Archive for June, 2005

That’s my blog, right? 28/06

[music: mash up Boulvard of Broken Dreams & Wonderwall_GreenDay & Oasis]
It’s been a really long since I last wrote a decent entry: about 2 weeks I think.  Believe me I long for “those” times though.  Really I would love to sit and write all day long but the problem is that I can’t because school has been driving me mad these days.
Silence in the house.  Everybody is in bed except me!
[music: Wonderwall_What’s the Story Morning Glory_Oasis]
School is becoming more and more hectic these days.  It’ll be a miracle if I have a week without tests or assignments.  Like this week, on Friday a bunch of friends and I will have to present a sort of expose on Mass Spectrometer for our chemistry class in front of the class.  That’s a problem in itself as we already had some practice speaking in front of the class this term when we presented an expose on “Transport system and Traffic control in Mauritius” for GP class.
Speaking of the exposes, it’s amazing how I always end up to be the leader of my group.  Take the GP expose, I was ultimately chosen as team leader and as for the chemistry one, well I am the self-proclaimed leader but nobody was against this.  Being a self-proclaimed leader when the other members are ok with it, is a good thing but what surprises me is how I automatically took the role of the leader.  Seems like instinctively really.  Maybe that’s because I’m the elder brother.
Being the only one awake in the house makes you feel all grown-up
[music: Don’t go away_Oasis]
Anyway during these 2 weeks, some interesting stuff happened.  Firstly as you might have noticed, my music has evolved.  The collection has literally swelled and it’s no more Avril Lavigne exclusively.  In fact I can’t even recall when was the last time I listened to her music.
I’m currently listening to Oasis.  I always liked their music – since I was 11 I think.  And now thanks to those extremely handy Peer to Peer software (Kazaa being the most popular example), I have about 14 tracks of Oasis.  Not bad for a start.
But here’s my collection:
-Avril Lavigne (both albums)
-Evanescence (both albums)
-Oasis (songs from different albums)
-Within Temptation (3 albums)
-Keren Ann (1 album)
-KEANE (1/1 album)
-Kyo (2nd album)
-The Corrs (songs from a different albums)
-Maroon5 (1 album)
-Nickelback (1 album)
-Moby (coming up…)
-White Hot Stripes (coming up…)
Dogs howling outside.  Creepy.
[music: You remind me_Silver side up_Nickelback]
The best of all out of these is without doubt KEANE’s “Somewhere only we know.” I know the song by heart and I didn’t even google for the lyrics to print them; quiet an achievement for me in any case.  Moby (remember “Lift me up, lift me up, higher nywamba”) and White Hot Stripes are coming up.  I discovered the latter while foliating the pages of my friend’s Newsweek magazine.  They seem a cool duo but I just hope that they aren’t of the hard rock type.  And by the way Newsweek sucks.
The most dissapointing artist of my lot though is surely Nickelback.  Apart from “You remind me” I find it hard to appreciate the other tracks.  Mind you, I didn’t even listen to all of them.
Apart from music, there’s the pass (student’s identity card) incident.  Yep, I indeed lost my pass 2 weeks ago.  You do know how the FBI agents in films (well in reality too I am told) introduce themselves, right? Taking out a wallet from their pockets and showing their gold badge.  Well this is a cool thing to do.  Well my wallet has a special part where one can store a whatever-card.  My pass took this place.
Well 2 weeks ago, while my nisa was fort, I don’t know why but I decided to do like the FBI agents.  I took my wallet from my pocket and flew it open.  And out went the pass…
To my utter surprise and shock/dismay/whatever you like, the pass flew out of the window and to nowhere’s land.  Now the probability that the pass flew out the wallet and out throught the window was minimal, like 10% or even less but there you go.
No need to tell you how my friends took the joke out of me.  Zot ti pe trappe vente, riE.
It’s getting colder and colder.
[music: (Track01)_Silent Force_Within Temptation]
Anyway I finally got another pass made and I won’t need to pay a full bus fare anymore till I leave secondary school at least.  Well to get a new pass was an all other episode.  I’ll just say that the government sucks.
But don’t think that Labour will be any better.  Well they will be better because you can’t get any worst than this government.  And yes, Labour is clearly winning: not 60-0 but my guess is 40-20.  Well we’ll see.
Vote Lalit (no kidding or anything).  Was I paid to say this? You want to bet?

