Monday, December 18, 2006

I finally learnt how to use a can opener (tin opener)

If you came here searching for info on how to use your can opener, see the first picture below.
Part B for regular can openers.
Part A for left-handed ones.
Part C is wrong, ignore it.
The picture is applicable to simple butterfly version only but maybe used to figure out how to use rotary can openers as well.

Update: VIDEO instructions: YouTube - How to open a tin of spaghetti

They say "You can find anything in the Internet", and I believed them... until today. Sure you can find a lot and lot of things, especially for free on the Internet. But I could hardly find any information on how to use a can opener. Actually I couldn't find any, except a small picture, which too was wrongly oriented! Here goes the story...

First I bought a can of lychee (it is a fruit). Now I found a can opener in my house. Wow I've never seen it before in my life, and I don't know how to use it. Well, I like to experiment with things, so I put the can opener on the can in different positions, trying to get it work. There was one part of the can opener which looked sharp, and so was thought to be the part which actually cuts the metal. (Sadly later I found that this part doesn't even touch the can during operation.)

Then I began my faithful search on Google. Typed in "how to use can opener" and clicked Google Search (I wasn't feeling lucky on Google... heck I never feel lucky on Google!). My expectation of 100s and 1000s of pages with illustrated directions on how to use the thing was shattered when I found that the number of pages with such information is equal to... zero! Rather to my surprise, the first result says that can opener is actually a bad design! There were other pages which says about the history of can openers, can opener cartoons (what the heck?), P-38 can openers (something that is not even close to the one I have!)... etc etc etc... but no instructions...

After a bit of keyword tweaking and other trials, I reached the Wikipedia page on can openers. I found other pages and went about doing other stuff for a while. Then giving up hope, I decided to cut the metal using a screwdriver I found. So I used it to cut the metal a bit, and then used a pair of pliers to tear it open. Later when all are over, I came back to the Wikipedia page again. Over there I found this statement: A can opener (also known as a tin opener) is a device used to open metal cans. (Why didn't I find it earlier?)

Hmm... that gives me a little hope. It is also called a tin opener.

So I searched "how to use tin opener" in Google, and viola... Err, I still did not find any satisfactory results... hold on... this seems interesting... "Tin opener with geared rotary action (Red) left handed"

I went to that result, and I found, though not exactly, what I had been searching for. The web page was actually designed to sell left-handed can-openers, but luckily it also had illustrations on how to use them.

Update: VIDEO instructions: YouTube - How to open a tin of spaghetti (embed below). By the way, that's not me. Thanks to Kumarika for nudging me to find the video.

The webpage had only Part A and Part C of the picture above. They were advertising left-handed can opener as more convenient than regular ones, and A illustrates left-handed one, while C illustrates right-handed regular one. Showing C, they say how inconvenient it is to use it. Actually, they're wrong. I flipped A to get B, and viola! The REAL way to use a right-handed can opener emerged. Hold with left hand, turn with right hand. And I tried it out, and found B was easy and more natural than C.

I really wonder if people would ever use regular can openers as depicted in C. My best guess is, majority of right-handed can openers in the world are used as shown in B. These people just created C to give a wrong idea to a visitor. If the visitor doesn't know how to use a can opener, he would assume that C is how a regular one is used, and therefore A would seem natural and easier to him. If the visitor already knows to use it as shown in B, he would wrongy assume that his way of using is not the standard way, and that the standard way is much harder, thus making him think of buying a left-handed can opener. Blah blah blah what they make people believe in order to market!

Ok here is a picture of the can and it's cut out top and bottom. The top was first torn open with screwdriver and plier, and later cut out with the can opener. The bottom was neatly cut out with the opener.

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Most Dreaded Day of the Year

So what's the most dreaded day of the year? Your birthday! And guess what? It's my birthday today. And it's the first birthday of mine that I decided not to celebrate. I didn't let any of my friends know, until it's too late. I didn't feel like celebrating in any way or creating a circumstance where a friend of mine would spend money to buy me a gift. So this is the first birthday of mine where I avoided all birthday-related expense and gift-based income.

