Saturday, May 27, 2006

Music Hosting

A couple of friends caught on with a music hosting website (Castpost) I use for "podcasting", i.e. just embed music into your blog for others to listen. Miles had a few technical issues with it the other day as the player caught up a lot and prevented him from listening to the Holy Pussycat Dolls.


A lot of other people have been having similar problems. Well, there isn't any specific solution, but I'd recommend you Refresh the page, or hit Pause and let the music file stream (this solves the problem for people living far apart).

I've tried a lot of hosting sites earlier. This one's proven to be the latest and the best so far. The thing is, Blogger isn't really built to embed music, create podcasts, etc. Wordpress, myspace and other blogging sites are more for that kind of thing. They have options of converting your blogs into podcasts or directly upload music. And of course, we won't give up on Blogger so soon eh. So if the tips above don't work, you can switch to another host. Filelodge was one of my first host sites (it's free). The admins keep upgrading it a lot... so there's a lot of "down-time". I'd recommended a podcast fanatic friend to use Bolt (the link takes you specifically to the audio webhosting site). It's free too. It allows mic options too, which is kinda cool. His podcast is "flourishing", so I can say Bolt could be better than Podcast! And if nothing works out... there's always YouTube (I think it uploads music too).

Click on the links below to listen to sound quality/upload speed for tracks I've put up. Have fun browsing! I'll update if something else comes along.

Long White Cross - Pluto (using Bolt - you don't have to embed it, click on the link instead)

(using Filelodge - this isn't really a music file but its hilarious)

Bush + Rice conversation
My December - Linkin Park

Friday, May 26, 2006

early morning blues

I guess everyone has one of those mornings when you feel p***ed off for no apparent reason. Well, there are a couple of reasons but they hardly have a connection and sound trivial after a day or two.

Right now, THIS INSTANT I'm irritated with the whole blogging scenario. Rewinding a few years, I remember creating this blog to post jokes, forwards and the other trivial stuff that takes up more space in the blogosphere. Then there are days when I write long ass entries and start having second thoughts about posting them on here because I think its way too personal and just makes me sound opinionated. Its like I want to post it, but something holds me back and I just kick a wall and save it as a draft. Anyway, moving on...

I don't understand why people have to be such stuck-ups and be all expressionless and shyt when you're with them, trying to joke and have a good time. It does your head in, spoils your mood and makes you wonder wtf are you even bothering to be with such a person, trying to lift their mood when its not worth it in the end. I mean seriously. It was going great with one person, then the SU (stuck-up) person comes along and you think, "Okay well, maybe I could use a change in company." Nah-uh! Baaaad decision. Two minutes into the conversation and you want to sock the person and tell them to take a break and act like they're trying to have a good time if it isn't too much trouble.

Are there statements people make, that you just can't tolerate? I can name a few right off my head because thats what I've been hearing this week. "I don't care." "It doesn't matter." "Whatever." wtf? You ask them nicely where they want to go, eat, hang out, grab a pop, anything!

And then the select friends on your list, whether it be Facebook, Hi5, that sit in the same room as you do and don't even bother to say Hi. Now this one really irritates the hell out of me. Earlier I used to say a Hi or whatever when they didn't but now I don't even make the effort. This "friend" came and sat next to me for a full 15-20 minutes while I was working on a project and didn't even bother to say anything. I didn't notice until she got up and left and I was like, "hey! that was so-and-so!" I'm very much tempted to strike her name and many others' off my friend list online, but that would just be childish huh.

And I won't even want to go into the way people you know behave on-campus when they see you. A "Hey! How are you?" and the person walks away even before you have a chance to open your mouth. I know you're in a hurry, but ffs. I found it really rude at first, but now I'm used to it. Now I just smile and walk-on by, and leave them hanging if they're waiting for an answer. Not with everyone of course. Just people like I mentioned above. A friend told me once we live in a critical, cold, selfish world and I refused to believe him. I always looked for the good in people. Its a shame I have to alter my ways towards certain people. It really is. Can't the world just be friendly and nice and easy to get along with? Can't people see the good in others too and understand people's feelings? I guess thats too much to ask.

