Saturday, April 28, 2012

Can't seem to catch a break.

At work or at home or with friends. If it isn't one thing, it is another. Barely am I through sorting out one issue, there are already two more to attend to!

To Annoy/irritate me seems to be a recurring task included in the To-Do List of the people around me.

Blood Money

Blood Money movie poster

Complete waste of time.

A very crappy bollywood version of The Devil's Advocate. The villain - in this sad attempt at film production, is not Lucifer. The main lead is not a lawyer and neither is he the villain's son. But most of the scenes are pretty much lifted off from The Devil's Advocate. Lifted off minus the performance.

How can you take a brilliant film like The Devil's Advocate and come up with this nonsense - is beyond comprehension. The Bhatt camp should be fined / penalised for this idiotic stunt.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Politics: A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles.

- Ambrose Bierce

Tumhaare Khat Mein Nayaa Ik Salaam Kiska Tha

Daag Dehlvi…

Tumhaare khat mein nayaa ik salaam kiska tha
Na tha raqeeb to aakhir vo naam kiska tha

Vo qatl kar ke har kissi se puchhate hain
Ye kaam kis ne kiya hai ye kaam kiska tha

Vafaa karenge nibhaayenge baat maanenge
Tumhen bhi yaad hai kuchh ye kalaam kiska thaa

Rahaa na dil mein vo be-dard aur dard rahaa
Muqim kaun hua hai maqaam kiska tha

Na puchh-paachh thi kisi ki na aav-bhagat
Tumhaari bazm mein kal ehatamaam kiska tha

Humaare khat ke to purze kiye padhaa bhi nahin
Suna jo tum ne baa-dil vo payaam kiska tha

Inhin sifaat se hotaa hai aadmi mashahuur
Jo lutf aap hi karte to naam kiska tha

Guzar gayaa vo zamaanaa kahen to kis se kahen
Khayaal mere dil ko subah-o-shaam kiska tha

Har ek se kahte hain kyaa "Daag" bevafaa nikla
Ye puchhe inn se koi vo ghulaam kiska tha

Descriptive Camera

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The “Descriptive Camera” doesn’t work like your normal point-and-shoot camera. Instead, this contraption prints out a description of the photo you take, rather than an image itself.

…. the camera snaps a picture, then sends it to Amazon’s Mechanical Turk, a service in which humans are paid a small sum to do jobs that computers cannot solve, like describing the contents of a picture.

“After the shutter button is pressed, the photo is sent to Mechanical Turk for processing and the camera waits for the results,” Mr. Richardson writes. ”Results are returned typically within 6 minutes and sometimes as fast as 3 minutes. The thermal printer outputs the resulting text in the style of a Polaroid print.”

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Idiot.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Unconvincing ??

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I have half a mind to email them, requesting them to elaborate on the 'Unconvincing' bit.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

iPhone / Android App – To Combat Loudmouth Skirt Chasers

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Council Speaker Christine Quinn and City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-Jackson Heights) have greenlighted $20,000 worth of research hoping to develop an easy way for folks to report forceful flirtation and other forms of street harassment, the Daily News has learned…

The app allows women to upload pictures and stories about unwanted advances.

The city hopes to expand the Hollabck! app by allowing users to report the catcalling.

“The city should know where street harassment is happening, why it is happening, and how it can respond,” said Hollaback! cofounder Emily May, 31, who heads ihollaback.org and its 52 sister sites in places like Boston and Brussels.

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Couldn't they just make a FaceBook Page?! Would cost a lot less than USD 20,000.

Think about it. One could upload pictures and give details about the incident. FaceBook does have the option to add or share the location. Given that you are going to be taking a picture and uploading it – you could always use the Geo Tagging option.

All that said, I am sure pointing pepper spray in the general direction would be more effective as opposed to pointing your iPhone / Android handset.

A bit surprising that the city council couldn't come up with a better way to blow away USD 20,000. If there is one thing these people are good at – it is wasting money in most creative ways.

Gmail Now With 10GB Storage

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Today, we're happy to announce that we're increasing everyone's free storage in Gmail from 7.5 GB to 10 GB (and counting) to celebrate today's launch of Google Drive. The increase will take effect over the next 24 hours. We hope you all enjoy the little bump!

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Tea - National Drink

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Mr Ahluwalia, during his address at ATPA's Platinum Jubilee Celebrations on Saturday, had extended his support to tea being declared as the national drink by highlighting several factors which builds up a strong case for according it the national drink status.

