Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Wishing Everyone A Merry Christmas And Happy Holidays

Its that time of the year when we all reflect, rejoice and celebrate the great gift of life, family and friends with one another. Wish you all a merry Christmas and happy holidays folks.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

The Greatest Speech Ever In Cinema

The Great Dictator (1940)

Charlie Chaplin made numerous silent movies and made the world laugh. Then came one movie where he spoke. And when he did, the world listened. This speech is timeless and even more relevant for out times than it had ever been. Or perhaps, we have not changed as a civilization yet to be called an evolved being at all. What ever may be the truth, the fact is that these words will echo for a long time to come.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

If Only For A Second

What if you can give someone something to smile about. What if a small gesture, however insignificant or mundane it may seem, would brighten the darkest of dark.

If only for a second, happiness can given to someone suffering for terminal cancer. If only to give them a moment in their life that makes them feel carefree, silly, joyous and live life, the way they would have want to live.

A touching effort by Mimi Foundation and Leo Burnett France.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

The New Godzilla (2014) Teaser Trailer Looks Freaking Awesome

The new Godzilla looks fantastic in its teaser. Unlike the previous one which ended up being ruined by the human characters in the movie, this one looks hardcore with a much larger Godzilla going on a rampage. Of course, you just get to see glimpse of this creature. But then, for a first teaser, its the right appetizer. Enjoy!

Godzilla 2014 Movie Poster:

Godzilla 2014 Trailer
Releases May 2014 

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Hiroo Onoda | The Living Spirit Of Japan

Hiroo Onada


Hiroo Onoda


JAN 16, 2007
Hiroo Onoda, 84, is a former member of an Imperial Japanese Army intelligence unit, an elite commando during World War II who was sent to Lubang Island in the Philippines in 1944 to conduct guerrilla warfare and gather military intelligence. Trained in clandestine operations, his mission was to sneak behind enemy lines, conduct surveillance and survive independently until issued new orders. He did exactly that for the next 30 years. Long after Japan’s surrender in 1945, he continued to serve his country in the jungle, convinced that the Greater East Asia War was still being fought. He lived on mostly bananas and mangoes, evading many Japanese search parties and the local Philippine police, all of whom he believed were enemy spies. In March 1974, at age 52, a Japanese man who had run across Onoda brought his former superior to the island with instructions that relieved him of his military duties. After a brief return to Japan, he moved to Brazil where he became a successful rancher. He came back to Japan in the 1980s and established the Onoda Nature School with the goal of educating children about the value of life. His incredible adventures on Lubang are detailed in his book “No Surrender: My Thirty-year War.”

Hiroo Onada wrote his autobiography "No Surrender: My Thirty Year War"

No Surrender: My thirty Year War

Article excerpts are from The Japanese Times. The article was written originally by JUDIT KAWAGUCHI

Hiroo Onoda | The Japan Times

iPad Air and iPad Mini 2 start selling in India

So, finally the long wait is over. The new line up of iPad's are out in the Indian market. They are slimmer, smaller, lighter and better in every possible way when compared with the older generation of their siblings.

iPad Air and iPad Mini 2 now in India

iPad Air : Starts from Rs. 35,900/- for the 16Gb Wifi model and Rs.44,900/- for the 16Gb 4G+Wifi model.

iPad Mini 2: Starts from Rs.28,500/- for 16Gb Wifi model and Rs.37,900/- for the 16Gb 4G+Wifi model

Is it worth the purchase?
It depends. If you already own a iPad 2 or above and you are not a gamer on the go, you are fine with your current ipad. I got a iPad 2 and it still rocks, even with iOS7.

If you don't own an ipad yet, you can now think of owning one. And its no more just the mini to consider for the size, the iPad Air too is quite small when compared to the older generation iPad's. So, choose the right one that fits your usage. For 'home only' users, I would recommend a iPad Air. Mini 2 is for the mobile users.

And for the Apple enthusiasts, nothing like getting the latest iPad aye!?

