Mar 2012: Photo A Day Challenge

Even though this post is going to show up under 29th February, 2012, I'm actually posting it on the 2nd of March. It's about a 1-month photo challenge that I just saw on PsychBabbler's blog. (No it's not the same "idea" that I mentioned in my previous post "Kadzilla's eStudio".)

This 1-month photo challenge was supposed to start on March 1st. But since I read about it only now, I'm going to back date the first post of the series.

Here are the details of this particular round of daily-blogging challenge:

"2012 March Photo A Day"

UPDATE: 31st March
Completed this challenge successfully today. Here's a list of all 31 posts, to make life a bit easier for you!

Day 1 - Photo A Day: Up
Day 2 - Photo A Day: Fruit
Day 3 - Photo A Day: Your Neighborhood
Day 4 - Photo A Day: Bedside
Day 5 - Photo A Day: A Smile
Day 6 - Photo A Day: 5 PM
Day 7 - Photo A Day: Something You Wore
Day 8 - Photo A Day: Window
Day 9 - Photo A Day: Red
Day 10 - Photo A Day: Loud
Day 11 - Photo A Day: Someone You Talked To Today
Day 12 - Photo A Day: Fork
Day 13 - Photo A Day: A Sign
Day 14 - Photo A Day: Clouds
Day 15 - Photo A Day: Car
Day 16 - Photo A Day: Sunglasses
Day 17 - Photo A Day: Green
Day 18 - Photo A Day: A Corner Of Your Home
Day 19 - Photo A Day: Funny
Day 20 - Photo A Day: Before / After
Day 21 - Photo A Day: Delicious
Day 22 - Photo A Day: Kitchen Sink
Day 23 31 - Photo A Day: Where You Relax
Day 24 - Photo A Day: An Animal
Day 25 - Photo A Day: Breakfast
Day 26 - Photo A Day: Key
Day 27 - Photo A Day: Your Name
Day 28 - Photo A Day: Trash
Day 29 - Photo A Day: Feet
Day 30 - Photo A Day: Toy
Day 31 23 - Photo A Day: Moon

Wordless Wednesday: Imagination

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Kadzilla's eStudio

Have been away from the blogosphere lately. Have also been away from Facebook. No hibernation this time though. Just plain & simple busy. With this.

It's a screen shot of my online portfolio. Kadzilla's eStudio Kasin Websoft is live now. Haven't added a couple of old projects to the portfolio yet. Will do them sometime.

At the moment, I'm busy with yet another project. A new one. So I will remain off Facebook for some more time. It distracts me. Even though I don't play FarmVille anymore. Weird? I know.

And yes. I've got a lot of pending posts to do here as well. Four new awards to collect officially. Each with its own tag. Plus one tag from Garima. Plus this really cool post idea I found on PsychBabbler's blog. Will disclose more about it when I actually get around to doing it.

Hmmmm. It looks like I may be off Facebook for quite some time.

In the meanwhile, please DO check out Kadzilla's eStudio Kasin Websoft. And please DO recommend it to any of your friends/family looking for inexpensive web design solutions. Thanks.

Silly Saturday: The Opportunist

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Facebook Cover Photo

Facebook cover photo feature was introduced long time ago... along with the timeline view. I saw many of my friends displaying pictures of various landscapes... mountain views, green valleys, gorgeous sunsets etc. Some of them showed their personal pictures -- with family or individual.

I wanted to do something different... something that would be totally *me*. And so I made the cover photo for my Facebook profile in Photoshop. Used the caricature that Vatsap made for me long ago, and then made a quick wordle of all things I love. Finally signed it off with "miss_teerious"... my online identity since 2000.

This is what my Facebook profile header looks like now... you can click on it to see it in full screen. Oh and that's my sister & me in that small box at the bottom left... that's my current display pic on Facebook... it was taken at my sister's wedding! :D

Who Said Black?

Have been busy with my sister's website lately... finished it a couple of days ago finally. Here's a screen shot of the home page...

The story? Well...

We started with stark black and a side navigation. Then changed to white with top navigation... only to end it all with a sunny cream-and-brown!

(Remember Kareena Kapoor in that TV ad where she goes shopping for a black handbag, and eventually picks an orange one instead, throwing a "who said black?" at the flustered salesman! Oh go on then... just watch it again below! :p )

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Tough Times And Us

Tough times in life are those "uninvited guests" who drop in at our doorstep whenever they feel like, without bothering to ask us if it's convenient for us to entertain them at that time or not. They then make themselves comfortable at our expense, and completely disrupt our life and everything in it!

The only saving grace, perhaps, is the fact that tough times are not permanent. Like all other things in life, they too pass. How we conduct ourselves, however, during such times, is totally a matter of individual choice.

Health crisis, financial crisis, relationship crisis, or (in my opinion, the worst of the lot) identity crisis... tough times can impose upon our lives in various forms. And it is totally up to us to decide whether we'll let them "break" us or "make" us.

I've been through a lot of tough times in my three decades in this world. I have seen a lot of other people too, going though tough times. And I have realized certain things:

1. Tough times are impartial.
They don't spare anyone. Rich or poor, slim or obese, married or single, adult or kid, male or female, employed or unemployed, perfectly healthy or chronically diseased... nobody is dealt a "perfect" hand in life. Everybody has "stuff" to deal with. Everybody goes through rough patches in life every now and then.

2. Tough times make us over sensitive.
For a long time after my mom died, all I could notice was girls doing wedding shopping with their moms, guys buying presents for their moms out of their salaries, and moms sending a whole lot of homemade goodies (pickles, laddoos etc.) for my colleagues. Same way, a diabetic person automatically notices only those things that he cannot eat, while someone who's had to bear the brunt of the economic recession suddenly becomes extremely sensitive about all money matters.

3. Tough times filter our social circle.
It's only during such testing times in life that we find out who really love us and care for us. There are many friends, relatives and acquaintances who are always around us when we are happily settled in life, but the moment we get stuck somewhere, they disappear as fast as my home-made chocolate cake!

4. Tough times can fill our life with love or hatred.
After my mom's death, I had two options. I could either bare my fangs of jealousy at all my friends and colleagues who still had their moms, alienating them from me in the process. Or I could be a part of that love and allow some of it to spill on me too. Same way, a person with paralyzed legs can either allow his near and dear ones to express their love for him by helping him around, or he can turn into an emotional cactus, stinging everyone with his pain. And a person going through a financial crisis can either bitch about and snap at all those who seem well off, or he can at least allow those who love him to walk beside him, providing their silent support to him.

Tough times show us how nasty people can be. But tough times also show us how beautifully good some people can be! 95 out of 100 friends/acquaintances may turn out to be selfish, but there WILL be those 5 who really care for us and pray for us if they can't do anything else to help us. We can either fill our hearts with bitterness towards those 95, or we can allow the love of those 5 to propel us forward in life. The choice is always ours.

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Growing Up
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