Happy Birthday to me!

Today is a day like no other. But I guess you can say that for almost every day in the calendar. And yet, it varies between people, and today is the day that I, personally, vouch for. Indeed, as you may have already guessed, it is because I was born this day. And because I turn 18—which in most countries means I now come within the bounds of the law far more than before; but that is hardly a problem.

Here is what TLC’s Family website has to say about people born on this day. Now I do not know if so much can actually be deduced and generalised merely based on the chance arrangement of firey balls of nuclear fusion energy deep in space, but it is worth the entertainment!

Cancers born on June 24 have a great need to break with tradition and the past. These creative, artistic souls have something to prove to themselves and others. They possess great personal charm, which may give others the impression that they are mellow and not very driven. They sometimes sacrifice personal happiness in order to achieve their goals.

Cancer Information
for June 24
You should embrace: Probity, a sense of decorum, protectivelove

You should avoid: Costly mistakes in love, economicstress, jealousy
Friends and Lovers 

June 24 folks constantly feel the need to give of themselves in friendships and love relationships, but their feelings are often not reciprocated in the ways they hope. They may have problems succeeding at love, though they try hard to succeed. When they marry they want it to be forever. They’ll do everything they can to keep the romance alive.

Children and Family 

Because of their charm, June 24 natives make it easy for them to be loved by all. They are not particularly interested in becoming parents, though they are exceptionally good at the job if and when the responsibility comes their way.

Health 

Unless June 24 individuals are in harmonious balance, they may suffer from nervous complaints and stomach ailments, which are exacerbated by a love of rich food and drink.

Career and Finances 

Despite their need for fulfilling and exciting careers, June 24 individuals do not always have the stamina or perseverance to follow through on their ambitions. They spend money easily, even obsessively. Professional help with these matters is advised.

Dreams and Goals

June 24 people often wish to succeed in a creative endeavor, even if their career ambitions lie elsewhere. They often take circuitous paths toward their goals, becoming involved in or distracted by other aims in the process. Yet once they see the possibility of a dream coming true, nothing can keep them from attaining it.

Now a look at my small compilation of the people (and animal) born on this wonderful day:

  • 1993 Me (yes, me!) and Primera, an Andean condor, hatched at Cleveland Zoo.
  • 1971 LaMonte Coleman, NFL fullback for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
  • 1950 Nancy Allen, born in New York City, actress, Robocop.
  • 1947 Peter Weller, born in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, actor, Robocop.
  • 1937 Anita Desai, Indian Novelist.
  • 1920 Bernhard Krol, composer.
  • 1908 Hugo Distler, composer.
  • 1907 Jose de Lima Siquiera, composer.
  • 1906 Pierre Fournier, born in Paris, France, violon cellist, Paris Conservatoire.
  • 1915 Sir Fred Hoyle, British astronomer (d. 2001)
  • 1883 Victor Francis Hess, American Physicist.
  • 1873 Thomas Carl Whitmer, composer.
  • 1842 Ambrose Bierce, U.S., satirist, Devil’s Dictionary.
  • 1840 Louis Brassin, composer.
  • 1813 Henry Ward Beecher, Litchfield, Connecticut, clergyman/orator, Independent.
  • 1771 E I Du Pont, France, chemist/scientist, Du Pont.
  • 1762 Johann Paul Wessley, composer.
  • 1746 Jean Baptiste Rochefort, composer.
  • 1244 Hendrik I, the Child, 1st count of Hessen.

I then decided to take a look at this glorious day all through history and here is what I ended up with: (my personal pick only, of course; much more has gone on!)

So much for today (literally!) And now  shall proceed to spend the rest of my day memorably!

Au revoir!

Three elements your blog can’t live without

Special thanks go to Angie Bowen of Pro Blog Design and Mark Thompson of 1st Web Designer for most of the resources cited in this article.

Blog design and beginner tips for blogging are a dime a dozen; so why would you want to read this? Because it is different.