But I was hurt when my father said "Celebrations are for children. You are grown-up individual now." I was like "WHAT?" I told him "Well, would I be celebrating my birthday when I turn 48 years old? If I feel like doing so, I would definitely do so. Just because I'm 48 doesn't mean I'm too old for a birthday celebration." Also told him that "Everyone, no matter how old, is still a child in his heart." He refused to fully grasp the meaning as he said, "I agree but the mode of celebration varies with age." It doesn't! A 10 year old would call up his group of friends to his house and throw a small party. A 48 year old would also do the same. The mode of celebration is the same, no matter what the age. It's the friendship and time together with friends that matters, not age and so called "maturity" or "grown-up-ness", if you will.

Anyway no point in bragging about how hurt I am. That's because my father's point of view is completely different from mine in every subject. He is materialistic, while I'm not. He is more to making a living, when I'm more to living a life of love. I can hardly find any similarity between my father's thinking and my own. Even my mother's thinking in general is different from mine.

Thanks to all who wished me.
To those who couldn't because I didn't let you know, I'm sorry.
And to those who couldn't because they forgot about it, it's OK :)

Sunday, November 26, 2006

The Ultimate Decision

Click on image for larger view.

I'll stick to XP and will not make the switch-over because, though Vista has many new appealing features, it's very resource hungry and churns out your graphics processor to the max. I really wonder if Doom 3 would work in a Vista machine! Also I have no budget now to purchase Vista.

Vista seems not to excite me like Windows 2000, Me or NT did not excite me when I had Windows 98 to play with. Only when Windows XP came out did I really feel being outdated with that 98 which was 10 times worse than XP. Now when I have XP, Vista doesn't excite me. Maybe I'll consider a switchover when Vienna comes out (if you know what I'm talking about :P).

What about you? Post your views as comments.

Oh I was bored and so I took this picture because of a crazy idea that popped up in my mind when I saw my mouse through the transparent plate. That's why this is in "My Boring Life."

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Want some help?

I'm not really a person who would always offer to help a stranger without second thought. Most probably when I'm put in such a situation I'd refuse to act. So bad of myself, I know.

Today morning I did two "wrong" things, but because I did them, I did something really right for me to do. First thing first I wanted to go for a haircut, so I set out to a shop. I waited there for about an hour. After I had the haircut, I returned to freshen up (have a shower and stuff). But I'm already late! Just half an hour for church service to start and I would not reach in time. Anyway I did not panic. I let God take control and just continued with my freshening up. Already 15 minutes of service was over when I left my house.

There is this bridge with which we can cross the road. Uhm... to give the description in words, would take time, so let me draw it out...

There it is! OK, I wanted to go to bus stop 1. To go there you can go A-B-D or just A-C. People ALWAYS go through A-C because It's obviously shorter and does not require much energy. While I was going up A, I was in my own world, thinking about God knows what, and I automatically climbed up B. When I reached the top of B, I stood there amazed: "What in the world am I doing here?" I looked down at C and hear him (or is it her?) crying "How could you abandon me?" Well, all said and done, I had no other go except to take the staircase D. Suddenly there appeared an old lady. She was carrying something and was trying to climb down the stairs, holding the heavy load (ok light to me but she's old remember?) in her weak hands. Two steps down, I offered her: "Want some help?" She smiled really big and said "Thank you" and handed me her load. I got down the stairs with her, carrying it for her. At the end of stair case D, I handed her the thing back and accepted her double "Thank you"s and said "No problem". I quickly got in the bus that was there, and from inside I saw her smile and wave at me. I smiled back.

I felt refreshed, and felt so good having done something. And what amazes me is God was planning everything behind this. He made me go up B which I would have never done by myself. He made me late to church by giving me a haircut (and a long wait of an hour before that). He coordinated the arrival of the old lady at the top of B, with my arrival there. And most amazingly, He took control of my hands and my mouth and made me offer the help. I didn't even think about doing it. It just happened to me! He's so amazing!

On my way to church, I was so joyful that I totally forgot to hold the pen in my Bible firm. By the time I reached the service, I lost the pen. I was worried at first, but then, I heard something like "Why are you worried about just a pen, My son?" Then I was not worried anymore, because God is in control. I left the pen and it's fate to Him and continued to worship Him by engaging in the service.

After the service, on my way back, I found the pen! I was not worried about it, but I knew God was in control of everything and He makes sure I have what I need. I'm not sure what He wanted me to learn from this, but I guess it's "Get the message in your head and heart, not on the paper!" I brought the pen to write down key points in the service, but since I lost it, I had to store it all in my brain, and process it in my heart.