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

A Devine Skyline

I still love the old city clinging on to what it was while its getting a make over.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Duck Sauce - The Big Bad Wold [Music]

Love the beats to this song. Nothing spectacular, just that the tempo and chilled out and cool. Btw, I would not recommend the video of this song to anyone as its NSFW and a lot of people found it to be tasteless. I though it was creative, extreme and conversation starter. Enjoy the song.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Mumbai - A city under perpetual construction

A view of the city landscape with soaring concrete and the machines that build it.

Mumbai city is dreaming big. The local authority, business and Realtors want to make it a mega city. I am not sure if the people of the city share the same vision. For someone who was born in this city, its already changed a lot to be recognized or compared with its former self.

Commuting daily to work in town from my sub-urban abode, I see the new slowly and surely creeping into the space of the old. Change is part of any cities growth. But it should consider the collective interest of all and not just a few. With residential apartment cost that matches or beats the cost of housing in big cities like Tokyo, New York and London, one wonders - is this city changing for good or for worst.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Beats Antique "Beelzebub" (featuring Las Claypool) [Music Video]

Beats Antique "Beelzebub" (feat. Les Claypool) from Beats Antique on Vimeo.
Director | Ivan Landau
Animator | Webster Colcord

Assistant Sculptors | Rich Zimmerman, Edgar Humberto Alvarez
Set Assistant | Dave Waddle

Filmed in Hollywood at Shadow Machine (www.shadowmachine.com)

Special Thanks | Erin Colcord, Maya Noonan, Obscura Digital (www.obscuradigital.com)

Jolla - Smart phone with a personality

Jolla Phone with Sailfish OS and customizable phone covers

Ever since the announcement of the Jolla phone, I have been eagerly anticipating the release this new phone in the market. My interest in Jolla brew with two key ingredients -
  • It was started by Nokia's ex employee's.
  • It was open source 
The nokia culture and design has always been the key to its success. I could understand the disappointment when Nokia abandoned the Meego  project and went on to embrace the Windows platform. Open source has always been the heart of Nokia's software philosophy. So, for someone who always loved their handsets, the liking for opensource went beyond just trust. It was also in experience.

When Jolla was announced, they got Sailfish Operating System as the default opensource OS for their handset. For those who have experienced The Nokia N9, the user experience would seem very familiar.

Now that the Finish company has just launched this handset for the EU market, I can only hope and anticipate its launch in Asia, and specifically India. Check out this advert for the handset which sets the tone for Jolla's user base.


Sunday, November 10, 2013

A Cool Glitch Mix

Created by X Kito
Available link for download here

Share your favorite glitch mix links in the comments below. Let me know if you liked this glitch mix. Cheers!

Hatch Pet - A new Tamagotchi like app for your iPhone

Hatch pet has created a Tamagotchi like app for the iPhone users. Those who are aware of Tamacotchi will already know what this app does. And those who love it will really really love it since the graphics are good and the pets are adorable. Its yet to launch but you can register and book your pet on their website.

And for the Tamagotchi fans, they have released a free app for iPhone and Android to commemorate 16 years of loving this virtual pet. Go check it out on the iTunes Store and Google Play Store.

So what does this app do? Simple, you adopt this cute virtual pet and care for it. It will interact with you, talk to you, wake up with you and go to sleep with you and do a lot more.

Bacon and Eggs

Sunday mornings are meant for some leisure breakfast. Bacon and eggs are one heavenly combo to have for breakfast. After eating cereals, egg whites and oil free food, this serving looks sinful and delicious.

Fried Bacon Served With Half Fried Eggs & Toast

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Workout while watching TV

Here's how you can make use of those commercial breaks to keep yourself fit. Here are some of the exercises you can do during commercial breaks while sitting on the sofa watching TV.

If you like to download this chart as a PDF, get it from http://neilarey.com (PDF)

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Straight Jacket - Anime Movie

Straight Jacket is a short series by Ichirō Sakaki with illustrations by Yō Fujishiro, published by Fujimi Shobo. It was made into a three part anime series which was then released worldwide as an anime movie.

