Friday, October 31, 2003

Hurray !! Got tickets for the first day of Matrix Revolutions, releasing next wednesday (11/05). The special thing is that it is in an IMAX theatre. With screens as big as 5 times as a normal screen and with a movie like Matrix, I am sure my thrills would get complemented.

Last time when I was in an IMAX was during the second release of Apollo 13, *ing Tom Hanks. I always wanted to see a an animation movie in Imax. That wish hasn't come true, yet.

So what's Neo going to do with Agent Smith(s) this time. Any guesses. I swear not to post a spoiler after I watch the movie.

Listening : July Malargaley from Bhagavathi. Rendered by Karthik and Sadhana Sargam, this melodious duet is good for ears except for that ugly pronunciation of Sadhana. She pronounces Azhaghan as Alagan. Shameful. But I have to accept that she is being improving since Sneghithaney. She stumbling over tamil is acceptable because even some tamilnadu born super heroes call thamizhan as tamilan. State of pity.

Thursday, October 30, 2003

Microsoft with horns - not just horns - it a Longhorn:

Introducing the next developer version of Windows OS, codenamed Longhorn, Gates tried to woo Windows developers to support and try their hands on Longhorn.

Longhorn, the next generation windows appears to be a set of integrated applications with an operating system rather than a monolithic operating system release. Thats what Gates had to say in the Professional Developers Conference 2003 in California. He was sure that the beta would be released by next summer but the commercial release would be in the year of 2006.

Longhorn is built around three major advances--a new graphics and presentation engine known as Avalon, a new communications architecture known as Indigo, and a new file system known as WinFS that borrows from Microsoft's relational database technology'

Look at this Longhorn developer center, it seems the feel and look of windows is getting converted to the next generation of softwares. Given the ability of Microsoft to make drool-over front-ends, it is very convincing with the alerts and buddylists placed at the right corner of the screen.

Transparent windows, animated windows that pop open and a new taskbar on the righthand side of the screen that displayed a clock, buddy list, and news and other information streamed onto the desktop via an RSS feed. Finally RSS feeds are recognized well by Microsoft which is a cool thing that happens to this blogging community.

But the controversies are already at as it calls the graphical look of Longhorn--particularly its transparency and animated windows--are reminiscent of Apple's Mac OS X.

Also check out the Longhorn Blogs, a Longhorn fan website.

Wednesday, October 29, 2003

The Real Pithamahan of Indian Cinema :

Senthil's Pithamahan review was spelndid and he said the movie could be re-named as Ayudha Ezhuthu because of three characters, Vikram, Surya and Laila who took the movie beyond boundaries.

I OBJECT. Maybe nickname Mani Ratnam as Pithamahan and never even think of giving away his movie name to someone else.

Tuesday, October 28, 2003

All they said about Rajini's japanese fans but we never believed.

Now, Rajinikanth makes it big time. Here's the Rajinikanth's unofficial fan club from Japan. Looks like they are more serious fans that what we are. Though we couldn't read japanese, these pictures explain all.

As you go through the club, there are numerous forums and bulleting boards discussing his movies from Siva to Baba. Lots of professional analysis and tons of links that link to other Indian Fan clubs.

Time for Rajinikanth to join with Jackie Chan for the next movie and call it Baba Jaba. Hows that ?

Link via Kinglsey via Ram.

Monday, October 27, 2003

Things change so fast. The predicted to-be hit of diwali was Ajith's Aanjaneya. That one is running low with bad previews. Read here for senthil's review in my comments box.

Pithamahan, the un-predicted movie is getting fave reviews because of the performances of lead actors Vikram, Surya and Ajith. The reviews coming in say that though Bala captures the dark sides of human emotions, Vikram's performance in Pithamahan will go down in history as one of the most spectacular performances. Ofcourse, I predicted a no-no for Pithamahan because of my disliking towards Bala's movies.

