Friday, December 31, 2010
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Thursday, December 09, 2010
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Tuesday, November 09, 2010
Saturday, November 06, 2010
"If people do search within Facebook, if they do email within Facebook, if they do instant messaging within Facebook, all of these will chip away at Google's properties."
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
check this out
It looks awesome.. probably time to get into RIM stock (up 6% after the demo) and short AAPL ??
BB is FLASHing too much about Adobe .. thats the downside.. (a dig at Mr.Jobs who seems to be proud of his non-FLASHY 10" Pad compared to a FLASHY 7" tablet)
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Friday, October 08, 2010
Thursday, October 07, 2010
Tuesday, October 05, 2010
Saturday, October 02, 2010
Friday, October 01, 2010
Monday, September 27, 2010
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Friday, September 24, 2010
At the height of his power, Alexander the great, the undisputed master of the known world (at that time) would still draw his sword first at the beginning of the war and his horse(s) would charge in the front and lead his men to the war. Alexander felt that he could not ask his men to risk their lives unless he was willing to demonstrate by his actions that he had complete confidence in the outcome.
The sight of Alexander charging forward so excited and motivated his soldiers that no force on earth could stand before them..A leader is able to inspire the "fire to do" in others.
That kind of confidence make men believe in the leader.
I am not back from any soft skill training, but this is inspirational.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Now dog faeces was found in the CWG Village (just like any other village in India) and then this and this.
Really embarrassing and bad news. We have spoilt our image due to corruption. Shame on the organizers for spoiling India's image.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Sunday Morning (2004) Maroon 5 Song (Beginning is really good, but then it loses steam)
Sunday Morning (1967) by Velvet Underground (Heard this recently )
I like Velvet Underground version - very lullaby-ish : Andy Warhol's group....
Thursday, September 09, 2010
Wednesday, September 08, 2010
Sri Lankan president extends grip on power
By Jane Cowan
Updated 8 hours 15 minutes ago
The Sri Lankan president will extend his grip on power after the country's parliament voted to amend the constitution.
In what critics describe as "the last nail in the coffin" of Sri Lankan democracy, the country's parliament passed a constitutional amendment abolishing two-term presidential limits.
The changes also loosen rules designed to prevent the politicalisation of the police and the judiciary.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa was re-elected in January after the government won the 25-year-old civil war against the Tamil Tigers.
He can now stand for re-election in 2016.
Mr Rajapaksa is popular with Sri Lanka's Sinhalese majority but critics have accused him of stifling dissent.
He had already been accused of ignoring the rule of law and jailing opponents.
Other changes empower him to appoint top judges and other public officials unfettered by any legal veto.
Mani Ratnam made Ravana and revived the trend ;-) and now it looks like Ramayana will repeat all over again..Looks like a new Lankeshwar in the making..
Friday, September 03, 2010
Nirvana near the ABB compound. Enlightened. It was like the Billie Jean video.
Wednesday, September 01, 2010
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Check out the Heart Sutra by Imee Ooi.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Monday, August 23, 2010
Friday, August 20, 2010
Of course people have been really hungry over this problem. Let us wait and watch what happens.
Meanwhile there is a joke doing the rounds : P == NP for N = 1. I would strongly agree with that.
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Monday, August 16, 2010
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Seeing the common junta. Manyata is a "Tech park" with people wearing ID tags. Here, at Infantry Road, it was a pleasure to just walk out of the building and get some good filter coffee and good darshini food. 2 people come to my mind when I think of people whom I see everyday while going to office.
Just in front of the Bangalore High Court, a lady sells buttermilk and flavored milks under an umbrella. She looks somewhat like Sudha Murthy. Was just wondering she must have some financial crunch to work at that age....She was not to be seen for a week....Then she returned yesterday - with her hair dyed. Must have gone to a marriage to some other town.
There is one more character who stands in front of SP Road, dressed like Jesus. People put coins into his hand. And then there is a car with a sticker "The Power of NOW" which sometimes charges me up as a motivational statement.
Hmmm....Change is essential in life.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Interesting movie. Generally audience snores while the actors act. Here the audience see the actors snoring away and still walk back dazed.
Here is a good explanation I got regarding the movie. Reminds me of OSI Layers.
Sunday, August 08, 2010
Saturday, August 07, 2010
Songs post the A R Rahman are about "collaborations". Out of the 5 songs, there are about 10 singers - Which is good thing, I agree.
