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‘Planets’: How many words can you make from that?

So my sister was reading The Da Vinci Code yesterday, and all of a sudden she comes to me and says: Did you know 92 different words can be made from the word Planets?
I have read the book myself (of course), and didn’t remember reading any such thing, or paying attention to it. Yes, that does make me feel like schmuck. Somebody says ninety-two words can be made from a single, seven letter word, and I do not pay attention to it? Something must have been awfully wrong. 😐

This time however, I was feeling right, so I immediately took up the challenge.

All I need is an excuse to mention anything related to him.

Or in the words of the wise Barney Stinson, (the) challenge (was) accepted. 😀

I reached to about 80-84 pretty easily with a little help from my sister, but that’s when I got stuck. Because it’s not the first 80 words that are the challenge, it’s the last 10 words that are.

But it’s possible. With a little help from a Thesaurus, and little from Google (of course :P), I/we finally reached to the magic number 92. It took us about two hours, I suppose.
We counted ‘planet’ as a word though. o_O
I have to hand it to Dan Brown though, if he thought of this himself.. we’ve played this game so many times, but never thought the word Planet could give us so many words. It really is an awesome word.

Some of you will probably think I have way too much time on my hands (which, trust me, I do not. It was a mere push-&-challenge-yourself-and-enjoy kind of activity), but many of you might be interested in trying it out yourself.
Some of you might have tried it already. If you’re one of the ones who’ve tried.. did you succeed? How much time did it take you?

Try it out peeps, it’s fun. 8)

 
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Posted by on July 21, 2011 in Random

 

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Amazon, eBooks, and the demise of Borders and bookshop culture (via MaggieCakes)

The books vs. e-books debate, people. (Not exactly a debate, but whatever.)
Lovely post, short and precise. A FreshlyPressed one, so most of you might’ve come across it, but still, check it out if you missed it..

On second thoughts, check out the whole blog if you like reading stuff about Internet and Technology in a normal language.. 😛
It’s awesome. 🙂

Amazon, eBooks, and the demise of Borders and bookshop culture The era of the big box bookstore is coming to an end and I, for one, am saddened by this.  Yes, I know they were big, bad corporate giants that came in and destroyed neighborhood bookstores and coffee shops, ending third places and stifling locally-owned businesses in many communities.  All that’s true – and awful. But at this point, the closing of your local Borders isn’t likely to mean that a locally-owned bookstore is going to spring up in its … Read More

via MaggieCakes

 
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Posted by on July 20, 2011 in 'Net 'n' Tech'., Random

 

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The end of Harry Potter? Not quite.

The wait ended today morning.
I finally watched Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.

‘Finally’, because being a die-hard Harry Potter fan, I had hoped to watch it on the release day itself, but couldn’t because of a few reasons.. 😦

Anyway, I obviously loved the movie, which I knew I would.. even though they deviated from the story-line quite a bit.
(I mean Neville and Luna.. Seriously? And a Harry-Tom face-fight.. or whatever it was, really? And the ultimate “what the –!?” moment was when Harry broke The Elder Wand.)
But all’s forgiven, because ..well, it’s Harry Potter. Also, I doubt they can ever make a movie which would be flawless for all the HP literature fans. (Many fans I know liked the new version, as they call it, better. So, yeah.)
We can’t complain forever. It’s probably time we like the movie for the movie.. without any comparisons with the book.

It’s the end of an .. era, as they say. And then they say that that it’s not really over. ‘It’ll live in our hearts even after it’s over’ and all such sentimental things the fans say.

Well, we can’t deny what’s in front of us. Technically, it is over. But well, it’s not vanishing anytime soon. What with Pottermore and everything, the Harry Potter craze is not going to die out anytime in this century, at the least.

For me, well, I still have to visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter; meet J.K. Rowling and the HP cast, buy a lot of HP merchandise as soon as I start earning my own money; and read the books and watch the movies about a thousand times more.  8) ❤

 
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Posted by on July 17, 2011 in Everything Harry Potter

 

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To ‘Like’ or to ‘+1’? That’s The Question.

