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Friday, May 12, 2006

Blog moved

Just figured it's time to move on: http://khalil.wordpress.com

Friday, October 21, 2005

NaNoWriMo & Flock

I'm in! 50k words in a month. Surprisingly at first it didn't seem that difficult because I did once write about 15k in a day! But it's only now that I'm starting to realise that this is more challenging than it first seemed. My novel will be named Writer's Block and it deals with 5 characters namely Sky and Sara, who are from Mauritius, Kenton Pulse, a sci-fi writer, Jade Khan, a copyeditor of Business Weekly and Bertrand Roselmack, an indie publisher of books. More info later. But I just downloaded Flock, that new browser. It's completely like Firefox with a few add-ons. I wonder why it isn't just a Firefox update actually. I'm just going to read this article to find out. But I've been trying to get this post from Flock... and well it failed!

Monday, October 03, 2005

Spam getting smart on K-Media

Here's a comment I received on my previous blog post. It definetely looks like a spam to me. But it nearly worked on me.

Hey, you have a great blog here! I'm definitely going to bookmark you! I have a ***** site/blog. It pretty much covers ***** related stuff. Come and check it out if you get time :-)
Yes, I did add small * to hide the name of the website being advertised.

I like my country

You know sometimes I feel very patriotic. I don't know why but it's just like this. I have a feeling of solidarity with Mauritius. Maybe it's because of the elections, who knows.

Saturday, October 01, 2005

I can say that I'm feelling better

I love to write. Really do. Plus there's an idea of a new blog germinating in my head right now. All I can say is that if ever the project goes on, it'll be a group blog.

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Depression

I'm not sick, I'm not tired but I'm sick and tired of everything.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

I just type

It's a great thing to do, especially when you're stressed. Or have to talk to someone but there's nobody to listen. I'm in a teen depression phase, sorry.

Influence I always thought that girls had a big infulence on guys but I never thought it was that big. When a boy falls in love with a girl, he can truly change for her sake. And that's from a guy's point of view, girls! That made me wonder: guys really have a tender heart. They may sometimes get hurt more easily than girls. True! And I'm not really a feminist.
Ultimate I suppose the ultimate thing that can happen in a boy's life would be to have sex. But maybe that's what most girls think. A boy is a tender human being not just a muscle-packed body. A boy needs affection because he is fragile and a little lost in this huge world, too big for his mind to process. A boy seems to be only the pawn in this world. Because it's the girl who gives life. And it's that the ultimate thing: giving life? But that's, I should say is a girl's ultimate desire. As for a boy's one, well... to be loved deeply, affectionately and by that unique person is enough.
Try this impressive, ingenious and well-deserved-a-place-on-my-bookmarks-list website.

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

It's my blog, right? 03/08

[music: Slipped away_Under My Skin_Avril Lavigne]
 
How many weeks? Two or maybe three? No actually I think it's been a whole complete month! Don't blame me guys, I know that you've been missing me like hell (as if) but I just wasn't near the notebook (or laptop, if you prefer) for some time.  And obviously, a lot of things happened during the intervening period.
 
d.r.e.a.m is in 20min on mbc1
[music: Somewhere only we know_Hopes and Fear_KEANE]
 
I've been in hols for about two weeks now and it's been ok.  Really! I've been actually working a bit, writing an awful lot and listening to a lot of music (mainly Within Temptation).  And of course I've been reading.
 
As many of you probably know, I'm in the transitional process of becoming an atheist and hell, it is difficult to get yourself accepted in the Mauritian society when you're atheist - particularly by adults.  But now that I'm fleeing from god, the question is what do I believe in?  It's always been science; I still am convinced that science can explain anything and everything, whether it is love (I actually wrote a column about the chemistry of love) or the creation of the universe.  "But can science really answer anything?" Well, that's the question that the writer of "8 problems that shows the limits of science," is trying to answer.  It's a really book which I just started.
 
Speaking of books, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince was finally released two weeks ago.  Well I obviously have the whole series displayed next to me in the tv room/laptop room/library room at home.  I took it slowly this time.  I mean I didn't really rush to finish the 6th book; I think I took 3 or 4 days in all actually.  Well ratings? Here's how I'll list the series in order of preference (best first):
1. Prisoner of Azkaban
2. Philospher's Stone
3. Goblet of Fire
4. Half-Blood Prince, Chambers of Secrets & Order of the Phoenix.
 
But the 3 books tied on 4th spot are not synonyms of worst.  There're not as good as the other 3 obviously but I still enjoyed them.  The 6th book disappointingly though only seems to be the prelude to the final book of the series.  It doesn't really has a plot.  It only gives us some backstory about the Horcruxes.  And I loved liked mad, the Ginny-Harry relationship.
 
And about the Horcruxes, I have a theory about where the locket is, that I've pitched to a Harry Potter fansite.  I'll let you know when it's published, if ever it is.
 
Just watched k2da on mbc1
[music: Welcome to Paradise_GreenDay]
 
Apart from Harry Potter, we're going to have a reboot of the laptop later today.  And this means that practically all of the files and software currently on the laptop are going to be deleted.  I've already done my back-up (only need to actually store the 1.2 Gb of my files on CD) and well, we'll see how it all turns out to be.  I'll have to download FireFox again for instance and some other software as well, I'm afraid.
 
Today will also mark the first day of my participation in the rehearsal of Shakespeare's Macbeth.  Yeah, I'm a Shakespearian actor! Impressive? Well that's the second time that I'll be playing in the Macbeth play on stage.  I don't even know which role I'll be playing this time around.  We'll find everything in the afternoon at half past five.  Rehearsing is always a lot of fun.  Everybody is there: the actors (and actresses), the director, the costume designer... But the first time I was on stage was really frightening.  However it always goes smoothly afterwards - "nearly always".  And when I attended the Girls Kata Competion earlier this year (it was this year, right), I could totally understand how the girls were feeling upon performing before so many people.  Fortunately once on stage, you don't see any of the spectators.  But the first time is still intimidating to anybody.
 
The coolest part of playing in Macbeth the last time, was without doubt playing in front of the Bocage students.  They were applauding after each and every scene, let alone act.  Playing in front of the QEC gals wasn't bad either, I admit.  It's great when you see some of the girl spectators trying to catch a glimpse of you on your way to the actors' loudge (if it can be called a loudge) when the play is over.
 
I'm all alone at home.  Yeah!
[music: How Soon Is Now_Charmed theme song (complete version)_Love Spit Love]
 
It seems strange that a shy guy like me can act on stage, let alone talk! But drama has helped me a lot, mainly with my pronunciation.  And there are many out there who would love to be in my place even if they aren't too keen on admitting.
 
Did I say that I'm currently writing my autobiography? Who on earth would want to read the autobiography of a nearing-17-year-old-teenager? Well it doesn't really matter.  It's not really an autobiography but rather an account of my writer's life.  I've been actively writing for over 2 years now so I thought that I was going to compile my experiences, doubts, mistakes and achievements.  Plus I'm going to write as things happen.  I mean it'll be like keeping a journal in some way and that's why I'll be putting it all on a blog as it happens.
 
I opened an account with the France2 blogging facilities and I'll be publishing the entries in both the original English version and French version.  It's so easy to translate English into French nowdays: just use Google's translator.  The final product isn't perfect so I'll have to proofread before actually pressing the "Publish" button.  But my French is so bad that I wonder how it'll all turn out to be.  Well, we'll see.
 
To the most important stuff of all for a teenage single boy like me, girls! Are you watching d.r.e.a.m on kd2a at 1215 p.m. everyday? The girls in there are really... well appealing, to put it mildly.  But did you see Frankie? She's so hot.  Her hair is simply so rocking great.  She isn't too prickly nor too silly but above all, she's not too sophisticated.  She's the simple girl but she still isn't like anybody else (am I making any sense), far from it.  And oh, what about her smile? Man, let's face it... she's really sexy.  And she dances really well, she has a beautiful voice and... and I can go on ranting about all of her qualities for years.
 
