Saturday, April 30, 2005

Daily Cartoon - 04/29/05

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Friday, April 29, 2005

First time, a couple of days ago ...

It happened to me. First time. A couple of days ago.

I was travelling by my car and had stopped by the side of the road to clip on the handsfree to the mobile, to make a call. There's this young chap walking by. He stops besides my car and starts to inspect it a bit from the outside and picks up one of the tinted, rolled-up glass for a mirror. And then, for a minute or two, he considers the tinted window glass to be his bedroom wardrobe mirror and proceeds to groom himself by combing his hair, adjusting his tucked-in shirt, etc !! All the while, my engine was switched on and purring softly !!

I couldn't help but smile :)

Reminded me of the comedy scene from recently watched "Chandramukhi" (cast: "Superstar" Rajni), where Vadivelu (the comedian) gets plastered on his face with a cake or some kind of cream, by the car driver, for doing something very similar ! :)

Daily Cartoon - 04/28/05

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Thursday, April 28, 2005

Daily Cartoon - 04/27/05

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Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Daily Cartoon - 04/26/05

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Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Presently reading : Malgudi Days

Malgudi Days by R.K.Narayan

One word : Wonderful.

That sums up my opinion of whatever I've read in the book so far. The short stories are just too good and capture a lot of human emotions in a very neat, crisp and precise manner.

For more information on the book, visit Amazon. There is even an excerpt of "The Astrologer's Day" that you can read.

I'm presently at the "New Stories" section.

Other books by R.K.Narayan. I remember enjoying my childhood TV serial "Swami and Friends".

Broadband rates in Hong Kong

1Gbps - US$215 (roughly £120) per month
100Mbps - $34
10Mbps - $16
(Source: http://www.adslguide.org/newsarchive.asp?item=2210)

Compare that with the services available in India !!

My provider (Airtel Broadband, Bharthi) charges me $16 for a severely limited 64kbps service.

Daily Cartoon - 04/25/05

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Just how not to shoot off your mouth

Read the tale of Opera's CEO now swimming from Europe to USA. He promised that he'd do it if Opera made the 1 million download mark in first 4 days of launch (it did). This may be a kewl publicity tactic, but then the CEOs facing the water now :)

Monday, April 25, 2005

Sunday, April 24, 2005

Daily Cartoon - 04/23/05


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Saturday, April 23, 2005

Daily Cartoon - 04/22/05

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Chandramukhi review

Movie schedule: Sathyam cineplex. Tuesday, 19-Apr-2005, supposedly 10pm show.

Simple version:
Songs : SUCK
Story : Enjoyably watchable once, with the brain switched off to question the logic.

Slightly long story:
After starting very late, at about 9.30pm, for the show at 10pm, we reached the road in front of the complex at around 9.50pm (thanks to some smart route selection by my friends, else we'd have been delayed much more). The distance of hardly 100 meters to the theater gates took more than 15mins. Damn the traffic jams !!

And once we got in, it was another long wait for a parking slot. We managed to convince one of the theater parking lot guys to give us an easy spot in a not-so-usual location and got out of the car at 10.15pm. He had informed us that the show was being delayed. We moved to the main gate and were informed that the show was only going to start at 10.45pm. After loitering around for some time, we finally got in at 10.30pm. And the show actually started at 10.45pm. Ads till then !!

One thing that I liked at the screening was that towards the end of the ads (both at the start and after the break), there were slides giving out information on the fire exit locations. This is indeed a nice thing to see. Sathyam cineplex really sets the standards on the experience front nowadays.

Sat thru' the horrible songs to watch the movie (I know that Rajni fans'll kill me for this) :)

Got out of the theater at around 1.45/2pm, can't remember which exactly.

Friday, April 22, 2005

The silent treatment

Posted to my regular and humor blog.

A man and his wife were having some problems at home and were giving each other the silent treatment.

Suddenly, the man realized that the next day, he would need his wife to wake him at 5:00 AM for an early morning business flight. Not wanting to be the first to break the silence (and LOSE), he wrote on a piece of paper, "Please wake me up at 5:00 AM." He left it where he knew she would find it.

The next morning, the man woke up, only to discover it was 9:00 AM and he had missed his flight. Furious, he was about to go and see why his wife hadn't wakened him, when he noticed a piece of paper by the bed.

The paper said, "It is 5:00 AM. Wake up."

Men are not equipped for these kinds of contests. God may have created man before woman, but there is always a rough draft before the masterpiece.

Presence of mind ...

Posted to my regular and humor blog.

