Monday, September 13, 2004

Hurricane "Ivan" the Invincible

Ivan's Projected Path

Ivan, declared a category-5 storm just hit Cuba a few hours ago. It has reportedly killed 68 people in the Caribbean and seems to threaten millions in the U.S. If Ivan goes along its projected path then the bay area will start to experience hard waves by Tuesday evening and strong winds by Wednesday morning. The eye of Ivan will hit Mobile on Wednesday Night and will take the whole Thursday to pass over it. According to Ivan's projected path, the storm should pass over us completely by Saturday.

Hurricane Ivan's Advisories

The authorities have declared an evacuation in near by counties. Few weeks ago, a category-3 hurricane "Frances" hit Florida and wreaked havoc. It ripped of power and telephone lines. All the roads were littered with debris and some were washed away. It took days for the power to be reinstated and in some areas power has not been reinstated up till now. Federal assistance was called in to assist in recovery efforts and to prevent civil unrest. If a category-3 can do that much damage than people now are dreading to imagine what a category-5 hurricane will do this time. The winds are expected go around to +115 MPH.

Ivan's Wind Radius

The university has opened its Humanities building as a storm shelter. I haven't decided weather to go to Texas or take refuge in the storm shelter until this storm passes. I'll probably decide by Tuesday afternoon. Anyway, Ivan is expected to do a lot of damage. If Ivan goes a little off course to the west even then we'll still be in its red zone. Anyway, those of you who will be concerned about me, don't expect me to call you right after the storm to see if I survived or not because there is a 110% chance that all the power and telephone lines would be out of service. I'll let you know how am I doing as soon as I find a way to call or e-mail. Alright, just pray nothing unforeseen bad happens.

Saturday, September 11, 2004

Random Quote

"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." -Benjamin Franklin

Take that you Pro-Patriot Act cowards! Yes, that's right...I called y'all cowards.

Song: Fields of Athenry

This is the new version of a song written in Ireland in the late 1800s. The names have been changed for the song to fit the context of Michael Collins. Michael was a freedom fighter in Ireland's independence struggle against the British(Crown). I first heard of this song on one of "Veronica Guerine" OSTs. It was sung by a 10 year old Irish boy and sung it beautifully. I tried downloading it, but downloaded the Rock, Metal, Country, Folk versions of it by accident and they all stunk. For some reason, I like anything done against the British Crown, like for example "Braveheart". On the basis of a Google search, this song seems to be traditionally very well known in Ireland.

By a lonely prison wall

I heard a young girl calling

Michael they have taken you away

For you stole Trevelyan's corn

So the young might see the morn

Now a prison ship lies waiting in the bay

Low lie the fields of Athenry

Where once we watched the small free birds fly

Our love was on the wing

We had dreams and songs to sing

It's so lonely round the fields of Athenry

By a lonely prison wall

I heard a young man calling

Nothing matters Mary when you're free

Against the famine and the crown

I rebelled and they shot us down.

Now you must raise our child with dignity

By a lonely harbor wall

she watched the last star fall

As the prison ship sailed out against the sky

For she lived to hope and pray

For her love in Botany Bay

It's so lonely round the fields of Athenry

In Memory of 9/11

Such a Beautiful sight and yet tragic at the same time. Almost looks like CGI work from a movie scene.

Friday, September 10, 2004

Broadcasting Bridges TV

Bridges TV will start Broadcasting on November 30th, 2004 right after Eid-ul-Fitr.

Finally....A Channel of our own! I'm already getting ideas of shows to suggest or pitch to the Bridges people. If this channel works then I might try to make career on this channel.

Damn I've got so many good movie and TV show ideas locked up in my head just waiting to be let out. I think Bridges TV will also be broadcasted in the Middle East. Can anyone imagine what kind of impact this channel will have on the Muslim world? If I produced a show on this channel, it would be as if I'll be defining a modern 21st century Islamic culture for the whole Muslim world. Wowie, what an influence would that be?!

Thursday, September 9, 2004

Half Life 2 Release Date Announced

It is confirmed that Half Life 2 will hit retail stores on September 30th, 2004. Now only if I can get the hardware to play this bad boy. Truly a masterpiece in 3D Gaming!

I'm Making A Switch

I made a separate hidden blog to post my personal thoughts, but I haven't posted anything on it yet because whatever time I get to write blogs I usually post it on this one or maybe I can't really draw a fine line between personal and interesting. But I don't get anytime time to take out and write my personal thoughts on a separate blog. So I have decided to delete my hidden private blog and write everything related to everything on just this blog. I'll probably figure out some way to put some kind of a picture or symbol to differentiate between different genre of posts like: personal thoughts, news and you get the idea.