Sharapova wins Australian Open 2008

Maria Sharapova has won this year’s Australian Open women’s finals against Serbia’s Ana Ivanovic (7-5, 6-3). It was a well anticipated finals between the two glamour girls of tennis with the latter being the crowd favorite. This was her second grand slam finals appearance since Roland Garros in France. I was also rooting for Ivanovic, but Sharapova was merciless on the court today. Last year she also reached the finals but didn’t win the title. This year was a different story. Without dropping a set she showed the world why in such very young age she already was able to win two grand slam championships: Wimbledon and the US Open respectively. Despite her win Sharapova will remain as No. 5 in the world rankings.

As for her part, Ana Ivanovic has nothing to be ashamed of. Although she lost she now moves to No. 2 in the world rankings from No. 4. World No. 2 at 20 years old? I’d take it. The Australian Open is just the first of the exciting grand slams to come this year. I’m sure we will see a lot of Ivanovic in the coming months. There’d be a lot of opportunities and being a future No. 1 is not far-fetched.



I am so, so happy that Ana Ivanovic has reached the Australian Open finals! In one of my previous posts I said I doubt if she’s even gonna reach the semis but I’ve kept my fingers crossed. Good luck to her on her match against seed no. 5 Maria Sharapova (and Henin losing was like, whut?!). I’m so gonna to watch it tomorrow!


Linux horror

So I got an EEE PC with pre-installed OS Xandros Linux, right? So far I love almost every bit of it: size…very portable, battery…efficient, office applications…nice, web browsing…great, wifi adapter…perfect, installing new applications…


Although I use OpenOffice in doing most of my documents, I’m used to Windows OS so I’m kind of lost when it comes to Linux. If you’re new to Linux (like me) and you’d want to install some applications, say, LimeWire, GOOD.LUCK. It’s not as easy as “download and install” like in Windows. You have to know that the term “terminal window” and other technical terms are vital to be able to understand and eventually successfully install applications on Linux.

So for those of you out there who are going bald trying to figure out how to install Limewire on EEE PC Linux, after several days of frustration, i tried the following, and – HALLELUJAH -it worked:

1. download the Limewire package for Ubuntu/debian from the limewire site ( and save it in your Home directory.
2. press ctrl-t to open terminal window
3. type “sudo dpkg -i LimeWireLinux.deb” (without quotation marks)
4. type “limewire”

WAIT. I know, I know. Some may get the error message saying there’s something wrong with Java and the system may not have the right version. OK, so you need to install the correct JRE version for your system. One way to do that is to get Eclipse (You may be scratching your head wondering what the hell it is. Google it.). But before that, you may need to enable your system’s Full Desktop Mode (KDE) first, and here’s how you do it (you have to be connected to the Internet):

1. press ctrl-alt-t to open up a terminal
2. type “sudo bash” to gain root access
3. type “apt-get update”
4. type “apt-get install kicker” and type “y” when asked if you want to install
5. type “apt-get install ksmserver” and type “y” again
6. type “exit” to exit root account
7. type “exit” to close terminal
8. press power button and you will see the Full Desktop option on the left, press it to reboot computer to Full Desktop mode
9. If you reboot again your computer will go back to Easy Mode. go to Settings tab in easy mode, click on Personalization, and select the check box next to Full Desktop Mode. you will now have Full Desktop mode everytime you boot up.

Whew. Now the next problem is downloading a JRE for Limewire. As I’ve said earlier, you can have
that by using Eclipse. To install it you need to do the following:

1. download EasyEclipse Expert Java (easyeclipse-expert-java-1.2.2-2.tar.gz) to My Documents (default) from
2. right click and extract all to My documents
3. go to sub directory created easyeclipse-expert-java-1.2.2 and launch it (double click)
4. if you get an error message, rename jre sub directory in sub directory easyeclipse-expert-java-1.2.2 to jre_unused
5. go to sub directory created easyeclipse-expert-java-1.2.2 and try to launch it again

Now that you have Java taken cared of, you can now try relaunching LimeWire. See how much work you need to do to install just a single application? Linux is a great OS once you get the hang of it. But geez, it’s far from being user friendly.

