Saturday, June 30, 2007

Sniglets - A

(uh ban' da bag) n. The suitcase that keeps going around and around the luggage carousel.

(a bra ka dav' it ee) n. The unexplainable phenomenon of having a toothache disappear the moment you walk into the dentist's office.

The point at which a sponge starts spreading around liquid instead of soaking it up.

(ab' zaht) n. The device in a currency changer that determines whether a bill is too wrinkled or not.

(ay cee ahr' ee' a) n. The dull hum of fluorescent lights.

(a sel' oh yel' oz) n. People who speed through caution lights.

(ax' ih dew) n. Small pile of broken glass, chrome, and other debris that remains at the scene several months after an accident.

(a kom' o mam' uh day' shun) n. The inconspicuous manner in which a woman adjusts a fallen bra strap.

(ah kor' de on ay tid) adj. Being able to drive and refold a road map at the same time.

(ad' um six tee nyn') n. Two cop cars parked in opposite directions exchanging information.

(ad' hok um) n. In commercials, the belief that because the actor is wearing a white lab coat, he must be an expert.

(ayr oh' bi kroach ur) n. A person who gradually gravitates toward another's space while exercising.

(air oh' bux) n. The money you paid to join a health club that you stopped going to after the first month.

(ayr oh' ma) n. The odor emanating from an exercise room after an aerobics workout.

(ayr o palm' iks) n. The study of wind resistance conducted by holding a cupped hand out the car window.

(ehtz) n. Greek symbols on water fountain handles.

(a feen' ik) n. The panic which overcomes you when you realize your coffee cup is empty, and the meeting just started.

(ayj' uv klaw' za bil' ih tee) n. The point at which we stop believing in Santa.

(ag uh no' sis) n. The syndrome of tuning into "Wide World of Sports" every Saturday just to watch the skier rack himself.

(ag ruh jen' duh) n. Events you write in your appointment book but forget to attend, or just dread going to.

(ayr' capt) v. To be temporarily crippled when the airline passenger in front of you drives his seat back into your knees.

(ayr' dirt) n. A hanging plant that's been ignored for three weeks or more.

(ayr' ept) n. Fear of wiping out an entire shelf of souvenirs with one's luggage in an airport gift shop.

(air' ee kare' ee) n. The guilt felt after using the electric hand dryer in a public restroom because it keeps running long after your hands are dry.

(ayr' lay zur) n. The stream of high-velocity air above your airplane seat that can be adjusted to: (a) sting your face, (b) sting your ear, (c) sting your hair.

(ayr' loyn) n. Unidentifiable serving of meat given as dinner on airplane flights.

(ayr plawz') n. Gratuitous ovation awarded a pilot on completion of a safe landing.

(ayr' punt) n. Any of a series of kicks that advances one's baggage toward the airport counter.

(ayr soop' ee al) n. On an airplane, the pouch in front of you that holds the airsickness bag and in-flight magazine.

(alk uh' trash) n. The garbage floating in the San Francisco Bay.

(al ex ass' pir ay shun) n. Forgetting to give the final "Jeopardy" answer in the form of a question.

When looking up words in the dictionary, silently reciting the entire alphabet to find the letter you need.

(al fal' fuh bet) n. Backward letters used only on clubhouse doors.

(al' fred hich' cooh king) v. Continuously stabbing at a block of frozen vegetables to make them cook faster.

(al' kuh sludj) n. The white powdery residue that remains in a glass after you drink one of those fizzing antacid medications.

(all temp' uh choice) n. Trying to decide whether to put a stranger's wet clothes in the dryer or to leave them in the washer in an empty laundromat.

(al' fuh flub) n. Any mismatched letter on a movie marquee (i.e., Fetal Attraction, Running Sacred).

(al po go' lee) n. Any dog smart enough to use its paw to pin down a dog dish.

(al' po lek' tic fiht') n. Convulsive state of a dog upon seeing you arrive home in the afternoon.

(al po' nee um) n. (chemical symbol: Ap) Initial blast of odor upon opening a can of dog food.

(al' po puk) n. Any empty dish pushed around the kitchen floor by a dog trying to get the last morsel.

(al poe say' pee an) n. Dog that looks more human than canine.

(al tee' traz) n. The small leaves that manage to escape from tea bags.

(al' ti chewd) n. The point during a flight when ninety percent of the passengers are yawning and contorting their jaws in hopes of regaining normal hearing.

(al' tih pulp) n. The few remaining magazines (Poultry Digest, Ultra Triathlete, etc.) you come across when you go to the rack for reading material while in flight.