So I found a topic to post about. It’s been all over and all around the internet and newspapers… the launch of Google Plus – and if it’s the end of Facebook.
But this post isn’t the technical debate of how which one’s better. This is about what goes on through a normal person’s mind with so many new things to check out and be excited about, or well, at least what goes on through mine. 😛

A few weeks before G+ was launched, all of us saw these +1 buttons beside Google links and blog pots and videos and everything else that can be.. well, Liked.

So.. ‘Like’ and ‘+1’, both sit side by side.

Yes, by ‘Like’, I do refer to the Facebook button adored by netizens.
The ‘Like’ button had changed everything about the internet. People could show their appreciation without posting ‘nice one’s and ‘I laaaaike this!’s and similar stuff over and over. The button that shortened comment threads manifold. The button that also spread quite a bit of anger since Facebook never introduced its counterpart (the Dislike button) even after numerous petitions and protests. A button that could actually almost measure a thing’s popularity. A button that gave support to people trying to make points and arguments.
But most of all, a button that made Facebook completely unique.
A button that everyone, well, Liked, to say the least. 8)

(No, I do not own the Like button and am gaining no money by this. :|)

Anyway, now Google decides to come up with its own world changing button, and thus we get the +1. Needless to say, not a very unique idea (No offence, sorry Google), but obviously not something that’ll just disappear like, say.. Buzz did.

Because +1 will be present at one place where Like never even bothered to go. Google search pages. Think about it. One place where +1’s might actually be helpful once people start using them.
And once people start using them, they would obviously be more comfortable with +1 instead of Like at other places too.

But the truth of the matter is, Like is ruling the appreciation kingdom right now. +1 can’t take over just like that.

Die-hard Google fans will switch to +1’ing without a debate.
Normal people who don’t give a damn (excuse me) will continue with liking posts.
People in a confused state (people like me) will end up either clicking both, or.. I don’t know.

In a way, it all comes down to whether Facebook’s going to die out with Google Plus, or whether Google Plus will not be a success, or whether both will co-exist.
‘Cause Facebook doesn’t have +1s. And Google Plus doesn’t have Likes.

If both co-exist … well, all I can say is that the confused people will still remain confused. 😦

 
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Posted by on July 12, 2011 in 'Net 'n' Tech'.

 

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How I’d like to be a Google Doodler some day..

After an awkward post début about lizards being creepy, I’d like to get to less weird topics.
This post is inspired by the amazing Google Doodle Animation for Martha Graham’s 117th birthday by Ryan Woodward. If you haven’t seen it/missed it, please do check it out (the YouTube* video right below. Yep, that one.) and there will be one less regret in your life. 😛


Google Doodles.

Which netizen hasn’t heard of them? Who hasn’t seen them? Who hasn’t stopped to appreciate them and then admire how awesome Google is? (If your answer to those questions is by some wild chance ‘me’, please take a moment to check them out.) Certainly not me. Every time I see the next Google Doodle, I wish I could have one of my own up there some day.

Working with Google, for Google, whatever it is, has sort of become my dream since.. well, that’s unimportant. Anyway, I’ve wanted to do computer/electronics engineering since I was ten… I wasn’t specific about the engineering part, of course, but definitely something to do with technology. Technology, of course is very vast term, in today’s world … but well, let’s just remember I was ten. 😛
Halfway through my fourteenth year though, the engineering narrowed down to Google, and that’s the dream. But even thinking of trying to make the dream come true ..requires a lot of hard work. So obviously, my mind does what it does. It wavers.
And believe it or not, that’s where Google Doodles come in.

It is that particular thing about Google, that magnifies my attraction to it. I realize, the day I get (if I do) a Google Doodle up there (on the Google Homepage, I mean), I would, without doubt, be the happiest person in the Universe.

