Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Suits - Season 3

Louis Litt (Rick Hoffman) is stupid and down right annoying (I am being polite). The parts with him and Shiela Sazs (Rachael Harris) are perhaps the worst moments of the show.

Katrina (Amanda Schull) should have had more screen time.

Jessica (Gina Torres) comes across as confused and desperate (in my opinion) as opposed to intelligent and shrewd.

Episode 7 - She's Mine - A mock trial for custody of a cat?? WTF!

Episode 9 - Bad Faith - Arguably the most ridiculous episode in the series (so far).

Episode 10 - Stay - Yawn…

Won't be bothering with Season 4.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Dexter Finale

And a wonderful series comes to an end. Thank you…

And here is Team Dexter saying Thank You and Goodbye.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Programming today is a race between software engineers striving to build bigger and better idiot-proof programs, and the Universe trying to produce bigger and better idiots. So far, the Universe is winning.

- Rich Cook

Stay With Me - No

I am only human I am full of mistakes
I know you're looking out your window
Think you'll be happier in some other place
Well that's alright, alright

You know that dreaming is a horrible waste
When you've got everything beside you
Please don't let worry put those lines your face
You'll be alright, alright
alright, alright

I've got this feeling
You'll always be dreaming
But where would you go

Stay with me
Wasn't there a place for me inside your heart
Stay with me
We were never meant to be apart

These constellations are not so hard to trace
They always know just where to find us
You stay out waiting till they light up your face
You wait all night..

Take yourself easy
You're always believing
But when will you know

Stay with me
Wasn't there a place for me inside your heart
Stay with me
We were never meant to be apart
Stay with me
Won't you run away with me when life gets hard
Stay with me
We were never meant to be apart

Stay with me
Wasn't there a place for me inside your heart
Stay with me
We were never meant to be apart
Stay with me
Won't you run away with me when life gets hard
Stay with me
We were meant to be right from the start

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

BBM For Android (21-09-13) And iToy (22-09-13)

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BBM will be available as a free download for Android smartphones running Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean (Android 4.x) beginning at 7AM EDT on September 21. BBM for iPhones running iOS 6 and iOS 7 will become available for each market on the App Store schedule of 12:01 AM local time on September 22. For more information, or to download BBM for Android or iPhone, visit www.BBM.com.

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

63rd or 64th

 

NDTV says it's Modi's 63rd B'day. TOI says it's his 64th. Hmmmm.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Thank You BVG!

Thank you BVG

If knowledge can create problems, it is not through ignorance that we can solve them.

- Isaac Asimov

And Now We Move To Sandhya Menon

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Part of being comfortable with your femininity is being comfortable with your desire. Part of that desire is to, quite simply, want to see a Niall McCann or an intelligent and good-looking man, take his shirt off more often.

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That is a part of her defence to Shobhaa De's crap.

Can you imagine the scandal / shit-storm created if I or any other male said something similar about a woman?? In case you can't, let me help you:

  • JD(U) President Sharad Yadav simply stated to a female journalist The Whole country is beautiful, Even YOU are beautiful [Link]. The media lashed back and termed this as a 'sexist remark'. He didn't even hint at her taking her shirt off and it was already a scandal.
  • Obama had to apologise to Kamala Harris for referring to her as the best looking attorney general in the country [Link].

So… if a male refers to a female as beautiful / good looking - His comments are deemed inappropriate. He must apologise (after being labelled as a sexist / creep / pervert / potential rapist / example of the sick male psyche). BUT if a female says she wants to see some men take their shirts off more often… it's 'part of being comfortable with her femininity and desire'???

*Amitabh Bachchan voice over:

Aap ka agla prashan, 7 Crore Rupay ke liye… aapke screen par… ye raha - Who is the real sexist?

In Heaven all the interesting people are missing.

- Friedrich Nietzsche

Shobhaa De's 'Article'

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The guy's put 'sex' back into the limp Sensex. That makes him seriously hot. So hot, in fact, he has made it to the Amul hoarding (a first for a chap in his lofty position). But nobody is calling the man a Billboard Bimbo. You know why? Because this man knows his onions…

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Firstly… Why the hell is a Shobhaa De crap being featured in the Economic Times????