But the good old days where the hero had one voice for all the 5 songs is conspicuously missing. There is no one like a Kumar Sanu or a Udit Narayan or a (ummm whatwashername??) Alka Yagnik. Kumar Sanu was good. Now he has become antique value, if you ask me.
We have songs like this one which I can't understand....Is it really Hindi (or urdu or punjabi or mix) ?
But if I listen to a song like this one or this one there is a bollywood soul to these songs (the duets) and the lyrics are easy as well. The songs now are somewhat different(gosh! I'm sounding old), if you understand what I mean. Good if you purchase a CD of Rs25, you can put it in your car, and remember those student days.
Saturday, July 31, 2010
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Monday, July 26, 2010
This is a standard traffic rule, even the traffic police use this.
Life goes on, with tree branches and monkeys everywhere.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
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Saturday, July 17, 2010
Sunday, July 11, 2010
The second one ice cream tastes OK.
The third one ice cream tastes not so bad.
The fourth one ice cream tastes sick and makes you sick as well ->lowest return.
This is the law of diminishing returns as I read about sometime ago.The law of diminishing returns also holds good in case of pain as well.
The first sorrow makes you feel real bad. When you drenched off all your sorrow and cannot be morose further,it first becomes a "philosophical laugh" (like the Mera Naam Joker's laugh). Even then if you keep experiencing pain, you feel nothing at all.
In case of achievement, I am not sure whether the law of diminishing returns holds. One achievement brings more encouragement. But of course, you are more bound to commit mistakes. After Hitler's anschluss of Austria, he was encouraged and Czech acquisition became a matter of urgency to Hitler. He wanted to finish that one off.
Thursday, July 08, 2010
Wednesday, July 07, 2010
There was a big rush to the applications for BS @ NCJ as I passed through Gandhi Bazaar yday : It seems the US universities ask for a 4 year course in Science for MS in Physics etc. So, Indian applications for Sciences in the US universities might pick up according to me.
But it is a good move from the state to have a 4 year science course. I think they should have some courses in Photonics and Solar Energy to fuel research in these areas. I also heard IISc would be starting BS course. But no idea abt that.
Saturday, July 03, 2010
If you take more and more and give nothing, your influence-circle keeps on diminishing and in the end, it comes to your immediate family/friends. They will tolerate you because there is no other option. This is the truth of life from my point of view, and everyone needs to realize it.
Current Music :Lou Reed - Wild side
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
But here is an interesting situation in Ecuador :
Beneath the lush green equatorial forest, there are nearly 1 billion barrels of crude oil.
How can the Ecuador government resist this black gold extraction and making the economy prosperous ?
Check out the slide show and read this article on Ecuador's forest
Sunday, June 20, 2010
a) Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by William Shirer
b) Freedom at Midnight by Larry Collins and Dominique Lapierre.
Both books describe the 1930s and 1940s and opposite philosophies , I would say. Too early to judge/compare these books , right now but my thoughts are now on Gandhi.
Some parts of "Freedom at Midnight" evoke strong emotions, but some parts of the book (if very credible) just describe Mahatma Gandhi's very complex character. I just cannot understand why he did what he did. Some of his actions represent what is called as the "conscience of india" . Deep down in our DNA I have seen many people (especially the older generation) who have that "sacrifice is everything in life" kind of attitude. But he is a leader who is more like a working class hero - who understood India so well!
The Third Reich , on the other hand (once again, if the book is very credible), describes the mind of a maniac. A military demagogue who is misled by some of the most cranky philosophies and blind patriotism is able to convey his strong emotions to his countrymen. But once again a great leader and a master strategist. We can learn quite a bit from this book.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Pity. There is work to be done. But then I am just plugged off.
Current Music : Otis Redding - (Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay
Saturday, May 29, 2010
Things to do. What else to do?
Things that are done.
Things that could be done.
Things that cannot be done.
Things that could be done.
Things that can't be undone.
It is so easy to say I am not responsible. Because if you have to say "I am responsible", you might have to say "I am irresponsible". - Stephen Covey
Current Music : No doubt - Sunday Morning.
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Firstly the song is an old song.....There is a remix version of the original Rafi Saab's rendition of Tumjho Mil gaye ho
Regarding the bass riff, it was one of Aqua's effort sometime ago , which did not feature their trademark cartoon feel - The code ad's riff is very similar to Aqua's Turn Back Time.. Listen to the bugle (or the clarinet or whatever wind instrument)....
But interesting remix...
