Now I guess it's time to break the ice!!
Xmas is round the corner and college has closed down. I just wrote the last exam and am gettin ready to leave for my hometown as I am writing this. The fact that I'll be missing my friends here and my college creates a certain pang, but I'm also looking forward to spending all these days at home. There's gonna be lot of sleeping, eating and I even plan to build some muscles this holiday season!
Guess what, it's year ending. So here goes a quick round-up of sorts.. for the ones who missed me ^_^
* Got a haircut.. and it was BAD!! I have been suffering from withdrawal symptoms ever since that fateful day. Trust me, the transition from shoulder-length-hair to no-hair was nerve-wracking!
So I spiked up what was left of my sweet hair and dyed it with burgundy streaks. Cause I HATE lookin like a shaven (p-word).
better be freaky than be dookie!!
* A friend of mine started a blog. She writes some really profound stuff there.. Do check it out when you feel like some inspiration. Show her some love people!
* Guess what, I'm planning to build a website these hols. Yeah, you read that right. I already purchased a domain and a year's hosting from a site called HIOX. Yeah I know it rhymes with HOAX but I trust those guys completely.
About the site, it's gonna be a store. Only, I will be selling other people's stuff.
Also this is gonna be my first attempt at piecing a website together all by myself. So I can assure you, it's gonna be downright ugly. Plus, I've got a terrible colour sense and a fetish for outrageous colour-combinations. So watch this space!
Got my mind fixed on a Flourascent yellow background with red polka dots and Green H1 text. I know, it's tempting, but sorry folks, you'll have to wait till It's completed. It may take a few months to say the least..
I guess that's what all've been happening all these days. Atleast thats all I remember. The rest of the time I was sleeping, eating, or just stoned. University exams were going on, so only there was more time to sleep.
Well I'm gonna (read 'hoping to') post more often here. People had begun to think that I got eaten by bears cause I had disappeared from the internet totally.. But this time, I'm here to stay.. take care peeps :)
Now I guess it's time to break the ice!!
This life is over-rated, you all know it. There are times when you're left without a piece of land to step on. In short, you feel like shit.
This is when I find asylum in music.. It works just like a drug - you get high then you pass out without having to worry about the goddamn world. and the good thing about music is that there are no health hazards and you don't have to sell your farm to get a shot of it.
Here are some songs that've been occupying my playlist lately - good stuff to put you to sleep.
Drugs Don't Work (The Verve) - but this song will. Richard Ashcroft's voice works just like a lullaby. Listen to this song and you'll know why I'm so in love with The Verve.
Everybody Hurts (REM) - Just the song you need when shit hits the fan. REM wrote this song when he lost his dearest friend. The music is powerful and the lyrics are full of hope, urging you to live, and move on.. love it.
My Immortal (Evanescence) - poignant lyrics and nostalgic music, add to that Amy Lee's perfect voice - works like marijuana!
Wish You Were Here (Pink Floyd) - It doesn't take a minor scale to sound sad.
BitterSweet Symphony (The Verve) - One of the greatest songs in my life, and one i'll never get tired of listening to!
Sooner or Later (Switchfoot) - "come back and haunt me...", exactly what it does. nostalgic at its best!
Heart-Shaped Box (Nirvana) - One of the first songs that I learned to play on my guitar. hate the video but love the music to the core.
Coil (Opeth) - easily one of the best songs I've ever heard. Opeth could be this mellow.. who knew?
December (Collective Soul) - a tune that brings back memories! Whatever happened to Collective Soul? they were hot!
Ana's song (Silverchair) - though it's about anorexia, what it invokes in me is a familiar emotion sickness.
I don't know.. Normally I would be banging my head to Pantera's "Walk" or Children of Bodom's "Everytime I Die", but now I don't think my head's in a mood to fly.
Life's gaping at me like a gigantic toilet seat, threatening to flush me down its depths of despair..
OMG I'm getting too poetic! It all comes natural now but I know I'll hate myself for writing this later... but what the heck, all I wanna do now is pass out :(
...so said The Verve.
..and that's so so true.. Life's not always sweet. sometimes you can't help feeling that life's a real bitch, she just sucks you dry of all your happiness!
October 19th goes down in my diary as the day I had to take the most bitter bite of all.. This is the day I lost the dearest of my friends, that too at the young age of 20 years..
The guy up there is George Kurien. To me, he was my georgie, one of the best things that had happened to my life. God I wish you had given me a chance to tell him that!
Going abit down the memory lane...
When I joined a new school in eighth grade, there was this guy who always had something up his sleeve. He was one of the popular guys in school back then, and noticing him I couldn't help thinking "OMG, What a prick"! But I was yet to find out what a gem of a guy he really was, and that he would become one of my closest friends in a short time.
Now, he was everything that I ever wanted to be. never spent too much time in front of books, but still he managed to be one of the toppers.
His nickname 'Maximus' was believed to be jinxed. Most of the unfortunate Counter-Strikers in the local gaming joint suffered from shaky-knees-syndrome whenever they saw 'Maximus' on the player list. I gotta thank him for making a decent fragger out of me.
And then there was the music, did i mention he had been my fellow-headbanger ever since I got obsessed with metal?! He never failed to keep in touch even after we had to go seperate ways for our higher studies. Then there were the guitar solos; everytime i learnt a new one, he'd be the first to know despite the distance.
Had his funeral today. and I gotta say I didn't recognize the body that lay there before me at first.. it was more like a shadow of him - his skin blackened cause he spent one whole night underwater, maybe mocking the people who were searching for him, in his usual playful way.. then there's the damage done by people. Damn the one who invented post mortems! why did you have to disfigure my dearest friend?!
I've heard, your entire life flashes before your eyes the moment before you die. I wonder what he must've felt. It might have been all pain for him, water gushing into his body through every pore.. drowning is death in its worst form, I've read somewhere.. why did he have to die that way?
I couldn't bear the sight, yet I stood there looking at him for a long time, cause I'm not gonna be seeing him again for what seems like an eternity! As I finally caught hold of my mind and made my way outside, I couldn't help taking out my rosary, clutching the crucifix and asking "Why?!.. Why the fuck?!!".. Sorry lord if it pained you, but he really didn't deserve this kind of a farewell! sorry..
As memories came crashing into my mind, I couldn't help bursting into tears. a hundred people were watching, but I didn't care.. I don't know if it makes you less of a man when you cry, but I didn't give a flying fuck right then.. all I could feel was a voice telling me from the inside, "Be man enough to cry".. and I still cry when I think of you pal, loved ya to bits!!
