Tuesday, October 23, 2007


The Midnight Hour is at hand;
With Fear creeping across the land.
The beginning of the end, is A2;
question is,will you make it through?

But making it through isn't it,
your grades could still be shit.
Making it great is what counts,
and as we work the pressure mounts.

While we work and study,
We start to remember our buddies.
As we start to reminisce,
Dammit, I can't find anything to rhyme with this.

I feel like studying is all i know,
No chicks no fun, no nothing but sorrow.
But soon my friends we shall be free,
and on the Cambridge shield we shall pee.

No more DotA, no more CS,
Off to get my BS.
Once again we go our separate ways,
But no my friends, this is not the end of our days.

For we shall meet once again,
In a year, or ten,
For bonds were formed that were so strong,
They could not be broken by any wrong.

So let us smile and rejoice,
While we re-sit our multiple choice.
For in the end we all know,
that there's happiness and no sorrow.

I bid good luck to all my friends,
and as we go through A2's loops and bends,
let us not forget the awesome mix,

that was 0606.

by abhay & aditya

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Why? No, really, Why?

Is it just me, or are social networking sites losing all semblance of sanity and intelligence, not accounting for the marginal amounts they had to begin with. Now, I really don't have anything against social networking sites. I think they've got tremendous potential, when used by people with an IQ in the high-eighties or more. And apparently, from what I see, that's quite a tall order to fill these days.

Let's take Friendster as an example. When I first joined it , within a few weeks, somehow or the other, I had either found a couple of long lost buddies, or they found me. Soon, these bulletins with these completely pointless quizzes/questionnaires appeared. Really, what poor, depraved soul would take time out of his/her life to fill out one of these idiotic things, that to me, seems like just another meaningless way to ruthlessly judge people on what they have or haven't done and such. [ I suppose, in all fairness I should acknowledge the fact that I'm sitting at home on a sunday evening blogging this.] Back to Friendster.

Can you believe, that people would answer such questions? Let me paste a few winners here.

6. Name the latest american idol." You'd have to live under a rock not to know that , firstly, and secondly, if everyone already knew, why ask? There are more intelligent ways of judging a timeframe, what say you?

41. Ever been arrested? Oh this one really speaks for itself, I'm sure. "Like, oh my gawd, he/she must be ,like, soooo totally kewl to have been, like, arrested! Like, wow."

This next one is from a "true/false" quiz.
[x] You like heavy metal.
[x] You like rap. note.
These two selections straightaway reveal this person is fake.
[ ] You are in a gang.
Really, what gang member would admit to being a gang member, and do gang members really use friendster? I mean, I'd expect that they'd be to busy getting their ass kicked/kicking asses on the street.
[x] You love to "hardcore" dance.
For the uninitiated, I believe that's the pseudo-quasi-emo persons excuse to have spasms on the dance floor.
[x] You have been depressed.
You have, really? As far as I know, depressed people aren't very open about it, so can all you posers stop fucking around, and maybe, just maybe, consider the people who are really depressed and give them a chance?
[ ] You're an athiest/agnostic.
I seriously doubt 90% or more of the people who did this know that this line means.

I can't believe Friendster wastes server space on this ignoramuses.

Another place morons have been in abundance off late, is Youtube. Now, this moron-syndrome is still in it's infant stages, and seems to be limited to one or two symptoms as opposed the the near infinite number that plague Friendster. "Don't read this. A long long time ago, a girl was murdered in a village in Mudangubadru. If you don't post this into ten other videos, when you go to sleep tonight she will be waiting for you underneath your bed." What fascinates me, is not the fact that there's finally going to be a girl in my bedroom at night, but that I've seen these things, all over Youtube, all with slight variations, posted by different people, which means there ARE morons that are either ;
a) buying this crap and looking under their beds every night from now on, or
b) a bunch of seriously lifeless morons.

Another thing about Youtube. The instant someone voices the tiniest of opinions, there are a hundred people out to argue against him. And that's fine, if they atleast make sense, but generally it's overzealous rednecks with an 8th grade education blurting out "fuck yuo, you don't now nything. shtu up and die." I kid you not.

