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Technology

Adiós PHOTOSHOP!!!

Photoshop is a great tool for editing your photo and I really love it.

But recently I found a replacement for it. Good-Bye to Photoshop.
You might be expecting a new software but sorry to disappoint you. The tool I’m talking about is not a software. Of course, you can call it a software as it is not a hardware. But who would call a website a software. Ya, the replacement for Photoshop is a website. It’s a web application.

Photo-editing had never been such a fun. Picnik is full of easy to use yet powerful editing tools.
It’s fast, easy, and fun.

You can import photos natively from your accounts at Picasa Web Albums, photobucket,  flickr, webshots, facebook

And the best part about it is it’s FREE. This wouldn’t actually make a difference to us as Photoshop is also free for us. But providing such a great service for free is a big deal. Picnik is really great!!!

Now, what are you waiting for? Give Picnik a try!!
Goto http://www.picnik.com/ and start playing with your images.

P.S. Picnik requires a lot of bandwidth. If you have a slow connection, you would have to have some patience. You might get stuck in buttering the sandwiches…, laying blanket… It could take a real long time but it’s worth your waiting (देर से आए लेकिन दुरुस्त आए).

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General

UNTITLED

17,561,842seconds
292,697 minutes
4878 hours
203 days, 6 hours, 17 minutes and 22 seconds
6 months, 21 days, 6 hours, 17 minutes, 22 seconds

You might be wondering what these time periods mean.
Even I am amazed to see these numbers. Look at the number of seconds. OMG!! What a huge number it has become. Even the hours has reached 4 digits.

The above numbers indicate the age of my blog. I started my blog on Friday, November 30th, 2007 at 8:16 pm. I did post some articles after that but I couldn’t maintain my blog. The number of posts in my blog couldn’t even touch the lowest of 2 digit numbers. Shame on ME. I really wanted to own a blog of my own. Actually I still want to be a blogger but I don’t know why I can’t. I have several ideas to blog about but something’s stopping me and I am not able to figure out what’s the thing that’s stopping me.

Today, I posted this entry to apologize. Apologize to everyone for not updating my blog. I am really sorry that I couldn’t update my blog. But, I assure you that I’ll be back. I’ll try my best to gain my ability to blog. I would never give up blogging and who knows someday I might turn into a renowned blogger.

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Fiction

Suman’s First “Date”

Today, he thought, was his life’s most precious day. He waited for this moment the whole time, and even he didn’t know why, he was also frightened about it. He was with two of his most intimate friends at Mangal Bazar, just roaming around as they did almost every evening. He was thinking about his plans for the evening when Kushal shattered his thoughts, “Aren’t you going to call her?”

He was waiting for someone to remind him to call her even though he hadn’t forgotten it. He thanked Kushal in his heart and wondered, “Shall I?”

He was still confused whether he should call her or not.

Alok then said, “C’mon Suman, we will be waiting for you behind Krishna Mandir while you meet her.”

He then queried, “Can’t you guys just be with me while we meet?”

“What are you talking about? If we stay with you, it would be a normal meeting. It wouldn’t be a date.” Alok gestured his hands to display quotation marks as he told the word date. Suman liked to call today’s meeting with Alisha, their first date.

He took out his cell phone and opened the Phonebook in his cell which displayed Alisha’s number. He then started playing with his mobile set.

“Shall I call her for you?” Kushal yelled at Suman.

“No, no. I’ll call her myself. But…,”Suman was still worried. “But where should I ask her to come?”

Alok gave him an idea, “How about you staying in the coffee shop, where you ask her to come and join you?”

Kushal rejected Alok’s idea, “Just ask her to come where we are and go for a walk to the coffee shop.”

Suman liked Kushal’s idea. He then moved slightly away from his friends and pressed the green button on his mobile. His heart was pounding with nervousness.

“Hello”, a beautiful sound came through the speaker of his mobile and reached his ears.

“Hello, where are you right now?”

“I’m walking on the road”

Surprised, where she might be going, he asked, “Where?”

“I’m on my way to Mangal Bazar.”

