• Friday, October 31, 2014

Published Date: October 30, 2014
THE FRESHER'S GUIDE TO RETAINING SANITY

THE FRESHER'S GUIDE TO RETAINING SANITY

Your first day as a freshman at your university will resemble your first day of school, though you may not remember it. A lot will be new and unfamiliar -- you will find yourself surrounded by strangers in a place you cannot seem to navigate on your own, praying for the day to...

Published Date: October 30, 2014
Cookie Cutter Anime

Cookie Cutter Anime

When was the last time you watched an anime show and went, “Huh, this is new”? Unfortunately for this avid anime fan those moments are few and far between. The creativity well in the anime industry has seemingly all but dried up. These days, plot twists are so rare you have a better chance...

Published Date: October 30, 2014
Growin' the 'stache in 20 days

Growin' the 'stache in 20 days

Some people need to know how long it takes to grow a moustache. This is for them. I don't always keep a moustache because moustaches have stupid monologues like, "I crave to be caressed every now and again." It is annoying. Quiet, moustache! You should be seen, not heard. Don't complain. You're better...

OVERCLOCK

Published Date: October 30, 2014
RESOLUTION AND FPS IN VIDEO GAMES

RESOLUTION AND FPS IN VIDEO GAMES

The next generation of consoles brought with them promises of 1080p resolution and 60 frames per second (fps) as the norm for all of their games. However, evidently, those promises were not kept. While many of the games released have been in 1080p resolution, the fps was locked to 30. Many developers tried...

DR. GEEK SAYS

Published Date: October 30, 2014
How to access any website anywhere:

Open up a free account at www.surfeasy.com. Their app is available for all major platforms and once you install it, you can view websites that can often put your privacy at risk, what this does is re-route your data through a third party, so you're not viewing the websites directly. There's also Hola Better Internet extension for Chrome users.

VIDEO GAME REVIEW

Published Date: October 30, 2014
FIVE NIGHTS AT FREDDY'S

FIVE NIGHTS AT FREDDY'S

Platform: PC Horror is at its finest in simplicity in Scott Cawthon's Five Nights at Freddy's – which happens to be a simple point-and-click survival game. You – the player takes the role of Mike Schmidt who is a newly hired security guard at Freddy Frazbear's Pizza restaurant. The owner calls you up at...

FABLE FACTORY

Published Date: October 30, 2014
Rise, Son

Rise, Son

  These are the winning entries for this month's prompt: RISINGSON. My husband hired a hot air balloon for our fifteenth anniversary - Honey, you have to give them a little background first. Also the word you're looking for is 'rented'. I was giving them the background.What background do you want? How about, 'We have two kids'? I...

OPINION

Published Date: October 30, 2014
To Chuck, Or Not to Chuck

To Chuck, Or Not to Chuck

In cricket, chucking or throwing is the act of flexing the bowler's arm by over 15 degrees, and is considered an illegal move, as ICC laws allow a maximum of 15 degree flex of the arm. Recently, Sohag Gazi of the Bangladesh National Team has been banned from international matches by ICC for...

Published Date: October 30, 2014
Football's Financial Fair Play in Layman's Terms

Football's Financial Fair Play in Layman's Terms

In recent months, a topic of major discussion in the European football community has been the UEFA Financial Fair Play (FFP) Regulations, the application of which has seen fines of up to 50 million euro being imposed on clubs like Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain. In other quarters, newly promoted Premier League club...

Published Date: October 30, 2014
BULLETIN BOARD

BULLETIN BOARD

BRAC University Counseling Unit observes World Mental Health Day A seminar was organised by BRAC University Counseling Unit in collaboration with Institute of Educational Development of BRAC University and Gender Justice and Diversity Program (GJ&D) of BRAC on October 16 to observe World Mental Health Day. Professor Fuad Hasan Mallick, Pro-Vice Chancellor of BRAC...

Published Date: October 30, 2014
CUAC: Providing honest information

CUAC: Providing honest information

The Canadian University Application Centre has helped make the dreams of over a thousand Bangladeshi students -- to study abroad -- come true.   Since 1997, CUAC and its member institutions have been the most respected and authoritative presence in Bangladesh for the promotion and pathway to higher education in Canada. There are many...