My goodbyes mate, your life definitely rocked! Hats off to you for showing the world how to live life! and thanks for all the memories.. You're still alive within us, and I'm sure you'll make people happy wherever you go..
My prayers will always be with you..
your favorite song, back from the days we used to go to school together.
Rest In Peace
It took me awhile to find out a blogger's biggest hurdle : Keeping up with both Worlds
Life's been hectic for me lately. Struggling to keep my real life alive and kicking, I've had no time for Blogosphere.. Everyday I'd been writing some shitty assignment or studying for some stupid test (and still managing to get zero),.. add to this the fact that I don't own a goddamn computer!
In fact, these things were doing my head in so much that I decided to call it quits and stop blogging altogether.
..and a week later I'm back here typing away this shit!
Yeah, that's right, I can't stay away from this place for too long.. I'm in too deep to quit!
Finally, some recognition for the tuber! :D
Measled Potatoes is being featured on Weblogian Socialite!
Check it out Here!
They're also giving me free 125x125 advertising space on the Weblogian Blog!
A huge thanks to Weblogian, creater of the Weblogian Socialite. Also, thanks to Achuna, the PR of the socialite. I really appreciate it guys :)
Weblogian Socialite is a social community for bloggers, and one of my favorite haunts. Hop over to this place to get your blog some exposure and to meet some cool bloggers.
So fellow bloggers, go check it out right away ;)
In case you haven't noticed, alot of weird stuff have been going on here lately. Things were getting pushed around, new things were getting checked in, while some others were getting thrown out of the HTML tag.
Well, this commotion is what I call a 'Re-design', and I love making it often ;)
So here are the major changes this time around:
* We've got a Theme Song!
That's right, Measled Potatoes now has a theme song!
I've wanted to have one for some time now, but it was this discussion over at BlogCatalog that really got me going!
So, as usual, the typical brainstorming session followed. I even sought the help of a few friends. I asked them what they thought about my blog, and these were the replies:
"it's upbeat!" - sorry, I'm not into upbeat music :/
"dude it's dirty" - No way I'm gonna have some KidRock track playin in here!
"it's gay" - I'll deal with you later pal ~_~
So I had to not-so-respectfully decline all those suggessions. since no one could help this lonesome blogger out, I decided to help myself.. I analysed the situation:
* I love Heavy Metal * to the core *
* I hate Britney Spears * to the core *
* the song has to be upbeat
* It should be crappy enough to match my writing
* It has to make you laugh, or atleast make you send me a hate mail
...and I chose the only song that could match this criteria.. and so we have the theme song:
Oops I did it again by Children of bodom
* In Love with CSS
Did some experimentation with CSS and I'm starting to completely love it! I've just scratched the surface, but hey I'm really impressed with the things it can do to your pages.. cool!
You may see alot of CSS experimentation here in the near future, be warned!
* Isn't this project Wonderful?
Got the blog signed up at Project Wonderful.
It works like the EntreCard system, except that this is real money involved. See those 'Your Ad Here' spots on the sidebar? They are open for advertising and the price starts at 1c/day! This rate can increase as more ads as queued up, and so it helps bloggers make some greens. I recommend it to all those disgruntled bloggers out there: atleast, Some money is better than No money, right?
* More Widgets
As with every revamp, I put in a few more, just to keep up the tradition.
I especially love the live Traffic widget. Thanks to my friend bladeaxe4 for pointing it out to me;)
So, as usual, please help me out tellin me how this place looks. Yeah I know it looks half-baked, but really, what more could you expect from a guy like me haha
Keep Bloggin' ;)
The Alien Encounter that I had a week ago inspired me to delve more into the subject.
So I kinda did some research on alien sightings and abductions, and to my shock, I found out that 99% of the aliens come not from outer space, but from the Hollywood!
Yeah, that's right, the people over at Hollywood have created aliens of all weird types, so if a real alien pays us a visit someday and happens to see them, he'll be really pissed!
Let's take a look at some of the most famous alien superstars hailing from the silver screen:
The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
The aliens in this flick are one peaceful lot, who comes to tell the earthlings that unless they too become a peaceful lot, they will be eliminated (peaceful, &ucking peaceful!)
A remake of this this ancient Black & White movie is scheduled for December 2008, starring Keanu Reaves and Jennifer Conelly. so I suspect there will be some mind-blowing 'action sequences' (*wink), with the aliens pulling off some kickass kung-fu fighting.
Invaders From Mars (1953)
Aliens in this movie are Eight-foot tall green men controlled by a little Martian in a glass ball... the typical alien image etched on the back of our minds.
The Island Earth (1955)
Almost an acceptable human, except for this freaky bulge on the forehead. I wonder if a skull-cap could fix that... and umm, a pair of sunglasses... and behold, he's one of us!
Oh look, he's even got space-age boxers!
The Blob (1958)
Oozy, slimy, gooey, making-you-wanna-puke blobs that devour any living thing in their path. This is one of those flicks that made me scared of the television-set in our house back in my childhood.
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
Wise, kind entities who only want to make contact with us. Yeah right, they are just geeks.
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
People get replaced by simulations grown from plantlike pods. The duplication is done when the humans are sleeping and the doubles thus created share the same looks, build, and memory as the original human. Only, they don't have any love or affection inside. After the duplication is complete, the human bodies disintegrate.. means no one can be trusted, the one sitting next to you may actually be from another planet... what a scary idea! Crappy, but scary still!
Starship Troopers (1997)
Hmm... what attracted me more than the aliens in this flick was the young and attractive cast.
The movie is set in a futuristic world. Aliens are a hostile species of inerstellar insects rampaging through the galaxy. They even hurl harmless asteroids at the earth (pretty harmless, one of them can just level Buenos Aires). There is alot of gut-busting action with loads of blood and gore - not a pleasant future at all!
War of the Worlds (2005)
I still wonder if the movie was about aliens or about Tom Cruise.
Aliens are large Tripod machines taking over the town and vaporizing things in its path. Some unfortunate souls get imprisoned in metal cages between the legs of the aliens. (It's okay if Wells wants to call them 'Metal Cages'... well, we all have our pet names! ;)
Star Wars (1977 - )
Now this one surely gets you baffled... they got aliens of every colour and shape! From the solemn Jedi Master to the Teddy-ish Ewoks, there is a truckload of 'em in this series.