He was about to ask her to come to Mangal Bazar and she was already on her way to Mangal Bazar. Suman thought if his heart’s voice already reached her heart.

After a brief silence, Suman spoke, “I wondered if you wanted to take the novel you had asked for.”

“Alright, where are you right now?”

“I’m in front of Krishna Mandir”

“I’ll be there in a few minutes”

“Ok”

“See you there”

“Alright”

Then he hung up the phone.

Alok and Kushal sprung out to him immediately as he hung up the phone and asked what had happened.

Suman was explaining his conversation when Kushal spotted Alisha far away coming towards them. Kushal was always the one who spotted people before anyone else. Suman wondered how Kushal could recognize Alisha in such darkness.

Kushal and Alok then ran away of sight. Suman watched Alisha approaching him with a smile on her face. He too smiled at her and went towards her.

“So where are you going?” Suman started the conversation.

“At a friend’s place”

“College’s Friend”

“No, an old friend from school”

“Alright”

He opened his back to take out the novel and handed it to Alisha.

“Five point Someone,” Alisha read the name of the book on its cover. “Sounds nice”

“Yeah, it is nice”

“So where are you going now?”

“I think I’ll go to the Pilgrims”

“Pilgrims?” she wondered what it was.

“Don’t you know Pilgrims? The book store at Kopundole”

She nodded her head denying to recognize the book store.

She was in a hurry so she asked, “Shall I go now?”

He really wanted to say no but the word “Ok” slipped off his mouth.

She left off to her friend’s home and he started dialing Kushal’s number.

 

 

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General

Earth at Night

Recently I stumbled upon to a web page titled “Astronomy Picture of the Day” and I couldn’t resist from posting the picture to my blog.

Earth at Night

Credit: C. Mayhew & R. Simmon (NASA/GSFC), NOAA/NGDC, DMSP Digital Archive

Explanation: This is what the Earth looks like at night. Can you find your favorite country or city? Surprisingly, city lights make this task quite possible. Human-made lights highlight particularly developed or populated areas of the Earth’s surface, including the seaboards of Europe, the eastern United States, and Japan. Many large cities are located near rivers or oceans so that they can exchange goods cheaply by boat. Particularly dark areas include the central parts of South America, Africa, Asia, and Australia. The above image is actually a composite of hundreds of pictures made by the orbiting DMSP satellites.

For more Astronomy Picture of the Day goto http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/

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General

Photography

Me and my group of friends have developed a strong interest on photography. We have been searching through the web about photography and experimenting those ideas.
I created this new post on my blog to display some of our works. Hope you like them.

Badam

Deeya

Light

Pimbahal

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General

Everything happens for the Good

Have you ever realized that everything that happens, happens for a reason and that reason is always good. I realized this fact today and my thanks to my dearest friend Ashesh for helping me realize it.

About two months ago(October 27, 2007 to be precise), I had a cycle accident. I broke a chip of bone in my right elbow. I consulted a doctor and he plastered my right arm saying the chip would decay off. I carried the plaster for 3 whole weeks. It was fun also. The best part of it was that nobody asked me to work. I enjoyed my Tihar without having to work. If I hadn’t plastered my hand, I had to do all those works during Tihar. But I got to enjoy my Tihar, ordering my brothers to work properly. Three weeks passed with great fun. It was a really great experience. Then the plaster was removed. I had hard time using my hand properly. I could hardly move my hands. My hand started recovering slowly. Then one day I had an incident that brought a twist in the story.

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Movies

Movie Appreciation

Have you watched “Saawariya”? If yes, how did you like it?
I am asking this question because “Saawariya” is the reason which made me blog this article.
You might be wondering what Sujin is up to. And what is this “Movie Appreciation” thing?

