5.31.2008

Ugh, it was my birthday...


My friend over at PhoneTag, James Siminoff, thought it would be funny to hand over a Macbook Air as a "gift" after I blew out the candle on a birthday cake. I immediately used it to cut the cake, it's so damn sharp it did a fine job. People thought it was funny enough to blog. So before this thing spreads, I thought I'd explain myself: It was a combination of some fantastic wine, constant ribbing from my friends, and a hand rolled cigar that did this.

As I see the Mac fans are coming out in droves, much respect... and um... it was a joke - I guess you had to be there ;) I assure you no Macs were harmed in the taking of this photo.

...and for those of you who keep emailing me to send you the Mac, it's not really mine, it's my friend who was hosting the party. They are constantly ribbing me about the Mac vs PC debate and thus the reason I was presented with the Mac as a "gift" -- get it? Now smile a little, it helps the day go by.

Ahh well, I wouldn't be needing this notebook for long anyways... :) Stay tuned for more...

53 comments:

cigraphics said...

i'll take that macbook :D
that's good in the kitchen

Anonymous said...

Still feeling the effects of all that wine eh?
Try reading back what you wrote, haha

Anonymous said...

As a starving student I'd gladly accept that macbook.
gtg7(nine)3x(at)gatech(dot)edu

addie said...

Well well well!!!! At least the macbook air has some use even when it is closed. Not like HP notebooks which are useless even when switched on!!!! Happy Birthday!!

Matt Ledger said...

Is the logo on your t-shirt upside down??

PS ... you should put that computer on ebay with bits of cake still on it ... I would pay good money for that!

Diandian said...

The guy is HP exec, I'm sure he makes enough money that he doesn't need extra cash to sell a cake covered macbook air

Anonymous said...

Awesome!

gopi said...

It's all a cover story.

Rahul realized that, last week, some blogger got a picture of him actually using a MacBook Air, and he realized that the PR fallout would be ridiculous. People would write about how this meant that even HP thought that Apple's laptops were better than theirs.

So, to cover up that story, he did this. Nobody will accusing him of treating a MacBook Air like a serious notebook again...

Either that, or somebody must've spiked his wine with Everclear.

Jiminy Cricket said...

Please mail the notebook to me, I am in a mental hospital an have been forbidden to use a knife. This should to the trick since I really want to slit my wrists after seeing this crap.

J.C. AD 1937

p e k o s ROB said...

On a side note, the text on the Blackbird website reads "The Blackbird is the one of the only high-performance..." shouldn't the first "the" be taken out?

this is under the power and level 5 raid section.

J said...

Well, I will take that Laptop off your hands if you don't need it anymore. :)

Pat said...

so redundant, and yet so repetitive...

ninyave said...

I am more than willing to accept that chocolaty computer to work with my students. ssusanow(at)gmail(dot)com

Anonymous said...

I love the smell of Mac-obsessed-anger-spit in the morning.

Mr Sood was given an HP T-shirt as a present, he was also given a macbook air, while wearing the t-shirt he used the mba to cut his cake as a joke.

So ? I'm sure his mba worked fine afterwards.
It was not an anti-mac publicity stunt but probably a smart way to not be seen using a mba while wearing an hp t-shirt and being a senior exec at hp.

Wow people really take their computer purchases seriously.
Me and a few friends who all buy sony ericsson phones are heading out later to beat up some nokia street kids, whos coming ?

fudged71 said...

MY HERO

Henning said...

What a naughty shirt.

Anonymous said...

Well I'm glad that HP execs still can enjoy "hand rolled cigars" and post about it! I think thats the real story here. Props for giving stoners everywhere a lot of hope. Cheers

Rahul Sood said...

Well I'm glad that HP execs still can enjoy "hand rolled cigars" and post about it! I think thats the real story here. Props for giving stoners everywhere a lot of hope. Cheers

LOL! Very funny :)

I guess we've never met. I rarely drink, and certainly don't smoke anything other than the odd cigar...

To all the Mac fans who were kind enough to message me in multiple mediums with venom --- It's okay to laugh at yourself once in awhile guys, try it sometime. You'll be much happier people :)

Anonymous said...

Possibly the most BOURGEOIS thing you could ever do with a birthday gift = FAIL.

Edemar said...

manual Trackback :P
http://www.versaobeta.net/?p=19

Anonymous said...

guess wat? his writing this blogpost using the "air" lol :P

vlad said...

this guy's a badass

Todd said...

"...HAND ROLLED CIGAR..." We call that a Blunt around here! Of a really Phat Joint!

Nathan said...

As a man of experience, what's the best way of cleaning icing off of a cake?

Also, may I have a slice of that delectable homemade cake and ...(cough)... your old Envy?

Rahul Sood said...

"...HAND ROLLED CIGAR..." We call that a Blunt around here! Of a really Phat Joint!

Lol! Up here in Canada we call them Cubans.

Mercury said...

Hmm... that's a rather small cake for such a big shot. You'd think they would've pitched in for at least half a sheet. ;)

Anonymous said...

As far as I can tell, he's actually *not* wearing an HP shirt in this shot - he's wearing an ESDJCO DJ shirt. http://www.esdjco.com/productcart/pc/catalog/ESTS78.jpg

As someone who both owns this shirt and owns 2 Macs, I don't know what to think of this photo - I love the fact that he's wearing the shirt, but hate the desecration of the MacBook Air! ;)

Anonymous said...

