Sunday, January 31, 2010

The Mentalist – Season 2

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Decided to watch Season 2 from the beginning. The start is rather disappointing (as mentioned in my earlier post) and I wanted to switch to Season 1. But Season 2 does get better somewhere around Episode 6 or 7.

Done watching till Episode 12.

iPad Hype

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iPad Vs A Rock

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Nice

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Wonderful drive this morning.

Would have been perfect if it wasn’t so humid.

7 Bars

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Pic from : http://www.bombasticlife.com/place/review.php?id=504

 

Spent most of the weekend here. Nice crowd, good music, good service – no complaints.

Extensions & Bookmarks Sync - Chrome

 

 

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Saturday, January 30, 2010

Thursday, January 28, 2010

In Corporations We Trust

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Rakhi ‘Attention Whore’ Saawant At It, Again!

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Rakhi threatens censor with hunger strike

Others do chamchagiri of the censor board. Not me. I’m Rakhi Sawant. Main ishwar ki beti hoon. The censor board has done me injustice by deleting the word Kamini from my song.

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If the censor board is actually objecting to the use of the word KAMINI - well censor board bhi to paagalon se bharaa hua hai. Faaltu ka naatak.

It's rather pissing off that a couple of idiots sitting in a room are going to decide what we should do / watch / listen to. Be it the parliament or be it the censor board - it SUCKS when they take idiotic decisions / actions. And there are lots of those.

The worst part is - as much as I hate Rakhi Saawant - I can't side with the censor board on this, and I really wish I could.

Phir Mile Sur

Finally got around to watching the 'Phir Mile Sur'. All this talk/fuss about the damn video. Wanted to see what I was missing.

Apparently Deepika Padukone has pissed off a lot of people with her outfit in the song. I too am upset about the outfit. Doesn't do justice to her. She can look a hell lot better.

Wondering why nothing was mentioned about Salman Khan deciding to show up shirtless and in his ripped jeans for a patriotic video. Anyway, I thought the part with the sign language was nice (personal view).

What I liked about the video (apart from the sign language thing) was - Amitabh Bachchan - of course.

What I didn't like.... well:

- The composition should have been better. Me thinks - in the process of 'jazzing it up' they fucked it, big time.

- Sonu Nigam's part was horrid. I don't mean just his look (hell, even Junior Bachchan shaved for the video!).

  • The people surrounding him - one guy in the background is bobbing his head as if he is judging a talent show.
  • There are two or three guys who look completely lost and are trying really hard not to stare at the camera (looks bad, seriously)
  • I am pretty sure I saw one guy turning around - as if telling someone to stop pushing (at least seemed like that).

- Shahid Kapoor, Ranbir Kapoor, SRK, Priyanka Chopra - too filmy. This isn't a romantic song sequence being shot -COME ON!

- Shahid Kapoor - Rock Star?? - WTF!!

- SRK - ‘aa gale lag jaa’ again and again and again. BAS KAR YAAR!

It would definitely have been better if they shot the video with fewer bollywood personalities. Personally, I think a video like this should be made with more of the common people bonding and making SUR HUMAARA rather than actors / celebrities.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Apple iPad

All that noise about the Apple Tablet, here it is.

Well, the name definitely sucks. Jokes are out that the next Apple product will be called the iTampon.

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  • 9.7 inch- (25cm-) multi-touch display
  • 1 GHz Apple processor
  • 16-64 GB of flash memory
  • 0.5in- (1.25cm) thick
  • Weighs 1.5lbs (0.7kgs)
  • Wi-fi, bluetooth and 3G connectivity
  • Speaker, microphone
  • Accelerometer, compass

Err.. USB?? Guess one will have to use the connector/dongle to convert the 30-pin connection port to connect via USB. The worst part is – the connectors/dongles will be sold separately. At least that’s what it looks like, right now.

http://www.apple.com/ipad/

Aa chal kahin - samay se pare… samay se pare chal de kahin
Tu bhi kabhi meri akhiyon se akhiyon ki sunn.