That's just the opening paragraph. Most of the article is filled with similar nonsense. I don't know why anyone expects anything sensible from this C grade porn writer, but it is absolutely SHOCKING (and rather disturbing) when people appreciate such crap. Some even go ahead and DEFEND this filth [Link]!

Here are some bits (sic) from Shobhaa De's 'article':

  • the very dishy Raghuram Govinda Rajan.
  • That his chiselled features are as sharp as his brain, add to his current status as the Poster Boy of Banking.
  • I went ahead and tweeted (will this woman never learn?) about his appointment, calling him the Ranbir Kapoor of Banking (note the spelling — banking, there's an 'a' in this word, not an 'o').
  • We desperately needed eye candy on the pink pages — and now we have it! To my friends in media, I say — flog Raghu mercilessly. Run his pictures every day. We'd rather look at this pin-up boy, than Sunny Leone.
  • 'Feisty at Fifty' could well be the title of Raghu's memoir (I'd be delighted to publish it). Till he writes his own story, we can salivate from the sidelines.
  • We'll be watching you — every move you make, every step you take. Make sure you don't drop that towel, like Ranbir Kapoor did in Sawaariya. On the other hand..... aahhhhh.... wishful thinking!

Questions to all you FEMINISTS out there:

  • Would you tolerate similar comments being put up by a male columnist about someone like Chanda Kochhar OR any other reasonably good looking successful woman (in government or the corporate world)?
  • Wouldn't you point out just how pathetic and sexist the column was and how it represented the filthy male mind?
  • Wouldn't you be protesting that men simply can't see beyond the body/face/attire when it comes to women?
  • Wouldn't you be yelling that men are pigs and need to be taught how to respect a woman as a human being?
  • Wouldn't you insist (with that shrill voice) that men should learn to appreciate a woman's mind and treat her as an equal and not as a piece of meat?
  • Wouldn't you DEMAND an apology from the columnist and link it to every published rape/molestation case in recent history?

And they call me a sexist (*rolling eyes)! You accuse me of double standards!? HA!

Woh qatal karte hain to charcha nahin hota…
Hum aah bhi bharte hain to ho jaate hain badnaam

Zamaanaa Aaj Nahin Dagmagaa Ke Chalne Ka

Jan Nissar Akhtar…

Zamaanaa aaj nahin dagmagaa ke chalne ka 
Sambhal bhi jaa ki abhi vaqt hai sambhalne ka

Bahaar aaye chali jaaye phir chali aaye 
Magar ye dard ka mausam nahin badalne ka

Ye theek hai ki sitaaron pe ghoom aaye hain 
Magar kise hai saliqaa zameen pe chalne ka

Phire hain raaton ko aavaaraa hum to dekha hai 
Gali-gali mein samaa chaand ke nikalne ka

Tamaam nashaa-e-hasti tamaam kaif-e-vajuud 
Vo ik lamha tere jism ke pighalne ka

Saturday, September 14, 2013

To Be Freed Later 'Yesterday'

 

!!! ??? !!!

BA Pass

Good film.

Some films (like this one) should carry an additional rating – For Intelligent Audience Only.

Meghe Dhaka Tara

*APPLAUSE

Absolutely brilliant!

This is not for individuals who don't understand Ritwik Ghatak's films or his idea of Cinema (To understand doesn't necessarily mean To agree).

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Typo

Proofread!

What Was So Offensive About AT&T's Tweet?

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Err… I don't get it. Am I missing something here? I mean… What's so offensive about this tweet? Is it the phrase 'Never Forget' ?

If so… then why bother building a 'memorial' in the first place?? You do realise that the entire media talks about the '9/11 anniversary' (*rolls eyes). The NY Times, VOA, Huffington Post, CNN, USA Today, Washington Post… Even the President… Even the Pentagon! So, what was it about the AT&T tweet that upset you so much??

Is it really the tweet that offended you or are you simply ticked off with AT&T for crappy service?

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

iDiots

When the iPhone 5 was due to be released, Jimmy Kimmel's crew pulled off a fun prank*. Now that the iPhone 5S is due to be released, sure enough the crew set up another prank, a more outrageous one. The result is pretty much the same. Plenty of iDiots in the world. Do watch:


* In case anyone is interested, here is the earlier prank:

Typo

 

Protect YOUR vacation with…

What ought to be done to the man who invented the celebrating of anniversaries? Mere killing would be too light.