One among the 1% that comes form outside the Hollywood. British families will surely remember this friendly alien from planet MelMac who kept wondering "What's wrong with these earthlings?"
The Ones That Got Away!
While we were busy scanning the skies for life, there were a few lurking right here on the face of the earth craftily hiding their alien origins.
Here are three of them that deserve a special mention:
1) George W Bush (W for W@nker)
Yeah, we all know it. He's got a pair of antennae tucked away somewhere under those grey hairs.
2) whacko Jacko
I've kept a close watch on this one right from the moment I noticed the ridiculously long nose.
Check out this top-secret image of him that I secretly got smuggled out of Hangar 18:
That surely is extra-terrestrial behaviour.
And the affinity to abduct young earthlings only adds fuel to my doubt.
I'd call him another Body Snatcher, albeit of a different kind!
3) Paris Hilton
What more proof do you need? She is making her point clear, *in your face*
Poor thing, she doesn't know that she is just a fragment of interstellar shit that the earth can very well do without!
...and there are more out there!
Yeah, I know this is a scary idea... but that's the truth my friend. The one sitting next to you might actually be an alien.. your roommate may be one. your boss may be one...
just don't get into trouble checking out people for tails or antennas or whatever... I have enough people complaining that my crappy writing causes more confusion and chaos in an already fucked-up world :/
Not sure what's the logic behind it, but every internet-capable mobile phone comes with a crappy browser built into it by the manufacturer. These browsers are not suitable for surfing anything other than tiny WAP pages that are not much fun.
This problem can be solved, thanks to third-party software. There are a lot of web applications available today that can help you browse large web pages with ease. However, for this to work, your phone must support the installation of third party software (Java or Symbian).
Here we are looking at the most popular Java Web Browsers available for Mobile Phones today. All of them are tested using my Sony Ericsson k750i.
Now, let's look at the options... Many browsers are out there but we concentrate on these three:
Opera mini, TeaShark, UCweb. In that, we'll be looking at two different versions of Opera mini. So, here goes:
First, let's see two browsers that display web pages in full; i.e. just like they appear in a normal desktop browser:
Opera Mini 4
Yeah, this one is the most popular mobile browser today. Like the desktop version of Opera, the mini also looks and runs smoothly on the mobile. It is also the most professional looking among the four browsers discussed here. They support a great range of devices (I have a friend of mine using it on his not-so-spectacular LG C2500, it works flawlessly).
I recommend you to use the version 4.0 since v4.1 is somewhat buggy with a completely useless download manager.
What's good about it:
* You can view web pages in their full glory. There's even support for CSS! I'd use this one for the eye-candy alone!
* Surfing is extremely fast, thanks to the high degree of data compression.. more so than in previous versions.
* Features Opera Link, that lets you sync your bookmarks with a PC.
* Create searches from web pages.
* All the typical browser features : Bookmarks, History, etc. In v4.1 you even get a download/upload manager, support for saving pages, and even an integrated RSS feed reader.
What's not so good:
* If you are on a mobile with limited memory, you will get an 'Out of Memory' error often. The way to prevent this is to surf with images turned off.
Another application that sports full-screen web browsing. It's seen a sudden spike in downloads lately because of the fact that many people were able to get free GPRS internet access using it in some networks.
* All the Typical browser features available.
* Ability to select and copy text like you'd do on a computer.
* Bookmarks can be tagged with color, a cool feature that I just loved!
What's not so good:
* Not many features, hence not suitable for a power user.
* In Zoom mode, most of the images don't display.
* Runs out of memory very quickly. This is more common n AJAX pages where the phone gets stuck after loading just one or two pages!
Now, on to the two browsers that don't have the Full view feature. Surprisingly, these are the ones I use most of the time!
Opera mini Mod v2.06
Another reason I love hackers and modders! Look what a bunch of russian modders have done this time: They took the old version of the Mini (v2.0) and literally Pimped it Up! The features built into this mod should leave you drooling right away. Check it out:
* Multiple Windows
* File Manager . it can even play most media formats * right within the browser *
* FTP Manager
* Download Manager - Excellent and Full-Fledged - Supports list dowloading, download history, and much more.
* Backup/Restore Browsing Sessions
* Saving and Loading of pages
* Alot of settings and Tweakability, I mean A LOT!
* Color Schemes, adjust, export, or import.
* Shadow Connection prevents the GPRS connection from being cut off.
OMG if I wanted to list all the features, this page wouldn't be enough! You better download it and find out all the cool features yourself.. then you'll understand why I use this one profusely.
What's not so good:
* I couldn't find anything that I hate about this great app. You can even prevent it from running out of memory by clearing the cache and available memory regularly.
Another very good browser, this time from the Chinese. Yeah, it does'nt look too compelling, looks half-baked... but I use this one whenever I'm not on the mini mod.
* Multiple Windows
* A Really good Download Manager
* Alot of great links they've provided in the homepage itself. Most of them are in Chinese, but most of them are free download links that are just rich in content!
* Extra tools like RSS feed, bookmarks, an Online Hard Disk (yeah), and loads more.
* There's serious problem with the language. Every webpage you visit treats you as a Chinese and serves you with the chinese flavours of the web pages. You'll have a hard time using this with Google products, you will be instantly teleported to Google China!
Well that does for the review.
Now, for some websites, some of these apps are more suited than others. I have been using Internet from mobile phones for five years now, (first on a B/W Nokia 2280, then a colorful LG G1800, then Nokia 6600, finally on a SE k750i, and occasionally on an N70 and an N73), and I gotta say i'm pretty addicted to the internet by now. Let me summarise you on how these nifty little apps continue to help me maintain my Web Presence:
* Just Reading Websites and Blogs - Opera Mini 4
* Commenting on blogs - opera mini mod, UCWeb
* Downloading - Opera mini Mod - hands down!
* Making a Blog post - opara Mini Mod (Reason? Mod let's you type way more than other browsers do, after you cross the 400 letter limit of characters that can be entered onto a text area in a site, simply select more => Next, you can go on typing as much as you want in this fashion!)
* Orkut - Opera Mini 4 - Orkut is fully supported!
* BlogCatalog, Weblogian, etc - UCWeb.
* EntreCard Dropping - Opera Mini Mod.
Do some experimentation and find out what works best for you.
So, the other day, when I told a chat friend of mine that I do almost all my surfing with my mobile phone, she was asking me, "How can One do that without an iPhone?"!
See, this is what most people believe! But I tell you, you don't need a goddamn iPhone to surf the net, it's just a myth!
