Saturday, November 9, 2019

Friday, November 8, 2019

How much is that eh? $744m -- Do you still think I'm crazy eh? Just for your whims, passing fancies and pseudo, false prestige? Your ego fodder?

A sale of post-war and contemporary art at Christie's in New York has generated sales of $744m (the highest total in art auction history, according to the auction house), with many pieces smashing their estimated values.

Rs. 1,100 CAN FEED ONE CHILD FOR AN ENTIRE SCHOOL YEAR


https://www.businessinsider.com/biggest-art-auction-ever-2014-5?IR=T
https://www.akshayapatra.org/feed-a-child

Thursday, November 7, 2019

My journey: From Modem to Wi-Fi

From technophile to technophobic. From BBSes to the Internet. Have I come a long way? No. I didn't gain monetarily: Neither six-figure salary nor chief technology officer job. An intrepid futurologist to clumsy-with-gadgets conservative.

To be continued...

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

in a nutshell: People you're friends with...

People you know: Not necessarily VIPs like Sultan of Brunei or Mayor of Birmingham. No. It can be a peon at a court or a chap who works for your ISP. The point I'm trying to drive home is: Be friends with everyone; and keep the relationships fair and symbiotic -- as far as possible. Have a happy Buddy Day! Do we celebrate a day like this -- already eh? LOL
  
friends in high places: 
people who are powerful and important and who will help you

have friends in high places:
to know important people who can help you get what you want


people a person knows who have social or political influence or power

Could we ever fathom this?

There's no earth -- nor heavens -- God's throne was upon the water -- My question is where's that? -- what place? Could we ever fathom this?

Muslim (2653) narrated that ‘Abd-Allaah ibn ‘Amr ibn al-‘Aas said: I heard the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) say: “Allaah wrote down the decrees of creation fifty thousand years before He created the heavens and the earth.” He said: “And His Throne was upon the water.”

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Confessions of a skirt-chaser....

If we just could stop chasing girls -- Sounds a wee bit misogynistic eh? -- We'd be saving an awful lot of time, money; and loads of trouble and duress!

To be continued...

fall in love

fall in love is an idiom -- it means to begin to feel romantic love for someone -- but what I've observed is -- most of us interpret it literally -- like actually falling -- There's a movie -- the actor says: 'Don't fall in love -- Rise in love.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

My comments: I think this applies to all women around the globe LOL

Lady Muck: a woman who thinks she is very important and should be treated better than everyone else

Excerpt: Chameleon

The chameleon's changing skin color plays an important role in communication among individuals. It changes under the influence of the lizard's mood, such as fear or anger, the amount of light, and the temperature or humidity. Males that can make themselves brighter are more dominant and attract more females. A submissive male displays brown or gray. Females use their colors to accept or reject a male; their color display can also signal a pregnancy.

https://animals.sandiegozoo.org/animals/chameleon

Monday, October 28, 2019

burn the midnight oil

There's so much to read -- so much to learn. Fuzzy logic and Archimedes -- lots of real fun.

This post is a reprint: The Communistic SLANT!

I don't believe in class distinctions. I believe in a classless society. I believe that--fundamentally--all men and women are equal.

I believe in a classless society. Does that make me a Communist? I think I've a Communistic streak in me.

I think I've communistic leanings from the beginning.

This post is a reprint: classless society

I don't know much about isms -- Communism or this and that -- but when I see laborers -- I get guilty pangs -- in the scorching sun -- infants and toddlers -- playing in the dirt -- all of us see this almost everyday -- we pass by these construction sites -- immune to their sufferings -- 

guilt complex

a very strong feeling of guilt that you cannot get rid of

conflict (literature)

the forces that oppose each other to create the plot in a story, book, or film

external conflict

External conflict is a struggle between characters or between characters and nature or society.

internal conflict

Characters' struggles to change or understand themselves is internal conflict.

Are there social classes in Islam?

Praise be to Allaah.

Human societies have known all kinds of class systems. In some societies there is a class of princes, a class of warriors, a class of farmers and a class of slaves, and based on this there is a lot of oppression, abuse and trampling on people’s rights. But the sharee’ah or law of Allaah does not recognize such systems at all. Islam gives equal rights to all, rich and poor, noble and ignoble. The basic principle on which people are differentiated in Islam is mentioned in the Holy Qur’aan, in Soorat al-Hujuraat (interpretation of the meaning):

“O mankind! We have created you from a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that you may know one another. Verily, the most honourable of you with Allaah is that (believer) who has al-taqwa [i.e., is one of the muttaqoon or pious]. Verily, Allaah is All-Knowing, All-Aware”

[al-Hujuraat 49:13]

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “O people! Verily your Lord is One and your father [Adam] is one. An Arab is no better than a non-Arab, and a non-Arab is no better than an Arab; a red man is no better than a black man and a black man is no better than a red man – except if it is in terms of taqwa (piety)…”

(Reported by Imaam Ahmad, 22391; al-Silsilat al-Saheeh, 2700).

This is the principle on which society is based in Islam. This is the global human society which mankind is trying to attain through its far-fetched ideas, but is failing to do so, because they are not following the one straight path that will lead them there, the way to God, may He be glorified, and because they are not standing under the one banner that could unite them, the banner of God, may He be exalted.

People live on this earth connected by all kinds of relationships, all of which carry some weight or have some attraction in their lives… these include lineage, power, wealth, etc. From these stem other connections, practical, economic, etc., where people have different positions and levels of status with regard to one another. So some people have more status than others in worldly terms… Then Islam comes and says: “the most honourable of you with Allaah [God] is that (believer) who has al-taqwa [i.e., is one of the muttaqoon or pious]” so it ignores all the values that carry weight in people’s lives, and replaces them all with this new value that is derived directly from the Revelation and is the only one that is recognized in the standards of God. This is piety and consciousness of God, which is manifested in the worship of God lone, with no partner, no son, no equal… obeying what He commands and avoiding what He forbids, seeking His pleasure and Paradise, and fearing His punishment and Hell-fire.

