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My Top 10 Free iPod Touch/iPhone Applications (So Far)

Are you a cheap bastard? Of course you are. I mean my God look at you: the clothes that you got from Ross two years ago are practically worn out and dire from the constant washing with cheap laundry detergent, your hair is god-damn awful from that hair gel you got from a Canadian store (no offense), and that fragrance you are wearing is so stale that it smells like cat pee merged with rotten milk. But with all that, you are still a happy person, because above that half-broken table you got from Craigslist is a sparkly iPod Touch that is USB-attached to an ever-glossy white MacBook. But now, you want to use that iPod that probably cost you a fortune, and desperately in need to add some neat applications to brag to your other cheap bastards friends.

Fear not then, in this post I’ve compiled my top 10 favorite and most-used iPod Applications that might strike your fancy in case you haven’t downloaded or heard about them yet. So go ahead, read, search, and download, and don’t even bother commenting that you are not a cheap bastard, because deep inside (maybe very deep deep) you are. In no particular order, I present thee:

Aurora Feint: The Beginning

  • Category: Game
  • Size: 24.1 MB

Hands down my favorite game ever graced on my iPod Touch. It’s a crossover between an RPG and a puzzle game. It’s intuitive, polished, and has a great musical score considered for a free App. If you like puzzle games, than this is the game you should get.

Now Playing

  • Category: Entertainment
  • Size: 0.5 MB

This nifty application not only displays updated showtimes, local theaters, and distance from where you live, but also shows you the ratings and reviews from Rotten tomatoes and Metacritic so you can know if that movie sucks ass or not. Which means, even if you don’t live in the States, this handy application can be turned into a mini review guide for movies. You can also check out trailers and book tickets, making it more convenient than ever. Get it!

Twitterrific

  • Category: Social Networking
  • Size: 1.0 MB

Now you can twitte anytime anywhere and constantly bother your followers with this App. It’s user friendly with a nice interface and completely does what is supposed to do. It’s Twitterific!

Shakespeare

  • Category: Entertainment
  • Size: 2.8 MB

Don’t tell me you hate Shakespeare! Or maybe you hate him because you have never read his plays before. Well, now it is a good time to do that. This awesome application lets you view and read all Shakespeare plays and sonnets with a push of a button. Now, I can enjoy Othello (my favorite play) as many times as I want and wherever I go. Extremely handy for those who are taking Shakespeare classes this upcoming semester.

“For I am nothing, if not critical”.

IGN Game Reviews

  • Category: Entertainment
  • Size: 0.1 MB

Hate them or love them, but now you can read your IGN reviews at the palm of your hands anytime and anywhere you go. This is extremely handy if you want to read about a game that you are slightly hesitant to invest both your money and time with. You can even watch reviews which is more practical for those who don’t want to read big walls of text. For gamers only.

Tris

  • Category: Games
  • Size: 0.4 MB

It’s a freaking Tetris game (sorta). You know gotta have it. You can even keep track of your scores and submit them to the global scoreboard to compete with your pals. Very handy when you are on a bus or waiting for one. Get it!

Restaurant Nutrition

  • Category: Healthcare and Fitness
  • Size: 0.8

On a diet? Want to know how many calories that Chocolate Chip Paradise contains (it’s 1600 fucking calories)? Then you gotta add this application to your iPod. It neatly allows you to view and track calories, carbs, proteins, and fats in every menu in the most popular restaurant chains across North America. It has a modest list for now but they promised to add more restaurants via upcoming updates. Which reminds me, we need someone to franchise Chick-Fil-A in Kuwait. I really love that place.

Units

  • Category: Utilities
  • Size: 0.2 MB

I suck so bad in unit conversions. Hell, they might be the reason that I didn’t do well in Physics, but then again, who does? It has a very simple interface to input numbers and units. And for a bonus, this application comes with a built-in-ruler for doing small, quick measurements, and I’m not taking about the male penis. Very dexterous for those who work in chemistry and physics labs.

WordPress

  • Category: Social Networking
  • Size: 0.3MB

For the blogger on the go, this application is a must. You can publish, edit, and preview your posts in a very robust but simple interface where everything can be managed with a touch of a finger. Those who equipped themselves with an iPhone can upload their camera pics more easily, but for those of us who have an iPod Touch need to settle with their modest library photos. Still, this is a great applications and I recommend it to anyone who owns a WordPress blog and an iPhone/iPod Touch.

