My thoughts - random musings, really - on anything and everything - politics, religion, sex, travel, food, culture, society, health.
My passion is improving the quality of our lives and of those who will come after us. It's the debt we owe to the people who came before us and gave us amazing things we take for granted, in no particular order - technology, startups, urban housing, underground sewers, running water, electricity, telephone, freeways, cars, democracy, internet, and free speech.
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You see, growing up, I felt that boxers were too clumsy inside the trousers and ride up your thighs - so they were never an option for me. Yet briefs grip you in a chokehold, not letting you breathe.
So, I'll confess. I tried boxers a few years ago. And got hooked on to them- I liked that I can lounge around in them.
But of course, as any man can tell you, boxers have, ahem, disadvantages.
And did you know that you are risking getting a hernia if you're running up and down stairs wearing boxers inside? Now that should scare you into giving up boxers! If you don't know what hernia is, and you didn't check the above link, take a look at this slideshow. It certainly scared my boxers off!
I'm now switching to boxer-briefs. Little more freedom than br…
I have a Citibank NRI (non-resident Indian) account which I don' t use much. But I get a ton of email from them - all marketing messages. I tried "unsubscribing" (still trying to figure out how can you unsubscribe when you didn't subscribe).
The reply I got back from Citibank shows their callous attitude towards their customers and particularly regarding the issue of spam: From: India Service [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] Sent: Wednesday, September 26, 2007 8:39 AM To: Murali Krishna Devarakonda Subject: RE:'Citibank=006-038-728' Unsubscribe Dear Mr. Devarakonda,
This is with reference to your email dated September 25, 2007. To withdraw the promotion mailer facility, we require the Coupon A form. The form is available in the nearest NRI centre. The list of NRI Centers are available in the 'Contact Us' under the "customer service" option in our website www.citinri.com. We assure you of our best attention at all times.
As I became more and more familiar with the politics and rhetoric in the US - and its history, I'm beginning to realize that none of this is new. But that's part of the greatness of the system in the US. In spite of its flaws and ...the mean-spiritedness of various people and parties involved, this country keeps making progress overall, over a sufficiently long period - about 10 years.
The society and the political system has had the resilience and character to overcome any challenge it has faced. On the flip side, nostalgia can often be misleading- there is no such thing as the "good old days". Things were almost always worse in the past.