Reviews

Havnt been doing much these days and so nothing comes to mind to write. So as promised reviews ūüėČ

 

Movies

Baraka (1992)   A movie with no central theme at all. Just shows well shot clippings from different parts of the world. Awesome if the clarity of the video is good

Initial D (2005 Рchinese)  A racing movie. Based on a manga/anime of the same name. Racing in mountains. If Tokyo drift seemed interesting, this should be good for U. Does not contain the stylish stuff fast and furious movies have.

The Crow (1994) ¬†A old cult favourite. Its theme and its good parts have been ripped off endless times till date. A revenge based supernatural movie with gothic style. Brandon lee (Bruce lee’s son) died while making this movie and almost has the same makeup as the Joker(Heath ledger).

The man from nowhere (2010 – korean) ¬†Similar to “Man on fire” but korean. Which means more brutality and less guns/explosives.

District B13 (2004 – french) ¬†Set in 2010 where parts of paris have become lawless enough to be out of police jurisdiction. A action movie with lots of jumping around. Remember the chase sequence in “Casino Royale” on foot. That sequence can be said to be influenced by this. At the very least, this is the movie that made that particular style of chases popular.

Lady Snowblood I/II(1973/1974 РJapanese)  Kill bill is based on this. As simple as that.

The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc(2010 – french) Archeology/supernatural. If you liked “Amelie” then you would love this.

Angel of Death (2009) ¬†A tarantino/rodrigez style of movie. A series of web episodes added up to make the movie. Stars “Zoe Bell” (Uma thurman’s stunt double in Kill bill, Lucy Lawless’s stunt double in Xena). Not a exceptional movie or anything but the background music is way too awesome.

The color of magic (2008) ¬†Based of teri pratchett’s fantasy novel’s. Take away the popularity and this is definitely better than Harry potter/Percy Jackson. And its hilarious too.

Machete (2010)  Robert Rodrigez with Danny Trego as the lead. If movies like Death proof work for you then this is awesome. Otherwise this movie sucks. Watch the trailer to get an idea of the movie.

Natural born killers (1994)  Two victims of traumatized childhoods become lovers and psychopathic serial murderers irresponsibly glorified by the mass media (imdb). Movie is awesome, psychotic and colourful ;).

Thirst (Bakjwi) (2009 Рkorean)  A vampire movie of sorts. Very slow. But movie is good.

Let the right one in (2008 – swedish) Best vampire movie of recent times. Has absolutely no similarities with any of the vampire movies of recent times. Being made into english currently.

Black dynamite (2009)  A parody, kind of racist, kind of ridiculous. Check out quotes in imdb to get a idea.

Yellowbeard (1983)  A parody of the infamous Black beard. Asolutely hilarious and kind of ridiculous.  Check out quotes in imdb to get a idea.

Road (2010 Рhindi)  A decent movie. Very less bollywood magic.

Le Cercle Rouge (1970 – french) Very slow movie. But has the coolest bad guys of all times. Probably depends on Ur definition of cool. Chances of hating it due to slowness are very high if the movie doesnt work for you.

The chaser (2008 – korean) Crime/Drama/Thriller. A little bit of brutality. Dont know how to descirbe the movie. It starts off and you just endup finishing it. Really engaging.

Tere bin laden/ phas gaye re obama (hindi) Not awesome and with little sense in it. But parts of them are hilarious. Works well if U skip over parts of the movie.

 

Ok these are just the non-popular movies that I havnt been able to delete from my hard disk.

But do watch these

Baraka.

Let the right one in.

The color of magic.

The adventures of Adele Blanc.

 

Rest of the movies, just personal preferences.

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New year

It’s a new year and the start has been much better than prev year.

Had fun instead of being stuck in a train (previous new year’s eve). So that is good.

With that obviously start the resolutions. One of the important ones being blogging. So will try to be more active. Hopefully I wont be writing the same thing again in 6 months. Gonna start with recent favorites in music and movies. Should be easy enough to do even being rusty and lazy.

Writing

I havnt been writing anything for a long time now. I would like to attribute that to reasons such as availability of time, topics, inspiration etc., etc., But unfortuantely those arnt the reasons. Unlike in the case of many others it isnt the fear of the consequences or fear of being ridiculed or a disgust for the act of maintaing a blog becoming a fashion statement. It isnt a realisation about the lack of productivity writing usually is, except in exceptional cases.