ECHOES

Published Date: October 30, 2014
Dissection of an Immortal Melody

Dissection of an Immortal Melody

He couldn't go back to Comilla where he was born and brought up. Calcutta didn't give him his dues. Bombay was calling. With a deep sigh, the Prince headed off with his jhola of music. He took folk tunes from the Gomti and Homna rivers of his native Comilla. He blended them with special strokes (bol) of beats (taal) that were tailored for the singer and the mood of the song. To present his tunes to the genteel, he blended the folk tunes with classical music in thumri and kheyal. Through this Prince, bhatiyali from Bangladesh rocked South Asia. That was the mastery of Sachin Deb Burman (Oct 1,...

Published Date: October 30, 2014
FoodBank: The Food Google of Bangladesh

FoodBank: The Food Google of Bangladesh

Have you ever wanted to go to a new café but weren't sure whether or not it would be value for your money? I used to, and still do. Thanks to FoodBank, I don't need to keep wondering any more, and can actually get some honest opinions by fellow foodies. And that was...

KALEIDOSCOPE

Published Date: October 30, 2014
Out of the Blue

Out of the Blue

I did not want to explore Cox's Bazar as “the world's longest unbroken beach”, but I can definitely say I've found the largest diversity of people. It's all happening on one long strip; teenage girls, families, people in corporate attire, the elderly, liberal and conservative -- all gathering in front of the blue and...

Published Date: October 30, 2014
How to Start Your Startup

How to Start Your Startup

Startup is the newest “in thing” in Dhaka after forming your own heavy metal band quickly spun out of control. Those who would've started their own [insert noun] metal band -- creatively named after the genre itself -- are now starting startups. There's a legit establishment called Startup Restaurant in Dhanmondi. It doesn't...

Published Date: October 30, 2014
Halloween Party Etiquette

Halloween Party Etiquette

It's that time of the year again, when all the TV does is show you this weird holiday everyone 'round the world is celebrating but you can't because you're from a place where almost everyone is oblivious to it. Don't you hate yourself? Well, I think celebrations are for everyone no matter how weird or creepy they are. Go steal some pumpkins right now to prove my point. Halloween parties seem cool when you see teenagers enjoy themselves at them. Believe me I've seen proof in all the teen shows I've watched on Disney: Halloween parties ARE cool. So let me tell you how to execute one without being thrown...

Published Date: October 30, 2014
Navigating Uncharted Waters

Navigating Uncharted Waters

The first few months of university life tend to be downright confusing for some, it definitely was for me. So in this issue, we have some tips to help you wade through the murky waters of your freshman year. For those of you who were waiting eagerly, Fable Factory has its winners for this...

Published Date: October 30, 2014
This Week's Horoscope

This Week's Horoscope

 

Published Date: October 23, 2014
HOW TO NOT GO BROKE

HOW TO NOT GO BROKE

“Hey, want to go and grab some ice cream?” “Nah, I'm broke.” Well, it's an everyday struggle, isn't it? Earning and saving money as a student can be difficult. You might be teaching kids, freelancing at oDesk or getting pocket money from parents or elder siblings but it's never enough unless you learn to wrap...

OPINION

Published Date: October 23, 2014
PRIVACY in RELATIONSHIP

PRIVACY in RELATIONSHIP

Privacy. Something we all take very seriously, no? What about privacy in a relationship? When it comes to how much you're willing to share with your significant other, where do you draw the line? We asked some 'in a relationship' individuals and this is what they had to say. Sadia Afrin, 19: Privacy is...

Published Date: October 23, 2014
Vulnerability doesn't discriminate

Vulnerability doesn't discriminate

How did we, as a society, perceive the recent murder case of Zubair Ahmed? We all did our fair share of wagging our tongues, expressed our dissatisfaction with the initial reports where the details didn't add up and we felt relief when evidence incriminated the suspect. We've treated this as an isolated case of homosexual, pedophilic assault. Let's consider another case of a young male's death, as suicide or murder, resulting from sexual assault. Considering the population of Bangladesh, the probability of such an occurrence isn't too narrow. What will we do then? Surely, we can't dismiss it as an isolated case again. Surely, we can't keep doing that every...

