The fact that this girl was able to rise about such negativity is impressive and highly commendable. For those who don’t want to sit through the video, essentially while in high school she was labeled the world’s most “ugly” woman on Youtube. It’s sad and terrible that she had to endure such negativity at a young age, but instead of caving to such attempts to bring her down, she was able to rise above it all. This is true beauty.

It really bothers me that people have become so superficial these days. Personally, I think the most attractive feature in a person is their humility and intellect. Hopefully, more people will realize that the world will be better if we see the good in others.

Funny Story

I got this story in my e-mail a few days ago. It was cute, so decided to share with all of you.

One day, while a woodcutter was cutting a branch of a tree above a river, his axe fell into the river.  When he cried out, the Lord appeared and asked, “Why are you crying?”  

The woodcutter replied that his axe has fallen into water, and he needed the axe to make his living.

The Lord went down into the water and reappeared with a golden axe. “Is this your axe?” the Lord asked. The woodcutter replied, “No.”

The Lord again went down and came up with a silver Axe. “Is this your axe?” the Lord asked. Again, the woodcutter replied, “No.”

The Lord went down again and came up with an iron Axe. “Is this your axe?” the Lord asked. The woodcutter replied, “Yes.”

The Lord was pleased with the man’s honesty and gave him all three axes to keep, and the woodcutter went home happy.

Some time later the woodcutter was walking with his wife along the riverbank, and his wife fell into the river. When he cried out, the Lord again appeared and asked him, “Why are you crying?”

Said the woodcutter, “Oh Lord, my wife has fallen into the water!”

The Lord went down into the water and came up with ANGELINA JOLIE “Is this your wife?” the Lord asked.. “Yes,” cried the woodcutter.

The Lord was furious. “You lied! That is an untruth!”

The woodcutter replied, “Oh, forgive me, my Lord. It is a misunderstanding. You see, if I had said ‘no’ to ANGELINA JOLIE , You would have come up with AISHWARYA RAI. Then, if I said ‘no’ to her, you would have come up with my wife . Had I then said ‘yes,’ you would have given me all three. Lord, I am a poor man, and am not able to take care of all three wives, so THAT’S why I said yes to ANGELINA JOLIE .”

Superbowl 2012

Well, that was a very disappointing SuperBowl game… at least from the standpoint of a Patriots fan.  As a Bostoner (well I’m in CT now but still MA at heart), of course, I was rooting for my beloved Patriots.  Unfortunately, in a terrible replay of 2009, the Giants swooped in to defeat the Pats again!

If the Patriots are to win against the Giants, in the future, they are really going to have to work on their defense!  The team tends to rely too much on QB Tom Brady’s accuracy and skills.  Nevertheless, a ship can’t stay afloat with just a captain at the helm… you need a strong crew as well.  This is where the Giants had us.  They put pressure on Brady, even though they managed to tackle him only 2x.  This increased pressure forced him to throw sooner than he otherwise would have.  However, more at fault were our receivers who did a poor job today.  They fumbled, allowed an interception, and rarely managed to successfully connect on Brady’s passes.  For example, in the oh so important last quarter and last minute, if the first two passes had connected, we would’ve won!!

Overall, the superbowl was not as exciting as normal… not just because the Pats lost, but in part due to our desire to see constant touchdowns.  Both the teams were strong, which explained the lower final scores and lack of several touchdowns.  To make things more annoying, this year, especially, the ads were a complete yawn fest.  Nothing witty or unique.  My fav was the Matthew Broderick “ferris bueller” remake ad.

As for the half time show, Madonna was ok, but not as outstanding as I was expecting.  For example, Madonna’s dance for “Vogue” looked more like the half time show at a nursing home (sorry Madge!)… but at least it got better with the mixes feat. LMFAO, Nicki Minaj, MIA, and Cee Lo Green!  I’m also not a fan of her new song… though I will always be a huge Madonna fan.

Next year, when the Patriots make it to the Superbowl, the half time show should feature Madonna and Janet… now that would be entertaining!

What did all of you think of this year’s Superbowl?

Kelly Clarkson’s FLAWLESS rendition of the National Anthem:

Madonna’s Performance:

Always be willing to take a risk…

My friend had this story on his FB wall… not in particular about himself, it was a story he had read.  However, the lesson to be learned is important for both girls and boys who are afraid to tell someone they love him/her for the fear of rejection, or an assumption their love is not reciprocated.  So, always be willing to take the risk!  You never know how it will turn out!