I'm yet to watch Pithamahan and it is releasing late here in chiacago on Nov 7th.
The smoky smell of crackers is what reminds me of diwali and here in US, I was yearning for that smell to feel at home. Like me were thousands of Indians who got together at the Aurora Temple in Chicago to the get feel of being 'at home' and celebrate diwali.

Last night, with clear skies the temperature dropped to 30s. Despite the icing cold, the sky was lit with huge fireworks at 8:30 pm. Catcalls and the Indian trademarked finger-in-the-mouth whistles deafened the whole temple. Never before had I celebrated a diwali with thousands of people with full of joy and a brightly lighted temple. Though there was a huge lines for the Perumal koil Puliyotharai and the Royal Indian Thayir sadham.

But the night went long after that and we were playing the card game, Literature. We also had one hour more to spare. So as we turned back the clock from 2:00 am to 1:00 am to accommodate the daylight saving, we realized we had 2 more hours to go before the next diwali.

Willow TV was helping us to watch the India vs Australia match live on the Internet. But the package was huge. Priced at $70 for all the matches of the TVS Triangular Series, we watched the match live, on a laptop connected to a cable modem. The broadcast was fantastic without much clipping so we could witness clearly how Sachin celebrated a revengeful diwali against the aussies. With Shewag giving his wicket cheaply to the second slip many of them crashed out under the blankets.

But the determined like me who sacrificed our sleep were paid back by Sachin and VVS Laks with the powerful knocks. This wasn't the most classy century of Sachin but was certainly a good one after a long time. Though both Sachin and VVS struggled in their 90s, they managed to touch the century. While Sachin had couple of lives at the fag end, he threw his wicket at 100. Sent in perfectly on time was Yuvraj Singh who played a swashbuckling innings again.

So as we knocked the aussies, what everyone were whispering was that we should have done this 8 months back. But that's long gone.

Friday, October 24, 2003

Hey guys !! Wishes for a great deepawali (for southies) and diwali ( for northies). Not a big diwali year for the movies but certainly something is on the store.

Pithamahan : It is predicted to run for 200 days else flop badly at the Boxoffice. This Pithamahan pic reminds me of the movie Anger Management pic(click to see the pic) with Adam Sandler and Jack Nicholson. Sh!! Sh!! Oh !! don't whisper, for they will write in the media that Anger management is made into Tamil and disallow Pithamahan from releasing just like what they did to Charan's JJ as Serendipity.

My take : Flop. But might be liked by some people. The buildup is too much. They say the censor board cried after watching the movie, the producer cried watching the first copy. What the heck?. Such build ups have been short-lived in the past. I hate Bala for all his heroes are cracks. Especially SETHU was the height of madness. Don't start arguing about SETHU, I get too hot when I discuss it. For more reasons, ask Senthil. He might kill you too ;-)

Thirumalai : As the whole world repeatedly says, Vijay needs a break after the movie Friends.

My take : It will be a OK entertainer but certainly not like Kushee and Friends. Vijay looks slightly young in his stubs. Jyothika looks fabulous. Already Thimsukattai songs is playing rockers.

Aanjaneya : Ajith takes the policeman role finally called Paramguru IPS. His moustache is missing.

My take : Ajith looks amazing and young. After his image built-up with his racing personality, this might prove to be a good hit for him. Maharajan, the director has proved his metal in Vallarasu. But looks like he isn't happy after watching the final copy. He thinks he could have done well. But yes, this rule applies for everything. Sure shot one time see. If you want to see a movie on diwali day and not get upset, watch Aanjaneya.

Pray to god that some silly politician or some religious party isn't taking fire bath for the movie title as Aanjaneya. Same applies to Thirumalai too.

Ottran : Arjun as a spy. Yet another Gentleman from Shankar's assistant.

My take: The opinion concerning ottran seems to be very hyped just because it hasn't been publicized too much. Shankar's assistant is proving to follow his master by creating a hype around the movie. Details released include Arjun is a spy in disguise and he comes back from his recent downfall. I also think that there is something cool about this movie and might prove successful. Fingers and Toes crossed.

