Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Updates

Haven't had the time (or the mood) to blog about anything. Yesterday, a friend of mine asked me why there haven't been any updates to my blog? Just saw a few emails and comments in my inbox and thought I would update my friends on what's happening.

Well, to be honest - nothing much is happening. Just talking with papa and trying to make him stick to one decision.

My view: We should have already been in Bombay by now and papa's treatment should have started. But then, papa has his reasons. Not to mention, the tons of advisors who keep advising him regularly. Of course, their suggestions seem to make more sense to papa. My suggestions (according to him) are impractical.

Just when I think I have him convinced, he switches up the next morning.

As of the 27th of December, the plan was that we will be leaving for Bombay on the 6th of January (In my view - leaving on the 6th was late enough. We should have left earlier). Surgery on the 9th. After the excision, the doctors will analyse the tumour and determine what post-surgery treatment (if any) is required.

But yesterday, the plan was altered YET again and now we will be leaving on the 9th of January. Meeting with the doctor on the 11th.

Goes without saying that this does depend on papa's mood and what suggestions he gets from his friends/advisors.

Sigh..

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Routine Check Up

Till this afternoon - everything seemed fine, but then the last report that came in - is worrying. Will be taking papa for an MRI tomorrow.

There seems to be nodule in the lung, that’s increasing in size. The doctor is also concerned about any recurrence of the cancer in the operated area, after seeing the CT scan. Papa has already had two excisions done (in the exact same area). The gap between the first and the second surgery was just about 4 months! Not to mention the chemotherapy and radiation sessions!

Aaaarrrgggghhh!

Google Chrome For Mac - Official

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Finally.

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Monday, December 7, 2009

Sunday, December 6, 2009

BlackBerry Onyx - Bold 9700

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The same size as the Curve. My only problem with the previous bold was the bulky look. I tried it out but just didn't feel comfortable with it.

The keyboard on the Onyx is a lot better than the one on the Curve and the optical track pad is awesome. Something I really am happy about is - the numbers on the keyboard are NOT printed in red. Looks a hell lot neater this way (personal view).

No problems at all with the Onyx. A friend of mine was complaining about his handset getting rebooted on it's own, every 20 minutes or so. He did a battery pull a few times, removed a few applications - but the problem continued.

I didn't really know what was causing the problem but his network coverage bars were dancing around. So just switched the Mobile Network to 2G and the phone isn't rebooting anymore. could be a coincidence. Anyways, if you want to switch it to 2G -

  • BlackBerry Key > Options > Mobile Network
  • Network Mode
  • Set to 2G
  • Save.

White House Invitation

White-House-Invitation

...

Tumne ishq ka naam suna hai, humne ishq kiya hai
Phoolon ka gulshan ... ishq ishq
Kaanton ka daaman - ishq

Heera na panna ... ishq ishq
Bas ek tamanna - ishq ishq

Was listening to this while driving in to work today. Parked by the beach for a while. Waited for the song to get over and then walked around for a bit, enjoying the breeze and my smoke.

Friday, December 4, 2009

I wish there was a knob on the TV to turn up the intelligence. There's a knob called 'brightness', but it doesn't work.

~Gallagher

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Senseless Headlines

 

New Picture

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Drunk Aamir lands director in problem

That's the headline.

The story is - Aamir being Aamir, decided that it would be better if him and his co-stars got drunk for a shot (method acting, perfectionist, realism bla bla).

They (Aamir, Madhavan & Sharman Joshi) got drunk. The director took a couple of retakes so he would have an option to select which ever one he thought was best. In the process, the unit ran out of film reel.

THAT was the PROBLEM the director landed into because of DRUNK Aamir.

The headline for tomorrow should be - Idiotic reporter lands TOI in problem. THAT would definitely get even more hits, don't you think?

Hide/Unhide Pics On BlackBerry

A friend asked me about this, so I was trying to figure it out.

I am sure there will be tons of third party programs to help you accomplish the same. The method highlighted below is just one of the many possible ways:

To hide:

  • Media > Pictures > All Pictures
  • Scroll to the pic you want to hide
  • BlackBerry Key > Properties
  • Check Mark Hidden
  • Close

To unhide:

  • Media
  • BlackBerry Key > Explore
  • Navigate to the folder where the hidden pic is saved
  • BlackBerry Key > Show Hidden

2 States............

2_state_the_story_of_my_marriage Done.

Some people might find the book entertaining. These are the people who made crap like Raja Babu and Coolie No:1 - super hits! Obviously there is an audience for everything. Even trash.

My suggestion - you would know the difference between a good book and roadside trash, if you ever did bother to read a good book. If you have read trash all your life, you really can't tell the difference.

Very filmy for my taste. Some parts are way over the top and hard to digest. Lots of nonsense.

Chetan Bhagat is obsessed with food. There are very limited topics that he can write about. Chief among them are college stuff and food. He tries to compensate by heavily relying on bullshit.

  • Barging into the room, where your girlfriend is giving her final interview and proposing to her - sure, that could happen. She says Yes and avoids slapping your stupid face - now that's a bit of a stretch.
  • The part about blackmailing the boss and the boss getting a coffee for him - REALLY??
  • The country manager coming from Bombay and arguing over the phone as to which car will be sent to pick him up - err? I am not saying that doesn't happen. I am sure it does and to be honest, I have behaved like that myself. BUT it surely would never happen when you are in the middle of a conference!
  • I don't even know what to say about Minti's wedding episode. This guy has definitely watched way too many Bollywood movies / Ekta Kapoor soaps. The worst part is, he doesn't even realise when he has gone overboard.
  • Dr. Ram is interested in seeing Krish's laptop?!? Obviously, that's how the top doctors in Chennai diagnose their patients.

Seriously, there is wayyyy too much of bullshit in this book and listing it all is just pissing off.

No more Chetan Bhagat books for me. Reading one of them is fine. But as soon as you begin the next - his limitations as an author become rather evident.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Mudi Mudi - Paa

 

The music does sound really good, but then I rarely bother about the music (Just more into lyrics). The lyrics however, are absolutely horrid – in my opinion.

Khulli khulli main challi challi main khilli khilli - itefaaq se ??!!
uddi main laddi khaddi juddi juddi uddi khaddi khaddi uddi!!

WTF!!??!

The nonsense lyrics had me pulling my hair already and if THAT wasn’t enough the video shown in the promo gives me a headache with all its ‘PAUSES’. Don’t really know what they were trying to achieve. New snappy / edgy styling?

The first time I saw the promo, I seriously thought my decoder needed a restart.

Vidya Balan – I loved her in Parineeta. I really did. After that, didn’t really have much of a problem and then came Hey Baby and I couldn’t tolerate her. Hated the movie and the character. Leaving all that aside, her look in the movie was just YUCKH. Have been unable to tolerate her since.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

2 States-The Story Of My Marriage - Chetan Bhagat

Started off with the book. Page 14 of 321. Annoyed already.

Pretty much a Bollywood flick. Ahh well, ab shuru ki hai, to khatam karni padegi.

Now, Open A Bank Account In A Grocery Shop - India

RBI has allowed entities like individual kirana/medical/fair price shop owners, PCO operators, agents of government-sponsored small savings schemes, insurance agents, petrol pumps owners and retired teachers to act as ‘business correspondents' (BCs) of banks. A notification by the RBI said that allowing banks to appoint BCs (agents in common parlance) was part of its financial inclusion initiative.

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Can't wait for this to backfire. And it WILL!

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