Thursday, 30 December 2010

Ye Olde New Year

Yup, thats right folks , we've managed to survive the financial crunch, Y2K, Swine flu and Nuclear apocalypse to be here today. One day separates us from the year 2011. I'm wondering why I even care about it, its just a new year for God's sake ! But, you might as well just go with the flow. I've noticed that a lot of people, (my fellow bloggers included) have developed a list of their fondest moments in 2010 (same thing with the newspapers, sadly that isn't available in mine this year :( . Alright - Back to the story :

Number 10 on my list - The Icelandic Volcano Eruption, Don't ask me to spell it  I CAN BARELY pronounce the first 4 letters !! I liked that event because it showed how a little tiny itsy bitsy act of God (even in the form of a volcanic eruption) can practically shut us down (LITERALLY , I mean all the airports were down and out :) ).

Number 9 on my list - Swine Flu , don't get the idea that I supported Swine Flu. I'm just stating how it had affected my area of life (by giving me a month holiday :P ) but stealing another 2 months away from me >.>

Number 8 on my list - The FIFA World cup 2010 , who could forget that ? Quite an annoyance = Damn you Vevuzuela !! Spain pulled up the upset win as being the first World Cup champions to be beaten in the first round by the people who've invented Swiss Cheese.

Number 7 on my list - Harry Potter, yesh I was looking forward to the movie all year. Considering I already read the book, it was boring =.= . Lucky for me, David Yates knows how to direct a movie :D 

Number 6 on my list - How to Train My Dragon - Most EPIC Cartoonish Comedical Movie Ever ! (First to Shrek :) 

Number 5 - The 33 Chilean Miners being rescued- As being a person who listened to the rescue LIVE on BBC World Service, it was a nice sigh of relief to me and the world. FINALLY , some good news :) 

Number 4 on my list - The Wikileaks Guy , Julian Assange - Most talked about person in the world , wanted by all , stuck in a prison cell in London .

Number 3 on my list - A truly sad moment was the Oil Leak from that damned Oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, not only did it lead to millions in damage but also lead to the death of countless number of plantlife and animals.

Number 2 - My brother's graduation , truly a proud moment :)

Number 1 - The release of World of Warcraft : CATACLYSM - EPIC expansion pack :) Yes I know, I'm addicted to this game. But its too good :( 

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYBODY

Saturday, 25 December 2010

Merry Christmas !

I know I haven't been posting in a while ( apologies for that) but I feel it would be very unkind of me to not wish you all a happy christmas.

So Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year- Yesh, we'll be starting the "Tween" years (Dunno what that is but lets ignore that) hopefully, it would be less gruesome than the last decade.

I'm guessing its 6 days to New Year ? Hope so (don't have a watch with me v.v).

Back to the chase = Merry or Happy Christmas :D

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Internet Addiction : What it does to YOU !

I have to admit, I'm an Internet/Game addict. Every time I come back home, my first visit is to ye olde PC. But really, I've got to say: I've honestly wasted half of my life on this bloody piece of hardware. Why you may ask ? Because of the latest invention of Satan : THE INTERNET

Sure, Internet has it's benefits; easy access to data, can chat with friends etc... but what if you over do it ? What if, you decide '' I'll go on facebook for 10 minutes'' then end up sitting there for up to 2 hours ! (that has happened, so many times ... ), or chatting with your friend, which might seem like minutes but actually is an hour long conversation. GOD HAS GIVEN YOU A SOUL , Use it WISELY !!

PEOPLE, I URGE YOU , DO NOT WASTE YOUR ENTIRE LIFE LOOKING AT A GLOWING RECTANGLE !!! 

A wise person once said : "People who dare waste a single second of time, have clearly not found the value of Life

Every moment I sit on the PC is a moment I  regret.

Sunday, 17 October 2010

GOAT KILLS !!

It might sound funny, but it's true. A mountain goat has actually killed a person in the US of A. Apparently, the goat mauled the poor hiker in the Olympic National Park (WA, USA).

'
Robert Boardman was gored in the leg by the goat while out walking on Saturday with his wife and a friend on Klahhane Ridge in Olympic National Park.
The 63-year-old was transported by US Coast Guard helicopter to a hospital in Port Angeles, where he was pronounced dead.
Rangers later killed the goat, which was known for its aggressive behaviour. '
                                                                                                                  Source : BBC News
I've just got one thing to say : What a way to go o.o 

Monday, 11 October 2010

10-10-2010

Yesterday, whether you've noticed or not, was a very odd day (or date to be specific). It was the 10th day of the 10th month of the 10th year of this century (could you imagine that ? :P ). From what I've heard on the radio, there has been a surge in marriage because of the date. It just seems kooky to me :) 

But then, we'll only be seeing it twice in our lifetime ; 11-11-2011 and 12-12-2012  :)
so might as well enjoy it while we can.

