Wednesday, December 06, 2006

For the greater good??

It wasn't meant for us to feel the pain again...
Tell me why?! Tell me why?!

Monday, November 20, 2006

Fools' paradise

Ok, not exactly fools... but goofy, I could say :-)

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In the middle of a routinely goofy conversation comes a slightly more goofy piece of passage...

P1 - I have news for you guys
P2 - Let me guess... are you getting married?!
P1 - Nope... the next thing...
P2 - Then, are you getting engaged?!

The next thing to marriage?! And engagement in the next thing after marriage?! LOL
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It turned out that P1 was neither getting engaged/married afterall... :))

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Wisdom

I could choose between 100 pointless e-mails per day or 15 relavant mails per day. I chose the latter... Thanks to the "No-email" option in most web groups, there's peace now...

Never copy-paste similar code... you'll replicate similar bugs...

Almost every english term has a relative meaning... make sure you know the meaning in the right context before assuming anything...

Nobody does anything for free... everything comes at a price... No matter how much you'd like to think otherwise...

If you want to stay warm in cold weather, try to get a fever...

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Brain...

... is sometimes like cache memory with a really bad page replacement algorithm...

Monday, October 16, 2006

Gift or curse?

You gift a cute girl a custom made audio CD... A nice collection of hand picked songs...
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And she turns you in to the anti-piracy squad...

These city walls ain’t got no love for you...

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

What do you do...

... When you reach Forum to catch a movie on a monday morning and you can't get tickets 'cos they're sold out? You curse all bad words from your repertoire... OK... and then...
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Landmark is always a timepass place... Look what I found...


Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Wanderlust

"One of my favorite movies is 'The Good, the Bad and the Ugly' with Clint Eastwood. Wanderlust is partly about someone who moves from town to town and who has a pursuer who is after him. In heavy metal there are always new bands, who try to push the most popular band from the top. This song describes someone who can draw his gun quicker than the other one. Its very much inspired by classical duels."
(Mustaine, 1999)

As sure as the sun rises in the east
Another gunman will come, seeking my defeat
Will he be as fast as me,
Are his nerves quiet and still
Will he fall like all the rest
Ending his days upon boothill

I'm an outcast, riding into town alone
I got wanderlust, branded deeper than the bone
I'm an outcast, riding into town alone
I got a lust for wandering
Branded deeper than the bone

As I ride into the sunset, to take another town
Thank you for the invite, but I just can't settle down
The dust that coats my hat is from a dozen towns
Dust from shooting down, another dozen clowns

A drum beats for me, it's louder every day
The cadence tells me
That soon I'll meet my judgment day
Life's an endless showdown
Never knowing when they'll come
I sleep with one eye open
Lying with my smoking gun

The game I play has caused a lot of grief
They were dying for fame, so I obliged them some relief

I'm an outcast, riding into town alone
I got wanderlust, branded deeper than the bone
I'm an outcast, with lightning in my hand
I got wanderlust, lost in no man's land

Source: http://megadeth.rockmetal.art.pl/

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Blank

There are times when I just go blank - totally. Its almost like a short term memory loss where I cannot remember what situation I am in and hence, don't know what to say or how to act... I don't know whether its a shock of something unexpected or just something in my genes. Possibly one of the side effects of holding on to that beautiful, dreamy world that I can only wish, were true. But the feeling of its closeness is so strong that I get pulled into it.

As someone said long back, I've to let go...

Monday, August 28, 2006

Law of conservation...

...of happiness, stating: Happiness can neither be created nor destroyed. The total amount of happiness in this world, is a constant.

Sending stuff like this as an SMS is bound to generate some interesting comments: I'd like to quote 2 such replies...

1) The amount of happiness is not a constant but a constantly decreasing entity.... Something like fossil fuels - non-renewable and depleting... soon!

2) Depends on the situation. Under happier circumstances, it would appear that the amount of happiness is increasing every second!

Hmm... interesting...

Monday, August 14, 2006

The car


Well... at least a part of it... I'm yet to find an appropriate name for it... any suggestions?

Friday, August 11, 2006

I said I need you,
Does that make me wrong?
Am I a weak man?
Are you feeling strong??

