February 25, 2007

What will make an Ethiopian happy?

Australia is seen as one of the very few peaceful countries. It is isolated from world's chaos, boasts multi-cultural living and provides a rich standard-of-living.

The gradual increase in the flow of immigrants supports that fact. Today, I met an Ethiopian taxi driver while traveling to home. I usually start the conversation with a brief question on weather (Is it going to be hot for the next few days) or just asking about them (How was your day or How are you doing). Today, I saw this brown-skinned man (happy, because me too!) and asked him if he is from Srilanka. He said, 'No, I am from Ethiopia. Most of the people mistake me seeing my colour'. He said his name is Alam.

A song was playing in the music player. I asked what kind of music it is. He told it is a music album released by an Indian-born Ethiopian musician. The music was very lively and would make you tap your dance feet.

So, the conversation continued like this...

How long have you been here in Australia?
Just 6 months. We arrived here in last September (2006). I have a family with two kids and my wife. We are settling in here still.

What were you doing in Ethiopia?
I was an accountant.

I heard that the life in Ethiopia is not so peaceful. How do you find the life in Australia compared to your country?
Very peaceful. I am happy because, my family is safer here and they can walk on the streets without any bothering from anyone. I used to work as an Accountant in my country. The rule of gun is the law, there. If 'they' (higher officials in government), tell you to sign a document - you must sign it. If not, you are gone next minute (points a finger gun at my head).

Are you happy that ''you are here''?
Actually, I am sad because I miss my relatives and friends. But, I am happy here because; I can do what I want. I have to be truthful to myself and the society here. But, nothing wring can happen here. My family will be safer and prosperous here. My kids will get used to a good system government, culture and discipline.

Will you go back if your country becomes peaceful?
Surely, yes. I came here, not because of money - but for safety. I will feel happy in my own land. Nothing can replace it.

Do you believe Ethiopia will become a peaceful country?
Yea, definitely. It may take few years - can't say exactly when. But, I believe, peace will return to Ethiopia - a truely, democratic rule will come soon. At the time, I will go back with my family to join my relatives and friends. That (the day of return) will be the happiest day of my life.

How do your family getting adjusted to this new life?
They are good. Children like their schools because they are allowed to play a lot. We are still making new friends, community places - markets, shops, restaurants (Ethiopian related). It will take few more months - but, we are good. We are getting used to the Australian way of life - not forgetting our own values.

I wished him a good luck and he dropped me at my home and went. I wonder when peace will return such African nations. If each country says, all such civil wars are part of their internal affairs - who else would stop those. George Bush is interested in 'restoring peace' in Iraq and Arab nations, only because they have Oil. Who will care for these resource-poor nations in the Dark Continent?

Sigh...by the way; have you ever tried Ethiopian cuisine? Try it
126 Henley Beach Rd,
Ph 8443 4300

I have had dinner at this restaurant, few months ago and I would recommend it to you. It will be hot and spicy. (:-p)

February 23, 2007

22 Weird Signboards (fresh and funny)

Here is the collection of some weird signs that I found at flickr. Enjoy the fresh and funny images. It took me 2 days to find proper licensed photos and for asking the photographers if they haven't had the proper creative commons license.

For your eyes only!

1. A sign in the bathroom at the Seaport restaurant, Tel Aviv, Israel. (Credits: smcgee )

2. Found in a traffic signal, New Delhi, India (Credits:Artiii)

3. Spotted at Pier 39 in San Francisco (Credits:AMagill)

4. Near a K-Mart outlet (Credits:Cosmic Kitty)

5. Not a lot of other options here! (Credits:SleepingBear)

6. Umm..what? (Credits:«DreamwizarD»)

7. after..dying..what? (Credits:Skip The Budgie)

8. You wont survive anyway (Credits: christophe mallet)

9. Cockroaches catch Cancer (Credits:Skip The Budgie)

10. You are Noticed (Credits: christophe mallet)

11. security (Credits: Coda2)

12. Jesus doesn't (Credits: dennysmagikland)

13. Not here, pig (Credits: thecrazyhorse)

14. Take them if you like (Credits: akeg)

15. Sharp edge sign (Credits: Liss the Great)

16. Just for fun.. dont think real! (Credits: BabyGirL)

17. We dont serve 6 days (Credits: allspice1)

18. Ouch, that will hurt (Credits: tyrian123)

19. Oh man, say one thing (Credits: seekaltroutes)

20. Dog talk (Credits: kk+)

21. You dare not (Credits: tyger_lyllie)

22. Notice, one duckling is flying (Credits: janet)

February 22, 2007


Here is a link to my photostream

This is a test post from flickr, a fancy photo sharing thing.

February 20, 2007

Calling all Adelaide Geeks

So, whats special about barcamp? Barcamps are, according to Wikpedia, "open, participatory workshop-events, whose content is provided by participants — focusing on early-stage web applications, and related open source technologies and social protocols."

So, barcampadelaide is calling all the geeks in and around Adelaide / South Australia to attend this FREE event.

You are encouraged to meet, talk or present something on your own (Good way to market yourself among other geeks ;-))
  • Who? Anyone who is interested in technology, the Internet and several related topics, covered in an unconference style
  • What? A good opportunity for the many flavours of geeks in Adelaide to share ideas and projects. You don't have to contribute, you just have to be interested.
  • Where? Moana Pioneers Memorial Hall, Nashwauk Cres Moana SA 5169 Google Map. Other States involved are BarCampSydney and BarCampMelbourne and BarCampPerth and BarCampCanberra.
  • When? 3rd-4th March, 2007
Driving Directions to the venue are listed here.

You can RSVP at the barcamp adelaide wiki. A note on upcoming.org has been added.

Follow the discussions at Google Groups.

I am planning to attend this event and go by Train and Bus. Contact me at pthirumurugan at gmail if you are also coming!

I am a snake. What are you?

(Photo courtesy: Ksionic)
As per Chinese Astrology, I am Snake. Very specifically, a Fire Snake. To find out who you are - visit Chinese astrology and check against your birth year. There are only 12 animals - you may belong to one of them.

So, as per Chinese Astrology, year of Pig commences in few days.

So, how this year is going to be for me.

ProAstro tells this , "This Year of the Pig is a revolutionary one for the Snake. There is a chance for exceptionally good fortune this year. Snakes, overall, need to practice caution this year. However, there are some Snakes that need to be more careful than others".

You can check the "Year of Pig" predictions for you at this page. A brief overview is FREE.

More from this site which analyzes the positives and negatives of the zodiac. For Snake,

"Positive: The Snake can be amiable, compromising, fun-loving, altruistic, honorable, sympathetic, philosophical, charitable, a paragon of fashion, intuitive, discreet, diplomatic, amusing and sexy.

Negative: The Snake can also be self-righteous, imperious, judgmental, conniving, mendacious, grabby, clinging, pessimistic, fickle, haughty, ostentatious and a very sore lose"

And some famous snakes include,

Franklin Delano Roosevelt,
Muhammad Ali,
Pablo Picasso,
Alexander Fleming,
John F. Kennedy,
Oprah Winfrey,
J. K. Rowling,
Mahatma Gandhi and
Pierce Brosnan.

(not a bad company, after all!)

May this "Year of Pig"
bring prosperity and happiness
to you and your family!

February 18, 2007

Funny Post-it notes for God from Kids

Look at these amazing post-it notes written by kids to God. Some are funny but some are thought-provoking. I have typed the content below each image - just in case - if it is difficult to read!

"Dear God,
If you let the dinosaur not extinct,
we would not have a country.
You did the right thing.
- Jonathan"

"We read Thomas Edison made light.
But, in Sunday school, they said You (God) did it.
So, I bet he stole your Idea.
- Donna"

"God, I would like to love 900 years, l
ike the Guy in the Bible
- Love, Chris"

"Dear God,
If you watch in Church on Sunday,
I will show you my new shoes."
- Mickey.D.

"Dear God,
I bet it is very hard for you to love all
of everybody in the whole world.
There are only 4 people in our family
and I can never do it"
- Nan

"Dear God, I
think about you sometimes
even when I am not praying"
- Elliott

"Dear God, I think the stapler is
one of your greatest invention"
- Ruth M

"You don't have to worry about me.
I always look both ways "
- Dean

"Dear God,
I keep waiting for Spring
but it never come yet.
Dont forget."
- Mark

"Dear God,
I want to be just like my Daddy when I get big but,
not with so much hair all over."
- Sam

"May be Cain and Abel would not kill each
so much if they had their own rooms.
It works with my brother"
- Larry

