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Poor David!

Feb. 10th, 2007 | 05:06 pm

So you all know the stale news: $250 Million for Poor Little Rich (soon-to-s00per-rich) David to lure him to US & A, MLS and Los Angeles Galaxy...

... he is reasonably pleased about it; however the poor chap is a little worried he has to learn a new language.

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Homage to Doug McIlroy

Feb. 9th, 2007 | 12:43 am
feeling: ecstaticecstatic

Unix Pipes - Doug McIlroy
Internet Pipes - Yahoo!

Yahoo!'s new Pipes service is a milestone in the history of the internet.
   - O'Reilly Radar

Seriously cool stuff, take my word for it...
..you'll have to; our pipes are clogged and the plumbers have hell to pay! ;-)

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Salaam Mumbai!

Jul. 12th, 2006 | 06:57 am
feeling: shockedsombre

Your spirit is, truly, indomitable.

It makes one feel very proud seeing your courage, concern for fellow denizens, the chachas offering water/tea/coffee at hospitals, none of the political parties calling for a bandh, CM insisting city will function normally (read all schools/colleges/offices/trains/and the elderly gentleman who turned up at the train station the following morning saying: Life toh chalu hain...
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5 and counting...

Jun. 16th, 2006 | 01:13 am
feeling: sleepysleepy but watching...

Was 9 and bleary eyed, tired from my evening football practise at BUFC, saw *Toto* Schillaci score against my favourite team in the semis and don't remember who carried and put me to bed. Woke up in the morning and first thought was: damn! Hope Argentina won... and then had! Thanks to Goycochea! yaay!

Now 16 years and 4 WCs later, I'm still up and bleary eyed watching Paraguay v/s Sweden.

Looking forward to a weekend packed with football: watching and playing. Life's good.

Question: How the hell does Ronaldinho do the stuff he does?!

PS: How are you guys killing time? It's been awhile... I'm sure ye rats missed me.
Oh! I swear I played for BUFC - Bangalore United FC, National College, Basavanagudi, Bangalore. Ring any bells? ;-)

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Faislabad to Rome...

Jan. 22nd, 2006 | 05:12 pm

This is how the online cricinfo.com live commentary read about two non-descript, overs at the fag end of day 2 of the 2nd test of the current India-Pakistan series... an uneventful quarter of an hour which produced 5 meagre runs off 11 balls.
They were quite uneventful...Collapse )

It transported me to the Colloseum, Rome. Two gladiators pounding away at each other...

Me, the Interpreter of the Ordinaries...Collapse )

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Home, Violated.

Dec. 28th, 2005 | 10:14 pm
feeling: shockedshocked

So, it happened.

Terror attack at IISc, Bangalore.
Atleast 4 gunmen indiscriminately opened fire in the J R D Tata Auditorium using an AK-47 assault rifle at about 1900 hours today during a seminar. Police suspect the Lashkar-e-Toiba.

Sickening and shocking.

Condelences to the family of Retd. Prof. M C Puri, Mathematics Dept., IIT Delhi.

Prayers for Prof. Vijay Chandra who is undergoing a critical operation, with 10 bullet wounds, at M S Ramiah Hospital... two others are out of danger.

Please call the Bangalore Police at +91-80-22250999 if you have any information related to this heinous crime.

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Dec. 25th, 2005 | 10:59 am

Naught happens for nothing, but everything from a ground and of necessity.
                                                -Leucippus, one half of the great Atomists.

Oh! ... and Merry Christmas!

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Congratis to Sachin Tendulkar, The World Recorder!

Dec. 10th, 2005 | 11:54 pm

                              -Placard at the Feroze Shah Kotla, Delhi. 16:44:19, 10th December, 2005.


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George Best (1946 - 2005)

Nov. 27th, 2005 | 12:01 pm
feeling: blankblank

I'm too young to remember anything but a few glimpses of his genius on old, grainy footage... yet one can't ignore the Genius, the first pop-star, Elvis+Beatles, suicidal superstar of the swinging 60s.