Allaah is All-Seer of His slaves.

Source: Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid
https://islamqa.info/en/answers/3793/are-there-social-classes-in-islam

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

A RAT found in my computer! Just now. :(

I just found a RAT in my computer. I hope that it didn't do anything deviant -- It’s always so extremely difficult to undo the damage caused by it.

What is a RAT (remote access Trojan)?

A remote access Trojan (RAT) is a malware program that includes a back door for administrative control over the target computer. RATs are usually downloaded invisibly with a user-requested program -- such as a game -- or sent as an email attachment. Once the host system is compromised, the intruder may use it to distribute RATs to other vulnerable computers and establish a botnet.

Because a RAT enables administrative control, it makes it possible for the intruder to do just about anything on the targeted computer, including:

Monitoring user behavior through keyloggers or other spyware.
Accessing confidential information, such as credit card and social security numbers.
Activating a system's webcam and recording video.
Taking screenshots.
Distributing viruses and other malware.
Formatting drives.
Deleting, downloading or altering files and file systems.

The Back Orifice rootkit is one of the best known examples of a RAT. A hacker group known as the Cult of the Dead Cow created Back Orifice to expose the security deficiencies of Microsoft's Windows operating systems.

RATs can be difficult to detect because they usually don't show up in lists of running programs or tasks. The actions they perform can be similar to those of legitimate programs. Furthermore, an intruder will often manage the level of resource use so that a drop in performance doesn't alert the user that something's amiss.

To protect your system from RATs, follow the same procedures you use to prevent other malware infections: Keep antivirus software up to date and refrain from downloading programs or opening attachments that aren't from a trusted source. At the administrative level, it's always a good idea to block unused ports, turn off unused services and monitor outgoing traffic.

RAT also stands for remote administration tool.

https://searchsecurity.techtarget.com/definition/RAT-remote-access-Trojan

Let's go to the movies: The Man Who Haunted Himself


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Man_Who_Haunted_Himself

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

doppelgänger

a spirit that looks exactly like a living person, or someone who looks exactly like someone else but who is not related to that person

Fear is very debilitating... :(


I get a real kick out of Blogging. :-)


Monday, October 21, 2019

Note: I haven't seen this VDO completely yet. As they usually put in small print: I don't subscribe to this VDO! LOL

Why there could be many identical copies of you

We ask one of the hardest questions in the Universe, is there another you out there and if so, can we find our cosmic twin?

By Melissa Hogenboom and Pierangelo Pirak
24 October 2016

http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20161021-why-there-could-be-many-copies-of-you

Note: I haven't read the complete article yet.

Instead of finding their own food and caring for their own young, some ants simply make other insects their slaves

By Sandhya Sekar
28 October 2015

http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20151028-a-few-species-of-ant-are-pirates-that-enslave-other-ants

Pigeon with German miniature camera, during the First World War


War Room at Stevns Fortress used in Denmark during the Cold War


You mean Kite Aerial Photography (KAP) was precursor to UAVs? (unmanned aerial vehicles) / Drones? Wowsers!


seesawing: I didn't know it's also called teeter-totter


think outside the box huh? LOL


think outside the box

to think imaginatively using new ideas instead of traditional or expected ideas

lateral thinking huh? LOL


lateral thinking

a way of solving a problem by thinking about it in a different and original way and not using traditional or expected methods

Friday, October 11, 2019

Indian Snake Charmers / Con Artists versus Kevin Mitnick and Chanakya versus Machiavelli

My point is: I often say this -- You'd learn more real-life / practical Social Engineering from our Snake Charmers and Con Artists than Kevin Mitnick's like books (The Art of Deception: Controlling the Human Element of Security) We gotta go back to our roots. Everything is there. We shrug off our scriptures and cultures -- Everything is in there. We need to understand Chanakya first -- before learning more about Machiavelli.


It's a Bird... It's a Plane... It's Superman

Who's this Jetman anyways? --- oh that guy? -- No No This is not Yves Rossy's Wingsuit :-) This is a Flying Carpet! Go back to folklore folks! :-)


Thursday, October 10, 2019

Open sesame! Wow! Voice authentication huh? Cool.


Are aliens real?

They said: ‘We believe in the Lord of the ‘Alameen (mankind, jinn and all that exists).
The Lord of Musa and Harun.’”  [7:106-122]

'all that exists' My question is: Who are they? Aliens? Other worlds of the unseen?

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Monday, October 7, 2019

My comments: the Second World War

World War II, also called Second World War, conflict that involved virtually every part of the world during the years 1939–45.

The 40,000,000–50,000,000 deaths incurred in World War II make it the bloodiest conflict, as well as the largest war, in history.


Correct me if I'm wrong -- but I read somewhere that US nuked Japan to stop / end the war and to avoid more casualties (on both sides?). I'm not a political pundit but my question is: Didn't they foresee this right after Pearl Harbor attack? Had they nuked 'em then -- zillions of lives would've been saved? -- on both sides.

What do you guys think eh?

first world problem

: a usually minor or trivial problem or annoyance experienced by people in relatively affluent or privileged circumstances especially as contrasted with problems of greater social significance facing people in poor and underdeveloped parts of the world

catch-22

an impossible situation where you are prevented from doing one thing until you have done another thing that you cannot do until you have done the first thing:

a catch-22 situation

Marxism

a social, political, and economic theory that is based on the writings of Karl Marx

Navy SEALs motto

The Only Easy Day Was Yesterday

This applies to me too.

Sunday, October 6, 2019

apolitical

not interested in or connected with politics, or not connected to any political party:
The organization insists that it is apolitical and does not identify with any one particular party.

