This was the plan we made for our stay at Banff, Canada. We planned to stay in Canmore and then drive down each day to see these places. Unfortunately we had to cancel our trip as mum fell ill, but she’s doing perfectly fine now. You can add these stops to your maps for a smooth drive. Once the map is downloaded (automatically), you won’t even need data 😀
A – Minnewanka Lookout Banff
B – Sulphur mountain
C – Stoney Squaw mountain
D – Moraine Lake car parking
E – Mount Temple
F – Lake Louise
G – Lake Agnes
H – Bow Lake
I – Peyto Lake
My Monday morning just got better when a rainbow magically showed up
Is this a Scam that has gone too far? Well, who are we talking about ?
They want control.
They influence people’s way of life, way of thinking, help them with decision making.
They claim to be all-knowing, have all the answers, and are more than happy to share with you, a free copy of what they call a blueprint to best way to live life.
They demand obedience, and shape your moral compass.
They own real estate, some own cities, schools, hospitals, old age homes, politicians, world influencial leaders and your mind.
And, yes they need money. Who are they?
What do they Provide?
Sense of Belonging
State of Trance
What do they get?
Why will this work?
Fear of Punishment
Forced down at a young age
Outcasted from Community/Society
Promise of Ultimate Reward
Manipulate the Poor by providing food, clothing, education in exchange of simply joining the club
What it has lead to?
Rituals and Traditions
Division of people – Tribalism
So what’s wrong? Why is this so bad?
THE TRUTH DOESN’T NEED THOUSAND YEARS OF COVER-UPS, FIGHTS, DECEIPT, PUNISHMENT, REWARDS AND WARS TO PROVE THAT IT’S THE TRUTH.
WAKE UP. GET OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE. SHAKE OFF THE STATE OF TRANCE, AND START THINKING FOR YOURSELF.
I would paint ye stars, had I a painter been
Write ye a poem, had I a poet been
Take ye to paradise, had I a fairy been
But Alas! I am just an ordinary Lass
Want you to know ..
Thou art and shalt be my favourite fere forever
We just make sure the cellar’s full at all times.
Oh January the unknown hath cast a spell upon thee,
Masked thou art with sparkling stars tricking man’s senses
Cometh thou with freshness and hope, and numbers that game new days
With merriment and laughter we step into this newness
But Alas! When with glee we smile, the spell works
Bringing this earth to a place that is no good
Where every breath is brewed with horror and fright
Oh darkness, all that is asked of me, to trust in January yet again
I wrote this octave on the eve of 2013. Here’s a little background. I lost my grandmother in 2011, then grandfather in 2012. I was beginning to believe we were cursed and was scared to welcome the new year 2013 and that’s when I wrote this. In 2013 I lost my other grandmother, 2014 lost my other grandfather and 2015 lost my favourite person who we call BRI. Finally 2016 went well and I am now posting this poem cause I believe the curse is broken 🙂
New place. New people. New culture. New school. New grocery store. New apartment. New Beer.
Now, that’s a fresh start!
It is almost safe to say that the friendliest people on the planet are in Newfoundland. And in the province of Newfoundland, St. John’s takes pride in being the most welcoming, most friendly, and most caring of all. Coming from a city of 8,500,000+ people, to a town with a population of 150,000 people, is strange, but very refreshing. Even though St. John’s is one of the smaller towns in Canada, they have their own ice-hockey team called the IceCaps, founded a year ago, in 2011. Ice-hockey is CRAZY BIG here! Everyone indulges in some sports or the other. It’s surprising to see even the faculty of science, PhD guys, being involved in sports, and that too so religiously. Some of the professors in the university, also train students in cross-country skiing, ice-hockey etc during semester breaks. It’s just so impressive. Kudos man. Hats off.
So far, the weather has been pleasant. But it may be the calm before the storm. Quite literally. Here’s a link to the news of a Hurricane Leslie likely to hit Newfoundland, Canada tomorrow. It gives the media lil something to talk about here, otherwise a man mauling his dog will make the headlines (it actually did. Last week.).
Brian, a taxi driver, who I got quite acquainted to on my way to the one of TWO malls in St. John’s… the Avalon Mall, used a term that I was quite unfamiliar with, and soon became my favourite word for some reason, but only lasted a while – “Newfie“. Ain’t that a cool word?
Newfies is a slang used by many, to refer to the actual locals of Newfoundland. It’s a word I became very fond of, for some reason, and I try to use it whenever I get the chance,while always meaning good. Like most slangs, it can be offensive to some, and as an immigrant (or a non-newfie or a non-local), it can lead to misunderstandings, and meaningless bar fights! But, most Newfoundlanders will say, “Damn right, I’m a Newfie” with a big smile on their face. Here’s an interesting, but slightly confusing article on the subject.
So this is one of the last times I am gonna use the word, “Nefwie”. : )
And NO mummy, daddy, I haven’t got into a bar fight….. yet! 😛 hehe
There’s tons of Beer brands to experiment with, only if my loan sanction letter would’ve covered that… 😛
There is a Beer brewery just down the road from my place, and according to the landlord here, he says, you can smell the Beer being brewed every once in a while. Looking forward to that.
I have loads of things to do during my stay here at Canada, all planned up in my head. Hope I get through all of them. Just realized that ‘study’ isn’t one of them. hehe.
I keep forgetting that I am here to study; I just hope my grades don’t show it too. So far this journey has been wonderful. I hope it stays that way.
Well, I’m back to school.
