A motley assortment of interesting (?) things

Monday, April 30, 2007


| Olympus C4000 | F/2.8 | 6.8 mm | 1/800 Sec | ISO100 | No Flash | Post Processing: Crop, Curves, Border, Text |

The sun sets over the Nagarjuna Sagar dam on the river Krishna.

Samma hot machi!

| Olympus C4000 | F/2.8 | 6.8 mm | 1/400 Sec | ISO100 | No Flash | Post Processing: Border, Text |

I always thought that tonnes of red chillies spread all over the ground was a sight one could only see in Rajasthan. The other day I was in Guntur, Andhra Pradesh and I was surprised to see this sight. There were also acres and acres of sprawling green chilly fields with red fruit, that looked quite delicious (Thankfully I knew better). The sun was too bright to get an Ideal picture, but I couldn't wait nor come back later..

Sunday, April 29, 2007

How I Feel?

Good day Sir!How may I help you?

Uhh, well....lets see what I can have...

Yes Sir...The choices are right up there!

Yea...I can see...Very interesting line up though...


So watever comes up with C1?

C1! Thats a really good choice, Sir! What you see is what you get, Sir!

Well, theres not much i can figure out.

Well U get a zinger, a drink and a breast piece Sir.

A breast piece???Can i not get a wings?

Sorry Sir! Doesnt come with that!

Along wat does it come with!

We dont serve that here, Sir!

I thought u jus said u dont serve it with this alone.

No Sir, U got me wrong!

I got u Wrong???Huh!!! YOU SAID IT WRONG!

You want me to take the order, Sir?

[No thats ok, i was just passing time here with you]

Hell yea! Make a C1 for me!

Fine! Should I make it a meal?

Wats that?

You get to choose from french fries or an extra piece or extra rice.

Well then i'll go with the fries.

Small, Medium or Large?




the drink?

Yea wat about it?

Pepsi, Dew or Fanta?


Small, medium or Large???


Ice cubes r no cubes???

No ice cubes!

Want cheese???

In my Pepsi???

Sir, cheese on the burger?

No. Please!

To be served here or to go?

[HEY!!!! HEYYYYYYYYY!!! I dont want your stupid burger! Another question and am leaving this place. I would rather drink 3 cups of water n sleep off.]

Sir! To be served here or to go???

[All worked up now]
Do you generally ask this many questions?


No. Do u like asking questions? You know, is this something that you are fond of?

Thats my job, Sir!

Pissing off people??? You even call that a job? Is that really your job? What kinda job is that? What kinda sick sadist pays you for pissing off people like that?

Sir, Do you want me to take the order or not?

Is that how the person infront of me got that burger? I mean he should be one helluva Gandhian!

I think we are done here, Sir! Please step aside!

Why? Coz you are so miffed with my stupid questions?

Errr....yes, Sir?

Then now u know how i feel!!!

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Image stolen from a guy who steals art from other people.

Internet from home

So, good news. I got GPRS activated on my N70, connected my phone to my laptop, and now I have super-slow internet at home. hey, im not complaining.

Though I must say the mobile gmail is just as nifty as the actual gmail. Simple interfaces, ease in navigation, and so on and so forth, its just incredible.

The process of getting GPRS activated was another story altogether. Having received the mobile internet settings a week back, I spared no efforts in getting internet to function on my phone, but to no avail. Finally giving up (while simultaneously hating the fact that im giving up), I take it to an Airtel showroom. The chap there spent an hour fiddling with all the settings before he decided to involve 3 more people. So there was my phone, with four heads poring over it, when the cretin decides to drop the phone. oh sure, like that's going to work. So finally the problem turned out to be really bizarre. This was a new number I got from Airtel. the previous number was from Idea. The access points introduced by Idea were interfering with the access points of Airtel. Well, whodathunkit?


Location: Yelagiri
Characters: Mayaavi and I
Talk about life imitating art..

xkcd is a great web comic

Thanks for the link mayaavi

Entrepreneurial Success

"Ryan Lackey wears body armor to business meetings. He flies armed helicopters to client sites. He has a cash flow problem: he is paid in hundred-dollar bills, sometimes shrink-wrapped bricks of them, and flowing this money into a bank is difficult. He even calls some of his company's transactions "drug deals" – but what Lackey sells is Internet access. From his trailer on Logistics Staging Area Anaconda, a colossal US Army base fifty miles north of Baghdad, Lackey runs Blue Iraq, surely the most surreal ISP on the planet. He is 26 years old."

