Archive for October 31, 2011

Funny Video of the Day

This is highly amusing to watch… look at her face too lol!

Kim Kardashian files for divorce?

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Oh TMZ, what would we all do without you!  The entertainment website broke the news earlier today that Kim Kardashian’s much hyped fairy tale wedding did not have the happy ending she dreamed off.

 

It’s really sad, but in this case, it was obvious (anyone who saw this season will agree) that this marriage wasn’t going to last long.  I thought it would last longer than 2 months.

 

This is Kim’s second marriage and second divorce.  Earlier, she had gotten married at the young age of 19, but that didn’t last.  Now, poor Kim, seemed to love the idea of getting married at 30, but this wasn’t her soul mate… and he was no prince.  On the reality show, Kris came across as brash, arrogant, and confrontational – three traits you would never want in your soul mate.

 

Plus, Kim’s family was not the biggest fan of Kris, with Khloe being the most vocal about it. After all, she was looking after her sis’ interests.  As Khloe said in one of the episodes, even if the two got a divorce, Kris had “nothing to lose” and “everything to gain.”  Kim filed earlier this morning citing “irreconcilable difference” as the reason for the divorce.  Apparently, Kris wanted to move to Minnesota while Kim wanted to stay in L.A. near her family.  She also felt she could best continue to promote her image and get jobs in L.A (which makes sense since CA is entertainment central).  It’s surprising this issue wasn’t discussed prior to the marriage, but considering the two barely knew each other when they married, it’s not THAT surprising.

 

It’s so sad that the marriage did not last.  I wasn’t the biggest Kris fan, but I was hoping Kim found happiness.  Oh well, hopefully, the future will bring Kim a Prince and not an Ogre (*disclaimer* not trying to make a dig at Kris).

 

Image Credit: Todd Williamson/WireImage.com

 

Please see further details at TMZ:

 

 

Diwali officially recognized in the US

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First, I would just like to say a very Happy Diwali to all my readers, friends, and family!  I hope the New Year brings you health, wealth, and everything you desire!

Secondly, I wanted to share this awesome news with you!  The Congress of the US has officially passed a resolution recognizing the religious and historical significance of the Indian festival of Diwali.

Diwali (also spelled Devali in certain regions) or Deepavali is the Indian “festival of lights” that is celebrated between mid-October and mid-November.  The name “Diwali” is a contraction of “Deepavali” which translates into “row of lamps”. During the festival, one lights small clay lamps or diyas to signify the triumph of light/good over darkness/evil).  Hindus believe the Goddess Lakshmi (Goddess of Wealth and Prosperity) will enter their homes and bless them if these lamps are kept lit over night.  One typically clean’s their house to make Lakshmi feel extra welcome.  Firecrackers are burst in order to drive away evil spirits. Diwali is best celebrated with friends and family who make special cuisine and sweets during the week.

For Hindus, Diwali is one of the most important festivals of the year and is celebrated in families by performing traditional activities together in their homes.  For Jains, Diwali marks the attainment of moksha or nirvana by Mahavira in 527 BC.  Diwali is celebrated for 5 days.

Check out the legislation below:

H.RES.439 — Recognizing the religious and historical significance of the festival of Diwali. (Introduced in House – IH)
 

HRES 439 IH

 

112th CONGRESS
 

1st Session
 

H. RES. 439
Recognizing the religious and historical significance of the festival of Diwali.

 

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
 

October 14, 2011
Mr. CROWLEY submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs


 

RESOLUTION
Recognizing the religious and historical significance of the festival of Diwali.

Whereas for millions of Indian Americans, Diwali is a time for thanksgiving and prayer for health, knowledge and peace;

Whereas Diwali, a festival of great significance to Indian Americans, is celebrated annually by Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and some Buddhists throughout the United States;

Whereas Diwali is a festival of lights, during which celebrants light small oil lamps, place them around the home, and pray for health, knowledge and peace;

Whereas celebrants of Diwali believe that the rows of lamps symbolize the light within the individual that rids the soul of the darkness of ignorance;

Whereas Diwali falls on the last day of the last month in the lunar calendar and is celebrated as a day of thanksgiving and the beginning of the New Year for many Hindus;

Whereas for Hindus, Diwali is a celebration of the return of god following the vanquishing of demonic forces;

Whereas for Sikhs, Diwali is feted as the day on which the sixth founding Sikh guru, Guru Hargobind, was released from captivity by the Mughal Emperor Jehangir;

Whereas for Jains, Diwali marks the anniversary of the attainment of Nirvana by Lord Mahavira, the last of the Tirthankaras (founders of the Jain philosophy); and

Whereas Diwali is a celebration of great importance in Indian American communities throughout the United States: Now, therefore, be it

 

Resolved,

     That the House of Representatives–

 

      (1) recognizes the historical and religious significance of Diwali;

 

      (2) in observance of Diwali, the festival of lights, expresses its deepest respect for Indian Americans and the Indian Diaspora throughout the world on this significant occasion;

 

      (3) recognizes and appreciates the religious diversity in both India and the United States and throughout the world; and

 

        (4) acknowledges and supports the relationship of collaboration and respect between the United States and India.

Amit Gupta Bone Marrow Drive

Reproduced from my article on URBANASIAN.COM
Many of you may know (or some may not) that Amit Gupta (son of Suman and Dr. Arvind Gupta), an entrepreneur, needs a bone marrow donor from South Asian Community (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Maldives, or Sri Lanka).  The age group for donors should be 18 – 60 years.  Amit is currently undergoing chemo, but it is essential to find him a bone marrow match. The process of testing for a match is a simple swab test.  Amit took to Tumblr and social media to spread awareness of his need for a bone marrow donor.  On Twittter,  #ISwabbedForAmit, is the hash tag associated with this search.

