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Thursday, April 21, 2005

I am slowly becoming more of a blurker than a blogger.

Technically speaking, I wasn’t a blogger at first place. A blogger is someone who blogs, and keeping in mind the cutter definition of blogging, this ulta seedha journal is far from being a blog. But as we generalize things up, and start grouping and merging different concepts together, and as we leave behind the cutter explanations because of the so called ‘enlightened moderation’ (I hope I am not being too political here), then loosely speaking, an online diarist or journalist can be (and is) called a blogger.

That’s what amuses me the most: when words start losing their original meaning and evolve to encapsulate wider and more interesting (and sometimes completely wrong) interpretations. Being a Gemini, words have always been important to me. I like playing with them, despite of the fact that I am not a very good player, and I like to know about their origins and ‘real’ meanings. A classical example would be the noun ‘hacker‘. I first heard this word during a conversation with a very good friend (which reminds me that I haven’t seen him for ages now) and was impressed by its oral beauty. (You can call me a weirdo, but I really think that ‘hack’ is one stylish word). That friend of mine was a great admirer of hackers (and still is), and needless to say that the first impression I had of hackers in my mind was that of geniuses (which they really are). After some days I searched the Internet, and came to know about the wordplay which has been misleading the whole world. Thank you, media.

By the way, for those of you who don’t know, ‘hack’ means ‘to cut or chop’ or ‘kick with toe of boot’.

Anyway, I hadn’t intended to write about all this wordplay thing (and, ironically, I was thinking before I started typing this entry that I have nothing to write). So I was saying that I am turning into a blurker. I visit different blogs, read the entries, then follow a link to another blog, read the entries there, and then follow another link, and so on. I would want to comment, but feel too lazy to do that, and I would want to update this place of mine, but feel too lazy to do that too. (Note, however, that I do not mean to say that blurkers are lazy. Being lazy is my personal attribute to which blurkers may, or may not, relate). But tell you what, being a blurker is fun: hopping from one blog to another is just like visiting different minds and meeting new ideas, which are the very foundations of word-evolutions our dictionaries keep on adding in themselves.

In other news, I have been tagged by wild1, and according to that tag, I have to post the lyrics of a song to which I can relate. So here goes: Nothing’s Gonna Stop Me Now, sung by David Pomeranz, and the theme song of the famous comedy series, Perfect Strangers.

Sometimes the world looks perfect
Nothin’ to rearrange
Sometimes you just
Get a feelin’ like you need some kind of change

No matter what the odds are this time,
Nothing’s going to stand in my way
This flame in my heart,
And a long lost friend
Gives every dark street a light at the end

Standin’ tall
On the wings of my dream
Rise and fall
On the wings of my dream
Rain and thunder, the wind and haze
I’m bound for better days
It’s my life
It’s my dream
Nothin’s gonna stop me now



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Apr 21, 2005 at 1:43 pm

wow..i’m first!! how cool is THAT? *jumps up and down*
okay okay..caalm now..
that’s a beautiful song..good choice :D
and i happen to think tht a lot of bloggers are blurkers too


Apr 21, 2005 at 1:46 pm

meaning its not mutually exclusive and who cares wht the technical definition sez!! :P


Apr 21, 2005 at 7:48 pm

I have a habit of blurking as well… and procrastinating… thats exactly what im doing here!!! and i have ceased to make sense as well… so, there! these are the typical symptoms of exams looming around the corner! are yours???


Apr 21, 2005 at 8:59 pm

Nothin’s gonna stop u now….


Apr 21, 2005 at 9:04 pm

The only thing I don’t like about blurking is that I find so many blogs that I’d like to link to and keep reading, but I don’t have the time for all that!! But you’re right, going from site to site to site is very interesting.


Apr 22, 2005 at 2:33 am

whats “blurk”? that’s a strange word. who said that ur blog has to be a diary or a journal? and why can’t random thoughts from now and then be concidered a journal? or are you avoiding the term “blogger” for some reason? and how many questions can I put in a row?

And I dont buy the whole horoscope thing, I hardly think the fact that u were born in a certain month (gemini) is what makes u fascinated with words. Your soul makes up ur personality and Allah makes up ur soul.


Apr 22, 2005 at 2:33 am

ps. balki was hilarious


Apr 22, 2005 at 11:12 am

A hacker is actually some one that tries to unveil the myteries of this man made machine …. A cracker however is evil ! He solves the myteries to play hide and seek with the machine and most of the times..Wins ! blurk well !

Keep blurkin amigo !


Apr 22, 2005 at 7:19 pm

It’s nice to read that you have a passion for words.
Insaan ko kuch bhi de do, woh nihaayat hi “khush asloobi” se us ka “satya naas” kar dega… Ab dekho zara: alfaaz tak ko nahi chorra.
Btw, thanks for the “Perfect Strangers” theme song. I used to love that show. Which brings me to a different subject: “something is SERIOUSLY WRONG with modern day ‘entertainment’.”