Obama Presidency – One Year

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Hong Kong International Airport installs PS3 game poles

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PlayStation ® 3 maker Sony Computer Entertainment Hong Kong Ltd (hereinafter called "SCEH") announced today that the Hong Kong Airport Authority (AA) cooperation, at the Hong Kong International Airport set PS3 ™ Games stations, and provide 14 PlayStation ® 3 game consoles to allow visitors to enjoy free of charge.

Multiple game stations will be located in Terminal near the boarding gate as well as on the 2nd Coach Station Terminal waiting hall, visitors lounge, or waiting, they can easily spend their time.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Off The Record - http://www.thevigilidiot.com/

Just love reading his movie reviews.

Total time pass.

http://www.thevigilidiot.com/

OS 5.0.0.442 – Solves Restarting Issue

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The issue: When the Mobile Network is set to 3G Only or 3G and 2G, the Onyx would keep restarting itself every now and then.

The new OS seems to have solved the problem. My BB has been on 3G for the entire morning and hasn’t restarted itself.

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The link is from Zain Jordan but it’s working fine on my BB (except for the battery drain, of course).

Monday, January 25, 2010

The Street Lawyer – John Grisham

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Never thought I would be saying this about a Grisham book, but – Absolutely rubbish!

It’s an old book. I saw it in one of the shops along with other John Grisham novels and was pretty sure I hadn’t read this one, so I picked it out.

The narrator keeps reminding the reader (throughout the book) that he is a well off white boy with a Lexus. At times – more than once – in a single chapter. Chances are that if you open a random page in the book, you are likely to read a line to that effect.

  • I parked at the curb, certain I would never again see my Lexus
  • With that I crossed the line from a bad guy to just an average white guy.
  • I wanted to ask if I should pack a gun. I wondered if he carried one. But he was black and I wasn’t. What about my prized Lexus?
  • Midnight, Friday night, on the streets of D.C. White boy, beautiful car. Snow or not, I didn’t like my odds out there.
  • Black faces were staring at me through the shattered window.
  • Mordecai had an intense dislike for District cops, even though most were black.
  • Next was a sight that shocked me: a white man, about forty with no tattoos, facial scars, chipped teeth, earrings, bloodshot eyes, or red nose. He just wanted someone to talk to, preferably someone with a white face. 

There. See how annoying that can be.

My view – An annoying story with an even more annoying narrator. Extremely disappointing.  

Salaam Aaya - Veer

Been a while since I heard a decent song. This one is definitely a welcome change.

Dabi dabi saanson mein suna tha maine - bole bina mera naam aaya
Palkein jhuki aur uthne lagi to - haule se uss ka salaam aaya

Jab bole woh, jab bole – uss ki aankh mein rab bole
Paas paas hi rehna tum - aankh aankh mein kehna tum
Dekha tumhen to aaram aaya

Roz hi dil ki aag utha kar haath pe le kar chalna hai
Tere bina-bina tere, boondh boondh ab raat-raat bhar jalna hai

Tu mile na mile, ye haseen silsile - waqt ke saqt hai ab ye pitt te nahin
Haan tere bina saans bhi chalti hai - tere bina dil bhi dhadakta hai
Yaad nahi tha yaad aaya

Din ki tarah tum sar pe aana - shaam ke jaise dhalna tum
Khwaab bicha rakhe hain raah mein - soch samajh kar chalna tum

Neend ke chhaon se tum dabbe paon se - yun gaye woh nishan ab to mit te nahin
Tere liya chaand bhi rukta hai - tere liya oss theharti hai
Yaad nahin that yaad aaya

Dabi dabi saanson mein suna tha maine - bole bina mera naam aaya
Palkein jhuki aur uthne lagi to - haule se uss ka salaam aaya

Sunday, January 24, 2010

3 Idiots, FPS, Chetan Bhagat – My Views

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Chetan Bhagat - the voice of India and the champion of the masses??!!

What is it with Chetan Bhagat's desire to act like a selfless martyr who is monly speaking up for greater causes or entities? When the whole #chetanblocks thing happened, basically a minor joke blown out of proportion, Bhagat tweeted that it was an insult to the nation and his commitment to the nation was being questioned, or something like that. Now he is making noises about not getting the credit for 3 Idiots, and is claiming it is all for the sake of the "millions of readers of Five Point Someone". He has even copy-pasted emails from readers! And he talks about how his mother cried because he wasn't credited. If this got any more kitschy, it could be Bhagat's next book!