Published Date: October 23, 2014
8 SUBTLE SIGNS THAT SHE'S PSYCHOTIC

8 SUBTLE SIGNS THAT SHE'S PSYCHOTIC

Sometimes major red flags can be classified as being “quirky” when it comes to relationships. We can often misjudge someone, I mean, we are the same species who nominated Adolf Hitler for the Nobel Peace Prize. Look how that turned out. So, here are some signs to definitely watch out for. 1. She Gets Upset over Immortality Some women worry over stuff like the relationship not working out down the road. That may or may not be justified. But there exists another category: women who get upset because they can't have you 24/7 forever. And I mean forever. If she gets visibly upset over you getting to meet 72 new women...

Published Date: October 23, 2014
The Legacy of Alpha Centauri

The Legacy of Alpha Centauri

Evolution is at work here, but just what is evolving remains to be seen. --Comissioner Pravin Lal, "Man and Machine" Tomorrow will see the international release of Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth on Microsoft Windows. This addition to the Civilization series takes the action to space, and is a spiritual successor to 1999's Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri, itself intended as a sequel to Civilization II. Fans of that game will recognise this as being both a welcome and a worrying fact. First, a quick summary of Alpha Centauri. Earth is lost and mankind travels to the distant Alpha Centauri system, to the planet Charon, to rebuild civilization. The colonists split under the...

GAME REVIEW

Published Date: October 23, 2014
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

In the recent months, several hyped-up games have failed to live up to their high expectations. In these times of glorified debacles, Shadow of Mordor shone its light through the cloud of anonymity cast by high profile games. As the game got high ratings from critics, I was stupefied as to how a...

FABLE FACTORY

Published Date: October 23, 2014
THE LIFE-CHANGER

‘I won't be able to do it,' I thought. 'I don't have what it takes.' I felt really miserable after giving an unsatisfactory test despite studying really hard the night before. I was fed-up with my life and was pretty sure, like today's test, I was going to fail in it too. I stepped onto a bus and threw myself on the first seat by the window. After a while, a man sat beside me. I did not really notice what...

FABLE FACTORY

Published Date: October 23, 2014
LOVE LETTER for THE UNLOVED

LOVE LETTER for THE UNLOVED

Ugly is evil. Yes? So billions of children around the world have been told for ages. Take Cinderella, for instance: the quintessential damsel in distress and the reasons for her stress -- harpies of a stepmother and two stepsisters. As countless fables and ancient scripts would have us believe, good always triumphs over...

Published Date: October 23, 2014
BULLETIN BOARD

BULLETIN BOARD

Memorial program in honour of Professor Piash Karim at BRACU BRAC University organised a memorial program in honour of Professor Piash Karim on October 16. The program was held at the university auditorium with over 200 students and faculty members. The day was spent the way Dr. Karim loved -- with poetry, music, laughter...

ANIME REVIEW

Published Date: October 23, 2014
HIGASHI NO EDEN (Eden of the East)

HIGASHI NO EDEN (Eden of the East)

With so many shows easily available, it's important that a show makes a statement of intent in the very first episode. Why would anybody follow a show that can't grab attention right off the bat? Fortunately though, Kenji Kamiyama's “Higashi No Eden” caught my attention from the get go. The show's opening theme is “Falling Down” by Oasis. Although that really doesn't have much to do with the show itself, it was the first time I had heard Oasis in an anime soundtrack. Pretty hipster move from an anime perspective. Anyway, the show kicks...

Published Date: October 23, 2014
NICK REBOOT: BRINGING OUR CHILDHOOD BACK

NICK REBOOT: BRINGING OUR CHILDHOOD BACK

“Which 90s' cartoon network character are you?” Buzzfeed quizzes, hopeful YouTube searches and endless nostalgic discussions on everything from white keds to Backstreet Boys albums -- we just keep trying to bring back the golden days. For us, television was at its best back then and nothing they show now can ever compare. We trained ourselves in impeccable English from watching Cartoon Network, honed our sense of humour from watching “Friends” and the best thing to ever have happened to all of us, hands down, was Nickelodeon. Recently, my precious friend Fatin Khandoker (mentioning his name to show how utterly grateful I am to him) made a brilliant discovery: Nick...