Leninism

the social, political, and economic principles and theories developed from Marxism by the Russian politician V. I. Lenin, supporting direct rule by workers

communism

the belief in a society without different social classes in which the methods of production are owned and controlled by all its members and everyone works as much as they can and receives what they need

liberal elite

a group of people with education, money, and other advantages, often living in cities, who have liberal political views and are seen as not understanding the problems and views of ordinary people:

monosyllabically

in a way that involves saying very little or using very short words, often when this is unfriendly or rude:

She said nothing, and replied to questions monosyllabically or not at all.

I seldom find anyone who will answer this question monosyllabically.

walls have ears

something you say to warn someone that it is not safe to speak at that particular time because other people might be listening

Reprint: India -- Mental retardation

I'm just one of 'em. So please stop name-calling. It hurts me like anything and I feel dreadful.

Nearly 2% of the general population in our country is affected with mental retardation. There are presently about 168 lakhs of mentally retarded people in our country. -- National Institute for the Mentally Handicapped, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Govt. of India

http://www.nimhindia.org

validation

the feeling that other people approve of and accept you, or something that gives you this feeling:

As human beings we crave validation from the outside world.

Saturday, October 5, 2019

The Railway Man by Eric Lomax


Inevitability . . . .

"Mackellar's painting is about the inevitability of separation, the cost of journeying. And we have never created any sound so evocative of a steam locomotive, that high note of inhuman relief as vaporized water is blown off and meets the cold air." -- The Railway Man / Eric Lomax

the complete picture


Twister (1996 film)


storm chaser

a person who follows extreme weather events such as violent storms in order to experience, photograph, or study them:

People often ask storm chaser Joe Quayle what is it like to chase tornadoes.

I'm like Desmond Morris

I'm a self-styled / self-proclaimed / self-professed social scientist (someone who studies society and the way people live).

Monday, September 30, 2019

Book of bad decisions

I keep a journal -- in which I record bad decisions -- Then next day or next time I try to undo that.

Friday, September 27, 2019

Quran: An-Nas -- Sura # 114, Verse: 6

114:6
From among the jinn and mankind.

My question is: Who are those from mankind?

https://quran.com/

Quran Sura # 38, Verse: 80

quran.com
[ Allah ] said, "So indeed, you are of those reprieved

islamqa.info
(Allaah) said: ‘Verily, you are of those allowed respite

I'm trying to understand this -- does this mean there were others as well? If yes, who were they?

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Sink in (phrasal verb)

Definition of sink in

: to become completely known, felt, or understood

I had to tell him what to do over and over before it finally sank in. 

The fact that she's left me still hasn't really sunk in.

MIA

—often used figuratively for someone or something notably or unexpectedly missing, absent, or inactive

missing in action

: missing and unable to be confirmed as captured or killed following military action

missing person report

: a document that officially reports that someone is missing
They've filed a missing person report with the police.

Monday, September 23, 2019

blogosphere

Blogosphere is a term some writers have used to describe the grassroots and interactive journalism made possible by participants in blogs (logs or journals maintained on the Internet) and the symbiotic relationship between bloggers and traditional journalists. In this relationship, bloggers often cite and link to mainstream news articles and mainstream journalists often get story ideas from blogs they monitor. 

Read on:

https://whatis.techtarget.com/definition/blogosphere

Monday, September 2, 2019

Definition of slash-and-burn

extremely ruthless and unsparing
slash-and-burn tactics
slash-and-burn criticism

Sunday, September 1, 2019

McDonald's and Me

I ate my supper at McDonald's just now -- That place is ritzy -- rich people and all that -- girls and all...I was so conscious -- Everybody speaking English and in chic clothes -- I felt extremely uncomfy -- I'm happy amongst blue-collar workers -- Chai Wallas and Paan wallas -- People below poverty line/poverty level -- I'm not confident as I once used to be when I was in Abu Dhabi.

God willing

Definition of God willing
—used to say what one hopes and expects to do or happen if no problems occur
We'll be able to move into our new house next week, God willing.
God willing, I'll finish my degree this year.

My review of D-Day Hindi movie

Will write real soon -- God willing.

mixed blessing

Definition of mixed blessing
: something that is good in some ways and bad in other ways
Living next to your in-laws can be a mixed blessing.

Reprint: Indian rope-trick--er--ahem--I mean Indian hack-trick! :-)

Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Indian rope-trick--er--ahem--I mean Indian hack-trick! :-)
Here's your chance to hack with legal immunity -- My objective is multipronged:
#1. You and I: Both of us would be learning the nitty-gritty of real-life Ethical Hacking.
#2. This sort of setup would keep you off of illegalities -- I mean like hacking into other networks and all that.
There's no fee -- but you'd always buy me a Pizza! :-) (I abhor the practice of vegetarianism!)
No early-bird offers--either.
My goal is to give you a free of charge platform / environment with plenty of elbow room to hone your hacking skills.
And, there're no hunting trophies.
Dust off your consoles -- vie for root.
Girls: Expect a red-carpet welcome -- Let the boys accuse me of unabashed favoritism -- Lenient policies! :-) If you happen to spot a gray-haired guy -- hunchbacked -- in his early forties -- wearing extremely sober suspenders -- scuffling to cross the street -- you'd safely approach him -- with absolutely no caution (put that pepper spray in your clutch bag, please!) -- that's me! :-)
Posted by Maqsood Qureshi at 8:24 AM
Posted by Maqsood Qureshi at 10:25 PM

Reprint: Let me turn rookies into Alpha Geeks...

Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Let me turn rookies into Alpha Geeks...
My Ethical Hacking / Penetration Testing Lab
Hardware:
1. Laptop: vgc (very good condition)
2. Laptop: Oldie
3. Desktop: Oldie
I shy away from hardware so not giving you specs -- By the way, I'd mug up CompTIA A+ guide(s).
I'd sign up for a dedicated high-speed Intenet connexion.
In the not too distant future: I'd also sign up for a dedicated IP address.
I'd also get a Hardware Firewall (dirt cheap) but sturdy -- should deflect attacks -- though I just adore those groovy Check Point's UTM appliances.
Software:
1. Windows Server 2012 (Evaluation copy)
2. Honeypots
3. BBS
What's your role?
You've to attack my systems viciously (no-holds-barred). This a real live Ethical Hacking exercise. Relentless -- knock-down-drag-out -- distributed attacks.
Posted by Maqsood Qureshi at 2:32 AM

Reprint

Tuesday, August 28, 2018
Parent and child inventions / discoveries
Parent and child inventions and discoveries:
Let me give you an example: Let's say ocean is a parent; Would it be possible to have a ship without it? Would you be building it? There's no point in it, right? How about social media without the Internet? Isn't it possible that at least some of us are futurists -- We'd be ridiculed for doing something which might not appear logical now in this era -- Our theories perhaps are not compliant. What if there's no computer? Like this: No this No that? Got it? No parent invention / discovery -- and, No child invention / discovery.

Okay -- How about discoveries? Just imagine we find some planet -- say, Mars, for instance, is inhabitable for us -- Just image -- just one discovery would change everything.
Or, let's say we find something -- gain something from The Uncontacted Tribes -- What if they've a cure for AIDS?

Flying cars are real now -- at least quite promising prototypes. Individuals flying donning backpack-like gear -- Doesn't this tell us that Superman isn't a cartoon character anymore?
One more thing: Just don't be a good end-user -- If you can't invent -- discover anything -- at least make exhaustive use of present technologies to catapult your child inventions etc.
In a nutshell: Domino effect. If there's an OS  - so you create an add-on  or variant of it-- so on so forth.

Maybe all those make-believe stories about Venus are true! Who knows --   Go get your telescope!
The Hunchbacked Whirling Dervish
Latitude and longitude coordinates are: 17.387140, 78.491684.
These're real GPS coordinates: Just don't nuke me! LOL
Posted by Maqsood Qureshi at 3:28 PM

Friday, August 30, 2019

excursionist

a person who travels for pleasure
a list of things to do for weekend excursionists in the city

abstruse

difficult for one of ordinary knowledge or intelligence to understand
you're not the only one who finds Einstein's theory of relativity abstruse

Folks: My Ham Radio Call sign: 57HS1835


A spider caught in its own web!

Writing...

Friday, August 23, 2019

DuckDuckGo

DuckDuckGo (DDG) is a general search engine designed to protect user privacy, while avoiding the skewing of search results that can happen because of personalized search (sometimes referred to as a filter bubble).

Read on:

https://whatis.techtarget.com/definition/DuckDuckGo

Definition dark web (darknet)

The dark web, also referred to as the darknet, is an encrypted portion of the internet that is not indexed by search engines and requires specific configuration or authorization to access. Although the dark web is sometimes portrayed as a domain frequented by criminal elements, it is also created and used by people who require privacy for entirely legal reasons, such as the exchange of proprietary business information. In such a case, information may be exchanged through an encrypted peer-to-peer (P2P) network connection or by using an overlay network, such as Tor.

Read on:

https://whatis.techtarget.com/definition/dark-web

deep Web

The deep Web, sometimes called the invisible Web, is the large part of the Internet that is inaccessible to conventional search engines. Deep Web content includes email messages, chat messages, private content on social media sites, electronic bank statements, electronic health records (EHRs) and other content that is accessible over the Internet but is not crawled and indexed by search engines like Google, Yahoo, Bing or DuckDuckGo.

Read on:

https://whatis.techtarget.com/definition/deep-Web


Effects of cyberextortion

The cyber economy research firm Cybersecurity Ventures predicted that the annual global cost of damage from ransomware would be greater than $11.5 billion by 2019, up from $325 million in 2015. In its "2017 Annual Cybersecurity Report," Cisco reported that ransomware is growing at an annual rate of 350%. While Cybersecurity Ventures estimated that ransomware damages would exceed $5 billion in 2017, that is still just a fraction of the nearly $600 billion cost of cybercrime in 2017 estimated by McAfee.

Read on:

https://searchsecurity.techtarget.com/definition/cyberextortion

Bitcoin

Bitcoin is a digital currency (also called crypto-currency) that is not backed by any country's central bank or government. Bitcoins can be traded for goods or services with vendors who accept Bitcoins as payment.

Read on:

https://whatis.techtarget.com/definition/Bitcoin

command-and-control server (C&C server)

A command and control server (C&C server) is a computer that issues directives to digital devices that have been infected with rootkits or other types of malware, such as ransomware. C&C servers can be used to create powerful networks of infected devices capable of carrying out distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, stealing data, deleting data or encrypting data in order to carry out an extortion scheme. In the past, a C&C server was often under an attacker's physical control and could remain active for several years. Today, C&C servers generally have a short shelf life; they often reside in legitimate cloud services and use automated domain generation algorithms (DGAs) to make it more difficult for law enforcement and white hat malware hunters to locate them.

Read on:

https://whatis.techtarget.com/definition/command-and-control-server-CC-server

cyberextortion

Cyberextortion is a crime involving an attack or threat of an attack coupled with a demand for money or some other response in return for stopping or remediating the attack.

Read on:

https://searchsecurity.techtarget.com/definition/cyberextortion

ransomware

Ransomware is a subset of malware in which the data on a victim's computer is locked, typically by encryption, and payment is demanded before the ransomed data is decrypted and access is returned to the victim. The motive for ransomware attacks is nearly always monetary, and unlike other types of attacks, the victim is usually notified that an exploit has occurred and is given instructions for how to recover from the attack. Payment is often demanded in a virtual currency, such as Bitcoin, so that the cybercriminal's identity is not known.

