Saturday, December 31, 2005
This article might make you think twice before spending endless hours on the Internet looking for the perfect match! You might just find yourself spending more time on social networks like Orkut instead ;-)
Friday, December 30, 2005
100 Things We Didn't Know Last Year
Monday, December 26, 2005
I decide to water my garden.
.... As I turn on the hose in the driveway, I look over at my car and decide my car needs washing.
..... As I start toward the garage, I notice that there is mail on the porch table that I brought up from the mail box earlier.
.... I decide to go through the mail before I wash the car.
.... I lay my car keys down on the table, put the junk mail in the garbage can under the table, and notice that the can is full.
... So, I decide to put the bills back on the table and take out the garbage first.
.... But then I think, since I'm going to be near the mailbox when I take out the garbage anyway, I may as well pay the bills first.
.... I take my check book off the table, and see that there is only 1 check left.
... My extra checks are in my desk in the study, so I go inside the house to my desk where I find the can of Coke that I had been drinking.
.... I'm going to look for my checks, but first I need to push the Coke aside so that I don't accidentally knock it over. I see that the Coke is getting warm, and I decide I should put it in the refrigerator to keep it cold.
.... As I head toward the kitchen with the Coke, a vase of flowers on the counter catches my eye -- they need to be watered.
.... I set the Coke down on the counter, and I discover my reading glasses that I've been searching for all morning.
... I decide I better put them back on my desk, but first I'm going to water the flowers.
..... I set the glasses back down on the counter, fill a container with water and suddenly I spot the TV remote. Someone left it on the kitchen table.
.... I realize that tonight when we go to watch TV, I will be looking for the remote, but I won't remember that it's on the kitchen table, so I decide to put it back in the den where it belongs, but first I'll water the flowers.
.... I pour some water in the flowers, but quite a bit of it spills on the floor.
... So, I set the remote back down on the table, get some towels and wipe up the spill .... Then, I head down the hall trying to remember what I was planning to do.
.... At the end of the day:
* the car isn't washed
* the bills aren't paid
* there is a warm can of Coke sitting on the counter
* the flowers don't have enough water,
* there is still only 1 check in my check book,
* I can't find the remote,
* I can't find my glasses,
* and I don't remember what I did with the car keys.
.... Then, when I try to figure out why nothing got done today, I'm really baffled because I know I was busy all day long, and I'm really tired.
.... I realize this is a serious problem, and I'll try to get some help for it, but first I'll check my e-mail.
Don't laugh -- if this isn't you yet, your day is coming.
GROWING OLDER IS MANDATORY. GROWING UP IS OPTIONAL. LAUGHING AT YOURSELF IS THERAPEUTIC"
Saturday, December 24, 2005
Monday, December 19, 2005
Friday, December 16, 2005
The computer computer finds the subject 83% happy, 9% disgusted, 6% fearful and 2% angry...
For the detailed story check out BBC NEWS - Mona Lisa 'happy', computer finds
Sunday, December 11, 2005
God said, "No you have another 43 years, 2 months and 8 days to live."
Upon hearing this, the woman decided to stay in the hospital and have a face lift, liposuction and a tummy tuck. She even had someone change her hair color. Since she had so much more time to live, she figured she might as well make the most of it.
She was released from the hospital but while crossing the street on her way home, she was killed by a car.
Arriving in front of God, she demanded, "I thought you said I had another 43 years?! Why didn't you pull me out of the path of that car?" God replied, "I didn't recognize you."
Sunday, December 04, 2005
This happened in a little town in Newfoundland and, even though
it sounds like an Alfred Hitchcock tale, it's absolutely true.
A guy was on the side of the road hitchhiking on a very dark night in the middle of a terrible rainstorm and no cars were on the road. The storm >was so strong the guy could hardly see two feet ahead of him. Suddenly, he saw a car come towards him and stop. The guy, without thinking about it, got in the car and closed the door-- and only then did he realize that there was nobody behind the wheel!
The car started to move very slowly. The guy looked at the road and saw a curve coming his way. Petrified, he started to pray, begging for his life. He had not come out of shock when, just before the car hit the curve, a hand suddenly appeared through the window and move d the steering >wheel. The guy, now paralyzed in terror, watched how the hand appeared every time the car was approaching a curve.