Wednesday, October 22, 2003

Yet another diwali nostalgica. Written by Pasupathiraayan in yahoo tamil clutch, this one amazed me with it's simplicity and detailed description of the minutest observation.

This is a gif image so all you can do is read it and enjoy as much as I did. I am trying to incorporate unicode or tamil fonts in the same template.

See the article'n'image here

Tuesday, October 21, 2003

Google Diwali - Search :

No making charges, no wastage, lots of varities, missing, inundated saravana stores, frenzy crowd, bubbling children, rush everywhere, dust everywhere, missing, oceanic textiles, throw away prices, lot many prizes, its missing, trafficed roads, late-to-office workers, overtime trafficmen, hungry husbands, hunting-for-saree wifes, jubliant shop keepers, its still missing, claustrophobic chennai silks, mushroomed fast food shops,high hoped roadside textilers, about to rain, never bother teenagers, chocolate girls, missing'n'missing, discounted fireworks, poor-yet-shopping-people, rich-yet-high-interest-marwaris, full decibel traffic announcers, head, head and heads everywhere, chennai prepares for diwali mela, i am still in search of the missing....the missing soul of diwali.

This was my last year diwali blog note. It still holds good...Does it?

Monday, October 20, 2003

Check out the my new photolog. Just started to use it and find it very promising.

Had a delightful lunch at the India House, a new Indian restaurant in Wheeling. This restaurant is a new branch of the India House, Schaumburg. While trying hook me on the code that I am writing, I am falling sleepy on my keyboard. That Aaloo sabji was at it's best with some idlis and sambar, good enough to make me half awake ( optimistic view).

Tons of job at stake
Until I am awake.

Poetry Lazy....Poetry. Sleep.

Thursday, October 16, 2003

Kathai Kathaiyam Karanamaam:

Stories. Everyone likes stories. You, Me and anyone like stories. It is good to hear stories. How is to tell stories. Have you ever thought about the brainwave behind the story. The process of fun, happiness and sheer imagination that it takes to build a story. The debacles that a writer undergoes before he is done with a story.

There are stories everywhere. Many are around us in one form or other. What it takes is meticulous observation of events and consolidation of them to get to the crux of a story. From Archie comics to Kumudam weekly, from Humlog to Junoon, from Chithi to Anni, from Poornam Vishwanathan plays to Crazy Mohan dramas, from Bheemsingh's Black and Whites to Kamal's Sandiyar, there are stories everywhere. As tamil cinema world is wading through the sea of no-story-movies, a group of people.....

See this space for more information.

Hey, I'm making it dramatic and silly. That is what story telling is all about. Be Right Back.

Wednesday, October 15, 2003

The Absolute Minimum Every Software Developer Absolutely, Positively Must Know About Unicode and Character Sets (No Excuses!) is an article of sheer simplicity and feeds in consummate understanding of the character-set world. Written by Joel Spolsky, a software developer and an owner of the company, Fog Creek Software, which makes CityDesk, a site publishing software.

If you have no clue of Unicode this is where you peep first. Recommended reading for all who are curious to know about this Unicode funda.

Link via Kingsley.

Tuesday, October 14, 2003

We were out to the Door County which is up North Wisconsin to enjoy the fall colors. The Door county is a strip of land extending inside Lake Michigan. At the tip of door county is an island called Washington Port and we had to take the car in the ferry to move around in the island. With thousands of maple trees with colors like bright yellow, hot red, red-green mix and the rest of 65 million colors, I was colorblind at the end of the trip. I desperately wanted to see some black and white colors to nullify the color effect.

