Friday, 27 January 2012
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I have spent most of my life in office. Honest! Not only that, I have had a chance to set up a few from scratch while raising new outfits during my color service. That is why I know a thing or two about offices and office environment and how it helps to unleash creativity and productivity. But Contest Factory Pimp My Cube Contest idea is new and unique for me. They are ‘searching for the worst, most pathetic and messy cubicle or office that may have bad furniture, old technology, messy, unorganized, noisy, dirty, dark and or any other attributes that make it a bad space to work in.'
Have a look at your own office. Do you qualify to enter? It is simple. Just upload a video showing your work place and describe a bit as to why you think it is ‘horrible’ and yes you can be a little creative as to why Contest Factory should ‘Pimp’ your cube. Then ask your family and friends (what are online communities for?) to vote for your video. See the site for more details. And if you get most votes, best (really worst) video and most compelling story you may be in for a total grand prize value of approximately $1200. You can spend that money to update your office space with one of three prize packages including new high end computer system, new desk, chair and decorations and new entertainment package with high end stereo or espresso machine.
I suggest everyone should enter to win. Hurry because the contest is ending on Jan 31, 2012. It is fun and prize money is not bad either.
Wednesday, 25 January 2012
Proud parents at Lahore School convocation 2012
Tuesday, 24 January 2012
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mountains, but it is also about of the cultural, geological, and biological make up of mountains, people of that area, human behavior in difficult situations, and history; and about joy of watching purple-gray clouds spreading out like an atmospheric ocean in all directions as far as the eye can see.
Sunday, 22 January 2012
Life is a miracle in this universe
And the engine of life is linkage
Water, air and nature are united
To make a perfect living sculpture
Earth is a miracle, while life remains a mystery
United by customs and rituals hindered down
And great adventure of life on earth
That every living being plays it's role
Humans shape the land with patience and devotion
Energy of sun captured by rays of clouds
Pocket of sunshine chase away the scars of drought
This has become the new magmare of time
The energy puts up a fantastic show
The days seems to be no more than reflection
Nights have turned the city into starry lights
The pieces of stars buried in it's own creation
We haven't understood what nature provides
So enjoy the circle of life that's given to us
Giving birth to sparkle cities and many more
Not understanding that earth cant take it any more
We are destroying a cycle of life that's given to us
We have forgotten that resources are scares
Factory ships emptying the oceans day by day
And once mighty rivers no longer flaws today
Hunger spreading more and more
Effecting all human beings
Population is most catastrophic
Increasing the thirst for energy
Little by little we have upset the earth's balance
Nature is already being disrupted
Our eco systems don't have borders
Every thing has become unstable
Change is ticking in this magnificent landscape
We have created a phenomena where we cannot control
All we have seen is a reflection of human behaviour
We have shape the earth to our image
So look around and see that we have very little time to change
The cost of our action is high above others
Every one pays their price without actively involved
And generations to come will have nothing left to loved
Let us be stronger than the soldiery selfishness
Lets built harmony between humans and nature
Lets be responsible for our every action
Lets care for the riches of our earth......
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Thursday, 19 January 2012
How to stay safe online when everyone is going to have a laptop
Wednesday, 18 January 2012
Government of Punjab (PITB), Google Pakistan and P@sha are doing series of sessions about how to make sure that your online data stay safe while moving around in cyber space. Badar Khushnoon is a man in the real know of the matter and talked about hardware and software security, web security and much more. I thought ‘I know it all’ but to my surprise, there is so much more than normal computer users like me think is enough. Thanks Badar for this very interactive and useful session.
Shahbaz Sharif also told the audience about his vision of laptop his government is offering to students. That reminded me of two initiatives (one laptop per child and $100 Laptop). What happened to those projects? Some geeks questions about the criteria for giving laptops but I personally strongly recommend laptop schemes. Go ahead Mr. CM, this will help in the long as well as short run.
