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Friday, November 27, 2015

An old tale put in for no rhyme or reason.

The First Rainbow

In The Legends Of Iavdik, it is written that there lived, in the heart of Mahgiaz, a beautiful maiden known to all as Nubia the Nubile.

The absolute personification of Youth and Sensuality, with firm apple-like breasts, half-open ever-moist lips, talkative eyes, soft tresses from which emanated the dizzying aroma of white musk - and a sensuously sad smile that made the beholder's blood rush in all directions - Nubia was admired by all. But while young men, for miles around, desired her, they all felt too inadequate to approach this Goddess-like Nymph. Thus, Nubia the Nubile was a lonely girl.

As Nubia the Nubile grew older, she became more and more content with her own company. Her greatest pleasure came in visiting the lake a little distance from her house. There she lay upon the cool ground or danced or ran and sang aloud.

When Nubia reached her 18th year (some say that in that year she looked more beautiful and alluring than she ever had) a strange thing happened. It was a sunny day in Spring and Nubia was sitting by the lake. There was an intoxicating fragrance in the air that was new to her. And the wild wind whistled a strange song through the trees, almost forming words - but, surely, only in her imagination. For the wind only whistles. The words she seemed to hear said, over and over, "True Love Is As Wild As The Wind".

The song of the wild wind lulled her to sleep and she lay with her back against her favourite tree for who-knows-how-long. Startled by the weight of something, that felt heavy and tender at the same time in her lap, she woke up. Lying next to her on the ground was a beautiful Unicorn and he had lovingly placed his head in her lap.

Until then, legend has it, the horn on a Unicorn's head used to be candy-floss-soft and filled with spun-yarn of every conceivable colour and shade. Nubia touched the horn hesitatingly. It felt warm and strangely exciting. She began stroking it gently. Suddenly the horn hardened and exploded and threw up a stream of what in today's world would probably be pixels of 16.8 million colours. But it was an Analogue World then and there were even more colours than our mind can grasp

The Legend of Iavdik goes on to say that these colours shot skyward to form the first Rainbow that the world had ever seen. And Nubia glowed with the radiance of the Sun, her world filled, from that day on, with the Essence of Love.


Hardly worth it … but I thought I should put it in my blogposts.
This was written years and years ago.

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Saturday, November 14, 2015

Max[x] Your Life

The TV stations were generally so-o-o-o bad, I hardly have any of them ON any more. The TV set is mainly used to watch DVDs that I often buy and often download.

There are, of course, places like Laraib here that do give me fairly new DVDs, dowloaded from the same sites that I could, too, if I had the time. In fact, now that I am older, I do have the time, so I download movies and documentaries and music stuff every day. Going to Laraib has now remained only when a friend from Bangladesh drops in and he goes to buy his selections. I buy a piece or two, myself, then.

There are so many great TV Channels round the world that we can't see, regardless of the various 'blackboxes' that we may get from one company to the next. 'Get a 100 channels in our box', says the company and you can get about 60 that are of no use, about 10 that are repeats, and the few that are left are ok-ish (though the language is wrong during the long advertisements in some).

I keep missing BBC … no, not the one we see here but BBC 1, BBC 2, BBC 3, BBC 4 , BBC 5 that I'd see in the UK. I miss ITV, entirely. And the lovely USA channels. And the beautiful Classical Music channels from around the world.

What about Netflix? What about the superb Video Series that are so much fun to watch? And what about the latest episodes of Scandal, Quantico, Downtown Abbey, and a zillion more. One has to download them after they've been released, cause Laraib will fill up a whole DVD before it releases it.

Then there's Radio. Of course we can get many channels on iTunes, but there are a hundred more. Pandora is brilliant, whether you are into Western or Eastern Music. I am into both ... but am in love with Pandora's Eastern Classical sets. Name an artist. Drop in the name. Listen to him or her. Wow! But what do I do in Pakistan? Its for outside this country so far.

There is, of course, the most wonderful YouTube that is also not allowed here. Oh to be able to see it on my larger TV station.


Ta-daa …


A few months ago, struggling with this problem, I bumped into a small shop that had the answer. The manager sold me a little Black Box for Rs 25,000 after I stayed with him and learnt everything about it in every way I could. He was not just wonderful, he was brilliant. So I got it and came home and plugged it in. And Voila!

Oh, once you've bought it, you never pay another amount to him.
Or to anyone.
Rs 25k gets you everything you want.

A small blackbox that has a light in front to say its ON. You put in a little dongle he gives you into the USB socket at the back. You plug it into the HDMI socket on your TV set. (If you don't have an HDMI socket you can use the RGB three socket, too - but its best to ask him. Some models have removed that now.) There's another USB socket at the back and you can add a USB or other Hard Disk there if its got movies and watch that, too. You connect the power supply. Switch on the box … and you are nearly on.

If you have an Internet WiFi, that's fine. Use it. But if you can actually get a cable from your Modem to physically get into the Ethernet port on this blackbox, its even slightly better.

Once you start, it warms up and then you have to set up the internet name and the password and wait. When you see Kodi on the screen, double click it (yes they give you a remote, too). It will get there and after a while it will read up and start adding stuff and connecting to the various things. You'll see that on your TV. Once that it done, you are on!

Click the TV settings and there are hosts of channels waiting for you. Over a thousand so far and more being added. Choose one and watch them LIVE. Yes LIVE. wherever they are.

Select a Movie/TV-Video link, like Genesis, and go …

Find a film. Millions of them there. I watched 1918 Silent Film there yesterday. Click the name ≥ but a choice is that when a whole list of channel names drop down choose item 4 or 5 first. All the top ones are generally busy if its a new film. The film loads. Go ahead and watch it.

Find A TV Serial, say Law and Order : Special Victims Unit. All 17 seasons are there. Choose one. Choose an episode. Click. Then choose the 4th or 5th item. Go!

Looking for the latest? Like you've just missed Martian that was in our Cinemas, recently. It's there. 


Get a YouTube channel on the list and use a free proxy. Watch anything you want on your TV from that channel. There's Vimeo and more, too.

Radio? Tons to choose from. SoundCloud and more. No limits. Add Google. Can be useful. Google Maps also make sense on a large screen. And the Weather on the top left tells you what its like outside your air-conditioned room.



OK ... I don't know if what I've said makes sense to you, but here's a number: +92-300-297-9065; call him. Tell him you'd like to see and buy SatMaxx if you find its worth it. He'll give you his shop's address. Go there. Come back smiling. And never ever miss anything from now. 

Mention my blog, if you like,
and he will take a little extra care!


If you have a 3D TV there are loads of movies for you to see. And, as I said earlier, there are many other movie sites that are also visible. Nothing is banned. The chwais is yours …


Good viewing!

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