Also, d.r.e.a.m just released their cd with some of the songs that they sing in the series.  I have to get my hands on them.  Their songs ARE okay, aren't they?
 
Well I don't think I have much more to say.  I'll let you all know how the rehearsal turns out to be in my next entry - and god knows when that'll be! A question to you all: Do you want me to write weekly reports of the behind the scenes of a theatre play? I've been thinking about this for some time and I'm up to the challenge if you want to read about it.
 
Not Scientific Science over at backwash is doing good.  The latest column deals with number theories.  I really enjoyed writing this particular article so I suppose that's good.
 
Anyway see you and as Ravi always ends his never-ending posts over that the ShinKyo board (no offence Ravi),
Take care.
 
Bye.  I'll be thinking about you all.  I'll be back.
(You say: Oh SHUT UP!)
 
Well...
[music: Closing time_Green Day]

Saturday, July 30, 2005

sorry but...

... I'm not getting too much of the computer for the time being.

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Olympics 13: The vote's figures

London's tears of joy
 
When New York was eliminated, their voters started voting for London and Paris but not much for Madrid.  Whereas the Madrid voters sticked to their original votes but saw Madrid go.
 
London: Thank You
 
First round
London 22
Paris 21
Madrid 20
New York 19
Moscow 15 (eliminated)
 
Second round
Madrid 32
London 27
Paris 25
New York 16 (eliminated)
 
Third round
London 39
Paris 33
Madrid 31 (eliminated)
 
Fourth round
London 54
Paris 50 (eliminated)
 
IOC members from countries with candidate cities were ineligible to vote while their candidates were still in contention.
 
bye bye for now.  i look forward to 2012 in London.  congrats to you guys.

Olympics 12: 54-50

That's the score after voting.  London wins by only 4 votes! You can't get any closer than this.

Olympics 11: French President wishes luck

He was flying to the G8 summit when he got the news.
French president Jacques Chirac has wished London "good luck" in hosting the 2012 Olympics after the UK capital pipped Paris in the vote in Singapore.

Olympics 10: What british newspapers said

The Sun: London's burning, London bid bosses have Olympics within grasp
The Mirror: Lord of the rings, Seb Coe calls star-studded line-up to help London across finishing line
The Guardian: Paris banking on third time lucky, Paris stands on verge of historic Olympic achievement
The Daily Telegraph: Ultimate gold medal awaits
The Times: London confident entering final straight
Daily Mail: The closest race in history
Daily Express: Coe's moment of destiny
The Independent: London sprints to line with Blair pitch project
London Evening Standard: It must be us
 
Source: bbc.co.uk

Olympics 9: IOC president's message

So true.
1355 BST: Jacques Rogge, IOC president
We are very pleased with the victory of London. It was a high quality bid and they are people we trust who will deliver a great Games. We know the cruelty of sport, but this an even crueller game with only one medal - a gold one. Well done to London.

Olympics 8: Contract signed

Mission accomplished!
1325 BST: London sign the host city contract.

Olympics 7: Some "no to London" amongst the English

Well I never thought that would happen but maybe the journalists should interview this lady to know a little bit more about her views. I suppose a small minority of 0.00001% people in London will back her.
1244 BST: Saj Chowdhury, BBC Sport at Trafalgar Square
In an address on the big screen Tony Blair told the crowd in London "well done". Listening were a group, who work for a design agency who have helped with the bid, wearing cut-out Seb Coe masks. One of them, Matt Akex said: "We've got a day off workso I think we'll have a few drinks". Not all shared the sense of elation. Vannessa Fristetd holding a 'No to London' placard said: "I believe it will turn out for the worse.I think this is bad news".