(a loom' ih nurd) n. One who attempts to smash a beer or soda can with his foot, but who doesn't quite center the blow-thus sending it flying across the room.

(uh may' zin gray zin) n. The ability to cut a piece of cake with a little plastic fork on a flimsy paper plate while holding a big drink, a cute little napkin, and a cup of nuts.

(am bih port' ahl us) adj. Possessing the uncanny knack for approaching a set of double doors and always pushing the locked one.

(am biv' ih glance) n. The half-smile and semi-wave you give someone you think you know, but aren't really sure.

(am pli' fi cay' shun) n. The act of having the checker embarrass you in front of the entire supermarket by checking the price of a personal item over the loudspeaker (i.e., "Sam, how much is the Ex-Lax?")

(an a sep' shun) n. The body's ability to actually affect television reception by moving about the room.

(an a fon' diks) n. Exercising to a workout album at 16 RPM.

Any mysterious item that appears on your desk.

(an a na' na nee) n. The Inability to stop spelling the word "banana" once you've started.

(an ses' tor ee) n. Grandparent's theory that no matter how rotten your life is, they had it worse when they were your age.

(an chor' ih tee) n. A group's final, hard-fought decision on what toppings to order on a pizza.

(ahn' dray ag' ah seet) n. The really tall chair the tennis umpire sits in to get a bird's-eye view of the court.

(ant a lik' sic) n. One who passes over licorice jellybeans.

(an ten' ah ee' ing) n. When the hair on your arm touches the hair on someone else's arm.

(an ti si par' sel ate) v. Waiting until the mailman is several houses down the street before picking up the mail, so as not to appear to anxious.

(an' teeked) n. The feeling you get when you see something you used to own but threw away-which now goes for $90 at a flea market.

(ants pants ter jet' ik) n. A city jogger who feels compelled to stand in place and run furiously when he comes to a stop light.

(angs eye' it tee) n. A golfer's nervousness when teeing off on the first hole.

(ap kram li kay' shun) v. Squeezing vital statistics (such as name and address) into the miniscule space provided on a form.

(ap la flam uh fo' bee uh) n. Fear that upon departing for vacation, you've left an appliance on that will burn the house to the ground.

(ah' kwa blox) n. Ice cubes that aren't quite "done" but that you use anyway because you don't have time for them to fully solidify.

(ak wa koo' stiks) n. Sound waves in the bathroom that enable anyone to sing on key.

(ak wa deks' trus) adj. Possessing the ability to turn the bathtub faucet on and off with your toes.

(ahk' wa gore ee) n. The horror stories you hear from mothers who tell you not to swim after you've eaten.

(ah' kwayt) n. The time allotted at the drinking fountain for the warm or "old" water to flow before you can drink the cold or "new" water.

(ak wa lib' re um) n. The point where the stream of drinking fountain water is at its perfect height, thus relieving the drinker from (a) having to suck the nozzle, or (b) squirting himself in the eye.

(ak wa mor' tis) v. Continuing to water a plant weeks after it has died.

(ah kwel' oh) n. The brilliant yellow that distinguishes all waterproof materials.

(ar ak ni' di ot) n. A person, who, having wandered into an "invisible" spider web begins gyrating and flailing about wildly.

(ay ahr gee) v. To move the head in a circular fashion while attempting to read a rotating record label.

Embarrassment experienced after moving to a more expensive seat at the theatre or a sporting event, and getting caught.

(ar' ping) v. The act of rotating one's head in an effort to read a record label.

(aer oh' guh mat' iks) n. Bevy of celebrities who don their own "personal scent" and then name it something overblown and frivolous.

(ayr ow' nee us) adj. The quality of one who drives against the arrow in a parking lot.

(ass' kot da jhur') n. The businessman who tucks his designer tie between the buttons on his shirt during lunch, thus preventing soilage.

(ash track' shun) n. The point at which you stop paying attention to what a person is saying and start wandering just how much longer the ash at the end of his cigarette is going to grow before it falls into his lap.

(as fil' ay shun) n. The feeling of suspense experienced when viewing a cigarette with a long ash that's ready to fall off.

(as pur bayr' pur payr' pur fek' shun) n. The ability to always extract exactly two headache tablets from the bottle.

(ah' spit ron) n. The tiny brain in an aspirin that tells it exactly what part of the afflicted body to go to.

(as tuhr eggs as' pur) n. An asterisk with no corresponding footnote.

(ah ta chahhhh' kays) n. A spilled briefcase.