I didn't conjure up an Imaginary guy

Monday, April 23, 2007

Hopeless people, pointless talk


hey! wats up?

Nothing much! U?

We r just even then.

Hmm...so watever happened to that girl you got a number from.

lets not talk about it

Aaah...so thats a lotta talking to be done here.

Come on! Whats your problem now?

My problem??? Do i have a problem? I do haan???

Dei dei....dei...

Of all the people in this world "I" have a problem. I thought "U" had a problem.And the man who knows me best tells me this, that I HAVE A PROBLEM.

Dei dei....

Fine. Watever! If you dont wanna talk about it.

No. Jus one of those tough times.

I know...All you gotta do now is not to lose hope. The last thing that you wouldnt want is to lose all hope n be a zombie character sporting a miserable look on your face all day.

No. I dont want hope. Strip me fire me kick me kill me and the least thing I would ask for is hope. Thats killing me. People use it against me all the time. They give you hope and rob everything else.




Yea, so i wanna become Master Hopeless. Hopelessness shall be my religion.

But why??? You are already showing grave symptoms of Alzheimer's. It scares me dude.

No I'm not. When you are without hope you dont care much. And that indifference makes you very attractive.

It does???

Never doubt it my friend. It sure is a plus. Indifference the new Mantra. Hopelessness the new religion. And I shall be its priest. Im gonna take it to the world. So that shall be the order of the NEW WORLD. Lets create it.

Ya right! Go get some sleep, dumb ass!!!

Enter Sandman

Title Courtesy: Ra.Ge

Have you always been a great kisser???

Men are so good, they can come up with tales for everything, answering even the weirdest possible question. And i chose to write this one up coz i found a situation like this so silly but the man still comes up with something that can keep the lady interested r atleast engaged for a while...:P

*Kiss* *Kiss* I Love *Kiss* you *Kiss*

Oh sweetheart! That feels so good!

Im Sure it does

Were you always such a great kisser?

Nay...It was hard...25 yrs of kissmanship!!!


yeah! The Kissmanship! 25 years!

Tell me more! Wont you honey?

Its a long sad story i'll cut it short for u dear. A play in my kintergarden that had a kissing scene in the climax where the prince kisses the bride and takes her his lawfully wedded princess.


Apparently i got over-enthusiastic!!!

At that age???

Ahh Men dont change...they are all the same! Atleast I was....

So watever happened???

She started bleeding.


Yea BLEEDING...i apparently bit her.

So crude!

No i wasnt. It was very accidental. I wrote homeworks for her later on.

So sweet!

Yea so, while other kids were out there playing in the park merrily, i was practising my kissing lessons hard. I was kissing apples, oranges

I think we better stop that here.

Am glad u stopped me.

The lessons have paid off sweety-pie, havent they?

I guess so!

What was that again?

In this sentence the word 'and' occurs twice, the word 'eight' occurs twice, the word 'four' occurs twice, the word 'fourteen' occurs four times, the word 'in' occurs twice, the word 'occurs' occurs fourteen times, the word 'sentence' occurs twice, the word 'seven' occurs twice, the word 'the' occurs fourteen times, the word 'this' occurs twice, the word 'times' occurs seven times, the word 'twice' occurs eight times, and the word 'word' occurs fourteen times.

Friday, April 20, 2007

Style that food

The picture on the left is what you see on the KFC advertisements. The one on the right is what the surly waiter gives if you step into their store. Why am I not surprised that food stylists and photographers can earn like $2000 in a single day? I guess It's not just supermodels that get Photoshop face lifts. Link

Thursday, April 19, 2007


Panoramic view as seen from the tallest peak at Yelagiri, we got there after a 3 km trek. I experimented with a million tools before I got that proper panorama. I tried Hugin, enblend, Autopano-SIFT and AutopanoPro. I was too lazy to select common points in Hugin, so finally settled for the fully automatic AutopanoPro.

The picture itself is kind of disappointing though, the closer hills and trees obscure the farther away plains. Though it looks peaceful, the full drama of 960m about sea level is missing.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Tunnels Galore

The world suddenly seems to be obsessed with the idea of Submarine tunnels. A decade after British and French engineers demonstrated that it could be done, and after the two governments showed it could be maintained and run profitably, more engineers and governments are waking up to the idea.