Straight Jacket - the Movie

Its based on a future world where magic and sorcery co-exist with science and technology and has been integrated into every aspect of human life. The story revolves around the protagonist Rayotte Steinberg.
[SIC: Anime]
Rayotte Steinberg, a lone wolf "tactical sorcerist", fights against monsters. They used to be human beings, but they have overused forbidden power, magic, to turn into monsters. What he wears is "mold", the straitjacket that keeps him human. He carries an explosive magic wand. If he casts magic, he moves one step closer to being a monster. If he doesn't, he will be killed. Among the harsh battles, he will face a sin he committed in the past.

Its a story of redemption, friendship and love. Although they all are layered into this fictional dark thriller involving sorcery, balck magic and demons. A good watch. Enjoy!

Friendship knows no boundaries - Man and Bear

This video is from a commercial Finnish clothing company Makia. I love the relationship that exists between this old man and a 450+ Kg Bear, Juuso. The Bear is afraid of bees and the old man is upset that he cannot understand his friend speak. Very sweet and heartening to see such a relationship.

MAKIA GOES ULTIMA THULE - Sulo Karjalainen from Makiaclothing on Vimeo.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Let happiness and joy light this world - Happy Diwali

Wishing all my readers a very happy, healthy and prosperous Diwali and Happy Holidays.

Diwali (also called Deepavali) is a festival of lights that celebrates the triumph of good over evil and the return of King Ram (from the Hindu mythology) to his kingdom from exile and after defeating Ravana. This is based on the Hindu mythology of Ramayana.

This is the biggest holiday of the year, just like Christmas. From modern day perspective, the holiday spirit starts off for us from here on, all the way up to new year. Yeah!  

About the snap:
I snapped this pic with a Nokia Lumia 900 at Select City Mall in New Delhi during my visit there. I came across a paper lamp shop which had a very contemporary take on lamps and lighting. Loved the stacked view of all this wonderful and colorful lamps that they had at the stall. Bob Marley, Jim hendrix and Buddha next to one another is simply ... (as John Lenon puts it) Imagine!  

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Asura's Wrath - The Movie (Game Play Cut Scenes)

Asura is a know character in the Indian mythology. So when i discovered this movie on YouTube, I knew that this had to be a mythology. What surprised me was the 4 and half hour length that it had. Anyways, I started off to watch this epic.

Asura's Wrath - A Game for XBox & Playstation released in 2012

Asura's Wrath is an Japanese Video game produced by Kazuhiro Tsuchiya. The movie is made from the cut scenes from the game. The game was designed episodic and was termed as a multimedia game rather than a typical game. It had opening and ending credits just like episodes of a television serial. For more you can visit the wiki page of this movie.

The begining got me hooked as Asura, a demigod, gets betrayed by other demigods and in doing so, looses his wife and child. His rage, there on, has no bound and he goes after the gods relentlessly trying to quell his inner rage, which he too seems to have lost control of.

The movie, though long, takes you through a journey and has been inspired from Hinduism and Buddhism and their mythologies in creating this epic fictional tale. It took me three sittings to complete this movie. But I did, and it was a great watch. It seemed to be focused on a single character, the protagonist Asura. But the layers and plot phases that get added along the way makes it an engaging journey. The climax is worth the long watch, in case you sat though it with interest.

On a side note - I know this is a game and general entertainment, so to speak.But, there was so much to take away from this movie for me. I guess, that is what got me to like it in the first place.  

Monday, October 21, 2013

'Tear Drops' & 'Comfortably Numb', FingerStyle Guitar Version

Found this wonderful version of Teardrops by Massive Attack performed by Igor Presnyakov on a acoustic guitar. Interesting way of creating beats on the guitar body while playing the strings.

And, here is one more cover version of another favorite song of mine. This one is 'Comfortably Numb' by Pink Floyd, performed by Thomas Leeb.

I simply love the way this song has been shot. Not that the video is any less mesmerizing. This one is in my favorites list. Looking out for a mp3 of this song.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

The Universe Is Connected To Me - Niel deGrasse Tyson

Do you ever wonder about the purpose of like and the significance of your existence in this world? Ever think about the daily rut that you go through and the worldly pleasures and woes that you experience? Is that all that matters or what drives you will to exist as a individual?