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Evolver - Excerpt from Megadeth's Youthanasia recording

Evolver - Excerpt from Megadeth's Youthanasia recording


"Look at the color of this guitar - you could drink coffee off it"

~ Marty Friedman

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Mug wars

Everyone at work seems to have a custom mug for coffee/tea. Something other than the usual HP provided mug. So, I decided to follow the goats and bought myself a custom mug too... not just any mug... This one's from http://thedailywtf.com/ and its called "Object Disoriented".




PS: Thanks to Naren for acting as carrier

Monday, July 17, 2006

Needles and pins

Since I was on the topic of drugs on the previous post, I thought I'll post the snip of this 1963 song as well. Trying to keep a dying blog from... well... dying!

I saw her today, I saw her face
It was a face I loved and I knew

I had to run away and get down on my knees and pray

That they'd go away


But still it begins

Needles and pins

Because of all my pride

The tears I gotta hide

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Use the man

June 26th is anti-drugs day worldwide. I'm a bit late on this, but no, I was not doped! So, this is a song about the ill effects of drugs. Its called "Use the man" from the album "Cryptic Writings" by Megadeth. Dave Mustaine says that he's "Seen the needle use the man".

I heard somebody fixed today
There was no last goodbyes to say
His will to live ran out
I heard somebody turned to dust

Looking back at what he left
A list of plans and photographs
Songs that never will be sung
These are the things he won't get done

I've seen the man use the needle,
Seen the needle Use the Man
I've seen them crawl from the cradle
To the coffin on their hands
They fight a war but it's fatal,
It's so hard to understand
I've seen the man use the needle,
Seen the needle Use the Man

Just one shot to say goodbye
One last taste to mourn and cry
Scores and shoots, the lights go dim
Just one shot to do him in

He hangs his head and wonders why
Why the monkey only lies
But pay the pauper, he did choose
He hung his head inside the noose

Cryptic writings on the wall,
The beginning of the end
I've seen myself use the needle,
Seen the needle in my hand

Saturday, June 24, 2006

Whiff of freshness

Expectant, excited, happy, extremely happy... :-)

Some freshness in life after a long time - feels good... Don't want to think whether it'll last or not. Whatever the future might hold, I want to enjoy this phase...

Thursday, June 15, 2006

The loud n long honk

It was 7-45 in the morning and I'm waiting for green at a signal, on my bike. This was when I got [subject title]. I turn back to see what it was and the first thing that met my eye was the huge bumper. It was a BMTC bus. And the driver is mouthing the choicest of expletives - Why?! I've stopped in front of the bus in an empty road (Ok, this was what he said). I did not bother to open my mouth and silently pointed him to the red signal light. He was still shouting away to glory. I saw a policeman at the post. Sheesh - public vehicles violate traffic rules (even in presence of traffic police), no surprise people do that as well. I parked my bike in the middle of the road, still in front of the bus and went to the policeman and gave him a piece of my mind. After a lenghty debate, he seemed to agree with me and also had a stern word with the bus driver.

Its small things like this that can help make Bangalore a better place. Also, I'm keeping up my rep of being a strict follower of traffic rules.

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Life...

... in an 8 inch diameter

That's my shell... At least for this month...

Saturday, May 27, 2006

All in a day

Typical day at work (Well, not exactly!)

Have to reach office at 7-30 in the morning for a conf call. While getting there, am almost run down by a monster car whose driver thinks he's the only one driving at that hour. He gets the F word he deserved nonetheless! Conference is actually 2 hours of listening to a faint sermon. The speaker constantly keeps moving away from the phone (For chrissake!). Conference ends at 9-30am.

