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Urban Ladder Failure/Complaint

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Back in the day, when selection was limited and good furniture was subject to a combination of fluke and chance, Urban Ladder was a nice and decent take on the whole Do It Yourself (DIY)/Ready To Assemble (RTA) market, of which I am familiar.

Not being one to be shy away from building wooden-based structures nor doing the lazy-version of buying furniture from a Ikea and assembling at home, I was hoping to see something akin to the basic levels of good quality that I was used to from back in the UK where I lived.

After moving to India, I had a shock and was extremely disappointed with the way things panned out. After nearly two years I have decided to break the silence and chronicle the entire ordeal in the public sphere for posterity. Admitedly, I have not used Urban Ladder since said event (nor do I plan to).

Traumatic Train Tales 02: No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

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You know what really grinds my gears?


People who take advantage of kindness. And you know what grinds my gears even more? People who take advantage of kindness without knowing that they are taking advantage of that kindness in the first place!

What I'm saying is... well, let me just tell you about an event that took place a while ago on one of my train commutes while I lived in Merry ol' England.

Something I will never, ever forget...


Learn Kannada - Part 1

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I've never been one to pick up other languages very well. Once upon a time I used to speak Tagalog, Cebuano (from Cebu), and even French! Not at the same time, but as time wore own and the people with whom I spoke to left my life or I left theirs, my ability to speak these languages faded away.

My mother, a Filipina who does speak Tagalog and Cebuano decided that speaking these languages would interfere in my ability to speak English properly. And since my dad could 'only' speak English (he spoke Spanish fluently, and French with working capacity), my mom stopped conversing with me in her native tongue. After moving to India from the Philippines, I had nobody to talk to and, thusly, it faded from my memory.

Living in Bangalore, I have tried to learn the language of the state with some difficulty. Kannada is a strange language, and the script looks quite amazing. Here, have a sample:

ನಾಯಿ ತನ್ನ ಚೆಂಡುಗಳನ್ನು ನೆಕ್ಕಲು ಬಯಸುತ್ತದೆ. Looks quite pretty, does it not? What's it sa…

Why sometimes the more common words or terms are better...

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Sometimes I will come across words and phrases that, in some cultures, can be taken quite... differently. In some cases it can go even as far as insulting despite the best of intentions. When you're writing, particularly when trying to establish a friendly rapport in business, understanding how words work can prevent embarrassing situations and soured relations. Some examples of this are:





Wordpress Illdy Jumbotron Video Background

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Having an animated background for your homepage is something that a lot of people would like to do. For Content Management Systems (CMSs) like WordPress, it gets a tad more complicated as you're working within a preset frame.

Luckily, I like the idea of an animated background too.

And I like to do it easily.

But before you attempt this, you need to get the prerequisites set.

1) Get WordPress installed on your webhost.
2) Install the theme 'Illdy'
3) Upload your video that you'd like to play onto your YouTube channel.

Once you do these things, you're ready.


Qualcomm Atheros AR9285 + Windows 10 Issue [Resolved]

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So, I installed Windows 10 after reading about it and getting over the insane amount of data Windows mines from you. I figured that most companies do something like this and Microsoft just so happens to be quite candid about it -- after it was brought to light by someone on a site which shall not be named (I'm sure those of you who know can guess).

Be that as it may, my Lenovo G580 stopped being able to reach the Internet and I clicked on my WiFi was grayed out and could not, would not connect to my wireless connection no matter what I did.

Luckily I managed to resolve it through a workaround. So, if you're stuck then you should just follow the instructions. This should work for any WiFi connectivity issue (you just have to download the drivers that pertain to your particular WiFi hardware model. Mine just happens to be the Qualcomm Atheros AR9285.




Bangalore Outdoor Adventure - Kailasagiri

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As someone who has been in Bangalore for some time, I was keen in finding some 'outdoorsy' things to do. Trouble is Bangalore itself has little to offer within the city limits for that type of fun, so you have to go out of the city instead. After looking around, I got wind of a 'cave temple' outside the city, about an hour and half drive. Excited with the prospect of seeing something new, I got my family into the car and off we went.