“Lost” The TV Series… It’s Never Too Late!

I have heard of the TV Series about 4-5 years ago from my husband. At that time my babies were still what you call in ‘growing pains’  all four of them so I was a busy wreck too. I sometimes could not remember if I have eaten dinner or I had taken a shower the day before. He wanted to watch it with me but I just could not. Now, I love my husband and all but I just could not find the time, or spare time to watch something that was named “LOST”…I was already almost lost, and I was in my own home!

About four weeks ago, thanks to NETFLIX, my husband popped the question. He is the one who introduces me to all kinds of TV shows that he finds interesting, one of which was “The Story of Heisenberg”…which that’s the alias we say in front of the kids for “Breaking Bad”. I started watching with him the first two seasons but I bailed out because of school and I promised to resume it again on my own time. “Mad Men” is one TV series that I finished with him till the end because I just had to! I fell in love with Don Draper! Another one is Frank Underwood “House of Cards”, I don’t love him, but I have a fascination with his character.

But, moving on; my husband popped the question at the right time. When are we going to watch “Lost”? I has been a long time, we don’t have to wait season after season in Netflix, all of them are there. All six years! Well, then…Hello Jack! Or maybe Howdy, Sawyer….or Hey, Dude!

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Oh my, my precious time! I’m hooked! I love some characters and I hate some, not really hate…almost hate, well not really. I could tell anybody on and on about John Locke…or how I’m fascinated with Mr. Eko, or how I look forward in every episode what new nickname is Sawyer going to come up with. From Captain Falafel… to Mr. Clean! How Michael and Jin has that kind of relationship…How I hated Shannon and Jin at first….oh my, as I said I could talk about my favorite characters forever.

Ok. Time to check my Neurobiology…I have to finish a report on Jean-Dominique Bauby about his amazing book The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. Till then….oh blog of mine! 🙂

Sims 3 Making it “Easy”

As I said before, my family are gamers. When Sims 3 for Console came out this week, since we already pre-ordered it, we got it out the day it was put available on the stand!
Now, I cannot let my kids play whatever games they want, I’m a gamer so they know they cannot fool me either! It’s one thing to buy your kids all these gadgets nowadays and let them play without your supervision, work takes your time, games take theirs…why not spend time together on something that they like doing and compromise that if you play their term, they will play your terms…that’s how we get them to keep their grades (2 of them are in gifted class, one is coming along and the youngest is 2 yrs old–maybe the youngest Ken Block fan ever…LOL), attitudes and habits, chores in check. I know parents does different styles and tactics when it comes to raising children, these ones work for us.

My eldest and I had been playing Sims 3 ps3, while the others like it on PC. I prefer not to cheat, but sometimes it’s too hard for the kids to do it, so I give them the cheat codes for money to make it easier for them, not too much or they’re not allowed to play anymore, how do I know, because I play too… The Sims game gives them a taste of what it’s like when they grow up, get a job, be out on their own…we had all The Sims Series (from1 to 3).

We had been looking for cheat codes and I guess I thought because it’s new it’s not anywhere online yet. We tried experimenting all kinds of stuff, pushing button combinations that would be likely to be used, no luck at all. We tried following the Sims 2/ps2 pattern combinations…didn’t do a thing, it only messes up the game…LOL! But finally, with determination we found it! It’s

L1 + L2 + R1 + R2.

When pushed simultaneously a popup will tell you that “SPOOT” (it’s a Llama) is now available for you to use and it’s in your Decor-Miscellaneous. You have to get him or buy him and put him somewhere around your house. Click him and get all the cheats that are available through him. It will disable some Challenges and Trophies too, but I’m not sure yet.

Anyways, good luck to all of your who plays, may it be on console or PC.

Just an addition, we are “Outside” players too…we play Kart racing, Tennis (my husband has some divisions wins) ans Soccer. We’re not couch potatoes…LOL!

Just A Thought

There are so many things you can do on a rainy Monday morning, you can listen to the Carpenter song “Rainy Days and Mondays”, or the Mamas and the Papas song “Monday Monday”….while driving to work, while sending your kids to school, while still in bed, while eating your breakfast, after morning meditations or prayers… BEFORE you meet and greet your fellow human beings, may it be a friend, a wife, a husband, your kids, your siblings, a coworker, a boss or a subordinate…here is a little thought————

Hope ya’ll have a great day today!🙂

I’d Rather Call Them Funny!