Spain and Morocco want one. Right under one of the busiest maritime routes too, I wonder who is going to foot the $30Million bill though. If the Chunnel construction is any indication then the schedule and cost are bound to be many times the original estimate.

The one Russia wants to Alaska under the Bering strait, makes the Spanish tunnel seem small. The proposed 102km tunnel outclasses both the Spanish 39km tunnel and the 51.5km Chunnel. It is estimated to cost about $10-12Billion and is expected to pay for itself in 20 years.

Makes me wonder though, once these tunnels are complete, one would be able to drive from any continent to any other continent if one wants to? Hmm... right there is the idea for a never-been-done-before!

Dramatic Skies

| Olympus C4000 | F/2.8 | 6.8 mm | 1/800 Sec | ISO100 | No Flash | Post Processing: Curves |

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Knock Knock Knock

So you've heard all the knock-knock jokes out there. So its times for the knock-knock meta jokes :p

Knock, knock!
Who's there?
Banana who?
Knock, knock!
Who's there?
Banana who?
Knock, knock!
Who's there?
Banana who?
Knock, knock!
Who's there?
Orange who?
Orange you glad I didn't say "banana"?

Will you remember me in an hour?
Will you remember me in a day?
Will you remember me in a week?
Will you remember me in a month?
Will you remember me in a year?
I think you won't.
Yes, I will.
Knock, knock!
Who's there?
See? You've forgotten me already!

and the best of them all..

Knock, knock!
Come in
. . .



Monday, April 16, 2007


Here's one more teaser I did for the team-excursion organizers.

PS: I shamelessly stole this and the earlier source images from some flickr users (probably copyrighted). I promise to find them again and link to the originals.

Image Credit: LFM

Up in arms

What is the probability that the next person you see will have an above average number of arms:

a) Zero
b) Highly unlikely
c) Almost certain
d) Certain

Want to go out for a coffee?

Some people in my office are working out plans for a group outing. They wanted to send out some mailers, I made this for them.

Image Credit: Giant Ginkgo

Drunken driving flash game

Check this flash game. Reminds you of copter a bit... ok fine, a LOT. I got upto 8 pints, been crashing at 30 meters since. Kinda cool application of a simple control system, I guess. Changing P and I parameters relative to the duration of mouse-button-down.

Software Development

I've seen this image a million times before, and I'm sure you have too. But it never fails to evoke a smile for me. So I share.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Seat Belts

Did you really think they were dispensable ? Read this excellent account by a paramedic on what he sees at accident scenes and why he thinks seat belts are here to stay. I wish everyone would read this and use seatbelts.

here be some interesting quotes:

Do you know how we can tell the difference between people who were wearing their seatbelts and those who weren’t, at the scene of an automobile accident? The ones who were wearing their seatbelts are standing around saying “This really sucks,” and the ones who weren’t are kinda just lying there.

In a collision, you have three or four sub-collisions all taking place in sequence. First, the vehicle hits some object. The vehicle abruptly slows, but unrestrained objects inside it continue at the same speed, in the same direction. Then the unrestrained body hits the interior of the vehicle, and starts to slow. That’s the second collision. That body’s internal organs are still moving at speed until they hit the inside of the chest (or get cheese-sliced by their supporting ligaments—and that’s where you get things like bisected livers or aortas). The fourth collision is when the bowling ball you left on the rear deck hits you in the back of the head, because that continued at the same speed in the same direction. Newtonian physics: Learn it, live it, love it.

The article talks about a bowling ball in the rear. I try telling people how dangerous it is to leave stuff behind the back seat. Believe me a cell phone left in the rear can go cleanly right through your head in the event of a frontal collision. You just cant help but love Newtonian physics.

This post brought you you by a guy who does not wear a Helmet on a motorbike. I know I know..

Rules for writing

Kurt Vonnegut passed away recently on the 11th of April. Though I haven't read him, I've heard enough about him to want to read him, especially in the last few days.

What I found extremely interesting though is his advice on writing short stories. Bagombo Snuff Box:

  1. Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted.

  1. Give the reader at least one character he or she can root for.

  1. Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water.

  1. Every sentence must do one of two things -- reveal character or advance the action.

  1. Start as close to the end as possible.

  1. Be a sadist. No matter how sweet and innocent your leading characters, make awful things happen to them -- in order that the reader may see what they are made of.