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‎10th grade
As I sat there in English class, I stared at the girl next to me. She was my so called “best friend”. I stared at her long, silky hair, and wished she was mine. But she didn’t notice me like that, and I knew it. After class, she walked up to me and asked me for the notes she had missed the day before and handed them to her. She said “thanks” and gave me a kiss on the cheek. I wanted to tell her, I want her to know that I don’t want to be just friends, I love her but I’m just too shy, and I don’t know why.

11th grade
The phone rang. On the other end, it was her. She was in tears, mumbling on and on about how her love had broke her heart. She asked me to come over because she didn’t want to be alone, so I did. As I sat next to her on the sofa, I stared at her soft eyes, wishing she was mine. After 2 hours, one Drew Barrymore movie, and three bags of chips, she decided to go to sleep. She looked at me, said “thanks” and gave me a kiss on the cheek. I want to tell her, I want her to know that I don’t want to be just friends, I love her but I’m just too shy, and I don’t know why.

Senior year
The day before prom she walked to my locker. My date is sick” she said; he’s not going to go well, I didn’t have a date, and in 7th grade, we made a promise that if neither of us had dates, we would go together just as “best friends”. So we did. Prom night, after everything was over, I was standing at her front door step. I stared at her as she smiled at me and stared at me with her crystal eyes. I want her to be mine, but she isn’t think of me like that, and I know it. Then she said “I had the best time, thanks!” and gave me a kiss on the cheek. I want to tell her, I want her to know that I don’t want to be just friends, I love her but I’m just too shy, and I don’t know why.

Graduation Day
A day passed, then a week, then a month. Before I could blink, it was graduation day. I watched as her perfect body floated like an angel up on stage to get her diploma. I wanted her to be mine, but she didn’t notice me like that, and I knew it. Before everyone went home, she came to me in her smock and hat, and cried as I hugged her. Then she lifted her head from my shoulder and said, “you’re my best friend, thanks” and gave me a kiss on the cheek. I want to tell her, I want her to know that I don’t want to be just friends, I love her but I’m just too shy, and I don’t know why.

A Few Years Later
Now I sit in the pews of the church. That girl is getting married now. I watched her say “I do” and drive off to her new life, married to another man. I wanted her to be mine, but she didn’t see me like that, and I knew it. But before she drove away, she came to me and said “you came!”. She said “thanks” and kissed me on the cheek. I want to tell her, I want her to know that I don’t want to be just friends, I love her but I’m just too shy, and I don’t know why.

Funeral
Years passed, I looked down at the coffin of a girl who used to be my “best friend”. At the service, they read a diary entry she had wrote in her high school years. This is what it read: I stare at him wishing he was mine, but he doesn’t notice me like that, and I know it. I want to tell him, I want him to know that I don’t want to be just friends, I love him but I’m just too shy, and I don’t know why. I wish he would tell me he loved me! `I wish I did too…` I thought to my self, and I cried.

A cute story on love

A friend sent me this story!  It’s really sweet and I think a good way to acknowledge ones spouse (even though I’m still riding single!)

A man called the government office where I work and requested an estimate of his benefits upon retirement.

After I gave him the information, he went on to enquire about his wife’s benefits. I asked if she had ever worked.

“She has worked all her life making me happy”. He replied.

That was nice I commented, but had she ever contributed to a pension plan?

No, he said. “We made an agreement when we got married. I would make the living and she would make the living worthwhile.

Men don’t lie?

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Saw this story on FB and thought I’d share with my lovely readers.  Also, I apologize for not blogging as often as I had promised.  Winter break was really short and I had a stomach flu for most of it, and then classes restarted.  I will try to set aside some time for the blog soon!

Till then, enjoy this story:

Men are (supposedly) Honest

“One day, while a woodcutter was cutting a branch of a tree above a river, his axe fell into the river. When he cried out, the Lord appeared and asked, “Why are you crying?”

The woodcutter replied that his axe has fallen into water, and he needed the axe to make his living.

The Lord went down into the water and reappeared with a golden axe. “Is this your axe?” the Lord asked.

The woodcutter replied, “No.”

The Lord again went down and came up with a silver Axe. “Is this your axe?” the Lord asked.

Again, the woodcutter replied, “No.”

The Lord went down again and came up with an iron Axe. “Is this your axe?” the Lord asked.

The woodcutter replied, “Yes.”

The Lord was pleased with the man’s honesty and gave him all three axes to keep, and the woodcutter went home happy.

