Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Bollywood's best comedy movies showcase

The Times of India has this article about the best bollywood comedy movies of all times. A nice read I must say.

So, how many have you watched? And which ones did you like/dislike.
Anything missing?

P.S. The bay area trip was amazing... I drove 1000+ miles in 36 hours on my dear Jean-Luc-Accord! I simply love my car!

Friday, May 27, 2005

X-rays that see through clothes!

CNET news is reporting that airport screeners would soon be seeing though clothes!!

Interesting... the deptt of homeland security did this after their passengers complained on being patted down.

So, what do you think? Given that terrorists are using means of concealing weapons that cannot be discovered from a distance.. would you like to be "touched" or "seen" ??

The Slashdot comments are here

So, are we going to see a rise in the applications for airport scanning personnel??

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Double shock for Films

It is a sad day. Two stalwarts of the silver screen, Ismail Merchant and Sunil Dutt passed away today.

more on Ismail Merchant

more on Sunil Dutt, and his philanthropic activities

Sad. Very sad.


Saturday, May 21, 2005

More Sequoia Snaps

Wow.. there are 300+ snaps in all... I have no idea where I am going to host them all.

Here are some of them. Hope you all will like them. Please leave your comments.

The Gang!

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Around the car!

In the car [notice how I am the only one who is not looking in the camera, since I am driving!!!]

Pure Nature Pics: Wallpaper Worthy!

Do you see the face in the rocks?? Spooky.. isn't it?


This is NOT a painting... one of my favorites.

Other Interesting Snaps:

Camp Food :-). You can take a desi out of India, but you cannot take India out of desis :-).

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Making sure the bears don't get our stuff!

The strawberries were soooooooooooooooo delicious... and the kids were also cute :-).

Some People Snaps:

Gaurav, Ashutosh, and the Jedi Knight! :-)

Another one that I like.

And Another. I pulled out this plastic bottle from the waterfall. Doing my bit for conservation. :-)

Look at the waterfall!! [Me, Chinmaya and Vaishnav]

Working at the farm... these american instruments are HUGE!

More snaps on their way... keep watching!!! [and please post some comments!]


Friday, May 20, 2005

My red-eyed tree frogs

I love them... I simply love them.
This is my latest wallpaper [copyright reserved by the people whose website is on the side of the image - you can use it for a wallpaper]

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Sooooooooooooo cute.... so very cute...

What do YOU think?


Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Back from Sequoia National Park

I am back from sequoia National Park and back to work now.
The snaps will be up soon. But here are two that I like from my collection [still need to combine the ones from all the cameras]

That is me on the trail back from the crystal caves. More snaps of the inside of the caves soon. Notice the dense moss and the cute spring flowers :-).

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This is Vaishnav, Chinmaya and Me at the waterfalls near[4 miles] our campground. Long trek, but surely worth it.

More coming soon... keep watching.

Saturday, May 14, 2005

Graduation at USC

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This is a picture of Sumit, Zack and me at the USC graduation day [May 13, 2005].

We will all miss sumit!!!



Thursday, May 12, 2005

Amitabh's New Movie: Ek Ajnabee

I was pleasently surprized today to see a poster of Ek Ajnabee, the next movie with Amitabh in it.

A quick google search resulted in the facts that the movie is shot in Thailand and is a desi adaptation of Man on Fire, with AB Baby playing Denzel Washington's role!

The poster looks ultra cool.. but reminds me of the musafir poster of Sanjay Dutt.

Must add this one also to my must-watch list. What do you guys think?

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

2 Girls Found Stabbed to Death in Illinois Park - New York Times

The New York Times is reporting on the heinous news that 2 Girls were found stabbed to death in Illinois Park, a small, quiet town in Illinois.

The girls were 8 and 9 years old, it is sad to see how someone can perpetrate such acts of brutality!

I pray for their souls, and hope the culprits are caught soon.

P.S. If nytimes asks for a passwd, use BugMeNot or look at other versions of the story from google news.

Monday, May 09, 2005

H2G2 review.. at last!!

Hi all,
Sorry for not blogging for some time now, but I guess the presence of a final project counts as a valid excuse :-).

So, Karthik, me and a bunch of others went to first-day night show of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy[also known as H2G2], the movie adaptation of the vastly popular trilogy in five parts written by Douglas N. Adams (a.k.a. DNA) which is a must-read for all geeks and sci-fi-humor fans!

And now, on with the review:
I must say that I spent the week before watching the movie in reading the book (1st part) and catching up on the story, so my views may be a little different than your standard non-geek friend's.

The movie starts with a regular (British) earthbeing, Arthur Dent, waking up to find that his house is going to be demolished to make way for a highway! That shock is surpassed only by the discovery of the fact that his good friend Ford Prefect is actually an alien from the neighborhood of the star Betelguese and that the earth too is going to be demolished to make way for a galactic expressway!! Ford saves Arthur by hitching a ride in a spaceship and their journey begins, in which they meet Zaphod Beeblebrox, who is the president of the galaxy and a cousin of Ford (they share three mothers) and Trillian, who is an earthperson whom Zaphod took with him on his last trip to the earth (just as Arthur was getting to know her... )

What follows is a bunch of laughs and amazing circumstances, which I do not want to divulge for fearing of spoiling your fun - but I can say one thing - GO WATCH THIS MOVIE!!

[my comments]
I first read the books in 2002, during my summer internship at INRIA, and instantly my piscean mind fell in love with Adams' imagination - the books are a must read, even if you have seen the movie.

So, I was very afraid that the director may not have done justice to the book. In fact, I was expecting a 50% justice. However, I was most pleasantly surprized to see that they actually managed to get a 75% !! The biggest thing that caught me by surprize was the excellent inclusion of the Hitchhiker's Guide book's excerpts, just as in the stories. The whale scene was also nice :-) .

The 25% where they went away from the book consists mainly of the scenes where they have accentuates the love-angle between Arthur and Trillian. Not to forget that the actress is simply gorgeous and people won't mind seeing her more, but this was one part that is very different from the books. There are also some sideplots that are either not in the books at all or are placed out-of-order as compared to the books.

Finally, Marvin, the "electronic sulking machine", as Arthur describes him, is absolutely great! The robot conveys all its emotions (and they fairly complex ones) with an excellent combination of body language and voice modulation.

All in all, a movie worth watching, methinks.

Have you seen the movie also? Please leave behind your comments and let all know what you think.

Some interesting links .. all from BBC:
1. Guide could become trilogy (I am so waiting for that to happen - A)
2. A Guide to the Guide (an interesting read - A)