Monthly Archives: September 2007

It’s a dog’s life after all………

Among the scores of email that my friends forward me, few are those regular ones which claim Bill Gates shares his fortune and how to get a free IPod. But once in a while I get some really good stories with a hilarious moral attached to it. Here is one such email that I received.

A butcher watching over his shop is really surprised when he sees a dog coming inside the shop. He shoos him away. But later, the dog is back again. So, he goes over to the dog and notices it has a note in its mouth.

He takes the note and it reads “Can I have 12 sausages and a leg of lamb, please”. The dog has money in its mouth, as well. The butcher looks inside and, there is a ten dollar note there. So he takes the money and puts the sausages and lamb in a bag, placing it in the dog’s mouth.

The butcher is so impressed, and since it’s about closing time, he decides to shut the shop and follow the dog. So off he goes. The dog is walking down the street, when it comes to a level crossing; the dog puts down the bag, jumps up and presses the button. Then it waits patiently, bag in mouth, for the lights to turn. They do, and it walks across the road, with the butcher following him all the way.

The dog then comes to a bus stop, and starts looking at the timetable. The butcher is in awe as the dog stops a bus by pulling its left leg up and gets in it. The butcher follows the dog into the bus. Then the dog shows a ticket which is tied to its belt to the bus conductor. The butcher is nearly fainting at this sight, so are the other passengers in the bus. The dog then sits near the driver’s seat looking outside waiting for the bus stop to come. As soon as the stop is in sight, the dog stands and wags its tail to inform the conductor. Then, without waiting for the bus to stop completely, it jumps out of the bus and runs to a house very close to the stop. It opens the big Iron Gate and rushes inside towards the door.

As it approaches the wooden door, the dog suddenly changes its mind and heads towards the garden. It goes to the window, and beats its head against it several times, walks back, jumps off, and waits at the door. The butcher watches as a big guy opens the door, and starts abusing the dog, kicking him and punching him, and swearing at him.

The butcher surprised with this, runs up, and stops the guy. “What in heaven’s name are you doing? The dog is a genius. He could be on TV, for the life of me!” to which the guy responds: “You call this clever? This is the second time this week that this stupid dog’s forgotten his key.”

Moral of the story: You may continue to exceed onlooker’s expectations but shall always fall short of the boss’ expectations. It’s a dog’s life after all………


Draw regular shapes using The GIMP

I have been a user of GIMP for a while now. While I was able to do whatever change to existing images, today I was faced with a new challenge. Well, how do I draw a simple non-filled rectangle? I could not find any tool in GIMP which would help me create a simple rectangle. A decent image editor should provide an easy way to draw regular shapes right?

After a bit of searching I found a way to draw a simple rectangle. Here it is for all of you who may need it.

Step 1: Open GIMP

Step 2: Create a new Image by clicking on File > New and selecting the image size from the dialog that pops up

Step 3: Click on the Select Rectangular Regions tool. [Figure 1]

Step 4: Draw a rectangular selection on the image. [Figure 2]

Step 5: From the menu choose Edit > Stroke Selection. [Figure 3]

Step 6: In the Stroke Selection dialog, select the line width of the rectangle you wish to draw, the type of line, the pattern and other desirable attributes. [Figure 4]

Step 7: Click on the Stroke button

Step 8: The rectangle is now drawn and selected [Figure 5]

List of Figures

Figure 1 – The GIMP – Rectangular Selection

The GIMP - Rectangular Selection [Figure 1]

Figure 2 – Draw a rectangular region

[Figure 2]

Figure 3 – Stroke Selection

[Figure 3]

Figure 4 – Stroke Selection Dialog
[Figure 4]

Figure 5 – Hurray!

[Figure 5]

Life comes a full round :)

Well, its been a kind of cycle. I get busy with work, then take time off. This has happened in quite a short span of time. Amidst this hectic life, what I just could not pull off is to write a few lines here. Well, I have been posting two liners once a month. Bad huh!! 😦

Yes, I am on vacation again, but not for long. Just 4 days including the weekend, and one day National Holiday. So that translates into 1 day when I will be out of office.

In the months gone by, personally there are a couple of new friends, handful of my old pals got married, few of them changed jobs and overall everything seems to be ok.

Right here, I have applied a new theme to my blog, changed its name, tag line.  All these days, Dell Inspiron 6400 – Part 4 – Installing Ubuntu 7.04 has been the top post of my blog clocking at least 30 hits a day. Well frankly, that is quite a bit of traffic for my blog 😉

I have installed Pidgin 2.2.0 on my Ubunty Feisty Fawn and its looks good. I have not tested it completely so I have not planned for a post here anytime soon. All that I was able to do was some basic chat and it looked quite ok to me despite some drastic changes from GAIM.


I have been very very busy with work of late leaving little time for other activities. I will come up with something interesting in the days to come. Until then there are not going to be any new posts as well.