Its shouldn’t sound hilarious to a person who hails from a country were men pose as lesbians online, just so that they can chat up women. But the business of Online Fake Girlfriends is rather amusing.

After an interesting expose’ of a Football player and his fake girlfriend, or something [1], a journalist documents his weeklong journey as he tries to get himself a couple of Fake Online Girlfriends: Read here! [2]

Links:

  1. http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2013/01/manti-teo-admits-he-lied-about-meeting-kekua.html
  2. http://nymag.com/thecut/2013/01/i-bought-three-fake-girlfriends-on-the-internet.html

Sourced from:

  1. Scott Bixby, Tweet. https://twitter.com/ScottBix/status/294854115606024192

Post Script: I was looking for an appropriate image to use with this post. I thought of Googling up ‘blowup dolls’. After looking at what Google images had to offer, I thought “No.” Sorry, but I was totally creeped out. Also because I believe in the real thing.

If the abject vilification of geeks and nerds doesn’t discourage them for approaching women then it is their admitted lack of social skill or wooing ability does. But that doesn’t stop this brother from hooking up his Radio Controlled car with a motor propelled wireless camera, a walkie talkie, two Barbie Dolls, heading out to the beach and trying his luck.

I’d try this sometime out only if favorable preconditions exist – such as beautiful bikini clad women thawing under a warm summer Sun. The probability of which, sadly in this country, is very low. But for all of us who are deprived of such an opportunity this man has done a great job at providing us with a vicarious outlet.

Warning: This video might not be suitable for work because it has copious amounts of cute, butt and fuck yeah! Without further ado, the video evidence of his amazing feat that will enter his name in the history books of geekdom!

Part 1:

Part 2:

Links:
1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cL65rnXiQHg
2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8mbV4jMzMEo

I’ve been struggling to write well for the past few years. Recently I went through my past blog posts and realized why and where I was going wrong. Also, after reading countless blogs, articles, opinion editorials and essays over these years I am in a better position to analyze and improve my writing. I’ve also come across a lot of articles on how writers can improve their writing and it has helped me created a small set of very easy to follow rules.

Before we start writing anything thinking too much about it is useless and discouraging. Skilled and experienced writers are good at formulating the whole article in their heads before getting down to writing it. That’s because they are skilled and experienced. Untrained beginners like me aren’t able to do that. This, however, should not stop us from writing. Get down to writing as soon as you get a chance. Do away with too much pre-thinking.

Similarly, thinking too much about the title of the post does not help either. Writers who have already thought up of a witty or catchy title for their post often end up limiting themselves. Whenever I set out to write something with a preset title in my mind, it created a mental block and hindered the number of possible ideas that could be written about. This is destructive to the creative thinking process, not only in terms of throwing up possible talking points, but also by limiting the tone and vocabulary of the post.

Think of the title once you’re done writing. I still haven’t thought of a title for this post. That is because I don’t know what else I might end up talking about.

Another very useful tip for titling a post is to make it as simple and straight forward as possible. A clear and well titled post is read and shared more often than ones that are cryptic.

Big words are usually meaningless and often hard to comprehend. Ever read a Christopher Hitchens’ article all in one go? It’s impossible, right? Hitchens is an amazing political columnist and probably one of the best around. His vast vocabulary of the English language and a Shakespearean flair with grammar is a joy to read regardless of his point of view.

But for a reader who has to refer to a dictionary after every other line it becomes tedious. They lose focus and concentration and the joy of reading it. This affect is very common in articles that use too many jargons. To some readers, jargons – like big words, become a hassle and often off-putting.

Try not to ramble about an idea too much. Write as little as you can. Verbosity eventually harbors the same ills that a jargonized article does, that which also become repetitive and boring. I used to ramble a lot when I was writing.

Short articles are as good as long ones. This I learned when I read articles both online and in print. I always found articles in print to be adequately long enough to completely deliver an idea or thought. I was usually surprised when I’d find out online that they were actually quite short. Some were even as short as around 300 words. So word count has got nothing to do with how good an article is. Say as much as you think is enough.

However it must be added that most issues deserve more than just a few words. A fair and balanced analysis of a situation needs to take into consideration almost all perspectives.

Paragraph well. A well paragraphed post is a joy to read. A paragraph contains one entire idea or a module of it. Paragraphs help the reader understand the difference and importance of each separate idea. A paragraph starts with a thesis statement, adds arguments, information, and examples to support that thesis, and then tries to induce or deduce a conclusion at the end of it. Pretty much like a well-written article.

I used to break paragraphs down to equal sizes just so that the whole thing looked visually nice. While it’s debatable that that has anything to do with how appealing a read is, there is no doubt that importance of completeness of a paragraph is unquestionable.

True beauty of an article comes from the contents, clarity and consistency of presentation. An idea might be well explained in one line while others might need a couple of paragraphs. Size or visual appeal of the paragraph has got nothing to do with it.

I’ve also learned that focus on a set of correlated issues is more important than aimless rambling about everything under the sun. People easily succumb to writing about memes rather than what’s on my mind. Which eventually results in poor writing due to a poor grasp of the subject. Focus is important than hocus-pocus.

Last but not the least, good spelling, good grammar and good punctuations are invaluable. Nothing is more off-putting than something that shows a poor grasp of these three fundamental components. If you think you cannot express yourself properly on a certain issue, find people who already have and mention them. Most of the times the wheel has already been invented.

Only when we start practicing these guidelines will we be able to improve. So, good luck and get writing.