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Location: Riverside, CA, United States

Regular guy? Maybe. Was lucky enough to go places on foot, riding, driving, sailing, flying and even dreaming. I do tricks connecting tech-devices and teaching device users - that gave me the wherewithal to go places in Africa, Arabia, Europe, America and want to go to Asia, then into space to Mars (dream on, dreamer) ! Childhood pass time was always in a mechanical workshop fixing something - so i tinker a lot. I like meeting and knowing people.

Sunday, December 25, 2005

George C. Cooper - a tribute

Today marks 10 years since my father died, succumbing to a combination of cancer and hernia complications - may his soul rest in eternal tranquility. There will never be a single human that will influence my life the way he did. Mark the period to that sentence.

There is a way that December 25 puts people into a strange mindset that is so difficult to comprehend - all of a sudden, you see moderate normal people transformed into extremist abnormal beings; ostentatious self-indulgence rules; bingeing and all sorts of strange behaviour take over the masses.

As I consoled myself with the departing of father and friend, I somehow gathered enough courage to ease my tensed-up mind from planning funeral logistics and arrangements by focusing on the cult-like celebration of the day. I was tensed-up just because, like everybody else, I had earlier spent much in preparation for December 25 and therefore I had barely enough money on me. For a guy who is in his early 20s, struggling to survive, taking full responsibility of siblings (father had walked away from home by then), single-handedly supporting my mother, putting a new roof on her house, and attending to all sorts of situations that should normally have been my father's work to do, it was simply waaay toooo much!

Since that time, I realised that almost everything that people do on December 25 has no touch of godliness whatsoever - evidence to that effect is strewn all around the places of leisure and entertainment. Clearly, it is a cleverly concealed pagan celebration that seems to have survived the test of time.

Ironically, it was that period of bereavement that afforded me the opportunity to reflect on the much celebrated day and found it to be worthless in terms of godliness, but worth everything in terms of economics, collective public health and morale.

Saturday, December 24, 2005

More orgasms during sex? Read on...

Guess what? Symmetry and Sex are bed-fellows. Yes.

Experiments have found that women are more attracted to men who have features that are more symmetrical than other men. One study even found that women have more orgasms during sex with men who were more symmetrical, regardless of their level of romantic attachment or the guys' sexual experience.

Am not kidding, here is the proof! It is there for your reading.

Saturday, December 03, 2005

Seeing stars in… daylight!

Sometimes, you got to get out of your nest and do a bit of running around in order to re-orient yourself with the world around you. So, a couple of weeks ago, I decided to do just that.

Yes. Got my hands rustling through the dusty bookshelf papers, got my certificate of immunization against communicable diseases – required in my part of the world for cross-border travelers – dashed to the bus company and booked a ticket. The road was bumpy for most of the 1,300 kilometers or so, journey down to the Indian Ocean port city of Mombasa, Kenya.

Kenya, by the way, is one of the top destinations in Africa for travel-hungry Homo sapiens.

Luckily, I had sufficient good company too in the form of my better half- alluring!

After much walking in the sweltering sunshine, I got a chance to lie down by the enormous walls of an ancient seaside fort built by trigger-happy Portuguese imperialists and took a nap. As I lazily gazed into the endless clear blue sky, lo, I saw a star!

A star in broad daylight – with the tropical sun still hanging high up there majestically as ever – early afternoon.

It was such a sight. My mind wandered away into the esoteric and transcendental… distance, time, and space… questions that can never be accurately answered are still so many.