We all have ego's that help protect our identity and individuality. It drives us, calls to us and makes us do or believe in what we do. But when we look at our selves in the vastness of the live that we seem to be part of, our insignificance (or the notion of one) makes us take two possible routes of thought. One that enables us to celebrate and embrace our lives and the ones that makes us get into a state of ignorance.

Niel deGrasse Tyson puts a clear perspective to what one should think when he or she ever pause in this finite existence of self. It will make your day or perhaps life. Celebrate every day of your existence as you are special, in every way of scientific and probabilistic explanation that can put forth.

Think of yourself as some one special. Someone who is alive and intelligent enough to understand the purpose of being where you are and being part of a much larger scheme of thing that is life. It might be beyond our absolute comprehension, yet its quite clear and factual. Not mythical or imaginary. And one only needs to look up in the sky to know that they are part of a much larger family that connect with them. Life then seems magical.  

Non-Stop - Movie Trailer (Action Thriller)

This is one of the few movies that has got me excited for a couple of reasons. One, its got Liam Nesson, an excellent actor who gives great performances, and second, its a good old fashion action thriller from the looks of the trailer. Have a look.

I just hope this movie does not end up becoming a disappointment due to a weak premise or end-plot. It seems to look and feel like the die hard generation movies which I grew up with. Hoping this one is a fun watch.

Non-Stop (2014)
Non-Stop is an upcoming American-British action film 

Starring: Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore, Michelle Dockery, Anson Mount and Scoot McNairy. 

Director:Jaume Collet-Serra.

Release Date: 21 February, 2014   

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Mumbai Autorickshaw, A Daily Necessity To Travel

A snapped view from a Auto Rickshaw ride. They are the only challengers to the lawless drivers that the bikers are, in the city. The one thing they ensure is point to point drop service. No other public mode of transportation is so convenient. They can take you through crowded streets, lanes, highways without any hesitation and in the shortest time possible. Driven mainly by migrants to the city, these essential mode of transportation will be your first choice in suburbs (since they are not allowed to ply in the city).

Unlike other cities in India, the public transportation in Mumbai runs on the fare meter system that works. No need to ask for a rate card since the new electronic meters display the fare upfront for the passenger.  

Mind Blowing? Really?

Ever heard someone say 'mind blowing'? Well, how about seeing that happen?

Looks more like a stressed out mind just loosing it, right? So stop using that expression. Your brain would appreciate some self-empathy.

Thank you +Sergii Daniloff for the share on +Google+  

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Imagine - In Search Of A Elusive Writer (Haruki Murakami)

Haruki Murakami
Haruki Murakami
A short documentary which attempts to understand the enigmatic and influential Japanese writer Haruki Murakami. The documentary attempts to trace the journey of Murakami and understand his influences and passion for writing such masterpieces. What I like about this documentary is that it provides some beautiful scenes enacted from several of his books with the with a voice over that reads out excerpts of those scenes.

A definite recommendation for a laid back watch. And, there will be some sweet jazz as accompaniment.

Google Nexus 5 - A sneak peek

Google Nexus 5 - Back Panel
Google Nexus 5 - Back Panel Screen Grab
Here is a preview video of the upcoming Google Nexus 5 that has been uploaded on YouTube. You already must have seen the images of this device. Here is the video that shows you hands-on how this device looks and feels to interact with.

I for one, am a bit disappointed with the approach of taken by Google to have their devices completely enclosed, just like what apple and Nokia/MS had stated doing. Not sure if this is a trend, but definitely, I am not for it as it takes away control from me as a user. Will this work for you? You be a better judge of that, I suppose. 

