Thursday, October 27, 2005

When it rains, it monsoons

The Insat image today (Oct 27, 2005):

Chennai and Bangalore Bik's - brace yourselves!

Step aside, Jude...

Funny though he is, Jude is funny only to others. These two Chinese kids have knowingly taken lipsyncertainment to its most ridiculous and hilarious extreme. I can't believe that this hasn't been done before. More importantly, I'm glad these guys got there first.

Watch, howl, collapse and shit your pants laughing. God knows I almost did...

Tuesday, October 25, 2005


Enhanced information booths at Coimbatore railway station:

The way it works is:

1) u use it to find out some current info like the coach position
2) it tells u it's gonna be at the other extreme end of the platform from where you are currently standing
3) u lug urself all the way there in all of 30 minutes
4) the train arrives and u find that your coach is placed right where u were when u started - at the other end from where you are now
5) u now have only 5 minutes before the train leaves
6) you go "OUCH" (actually, you go m@#$%f@#$% s#@$ a#$%^ ...)

(Disclaimer: The above experience has been modified for dramatic effect. The 'ouch' thingy worked pretty fine alright. Yet, there's a chance of cutting yourself on the edges of frame holding the screen and going, "OUCH"!)

The IIPM controversy - may truth prevail

sachin tendulkar

he is back boys!!!!!

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Secret Code in Color Printers Lets (US) Government Track You

"The U.S. Secret Service admitted that the tracking information is part of a deal struck with selected color laser printer manufacturers, ostensibly to identify counterfeiters. However, the nature of the private information encoded in each document was not previously known.

"We've found that the dots from at least one line of printers encode the date and time your document was printed, as well as the serial number of the printer," said EFF Staff Technologist Seth David Schoen.

You can see the dots on color prints from machines made by Xerox, Canon, and other manufacturers (for a list of the printers we investigated so far, see: The dots are yellow, less than one millimeter in diameter, and are typically repeated over each page of a document. In order to see the pattern, you need a blue light, a magnifying glass, or a microscope (for instructions on how to see the dots, see:"

Sunday, October 16, 2005

Friday, October 14, 2005

Begging is good. In India, for sure.

Maybe its the population... The odds of alms are much higher??

We know borrowing and stealing are lucrative too. This honest living funda is losing colour, I tell you.

Monday, October 10, 2005

weekend bangalore blast

What is the national language of India?

We had a discussion on this topic over the weekend and my contention was that there is no single national language in India - only two official languages (Hindi and English) and 15 so-called "national" languages - the ones printed on our currency.

I was surprised to find that some still think that Hindi is 'THE' national language of India as much as they were to hear from me that it is not. We realized that the former view is what is passed as the 'absolute' truth regarding the law of the land with regards to language in our education system as well as most other public arenas. Whereas 'the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth' is not quite as simple as that.

Here are some links to pages that shed more light on the matter:

  • Reconciling Linguistic Diversity: The History and the Future of Language Policy in India

  • Official language - Wikipedia definition


  • THE OFFICIAL LANGUAGES ACT, 1963(AS AMENDED, 1967)(Act No. 19 of 1963)

  • Constitution of India - Part VII

  • Languages of India

  • List of national languages of India


  • Does anyone know any other interesting facts on this topic?


    Thursday, October 06, 2005

    The opposite of authors

    I was downloading a host of free pdfs of classic works by famous authors and it got me thinking...What would their anto-nyms be?

    Lewis Carroll - Lewis RockSong

    Leo Tolstoy - Leo Shortstoy

    Thomas More - Thomas Less

    Edgar Allan Poe - Edgar Allan Vaa

    Samuel Butler - Samuel Master

    Oscar Wilde - Oscar Tame

    Nicolo Machiavelli - Nicolo Machanaavelli

    H. G. Wells - H. G. Pumps

    Daniel Defoe - Daniel Defriend

    D. H. Lawrence - D. H. Anarchyrence

    The Brothers Grimm - The Brothers Gay

    Hans Christian Andersen - Hans Antichristian Andersen

    Salman Rushdie - Salman Tarrydie

    V.S. Naipaul - V. S. Poonaipaul

    Douglas Adams - Douglas Eves

    Shobha De - Shobha Nite

    William Shakespeare - William Stillpin

    ....adding to torvics gems

    J R R Tolkein - J R R Shortkein

    Kurt Vonnegut - Kurt Dontwannegut

    Roald Dahl - Unroald Dahl

    Isaac Asimov - Idontsac Asimov

    Anne Rice - Anne Dal

    Ayn Rand - Ayn Rupee

    Amitav Ghosh - Imightnothave Ghosh

    Stephen King - Stephen Queen

    Michael Crichton - Michael Crichquintal

    Arthur C Clarke - Arthur Dont See Charke

    Frederick Forsyth - Fredrick Notforsyth

    P G Woodehouse - P G Glasshouse

    This one is extremely malleable

    Sue Townsend - Dont Sue Townsend

    Sue Townsend - Sue Villagesend

    Sue Townsend - Sue Townget

    ......and finally

    Sue Townsend - Dont SueVillageget

    more stumbledupons


    Icon story

    Bad Costumes

    girls = evil

    its awards time

    .....and so for the month of october

    .....until november

    Tuesday, October 04, 2005

    Somebody tell me she's just exaggerating

    How dare you kiss in Chennai?

    I suggest we organize a protest kissathon where all participants of opposite sex will kiss each other. Any takers?!


    Monday, October 03, 2005

    Celebrating Gandhi Jayanthi

    A spectacular plan to celebrate Old Baldy's birthday.

    Medium rare Angus beef steaks washed down with sour mash whiskey. Slightly drunk tottering to the shooting range to discharge a couple of rounds from a rusty old 12-gauge shotgun. Wind up the day by picking up a couple of hookers on the way home.

    Anyone want to make a plan for Morarji Desai? Oh the possibilities...