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

August 29, 2007

[killing time]

[all from ubarchives]

August 25, 2007


Fuck them. If what they're looking for is attention, they're not going to get it from me.

August 24, 2007

since everyone's doing it...

not sure if you see the similarity, but I do, and it scares me

[father and son]

August 23, 2007


Since the tickets are in, I might as well announce it now.

Heading back to the bay area on the 31st of this month :)


[generally happy]

August 21, 2007

been in hyderabad...

...for exactly one year.

August 16, 2007

cracked :)

(via adgy)

August 14, 2007

please, STFU


MOST times.

I'd just like everybody to stand very still.

Not forever or anything. And I'll join in. Just take a minute out your day, where everyone just shuts up, and sits/stands/lies down without making a single noise. All together now, ready? One, two...

August 10, 2007

[third weekend in a row]

This weekend, Bangalore. See you Monday.

I subscribe to a few daily mailing lists, notably Warren Ellis' BAD SIGNAL, and the WSJ OpinionJournal BEST OF THE WEB TODAY by James Taranto. Of the latter, I must say it's the best reading I get to do on a daily basis. A lot of it is US-Politics based, so I might not relate completely, but it's a fabulous read anyway. I'd like to share one item I just read in today's edition.

How Much Is That Doggess in the Window?
"The New York City Council, which drew national headlines when it passed a symbolic citywide ban earlier this year on the use of the so-called n-word, has turned its linguistic (and legislative) lance toward a different slur: bitch," reports the New York Times:

The term is hateful and deeply sexist, said Councilwoman Darlene Mealy of Brooklyn, who has introduced a measure against the word, saying it creates "a paradigm of shame and indignity" for all women. . . .

The measure, which 19 of the 51 council members have signed onto, was prompted in part by the frequent use of the word in hip-hop music.

As a New York-based wordsmith, we are of course vexed by the City Council's efforts to restrict our vocabulary. Fortunately, the Times suggests an alternative to "bitch," in the form of a definition from an 1811 dictionary: "A she dog, or doggess; the most offensive appellation that can be given to an English woman."

"Doggess." That seems to work: "She's such a doggess." "Life's a doggess, then you die." "I can't say it, but it rhymes with roggess."

But the Times notes that "the bill also bans the slang word 'ho.' " Great. What are we supposed to say instead of "ho"? "Gigoless"?


Funny, funny stuff, if not outright biting at times. And they spot the funniest headlines ever.
For example (also from today's edition)-

News You Can Use

  • "Keep Poop Out of Pools, Residents Told"--headline, Daily Herald (Provo, Utah), Aug. 9

  • "Relief From Excessive Armpit Sweating"--headline, NewsMax.com, Aug. 8

  • "Hips: Scheme to Widen in Five Weeks, Say Lobbyists"--headline, Financial Times, Aug. 3

Bottom Stories of the Day

  • "Segway Fan Club Disbands Due to Lack of Interest"--healdine, FoxNews.com, Aug. 9

  • "Joan Jett Won't Be at the State Fair"--headline, Pioneer Press (St. Paul, Minn.), Aug. 8

  • "Pakistan Parade Could Be in Doubt"--headline, New York Sun, Aug. 9

  • "Angelina Jolie Denies Endorsing Edwards"--headline, CNN.com, Aug. 9

  • "Leonardo DiCaprio's Presidential Vote Up for Grabs"--headline, People, Aug. 9

  • "Canadian PM Vows to Defend Arctic"--headline, CNN.com, Aug. 9
I recommend it to anyone. Here.

August 09, 2007


Sigh, I've said this before, but not enough people believe me.

The fact is, South Indian English accents are awesome.

We speak it better than most of the world, yes, brits included.
We 'enunciate'. And we have our own twist on things.
Have you noticed that we smile for most words we say?
It's true. Normal people say "Where". We say "Whaaaare" It's not like we don't know how to say it right. But we do it anyway. And our face stretches out into a smile when we do. Try it. Say "Whaaaare".
Ok, now say "Whaaaaat".
See the smile? :)

Heck, for the rest of the world who makes fun of it, I really don't "caaare" :P

[useful story for drinkup conversation.]

August 08, 2007

back at work, loads to do, etc. beatzo just passed me this, thought you'd like to see it and another. The joker for the next batman flick, to be released in 2008 -

Cannot wait to see the movie!

August 03, 2007

[another weekend trip]

Going home to Manipal after 7 months, which is officially the longest I've ever been away from it.

YAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAY So excited! Mom's promised to make Kori Roti, and Prawns, and I'll have a beer with Dad, and then walk in the colony with the secret waterfall and the cliff and the lake.

WOOHOO, fuckers!