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Air Travails 2: Do I Need a Transit Visa in UK

As I was shopping online for airfares from Washington area to Delhi on Oct-2, I came across this incredible price of $569 return fare on British Airways (via Travelocity). Normally any price below a thousand bucks is considered a deal. So, as I was drooling over that price (the site said only 3 seats were left at that price), I considered if I needed a transit visa if I bought this itinerary that transited through London Heathrow.

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Verb "Googled" Not in Google's Spellchecker

It has been several years since the verb “to google” was added to the English dictionary. According to Wikipedia,
It was officially added to the Oxford English Dictionary on June 15, 2006, and to the eleventh edition of the Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary in July 2006.
However, Gmail’s own spellchecker shows the word “googled” as a spelling error. Check out the following screenshots:

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Miscellany

Air Travails 1: Eccentricities of Air Tickets

Past one week has been kind of a roller coaster ride for me. It started with a travel plan and ended with no travel at all, with a number of lessons learned along the way. News of a family member’s death in India came on last Friday night. Within minutes I was online looking for air tickets to India.
There are two things about air ticket pricing that I fail to understand:

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News

Kashmir's War with Plastic Bags

While reading the e-paper edition of Greater Kashmir (a daily newspaper published from Srinagar, Kashmir) today, I saw an interesting front page advertizement from Srinagar Municipal Corporation.

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PA Gym Killer George Sodini was a Blogger

There is not a lot of detail out yet about who George Sodini, who killed 3 people in a Pittsburgh area Gym yesterday. But what is known is that he kept a blog, and already had his date of death written there.
Apparently, the killer’s blog site has crashed due to all the attention, but a number of sites have already duplicated the content. One good source was “Broke But Still Drinking“. Following is an excerpt from what is reported to be George Sodini’s blog:

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Another Armed Maniac Strikes

This story is still unfolding. Looks like another armed maniac has struck and killed a number of people. According to this news item in New York Post, at least 4 people have been killed by a man in Bridgeville, Pennsylvania (outside Pittsburgh) in an LA Fitness Center. The man reportedly entered a busy gym carrying a gun and a gym bag and opened fire. According to the report, the gunman appears to have turned the gun on himself after committing the murders.

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Entertainment

Jaime Pressly is Engaged to Simran Singh

Jaime Pressly, image courtesy WikipediaAccording to this People magazine story updated a few hours ago, Jaime Pressly (best known as Joy on the NBC sitcom My Name Is Earl (she won an Emmy for it) has got engaged to Simran Singh, an entertainment lawyer.
The name Simran Singh seems to be of Indian origin (Sikh or Hindu), but at this time there is not enough information about Mr. Singh’s background, except that he is an entertainment lawyer.

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Charlie Foxtrot – Who is that?

Charlie Foxtrot is not the name of a person (actually it may well be), but my “word of the day” today. Charlie Foxtrot, according to Wiktionary.com is a noun of military origin, meaning:
clusterfuck, as expressed in the NATO phonetic alphabet.
[Usage] That project has become a huge Charlie Foxtrot; who’s in charge over there?”

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NASA Space Shuttle Landing Successful

Space Shuttle Endeavour landed successfully this morning at NASAs Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 10:48 am Eastern. Watch out for the post-landing news conference set for approximately 1 pm Eastern. It will be broadcast live on NASA Television. There will be a crews news conference later in the day.
According to the information on NASA’s YouTube channel, this mission, STS-127 “was the 127th space shuttle mission, the 23rd flight for Endeavour and the 29th shuttle visit to the station”.

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Princeton Review's Best 371 Colleges

Princeton Review Best 371 CollegesThe Princeton Review (TPR), one of the top test preparation institutes in the US has released its much awaited “Best 371 Colleges” book, containing rankings of top US universities based on a wide range of factors.
According to TPR’s website, the rankings have been prepared based on a survey of “over 122,000 students and .. tons of information .. including 62 rankings lists”. All this to help you, the student, find “the best college”. The rankings have been prepared based on various major factors like academics, demographics, town life, school type, politics, quality of life, extracurriculars, and social scene. Then there are various sub-factors under each. Some interesting facts: