Aaaand we’re back!

The title is inspired from the message gtalk gives once it connects back online. Considering I have enough experience on the connectivity issue, I have by hearted most of the error messages Google Chrome gives.

Anyway, things have changed around me. There is the new playtoy, the work concerning college clubs, the new semester, the awesome new year 😀 .. and a lot more.

So what do you do when you are bored and you know a lot about the internet? You create 4 or 5 posts, tag them separately and post links on all major social media sites. Then, watch as the views per day for your blog rises like hell. I guess I shall start with the playtoy.

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Post A Week!

So, WordPress here thought it’d be fun to introduce some new agenda of PostAWeek to help increase their blog posts, page views, ad views, revenue and all that shit. Oh, btw, it’s also an awesomesauce idea.

I guess I’ll sign up for it since I post once in 2 weeks already 😛 … Next post is not due for sometime though 😛

The #WikiLeaks Furore

When you are an avid Twitter user, you realise that within seconds of anything happening anywhere across the globe, you are appraised of the event – possibly with photos and a good footage – provided you “follow” the right people, of course. Twitter is very very powerful in that aspect. So powerful, in fact, that the top brass of the company don’t even have a goal as to what the site intends to be.

But, if you’re an avid Twitter user, much like any source of information that is user controlled and free, it tends to be misleading. There are many instances of this happening. The most recent that comes to mind, though, is the WikiLeaks drama that has been escalated from a small regular incident of the freedom of press being violated into an international drama involving most of Europe, the inevitable US of A and the Interpol (?)

So, what is all the furore about? Yours truly went investigating online yesterday out of pure boredom and found out many interesting facts.

WikiLeaks was a site founded by this fellow called Julian Assange – who has been in the news for the last few days without a break. It’s what they call a whistleblower site. The site believes in Right to Information for the common man and the Freedom of Press and did anything from shady deals to honest over the table payments to get their hands on classified documents which were not meant to be seen by the general public.

Now, the inherent problem with these sites that believe they serve a “higher cause” or the “greater good” is that they never realise the repercussions of their actions. So, instead of analysing whether the documents had information that nobody should EVER see, they leaked all of it – albeit in batches.

There are some people you can piss off and get away with, some people you should never piss off and then there is the US of A. An epitomisation of power gone wrong, in my opinion – I’m still surprised the country manages to hold together as a supposed “superpower”. So, the dudes in the government of USA were really pissed with documents reaching WikiLeaks and they couldn’t understand who the “mole” was in their organisation who had such top level clearance. They became even more pissed with the latest batch of documents which contained cables of diplomatic conversations. Now, talk all you want about freedom of press,but that is some serious shit to put out for the world to see and can lead to wars.

Since they were not sure they would succeed in finding the rat, they started using all their political clout against WikiLeaks, trying to heap allegations on the site and shut it down. They tried a variety of attacks ranging from “This is just wrong! Hmph!” to “Dude, seriously man, stop putting all our shit out for the world to see!”.

Most of the companies which were supporting WikiLeaks indirectly – Amazon.com was providing servers, EveryDNS was providing the … DNS; Visa, MasterCard and PayPal were allowing transactions online to the wikileaks website – started calling off their support. EveryDNS took down the DNS entry for the site. Amazon stopped providing servers to the site – thanks to this US Senator called Joe Lieberman. Visa, MasterCard and PayPal went ahead and cut off their ties with the site as well. This series of support-withdrawals led to a mass media coverage and outrage from every reporter worth his weight in paper or digital media.

But the site survived since there were still servers willing to support it and it didn’t matter any longer if it didn’t get a DNS (clarification – DNS is what your URL is called from the server side of things). At one point, Twitter had updates which gave IP addresses as to where the WikiLeaks site was located. I guess that was fine with the world since they now had something to protest about and also, their favourite whistleblower site was still up and running. Some people didn’t like it though.

Chief among them was a group of hackers called just “Anonymous” who presumably met on 4chan. Pissed over what these sites did to WikiLeaks by withdrawing support, they started organising DDoS attacks on the site servers. DDoS – Distributed Denial of Service attacks are simple to orchestrate but difficult to synchronise. The idea is that you simply overload the servers with so many simultaneous requests that it either shuts down or times out all other requests temporarily. This basically means the site is no longer usable. They became so audacious as to post when exactly they would attack. For instance, they took down the MasterCard site and then, about a few hours later, put up an update saying that the Visa site would be down in an hour. yours Truly checked a minute after the said hour and lo and behold, the site was down. They gave warnings of an attack on Amazon servers as well. But later on, they called it off citing that it was too huge right now and the attack would be done in future. Sweeeeet!

