Wednesday, June 30, 2010

BlackBerry On Instalments - Zain

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JFTR – In the title (blog post), ‘instalments’ is NOT a typo. That’s how it’s spelt in British English. The double ‘L’ in InstaLLments is as per American English.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Programming today is a race between software engineers striving to build bigger and better idiot-proof programs, and the universe trying to produce bigger and better idiots. So far, the universe is winning.

~ Rich Cook

Got this from Agnel. Thanks!

Dear god, forgive me for all the silly jokes I crack about you and I will forgive you for the one you have played on me!

Google Can’t Help Everyone!

 

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If you expect Google to give you relevant results, at least frame your search queries properly!

Monday, June 28, 2010

iPhone 4 Reception Problems?

Some users complaining about the signal strength dropping on their new iPhone 4 handsets.

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Well, Steve Jobs says “it’s YOUR fault”. You don’t know how to hold the device. Steve demonstrates how to get good reception with Full Bars signal strength.

 

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TxT Stopper

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Mobile signal jammer for the car.

Err… well, it not only stops you from texting and driving, but also stops anyone in the car from using a phone?! Doesn’t sound like THAT good an idea, now does it?

I can think of better ways to spend USD 200.

Not to mention, what one should be focusing on is NOT how to stop people from doing something stupid, but actually making them realise why it shouldn’t be done, in the first place.

Stop scaring the general public. Can’t you see how pathetic they have become!?

Encouraging basic common sense would be a much better approach. Might take longer to achieve, but will have a more lasting effect.

Fear is not the ONLY way to get people to pay attention. Try educating them for a change! (no, that’s NOT the same as schooling). Seriously tired with all the dumbing down of the population. I am running out of people to talk to!!!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Apnon Ne Gham Diye

 

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Khwaja Pervez…

Apnon ne gham diye to mujhe yaad aa gayaa
ik ajnabi jo ghair tha aur ghum kusaar thaa

Wo saath tha tho duniya ke gham dil se door the
Khushiyon ko saath le ke naa jaane kahaan gayaa

Duniya samjh rahi hai, juda mujh se ho gayaa
Nazron se door jaa ke bhi, dil se na mita sakaa

Ab zindagi ki koi tamanna nahin mujhe
Roshan ussi ke dam se tha, bujhtaa hua diya

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Bandra–Worli Sea Link

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You spend IRS 1,600 Crore on constructing the sea link. A multi lane highway. Return toll (for using the sea link) is IRS 75. And then, you put up a speed limit of 50 KMPH!!

If THAT wasn’t bad enough, the idiots have put up SPEED BREAKERS on a fucking multi lane highway! Speed breakers similar to the ones we have in the parking lot of Avenues!

Jaahil gawaar log!

 

The Speed Bumps are similar to the one shown below. Well.. they are actually worse.

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BlackBerry Curve 9300

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A much needed upgrade to the Gemini.

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Thursday, June 24, 2010

"Borad Memebers"

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Thanks Aziz!!

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Borad Memebers!! Shaabaash.

Its net profit during the first quarter of 2005 reached KD 2.8 million KD, more than the net profits achieved during the entire previous year.

Guess it’s not just TOI who don’t believe in Spell Check and Proofreading.

Skype Offering Free Calls For A Month

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

TOI – IDIOTS!

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THAT PIC, you illiterate technologically challenged moron – IS NOT a 9700. That in fact is the BlackBerry Bold 9000!

Fucking idiots!

The 9700 is:

 

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TOI - Yawnnn

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SEX packs eh… ??!!

Pathetic reporting standards, but then since it’s in the News & Gossip section, it wouldn’t be proper to expect anything else.

Get A Mac - Security

Twelve Red Herrings / A Twist In The Tale : Jeffrey Archer

 

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Two books, same author, same crap (and I thought Bollywood was trash).

Jeffrey Archer disappoints me, yet again. That’s it. No more Jeffrey Archer for me. I would rather go back and re-read his earlier work that I enjoyed, than bother picking up crap like this.

Waste of time.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Shaayad unn ka aakhiri ho ye sitam…
har sitam ye soch kar hum sah gaye

Monday, June 21, 2010

Updates

Well the good news is that the fever is down, Blood Sugar and Blood Pressure is back to normal levels.