Some time later the woodcutter was walking with his wife along the riverbank, and his wife fell into the river. When he cried out, the Lord again appeared and asked him, “Why are you crying?”

“Oh Lord, my wife has fallen into the water!”

The Lord went down into the water and came up with ANGELINA JOLIE “Is this your wife?” the Lord asked..

“Yes,” cried the woodcutter.

The Lord was furious. “You lied! That is an untruth!”

The woodcutter replied, “Oh, forgive me, my Lord. It is a misunderstanding. You see, if I had said ‘no’ to ANGELINA JOLIE , You would have come up with AISHWARYA RAI. Then if I said ‘no’ to her, you would have come up with my wife . Had I then said ‘yes,’ you would have given me all three. Lord, I am a poor man, and am not able to take care of all three wives, so THAT’S why I said yes to ANGELINA JOLIE .”

 

2011 in Review

As the year comes to a close, it’s making me want to reflect on the year that has been 2011! It is one year that I will miss! It’s had mostly plus points, which is why I’ll truly miss it! The only true down side to 2011 was that we lost a lot of famous people – Steve Jobs (Apple CEO), Dev Anand (actor/filmmaker in India), Shammi Kapoor (actor in India), among many others.  However, I think we must focus more on celebrating the lives these individuals had and the positive impact they made on people.  Talent never dies, and there will always be others to keep the flag alive!  We’ll see what innovations occur in 2012!

3 Weddings!

On a personal note, this year saw 3 weddings in the fam! 2 cousins on my Mom’s side got married (in Wales and one in Italy) and 1 cousin on my Dad’s side (all the way in Australia!).

Going to an Indian wedding was amazing! There were 5 days filled with colors, style, and celebrations! My Mom, Dad, sister and I all flew to London and drove into Wales for the festivities. Watching Dad drive stick shift was just as interesting as the wedding. No trip can be complete without adventure, and trust me, getting into Wales was quite the adventure. The signs were blocked by branches so we never knew where our exit was. We eventually ended up in Cardiff, Wales (a 2-3 hour trip from London, which had turned into 6-8 for us) by a hospital.

A group of workers was sitting outside, so we assumed they could help us figure out where we were. You’d think they’d know where they were right? Wrong! I went to ask for directions and when I asked, “What’s the name of this hospital?” They’re responded with “What hospital?” I pointed out the sign they were sitting in front of – which clearly said “HOSPITAL,” but they refused to admit that they were sitting by a hospital. Just then out of the hospital, came a few doctors and nurses so I went to ask them the name of the hospital. Surprisingly, they didn’t know either! So, I asked them the name of the road, to which they responded “What road?” Luckily, one girl was on her phone and was able to ask her Mom to google where she worked. She told us the name of the road… which actually turned out to be the name of a building.

As for the wedding itself – it was amazing. My cousin and my cuz-in-law looked like a match made in heaven! There are many more such stories, but I’ll spare you all the craziness right now.

Life in London

Besides weddings, I got a chance to live in London for the summer.  Although I was hoping to meet up with more friends in the city, I enjoyed my time there.  Spending time with family and getting to truly experience the sites and sounds of London was amazing.  I hope to spend another summer in Europe!  Unfortunately, next summer won’t be the one I return to London, as I’ll be busy with moot court at Law School.

Law School

Speaking of law school, my second year is half way over!  I’m not sure how many of my readers know it, but in addition to a web comic artist, I’m a law student!  This semester, I had a chance to explore a wide range of subjects and hopefully will have some publications to my name!

UrbanAsian

I’m also a senior editor/blogger/writter/interviewer/host at UrbanAsian.com!  The site’s been active since Oct 2010, but it’s really taken off this year in 2011!  So, can’t complain there, as the way it seems, the site is only going to grow in the coming year!  I love my UA fam and love the friends I’ve made!

Erratic Beat Comics

http://www.erraticbeat.com/comics/ As I mentioned above, in addition to law school and UrbanAsian, I also draw a webcomic.  While I’ve only had a chance to post 3 comics this December, you can still catch the older comics I drew throughout the year.  Prior to getting my own domain name (erraticbeat.com) I had run the site on comicfury.  However, this year, I realized it’s time to get my own URL and move on to bigger waters.

Of course, along with the comic I now have this blog, which I hope to use more often next year.  Till then, Happy New Year!

Also, check out this page for the biggest WTF moments of 2011: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/26/years-biggest-wtf-moments_n_1170053.html?ncid=webmail2

Mean Kitty

Just watch and you’ll know what I mean

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