Olympics 6: Message from Tony Blair

1333 BST: Tony Blair, Prime Minister
This is a momentous day for London. It's a great chance to develop sport and leave a legacy for the future. It was genuinely a team effort and Seb Coe and the team were just awesome throughout. For me it was easy coming in with the way that Seb and his team worked. They were focused and clever in every single aspect. It really shows what you can achieve if you work together. I couldn't bear to watch the final bit. I've been trying to work on the G8 stuff but my mind has been in two places today. I went for a walk and got a call from the switchboard. It's not often in this job that you punch the air and do a little jig and embrace the person next to you. It's a fantastic thing and I'm thrilled.

Olympics 5: French tv coverage

They weren't bad but the presentators were indeed very sad.
La capitale anglaise a été désignée pour organiser les Jeux olympiques de 2012, mercredi à Singapour.
The English capital was indicated to organize the Olympic Games of 2012, Wednesday in Singapore.
translation by Google Translate

Olympics 4: Madrid apparently celebrates

Looks like London were actually good! Pity their official website is unavailable for the moment. Maybe they're revamping it for the big occasion.
1320 BST: Katya Adler, BBC News, Madrid
The crowds have now gone but they hung around for the final decision. When Paris was mentioned it received huge boos. But Plaza Mayor went wild with delight when London won and they went crazy when they saw Real Madrid's David Beckham celebrating on the big screen. They're sad they did not get the decision but are happy London won the vote.

Olympics 3: Why slipping politics inside?

Paris - and thus France - lost the bid. Ok but life goes on. So why do the English snick the little phrase [link for the whole Countdown page], "bad French," again? You won so just enjoy and have fun and do a good Olympics for 2012. That's all we ask.
1318 BST: Jon Sopel, BBC News, Paris
You could feel the atmosphere drain away from the crowd that had gathered outside the Hotel de Ville. Everything was in place for Paris. What could go wrong? Well, absolutely everything. They've lost to the old enemy and this will add a piquancy in the relationship between Tony Blair and Jacques Chriac in the coming days at the G8 Summit at Gleneagles.

Olympics 2: BBC is firing

*1246 BST: Jacques Rogge opens the envelope and declares London will host the 2012 Olympics.
1314 BST: Tessea Jowell, Olympic minister
I've been shaking for the past two hours. This is the biggest prize sport can bestow and we won it for London and this is to unlock the ambition of children. Sport will now be central to government policy.
1310 BST: Richard Caborn, Sports minister
While London has won it this is for the whole of Great Britian. We were very concerned because all the photographers were around the French delegation. When Jacques Rogge opened the envelope I've never heard a sweeter word in my life. London will have a games to make us proud. It's fantastic.
1307 BST: Ken Livingstone, Mayor of London
This is amazing. When we started out it was a mountain to climb, but we've had an incredible few days here. What came over in our presentation was giving kids the chance - it's not just about cities. We spent a lot of time before formally submitting our bid preparing things and we will start work on that tomorrow. We'll give the world the best Games they've ever seen. We only had about four jounalists in front of us and Paris had 50 in front of them so we thought they'd been tipped off. We assumed we had lost.
1300 BST: Lord Coe, London bid team chief
It's just the most fantastic opportunity to do everything we always dreamed of in British sport. We can change the face of sport in the next seven years¿ and beyond. This was a splendid team performance from two years ago when the team came together and everyone pulled together. We never lost confidence.
1257 BST: Danny Crates, Paralympian, Trafalgar Square
We'll do this better than anyone and we're more passionate about Paralympian sport than anyone else. I was shaking and felt sick, but when they said 'London' it was a brilliant feeling. It was deserved and a quite brilliant bid.
1255 BST: Dame Kelly Holmes, double Olympic champion, Trafalgar Square
This is incredible. I'm really emotional and I don't know what I did when they announced 'London'. This will do wonders for the country. We came from the back and proved we wanted it and this will change the face of Great Britian forever.l
1250 BST: Alan Robb, BBC Radio Five Live, Paris
There is utter disbelief at the Hotel de Ville. Initially it was shock and after an intake of breath from thousands of people the crowd started booing. People are really not happy and are now leaving the square. There is bitter disappointment here.
1249 BST: Saj Chowdhury, BBC Sport at Trafalgar Square
People are stunned as a wave of cheers carried through the square as some appeared to hear the result before others. The mood is one of enormous elation.
1247 BST: Gordon Farquhar, BBC Radio Five Live
The London team have gone absolutely ballistic here. There are extraordinary scenes in the ballroom with all the emotions you'd expect. The Pairs team are understandably disappointed but all the focus is on the London team who are celebrating hosting the Olympics for the first time since 1948.

