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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Animal Treatment

    Animals at farms are one of the most ill-treated animals that I have heard about. They are usually not fed properly, shoved into cages too small for them, injected with hormones to fatten them up. then they get so fat that they have difficulty standing on their own legs, Due to the inabilty to use their own legs they lose their ability to ever go venture outside to see the sun, feel the grass/dirt underneath their paws or hoofs,smell the fresh air. In the tiny cages they live in their own filth, very much helpless. Many people simply do not care. For these people, these are just 'food animals'. So they do not really care how the animals are treated if they are born to die anyway? Let me ask you one thing. How would you feel if one day someone took your cat, dog, pet bird or any other pet of the butcher shop, killed it, chopped it up, cooked it and served it to you? Would you not feel disgusted, revolted, and felt like someone has killed one of your family members? How would you feel about that? Would you eat them? Would you not consider this animal cruelty? I am aware that not all animals are treated this way, but I am sure most are. So please our co-inhabitants of this planet a thought. Let's give them place where they can live with dignity. Read more...

      Tuesday, May 27, 2008

      Sleep time

        I usually can't just get into bed and fall asleep right away. At least not on normal days. The only time I can really do this when I am excessively tired. I usually watch TV or surf the net for awhile. What I really enjoy is surfing the net. I can usually do it for hours. My latest craze these days is blogging, like what I am doing now. This blogging gives me immense satisfaction. I also like going out to the shopping center located near by, not necessarily to buy anything, but to relax. Sometimes one get to see new merchandise on display and maybe get to know more about it. It's really helpful to see an actual model of something on display, so that if in future if I would like to purchase a certain product, at least I have some basic idea what it actually looks like. You know window shopping is what i enjoy....but not for clothing. I really do not need to do window shopping for clothes. I just go out and purchase the stuff as my style has not changed in many years. Sometimes I like to watch movies...nothing in particular....anything that catches my fancy. Reading magazines, novels usually help also. What about you guys? Read more...

          Monday, May 26, 2008

          How do you relax when stressed out?

            When life gets just too stressful, how do relax and recharge your inner self? For myself, I use a variety of ways, since no single way seems to work all the time.Sometimes, I just step out and take a long hike. Nature has a calming effect on me, especially when there are wooded areas. You can take a long slow walk...breathe in the earhty smells, hear the cricket go kreek, kreek. If it has just rained, watch a rainbow in the sky...sometime many of them. Maybe at other times, i like to watch tv. or listening to radio. Sometimes, people use one or a combination of the following methods to relax and recharge their inner batteries. Some of the methods are:
            1.) Soak in the tub/or take a long shower when you have the time
            2.) Cooking
            3.) Writing
            4.) Listening to radio or watching tv
            5.) Hitting the gym
            6.) Surfing the net
            7.) Swimming
            8.) Meditation/Yoga
            9.) Going for long drives.
            10.) If you got pets, sometimes they are great stress relievers.
            11.) Participating in some sports activity
            12.) Sometimes doing absolutely nothing at all, you know...just sitting their and letting the thoughts swim round and round in your head
            But remember, what one person finds relaxing or as I call it a stress buster won't work for others. Sometimes, it's a trial and error method. Other times it just comes to you. What's your way? Read more...

              Sunday, May 25, 2008

              Naming pets

                A lot of us have pets or have had them at some of time. But giving those names has always been a trouble for us. Each one of us uses different criteria for naming our pets. Sometimes we give them human names while at other times we give them non-human names. We have two dogs presently and we decide to give one of them both human name, and the other non-human name.
                We named one of our dogs Jimmy for no particular reason other than it was the first name that popped into my mind when we saw him as a tiny puppy in the dog pound, and the name has stuck with him ever since.

