A motley assortment of interesting (?) things

Monday, July 30, 2007

Union Carbide

Here is an old print ad for Union Carbide, the company responsible for the Bhopal tragedy. The tag line goes "A Hand in things to come, Union Carbide". Creepy Indeed!

Taken from a list of other creepy old advertisements here. But this one struck me as downright scary. Is this the price we pay for progress?

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

EverWonder? #5

EverWonder™ If you go about trying to prove Murphy's Law, Will something go wrong?

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Harry Potter Leak, perp leaves digital trail

I've noted in an earlier post that the latest episode of Harry Potter has been leaked on the net 4 days prior to the official release date. The perpetrator has painstakingly photographed each of the 700 or so pages of the volume. Some pictures have bits of his/her hands, a table top and a carpet.

The legal team representing the publisher though are not taking things lying down. The crook might just have joined the hall of shame alongside dumb thieves who leave driver's licenses and other forms of identification at the scene of the crime. he/she didn't bother to strip the EXIF data from the photographs and that information might just lead the investigators to his/her doorstep, provided canon divulges the information on who owns the camera with the specific serial number!

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Leaked!

** No Spoilers here **

Hermione dies though.
Hehe just kidding. I don't know the ending yet, and I don't want to know it before I read the book either. The book is scheduled for release on the 21st and right now millions of copies are sitting in thousands of warehouses and bookstores across the world.

In spite of warnings of dire consequences and pages and pages of legal threats there is bound to be a rotten apple somewhere.. and there is. Some dude went through the pains of actually photographing each page of the novel and uploaded it. Time to fire up that bit-torrent client maybe? Word has it that some pages are unclear, but that shouldn't stop the die hard fan.

I didn't preorder the book, thought the price was preposterous. Now I need to shield myself from the media till I actually read the book. There are evil people out there waiting to spoil the experience for me, like they did with "Sixth Sense". Or I gotta pay up now. Damn.

EDIT: I've noticed a lot of people ending up here looking for excerpts, so here the bit-torrent link

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

EverWonder? #4

EverWonder™ : Why a lift is called a lift, when it can also take you down?
"Oh I'm taking the drop to the ground floor"

Sunday, July 15, 2007

So...what is stopping you???

Ok. Listen. If someone's gonna be here looking for me, tell them Im not around.

Lie? "I" have to "Lie". That's so not possible!!!

Dei...Be nice, and do this once for me!!!

And, if I may ask, why exactly?

Err...Well, I was in this call with my parents....

Oh you were yelling at them all this while??? What son are you? Im so ashamed. I am friends with a guy who disrespects parents? Cha Cha...Too bad.


Ok so watever happened???

So, they have this arrangement made. There is gonna be someone in a while to see me here. And that can never happen.

Huh!!! why is that so bad? You cant have guests in here???

Dumbo, the guy is the female's brother.

Well well well...Hohoho...Hoho.....

Now stop laughing and do as told.

You are getting married??? Heheheheh.... and who is this female???You've seen her? What is her name?

Ive no idea. And whatever happens, that man is not going to be here sipping coffee in our living room. You get that???

Sir, Aye Sir! Consider it done Sir!!!


So, tell me this, what is stopping you?What are you afraid of???

Are you kidding? Its a Sunday today. The Day we have for ourselves. My parents want me to shave.


set the bed well


broom the place


and bathe and get ready when he comes



Tuesday, July 10, 2007



EverWonder? #3

EverWonder™ : Why is it when two planes almost hit each other it is called a near miss? Shouldn't it rather be called a near hit?

Sunday, July 8, 2007

Here I am!!!

A picture post in a long time. Somehow feel all my time is being robbed by people who are unimportant in MY life. And that explains why the blog has been clean and not littered with my writing...;)...Again this is something that I had done sometime back and isnt fresh here...I shall try and come up with something interesting soon...:D...

Friday, July 6, 2007


Have you ever watched a bunch of ants trying to carry a rather big piece of food? some ants are pulling in opposite directions, sometimes one ant gets on top of the crumb being carried. Individually each of these ants seems an Idiot, but together they achieve their goal. Swarm Intelligence.

Studying Swarm Intelligence had special significance in Robotics, If you've read Michael Crichton's Prey, you know what I am talking about. Nat Geo has an interesting article on swarm behavior

"In the Arizona desert where Deborah Gordon studies red harvester ants (Pogonomyrmex barbatus), a colony calculates each morning how many workers to send out foraging for food. The number can change, depending on conditions. Have foragers recently discovered a bonanza of tasty seeds? More ants may be needed to haul the bounty home. Was the nest damaged by a storm last night? Additional maintenance workers may be held back to make repairs. An ant might be a nest worker one day, a trash collector the next. But how does a colony make such adjustments if no one's in charge?"


Thursday, July 5, 2007

Animation Reuse?

Disney reuses it's animation? There is no denying that the artwork had been reused, but does it really reduce any work for the animators? *wonders..

Smart Revengeful Woman

Hahaha pwned!