Saturday, 2 October 2010

An Interesting Fact

Yesterday was the 1st of October, 2010. In this date, you'll find a little silly code in it :

The date is , in digital version :

01/10/10         --- Put that in computing terms (100110) and that's a code that you'll use in computering.
                             Fascinating and True.

Friday, 24 September 2010

School scares me !

It's that time of the year again, where the leaves start to die and fall to their eventual rebirth, and the heat of the summer sun begins to invade the southern reaches of the world (Thank Goodness :), No... I'm not talking about winter, well... yet anyways, I'm talking about something so fearful and dreadful that even the mere mentioning of the word sends shivers down my spine : ''School''.

At this point, you'll probably feel disappointed, ''Ah , Dude ! It's just school ! Get Over It ! '' would be the typical comment I'd hear, but it's not just any other school year, it's the year I take my *coughs* IGCSE exams.

Now, to all those who have no clue what that is, It's an exam where every student, once they reach Grade 10, have to do in order to go to University (besides A-levels). Basically, it's the exam which potentially decides what you'll be doing for the rest of your life, so no pressure ! :D

While going through all my school memories, I keep one little sentence in mind at the end of each year :

''This is the End I reached before, What new adventures lie in Store ? ''

P.S. Sorry for the Delay, School's such a Burden on a Lad's Soul.

Thursday, 2 September 2010

AFK: Away From Keyboard

I haven't been updating my blog over the past 2 weeks, I've gotten so lazy, with Ramadan, endless slumber.. and annoying cousins in my midst.. it's no wonder I don't even have a regular view at it, If it was a real human, I could basically hear 'her' nag :P

I type this blog now about a very dire matter at hand, As you all might know, the country of Pakistan has experienced its worst flooding in its HISTORY !! Hundreds are dead, Millions displaced...homeless... starving... I just couldn't forget it, I'll probably never will... the dire..horrifying pictures of the unfortunate victims...

May God Help them all

But you can do something to help them.. DONATE !! Donate to the unfortunate people of this horrific disaster, You might save a life. Every time you eat or drink lavishly, just remember there are Poor people who have nothing of the sort in Palestine, Pakistan, Haiti , Darfur ....  

Why do we start these pointless wars and grudges ? 
Why can't we all just Get along ?

My Condolences to the victims and relatives of the Floods of Pakistan and to others who are starving , wishing for a better, honest, blessed life.

Friday, 20 August 2010

To Facebook or not to ?

Almost everyone nowadays uses Social networking sites, be it Facebook, Myspace, Twitter  etc.. But is it really worth it ?  Sure.. with facebook (for example) you can keep up to date with your relatives and friends, play a couple of games and upload some videos or pictures of your day.

Facebook has impacted my school so much that, if you Don't have more than a 100 friends of facebook, you are considered a loser ( Lame Stereotype !! ), I myself, am a periodic user of facebook, as in just checking and looking at the news, Speaking of news = Facebook is also one of the new frontiers in Internet Journalism, for stories can be reported here that have otherwise been missed by CNN, BBC, Reuters etc..

In other words, Facebook and the Following Social Networking Sites are leading a new revolution into the world, A new Technological and Social Revolution which could possibly lead us to  lose our personal touch and just makes us  more dependent on Computers then we've EVER been on anything since the First Millennium B.C. !!

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Rebels pay the Penalty !

The saying goes , ' One man's Terrorist is another man's Freedom Fighter' , Although that doesn't seem to be the case in the French Camp back at the world cup. To all those who need a refresh a memory, let me enlighten you. During the World Cup of 2010, The French team were playing very, VERY badly ( they got a draw and two losses I think). Before France's Last Match, Anelka ( a talented French Striker ) apparently criticized the coach and insulted him ( He was sent back to France for his behavior ), But the trouble wasn't finished for the French Coach as other star players on the team supported Anelka, such as the likes of Ribery and Patrice Evra.

In the end.. France lost in what was their worst EVER world Cup Performance and as to what happened to Anelka and his little Revolt ?

Ans : As of August 17, 2010, Anelka was handed a Record 18 Match Ban !! Ribery was also handed an 8 match ban, Evra ( who was Captain of France , at the time) was given a mere 3 match ban.

From my point of view, it was very silly, it's entertaining to see a bit of drama in the world of Football, but I still think the Zidane head-Butt incident was MUCH MORE thrilling ! :P

Sunday, 15 August 2010

False Alarm -.-

I've just finished browsing through the internet, as always, so I thought I'd look at Wikipedia, on the front page, the sentence read boldly '' WHO declares the Swine Flu PANDEMIC to be over''  .  And that brought back some memories , I remembered back in September 2009 , when the first signs of Swine Flu emerged in the schools and malls of the Island of Bahrain, entire schools, both government and private, (including mine ) were closed for up to a month  !! So We thought that it would be a bit fun, ''no school for another month '' slogan was in out heads the entire time. It was only, when we went back to school, that we felt the backlash of it.