                The other one we name Terminator for couple of reasons. We could not name him initially since we could not decide on a name at all. He got his name quiet by chance. First being, Terminator series were one of my favourite movies. Secondly, One day all of us, and this includes Jimmy and our unnamed dog were in the backyard on a Sunday morning just enjoying ourselves. We had a really nice BBQ going on. Our backyard is a wooded area...alot of trees, birds, etc. So this foot long snake pops out of somewhere and starts threatening of all things...the BBQ grill. I was startled initially as I was standing right next to it. Then all out of the blue came our little dog....all charged up and full of courage and attacked the garden variety snake. The name that popped into all of our heads was Terminator, since we were just watched it a little while back. It just seemed so natural.
                I guess naming pets sometimes comes naturally other times it all depends on other situations. Some names give your pets more originality and you should give your pet an individual title in it's own right. I think I have given mine one, considering that their can only be so many Terminators. But it can be a little strange and also a little amusing when you name your pet a human name and then you meet someone that has the same name at a later stage somewhere and you are reminded of your pet. But overall, I would suggest that you should name your pet with a name that really suits it and one which you are happy with. Read more...

                  Saturday, May 24, 2008

                  Fearful creatures and other things

                    During our course in life, we run across many creature which we find repulsive or acquire what I say the "Fear Factor". I like to define it as something which causes us to have different degrees of fear or revulsion when we some creature. I simiply detest spiders, snakes, some varities of frogs, worms, lizards, and I find them simply disgusting. Looking at them from some distance is fine, but I simply cannot hold them in my hand or have them get too close to me. Some people are really comfartable with them. They hold these creatures in their hands, have them crawl or slither all over them, etc. Some shows used to cash in people desire to watch others do disgusting or some crazy stunts. The participants usually had to do one of the following stunts: height, water, eating something gross, and sometimes extara features like racing on a trapeze to win the prize money. In the following NBC Fear Factor site, you can watch some of the previous episodes where the participants went head to head to become winner of the episodes. I also do not like the idea of bungee jumping or parachute jumping as I am not very comfortable jumping from heights. So until we come face to face with our fears, will not get over our fear and revulsions. But if you try to do so, do it in as a safe manner as possible. Read more...

                      Friday, May 23, 2008

                      A passing thought

                        Last night while I was driving to the mall, I ended up listening to a talk show about raising children. There was not much on any other radio station at that time considering it was well past midnight. The talk show host was a real good talker and I was listening real attentively and agreeing to most of the things he said. But he did say one things which really bothered me alot. What he implied was that you can only raise good children if you imbibe them with Christian values. What about non-christians? Does this mean a non-christian family does not raise children with good moral/good value? Does this mean that if parents just do not drill these Christian values into their childrens mind, then the kids will not be good, proper kids? I ended up totally disagreeing with the radio speaker. Good value system can be taught to kids irrespective of which religion the family is. It does need religious teachings. Religion by itself does not equal good people or good people. The good people/good value system comes from the overall learning phase the child goes thru with his parents. Religion shows us what good is....what type of value system we should follow...That there is a God up there...but all religions are equal...besides Christianity...there are other religions also which teach really good value systems/ good morals. All religions teach us to be good to have good have a good value help the needy, etc. But people sometimes fall to temptations and go astray at times.
                        Teach the kids when they are young, and they will not depart from the way when they are older. The basic values can be taught: don't lie or envy, don't sleep around, don't hurt or kill others, care for your loved ones and your neighbor, think about someone else your shoes. All of these are part of good morals plus many more can be added and passed on to kids and they are less likely to go astray. Read more...

                          Thursday, May 22, 2008

                          Assisted suicides - What's your viewpoint?