A boy worked in the produce section of the supermarket. A man came in and asked to buy half a head of lettuce. The boy told him they only sold whole heads of lettuce, but the man was persistent. The boy said he'd go ask his manager what to do.

The boy walked into the back room and said, "There's some jerk out there who wants to buy only half a head of lettuce." As he finished saying this he turned around to find the man standing right behind him, so he added, "And this gentleman wants to buy the other half."

The manager okayed the deal. Later the manager said to the boy, "You almost got yourself in a lot of trouble earlier, but I must say I was impressed with the way you got yourself out of it. You think on your feet, and we like that around here."

Daily Cartoon - 04/21/05

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Thursday, April 21, 2005

Daily Cartoon - 04/20/05

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Wednesday, April 20, 2005

More men and marriage humor

Posted to my regular and humor blog.

A cop stops a drunk and asks him:

Cop: Where are you going?
Drunk: I'm on my way to listen to a lecture on the negative effects of alcohol.
Cop: A lecture at midnight? Who is presenting?
Drunk: My wife and mother-in-law!

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Girl: Will you love me this much after the wedding?

Boy: That depends on your husband, if he lets me.

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God thought that since he couldn't be everywhere he made mothers.

Then devil thought that he couldn't be everywhere and he made mothers-in-law.

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Doctor: your husband needs rest and peace. Here are some sleeping pills.

Wife: When must I give them to him?

Doctor: They are for you.

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The Ten Commandments of Marriage

Posted to my regular and humor blog.

Commandment 1: Marriages are made in heaven. But then again, so are thunder and lightning.

Commandment 2: If you want your wife to listen and pay strict attention to every word you say, talk in your sleep.

Commandment 3: Marriage is grand -- and divorce is at least 100 grand!

Commandment 4: Married life is very frustrating. In the first year of marriage, the man speaks and the woman listens. In the second year, the woman speaks and the man listens. In the third year, they both speak and the neighbors listen.

Commandment 5: When a man opens the door of his car for his wife, you can be sure of one thing. Either the car is new or the wife is.

Commandment 6: Marriage is when a man and woman become as one; the trouble starts when they have to decide which one.

Commandment 7: Before marriage, a man will lie awake all night thinking about something you say. After marriage, he will fall asleep before you finish.

Commandment 8: Every man wants a wife who is beautiful, understanding, economical, and a good cook. But the law allows only one wife.

Commandment 9: Marriage and love are purely a matter of chemistry. That is why the wife treats her husband like toxic waste.

Commandment 10: A man is incomplete until he is married. After that, he is finished.

Bonus Commandment story.

A long married couple came upon a wishing well. The wife leaned over, made a wish and threw in a penny. The husband decided to make a wish too. But he leaned over too much, fell into the well, and drowned. The wife was stunned for a moment but then smiled, "It really works!"

Run Linux on GMail

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it’s possible to install linux on gmail. richard jones wrote some python that allows you to mount linux within gmail. you can use all kinds of unix commands to communicate with gmail like ls, rm, grep, cp, etc. it’s an ongoing project in development but it’s very cool and allows you basically a 2gb virtual drive of sorts.
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Read the complete story here.

Daily Cartoon - 04/19/05

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Flickr provides more storage for free accounts

I just learnt that Flickr has increased the storage for free accounts from 100 images to 200. Thanks to Yahoo for the acquistion. For more details on the "improvements" due to the acquistion, read this.

BTW, here's my humor photo stream.

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Beautiful quote

Being defeated is often only a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent.

Daily Cartoon - 04/18/05

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Monday, April 18, 2005

Daily Cartoon - 04/17/05

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Sunday, April 17, 2005

Daily Cartoon - 04/16/05


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Saturday, April 16, 2005

Daily Cartoon - 04/15/05

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Friday, April 15, 2005

Daily Cartoon - 04/14/05

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Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Google Watch ...

http://www.google-watch.org/

Be scared, be very scared ?!

WWII plots to abandon Russia

For those interested in history, here's a very nice read about the treachery comitted to Soviet Union/Russia by Britain and US during World War II.

News Courtesy: CM

Daily Cartoon - 04/12/05

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Monday, April 11, 2005

Ocean's Eleven, CBM Mini update

Attended my first CBM meet on 9-Apr-2005 AD. The person responsible for dragging me into this meet, Visithra, has a tale to tell of her absence.

