Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Wednesday, September 27, 2006


This is the gazillionth time I got this in a mail forward and re-read it....
Very relateable...

What does it cost to have a Celebration ....

A winter evening.
Four friends.
One barsaat.
Four glasses of chai.

Hundred bucks for petrol.
A rusty old bike.
And an open road.

Maggi noodles.
A hostel room.
4.25 a.m.

3 old friends.
3 separate cities.
3 coffee mugs.
1 internet messenger.

Rain on a hot tin roof.
Pakoras deep-frying.
Neighbours dropping in.
A party.

You and mom.
A summer night.
A bottle of coconut oil.
A head massage.
Gossiping about absent family members.

You can spend
hundreds on birthdays,
thousands on festivals,
lakhs on weddings,
but to celebrate
all we have to spend is our Time

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Maiden all September on VH1

At the risk of sounding like a spot-ad...Maiden all September on VH1 "Head-Banger's Ball" every Saturday 12:30 a.m. - That's Friday late evening 1230 for fellow insomniacs :-)

Up the Irons!!!

Sunday, July 30, 2006

I won!!!

I managed to win a copy of the book "Life beyond code" written by Rajesh Shetty.

Muchos thanks to Kiruba.

online muzik

Since the time I've had access to 'broadband' and have been spending a majority of the day fooling around in front of the computer I've been fiddling with the internet as the source to fill my insatiable need to listen to muzik.
So, a quick laydown of where I get the juice from.

Winamp’s Internet radio playlist – This is normally a good source for quite high end streams. Best bet is to search by tag/genre and then by stream quality. I’ve tried the trance and rock sections.
Yahoo Launch – My personal favorite. Really lets you customize. Though over the last few months, they’ve been pumping too many ads into the free service. Also, their way of providing content is problematic: with browser support restricted to IE and Yahoo Messenger also as an alternative (but beware it’s crashes).
Of course you can listen to MY launch station too.
Virgin Radio - This is probably the only broadcast only station that can hold me. Though i listen to the Classic Rock station only. Listen out for the super sexy RJ Leona Graham – This site claims to classify songs by “studying and collecting literally hundreds of musical details on every song. … [like]…melody, harmony, instrumentation, rhythm, vocals, lyrics…”. They do come up with good suggestions. Another pro for Pandora is that they play pretty high quality over low bandwidths. The only con I can think of over the top of my hat is that they have a desperate lack of width, no classical! – This is the latest place I’ve hit. Carries all new buzzwords ‘social networking’, ‘web 2.0’, ‘tagging’(which is nothing but a personalized station) but lacks a seriously good interface and selectibility. Though i did like the parts about it going through your desktop playlist and updating your likes.

** One thing I haven't done, is test the delivery robustness of these on the Linux platform.

All that's been going (wr)on(g) with the world this month...

The last couple of weeks has had big cataclysmic events-(obviously not cataclysmic in the cosmic sense... but cataclysmic to the people involved and of the level that'll be mentioned in those the-year-that-was series) terror attacks in Mumbai and the "anti-terror" war in Israel. I have been planning to blog on them, but didn't really have much substantial to say. But then, i felt like boring you anyways happily assuming that if you were really vella enough to read my blog, you have a huge ability to accept pain and won't really be affected by this one too....

The Mumbai blasts on the eleventh of seven-
Was co-incidentally home early and caught the news channels interrupting their boring daily-drivel with first reports of the same. Was quite amazed by the amount of information they were collecting in real-time out of the chaos. Immediately called up all my friends in Mumbai to do a status check. The buggers were even aware and were happily going on with their daily ministrations.
Was totally sympathetic to the crowd in Mumbai cussing the authorities, who showed the timings expected of them in Hindi movies- proverbially late after the climax has climaxed...
Was sick of the continuous babbling of the journos who kept harping on about the spirit of the Mumbaikar that accepts any abuse, from external terrorists or internal authorities or a pissed rain god or who ever wishes to, and doesn't give up. I maintain that this is all that distinguishes any Indian. The stoic ability to continue living life without hardly a shrug no matter what has happened in the environment as long as it doesn't directly affect oneself directly.
Then was shocked by the blanket ban on blogs and did my little bit and signed up at Bloggers Against Censorship. I would still be pissed if it wasn't a blanket ban but one that specifically included mine. Though I am not a lawyer, isn't it a part of my "constitutionally granted bit of freedom" to blog-bitch about things? Even if they have a religiously/communally bias/rant? (No, I don't support religious extremism and would rather they all eat shit.)

The Israel-Lebanon war-
Any kind of targeted cleansing be it ethnic-cleansing, religious-cleaning or the newly coined terror-cleansing is a farcical excuse to wreak havoc on a population that cannot fight back. That's what Israel proved when they invoked phrases from the Bush-book of warfare politics and invaded neighboring Lebanon when two, yes TWO, of their soldiers were kidnapped and killed by the Hezbollah terrorists.
And now they have managed to bomb to death a few hundred poor Lebanese, whose role in supporting the Hezbollah would have been from nothing to moral/financial at the most.
I feel the reason that Israeli nation will never be able to live in peace, is that they react to every aggravation with might, and cause equal or more damage. There is no equilibrium towards zero. I admit, that Muslim terrorists/Jihadis are known for their diligent doggedness (take Kashmir as example) but responding by random might is never going to help.

All opinions above are mine. If they cause you any distress/anger/hurt, bad luck. It's a part of my freedom of speech. Express yourself in the comments' section or your own post.