  1. Write to please just one person. If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia.

  1. Give your readers as much information as possible as soon as possible. To heck with suspense. Readers should have such complete understanding of what is going on, where and why, that they could finish the story themselves, should cockroaches eat the last few pages.

Friday, April 13, 2007

Alien attack?!?!?

Took this pic with my phone camera (N70). Looks like a flaming foot landed and scorched both the plastic bag and the cement. Obviously, that wasnt the case, but it was coincidental that the continuity in the outline of the foot was maintained

Most of you already know that the normal vibrating frequency of my hand is around 7-8 Hz. So pardon the blur.

Art of Avoiding the A$$h0le Boss

Nice post by guykawasaki


LinkedIn and the Art of Avoiding an Asshole Boss

Since blogging about Bob Sutton’s notorious book, The No Asshole Rule, I have received a constant flow of emails from readers sharing their own tales of lecherous bosses and indignities suffered.

Mean-spirited morons are still running much of the workplace, and it’s time to take a stand. Most nastiness is directed by superiors to subordinates; so before taking a job, do your homework and screen them out in advance. (After all, avoidance is the easier than curing.)

To do this, I propose that you check your prospective boss’s references just like she’s checking out yours. I’m not suggesting that you ask your prospective boss for a list of references (you can try, but it may mean you don’t get the job).

Instead, do a LinkedIn reference check. First, look her up to determine if you have any common connections. If so, find out more from people you trust. Second, use the LinkedIn reference check tool to find people who overlapped with her in the past.

The beauty of this tool is that she doesn’t even have to be a member of LinkedIn. You simply specify the company and years of employment for her, and LinkedIn will show you people in your network who worked at that company during the same time.

Once you’ve located folks to serve as a reference check, you need to know what to ask. This is where Badass Bob Sutton comes in. He prepared this list of questions for you.

  1. Kisses-up and kicks-down: “How does the prospective boss respond to feedback from people higher in rank and lower in rank?” “Can you provide examples from experience?” One characteristic of certified assholes is that they tend to demean those who are less powerful while brown-nosing their superiors.

  2. Can’t take it: “Does the prospective boss accept criticism or blame when the going gets tough?” Be wary of people who constantly dish out criticism but can’t take a healthy dose themselves.

  3. Short fuse: “In what situations have you seen the prospective boss lose his temper?” Sometimes anger is justified or even effective when used sparingly, but someone who “shoots-the-messenger” too often can breed a climate of fear in the workplace. Are co-workers scared of getting in an elevator with this person?

  4. Bad credit: “Which style best describes the prospective boss: gives out gratuitous credit, assigns credit where credit is due, or believes everyone should be their own champion?” This question opens the door to discuss whether or not someone tends to take a lot of credit while not recognizing the work of his or her team.

  5. Canker sore: “What do past collaborators say about working with the prospective boss?” Assholes usually have a history of infecting teams with nasty and dysfunctional conflict. The world seems willing to tolerate talented assholes, but that doesn’t mean you have to.

  6. Flamer: What kind of email sender is the prospective boss? Most assholes cannot contain themselves when it comes to email: flaming people, carbon-copying the world, blind carbon copying to cover his own buttocks. Email etiquette is a window into one’s soul.

  7. Downer: “What types of people find it difficult to work with the prospective boss? What type of people seem to work very well with the prospective boss?” Pay attention to responses that suggest “strong-willed” or “self-motivated” people tend to work best with the prospective boss because assholes tend to leave people around them feeling de-energized and deflated.

  8. Card shark: “Does the prospective boss share information for everyone’s benefit?” A tendency to hold cards close to one’s chest—i.e., a reluctance to share information—is a sign that this person treats co-workers as competitors who must be defeated so he or she can get ahead.

  9. Army of one: “Would people pick the prospective boss for their team?” Sometimes there is upside to having an asshole on your team, but that won’t matter if the coworkers refuse to work with that person. Use this question to help determine if the benefit of having the prospective boss on your team outweighs any asshole behaviors.

  10. Open architecture: “How would the prospective boss respond if a copy of The No Asshole Rule appeared on her desk?” Be careful if the answer is, “Duck!”


Thursday, April 12, 2007

Cut Glass

Taken on B/W film and scanned in.