Read on:

https://searchsecurity.techtarget.com/definition/ransomware

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

History and Etymology for celibate + My comments: Sanskrit and Arabic

Note: The traditional hypothesis that caelebs goes back to a compound *kai̯elo-libh- (with the first element compared to Sanskrit kevala- "exclusively oneʼs own, alone, whole" and the second to Gothic liban "to live," English live entry 1) is now considered dubious.

I think Sanskrit and Arabic are the roots of all languages. I think Sanskrit should be revived. It's a treasure trove -- would undoubtedly change the way we think and all that. Moreover, like Arabic, it's a very sacred language. 

Monday, August 19, 2019

hello girl

Definition of hello girl
late 19th and early 20th centuries : a woman working as a telephone operator

Sunday, August 18, 2019

huh

English Language Learners Definition of huh
informal
chiefly US —used at the end of a statement to ask whether someone agrees with you
—used when you have not heard or understood something that was said
—used to show surprise, disbelief, or disapproval 

Definition of huh
—used to express surprise, disbelief, or confusion, or as an inquiry inviting affirmative reply

Promotion (chess)

Promotion in chess is a rule that requires a pawn that reaches its eighth rank to be immediately replaced by the player's choice of a queen, knight, rook, or bishop of the same color.[1] The new piece replaces the pawn, as part of the same move. The choice of new piece is not limited to pieces previously captured, thus promotion can result in a player owning, for example, two or more queens despite starting the game with one.[2] Pawn promotion, or the threat of it, often decides the result in an endgame. Since the queen is the most powerful piece, the vast majority of promotions are to a queen. Promotion to a queen is also called queening; promotion to any other piece is referred to as underpromotion (Golombek 1977).

If the promoted piece is not physically available, FIDE rules state that the player should stop the game clock and summon the arbiter for the correct piece. Under US Chess Federation rules and in casual play, an upside-down rook may be used to designate a queen (Just & Burg 2003:16–17).

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Promotion_(chess)

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Happy Independence Day, everyone! :-)

...At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom.... (Tryst with Destiny)

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Tag Questions

Prof. Kev Nair's Fluency Development Course -- Book # 9 -- Page # 58 -- Topic: Tag Questions

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Soviet MS-61 Cockpit Voice Recorder from a MiG-21 interceptor


My comments: question tag

In India -- in Indian English, we say 'No?' as a question tag with everything. But that's not correct. Or we say 'isn't' with everything. That's incorrect either.

I devised 'eh?' to make any statement interrogative.

Example: You speak English eh? Keyboarding? Repetitive strain injury (RSI) eh? No! LOL

Definition of eh
—used to ask for confirmation or repetition or to express inquiry —used especially in Canadian English in anticipation of the listener's or reader's agreement

question tag

question tag
a short phrase such as "isn't it" or "don't you" that is added to the end of a sentence to check information or to ask if someone agrees with you:

In the sentence "It's hot, isn't it?", "isn't it" is a question tag.

English Language Learners Definition of tag question
grammar : a brief question (such as "don't you?" in "You know him, don't you?") that comes at the end of a statement usually to ask if the statement is correct

Definition of tag question
: a question (such as isn't it in "it's fine, isn't it?") added to a statement or command (as to gain the assent of or challenge the person addressed) also : a sentence ending in a tag question

Thirty seconds vocab challenge LOL

schadenfreude

You've got 30 seconds to look up / Google this word and tell me its meaning! Your time starts now.

Dalek

an imaginary creature that talks in a strange voice and kills people:
The Daleks were the most frightening characters in Dr Who (= a television programme about a man who travels in space and time).

Monday, August 12, 2019

English Vinglish

Hindi movie actors speak in English off-screen -- I find that quite queer and whacky! LOL

Sunday, August 11, 2019

bounty hunter

Definition of bounty hunter
1
: one who tracks down and captures outlaws for whom a reward is offered
2
: one who hunts predatory animals for the reward offered

eh

Definition of eh
—used to ask for confirmation or repetition or to express inquiry —used especially in Canadian English in anticipation of the listener's or reader's agreement

Monday, August 5, 2019

powwow

Definition of powwow
an American Indian medicine man
an American Indian ceremony (as for victory in war)
an American Indian social gathering or fair usually including competitive dancing
informal, now offensive
: a social get-together
: a meeting for discussion

teleconferencing

Definition of teleconferencing
: the holding of a conference among people remote from one another by means of telecommunication devices (such as telephones or computer terminals) 


English Language Learners Definition of teleconferencing
: the use of telephones and video equipment to have a meeting with people who are in different places

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Definition of shock jock

: a radio personality noted for provocative or inflammatory commentary

Friday, August 2, 2019

Buddhahood

My definition of Buddhahood is when you start understanding -- when you've answers -- Bodhi tree moment -- Nothing is perplexing anymore --

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Daisy Bell

Daisy, Daisy,
Give me your answer, do!
I'm half crazy,
All for the love of you!
It won't be a stylish marriage,
I can't afford a carriage,
But you'll look sweet on the seat
Of a bicycle built for two!

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

gallows humor

Definition of gallows humor
: humor that makes fun of a life-threatening, disastrous, or terrifying situation

Definition of old school tie

: an attitude of conservatism, aplomb, and upper-class solidarity associated with English public school graduates

a necktie displaying the colors of an English public school

clannishness among members of an established clique

black humor

Definition of black humor
: humor marked by the use of usually morbid, ironic, grotesquely comic episodes

Sunday, July 28, 2019

been-there done-that

an exclamation expressing familiarity and boredom with a situation, experience, etc

has-been

informal : a person who is no longer popular or successful

dinosaur / dinosaurian / dinosauric

one that is impractically large, out-of-date, or obsolete
The factory is now a rusting dinosaur

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Definition of sahib

: sir, master —used especially among the native inhabitants of colonial India when addressing or speaking of a European of some social or official status

Bildungsroman

: a novel about the moral and psychological growth of the main character

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

OMG

OMG is the written abbreviation for 'Oh my God!', used especially in emails and text messages.

omg

written abbreviation for Oh my God: used when someone is surprised or excited about something:
And then, omg, I saw Johnny Depp in Starbucks!

