Careers Meme

From All The Pretty Words

I went over to Career Cruising and found that the login and password from Rebecca didn’t work. A quick Google solved that problem and I found another login. And I proceeded to take the Career Matchmaker quiz.

Here are my results:

  1. Website Designer
  2. Foreign Language Instructor
  3. ESL Teacher
  4. Marine Biologist
  5. Desktop Publisher
  6. Zoologist
  7. Fashion Designer
  8. Cartoonist / Comic Illustrator
  9. Computer Trainer
  10. Animator
  11. Multimedia Developer
  12. Set Designer
  13. Costume Designer
  14. Professor
  15. Taxidermist
  16. Veterinarian
  17. Botanist
  18. Graphic Designer
  19. Computer Animator
  20. Artist
  21. Biologist
  22. Medical Illustrator
  23. Corporate Trainer
  24. Veterinary Technician
  25. Music Teacher / Instructor
  26. Industrial Designer
  27. Animal Breeder
  28. Craftsperson
  29. Potter
  30. Microbiologist
  31. Video Game Developer
  32. Coach
  33. Interior Designer
  34. Environmental Consultant
  35. Pharmacologist
  36. Special Effects Technician
  37. Director of Photography
  38. Makeup Artist
  39. Sign Maker
  40. Food Scientist

Foul air

Last week, I caught malaria. Damn you, Anopheles gambiae

I delayed going to a doctor by a couple of days and that led to the fever being so severe, I didn’t eat much and was dehydrated by Saturday.

I was then rushed to hospital by friends (who wanted to smack me for being so stupid) and was put on a glucose iv drip.

I was also administered an anti-malarial through iv for 3 days.

Well, I’m out now, and back to work. My appetite is back to normal too. I now have to take a pill everyday for two weeks as part of what’s called a “radical cure.”

Lost phone

Earlier this week, I lost my phone. Yep, the same one I just bought a few months ago. 🙁

Which made me think, since all phones have a unique IMEI number, why isn’t there some sort of national registry where I can lodge my IMEI number (after proving that I indeed purchased that phone.)

The purpose? All service providers in the country will be required to constantly check with this registry and search their networks for the phone with that IMEI number

They could then track the user of that phone and thus return the lost/stolen phone to its rightful owner!

Wishful thinking…

You reverse racist, you!

So I took this test which is apparently part of a Project Implicit at Harvard University

It is well known that people don’t always ‘speak their minds’, and it is suspected that people don’t always ‘know their minds’. Understanding such divergences is important to scientific psychology.

This web site presents a method that demonstrates the conscious-unconscious divergences much more convincingly than has been possible with previous methods. This new method is called the Implicit Association Test, or IAT for short.

And my results were….

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“Looking” Muslim

A funny thing happened to me on the way home yesterday. Well, it was not really funny, but I managed to laugh at it anyway.

I was taking the train back home and it was quite late (around 11:40pm.) I was also busy texting messages to a couple of friends with my cellphone while sitting at a window. The guy sitting next to me kept looking at me each time I removed my phone or looked at it. Apparently he was keeping a good watch on me, since even when he leaned back and shut his eyes and I removed the phone, he sat up very quickly and glanced at me again.

Terribly annoying but I guess tolerable. But not what he did next…

As the train neared my station, I picked up my umbrella which was beside me and got up to leave. The guy sits up, stares at me and then stares quickly at overhead luggage rack before settling back into his seat!

I couldn’t help but to laugh out loud and shake my head, but it didn’t seem to bother him much.

All of this reminds me of an exchange I had with an Indian when I was riding a bus in Michigan. Once again it was late at night and so we were the only two people on the bus. The conversation went roughly like this:

Him: “Are you a Pakistani?” (Yes, that was his opener)
Me: “Nope. I’m Indian”
Him: (after a pause) “But you’re a Muslim, right?”
Me: (a little surprised) “Nope.”

A long pause and then,

Him: “Ok.”
Me: “Why do you ask? Is it because I have a beard?”
Him: “No! No! I just asked. It’s not because you have a beard.”

Once again I couldn’t help but to smile at that.

Me meme

I read this meme over at All The Pretty Words and at vanlal’s lj and decided to do it too. If nothing else, at least I’ll learn something! 😀

The Instructions:

  1. Go to Wikipedia.
  2. In the Search box, type your birth month and day (but not year).
  3. List three events that happened on your birthday.
  4. List two important birthdays and one interesting death.
  5. Post it.

My birthday is on the 16th of September




Anyone reading this, consider yourself tagged! (Oh and leave a comment with a link to your post please?)

If I’m a little bug-eyed…

…blame it on the movie marathon I did yesterday. I watched 3 movies at the cinema one after the other with just a break for lunch.

I started with Syriana at 11am. At first the quick cuts, the insane number of characters and information had me lost. But the story quickly came together (in my head, at least!) and I really liked the movie. By far the best movie I saw yesterday. The funniest bit was where they had these actors playing Pakistani immigrant workers in the gulf speaking such completely bad and stilted Hindustani. One of them had a terrible accent too!

After stuffing my face with pizza for lunch, I watched A History of Violence. I hadn’t heard anything about this movie before save for the fact that Maria Bello was nominated for an Oscar. But when I saw the trailer last week, it seemed quite interesting and I decided I had to catch it. I wasn’t disappointed. I quite liked the story and even Viggo Mortenson’s acting. And hey, even the blockbuster fans will be happy with the slick (albeit few) action sequences.

The last movie I saw was Brokeback Mountain. I wasn’t too keen on it since it seemed to be surrounded by hype and I hadn’t really read anything that made me want to watch the movie. And well, as I thought, I didn’t like it much. (You may flame me now! :p) It wasn’t a terrible movie, but I didn’t think it was anything great either! I liked the way the story was told, in little vingnettes stretching over the years and it was certainly a very picturesque movie. But gawd was it slow! And what’s with everyone raving about what a great love story it is? This is two people cheating on their spouses and having sex with each other. Since when did that rate as an epic love story?

Anyway, this seems to be a great time for movies in Bombay. I’m planning on catching The Producers this weekend and Being Cyrus the next! 🙂

Writer’s Block

I meant to write a real post, but forgot completely what it was about when I sat in front of the computer. The other real post I had an idea for my mind has gone blank on and so it remains a draft.


Anyway, I’m off to my parents’ home for two weeks! Yay me! Time to spend lazing around the house and eating yummy food. Also a good time for me to catch up on reading. I’ve borrowed a couple of books from the British Library here and I have a pile of books that I bought the last time I was home sitting there waiting. I’m also looking foward to re-reading some of the comics that I had boxed away.

A few days early, but Happy Diwali, everyone! 🙂