The worst part is though, there’s a Doodle 4 Google contest, where we can try to get one of our Doodles up there, but that’s open only for U.S Residents. I’m not one ..and that’s why it’d be such a big thing for me. I mean, It’s a well-known law of Universe, the more unreachable something is, the more you want it. So, yeah.

That’s the first step, of course.. If I do, then maybe I’d think about really wanting joining the Doodle Team. Life would be super awesome.

Oh. Yes, At Google, doodling is real work, for people who think otherwise.

In Harry Potter terms (because of course a Harry Potter reference has to be made), as one of the admins on a Facebook page described it:
What would be equivalent to being on a Chocolate Frog Card? – I’d say, getting a Google Doodle.
I have to say, I agree wholeheartedly. 🙂

(On a slightly unrelated note, I really wish they’d create a Google Doodle for Harry Potter. I mean, it is one of the best things that has ever happened to the world.)

(*YouTube = another thing that tells us how awesome Google Inc. is.) 8)

 
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Posted by on May 12, 2011 in 'Net 'n' Tech'.

 

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Lizards: Nature still the miraculous thing it’s supposed to be?

Warning: This post is not for lizard-lovers (if there are such people), or I suppose reptile-lovers, in general.

So I discovered a lizard in my room. This huge, fat lizard with bulging bloodshot eyes, wagging its tail and staring at me with the creepy eyes every lizard possesses. Alright I’m exaggerating, obviously. It wasn’t wagging its tail. Lizards don’t wag their tails. Nor did it have bulging bloodshot eyes. Nor was it a huge, fat one. In fact, it was a baby lizard. But, it was not cute, at all, and it was staring at me with creepy eyes. 😐

See those creepy eyes I'm talking about?

See those creepy eyes I'm talking about?

A couple of weeks back I’d discovered a lizard (that was a big one) in my kitchen.. That’s not that bad. You don’t live in your kitchen. But my own room? Who’s the Universe kidding? And who was the Universe kidding when it created creatures like lizards?!

Whether it’s evolution, or God.. or whatever the hell the world-creating superpower’s supposed to be, couldn’t have the lizards been omitted from the plan? All reptiles, for that matter? Or maybe just home lizards? This is just unfair. I know life’s not supposed to be fair, but that unfair? Even God can’t be that inhuman. And God’s supposed to be nice! :O

Thanks to the stupid lizard, I have now shifted to the other room for tonight’s sleep. 😐
I mean, look at its nerve – it’s coming into my house (well, my parents’, but that’s not important), in my room, and driving me out of there! And it’s like, five hundred times smaller than me. Yes yes, size is no guarantee of power (I mean, look at Ginny Weasley :P), but still.

It’s not it’s doing something to me, the lizard.. but that doesn’t matter. It’s more like the fact that it exists.. you know? (Lizards are to humans like me what Severus Snape was to James Potter, and what spiders are to Ron Weasley.) It’s basically just … creepy. There’s really no other word for it.

Although most of my friends hate lizards as much as me.. reading this post again does make me wonder if I’m over-reacting? Actually, I’m not. If I’ll go and see it I’ll probably freak out once again. I don’t think I’m over-reacting. I think I finally figured out what my Boggart would be. 😐

But do all of you hate/are scared of them as much as me? Anybody with any good suggestions on how to get over this or how to keep them away? 😦
I’ve heard peacock feathers keep lizards away. That true? I’ll get a pet peacock if that’s what it takes.

How does one expect me to sleep, knowing there’s a lizard on the ceiling above, ready to fall on my face if its grip breaks? (Alright I know that can’t possibly happen.. but it can! :O)

I wish for a world without reptiles…
Okay since that might spoil the ecological balance and everything, I’ll tone my wish down a bit for the greater good. 8)
I wish for a world without home lizards… :/

Do you? 😛

Update: 10 Most Disturbing Animals on Earth. Never thought I’d be saying this, but.. they make the lizards look almost okay.. :O

 
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Posted by on May 8, 2011 in Random

 

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