<< A silent prayer, as I plunge confidently into the unknown. >>
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To be an Infoscion is not easy! You have to follow endless policies, abide by rules, abide by the rules, did I say abide by rules?! You will also find yourself in queues most of the day, follow a queue to get a cup of tea, to go to the loo, to the lift, to the bus, to use the bench press at the gym, the list is endless. You also have to compete with 150,000 co-workers. Yes, Infy is a 150K+ person organization. It’s like a whole town by itself! And they have done a brilliant job to keep so many of us satisfied. To run a company of such strength is not a joke.
There are policies in Infosys I understand, but most I don’t. Although they are reasoned out in every Q&A opportunity given, but still they haven’t been able to convince me about many things. But I am very sure, every company has some policies that, have you gritting your teeth. So I am gonna look past that and tell you how cool Infosys is. Infosys boasts of several Development Centres, A Gym, a Jacuzzi, a Basketball court, a Music Room, has a steam room, a Volley Ball court, Tennis courts, a Football ground, a dormitory, 8 Food Courts, Chemist shops, Restaurants, a Supermarket, a private bank, a recharge centre, a Bangalore-One, Print-o, retail shops, an Amphitheatre, a 24/7 clinic, a swimming pool, snooker tables, all in one campus! And the same can be found in all the campuses around India and the Globe. How cool is that? Infy definitely promotes the work hard and party harder, attitude. And there is nothing else in the world that I agree more to. With that approach I have completed, a very fast-paced 3 year stay, here at Infosys. I am grateful for the opportunity given. And if given a chance, I would do it all over again, the same way.
I have to thank my managers, Mr.Ankur and Mr.Santhosh for being so kind, patient and so lenient with me, also for being so understanding, and for guiding me through out.
If the time spent at mysore during our training were to be put into a loop, and I had to live it for the rest of my life, I would gladly do so. : ) Moments I shared with Anita, Elen, Suman, Joy, Su, Srini, Utsav and the rest of the gang, are moments to cherish for life. : ) Cheers <clink> to all the good times. : ) Hope our paths cross sometime, again and real soon.
Friends made at the bball court. On the floor. At the music room. Will miss you all! Bhuva, I’ll probably catch up with you on your wednesday’s Karoake night at LOR. : )Rakesh, thank you so much for all the great drumming tips. My project team, Abhilash, Lohith, Boopathi thank you all for being supportive and helping me out whenever needed.
To my parents and sis- Sorry for all the chaos that I have created every morning during the last 2 years; searching for my tie, my shoes, my wallet and what not. Daddy, a special thank you for helping me chase down the bus whenever I got late. i.e 90% of the time! 😛
All this memory….. of my short time spent with the real king of good times – Infosys.
# 129911 : )
“Dude, I just got Page Rank’ed!”
“You mean pranked?”
“No.. What’s wrong with you?! .. Page Ranked!”
“Dude. What the hell you talking about?”
“Google Page Rank is… <blah><blah>….”
“What’s wrong with you? That’s stupid! … …. Anyways, so what rank are you at now?”
“I was a Zero.. and now it’s a …umm… never mind. It’s nothing.” : /
Yeah, so my stupid google page rank stands at 2 out of 10. Are they trying to inspire? Or are they trying to depress?! Beats me.
Whatever may their intention be, I am just happy that Mr. Google knows that ‘The Confused Graduate’ exists.
How to check your pagerank?
It’s simple. The result of one of the most complex algorithms written by Google can be checked every once in a while with the help of any of the following google approved sites,
Trust me, it’s addictive!
For now, my page rank stands at 2. It began as an N/A as most new blogs will, then climbed up to a noticable 0/10. And now, voila! It’s 2!!! : ) : )
Read an older post of me complaining about my old page rank. : )
Although, the traffic to my blog hasn’t significantly increased or such after the latest PR update.
But I did notice that my blog comes on the first page for the following search keywords when tried on ww.google.com .
colleges that don’t require gre
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Article : https://theconfusedgraduate.wordpress.com/2011/07/31/uncharted-drakes-fortune-ps-3-puzzle-walkthrough/
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Article : https://theconfusedgraduate.wordpress.com/2011/07/30/top-ranked-law-universities-offering-3-yr-llb-courses-india/
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Article : https://theconfusedgraduate.wordpress.com/2011/08/04/cocktail-making-courses-in-bangalore/
8×59 M35 Breda
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Pretty cool huh 😉 : )
Few things you should know about the google page rank –
1. It takes a few months before your page rank changes.
2. No one knows how it works except Larry Page.
3. It is not whole numbers as you would think, but a decimal, floating-point number.
4. Each higher rank is progressively harder to acheive.
5. It is one of the most complex algorithms written by google to rank web pages.
6. Google will penalize you if you share a bad link. Leaves a scar for life!
7. Lastly, and the most important – Don’t give a crap about the google rank.
But, If you’re site depends on search engines to get visitors, then I suggest you learn a few things on how to impress Google’s official web spiders. Although Google Page Rank is not the only criterion that search engines use, there is the Alexa rank, Mozilla rank, certain SEO techniques etc.
If you really do care about your google rank, read on and follow few simple things that will help your blog.
For starters, try and get a backlink from a high ranking site/forum i.e a page rank 8 or 9 or 10.
Remember there are Page Rank Penalties, if done in a wrong manner
Here are a few examples of how Google has penalized those who try to cheat their way into a good Pagerank(PR).
Proof of Page Rank penalty
Backlinks = 20,000
Page Rank = 0
That’s Google penalty for building links too fast!
Another important factor, is to keep your blog/website alive.
You do not want to bore the google spiders when they come back to your web space, crawling over the same stuff. Treat them to new interesting posts.
FYI – The spiders are illeterate. The don’t read content, but only look at links.
Sometimes new posts may end up harming your rank.
So give them what they want. Whenever you use a picture, or content that is not yours, make sure you provide a link back to it’s origin.
Hope this helped! Keep posting, and more importantly enjoy blogging.
Have a good one!