Her absence helped in bringing the number of people who attended the meet to 11 :) We were supposed to climb atop St. Thomas Mount using antics that Ocean's Eleven had used for their heist, luckily we were spared of such heroics and took the usual mundane car and bike route. The cattle enroute provided the only break and excitement in the journey atop the hill, not to mention non-stop chatter from the passengers ;-)

The theme of the meeting, apart from the confused United Express pilot doing a hundred sorties (touchdown, takeoff, circle, touchdown, takeoff, ... - ok you get the picture now) on the Meenambakkam runway, seemed to be the incessant chanting by Sandhya that she had to get home early for her evening snax (looks like she missed the bajjis so desperately) :)

As for the actual proceedings (the way it happened), photos, and stories, I'll leave it to the rest :)

MoM @ Nirenjan, Sandhya , Praveen, Ravi.

Sandhya and Praveen have the entire list of attendees' blogs.

Daily Cartoon - 04/10/05

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Sunday, April 10, 2005

Daily Cartoon - 04/09/05


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My must visit site, and not an update on CBM

Slashdot - /.

That's one site I don't ever want to miss anyday :)

BTW, my ultra mini post on the CBM (Chennai Bloggers Meet on 9-Apr-2005) is due sometime later.

Friday, April 08, 2005

Reminder: CBM - Chennai Bloggers Meet on 9-Apr-2005, 5pm

Event details:
9-Apr-2005 (Saturday), 5pm at St Thomas Mount
(opp to St. Dominics near the "Halt n Shop" shopping complex).

Previous post:
http://sudhir-lp.blogspot.com/2005/04/chennai-bloggers-meet-cbm-coming-up.html

101 things that the Mozilla browser can do that IE cannot

Note: I haven't read them all :)
http://www.xulplanet.com/ndeakin/arts/reasons.html

Hitachi invents new storage technology ?

Supposedly traditional storage devices can gain 10x capacity.

Note: Flash animation, big download.
http://www.hitachigst.com/hdd/research/recording_head/pr/PerpendicularAnimation.html

Anyone have experience with Skype ...

especially on dialup and tinyband (64-128kbps) lines ? How is the voice quality ?

Those unaware of Skype: It's supposedly one of _the best_ p2p voice chat software (amongst a few other things). Visit http://www.skype.com.

Daily Cartoon - 04/07/05

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Thursday, April 07, 2005

Daily Cartoon - 04/06/05

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Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Daily Cartoon - 04/05/05

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Tuesday, April 05, 2005

India/Dutch/German police

do not supposedly encrypt their radio traffic.

Go figure(there are some pretty sane reasons) ! Same seems to be the case with US too.

In many countries, listening to most radio communication is not a crime (US has an exception for cellphone frequencies). It is also not a crime in many countries to provide frequency, modulation and related information about radio communication made by anyone. Using the information for criminal purposes is a crime in most countries. Publishing the information obtained from some communications (some frequency bands) is a crime in some countries. But merely listening to it is not.

FWIW, in India, it's a crime to even listen to such unencrypted traffic.

The bar

Cross-posted to my regular and humor blog.

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A man walks into a bar, puts his head down on the table, and immediately starts crying.

The bartender sees the man and asks him, “What’s the matter, buddy?”

The man replies, “My wife said she wouldn’t talk to me for a week.”

The bartender responds, “That sounds bad and all but it’s not the end of the world, is it?”

The man lifts his head and says, “Yes it is—today is the last day.”

To find if you are behind a firewall or NAT

visit http://www.myipaddress.com and compare the ipaddress provided there with the one obtained on your machine.

Monday, April 04, 2005

When a girl ...

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Optical illusion

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Daily Cartoon - 04/03/05

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Saturday, April 02, 2005

Daily Cartoon - 04/01/05

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Friday, April 01, 2005

A kewl account of a broad daylight cellphone robbery

Read http://mortalvisions.blogspot.com/2005/03/daylight-cell-phone-robbery.html and beware !

Daily Cartoon - 03/31/05

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Gmail accounts are finally available without invites

Visit https://www.google.com/accounts/CreateAccount for an unlimited storage account !

Chennai Bloggers Meet (CBM) coming up ...

There's another "Invite yourself" CBM coming up on

9-Apr-2005 (Saturday), 5pm at St Thomas Mount
(opp to St. Dominics near the "Halt n Shop" shopping complex).

Too bored of the beaches and hence the change in venue :) The next time, I'm gonna vote for something at Mauritius :)

Please pass on this message to others too.

A jazzy version of the invite at Visithra's.

Google plans ‘bottomless’ storage for Gmail

Read this. As usual, Google comes up with this on Apr-1 :)

Visit Gmail home page for a peek.