 

It is plain old laziness.

 

So, I sit down, with a drive to write and being rusty and all this is what Im ending up with.

Growing up

Posting after a longtime but the topic had been decided and partially completed a long time ago. The basic inspiration to write this post is an article that appeared in India Today a couple of weeks ago. I dont remember the name of the article but the gist of the article was that young people have become very fashion conscious and are trying to growup earlier than it is supposed to be. The aggravation of the author can be understood by a small incident which he/she recites about a 14 year old girl trying to get breast implants and the icing on the top of the whole idiocracy being that the kid was accompanied by her mom and the fact that this hasnt been an isolated incident and has actually become quite common. A model who joined up modeling at a age of 19 and can now be considered a veteran, is appalled by the current scenario of the fashion industry where 19 years is considered old in contrast to the time when her 19 years were considered very very less. After all this blabbering I finally arrive at the topic. Why are people trying to growup even before actually growing up??? For the people searching for a conclusion regarding the matter be prepared to be dissappointed as this post doesnt answer the question but rather adds more “?”‘s to the already big question.

Do U the remember the first time U saw a bald headed old guy in a T-Shirt a pair of three fourths and laughed Ur ass off??? People miss out on a lot of things while growing up and tend to try to experience those in their latter days and thus become successful in embarrassing themselves. That seems like a logical thing to do even after considering the embarrassment. Not because of their age but due to the experience they have gained by being kicked around by life and realize the ramifications of their actions. On the other hand a 8 year old kid showing off her belly button with a stick-on tattoo on her non-existential hip and with her freshly manicured nails would be considered cute.

The current trend can be attributed to the parents to some extent and to peer pressure to some extent and to the glamour of show bizz to some extent. Teaching a kid to learn the value of money if fine but is it really necessary to teach him about stocks and the various cons of the trade??? Is it really necessary for a teenager to start being stingy??? No need to comment on peer pressure considering the fact that kids are impressionable and that fact that we are a bunch of sheep. And yeah showbizz, one of my favourite topics. Child artist in one movie and 3 years later a heroine in another (Hanishka in “Koi Mil Gaya” and “Desamuduru”).

1) A kid starts carrying a mobile to stay in contact with his maxim girl(kid) and his badass peeps of the neighbourhood. A teenager(under sixteen obviously) freaking out with his friends with a bottle of beer. A working bachelor trying really hard to accomplish his goals in his life with a 16 hr work schedule. A grumpy married guy harassing the neighbouring kids.

2) A kid grows up into a teenager and looks in a muddy playground and wonders if he would be allowed to jump into the muddy waters and splash around for a bit. A teenager grows up into a working man and wonders if he would be rejected by the society for running around girls. A married man prays for a single day where he would be allowed to just enjoy a beer and passout infront of the TV without being bothered by his wife of his responsibilities.

3) A kid plays in the muddy waters, returns with scars on his kneecaps. A teenager sneaking around to catch a movie with his girl or his peeps. A fresh graduate enjoying his first payday with a bottle of beer and wasting his breath on something ridiculousy stupid. A married man tutoring his kids after they have done with their daily rituals in the neighbourhood playground.

1) and 2) are just through different perspectives relative to time and 3) is a different scenario. While I still dont have a credible answer after all this blabbering, I have atleast been able to change the question to “Do U wanna be 1) and become 2) or would U rather take the 3rd option???”

Back

After a couple of months of inactivity, have finally decided to start blogging again.

Story of my life for today instead of some arbitary writing. Joined AMD(ATI) on 29th March, got my bike repaired thnx to venki’s nagging and initiative, shifting to madhapur with venki but he is pissed that I havnt moved in yet.¬† End of story.

Cant get any creative than that since its too troublesome ;).

Will have a decent post up by this time tommorow.  Done with the drraft but not in the mood to correct my punctuation. Adios for now.

The best geek quotes.

Just ripping stuff of the internet.

The source. http://www.boardofwisdom.com/default.asp?start=1&topic=1005&listname=Geek

The source for the source Bachan.

A few of them are quite interesting. The 27th one was by Dennis Ritchie.

1 There are 10 types of people in the world: those who understand binary, and those who don’t.

2 If at first you don’t succeed; call it version 1.0

3 Microsoft: “You’ve got questions. We’ve got dancing paperclips.”

4 My pokemon bring all the nerds to the yard, and they’re like you wanna trade cards? Darn right, I wanna trade cards, I’ll trade this but not my charizard.

