Irritating things about internet or internet related things

This is not a post I expect to finish in one go.

The list:

– Flash on gnu/linux distros. I use Firefox exclusively on windows and on any flavour of gnu/linux btw. Pages with flash in them seem to load slowly and all the while the browser is frozen. This is not the case with Windows on the same system though.

– Firefox  on gnu/linux. Why, oh why, is Firefox so slow on the one platform that completely supports Mozilla’s idealogy?

– No being able to mute audio in flash. So I am listening to MS Subbalakshmi’s songs. Oh such a pleasant thing… and just then one of the pages in my Firefox tabs loads completely and it has a flash game in it and it proceeds to play the background music. What do I do? I close the tab and probably forget about the game after that.

– Banner ads. Ever tripped over the “smiley mines” that yell “Oh my god!! No way!”? A simple mistake like moving your mouse over the ad triggers this piercing audio. What do I do? I use Adblock 2 to block ads that are extremely intrusive. Otherwise I am ok with these ads.

– Prince of Indonesia or a son of Saddam Hussein mailing me about a business proposition. Gaah! This is the infamous Nigerian scam.

–  Non standards compliant webpages. Yes I know, you need to target IE6 and IE7. While I do not have the right to tell you what and how you should do things, I will definitely not read your webpage if I cannot view it properly in a W3C standards compliant browser.

–  Copying content off of a webpage/website and not giving credit. Don’t call this “mirroring”

Democracy is just a fashion statement

Every country in the world supports Democracy @least for the sake of saying they support. I believe democracy is a very good idea and must be implemented by all countries. The United States, the so called champion of democracy insists on spreading democracy to every corner of the world. Why, then, does history prove that US has rarely done that? South Korea became a true democracy in the late 1980s. Same is the story with Iran and Chile where the US overthrew legitimate democracies and installed puppet dictators.

Then there is the United Nations. The best example of double speak. Why are there five security council members who can veto any resolution? Why are they permanent? What is the basis for this? Is it because they were the countries that were powerful enough to beat Germany, Italy and Japan in WW II? If that is the case then “might is right” is what comes to my mind. Oh the hypocrisy.

Now US invaded Iraq talking about a dictator and wants to invade Iran inspite of Iran being a democracy. I think it is time to stop calling US a democracy altogether considering what happens in the Senate and in the White house.

North Korea is officially known as Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. Huh? What democracy? My understanding of democracy is that the leaders of a nation are servants to the people not the other way round. The other way round is aristocracy.

Wolf hunt in Seocho – Illustrated

It was that time of the day when you hate to get out of bed. Chester however can be a very good motivator. You see, he has this talent to nag people. Yes, he won on the morning of last Friday too. I dragged myself out of my bed, put on some warm clothes and when Chester and I looked out of the house I was jumping with joy because there was snow all over the place. It was as if mother Earth wrapped herself in a white blanket.

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“Seoul, I pardon you for all the atrocities you had committed against me by denying snow for far too long”, I said and stepped outside. While I was enjoying the moment, Chester made a discovery. He noticed wolf tracks in front of our house. Chester told me that this is a very dangerous thing and we need to investigate and catch the wolf before he eats up all the snow. So that’s the reason I rarely get to see the roads covered in snow.

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Off we went searching for clues. Chester first found that the trail led to the road perpendicular to ours.

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So we went onto this road and Chester looked both ways on the road before concluding that we had just missed the wolf.

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He gave me a know all stare and asked me if we must to pursue this wolf further.

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I looked at the watch and told him that it was getting late for me and that I needed to get ready for work. He gave me that incredibly cute look and tried to convince me to pursue the wolf a little longer by writing his name in the snow.

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I believe he’s been watching way too many Korean soaps for being this melodramatic and told him that it doesn’t work on me. He then wrote my name in the snow and said “How about now?”, wondering if atleast this would earn him some cute points.

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It did. We went on a longer walk. This, however, was Chester’s undoing. It occurred to me that Chester could have planted evidence @ the crime scene. i.e; Chester must have managed to plant the paw prints near my apartment and then blamed it all on an imaginary wolf. I should have realised how skillful he was with his paws when I first saw his calligraphy skills. However, I needed evidence and I setup a trap. Sure enough, Chester fell for it and I caught him red handed while he was planting evidence. In the picture below I present to you evidence of Chester planting paw prints in the snow (watch the rear right paws).

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For crimes against humanity, trying to implicate innocent wolves and abusing one’s cuteness for selfish gains Chester was sentenced to two days of solitary confinement. He is not to view any movies for three days and is forbidden from watching soaps for life. Chester has indicated that he has not intention of appealing the judgment.

It snowed!

 The clock read 7:15AM and Chester, my reliable alarm, was right on time to wake me up. “It’s too cold outside. Can’t we skip it today?”, I tried to reason with Chester. Unlike my mother, Chester is not willing to take no for an answer. My nagging roommate wants to go for a walk and he will do everything he can to ensure he gets it. So I got ready to go out, put on some warm clothes and let Chester out of his create. First I make him sit near the door. He needs to wait there till I allow him to come out. Then once out, he needs to sit calmly while I lock the door. “There is very little light today”, I told Chester but he was oblivious to the fact. It didn’t matter to him. A walk is a walk regardless of what the weather man says.

Once I could see the road I was exhilarated.  It was snowing and unlike the earlier days this year the snow actually covered the road. I love snow. It is pure and white and makes everything so bright. Thanks to Chester I can view the scene before it melts.