"'Truth is strange," you know, "stranger than fiction' - besides being more to the point" - Edgar Allan Poe

February 28, 2007

your fucked up bollywood link for today

via aiyyo sweetiee

Hello Shahrukh sir, I am Sahana from Bangalore, working in Wipro Technologies.
When my mind got matured from that time i am your fan. Its very pleasure to know about you and your family, rather it has become our own family. Though i can't remember birth dates and details of all my family members i can remember yours.

[so fucked up]

More here. Read all the comments.

February 27, 2007

your cool photography link for today

From Boing boing - Architect-turned-photographer Kazuhiko Kawahara (AKA Palla), from Osaka, Japan, takes simple architectural photographs and then digitally mirrors, rotates, cuts, pastes, darkens, lightens, and combines them into stunning new images.

Crazy stuff. Here, go see.

February 24, 2007

If you get this in your email, DO NOT click on the links!

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Thank god for firefox which actually told me that the site I'm visiting was a fraud.

What, you're not on firefox yet? Idiots.

February 23, 2007


How I've missed you.

I promise not to leave you for your bells and whistles sister, last.fm ever again.

Just don't be a bitch by playing GODDAMN N'SYNC on my coldplay station again, ok?

chinga tu puta y difunta madre, caberone

[AKA 24 hours of the usual gagagoogoo]

2 in the morning.

I've come back from midnight biryani at Green Park, a stone's throw away from the office, with my new Mexican colleague Tony.
He's decked up in a sherwani, the second he's worn in as many days, and is trying to teach me the language I might just have to learn in a month or so.

chinga tu puta y difunta madre, caberone.

I'm shuffling along the side of the main road when a rickshaw driver *just* about misses me, looks back and screams behen ka lauda followed by what I can only think is alcohol-laced laughter. Or worse.

Gah, caberone.

Earlier today, shared a cigarette with a cop at a grand wedding, which, I'm sure, was attended by about 5 thousand people. He pointed to his sidearm and said in typical Hyderabadi, people don't want to fuck with a man who's taught to murder by the government. He was then summoned away by a man in a dhoti who (I think) signs papers that decide the lives of 8.1 million people a day, give or take. This dhoti-man then smiled at me and thanked me for coming to the wedding, despite the fact that I was in my shiny pants and a culfest t-shirt. Circles, patterns, etc.

Him and his difunta madre, I couldn't care less.

The evening had me shoving my hands into the goo that results from too many people messing with a single CSS-JS-XHTML app. And fixing, fixing, fixing. Designed a new user interface for a product that's going to be yet another AJAX woohoo-that's-cool-level product in a month or so.

Morning had me staring at a VISA application that asked me if I was ever trained in the military. I wanted to write "I wish it was true", from a Rang De Basanti hangover that's refusing to go away. Didn't.

Tony pulls out a pinch of complimentary saunf that he's pocketed earlier and smiles at a prize he's glad he saved for later. This from a man who works simultaneously on a mac and a pc. La Perdida was SO WAY OFF.

Good to make friends. And to think 24 hours ago I was hoping for something interesting to happen. Heh :)

[Small wav link of mexican phrase. Funny it is.]

February 22, 2007


Linking to dekoh brought colleagues AND bosses AND management from Pramati to my blog.


Ok, I'm going into hiding.


PS - Ironic I've been listening to "Luka Chuppi" a million times since yesterday.

February 21, 2007

The internet is changing. You're going to be part of it. NOW.


[disclosure - I am a proud employee of Pramati Technologies.]
[double disclosure - they fuckin' rock]

From the dekoh blog -

Pramati announces Dekoh, a new desktop platform for applications that can deliver integrated experience of web and desktop

Let me just simplify a lot of it and give you fundae. Dekoh will let you deliver content to the internet off your desktop. No more uploads. No more limitations to formats, etc. Host blogs, photos, music, radio stations, files, ftp, any goddamn thing off your desktop.

And we're so awesome, we're giving away the product for free.
[there's an open source initiative as well, but that'll be in a couple more months]

I'll take questions from the audience now :)

[so happy]

And now for something completely different...

Via boingboing.

[ Also, comment threads like this REALLY get my goat. Gah! Rand?! GAHH!!!]

February 20, 2007

Google trends for sexy aunty

I've decided that this is DEFINITELY not a good thing.

February 19, 2007

Javascript on Google trends

Google trends for the phrase 'javascript'.

[Highlights mine.]

Not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing.

February 14, 2007

To all the women in my life. Mom, aunts, girlfriends, chicks, buddies, lovers, missed connections, goddesses, bitches, all of you. Thank you for being in there when you were, and leaving when you had to. Happy Valentine's Day.

Rahul is a dude -2

Presenting the 2nd chapter. How to Draw Cartoons - A ventriloquist.

[light applause]

Step 1 - Draw a plus sign, then draw a circle on it.

Step 2 - rub of(f) the plus.
[which is quite the anticlimax, Rahul].

Step 3- Draw the eye, nose mouth.

Step 4 - Then draw the body and short and pant and what's on his head and hand.

[so easy, no?]

Here's a cartoon.


February 13, 2007

Rahul is a dude.

Rahul Sivaram is my boss' son.