Violets in Technicolor

Mr.Know All

People generally dont expect you to know everything not even in a job interview. Atleast that was my opinion until recently. So what has changed things now. Recent times have made me think again. Specially after the stories I've heard from colleagues, friends who have given their job interviews.[I'll spare my interviewers, they only asked me qns to which i knew the answers ;)]

So here is a compilation of responses you could use if you think you are really screwed royally in a job interview.

Interviewer shoots a real toughie, something that isn’t required for the position offered:
Candidate Response 1:
Exactly Sir. Even google dint have an answer. And am curious too. What is the answer by the way?

Candidate Response 2:
You sure do seem to possess a lot of expertise in this domain. I know this friend in Microsoft and am giving an interview this weekend. Wanna come along?

Candidate Response 3:
One minute sir.
[After bringing in an employee of the company]
Could you please repeat the question?
[The employee gets really nervous now....]

Candidate Response 4:[I couldn’t help but put this in tamil]
[3 interviewers on the panel, the guy walks in]
Interviewer: Have a seat Mr.X
Candidate: Thank you.
I: You look very tensed. Want some water? Take your time!
I: What??? enakka
C: Bayam illaama pinna ennavaam. Kooda rendu pera vachirukiyae...Unakku thaanda bayam.
Dairyam irunthaa, thaniyaa, enakku answer therinja questions mattum kelu daaa paapom
I: ?????

Well, will you get hired for these responses? Will the interviewer atleast realize he was so stupid? Huh, Why do you really care? You've got nothing to lose.!!!

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Beautiful Animal

Spotted on a place-mat at a restaurant Mayaavi and I dropped in at recently..

EDIT: here's part of the menu, where you get to eat Calabrese, Don Corleone or Gladiator. Italian of course, Viva la Rome. I never imagined there could be a Vegetarian Italian place..

When you get bored at work..

..you draw a sketch of your phone, and take a picture of it with the same phone :p

Tuesday, April 10, 2007


If I ever go to Vietnam, I have to get myself one of these.

“There are two varieties of snake wine. A large venomous snake can be placed into a glass jar of rice wine, often with many smaller snakes, turtles, insects, or birds, and left to ferment for many months. Snake blood wine is prepared by slicing a snake along its belly and draining its blood into a mixing vat with rice wine or grain alcohol. The gall bladder can be emptied into glasses with wine and the snake meat, liver, and skin can be prepared to accompany the drink.”

No I don't think I could ever get myself to drink this, but it would make a great display piece and an awesome conversation starter :p

Help, the propellor's falling off!

This is not a photoshopped image. This picture was taken from inside the plane with a phone camera. The propeller seems to be falling apart, though that was far from the truth. Do you think you can come up with a reasonable explanation to this weird effect?

And no this is not really a one-off thing. See this this this and this.
and that, that and that.

via boingboing

Unrelated funny video of plane wings being fixed with duct tape!

Monday, April 9, 2007

Ever Wonder ? #1

I must've seen half a million movies in which the protagonist is desperately trying to break into a computer system to stall some impeding apocalypse/holocaust/Death of life as we know it. So s/he types in this wrong password, and s/he sees this HUGE red rectangle with font size 200 text saying "Access Denied". And then just in the nick of time the hero/ine just "gets" the correct password. EverWonder™ Why the computer returns a HUGE green rectangle with font 200 "Access Granted"? Every time a regular user logs in with his password, does the computer celebrate the access with the green screen instead of redirecting to the page where s/he could get some work done?

Sunday, April 8, 2007


Created entirely from scratch in Paintshop Pro. I drew that moon earlier to illustrate a point, though I'd extend it a little and created the silhouettes. I think the image badly needs a bat, an owl or a howling dog :p

(I took the upper parts of the branches from one of my earlier photographs)

Friday, April 6, 2007

Paris 360

Here is an interesting little java app that gives you a 360 degree panaromic view of paris as seen from the Eiffel tower. (Click drag to move around and escape to exit)

Knight Rider car up for sale!

KITT the talking, homicidal, flame-throwing, turbo-boosting, red-roving-LED, did I say talking? car of Knight Rider fame can be all yours for only $US149,995. Or you could get a fake replica here for around $70,000.