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
The results for my Spring 2010 are out, I did not get the best marks(screwed up the subject which I would have liked to do really well), but good enough to complete the course. phew. It is a tough course and it feels good to add 2 years of academic education to your life. Would recommend this one to someone who is really motivated and would like to set their ass on fire even though work is piled up at office.
Now I will wait for the certificate. But as shown in 3 idiots, education is about the journey rather than the degree. MS was just like engineering, but a LOT more deeper. But definitely way better than the BE in terms of depth. To be frank it did take a toll on my weekends and I effortlessly get up at 3am these days. I bunked a few social gatherings (which have made the extended family angry), but seriously it is too much these days and I do not regret "not going" to a function AT ALL. Of course I will make up my absence and indifference and all that.
Monday, May 10, 2010
Friday, May 07, 2010
They would ask him what would he do when he grew up. With a straight face he would reply, I will be a swami one day.
Then one day, he visited the village tent. He saw a movie in the tent. The heroine wore a tribal dress and showed some subtle expressions on screen and his life was changed. His textbooks always used to have fotos of gods. Now came the foto of the heroine of the movie. The gods and the heroine. Both were his favorites. He had told his friends that he will meet her at any costs.
Then one day, after his tenth exams, he left his town forever. He was away for 2 years. Rumors told that he traveled North and met the great rishis and the agoris in the North. He began to "radiate with enlightenment"  - He became really famous. He had a clear vision - and a belief about his spiritual influence on thousands of people.
Meanwhile the heroine of who wore the tribal dress suffered personal life problems and she became unacceptable to the item number hungry audience. Her second marriage was also unhappy. She struggled with her career and life....But a strange thing happened.
And the boy cam back as Swami Nithyananda. He was rich and powerful. With his grit and determination he won his high school sweetheart- The actress Ranjitha and he went on to fool and rule his followers.
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Feel like laughing.
Doesn't Dave Matthews look like Tom Hanks ?
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
The best is that it is powered by 3G(what we are working on ;-) ). 3G and LTE are technologies which are just PERFECT access technologies for this. Because there is limited browsing which you can do with a Mobile Phone.
Watch the video here :
A look at Apple's iPad with David Carr of 'The New York Times' and Walt Mossberg of 'The Wall St. Journal.
Does anyone have any other opinion ? I have read a couple of news sites and I like the concept. But not sure until someone has really used this gadget.
Monday, April 19, 2010
They are all intelligent, I agree. But somehow I get repelled by these sort of people. They speak their mind, they land themselves in trouble. The world is divided when it listens to these people - People are enraged, some people appreciate, some people (like me are amused). Sumne mai mele iruve bittkondu vaddadodu
Shashi Tharoor might be a prolific person and an exceptional worker, but the twitter bird has shot galeej droplets on his face and left him searching for his hanky. I particularly did not like his opinions about RK Narayanan which I read sometime ago.
Nonetheless, two individuals (Tharoor and Modi) with inflated egos meet and sparks are meant to fly.
Friday, April 16, 2010
The video is interesting. A lady taxi driver in Mumbai in moods of Loneliness and contemplation. Not sure if there are any lady taxi drivers in Mumbai. The actress is a brilliant actress - Shahana Goswami. Her role was so small in the movie "Rock On!" but her performance stayed.
Nonetheless check out Dido's video with an Indian touch :-
Dido - Let's Do The Things We Normally Do
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Here is what Tehelka says abt Indian Rock Musicians :
Indian rock music, fundamentally, is rooted in affectation, not origination....Our homegrown rock is almost exclusively upper middle-class territory — and its practitioners don’t seem to have much on their minds. Often bankrolled by indulgent parents, and decked out in the requisite accoutrements and peripherals — a tattoo or two helps —
And TAAQ :
how do Indian bands approach songwriting, where do they learn to play their instruments, where do they rehearse? How do they finance gear, studio time and production efforts? What level of initiative does it take for a band to bag concert dates at Hard Rock Cafe or Blue Frog, or plan a five-city tour? Or to cut an album and market it independently?
...Perhaps Sidhu might want to consider exploring these areas instead of expending two thousand words on a subject he believes is not worth writing about. That's laughable.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
It is an application that is able to send Gift Vouchers directly to a Mobile Phone and the receiver can go directly to the store and redeem it.
It's catered to both, people gifting each other within India ... and NRIs sending gifts back home to India.
The best part is that, it has also Gifting Partners :-)
It is developed by my friend and ex-colleague from Infy, Rohit Rawal.
Really good idea...
Had been to Hogenakkal Falls. Drove abt 194 km from Bangalore. Electronic City road was simply awesome ... Swift flew down the National Highway. Toll Bridge to E-City is kickass. But the fare is pretty high (38 Rs.)