Stomach is making all sorts of weird sounds. Its craving for food. Off to a nearby fast food center to have some idly-vada and coffee. Come back to office at 10-00am. I remember that tickets to "The DaVinci Code" movie is booked for the 3-30pm show - almost the whole team is going to the movie. Pushing that distracting thought aside, I open my mailbox. 60 unread mails - since the previous evening. That took about an hour to clear up. 11-00am. Head starts spinning due to lack of sleep - I had to get up at 5am to make it to office before 7-30am. One more round of coffee and that takes the time to 11-30am. Barely half-hour of "work", the emergency alarm in the building starts to howl. There is an announcement on the public addressing system that there is an emergency in the building and we have to evacuate immediately! "This surely is one more fire evacuation drill", I thought to myself. And sure enough, it just was that! They spent half hour and all the old/about-to-expire fire extinguishers to extinguish fake fire and train people on how to react in an emergency. Had they thought about the possibility of a real fire in the evening and that they would not have any fire extinguisher left after they bozzled out all of 'em?! No idea! And they actually burnt petrol to create the fake fire!! Can you believe that?! "We can afford it!" is what one of the senior person at office said when asked about this. "Really?! Who are 'we'?!", I thought to myself.

12-30pm. We had a little chat among ourselves in our team and we decided to go out for lunch and then to the movie directly. Full half-day of outing. WOW! Lunch at Bheema's. We call lunch at Bheema's as "Batting" - Amass food as batsmen amass runs - something like that. Batting was followed by bowling at amoeba. Reason - still 2 hours left to the start of movie. We walk from amoeba to inox and get into the movie hall. The movie was a marathon one - 3 hours!! Got out at 6-30pm. Had to walk back to office, which took a half-hour. Check mails again and head home.

All this in a day's work... :)

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

A tout le monde

Don't remember where I was
I realized life was a game
The more seriously I took things
The harder the rules became
I had no idea what it'd cost
My life passed before my eyes
I found out how little I accomplished
All my plans denied

So as you read this know my friends
I'd love to stay with you all
Please smile when you think of me
My body's gone thats all

A tout le monde
A tout les amis
Je vous aime
Je dois partir

These are the last words
I'll ever speak
And they'll set me free

If my heart was still alive
I know it would surely break
And my memories left with you
There's nothing more to say

Moving on is a simple thing
What it leaves behind is hard
You know the sleeping feel no more pain
And the living are scarred

~ Dave Mustaine - Megadeth

Saturday, May 20, 2006

A "this is life" cliche

4 days at home without being able to watch TV or sit in front of the computer (Oh my god!!)
Right eye the size of a large cherry (Have mercy, good God!)
iPod filled with full Dream Theater, Megadeth and Scorpions collections...

Ah - Bliss! Yes "this is life" :))

Current music: "Ytse jam" - Dream Theater

Thursday, May 18, 2006

"You're such an MCP..."
"Well, thank you"

Over analysis had killed it. I just remembered what my red devil friend said...

"They just can't see the brightest of lights"

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

(My) bleeding heart


Bleeding heart Posted by Picasa

This was a flower in the NY botanical gardens. Its called bleeding heart. In rains, it really looks like blood dripping off a tiny heart!

Current music: "Still loving you" by Scorpions

Friday, May 05, 2006

New York City


Statue of Liberty Posted by Picasa


Manhattan and Hudson river from Empire state building Posted by Picasa


High rise of Manhattan from the ground Posted by Picasa


New York botanical gardens Posted by Picasa


World of plants Posted by Picasa


Believe me! This is a flower!! Posted by Picasa

Monday, May 01, 2006

Take the time

Just let me catch my breath...
I've heard the promises
I've seen the mistakes
I've had my fair share of tough breaks
I need a new voice, a new law, a new way
Take the time, reevaluate
It's time to pick up the pieces,
Go back to square one
I think it's time for a change

There is something that I feel
To be something that is real
I feel the heat within my mind
And craft new changes with my eyes
Giving freely wandering promises
A place with decisions I'll fashion
I won't waste another breath

You can feel the waves coming on
(It's time to take the time)
Let them destroy you or carry you on
(It's time to take the time)
You're fighting the weight of the world
But no one can save you this time
Close your eyes
You can find all you need in your mind

The unbroken spirit
Obscured and disquiet
Finds clearness this trial demands
And at the end of this day sighs an anxious relief
For the fortune lies still in his hands

If there's a pensive fear, a wasted year
A man must learn to cope
If his obsession's real,
Suppression that he feels must turn to hope

Life is no more assuring than love
(It's time to take the time)
There are no answers from voices above
(It's time to take the time)
You're fighting the weight of the world
And no one can save you this time
Close your eyes
You can find all that you need in your mind

I close my eyes
And feel the water rise around me
Drown the beat of time
Let my senses fall away
I can see much clearer now, I'm blind

"Adesso che ho perso la vista,ci vedo meglio e di piu"

Find all you need in your mind
If you take the time

~ Dream Theater

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Las Vegas!