I spent a lot of my money on booze, birds and fast cars - the rest I just squandered.
                                                                         -George Best

If I had been ugly, you'd never have heard of Pele.
                                          -George Best

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11, 187*

Nov. 26th, 2005 | 10:46 pm
feeling: jealousjealous

The most talented batsman of the last quarter of a century (counting Sunil Gavaskar, Viv Richards, Sachin Tendulkar et al) is now clearly atop the totem pole.

All hail The Prince of the Caribbean! The King!!!

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Hari da Puttar aur Aag da Gola

Nov. 24th, 2005 | 11:47 pm
feeling: disappointeddisappointed

Succintly: Average movie, technically inferior and disappointing.

Ladies and gentlemen, don't get me wrong. I'm a self-confessed, unabashedly huge fan of the whole Hogwarts hogwash. Yes, I prefer curling up reading 800+ pages on a pacy trot; even in this age of instant mix and instant messenger. The movie just did not pull its weight.

Ah oh! ... before I forget: Inox is utter suckage.

Sigh! Woe betides... woe is me.

Seems appropriate for the occasion...Collapse )

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Apocalypse Now?

Nov. 20th, 2005 | 11:51 pm
feeling: ditzyditzy

Is it only me?!

For a while now I have been experiencing sporadic problems with El-Jay.

Echoing anomalizer's sentiments:
I guess it is time I fund these guys via a paid account lest they get bought over by big, bad, evil corporation! ;-)
Or... should I wait till I can get one of those lifetime premium accounts?

Update: A third of a day later problems persist. Heck, yeah! I'm hard to please.
Guys, don't get me wrong. I love El-Jay. It's frankly among the few sites that continually gives me relevant and useful features. Which is why I care about making sure it doesn't get enticed to the dark-side!

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Manipulating streams...

Nov. 16th, 2005 | 01:20 am
feeling: accomplishedaccomplished

... I/O sort of streams.

So I was looking for a solution to the following database coding issue: quoting text data in queries and separators for values in C++.

Elegance, especially in code, is everything!Collapse )
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Nov. 14th, 2005 | 12:58 am
feeling: ecstaticawed
music: courtesy iPod

M's birthday present: the small, fabulous, black nano; all of 1.5 ounces and 4zigabites, arrived at long last.

I'm in love with the design, the clickwheel, the form-factor, the packaging/presentation; the whole nine yards.
Utterly classy.

I'm trying to convince her to buy a Powerbook now! ;-)
Long live consumerism!
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More C++: Writing header files for your application

Nov. 5th, 2005 | 01:08 am
feeling: geekygeeky

So you are writing your application. Like any good C++ programmer you decide to use various libraries writing as less code as possible that you need to test. (Of course I'm assuming you are using some high quality ones and not the black sheep...)
You have been warned...Collapse )
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Nov. 4th, 2005 | 06:04 am
feeling: annoyedannoyed

... that you have the choice, nay obligation, to help me use your C++ library better.
Warning: C++ rant ahead.Collapse )
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The Return of the King.

Oct. 30th, 2005 | 07:05 pm
feeling: amusedawed

Tendulkar has lifted modern-day mediocrity with his sublime genius. Men like him inspire a generation of youngsters to pick up the game and create a different level of creativity.

Ask yourself how many times you have replayed those pick-up shots over the infield in your mind and swooned over it. We are suffused in his genius and watching a truly immortal in action.

Enjoy it for such men grace the game in generations!

                                            - Arjuna Ranatunga, here, and here.

Amen! It is difficult to better describe the joy the man has given billions over the last 16 odd years.

I actually remember seeing an interview of a chubby 16yr old on Doordarshan News! He had just been selected to tour Pakistan to face the best bowling attack on the planet comprising of Imran Khan, Wasim Akram and a debutant Waqar Younis... little would I or anyone else have imagined we were seeing the greatest cricketer our times and some more to come!

A story goes thus:
Ravi Shastri & Dilip Vengsarkar had a little chat with Ian Chappell. They told him there was this kid, all of 12 years, who had a gift from above. At that time Chappelli thought it was a big rap for a 12 year old.
Years later Mr. Ian Chappell admitted that we had been woefully off the mark.