He's also the most amazing comic book artist I know.
Here's why.

Presenting the world's most awesome comic book. (With side commentary by Pi, who's not a cat.)
[Just so you know, you can click on the images to see them a little bigger]This is Fred. Fred's our hero. And while he has a dragon and a ghost-protoplasm thingy as his hero friends, as plain old Fred (secret identity, etc) his friends are just Nameless chick and Tony. They're "The good people".

Hero's house and weapons.
No house.
[such a damn shame]
But awesome weapons. Put them together and you get the hero's mega form. Fuckin' awesome. I mean, SO AWESOME. SO AWESOME. But then again...

JESUS CHRIST! That's the villain, Zodiac. And he has an evil animal form! And he has villipets(TM)! OMFG we're all so F-ed in the A! Look at those weapons! AAAAAAAAHHHH!!!
No, seriously, AAAAAAAHHHHHHHH!!!
[Bonus points if you spotted that he also has no house]

Villain's mega form. The intro is complete. Dum dum da dummm!!!
Once there was a man called Fred, he had super powers.
Once he went to invite his friends for a feast, then suddenly...
Friend1 with serious dental problems - When will he come?
Friend2 - I don't know.
Zodiac - Hahaha! You thought you could escape from Zodiac the great.
[These days, supervillains crash in thru' windows. It's a production thing.]

Fred (in super hero form) - Oh ya, you thought that you could kill us.
(There's a lot of rhetorical shit happening here , folks. Get with the program already.)
Fred- I challenge you to a fight!
Zodiac - Ok.

[The sheer guts of the villain! He just says "ok" like he's going to whoop superfred's ass! Well, he's got another think coming...)
Zodiac - C'mon, let's fight!
[fight sequence]
Fred- Ah!
Zodiac - Yeah.

[such stunning dialogue]
Tony - No fred!

[Fred and Tony're just good friends. I think.]

Fred- Oh no, you don't defeat me!
Zodiac - Oh yeah you say weapons come here, and they come very fast.

[Think Luke Skywalker 'willing' his light saber into his grasp. Only, like, so much cooler. Remember Fred's weapons?]

[flash of light]
Narrator(in his cameo role) - Then suddenly...


Narrator - That was the end of zodiac.


Fuck man, I need a smoke. If you liked this, let me know and I'll put up more.

February 10, 2007

This is a blog title

I've been thinking recently and some amazing thoughts happened to me. Like, REALLY! And don't you see that (insert vague analogy) is going to the text of a somewhat ruminating post.




Later, I'll blog more interesting nothingness to give you a glimpse into my so-very-interesting life.

February 07, 2007

PhinalYear... *sigh*

That time of the month when I start feeling nostalgic...

[and no, it's not PMS]

February 06, 2007

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[From Wikipedia]

February 02, 2007

VishalPatelQuote Widget... for your blog too!

Blogger announced today a method to make custom widgets for your blogspot blog and to spread them around. Well, I'm sure there are people who're using it to make all sorts of fundoo widgets, but I made a nice simple one.

See the "VishalPatelSpeak" widget on the sidebar? Well, you can have one too! It's basically the header quotes from his blog. People I know must already know how much I dig the site, and if you haven't been to it yet, I suggest you go there now.

So yeah, if you want the same widget, simply go here, and click the nice little button, ok? The rest should be pretty simple. And if you do use it, let me know, please. Have fun!

And yeah, let me know if you want changes. Or something. W/e.


A "special" book

Couple of days ago,I'm walking all the way back from NagarjunSagar circle to the office, which is a good 3 km.
I have a mission.

I glance both ways, and cross the road to the first bookstore, nearly getting run over by a car that's decided that traffic signals are just nice blinky lights that don't mean anything. But I can't complain, I have my own illegal little secret, and I can't let anyone find out about it. Not yet.
I walk into the store, and surreptitiously ask the clerk for the section where they keep the "special" books.

"Top floor to the right, sir, in the corner"

Good. No one will see me. I go there, sit down, and start scanning. They don't have it. I mean, they have all sorts of cheap substitutes, written by amateurs who know there's always a sucker who wouldn't mind the substitute. So yeah, fuck, they don't have it. And it's been ages since I bought myself one of such quality, I'm not willing to compromise. I mean, sure, I'm tempted to buy the faff, but not today, no way.

The second store's a km down the road. And they don't have it either.

This was 2 days ago. I reach home, have dinner, lock myself in the room, and feel so lonely.

Yesterday was a day filled with phone calls. I call up 6 different stores, and NONE of them have it.

And then I call the 7th.
"Sir, yes sir, but it's our last copy, would you like to come now and pick it up?"

But of course, dumbass.
I get a ride from a friend into Ameerpet, a really seedy section of the city. On the 1st floor of some rundown building, my destiny awaits. I walk in. I look at him, hem and haw, hello I called a while ago, about, y'know, THAT book?

"To the right sir, in the corner".

But of course. I run. And there, in "the corner", I find it.

O' Reilly's Javascript, the definitive guide, 5th edition, by David Flanagan.

I swear, I had to control myself to not touch myself in public.
Mmm, core javascript complete reference, client javascript complete reference.


Life as a geek is goooooood.