- Mark Twain

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Delhi High Court Has Time For This?!

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The Delhi High Court Monday restrained the makers of Bollywood film 'Grand Masti' from showing the name and banner of ICICI bank on its plea alleging that no prior permission was taken from it.
In an ex-parte order restraining the movie makers from showing any name or banner of the bank till further orders, Justice M.L. Mehtaalso issued notice to the director and producer of the movie.

Link

Surprising.

A rape case that supposedly 'awakened the nation' keeps getting deferred (the 'juvenile' issue). Even when the verdict gets announced for the others accused, the sentencing is deferred to the following day [Link] … but somehow the court manages to make time to decide on whether a film can show a scene that includes the name and banner of a bank!?!

Turns out, the Special Fast Track Court isn't all that FAST after all.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Man Buys Promoted Tweet To Complain About British Airways

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3-09-2013: Fed up with the way British Airways was handling the issue of his father's lost luggage, businessman Hasan Syed decided to complain about it. But rather than just put out a normal tweet, he paid to have one promoted.

…"We would like to apologise to the customer for the inconvenience caused. We have been in contact with the customer and the bag is due to be delivered today," British Airways told the BBC.

Link

No clue about the cost of a Promoted Tweet, but this was brilliant!

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Pranav Mistry - Man Behind Galaxy Gear

Should have guessed…

It would have been better if this man continued to stay BEHIND the scenes.

Not entirely sure which is more funny… the presentation or the idiotic gadget!

Pranav might have been responsible for a lot of products/features at Samsung (He heads the Think Tank at Samsung)… but mate - If you CAN'T present, don't bother!

As it is, there isn't much your product has to offer. The least you could have done was remove yourself from the presentation and let someone with some skill (and a proper accent) handle the launch / unveiling.

All those MIT ideas and researches don't necessarily imply that you have the capability to present a product. Perhaps Pranav should focus on what he is good at and work on some sensible features. Leave the presentation to someone who has THAT skill.

That person may not have won awards like - Invention of the Year award or Young Indian Motivator. S/he may not have been a PhD candidate at MIT Media Lab, but none of those are necessary to properly present a product at its unveiling.

Samsung Galaxy Gear

Phones and watches may be getting 'smarter', but people (sadly) just keep getting dumber.

This thing syncs with your handset (pictures, contacts etc) and is basically just a clunky watch without the pairing. Not that it is really smart with the pairing, but hey… what do I know.

 

So… what does this 'smart' watch really do? At present - not much.

You can use S Voice to make calls from your watch without having to pull out your Note 3 from your pocket (the one you had a tough time stuffing into the pocket in the first place). Interestingly enough, the mic is located at the clasp of this wristwatch (Hmmm, Michael Knight chit chatting with KITT).  You can take low resolution pictures (1.9 MP cam located on the strap) and 10 second videos (720p).

Oh… and if you are more than 1.5m away from the handset, this 'smart' watch will lock the handset (*rolls eyes). In addition to these 'revolutionary' features, this crap gadget already has about 70 third party apps as well (err… Pedometer, EverNote etc).

As of now, the device will work only with Note 3 and Note 10.1. Other devices may be compatible after a firmware update to Android 4.3.

If all that didn't get you laughing, here is a quote from Samsung's website (Screenshot):

 

Smart? I don't think so.

There are laws to protect the freedom of the press's speech, but none that are worth anything to protect the people from the press.

- Mark Twain

Passing The Buck

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Da Vinci's Demons - Season 1

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The season finale was a let down (for me). But the rest of the season was fun to watch.

Laura Haddock-Lucrezia Donati – Sigh… Aap ko dekh kar, dekhta reh gayaa. Kya kahoon, aur kehne ko kya reh gayaa.

Blake Ritson-Count Riario – Menacing. Perfect fit for the role. Performed extremely well.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Vivek Oberoi Needs A Reality Check

 

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Done fairly well in Bollywood ?? Kaunse angle se!? That's like Chunky Pandey saying he is a superstar!

