Wednesday, April 30, 2003

Bill, Hillary and the gas station

Remembered an old joke while chatting with a group of friends. Nothing against Clinton. Infact he is one of my favourite but this joke is a worthy mention.

Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton are travelling on a long ride to their hometown. They stop over at a gas station to fuel up. They fill up the gas and when they are about to leave, the guy at the gas station says a big hello to Hillary and waves her a goodbye.

Hillary : You know who he was. He was the guy who proposed me first at college.
Clinton : (proudly) Imagine , if only you had accepted his proposal....you would have been the wife of a gas station guy.
Hillary : No way, By now he would have been the president !!

Tuesday, April 29, 2003

Of C's and C plus plusses

Only 35% object oriented featured in kuro5hin is a well-written short story I should say though it is a real life account of how a project went bad because of the buzzword lovers. This article has tons of comments and brickbatting happening. Very interesting.

As ucblockhead accounts in the article Buzzwords are not goals. If you let buzzwords overrule your requirements, you are in for a world of hurt. I agree totally to his point of how buzzwords rule the game and send projects to trash.

Being a die-hard fan of C programming and a pretty-ok programmer in C, I had issues of how-2-look-at-C++ from a C perspective. The perspective what I had was mostly academic and it wasn't helpful when I was working in a C++ project. To unlearn the C++ which I learnt academically and learn the practical way of C++ took a long time but was fairly beneficial. And only then I was able to appreciate the OOP in C++.

Monday, April 28, 2003

Madurai Veeran - Warrior of Madurai


Sandiyar


Kamal is getting back to work after Anbe Sivam. His latest film Sandiyar's start happened among a huge crowd of his fans in Madurai's Medical College grounds.

Madurai has been a historical place for a lot of cinema icons in Tamil Nadu. But for Kamal it is yet another film starter with a different dimension. He said he had been roaming around in and around madurai for the last few months to get some new faces for this movie. Also he had found some new habits and some tidbits about the place which he plans to use it in the movie. Incidentally the movie is also set in Madurai he planned to have it started therei.

Despite the violence in the film, Sandiyar focuses on non-violence. Being Kamalhassan's directorial venture after Hey Ram, illayaraja comes back to score for the film.

This diwali break-free for Sandiyar!!

Thursday, April 24, 2003

Google's Googly - Dano

Dano- the new version of blogger will be out in few days. Arnab Nandi of TimePass Town was reviewing Dano and he was inviting co-authors to review it. And now along with him, I am also reviewing it here.

This blog is an exclusive one which was created and maintained in Dano. It is a cool interface especially for me who has been blogging with Blogger Basic for more than a year. I had felt at time to switch to other interfaces but I kept tight hoping Blogger being the a sure leader in this blogging world would come out with a much better version.

After Google took over Blogger this is the first significant change happening. I had felt other important changes in terms of speed and less downtime after Google's presence. This is specially a Google's Googly for other competitors and would clearly set blogger ahead in the race.

Any one who wants to review Dano, checkout with Arnab.

Wednesday, April 23, 2003

Do you believe this or have you encountered this. This morning when I was listening to a song from 'Mughavari' which was released during 2000, I went back in time and felt like I was still working in Citibank. Had a similar feeling which I had 3 years back and felt like I will start, go pickup my Hreo Puch and travel all the way to Shakti Towers in Mont Road. But currently I ride a splendor and go just the opposite direction of Mount Road.

It is slightly tough for me to describe that moment but I remember having such experiences happening before even with a smell of books and houses. I have no clue what they call this in pshcology but this memory travelback fascinates me as our brain has capabilities of such complex operations and it can actually make you travel back in time for a moment.

My friend suggested it to be a Deja Vu experience. Is that so?

Monday, April 21, 2003

My sister's engagement went fine. I was extremely happy to back here in chennai for this function. It's fun to have people visiting you on these occasions but what happened to us was a disaster. Until 12 noon on friday we were just 5 of us in our house and everything seems to be in place perfectly. Relatives started coming in like my athai, athimber and their grandsons. By 12:30 it seemed to Iraq invaded by US and it was chaos. Chaos is not the word and all that hungama got over only the next day after nichayathartham(engagement). Keys were thrown around, toys were split open and all the remote controls were used as artificial telephones by those kids and it was like US using tomahawks on my house. After everyone left we had to clean the house and found things misplaced, broken and missing. We are still rebuilding iraq. errr.....my house.

I also a had a role to play in the engagement. I was shooting a bit of this function in handycam fixed with a 1000 watt bulb and gayu was looking at me furiously. ;-)

Thursday, April 17, 2003

A long gap and hey I'm back. Currently in chennai and having a nice time going around in my hero honda amidst the fight for fuel due to the lorry strike. Wow!! Feels so nice to be in India.

