Living Life Backwards?

This one is for those “complaining types” who don’t feel that life is giving¬†them a fair deal ūüėČ

Sometime¬†back I recieved an SMS from a friend. The gist of that message was that life would have been more fun if it ran backwards … kind of like the video of Enigma’s song which had an unicorn running backwards¬†(maybe it was “Loss of Innocence”). Anyway, I found this thought to be interesting and googled the idea. Predictably, a lot of blogs and joke sites have this thing uploaded. I’m still not sure about the source but maybe this was discussed on the “Seinfield” too.

Post Edit: I have found the original quote by comedian/actor George Carlin. Thanks to Bob Janes site here.

George Carlin once said:

The most unfair thing about life is the way it ends.
I mean, life is tough.
It takes up a lot of your time.
What do you get at the end of it?
A Death. What’s that, a bonus?
I think the life cycle is all backwards.
You should die first; get it out of the way.
Then you live in an old age home.
You get kicked out because you’re too young,
you get a gold watch and you go to work.
You work forty years
until you’re young enough to enjoy your retirement.
You do drugs, alcohol, you party,
you get ready for high school.
You go to grade school,
you become a kid, you play, you have no responsibilities.
You become a little baby,
you go back into the womb,
spend your last nine months floating
and you finish off as an orgasm.

I wonder how many people would like the idea of starting dead and ending orgasmically!

This might be my last post in the year 2006 … so here is wishing you all a very happy and prosperous 2007 !!

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How to read Da Vinci Code on K750i

I have finished reading Angels & Demons by Dan Brown. On my K750i !! So you like to read but can’t always carry your favorite book? Well, why not catch up on you reading on your K750i !

Small files: The web-browser in K750i can be used to read *.txt and *.html files (not .pdf or .doc). Just put any text or HTML file in your ‘Other’ folder using bluetooth or data-cable. Now go to the Other folder in your phone. You will see a list of existing files. The text or html files will have a different icon and will show a ‘View’ option above the top-left button. (Other files like *.jar files show a ‘Install’ option instead.) Select the file you want to read and click on ‘View’. You should be able to read your document now. K750i has a decent enough font size. Normal *.txt files will show around 9 lines. The HTML documents will show around 9-11 lines on the screen at a time depending on the <FONT SIZE> tag in the document.

Large files: The above method is good enough to read small text files but not recommended for large files. The phone becomes too sluggish while opening files larger that a few KBs. For reading large text documents like novels etc. use an application that produces phone readable files. I have been using the free Book Reader by Tequila Cat. I’m using the 2.2.6 version without any stability issues. You will need to install the software on your PC. The reading material in .txt format can be found online from many websites (a brief list is given below). The Book Reader takes a text file of your novel and you can change a few settings like the screen resolution, background color, font size etc according to your phone model. It will produce a .jar file which can be transferred to your K750i or ANY java enabled phone for that matter. Open this .jar file in your phone and voila, you have your novel in front of you! Another advantage is that this .jar application will also allow you to open other text files which you might already have on your phone.

I have the .jar for the Angels&Demons (412 KB) but can’t upload that here on WordPress due to file type restrictions. Some of you readers might want to have a copy of this .jar to try out on your K750i (or any other Java enabled phone). That will help you decide if you really want to install a new application on your PC or even do all that reading on your phone! Please suggest a convenient method using the comments section to share that .jar file. I have not found the text file for the Da Vinci Code. If any body finds it then I would be glad to convert that to .jar file format for you and send it back. EDIT: 2/27/2007: Thanks to Michael Whalen who has provided this¬†link for the jar file of Da Vinci Code.¬†EDIT 9/1/2012: Michael Whalen has sent an update in the comments below that his site no longer hosts Da Vinci Code. Thanks to him for sharing the file all this time!

Besides these, don’t forget the audiobooks and podcast that you can enjoy on your K750i too!!

List of some websites to get reading material for K750i (.txt):

  • Project Gutenberg (classic or copyright free literature in .txt format)
  • Esnips (vast source of fiction books in digital format + much more stuff)
  • TuxMobil (mostly for technical ebooks and mobile software for reading)
  • EBookLobby (computer, art, business, biograpies etc)
  • Michael Whalen (for Da Vinci Code and other fiction titles in jar format)