Of course this post can go on... we can rave about the silky cover drives, the practised and perfected sweeps, the hooks, the oh! so straight drives, the same off the back-foot, so on and so forth.

However... when was the last time you heard about a controversy, of any nature, where there was even so much of a whisper, forget more, of his name?!
That, along with his humbleness, dedication to his craft, intelligence and down-to-earth nature, are the very things which I hold in awe.

All hail the Return of the King!

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Monday blockbuster...

Oct. 24th, 2005 | 07:02 pm

Oil Prices and the World Economy.
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Here's a thought...

Oct. 20th, 2005 | 09:11 pm
feeling: amusedamused

"We can't trust people who have such bad food."
- Jacques Chirac on the British.

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Awe, personified.

Oct. 19th, 2005 | 10:57 pm
feeling: rejuvenatedawed

He has been there, done that. Manned a quite obnoxiously glamourous job. He joins the the internet bellwether at it's lowest nadir. Invest his own money in the company as a token of his seriousness to shoo-away whiffs suggesting he's here for a quickie.

He gets to work. Spring cleaning and soul searching are mundane, daily affairs.

4 years and a dozen plus acquisitions later we arrive here. Even Rick Munariz, imho the most rabid of Motley Fool's G patrons, is compelled to say this.

It's copybook stuff: Believe in his vision for the company. Spend approximately $3 Billion on Overture, Fast, Inktomi et al. Match the super-kid we helped to create in less than 2 years in everything but mind-share/religious-hype. This year the company is on target to make around $3.76 Billion in revenues. How is that for a performance-card? Even the great Buffett would approve atleast as far as how his investments/acquisitions are working, I'm sure.

He's well worth the $230 Million he made last year as the highest-paid CEO on the the third rock from the Sun. Koi shakh?!

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Rain, rain, don't go away, Come again another day...

Oct. 13th, 2005 | 10:48 pm

It's pouring. Really pouring.

It seems a gargantuan water hose is riding along, bent upon giving the wipers a good workout. Neither blinks. Neither takes a step backwards. Boy o' boy! Is this going to be fun?!!

Fantasies I thought safely buried in my school-boy days flare up. My right foot is murderously strangling the accelerator, refusing to consider letting it breathe. I figure my whole body is taut, the last waft of the AC's cool breeze seems vaguely familiar. There isn't much time to breathe. An indescribable joy fills the silence in the car and the emptiness in the roads.

As I whiz past bewildered motorists and the wet junta a thought strikes me: I have to get home.

The car ruefully eases up. We both exchange knowing looks. Getting home is mere detail.
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Hand of God and such others...

Oct. 9th, 2005 | 03:39 pm
feeling: ecstaticawed

Argentina v/s England, 22nd of June, The Aztec Stadium, QuarterFinal of the 1986 FIFA World Cup, Mexico.

Saw it again on Ten Sports today in a program titled Maradona, Downfall of a God.

5 minutes, 1 man, 2 goals.
The 2nd goal, the greatest ever in the history of the World Cup... brr... still sends shivers up my spine.
The greatest goal by the greatest player of the greatest game on its greatest stage.
Sergio Almiron, one of his teammates, abused him after the 2nd goal; his explanation: What would I tell him? It's a great goal?

PS: I would deeply appreciate if anyone has a video of that match/goals.

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A moment of silence...

Oct. 2nd, 2005 | 11:18 pm
feeling: contemplativecontemplative

... in remembrance of the Great Soul.

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Just in case...

Sep. 29th, 2005 | 07:55 am

...you are interested, Anniversary Offer from divx - download a free $20 worth divx encoder for free from here. Valid only for one day.

I'm sure RMS is nodding in agreement! :D
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Et tu Sourav-da?

Sep. 25th, 2005 | 04:01 pm
feeling: irateirate

This is about as damning as it gets... the beast of self-preservation has raised its ugly head again! Indian cricket: both the team and the board, are back in familiar pits.

I'm with Greg Chappell all the way, with a heavy heart: Sourav Ganguly was one of the people I admired... not any more.

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