Olympics 1: London 2012 no more a dream

I was following the vote in real time on the Internet.  Now that I have an ADSL connection, it's more than possible.  I was on the BBC's website from an hour ago and saw how the sites uploads as news come.  Cool.
 
Becks helping London
 
But what's even cooler is the Countdown to the big decision, a sort of blog by the BBC's reporters at different places on the planet; France, Uk and Singapore, where the voting was held and winner declared.
 
At 3.49 p.m. that is some 10 minutes from time of writing the London was declared winner and right now I'm still following the Countdown.  France is obviously very disappointed as they were the favourites right from the start.
 
Just before I publish, some 3 more stories have been published in 10 minutes about the London being elected as winner.  Call it instant Internet news.

Friday, July 01, 2005

Are numerology and astrology considered to be sciences by the scientific community?

A: The short answer is that numerology and astrology are not considered to be sciences by the general scientific community; rather, the general scientific community considers them to be pseudosciences, because they do not comply with the scientific method.
"Numerology and numerological divination was popular among early mathematicians such as Pythagoras, but is no longer considered to be part of mathematics and is now regarded as pseudoscience or quackery by most mathematicians. This is similar to the historical development of astronomy from astrology, and that of chemistry from alchemy [...]"
*Numerology: the study of the supposed occult influence of numbers on human affairs.
Incredible what you can find by searching Google Answers. The part above is only 2 paragraphs from the original and complete answer. By the way what about this one? More carbon emissions from riding a bicycle than taking the train?
The price offered for this question was US$25.00 - not insignificant. The more money you offer and the more complete and detailed will be their answer.

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

That's my blog, right? 28/06

[music: mash up Boulvard of Broken Dreams & Wonderwall_GreenDay & Oasis]
 
It's been a really long since I last wrote a decent entry: about 2 weeks I think.  Believe me I long for "those" times though.  Really I would love to sit and write all day long but the problem is that I can't because school has been driving me mad these days.
 
Silence in the house.  Everybody is in bed except me!
[music: Wonderwall_What's the Story Morning Glory_Oasis]
School is becoming more and more hectic these days.  It'll be a miracle if I have a week without tests or assignments.  Like this week, on Friday a bunch of friends and I will have to present a sort of expose on Mass Spectrometer for our chemistry class in front of the class.  That's a problem in itself as we already had some practice speaking in front of the class this term when we presented an expose on "Transport system and Traffic control in Mauritius" for GP class.
 
Speaking of the exposes, it's amazing how I always end up to be the leader of my group.  Take the GP expose, I was ultimately chosen as team leader and as for the chemistry one, well I am the self-proclaimed leader but nobody was against this.  Being a self-proclaimed leader when the other members are ok with it, is a good thing but what surprises me is how I automatically took the role of the leader.  Seems like instinctively really.  Maybe that's because I'm the elder brother.
 
Being the only one awake in the house makes you feel all grown-up
[music: Don't go away_Oasis]
Anyway during these 2 weeks, some interesting stuff happened.  Firstly as you might have noticed, my music has evolved.  The collection has literally swelled and it's no more Avril Lavigne exclusively.  In fact I can't even recall when was the last time I listened to her music.
 
I'm currently listening to Oasis.  I always liked their music - since I was 11 I think.  And now thanks to those extremely handy Peer to Peer software (Kazaa being the most popular example), I have about 14 tracks of Oasis.  Not bad for a start.
But here's my collection:
-Avril Lavigne (both albums)
-Evanescence (both albums)
-Oasis (songs from different albums)
-Within Temptation (3 albums)
-Keren Ann (1 album)
-KEANE (1/1 album)
-Kyo (2nd album)
-The Corrs (songs from a different albums)
-Maroon5 (1 album)
-Nickelback (1 album)
-Moby (coming up...)
-White Hot Stripes (coming up...)
 