The School decided that it had to cancel the Winter Holidays to make up for time lost in the unexpected break, and new Online assignments were given to us ( we weren't used to them :S). All of this made us outraged, but would could we have done ? We were just mere students in the eyes of the Ministry and the Principal,  Perhaps it was the right thing to do , but I still think that the actions were too harsh. ( It also resulted in frequent annoying H1N1 Check ups :S).

When we look at it from this view, the flu did not have a huge impact on the world, a recent research conducted by the WHO ( World Health Organisation) show that the virus killed 18,000 people world wide ( which might sound like a lot) but when compared to other figures that show how many people die of the normal flu, it represented a mere 4 % of all Flu-related deaths out of 250,000 to 500,000 deaths.

Now scientists say that the Flu has disappeared, Did it really disappear ? Was it a hoax ? or was it something more sinister ?

Friday, 13 August 2010

Funny Memories of the World Cup

While I was switching through some channels today at around 4 p.m. I've stumbled upon a documentary about this year's FIFA World Cup 2010 , which, BTW, Spain won. ( Uruguay played better :P). The world Cup, I admit, was a bit dull... besides my country not being there, as well as England & Argentina being eliminated, I've just got to say that the most exciting match that I've seen during the world cup, wasn't the Final, It was the 3rd Place match ! It's kinda ironic how Uruguay and Germany were playing for the third place, It should've been the opposite, but eh...

Anywayz, while I was watching the documentary in a slow, sleepy way , it reminded me of a *Zindane* Incident :P . During the World Cup Final between Spain and the Netherlands, the match was very gruesome , probably the only world cup final to have more than 5 yellow cards sanctioned :S . So anyways, I remembered this one time, where a Dutch player apparently kung fu Kicked Xabi Alonso in the chest (I've got a PICTURE :P)

<-- See, talk about a tribute to Zidane :

Xabi Alonso getting Kung Fu Kicked by De Jong :)

Wednesday, 11 August 2010

A fine start

Alright, the first day of Ramadan has ended, It was a very fun day ( you'd be shocked considering I haven't eaten nor drunk something since dawn). Though you might think fasting is a daunting task, its not really that hard, In fact, fasting can be very healthy for you (the soul) and for your body, I've read something a recent article by Top Bahraini Nutritionist Alia Almoayed about Detoxification that occurs in the body during Fasting which is supposedly good for you, though it was all Greek to me so I didn't understand much, but I'll learn one step at a time :).
One thing I've got to 'type' here is that During Ramadan, its a time for spiritual enlightenment, Ask Allah for Forgiveness, for things that will help you in your life ( in my case, I just want good marks :), its a time to give up your worldly pleasures such as food and water and worship Allah, read the Holy Qur'an and Help the Poor , Because Ramadan is THE holiest month of the Islamic Calender and my favorite month ( EVER !!). For all those who are new to fasting in Ramadan, Don't worry, its very simple and you wouldn't even feel a tad bit hungry.

Have a Happy, Spiritual And Blessed Ramadan.

Ramadan Kareem

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Ramadan :The Month of Spiritual Enlightenment

Its that time of the year, for a billion or so Muslims around the world (including me :) fast for an entire month to show Our Patience, Dedication and Will-power to obey Allah by abstaining from eating, drinking and other bad habits ( such as Smoking !! ) from dawn to sunset (roughly 12-14 hours ) . The month starts when the new moon is born ( A Crescent like the one below ) after the Month of Shaaban.

When I used to be in the 6th Grade, I still remember how my colleagues, back at the time, were stunned that I was fasting (to most of them, they didn't know why I did it ), especially because it was in the middle of October (October here, is very hot :S). I explained to them that I was fasting to show my obedience and my devotion to Allah ( some thought i was doing it to please my parents), From that day on, people respected me ( a little bit :)

But the main significance of the Month of Ramadan is that during this Holy Month is that the Very First Verses of the Holy Qur'an were revealed to the Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) from Allah VIA the Archangel Gabriel (Jibra'eel). The night on which first revelations is called Laylat Al Qadr ( The Night of  Destiny ). Ramadan is also a time for families to come together, discuss their lives and improve family  relations, it is also a time to ask Allah for forgiveness of the person's sins, Most Muslims read the ENTIRE Qur'an during this Holy Month.