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Err… ok. Does anyone (other than Montek Singh OR the Assam Chief Minister OR some not so bright individuals directly related to the Tea industry) really give a shit?

People will say just about anything. I mean, seriously – What difference does it make if Tea or Coffee or Budweiser is given the status of national drink?

For example – X doesn't like tea. Now, you could make tea the national drink or the international drink, X is not going drink tea. Similarly, Y really enjoys sipping on tea. It would be rather idiotic to presume that Y would now derive even more satisfaction from his cup of tea because he is now sipping on a national drink.

The point is simple. It doesn't matter.

Clearly, the Assam government (seeking to vigorously follow up the matter with the Centre) and Montek Singh have nothing better to do with their time. Sardaar ji – ab bas bhi karo. Lagtaa hai aapke permanently 12 baj gaye hain.

Dikhaawon pe mat jaao… Apni akal ladaao.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Grimm

The first 15 episodes were watchable. 16, 17, 18 – extremely disappointing.

Done with this.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Pani Da Rang

Nice voice. The music / melody isn't bad either. But the lyrics seriously need a lot of work.

Obviously, this song will be moving on to top the charts and being remixed for the club scene. Really wish people could stop getting impressed by mediocrity.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Barclaycard Launches PayTag

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Barclaycard has launched a stick-on credit card which will allow its 12 million customers the chance to make wave-and-pay purchases from their mobile phone or other item of their choice.

The PayTag is a quarter of the size of a traditional credit card and will sit unobtrusively on any mobile handset or other item, and is linked to a customer's traditional credit card account. It will let them make purchases in any "contactless" store, restaurant, and even on public transport.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Autocorrect

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Ignore the 'Autocorrect' part of the conversation and read on - "I literally jist (just) died".

If you don't know the proper use of a word, don't use it. Is that really so difficult?

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

UPPLEVA – IKEA's Clutter Free TV

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IKEA introduces UPPLEVA, a completely new range that integrates smart TV and sound system with furniture. UPPLEVA brings beauty and functionality to the living room, solving the problem of cable clutter and miss-match between TV and furniture.

You will find UPPLEVA in Stockholm, Milan, Paris, Gdansk and Berlin in June 2012. During autumn 2012 UPPLEVA is available in all of the stores in Sweden, Italy, France, Poland, Denmark, Spain, Norway and Portugal , and during spring 2013 in even more countries.

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USD 37,000 For A 32GB Flash Drive

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A Magic Mushroom USB key littered with precious stones! Now we know what the makers were tripping on, when they came up with this idea.

For those interested (rolls eyes):

  • Magic Mushroom USB key crafted with white gold, emeralds and white diamonds will cost $36,900.
  • USB key in yellow gold, white diamonds and rubies will cost $24,400.
  • USB key in pink gold studded with pink sapphires and white diamonds will cost $16,500.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

America Sunglasses

http://gizmodo.com/5900744/ridiculous-200-america-sunglasses-wear-the-usa-on-your-face

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00722RHF0/downandoutint-20

WHY ??!!

Un-Following Celina Jaitly On Twitter

Celina Jaitly has gone crazy re-tweeting the tweets of her 2 week old twins (rolls eyes)!

I agree this isn't AS BAD as people having twitter accounts for their dogs or unborn kids, but it still qualifies as idiotic. Not to mention – an early warning sign of schizophrenia / dementia etc.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Autocorrect

 

Teri Talaash Mein Hum Jab Kabhi Nikalte Hain

Hafeez Hoshiarpuri…

Teri talaash mein hum jab kabhi nikalte hain
Ik ajnabi ki tarah raaste badalte hain

Daraaz ho gham-e-hijraan ki haasil-e-hijraan
Vo hauslen hain jo aagosh-e-gham mein palte hain

Ravaa nahin hai gham-e-ishq is qadar bhi garuur
Tere bagair bhi duniya ke kaam chalte hain

Kabhi jo had se badhi un ki yaad to samjhe
Ki unke dil mein bhi kuch val-vale machalte hain

Shab-e-firaaq kuch aisi bhi teeragi to nahin
Kabhi kabhi sar-e-mizgaan charaag jalte hain

Ab un ke gham se bhi mahroom ho na jaayen kabhi
Vo jaante hain ki iss gham se dil bahalte hain

Black Gold

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Nice!