Finally, although terrified, the guy managed to open the door and
jump out of the spooky car. Without looking back, the guy ran through the storm all the way to the nearest town. Soaking wet, exhausted and in a state of utter shock the pale, visibly shaken guy walked into a nearby bar and asked for two shots of Screech. Then, still trembling with fright, he started telling everybody in the bar about the horrible experience he'd just gone through with the spooky car with no driver and the mysterious hand that kept appearing.
Everyone in the bar listed in silence and became frightened, listening
to this eerie story; hairs stood on end when they realized the guy was telling the truth because he was crying and he definitely was not drunk!
About half an hour later two guys walked into the same bar and one
said to the other, "Look, me son, there's the a** hole who got into the car while we were pushing it!"
Thursday, December 01, 2005
Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds. Dogs only have about 10.
Elephants are the only animals that cannot jump.
In the last 4,000 years, no new animals have been domesticated.
Polar bears are left-handed.
Some lions mate over 50 times a day.
Starfish have no brains.
Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.
The flea can jump 350 times its body length.
There are more chickens than people in the world. (duh! I eat a few Chicken per week myself)
Monday, November 28, 2005
Just a quick tip I thought I give you :-)
Sunday, November 27, 2005
Wednesday, November 23, 2005
Helpdesk: What kind of computer do you have?
Customer: A white one...
Helpdesk: Click on the 'my computer' icon on to the left of the screen.
Customer: Your left or my left?
Male customer: Hello... I can't print.
Helpdesk: Would you click on start for me and ...
Customer: Listen pal! don't start getting technical on me! I'm not Bill Gates damn it!
I can't print. Every time I try it says 'Can't find printer'. I've even lifted the printer and placed it in front of the monitor, but the computer still says he can't see it...
Customer: I have problems printing in red...
Helpdesk: Do you have a color printer? Customer: No.
Helpdesk: What's on your monitor now ma'am?
Customer: A teddy bear my boyfriend bought for me in the supermarket.
Helpdesk: Your password is the small letter a as in apple, a capital
letter V as in Victor, the number 7.
Customer: Is that 7 in capital letters?
Customer: I'm writing my first e-mail. Helpdesk: OK, and, what seems to be the problem?
Customer: Well, I have the letter a, but how do I get the circle around it?
Friday, November 18, 2005
All 50 US states are listed across the top of the Lincoln Memorial on the back of the $5 bill.
February 1865 is the only month in recorded history not to have a full moon.
Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite.
Winston Churchill was born in a ladies' room during a dance.
Babies are born without kneecaps. They don't appear until the child reaches 2 to 6 years of age.
Banging your head against a wall uses 150 calories per hour
It's impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.
Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing.
Right-handed people live, on average, nine years longer than left-handed people.
The stomach must produce a new layer of mucus every two weeks; otherwise it will digest itself.
Women blink nearly twice as much as men.
To be continued...
Sunday, November 13, 2005
If you're new to OpenOffice.org or office suits in general then you will find these Free OpenOffice.org training videos very useful. The videos are designed for beginners and they will get your up and running in minutes, literally.
Friday, November 11, 2005
"Guit" comes from the Sanskrit word "Sangeet" meaning "music" (Sanskrit was the official language of the Aryans), and "tar" is purely Persian and means "chord" or "string" .
In traditional Persian music (still a popular style in Iran) different variations of the instrument exist including the "Tar" and the "Setar" (which means "three chords" but for some reason it has four)!
The Photo: Figurines playing the ancestor of the guitar. Excavated from Susa, Iran, 3rd millennia BC. Iran National Museum. Source: Wikipedia.
Monday, November 07, 2005
A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.
A crocodile cannot stick out its tongue.
A dragonfly has a life span of 24 hours.
A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds.
A "jiffy" is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second.
A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes.
A snail can sleep for three years.
A cat's urine glows under a black light.
A cockroach will live nine days without its head before it starves to death
An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.
If you yelled for 8 years, 7 months and 6 days you would have produced enough sound energy to heat one cup of coffee.
If you farted consistently for 6 years and 9 months, enough gas is produced to create the energy of an atomic bomb.
The average American, spends an average of 6 months waiting at red lights.