A few memorable films in my portfolio - The films are memorable for sure. BUT, you don't get to take credit for those films. Omkaara was excellent, but you were pathetic! The only film where your performance can be termed as 'good' would be Company. That's ONE film, not a few.

EU Plans To Fit All Cars With Speed Limiters

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Under the proposals new cars would be fitted with cameras that could read road speed limit signs and automatically apply the brakes when this is exceeded.

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Ridiculous!

Surely, there has to be SOME limit to the Big Brother attitude of these Nanny States!!

Monday, September 2, 2013

Fast And Furious 6

Boring.

I didn't find it witty or humorous. Nothing to offer in terms of eye-candy (except for two shots). Story / plot – I don't think anyone expects one from such films.

The action sequences (in my view) seemed dragged. Just way too long. I was actually bored while the final action sequence was playing out on the screen. I didn't even bother to finish it. Just switched it off.

Plus… I just HATE Paul Walker (Retard) and Michelle Rodriguez (Ugly cunt).

More Nonsense From India

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From the middle of this month, says oil minister M Veerappa Moily, the government plans a massive six-week fuel conservation drive that could include closing all petrol pumps by 8 pm. The BJP has scoffed at the proposal.

…The minister said on Sunday, "There are various options and ideas that have been floated. Shutting petrol pumps during the night is one of them." He emphasized that, "we have not decided. It is just a proposal."

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Whoever came up with THAT proposal, is an idiot.

Shutting down a petrol bunk in the evening simply means that people will get the petrol either before 8 PM or on the next day. In no way does this guarantee reduction in fuel consumption. You don't need to be an Oil Minister or an Economist to figure that out.

Yes, you could reduce the fuel consumption by shutting down petrol bunks PERMANENTLY (or put a ceiling on how many litres of petrol is permitted to be sold). If there is no supply, there can't be any consumption.


Now with that out of the way, let us look at what the article says:

The government is seeking to trim its huge oil import bill as it struggles to rescue the rupee - Nothing wrong with that. It would have been better if this was thought of before, but better late than never.

Prime Minister said the country must "economise the use of petroleum products" - Stating the obvious. This would have been a good idea even if the rupee wasn't tumbling. Again, although I think it is stating the obvious, I don't see anything wrong with the statement.

Mr Moily's austerity campaign from September 16 will attempt to cut fuel demand by three per cent and save an estimated Rs. 16,000 crore or USD 2.5 billion in forex outgo - It is nice to see that they have used the word 'attempt'. Again, nothing wrong with the statement.

The minister has written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with suggestions to shave off up to Rs. 1,32,000 crore of the Rs. 9,50,000 crore oil import bill of 2012-13. The note, dated August 30, does not mention closing petrol pumps at night - The note does NOT include the idiotic suggestion (of shutting down pumps at night), So WHY is it being made an issue? Why is that single ridiculous proposed measure being made a headline?


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The BJP's Shahnawaz Hussain said, "Not only petrol pumps, this government is capable of shutting down this country.  If petrol pumps are closed at night, won't people fill fuel in the morning?"

Mr Hussain has suggested that ministers should set an example by "cutting down on their expenditure and should return their cars."

Err… I would call these remarks witty, if that particular proposal was made official or presented as a measure in writing. Picking on ONE point that isn't even recorded in the official note is actually desperate (if not pathetic). That goes for the media, the idiots on Twitter in addition to Shahnawaz Hussain.


Since the ridiculous proposal is not part of the submitted note / list of proposals (in writing), it is downright idiotic to make it the highlight of the proposed measures or use it as a headline. Sir Humphrey explained it best. Of course, he is talking about a decision being made and recorded, but the logic still applies in case of submission of a written document or proposal:

"It is characteristic of all committee discussions and decisions that every member has a vivid recollection of them and that every member's recollection of them differs violently from every other member's recollection. Consequently, we accept the convention that the official decisions are those and only those which have been officially recorded in the minutes by the Officials, from which it emerges with an elegant inevitability that any decision which has been officially reached will have been officially recorded in the minutes by the Officials and any decision which is not recorded in the minutes is not been officially reached even if one or more members believe they can recollect it, so in this particular case, if the decision had been officially reached it would have been officially recorded in the minutes by the Officials. And it isn't so it wasn't."

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