At the end, Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif also presented shields to Pakistan Blog Award 2011 winners.
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Wednesday, 11 January 2012
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is about to expand general Top Level Domaown names (gTLDs). The applications have already been invited from January 11, 2012 through April 11, 2012. During the first round, ICANN will accept only 500 applications, while the subsequent rounds will be limited to 400 applications. The gTLDs expansion program has the potential to add countless new names to the existing twenty one available top-level domains (.com, .net, .edu, .biz, .org) and over 100 suffices (.pk - Pakistan, .ly - Libya) by permitting brands, businesses, geographical regions and even individuals to apply for a virtually unlimited list of new gTLDs in different scripts including Arabic. It is expected that the first gTLDs will come online by 2013.
Lonely or alone?
Tuesday, 10 January 2012
Everyone experiences loneliness. Some humans are more socially accepted. Some who try to be social remain socially rejected, and some have difficulty even trying. Loneliness should not be equated with a fear of being alone. Everyone has times when they are alone for situational reasons, or because they have chosen to be alone. Being alone can be experienced as positive, pleasurable, and emotionally refreshing if it is under the individuals control. Solitude is the state of being alone and secluded from other people, and often implies having made a conscious choice to be alone. Loneliness is therefore unwilling solitude. Loneliness is an emotional state in which a person experiences a powerful feeling of emptiness and isolation. Loneliness is more than just the feeling of wanting company or wanting to do something with another person. Loneliness is a feeling of being cut off, disconnected, or rejection from other people, so that it feels difficult or even impossible to have any form of meaningful human contact. Lonely people often feel empty or hollow inside.
Being alone and lonely, and even just the fear of being alone, make many people insecure, anxious and depressed. If you fear being alone you may become over needy of other people and feel as if you must be around people at all times. While we all, to varying degrees, need people in our life, if you feel you must have people around all the time then this need is controlling you. What is meant by "being alone" means different things to different people. It is critical to evaluate what makes up your fear and to what degree this fear controls you and your behavior. For example, it is important to note if there are any social elements to the fear, is the fear related to personal violence concerns, and is the focus on one particular person or type of person rather than on the need to have another human being in close proximity.
What causes of loneliness and a fear of being alone? People can experience loneliness for many reasons, and many life events are related to loneliness. Loneliness is a very common response to divorce or the breakup/loss of any important long-term relationship. In these cases it may stem both from the loss of a specific person, as well as from the withdrawal from social circles caused by the event or the associated sadness.Loneliness can be a response to a specific situation or event, such as the death or extended absence of a loved one. Loneliness may also occur after the birth of a child, after marriage or after any minor or major life event. Loneliness can occur in marriages or similar close relationships where there is anger/resentment or a lack of "loving" communication. The fear of being alone can be caused by by many different things. Maybe you were, or felt, abandoned at some time in life and came to associate being alone with being unloved or neglected.
A fear of being alone can be directly related to lack of self-confidence and to the belief that activities cannot be enjoyed or even attempted if you are alone. Or maybe you just never learned to be comfortable while alone. Like anything in life, what has been learned can be altered. You can learn to be better at being alone without being lonely so that you have the choice of whether to be with others or not. And when you overcome the fear of being alone, you instantly become more independent and confident as a result. In fact, there are many advantages to overcoming fear of loneliness. When you are alone you have time to think calmly and there is a special kind of peace you can experience only when alone. Time spent alone sometimes can also make time spent with others even more enjoyable. Remember that being alone doesn't have to mean being lonely.
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Monday, 9 January 2012
We proudly own a copy of Hafeez Inayatullah's famous book 'khaana pakaana' (cooking meals). At first we thought the book was written by a male author named Mr Hafeez who was breaking grounds in the field of culinary arts, but after reading the preface it dawned on us that author is infact a lady. She wrote the word 'raqma'(female writer) before her name and thats how we came to know that author is actually Ms Hafeez.