CBC results have come in and papa’s Haemoglobin and WBC count is low. He will be getting another shot of Neupogen and 2 units of blood. After which another CBC will be done to ascertain if he can take his chemo dose for tomorrow or not.

Tumhen Apna Banaane Ki Kasam - Sadak

Lyrics – Sameer

The other day I was chatting with a friend of mine, and she put up links to these wonderful songs. There were a number of songs that were shared across the chat, yesterday evening, but the two that really got to me were this one and Tumse Mil Ke

Given that I have been in a rather miserable mood for a while now, it felt nice listening to these songs. Puraani yaaden.

Ek puraana mausam lauta… yaad bhari purvaai bhi
Aisa to kam hi hota hai - woh bhi hon, tanhai bhi

Thanks Manjula. Really made my day.

Tumhen apna banaane ki kasam - khaai hai, khaai hai
Teri aankhon mein chaahat hi nazar - aayi hai, aayi hai

Mohabbat kya hai main sab ko bataa doonga
Zamaane ko tere aage jhuka doonga
Teri ulfat, meri jaana, voh rang - laayi hai, laayi hai

Tere honton se main shabnam churaaoonga
Tere aanchal tale jeevan bitaaoonga
Meri nas nas mein tu banke lahoo - samaayi hai, samaayi hai

Teri baahon mein hain, dono jahaan mere
Main kuch bhi to nahin, dilbar bina tere
Tujhe paa ke zamaane ki khushi – paayi hai, paayi hai

Right Here - Staind

I know I've been mistaken, but just give me a break and see the changes that I have made
I've got some imperfections, but how can you collect them all and throw them in my face!

But you always find a way - to keep me right here waiting
You always find the words to say - to keep me right here waiting
And if you chose to walk away - I'd still be right here waiting
Searching for the things to say - to keep you right here waiting

I hope you're not intending, to be so condescending - it's as much as I can take
and you're so independent, you just refuse to bend - so I keep bending till I break!

But you always find a way - to keep me right here waiting
You always find the words to say - to keep me right here waiting
And if you chose to walk away - I'd still be right here waiting
Searching for the things to say - to keep you right here waiting

I've made a commitment
I'm willing to bleed for you
I needed fulfilment
I found what I need in you

Why can't you just forgive me,
I don't want to relive all the mistakes I've made along the way

But I always find a way - to keep you right here waiting (yeah, right!)
I always find the words to say - to keep you right here waiting

But you always find a way - to keep me right here waiting
You always find the words to say - to keep me right here waiting
And if I chose to walk away - would you be right here waiting??
Searching for the things to say - to keep me right here waiting??

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Zain Roaming Services

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Some time last week, the guys at Zain decided to UPDATE their system. One of the result of the update (that I know of) is that the Roaming Service has been split. Now the subscriber has the option to choose between Voice & SMS Roaming or Voice, SMS & Data Roaming.

What the update did was – all subscribers were given Voice & SMS Roaming by default and Data Roaming was deactivated. If a subscriber wants Data services while roaming, Zain will activate that too, but on receiving the subscriber’s request.

The Problem - People who were already using Data services on roaming (and are out of Kuwait) didn’t know about this and their BlackBerry’s would no longer register on EDGE. Only GSM coverage!

My sister (who is in Bombay, using her Kuwait line) told me that her BlackBerry just stopped working. I called up Zain’s call centre here and they assured me everything was fine from here.

I figured perhaps the SIM card could be corrupted, so yesterday decided to go and get a replacement SIM card for the same number and would switch it when I go to Bombay this weekend.

When I spoke to the counter staff at Zain’s office (very helpful), I was told about the update. I asked him to activate Data roaming as well. Called up my sister and asked her to restart her BlackBerry. EDGE is on, BlackBerry working fine.

I don’t really see the benefit in splitting the Roaming Services like this, but for whatever reason they did it, the least they could do was inform the subscriber before the switch!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Life is a sexually transmitted disease and the mortality rate is one hundred percent.

~ Ronnie D. Laing

Definitely agree with the disease part.