What was interesting was the 4 hour drive from our place in Chicago. Covered with the early morning fog, the roads appeared as though they ended just 2 feet before the car. It was a cool drive through the fog but the music saved us from getting scared. All the 14 hours of the trip, the music was just like yet another friend inside the car. While we were deep in the woods all I did was to play Pachai Niramey... and we felt like that bubbly madhavan leaping to the sky with dry yellow all around him. We had this small game of popular demand and played songs according to the request. The most requested and the most played song was Ithunundu Muthathila Ishtam from Dhool. Vidyasagar is reaching his pinnacle, that means.

Weekend Tidbits

- Cubs are really on winning streak and they have this last game to make it to the world series and meet Red Sox there. Will they ?
- AR Rahman is missing this diwali. With Bharathiraja's Kankalaal Kaithu Sei and Nee 20 Naan 18 getting delayed, A R Rahman will be back with Mani Saar's Aayutha Ezhuthu during Pongal.
- Shankar's assistant is directing Arjun's diwali flick called Ottran (SPY). No expectations for this on air and I sense this one taking lead over other movies. But given Arjun's recent reputational downfall, gifted by the media, I could be wrong too.

P.S: Elango smelled something cookin' in my blog. He got it right but just a post before.

Thursday, October 09, 2003

Thanks to Kumaraguru for with his fast suggestion, I was able to replace the scribbled board with myshoutbox. If you are suffering from the loss of zonkboard try this one. much more feature oriented.

Looks like it faster than the pay-only zonkboard. Lets load it with comments and then comment on the speed.
Zonkboard, the blabber board useful in allowing instant comments to the blogs is gone pay-only. So I am taking that out off my blog and until I find an alternate....wait.

Last night was amazing with CUBS winning the game against MARLINS with 4 home runs only to end up with a series split.

While it's happening here, The Great WALL of India, Rahul Dravid, celebrated a double century back in India proving he is the most consistent of all times. Also the tiger's century proved he is worth the gamble and hope he wins the match with an innings defeat.
After the first flash mob performed in India, Rohit Tikmany, the organizer has called off the flash mobs in mumbai and has also closed his flash mobs site.

The reason was simple. After the flash mob on October 4th, he received a telephone call from Amitabh Gupta at the Mumbai Police commissioner office, who explained that prohibitory orders were still in place in Mumbai after the twin blasts of August 25.

Read more on rediff.

I am sure there are some more mischievous dudes out there waiting to do it. Hey but don't do it in the already tense mumbai.

Wednesday, October 08, 2003

A Dramatically Different World

Goldman Sachs's research on The Path to 2050 shows a positive path for countries like Brazil, Russia, India and China. They call this the BRIC and these are the countries which are going to dramatically change the list of the world's ten largest economies.

Here are some highlights :

Over the next 50 years, Brazil, Russia, India and China—the BRICs economies—could become a much larger force in the world economy. We map out GDP growth, income per capita and currency movements in the BRICs economies until 2050.

The results are startling. If things go right, in less than 40 years, the BRICs economies together could be larger than the G6 in US dollar terms. By 2025 they could account for over half the size of the G6. Of the current G6, only the US and Japan may be among the six largest economies in US dollar terms in 2050.

The list of the world’s ten largest economies may look quite different in 2050. The largest economies in the world (by GDP)mayno longer be the richest (by income per capita), making strategic choices for firms more complex.

This research paper was done in April 2003 and with the information overload, you must have encountered this fact a couple of months back. If no , click to read the entire research paper as PDF.
Aayudha Ezhuthu - Update:

Mani Ratnam is in news again. His latest film Aayudha Ezhuthu or Ayudha Ezhuthu in tamil and Yuva in hindi are getting ready fast. After 10 days of shooting in kovalam, the crew has just moved to mumbai port to shoot scenes involving Madhavan and Esha Deol.

It looks like Vairamuthu would pen the lyrics for AR Rahman again after the BOYS break. You can expect another Alai Payuthey in terms of music. Also first time Mani is experimenting the Sync Sound technology so it reduces the dubbing time. Esha Deol has already proven in her television interview that she is well versed in tamil with the help of her mother Hema Malini.

It is expected that the entire tamil version to be shot in 35-40 days which is one of the quickest films in these days when films are being shot for months and years.