Welcome to Las Vegas! Posted by Picasa

MGM grand Posted by Picasa

Wynn - Largest hotel in Las Vegas Posted by Picasa

Paris in Las Vegas Posted by Picasa

Bellagio - Remember Oceans Eleven?! Posted by Picasa

Musical fountains in front of Bellagio Posted by Picasa

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Weekend trip plans!

Monday - 27th March:
An idea sparks up to make a trip to San Francisco. One of my friend's friend stays in Davis and San Francisco is a 2 hour drive from Davis. Hectic brainstorming and planning sessions start...

Tuesday - 28th March:
A tentative plan is ready. Friend's friend is ready to let 3 of us stay in his apartment for a day. So, accomudation is not a worry. Excited by this news, the places to be visited begin to be listed down...

Wednesday - 29th March:
Plan is taking good shape. Accomudation is taken care of. Places to be visited and timelines are ready and agreed upon. The plan was quite simple. Leave Boise on friday evening around 4pm. Drive till Reno, Nevada and stay there in a hotel overnight. Get up in the morning and drive for 2 hours from Reno to reach Davis, California. We would meet our field agent there and proceed to San Francisco...

Thursday - 30th March, 9AM (1 day, 7 hours to the start of trip)
Final touches to the plan. Reserved a Marriott hotel for a day in Reno, Nevada for a day using our pool of Marriott reward points. Field agent notified about the rendezvous details. Everything is set and good to go...

Thursday - 30th March, 11AM (1 day, 5 hours to start of trip)
We start informing people in office about our trip...
"We're driving to SFO over the weekend"
"Swwwweeeeet! Lotsa cool places there, eh?!"
"Yep! We can't wait till tomorrow!"
"Oh, btw - this may not be real important at this time of the year. But just check the weather and road restrictions in California..."
"Ah! Okay... its Spring time! Everything should be perfect for a drive..."

Thursday - 30th March, 12:30PM (1 day, 3.5 hours to start of trip)
As fate would have it, its raining badly in California and the state has restrictions on vehicles entering into the state. All vehicles must have traction tyres or chained axles to preceed! Shoot, our vehicles don't have traction tyres and we're not supposed to attach chains to the axles as it would be a violation of the rental agreement with the car rental agency. 3 days of planning seemed to be going down the drain... U N L E S S ...

Thursday - 30th March, 1:30PM (1 day, 2.5 hours to start of trip)
"Why not go to Seattle instead of SFO?!"
"Yeah, I've heard that Seattle is a great place too..."
"Alright guys, we have a Plan-B now! Let's move it!"

Thursday - 30th March, 4PM (22 hours to start of trip - revised schedule)
Amazingly quick planning. Leave Boise at 2pm, friday afternoon and drive to Seattle straight through. Reach Seattle at 10pm and spend the night in a hotel room. Roam around Seattle on saturday and spend the saturday night in Seattle as well. Leave Seattle on sunday after lunch and get back to Boise on sunday by 9pm.
"Check the weather in the state of Washington now. We don't want to repeat the same mistake again!"
"You got it!"

Thursday - 30th March, 7PM (19 hours to start of trip)
"Weather's ok. Its raining a bit but there are no vehicle restrictions in Washington."
"Great. I'll book a hotel room in Seattle"
"We'll shop for a few stuff tomorrow morning"
"Done"

Friday - 31st March, 9AM (5 hours to start of trip)
"Rooms booked, all necessary stuff ready"
"Great!"

Friday - 31st March, 10:30AM (3.5 hours to start of trip)
We start informing people in office about the changed plan.
"Great! So, I hope you did not leave out checking weather conditions"
"Yep! We checked the weather and road conditions in state of Washington and nothing is disrupted"
"Did you check the conditions in Oregon?!"
"Oregon? Why Oregon?!"
"You'll have to cross 3 cities in Oregon before you enter Washington!"
"Ok - lemme go and check that out..."