Citibank Online Mobile Recharge

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Just did a recharge (in Bombay, it’s called Top Up) for the cell phones folks are using in Bombay. Citibank does make life easy. I had seen the option earlier but never really bothered to give it a shot.

Tried it out for the first time today. An Online Authorization Code (OAC) is required to authorize the transaction. I got the OAC on my email address, activated the Payee and that’s it.

Simple, quick and most of all - convenient.

The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits.

~ Albert Einstein

Friday, June 18, 2010

Clash Of The Titans

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Yawnnnn.

Film needed a lot more work. This seemed a bit too B-Grade-ish.

Audi – 62 Speaker Concept

 

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…the two have partnered to create a special Q7 prototype with 62 speakers, including five woofers and five tweeters. This isn't some Pimp My Ride exercise, though. Each one of those speakers is individually driven by an advanced computer to create a universal audio sweet spot in the cabin.

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Prince Of Persia : The Sands Of Time

 

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Surprisingly amusing.

Was expecting this to be disappointing, but it wasn’t nearly as bad as I had anticipated. In fact, I found it rather entertaining. Seemed a bit of a drag, towards the end but, as I said - this one wasn’t too bad.

Besides, Gemma Arterton is definitely easy on the eyes. As sure as I was that I WOULD NOT be bothering with Transformers 3, turns out I just might have to if she ends up being cast in the film. (Transformers 2 was just too blaaaa for my taste)

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Blow

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Watched this one (YET AGAIN) last evening and enjoyed it just as much as I did when I watched it the first time. 

Wish they would make more films like this.

Watching the tele. Movies, Shows anything. Just trying to keep my mind off things. Need to go for a haircut. Been months. Don’t think I can ignore it anymore. Need to get the car serviced as well. Most of all, need to get things back to what they used to be. Life was never completely rosy but it really wasn’t THIS bad…

Have had my share of problems but there was always something I could do to fix it. Now…. I just don’t know how to fix it.

Unthinkable

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The casting is impressive. In fact, that’s one of the main reasons I bothered with the film. Giving credit where it’s due, Samuel Jackson does a wonderful job. It’s been a while since I enjoyed watching him on screen.

I find it hard to take Michael Sheen (Yousef / Younger) seriously as a terrorist. A retard – yes. A terrorist – nope. The demands he makes just help in convincing me that he is more of a retard than a terrorist.

Carrie-Anne Moss (Agent Helen Brody) was behaving more like a college lecturer than an FBI agent. Found that rather ticking off. There are definitely better ways of depicting that character.

The film, on the whole (in my opinion) was ridiculous. The ‘demands’ were laughable. I am sure it will take a lot more than 4 nuclear bombs to change the policies of any nation – let alone America. Well, not unless one of those bombs were to be placed in, say – the Oval Office (That too, in my view would give them a small chance. Still no guarantee).

I hope my post doesn’t get flagged for that last line. It’s a movie review – people. Nothing else!

Exam

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Yawn.

Too long. Too much yapping. Boring. Waste of time. Pointless.

Chukwudi lwuji (Black) talks for absolutely no reason and is extremely irritating. Don’t know why he feels the need to explain everything that’s happening. Even the most obvious and basic concepts! Black light, UV rays, Infra Red, Developing Agents…. Hated him.

Luke Mably (White) didn’t have to be so annoying. A bit too loud. The further the film runs, the more annoying he gets.

Adar Beck (Dark) - Simply put – Pissing off. Hated this character the most!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

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Solomon Kane

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I have seen better films.

The action sequences were ok (at best). As I said, I have seen better. The screenplay is seriously lacking and isn’t what I would term ‘engaging’. Ruthless cruel pirate turns to god in one minute when he is confronted by Reaper uncle errr.. OK.

Takes shelter in a church from where he is just kicked out without any explanation (guess he wasn't paying the rent or the church managed to spend of all the donation he had given).

For some reason, the devil seems a bit too interested in Solomon’s soul. No real explanation given here, but considering the elaborate plans and plots the devil makes for his soul, there must be something really special about Solomon. So, the guy fights well. That really can’t be the only reason. Would perhaps make more sense if it was something about his bloodline / lineage or that sort of thing.