The human heart creates enough pressure when it pumps out to the body to squirt blood 30 feet.
The cruise liner, QE2, moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel that it burns.
The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.
The winter of 1932 was so cold that Niagara Falls froze completely solid.
The words 'racecar,' 'kayak' and 'level' are the same whether they are read left to right or right to left (palindromes).
The email these facts (are they really?) were in was pretty long, so:
To be continued...
Sunday, October 30, 2005
Friday, October 28, 2005
Thursday, October 27, 2005
1. Check caller ID and watch out for "Private Name", "Unavailable" and numbers starting with toll-free area codes (800,866,877...) then:
- Either let the voice mail take the call (on the rare occasion that it's a bank or something important they will leave a message)
- Or if you really have to answer, answer with a very firm and angry "Hello!"
2. Remember they usually ask for [Mr. or Mrs. You Last Name]
- Respond with "Whom may I say is calling?". They freak out: "It's just a courtesy call, nothing important, we could call at a better time".
- Tell them "[he/she] is not available". (Use your own gender, they can make a good guess it's you but there's nothing they can do about it!)
- optionally you could ask if they want to leave a message (which of course they never will).
3. Then they'll say "What would the best time to call [him/her]"
- Respond: "the 6th Friday of any month."
-> You won't believe it but this actually works! Once on the phone with you they don't actually think so they'll apologize, thank you and hang up. It's only after they write a memo to call you back that they realized you were messing with them! For better results say "the 5th Friday of the month" unless the month you're currently in does in fact have 5 Fridays.
* If you feel bad for those minimum-waged part-timers doing this, remember that they usually get paid per conversation and you just had a conversation with them ;-)
* Do not call list: I still don't know if this works in Canada, I read once the the do not call list in Canada doesn't work so well. In the US you should say "Please put me on your do not call list" and legally they shouldn't call you back. Saying "Take my number off your list" or "Do not call back" or anything that doesn't mention the do not call list just WON'T WORK!
Source: Wikihow (Which has more articles besides the one I used in dealing with telemarketers).
Saturday, October 22, 2005
Thursday, October 20, 2005
Thursday, October 13, 2005
Now that we are five years in the 21st Century, don't you wonder what those theories were? Tales of Future Past is one of the good places to look!
BTW, and speaking of Jules Verne, did you know his books are available online in his website?
Tuesday, October 11, 2005
The message reads (in Persian): "خدایا از دست مادر زن هم باید بکشیم"
in English: "Oh God, now I have to put up with the mother-in-law as well."
Thursday, October 06, 2005
I for one do not assign an encryption key to my wireless router (they're easily crackable anyway), instead monitor the router and if I feel someone is abusing I block their computer's MAC address. Because I believe sharing works! Specially when telecom companies charge unreasonably high amount for WiFi access, not to mention the fact that they usually charge by the hour (say you want to check your email for 5 minutes, then you've got to pay the cost of 1 hour access which is around $8).
There have been so many situations where I needed wireless internet access to do something small yet urgent. In fact this very post is brought to you by my neighbor's wireless since my DSL connection is down (read my previous post)! It is very crucial for me to check my email for voice-mails (I switched to VoIP so my home phone is also down) and job-related emails. If it wasn't because of my neighbor's WiFi, I would have committed suicide by now. A few months ago I was in Vienna for 5 days and I used a neighbor's WiFi to do the usual stuff and send a back-up of my pictures to my server in Canada.
If using other people's wireless internet helps me so much why not let them use mine too? A "piggy-backer" using the usual stuff like email is not a concern for your bandwidth usage, even for someone with a heavy load (take myself: 5 computers one of which is an always on web server and now my VoIP gateway uses the same DSL line for phone calls) and I bet most people don't even use %10 of their band-width (got get some statistics on that) so why not share?
If we all shared our WiFi then we'd all have free WiFi access anywhere. Just like file-sharing except no one's getting hurt here.
There is downside however. Even though someone who is using your internet once is most probably not going to abuse your bandwidth, there can be other potential risks of abuse. For example they can use your Internet access to do something illegal anonymously (to be more precise, under your IP address). But - last time I checked - in Canada the law the wouldn't allow telecom companies to disclose your information, so at worst case you might need some explaining for the telecom company (to stop them from canceling your server for abuse).
