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October 24, 2012

Will You Marry Me?

Filed under: about me,humour,wishlist — vagus @ 10:08 pm

So, it’s been a while since my last blog. What has woken me up from my slumber? Please forgive me if it’s peppered with jargon and a little too geek for your taste while allowing me to elucidate.

I happened to spot an old nugget today amidst the storm, no pun intended, that is my Twitter stream which pointed me to this post about a Ms. Noriko Higashi: http://goo.gl/iuU83

I then looked at her GitHub post which makes this request: http://goo.gl/NsMrW

Now, I’m also approaching my late 30s and still single. Maybe it’s because I’m a moderate Trekkie (a.k.a. Star Trek fan) but at least that’s not as bad as being a Star Wars fan, although I digress.

I was actually attracted to this gal (gawd I hope this wasn’t a gag) but, to cut a long story short, I didn’t score a passing grade by a whisker, with a 29/34 while she expects 30/34 what with me being a software engineer and all.

This is the list of the five of her preferences that I don’t match:

  • 1. No smokers. (Required) – struck out on the first one there.
  • 7. Someone who likes eating vegetables and natto. – I don’t do vegetables and had to look up natto.
  • 14. Someone who can tolerate social gaming companies like Zynga, GREE, or Mobage. – I can’t, and she even works at one.
  • 28. Someone who can play classic or jazz piano. – I blame my parents on this one for not encouraging me enough.
  • 30. Someone who plays at most only 1 hour of videogames a day, or at most only 30 minutes of TV. – While I hardly game these days I regularly stay glued to the unfairly nicknamed “idiot box” for extended periods of time.

I should mention (about item #24 on her list) that the name Peter Drucker rang a bell and I had to look him up to see whether I subscribe to some of his “seven principles” (yes I do) which I also had to look up to find out she was probably referring to his “seven sources of innovation” listed here: http://goo.gl/ZQ4zV

That’s an interesting read, by the way, along with his wikipedia page which sums up his oft-critisised body of work.

Coming back to Ms. Higashi’s RFP (request for a partner, hyuk), there are a few items in her list of preferences which could be up for debate, though I like to think I meet them:

  • 2. No one whose personality changes when they drink. (Required) – I can’t say for sure due to the blackouts and amnesia.
  • 8. Someone who can speak with a person of non-Japanese descent for over 20 minutes (even if the spoken language is Japanese). – does saying “Domo arigato, Mr. Roboto” over and over again for over 20 minutes count?
  • 11. Someone who does not become jealous of rich, beautiful or famous people. – I don’t because I already am rich, beautiful and famous.

And from the four preferences that she applies to programmers and other engineers:

  • 1. Someone who writes beautiful code–it makes me cry tears of joy. (Required) – my code always elicits the same reaction from myself.

If not for flunking five of her criteria, I would ask her “Will you marry me?”, but knowing what her response would be I’d rudely start by telling her to sudo go make me a sandwich.

March 12, 2011

Fresh Air and Sunshine

Filed under: about me,wishlist — vagus @ 9:27 pm

People who meet me might say I’m quite shy and reserved; introvert is the usual term used by the good folks with a limited English vocabulary, which includes me, by the way, not trying to be snide here. I would hardly speak or mingle with others, even with family living under the same roof. I would avoid socialising with coworkers outside the office and I generally feel uncomfortable or awkward while among (or is that amongst) a large crowd, for example, at a party, wedding or in public places.

Although, I believe, like the Obama (I’m an admirer) campaign slogan read, it’s time for change.

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October 24, 2009

It Drives Me.

Filed under: about me,tech,wishlist — vagus @ 6:46 am

The gist:

  • Test driven on Sunday October 4th.
  • Driven home from the dealer’s on Saturday October 17th.

Bought a new silver Honda Civic 1.8 S MT!

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October 18, 2009

I voted.

Filed under: about me,wishlist — vagus @ 6:39 pm

I voted for the first time a few months ago to elect an MP. On Tuesday October 13th voting was for MLAs and I voted again. The first time I cast my vote for an independent which I now feel was a waste. This time around I voted for Congress. Not because I wanted to vote for the party or for the local candidate. I voted for Rahul Gandhi, son of late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.

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October 2, 2007

Hardware And Software Bonanza Coming Up

Filed under: computers,gadgets,linux,open source,windows vista,wishlist — vagus @ 10:08 am

A bunch of new GNU/Linux distributions’ releases are coming up and will coincide with my plans to buy a new desktop and a new tablet PC for home use.

OpenSuse 10.3 is coming October 4th, Ubuntu 7.10 (codename: Gutsy Gibbon) is coming October 18th and Fedora 8 is coming November 8th. I plan to install and play with each one and decide on which distro to settle. My current preference is Ubuntu even though I like KDE better than GNOME. I’m currently running Ubuntu “Gutsy” Beta on my home desktop and “Feisty Fawn” (Ubuntu 7.04) on my work desktop and am very impressed with things.

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February 13, 2006

Broadband India

Filed under: about me,broadband,fiber,rants,wifi,wimax,wishlist — vagus @ 12:45 pm

I’d been hankering for broadband until I finally got it a year ago. BSNL‘s 512 kbps “DataOne” with a 5 GB per month data transfer limit (up and down!) is not really broadband, but it’s a start. (more…)

Sony VAIO laptop boot problem

Filed under: about me,microsoft,rants,tech,windows vista,wishlist — vagus @ 11:22 am

I’ve got this Sony VAIO laptop – a 3.5 year old model PCG-GRX 560 – which I suspect is about to expire.

About mid-’05 it started having boot problems – wouldn’t “POST” unless I smartly tapped it underneath…

Came across a discussion topic online which helped – many other people have been complaining of similar problems with their VAIOs – looks like one of the two RAM slots is bad! (more…)

It’s a material world

The wait for Windows Vista is driving me nuts! I’m waiting for the “next wave” of hardware and price drops to come out so I can go on a shopping spree. (more…)

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