The “It Girls” of Russia

Dasha Zhukova – daughter of a Russian tycoon and reportedly the girlfriend of Roman Abramovich, the billionaire who owns the Chelsea soccer club in London.

Ksenia and Anastasia Virganskaya (the Gorbachev girls) – granddaughters of Mikhail Gorbachev

These and other well-connected beauties are the It Girls of Moscow, part of a transnational jet set that shows up from Monaco to Ascot.

Entertainment programmes on Russian television interview them. Local glossy magazines register their every heartbreak and hemline. And beginning next year, Tatler, the British society magazine, plans to start publishing its first foreign edition here, to focus on Russian socialites who, like Paris Hilton in the West, influence the handbags, the lap dogs and the taste in boyfriends to which other trend-conscious people aspire.

‘We don’t have our own Angelina Jolie or our Britney Spears with the resources to wear fancy clothes,’ said Ksenia Chilingarova, 25, a poet and magazine editor who is also an It Girl herself, the daughter of Artur Chilingarov, a deputy speaker of Russia’s lower house of parliament and a polar explorer.

At 11am on a recent Friday, she was dressed in evening attire – a common sight in Moscow because constant traffic jams prevent people from going home to change at the end of the day – for a party that night.

‘The reality is that the children of famous people are so popular because they have the money to dress up, wear jewellery, travel to Paris and London and be photographed doing it,’ she said.

Indeed, the party pages of Russian editions of Harper’s Bazaar, Hello, OK!, Viva! and GALA are so popular that readers flip to the back to read them first, and to check out what local socialites are wearing, said Shakri Amirkhanova, editor-in-chief of the forthcoming Russian-language Tatler.

Ten years ago, the wives of successful businessmen who spent a lot of time and money getting gussied up in flashy clothes, served as role models, she said.

‘Now it is a new generation – I call them ‘the children of’ – who have influential lifestyles,’ said Amirkhanova, 29.

Amirkhanova, who is the granddaughter of Rasul Gamzatov, a well-known poet, used to date Boris Yeltsin Jr, the grandson of the former Russian president, and has attended Paris fashion shows with Zhukova and other It Girls.

‘If they work in fashionable jobs, if they wear a mix of designer and high-street clothes, if they go on spiritual retreats in Tibet and drink green tea and do yoga and have iPhones, other people will follow,’ she said.

There is some historical precedent for this phenomenon. In czarist times, members of the nobility followed the doings of the ruler’s entourage. And in some ways, the new Moscow high society replicates the old Soviet caste system, in which children of the nomenklatura (the elite) attended the same elite schools and social events (although without blog coverage).

‘Russia has always been a monolith state and Russians have always been obsessed with people in power,’ said Nina Khrushcheva, an associate professor in the international affairs programme at New School University in New York.

Khrushcheva, a Nabokov scholar, is the great-granddaughter of premier Nikita Khrushchev, who was ousted in 1964.

‘So now it is a monolith state with tall, blonde, leggy girls who promote themselves as the children of power,’ she said.

The Gorbachev granddaughters, both of whom work as editors at lifestyle magazine Grazia, came to international attention several years ago when they attended a Paris debutante ball at the Hotel Crillon.

But they aren’t entirely at ease in their public roles.

‘I feel uncomfortable in this dress,’ said Ksenia Virganskaya of the black tuxedo dress with white cuffs that she said Donatella Versace had chosen for her, at the Versace boutique late last month.

She turned to show the originally backless outfit which was now patched with a large oval of white cloth. ‘I made them close it up before I would wear it,’ she confided.

She was about to leave for St Petersburg to interview French film icon Catherine Deneuve for Grazia. Her younger sister, meanwhile, was preparing to fly off to an event at Versailles.

‘It was not my goal to become a trendsetter,’ said Anastasia. ‘But now people write, ‘Look at the Gorbachev girls, even their dog is a trendsetter.”

-Natasha Singer, NYTS

Hmmmm…. a certain Paris Hilton is more than enough. Really.