With the new WiMAX technology with much larger range, we don't need to be near a router and we can take our high speed connection on go. WiMAX is like cellular network for high speed internet. It is already being used in some areas and will be in the general market very soon (in a few months). In fact in theory (that is in a real world without corporate pressure) municipal governments could provide WiMAX for free and in fact some have already planed this. WiMAX is meant to work with WiFi not to replace it, nevertheless, probably in a few months no one's going to talk about stealing WiFi anyway.
This article on CNN.com includes a few comments from lawyers about the legal matters of WiFi access in the US and it is what encouraged me to wire this. Otherwise I'd just wait for WiFi :-)
Wednesday, October 05, 2005
Today's my 2nd day without the Internet and I've even managed to update my blog yet I don't think I've spend 1 hour in total online!
So maybe, just maybe, spending so many hours a day on the net, specially for kids and teens, is not any better than the often criticized "too much" television, even though you can usually get more useful things done by wasting your time on the net instead of the TV!
Monday, October 03, 2005
- Dictionary: try "define:word", "define:LCBO" or "define:e.g."
- Calculator: and not just the basic operations: you can get sin, square root (sqrt) an even choose: see all operations
- Currency conversion: e.g. 1 USD in CAD
- Movies: try "movie:Corpse Bride"
- Try numbers like tracking numbers, barcodes, area codes etc.
- Ask Google factual questions like "population of Iran" (This hasn't work too great for me, although you will get your answer whether it's Google answering your question or just a related web site!)
- Most Google services (maps, groups, etc) are also integrated into web search.
- For a full up-to-date list bookmark Google Help : Search Features.
Saturday, October 01, 2005
It's a detailed and interesting report, don't miss it :-)
Thursday, September 29, 2005
Recently I found Cookbookwiki, another cousin of Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia which has a whole category on Persian recipies. And just in case you don't know what a "wiki" is, it means and you can go ahead and add your own recipe or improve the existing ones.
Just to complete the post, in addition to these, many other cooking web sites such as Recipezaar have Persian recipes, but the ones I mentioned above are just way more than you'll need ;-)
Saturday, September 24, 2005
Thursday, September 22, 2005
Tuesday, September 20, 2005
A slightly higher quality version is available on my pictures web site.
P.S. I had to crop the poster a little bit so it would fit in my camera's ratio.
Saturday, September 17, 2005
Boss : Someone who is early when you are late and late when you are
Cigarette : A pinch of tobacco rolled in paper with fire
at one end and a fool on the other.
Classic : A book which people praise, but do not read.
Committee : Individuals who can do nothing individually
and sit to decide that nothing can be done together.
Compromise : The art of dividing a cake in such a way
that everybody believes he got the biggest piece.
Conference Room : A place where everybody talks, nobody
listens and everybody disagrees later on.
Criminal : A guy no different from the rest....except that he got
Dictionary : A place where success comes before work.
Diplomat: A person who tells you to go to hell in such
a way that you actually look forward to the trip.
Doctor : A person who kills your ills by pills, and kills you with his
Etc . : A sign to make others believe that you know more
than you actually do.
Experience : The name men give to their mistakes.
Father : A banker provided by nature.
Lecture : An art of transferring information from the
notes of the lecturer to the notes of the students without passing
through the minds of either.
Miser : A person who lives poor so that he can die rich.
Office : A place where you can relax after your
strenuous home life.
Opportunist : A person who starts taking bath if he accidentally
falls into a river.
Optimist : A person who while falling from Eiffel tower
says in midway "See I am not injured yet."
Philosopher : A fool who torments himself during life,
to be spoken of when dead.
Politician : One who shakes your hand before elections
and your confidence after.
Smile : A curve that can set a lot of things straight.
Tears : The hydraulic force by which masculine
will-power is defeated by feminine water power.
Yawn : The only time some married men ever get to open
Thursday, September 15, 2005
Tuesday, September 13, 2005
Sunday, September 11, 2005
Saturday, September 10, 2005
Friday, September 09, 2005
Tuesday, September 06, 2005
Darlington may not be the best camp site but it's definitely the closest to Toronto I've ever been to. The coolest thing about the park was the calm and shallow McLaughlin bay separated from lake Ontario by a narrow strip of land. The place was very noisy because of the trains but I managed to take some really nice pictures so I have nothing to complain. 5 more pictures are posted in pictures. A review is also available in the camping page.