                            When I recently visited a hospital, I noticed that some people were hooked up to machines which kept them alive. They were completly dependend on the machine. I had gone to visit a close family friend who was hooked up to the machine. I visited her daily, without fail. All the time I either stood by her bed or sat next to her bed watching her waste away into someone i didn't know, her eyes would fill with tears and look at me in a way that said, "I know I won't be here much longer and I am in pain:...her begging eyes to help her was overwhelming sometimes. She could not walk, could not talk there at the end...just those "eyes" that told me what she be set free from this prison that she was imprisoned in. But our hands are bound by rules, regulations and laws and we have to watch helplessly as they suffer. Assited suicide are illegal in some parts of the world. But I think it should be made legal, but under certain conditions. Like for terminally ill patients...who have no hope for survival, Cancer patiants who are in their last leg, People involved in horrible accidents and who are in horrible pain with no chance of survival, someone who is born with some genetic defect which makes their life hell and it gets worse and worse over a period of time, etc. This is a very sensitive issue which should be handeled delicately. The family and patients should be given an option so that the pain, suffering and the negatives side effects are minimized. I hope the law makers out there are listening and change the laws just enough to help mitigate the patients/their families pain and suffering. Read more...

                              Wednesday, May 21, 2008

                              Which do you believe is more important...Humans or Animals?

                                This question has been on my mind for sometime and after giving it some thought I've come to the following conclusion....We are all God's creations. This includes all creatures inhabitating this planet and not only humans. All beings have equal rights. No one creature is more important than the other. Humans were made the dominant creature by God, but this does not give us the right to misuse or abuse the planet. We were given this dominant position so that we can look after our fragile planet, and to take care of other beings. But most of us have misused our powers, responsibilities. Our planet is in a sad shape. But it still can be saved. Non-humans as I prefer to call them have an equal right to this planet and its' resources, since it was meant to be shared equally by all. People will say "oh I love animals so much,I'm an animal lover." then they'll go around mistreating animals and chow down on their burger or some other meat item without so much as a second thought to the being whose life was taken to fill your stomach. It's the way we've been brainwashed to believe that cows and pigs are just another food item like lettuce and tomatoes and dogs and cats are animals, therefore they become non-entities in our mind. Read more...

                                  Tuesday, May 20, 2008

                                  Skinny people and other Life mysteries

                                    No offense meant but skinny people really irritate me! Especially when they say suprising things like...'You know sometimes I forget to eat!' .....Now I've forgotten my address, my mother's maiden name and my keys, but I have never forgotten to eat. You have to be a special kind of stupid to forget to eat!
                                    Every time I step on the scale, the numbers on the machine seem to get larger and larger. It's like hey...I was just 130lbs just a few days ago. It must be because the older you get, the tougher it is to lose weight because by then, your body and your fat are start to become really good friends. Lol. The other point which I just cannot figure out is how a 2-pound box of chocolates can make a person gain 5 lbs. Read more...

                                      Monday, May 19, 2008

                                      Which movies have you liked the most?

                                        There are alot of movies of various categories which i really liked alot, and for various reasons. Some movies I liked for the special effects, some for the story line and others because it had my favorite actors/actresses or charactor and a combination of the above two reasons. Some of the movies which I really like are:
                                        1.) Most of the Aliens series except maybe for part 2. The Alien movie started out with an original idea and they were able to carry it forword succesfully.
                                        2.) Predator series. Really nice concept of an intelligent hunter....looking for the ultimate hunt.
                                        3.) Matrix series. I really liked the first 2 parts. I did not like the last one at all. Just too boring. It was a thought provoking movie. Makes us wonder if life really is an illusion.
                                        4.) Spiderman series. The special effects were good, and I really do believe that good guys really do finish first, if they are able to put in some effort/ hard work.
                                        5.) Some Kind Of Monster - Metallica documentory. This documentory showed that there is a human side to the group and that they were willing to face their ugly side and reform themselves in order to save the group. They knew it was the only hope for the group. I think it was basically a rebirth of the group. They have risen like the strong as before...completly revitalised....ready to conquer the world once again.
                                        6.) Godfather movie. This is one of my all time favorite movies....all the actors really performed really well. Everyone clicked togather. They were able to fit into their role and do justice to the role assigned to them. Marlon Brando made the Godfather character come to life. Al Pachino who played Michael Coreone character really outshines others except for Marlon brando with his superb acting skills.
                                        7.) Terminator series. "I'll be back." Arnie all the way....need I say more.
                                        8.) Stephen King movies if they are well made. He's one of my favorite writer. His novels are an excellent blend of suspense, horror, etc. You are always at the edge of your seat. A real nail biting suspense stories he does write. Read it before going off to bed ..on a stormy will be wondering which ones of the ghoules are waiting in the closet...under the bed...scratching at the window....whispering your name in the wind. Same applies to most of the movies based on his novels. Read more...

