Thursday, March 24, 2011
Monday, March 14, 2011
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Sometimes people are going to ask you questions. You're going to have to answer them. However, here's the catch—in some cases you must absolutely not "look" before answering. And in other cases, it's extremely important that you do look.
To help you out, here are some examples.
If you need a very broad thumb rule, it would be this. If the questioner is a girl, you're better off not looking. If it's a guy, you probably should look.
The final example actually happened to me the other day, and true enough, the guy did look. Unfortunately, it was at the girl and not my teeth.
posted by Arnold at 8:45 PM
Friday, December 17, 2010
Hey guys (and lovely women too)! Does anyone still watch this space? Signing into Blogger after more than a year sort of gives me the creeps. But I do want to start blogging again!
I hate to say it but it feels like the creativity (and boy there was some insanely crazy made-up fantasy in a lot of the early posts on this blog) has all been sucked out of me. I feel jaded. However, I do have some ideas and reading some of the old posts makes me want to start again.
I just might. Fingers crossed etc.
posted by Arnold at 9:15 PM
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Anyone heard about the new sobriety test that they've come up with for girls? The policeman stops the car, asks the girl driving to come out and then plays a random song from 10 years ago for her. If she doesn't scream, "Hey! I love that song!" she's probably not drunk.
Oh, they play three songs to avoid the possibility of a false arrest because she actually likes the song.
posted by Arnold at 3:31 PM
Monday, May 04, 2009
Gmail now has a setting that allows you to "undo" sending an e-mail for up to a few seconds after you click "Send". At first I thought, "Just a few seconds? What difference is that ever going to make!" But as you can see from this chart, that's all you really need. No?
(P.S.: Same applies for blog posts really, but at least I can always click "Edit" with those!)
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
I'm not sure why people drive with their headlights on full beam even in the city? Surely this cannot be because they don't realize what a pain this is to oncoming traffic. They have oncoming traffic that is coming right on to them! And the first thing they ought to notice is that they cannot see anything because of the headlights of others! And that, I would tend to believe, ought to be their cue to dim their own lights.
But this just does not happen.
Hence I can only conclude that people have NO idea that there even are two levels for their headlights.
So in public interest, let me inform all of you who drive cars that your lovely automobile comes with the option of selecting between not just one, but TWO levels, for your headlights when driving. There's "High" and then there's "Low". And when you are driving in areas (like most parts of the city) where there are street lights and other sources of surrounding illumination, you do NOT need the "High". Yes, this may come as a complete shock to you, but it is possible to see quite well without it!
When you drive on "High", you are not only signaling to the rest of the world that you are an Asshole but are also likely to be the cause of trouble to someone else who cannot even see the freaking road because you have blinded them and hence drives straight into some idiot who just happens to be cycling right in the middle of the street. (For the record, this did NOT happen to me.)
Of course, it is quite possible that people actually know that they have the option of the dipper, but don't give a rat's ass either way about anyone else. These people definitely exist, and they're the same kinds that break queues or yell on their cell phones in public places. But I would like to believe that ignorance is the reason behind this particular failure of humanity rather than sheer apathy. The first can possibly be cured, the second, unlikely.
posted by Arnold at 9:12 PM
Monday, April 20, 2009
Monday, April 13, 2009
The "Dude" Count is also affected by one other unrelated factor—
Sunday, March 22, 2009
"To be clear about the rules that apply: extortion is illegal everywhere, except when it is construed as taxation; the payment of extortion, however, is legal, unless it is construed as bribery."
This is from an article on the Somali pirates here. I've become a big fan of Vanity Fair. Their articles are brilliant—both in terms of style of writing and in the amount of information they convey.
Some other interesting ones:
1. Bernie Madoff and his victims.
2. Christopher Hitchens and waterboarding.
There are tons more, if you have the time that is.