It seems that these morons are the vultures of intelligence. Wherever there's fresh thought and ideas, they'll be right there to pick it's eyeballs out.

And don't get me started on forwards/chain e-mails. At least in the days of paper you had the satisfaction of burning it. Angrily punching the delete button doesn't quite do it.

On a lighter note, I'm going to contradict myself a little, and post the one and only quiz I've ever done.

[Edit : For those of you who actually wanna do this, you put your music library on shuffle, and keep pressing "Next" for each question. ]

How does the world see me?

Purity - Slipknot

Will I have A happy life?
Wind Below - RATM

What do my friends really think of me?
Norwegian Lovesong - Leave's Eyes

Do people secretly lust after me?
Stranger than Paradise - Sleez Bees

How can I make myself happy?
Turn On The Action - Dokken

What should i do with my life?
Fade to Black - Metallica

Will I ever Have children?
Paradigm - Necromanicide

What is some good advice for me?
Infernal Apocalypse - Collapse7

How will i be remembered?
Did my Time - Korn

What is my signature dancing song?
Cemetary Gates - Pantera

What do i think my currrent theme song is ?
Prescription - Vezt

What does everyone else think my current theme song is?
Hammer Time - MC Hamer

What song will play at my funeral ?
Alone Again - Dokken

What type of women do you like?
Psycho Psycho - Nasty Savage

What is my day going to be like?
Overdose - AC/DC

What will my lovelife be like in the future?
Girl from Lebanon - Europe

What will my year be like?
Learn to Fly - Foo Fighters

How will I be remembered?
Better Than You - Metallica

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Maxi-pad? Or Maxi-money?

People have been hankering for me to fill my blog up with "something, for god's sake", so here I go. Recently, I was in a grocery store, and I noticed ahead of me a woman buying tampons. (For heaven's sake, grow up, I can hear you sniggering in the back.) She had bought 2 packs of 12 pads, as far as I could see. Now, I couldn't see exactly how much she paid for them, but for discussion's sake, let us assume she is the typical lady, and that her purchases would have lasted her a month.

Before continuing with this article, let me state that I am neither an expert on the subject, nor do I claim to be. I simply felt this would make for a rather interesting calculation of sorts. Now then, onwards.

I scouted around the net, for a rough idea of how much tampons cost (not having a clue, myself). So, we have the cost of a 12ply. pack of tampons going from US$2.99 (generic) , up to US$11.99 depending on brand, location and such.

Taking the lady in the check-out line as a typical example, and before you can say it, I know it's not fixed for everyone and it varies from person to person, so yes, just this lady for the sake of discussion.

So, she's bought 2, 12ply. packs for 1 month

2 packs x 12 months = 24 packs

Twenty-four packs, at let's say, an average of US$4.99 (most common price for 12ply.)

24 packs x $4.99 = $119.76 ≈ $120.00/year ( ≈ RM 410 )

Again, acknowledging the variation from person to person, let's assume the average woman requires tampons from age twelve, to say, fifty-two (average age at which menopause sets in, according to Wikipedia).

$120.00 x (52 - 12) = $4800.00 ( ≈ RM 16,000)

Now, that may not seem very much for a period of 40 years, but according to www.straightdope.com

"While 70 percent of American women use tampons, only 100 million of the world's 1.7 billion menstruating women do. In Asia and Latin America, two of the most populous parts of the world, only 3 percent of all women use tampons."

This was in 1999, and I'm sure percentages have increased over the years since then. So, assuming at least 10% of all menstruating women use tampons, that translates to :

( 10% x 1 700 000 000 ) x US$120.00 = US$ 20,400,000,000 ( 20.4 billion dollars)

And that's just per year.

Multiply that by forty, and you have the net revenue generated by tampon companies in a single generation, not counting the continually growing customer base as more and more girls mature each year.

So, the next time you see this on a shelf :

Take a minute to ponder the economic marvel that is the tampon.

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