Sunday, July 14, 2013

A Little Unsettling - Music Playlist

Music makes us feel happy, sad, excited, energetic, raged, calm, human and connected. But then there is also music that makes you feel ... unsettling. Its like being taken on a journey and left along the road midway.
This is a mix-tape of unsettling music from across various genres. I will be adding to this collection as I come across more of them (or perhaps recall some of them). Hope you like it.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Batman, Arkham Asylum - The Movie

Arkham Asylum - The Movie
Batman, Arkham Asylum - The Movie

Just finished watching Arkham Asylum movie comprising gameplay and cut scenes from the game of the same title. It was a exciting watch. Its amazing to see how games have evolved into gripping and exciting story telling. Watch it this week-end. It will be fun.

A big thanks to SimaParks for uploading this on YouTube.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Space Pirate Captain Harlock (2013) Trailer

Very excited about this movie, which will coming out this year. Its based on a manga series written and illustrated by Leiji Matsumoto. And its in 3D too. Try and get you hands on the anime series if you can. A few episodes are there on YouTube, but not in English subtitles unfortunately.

I doubt this movie will ever get released in theaters across India. So, its DVD or BlueRay viewing for me. That's ok. I just hope I get to grab the 3D version of it.

Blogging with the Google blogger app

This is my first attempt at trying to write a nblog post using the blogger app for android. 

Sharing a snap I took at the dadar vegetable market, just outside the railway station.  This was an early morning scene, quite unlike the usual crowded streets that one experiences. 

I think iam gonna review this app once I publish this article. Already got a few comments to make. Where are my tags? And what about the preview?

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Five Reasons Why Iron Man 3 Sucks As A Superhero Movie

Iron Man 3 - This Saga finally ends.

Let me start by saying that this is my personal take on Iron Man 3 and I am not a critic. Just a comic/superhero fan with no favorites. Well, I like Hulk the most. But then who doesn't.

Most superhero movies, now a days, have a lot of action, special effects and 3D tossed in to save it from a bad plot. That was not the case for iron man 3. Not for I-3, for sure. Here are 5 reasons I could come up with, which I felt were responsible for the mess that I experienced. And a total disappointment the say the least. Even the charisma of Robert Downey Jr. could not help salvage the repeat view for this movie.

So, here goes ...

No. 5: Am I watching a Disney movie?
The movie starts off at such a promising note with chaos and danger engulfing the world with the Mandrin on the loose. Iron man seems to be having his own problems. You expect thing to trun worst. Just when you are bracing for the impact, the movie changes gear to something else. When you get a kid to help Iron man to get on his feet, you know where the plot if heading. The second half was so damn clear that making a prediction was like giving direction for something in your line of sight.

No. 4: Non of the characters were well-established
A superhero movie should have the main character's personality explored. Its a great opportunity to start liking the character or at least understanding them so that you have the ability to react to or feel for them. But nothing of that sort happened in this movie. It was designed around an event and all characters played for that event. There is nothing wrong in doing that. Even situations can reveal human personalities, context and past. But here, that was not the case. Mandarin had that potential, but they blew it.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Stayin' Alive In The Wall

One of the best mashups to be heard. Who would have thought that Pink Floyd and Bee Gees would come together to being us a song of hope. Stayin' Alive In The Wall.

Mashup by Wax Audio

Here is one more from fantastic mashups from these guys. This one mashes up Metallica with Stevie Wonders - Sad But Superstitious.

Crank Up The Bass (Electro-Dubstep)

Found a good playlist for some heavy eletro & dubstep after quite some time. Crank up the bass! Enjoy!

From 8tracks.com
Uploaded by Unstunstunst
Tags    houseelectronictrapdanceworkout

Once There Was Magic In Cricket

Cricket Magic
Nothing experiences happiness like a good game of street cricket

[Image Source: 500px.com]

Carnage, hammering, Storm ... these are words not associated with anything pleasant or positive. And yet, such reactions are invoked when people watch the game of cricket, more so in the new format of T20 Cricket. Its entertainment, and less of sports, so to speak. A gamble where you take the best possible scenario which otherwise would be impossible to observe and throw in a bunch of rules to keep the events tight and compact and create an concoction that's explosive, to say the least, as an outcome.