BookSearch

  • Category: Lifestyle
  • Size: 0.1MB

This is a great application for those who want to find and buy books online without spending too much time in google or in bookstores. It will even display the price of your book of interest and the version (i.e. mass market, hardcover) within a single page. It’s a must for university students and great for book lovers. Download it now.

Also consider

  • Balance
  • CheckWord
  • Diggerific
  • Flashlight
  • NY times
  • Sudoku (Free)
  • Facebook

5 Habits Women Would Love From Their Men

Men usually tend to think that women are the most complicated creatures ever, but they aren’t that different really. All they want is just a little attention. So to avoid those nasty “You never do anything romantic” arguments, there are a few habits women love that you can adopt to get on her good side. Arm yourself with this list that I devised and you should be fine, whether you are dealing with your wife or your girlfriend.

  • Receiving Compliments

Women usually love to be appreciated or get a boost in their self-assurance. So it is very important to be sincere when giving a compliment, and always be grateful on the amount of work she had to go through to transform herself from a regular girl to a hot diva for your sake. Even the simplest compliments such as “those jeans look great on you” can net you some love points that can be “cashed” later on.

  • Receiving Text Messages/Calling Her

Women don’t really pay attention to their cellphone bills and you should exploit that trait on your side. Always shower her with text messages to demonstrate that she is an integral part of your life. A simple poem and a funny joke can go a long way and can truly turn her day 180 degree. Also, try to call her every now and then and just asks her how her day is going along and if she needs anything for tonight’s dinner. That alone will make her deliriously happy.

  • Being A Priority

The most important thing to keep in mind is that women love being your number 1 priority. Sometimes, it is essential to sacrifice a night with the guys for a romantic dinner at home with her. However, if you had to go out, always try to keep her in touch by simply calling her or telling her, and that truly shows that her opinion matters to you. Also, it doesn’t hurt to bring her her favorite box of chocolate after spending the night with your buddies now does it?

  • Getting Constant Attention

Remember the old cliché that women like a good listener? Here’s a tip: Most clichés come from truth. Always keep an ear on what she’s saying and try to replay back, ask questions, and remember what she is saying because who knows when that conversation will pop up again. Also, try to apply this technique on everything; her dress, her haircut, and her perfume, all of that needs constant attention, so keep your ears, nose, and eyes open most of the time.

  • Surprising Her

Women love good surprises, whether they were big or small. For example, treating her on a surprise dinner in her favorite restaurant during weekdays can really lighten up her heart. Even small gifts can go a long way. For instance, if you happen to know her favorite music artist (which you should) then you ought to surprise her by buying the new album of that artist as soon it releases, and that alone would send her flying with joy.

Fixing The Starbucks Experience

It’s no surprise that I have been a Starbucks Junkie since the day they opened their doors in Kuwait. As a matter of fact, I’m not addicted to coffee as much I am addicted to Starbucks, and I am pretty sure there are many people who are bucks addicts as well. However, in spite of all of that, even I assert that Starbucks isn’t the best coffee shop ever. There are quite a few things that deprive Starbucks from achieving its acclaimed experience, and I’d like to discuss those issues. Bear in mind that this is not a rant but more like a friendly criticism from a long time fan. Also, note that these issues are based on my current experiences in the US, not Kuwait.

  • Good Food For The Good People

Aside from its generous assortment of muffins, I would never ever buy food from a Starbucks store. Their sandwiches are dull and expensive, and their cakes are so dry that I almost finish my beverage out of thirst. Sure, many people don’t go to Starbucks to grab a bite but sometimes it becomes unenviable to get something to eat after spending the day there cramming for an exam. Instead of serving already-made cold sandwiches, Starbucks can spicy it up a notch by supplying its menu with hot bagels, Panini sandwiches, and variety of cheesecake. That way, Starbucks can even compete with Einstein’s Bros and Panera Bread in the bakery-café industry.

  • Tea Lovers Demand Some Love

The choices of tea that Starbucks offer are pretty pathetic. They lack broad selection of tea that other coffeehouse chains offer such as Pete’s Coffee & Tea and The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, and that really hurts the competition. How about offering some tea lattes for a change?

  • The Perfect Roast

Yes, Starbucks routinely over-roasts-but they don’t over-roast well. Their roasting needs to be adjusted to fit the more sophisticated palates people now have. People want to taste coffee, not just roast. Customers also want their beans to be freshly ground seconds before brewing a pot of coffee, not pre-ground before delivery, or ground in the morning to last the entire day. Fresh roast can really work wonders, so roast it up will ya!

