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Look Ma, I won….

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So after 5 years of fearless & relentless blogging, I finally won an award for the efforts.

One of the funniest and most astute among the denizens of desi-blogosphere, and a rare person who even manages to consistently remain funny on Twitter has announced his own awards. And I get a prize in the …..”Blog most likely to make you an alcoholic” category.

Yohoooo….

So take that, y’all byaaatches who are crowing about winning the Indiebloggies. This award is so much better because:

I did not have to be nominated by some uber-elite jury.

I did not have to obtain the post-nomination eminent-blogger endorsement.

I did not have to send out e-mails, post  messages on my Twitter and Facebook accounts extorting random people to vote for me.

I do not have to be gracious and and say that everyone’s a winner in my book.

I do not have to send out e-mails, post messaged on Twitter and Facebook thanking people for voting for me through multiple e-mail IDs.

etc.

Now  that I have won the award, I promise to live up to it’s meaningless much exalted status. As a result of this, I will drink more (but of course) and blog more (yeah! dream on….) – preferably at the same time.

In terms of award winning achievements, this one ranks up there with the best of them:

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December 17, 2009 at 5:39 pm

The Day Comedy Died

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January 20th 2009.

After eight years of endless ready-made material, where will the likes of The Daily Show, Colbert Report, Wait Wait..don’t Tell Me etc turn to ?

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January 20, 2009 at 8:54 am

Posted in Ect., Personal, Politics

Part-time pets….

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As Tyler Cowen might say, markets in everything – pet rental edition:

From the state that popularized purse puppies, drive-thru dog washes and gourmet dog food delivery comes the latest in canine convenience — a company that contracts out dogs by the day to urbanites without the time or space to care for a pet full-time.

Marlena Cervantes, founder of FlexPetz, bristles when people refer to her five-month-old business as a rent-a-pet service. She prefers the term “shared pet ownership,” explaining the concept is more akin to a vacation time share or a gym membership than a trip to the video store.
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FlexPetz is currently available in Los Angeles and San Diego, where Cervantes lives. She plans to open new locations in San Francisco next month, New York in September and London by the end of the year.

For an annual fee of $99.95, a monthly payment of $49.95 and a per-visit charge of $39.95 a day, (discounted to $24.95 Sunday through Thursday), animal lovers who enroll in FlexPetz get to spend time with a four-legged companion from Cervantes’ 10-dog crew of Afghan hounds, Labrador retrievers and Boston terriers.

The membership costs cover the expense of training and boarding the dogs, home or office delivery, collar-sized global positioning devices, veterinary bills and liability insurance. It also pays for the “care kits” — comprised of leashes, bowls, beds and pre-measured food — that accompany each dog on its visits.

Hmm….not a fan of pets personally, but the pet-industry is huge in the US (see an earlier post on bottled water for pets) – so I can see a good market for this in the urban areas. Still, shared pets sound a bit weird. What next – rent a kid ?

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July 30, 2007 at 9:42 am

Posted in Ect., LOL, Trivia

Random rule of blogging……

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…that I just made up: when you don’t have anything substantial to blog about or not enough time – just link. (Actually, there might be a modicum of thruth in this). Here are some intersting (to me) stuff I have been following.

Forrest Gump covered the breath of US by running – several times over. This man walked the breath just once but lost 100 pounds in the process. Beats eating Subway sandwiches all day I guess.1

For the past two to three weeks, the US news media has been blasting us with gasoline price news stories. For pure unintended hilarity, the local news are the best (better than even The Daily Show). In their best imitation of the ‘doomsday is near’ scenario, the reports keep talking about how everybody is gravely concerned with the rising prices. The sections that particualrly crack me up are when they ask a guy filling up his Humvee how he’s been affected by gas prices. Oh the irony!. Rising gas prices have of course made all Americans vow to drive sparingly, carpool regulalrly, limit highway speeds to 55 milesperhour and sell their gass guzzling SUVs to buy Prius en masse (ok I made all that up). But apparently all it takes to reduce gas prices is a loveletter.

Turns out, as details are emerging, that the letter is not exactly dripping with sweetness and honey. Ahmadinejad is not receiving an invitation to Crawford anytime soon.

Gasoline prices takes us to political populism. With an eye firmly on the elections coming up later this year, some Republican Senators wanted to introduce an inane bill that would provide all tax-payers with a $100 check, as relief for gas prices. Lets see – for the Humvee guy – that equals about a quarter tank of gas ? Meanwhile in India, where such popular measures have included in the past, free rice, free electricity, free condoms etc, things are going hi-tech in keeping with modern times. Jayalalitha, the grandmom of electoral tomfooleries, is now offering free computers. (link via India Uncut)

This is old news, but $100 and computers reminded me that some geeky techs at MIT are trying to produce a computer worth just that. Me – I regualrly scan Slickdeals.net.2

Amardeep Singh points out an excellent article and writes an engaging post on early Bengali sci-fi literature. From the comments section, I further discovered this superb post by Dipanjan, on the childhood pursuit of Bengali lietrature – especially Satyajit Ray’s Feluda. Having grown up with the veritable treasure trove of Bengali children’s literature, all this was quite nostalgia inducing.

Finally, a detailed demythification of the urban legends surrounding the ‘astronaut’-pen. Seinfeld fans should remember it from The Pen episode.

Notes:

1. Maybe Subway and the state tourism boards can come together and do a joint promotion with these two guys.

2. For the records, I am not trying to be critical of the $100 project – I think its a good aim. Just exhibiting my utter lack of wit.

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May 9, 2006 at 7:06 am

Posted in Blog, Ect., Trivia, Uncategorized