(ate tee' un tee') n. The phone-booth phenomenon that occurs when the one page you need in the phone book is missing.

(ath uh less oh ter' iks) n. The obscure sports no one really participates in except during the Olympics-skiing and shooting, synchronized swimming, and the luge.

(at tatch' mintz) n. Little heart-shaped Valentine candies that say "I Love You," "Be Mine," and "I'm Yours."

(a try' nil) n. (chemical symbol: At) A black, bulletproof, totally inflexible type of plastic, used primarily in covers of pay phone directories.

(odd ee oh' sis) v. Hearing a sound you don't notice until it stops, e.g., the furnace or refrigerator shutting off.

(old lang dang') v. To be with the wrong person when the clock strikes midnight on New Year's Eve.

(old lang zi' et ee) n. Experience of waking up on New Year's Day and wondering how much of a fool you made of yourself.

(ot' to auth' or ay' shun) n. Any exasperating attempt made through a car window to ask the driver in the next lane if you can get in front of him.

The unfamiliar twenty-mile stretch you drive hoping to see a recognizable building to confirm you're not really lost.

(aw' toh' bond ing) v. While on the road, the compulsion to wave at the person next to you because they're driving the exact same model car.

(aht' oh kon' dree ak) n. The knowledge that at any moment you'll have to take your car in for a major repair, even though you just got it back from the mechanic.

(ah' toe krip' tik) n. Personalized license plates that require careful scrutiny to decipher. (These are particularly distracting to the driver behind the vehicle displaying them.

(ah' to launch) n. When everything falls out of the glove compartment as you open it.

(ah toe nee' zha) v. To forget where you parked your car.

(ah tow' pee uh) n. The secret and hopefully safe place valet parkers take your car-and where you would have parked on your own had you known where it was.

(aw' to ray' ting) v. Talking to your car on a cold, wintry day, begging it to start.

The satisfaction of seeing the driver weaved in and out of traffic arrive behind you at the next light.

(ah' vant garb') n. The formerly fashionable, but now useless, clothing that is hard to part with (i.e., bell-bottoms, love beads, disco shoes).

(ay viss' ti fyed) n. Bewilderment experienced when the valet parker asks you for a description of your car, and you can't answer because it's a rental.

(ay' vih waste) n. The white lines remaining in the sky long after an airplane has disappeared.

(aww' slice) n. The first slice of a wedding cake. The one which ruins the design and causes everyone to sigh.

(as' you goes) n. Items to be carried upstairs by the next ascending person.


I love Sniglets. I met my first Sniglet when I was in school. It was the following:

(an a na' na nee) n. The Inability to stop spelling the word "banana" once you've started.

I fell in love! From that day I have collected Sniglets.

You ave guessed right. A Sniglet is a word that does not appear in the dictionary but should.

I will start posting from my collection on a regular basis. Do check back.

Blogger - Archive Calendar

Thanks to Phydeaux3 I have added a new Archive Calendar to the sidebar of this blog. Complete instruction's on Phydeaux3's blog.

Phydeaux3, you rock!

New Personal Finance / Investing Series

I am planning to write about personal finance & investing in India. The focus will be on Indian Mutual Funds, Insurance and other topics of interest.

Stay tuned.

Google Gadgets On My Blog!

I have managed to change my blog template yet again :-)

This round of experiments were in trying to add Google Gadgets to the blog's sidebar. I have added a Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) Index tracker and a gadget showing the weather here in Hyderabad.

To add a Google Gadget you need to do the following:

  1. Find a gadget on the Google Gadget showcase.
  2. Click the "Add to your webpage" button under the gadget.
  3. This takes you to the gadget configuration page. Change whatever parameters you wish to personalize and click the "Get the code" button.
  4. Copy the HTML code generated into a text editor.
  5. Open your Blogger Template for editing in the "Page Elements" tab.
  6. Before you proceed any further make sure you have a backup of your template by using the "Download Full Template" feature.
  7. Add a new Page element of type HTML / JavaScript. Paste the HTML code obtained in step 4 into the new element.
  8. Modify position of the new page element and save your changes.
  9. Refresh the blog to see your new Google Gadget!


Islamic Atrocities Against Innocent Hindus - 14 Year Old Child Burnt Alive

Samrat Mondal, a 14 year old class 8 student lives with his family in a village in the 24 Parganas (South) district of West Bengal. On the evening of May 24, 2007, he was cornered by a gang of 20 muslims lead by a local muslim criminal and burnt alive.

While other muslims stood by and laughed.