So, coming back to the site, it was up and running. Now, US of A was still perturbed because those Diplomatic cables were there for the world to see as were their dirty little secrets. So, instead of attacking the site, they went after Julian Assange, the founder. Out of nowhere, Assange gets a reward on his head because he is suspected in a case of rape. Now, here comes the best part – it seems the sex was consensual but once the condom broke, the woman wanted it to stop but Assange didn’t. I laughed so hard when I heard this 😀 .. pathetic, these allegations. Seriously, I thought the guys behind it would come up with something better. Now, the whole drama has become a cheap Bollywood movie and I hope TR becomes part of the judge panel 😀

t-rajendar

Man, does he crack me up! 😀

Anyway, to get back to the point, Julian Assange has been arrested and the whole of twitter is following his every move right now. The media, when misused, is the most dangerous weapon on the planet. But when misused over a certain extent, it starts to get boring. Whenever something new pops up, it splashes the headlines for a week and raises the TRP of all news channels. But it dies out as other things replace it. The social media, though, is where all news can be followed through every update. For example, the #wikileaks channel is buzzing with news and will still be, long after the news channels stop reporting on it and moving to something else.

Basically, I feel the purpose of Twitter is that the social media gets free rein – which is the best way to spread news anywhere on the planet.

Pissed!

I will start this philosophically. I don’t care what anyone says about my mental health. It’s just that sometimes, I NEED to let things out. And I hate doing so to other people. I’d rather that an unknown server somewhere stored this information and some random viewer see it and pass on. Yes, my social skills are that bad. So sue me 😐

In a person’s life, there are good times. Then there are bad times. Then there is the phase I’m going through today. It’s called “Oh crap”. It’s like I’m Arthur Dent. That the universe felt that it should maintain the (good luck : bad luck) ratio and came up with the brilliant idea of dumping all the bad luck on one guy to balance the rest of the world. Guess who the guy was 😐

I usually don’t bother putting effort. I know that unless I go all out on something in particular, it never works out. I found out today that if I don’t go all out on something, it turns out f**ked up as well. So, what do I resort to? I resort, with all my conscience and contemptuous attitude, to show the finger to the universe. Take all you want, you bitch. I will definitely not respond to any societal pressure from now on. Nope. None of it.

There are some rules of the society I absolutely do NOT understand.

#1 : You’re hitting puberty. You should gawk at girls your age.

_|_ … I don’t give a damn. I know I’m not gay. Also, I don’t have the slightest interest in gawking at girls. Save me some time. And STOP poking fun at me for it.

#2 : You should keep in touch with friends and family.

I’m definitely not a great fan of social networking. I quit Facebook (No stupid comments) for a reason. I don’t make calls for a reason. I text, rarely. Unless you’re as close to me as to know what’s going on in most aspects of my life, I don’t WANT to talk to you. Yes, I’m a social misfit, I’m a recluse, I’m an asshole. So WHAT? What are you gonna do about it? You wanna know? You can’t do SHIT! Yep, that’s right.

#3 : You should score marks.

My greatest bane. My biggest nightmare. And my most IRRITATING conformation rule. I will show the finger to the society. The rest of the world may care about marks. I DO NOT! I don’t give a damn. Do marks define you? No. What those articles say are true. People will tell you that those articles are for making the losers feel better. I’ll tell you .. They’re for making the people who score in subjects they have ZERO interest in to feel the intensity of their stupidity. I hate those kinds of people. They’re not nerds. They’re not geeks. They’re what we call in India, as padips. They have no reason to study a particular subject but to get marks. Their existence has no meaning. But, for the world out there, they define the above average intellect people. They are the ones who work like workhorses and put in 60 hour weeks. If you classify yourself into this category, I’m not going to say sorry. But PLEASE! GET A LIFE!!

#4 : No Vices.

I have nothing against this particular rule. I mean, it’s all for your own good. But when I’m 20, I know how harmful any vice is. If I STILL opt to go ahead and say I’m not addicted, it does NOT mean that I’m in denial. It means I can handle it. I’m not a bloody child for the love of god!

#5 : No “bad words”

Oh yes. Civilised society does not entitle you to have the freedom of expression to speak out your mind. Expletives are frowned upon. People look at it as a mindset of an individual rather than just a way of taking out all your frustration. Have you ever noticed how most expletives are bi or tri-syllabled? Also, if you observe, repeating them continuously makes you take out all your frustration by simply emphasising on particular syllables. For example, fu-kkk is the best way to take out most of your frustration.