Muslims break the fast at Sundown by having a meal ( Iftar) which traditionally consists of Dates, Yogurt, A main dish and Water ( or juice) and sometimes sweets, They can also have a recommended pre-dawn meal to help them.
 Now Please Excuse me, Ramadan starts on the Tomorrow (11th August) and I've got to be ready :)

Best Wishes this month:
Ramadan Kareem :)

Monday, 9 August 2010

Can't say Goodbye to Classics

I've just finished assorting all of my CDs ( yes ,I was thaaat bored :S). While going through the endless pile, I've stumbled upon a videotape (ye know, the old ones before we used the CD). It was the very first videotape I saw and watched (the film, not the cover), Guess what it was about ? The timeless classics of ''Mr. Bean'' :D

You might call me old fashioned, but I just couldn't forget Mr. Bean and all of his spectacular Misadventures, it was one of those good old classical comedic shows that just can't be replaced, Its sorta like Charlie Chaplain ( except for the Black and White). In this new modern age, there are new comedies, Scrubs,Frasier, Friends, Two and a Half men etc... Now, I'm not saying I dislike them, I'm quite fond of them myself, its just that they cannot match up to the level of comedy as ''Mr. Bean''. Old Rowan Atkinson does a fine job to bring humor back in the crude days of the 90s :D

The only downside to Mr. Bean, was when the show ended after ( I think) 14 episodes :S . Other than that I see no downside to the show, besides Mr. Bean not talking much ( though thats just me :)

And for all you who don't know who Mr. Bean is, Let me elaborate : Generally, Mr. Bean is about an Englishman called Mr. Bean who finds everything hard to do (even if its the simplest of jobs, like doing the laundry :P ) and often finds humourous and funny ways to solve the problem, not to mention having a nifty looking Mini and a cute little Teddy bear. This one time, he tried to drive home, while he was on the top of his car, Top That !  :)

The Mr Bean franchise now has 2 movies , Mr. Bean (1996) and Mr. Bean's Holiday (2007), as well as an animated TV series, And has the same level of internet fuss as LoL-CATS !! :D

So no offense to any other show, But Mr. Bean (the show) has been the only one to reach my funny bone, and no one can match the show's humour.

BTW: Rowan Atkinson plays Mr. Bean

Sunday, 8 August 2010

Unknown Facts about the world we live in

I've just finished reading a book, which has the same title as the above heading, It's a really funny book :P 
Lots of great things here which might seem irrelevant but worth noting. Who knows, you might find this useful :P

Enjoy :D

barbies' full name is barbara millicent Roberts.
in 18 months 2 rats can have more than 2 million descendents.
the name wendy was made up for the book  peter pan.
the most common name in the world is Mohammad.
american cars honk in the tune of F.
every time you lick a stamp you consume 1/10 of a calorie.
101 dalmations, peter pan lady and the tramp and mulan are the only disney movies where both parents are present & dont die through the movie. :P
Stewardesses is the longest word that can be typed with your left hand.
to escape the grip of a crocodile push your thumbs in its eye sockets- it will let go instantly
reindeer like to eat bananas.
the word samba means 'to rub navels together'.
no words in the english language rhyme with the words puple silver orange and month
the electric chair was invented by a dentist
The very first bomb dropped by the Allies on Berlin during World War II killed the only elephant in the Berlin Zoo.
every continent starts with the same letter it ends with
the strongest muscles in your body are the tongue and Jaws.
typewriter is the longest word that can be made on one line of a keyboard
honey doesnt spoil
crocodiles cant stick out their tongues
snails can sleep for 3 years
dolphins sleep with one eye closed and one open
American Airlines saved $40000 in 1987 by eliminating 1 olive from each salad served in 1stclass.
an ant always falls over on its right side when intoxicated
bubble wrap was first invented as a plastic wallpaper in the 50's
the average persons left hand does 56 percent of the typing
The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.  
The sentence: "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" uses every letter of the alphabet.
tigers have striped skin, not just fur
a dime had 118 riges around its edge
a cat has 32 muscles in its ear
a goldfish has a memory span of three seconds
a shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes
butterflies taste with their feet
almonds are a member of the peach family
an ostrichs eye is larger than its brain ? ( i doubt hat)
apples are more efficient at waking you up than coffee
when you sneez all bodily functions stop-including your heart
40000 americans are injured by toilets each year
if colour wasn't added to coco cola it would be green
James Bonds wife was named Theresa
in the 17, 677 words Shakespeare used in his plays, over 1700 of them were invented by him, including bump, eyeball, and assassin
a rat can last longer than a camel without water
the little dot in the letter i is called a tittle
on average, 12 babies will be given to the wrong parents daily
donald duck comics were banned from finland because he doesnt wear pants
If a person places one drop of liqor on a scorpian it will instanly go mad an sting itself to death
by raising your legs slowly and lying on your back, you cannot sink in quicksand
chewing gum while cutting onions will keep you from crying
sherlock holmes never said 'elementary my dear watson'
the guiness book of world records holds the record of being the book most stolen from public libraries
bats always turn left when exiting a cave
all polar bears are left handed
a chameleons tongue is twice the length of its body
a cat cannot move its jaw sideways
ants never sleep
flamingos are not naturally pink-they get their color from their food
the brain cannot process the word of
there are 293 ways to make change for a dollar
the man who invented the toilet had the last name of Crapper. hence, the toilet was called the crapper.
eating a poppy seed bagel before a drug test will makeyou test positive for the usage of opium(i wonder who was positivly tested first, poor guy,)
money is made out of cotton
a raisin dropped in a glass of fresh champagne will bounce up and down continually
a ducks quack doesnt echo
40% of Mc donalds profit come from happy meals
315 entries in the 1996 websters dictionary were spelled wrong
most lipstick contains fish scales
leonardo da Vinci could write with one hand and draw with the other at the same time
there are no clocks in las vegas gambling casinos
Da vinci also invented scissors, and it took him 10 years to paint Mona Lisas lips
camels have 3 sets of eyelids
Uses for WD-40(my bro would b proud)-takes crayon off walls, fire ant bites,and attracts fish
every day
more money is printed for monopoly than in the us treasury
men can read smaller print than women, but women can hear better
Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history: Spades - King David, Hearts - Charlemagne, Clubs - Alexander the Great, Diamonds - Julius Caesar
only two people actually signed the Declaration of Independance on July 4th 1776. most of them signed August 2nd but the last signature wasnt added til 5 years later
the liquid inside young coconuts can be used as a substitute for blood plasma
marilyn monroe had 6 toes
walt disney was afraid of mice
turtles can breathe through their butts
its almost impossible to lick your elbow
75% of people who read the above statement will try to lick their elbow
a shrimps heart is in their head
if you sneeze too hard you can fracture a knee,
if you hold in a sneeze, you can pop blood vessels in you head neck and die, if you force your eyes to stay open while you sneeze your eyes can pop out
rats and horses cannot hurl
If the  US government has no knowledge of aliens, then why does Title 14, Section 1211 of the Code of Federal Regulations, implemented on July 16, 1969, make it illegal for U.S. citizens to have any contact with extraterrestrials or their vehicles?
23% of all photocopying faults worldwide are caused by people sittng on them and copying their buttocks
If 1% of a hurricanes energy could be harnessed, it would supply the US with energy for a year
about 100 people choke on ballpoint pens every year
elephants cant jump
the longest word in th english language is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis.
The only other word with the same number of letters is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconioses, its plural form
The longest place-name still in use is Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturi-
pukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwenuakitnatahu, a New Zealand hill.