Published Date: October 23, 2014
What Not to Wear: Meeting Future In-laws

What Not to Wear: Meeting Future In-laws

FOR WOMEN Sarah Anjum Bari Visiting your significant other's family has always been, and will forever be, one of the most nerve-wracking experiences for anyone. A generally decent and presentable appearance suffices for the men of the family you're visiting, but you will most certainly fall under the scrutiny of your man's mother, sister and...

Published Date: October 23, 2014
Go on. Be the Odd One.

Go on. Be the Odd One.

 If you take a minute to dissect your friend circle, where do you find yourself? Are you the lively one, the foodie, or are you simply there, just filling in the empty spaces like botox? If you are, then this article's for you. Iss Pyaar Ko Kyan Naam Doo: If you didn't understand this,...

WINDOW SHOPPING

Published Date: October 23, 2014
Wristband House Bangladesh

Wristband House Bangladesh

Are you into wristbands like I am? Do you like wearing wristbands with just about any outfit? If so, there's this cool shop in Banani you can check out for some really good wristbands, called Wristbands House. The wristbands are made from recyclable material with zero environmental footprint. Their collection is huge. Brands, comics, cars, musicians, photography, sports, tech, zodiac -- they have wristbands of all categories. There are some with pictures and quotes of famous figures like Gandhi, Tagore and Guevara. The prices of wristbands range from Tk 40 to 100 apiece, depending on the product and its width. You can also make customised printed and/or debossed ink-filled wristbands,...

DR. GEEK SAYS

Published Date: October 23, 2014
How to Get Rid of the Ask.com Toolbar:

To remove, uninstall it from the Control Panel. Change your browser's default home page to your preferred one. Next, go to the extensions page which you can find under Tools/Settings, Add-Ons/Extensions and remove/disable anything that has "Ask" on it. Also, delete it from the list of search providers.

ANDROID GAME REVIEW

Published Date: October 23, 2014
Fashion Icon

Fashion Icon

Size: 48.67 MB Fashion Icon by GameLoft is what the name suggests.  The game starts off with your first day in Paris. You can change your looks, hairstyle, clothes and start on goals/missions. This is an ideal game for you if you're a shopaholic as you can buy lots of outfits, accessories from various...

Published Date: October 23, 2014
Don't Spend it All in One Place

Don't Spend it All in One Place

Earning while being a student is great stuff. The independence of spending, being able to buy whatever little thing catches your eye, putting your membership on Foodbank to use and being answerable to no one for your phone bills. It's heady stuff and you probably aren't ready for it, you irresponsible twit. Exercise...

Published Date: October 23, 2014
Dirt MIXTAPE

Dirt MIXTAPE

 

Published Date: October 23, 2014
This Week's Horoscope

This Week's Horoscope

 

Published Date: October 16, 2014
DHAKA STREETS HIERARCHY

DHAKA STREETS HIERARCHY

Dhaka's roads often witness some of the most profound falling outs between owners or drivers of different vehicles, each trying his best to blame the other for any misconduct, and trying to prove that they are right. Well, since the dawn of time, quarrels and fights have had one purpose -- to publicly...

Published Date: October 16, 2014
How to Unfriend Someone in Real Life

How to Unfriend Someone in Real Life

Sometimes as we grow up, we find ourselves hanging out with people we don't want to any more, but we still do, for they are our friends. In fact, if you go through this phase, you'd also probably not even remember why or how you guys ever became friends in the first place....

Published Date: October 16, 2014
Fictional CV of a Bassist

Fictional CV of a Bassist

Name  Will get one when an interviewer asks for it. (Like that ever happens.) Qualifications  Has invisibility powers. No one ever notices me on stage.  Is able to play out of tune without the band noticing like a top class bassist.  Has effective sense of how not to find the key and delay joining in and embarrassing myself. Only myself, because nobody else will see/hear me.  Can play any progression after being taught by the lead guitarist only once! (Seriously, you can't get anyone better than me.)  Wanted to play bass from the start and wasn't one of those, “Oh,...