Gaurav Sabnis, a blogger - talking about Chetan Bhagat and 3 Idiots. My views, after the link

http://gauravsabnis.blogspot.com/


Heard a lot about the ‘controversy’ surrounding the movie. It was a bit surprising that no one was pointing out what an average book Five Point Someone is.

Extremely glad that there is at least one other person who agrees with me that all this drama is nothing but Chetan regretting that he didn't ask for more money.

The book, in my opinion - was readable, but nothing great. Given that FPS was the first Chetan Bhagat book that I had bothered with, I read through it. But the next books of his that I read - were absolutely crap.

The only thing this idiot can write about is college or food. And that too - not very well (in my view). It does tend to get boring.

I am actually an Aamir Khan fan. Really do enjoy his performances. I did enjoy Aamir Khan movies, but then - if the plot is nonsense, I don't see any reason to watch the movie just because it stars Aamir. One can usually make out from the promos itself.

There was a time when I looked forward to the next Aamir Khan release. That was until I watched Ghajini (I loved memento. Aamir in Ghajini was loud.. and plain stupid. The scenes where he screams.. seemed more like it was a Werewolf movie).

About 3 idiots - Watched the promos. Read somewhere that it was based on FPS and decided not to bother with it. A few friends of mine just wouldn’t quit talking about the movie. I had a lot of things on my mind, and I really didn’t understand why my friends wanted to talk about this. Perhaps they were just trying to get me thinking about something else. May be they actually did enjoy the movie.

In the process, they happened to narrate some of the dialogues of the movie. They did describe part of the plot as well and all that did was - give me more reasons to avoid the movie.

The jokes were obviously stale. Way too many convenient coincidences. The fact that even after 10 years of not keeping in touch, Kareena-thuu-Kapoor is still in love with Aamir and is reminded of her unconditional love - by the other 2 idiots, on the day of her marriage – kya re! thoda zyaada ho gaya.

Sorry, but crappy Bollywood nonsense doesn’t go down well with me. The fact that this movie became a superhit is not so hard to believe given that crap like Ghajini and other stupid movies end up setting box office records all the time.

Guess with all the shit people get hit with all the time, they are more than happy with mediocre crap as long as it has a star’s name in the credit. How else can one explain the success of Ghajini, Om Shanti Om, Main Hoon Na bla bla bla.

I am Back

 

Got back Saturday morning. Papa is recovering slowly, but he is improving. He started getting off the bed, walking around, talking. I might be leaving over the weekend, again.

Papa is doing a lot better now. Surgery went off fine. Tumours have been removed completely. Doctors say all is cool now. There were some tensed moments, but I don’t want to talk about them. Not now, not ever. He is better now and that’s all that matters.

Hopefully tomorrow or day after – the stitches will be removed. The oncologist by then should have decided if any further treatment is required or not. The onco-surgeon is of the opinion that follow ups is all that is required and there shouldn’t be any need for more chemotherapy or radiation. But the final decision will be taken by the oncologist.

Thank you to all the friends for their concern and prayers. Fakhry - thanks a lot for all your help. Really means a lot to me.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

In life, there are things/situations that are beyond one’s control. Life – is what happens to you, while you are busy making other plans ~ John Lennon.

You don’t know why it’s happening. It’s even worse for someone like me. I keep trying to find some logic to it. Keep looking for a ‘cause and effect’ relationship that would help make sense to the chaos. It’s not just when I am going through a bad time. My head seems to be constantly engaged in working out the ‘Why’s’ and the ‘Therefore’s’. Anyone - who has bothered to get to know me, would easily be able to validate the previous statement. 

Can’t say that I am always successful. But some things sting worse than others.

But right now – I really don’t know what am I more upset about. There is way too much of ‘shit happens’ issues going on. Some have been going on for a while, some are more recent. Now it has all piled up to a level where I feel my head will explode if I think anymore.

Pride, Jonyboy, Happy, SV, DLC, Mathai – Thank you all for your kind wishes. Hoping for the best.

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