Thursday, July 27, 2006

Dream on

They soar high,
high and high,
Dreams,never light,
and always ahead.

Leap, as I may,
to hold them,
shackles tighten,
tight and tight,
and no escape,
from the dreams.

but I will be,
and no dreams
shall tame me.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Spam on you!!

Often I come across these mails (having pictures which have a cuteness rating of 8 out of 10) saying

"Good Morning... Have a great day today "


"Just thought about You"


"Have a great Weekend" etc..etc. You got the point right??

Eventhough I appreciate their concerns about my well being and their wishes to bringout emotions like love and affection buried in darkest corners of my brain, I feel a sense of uneasiness with them.
They are certainly not spam mails because the sources are my acquaintances, not complete strangers. Still the mail is perfectly useless to me since they are not crying for my attention and not make me happy unless I forward it to someone else.

It is funny to note that most of such mails are forwarded through the official mail IDs of companies who have a stringent internet censorship. (Hello there!!! HR policy people). It seems that these mails are the most entertaining reading material apart from project documentation. If the employees were given enough freedom, they would not have to indulge in this cuteness contest of emails. There would be better things to read/see ;).

And yeah, some of them are entertaining which condemn you to send the mail to 21 people because xyz god has ordered some other idiot to do so. Now I wonder if God reads these mails or he uses a spam filter for such mails. I am waiting for his answer as I send 21 mails of this post to him.

Monday, July 17, 2006

Blogspot blocked??

Read a article in boingboing and have been following the issue from then. Seems like the Department of communications has directed certain(??) ISPs to block a list of blogs on blogspot, typepad(??) and geocities(??). But seems like whole of blogspot, typepad and geocities have been blocked.

Now here are my 2 cents on the issue..

1. It is very very difficult to block anything on internet. There are alternate proxies which can be happily used. Hullo RSS for feeds??
2. The more important point is concerning the right to information. Shouldnt we know why and what all blogs have been blocked?? Till now the list of blogs that are "supposed to be blocked" is confidential.

More links on this issue

Rediff report
Really informative blog frequently updated from Mridula
Bloggers at google group
List of ISPs that seem to have blocked blogger Please add to the list if your ISP is not included.

On a lighter note,
Hope pigeon-mails will not be banned because they saw a pigeon flying with a letter. How will I communicate with my girlfriend??(once I find one that is)

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Resilient Mumbai

First of all, I am very deeply moved about the despicable act that tore the heart of all indians. Mumbai being the financial capital has always been the target of antinational elements. But everytime there was a blow, indians and mumbaikars in particular bounced back. This is the mumbai sprit.

Now, speaking of the security in mumbai and in indian transit system in general, there are a lot of improvements pending. We need a better and secure environment for the passengers. Be it the railways or the road transport. The intelligence has to be atleast a notch ahead of these elements. Not like the Home Minister Shivraj Patil telling reporters that authorities had "some" information "but place and time was not known". This is seems like pure carelessness.

The mumbaikars have shown that they cannot be intimidated by these acts. Let the government show and make sure that these acts will not be repeated.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Shine on you crazy diamond...

Any Pink Floyd fan would have heard of this long and beautiful song. A song which was made as a tribute to the creator of the band and a gifted guitarist, Syd Barrett. Incidentally, the song title is also an expansion of his name, "Shine on You crazy Diamond" and talks about his contributions to the band (source: Wikipedia).

I am a Pink Floyd fan myself, and though most of my favorite tracks were all released after Syd left the group in 1968, from the albums, Division Bell and The Wall, I still am a big fan of him for the album "Piper at the gates of dawn" with the songs Bike, Scarecrow, Astronomy Domine my favorites among them.

Today, Syd Barrett is no more and the music world has lost a genius. RIP Syd...

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Italy completes the opera!!!

An ultimate match as Italy beats france in world cup finals. Too bad for France as its one man army Zizou "earned" his red card by hitting materazzi. Bad exit for a great player.

The italians played as a team. Their defence was superb. France had little chances against them except in the penalty which resulted in the goal for them.

Meanwhile Materazzi of italy converted an awesome corner kick from Pirlo into a goal. This was the blow to france who were slacking after the first goal.

The second half saw an inspired attack by france but useless against the italian wall of defenders. With no team scoring the second goal in 90 mins, the game goes into extra time.

This was when some words were exchanged between Zidane and Materazzi.Zidane charged like a bull torwards Materazzi hitting him in the chest, resulting in red card for Zizou.

With no goals in overtime, penalty shootout came into play and the the side with better nerves, in this case Italy won the match by 5-3 penalty shootout.

All in all, One of the greatest matches in world cup history with this becoming the second finals to be decided in penalty.

Great game Azzuri, Better luck next time Les Blues and Good Bye Zizou..

Thursday, July 06, 2006

The "F" act effect

New post on my blog. Click here for viewing that. kindly comments share maadi..

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Daily Prayer

It goes like this. Let's see now:

"Protect me from knowing what I don't need to know. Protect me from even knowing that there are things to know that I don't know. Protect me from knowing that I decided not to know about the things that I decided not to know about. Amen."

"Lord, lord, lord. Protect me from the consequences of the above prayer. Amen...'"

- Old Man Oracle's prayer given to Arthur Dent in Hitch Hiker's Guide to Galaxy