I have been a cricket fan since childhood. But that has drifted into another dimension now. Cricket for me is a shadow of its former self. A gentleman's game gone wrong. Something that was meant to be passionate now gets bid upon. Players are so busy playing for their clubs and country that they have lost out on the passion for the tribe, so to speak. When the tribe keeps changing, you are no more bonded but merely a part of something. With big money being poured in and the natural high of fame and pseudo power makes one simply corrupt.

Its not just the players or clubs or institutions, but also the fans who have started shifting alliances. And that for me is the death of a game. Or at least the decay having set in.

But the game is rocking and hugely profitable. Player are earning wages unheard of. The clubs are as rich as most football clubs in Europe  The format is nothing new. Its simply an adaptation of that the game of football saw as it evolved. So if football is not being critically looked at, why is cricket? An interesting question for which the answer lies in how much you you see your team as a team, i suppose. Club football is something that happens year after year and then there is the world cup which happens once in four years. Alliances change as patriotism takes over. But once its all over. The club legion takes prominence and life goes on. Thats not the case with cricket. And there, I believe, lies the problem.

I am no expert in this game nor a big fan in any remote way. But as a mere observation, I just want to speak out about the game that has taken a wrong turn. being commercial is not bad, but the risk of commoditization is in the culture of supply demand. That's not what sports is all about. Or at least that was not how I saw sports as.

Tickets get sold, sponsors get their hands full, clubs and player have a ball and the audience gets entertained. End of the game everyone goes home happy and content. But then, life goes on and the events of the game are forgotten just like the last movie I say, as I step out of the movie hall. If sports does not invoke strong memories, the olympics would be just one big party and nothing else. But that's not what it is, is it?

I hope people save the game while they can. Perhaps by picking up and bat and ball and hitting the nearest street corner or park for a innings of fun. You will probably get the point I am trying to make.  

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Injustice, Gods Among Us - The Movie

This movie has been made by combining the all cut scenes from the 2013 Game by the same name. The movie is in Cinematic HD. So sit back and enjoy!

Credit: @Izuniy (YouTube)

Saturday, March 16, 2013

What a wonderful world

Just have a look at this beautiful picture and listen to the song below. It says it all.

Louis Armstrong played a song for his wife.

Credit to BuzzFeed for this picture. [link]

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

TechnoBuffalo Give Away Contest (International)

Hey folks, if you are interested in a Lenovo IdeaPad then there is a contest being held by Technobuffalo.com you can take part in. The IdeaPad model is A2109A. Here is a review by Laptopmag.com on the IdeaPad model.

The contest started on 5th of March and will be on for a week. All you have to do is post a single comment (limited to one per day) on their contest page.

Visit this page for the contest.

Watch the contest offer video below. The winner can be from any region in the world. Its a global contest and so everyone is free to participate.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Global Metal - An Anthropologist's Perspective

Came across a very interesting documentary created by a Metal head and an professional anthropologist. What's unique about the video is its take on Metal music through people, their cultural context, their associations with the music genre and roots of their loyalty.

A must watch for loyalists and skeptics alike. It's a long movie, so you better grab a beer with it. Cheers!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

One Cutting Chai

I cannot say with credibility about the origin of Cutting Chai but I believe that Mumbai is one place where this concept has originated or so has the lingo. So what is Cutting Chai? Well, Chai meaning tea, when served in small portion becomes 'cutting' tea. Literally, like cutting into smaller portions.

A cutting chai as called on Mumbai streets
A Cutting Chai. 

Cutting Chai is, I believe, one of the measures of inflation for us common folks. How, you might ask. Its the least your have to spend to eat or drink something when you are out of your house. Tea, a favorite hot beverage that  is consumed by most Indians is a morning necessity and a fuel to make you stay focused through the day. As of date, a cutting chai costs between 5 to 6 rupees for a glass. There was a time when it was available for 2-2.5 rupees and the quantity was way better. Now a days there are some tea stalls that still serve a rupee 2 chai but the portions will make a tequila shot glass look like a beer mug.