Sunday, October 05, 2003

The most cutest and newest phenomenon of flash mobs hits mumbai. I hope there could be a flash mob in chennai also. Probable places are Spencer Plaza- Landmark shop, Cozee restaurant in besant nagar, Sathyam theatre and Alsa Mall in egmore. So now that the places are suggested, someone do it.

Read rediff's account of the mumbai flash mob. Also the script and pics of the mumbai mob here.

For newbies to flash mob :

What is a flash mob ?

Flash mobs are sudden gatherings of people at a predetermined location at a predetermined time. People in flash mobs usually perform according to a written script, then disperse quickly. Flash mobs can be for many purposes but most groups stick to having fun.

Friday, October 03, 2003

Last night, a graceful colleague helped me with the recorded version of Saami 125th day function. Rajinikanth's talk was the highlight of the show. The way he spoke was refreshing. From all that cauvery controversies, it was nice to see a comeback from a re-charged superstar. His body language showed he was ready for the next Padayappa. He was full on entusiasm and energy. Probably Sami has influenced him so much and he was all praise for the director Hari. As they say he might act in Aiyya directed by Hari. Without doubts, it would be a blaster.

Surya also seems to have gone through a reformation with his stubs and was thanking rajini as the superstar named him the best IPS on screen ever. The trailor of Vijay's Thirumalai was better than before. The camera done by ?? was a good work. However, one needs to wait and see if it fares well given the current scenario of vijay movies not making it big time. Well, someone give him an IPS role. With Ajith in Anjaneya as IPS Paramguru(the name of the character), everyone finishes the round. He is the one in the contemporary lot left out without acting as an IPS. Probably thats why he was upset during Saami celebration.

Wednesday, October 01, 2003

Remembering Sivaji on his birthday:

This gloomy eyed guy became the biggest star of tamil cinema and the first guy who was called as A Man with thousand faces. Featured by a swaggering gait, protuding big expressive eyes, enviable gift of acting was Chevalier Sivaji Ganesan. His ability to get into the skin of the character was envied by his contemporaries. Over his ruling of tamil cinema for more than 50 years, he has acted in all sorts of roles and but unfortunately did not bag all kinds of awards.

Doesn't matter he still stays in the hearts of good cinema lovers. Here is a piece of note left by my friend senthil in the comments when he reminded me of shivaji's birthday. Read this. Goosebumps ahead. Take care.

im surprised to see the love and affection they have for chevalier sivaji ganesan here in Malaysia.Though they don't have the poster culture, there were continuous programmes in tamil radio channel and articles in tamil dailies .For eg, the aired his famous dialogue clippings from parasakthi to padiayappa,song snippets from all his famous films,interviews given by actors like superstar , kamal all this since morning ( now the time is just 12.00 noon).I remembered the day when he died , where radio 6 - a tamil radio channel conducted interviews where people were cryin and choking without words.Almost around 200 people( im not exaggerating) saw his death procession in TV standing in front of a cofee shop.I was surprised to see even young guys watching with tears in their eyes.Sivaji lived like a king and died like a king. Actors should not even try to match this great man...He will live in the hearts of all the tamils througout the world.
Neo is coming back on Nov 5th. It's a great news for me especially because I would be here in Chicago to watch it on an IMAX theatre.

When Matrix Reloadedleft me decieved with it's very egoistic film making style, I hoped it would miserable fail in the box-office so that the Wachowski brothers will get wacked and make Matrix Revolutions a master blaster. I am sure it would be one hell of a movie.

The promos are already on TV here nad it's getting bigger and better this time. The teasers are very fast and short. There is some kind of a big robot or some machine that comes walking towards in the teasers. I am not sure what that one is but it definetly makes me more curious than ever.

Because this is going to be the last one of the trilogy, lots of expectations in air this time. I hope Neo, Trinity and Morpheus keep up the good job. Check out this snap of the trio.

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