You know how we love to put our favorite quotes in our note books, cards, walls, or in our Facebook status…I for one does it a lot, but here are some quotes that you can use sometimes at your “leisure” – if you know what I mean…

“His ignorance is encyclopedic.”
– – – Abba Eban (Israeli diplomat and politician)

“His ignorance covers the world like a blanket, and there’s scarcely a hole in it anywhere.”
– – – Mark Twain (We all know who he is, right?)

“His mind is so open – so open that ideas simply pass through it.”
– – – Francis Herbert Bradley (British idealist philosopher)

“He used statistics the way a drunkard uses lampposts – for support, not illumination.”
– – – Andrew Lang ( Scots poet, novelist, and literary critic. He is also a collector of folk and fairy tales. “Rumpelstiltskin” was one of them)

“He was happily married – but his wife wasn’t.”
– – – Victor Borge (Danish Comedian A Conductor and Pianist)

“Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.”
– – – Oscar Wilde (We all know who he is too, right?)

“She never lets ideas interrupt the easy flow of her conversation.”
– – – Jean Webster (American Writer and Author “Daddy-Long-Legs” was one of them)

Net Surfing Simplified

On the busy, crowded and rough super-highway that we call the Internet, understanding a few useful terms can make you more Net savvy. The following tips are geared toward recreational services on the Internet like web sites, bulletin boards and chat. If you are into hacking or programming you may additionally need the “Big Bad Book for Internet Junkies” (That was a joke, there is no such thing. A trip to library or a good search engine may yield better results.)—BY: Rashid Farook (that would be my husband!)

Common Internet Services

Web: Short for the “World Wide Web” or www. No, this has no relation to the spider web in those Internet junkies’ basements. It refers to the network built on one of several protocols that created the Internet. The Web is built on the HTTP protocol. Almost everything you see through your Internet Explorer or Netscape software is on the Web.

Web Browser: Just your Internet Explorer/Netscape/Google Chrome/Mozilla Firefox… application. Basically the software you use in your computer to get on the Web. It’s the Big-E (Internet Explorer) or Big-N (Netscape Navigator) and/or a Big blue round thingy with a Fox wrapped around it (Mozilla Firefox)….or a Big round green, yellow and red thingy (Google Chrome–we use this one!), with a icon you see in the Desktop.

Bulletin Board: Also known as discussion forum or BBS. A place to read other peoples’ messages. You can also post reply or your own messages for everyone else to see. This sounds innocent enough but wait till you see some BBS in action! People use all sorts of lingo-s in these boards to get their point across (which in most cases are ignored by arguing fellow posters). Common sense and avoiding use of foul language can help you get more out of Bulletin Boards. Also since there are thousands of them, pick ones that deal with topics that are interesting to you. Moderated (which typically means you can’t curse your way out of a debate) discussion forums are typically more enjoyable. Yahoogroups is an example (http://www.yahoogroups.com) is a discussion forum community that has thousands of groups. You can even start your own group there!

Chat room: This is a fun place or the root of all evil – depending on your perspective! You can think of a chat room as a clubhouse in the cyber world where people come to exchange messages in real time. That means, unlike bulletin boards you can instantly view and reply to messages from one or many users on the Internet. This makes communication quiet interactive. Let me assure you these messages do not just contain mundane comments on the weather. Many chat rooms now have Audio capability so you can also “talk” to other people. Some also offers “video” capability so you can see other people or let them see you.

Instant Messenger: Also known as “IM”. This is an application very much like chat rooms, but mostly used on a one-to-one basis. Instant Messengers are like cell phones in the cyber world. They keep you in touch with your friends when they come online, They also offer better capability with video and audio chat, sending pictures etc…

Common Internet Lingo

Some words are abbreviated (or malformed!) and frequently used in chatrooms, IM and BBS. Knowing them typically will help you understand if someone is fond of you or fond of making fun of you!

These are some of my FAVORITES:

LOL: Laugh Out Loud. Typically used as a response to something funny.

ASL: Age/Sex/Location. A frequently asked question by annoying chatroom users desperately looking for dates online (No these people are too dumb or don’t care about the absurdity of doing so. Besides in a Deshi chatroom where there are many newbies who knows they might get lucky!). Typically the chatter asking the question immediately stops communicating if your response matches his (it’s almost never a she!) own gender.

BRB: Be right back. Typically said by a concerned chatter who has to leave the chatroom or stop chatting because the chatter’s Boss/ Colleague/ Spouse/ Boyfriend/ Girlfriend/ Kid/ Parent/ Uncle/ Kajer Bua/ Annoying friends or an alien (kidding!) has arrived.