Quote For Thought: Erica Jong

"If you like the quote, do share it with other. Tweet it, blog it, speak about it, do anything that would make it meaningful or at least try and be meaningful to others. Just remember not to quote it for the sake of being 'interesting'. I don't think the person who said it, meant it to be just a mundane set of coherent words.

Quotes live on because they are powerful and help us make sense of our actions, situations, decisions and sometimes our life at large." 

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Animated Short Film: Le Taxidermiste

Dark humor well executed in this animated short film. It was directed at Supinfocom Arles in 2011 by Paulin Cointot. The dead calm at the end is poignant. Kudos for this brilliant visual art.

Headbanging Firestarter

There are some videos out there which baffle you so much that you are not sure how to react to it. They border entertainment and outright absurdity. Here is one that I found which I would like to share. These guys are metal heads enjoying swimming in a lake and some camp fire after that (I suppose). Nothing different aye? Have a look.

I laughed so hard and yet, I was not sure what I had just experienced. People are crazy! (In a good way) 

Quote For Thought: Dr. Seuss

"If you like the quote, do share it with other. Tweet it, blog it, speak about it, do anything that would make it meaningful or at least try and be meaningful to others. Just remember not to quote it for the sake of being 'interesting'. I don't think the person who said it, meant it to be just a mundane set of coherent words.

Quotes live on because they are powerful and help us make sense of our actions, situations, decisions and sometimes our life at large." 

Monday, January 14, 2013

A Brief History Of Rock-n-Roll

YouTube has many interesting channels and videos. Along come videos every now and then which wow us all. Here is one that I found like most of you (probably by now), which I really loved. Enjoy!

Alex Chadwick plays 100 famous guitar riffs in one take giving you a chronological history of rock n' roll. Its not exactly the history of Rock-n-roll, but then its good enough for appreciation. The video has been uploaded by Chicago Music Exchange. 

A Walk Down Mumbai Lanes

Visiting Flora Fountain area of South Mumbai is a pleasure on weekends. This place is maddening with people and traffic on week days. But by evenings or on week ends, its another story. Here are some snaps that I took recently when I visited a friend around the Fort area of South Mumbai.

A colonial past that is a major landmark in Mumbai not only for tourists but daily travelers to South Mumbai.

Flora Fountain at Fort, South Mumbai

Encrypt what you seek with Google Search

Google has recently made public their secure search feature. What that means is that, now you can search anything on the web without anyone snooping on your activity. Its psychologically assuring for some and critical for others. It may or may not mean anything to some. But the fact that Google has even considers something like this for the users is commendable. 

Privacy in search online with Google Search
Secure your web presence with Google's encrypted search feature
Why would one need encrypted search?

Sunday, January 13, 2013

25 Songs For Some 80's Nostalgia

When week-end arrives, its time to sit back and relax, pop a beer, set the mood with some snacks and put on some good old music to chill out with. If you were in your teens when the 80's were around (or even if you were a baby back then) you will love to revisit that era. Enjoy this collection from 8Tracks.com. Have fun!

Four Wheel Show Stopper

On my way to town I spotted this Car. I am still not sure if its a branded car or someone fancy custom creation. But it sure is a show-stopper. If anyone know what make this car is, please do comment below.

Red vintage/contemporary/Custom car spotten in Bandra, Mumbai, India
Metallic Red Beauty on the street Mumbai.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Finally! Ubuntu arrives on mobile handsets

I am quite excited about Canonical introducing the Ubuntu OS for mobile. Ubuntu, a Linux variant, has been powering servers around the world and has been known to enterprises, developers and institutions for years. The fact that they made it available for free to individuals and institutions alike, for so many years, is commendable. Whats interesting about the opensource community is that its a community of passionate folks who have help build and improve the OS over the years one iteration at a time.

When they announced the launch of Mobile Ubuntu, it was a turning point in the history of Ubuntu which has been lagging behind most ecosystems due to the unavailability of an environment to get it portable.

Here is a video where the founder of Canonical, Mark Shuttleworth speaks about the Ubuntu OS for mobile.

So why should this OS be exciting, you might ask. Here are some of the reasons, in my opinion.
(some in agreement with Mark's answers)