With just a week left for the quarter to end, I'm down with a terrible cold that doesn't seem to go away and leads to feverish nights. I hate it. It prevents me from doing well on last-minute projects, quizzes, exams and ... its just terrible. Maybe thats the reason I'm having a bad start. I woke up late today and in the hurry to do a lot of things with 2 hands in 5 minutes, I forgot to take my medicine and a library book thats due soon. Now I'm sniffling all over the place like a maniac and hoping the due date magically gets extended.

Hmm, I actually feel better now. I think I'll make it through Physics without sleeping, then I'll treat myself to my favorite Skeller cheese sticks, get my project done, enjoy my 3-day weekend and have fun. Yeah... that sounds nice. I like blogging. This is good... real good.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

or maybe not. Vote for Taylor Hicks!
Vote for Catherine McPhee ! 'cuz I'm too lazy.

Saturday, May 20, 2006

here's to good friends...

Thank you.

It is rare indeed to have friends who care and stand by even after knowing all the shades of greys and blacks in you. I consider myself lucky to have such friends - even if they're few, miles apart and I get to see/talk with them once in a few months. I love you guys and you know who y'all are... All I can come up with are these 2 simple words at this moment. I'd dedicate a million songs to you, but who needs songs and poems when all that I feel is right there for you to see. And who would understand better :)

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

God... I miss talking to my friends online. Its been so long since I've logged onto MSN and "chilled", "been random" and replied to a "Hey! sup?" with a "Heeey back :-) nm, u?" Of course we all love the chat lingo now eh.

PEACE. haha... or rather lmfao

Thursday, May 11, 2006

This was actually fun...

Tagged by a friend who doesn't wanna be named on here because "he's too cool for this". Who cares... I got tagged - twice, in a week. w00t? Atleast you don't get to hear about my same ol' shyt. Meme's are way more... entertaining.

Seven things I plan to do before I die:
1. Own a jetplane
2. Fly it
3. Pick up my hawt ex from his rooftop Angelina Jolie style
4. Flip bottles 'n glasses like a bartender
5. Bungee jump
6. Forget to hand my ex his parachute
7. Never stop doing whatever I wanna do (?)

Seven things I can do:
1. Cover my feelings prettttty well
2. Play rugby
3. Forget and forgive, not necessarily together
4. Slack endlessly
5. Take risks for "fun"
6. Never do it alone
7. Lie impulsively

Seven things I cannot do:
1. Say "no" to a person in need
2. Stay angry with someone for more than 5 minutes
3. Get along with people who "don't give a shyt" about others
4. Work with any calculator
5. Sing
6. Leave my house without my cellphone
7. NOT wear my heart on my sleeve

Seven things that I find really attractive about the opposite sex:
1. Laugh/Smile
2. Hands
3. Jealousy AND accepting it
4. No bling
5. Takes out time for people he cares about
6. Striped shirts, loosened ties and shirts unbutto... uhm, you know...
7. A little shyness is appreciated

Seven things that I find really attractive about the same sex:
1. Doesn't tell you she has "guy-friends" for God's sake...
2. Sarcasm
3. Does not talk about "others" when we're hanging out
4. Knows how to have fun and yet stay sober
5. Sings at the kareoke
6. Dignity
7. Is nothing like me

Seven things I say the most:
1. "Oh shyt!"
2. "Really?"
3. "Duuuude..."
4. "I don't know"
5. "Excuse me?"
7. more "HAHAHAHAHA"

