I'm tired of seeing that monstrosity on the top of my blog

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Is it safe to assume that no one reads these anymore? That Kottu has finally moved on to the netherworld. That the old blogger crowd, now probably married and old enough to have multiple grandkids, no longer cares?Good.I love being busy, because it keeps the mind occupied, but I recently had quite a long exam season (abridged with Avurudu) and ...

Methods of student protest betray stagnation and lack of ingenuity in local higher education system

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The recent tear-gassing of a student protest has been the topic of much conversation, especially since the newly appointed government was seen as being much more student-friendly than the previous one.Protests by students enrolled at state universities and higher education institutes are nothing new. Every year, these students cumulatively spend thousands of hours sitting/standing/walking/running from charging riot police in congested ...

ISIS and the modern, westernised girls who flock to it

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The premise outlined in the title is all kinds of inexplicable. While trying to grasp the whole wtf aspect of it, this old quote from George Orwell's 1940 review of Mein Kampf stood out:Also he has grasped the falsity of the hedonistic attitude to life. Nearly all western thought since the last war, certainly all "progressive" thought, has assumed tacitly ...

Clay

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The vessel is fragile.It carries water, the only water you'll ever find. Without the water you cannot survive. No tea, no cooking, nothing doing.The vessel is fragile.You've wondered about the nature of the vessel and sometimes mused what would happen if you were to throw it away. You'd never have the guts though.The vessel is fragile.One of these days you'll ...

People are talking

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You know how these things happen when you least expect, right?You return from a horrible and drawn out campaign of terror to put down that insurgency in the Caucasus to find out that her heart has turned colder than the Siberian winter.Your first instinct is to call the Okhrana on all your bastard ministers and torture them till they confess. ...

What cats have taught me

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I had been a dog person for as long as I can remember. There was a cat sometime in my early teens or something, but I don't even remember where we buried it after it died.Then, everything changed when the fire nation attacked.Cats—and I can't stress this enough—are selfish bastards. This makes them immediately relatable. They will naturally gravitate towards ...

Passion

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People always underestimate passion, or maybe it's just me. I take actually being fired up and excited about something for granted. Don't. When that passion leaves you, and you're hit with the searing and searching brightness of sober day, you'll wonder what the hell you're doing here with something you obviously have no love for.

Silence is snuggly

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It really is, though.You know how the best friends are the people with whom you can share long silences and it would be the most comfortable thing in the world?Or how, in a conversation, you find yourself learning a lot of stuff and letting it all soak in, and you don't want to say anything because you'll add nothing of ...

Love is a word

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This is very crude, I blame it on not writing anything for ages.Spend a lifetime with me? You know I can't marry you, love.Not exactly what I meant. You can still experience a lifetime within a few days. Ah, fancy poetry to get me to put out?Surely there's more to life than what consumerist propaganda has taught us? You sound ...

Oasis

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This has been lying in an xcf (GIMP) file on my hard-drive with a last modified date of 03/03/2012, but is probably much older. Instead of completing it using GIMP as I must've originally intended, I shifted it to a vector graphic project due to my current love affair with Inkscape, and finished it off in a few hours today.The ...

Histeria Colectiva

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It's just another day in paradise when everyone gets worked up over *something* again. I mean, really. They say life on this island is chilled out but we need something to be collectively indignant at every now and then right? So I've decided to come up with a helpful list of things people are butthurt about and how to be ...

Humano

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Logic calls me forth, but biology holds me back.I've been fascinated by the whole Soylent story. Unverified claims, of course, but if the man is telling the truth, he might've just made one of the biggest breakthroughs for the human race since we decided to come down from the trees and become omnivores.I have never been a big fan of ...

Feliz

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I write this while on an old and rusty bus rattling its way across Kottawa's sleepy backwaters on a sleepy Sunday morning. The slight lump I feel in my throat seems to indicate an impending case of sore throat. This bus is moving at a commendable rate for a 336, or maybe writing this is way more fun than it ...

Edge cases

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It's been a surreal couple of weeks, these past few. A few days back it was me trying to make a friend laugh as she was talking to a recruitment agent from Millennium IT (I am known for being a bastard like that). Today, it was me sitting almost alone in the canteen that the gang and I spent most ...

This sucks

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Ohhh, I have a blog now? Whoa.So my uni life's ending in a couple of weeks, and things have been hectic. Actually, that's an understatement. But yeah, you always manage to find some time to do the things that really matter, and that's what counts in the end, right? Unless I've been counting wrong all this time, and someone comes ...

random post #62

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Let's go back to one of the oldest tricks in my book of what to do when I have nothing to write about.So, I'm going back to uni next week. Baller girl will be there, balling away. Here's a sketch of her that I drew one boring evening at the library:And here's a story of how things will not work ...

Blocked

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It sucks, you know, not being able to sleep? I find myself awake at the most awkward of hours, staring blankly at the laptop screen. Three nights ago, I went to sleep at 3 AM. Two nights ago, I attempted to go to sleep earlier but was lying in bed unable to, and then I went into a sneezing frenzy ...

Guys NEVER overreact. Ever.

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It's been a while since I spent this much time doing something non-programming related. :) This comic was insanely hard to put together, though the end result is pretty simple. I have been doing some part-time relationship advice-giving in the last few days (I hear the loud "Oh-no!"s already! Haha) and this is stuff that this experience has brought back.And ...

Things left unsaid

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I haven't even touched this thing in ages, have I? I miss the days when I could write something stupid and get a million comments. I miss being anonymous, being able to speak your mind, you know? There are so many things I want to shout out about, so many things that the blogosphere circa 2009 would've been able to ...

code

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I've always admired artists. There's something magical in their ability, their gift to transform their innermost thoughts and feelings into something communicable, and in doing so convey and transmit those feelings to others. A painter packs emotion into every stroke of his brush, a poet into every syllable she writes, a bassist into every little quiver of his fingers. That ...