Thursday, September 01, 2005
A miniature by Mahmoud Farshchian on a piece of pottery. I bought it for my sister from Laleh Park when I was in Tehran and I couldn't stop looking at it since. You can find this photo with a better quality in my pictures page.
Monday, August 29, 2005
Sunday, August 28, 2005
Tuesday, August 23, 2005
Sunday, August 14, 2005
A few days ago I was digitizing my tapes and I figured how to use the cool "Noise Removal" feature of the program: Once you record a song in Audacity select a part of the track with no voices other than the white noise (probably the very beginning and the end), then go to Effects, select noise removal and click on "Get Noise Profile".
Then select the whole track, go back there, click on "remove noise" and bingo!
Thursday, August 04, 2005
Sunday, July 31, 2005
I was camping at Bruce Peninsula National Park and Georgian Bay's beautiful rocky coast is definitly the most wonderful piece of nature I've ever seen in Canada so far. I've put a few Background Pictures online. Enjoy!
Saturday, July 23, 2005
Thursday, June 09, 2005
Tuesday, May 17, 2005
I finally got on the net with my sister's laptop which was OK... I get into my e-mail and the first e-mail I receive is from Arian saying that their concert is delayed for 2 weeks because their equipment is damaged due to the storm.
So for the time being I hate these damn thunderstorms...
Thursday, May 12, 2005
Sunday, May 08, 2005
So far Iran is great... Streets are nice and girls even nicer ;-)
...but... people drive so crazy I almost wet myself and while dialup is must faster than dialup in Canada I couldn't get on the net for two days. They've blocked Orkut and I have to find proxy servers from Google Groups : How to Bypass Internet Censorship - Iran.
They even got aDSL but I don't ... not yet anyway ...
Wednesday, May 04, 2005
The exhibition was held is a castle built in mid 19th century...
And here's a photo from the prairies on our way to the exhibition...
One interesting thing I saw (I couldn't take pictures from the moving car) was this tradition of making dressed up scarecrow-like people.
Tuesday, May 03, 2005
Monday, May 02, 2005
Monday, April 25, 2005
In a related news, I applied to Opera for the position of the CEO since I'm not yet drowned or lost in the Atlantic ocean :-) .
The next day the site was updated saying that the PR manager's boat was punctured and they didn't make it. I didn't read the whole page but something about the pictures and the news tells me this was all made up in the first place...
Wednesday, April 06, 2005
Phishing: Fraudulent e-mails and pop-ups to fool you into revealing personal information for criminal gain
Rogue dialler: Software that installs itself on computers and changes settings to dial a premium rate number instead of usual dial-up account
Spam: Unsolicited e-mails, often offering products or services in which you have no interest
Spyware: Small programs that secretly monitor sites visited, potentially violating privacy and slowing computers
Virus: Malicious program designed to damage data; usually spread via infected e-mail attachments
Trojan: Malicious software disguised as harmless program
Firewall: Software to protect computers against hackers
Keylogging: Software/hardware to track keystrokes on a computer to gather passwords, credit card numbers
I found this list in a BBC Article about a survey by AOL UK that claims 16% of participants never heard of the word "spam". Well duh! If you're still using "America Online" and you're doing it in "Europe" I'd even be surprised if you'd recognized the word "e-mail"!
Sunday, April 03, 2005
Then, a few days ago I heard about Ubuntu Linux so I though I gotta give it a shot. I tried it on two computers, one at work and my laptop. It worked like a charm on both computers. Not just it was easier to use than other Linux distros but it was much easier to setup that Windows (may dad run Windows on a laptop just like mine).
So I think it's finally time for everyone to try Linux. But while it worked out nicely for me, Ubuntu may not be totally there yet, so for now I only recommend it to people interested in computers. But then again, as I always say, if you've read this far you'll want to give a shot :-)
Sunday, March 27, 2005
Wednesday, March 16, 2005
We owe it all to cultural and student associations in Toronto specially our very own Iranian Students Association @ York University were most of the volunteers came from, city of Toronto and last but not least to for following the rules.