I had taken one of my Finnish friends (from Oulu) there .... It happened to be the hottest day in the past 25 years according to the meteorology department.
There was water. But I was really exhausted ...Taking the boat ride was wonderful experience.
Got an Head Molish and a shoulder massage. And then had Vegetable Hyderabadi Biriyani back in Bangalore. Nights are really hot and spicy food is delicious but it is a no-no.
Wednesday, April 07, 2010
Summer is very hot this time. I do not see any mangoes or jackfruits my two favorite fruits. Not even in the Ganesha fruit juice stalls - nowhere. Power cuts are everywhere. Every night I am tired of attending Mosquito-Concerts.
People are going on an tree cutting rampage with 210 trees (all of them over 150 years of age) being chopped to the ground. Really, I cursed the guy who approved this felling of trees. And there is this really beautiful painting (on the wall) done by the street artists. I see and enjoy the detailed mix of the greens and yellows of the oil colors used as I ride to office. Today, on that painting one stupid f*ck is urinating on the painting. And then later, near the high court garden which has many floral parks, I see petty florists stealing the flowers and putting it in their bags (the security guards are nowhere to be seen).
No point yelling here in the blog. Somebody should take the action. Not sure whether there is a shortage of public toilets or is it plain Indian bad habit.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Monday, March 22, 2010
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Monday, March 15, 2010
Saturday, March 13, 2010
Friday, March 12, 2010
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
The guru and shishya are looking at the sky amidst the sea of endless snow.
Shishya : The sun is placed right. He is shining.
Guru : He is not very warm yet.
Shishya : Yes.
Guru : Be careful. The ice boulder on the slippery roof might disengage and fall on your head.
Shishya : Yes. But the squirrels are now seen and the morning birds have come back from the South. The sounds of the radio room and the footballer with locks will linger in my head for sometime. The place is interesting.
Guru : Ok. Do not double dare. Sometimes life can be unforgiving and merciless for fools. Fools are not always lucky.
Shishya : I need to test the degree of eelness in my personalty. But yes the wizard is waving the wand again. The businessman does not seem to be impressed.
Guru : Hohum
Thursday, March 04, 2010
Monday, March 01, 2010
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Troubled times and my personal jesus is inside me - Today. Really pushed to the corner....
Nice song in this beautiful lab. Lift up the receiver and I'll make you a believer.....I'll deliver....You know Im a forgiver....Reach out!
Hmm life goes on :-)
Sunday, February 14, 2010
The big radio box , the staring at photo frame - Well this is at a different time than the ones which we are living.
Anyway, life is going on here in Oulu. Temperature was -29 to -13 degrees. Too busy with work here. Also trying some old and some new stuff here in Finland. Karhu, Karjala , Lapin Kulta and then here and there some wine and Czech draught ...hmmm.
I had something more to say.bt then, thats it
Monday, February 08, 2010
The guru and shishya get into the train.
Shishya : I am suprised that we are still in this train, Master.
Master : Patience Works. There is still some journey.
Shishya : Yes. But then, every dog has its day. But there are no dogs here.
Master : There is one dog.
Shishya : Yes. Wondering abt the dog. The dog has no bone, it's sad. People are moving too fast.
Master : Tuff times, eh ? Everything which has a beginning has an end.
Shishya : How will the end be ? I am confused and dazed.
Master : Ends may come and ends may go. Honesty pays.
Shishya : The honesty is that : I used to rule the world: Now, a Mango man. The man with no sh/n/g/f/ame
Master : The train is still speeding.
Shishya : The wizard weaves his hand. His legerdemain has traveled far and west.Pedro and Penelope welcome him....
Master : You look like you will explode.
Shishya : I think I was Alfred Nobel in my previous incarnation.
Master : Talk of this birth. Let us eat the ground nuts.
Shishya : Hmm ground nuts
Master : There is this elusive cone called "second chance".It is upto you to make it an ice cream cone or a pine cone.
Saturday, January 30, 2010
Friday, January 29, 2010
Check out Turn the Page from Bob Seger [Original] and Metallica's Cover of Turn the Page.
Both the songs have a very "desert road" feel.....