5 1f u c4n r34d th1s u r34lly n33d t0 g37 l41d

6 I’m not anti-social; I’m just not user friendly

7I would love to change the world, but they won’t give me the source code

8 Programming today is a race between software engineers striving to build bigger and better idiot-proof programs, and the Universe trying to produce bigger and better idiots. So far, the Universe is winning.

9 A computer lets you make more mistakes faster than any invention in human history – with the possible exceptions of handguns and tequila.

10 My software never has bugs. It just develops random features.

11 The box said ‘Requires Windows 95 or better’. So I installed LINUX.

12 Roses are #FF0000
Violets are #0000FF
All my base
Are belong to you

13 People say that if you play Microsoft CD’s backwards, you hear satanic things, but that’s nothing, because if you play them forwards, they install Windows.

14 The speed of sound is defined by the distance from door to computer divided by the time interval needed to close the media player and pull up your pants when your mom shouts “OH MY GOD WHAT ARE YOU DOING!!!”

15 The glass is neither half-full nor half-empty: it’s twice as big as it needs to be.

16 In a world without fences and walls, who needs Gates and Windows?

17 You have just received the Amish Computer Virus. Since the Amish don’t have computers, it is based on the honor system. So please delete all the files from your computer. Thank you for you cooperation.

18 Passwords are like underwear. You shouldn’t leave them out where people can see them. You should change them regularly. And you shouldn’t loan them out to strangers.

19 Failure is not an option — it comes bundled with Windows.

20 Enter any 11-digit prime number to continue…
21 Ethernet (n): something used to catch the etherbunny

22 You know it’s love when you memorize her IP number to skip DNS overhead.

23 JUST SHUT UP AND REBOOT!!

24 Windows had detected you do not have a keyboard. Press ‘F9″ to continue.

25 Use The Best…
Linux for Servers
Mac for Graphics
Palm for Mobility
Windows for Solitaire

26 Artificial Intelligence is no match for Natural Stupidity.

27 UNIX is basically a simple operating system, but you have to be a genius to understand the simplicity.

28 C://dos
C://dos.run
run.dos.run

29 Hand over the calculator, friends don’t let friends derive drunk.

30 MICROSOFT = Most Intelligent Customers Realize Our Software Only Fools Teenagers

31¬† ¬†¬†¬† ——Jocks vs Nerds—-
Michael Jordan having “retired,” with $40 million in endorsements, makes $178,100 a day, working or not.
If he sleeps 7 hours a night, he makes $52,000 every night while visions of sugarplums dance in his head.
If he goes to see a movie, it’ll cost him $7.00, but he’ll make $18,550 while he’s there.
If he decides to have a 5-minute egg, he’ll make $618 while boiling it.
He makes $7,415/hr more than minimum wage.
He’ll make $3,710 while watching each episode of Friends.
If he wanted to save up for a new Acura NSX ($90,000) it would take him a whole 12 hours.
If someone were to hand him his salary and endorsement money, they would have to do it at the rate of $2.00 every second.
He’ll probably pay around $200 for a nice round of golf, but will be reimbursed $33,390 for that round.
Assuming he puts the federal maximum of 15% of his income into a tax deferred account (401k), his contributions will hit the federal cap of $9500 at 8:30 a.m. on January 1st.
If you were given a penny for every 10 dollars he made, you’d be living comfortably at $65,000 a year.
He’ll make about $19.60 while watching the 100 meter dash in the Olympics, and about $15,600 during the Boston Marathon.
While the common person is spending about $20 for a meal in his trendy Chicago restaurant, he’ll pull in about $5600.
This year, he’ll make more than twice as much as all U.S. past presidents for all of their terms combined. Amazing isn’t it?
However…
If Jordan saves 100% of his income for the next 450 years, he’ll still have less than Bill Gates has today.
$$$ Game over. Nerd wins.

32 once upon a midnight dreary, while i pron surfed, weak and weary,
over many a strange and spurious site of ‘hot xxx galore’.
While i clicked my fav’rite bookmark, suddenly there came a warning, and my heart was filled with mourning, mourning for my dear amour,
” ‘Tis not possible!”, i muttered, “give me back my free hardcore!”
quoth the server, 404.