The girl being marked and all that bla bla. Well I was expecting it to have SOME relevance. Relevance – another word that seems to have lost all meaning.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Obama Emotions

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So fucking tired… of everything and everyone. Aaarrggghhhh!

Wataniya World Cup Contest

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The Wataniya World Cup contest wins you prizes if you guess the winners of the matches before each game starts during the 2010 World Cup.

Send an SMS with 10 (Arabic) or WC (English) to 1525 to subscribe to Wataniya World Cup and start accumulating points by guessing the winner of the match once you receive the match question before each game.

FAQ
1. What is the Wataniya World Cup contest?
The Wataniya World Cup contest wins you prizes if you guess the winners of the matches before each game starts during the 2010 World Cup. Get 1 point for each guess and if your guess is correct, you’ll get 3 additional points! For every draw game, you’ll get 2 additional points. No additional points will be given for a guess on the losing team.

2.What are the prizes?
- $2,000 in cash for the contestant with the most points
- $1,000 in cash for the 2nd rank in most points
- $500 in cash for the ranks of 3rd, 4th & 5th in most points
- Three weekly draws for gift vouchers worth $86 at Soccer Scene in The Avenues Mall

3. How can I participate?
Send an SMS with 10 (Arabic) or WC (English) to 1525 to subscribe to Wataniya World Cup Live Coverage and start accumulating points by guessing the winner of the match once you receive the match question before each game.

4.When will the winners be announced?
- The top 5 winners ($500 - $2,000 cash) will be announced on Monday, July 12, 2010
- The draw for the weekly prize will be announced every Saturday during the 2010 World Cup
- The winners’ names will be broadcasted by SMS to the contest’s participants

5.What is the fee per SMS during the contest?
150 fils per SMS

6.How do I guess the match winner?
A question will be sent before each match game with the match details and the codes of 11 or 22 assigned to each team. Reply with 11 or 22 for the team of your choice to choose the winner for the specific match game. The same scenario of sending the match question will occur 3 - 12 hours before each match game.

7.How do I check the status of my points?
Send 10 to 1525 to receive a message that displays your points and the top 10 players in the contest.

8. How do I stop receiving the Wataniya World Cup contest questions?
Send QU to 1525

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

World Cup Live - Online

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http://sportzpal.net/


 

Immigrant: An unenlightened person who thinks one country better than another.

~ Ambrose Bierce

iPhone 4 – Pre Order

 

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Updates

The operated site is healing, but it’s taking time because of the chemo. With constant drumming, papa finally agreed to get admitted in the hospital for a little while. Now at least the flow of the treatment won’t be unnecessarily interrupted.

Still can’t comment on how effective the treatment has been. In the coming weeks, more tests and scans will be scheduled, which would help determine that.

Plugging-Gulf-Leak

DayBreakers

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Not as bad as I expected it to be.

The first half was rather interesting. Liked the idea of a different approach to the Vampire theme. Besides, after watching crap like Twilight and New Moon, this seemed a hell lot better. The first half, anyways

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Slapped somebody today. He had it coming that’s for sure. In all likelihood, this is going to be something I will regret,  but damn it felt good!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

The Loop

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Global And Gulf Bank

 

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Kuwait – June 8, 2010: Global Investment House (Global) and Gulf Bank announced today in a joint press release that they have signed an agreement whereby the Bank acts as a sales agent for selected investment funds managed by Global and investing in the Kuwait and GCC Equity markets.

The agreement, which was signed by Mr. Bader AL-Sumait, Chief Executive Officer of Global and Mr. Michel Accad, Chief General Manager & CEO of Gulf Bank, will see Gulf Bank offering its Priority Banking clients the opportunity to invest in Global GCC Large Cap Fund and  Global GCC Islamic Fund.

 

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Safari 5

 

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  • Faster
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  • Extension Support
  • Safari Reader

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Safari Reader removes annoying ads and other visual distractions from online articles. So you get the whole story and nothing but the story. It works like this: As you browse the web, Safari detects if you’re on a web page with an article. Click the Reader icon in the Smart Address Field, and the article appears instantly in one continuous, clutter-free view. You see every page of the article — whether two or twenty. Onscreen controls let you email, print, and zoom. Change the size of the text, and Safari remembers it the next time you view an article in Safari Reader.