The book itself is great. It is an encyclopedia of recipes. There are 19 recipes of cooking chicken, 17 for rice dishes, 33 for 'qeema' (minced meat), 31 for regular meat, 26 for fish and the list goes on and on.
After the first edition of the book was published, a dejected single male complained to Ms Hafeez that her book doesn't tell him how to cook eggs. Ms Hafeez immediately paid heed to this important need of single population of the country and 2nd edition of the book now contains 11 priceless recipes on how to cook eggs. Below is an excerpt from the preface where Ms Hafeez explains the reasons of including egg recipes.
(1) Simple Omelet Number One:
(2) Omelet Number Three:
The recipe' below is titled as 'Omelet Number Three'. Ingredients include a little bit of Soda, besides the 4 eggs needed for this type of omelet i.e. the Omelet number three.
Under recipe' instructions, the author asks us to 'Open the eggs'. Don't break them ok. Just carefully open them. Drain the egg white into a plate but make sure to keep the yolk inside the opened eggs. Now beat the egg-white so much that it turns into an unsettling foam. Make sure the foam is permanent and does not settle down. It should retain its foam texture even after the beating is stopped. Now add Soda (the one that is suitable to eat. none other please) to it and blah blah blah. The word 'kaR-kaR-aayeN' is used in this recipe' also.
The last couple of lines instruct us to try to make this omelet round as a ball and use low heat. As the heat will start going into the egg it will start getting rounder and rounder. If you want you can make 2 separate round omeletes by repeating the same recipe' 2 times. The last line reads that the resulting omelet will look very beautiful. Enjoy :)
Please feel free to share with us anyother great egg recipes that you may know. The End
Google PageRank 2012
Sunday, 8 January 2012
No one is sure but the most likely dates for Google PageRank Updates for year 2012 are:
First Google PageRank 2012 Update: 30 Jan, 2012 – 2 Feb, 2012
Second Google PageRank 2012 Update: 30 Jun – 2 July, 2012
Third Google PageRank 2012 Update: 30 Sep – 2 Oct, 2012
Fourth Google PageRank 2012 Update: 31 Dec – 3 Jan 2012
There may be some smaller PR updates in between.
Congratulations for the over 2 million Muslims - including the nearly 200,000 Pakistanis - who performed Hajj yesterday.
To me, the Hajj is an amazing and powerful symbol of equality and unity in a world distraught with frictions and factions.
It is not just a symbol of 'Muslim brotherhood' but of human oneness. It is not simply a connection - in its rituals and its meanings - amongst the Abrahamic faiths; it is also a spiritually moving and visually powerful symbol of the unity of all humankind. There are those who wish to reduce the meaning of the message to merely one religion, or even one sect. I, at least, have always found it a more universal message and moved by the symbolism of unity and harmony of all.
It seems that everywhere and always we are not just divided but we take pride in our divisions. Our language, our vocabulary, our thought processes are geared to highlight our differences with others. We take a perverse pride in these differences, whether we consider ourselves to be 'superior' to others or we believe ourselves to be victims of differentiation.
Wheels of Empire
Thursday, 5 January 2012
Salman Rashid is clearly Pakistan’s most notable and erudite travel writer. His work is informed not only by deep insight but an even deeper love of his subject. A signature Salman piece welds impressive knowledge of geography, history, ethnography and ingenious and tradition with a writing style that quivers with life.
Salman Rashid is also an accomplished lensman with a sensitive eye for landscape photography that further enriches his travelogues.
Latest, presentation of awards and UnConference session (last of the series ths year) held in Lahore on Jan 4, 2012 in FAST is a testimony to how blogs have become mainstream. In the UnConference, the group of able panelists, who seemed to be in know if the new opportunities being presented by social media - highlighted the role of blogs in all fields of human activities while most of the audience live streamed every thing discussed there. Here are my suggestions for effective and intelligent blogocracy (read democracy) in a very local context:
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Sunday, 1 January 2012