33 The code that is the hardest to debug is the code that you know cannot possibly be wrong.

34 A thousand words are worth a picture, and they load a heck of a lot faster.

35 Girls are like internet domain names, the ones I like are already taken.

36 A Life? Cool! Where can I download one of those?

37 Unix, DOS and Windows…the good, the bad and the ugly.

38 How do I set a laser printer to stun?

39 I spent a minute looking at my own code by accident. I was thinking “What the hell is this guy doing?”

40 Software is like sex: It’s better when it’s free.

41 Better to be a geek than an idiot.

42 Alcohol & calculus don’t mix. Never drink & derive.

43 The difference between e-mail and regular mail is that computers handle e-mail, and computers never decide to come to work one day and shoot all the other computers.

44 Windows XP -now comes with free anger management courses.

45 I see fragged people

46 Who needs friends? My PC is user friendly.

47 Windows does not detect a keyboard…Please press ‘ENTER’ to continue…

48
1. In the beginning GOD created the Bit and the Byte. And from
those he created the Word.
2. And there were two Bytes in the Word; and nothing else existed.
And God separated the One from the Zero; and he saw it was
good.
3. And God said – Let the Data be; And so it happened.
And God said – Let the Data go to their proper places.
And he created floppy disks and hard disks and compact disks.
4. And God said – Let the computers be, so there would be a place
to put floppy disks and hard disks and compact disks.
Thus God created computers and called them hardware.
5. And there was no Software yet. But God created programs; small
and big… And told them – Go and multiply yourselves and fill
all the Memory.
6. And God said -I will create the Programmer; And the Programmer
will make new programs and govern over the computers and
programs and Data.
7. And God created the Programmer; and put him at Data Center;
And God showed the Programmer the Catalog Tree and said
You can use all the volumes and subvolumes but DO NOT USE
Windows.
8. And God said – It is not Good for the programmer to be alone.
He took a bone from the Programmer’s body and created a
creature that would look up at the Programmer; and admire
the Programmer; and love the things the Programmer does;
And God called the creature: the User.
9. And the Programmer and the User were left under the naked DOS
and it was Good.
10. But Bill was smarter than all the other creatures of God.
And Bill said to the User – Did God really tell you not to
run any programs ?
11. And the User answered – God told us that we can use every
program and every piece of Data but told us not to run Windows
or we will die.
12. And Bill said to the User – How can you talk about something
you did not even try. The moment you run Windows you will
become equal to God. You will be able to create anything you
like by a simple click of your mouse.
13. And the User saw that the fruits of the Windows were nicer and
easier to use. And the User saw that any knowledge was useless
– since Windows could replace it.
14. So the User installed the Windows on his computer; and said to
the Programmers that it was good.
15. And the Programmer immediately started to look for new drivers.
And God asked him – What are you looking for? And the
Programmer answered – I am looking for new drivers because I
can not find them in the DOS. And God said – Who told you need
drivers? Did you run Windows?
And the Programmer said – It was Bill who told us to !
16. And God said to Bill – Because of what you did you will be hated
by all the creatures. And the User will always be unhappy with you.
And you will always sell Windows.
17. And God said to the User – Because of what you did, the Windows
will disappoint you and eat up all your Resources; and you will
have to use lousy programs; and you will always rely on the
Programmers help.
18. And God said to the Programmer – Because you listened to the
User you will never be happy. All your programs will have errors
and you will have to fix them and fix them to the end of time.
19. And God threw them out of the Data Center and locked the door
and secured it with a password.
20. GENERAL PROTECTION FAULT

49 As a development process, chaos does not scale well.

50 A penny saved is 1.39 cents earned, if you consider income tax

51 Never make fun of the geeks, one day they will be your boss.

52 Video games are bad for you? That’s what they said about Rock-n-Roll.

53 ACs are like computers- Both work fine until you open Windows!

54 I don’t care if the software I run is unstable crap, as long as it is the LATEST unstable crap.

55 Who is General Failure and why is he reading my disk?

56 Well It looks like an ID10T Error

57 That’s a PEBKAC problem. (Problem Exists Between Keyboard And Chair)

58 “Concept: On the keyboard of life, always keep one finger on the escape button.”