Donald Duck's middle name is flauntleroy
The only 15 letter word that can be spelled without repeating a letter is uncopyrightable.
mosquito repellents dont repel. they hide you so that a mosquito cannot sense youre there
donkeys kill more people than plane crashes
1 out of every 4 americans has been on television
the plastic things on the end of your shoelaces are called aglets
Adolf Hitler's mother was seriously considering an abortion but was talked out of it by a doctor
to carry the concentrate of coke, trucks have to have a sign on their truck indicationg a highly corrosive material is being carried
\because coke can dissolve a nail in 4 days.
u burn more calories sleeping than watching TV
the sound of E.T. walking was made by someone squishing their hands in jelly
women can smell better than men
rubber bands last longer when refrigerated
the national anthem (of greece)has 158 verses.
two thirds off the worlds eggplant is grown in new jersey
The "save" icon on Microsoft Word shows a floppy disk, with the shutter on backwards.
emus and kangaroos cannot walk backwards, which is why they are on the austalian coat of arms
cats have over 100 vocal sounds while dogs have 10
pinnochio is italian for pine head
camels milk does not curdle
the US has never lost a war in which mules were used
Blueberry jelly bellies were created for ronald reagan
goldfish have a memory span of three seconds
all porcupines float in water
cats urine glows under a black light
non dairy creamer is flammable
debra winger was the voice of ET
 pearls dissolve in vinegar
10% of the russian gov'ts income comes from the selling of vodka
the highest point in pennsylvania is lower than the lowest point in colorado


a shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes
Los Angeles's full name is "El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula". And can be abbreviated to 3.63% of its size, "L.A."

The verb "cleave" is the only English word with two synonyms which are antonyms of each other: adhere and separate.


Saturday, 7 August 2010

A horrible way to lose a Life.

Just recently, around 8:30 GMT, an odd competition was held, The World Sauna Competition was held in Heinola, Finland. Basically, the competitors have to sit in a steaming sauna , where temperatures reach up to 110 degrees Celsius, for the longest time possible (sounds simple enough).The Winner would  get  a lot of money from what I hear.