Friday - 31st March, 11:30AM (2.5 hours to start of trip)
As fate would AGAIN have it, the roads in Oregon are in bad shape due to snow and even there they have the chained axle/traction tyres restriction for all vehicles!

So, after one week's planning went down the drain for nothing, we decide to stay at the hotel, put our feet up and R E L A X!!!!

Monday, March 06, 2006

Indoor soccer

There's an Idaho Indoor Soccer League that goes on for 10 weeks in Boise. Anyone is allowed to form a team and enroll into the league. The game is similar to mainstream soccer, but with some differences.
  • Only 6 players per team - excluding the goalkeeper
  • Smaller field, Smaller goal posts
  • No offside rules, no line refrees
  • No throw-ins - The playing area has a strong glass compound and above the compound, there's netting. The compound can be used as a legitimate ball passing construct. Only if you hit the netting above the compound, the possession switches sides.
  • 2 halves of 22 minutes each
  • Played on synthetic grass-like turf
  • Of the 6 players, at least 3 players must be female
  • If a female scores, its counted as 2 goals (Talk about discrimination!!)
Manu, Murally - are you guys reading this?? We can make a team and join this league!! :D This is very similar to the football we used to play in our "friendly box ground"!! We get to play opposite 3 girls of the opponent team (Forget the guys!). But before we can start thinking about this, we need to find 3 girls to play on our team! :)))) (And a bakra goalkeeper too - Actually, anyone will do - with a defender like me, the goalkeeper will have almost nothing to do :D)

Game for it?! :))))

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Trip to Glenn's Ferry

Glenn's Ferry is a small town to the north-west of Boise. Its about 200 miles away. A colleague of mine, who's a licenced pilot, had offered to fly us to that town in a chartered plane. The plane was a small 4-seater plane. It was a very thrilling experience and I could take a few good snaps from up above.


Boise city from the aircraft

Lots of snow capped peaks en-route

This is called Snake river. Looks like one too...

Can you see the landing strip marked in red? The smaller cricle is actually 2 more chartered planes parked!!

I loved this picture of Snake river taken during landing

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Shocking incidents

ONE
I get up in the morning and head to the bathroom to brush my teeth. I want to turn on the tap... OUCH!!!!

TWO
First day at the HP office in USA. I am being shown around the office. I am shown the lab room and I reach for the door knob... OUCH!!!!

THREE
A taxi ride from office to my hotel room cost 21.70$. I hand the guy 22$ and he hands me over a few coins... OUCH!!!!

FOUR
I take a break from a hard session of debugging. I head to the coffee vending machine and reach to press for the decaf knob... OUCH!!!!

And a lot of OUCH!!!!s later too...

I am talking about mild shocks from static electricity. I did some research... looks like the dry atmosphere in Boise is the main factor. The heating systems everywhere and carpeted floors too...

http://www.static-sol.com/articles/static_shocks.htm

I found one way to minimize the feeling of static shocks... If you're trying to touch something metallic, take no half-measures. Touch it rapidly once. This should ground all the built-up charges. If you slowly reach for it, there can be a spark when you get close enough the meatallic thing that charges jump out and flow out to the metal.

Hopefully, no more such shocking incidents...

Thursday, February 02, 2006

The hardest part

And the hardest part
Was letting go, not taking part
That was the hardest part...

And the strangest thing
Was waiting for that bell to ring
It was the strangest start...

I could feel it go down
Bitter sweet I could taste in mouth
Silver line in the cloud
Oh and I...
I wish that I could work it out...

And the hardest part
Was letting go, not taking part
You really broke my heart

And I tried to sing
But I couldn't think of anything
And that was the hardest part

I could feel it go down
You left the sweetest taste in my mouth
Silver line in the cloud
Oh and I...
I wonder what its all about...

Everything I know is wrong
Everything I do, it just comes undone
Everything is torn apart
That's the hardest part...

~ X&Y, Coldplay

Sunday, January 29, 2006

From Bangalore to Boise

Frankfurt Airport duty-free shop


Aircraft being loaded

My kitchen :))

I intend to spend most time here!