59 Computer Science is no more about computers than astronomy is about telescopes.

60 Beware of computer programmers that carry screwdrivers.

71 Who needs the library? I’ve got google!

72 Be nice to the nerds, for all you know they might be the next Bill Gates!

73 What?!? I’m NOT A Dork…Just Special! (on a really dorky hat)

74 COME TO THE DORK SIDE…We Have Computers And High-Speed Internet With A Pentium 4 Processor ^_^

75 It’s not bogus, it’s an IBM standard.

76 It is fruitless to become lachrymose because of scattered lacteal fluid!!! (don’t cry over spilled milk!)

77 You laugh at me because I’m differnt. I pity you because you all use the same damn quotes for your internet profiles.

78 A community is not a community of disembodied spoken statements, in part because the most important aspect of the communication that people have is emotional, and one often communicates emotion not in terms of the text but as a subtext. The physical body is not irrelevant to a human community. The emotional subtext of human communication is crucial to human thought. It isn’t a footnote. Too many computer scientists don’t understand this.

79 Absolute addressing corrupts absolutely

80 If you want a language that tries to lock up all the sharp objects and fire-making implements, use Pascal or Ada: the Nerf languages, harmless fun for children of all ages, and they won’t mar the furniture.

81 LISP = Lots of Irritating Silly Parentheses

82 Take a number, we’ll be with you shortly, after we finish defenestrating this hunk of cheese.

83 Photons have neither morals or visas.

84 Geeks are Hott!!!!

85 What we do is never understood, but only praised and blamed.

86 If builders built buildings the way programmers wrote programs, then the first woodpecker that came along would destroy civilization.

87 Computer programming is tremendous fun. Like music, it is a skill that derives from an unknown blend of innate talent and constant practice. Like drawing, it can be shaped to a variety of ends ‚Äď commercial, artistic, and pure entertainment. Programmers have a well-deserved reputation for working long hours but are rarely credited with being driven by creative fevers. Programmers talk about software development on weekends, vacations, and over meals not because they lack imagination, but because their imagination reveals worlds that others cannot see.

88 Algebra is for lovers!

Right and Wrong

Whatever U do, watever decisions U take, U will always be filled with the cliched question of wether its right or wrong. But even amongst the things we consider right what are the chances of our deeds being totally wrong. And morever who decides what right and wrong??? Is the so called morals or are we supposed find the answers in the teaching of our relegion or wether blindly follow the advice of the ppl we trust.

Ppl say that its the winners who write history. Cant the same be said about the laws and rules that have been imposed upon us. What rules can be called really correct. You arnt allowed to punish Ur kids for their mistakes in America. Though it may prevent child abuse, what happens to the age old saying, “Spare the rod, spoil the child”. Spitting is a finable offense in singapore(coutrsey ippili’s shirt ;)), but can that rule be followed in India??? And my personal favourite doubt. By following the rules set by the government are we willingly discarding of the concept of free will???

And the rules to be followed, passed down the centuries how correct do they stand to the present times and situations. For example the seperating of newly weds during specific months of the year (Not sure about this but I think its called Karthika masam or something like that). For the ppl wondering what Im babling about this practise used to be followed in order to make sure that newly born babies dont have to face the tough weather(hot summer or dead winter not sure about that. The usual 9 month rule). But what relevance does it has to ppl who dont live in India. The hindus living abroad in countries with different climatic conditions follow this practise with absolutely no use and rather with adverse effects depending on the climatic conditions.

And coming on the more important matters. Are we being selfish but not dontating spare change to a 6 year old beggar or are we promoting the child to beg by being charitable. By setting a easy paper is the lecturer being charitable to all his students and gud-hearted or is he destroying the true potential of the brighter ones??? A question can also be asked  in similar lines about the reservation system. Isnt giving an extra chance to a selected few based on something that isnt relevant to the performance depriving the worthy of the right they had earned??? Are U supposed to follow Ur interests or rather the path that benefits the world or rather the path that benefits U the most.

Well I cant write anything more now. No exclusive message or question in the post, just some crap that flows through Ur mind if Ur awake at 5 AM.

Ps:- If I find any comments which suggest things like “Follow Ur heart”, “Find a healthy moderation”, “Time will make the decisions for U”, etc., Im gonna fucking kill that guy. About the ridiculous examples in para2, sry but thats all I could think off frm my limited knowledge of foreign laws. And about the karthika masam in para 3, what I have written is real.

Ps:- Will try to write more regularly, possibly they would be meaningful. And the usual sry for the improper usage of “,”‘s, “.”‘s and all the spelling mistakes ;).