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Monday, June 7, 2010

Regulators-Oil-Companies

Markaz And Gulf Bank

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Markaz Real Estate and Equity funds now available to Gulf Bank clients

Markaz and Gulf Bank announced today the signing of a distribution agreement by which Gulf Bank will act as a Selling Agent of Markaz investment funds through its Priority Banking network located in selected branches throughout the country.

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Updates From Bombay

Papa is eating ‘properly’ after the doctors threatened him. It was pretty much like “either eat a full healthy diet, or you will have to get admitted in the hospital”. Papa will do anything to avoid getting admitted. Hence he has started eating properly.

Along with that, Papa’s favourite brother decided to make a trip to Bombay. In spite of his own medical issues, he still managed to come over to Bombay and spent about a week with Papa. So that really helped in picking up his mood.

Still no idea what’s happening and when the doctors will be ‘re-evaluating’ his case (whatever that means). Next Chemo session is on the 14th, provided the CBC on Saturday shows a decent count of WBC.

We wait, we hope.

Of course, if a relationship is not working - it’s better to end it at the earliest, instead of dragging it on and prolonging the misery for yourself (not to mention, the other person). There are a lot of uncertainties in life, for sure. But SOME things can be and SHOULD BE thought through.

With all the shit that’s going on, and when we guys have sit downs to try to resolve these issues - it’s just pissing off to know that IF ONLY one of the individuals involved had bothered to open up their mouth and speak their mind – A LOT OF SHIT could have been easily avoided.

With every passing day, it’s becoming evident that the population is (DE-)evolving into a senseless species. Remember the film Idiocracy? Seems like that’s exactly where we are headed. A brainless race.

Gulf-Surrender

Hate it when good people end up in bad relationships. Some people deserve better (I might not be one of them, but there are some who REALLY do deserve better).

In this year alone – two of my friends have gotten out of messed up relationships. The marriage has pretty much gone to hell for both of them.

The other day was talking to yet another friend of mine (fortunately happy in her relationship), who has been married for two years, and she says “It feels like I got married 10 years ago. Lately with all the crap happening around and relationships going from fucked to super fucked, it feels like there has been a huge revision in the entire concept of relationships”.

Sigh…

Akele hain, to kya gham hai………….

Sach kahoon to – sirf gham hai. Aaarrggghhhhh.

Sony Bravia 60 Inch LED

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A friend of mine just won the bid on eBay for this one. Good deal for sure. With the Shipping and Freight charges, Customs and all put in, its still a good deal. The price is about KWD 1,600 in Kuwait.

The interesting part is………. this friend of mine was looking for something else, when he came across this item on eBay. He has huge screens in every room of his house already and has absolutely no idea what the hell he is going to do with this, once this one gets shipped!!

The Mentalist – Season 2

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Done with Season 2. Not bad, despite the disappointing start. Definitely worth a watch.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

MoneySend iPhone App

MasterCard is taking on PayPal with a new app for the iPhone and iPad users, called MoneySend. The free app allows anyone to transfer money to another account in the United States.

MoneySend, which is partly powered by Obopay, allows users in the U.S. to send or request money via an iPhone app through banks and credit unions. Senders and receivers can either use an existing MasterCard account or a bank account. Users can also create a virtual prepaid account through Bancorp Bank that is linked to an existing MasterCard credit card or checking account.

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Thursday, June 3, 2010

 

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ThunderCats To Return!

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Cartoon Network has commissioned a new version of 1980s animated series "ThunderCats" from Warner Bros. Animation. The update will combine swords and science with high-stakes battles as good and evil clash for the Stones of Power. The announcement comes on the heels of Cartoon Net announcing the development of another iconic action title, "Green Lantern."

WBA will partner on the project with Studio 4C, a Japanese animation studio whose credits include "The Animatrix" and "Gotham Knights."

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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

More Typos

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This is from TOI, Page 8 27-05-10.

WHAT your relationship secret!!??!!?!!!

Waah.

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