"Dear God,
Please send Dennis Clark to a different camp this year"
- Peter

"If you give me Genie lamp like Alladdin,
I will give you anything you want
except my money or my Chess set."
- Raphael

"Dear God,
if we come back as something,
please don't let me be Jennifer Horton
because, I hate her."
- Denise

"Dear God, Please put another holiday
between Christmas and Easter.
There is nothing good in there now."
- Ginny

"Dear God,
Thank you for baby brother but,
what I prayed for was a Puppy."
- Joyce

"Dear God, I am an American.
What are you?" - Robert

"Dear God, in Bible times,
did they really talk that fancy?"
- Jennifer

"Dear God,
I went to this wedding and
they kissed right in Church.
Is that OK? " - Neil

"Dear God, instead of letting people die
and having to make new ones,
why don't you just keep the ones you got now?
- Jane

"Dear God,
Did you mean for Giraffe to look like
that or was it an accident?" - Norma

"Dear God, Are you really invisible
or is that just a trick?"
- Lucy

Courtesy: via fwd mail

February 14, 2007

love all and live happy

created with jason's brushes via thiru flickr

love all. happy valentine's day.

yes. i have submitted my thesis today.


February 12, 2007

34 Tips for a Great Relationship

Always celebrate! Whether it's the 1st or the 50th, each year together is a triumph.


Let each other know how much you appreciate each other. You may already know but hearing it from each other is always better.


Be best friends preferably before being boyfriend-girlfriend. Take time to know each other so the relationship will be a deep one. Tell each other about your crushes, dreams and problems. Make sure he/she is your best friend before getting engaged. The strong bond of friendship will help you both survive tough times.


Make it a point to spend time together often but leave room for each other. Also spend time alone w/ each other, so that at the end of the day you could both share your experiences. This way, you stay interesting with your partner.


Always compliment each other. This will prevent feelings of resentment & thinking that one is being taken for granted.


Keep doings things that you both enjoy, do them together. Make time & continue to date to keep the romance - look good, smell good to maintain physical attraction


Celebrate differences. Never force your ideologies down each other's throat. Give up trying to turn your partner into you. Accept differences, appreciate them.


Fight w/the aim to resolve the issue. Don't outdo each other. The longer you extend the fight. The more chances that you'll say something hurtful that you don't really mean. As mad as you were w/ your partner, he/she is still the person who laughs at your jokes & thinks you're hot. Hear each other out, don't dig up old issues. Choose your battles. Make sure the fight will be worth it & that something will change in the relationship as a result of the fight.


Know that the perfect person does not exist. Know that just as there are things that you love about him/her, there will be things that will make you go crazy. We are only human with our own flaws.


Have fun together! This means keeping the fun & spontaneity that was there in the early days.
Allow yourselves to get silly - shower together, pee w/the door open etc. Being able to make each other laugh & see the lighter, crazier, absurd side is the best way to get through all the differences in personalities, adjustments in lifestyle & opposing viewpoints.


Make sure you have similar goals. It would be difficult to keep your bond intact if your views are complete opposite.


Quit tabulating grudges. Let it off. Discuss it, then trash it, don't recycle it.


Keep it hot by traveling to diff. places together. A new setting will do wonders. Always have skin contact - be it holding hands, a massage or just plain leg rubbing.


Don't lie or hide things. The problem will only get bigger.


Learn each other's interest. It really keeps the conversation flowing!


A hug can be far better more intimate than a kiss.


Don't lose your personality - that's why he/she fell in love w/you. Have separate interest & activities to keep your individual, & to be able to contribute more to the relationship.


Having your own income means you're the boss in your life.


Make rooms for the in-laws.


Wish each other well. Don't wish each other worst


Speak up about the awkward stuff now, like money & sex. The earlier, the better.


Listen, listen, listen. Hear each other out especially during arguments.


Mind your appearance! Stay fit & healthy for each other.


It all boils down to your love, chemistry & respect for each other.


Remind each other of the old days. Do something that you used to do for each other before. It may even be corny but it made you two together. Experience new things together- from dining into a new restaurant to experiencing street food together to exploring to new places. It's the little surprises that make great memories.


No matter how long you've been together, do not think that you can read each other's mind.


Be good to yourself, then be good to your partner. That's what love is all about. Think about your partner. Will it make him/her happy? Will she/he enjoy it? Consider each other's feelings. Be very attentive & sensitive to each other's needs, physically & emotionally, that way your partner learns to do the same for you. Never take your partner for granted.