Friday, January 20, 2006

Which is more scary?!

You wake up one morning and have an excruciating pain in your left shoulder and can barely turn your shoulder around. You vaugely remember taking a fall from your bike the previous day. Was that an auto or a bike that caused it?! Everything in your head is kinda foggy. You drag yourself through the early morning routines and leave early to office to beat the traffic.

You reach office eager to try out some assembly stuff that you've been thinking about for a week. The parking lot is practically empty. You bolt up the stairs in fresh fervour. You forget everything about the shoulder pain. You reach for your badge in the pocket. Damn, its not there!! You reach the other pocket for the mobile phone. Its not there either!! "Wow... this is not good!", you think to yourself. You have to climb down the stairs again to get the temporary badge from the security. You are presented with a form to fill out. You notice that the shoulder pain is coming back again! Darn! You fill the form and get the badge and this time take the lift to the upper floor.

You sift through the bag to find the draw keys - no prizes for guessing - its not there either!! You know that your very key to passing the whole day is gone - without the headphones that's in the draw, you're almost like fish without water. Unable to figure out if you lost them all or simply forgot them at home, you dial your mom. To your relief, she confirms that everything's right there at home. She is concerned whether you can't do work because some important documents are locked in the draw. You assure her that, for a change, you can work better without the "stuff" in the draw. You are the only one around at office that early. You sneak up to your colleague's desk and elope with his headphones. But you have enough courtesy to leave a note at his desk that the headphones are with you. You think what would happen if you forget to get the draw keys again someday and shudder.

"What a great start to a day...." you think to yourself and start writing this post...

PS: Thanks to Avinash for providing my life support.

Monday, January 16, 2006

Wake me up...

Summer has come and passed
The innocent can never last
Wake me up when september ends

Like my fathers come to pass
Seven years has gone so fast
Wake me up when september ends

Here comes the rain again
falling from the stars
Drenched in my pain again
becoming who we are

As my memory rests
But never forgets what I lost
Wake me up when september ends

Ring out the bells again
Like we did when spring began
Wake me up when september ends

~ Green Day (American Idiot)

I know its still January!!

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Brains Storming

Scene 1:

AP1: So, what do you do for a living?
Me: I'm a software engineer
AP1: You work at Infosys?
Me: No, I work at HP
AP1: Hindustan Petroleum? Then you must be getting free petrol??
Me: Err... no - HP = Hewlett Packard
AP1: Ah - accha. Which division do you work in? I know many people there!
Me: Its called storage labs
AP1: Oh - the place where they store raw materials??
Me: Close! Our job is to write code for the refrigerator of the cold storage!

Scene 2:

AP2: We need revolutionary change in operating systems
Me: (YAWN)
AP2: You know... more intelligence. It must do more for its users
Me: You said something?!
AP2: It should adapt to different users' usage dynamically
Me: Say what??
AP2: Lets say a user is tired. The OS can get to know this by his/her typing speed. So, it can start playing a soothing song for the user! Howzzat?!
Me: The user could be having breakfast and typing with one hand!
AP2: Err... ya. And like, the OS should be able to locate and install drivers for any kind of devices. All on-the-fly. User need not worry about what he's plugging in!
Me: So, I can plug in my microwave oven and download the pizza as a jpeg image! Cool!!
AP2: Don't joke! What if the OS could switch the computer on by the voice command of the user?? Then the user won't have the risk of any electric shocks during switching on the computer!
Me: Have'nt you patented this yet?!

Scene 3:

AP3: I'm new to the software field and I want to learn about linux badly!
Me: Another brick in the wall
AP3: So,do you think it is wise to install both windows and linux on my system?
Me: Your "system"??
AP3: Yeah, my desktop
Me: Ah, yes - I thought you meant something else!
AP3: What do you think?
Me: Let me ask you something. I'm really new to this world. Do you think its wise if I marry both Pooja and Dooja?!

Anyone has more such stuff to say?! :D

Glossary:
AP(1,2,3) - Anonymous persons

PS:
Someone stop me from drinking too much Irish coffee. It leads to a surge in boredom(and creativity perhaps??)!