OK, let’s get this started.
Recently, I watched this movie titled “Saawariya”. “Saawariya” is a movie directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and produced jointly by Sanjay Leela Bhansali & Sony Pictures Entertainment. See! The names themselves justify the greatness of the movie. Sanjay Leela Bhansali is a really great director and no word is needed to be spoken for Sony Pictures Entertainment. You can tell the movies gonna be good without even having a glance at it, only by having known the names of director and producer.
“Saawariya” is the first movie co-produced by Bollywood and Hollywood giants. It was shot in the Columbia Pictures studio. The set was marvellous and the acting was also brilliant. Everything was just perfect about the movie. I really don’t know why the people didn’t find it brilliant.
I heard someone saying the set looked so artificial. Someone else told that it was like a play and really slow. They were commenting on things which the director wanted everyone to see. Everyone is addicted to the typical Hindi movie and none of them wants to progress. Nobody takes movies seriously. They don’t think how much effort has been put in the movie. Everyone is stuck into the typical hindi movies and don’t want to get out of it.

I wonder how these guys would react after watching some Hollywood movies like “The Da Vinci Code”, “A Beautiful Mind”, “The Number 23”, …

I would like you to have a look at an article at wikiHow
Here’s the link for the article: How to Appreciate Films

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Excerpts

My Past Dates with Priyanka-V

This evening, I was wondering what shall I write next in my blog. I was searching my hard disk for articles that I had written or collected. Then, I found this article which my brother Sachin had extracted from the novel “One Night @ the Call Center” by Chetan Bhagat. I had read that book a long time ago so I re-read the article to revive my brain cells. I found it really nice again. So I thought of posting it in my blog.

She came on time that day. After all, she was coming with a purpose. This was not a date- we were meeting to formally break up. Actually, there was nothing left in our relationship to break anymore. Still, I had agreed, if only to see her face as she told me. She also wanted to discuss how we were to interact with each other and move forward. Discuss, interact, move forward- when you start using words like that, you know the relationship is dead.

We chose Pizza Hut only because it was, well, convenient. For break-ups, location takes priority over ambience. She had come to shop in Sahara Mall, where half of Delhi descends whenever there is a public holiday.

‘Hi,’ she said and looked at her watch. ‘Wow! Look, I have actually come on time today. How are you?’ She held her shirt collar and shook it for ventilation. ‘I can’t believe it is so hot in July.’

Priyanka cannot tolerate awkward silences; she will say anything to fill in the gaps. Cut the bullshit, I wanted to say, but did not.

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Technology

Why do people use IE?

I really wonder why people still use IE(Internet Explorer) to browse the web. I find it really amazing! With web browser like Firefox freely available, why is everyone stuck with that disgusting IE?
Let me tell you a story that led me to blog this article.

I created a blog recently at wordpress.com(which you are viewing at the moment). I was surfing through the themes available for my blog then my eyes got stuck in a theme called “Sapphire”(it is my current theme). The theme was really nice. I customized the page to suit my needs. I viewed my blog and was very happy with how the blog looked. Then, I thought of viewing it through Internet Explorer. I opened the Internet Explorer, typed my blog address in the address bar and hit enter. The first thing I noticed was it took really long time to load my page, which opened in a jiffy in Firefox. After the whole page loaded, I was shocked to see my page look so ugly. The layout was changed completely and it looked really shabby.
As many of my viewers would be using Internet Explorer, I thought I would change the theme. I changed my theme and tested it in Internet Explorer. But, the theme didn’t work good as well. I tried some other themes but all my work was in vain. None of the good-looking themes worked in Internet Explorer.
I was really annoyed with this, so finally I decided to set “Sapphire”(the theme that I chose first) as my theme for the blog and suggest my viewers to use Firefox instead of Internet Explorer.

P.S. If you are viewing this page in Internet Explorer, please don’t curse me for the bad look of the page. Just download Firefox and see what a beauty Firefox is!!!

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Uncategorized

My First Blog

This is my first attempt to start blogging.
I am not much of a blogger but I always wanted to have one as blogging got popular around the world.
I have never tried writing anything creative till now.I have been reading a lot of novels these days,which has inspired me to start writing something creative.
My desire to have my blog and inspiration from novels met to create an account at WordPress.
I hope you will be seeing my creations here.(I still doubt it)

And please, please, encourage me to write with help of your comments!!!

Thanks,
Sujin