Back to the point; it was the finals, pitting Vladimir ( A Russian)  against his Finnish Rival, Timo. 1 vs 1 , seems simple enough. Though a few minutes later, both men collapsed and were unconscious. Sadly, Mr. Vladimir   died during the event and his fellow finalist is currently in the hospital. Apparently, the heat was too much for them ( Who could blame them ? 110 Degrees !!! ). The organizers are stunned, his family shocked, All of Finland is in shock .

It's a shame how a life can end in such ways, Others happen everyday ( though not like this ), people die due to landmines, improperly fixed holes in the ground (I've personally seen that :S). Enough with this, the Human life is Sacred, that is why it mustn't be taken away by anyone besides the Will of God !

Thursday, 5 August 2010

Not so Northern Lights

Ever seen one of these before ? Yes, the fabled 'Northern Lights'. Once, Exclusively seen in Northern Scandinavia and in the Arctic. NOT ANY MORE !!

According to top scientists, The 'Northern Lights' are now viewable in Denmark and Germany. You might ask why or how ,but first lets address the question :

Q) What is this ' Northern Lights ' ?

Ans) The 'Northern Lights' or Scientifically called Aurora Borealis are actually part of the Earth's Magnetic Field ( which is usually invisible). The Phenomenon of the Northern Lights occurs because of Charged Gas Particles (which comes from the sun in the form of a 'Solar Wind') interacting (or messing around) with the Earth's Magnetic Field. This solar wind has its own magnetic field which pulls or drags away the earth's magnetic fields from their original position thus disconnecting them from our planet. 

In other words : When the charged gas particles interacts with the Earth's Magnetic field, they make the gas particles ( such as Argon, Oxygen, Nitrogen Etc..) ''excited'' and hence they glow :) 

A red or Green glow is Oxygen.
A blue or Purple colour is Nitrogen.

You can clearly see the power of the Solar Flare ( Be Afraid :)


Back to the Point : Why is it occurring so low ?
Ans: It would be very hard to explain it (astronomically) but to cut things short : 

A recent Solar flare (heat from the sun that escapes into space in the way of an eruption) erupted, the solar flare was the largest ever recorded (if I'm not mistaken )and so hence, A Big Solar Flare or Wind makes a bigger impact.

Keep this in mind : Bigger Flare = Lower (Latitude-speaking) Position.


For more information: visit  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_flare

Wednesday, 4 August 2010

Bill Gates : Trying to make a Difference

We all know Bill Gate's Story, Self made- Billionaire, Invented what is now our modern day Windows XP.
Now recently, Bill Gates managed to convince other billionaires to donate at least 50% of their wealth to charity, My Comments : O.O , He has convinced 37 billionaires and himself to donate more than half of his wealth to charity, that money is more than a typical country can produce, I'd guess more than 40 Billion Dollars ( I wish I had that kind of money) !! Kudos to you, Bill. Very Generous of him to do so, Wish there were more Generous people in Life. If there is anything we've learned from Bill, its these 7 lessons:

1)Failure Teaches Resiliency

2)Understand Your Ego

3Unhappy Customers Help You Improve

 4)Leadership isn’t about Control; It’s about Trusting Others

5)Treat Everyone with Respect   My Favorite quote of Bill is :“Be nice to nerds. Chances are you’ll end up working for one.”

6)Action Creates Results

7)Step Back and Look at the Bigger Picture


 I want all my viewers to take Bill or anyone else who have contributed, as an example to never give up and that we can give so much help for the sake of Humanity, Be it Technology, Charity Work, Religious Gatherings, It's Almost Infinite ! My message is:
 Help The World in Any Way !

Keep Up the Good Work Bill :)

Tuesday, 3 August 2010

Intersecting the Reality of Inception

Every time I go to the Cinema, I'm always forced to see a  movie at the discreet choice of my older brother, Now normally I would always disagree with his choice of movies ( The Sorcerer's Apprentice... Last Airbender) . Next, my brother takes me to see Inception. I saw the trailer, it seemed awful and with basically no plot.

Only until after I see the film do I ' BARELY' understand the story. It is a very long film (2 hours, 30 minutes according to my watch, so pee before you go watch :). The plot of the story takes a bit of time to understand... it's one of those movies where you have to think of the plot instead of having a person telling it to the hero.
Leonardo Di Caprio  put up an amazing performance ( so I wasn't quite upset with him ). The only problem I saw in this movie, was that it is VERY confusing. As in *Spoiler Alert* the characters go into a dream of a dream of a dream of another person's dream, where apparently time is VERY Slow ! (10 hours = 1 week )

Conclusion: Not a Bad movie, Good Acting, nice special effects although the plot... well Good luck figuring it out :)                                                                 2.5 out of a Scale of 5

The film gives an inspiration, that people can use their utmost creativity and imagination to their limits, making things possible. It inspires people to Wake Up and Use Their Minds 

Monday, 2 August 2010

The Fall of the Crack-berry.