Definitely watchable.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

What Is Wrong With NDTV??

What is going on with NDTV? What is this sudden obsession with menus?

First it was What Manmohan Singh, Obama will eat in Seoul and now Goshtaba, dosas to be on Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari's menu !!

For a second, let us all believe that there is nothing better to report on the news site. Well – if there is nothing to report, then don't report. Why would you want to put up such bullshit articles?? It is not like there is any shortage of material to ridicule the media (Indian or otherwise).

Contraband

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Watchable.

Did have issues with some parts of the film, but it is watchable.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

DLF IPL 2012 Official App

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In case someone is interested, there is a BlackBerry app for IPL 2012. App offers:

  • Schedule
    • Fixtures
    • Results
    • By Team
  • Teams
  • Points Table
  • News
  • Photos

https://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/content/reviews/102472/?lang=en

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Grimm – Season 1

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Done with the first 15 episodes. Not bad.

Actually, a lot better than the 'highly recommended / rated' crap that is running on the tele these days.

Autocorrect

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Monday, April 2, 2012

Soil Which Mahatma Fell On After Assassination To Be Auctioned

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London:  Mahatma Gandhi's round-lensed spectacles, a personal prayer book and the soil upon which he fell when he was assassinated are among an incredible lot of items that will be sold at an auction in Britain.

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People will buy just about anything.

What a blessing it would be if we could open and shut our ears as easily as we open and shut our eyes!

- Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol

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Seemed like it was just an excuse to film a lot of stunts and ruin a lot of cars. It was fun to watch all the stunts but the plot was rather disappointing.

Anil Kapoor playing the billionaire buffoon was not required at all. I can think of a million different ways of incorporating that character into the plot without depicting him as an idiot.

The entire sequence seems to have been included only to show off Paula Patton's (Jane Carter) thighs. Again, there are a million different ways of accomplishing that as well.

Playboy billionaire doesn't necessarily have to translate into billionaire buffoon.

Then there was that thing in Dubai. I did enjoy the stunt and the chase in the sandstorm, but there is a serious lack of logic in the sequence. The idea of them setting up two different meetings made sense as long as the actual launch codes did not get delivered to Kurt Hendricks.

They don't have the masks but decide to risk it anyway. Sure, I understand - The defence of the realm is to be considered. So they take the chance without the masks hoping the parties have not met (rolls eyes). But then, Ethan Hunt suggests that the printed out copies show the actual launch codes and not the scrambled version. This is where this stops making sense.

At this point I am thinking - The girl is going to get delivery of the diamonds – one way or another. Kurt Hendricks is going to end up with the actual launch codes – one way or another. So why bother having two meetings? Just let the meeting take place as scheduled, and you guys barge into the room when they are all together and deal with your "assets" whichever way you want to. OR don't barge in and follow them when they leave the hotel. Or Kill them or track them or chase them, whatever you want.

It just seemed pointless to orchestrate such an elaborate plan when it was known earlier itself that they will have to deliver the launch codes (or a copy of the actual launch codes) to the other party. Having two fake meetings served absolutely no purpose.

I could go on, but seems rather pointless. Watchable, but that is just about it.

'Liking' Pics On FaceBook Can Get You Into Trouble

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SURAT: Merely "liking" sensuous photographs on a social networking site has landed a man in trouble.

Surat police have booked a commercial tax department officer in Rajkot Sanjay Gandhi following directions of the first class judicial magistrate under Section 292 of IPC for distributing obscene material.

The pictures appeared after Gandhi accepted a friend request from his 14-year-old daughter. She had sent him a request to get some guidance regarding a school project, police said.

When their daughter saw the pictures that her father had liked, she immediately informed her mother, who approached the court with a complaint. Before that Nila also contacted Gandhi and requested him to remove the photographs and apologize. However, Gandhi turned down both the requests.

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I am not a fan of FaceBook, but this is just ridiculous.

Why can't the daughter just 'Unfriend' her father?

Guidance regarding a school project - Haven't you heard of this revolutionary new concept called Email!??! Or did the school insist that you be guided via FaceBook?

The bitch wife – Nila – getting all cranky about this is perhaps understandable (it is not, but I am assuming she is a bitch bitter woman). But the idiotic cops actually registering a case! Come on!?

Don't know if it is just me, but lately have been reading about and coming across ALOT of bitchy cranky women.

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