 

 

 

When Amit’s doctor called him, he was brief, “Amit, you’ve got Acute Leukemia. You need to enter treatment right away.”  Share Amit, “I was terrified. I packed a backpack full of clothes, went to the hospital as he’d instructed, and had transfusions through the night to allow me to take a flight home at 7am the next day. I Googled acute leukemia as I lay in my hospital bed, learning that if it hadn’t been caught, I’d have died within weeks.”

 

This Friday, there will be a bone marrow drive in NYC.  We at UrbanAsian urge those of you in the area to please go to the drive in case you are a match.  There are not many South Asian bone marrow donors, so it is especially important to go to the event.  The test to find if you are a match is noninvasive – it’s just a simple swab test.  If you are found to be a match, you can still refuse to give your bone marrow, but we hope you will donate if you are a match.

 

Details for the NY Bone Marrow Drive:
412 Broadway, Floor 2
New York, 10013-3594
Friday, October 14, 2011 at 9:30 PM (ET)

PLEASE R.S.V.P AT http://brownbones.eventbrite.com/
Details for the CT Bone Marrow Drive:
Saturday Oct 15, 2011
10:00 am to 1:00pm
Hindu Cultural Center
96 Chapel St , Stratford, CT 06614

Dr. Vijay Chhabra, Clinical Instructor, Yale University School of Medicine, Oncology Hematology Care of CT will be there to answer any questions that you may have along with getting the sample to send for testing.

Video of the Day: Simon’s Cat

If you haven’t seen this video series on Youtube, you’re definitely missing out!  It truly captures the behavior of cats and their interactions in daily life.  Hilarious.  It uses simple line art, but it’s well animated nonetheless.  Check out one of my fav vids below!

 

Website of the Day

This website may be of my favorites.  I think it was developed in early about 5-6 years ago.  It utilized basic physics concepts to allow you to create creatures and models.  I don’t think I’ll do justice with just a textual description, so check out the site.

http://sodaplay.com/

R.I.P. Steve Jobs

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Today,the world of computers and technology has lost one of it’s best innovators and visionaries, Mr. Steve Jobs.

 

I’m not sure how many of my readers know my educational background, but I have a good basis in computer science – in fact, I have an associates in science degree in programming. So, this loss hits home.  To add to the loss, is the fact that I got to meet Steve Jobs when I was younger.  It’s the first and only time I’ve ever been star struck.  How did I meet him?  Well, when I was 10 or 11 I went to a technology expo fair in Boston at the Bayside Expo Center.  I went with my father and even got my own name tag that said, “Roopa – CEO of Mischief”.  Being in the midst of all the technology, I was thrilled.  I’ve always been interested in science and tech.  So, I was already excited as could be with that fact alone.  However, the icing on the cake was hearing a talk from Steve Jobs.

 

Having been interested in computers since I was 4, Steve Jobs and Bill Gates were like my Gods.  Having the opportunity to be in the same room as them was inspiring in and of itself to a tech-addict such as myself.  I remember sitting in the 3rd row, in the aisle just feet away from the legend during his talk, and I remember him looking amused at this little girl in a room full of 50-something males.  He gave a very inspirational talk and mentioned how age (he pointed at me), nor gender (pointing at me) mattered.  What did?  It’s motivation and inspiration that should drive each of us.  Of course, I’m paraphrasing here because I unfortunately don’t remember enough of the talk to quote here for you.

 

The point is simply this – Steve Jobs has been an inspiration for so many individuals.  He’s also the father of the personal computer (he invented the Mac IIC).  I remember using my first Mac in first grade – it was a IIC.  I mostly remember the Turtle game and basic programs, but since the first mac, you could sense Macs would be a big deal.  It also got me interested in programming because I hoped one day I could make interesting computer games.

 

It’s not that I never wanted to own a Mac… because I always wanted my own Mac.  However, over time, I didn’t turn into a full-fledged Mac user simply because it was easier and more cost-effective to buy a PC and repair it myself to keep it running.  When the iMacs came out in the late 90s-early 2000s, I wanted an orange iMac!  Every time we went to CompUSA (back when it existed) I would be glued to the Mac section exploring the features on my coveted mac. I’m sure nerds everywhere would agree that when the colorful macs came out, they were like kids in a candy store – in complete awe of the new toys that had come into being.

 

Ultimately, I never got my orange iMac.  However, last year, having begun my journey to become a full-fledged attorney – that’s right I’m pursuing a JD – I finally caved and got a MacBook… with an orange cover!

 

In 1986, Steve Jobs bought Pixar and was even executive producer of Toy Story.  Then he bought Next.  In this re-birth of the Apple brand, Steve Jobs launched the iPod (governing music), iTouch, MacBook, MacBook air, iPhone, and most notably the iPad, which would again revolutionize the world of computers.  I of course own an iPod – who doesn’t – but I really hope to get an iPad soon.

 

My love of animation too can directly be correlated to two main companies – 1 being LucasArts, and the other, being Pixar.

 

So, thank you Steve Jobs for all you shared with the world and for being such an inspirational person.

 

My animation:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iT71UmM8jMM

 

Interesting article on the History of the iMac (1998-2006):

http://blogs.pcworld.com/staffblog/archives/007473.html

 

My fav Steve Jobs quotes:

“Your time is limited..don’t waste it living someone else’s life. ”

“Do you want to spend the rest of your life selling sugared water or do you want a chance to change the world?” (Steve’s rumored to have lured John Sculley into being Apple’s CEO)

“Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations.”

“My job is to not be easy on people. My job is to make them better.”

“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.”

 

RIP Steve Jobs 2011