Wednesday, November 8, 2006


I overslept today. Dang, I oversleep everyday!! Well almost everyday. I'd put the alarm for about 5:00 in the morning, and when my phone rings the alarm in the morning, I wouldn't even open my sleepy eyes. Only my hands would move the known location of the phone and switch the alarm off. (Yes, even when I'm dead asleep, my hand knows exactly what button actually turns off the alarm, not put it in snooze mode!) Worse today, I woke up at about 6:45 dreaming that my phone is asking for my name!

Dang, I should sleep earlier. I'm trying to train my body to sleep for 6 hours, but it demands 7 and half hours sleep. Oh yea I slept that long and I'm fully active now. If I had woken up at 5, I'd still be sleepy. I think 7 and half hours sleep is the best for me.

Monday, November 6, 2006

My space, My friends

Today someone in Myspace messaged me and said hi, and wanted me to add her on MSN. Ok, that's good I thought. So yup, I added her. She came online, and had been online for something like 6 hours! Haha, and she was chatting with me for most of the time, and missing me when I was not online. Mind you, I was running around from classes to classes and also doing my lab work, working out tutorial questions and so on, while chatting with her.

She's a very friendly person, and is glad to find that I'm one like that too, at least to some appreciable degree... lol. Yea I love her (as a friend ok? no bad thoughts in your mind!). She's from Sri Lanka, the island underneath India in your map. It's been fun chatting with her.

Glad to make one more friend :)

Fish and Chips...

I just had fish and chips. Gosh I put in too much chilli! Haha... my mouth is burning... I even complained to Nirej who is sitting right in front of me, but I passed my complaint on to him through MSN!! It was too hot to talk (the chilli I mean)...

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Salty Maggi Singapore

Ok I tried the Maggi 2-minute Noodles here in Singapore.
The ones over here are way too salty.
Tastes like eating salt and nothing else!
I miss the Maggi back in India, where the mix is just right!
Anyway I have a work-around to get rid of the saltiness.
I cook the noodles as specified in the packet, but I don't add the soup mix (same thing as "TasteMaker" in India).
After cooking and transferring to my plate (leaving a little water), I add a pinch or two of the soup mix (don't add any more than two pinches) to the noodles and mix the noodles by lifting them up repeatedly with spoon and fork.
Voila! The perfect mix.
Well, you must be asking "So what about the rest of the soup mix?"
Walk to the nearest dust bin. Throw the remaining soup mix and the empty noodles packet in the bin.
Oh by the way, not only are you reducing the saltiness, but you are also cutting down the intake of Monosodium glutamate (Ajinomoto) which is contained only in the soup mix, not in the noodles. So you can have your hair safe, and still eat your favourite Maggi noodles!

Monday, August 28, 2006

Online Tutorials

The Legendary ADTC, in collaboration with Temasek Engineering School and Microsoft Corporation, is introducing Online Tutorials. Such tutorials are achieved by utilising the handwriting feature of Windows Live Messenger on a Tablet PC. It is very simple and easy to use, and it redefines the whole definition of online tutorial concept. All you need is:
A computer. (The tutor should have a Tablet PC)
Windows XP.
Windows Live Messenger.
Your tutor/student should be in your contact list.

Haha... interesting isn't it? It's actually happening... Some of my classmates actually ask me doubts and I write the solutions into the handwriting tab of my Windows Live Messenger, with the EMR pen of my Tablet PC... I do the same to explain concepts to them, utilising colours like red, green and blue for vibrancy!... What a noble use for technology... your parents would have never thought it would be possible!!

Monday, August 21, 2006

Bored... Bored

I don't know what to do... where to go... to even get out of this room... I feel so bored... Having nothing to do... No work... At least if I got work in McDonalds I could have been working there now. But no nothing to do. Even exams are coming up and I'm not preparing for them. I know I'm gonna go into the exam hall without studying and then come out saying "Dang! If only I revised I could have done better!"... I know it, yet I don't feel like studying... And I didn't have lunch yet. I don't know why but I didn't feel like going out to eat. I miss home food. I'm bored of having the same crap everyday... and food is costly here, except in a place where it's run down. I wish I came to a better place, with more food courts. Then I could've enjoyed every lunch and dinner. Never mind... let me go to lunch now.

Sunday, August 20, 2006


I didn't have much friends all my life and I still don't. My latest best friend broke up the friendship and called me possessive and selfish. He said I don't care about what other people may think... He told me I'm immature. He said I should think twice before saying words.

