Can’t see her, but the
tap-dancing sugar-shy off my eyes
(like the perfect pink pony)
never dies.

Three coats of water to wake up; the mirror
Noisy streets, watering eyes, blank purpose
Teachers imagining to be
A trip back, still waylaid
Pillows late at night…
(she’s there, everywhere,
like an unlighted candle.)

Neverneverland has thick walls
but she listens,
and one day, she’ll make a mistake
(and I’ll stalk her back.)

Staying Away

Staying away from this blog is not by choice. I have come to love the time I spent here mostly because it’s one thing I do entirely for me. So why this long absence you ask? It’s been a long, long time since I dribbled ink over blue paper and the reasons are pretty simple. But they are also very boring, personal and something I don’t want to talk just right now. So let’s overlook the why for once, and come up with what I did do in the meantime..

I read. A lot. Most of them were fiction… fantasy authors like Robin Hobb, Raymond E. Feist, David Eddings; one was a nice book by Nick Sagan (yes, Carl Sagan’s very famous son), and one was a brilliant philosophical Scifi piece… Calculating God by Robert Sawyer. I doubt I’ll have the energy to write a review of each, but at least some should make it up here soon.

And then, I slept… a lot :-D. When I feel like writing more, Vysnu will explode into frantic activity. I promise.

K-meleon: The New Upstart

There exists a browser faster than Mozilla Firefox: K-meleon.

For some time now, K-meleon has combined the sleek looks and fast app-load times of Internet Explorer and the lightning fast page-loads of Firefox, but it has done so in relative obscurity. The fact that it is also, arguably, the most customisable browser on the planet, with almost everything (from the bookmarks plugin to mouse gestures navigation) implemented through plugins makes me wonder why it is not more widely known. There was the problem with it having too many options (ha!) and being too difficult to configure, but the new Wechselbalg release solves much of the issues with its very nice defaults; even a relative newbie can make the browser act good.

The speed differences have to be seen to be believed. I have a feeling that the browser has been written from the ground up with load times and performance in mind because it’s so much zippier than any Firefox build I’ve used – even the page-load times feel faster. Since it uses the Gecko engine (Mozilla 1.8+!) there are no major rendering issues, and every browser looks and acts the same as in Firefox. Moroever, it can even use the same bookmarks file that Firefox uses so you can switch between browsers on the fly. It is amazing, windows users, do try it out!