Tulika part1

26 12 2008

Shilpa’s words ripped through the walls of my hollow ears like the cacophony of finger-nails screeching against a chalk-board. The hollowness in my ears vibrated like the stem of a tuning fork.

“What?!?”, I squealed in shocked disbelief.

“Didn’t you see the name on the note? It was in the bottom left corner of…”, asked Shilpa, slightly tilting her head.

“No…I…”, I said as I struggled to recollect the image of the bloody note I had seen.

“Oh! I thought you saw it! And that’s why I thought you freaked out”, exclaimed Shilpa, widening her eyes.

“No… I mean… Yes… I did see it… Yeah… I did… I did”, I managed to mumble, in an attempt to save myself from obvious embarrassment.


Best diet pill so far.

4 10 2008

We all know that once your BMI increases above the normal it becomes really difficult to decrease even a single pound. This was proved wrong by the evolving technology, by which researchers came up with magical pills; but this came with its own side effects. After constant improvement, physicians came up with Phentermine, a one stop diet pill that is very effective. Phentermine was approved by FDA of USA in 1959.  This pill has been used as a suppressant drug since then, by obese people to reduce weight by suppressing hunger. This drug works on your brain neurons especially the catecholamines to suppress the hunger that is generated in your body. There might be some side-effects due to the use of this pill, thus I would recommend kids below the age of 18 and pregnant woman to refrain using this weight loss pill. Phentermine is also not good for people with high blood pressure.

You also have lot of information regarding it precautions, usage, advices, pros and cons at http://www.consumerpricewatch.net/phentermine.ph

Nicotine-alcohol combination affects learning abilities

23 08 2008

The ill effects of both nicotine and alcohol are well documented. But a new study says that in combination they are even more harmful.

The two most abused drugs can, taken together, affect a person’s ability to learn, according to the study by a team of Temple University researchers.

The findings of the study were presented Tuesday at the annual meeting of the society for Neuroscience in San Diego.

Thomas J. Gould, co-author of the study, said that it aimed to understand the interactive effects of the two drugs and how they alter behaviour and produce neural changes.

This, he said, would place us “in a better position to develop treatments for drug addiction”.

Using an animal model, Gould and co-author Danielle Gulick examined the effects of alcohol and nicotine on learning to determine what happens as the drugs are combined at different doses.

“Think of a situation in which somebody is drinking and having cognitive difficulties,” said Gould. “Smoking may take the edge off of it at first, so they begin smoking and they smoke more and more until tolerance develops and they lose that edge.

“Now they are drinking and smoking and they are addicted to both. But if they try to quit smoking, they go into nicotine withdrawal, which results in a learning deficit. Maybe a drink will actually help them out initially, but then they consume more and they develop even worse learning deficits, so now they begin smoking again and they end up relapsing.”


Another day in cubicle paradise.

10 08 2008

Thats the title of a Dilbert book i purchased recently. Nothing mirrors our lives so perfectly as Dilbert does. The boredom, the monotony and the various other “small details” about office life Scott Adams has so beautifully portrayed through dilbert. The best one I like is the one where Dilbert gets his mum to his cubicle. And the first thing she asks him on seeing his cubicle is, “You did attend college right???”

There was a show coming on Travel and Living last night. Something called Faking it. and yesterday they had picked an IT guy just like all of us. He describes his day thus, sitting in one place for 8 hours, starting at the screen and his only exercise being the walks to the restroom and other such small breaks!

Boom!!! I can see myself doing that day in and day out! Get here, check mail, call the dudes at onsite, get work for the day, do the work for the day, send status and go home. Cycle continues day after day.

Its been almost two years for me in that cycle!! The mood to work is gone, motivation is at an all time low, the drive is non existant and i can go on and on about this!!


Was reading Trainspotting and a quote from the movie came to my mind…

Choose Life. Choose a job. Choose a career. Choose a family. Choose a ****ing big television, choose washing machines, cars, compact disc players and electrical tin openers. Choose good health, low cholesterol, and dental insurance. Choose fixed interest mortage repayments. Choose a starter home. Choose your friends. Choose leisurewear and matching luggage. Choose a three-piece suite on hire purchase in a range of ****ing fabrics. Choose DIY and wondering who the **** you are on a Sunday morning. Choose sitting on that couch watching mind-numbing, spirit-crushing game shows, stuffing ****ing junk food into your mouth. Choose rotting away at the end of it all, pishing your last in a miserable home, nothing more than an embarrassment to the selfish, ****ed up brats you spawned to replace yourself.

Choose your future.

Choose life.

Quiz of the Day – 1

12 07 2008

You have an .NET application that delivers news content (customized)over the Internet. Users are allowed to make selections from an ASP.NET page(similar to that of the iGoogle page). Your code creates a DataSet object named News_Items, which contains the news items that meet the criteria selected by the user. You create a style sheet named News_Style.xsl that renders the data in News_Items in HTML format. You write the following code segment:
XmlDataDocument doc = new XmlDataDocument(News_Items);
XslTransform tran = new XslTransform();
You want to display the transformed data as HTML text. Which line of code should
you add to the end of the code segment?
A. News_Items.WriteXml(Response.OutputStream);
B. tran.Transform(doc, null, Response.OutputStream);
C. News_Items.WriteXml(tran.ToString());
D. tran.Transform(doc, null, Request.InputStream);

Answer: next week…


Tips of the trade

29 06 2008

The reason .NET rules over its competetors is that it is basically a development environment for the lazy people like me. And having said about lazy people, the first thing we look for is Keyboard shortcuts (I’m so lazy i hate to use the mouse)
Here are some of the short cuts that i often use.

Shift+Del : Cuts an entire line, putting it on the clipboard, great to use with…

Shift+Ins : Pastes the contents of the clipboard to the current position of the cursor.
(Actually, i’m not sure what the hell this does)

*Ctrl+Tab : Cycles through aviable windows, similar to alt+tab in windows

*Ctrl+] (left bracket): When the cursor is on a bracket in C# (or a end x in VB) this handy shortcut will hop you to the opening or closing bracket for that block.

I’ll continue to post these and i’ll scatter them librally throughout the site in the future. I also encourage you to submit your own.

At some point, i might create a complete list and post it as a pdf which you could hang next to your desktops in your cubicle…