Apr 22, 2005 at 7:28 pm

OOH LURK. i got it. *slow*
it’s still a funny sounding word.


Apr 23, 2005 at 9:15 am

wild1: Haha, yeah, technical things are for technicians! Thanks for liking the song.

NJ: Exactly. My exams are not that near, but the project is hanging right above our heads begging for some attention. And all the best with the beautiful things!

Nauman: Righto! :D

Laura: Time is certainly the thing you need to visit and read and comment on all those marvellous blogs out there. And for procrastinators like me, well, sigh.

Sadiya: Well, by now you know what’s blurk (blog-lurk). I agree that it’s a funny word. And nobody said that a blog has to be a diary or a journal. Random thoughts form now and then can be considered a journal. I am not avoiding the term ‘blogger’, rather trying to expand it, which it already has been. And you can put as many questions as you like in a row, but they should be easy. And yep, Balki was so hilarious. As for the Gemini thing, I agree that not everybody who plays with words is a Gemini, but hey, I was just playing with words there.

Saady: Exactly. And that’s why I like hackers (so what if I can’t be one). And you like blurking?

Muhammad: Jab tak kisi cheez ka satya naas na kiya jayay na, uss ke baray mein samajhna mushkil ho jata hai! Aur mera khayal hai Monkeezer ki bari bhi aanay hi wali hai! And yep, I agree, modern day entertainment needs to be entertained itself first.


Apr 23, 2005 at 10:39 am

2 questions 4 u….

1. wats the name of ur friend….

2. do u think its a good idea to visit different blogs, read the stuff, then follow a link to another blog, read the stuff …so on…. & after that start our own blog….


Apr 23, 2005 at 1:21 pm

Nauman: 1. He is Farhan Bhai (our far cousin from Nasima Chachi’s side. Used to be our neighbour too) 2. Absolutely. I blurked a lot before I started blogging.


Apr 23, 2005 at 7:59 pm

hey, kia haal hai??me been busy too…hows ur project coming along??
& btw, even i blurk-ALOT-& i’m lazy too-idont blurk coz i want to stalk peopleor something…(well,i dont stalk most of d time i blurk…)

Tall Dark Handsome

Apr 24, 2005 at 12:25 pm

dude .. hackers are good ppl .. they make teh werld go round 8-O ..

at least the wired world that is .. :)

You stumbled on something wrong .. u see there are white hat hackers and there are black hat hackers and then there is another category which is recently emerging called grey hats ..

black hats .. they work underground causing troubles .. white hats are officially the best helping people around .. and grey hats are black hats turned white hats … kinda complicated …

and the real bad ppl are not hackers .. they are crackers …

hackers are defamed …
for example this part …

is totally wrong .. !


Apr 26, 2005 at 11:51 am

sahi sahi. :yes:


Apr 27, 2005 at 1:27 am

Hacker does sound good. Hacker, hackles, hackbee and haha, hackelia (also called Lappula or beggar’s lice)!!!
By the way, I love playing with words as much as you do (may be more than you) and I can easily be termed the worst player, but you know what … I don’t care. LOL.

Here’s a new word coined for you: Blurger

Here’s the philosophy behind it (bear it with me please):

Blurger has nothing to do with burgers. It’s derived from two words: blurker and blogger and is a word which can be best (or can only be) used for you (Mr.Saadat). You admit you are more of a blurker. So the word blurger borrows more alphabets from blurker and since you seldom update your blog, there’s only one alphabet borrowed from blogger…’g’.


Apr 27, 2005 at 6:12 pm

Moiz: Mein theek thaak, alhamdulillah! Blurking can be cyber stalking, but not really. Blurkers don’t threat anyone, do they? And the project is fine … panic mode has not come in yet!

TDH: Yeah, I know all the deal about white, grey and black hat hackers. And that page has just the definitions which have been circulating around. You might have noticed that it says deprecated in front of the one which defines hacker as an intruder (and who is originally a cracker, or a black hat hacker). The University of Maryland’s definition exists within than university and it also says ‘rare’ about it. Also, originally, hacker was the term coined first in MIT about a student who would attend no classes and sleep in the dorms. :)

A: :)

VLady: I would agree, I am not as good a player of words as you are, or maybe I am not as bad a player of words as you are! ;) And LOL at the philosophy behind ‘blurger’. My thanks for creating such an outstanding noun (adjective?) for Mr. Saadat! I am sure he would like it too. By the way, blogger and blurker share the strating ‘bl’ and ending ‘er’, which leaves the ‘ogg’ and ‘urk’, so blogger’s presence in blurger would be 1/3 (33.34%). So it seems that Mr. Saadat is a 33.34% blogger; you are right, this word can only be used for him! :D


Apr 27, 2005 at 9:02 pm

I just coined it. Now look how well you are playing with the word! LOL

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