Just go try these apps out, and watch this space cause I will be writing about more cool apps soon!
Update : Orkut is currently not working with Opera mini 4. There are 2 solutions to this:
* Use TeaShark: It lets you use most parts of Orkut, including communities. If it gets your phone stuck, use it with with images turned off.
* Use UCWeb: You can just check and reply to scraps, because it shows you the mobile version of Orkut.
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I'm in a good mood today so I just wanted to share some links with you guys.
I've been reading alot of blogs lately and I've fallen in love with quite a few of them, some of which I'm sharing in this post. Show 'em some love people :)
Wanna kill some time? Amy's got her blog filled with loads of funny stuff that will keep you occupied for days. Actually, she's the reason I don't go to StumbleUpon anymore! :D
A very well put together blog, it is about the author's life in Alaska. Go take a look, the aerial view of Alaska in the header itself should elicit a 'Wow!' from you. The beautiful design adds to the eye-candy of this blog.
Crotchety Old Man Yells At Cars - "Standin on the corner, Yellin at cars".
Classic! Fuckin Classic! Da old man has got me hooked to his writing ever since I stumbled upon it one fateful evening. Head over to his den if you're ready to be bombarded with some witty, original humor.
P.S: He's been writing alot about his body parts these days, and I think that's weird... hmm..
Poke your head in here only if you have some balls... I mean big brass balls! Young Katty has a way with words that many will find.. erm... amusing?! In her own words, you will either love it, or you will hate her very much!
Another exceptional blog. I loved the downright funny lists that Jamie has written over there. Check it out people, you'll love it.
Here is one nicely written blog. Read it when you're feeling down, it will surely cheer you up with loads of fun and humor.
Want more? Head over to your friendly neighbourhood at BlogCatalog to find more awesome blogs!
I was too... So I sat down and wrote this post.
Hopefully this list will help other prefessional time wasters like me to spend their time more productively.
So, here goes:
Read a Blog.
Or better still, create a blog and start posting bull.
NetDisaster lets you rampage through your least favorite websites. They've got some real juicy attacks like 'Led Zeppelin', 'Nuke', 'Bloody Gun', 'Scribbling Baby', 'Acid Pee', etc. Works great with facebook profile pages, you literally get to puke on someone's face!
Download gay porn, rename it as the latest game or software, and upload it to the major file sharing networks.
And give yourself a big hand cause you're fighting Software Piracy!
(p.s: don't do this on LimeWire, cause, well.. ahem.. I use that one... *shifty eyes)
Look at NASA pictures. Works great if you're at a public place.
Carry a notepad with you and pretend to take notes.
Put your body parts for sale on eBay.
A better idea : Sell advertising space on your cheeks (yes, on all four of them!)
WikiMapia lets you take a virtual stroll around the globe.
Try this one: locate your enemies' houses one by one and label each of them "Public comfort Station".
Do the GoogleWhack!
Search and find old friends at facebook. Then go post crap in their comment walls.
If you remember any scandals about them from your school days, post them too! *in bold lettering*
Easter Eggs are fun! and they are all around us! Find out which Easter Eggs are hiding in your system and have a great time digging them out!
Take a silly test at BlogThings.
Read a random Wikipedia article.
Play BoomShine. Trust me, you'll love it!
Make a crappy video of yourself and upload it on YouTube.
You gotta love these anagrams:
'Axl Rose' = 'Oral Sex'
'Dormitory' = 'Dirty Room'
'Astronomers' = 'Moon Starers'
'George Bush' = 'He Bugs Gore'
'Clint Eastwood' = 'Old West Action'
'Desperation' = 'A Rope ends It'
Check out more cool anagrams or find out the anagrams of your own name at the Internet Anagram Server.
Visit HowStuffWorks and learn a thing or two. It doesn't hurt to work your grey cells once in awhile.
MyHeritage lets you upload a pic of yourself and check which celebrities you resemble the most. In my case it was Kevin Costner who matched the most (67%). (okay, I can live with that).
But I recommended this site to a friend of mine and she got 'paris Hilton' and now she won't talk to me :/
FutureMe lets you write an email to yourself and schedule it to be sent to you at a later date. So go write yourself a letter if you have nothing else to do. Yeah I know, you should be really desperate to do this!
Look for a better job at monster.com . You wouldn't be reading all this crap if you weren't jobless.
Ever wanted to be a rockstar? Play the Popmundo RPG. Trust me, it can be real addictive!
Play some Flash Games. They are mostly no-brainers so you can surely pull 'em off! (Yes! Right in your face!! haha!)
Which is Worse?
"Licking 500 payphones" or "Licking a toilet rim at a gas station"?
"Running out of toilet paper" or "Running out of underwear"?
"Having your teeth pulled out one by one" or "Having your toenails pulled off one by one"?
Spend the day voting on a hundred such thought-provoking issues at WhichIsWorse.
TheMovieSpoiler got movie spoilers!
Yeah, you know what to do: copy it down and text it to your friends right before they go to a premiere.
Learn Hacking from the internet and hack into your boss's computer. Leave him a really Terrifying, Threatening, Blood-Curdling message!
You know, like:
"The PillsBurry DoughBoy Was Here!"
Make a stupid list like this one.
Disclaimer : The information contained in this post is for general information purposes only. In no event will the author be liable for any loss or damage to intellectual or property arising from the information in this page. Please don't tell my name.
Just sharing a cool video I found today on youtube:
Oh no you dirty mind, it's not porn! Watch the video first :D
Yup, I knew I couldn't stay away from this place for long.
I'm home now, and the dial-up connection we have here is nothing to brag about.
But what the heck, it's INTERNET!
After being deprived of it for a week now I'm pretty excited and I'm literally shouting out the word like I would in the 90's!
My messed-up foot hasn't gotten much better over the week. I paid my doctor a visit today evening, and he says I'm gonna have to keep to my bed for some more time.
Took another X-ray today and looking at it, the bones appear to have drifted apart a tad more.
Check it out, the 'Golden Boot' as my roommates christened it:
Yes, I'm abit hairy.
No, my toes aren't missing, it's just the weird camera angle.
Doc says I gotta rest for two more weeks... that means,
I'm gonna miss my classes,
gonna miss the exams (not complaining about that one!)
gonna miss the 3-day tour programme that our batch had planned right after the exams... Heck, I'm gonna miss that one very much! :(
By the way, the past week had also given me some pretty good experiences (just tryina be optimistic)...