Seven books I love:
1. The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho
(my favorite read when I was in boarding school)
2. The Phantom of Manhattan by Frederick Forsyth
(the first book where I couldn't get enough of the last chapter)
3. Learning Italian for Dummies
(because I like learning new languages)
4. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
(I like the entire series actually, but this one was exceptionally well-written)
5. Princess Di's Biography by some man...
(because I like to know more about people I admire)
6. Message in a Bottle by Nicholas Sparks
(I had to give this book some credit for making me tear up... a LOT)
7. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
(because her book made me think architecture was my dream career for a good 5 years)

Seven people I would like to see take this quiz:
1. You
2. RISHABH! heh
3. My neighbor
4. Prez Bush YEAH!
5. Engineers
6. Jolie
7. Myself, after a year

whatever tag

Tagged by Rishabh... and here I was, thinking meme's and all this was a thing of the past. I wouldn't do it, but he actually mentioned me first haha, so yeah. I'm bored. After so long. I need this (shyt).

1.Grab the book nearest to you, turn on page 18 and find line
"Several methods are available for identifying objects, but no single one is always the best approach" (Data Abstraction and Problem Solving with C++). Aye, I'm the nerd you envy.

2. Stretch your left arm out as far as you can
Have a cast :-( don't ask...

3. What is the last thing you watched on TV?
That Red Eye movie, on Monday I think.

4. Without looking, guess what time it is?

5. Now look at the clock, what is the actual time?

6. With the exception of the computer, what can you

Ridin' Dirty by Chamillionaire *grins*

7. When did you last step outside? What were you doing ?
This morn for university.

8. Before you started this survey, what did you look at?
Porn. Free, if I may add.

9. What are you wearing?
Whatever it is, it's not doing a good job at blocking the chill.

10. Did you dream last night?
Running away from a train while my lab partner calculated the Doppler effect shyt or something.

11. When did you last laugh?
My physics exam was terrible... so I guess at 12:59pm when the-guy-who's-name-I-always-forget tried to joke about something-I-don't-remember before an exam I-don't-give-a-shyt-about-no-more.

12. What is on the walls of the room you are in?
Uncle Sam pointing at ya and saying, "I WANT YOU! TO SPEAK ENGLISH".

13. Seen anything weird lately?
yeaaaaah... I can lick my elbow.

14. What do you think of this quiz?
"Same old shyt" - Rishabh

15. What is the last film you saw?
Red Eye

16. If you became a multimillionaire overnight, what would you buy?
The US porn database.

17. Tell me something about you that I dunno.
I'm obsessed with myself. I don't give a shyt about pr0n.

18. If you could change one thing about the world, regardless of guilt or politics, what would you do?
Regardless of politics and guilt? Dude... I'm going to say free college education for all of us.

19. Do you like to dance?
Yup. But now I entertain private groups and get money offa it.

20. George Bush.
Who? What?

21. Imagine your first child is a girl, what do you call her?

22. Imagine your first child is a boy, what do you call him?

23. Would you ever consider living abroad?
Uh huh. I can't stick to one place/country for long anyway.

24. What do you want GOD to say to you when you reach the pearly gates?
"For Christ's sake... we don't take hell rejects."

25. 5 people who must also do this in their blog.
1. Rishabh (kidding)
2. Him
3. Her
4. Them
5. You

Friday, May 05, 2006

in a state of shock

I literally was in a state of shock, when I accidentally pressed the accelerator instead of the brake as I was parking and ran over the crosswalk and into the bricks near my neighbor's house... trying to still my shaky self, I somehow gathered myself to get out of the car and see the damage to my car. Thankfully (!) there wasn't any damage except a few displaced bricks which I couldn't put back in place because they were heavy and my shaking hands didn't help either :-\ Thankfully (as my mom pointed out), this wasn't any traffic light and there was no car infront of me... shyt.

Having said that and revealing the consequences of my (sometimes) "wandering" mind, drive safe this weekend everyone. It definitely feels much better to turn off the ignition and smile in relief at the thought of being home - safe and sound.

A song to calm your nerves - Fast Car by Tracy Chapman and The One You Love by Rufus Wainwright (listen to the songs on the right)