The Blackberry, seen as a necessity in the modern day life of teenagers, businessmen & women, Investors, Bankers, Retailers.... The list goes on.

But now, for the first time ever, the ''Crack-berry'' has had some of its KEY Services blocked in the Middle East , that btw separates it from all the other phones, blocked. These include the instant messaging service of the blackberry !!

Don't worry, it's only been banned in two countries: The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the 'Investor Friendly'' United Arab Emirates.

The aftershocks of this :
a) People probably want their money back after buying a blackberry ( since the chief reason of its purchase was the instant messaging service).
b) Makes security easier to maintain in both countries (Another reason for banning the services was that it prevents the Governments from 'listening' into people's conversations, i.e. More Privacy)
c) Could lead to more bans in the region.

Thankfully, Bahrain said that it will not ban The key services of the  Blackberry, so a huge sigh of relief from BB users.

I'm asking myself why am I writing a post about BB, even though I HUGELY dislike the BlackBerry (my opinion).

The above comments does not wish to insult the countries above and in no way is it defaming the Blackberry, it is an informative post.

I need a Break.

Sorry guys, I need a break from the formalities, being too formal nowadays could honestly kill you ... so I've decided to just 'go with the flow'. As being a new blogger here, I haven't exactly been the Grand Master (I barely could find where the HTML was :P ) but nonetheless the show ( or in this case, the Blog) must go on.

And now, An Introduction into my ' little' paradise that I call : Bahrain (besides the traffic, its alright :P).

Here in Bahrain, its a cosmopolitan society, as in we've got nationals from almost any country, something like an International City, but in this case, its a country. We've got all of the multi-national companies here, from food ( McDonalds etc..) to Fashion (Mango, etc...). The Hot spots in Bahrain is, of course, the City Centre ( Not the actual centre of Manama ! It's a Mall ). Here is where we spend most of our weekends, Shopping by Sharaf DG for the latest Techs, stopping by Starbucks for a coffee and , If Possible, go watch a movie in the LARGEST CINEMA IN THE MIDDLE EAST ( Oh yes, be Jealous :) Though I won't go there now.. No good movies really... cept for Sorcerer's Apprentice, that was cool.

Did I mention we have our very own, LIMITED EDITION, Indoor/Outdoor Water Park ! Yes, Ladies & Gentlemen, we have our very own, one of a kind, indoor water park, where the Temperature of the water stays at a comfy 30 Degrees for the entire year, EVEN DURING WINTER (That wouldn't matter though, since Winter temps here are Min 22 Degrees :S ), In addition to that, we also have a water ride, that is SOO rare that only a dozen are still in use, and we have ONE !! (forgot the name :S)

P.S. There's also a hotel :P
Yep.. Bahrain is a lively country, oh and by the way, that was just one mall out of the (i think) 2 dozen malls we have. Main point is : Bahrain is a fun place, ye just have to go to the right place

Sunday, 1 August 2010

Games aren't all bad

As the title suggests, Games are not all bad and some can be quite educational yet fun (surprisingly) and can boost your intelligence ( that is if you pick the right game :) Take the following example : 

A few days ago, A friend of mine recommended that I should play Hearts Of Iron 2. I thought that I would give this game a try, it soon became by favorite Strategic game ( EVER !! ). The game is based during the prelude of World War 2, from the 1st of January 1936, until well over the time taken for the war, 31st December 1946.

So basically, you are the leader of your country (don't worry, you'll lead a country that actually existed), which you can choose from a list of 90+ countries, from the powerhouses such as the British & Germany to Minimoys such as Luxembourg and Albania, you can really pick anyone ( Sadly Bahrain isn't in it :S ). While being the leader of your country, you can build armies,Navies, Air Forces, infrastructure (as in making better roads, buildings etc..), New Technology ( You can even build a Nuclear Bomb before the Americans do :P ) and improve your weapons and upgrade your army to Tip-top Shape.
You can also select Scenarios, which as basically Simulations of the real life events of World War 2, except you control your army and can change the outcome, For Example : You are Germany, fighting against the Allies, during the D-Day Invasions of 1944, If you have a good strategy, you could prevent the invasion and hence make an alternate future ( which sounds cool :)

This is a screen shot of the Americans fighting against the Soviets for control of Germany's Industry.

This game is the one of the most accurate strategical
war games that I've ever had the privilege of playing.The game doesn't leave any tiny details behind, it named all of the islands in the Pacific, even irrelevant ones ! It also named every part of the ocean and By the Way : Each General has a photo, those Photos are very authentic & contributes to the reality of the game, its a reality game, not one of those games where everything is ready and you just have to attack, this one is different. With all the Authentic different types of Names of Generals, Tanks, Air forces, Ships, Province, To sum it up : It's The Game to Play

 So technically.. It's a very good game to play to because it can : 

a)Help you Learn Historical Information                                                                                       b)Help pass those endless hours      

c) Even if you mastered all the Scenarios,  try  doing it on HARD MODE 

Saturday, 31 July 2010

What would have happened if Hitler Did not invade the USSR ?

