Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Find the tiger in this video

Spot it, before it spots you.

Yeah, you morons! There's a reason why Rudyard Kipling has dedicated thousands of pages to this magnificent animal. Reminds me of the time I spotted two in the open. Not much of an encounter though, else I wouldn't be alive to tell you that.

Update: Watch the full video here but there's nothing much that you could have missed. The above clip captured the essence of it. The complete story behind the incident is here.

Thursday, August 23, 2007


I entered the movie hall with my fingers crossed, hoping, like every other Transformers fan worth his salt, that Micheal Bay hasn't ruined our collective childhood memories.. and I was not disappointed. The movie stood up to my expectations and more. The graphics were mind blowing and the pace was a bit faster than required to hold your attention. And why not? If you had only 2 hours to compact almost 20 years of legendary entertainment, you would do the same.

For the uninitiated, Transformers is about a constant battle between the good Autobots and the evil Decepticons from the planet Cybertron which is destroyed by their battle and are forced to continue their war on Earth. Both sides have shape shifting abilities and each has a unique vehicle/Jet avatar along with their true robot form. The leader of the Decepticons is Megatron, an uber cool Evil Overlord who is the most dangerous of them all and also slightly more powerful than Optimus Prime, General of the Autobots. The Autobots ally with a bunch of kids on earth and continue their efforts of protecting humans from being wiped out by Decepticons.

Sure, the movie did have it's standard cliches that action movies always have. Honour, Glory, Sacrifice and a tear wrenching scene as the hero tells his girl to wait for him. Oh, by the by, the Girl in question is Megan Fox. Hot in every sense, she was the final piece in the jigsaw pattern of every male's fantasy movie: Gun's, Cars, Jets, Robots and a Hot chick who can tune her own engine. Is there anything else a guy can ask for from a movie?

You can learn more about Transformers, their history and each character in detail from here.

Monday, August 20, 2007


Eagerly awaiting the release of these movies. That is, unless they all die a premature death as have most other ambitious Comic-to-Movie projects. Johnny Depp as Sweeney Todd would be most interesting.

Tickets for Transformers lie in my wallet. Tomorrow's show. Review will be posted. I promise.

I don't know how many of you have heard of 'The Wheel of Time' series. What with all the Harry Potter hype that tramples over the now fading glory of the LOTR series, this is a must read. It is quite obvious where J.K. Rowling gets her inspiration from and at the same time you cannot ignore the the influence of Tolkien's works in the series. The difference being, the plot is way more complex. The characters are much more detailed and a lot more human than in the other two series but yet never slow enough for you to take a break. I'm already into the second book in the series of 11 and counting. Start on it asap if you're a HP and LOTR fan.

I hear rumours in my office that we're all to soon shift from our current location, prime of Hosur road and 100 mts from Forum to Sarjapur road by next month. That makes my travel from home to work extend from 2kms to 10kms. Curse them bastards! There is a meeting now with a 'General' agenda where I will be told of this blasphemy. Officially. I wonder if they realize that almost every time we know whatever is to be announced in these meetings. Damn!

Monday, August 13, 2007

Random Rhetorical Question

Could it be that most of you are unpardonable imbeciles or do I suffer from a superiority complex?

Thursday, August 09, 2007

What I wanted

Hordes run down.
In multitudes they swarm.
But I, looked all the time
at the path less trodden.
Would be cool they said.
A bored programmer,
pummeling the skies in a 747.
0.8 mach. As fast as they get these days.
A strict medical test.
A mildly defective gene.
A hundred colour vision tests.
We're not so sure they said.
We know you're ok
but need substantial evidence.
Substantially evident assholes.
I'm not so disappointed I think
As long as you had a shot,
You've lived just that longer.
But it was your dream you tell me
Great people have said the same,
Follow your dreams.

In the end, perhaps I mixed up my dreams..
Maybe I didn't really want to be a pilot.
Maybe... Just maybe..
I simply wanted to fly.
Maybe someday I will.

For those of you who haven't heard, yes I tried to change professions. Went through a series of medical tests and discovered that I'm mildly colour blind. Genetic defect. It's still under accepted limits but this small thing is making me go mad conducting tests for senile Air Force doctors. Seems like I'm fighting a losing battle. It's still not over though and I really wonder why.

Friday, August 03, 2007

Faces and Stereotypes

Japan - East Asia

Indian - South Asia

Armenia - West Asia

Sri Lankan - South Asia

Israel - West Asia

Iraq - West Asia

Kazakhstan - Central Asia

Now, go to google images and search for 'Asian face' , 'Asian male' or 'Asian female'. Look at the faces. You see what I see?

On an aside, check this out. Interesting numbers.