I've always loved the 'Friday Love Lists' that my blogger friend Sara writes in her blog, so I decided to put mine into one fine lurve list:
Things I'm Loving with my Plastered Foot
* How I get to sleep till 12 am every morning without having a pail of water or whatever emptied over me.
* How I almost made my little cousin jump out of his skin the other day. The guy walked into my room and saw just my plastered foot sticking out from under the covers. He still believes he saw King Tut... atleast the little fucker won't be pestering me for a while!
* It made me very happy to hear that my batchmates were collecting money to buy me something.
Well, that 'something' later turned out to be a wreath!
those pricks! lol
love 'em :)
* Getting to spend some time at my home with my parents.
* Missing the exams ;)
* Getting to spend the whole day in front of a computer. I suspect that by the time my leg heals, I will have lost my eyesight.
* The song "Under a Glass Moon" by Dream Theatre. Yup, it has nothing to do with my foot, but it's so damn good that I had to mention it!
* Missing the exams (deserves a second mention!)
I really don't know how to feel about my broken leg. I really felt pissed about it at first, but the lazy side of me is starting to love it.
Maybe at the end of two weeks I too will have become a potato...
a Couch Potato!
Pretty long post, huh? I think I'm blogging too much about my body parts these days, I fear it will bring down my readership lol
Anyway, you guys have a great day and Blog On! (my favorite phrase at the mo)
I'll just drop back to my bed and try thinking up another crappy post lol.
Just popping in to say that I won't be writing here for a week or so.
Reason : I broke my leg :(
Yeah, you read that right. Yesterday was the lucky day. Well, I don't remember much, but I do remember trying a hand at soccer.
Now I know i'm not built for soccer... not yet!
I'm bedridden now, and am writing this post from my mobile, which means no pics, no formatting, no eye candy,.. just plain text. When i'm able to get my ass off here and make it to a place with internet access i'll be writing more.
An apology to all my friends over at entrecard, I won't be able to reciprocate your drops for some time. Sorry..
Guess that's all for now, I'm gonna miss blogging for some time. Thanks to my mobile phone, i'll atleast be able to check my mails, read some of my favourite blogs, etc... what would i do without you pal!
Happy blogging friends, Stay healthy, and stay the fuck away from a football if you're built like me :D
What do you think aliens look like?
little green men wearing funky jackets?
oozy slimy blobs?
bipeds/tripeds/mopeds that roamaround shooting death rays?
When it comes to aliens, each of us has his own idea about them, blame it on hollywood!
In my case, I always thought they were little green bastards that cruised around in saucers.
But all my convictions went down the drain today when I actually came face to face with an alien itself!
Found this beauty (yeah, i have developed a liking for grotesque things lately..) in our garden today evening.
it must've had a warped childhood, look at it!
The Alien was stationed just outside the window, resting in a sub-terranean chamber.
It surprised me that our rottweiler hadn't gone for it and bitten him to bits. Maybe he'd sensed something too (He's seen his share of hollywood movies to tell an ET from a mere T you know!).
I carefully extracted the alien and took him to my BDSM chambe.., oops., I mean, my underground laboratory. *blush*
I analysed the situation. I had a knocked-out alien in my room, and the world didn't know about it. What should I do next?My mind raced through a zillion sci-fi's and I came up with the answer...
An Alien Autopsy!
and Autopsy is what I did!
I didn't have to worry about anaesthesia, the unfortunate guy had landed right next to our waste dump.
First I had to confirm my suspicions regarding his alien origin. I examined the alien in detail and look what I found growing out its body!
So this gives us two possibilities:
1. It comes from a place where aliens grow antennas. or
2. It comes from a place where aliens don't grow antennas. It is male.
So that confirms my belief that it IS an alien.
Cause I've never known anyone from this planet who grew antennas like that, or someone with that kind of a... okay, nevermind!
The day had been a typical one, meaning that I was bored and jobless,.. so I decided to spend some time studying the alien. I thought about the various uses it could be put to.. trust me, I'm not very bright when it comes to thinking, so it pissed me off when I couldn't come up with a serious application. ('paperweight' was my personal best).
Anyway, I'm not a complete turd to not realize the potential of the thing lying before me, lemme tell ya. I knew it could make me rich and famous.
People hesitate to spare a homeless guy some change, but they'll pay twice that money to see something grotesque. amirite?
... So I turned over the alien's body to take a closer look, and got the shock of my life!
Damn!! I almost jumped outta my skin! Why do they always have to do that?
And this is friggin' India for christ's sake! I thought they hit the US first. Screw you Hollywood! :@
Anyway, I was not gonna get punk'd by some damn alien right inside my own house! Just no.
- fast forward -
End of another typical day. I'm feeling real drowsy. Maybe I ate too much food for supper.
but then it was all real tasty...
...especially the mashed potatoes!
So you've got a blog with great content that will get you loads of readers..
.. but wait, give it a second look!
Does the great content get muffled by the dull appearance of your blog? Does it put off your readers?
In fact, this is the problem faced by a large chunk of bloggers making up the blogosphere. They say 90% of bloggers are lazy... Let it not happen to you too!
I've not had very much experience blogging, but I think this post will help most of you to improve your blog's look (content? no. that depends on you!).
So let me give you...
"The Ultimate Guide To Pep Up Your Blog!"
Let's start with...
It all started with the template. Remember, before you started customizing, before you even started posting, Blogger asked you to choose a template, from the fifteen or so ones available on Blogger. Now I'm not saying that those templates are crappy, most of them are good (i friggin love the Tic-Tac and the Rounders series!). But with these, you are sure to run into some other blog sporting the same template. Wanna switch to something more unique? Something that suits your blog's theme (content's) more? Read on:
When I re-designed this blog, about 90% of the time was spent in choosing a template. So now I kinda know a truckload of places that provides Blogger templates, no sh*t. For free of course!
Here I am listing out the ones I found most useful:
eBlogTemplates - Tons of templates for Blogger and Wordpress. You can find all the popular ones here.
BlogSkins - Templates created and uploaded by other people. A really huge collection, so you might get some cool unique ones here.
jackBook - Has many Blogger templates converted from WordPress.
FinalSense - A small number of beautiful, quality templates.
BloggerTricks - Again a few templates created by a guy, some of them are real nice.