Super classy! And VERY funny. More!

geirwerner said...

Ha ha, kinda funny ! But it´s symptomatic, he couldn´t use a HP, even for this...
Oh, and please do somethinhg with the design of this blog. It hurts my eyes !
Anyway, happy birthday!

Juan said...

Well what can I say. I am poor and do not a computer because my family and I are newcomers in Canada. We have to pay a for computer time in a chat room + on top of that we will have to take the bus every time we have to email anyone.
I am poor and I think this is the meaning of being a rich guy... I mean... to do this.
I wish I would have at least an old computer or some one could give me any.!!!! I do not mind if is not a MAC. anything would be a bless!!!!
juancaco@msn.com

Gene Becker said...

That's what they get for having all edges, no sides...

Gene Becker said...

Hey, I just noticed they called you an exec...that's trippy dude

shiv said...

Very funny! Happy birth Day!!!

Brent Don said...

I'm an Apple fanboy. And this is hilarious.

Happy birthday!

Dan said...

Rahul, I'll have a piece of cake and some wine if you have any left. I have no use for the MacBook.

I'm an accountant, the Mac won't run any of my accounting or tax software. It wont run Excel VBA Macros. It wont run any of my games. It cant run Alpha Five, which blows Filemaker out of the water.

The other thing to consider is what would happen to those poor people in Lethbridge if they bought a MacBook. It would blow away in the wind!

Happy Belated birthday!

The Romantic Enchantress... said...

Surprisingly a very humorous and entertaining blog! Being a fellow sood, I decided to research our origin and somehow came upon your blog! :) Very cool...seems like you have got your hands full! And yes, I would have also been in the category of accepting that macbook, but alas I am a PC person! Happy Belated Birthday by the way!

Boris K said...

This is so American. Did you have a hot-dog eating contest after you cut the cake or a pie throwing party?

There is a food shortage in the world, yet HP executive cuts cakes with laptops. Decadent. Sick.

Rahul Sood said...

There is a food shortage in the world, yet HP executive cuts cakes with laptops. Decadent. Sick.

Oh puleaase.. Until you've travelled to places like Nizamabad with your family you'll never know what a food shortage is. I assure you sir, we ate every bit of that cake, and it was good.

mdnetcentral said...

Rahul:

"Oh puleaase.. Until you've travelled to places like Nizamabad with your family you'll never know what a food shortage is. I assure you sir, we ate every bit of that cake, and it was good."


Awesome picture mate. It looks like you're enjoying your life and your friends. It reminds me of some of our parties here, so good on you for the work you did at Voodoo and for enjoying your success.

Once you're done enjoying however, you might want to start thinking about trolling the internet for blogs so you can crticize strangers. Apprarently, this is the next best thing to having a life of your own...

Shamil said...

Macs are pc's today anyway. Ever since apple switched to intel hardware. Now it's just mac vs windows and people don't quite realize. Linux trumps all!!! You might want that macbook air if you put debian on it. And it doubles as a knife. Kill apple fiends with it!!

Anonymous said...

You lighten make of central artifact of faith.

You, you - - unfidel!

Jihad!

Anonymous said...

And everybody missed the signifcance of the last sentence.

Anonymous said...

That looks mighty Portal Cakeish.

winsolu said...

i love your blog....keep up good works. nice to visit your blog...:D

Anonymous said...

This is some briliant marketing if it was planned, I also love the burning of the website and the teaser video. I assume you're launching a macbook air competitor, good luck!!

Dave said...

As a starving student I'd gladly accept a slice of cake.

Colin Atkinson said...

Most of these comments are ridiculous and out of touch. Unbelievable.

It's as if no-one should be allowed to have fun or make a joke at their own birthday party. How lame.

I guess everyone should be a brooding, beret wearing, cigarette smoking, starbucks drinking Apple fanatic.

Kneel down at the altar of steve and apologize for your blaspheming, Rahul.

NewiMac said...

Whatever the intent was and I take it in the cheerful spirit it was done, it was a brilliant PR move seeing as it generated a ton of views just before you introduced your new Voodoo Envy. Now when you Google Macbook Air, your story about cutting the cake comes up as well as stories about the thinness of the Envy vs the Air. Brilliant. (I own a Macbook Air in large part becuz its OS X. I would not buy a laptop that was even thinner and had more features if it was running MS (I used MS products for 27 years)However, kudos to you and your team, especially since you are fellow Canucks

Mark Quitoriano said...

wow what a great knife! it also have Mac OS X built-in and it runs in core2duo!

Rey said...

Hummmm, I don't know... you sounds just like Creative CEO, Sim Wong Hoo... You know, talk a lot, self proclaim Apple killer? Probably you should have your own direction? instead of keep repeating... "this notebook is sooo thinnnnnn, point seven zeroooo"

nsz said...

hi and happy birthday,
for a company that does both the hardware and the software, with all due respect for hp, and all pc manufacturers, not forgetting to mention a strictly software company like microsoft, apple is the best, hardware wise and software wise, and wht u did there is really marketing for apple,,,,
wrote using a MacBook Air. simply the best.

~ Yuen ~ said...

you should open it 60 degress before you cut it...
other wise you'll have to cut twice for a piece...
^^

bossman at Wish a Happy Birthday said...

Happy Birthday Rahul :-) That cake looks lovely, i assume you licked it off the mac book also! waste not want not, and all that!