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

How much do we spend on mosqitoes yearly? Now that's a nail-biting question! LOL

I got the refill today for 72 or 74 rupees
Let's say we consume 1 refill per month
So 12 months x 74
It's 888 rupees annually
Let's say 1k

Mosquito menace -- My comments:

My million dollars question is: How much do we spend on mosquito repellents annually?

Mosquito menace: Check out these facts please

Mosquito borne diseases are prevalent in more than 100 countries, infecting 300-500 million people and causing about 1 million deaths every year. In India, more than 40 million people suffer from mosquito diseases annually. There are a number of diseases borne by mosquitoes.

In India, malaria, filaria and dengue are the most prevalent diseases spread by mosquitoes. Over two million cases of malaria alone are reported. Even more astonishing is the fact that India spends 100 million dollars on malaria.

https://www.medindia.net/articles/mosquito_diseases.htm

Rat Zapper


Pest control is at least as old as agriculture, as there has always been a need to keep crops free from pests. As long ago as 3000 BC in Egypt, cats were used to control pests of grain stores such as rodents.[1][2] Ferrets were domesticated by 500 AD in Europe for use as mousers. Mongooses were introduced into homes to control rodents and snakes, probably by the ancient Egyptians.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pest_control

Mosquitofish -- Biocontrol -- Figure out the gender LOL

On 24 February 2014, Chennai Corporation in India introduced western mosquitofish in 660 ponds to control the mosquito population in freshwater bodies.




Sunday, July 14, 2019

Movie script

Everything -- from start to finish happens on the train.

Writing...

Note: Please let me know if there're any movies like that already?

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Definition of troll

: a person who intentionally antagonizes others online by posting inflammatory, irrelevant, or offensive comments or other disruptive content
Internet trolls
In the late 1980s, Internet users adopted the word "troll" to denote someone who intentionally disrupts online communities.
— Mattathias Schwartz

Thursday, July 11, 2019

How to deal with sihr (magic/witchcraft)

https://islamqa.info/en/answers/11290/how-to-deal-with-sihr-magicwitchcraft

Ruling on seeking help from the qareen on the part of some of those who treat sickness with ruqyah

https://islamqa.info/en/answers/121234/ruling-on-seeking-help-from-the-qareen-on-the-part-of-some-of-those-who-treat-sickness-with-ruqyah

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Ways of Treating Magic

https://islamqa.info/en/answers/12918/ways-of-treating-magic

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Every person has a constant companion from among the jinn

https://islamqa.info/en/answers/26226/every-person-has-a-constant-companion-from-among-the-jinn

Thursday, July 4, 2019

201120 - Who are Banu Qurayzah? What happened to them?

When the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) returned from the battle of the Trench, and laid down his weapon and did ghusl – as narrated by al-Bukhaari (4117) – Jibreel (peace be upon him) came to him and said: Have you laid down your arms? For by Allah, we (angels) have not laid down ours; go out to them. He said: “Where to?” He said: Over there – and he pointed in the direction of Banu Qurayzah. 

https://islamqa.info/

What conditions should be met by a “raaqi”*?

Praise be to Allaah.
The correct view is that it is permissible for every reader who can recite the Qur’aan well and who understands its meanings, has a sound belief, does righteous deeds and is of upright conduct to use ruqyah. It is not essential for him to have knowledge of minor matters or to have studied all branches of knowledge in depth. This is because of the story of Abu Sa’eed and the man who had been stung by a scorpion, “… and we did not know that he ever did ruqyah before that incident”, as is stated in the hadeeth.
(Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 2276; Muslim, 2201). The raaqi must have a good intention and want to benefit the Muslim; he should not be concerned with money or payment, so that his reading will be more beneficial.
And Allaah knows best.

https://islamqa.info/en/answers/7874/what-conditions-should-be-met-by-a-raaqi

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Example of a QR code

A QR code (quick response code) is a type of 2D bar code that is used to provide easy access to information through a smartphone.


https://whatis.techtarget.com/definition/QR-code-quick-response-code

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

deduce

English Language Learners Definition of deduce
formal : to use logic or reason to form (a conclusion or opinion about something) : to decide (something) after thinking about the known facts

Kids Definition of deduce
: to figure out by using reason or logic
What can we deduce from the evidence?

She deduced, from the fur stuck to his clothes, that he owned a cat.

Holmesian

Definition of Holmesian
: of, characteristic of, or suggestive of the detective Sherlock Holmes

fishy

Examples of fishy in a Sentence
There's something fishy about that guy. 
something's fishy about the way he's acting 
informal : causing doubt or suspicion : likely to be bad, untrue, dishonest, etc. : causing doubt or suspicion 
The story sounds fishy to me.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

smell a rat

to recognize that something is not as it appears to be or that something dishonest is happening

Monday, June 24, 2019

My comments: I waited for this sequel for like zillions of years! LOL OMG Coup!


Late Ved Prakash Sharma. My favorite Hindi writer. This is my homage to him.

Vibes -- no such thing eh? -- my protagonist in this novelette works for a clandestine govt. org -- but he doesn't exist -- there's no record of him -- Some people deduce that he works for R&AW -- Insiders keep mum -- He came into the spotlight when he pointed out a mole in CIA -- or more than one -- it's on the grapevine that -- He sent a self-destruct email or series of 'em to 'em -- parapsychologists find it difficult to shrug off him as some charlatan...

Writing...

Friday, June 14, 2019

Shooting the messenger: I didn't read this article fully.

"Shooting the messenger" is a metaphoric phrase used to describe the act of blaming the bearer of bad news. 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shooting_the_messenger


don't shoot the messenger

said to warn someone not to be angry with the person who tells them something bad

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Grammarly says this about my writing...yippee! You're quite the word-wonder!