You might also want to check out these blogs:
Awesome Blog Templates
3 Column Templates 4 Blogspot
Here are some Cool compilations that will help you choose from the best:
BloggerBuster : 101 Excellent Blogger XML Templates
Mashable : 50 More Beautiful Blogger Templates
Mashable : 70 Fresh and Modern Blogger Templates
Mashable : 10 Unique Blogger Templates
So how do you actually change the template?
* Goto 'DashBoard' --> Layout --> Edit HTML
* Click on 'Browse' button to choose the new template's 'xml' file from your computer
* Click upload.
... and you're done!
Gadgets, Widgets, etc.:
Are your blog's sidebars empty? Fill 'em up with some nifty Widgets and Gadgets.
Gadgets can be added from the 'Blogger in Draft' dashboard.
Haven't heard of 'Blogger in draft'? I can't blame you.. sometimes I can't help thinking that Blogger is keeping it a secret from most bloggers...
Login to your 'Blogger in Draft' dashboard here.
Compress the CSS, Pack It Up!
Compressing the CSS of your Blogger Blog might be a good idea to make your pages load faster. You don't wanna be putting on pots of coffee everytime you wait for a page to load, right?
Use a free service like CleanCSS to compress the code.
* Goto 'DashBoard' --> Layout --> Edit HTML
* Select the check box 'Expand Widget Templates'
* Your Blog's CSS is the code between the
Make sure you backup your template before fooling around with it!
You can also play around a little bit with the colors on your blog from 'DashBoard' --> Layout --> Fonts and Colors'. Changing colors to match the theme and your writing style would be great!
I hope these tips helped you improve your blog and make it more personal (or professional, whichever way tou wanna go!). Good luck pepping up your pages...
keep bloggin! :)
I wanna introduce you to my blog :
Weird huh? an introduction after 50 posts? But then, almost everything regarding this blog is weird, and that's what I love about it :)
I'd never really written an 'About' post for this blog, and I've been itching to do it. And now that I've completely re-designed this blog, this makes it the ideal time to write one!
Well to start off, let me introduce myself...
I'm a college student from India; one with many obsessions.
So you can expect in this blog everything that plays a part in a typical teenager's life: Rants, Brainwaves, Technology, gadgets, Internet, Guitars, and some Pure Heavy Metal Music!
So that makes it kind of a personal blog huh?
Anyways, you will find it all here, stuffed into one goddamn mixed bag that is this blog!
I'm gonna blog about everything under the sun! No one is safe! *Muahahaha..!
So why the name 'Measled Potatoes'?
Actually 'Measled Potatoes' was the result of a particularly wild GoogleWhacking session I once had with a friend. Well, it didn't exactly earn me a GoogleWhack, but it did give me a name to christen my blog!
That serves for an introduction methinks ;)
I've made some changes here in the past few days I'd like to mention:
* New Look - I finally got rid of the Blogger Tic-Tac template that I'd been using forever (even my old blog had that one!). So now we have a new template and new design. I'd love to hear your comments about the new look!
* SezWho! - I've installed the Sezwho Plug-in to help me keep track of my commentators. It can be abit irritating at times, with the pop-up and all, but trust me, it can be quite useful.
* You Comment, I Follow - I've taken away the nasty 'no-follow' tag from the source code. So now I'm part of the 'Do-Follow Movement'! This kinda makes me proud :D
So comment away and get some link love!
* New Widgets - I've added some new widgets too, to help me fill the empty sidebars. OMG, switching to a 3-column template certainly gives you too much space!
So be it, I'm here to write my heart out and to make some new blogging friends. So any kind of help would be appreciated. Feel free to let me know any suggestions or criticism (yep, I can even take some constructive criticism!) that you may have.
So drop by often and give it a read... you might get measled too :)
I got paid by PayPerPost!
I joined PPP got my blog approved more than one month ago.. So like any other new postie, I was given the opportunity to write my first paid review about PPP and earn 20$ doing so.. This I did, you can find the post here.
So, yesterday, i.e. exactly one month after my post was approved, I got this mail saying that I've got new funds in my paypal account. Guess what, it's 20$ of big fat greens sittin there!
Here's the payment proof:
I'm waiting to get a decent Google pagerank score, then I'll be able to bag some real good opportunities... Good luck to me!
Got a blog? You too can make some extra cash through paid blogging. Check out PayPerPost today!
The monsoon failure here in India has led to some desperate measures to make rain come down.
I read this particularly interesting post in the newspaper today that I thought I simply should share.
In the district of Udupi in Karnataka, majority of the people are farmers and depend heavily on monsoon rains. Well, the monsoon kind of played them this time and as a result most of their paddy fields got scorched, which is sad. So they were willing to do anything for rain, even experiment to see if the old saying is indeed true:
Frog Marriage Brings Rain!
Yes, you read it right! Last night two lucky frogs tied the nuptial cord in the presence of a massive throng, near the Taluk office, Udupi.
Mind you, it was not just a gimmick, it was a real marriage, and the two did exchange wedding rings and garlands. There was even a wedding procession with the bride and the bridegroom riding majestically in a decorated bullock-cart, as is common with hindu marriages in India.
I don't know what became of the couple after the ceremony was over. Will they will keep their wedding vow and hop together until death does them apart? I doubt that very much.
It's believed there that this kind of a ceremony pleases the rain-god, and the villagers swear that they will be blessed with rain pretty soon.. well, let's wait and see how things turn out!
...but not rain!
True, this year's monsoon is turning out to be a big disappoinment.
There ain't enough rain to fill the dams. And the result? Gotta suffer half an hour of power-cut every day!
Generally there's two conditions that i like : rain, or no rain. But some of these days it's just the in-between crap.
It rains just enough to keep you from going out!
I hate this rain.. It's laziness is infectious. I feel like curling up in my bed most of the time and do nothing. I haven't even posted anything here for about a week.
It's totally unlike me!
Cause I love work! I can sit and look at it for hours!
Another uneventful week, half of which was spent sleeping, the other half listening to this song by Opeth..
Yup, it's nothing extraordinary, but it's got that mellow, soothing sound that you just gotta love.
A perfect lullaby to go with these dull overcast days methinks... it's growing on me!
So much for another uneventful week, gotta go get some sleep now..
catch y'all later ;)
The young Oliver meets Jenny in the library while hunting for a book; the bespectacled, mousey lookin Jennifer. She is referred to here as 'Minnie Four Eyes' - Thanks Erich, that made me smile:)
The first conversation between the two goes like this:
"Listen, I need the goddamn book"
"Wouldja please watch your profanity, preppie?"