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Amazing video snippet.
Jeremy Clarkson@Top Gear - "Range Rover versus the Challenger Battle Tank"

What a jobJC's got!

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Movie review - 'Bandidas'

Watched the movie Bandidas last week.

The movie is worth watching for the sheer viewing pleasure derived from the co-habitance of Salma Hayek and Penelope Cruz in one screen.

Apart from that the movie didn't have anything worth commenting about. Just two very sexy revenge-driven Robin Hoodish bank-robbers.

In all I would summarize with Bill Buck's (the character is their professor for a crash-course in Robbery 101) dialogue "I liked having you girls around".

Shifted base....

Finally, after slogging through mounds of junk and dust, I managed to pack my belongings and shifted to a new rented place. The geophysical shift is just about half a click.
Pics of the new place later....

Friday, July 07, 2006

expensive development

I just realized that I happened to know one of the most expensive software developers in India...
The chappie in concern has been assigned to a project for almost 3 months...
And finally yesterday checked-in 4 (yes FOUR) lines of production code.... That at a salary of around 35k a month makes it around 575 USD (at today's rate) per line of code...


What's my life become...

I met a friend's dad this week. To set up the context I was supposed to meet up for high tea, but thanks to yet another crisis situation at office- I eventually reached his home at 11 pm.
The first thing the respected elder had to say was "either you are really dumb or have sold your soul to be working this late". Yikes what a greeting!

Then, as people more than one generation older than you are wont to do, he starting relating to us the working hours of most of the people in his generation...
9-5. Yes 9AM to 5PM, both in the same calendar day...
This included coffee breaks, lunch breaks, pick-up-kid-from-school breaks, pay-the-man breaks....
As the cuckoo cuckoos( or coos?) 5 times it's time to hit the club (not a disc, a real club) and a few drinks interspersing a couple of hours of stimulating 'adda' with a dedicated and exclusive circle of a few...
Then one reached home spend a few hours of 'quality time' (though I guess the reason that it wasn't referred to as that back then, is that it was 'normal').

My routine (and most of my friends' too, whether they be in IT, banking or even construction) has boiled down to this now...

The same old soul-sucking grind from Monday to Friday (8AM to 9 PM normally)- Boring,frenzied,exciting, depressing, fun all at the same time...
And then the desperate partying (read boozing) and socializing (read boozing again) to wipe the weeks ugly pug mark from one's consciousness...
Leaves one bone tired... And blog-bitching** about it. :-)

**Edited: Updated to the new phrase as per popular opinion. One of the better feebacks- "My blogs my bitch"...

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Upsets et al

I had predicted yesterday would a day of change...
Me told everyone who cared for a bitter argentine supporter's view that Portugal and France are gonna rule the day...
And so we have an all-European semis
Shit.. should have bet pots of money man... :(

Saturday, July 01, 2006

Argentina down...

Fuck.. fuck..fuck...

Fuck the mental short-sightedness of a fuck of a coach...
It was the most spirited play by Argentina this Cup...
Hats of to Tevez and Maxi...

Fuck.. fuck..fuck...

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Argentina Vs. Holland

For those who missed last night's match....

Last night's match should definitely have been sceduled as at least the second match that either team played... The biggest expected clash in the first round of the WorldCup '06 fizzled out totally due to the fact that both teams had managed comfortable berths in the next round...

Which is what most probably triggered the decision on both sides not to play lots of their star players (Sorin, Crespo, Saviola, Robben etc.) at all..

Even then the match was damn good in the first half... both teams aggressively going for goal.... And Argentina coming off considerably better... but lacking the teeth to penetrate the Dutch seven foot tall goal armor- Van Der Sar...

The second half was terrible (I almost dozed off!)... Me visualizes both team coaches telling their players not to try to hard on a match that doesn't affect anything other than some vague international soccer matches' statistics...

Viva la abliceleste!

Edit- On a note that i have been harping on for quite some time- It's time the Netherlands stop wasting a spot on their squad by giving it to Nistelrooij (is this new spelling thanks to some Astrological/numerological manipulation, a la Indian Politico/Movie Star style?)...

Monday, June 19, 2006

Go Albiceleste

Looks like all the ruddy superstars in the Albiceleste have decided to play together as a team! That's what everyone else should be afraid of...

Sunday, May 14, 2006

social web evolution...

"dude...ym is yesterday...orkut is today...get it??"
-Seen on a Orkut newbie's scrap!

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

random CAP(copy and paste)

The core secret of design....

Principle of Least Surprise---things work the way you would expect them to...

Wish that were so easy!

Monday, February 27, 2006


A Google Videos Workaround

Caveat: Please hold JovianStorm responsible for the said feature not working if and when you try it!!

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Weddings and Tax...

My rantings on the two topics that I can't seem to escape from nowadays. What with the end of the financial year in India approaching at a fast clip. And Pundit's setting marriage dates uncomforatbly clumped together.

If, perchance your neurons' share the same twisted logic, and you managed to arrive at wedding gifts, full marks to you!!

I demand the right to be able to claim wedding gifts as tax-exemptable items. It is a legitimate business expense if you lay claim to being a part of society!

So, my current views on this subject are not unlike that of Carrie (of Sex And The City fame) though I wouldn't go to such an extent over the same.

**PS: This blog is no way personal, and the gifts that I buy you guys come from the bottom of my heart... :)