Dogs howling outside.  Creepy.
[music: You remind me_Silver side up_Nickelback]
The best of all out of these is without doubt KEANE's "Somewhere only we know." I know the song by heart and I didn't even google for the lyrics to print them; quiet an achievement for me in any case.  Moby (remember "Lift me up, lift me up, higher nywamba") and White Hot Stripes are coming up.  I discovered the latter while foliating the pages of my friend's Newsweek magazine.  They seem a cool duo but I just hope that they aren't of the hard rock type.  And by the way Newsweek sucks.
 
The most dissapointing artist of my lot though is surely Nickelback.  Apart from "You remind me" I find it hard to appreciate the other tracks.  Mind you, I didn't even listen to all of them.
 
Apart from music, there's the pass (student's identity card) incident.  Yep, I indeed lost my pass 2 weeks ago.  You do know how the FBI agents in films (well in reality too I am told) introduce themselves, right? Taking out a wallet from their pockets and showing their gold badge.  Well this is a cool thing to do.  Well my wallet has a special part where one can store a whatever-card.  My pass took this place.
 
Well 2 weeks ago, while my nisa was fort, I don't know why but I decided to do like the FBI agents.  I took my wallet from my pocket and flew it open.  And out went the pass...
To my utter surprise and shock/dismay/whatever you like, the pass flew out of the window and to nowhere's land.  Now the probability that the pass flew out the wallet and out throught the window was minimal, like 10% or even less but there you go.
 
No need to tell you how my friends took the joke out of me.  Zot ti pe trappe vente, riE.
 
It's getting colder and colder.
[music: (Track01)_Silent Force_Within Temptation]
Anyway I finally got another pass made and I won't need to pay a full bus fare anymore till I leave secondary school at least.  Well to get a new pass was an all other episode.  I'll just say that the government sucks.
 
But don't think that Labour will be any better.  Well they will be better because you can't get any worst than this government.  And yes, Labour is clearly winning: not 60-0 but my guess is 40-20.  Well we'll see.
 
Vote Lalit (no kidding or anything).  Was I paid to say this? You want to bet?

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Google Earth launched + FREE

This was a complete secret until its launch. Just like any other day, when I connect to the Internet, I open 3 tabs in Firefox namely GMail, backwash.com and hi5.com. And then I wait for my RSS feeds (still in my Firefox browser) to load and check for any cool updates. On of those feeds are from John Battelle's Searchblog. He's a very popular blogger and blogs about search engines and blogs.
Well he hadn't reported anything about such a Google release. This means that he didn't find any other sources who fought about it - thus not reporting it - or he himself didn't forsee this. In short, nobody saw this coming.
But back to Google Earth. This is a fantastic piece of software. Dad, being a civil engineer, has this sort of programs on his PC at work and I've always dreamed of having one for me. REALLY! And now it's more than possible. Because with a click I can get Google Earth on my PC - obviously it's free.
The idea is simple. It’s a globe that sits inside your PC. You point and zoom to anyplace on the planet that you want to explore. Satellite images and local facts zoom into view. Tap into Google search to show local points of interest and facts. Zoom to a specific address to check out an apartment or hotel. View driving directions and even fly along your route.
Google Earth
This is so great an idea that Google had here. Unfortunately it's only a huge map of the US. Maybe we should all email them and ask them to release the internetional version quickly.
However you need a 128kps connection to be able to utilize it properly. And as you know, I'm still on 40kps for the time being but I'm finally shifting to ADSL 128kps in a week. Cool! Plus I don't know why they're hiding the size of the software. I even started downloading in on my dial-up just to check the size but it stated that the size is unknown! Strange.
To finish in style, let me just say that Google ROCKS! As usual.
Add-on: Be sure that I'll review this software when I download it.