"What makes you so sure I went to prep school?"
"You're wrong", I protested, "I'm actually smart and poor"
"Oh no, Preppie, I'm smart and poor"
She was staring straight at me. Her eyes were brown.
Okay, maybe I look rich, but I wouldn't let some 'Cliffe -- even one with pretty eyes, call me dumb.
"What the hell makes you so smart?", I asked.
"I wouldn't go to coffee with you", she answered.
"Listen -- I wouldn't ask you"
"That", she replied, "is what makes you stupid."
I hesitated. She waited.
"I think... I'm in love with you"
There was a pause. Then she answered very softly.
"I would say.. you were full of shit."
She hung up.
I wasn't unhappy. Or surprised.
Woke up today to find my head in total turmoil. Not a neuron in it wanted to be woken up.
More than anything, I wanted to dive right back to into my bed again. But sleeping beyond 2 pm, according to most, is nuts!
In fact, it's more than nuts; It's Tits! (new cuss word on the block! )
I've been following this wacky lifestyle ever since I started serious blogging:
.... Waking up at noon, posting the occasional rant here, reading the blogs I've come to like these days, discovering new ones, sleeping well past midnight (around 4 - 5 am), dreaming about my blog attaining a PR of 10, waking up at noon, posting the occasional crap, ....
So now you know that if I wasn't in my PC, surely I was in front of the bed.
And at this stage, I've got a confession to make: I came into the blogging scene for the money. You will realize this if you read my earlier half of posts; They're all crap!
But over the last week, I've come to know what it's like to be a Real Blogger.
I'd spent all these nights posting, reading and commenting blogs, with feverish intensity! And you wanna know what I got?
A new obsession,
and bags under my eyes.
Okay I don't care about the bags now, If they don't go away in a week I will have them surgically removed. All I care about now is my blog. I know I'm finally gonna write my heart out here!
Please help me out with any suggessions or comments you might have.
More updates from my so-called life :
They say all good things must come to an end. Sadly, the same goes for holidays :(
That's right, College's starting this monday, and I gotta head back tomorrow.
No, this doesn't mean my blog will go unattended, but my activity on others' blogs and sites like BlogCatalog (Been there only for a week, and was beginning to love it) will be considerably reduced.
Reason? I don't own a fuckin computer!
Oh btw, there's the college's computer lab! But no fuckin way I'm gonna stay back there for that.
I ALREADY SPEND SEVEN HOURS A DAY AT THE DARN PLACE!
However I'll still be able to do something with my mobile :)
Another thing is regarding my physique.. I'd hoped to grow some body these hols. But at the close of it, I seem to have reduced to half of what I originally was. And considering I was originally as slim as the MotoRAZR, you can very well imagine what's left of me.
So here ends another eventful vacation. Here are some of my accomplishments during the same:
Got a haircut - finally I can see where I'm going :D
Fragged the hell outta my buds playing Counter-Strike in our local gamedrome!
Grew sonething on my chin that vaguely resembles a goatee :/
Learned to play the 'Master of Puppets' Guitar solo \m/
and best of all,
Became a Blogger!
I have always loved words. I admire the range of options they provide us to do something.
For instance, when you wanna cry, you can choose whether to sob, whimper, wail or to blubber. You may even "be in tears" or "burst into tears" or even "cry your eyeballs out" in extreme situations!
See what I mean?
Here I post some of my favorite words from the english language. I try to incorporate them into my speaking as often as possible.
Okay okay call it show-off or whatever, but I won't entertain your ornery and ordant platitudes at branding me a panjandrum solely by misjudging my logorrhea!
* abibliophobia - the fear of running out of stuff to read. Great word, but I don't get to use it very often :(
* argle-bargle - not sure what it means, but I manage to include it in my speaking almost everyday.
* blunderbuss - A kind of gun, but I've generalised it so I can use the word everytime I wanna say 'gun'.
* bungee - an elastic chord. I haven't seen bungees, but i think they're the ones you can find in the hem of your underpants..
* canoodling - means alot of huggin' and kissin'. A real cute word methinks.
* conundrum - a confusing problem. you can almost feel the tension when you say it. seriously.
* discombobulated - when your world comes crashing around you, throw your hands up in the air and say, "My life is all discombobulated!"
* flibbertigibbet - means 'nonsense', just like it sounds. another synonym is gobbledygook!
* hullabaloo - definitely better-sounding than 'scandal'.
* imbroglio - you're in an imbroglio when you're caught in a fucked-up situation. I love getting into imbroglios 'cause then I get to say the word!
* osculate - make your love sophisticated, don't just kiss your girlfriend, Osculate her!
* rhinorrhea - cool word, but I still prefer 'runny nose', that sounds funnier!
* scrutiny - This is no new word for us, but I really dig the sound of it. Same goes for 'Gullible'.
* zeitgeist - no idea regarding the meaning. I use it mainly as an insult.
I'm always looking for new words to add to my arsenal. So if you would like to add to this collection of potentially harmless words, you are more than welcome:)
Love you loads!
It’s been roughly two years since our relationship began.
I still remember the day I asked you out of that damp electronics store. Little did I know then that it was the beginning of a date that would last 2 years, and you know, it’s gonna last even more. People had tried to trick me into buying other supposedly ‘Hot’ models, like the obese 6600 and the retarded v3. I consider it my luck that I went for you instead. I love you the way you are, small wonder!
I love all the cool features that you’ve got under your jet black skin. I love the way you make my friends go green with envy (the pricks must have gone for one of your kind when I told them to). I love you for making all those boring college lecture hours so much entertaining. I love it when you let me post to this blog when I don’t have a fucking computer. I love the way you fit nicely into my pocket without making it look like I have a goddamn erection.
In short, I love (almost) everything about you. Of course, you would have realized that when I opted to stick with you even when my bro bought me a spanking new k800i. And you know, I care a lot about you. I mod and patch you like crazy, dress you up in cool little themes everyday, and start getting withdrawal symptoms whenever you’re away from me. So you really got no reason to complain you know!
Stay with me and be my wired friend for life (or I will have you dipped in mayonnaise you prick!) lol.
Every once in a while, weird items turn up for sale on eBay. There have been bald guys offering advertising space on their heads, teenagers auctioning off their virginity, people selling off supposedly 'Haunted' items, etc.
ComputerHovel has a cool list of weird items that have been sold on eBay. Check it out HERE.
The eBay Totally Bizarre Section lists strange items that you can bid on.
