Thursday, February 25, 2010

Fish Tank is not technically the best movie ever made, but it certainly leaves a scar.
Out of hundreds of movie I have seen this is the first one I have watched more than once.
It just haunts.

It would be injustice to not to mention this song from OST.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

"Nately's mother, a descendant of the New England Thorntons, was a Daughter of the American Revolution.
His father was a Son of a Bitch."

I laughed out loudly at this, in office.

Monday, February 22, 2010

I will accept that I have been on drugs but, seriously?
Hallucinating non-moronic news about morons was not mentioned in side effects.

Friday, February 19, 2010

I am a big fan of Mekaal Hasan Band. Some time back when I was watching video of their track Sajan, The Housemate shouted: "Oh aeh tay Sameer saab aey!" ("Oh this is Mr. Sameer"). Turns out the company The Housemate works for is owned by Sameer's father. So, long story short, I threatened him to make Sameer sign me a copy of their album Sampooran (one of the best albums ever). Actually, Sameer gave me his own copy =)
Happy life!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Some men are born mediocre, some men achieve mediocrity, and some men have mediocrity thrust upon them.
Joseph Heller, Catch-22


"Major Major's father was a sober God-fearing man whose idea of a good joke was to lie about his age. He was a long-limbed farmer, a God-fearing, freedom-loving, law-abiding rugged individualist who held that federal aid to anyone but farmers was creeping socialism. He advocated thrift and hard work and disapproved of loose women who turned him down. His specialty was alfalfa, and he made a good thing out of not growing any. The government paid him well for every bushel of alfalfa he did not grow. The more alfalfa he did not grow, the more money the government gave him, and he spent every penny he didn't earn on new land to increase the amount of alfalfa he did not produce. Major Major's father worked without rest at not growing alfalfa. On long winter evenings he remained indoors and did not mend harness, and he sprang out of bed at the crack of noon every day just to make certain that the chores would not be done. He invested in land wisely and soon was not growing more alfalfa than any other man in the county. Neighbors sought him out for advice on all subjects, for he had made much money and was therefore wise. 'As ye sow, so shall ye reap,' he counseled one and all, and everyone said, 'Amen.'"

Saturday, February 6, 2010

In the middle of last year I bought a Blackberry Curve 8310. It was a nice handful of a phone and I used it for couple of months. A lot of people whistled at the sight of it. At public places my title changed from "Bhai Jan" to "Sir". But that's the only benefit I could get out of that expensive brick. I never needed push-email or messenger and stuff like that. Then one day light of sanity shined upon me and I bought Nokia 1202. 1202 is the most basic phone you could imagine. It does not even have GPRS. One thing we look for every time we are looking for gadgets is that which one has most features, regardless of if we are ever going to use them. It just has to be a long list of bullet points on it's specifications. 90% of the phones have bluetooth but we hardly use it, don't we? How many of us use GPRS and cannot live without it? 1202 is the best phone (great reception and voice quality) and has the best keypad I have ever used. Plus I don't have to worry about it since it's dirt cheap. And oh! how can I forget about flashlight? The most rewarding feature for this country.

Probably I was the first guy in Lahore who got first generation iPod nano and I wanted to be the first to get second generation iPod touch. It wasn't available here and a colleague was in Dubai so I asked him to got this for me. I love music and it was the best device to listen on. But then I had to worry about it too. Like nobody steals it, it doesn't get dropped and scratchy and blah blah. My younger sister used it like a shoe and that annoyed me. The time you worry about the accessories of your life is the time they lose their worth. A gadget is there to serve you, you are not to serve it. So, I sold it to buy this iPod shuffle. It doesn't even have a screen to browse music on. It presents a feature VoiceOver you use to move through your music library. And oh yeah, it's great for running because I can slip it on my tee.