Can't wait till norouz and next year's chahar-shanbe soori :-D
P.S. CTV News had a report on the event too.
Monday, March 14, 2005
You can read more and see some pictures at Yahoo! News (English) or BBC (Persian).
Wednesday, March 09, 2005
Read the news in English or Persian (BBC).
Congradulations to her and all Iranians!
what is called a laughter yoga: they get together and laugh!
Two American studies have shown that laughter can in fact increase blood flow and prevent heart disease and such. Basically it's like exercise without the muscle tension and with more fun!
So, rent a funny movie and let's all laugh! Hahahahaha!
Read more from Reuters
P.S. Thanks to the slow mail-to-blog service it took this post 3 days to show up here! Bet you'd already read it!
Monday, March 07, 2005
Tuesday 15th 5-9pm
This year, thanks to Iranian Students Association at York University and student association of other universities in Toronto, city of Toronto has decided to keep this tradition this year. Try to become volunteers as your help is desperately need. Further please follow these rules if you wish have 4shanbe Souri next year:
1. Cars are not allowed in the Park, so please do not drive to the parks entrance and avoid traffic (Well I can't say I hate to see a street closed because of so many Persians, but I do want to see 4shanbe Souri next year, so please...)
2. Leslie North will be closed.
3. Do not park in buildings near the park or your car will be towed away.
4. There are 4 (and only 4) designated places to start a fire.
5. No alcohol (that's the general rule for Ontario's parks anyway)
6. I know you love to drive, but please try to take the TTC for once.
7. Can't volunteer? Please at least try to help the volunteers.
Parking is available at the church at Don Mills & Eglinton, in the Sport Alliance building as well as Ontario Labor Federation (in front of Loblaws). There will be signs in the area to guide you to the parking lots. There will be shuttle buses to take you to the park and back.
Here is a Press Release (in Persian) with all the information you need to know.
Friday, March 04, 2005
Thursday, March 03, 2005
Saturday, February 26, 2005
Urban Legends Reference Pages is a nice collection of info about many of urban legends and their status (true/false/unkown). They even have a few pages on the guy who had lived in an airport and the movie "The Terminal" is based on.
ps. I just changed the looks of my site, check it out!
pps. Don't miss "Girls Dormitory" playing at Rainbow Cinemas Fairview Mall (North York), see my previous posts for details.
Friday, February 25, 2005
public to view, use and even edit the content - but because every article is edited by people who know so much about the subject. For example computer science stuff are written by experts and they are so detailed I once used Wikipedia instead of my textbook! Or if you want to learn about a country you will get the information from people of that country, not some so called experts who have never even been there. Plus the stuff are up-to-date, in fact there is a news section.
Wikipedia is available in many languages, some with over 100,000 articles. The Farsi (Persian) version has over 5,600 pages but mostly stubs (small articles with very little information created for future editing).
Just in case you're new to the idea, Wiki is a database that allow the public to post and edit the information. Wikipedia is more than just an encyclopedia and if you still haven't heard of it you've got to check it out!
Update: (Octoboer 25) Exactly 8 months later, I rechecked the number of articles and the English version is almost doubled to over 787,000 (that's more than 6 times the most complete Britannica), of course the number of articles in Encarta and others doesn't change. Plus more specialized siblings to Wikipedia (such as Wikitravel) are created.
Thursday, February 17, 2005
been downloaded 25 million times in just 99 days! If you still aren't
using Firefox you really have to ask yourself why not! I mean if
you're on dialup, fine, but you're on highspeed you're just missing
way too much by not using Firefox!
So if you still don't have the fox, try it today, just go to
http://www.getfirefox.com and get it.
It's small, fast, free, safe, easy to use, expandable and I could just
And while you're at it, install adblock, gmail notifier and forecast
extensions. Really cool!
Wednesday, February 16, 2005
replace the what's new section of hoomanb.com with this blog. But for now I'll keep the blog in a beta stage so if you're reading this you're one of the first to be here ... so welcome :-)
BTW, The plan is to have a general-purpose blog with tech tips, links, news... just name it... Basically this is were I'll put interesting links and information that I would normally forward to my friends.