August 30, 2006

 

Bloglines broken?

I am not able to read many of the feeds. Bloglines shows a red exclamation mark against bunch of feeds from blogspot.com. This thing is happening just too frequently to stay with them.

Go ahead and smirk at me for using such a 2000-ish service. One word - laziness. I guess I'll move over to a better reader soon. Any suggestions other than Google reader?

August 24, 2006

 

Vande Mataram..

There just too much of fuss over Vande Mataram issue. While I accept, singing the song in not the only way to show the solidarity with the country, at least there should not be any opposition to the people who want to sing this song. We need to get the stiffness out of all such national songs, flag and emblems. Rehman's rendition of Vande Mataram was much appreciated. Ironical it may seem, the album featured Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.

Anyway, I dont' have anything insightful/informative/interesting to say on this topic. Currently I'm enjoying the song on Baapu which uses these words.
O aaja re... O aaja re
Maati pukaare, tujhe desh pukare
Aaja re ab aaja re
Bhule hum raahein
humein raah dikha de
Aaaja re raah dikha de

Ainak pehane, laathi pakade
Chalte the woh shaan se,
Jaalim kaanpe thar thar
Sunkar unka naam re,
Kad tha unka chota sa
Aur sarpat unki chaal re,
Dubale se patale se the woh
Chalte seena taan ke

Bande mein tha dum...Vande Mataram
Bande mein tha dum...Vande Mataram
(Sorry for any transliteration errors.)

Listen to this song from the forthcoming movie Lage Raho Munnabhai. The fun-filled tracks definitely make one expect the movie to be equally vivacious.

August 23, 2006

 

Cars

"Will it be worth 150 bucks?" I knew, this guy doesn't really like animation movies. He was just looking for alibis. This one was the weakest, as I was at the booking counter and he was talking to me over phone. "Dude, are you nuts?" I was about to say. But, it was very uncharacteristic of me to control my sarcasm and give a simple "Yes" as an answer. I love animation movies. But, Pixar movies can be fun to watch even if one is not fond of animation movies.

Cars is another wonderful movie from the ultra-creative folks at Pixar. While it is not the best movie to come from Pixar stable, it nevertheless meets its own bar. After toys and sea life, this movie is set in the world of cars (and a few helicopters and tractors). The cars acquire personalities and have their own idiosyncrasies. These cars even watch animation movies. Pixar's, I may add. The story is fairly fast paced leaving no dull moments. Unlike DreamWorks, my another favourite animation studio, the story and dialogues do not have anything remotely PG13 rated content. And this is no mean achievement as Scott Adams says,
"When you make a movie without sex and violence and car chases and infidelity, it turns out that you have to use actual creativity."
As far as animation was concerned, I wasn't really thrilled as my benchmark is still the beautiful Finding Nemo. Nevertheless, there are bunch of scenes where animation is breathtaking prominent being the picturization racing (reminded me of the chase in Matrix Reloaded) and the visit to the old hotel near a waterfall. The waterfall can easily pass as real one in other movies.

And did I tell you the price of the ticket was just Rs 100?

PS: Number of posts have reduced drastically as my home computer is refuses to remain ON for more than couple of hours, in good times. In bad times, it refuses to boot up. Motherboard went back and forth between me and the technician without much improvement. Looks like my pocket will be lighter by few grands.

August 17, 2006

 

Creativity...

Recently, Greatbong informed us about an auction on Ebay for an evening with a cinestar. I bumped into this creative ad on Ebay which promises moonride on earth.

August 12, 2006

 

I was wondering...

Do you remember the IP addresses of Websites you visit? Do you memorize the phone numbers you frequently dial? A 'no' would be the answer in both the cases, right?

Then, why do I have to remember the TV channel to number mapping on my TV? Why can't the interface be simple such that I type in 'C-N-B-C' and the channel is switched to CNBC so that my precious little memory is used for other important stuff?

PS: You must be wondering this post only has questions, right?

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