Tagged! Five things you didn’t know about me…

February 28, 2007 at 10:22 pm | Posted in Personal | 2 Comments

Wow – I got so many comments on my previous post I can’t keep up 🙂 Actually – I got none! But I know I have many readers out there…Hmm, I guess I’ll take your votes as ‘indifferent’ then…

 Well, Hany has tagged me to post 5 things most people do not know about me…Hmm this should be interesting…Some of you may know these things already as there is nothing out there that nobody knows about me already…

1. I used to live in England for approximately the first 10 years of my life. I loved living there and it was really fun. I then went on to Kuwait (right after the Gulf War) and stayed there for around 6-7 years. When I went to Kuwait I had a really heavy British accent. I was made fun of a lot (I had gone to an American school) so I lost my accent pretty quickly.

2. I was very very very naughty as a child apparently. I loved playing with things (taking them apart, touching them, breaking them, etc.) – I still do 🙂

3. Had I not pursued Computer Science as my career, I think I would have gone into Political Science. I find international relations and politics very interesting…

4. I love watching movies. I am a big movie fan, and if I could, I would probably see all the movies that are in the cinema…

5. This one is a given, which I assume everyone knows but I love my wife very very very much 🙂

So who else will I tag? umm – no one. The problem with me is that most of my friends do not blog!!! Which is a shame…The only people who do blog have been tagged already. So I guess this “chain” must end somewhere, and it might as well be me..


It’s been a while…

February 27, 2007 at 4:03 pm | Posted in Personal | 5 Comments

So it has been a while since I last posted. Not sure why, but there is not much to say that is new in my life.

 So instead, what I’ll do is ask you guys about something (so leave comments!)…Do you guys think I should split my blog to one that is technical (on blogs.msdn.com) and then keep this one as my personal blog? Or do you think I should just keep writing technical and non-technical posts to this blog? (I haven’t posted anything too technical yet, I know – but in the future I might).

 So tell me what you think 🙂

Microsoft Puzzle Hunt

February 14, 2007 at 4:44 pm | Posted in Microsoft | 4 Comments

It has been a while since I posted due to a severe lack of free time. But today I will tell you about an event at Microsoft that I participated in. It is called a Puzzle Hunt, where basically you make a team of 12 players and then you have to solve puzzles as part of a ‘story’ to get to the final prize. The theme for this year was ‘Atlantis’ and you have 36 hours from the start to finish it. It’s not ONLY about sitting in a room solving puzzles. Frequently you figure out a clue and are required to go somewhere and do something.

 My initial team had a few drop-outs and lack of interest by people – so we merged with another team. We met together at like 8.30am on Saturday (!!!) and began doing the Puzzles. One thing I noticed is some of these puzzles were REALLY REALLY obscure. For example, sometimes you are given a bunch of pictures and no instructions whatsoever and are supposed to figure out an answer. In some cases we were given a CD or some audio and expected to figure things out.

Some of my favorite puzzles though was one where we were given very rough sketches of some Microsoft buildings. When we go to those buildings and stand at the same angle as the artist, we see some letters posted in the Windows of the building. You put them in the sketch (which has some numbers) and then line up the letters according to the numbers – You get a message that says ‘Back of Poster of the Second most popular in Message’ (very roughly). We look at the back of one of the posters of the second most popular letter in the message (S) and we found a picture of the Parthenon (which was the answer).

 Another one of my favorites involved a message telling us to take a swim in the pro club gym (Note: we had to derive this message from a puzzle, but I won’t bore you with the details)…Anyway, Meshref and I went to the gym to “take a swim” 🙂 There were some discs hidden at the bottom of the pool which we needed to collect in order to solve the answer (which we got!). It was great.

 In the end we managed to solve around 17 Puzzles I believe (out of maybe like 50). We also placed 58 out of 75 teams (not so bad considering we didnt have a full team (mainly 6 active people and they ask for a team of 12!) and that many of us were first-timers)…

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