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Pipes and structure charts glow in the lcd monitor. Headphones bark some old memorable songs. Mediocre intake. Fret fret fret until you are tired. Smile smile and keep it that way until the other person goes nuts figuring what's up to you. Don't try to cling to the past. Get thrown into new territories. Apply new rules to life and change the direction of the boat in the river of life. The worker leaves before the dawn. The guffaw man sits with a MS Word document open. The wizard is asleep. The crustacean loving bartender is asleep. The regular chef has shut his doors. The tiny is asleep. The self proclaimed, unsure, joker checks his attachments and smiles and types nonsense. He knows everyone is guilty but there is no one to blame. Work for a living or work for the red carpet?
One word of advice : Deal well with powerful people. Show them the finger.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
i just get irritated when being asked this question again and again and again.. if i really need a mineral water bottle would't I ask for one .. should i be reminded / pestered.. the order goes like
tap water .. are u sure.. thats when the question should come .. what do you use to cook/ for the drink.. thats like an indirect finger isnt it?
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Monday, January 18, 2010
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Thursday, January 07, 2010
"This is not a love song" was a song from PiL (Public Image Ltd.). The song was a very 80s sounding song(at least to me- it sounded like a incessant shout).
Nouvelle Vague added a very classy touch. This version sounds like a drunk fashionista singing casually. Check out Nouvelle Vague's acoustic version of This is not a love song and the original noisy This is not a love song by PiL
They had redone Love will tear us apart in the similar way. Love will tear us apart by Nouvelle Vague from the original
Saturday, January 02, 2010
Trigger#1 : My pocket oxford dictionary - 1987
It was 1987. I was in the 3rd standard. It was my Upanayanam and I had invited my teacher Mariam Begum for my Munji. She did not come. I was expecting her. Then after sometime at 2:30 she came. She was my favorite teacher (at that point of time). She gave me a present which I had treasured throughout my school life. It was a pocket oxford dictionary. I also learnt my first few "bad words" in 6th standard using that book (also had shown that book to Shiva and Naveena). I had randomly stumbled across these bad words and shown these words to Naveena and Shiva who had commented that dictionary can also be used to learn bad words.I shall keep this for the rest of my life.
My stamp stock book
It must have been 1991,1992 time frame. If you did not have stamp collection as your hobby, you were uncool in our area. I was a stamp collector - Manja was my stamp collection partner for sometime, but he soon lost the interest. After seeing Jayasimha's collection , I was inspired like hell. His "Jamaica stamp" and his "Ethiopia stamp" had driven me insane. I wanted such stamps. The name Jamaica sounded exotic to me. I remembered the Cadbury's Old Jamaica chocolate with raisins. I had collected so many stamps, exchanged matchbox covers to stamps (and vice versa), asked my elder brother Sujay to give me his stamps. My stamp collection is really respectable now. I really have old stuff (but they maybe damaged but they are valuable for sure) :-
-India Under British (1.5 Annas stamp)
-Ceylon stamp (5 cents)
-Uganda,Kenya and Tanganyika under British (a postage serving three African countries - Have a lot(6) of these....I am thinking eBay ;-) )
-Surinam, Cyprus, Greece...wow!
-Congo under Belgium!
-An old stamp says "Principalty of Thomond" no idea where it is from.
But I will keep this for sometime :-) Feeling happy
Rajkumar Hirani, the man:
The Munna Bhai movies as well as this movie, is his superficial understanding of the way "things work" in some field, be it medicine or engineering. I cannot comment on Medicine. I do not want to comment on "Education" also right away. But nowadays I cannot stand these commercial scripts. This script is more like a Sudha or a Taranga magazine's ooha-pooha.
I somehow prefer scripts like "Rocket Singh - Salesman of the year" - There is some honesty in the story. They do not go overboard or preachy like your Munnabhai or Rancho. After seeing Raja Sen's review of 3 idiots, I thought, Raja was just going overboard after being mesmerized by Avatar. But it's true. 3 idiots is not a movie for me. It is a farce. It is an ignorant view of an Engineering College Life.
Education system is rot in India. That's true. But everyone is not a Thomas Alva Edison. What about for the rest of junta ? Also, what is this obsession with "Engineers -> Wild Life Photographers" metamorphosis. Is that the only "different" occupation the director could think of ? We've seen too many of this type lately.
I look forward for Abhay Deol's Road Movie. The trailer looks awesome. The critics are all praise to this one. No idea when this is gonna be released.
Agreed that even Cameron's Avatar movie is not something VERY different. The same aliens v/s humans - The key difference which worked (as far as the story)was: The location is not Earth && humans are the villains, this time. Technically, the idea of using 3D really was a bold and a visionary step. Using 3D for horror will create wonder IMO. Bollywood can make a Phoonk 3D or something.