Lag: Slow connection. You will know this is happening when chatter replies to your greeting after you have welcomed, shouted and kicked (chatwise) and gave up on him and joined other conversations. Don’t confuse this though with a situation when the chatter has been interrupted before being able to say BRB. Lag can happen due to several reason so don’t go kicking and screaming on your “lightning fast” broadband provider because your net GF has left the room thinking you died! The chat server itself maybe slow. Who knows, the server admin. May have spilled coffee on the box (now that would be really bad, although be assured your monitor won’t turn chocolate or melt away!). Also the other chatter(s) may have a slow connection. However be assured that if you are using the “shared” broadband wannabe ISPs that recently cropped up in Dhaka then you (and no one else) is lagging.

WB: Welcome Back. Typically friends would greet a fellow chatter with this when he/she is available again after the party forcing the BRB status has left the premises (apparently!)

Re: Reply. If you see this in front of a BBS posting that indicates it is a reply (mostly saying the original poster is wrong or a fool) to a previous posting. If you see someone using it in front of chatroom messages they have probably spent way too much time on Bulletin Boards.

Upper Case: Say something aloud. If you see messages in all uppercase typically it means shouting or saying something loudly. On a rare occasion it is possible that the chatters/posters CAPS LOCK button is stuck after he/she spilled drinks on the keyboard as a reaction to an online (most likely indecent) proposal. Suggest this to them and they will either comply turning it off or just ignore/mute you (either way you are better off than before!)

Other Common Internet Lingos:

2moro – Tomorrow
2nite – Tonight
BTW – By The Way
B4N – Bye For Now
BCNU – Be Seeing You
BFF – Best Friends Forever
CYA – Cover Your Ass -or- See Ya
DBEYR – Don’t Believe Everything You Read
DILLIGAS – (one of my faves) Do I Look Like I Give A Sh**
FUD – Fear, Uncertainty, and Disinformation (I still does not know when this is used!)
FWIW – For What It’s Worth
GR8 – Great
ILY – I Love You
IMHO – In My Humble/Honest Opinion
IRL – In Real Life (if your’e familiar with virtual reality like SECOND LIFE, this is helpful)
ISO – In Search Of
J/K – Just Kidding
L8R – Later
LMAO – Laughing My Ass Off
LOL – Laughing Out Loud -or- Lots of Love ( don’t use this when somebody dies and you show your love to the family… “Condolence– LOL!” you might get a kick in the bottom!
LYLAS – Love You Like A Sister
MHOTY – My Hat’s Off To You
NIMBY – Not In My Back Yard
NP – No Problem -or- Nosy Parents
NUB – New person to a site or game
OIC – Oh, I See
OMG – Oh My God
OT – Off Topic
POV – Point Of View
RBTL – Read Between The Lines
ROTFLMAO – Rolling On The Floor Laughing My Ass Off (i don’t really think this ACTUALLY happens!)
RT – Real Time
THX or TX or THKS – Thanks
SH – Sh** Happens
SITD – Still In The Dark
SOL – Sh** Out of Luck
STBY – Sucks To Be You
SWAK – Sealed (or Sent) With A Kiss
TFH – Thread From Hell (this is overrated!)
RTM or RTFM – Read The Manual -or- Read The F***ing Manual
TLC – Tender Loving Care
TMI – Too Much Information
TTYL – Talk To You Later -or- Type To You Later
TYVM – Thank You Very Much
VBG – Very Big Grin
WEG – Wicked Evil Grin
WTF – What The F***
WYWH – Wish You Were Here
XOXO – Hugs and Kisses

and my own little addition:

O&O – Over and Out

A Joint Efforts by:

Rashid Farook and Glenda M-Farook!

Staring Right in MY Face

I haven’t had that rage in a long time…I remember my Dad always tells me, “This too shall Pass!” Everything moves on, even if we don’t want it to…that’s just how it is! That’s my consolation and at the same time heartache in life…

I just made a nice Graphic Art the other day out of St. Francis prayer…I love this particular prayer, everybody knows it. The next day I was in a rage….and that was exactly what the payer was talking against…“Where there is hatred, let me sow Love!”…when I woke up this morning, sent the kids to school, drank my coffee, getting ready for the task for the day…it just hit me right in the face, STARING back at ME was that prayer….“Where there is hatred, let me sow Love!”

I could say a ton of excuses about my attitude, but you know what…there is no excuse! “Where there is hatred, let me sow Love!”….

HAVE A GREAT DAY, YA’LL…..