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Yahoo! Widgets

Yahoo! Widgets

Ever heard of the term ‘widgets’? Well, if you haven’t then its time you did. Till recently it was called ‘Konfabulator’ and was paid service; Yahoo! recently bought Konfabulator and now its FREE!

Widgets are small graphical applications that reside on your desktop, much like icons, but they look a helluva lot better. Widgets can be anything, search bars, weather info, clocks, werewolf monitors, waste bins, stock tickers, and thousands more. You can even create your own widgets, if you’re in a mood to do so.

So go ahead and EXPLORE.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

So, you haven’t been initiated into the Hitchhiker’s fold yet and have absolutely no clue to what it is? Don’t worry, here’s the link (given above) that has all the information you will ever require on it. Specifically, it is my favorite book because of its sarcastic take on life. It is really, really humorous and it will force you to read it from cover-to-cover. Hitchhiker’s is not a ‘geeky’ thing; even other mere mortals will enjoy the books. Too bad you did not view my blog earlier; till recently BBC Radio 4 was webcasting the series. Well, let us hope that they resume it soon. And not a good time to catch it on TV too.

It is generally referred to as “HHG”, “HHGG”, “HHGTTG”, “HG2G”, or “H2G2”; so if you come across any of these terms on my blog, don’t start scratching your head wondering what I’m referring to.

H2G2 revolves basically around earthman Arthur Dent and his (somewhat unsuccessful) efforts to ‘enjoy the marvels of the universe on less than thirty Altarian dollars a day. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is (you guessed it right) a book (an electronic one at that!), with the friendly words Don’t Panic written in large letters on it cover. H2G2 sells more copies than Encyclopedia Galactica. I have spoken enough, for more information, please refer to the book.

You can also check out the H2G2 movie released a few months ago. After all, the Answer To Life, The Universe And Everything is 42.

So long and thanks for all the fish. (And for reading my blog)

P.S. – This entry is meant to tempt you to read the books or the Wikipedia link. Don’t fall for it, lest Vogon Constructor Spaceships come in to demolish Earth to construct a bypass or even worse, to read out their poetry. Also check out this link:

BBC Radio 4 – The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (where you will find episode synopses [Note – The radio series DOES NOT completely match the books, but the radio series came first], cool downloads, games and lots more!)

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My Yahoo! LAUNCHcast radio station

As you have read in my earlier post, I do not listen to music. But then, due to popular demand I have started my own Yahoo! LAUNCHcast radio station, with some help from my friends. All the ratings are sent in by my friends, so you too should send in your suggestions to help me out.

CLICK HERE TO GO TO MY YAHOO! LAUNCHcast RADIO STATION.

P.S. – You need to disable any popup blocker before you do so as the radio station opens in a popup.

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My first post – All about me

Hello everybody!
Welcome to my blog. I am a student, and as you can infer from my nickname, I am simply crazy about quizzing. I have gone for numerous quiz contests and won lots of prizes in them. For now, it may suffice for you all to know I have done all this, as I like to keep people in suspense about my real identity (of course, that is not the case for so many of my close friends who visit my website). I also like studying, and I am generally among the top students in my grade. I have also got numerous national-level positions in the field of studies. My major recreational activity, besides quizzing, is reading books. I am a voracious reader and my favorite authors are:
  1. Douglas Noel Adams (or DNA, as we fans call him) – His Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series is my favorite, for its humorous outlook on life, almost bordering on sarcasm.
  2. Dan Brown – Astonishingly controversial in all novels, he keeps all yearning for more. The guy obviously does a lot of research work while writing his books.
  3. Arthur Conan Doyle – The master of crime fiction and the creator of the super-sleuth Sherlock Holmes. Actually, his other stories, in which Holmes does not make an appearance are equally captivating.
  4. Isaac Asimov – I really like his Foundation series.
  5. Arthur C. Clarke – Another master of science fiction. 2001: A Space Odessey is a must read.
  6. Agatha Christie – Creator of Hercule Poirot, her books stand apart from others.
  7. Jules Verne – A writer far ahead of his times.
  8. H. G. Wells – Another of the science-fiction greats.
  9. J. R. R. Tolkien – The life of hobbits, dwarves, elves and other beings from The Lord of the Rings is certainly not childish. In fact, the books may be difficult to understand for many of my visitors.
  10. J. K. Rowling – Although I keep denying the fact by saying that I only read it to stay prepared for quizzes, I am quite a fan of her work, especially the way in which she can keep such a large audience captivated.
I am interested in science a lot, especially physics. I want to take up a career in astrophysics, particle physics, or aerospace engineering. Professor Stephen Hawking is my idol, for his sheer courage in facing life even after getting motor neurone disease, and going ahead and revolutionizing physics. I do watch most science-fiction movies, my favorite series being the Star Wars. Favorite music? Well, mostly metal and punk rock, although as most would say, I don’t seem the kind. Another thing I am very passionate about is rationalism. I believe that only by being rational can we achieve anything. Consequently, I do not believe in the concept of ‘God’. You can know more about me by viewing my Yahoo! Profile and also by visiting my Wikipedia user page.
Quiz-ically yours,
Great Quizzard

Note: Because of Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle, almost each and every thing written here may or may not be true. Thus, do not believe anything written over here, or anything on this site.