Yes, I hate civilised society except for one aspect – “Survival of the fittest” is no longer a lifestyle for homo sapiens. If it was, I wouldn’t have made it to 20 years of existence.

yes, I hate life right now. Like I said before .. So sue me 😐

Vaazhkai Oru Vattam!

The title is actually a very famous saying in Tamil which means ‘Life is a circle’.

I’ve never tried to learn the true meaning of that statement basically because I have no inclination to delve ln issues of philosophy. But I’ve also felt that the examples people quote to support this proverb are usually not very correct in their description.

For example, meeting someone after a long time doesn’t exactly imply that the “vaazhkai oru vattam” proverb holds true.

But when life hits you on the face with tragedies one after another, you’re forced to admit that sometimes, a higher force does not really like you. I’m usually cynical of philosophy and all other superstitious practices like horoscopes, palm reading etc. Hell, I’m a proud atheist as well. I’m always proud of being a rebel to the orthodox ways of my family and caste.

When things happen like it happened to me today, though, you have a feeling you’re just another of the billion life forms on the planet and that life itself, far as you can see into the near future, has no ultimate purpose. You live, eat, breathe and die. Why act as though a higher calling must be fulfilled? Why have the feeling that everything will become all right when there is nothing to really get back to? What difference does food make as long as its hygienic and edible? Spending money on stupid stuff like pizzas and other vices just becomes hilariously moronic in your eyes. Finding what all romantic as well as intellectual poets and writers refer to as ‘true love’ becomes a chore that holds no meaning when you’re born alone and will die alone .. taking none of your achievements or failures into what is romantically referred to as the netherworld.

At times like these, I relate to my favourite video game character – Agent 47 from the Hitman franchise – who has no morals to speak of, does not care about women and kills without conscience. He has no concept of revenge or killing when it does not serve his purpose of getting money and leading a luxurious and out of limelight life.

Being inconspicuous is in anyone’s genes. Calling attention to yourself would only alert the predators as they look for things to satisfy their hunger. I guess going along with those genes will help me from now.

Sixth sense, in my opinion, was a bane as well as a gift to mankind … something God gave along with death.

A Happy New Year!

Saturday, the 20th of December, 2009 was when we left Bombay. We had no hope of any of the tickets getting confirmed. But while we kept checking till the last moment, we found out that the tatkal ones had been confirmed. We packed and left immediately in a Toyota Innova. But here was the funny part. We left in such a hurry that we missed important details. Our train was at 2 and we left at around 12:20 which is quite late considering Bombay traffic. We were proceeding to Mumbai Central when I, fiddling around with the GPS in my new god-oh-it-is-SO-awesome phone that I noticed that we had booked in a station called CST and we were proceeding towards the one called Central. I pointed this out to Dad. We were in a fix. The actual station was nearly at the other end of the city and very difficult to get to in the limited time we had. Luckily, we were near a station where the train would stop en route called Dadar Western. All hunky dory? There was one very minute problem … The train stopped for exactly 3 minutes there in which time we had to load 2 old people and 6 bags and 2 pretty well sized suitcases on board along with the almost 20 other people who had decided to board the train in the same station within the same 3 minutes. Result? Chaos.

But we got on after a lot of effort on my part and a lot of shouting to let me do the lifting so that we could move a little faster and I would not be treated like an invalid. The journey was just awesome. There is no other word for it. We spent the whole time on the train doing various things like sleeping and ordering whatever passed the coupe 😀 … At the end of it all, it was better than a 2 hour flight which would deliver us early enough that the 5 grand that we spend on it seems like an utter waste.

The day after I came back, it was doc appointment time and I had my stitches removed (quite painful, I must say!). The rest of the hols were spent in catching up with some of my friends … Specifically, vikku, sand, sori, gl, arj, yele and amogh. It was fun while it lasted

College has not been all that fun till now. The subjects this sem seem absolutely horrid and the teachers appear to be worse. Only the teachers for COA and Probability and Statistics seem to be good.

Nothing special seems to be happening right now. So, adios!

And yeah, Happy New Year! 🙂

Reboot!

I once had a dream … I dreamt I would use the internet to it’s fullest and I would relax in life while surfing through facebook, twitter and what-nots that web 2.0 has to offer. Hell, who am I kidding? The only dreams I usually have are of falling down great heights and jerking awake. It’s probably a signal from some cosmic intelligence that my life would be like that.

I digress, aye? Anyway, even though I got the perfect address from the perfect blog hosting site, I didn’t really bother keeping a blog. It just wasn’t worth it in school. But now, I just feel that there should be some outlet. Some possible way to get things out of my system.

I present: The Rebooted “Loony Goons 2.0” !