But none of these can compare in weirdness or bizarreness to what an Australian Seller put up for auction on eBay : His Life!
After 44 years of treading the earth, Ian Usher, originally from England and residing in Australia, decided to sell his life. This included his house, car and bike, job, lifestyle, and a lot more. (check out alife4sale.com)
Many thought that it would turn out to be a hoax, but bids actually started coming in. And after 100 days of being listed on eBay, Ian Usher's life was sold this June 30th.
And how much is his life worth? $3,82,000!
Ian later said that he was content with the outcome, though he had hoped for no less than $480K. He thanks all the people who supported him, though most people who e-mailed him thought that he should simply 'Get a Life'!
He still has his body, soul, identity, and his wallet, with which he will walk out of his home after the transaction is complete.
So what lies ahead for a man who has just sold his life? Ian says the adventure is yet to begin. At a new website, he has put up his plans for future. 100 goals in 100 weeks, how does that sound?
There was a time when mice were wooden..
Don't believe me? well then don't take my word for it, look at these pictures..
Alright now Mice have come a long way since their early wooden days, following the Theory of Evolution closely.They have gotten more feature-rich and refined to keep up with the demands, especially of the Gaming industry. and I gotta say, there are some truly mindblowing ones out there today.
Let's take a look at the top gaming mice around.
Razer CopperHead and DeathAdder Gaming Mice
The CopperHead have been enjoying Cult status for some time now. The 1ms response time of the CopperHead is unmatched. It has adjustable polling rate (125 to 1000 Hz) and real-time sensitivity adjustment. The laser sensor catches even the minute movements of your hand and gives this monster its celebrated sensitivity.
Throw in an extra 10$ and you can get the Razer DeathAdder. Check it out :
You may be willing to go for the DeathAdder just for its looks!
Razer DiamondBack Plasma
Razer has always produced the greatest gaming mice on the planet, and the DiamondBack is no exception to this. This is an optical Infrared mouse with a 1600 DPI sensor, which means a wholly different gameplay experience than the CopperHead / DeathAdder. The only drawback is that the polling rate cannot be adjusted.
The G5 captures any gamer's heart with its rugged looks, performance, and extensive array of features. Too bad it's only suitable for right-handers! (If you're lefty, check out the Razer mice). It has real-time sensitivity adjustment from 400 to 2000 DPI. The coolest feature is the adjustable weight cartridge that gives it the exact feel you are looking for. Plus the G5 are the mice with the biggest feet (quite literally! lol), making it the easiest to use.
The big brother of G5, the G7 sports almost the same feature-set as the G5, minus the adjustable weight cartridge. And the G7 is wireless, and one of the very few decent wireless mice in the market. As you know, 'Gaming' and 'Wireless' do not go hand-in-hand very well, as there is always some lag. But the G7 has little or no lag, that makes it one of the few acceptable wireless mice in the market.
Update : I'm having second thoughts about the wooden mice. They are actually cool you know.. You may be interested in checking out some cool wooden PC components HERE.
If you are an Airtel customer, then you can enjoy GPRS on your mobile phone for free!
Make sure you have Airtel Live settings activated. If you don't have the settings, call up a customer service executive on 121 and ask them to send you the settings.
Your mobile should support java application installation for this trick.
If it does, then..
Download the TeaShark Browser by clicking HERE.
Install TeaShark in your mobile phone.
Make sure you have selected 'Airtel Live' as the active internet profile for java applications.
Just enter any url in teashark and watch it load immediately, this thing is fast!
..and the best thing is that this is absolutely free! enjoy it while it is:)
Melodic Death Metal never sounded so good!
Scar Symmetry is a melodeath band hailing from Sweden.
"Holographic Universe"is their third studio album after "Symmetric in design" and "Pitch Black Progress". After giving a brief listen to "Holographic Universe", I can only say one thing, they are an extremely promising act
Seriously, the songwriting has the quality of "Fate's Warning" or even "At The Gates"! This band was undoubtedly inspired by the Gothenburg metal scene, but rises much above most of the melodeath wannabes that belong to the same.
Christian alvestam, the vocalist, is extremely talented. His growls are no less than deep and ferocious, but when he switches to singing, it is remarkably clear and mellow. These combined with the smooth guitar solos and highly rhythmic drumming shows how much the band has progressed since 'Pitch Black Progress'. The guitar solos are no serious fretwork, but they are powerful enough to melt a rock.
Scar Symmetry achieves with this album a sound that is perfectly balanced between Melodic and Death Metal sides. Seriously, you can't be surprised if they start playing Scar symmetry in the radio!
Song titles like 'Morphogenesis', 'Timewave Zero', 'Artificial Sun Projection', etc. can get you to think what these guys are actually upto.. but after all, it's good to hear a metal act go on about stuff like that, than complain about god or throw random insults and do bitchy music.
I highly recommend that you listen to this album. It's epic, and I have a feeling that these melodies are gonna be remembered for a long time. It's pure musical genius!
Guitar Tabs :
I couldn't find many, but here are the few I found:
Scar Symmetry Guitar Tabs @ Ultimate-Guitar.
Scar symmetry Guitar Tabs @ 911Tabs.com
Once you have built a good readership to your blog, you can start making some money from it.
It's always a good idea to start with...
Google AdSense :
The most loved Advertising Program of Bloggers. The reason is that Adsense doesn't have any big requirements to be met by your site/blog to begin using it. If you have a Google Account, things can get ridiculously simple!
you can login at Adsense with your google Account. (If you don't have one, create one. You're gonna use it alot!).
Once you have logged in, submit your blog using the form. It may take some time to get it approved.
After your blog is Approved, you can get code for Adsense that you can copy onto your blog. But an easier method will be to add Addsense to your pages using the 'Add/Remove Page elements' page from Blogger.
Adsense can make you alot of money if you display your ads in an effective way. Try to make visitors click the ads (But don't overdo it, your readers may turn hostile!). Also, never attempt any malpractice such as trying to click your own ads! It will get you banned immediately, and you will lose all your earnings!
You can cash out at 100$, when Google will send you a cheque.
A service that is similar to Adsense which is closest to being that good is..
A site very similar to Adsense, except that the rates are abit low. But the best thing is that The Minimum Payout level is just 10$, that can be easily reached. They pay by PayPal, which is another advantage. Click Here to join
These are the best advertising tools you can use when your blog is developing. Once it is full blown, with a steady amount of traffic, you can try other methods. I will post about them later.
For now, keep bloggin'!