If one says it's important, then it is! Prioritize each other among other things!


Give each other space. Have dates with your girlfriends, have your boy's night out. If you can't trust each other with this, then don't get married.


Say sorry when you're wrong.


No matter how long you've known each other, be open to surprises, both good or bad.


Think for two & always work as a team. Consult each other before making a decision because everything will always affect both of you. Strengthen couple power. In many ways, we have to decide based on what is best for the relationship in favor of our individual selves.


Support each other's dream. Be willing to follow your passions, support your partner in his/her decisions & create new ones together. Two heads are better than one.


Tell each other's stories. Life goes by so fast & its easy to see how easily couple can grow apart. Whenever something funny, scary, exciting or juicy happened to you or to someone you know, tell each other about it & have your partner do the same. Keep each other in the loop of life.

courtesy: http://www.pravsworld.com

February 9, 2007

21 Most Unforgettable Photos from History

1.Racism/Segregation in the United States (Douglas Martin, USA)

1957. The first day of Dorothy Counts at the Harry Harding High School in the United States . Counts was one of the first black students admitted in the school, and she was no longer able to stand the harassments after 4 days.

2.Assasination (Yasushi Nagao, Japan)

January 12, 1960. A second before the Japanese Socialist Party leader Asanuma was murdered by an opponent student.

3.Protest (Malcolm W. Browne, USA)

1963. Thich Quang Duc, the Buddhist priest in Southern Vietnam , burns himself to death protesting the government's torture policy against priests. Thich Quang Dug never made a sound or moved while he was burning.

4.Death (Hictor Rondsn Lovera, Venezuela)

1962. A soldier shot by a sniper hangs onto a priest in his last moments.

5.Vietnam War (Kyoichi Sawada, Japan)

1965. A mom and her children try to cross the river in South Vietnam in an attempt to run away from the American bombs.

6.Vietnam War (Kyoichi Sawada, Japan)

1966. U.S. troops in South Vietnam are dragging a dead Vietkong soldier.

7.Vietnam War (Eddie Adams, USA)

February 1, 1968. South Vietnam police chief Nguyen Ngoc Loan shots a young man, whom he suspects to be a Viet Kong soldier.

8.Vietnam War (Ut Cong Huynh, Vietnam)

1972. After South Vietnam planes accidentally drop a bomb on a town.

9.Assasination of Salvador Allende, Chili (Unknown photographer)

1973. A few seconds before Chile 's elected president Salvador Allende is dead during the coup.

10.Accident (Stanley Forman, USA)

1975. A woman and a girl falling down after the fire escape collapses.

11.Hunger in Uganda (Michael Wells, U.K.)

1980. A kid in Uganda about to die of hunger, and a missionary.

12.Seizure of the Spain Parliament (Manuel Pirez Barriopedro, Spain)

February 23, 1981. Colonel Molina ve military police seizes the Parliament building in Spain . The photographer did not expect the scene, and hid the films in his shoe.

13.Dead bodies of the Palestianian refugees in Lebanon (Robin Moyer, USA)

1982. Palestinian refugees murdered in Beirut , Lebanon .

14.South Korea (Anthony Suau, USA)

1987. A mother in South Korea apologizes and asks for forgiveness for his son who was arrested after attending a protest. He was protesting the alleged manipulations in the general elections

15.Protest in China (Charlie Cole, USA)

1989. A young man in China stands before the tanks during protests for democratic reforms.

16.Hunger in Somalia (James Nachtwey, USA)

1992. A mother in Somalia holds the body of her child who died of hunger.

17.Torture in Rwanda (James Nachtwey, USA)

1994. A man who was tortured by the soldiers since he was suspected to have spoken with the Tutsi rebels.

18.Civil War in Angola (Francesco Zizola, Italy)

1996. Kids who are shocked by the civil war in Angola .

19.Dead Afghan kid(Erik Refner, Denmark)

2001. An Afghani refugee kid's body is being prepared for the funeral in Pakistan .

20.Digging graves in Iran after the earthquake (Eric Grigorian, USA)

2002. Soldiers and villagers in IRan are digging graves for the victims of the earthquake. A kid holds his father's pants before he is buried.

21.Iraqi prisoner with his child (Jean-Marc Bouju, France)

2003. An Iraqi prisoner of war tries to calm down his child.

Courtesy: a forwarded email.