Friday, May 25, 2012

Best of 'About Everything and Nothing'

Here's an all-time list of my favorite blog posts from this blog -

#1 101 things to do before I die : No surprises there eh?

#2 Caught red handed, left unscathed : This was one memorable post

#3 Story of the trapped Chilean Miners : This was where it all started. I actually went through 3-4 articles from different newspapers in order to compile that blog post. Do give it a read!

#4 Kevin O' Brien shares my blog : What could be more awesomer than this?

#5 Memories of my childhood: I'm still amazed at how succinctly I managed to write about my childhood.

Those that almost made it :

Reading - The one thing I love : This is worth a read.

Would I care if the world ended(Part 2)? : Me getting a bit philosophical.

Diverging Ways - A poem I'm not really into poems but I wrote this one and it was wonderful experience.


Getting punishedA post which is a great example of me making a horrendously small thingy into a huge significant one.

List of Teenage blogs : If you're looking for other 'interesting' blogs to read, you should give this a read.


31-29. Boy. What a match : I describe a memorable volleyball match that I'd played with my classmates.


Landmark quiz '11:  My experience at the Landmark Hyderabad Quiz of 2011


A ghost story that I'd written: The title says it all.

My try at making a comic:   I obviously have no career in trying to displace xkcd, but here's my try anyway.

Just Rambling (not sure if that word describes what it is properly)


You know how they say “Ignorance is bliss.”

After spending the last 2 hours trying to export this blog onto a wordpress site using a pseudoname and at the same time making this blog invisible to the public and to all search engines, I’ve realized how true that statement is.
You might probably be wondering as to why anyone might do what I just did. I have just one word. Privacy.

When I first started this blog, I didn’t give a crap about it. I lol’d if you even mentioned the name. But, I’m starting to feel really hesitant about posting any new content here because this blog is open to everybody. Anybody and everybody can see it. Who knows if someone starts stalking me?  (Nobody would but hey! Who knows?) 

….You know what, I’ve just gone through all my posts since the inception of this blog and have come to a conclusion. I was getting all worked up about nothing. There’s ‘nothing’ in this blog that might hurt or even dent my privacy.

So, I’m all good with it I guess. 

*Makes it visible to search engines now*
I can use all the traffic I get :P

Thursday, May 17, 2012

In my last post here..




            In my last post here, I wrote about how I was feeling all stressed up because of the hectic studying for the past few months.
Come to think of it, I think ‘frustrated’ is the better word to explain what I was feeling then.. I was frustrated, not stressed.
I just wanted to clear that up.

“What you do today is important because you are exchanging an entire day of your life for it.”

^ That quote from marcandangel.com really shook me up. I contemplated for a second over it and realized that I am whiling all my time away. The frustration in my head disappeared that very moment.

I think it’s time I got my act together and actually make something out of these holidays that I’ve been bestowed with. (lol. Okay, I don’t really know why but I had to use that word.)

Remember what I wrote about leaving Dota on the 5th of May, well, I ended up playing it until yesterday night. After I had to leave a game midway due to my internet getting disconnected, I had some time to contemplate on what was happening. Just then, I realized that the time that I was spending playing Dota wasn’t in proportion to the enjoyment that I was getting out of it. It felt like a economic principle that I’m sure exists. When something out grows its use, you have to let go. For example, after the intial years of mining in the cave, your profit will keep reducing due to higher production costs and lessened quality of the mineral that you are mining. That’s the time when you should leave that mine and hop onto something else.

That pretty much what happened in my case. When I first started out playing Dota on 28th of the previous month, I was totally engrossed in it. I hadn’t played a single video game in the past one year (other than 2 days at GameOn and once in a quarter-year miniclip games). But as time passed, the mining (playing) became monotonous and due to frequent breaking down of the machines (i.e my internet connection), I got frustrated as it was affecting the profits (measured in enjoyment) that I was getting. As some more time passed, the mining itself was giving me lessened quality of coal and that caused the total profits to dip precariously. Yesterday, after another machine break down, I came to a conclusion that mining enjoyment by dota wasn’t an option anymore. It just wasn’t profitable enough.

 So I decided that it was time that shut down the mine the next day and move on. That’s exactly what I did.
I uninstalled the game today but I kept the setup file (just in case any of my friends want it and I didn’t want to go through the hell that I went for downloading it once again).

Enough of dota for now, I have spent enough time on it to last me for another year.

Until next time,
Adarsh.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Oh. So this is called stress.




The last 5 months have been really hectic for me and I have barely had any free time for myself in which I could load off. 

There was the last minute rush to complete all the projects, class works, worksheets, assignments. And immediately after that we had our pre-boards which were consecutive days which in turn caused me to cram as much as I could within a short period of time and then, we had a 2 week gap to study for the boards which then prolonged for almost a full month. As soon as they finished, I attended a month of preparation classes for all the entrance examinations that I was going to write. Almost immediately after that, 2 weeks of college have started that will go on up till the 16th of this month. 

“You’ll get 3 months of holidays after the board in which you can enjoy before college starts.” They said.(biggest lie that someone has ever told me)

After those 5 hectic months, I’m feeling the crunch now. I’m hardly able to get myself to do anything related to studies. I’m making timetables and committing myself to them but am not getting anything done. Added to that, I’m putting all the blame on my internet connection. This has happened before but it has never put me off like this ever.

I guess I need to make time for myself. But then, there’s this impending fear inside me that if I slack off now, I’ll fall behind at college and that will just pile up and pile up until it becomes unmanageable.




GAH! I have no idea what to do.....

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Sorry Dota, maybe next time...


Defense of the Ancients(popularly known as DOTA) is a insanely popular modded map for Warcraft III – The Frozen Throne.

I first started playing it almost a year ago, in the holidays of ’11. Dota is extremely addictive especially for people who like a challenge and hence it was imperative that I fell for it. And before knew it, I started spending 8 hours a day playing that game. That continued for a full week or two until I realized that I wasn’t getting anything done other than playing dota. I managed to get myself to Shift+delete the entire folder and there was no way to redo that. So, I managed to wrench myself away from that game.
            This year, for the past one full week, the same thing has carbon copied itself and presented itself infront of me once again. Except this time around, I wasn’t really able to play the game for 8 hours a day because my internet keeps getting disconnected every 10-15 minutes and there’s no way I can finish playing an entire dota game in that but yes, I spending enough time on the game to say that I’m addicted to it (once again).

            So this year as well, I bid it goodbye with a heavy heart.

Sorry Dota, you’re definitely awesome but I’ve got more important stuff to do. Maybe next time.

Added to that Dota 2 is in the making and it looks graphically amazing. It’s the same game but optimized/specially made for Dota by Valve with IceFrog leading the game’s development.

You know what, try playing Dota. If you like a challenge and have got loads of time on your hand that you can spend on it, there’s no better game in my opinion.


Until next time,
Adarsh.