                                          Sunday, May 18, 2008

                                          Do you feel comfartable using your real picture as your Avatar?

                                            How comfortable are you using your actual pic as your avatar in one of your sites? Does it really matter if the others see the actual person who is doing the postings or do you like to use something else as your Avatar? Hey I am a pretty normal looking guy. People do look at my face and no they do not get scared and run away. Lol. But, on the net, no. I really do not feel comfortable having my real pic in the avatar section, since I do not know who is at the other end. Alot of people do use their actual picture as their Avatar,but I like my privacy, my anonymity. So that I can air my viewpoints more freely. Plus, I think I would really get bored looking at myself whenever I log into one of sites. Read more...

                                              Saturday, May 17, 2008

                                              So what exactly what do we mean by "normal"?

                                                What exactly is "Normal"? How will You define it when it applies to a person? Is it what the vast majority of the general population does and follows? If you ask someone to define normal.....then the definition of normal might be completly different than what you have in mind. Each person has their own ideas, viewpoints, etc. Each one of us has a different definition of what is normal. Each person grew up in an unique situation. Therefore it is correct to say that no two people will be the same mentally...not even twins. Therefore, their viewpoints on various aspects of life will be different. Their thinking will be different. Having said all this, I would like to say that my personal viewpoint is that you cannot have one set of definition for normal. Am I normal? When I think about it....yes . I follow the law of the land. Pay my taxes on time. Behave properly with others. I think all of us have some amount of preducices...are slightly intolerant....or are slightly irrational in our likes and dislike....just because you have these traits does not mean you are not normal. So get up and assert yourself. Do what you think is right. As long as you are not breaking any law or commiting any crime, and are a law abiding citizen. Read more...

                                                  Thursday, May 15, 2008

                                                  Best guitarists- my personal choice.

                                                    Ok guys,
                                                    I would like to know which guitarists you think are the best guitarists....Each person has their own preferances. I'll start out by listing mine out first.

                                                    1. Jimi Hendrix
                                                    2. Jimmy Page - Led Zeppelin
                                                    3. Kirk Hammett - Metallica
                                                    4. Dimebag Darrell - Pantera
                                                    5. Agnus Young - AC/DC
                                                    6. Matthias Jabs - Scorpions
                                                    7. Eric Clapton
                                                    8. Randy Rhodes
                                                    9. Joe Satriani
                                                    10. Ritchie Blackmoore
                                                    11. Tony Iommi
                                                    12. Zakk Waylde
                                                    There are many more, but I consider these the best. They can make their guitar really come alive. Read more...

                                                      Wednesday, May 14, 2008

                                                      Metallica- vinyl reissue and '08 Summer Vacation tour dates

                                                        The following two albulms Kill 'Em All, and Ride The Lightning were re-issued on vinyl to commemorate 25th Anniversary of Kill 'Em All on April 15th, while Master Of Puppets will be re-issued on vinyl June 17th, 2008, in North America, and around this date for the rest of the world. All three reissues are available thru store. The first two vinyls were reissued in 180grm 45 rpm version, while the MOP will be a single disc at 33 rpm and a deluxe two disc version on 180 gram 45 rpm vinyl version. Sometime in August 2008, Justice....will be reissued on vinyl.

