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2011 in review – akalol.wordpress.com


The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

Crunchy numbers

London Olympic Stadium holds 80,000 people. This blog was viewed about 690,000 times in 2011. If it were competing at London Olympic Stadium, it would take about 9 sold-out events for that many people to see it.

In 2011, there were 57 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 713 posts. There were 189 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 41mb. That’s about 4 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was August 27th with 8,271 views. The most popular post that day was Snooki Made Simpler.

Click here to see the complete report.

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The London Riots and Aka_Lol


The Daily Telegraph

Aka was in London during the riots and not for the riots. Luckily, I wasn’t affected by the disturbances, and I went about my tourist business like the hundreds of thousands of other tourists in the city, walking almost aimlessly and trying to connect the stops on bus and Tube maps. These riots were not localized to London and eventually spread to Manchester, Liverpool and a few other places. It it weren’t for TV and newspapers, the average London tourist hardly had a clue there were disturbances taking place at night around the city center. Some say these were not riots against oppression but simply a perfect opportunity to loot successfully and frequently using the mobilization potential of social media like Twitter, Facebook and BBM.

Like many modern-day riots, it was triggered by the police shooting of someone and that someone was Mark Duggan, who was either a “gangster and drug dealer, or loving family man.” The riots started while I was already in London for a few days and after seeing the prices in stores I realized why looting was so attractive to some in the UK, even the rich. It was alleged at the time that most of the looting, and smashing, and burning was being carried out by teens from the disadvantaged sectors of British society who were bored during their summer vacation but there were cases of rich teens also looting. Sky TV interviewed a few of the looters who expressed no remorse, and one happy looter said his new Sony flat-screen was working perfectly, a treat he would have never been able to afford through legal means like working. I don’t think book stores were looted or even burnt despite housing tones of flammable paper. It was as if looters had no interest in books, even bestsellers.

The strange thing about the riots was the press calling their (British) society sick not unlike what the average Trini thinks about our own society now under a State of Emergency in choice locations. At least the British has a reasonably good public transport system and great museums housing some loot plundered years ago.

The Daily Telegraph on the riots

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Mr. Bean, the Dentist, and Aka


Mr Bean

Actor, Rowan Atkinson, aka Mr Bean, is an electrical engineer with an MSc degree from Queens College, Oxford so, like aka, he is obviously no dunce. With and estimated worth of £100 million, he is also no pauper and much smarter than the average electrical engineer. One of my favorite Mr. Bean episodes is Mr. Bean Goes to the Dentist, which I fondly remembered yesterday while waiting for my dentist to say “Open! Drill! Restraints!” followed by “Wow, what an Audi, probably an A6 this time.” Like much copyrighted stuff, I found Mr. Bean Goes to the Dentist posted on YouTube, which probably is in contravention of copyright laws and ethical behavior.

Aka_lol’s Random Thoughts on Dentistsaudi

  • Dentists are not dogs and therefore are not man’s best friends.
  • According to the Straight Dope website, dentists are 6.64 times more likely to commit suicide than the average population.  This is why I check on my dentists more often than I would check on my barber or even my plumber. I need him alive. I want him to suffer for as long as possible.
  • I think causing physical pain and financial anguish to patients must be stressful for dentists and can cause them to go for a piece of rope or a strap on a suicide bomb as often as they go for  BMWs and sexy Audis.
  • It never huts dentists as much as it hurts their patients.
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The Butterfly Effect Undo the West Indies Again


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So The Butterfly Effect was responsible for undoing the West Indies in the World 20Twenty semifinals today. You see, I just went in the kitchen to get a coconut drop that was supposed to be in the microwave for protection against ants but couldn’t find it so I may have closed the microwave door at the wrong time and a bit too hard which triggered a series of unfortunate events ending with three West Indian wickets falling in the first over at The Oval in England, and before I returned without my coconut drop. Yes, my microwave door and I accept full responsibility for this latest demise of the West Indies Cricket Team.

It now appears almost certain that The Butterfly Effect, triggered by West Indian fans snacking at the wrong times, cause this type of thing a lot especially when The West Indies is batting and sometimes even when Bravo is bowling. All fans are now required to be very still during West Indies matches to avoid further catastrophes.

To make a long story short, The West Indies lost to Sri Lanka in convincing fashion as they barely managed 100 runs in their semifinal match. This loss by the West Indies was a disappointment to Windies fans and an embarrassment to butterflies and coconut drops everywhere.

Interview between Ian Bishop and Chris Gayle after the game ended:

Bish: So what went wrong out there today?

Chris: We got mauled. Weren’t you looking?

Bish: I know you got mauled but why did this happen?

Chris: We understand a certain fan choose to go for his coconut drop at the wrong time and well, the rest is history.

Bish: Do you plan any action against this fan?

Chris: The team will take a vote on it later  but initial outrage seem to point to a good cut ass for him.

Bish: Well, I will leave you to it then.

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West Indies Skittles England for 51 Runs


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It’s nearly impossible to not get blown away when the West Indies routs England for only 51 runs to win the first Test match in the Wisden Trophy Series. In what has been described as a spell of a lifetime, Jerome Taylor electrified the West Indian fans taking English scalp after English scalp reminiscent of the former glory day of West Indies Cricket. Fans cheered, danced and tapped the back of their TV sets in Trinidad as stumps and bails became dislodged at Sabina Park Oval in Jamaica. It was like a David Copperfield illusion and West Indians were wiping their eyes not of tears but in disbelief.

It was an almost flawless all round team performance from Chris Gale and the Windies which started with centuries from Gale and Sarwan. The game was about even this morning when the West Indies made a mere seventy five run first innings lead. This lead, however, proved insurmountable for England. It was not clear if it was simply the intensity of the West Indian bowling or the seventy five run lead, but England appeared to not have any fight in them after they lost their first wicket.  A five day Test Match was over in just three and a half. This shortened Test Match will no doubt affect match revenues but it will be made up for in the next Test as West Indian fans rally round the West Indies!

Congratulations to the Team and I hope to be posting a similar blog post next match!

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