You were more productive than 75% of Grammarly users.
You were more accurate than 66% of Grammarly users.

You used more unique words than 83% of Grammarly users.

57,699 total words checked by Grammarly since Aug 24, 2018 (2,020 last week)

Monday, June 10, 2019

veterans' preference

: preferential treatment given qualified veterans of the U.S. armed forces under federal or state law specifically : special consideration (as by allowance of points) on a civil service examination

Friday, June 7, 2019

over and out

said when you are talking to someone by radio in order to end the conversation:
"Thank you, control tower. Over and out."

Over

said when you are talking to someone by radio, to mean that you have finished speaking and will wait for their answer:
"This is flight 595X. Do you read me? Over."

Sura: An-Naml, Sura # 27 Verse: 38 -- 40

[Solomon] said, "O assembly [of jinn], which of you will bring me her throne before they come to me in submission?"

A powerful one from among the jinn said, "I will bring it to you before you rise from your place, and indeed, I am for this [task] strong and trustworthy."

Said one who had knowledge from the Scripture, "I will bring it to you before your glance returns to you." And when [Solomon] saw it placed before him, he said, "This is from the favor of my Lord to test me whether I will be grateful or ungrateful. And whoever is grateful - his gratitude is only for [the benefit of] himself. And whoever is ungrateful - then indeed, my Lord is Free of need and Generous."

Sura: Al-'Ankabut -- Sura # 29, Verse # 41

The example of those who take allies other than Allah is like that of the spider who takes a home. And indeed, the weakest of homes is the home of the spider, if they only knew.

Quran: Sura: Al-Qasas -- Sura # 28, Verse # 38

And Pharaoh said, "O eminent ones, I have not known you to have a god other than me. Then ignite for me, O Haman, [a fire] upon the clay and make for me a tower that I may look at the God of Moses. And indeed, I do think he is among the liars."

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

$3 trillion to $6 trillion -- yeah, you got it right!

Global annual cybercrime costs will grow from $3 trillion in 2015 to $6 trillion annually by 2021, according to fresh forecasting.

https://www.infosecurity-magazine.com/news/annual-cybercrime-costs-double-6/

Monday, June 3, 2019

Would-be President of America?

I'm not a political analyst but my intuition is that Hillary Clinton should be the first lady President of America.

I don't know the nitty-gritty of politics. This is just my hunch.

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Bubble Trouble

I remember reading in most probably Ved Prakash Sharma's novel -- that injecting air or air bubble in the artery/vein will give a person massive heart attack.

I was very young then -- I don't know -- why all of a sudden I remember this now -- anyways, I just wanted to share this with you.

We'd corroborate this...

Friday, May 31, 2019

Did Edison really electrocute Topsy the Elephant?

http://edison.rutgers.edu/topsy.htm

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Perception


Perception


Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Number of syndromes: 1430

I just checked on Wikipedia.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_syndromes

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Götterdämmerung

broadly : downfall
the Götterdämmerung of Communism

Let's speak English: Götterdämmerung: Pronounce and Spell this! LOL

: a collapse (as of a society or regime) marked by catastrophic violence and disorder

Monday, May 27, 2019

My latest crush: Alizée :-)


My latest crush: Alizée


My latest crush: Alizée -- You gotta listen to her singing: La Isla Bonita


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xq-aTe77bkA

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alizée

Sunday, May 26, 2019

happy medium

a good choice or condition that avoids any extremes

a way of acting or thinking that avoids being extreme and that is acceptable to everyone

14 years

Lower KG
Upper KG
I -- X
Intermediate

That's Fourteen years of rigorous fundamental education.
If you miss that -- If you didn't get the basics -- you'll have lots of problems in your adult life.

English Vinglish Part III

Asians particularly us Indians are overtly conscious of this -- Here in each and every milieu -- English is the yardstick for judging us -- I wrote a blog post about this long ago I guess -- It's not that we aren't smart -- but it's because of medium of instruction...

Writing...

English Vinglish -- Part II

So don't be embarrassed or feel humiliated -- See Arab countries -- there the primary / official language is Arabic -- Ditto -- Germany: German - France: French -- Russia: Russian -- etceteras -- They can't speak English or even if they do -- they speak with heavy, thick accent -- 

Writing...

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Rough copy: English Vinglish

According to data from the 2014 U.S. Census Bureau, 21 percent — or nearly 60,000 — of working age adults in the city lack a high school diploma. At the same time, 19 percent of adults cannot read a newspaper, much less complete a job application, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.

My comments: It's alright if you can't speak English fluently -- or mispronounce certain words -- or misspell certain words -- or can't speak in American or Brit accent -- Like native speakers of English.

Tell me something: How many native speakers of English speak Urdu / Hindi or any Indian regional language?

Writing...

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2016/11/01/hiding-in-plain-sight-the-adult-literacy-crisis/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.08289aefd1c3

Thursday, May 23, 2019

flimflam

1 : deceptive nonsense
2 : deception, fraud

giving the new guy at work her cell phone number—“in case of an emergency”—was just a flimflam to pique his romantic interest

My question is: Is it alright to tell a white lie?

Scenario: If someone is asking you for some money -- particularly -- and you tell a white lie because you don't wanna give him.
Or how about things? Same rule applies?

white lie

Definition of white lie
: a lie about a small or unimportant matter that someone tells to avoid hurting another person He told a (little) white lie as his excuse for missing the party.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Reprint: The joy of giving . . . .

I've learnt that giving (irrespective of race, religion, creed or political convictions) -- even just a wee bit -- even at a micro level -- unselfishly and unconditionally gives you joy. Sudha Murthy Ji says the same thing -- giving back to society. It's not about money always -- most important thing you'd give to an underprivileged person is dignity and respect. A little chitchat. A pat on the back. Sharing a smoke. Having Chai together. Empathy. Mercy. Compassion.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

How do we underestimate our own? Why do we brush-off 'em?

