Thursday, August 17, 2017

What is this new Blue Whale Challenge engulfing the internet?

The Blue Whale Challenge is an internet suicide game that has been allegedly linked to the deaths of several children worldwide.


A new social media phenomenon has engulfed the internet reportedly called has suicide game or ‘The blue whale challenge’, named after the beached whales that are linked to suicide. The game allegedly consists of a series of tasks assigned to players by administrators during a 50-day period, with the final challenge requiring the player to commit suicide.

Things you need to be aware of about the game:

Blue Whale is not a downloadable game, application or software. It's a social media phenomenon like ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and the Harlem Shake. It enters social media networks from secretive groups.

The challenge allegedly started in a secret group of Russian social media network ‘Vkontakte’. It is said to involve 50 challenges that includes watching horror movies and inflicting self-harm which are monitored by a curator. They are expected to take photos of them undertaking the challenge and upload them as proofs for the curator's approval. The 50th challenge of the game is to commit suicide

There are claims that over 100 teenagers have killed themselves because of the challenge but there is no evidence to suggest that the number is real.

Also Read: Did you know MS Office font Calibri is now a reason for a Country's PM to resign?



Philipp Budeikin, a former psychology student who was expelled from his university, claimed that he invented the game. Budeikin stated that his purpose was to "clean" the society by pushing to suicide those he deemed as having no value. 

The list of tasks, to be completed in 50 days, includes waking up at 4:20 A.M., climbing a crane, carving a specific phrase on the person’s own hand or arm, doing secret tasks, poking a needle to the arm or leg, standing on a bridge and roof, listening to music, and watching videos sent to the challengers by the administrator.

One of the reason, kids performing the stupid 50th challenge is a possible blackmail or a death threats to their loved ones. Ten days ago, Rakshit Tandon, a cyber security expert, got a disturbing phone call from a 13-year-old boy, who confided in him about “death threats directed towards his parents by strangers in a chat room” after the boy initially showed interest in the ‘Blue Whale challenge’.



On Reddit, where the challenges were shared, Redditor diugo88 came up with a set of “anti-challenges” designed to boost your self-esteem. These are the challenges that should be spread around:

·         Write on a white paper ‘I’m strong, I can do everything I want!’ for 50 times.
·         Take a walk listening some electroswing (parov stelar for instance)
·         Wake up at 10 am, open the window and listen the outside sounds thinking, ‘I’m happy to live’ many times.
·         Go see a sunset while listening some jazz (bossanova, coltrane for instance). Experience its beauty.
·         Try to cook some food you like, eat it with some friends\parents\others you like.
·         Wake up at 5.30 am, have a good breakfast and then go out watch your city waking up. No music here.
·         Try to talk with at least 5 different unknown people about something for at least 5 minutes each.
·         Try to talk with someone who does not like you and try to make him a friend.
·         Take a walk in the afternoon with some music.
·         Take a whole day to do what you like. Life is beautiful; don’t throw it away.
·         Spam these rules to other people.
·         Force yourself to talk with another gamer (or friend or person) about your problems.
·         Try to help another gamer with his/her problems. You can make the difference, you are special.
·         Take a walk with someone, talk about your hopes and desires, and ask about his/her hopes and dreams.
·         Repeat all the above points again. 
·         You are ready for the last test. Think about your progress, write your feelings about all the steps previously addressed, and give it to a person who you think would appreciate it.
·         Live your life happily. You really do not need a curator to control you. You are free, you are special, remember it whenever you are sad and you feel no way out. I love you.

Be sensible; don’t let a stupid game destroy your life

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Did you know MS Office font Calibri is now a reason for a Country's PM to resign?

The infamous leak of 2015 called Panama Papers, which had 11.5 million financial documents from law firm and corporate service provider company Mossack Fonseca, revealed its high profile politicians across the globe. It included reports that 12 national leaders are buying overseas assets for illegal purposes, including fraud, tax evasion, and evading international sanctions.

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was one of the accused in the leak.

When you realized what brought your downfall
Panama leak connected Nawaz Sharif with two objectionable properties in London. When the case went to Pakistani supreme court, Nawaz Sharif’s daughter Maryam Nawaz submitted two documents in the court that were dated back to 2006 and they were supposed to prove that Sharif’s family has nothing to do with the properties in London.

The FontGate scandle:

The documents submitted to the team dated to 2006, but were written in Microsoft office’s Calibri, a font that was not commercially available before January 31, 2007. Microsoft word used Times New Roman font as the default font before 2007. It was after MS office 2007 came out that Calibri was made the default font for Microsoft Word.
The Font mess up
This proved that the documents submitted by Sharif’s family were fake and forged. There were also other evidences against Sharif, but the font blunder significantly weakened his case in Pakistan Supreme Court.

As a result, Nawaz Sharif’s family lost the case and On 28 July 2017, Sharif was disqualified for public office by the Supreme Court of Pakistan. Sharif submitted his resignation on the following day.

Its true I guess, Simple things can make a difference. A simple Microsoft word font changed a government!



Saturday, August 5, 2017

If you look for it you will find it

Often times one gives up on his dreams once he has failed attempting it, a blogger loses interest in his blogs when he sees no views off his post, a wannabe actor will give up his dreams when he realizes that there are thousands like him struggling for the same thing, a entrepreneur would give up on his business idea after it has been rejected by some investors etc. The thing one needs to have is clear sight of his goals and not worry about the benefits of end result. 

If you look for it you will find it
Art in the pottery
Smile for the life
Use from the waste
The threads for the cloth

Pics Credit: Vipin Sharma
Other works: Candy Cups Saga

Strive for the moon, if you miss, you will among the stars



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