Had a boring flight in Lufthansa. I think the most boring journey is the flight. Every other means of transport has more space to move around. The over heated panner and palak makes me sick. I actually didn't eat anything throught the flight. I was explicitly avoiding the food and the hostess had a doubt that I was infected with SARS due to my constant cough. What a horrible look she gave me.

When she was giving away the dinner we were over the arabian sea, I went in to restroom to avoid saying no to the food. And when I came back, she was gone but the uncle said, "Hey you missed the food, but never worry, I got a extra one for you from the hostess". Being good is also harmful. He was convinced that Saddam was a poor chap and Bush had a leftover-revenge from the previous birth for which he is fighting Saddam down.

Thursday, April 03, 2003

Coffee with salt:

Dead Man Walking made me think dead. Last night at 11:30, I was so engrossed in the movie that I added salt to my coffee and stirred it well. I took it to my reclining seat and when my taste buds were expecting a lovely coffee, they tasted salty. Yucky!. All I could do was to laugh aloud. I was expecting to make this mistake since I had salt and sugar in two similar looking jars. It happened with the help of Susan Sarandon.

This was supposedly my 5th time of watching Dead Man Walking and it never had dull moments. Susan Sarandon engrosses you with her versatile performance. What an amazing actress she is. Full of expressions and a non-clandestine smile that makes you call her the best-of-the-best.

For people wondering whether Dead Man Walking refers something metaphorically, it is a no. It just refers to what the people on death row are called as they take that final walk towards their execution chamber. But the title is so intense that it stands to be one of the aptly titled film of times. Above all it’s the theme about capital punishment and the content of this movie that moves you and drags you to the edge of tears. No movie spoilers here. So if you haven't watched it yet, pick up the DvD and watch it rightaway. I couldn't see the Sean Penn in the movie. All I could see was his character, Mathew Poncelet. A performance which was as realistic and simple as Kamalhassan in Mahanadhi.

I looking forward to read this screenplay and anyone of you, who had come across it, please let me know where it is available. David Robbins who has scored the background score has used a lot of Indian vocals and Hindustani tunes. So be prepared to hear tablas, sitars and veenas playing all around the movie. I think it is a well-adapted movie from the original book written by Sister Helen Prejean. Tim Robbins (the guy who starred in The Shawshank Redemption), the director takes the credit for bringing, the dead man walking, ALIVE.

At the end, as Bruce Springsteen sang Dead Man Walkin' with his all-time-best vocals, I sat unmoved physically.

Wednesday, April 02, 2003

What more does a book-dinosaur(book-worm is an underestimate) like me need than a Barnes & Noble superstore. My friend Kesh was looking at me surprised while I was busy running all over the place like a child in toysrus. He must have thought what an animal, I am. The smell of books gives tons of energy and it is a real pleasure to visit B & N, which has a wide collection of books, music and DVDs. There were many more dinosaurs like me out there.

Bought The Death of Vishnu by Manil Suri as a gift for a friend who was leaving to India. I had a chance to read the book just before I left India and was thoroughly impressed by manil's vivid description of mumbai and his witty-yet-thoughtful mix of mythology with bollywood. A perfect read on the 20 hour long flight to India.

I finally got the Citizen Kane double DVD disc for my personal collection. I was waiting for to get hold of this DVD for more than a year. I did read a lot of reviews of Citizen Kane and wanted to see the movie badly. The dvd or vcd was not available in India and many people haven't heard about this movie which is considered to be one of the best movies of all-time. The double DVD pack contains much more than the original movie itself. The first dvd features the movie and a ongoing shot-by-shot commentary by Orson Welles, the director. The second dvd features the famous documentary The Battle over about Citizen Kane. Expecting to watch it this weekend.

I was also looking for Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis, which is slightly rare to find in an Indian bookstore. I have read the first translation of this book but read in nytimes that the new translation has come out better. Picked a bunch of CDs like Best Hits of Jimi Hendrix, Chicago - Best Hits and Shades of Deep Purple. Couldn't resist my enthusiasm and I heard the whole album of Jimi Hendrix before sleeping. I suggest all those guys who listen to only melodies, listen to Smashing The Amps before you move on to the next song. You get the feel of what miracles a guitar and few amps can do to your ears. It is mind blowing, hard hitting instrumental which just blows your ears off.

Tuesday, April 01, 2003

Today is April 1st and it my parent's marriage anniversary. Last year same time I had an interesting note. Happy Anniversay Folks!!

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