Though pretty cheesy and campy in retrospect, I remember spendng many a weekend just waiting for this show :p

Thursday, April 5, 2007


Here's a puzzle that piqued my interest a little while ago:

There are 100 doors in a row, that are all closed. Now you make 100 passes through the doors. In the first pass, you toggle every door. In the second pass you toggle every second door. In the third pass, you toggle every third door and so on. Now after 100 passes how many doors are open and how many are closed?

(Toggle means to close a door if it is already open , or open it if it is already closed)


| Olympus C4000 | F/2.8 | 19.1 mm | 1/20 Sec | ISO100 | No Flash | Post Processing: Levels, Border |

Unrelated: I watched this movie called Fallen Though it has some plot inconsistencies and some general sillyness, it turns out an interesting movie. I'd rate it 4/5.

You first.. Umm no, you first..

Strange that I should read two Blog entries in two days, both linked from Shiv's blog. Both talk about something very different and then both gravitate to the all-important question. Should/Can the girl make a first move?

One post by a guy asks the question "Why cant it be that a girl just goes ahead and asks out the guy." The second entry by a gurl says "I believe that the guy should make the first move". Keshi's post has 70 odd comments now, with people going with and against girls making the first move..

First look says:

9 votes for Girls shouldn't hesitate to make the first move.
6 for Girls should NOT make the first move.

A little more investigation reveals something far more interesting though.. Of the 9 votes that are pro-girl-moves-first, 7 are guys. Of the 6 that are no-girl-first move, 5 are girls.

In conclusion:
Girls, Guys want you to make the first move.
Guys, Girls want YOU to do it.

Go Figure!

PS: now I gotta figure out how to post a poll on these blogs :p

Wednesday, April 4, 2007

King-Size life

So what is it? Is it the cigarette or the drink?

What cigarette? What drink?

No.. what makes you drink? Why do you smoke? Which leads to which?

Huh! I donno!!! May be the smoke is what that drives me to drink.

You sure about that?

No wait a minute. That should make me drink every 3 hours then. Theory refuted in that case. So that makes my drink the culprit.

You’re drunk even now?

WTF! You brought that up! Ok now that it’s out there on the table lets talk about it. Actually that’s a very interesting question. I don’t drink every day. But yes I drag almost every third hour. So the answer may be that, "drink in no way is proportional to smoke” also you can’t equate gases and liquids can you ?
at the same time,
I am beginning to see a faint connection from another angle.

And what is that Newton?

Usually two three large get me fuzzy and happy. But a pack of Kings leaves me wanting more!. So you see the connection???

*Puzzled look*
May be the daylight is doing something to you.

Now who is drunk here!

...thaaa mavanae!

Heheh...Now you are talking my language. All this talk is making me thirsty, lets go get a drink.

US H1-B cap for the year exhausted already!

The USCIS started accepting applications yesterday for H1-B skilled workers. They received 150,000 applications for 65,000 available visas within 24 hours! There are an additional 20,000 visas for aspirants who acquired an advanced degree from an American university.

American Technology companies are using this as further argument to support their stand that the cap needs to be increased. Bill Gates wants to get rid of any sort of a limit. But the Congress is not moved, they are actually looking at bringing in further restrictions and stricter regulations to ensure that the American worker is not robbed of his job.

one word. Dammit.

UPDATE: Rediff is reporting on the bill being introduced to make it difficult for employers to seek H1B employees. Ultimately, In the long run, this can only benefit India. In the short run however, it hurts me!

Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Twig Maze

Took this picture on my older Canon EOS66. I had bought some crappy black and white film, the cheapest I could find for practice, was very grainy and dirty :p. I didn't write the settings down :(
Post processing: Scan, crop and contrast adjustment

SuperMarket 2.0

Can't recognize the accent but, Lots of Geek inside jokes in this hilarious video! Tags, AJAX, del.icio.us, RSS feeds, It's got it all!

How to break-up in 64 easy steps

Lev Yilmaz'z animation video. Had me laughing aloud!

EDIT, Thanks for pointing me to this Mayaavi. There you go :)


| Olympus C4000 | F/2.8 | 11.2 mm | 1/200 Sec | ISO100 | No Flash | Post Processing: Curves, Border |

In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.

-William Wordsworth

Orwell was indeed very optimistic!

According to the latest studies, Britain has a staggering 4.2million CCTV cameras - one for every 14 people in the country - and 20 per cent of cameras globally. It has been calculated that each person is caught on camera an average of 300 times daily.

