Thursday, November 30, 2006

Day after exam labours ...

The day after led me to working non-stop on the Website for Chakravyuh. Please go and see it - and more importantly, do come.


Tuesday, November 28, 2006

These guys are good

If you'd had time over the weekend to take your eyes off the Chelsea - Man Utd game, then you'd have noticed David James' new "Clark Kent" hairdo. Now, i've never loved how it looked earlier, and contrary to much public perception in the UK, i kinda like it. Anyway make up you mind with this,

And btw the whole point of making this post was to direct my few faithful readers to this hilarious link. The guys at the BBC Fun and Games section, really take their job seriously!

Cheryl Tweedy tops list of famous celebrities in India

In an astonishing turn of events, ACC-Kneelson and Co., the statistics company announced that Cheryl Tweedy, England wingback Ashley Cole's wife and Girls Aloud star was the most recognized face in rural and semi-urban India. Cheryl Cole, as she prefers to be called, beat Sun-heartthrob Keely Hazell, American-Indian actress Aishwarya Rai and Big Boss moaner Rakhi Sawant in this poll conducted across Western and Central Maharashtra. Astonished ACC-Kneelson executive F.I.Gure told Toilets of India, that they had infact had wrapped the questionnaire sheets in some envelopes made from Toilets of India newspapers, all of which co-incidentally carried the picture of the said personailty.

ACC-Kneelson executives particularly remember the comments of a 17 year-old young boy called Digambar(Dig to his friends) who works at some of the mines in Gadchiroli - " I'd never thought coal could be so beautiful and precious." He was so earnest, that we had to include this tweed-lady in our list, and on further investigation we found that in a carefully structured campaign by Ms.Cole's executives to expand her 'celebrity blanket' they had inserted her pictures under the 'sport' sections of various national dailies, of which the ones in this previously mentioned Toilets of India has become an addiction amongst such boys as Digambar.

Suvaresh Stonefloor, officially the head of India's olympic association, but considered the First Citizen of Indian Sport and also it's Inventor, Father and Founding Figure and on whose birthday all Indian sportsman have to wear the Pink-Kurta and run the slimy streets of Pooh-ne, said that he welcomed, what he termed as a "new chapter in India's rich and glorious sporting heritage". He said that Ms.Cole should be invited to this Pooh-ne and be made the official mascot of the Pune Marathon. He attributed that such rise in sporting interest was only good for the development of sports in the country. After stringing so many words together in a few breaths, Mr Suvaresh said he felt dizzy, weak and incompetent, and was immediately admitted to the nearby discotheque.

Meanwhile Ms.Cole nay Tweedy's agents have confirmed that she is extremely "intrigued" by this turn of events, and said that she would be issuing a statement shortly. She is currently engaged in teaching Ashley Cole the nuances of keeping better possesion of the ball.

Saturday, November 25, 2006

This is compelling reading

Anurag Kashyap, the cult-man of Indian cinema is writing a blog. Read comments too. In short, fun comes.

(Tip : After numerous death threats and suchlike, thanks to George for this.)

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

The Ultimate Status Symbol

"The author once ran into an extreme form of delivery processing when he sent an e-mail message to a person who claims to get 600 messages a day. His identity will not be discolsed here, lest half the readers of this book also send him e-mail. Let us call him John.

John has installed an email robot that checks every incoming message to see if it is from a new correspondent. If so, it sends him back a canned reply explaining that John can no longer personally read all his e-mail. Instead, he has produced a personal FAQ document that answers many questions he is commonly asked. Normally newsgroups have FAQs, not people.

John's FAQ gives his address, fax and telephone numbers and tells how to contact his company. It explains how to get him as a speaker and get his papers and other documents. It also provides pointers to software he has written, a conference he is running, a standard he is an author of, and so on. Perhaps this approach is necessary, but maybe a personal FAQ is the ultimate status symbol."

Computer Networks
Chapter : The World Wide Web.

(PS: No link, i had to type this out. And no, unfortunately but not unpredictably our Computer Networks syllabus does not cover this chapter.)

(PS2: I need to get and document some more gems from that book here.)

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Gazza, strip!

England's next foreign assignment is a trip to Israel. And this, as usual, gives Robbo a chance to say,

I just hope Paul Gascoigne doesn't tag along and see a sign for the Gaza Strip - he might think it's some kind of order. Those people have enough to deal with, without the troubled Geordie shimmying into town yelling Fog on the Tyne.

Read full.

However, with the "new and redesigned", Sportstar bug hitting the BBC columns as well, I'm not quite sure I like it. Robbo too is slowly fading away. Such gems are harder to find. Sob. Sob.

Friday, November 17, 2006

This one's good...

We have this thing about matching similar looking celebrities. Well, i think I found a real good one here.

OK. I know, the first one is not famous by any stretch of the imagination in India. Her name is Emmanuelle Béart, find out more here. The second is, dare i say, our very own, Gurdeep Kohli - those lovely days of Sanjeevani!

You have to accept, this is a good one!

French Poltics and AJAX ?

The french always make you gasp. The things they do are often incomprehensible, and their system manages to confound even the keenest observers. So Ségolène Royal become the official candidate for the Parti Socialiste, fine. Then they go and throw at tart at her face.(a verb for this action exists). Ok fine, he was Belgian, but so what? This guy started with Gates, and has already done a wide variety from Jean-Luc Godard to Nicolas Sarkozy.

OK, now lets examine the PS situation. They are as the name suggest France's main Left wing party, and with the lady in question getting the nod over her seemingly chauvinistic colleagues, it seems very likely that they will come to power. The 'right' wing Chirac's UMP, itself has pretty left wing like policies, to I expect the 'moderate' left to be more lefter than normal. Anyway, what surprises me is that, unlike what we've seen with the left in many parts of the world, these guys are really chic and swanky. All we need to do is look at their new Beta Site under development. It's got AJAX, draggable bars, streaming video, everything! Its really great.

Now if only, the BJP or the congress took a leaf out of these guys' books. I guess it will come, when Indian politicians can no longer ignore the sheer number of people who will be online in a few years time. Till then, for budding web-designers in India, looking for work, it's slimy college fests and non-paying poster jobs that await!

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Jakob Nielsen and the Flash Gordon Code

I have always resited the use of useless flash splash pages, especially on webpages, where they serve no use, consume precious bandwidth and basically shoo away a lot of less patient and less driven clickers. So when the Webby's decide to gove awards in the category "BEST HOME/WELCOME PAGE", I thought are these guys ignorant or what. Turns out there is always a case for Flash and Splash pages. If used tastefull that is.

So, this page is brilliant, as is this. So more exploration on the Webby winners page also can provide a whole day of fun.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

It's not Sania Mirza but ...

it's Shazia Mirza. A british standup comedian (comedienne?) coming to Mocha courtesy the British Council. Here are the details:

Saturday 11 November 2006 at 7.00 pm

Venue : Mocha, Law College Road