                                                        As of now Metallica '08 Summer Vacation tour dates are as follows:

                                                        16 - Tucson, AZ - KFMA Day
                                                        28 - Chorzow, Poland - Slaski Stadium
                                                        30 - Landgraaf, Netherlands - Pinkpop Festival
                                                        31 - Getafe, Spain - Electric Weekend

                                                        3 - Prague, Czech Republic - Slavia Stadium
                                                        5 - Lisbon, Portugal - Rock In Rio
                                                        7 - Nurburgring, Germany - Rock Am Ring
                                                        8 - Nurnburg, Germany - Rock Im Park
                                                        13 - Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo

                                                        16 - Bergen, Norway - Bergenhus Castle
                                                        18 - St. Petersburg , Russia - SKK Hall
                                                        20 - Riga, Latvia - Skonto Stadium
                                                        22 - Bologna, Italy - Parco Nord
                                                        23 - Bucharest, Romania - Cotroceni Football Stadium (no DOWN)
                                                        25 - Sofia, Bulgaria - Levski Stadium

                                                        14 - Arras, France - Grand d'Arras
                                                        15 - Hasselt, Belgium - Pukkelpop Festival
                                                        17 - Wil/Jonschwil, Switzerland - Degenaupark
                                                        20 - Dublin, Ireland - Marlay Park (with TENACIOUS D)
                                                        22 - Leeds, England - Leeds Festival
                                                        24 - Reading, England - Reading Festival

                                                        July 16th-25th - with DOWN and THE SWORD

                                                          Tuesday, May 13, 2008

                                                          The reasons why i like going to the store to make purchases over online stores

                                                            Even though I find shopping online more convinient, I prefer doing shopping at the store for many reasons. Some of the reasons are listed below. I get a chance to go out and interact with the people. I actually get to see the products which are for sale. If the product is a clothing item and I am not sure if it will fit me or not...I can always try it on before purchasing it. For some items, you can try out the demo pieces before making the purchase. Buying a product from the store is alot safer than online purchases. Also the added benefit is that if you have the original receipt, you will be able to return/exchange the product, as long as you do it within the stipulated time frame. There are lesser chances of the item being lost/damaged in transit from the shop to your house, since only you will be handaling it. But, sometimes a small percentage of items are only available thru the online shopping offers. Read more...

                                                              Monday, May 12, 2008

                                                              Are you environmentally friendly person?

                                                                Have you ever given a thought to how you can help nature heal itself from all the degradation we have subjected it to? How pro-active are you? Being environmentally conscious is very difficult at times. But every little steps do count. I like to segregate my trash into different types of categories. For example, we segregate the items according to the following categories: paper products, glass, plastic, rubber, and metal. For the bio-degradeable items like kitchen rubbish(ie. - vegetable peels, etc) we bury it in our back yard. It turns into excellent fertiliser over a period of time. Plant a tree every year, and use technology which is environmentally friendly like solar energy, or products which are certified to release less harmfull gases or consume less electricity. Read more...

                                                                  Sunday, May 11, 2008

                                                                  Metallica's new albulm

                                                                    Metallica's new albulm will finally be released sometime during the September/October 2008 time period. The new songs are very old school stuff, something like Kill 'em all or Ride The Lightening albulms. Their will be alot of long solos, heavy sounds. The single is due to be released shortly, so we might actually be able to get some idea of what the new albulm sounds like. After the Black albulm, they had tried to experiment with a whole lot of new sounds. However, now as the new album is produced by Rick Rubin and they said they're gonna play some good long solos on it, I have some hope.. that their new albulm will be as full of energy, new sounds which you will remember for a long time. With Rick Rubin, they got a chance to re-invent the wheel again, to go back to their roots and rediscover themselves, and hopefully belt out some awesome music. Read more...

                                                                      Friday, May 9, 2008

                                                                      Yuwie....The social networking site with a twist

                                                                        Hey guys,
                                                                        I just recently joined a new site called Yuwie which is alot like Myspace, Multiply, Yahoo360, etc. but a whole lot better. It's better in the sense that you get paid to participate. So click on this link and join me there. Read more...

                                                                          Wednesday, May 7, 2008

                                                                          myLot helps you make money online

                                                                            Hey guys,
                                                                            I just recently joined a new site called myLot which is alot like Yahoo Answers but a whole lot better. It's better in the sense that you get paid to participate. So click on this link and join me there. Read more...