Google Earth launched + FREE

This was a complete secret until its launch. Just like any other day, when I connect to the Internet, I open 3 tabs in Firefox namely GMail, and And then I wait for my RSS feeds (still in my Firefox browser) to load and check for any cool updates. On of those feeds are from John Battelle’s Searchblog. He’s a very popular blogger and blogs about search engines and blogs.
Well he hadn’t reported anything about such a Google release. This means that he didn’t find any other sources who fought about it – thus not reporting it – or he himself didn’t forsee this. In short, nobody saw this coming.
But back to Google Earth. This is a fantastic piece of software. Dad, being a civil engineer, has this sort of programs on his PC at work and I’ve always dreamed of having one for me. REALLY! And now it’s more than possible. Because with a click I can get Google Earth on my PC – obviously it’s free.

The idea is simple. It’s a globe that sits inside your PC. You point and zoom to anyplace on the planet that you want to explore. Satellite images and local facts zoom into view. Tap into Google search to show local points of interest and facts. Zoom to a specific address to check out an apartment or hotel. View driving directions and even fly along your route.

This is so great an idea that Google had here. Unfortunately it’s only a huge map of the US. Maybe we should all email them and ask them to release the internetional version quickly.
However you need a 128kps connection to be able to utilize it properly. And as you know, I’m still on 40kps for the time being but I’m finally shifting to ADSL 128kps in a week. Cool! Plus I don’t know why they’re hiding the size of the software. I even started downloading in on my dial-up just to check the size but it stated that the size is unknown! Strange.
To finish in style, let me just say that Google ROCKS! As usual.
Add-on: Be sure that I’ll review this software when I download it.

SEx – Science Explained Forum

SEx Science Explained in a friendly fashion
It’s new and it’s great plus I’m contributing with this project. You basically ask anything science-related and there are ‘Experts’ who’ll answer and throw some links. A bit like Google Answers but free and not answered by professionals but rather by people who have gained a bit of experience.

We have a team of people from the h2g2 community who have knowledge and experience from many different scientific disciplines and we’re all ready and willing to answer your queries. We will do our best to answer in language appropriate to you, in a non-threatening way and where possible, using everyday life references.

My name on a title post of a blog

You might remember my posts about the blogs beep. Well thanks to beep (although undirectly – some credits do go to me) my name will appear for internity on this blog: New Media Hack.
The post focuses on the blog project beep but for the below reason, I’m featuring in it. Anyway here is the actual post itself.

Cassimally: Diggin beep
Digging through the logs for beep I ran across at least one satisfied customer. At 16 years of age, K. A. Cassimally might be a bit below the targeted demographic but the enthusiasm for the project is encouraging.

And it’s always neat to get shout outs from Mauritius!!
bmd at June 5, 2005 12:18 PM

It’s always nice to read ones name on the web specially when somebody else wrote it! Plus this particular entry is the number1 search result on Google for “cassimally.” Indeed I do google my surname from time to time.
Anyway wanting to know more about New Media Hack and the author of the above post, I went to and found that the site is ranked 4085th. Very good for me! And about the author, well you can find his self-written ‘About us [me],’ here. He’s a university guy; lecturer in journalism (a field of specialisation of some sort) if I’m not mistaken.
Not to brag or anything: am I becoming popular?

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The Internet mapped

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1. Best friends: I love you people.
2. My own company: sky media
3. Science is so very cool
4. 6 month sabbatical.




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