When the Middle Finger and the Thumbs Down were locked out


So here is how the situation goes:

One day the Middle Finger and the Thumbs Down were accidentally locked in a room. Tried everything to get out of the room but no help. Frustrated, tensed, and abject. They found themselves all alone with nobody around.  Thinking of their ego and superiority over each other none of the two was ready to work out for a solution or a way to get out of the room. Eventually fell into a spat accusing each other for the situation and finally, they agreed to have a conversation about their superiority and the less superior will have to look for the solution.

Below are some portions of that conversation. Now some of the readers might ask if they were alone, how did I manage to hear their conversation!! Well, if you have read the above lines carefully you should notice that “They found themselves all alone”, which doesn’t imply they were actually alone. I was just wandering there with my friends and happened to listen their talk. So just don’t ever lose your hope or you will find no way out of the problem. Also I tried to use short version of their names, so here is how I will be referring them:

MidF for Middle Finger and TDow for Thumbs Down

Now here is the conversation:

MidF: I am the new favourite of the world and you are just an outdated and OLD guy of which nobody even thinks. How are you superior to me? What have you got that I don’t have?

TDow: Well, you just said that by your self.

MidF: What did I say that makes you better than me?

TDow: You just said OLD guy.

MidF: Yes I said that, so what? How does that make you better?

TDow: Well, my friend, I accept I am OLD, but don’t you think being old means I am used by large number of people and that too for a long time span, which eventually makes me more experienced. Don’t you think so?

MidF: Aaaaah(what have I done)!!!! Okay fine, I accept you are more experienced. But do you know I am one of the most rapidly spreading gesture to show “dislike of ones actions or thoughts”.

TDow: True my friend, you are surely among the most rapidly gestures being used these days, but!!!.

MidF: But!!!! But what.

TDow: But, does it ever bother you about what the other person thinks about the person(using your gesture)?

MidF: Why should I care about what other person is thinking.

TDow: Exactly. You Don’t CARE. Lets me rephrase it for you a little “You are careless about others feelings”. This can lead to bad relations between people and sometimes even ruin them.

MidF: Aaaaah(again I did it again)!!!! So what??? What about you? What do you do to care about others feelings?

TDow: Not much. Showing a “thumb down” makes the person think a little about their action. For example, What was the reason that people didn’t like my act or speech?. 

MidF: Is that all you have got or do you have something else to add?

TDow: Nothing much, as I said “thumbs down” does not hurt others feeling, its not provocative to be displayed in public, unlike You(Middle Finger) my friend, who can be interpreted as provocative and vulgar by general public and cause a big chaos.

MidF: Okay Fine Fine….. I accept all these charges on me, but my friend don’t forget there is always another side of the coin.


To be continued….

English And My First Computer Program : How I learn(ed) them!!!

Back in mid 2007 I just started my graduation in Computer Science. Prior to that I had not much knowledge about several things related to computers. If I compare myself(of that time) to some of my classmates, truthfully I have to give myself negative points in several fields whether it was computers or it was about English language like speaking, writing, listening or English songs. In fact before one of the cultural events in my graduation college, I didn’t even know about the existence of English songs. In that event one of my classmate sang an English song, and I was awestruck by the performance and at that time I was feeling the most illiterate person in the whole auditorium. The reason might be that I didn’t belong to English medium school. This reason is the last resort of almost every Non-English school students who can’t speak English as good as others. All this lead me to listen and memorize some of those songs. I am now able utter few English songs too. I had to do this because the college had only English as the official language.

Now in case of computers I at least had no doubt about their existence(as in the case of English songs) as I myself had heard and even seen some of them. I liked them very much. I specially remember the one that one of my relatives had brought to our home. I as a high school student was not allowed to touch it; but I was quite fascinated by it. By the time I got admission in my graduation college I had only done some painting using the then favorite MS Paint. I also knew about how to play with the screen savers; putting my name on it and trying to rotate it randomly.

Having said that the foremost question arises: why did I choose enroll for a Computer Science degree without any good prior knowledge of computers. As I said above I was very keen in computers and was not allowed to touch the computer brought by the relative guy, I had decided at that time, to have my own computer someday. So that fascination drove me and I eventually landed to a Computer Science degree.

We had a period of programming lab with the most famous one: the C language. I still remember the first day in the computer lab. The instructor expected all of us to have some knowledge of basic programming, but for me(I am sure their were few others too) a “LANGUAGE” of computers was completely an alien idea. By my good luck I had a friend who had done some programming earlier too. I was so relived just by that fact.
After entering the lab we were asked to write a program that produces the “sum of two numbers”. Just after listening the instructions I thought to my self “What!!! How stupid is that!!! Why the hell do they need a computer and a program to sum two numbers??? Addition is a very simple math to do. I can do that even on my fingers.”
This thought really bugged me for a while, but finally I went up to my friend and asked him the same question. He smiled and said we need to do it and tried to abase my curiosity, but whatever he said all passed above my head.

But as days passed, I wrote programs to identify the leap year and program to convert Celsius to Fahrenheit. Slowly I got to notice that these programs are just the minimal things that a computer can do and were there just for the demonstration of programming languages. We got to know about Internet and Orkut.com by the end of the first semester. Things went good and I learned(although I still struggle in them very much) C and Java and the HTML and JavaScript languages a bit and finally I got my degree.

Since then I still get amazed by every new language I encounter. Similarly the English language makes me very nervous when a good English speaker is in front or when I have to write an official email. But at the end of the day I feel a little satisfaction and happy in my heart as I know that learning is just a continuous and parallel part of life which can’t be avoided and there is know life without learning.
So I just learn them(some day very little and some day a good amount) everyday will continue to do so as I progress in my life.

Have a happy learning:)