Yea true... Maybe I'm immature... Maybe I don't know how to keep friends... Maybe I don't know what to say. Maybe I'm wrong to think I have freedom of speech... and say whatever I feel like... Maybe its wrong to ever write and post this!

But yesterday I went to church for the saturday youth service, and in the sermon, they were talking about friendships and sharing the gospel. One of the examples they gave is, a person asking his friend to stop lying to others, like his parents. This was the same situation that I created the last time I met my ex-best-friend.

When we share the gospel, even in the simplest way, we can expect to lose friends and others who are close to us. But this should not pull down your faith. In fact, since that incident, my faith in God increased even more, and I held on to him. I went to church and met new friends, God-loving friends. I always wanted to have God-loving friends, but I haven't met any in Singapore except in the church. I lost a friend, but gained more than one. Yes, the friend I lost is gonna be a "friend" of mine, but not my best friend any more. Well he can't be the ultimate best friend of mine anyway. There is only one person who is my true best friend - Jesus. He holds on to me no matter how much I wrong him. (But that's no licence for me to wrong him!) He loves me and knows me from deep within, which is something a best friend or even a life partner can't do.

Lord, remind me to continually pray for my friend, whom I don't wish to mention here. May he realise the mistake he is doing, and recognize the deception he is facing. May he turn to You and return to You, submit his life to You, for you along are God. May he do things not to please himself but to please You for we are created to please You. May he remember that even the so called "small" mistakes like lying are displeasing to you. May he realize that being a Christian is not to chant prayer routinely in the prayer room and "visit" God in church every Sunday, but to have a heart-felt relationship with You through Your Son, and no one else, a relationship more promising than a marriage! Thank you for hearing my prayers for my dear friend, and thank you for answering them in Your will. In Jesus' name, Amen

Admiring, Criticizing or Scrutinizing?

I wonder why some strangers are looking at me. It especially disturbs me when young girls look at me without me knowing. Are they admiring? Hmm... I don't think there's anything in me to admire!... What about scrutinizing? C'mon I can't be a historical artifact placed inside four glass walls! Then there must be only one reason.... They're criticizing me!!!

Saturday, July 29, 2006

Pros and Cons of NOT having a girlfriend

Carefree Life.
No need to worry about doing something special.
No missing her.
Will not be envied by friends.
No need to manage time, and adjust schedule to fit her in.
No need to spend extra money in phone calls and SMS text messages.
No need to log into friendster everyday to write testimonial for her.
No need to call her from landline.
No need to update her every hour (or rather every minute).
No need to listen to love songs all day long.
No need to buy food for her.
No need to sing songs for her.
No need to play musical instruments for her.
No need to blog about her.
No need to blog for her.
No need to chat with her.
No need to read the cons.

Feel alone sometimes.
Craves for one when we are depressed troubled.
Wishes she was here to share our problems when we are sad.
No lap to sleep on.
No shoulder to cry on.
Nobody to play with, after you are an adult.
Nobody to spend time with.
Life seems half-empty.
Love seems missing.
Fantasies take control of you.
Internet tempts you.
To some, hustling may look like a better lifestyle.
You won't have enough interest in the nice things you do.
You find your friends crazy if they have girlfriends.
But you'll still want to be crazy like they are.

The cons outweigh the pros!
We all need to be loved...

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Why are girls' hands cold?

Every girl I've offered a shake hand, I find their hands are cold. Never encountered the same with boys. Why is it so? And I wonder if they find something like the same when they shake hands with boys... like they find guys' hands hot (no pun intended!!).
Okay I was wondering about it because today morning I met Rachel and shook hands with her, and it was... ICE COLD!! Hmm... She's a girl, so obviously I'm supposed to find her hand cold... I wonder if there are exceptions!!

Saturday, July 1, 2006

Which Emoticon Are You?

"Arun, the emoticon that represents you best is the Smiling Face

What's up, smiley? Somehow you just always seem to find a way to turn that frown upside down. Your upbeat attitude and friendly demeanor brighten up any room, including your favorite chat room.

Like your classic emoticon counterpart, you're a staple on anyone's list. Boring days and sleepless nights are far more bearable when you're online to chat. Whether you're shooting the breeze, catching up, or giving out advice, you can cheer up anyone on the other side of the conversation. So keep lightening the mood, making new friends, and bringing smiles to other folks' faces. After all, it's just so natural for you!"

Which Emoticon Are You?