Use of spy cameras in modern-day Britain is now a chilling mirror image of Orwell's fictional world, created in the post-war Forties in a fourth-floor flat overlooking Canonbury Square in Islington, North London.

On the wall outside his former residence - flat number 27B - where Orwell lived until his death in 1950, an historical plaque commemorates the anti-authoritarian author. And within 200 yards of the flat, there are 32 CCTV cameras, scanning every move.

Big Brother is here!

Monday, April 2, 2007

The Pink Slip

Shakespeare told James Bond 007 = mc2

Balaaaa! Bala where are you???

Right here!

Ya right! Hide and Seek at 26! Where are you ass?
What you doing here?


Come on up silly.

It is so nice here. Leave me here.

You’ll be fine up here. You have a nice bed. Come on up now. And what is that you are reading?

.Net Framework 2.0??? I heard dialogues like “Shakespeare told James Bond 007 = mc2”

You heard it too? I’m going bonkers.[Sob Sob]

What? What is your problem now?

What is MY problem? You came here! What is your problem?

You are so weird. What is your goddamn problem? Why are you acting so strange?

[Oh well I’ve a constipation problem and that’s why I’m trying so hard under the bed.]
Coz I have a lot of fun this way. Now why is it so hard for you to let me be this way? I’m loving this place. Under the bed, No lights, No disturbance perfect for reading, aint it?

I’m gonna pick up this book at Odyssey. You want something?

Yea! would like some kothu parotta and an Omelette.


So what that’s the only shop in the city? GET ME A KOTHU PAROTTA AND AN OMELETTE, pleeeeeeeease!

[Dinner ready]

Ok tell me this. Something wrong at Office?

Something wrong? No. No No. Everything’s wrong! I’m screwed. Royally ufcked up. That’s how I’m now.

What you saying? What happened?

“What am I saying?” I’m saying My kothu parotta doesn’t have enough salt and I would like some.

Dei, be serious!

I’m already, moron. Don’t you see me holding a .Net 2.0 book? And pages and pages of scribbling all around me and under my bed. I lost my ufcking job and I’m looking for jobs already.

UFCK. How did that happen?

Sunday, April 1, 2007

and then I had to Spill the Beans

| Olympus C4000 | F/2.8 | 13.1 mm | 1/30 Sec | ISO200 | No Flash | Post Processing: Crop, Border |

Used a wrong preset white-balance mode for the color.

Movie Mania

I'm on some kind of a movie watching spree. I guess I'm trying to escape from the harsh realities of life :p

In the last two weeks I watched:

  • In Pursuit of Happyness (3/5)
  • Stranger than Fiction (5/5)
  • Children of Men (4/5)
  • Cars (5/5)
  • Open Season (3/5)
  • Fallen (4/5)
  • Panic Room (4/5)
  • Babel (5/5)
  • Motorcycle Dairies (In Spanish, without subtitles :p) (5/5)
  • The Prestige (3/5)
  • The Departed (5/5)
  • The Fellowship of the Ring (5/5)
  • The Two Towers (5/5)
  • The Return of the King (5/5)
  • Date Movie (1/5)
  • Trial and Error (2/5)
  • the last eight aired episodes of Family Guy (5/5)

I'm averaging more than one movie a day. With my new 19" monitor and a creative audigy2.0, soundblaster 5.1 speaker system, I must say I'm loving it!

I still have to watch:

  • Borat
  • The Illusionist
  • Entrapment
  • 300
  • The Namesake

Now the strange thing was that I found Cars more touching than The pursuit of Happyness. Should I take it that something wrong with me? :p

April Fools

Sigh, it's the first of April and the internet is rife with hoaxes, jokes and blatantly false information, all in the name of good-natured humor. Google as always leads the way. They want to send free printouts of your email to your home, in a service called Google Paper. They'd like you to enjoy a new FREE broadband services piped into your home through err the sewer pipes. This breakthrough service is called TiSP. The vivid Installation instructions are truly a sight to behold.

Nobody is immune:

All this tomfoolery and shenanigans however is not without precedent, without much further ado, I present to thee the top ten list of best April fool Hoaxes. There has to be a top ten list of Everything right? right?

Groan. Please wake me up when April ends.

they just keep coming

UPDATE2: NDTV too! retrieving sounds from walls indeed!