Published Date: October 16, 2014
A Writer's PLAYground indeed!

A Writer's PLAYground indeed!

Creative writing, although being a crucial stepping stone to develop literary skills, has over the years transformed into a mundane, stereotyped process, especially for children. To generate interest in creative writing, courtesy of SPEED Youth, “Writer's PLAYground” -- a three-day workshop -- was held on 20th, 26th and 27th September, 2014. The Junior section...

Published Date: October 16, 2014
FABLE FACTORY

FABLE FACTORY

A lovely life broken Runner-up Story by Naisha Ali & Marzuka Reefat South Breeze School Genre: Fairy tales Once upon a time a couple called Alisa and Robert lived happily in a little house. Robert earned money by selling roses from their garden. They both worked very hard. One day while Robert was away selling roses Alisa's friend...

Published Date: October 16, 2014
BULLETIN BOARD

BULLETIN BOARD

Annual Photo Contest at ULAB University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB) organised prize giving ceremony for its annual photo contest on October 1 at its Dhanmondi campus. A weeklong photo exhibition was held consisting of photographs taken and submitted by ULAB students. This year the theme of the photo contest was 'Millennium Development Goals'. Judges...

Published Date: October 16, 2014
Rebuilding from Highbury and The Invincibles

Rebuilding from Highbury and The Invincibles

Last season, after an 8-year trophy drought, Arsenal finally lifted the F.A. Cup. Hopefully for the Gunners, this lays down the ground work for a period different and more successful than what they've had in the past decade. Although a 17th consecutive season in the Champions League is quite the success itself, the...

GAME REVIEW

Published Date: October 16, 2014
FIFA 15

FIFA 15

EA Sports have always strived for realism in their FIFA franchise. FIFA 15 upholds the series' lifelong tradition of making marked improvements upon the previous installments thus successfully taking steps toward capturing the true essence of the beautiful game with every sequel. This year, EA Sports do have a very refined product in...

OVERCLOCK

Published Date: October 16, 2014
TIME TO BUY A NEW GPU FOR CHEAP

TIME TO BUY A NEW GPU FOR CHEAP

Q4 2014 is going to be a treat for people who are looking to buy a new Graphics Card. On the other hand, devastation awaits those who recently bought theirs. The reason? Well, it's just one word to describe it all really – Maxwell GPU architecture. Nvidia released Maxwell (aka GTX 9xx Series) last...

Published Date: October 16, 2014
How to Learn “Real” Magic

How to Learn “Real” Magic

You know I always think about you people's wellbeing. Think about it in a way that makes your eyes start to twitch, and your brain to relay pictures of 'My Little Pony', I'm that guy who tells you stolen jokes from troll pages to soothe you. To calm you. My point being that you...

Published Date: October 16, 2014
THE DON'TS OF INSTAGRAM

THE DON'TS OF INSTAGRAM

Just like everything else that was once hipster, Instagram too has become a mainstream phenomenon. Allowing users to connect to multiple social networking platforms and enabling easy editing, the squared, filter-plastered images have become a popular form of expression as an alternate to status updates or tweets. As for any medium where socialising is involved, there are some basic etiquettes that everyone is expected to follow. Here are some things you're probably doing wrong (being hipster isn't an excuse). 1.  #hashtags #that #are #not #acceptable Hashtags are brilliant things that open up the universe to...

ALBUM REVIEW

Published Date: October 16, 2014
Karnival: Dysfunctional Motion Picture

Karnival: Dysfunctional Motion Picture

Karnival's latest album Dysfunctional Motion Picture is a wake-up call for people like me who had decided the local rock scene had nothing to offer us. Originally composed as the score to a film that ended up not happening after all, Karnival went ahead and released it independently as an album. For free. The...

Published Date: October 16, 2014
HOW TO EARN A NOBEL PEACE PRIZE

HOW TO EARN A NOBEL PEACE PRIZE

There is something curious about nationalism that infects us with a pair of internal blinkers and subconsciously limits our powers of reasoning. When the nationalist fervour is strongly burning inside of us, we are for the most part immune to our own logic. Logic is what we are calling it every time we...