Years ago, as a newbie blogger myself, it was certainly very hard to analyse and come to a conclusion as to what the most important elements in a blog design were. Indeed it was not until now, close to five years later, that I believe I am in a position to give a judgement on this topic and guide other bloggers, like yourself, in the process.

I used the term blog design. Now, even a one-day old blogger can tell you that the most important thing in a weblog is the content itself; but what he cannot possibly tell you is that if the blog does not visually appeal to a reader at first sight, statistics have shown that over 80% of potential readers simply walk away. Continue reading

Title Trouble: do your articles need catchy titles or descriptive ones?

Having written articles for offline media and perhaps even more often for those online–my blog and my website being two major carriers of my writings–I have observed one question that quite haunts writers. What should the most important element in the title of an article be?

There are two possibilities here and writers often contemplate heavily between the two: catchy titles and descriptive titles. Which should one choose? In my opinion, this decision depends on various factors. Continue reading

This post was never meant to be written

Harold Camping

You read that right. This post was never meant to be written. Just ask Harold Camping, a man who predicted doomsday once, lived through it to predict a second one, all twice over.

In my earlier post warning you about what would not happen today (and openly mocking Camping in the process) I promised to return on May the 22nd and officially mock those who claimed today was the rapture. Here I am. And for the rest of us who went through today like any other normal, frustrating (or unbelievably interesting) day, mazel tov! Continue reading

This is what Facebook is for!

The social world online, I believe, is divided into three categories: Facebook fanatics (who live half their lives on Facebook,) Facebook users (who know their limits,) and Facebook ignorant (Facebook? What is that?)

I watched The Social Network seven months after it was released (I got my hands on it only in May!) and thought the film was interesting and well-laid. The screenplay was Oscar-worthy but most of the story was made up–except Zuckerberg’s wardrobe which, he said himself, the film had portrayed correctly every single time. But the point in a film is that it has to entertain and The Social Network did its job well.

Who would have expected now, three years after the incidents in the film, that Facebook would become so entertaining to people? Continue reading

To Mr Rajinikanth, from nowhere

Mr Rajinikanth is lying in an Intensive Care Unit bed as I type this. He is, it is needless for me to say, one of the most iconic actors in the Indian Film Industry. His impossible stunts, his funny dialogues bordering on the silly, and his unbelievable visual effects all through a film are, in the pith, not what made him the man he is today.

Anybody, you and I included, can cut a speeding bullet in half or score twelve runs in one ball in a game of cricket–on the silver screen. But what made Rajini (as he is popularly known) the star he is today, and what kept him there more importantly, was his character. Continue reading

Once Upon A Different Time

I had wound up my day tonight when I received an email from ABC via a blogging ring I am a partner with. The American Broadcasting Corporation is coming up with two new dramas, they said; a curious one they have named ‘Once Upon A Time‘ and a new take on the 1970s celebrated series, ‘Charlie’s Angels.’ I was sent an exclusive first look to review and knowing how these dramas can turn out to be, I confess I was quite skeptical about taking up the job. But what Once Upon A Time had in store for me was something I had never come near picturing right (no pun intended!) Continue reading

Somebody just preponed death!

Apparently, the end is nigh for most of us humans. The eBible Fellowship is just one among many claimants (Family Radio being the other major claimant) of the fact that judgement day is May the 21st; and five months later, on October 21st, we shall witness the end of the world.

Now I do not know if this is a race to declare an ‘end of the world’ date, but these fellows seem to believe that the Mayan prediction of December the 21st 2012 is not the end of the world, rather it is October this year! Continue reading

IQ comes with strings attached

Eddie Rodriguez, for Cracked.com, wrote an amusing, yet interesting, article titled 5 Unexpected Downsides of Intelligence. It was interesting, but you know how cracked.com articles can be: playfully funny at first look, with some reading between the lines heavily demanded. So I decided to examine the five traits in a more–perhaps the best way to put it would be conservative–manner (not using expletives, that is, for I absolutely detest them!) Continue reading