Samrat is a Hindu. His family fled muslim atrocities in Bangladesh and now live in India, a Hindu majority nation and the birthplace of Hinduism.

The police have not done anything. Yet. And somehow I don't think they will take any action. The Communist parties of West Bengal are all pro muslim. As is the Congress that runs the central government in New Delhi.

So what has India given Samrat and his family? A nation that they fled to. A Nation that they hoped would protect and nurture them.

Samrat is the latest victim of the divide and rule politics that our politicians learnt from the british. He will bear these scars for life.

I request everybody who reads this to write about it. Don't let the world forget Samrat. It is the least we Indians can do for him.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Battery Operated Laptop Light

Sometimes I need to work late and I prefer to curl up in bed with the laptop rather than sit in the study. For one, the bedroom is much cooler and infinitely more comfortable. The only problem is lighting. It is too dark to see the keyboard and the screen glare hurts the eye.

I solved these problems recently! Found this neat little battery powered light with a flexible cord that can be clamped to the side of the screen such that the light shines on the keyboard. It is bright enough to illuminate the keyboard without effecting the screen.

The little thingy takes 3 button cells which are typically Rs 2/- each. I have been using the light for well over 3 weeks now without having to replace the original batteries. That is about 2 hrs daily for about 15 days. I bought the light at Begum Bazar in Hyderabad.

Check out some action shots on my photo blog (taken with a Nokia 6600 camera phone).

(Posted via Thinga Web)

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Radio City 106.4 FM - Hyderabad

Sandip wrote about Radio City 106.4 FM in Hyderabad. After reading his post I Googled for Radio City using a number of different search patters but only found news articles about the launch of the channel!

These guys don't have a web site???

(Posted via Thinga Web)

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Query About Flats For Sale

This email was sent to a local mailing list (Hyderabad, India):

Subj: Any Info regarding Flats for Sale in Nizampet Road - Urgent

Hi All,
I am willing to buy one flat in Nizampet Road. If anybody knows any infor regarding the same. Preferably, any of our colleagues have taken any flat in the constructing apartment.
Please share the details - It is bit urgent

Thanks & Regards

<Name Suppressed>

What can I say? Somebody please help this poor chap find a flat in the "constructing apartment". Do help if you can. He is willing to buy a flat. No force required!


Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows - Fan Fiction

Last week I found two copies of Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows on the net. One of them had  (Leaked) as part of the file name. Knowing the kind of security Rowling and her publishers have around each new release, I was fairly sure that these were examples of Fan Fiction that have appeared on the net every now and then. I was curious enough to download both and transfer them to my mobile phone (Symbian OS with Handy Book reader).

The first one turned out to be an incomplete copy. The last 2 - 3 chapters are missing. I didn't realize this till I reached the end because I never read the end first :-) Anyway, I enjoyed reading the book, whatever was there of it.

I started the second book yesterday and it is better than the first one. Still not up to Rowling's standards but very good nevertheless.

I have uploaded copies of the two books to my web site.

  1. Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows - Fan Fiction 1 (Incomplete)
  2. Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows - Fan Fiction 2

Neither of the copies has any author information (obviously since they are trying to pass it off as a leaked copy).

This is the first time I am trying Fan Fiction and I must say I am enjoying myself. The style is close enough to the original to leave the reader guessing. At the same time there are differences from Rowling's style that give the game away.

In parting I must say that whoever wrote these has done their homework. There are a few mistakes that Potter fans will immediately find but the level of detail shows how much effort has gone into these productions.

Lets see what Rowling has for us. I, like most Potter fans, am getting rather tired of looking at the calendar everyday :-)

Monday, June 18, 2007

Fast File Copy in Windows

Stumbled across this neat little software called TeraCopy that integrates with Windows Explorer and manages file copy between folder / drives. It is a 500 Kb download that works like a charm. It uses an internal, dynamic buffer to speed up file copies. Have to install it at home!

Google Moms

I came across this Google page today. It is dedicated to Google Moms.


Windows Live Writer - From Work

I am writing this from work. Lets see how well Live Writer works from behind the firewall.



It works! Great.

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Windows Live Writer

I downloaded and installed Windows Live Writer last night. This is the first post using Live Writer. Lets see how this works.

I have tried using other offline Blog post editors, without much success. Most of them have nice features but almost all of them cannot handle a proxy server. As a result I cannot use them at work. Sad.

If this works for me then I will move to Live Writer completely. Have to figure out all the features though. Particularly how images are handled as I do a far amount of photo blogging.