We all know what happened in World War 2, the Germans conquered Europe, starved Britain to Death, It seemed like they were destined to win the war. But, the Germans made a huge blunder in the form of the invasion of the USSR. Many historians agree that if Hitler had not invaded the USSR, Germany could have won the war.

I won't get into too much detail about the Invasion, Although if you want to, go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Barbarossa . 

The question comes: What if it had not happened, what then would have been the fate of the world ?
Completely different, would be two words to sum it up. Here is a map of the power of the Third Reich of Nazi Germany.
As you can see, Germany and her allies were the powers of Europe during the war.

 Suppose Hitler and the USSR had a longer truce, say lasting till 1945. Hitler would have probably been planning for an invasion of the British Isles. Actually, it is true that Hitler DID actually plan an invasion of the British Isles but decided not to in order to invade the USSR.
 Hitler could also have convinced General Franco (Leader of Spain) to join them, which he would probably do.
In the early 1940s, the Axis powers were crushing the British in North Africa, specifically Egypt. At some point in this stage, the US would have joined the war and send their soldiers and equipment to help the British. At some stage, probably 1943, the Germans and the Italians would have overrun the Allies in Egypt and Captured the Suez Canal thus separating Britain, the protectorates of Gibraltar and Malta, from the rest of the British Empire who are forced to sail around Africa towards India for supplies. With the lack of supply, the Axis would've quickly overrun the Garrisons of Both protectorates.

With the fall of the Suez Canal, the Allied soldiers stuck in the Colonies of Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Jordan and Palestine are surrounded and their only escape route is either via Eliat in Palestine or via Basra in Iraq. Most chose the second due to its proximity to The colonies of the Indian Sub-Continent.

Turkey, now just blocking the Axis from invading the Middle East, is being tempted to join both sides, If Turkey were to join the Axis, it would surely be on a promise that the '' Ottoman'' Empire would be rebuilt and that Turkey would occupy most of the Middle East, in exchange for Turkish Allegiance. If Turkey were to join the the Allies, Turkey would surely lose, as they would probably delay the Axis Offensive in the Middle East from 4 months to up to 2 years with Allied Help and could even launch an offensive into Bulgaria, establishing a Bulwark of the Middle East.

 I'll continue with the Idea that Turkey joined the Axis, And would invade Syria, Northern Iraq and Lebanon. Saudi Arabia might make a non-aggression pact with the Axis to avoid a conflict. Persia, who at the time was a pro-Axis supporter would probably have joined the Axis and launched a major offensive into Southern Iraq.

Now, the Middle East has been wiped out, Mainland Britain is under attack, America, desperately, sends its soldiers to their deaths in an effort to save Freedom & Democracy. With that said, The British would probably sign an armistice, seceding all of her colonies to the Axis and with the British having to their own independence, at the cost of paying reparations. Soon after, Allied countries will follow in suit.

And to think, this all could have happened if Hitler had just decided to change his mind.

Note: These are all the things that I thought would have happened and in no way do I say that it ' will ' happen, I merely am giving an example of what COULD have happened.

A New Challenge for A New Generation

Summer has started, it's been over a month now and it seems that a deadly disease have tightened its grip on youngsters of all ages in the tranquil island of Bahrain. No , it's not the H1N1 Flu, Neither is it the summer heat (surprisingly) , Teenagers nowadays are suffering from a disease which I prefer to call : 'Boredom Syndrome' .

Now that school has finally ended, Teenagers all over the island are faced with a problem , '' What do we do now ? '' . For some teens, studying was the only thing they did to pass the time. But now, Time is passed very quickly as teens slowly develop into ' Potato Couches '. Spending almost endless hours in front of the tele, with a large size bag of Nachos and 2 'Diet' Colas to comfort them through the endless commercials, and of course, the traditional 6 hour marathon of playing Computer games, or just chatting which leads to social isolation .

This is the life of a typical teenager in Bahrain if he/she has nothing to do. The productivity of the normal Teenager decreases and becomes lazy. Teens and children are the future of the country and the world,
Rather interestingly, the government has setup Youth Programs to teach youngsters new skills to aid them in this ever changing world. According to what my sources say , approx. 900+ youngsters were trained and that , my viewers, is a hefty number in this community.

I'd like to personally thank the Government of Bahrain, Kudos to them for intervening to help rescue the future generation of Bahrain and someday,And , who knows,  They might do the same.

Architecture Plan of Bab Al Bahrain from 1945

Double click for larger image. Reading through the Qatar Digital Library's massive digitised archives of British colonial files, I...