Ved Prakash Sharma wrote about Vikas (his character in the novel series) -- he'd a skill -- if someone fires at Vikas -- immediately he'd fire his gun -- and that intercepts the adversary's bullet. He called that skill: Sang Art. This is my homage to my favorite Hindi author.

He conceived this zillions of years ago before Iron Dome.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ved_Prakash_Sharma
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iron_Dome

Saturday, May 18, 2019

a difference of opinion

Let me put this concisely about our country: Yep, we've whales of problems -- but my point is in spite of all this -- aren't you glad to be Indians? Look around you in other countries --

To be continued: used for saying that a story will begin again at a later date, starting from the point where it stopped

a nail in the/someone's coffin

: something that makes it more likely that someone or something will fail, be destroyed, etc.
Every mistake is one more nail in the coffin of his professional baseball career.
The lawyers put another nail in her coffin today.

a nail in the coffin

one of a series of events or actions that seriously harm someone or something
These job losses are the final nail in the region’s coffin.

the final nail in the coffin

an event that causes the failure of something that had already started to fail:
This latest evidence could be the final nail in the coffin for Jackson's case.

Daedalus

Definition of Daedalus

: the legendary builder of the Cretan labyrinth who makes wings to enable himself and his son Icarus to escape imprisonment

https://islamqa.info Biography of Shaykh Muhammad Saalih al-Munajjid

Shaykh Muhammad Saalih al-Munajjid
Birth:

Shaykh al-Munajjid was born on 30 Dhu’l-Hijjah 1380 AH

Education:

He attended elementary school, middle school and high school in Riyadh.

Then he moved to Dhahran in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, where he completed his university studies.

His shaykhs:

He attended the circles of:

Shaykh ‘Abd al-‘Azeez ibn ‘Abdillah ibn Baaz

Shaykh Muhammad ibn Saalih al-‘Uthaymeen

Shaykh ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Abd ar-Rahmaan al-Jibreen.

The teacher from whom he learned the most by studying under him was Shaykh ‘Abd ar-Rahmaan ibn Naasir al-Barraak.

He learned the correct recitation of Qur’an from Shaykh Sa‘eed Aal ‘Abdillah.

Other shaykhs from whom he learned include:

Shaykh Saalih ibn Fawzaan Aal Fawzaan, Shaykh ‘Abdullah ibn Muhammad al-Ghunaymaan, Shaykh Muhammad ould Sidi al-Habeeb ash-Shinqeeti, Shaykh ‘Abd al-Muhsin az-Zaamil, and Shaykh ‘Abd ar-Rahmaan ibn Saalih al-Mahmood.

The one from whom he learned the most in question-and-answer sessions is Shaykh ‘Abd al-‘Azeez ibn ‘Abdillah ibn Baaz (may Allah have mercy on him), with whom he had a close relationship that lasted for fifteen years. He is the one who encouraged him to teach and wrote to the Centre for Da‘wah and Irshad in Dammam, advising them to cooperate with him in offering lectures, khutbahs and classes. Thanks to Shaykh ‘Abd al-‘Azeez ibn Baaz, he became a khateeb, imam and lecturer.

Da‘wah activities:

Imam and khateeb at Jaami‘ ‘Umar ibn ‘Abd al-‘Azeez in al-Khobar.

He has taught a number of classes, such as:

Tafseer Ibn Katheer
Sharh Saheeh al-Bukhaari
Fataawa Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah
Sharh Sunan at-Tirmidhi
Sharh Kitaab at-Tawheed by Shaykh Muhammad ibn ‘Abd al-Wahhaab
Sharh ‘Umdat al-Ahkaam fi’l-Fiqh by al-Haafiz ‘Abd al-Ghani al-Maqdisi
Sharh Kitaab Manhaj as-Saalikeen fi’l-Fiqh by Shaykh as-Sa‘di

He gives lectures on Islamic character on Wednesdays, and holds monthly classes in Riyadh and Jeddah.

He has shows on the al-Qur’an al-Kareem radio station called Bayna an-Nabi (sall-Allahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) wa Ashaabihi, broadcast on Saturdays at 2.05 p.m., and Khutuwaat ‘ala Tareeq al-Islaah, broadcast on Wednesdays at 1.00 p.m., repeated on Mondays at 6.45 p.m.

He has appeared in a number of TV shows and videos presenting various lessons, a total of more than 4500 audio hours over a span of 23 years.
He has written a number of books, including the following:

Koonu ‘ala al-Khayr A‘waanan (Be Helpers in Doing Good)
Arba‘oona Naseehah li Islaah al-Buyoot (The Muslim Home: 40 Recommendations)
33 Sababan li’l-Khushoo‘ (33 Ways of Developing Khushoo‘ in Salaah)
Al-Asaaleeb an-Nabawiyyah fi ‘Ilaaj al-Akhtaa’ (The Prophet’s Methods for Correcting People’s Mistakes)
Saba‘oona Mas’alah fi’s-Siyaam (70 Matters related to Fasting)
‘Ilaaj al-Humoom (Dealing with Worries and Stress)
Al-Manhiyaat ash-Shar‘iyyah (Disallowed Matters)
Muharramaat istahaana biha Katheer min an-Naas (Prohibitions that are Taken Too Lightly)
Madha taf‘alu fi’l-Haalaat at-Taaliyah (What you should do in the following situations)
Zaahirat Da‘f al-Eemaan (Weakness of Faith)
Wasaa’il ath-Thibaat ‘ala Deen-Illah (Means of Steadfastness: Standing Firm in Islam)
Ureedu an Atooba Walaakin… (I Want to Repent, But…)
Shakaawa wa Hulool (Problems and Solutions)
Siraa‘ ma‘a ash-Shahawaat (Striving against Whims and Desires)

He set up the Islam Questions & Answers website (islamqa.com) in 1996 CE, which has remained active up until now.