  • Squeeze Me Some Orange

Almost every small coffee house I visit in the US, they serve freshly squeeze orange juice that is instantly ready for pick-up. Some people like to have a “citrusy” flavor in the morning along with their cold sandwich. I am not asking for a Jamba Juice, all I want is some orange for those of us who are vitamin C deprived.

Well, that’s pretty much I can think of right now. How about you? Is there anything you would like to change or improve for a better Starbucks experience?

10 Sexy Things To Say To A Woman

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1. It’s okay for us to go slow
2. This heart-shaped freckle on your right inner thigh is so beautiful
3. You
4. You kiss great for a virgin, [insert name]
5. I’m going to take these off
6. You make me think dirty thoughts
7. I want to make you feel good
8. Next time, I’m going to take you on the hobbyhorse
9. You amaze me
10. Let me get back to you on that

Click HERE for some juicy details.

The Rhythm Is Gonna Getcha

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Today while I was heading to the bus station to go back home (and minding my own business as always), I startled by a high pitch sound of “HI”. The sound was coming from a girl walking next to me and she was talking to whoever he was in extremely high voice over her cellphone, so I couldn’t help but to listen to her whole conversation to that person. However, the several lines she said caught my attention. I swear to God, this is what she said:

I just got out from the class, but I feel kinda funny from something I ate
But first I’m going back home, so you better not wait
You can pick me at 7:30 especially if we don’t want to be late
So are we set for our Halloween date?

Seriously, how cool is that? I mean think about all the conversation we would be able to remember if we ever spoke in a constant rhythmic fashion. I was able to remember everything she said from 10 hours ago and yet blog about it. So girls if you want your men to really listen to you, you better start speaking in rhythms; it’s gonna get them whether they like it or not.

Are You A Perfectionist?

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Perfectionism is a belief that perfection can and should be attained. In its pathological form, it is a belief that anything less than perfect is unacceptable. At pathological levels, this is considered an unhealthy belief. Most people feel that perfectionism is something positive and by adhering that principle they can achieve anything. Psychologists argue that people should strive to be a healthy striver then a perfectionist. Others argue however, that perfectionism is like a dual-edge sword; it does have positive aspects such as driving people to accomplishments and motivations, and the tendency to have lower levels of procrastination. Here are some examples that can help you to identify whether you are a perfectionist or a healthy striver.

Perfectionist

  • Sets standards beyond reach and reason
  • Is never satisfied by anything less than perfection
  • Becomes dysfunctionally depressed when experiences failure and disappointment
  • Is preoccupied with fear of failure and disapproval–this can deplete energy levels
  • Sees mistakes as evidence of unworthiness
  • Becomes overly defensive when criticized

Healthy Striver

  • Sets high standards, but just beyond reach
  • Enjoys process as well as outcome
  • Bounces back from failure and disappointment quickly and with energy
  • Keeps normal anxiety and fear of failure and disapproval within bounds–uses them to create energy
  • Sees mistakes as opportunities for growth and learning
  • Reacts positively to helpful criticism

New Shows To Watch This Fall

Pushing Daisies

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  • Premier: October 03, 2007 (ABC)
  • Plot: Pushing Daisies is a “forensic fairy tale” that focuses on Ned, a pie-maker with a mysterious ability to make the dead live again. The gift is not without its complications, however: if he touches this being a second time, they’ll be dead permanently. If they live for more than 60 seconds, somebody else nearby will die.

Back To You

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  • Premier: September 19, 2007 (FOX)
  • Plot: The main characters of the show are Chuck Darling and Kelly Carr. They were co-anchors of a Pittsburgh news program and had great on-screen chemistry, despite constant quarreling off-screen. However, Chuck left to take a job elsewhere. After an embarrassing comment he made resulting in his firing from a large market (LA), Chuck returned to Pittsburgh.

Gossip Girl

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  • Premier: September 19, 2007 (CW)
  • Plot: Gossip Girl revolves around the lives of socialite young adults growing up on New York’s Upper East Side who attend elite academic institutions whilst dealing with sex, drugs, and other teenage issues. Featuring an ensemble cast, the series mainly centers on the lives of former best friends. The series is narrated by a seemingly omniscient character, “Gossip Girl” who runs a blog about her fellow Upper East Siders and consequently stirring the pot and creating potential rivalries in this exclusive and vicious circle of friends.

Big Shots

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  • Premier: September 27, 2007 (ABC)
  • Plot: This is the story of four friends at the top of their game… until the women in their lives enter the room. Lines between boardroom and bedroom blur when these competitive but dysfunctional CEOs take refuge in their friendship, discussing business, confiding secrets, seeking advice and supporting each other through life’s surprising twists and turns.

Journeyman

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  • Premier: September 24, 2007 (NBC)
  • Plot: Dan Vasser thought he had it all: a loving wife, a great son and a steady job. But life suddenly throws him a curve ball. Dan finds himself traveling into the past with a purpose, impacting people’s lives for the better,and sometimes the worse. While doing so, Dan reconnects with Livia Beale, his ex-fiancée, whom he lost in a mysterious plane crash. Now armed with the knowledge of the present, will he be able to save her? What would that mean to his own future? And how would it change a man who thought he had it all?

Click HERE to view the new fall lineup of TV shows.

The Illogic Behind The English Logic

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Even though the upper division English class I’m currently taking is boring as hell, yet I’ve learned couple of new stuff when the class started. First, the Prof explained the common mistakes that English speakers (or should I say writers) usually commit, and sentences that are wrong but make you sound smarter when you say them. Although I have to admit that as an international student, I don’t usually make those mistakes, but I admit that I have a weakness in choosing the right words, and a lack of sophisticated vocabulary that most of my “blog friends” possess. I do make grammar mistakes sometimes, but usually, they aren’t that tragic.

Allow me to share with you some of the mistakes that Americans commit in writing papers and stuff.

• Word Identity

o Advice/Advise
o Affect/Effect
o Apart/A part
o Datum/Data
o E.T.C/etc.
o Fewer/Less
o Further/Farther
o “Inspite”/In Spit
o Loose/Lose
o Choose/Choice

• Wrong Sentences That Make Sound Sophisticated

o You and I instead of You and Me
o Disinterested instead of Uninterested
o Stronger than me instead of Stronger than I
o Who do you like instead of Whom do you like?
o We invited Bill, whom likes baseball than us instead of We invited Bill who likes baseball than we do.

• Can you read the following sentences without really thinking but understand what do they really mean?

o The bandage was wound around the wound.
o The farm was used to produce produce.
o The landfill was so full, they had to refuse more refuse.
o Please polish the Polish furniture.
o He could be in the lead if he would get the lead out.
o The soldier chose to desert his dessert in the desert.
o Since there is no time like the present, it is time to present the present.
o A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.
o When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.
o I did not object to the object.
o The insurance was invalid for the invalid.
o There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.
o They were too close to the door to close it.
o The buck does strange antics when does are around.
o A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer line.
o To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow.
o The wind was too strong for us to wind the sail.
o I shed a tear upon seeing the tear in the painting.
o I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.
o I need to intimate this to my most intimate friend?

Deadly Accuracy

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I finally grabbed my copy of Resident Evil 4: Wii Edition today after a full week of summer exams and reading text books, and I just locked down 2 hours of playing and I have to say it was one of the satisfying experiences I had in a long time. Thanks to the Wii motion controller, the aiming accuracy is deadly; shooting a zombie on the head (although they are not called “zombies” in this sequel of the game) is completely effortless. In fact, not only I have been able to shoot them on the head but I also got to aim to any projectile objects those “zombies” were throwing at me with ease, and that means more life for Leon. It’s been like a year and a half since I finished RE4 on the GameCube but thanks to the control, it honestly feels fresh and well worth to play the game a second round. Plus, I haven’t had the chance to play the Ada Wong chapter so there is a nice bonus waiting for me after finishing the game. RE4: Wii Edition is just $30 and that’s a small price for an awesome game, pick it up now.

Mid Night Craving

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I just made a comment in Marzouq’s post regarding how I beat the mid night crave with Kellogg’s Red Berries cereal. I mean just last night (11ish) when I was watching The Holiday on DVD; I suddenly got the urge for something sweet. In few minutes, I made myself a bowl of cereal with skim milk and resume watching. Not only it filled me up nicely but also got some good nutrients. If you don’t see this brand in your local community Supermarket in Kuwait, then I suggest to go to Sultan Center and snatch a box for yourself. Believe me, it’s worth the trouble.