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Wednesday, December 14, 2005


Unplugged refers to musicians performing live using only acoustic instruments; that is, without plugging in amplified instruments (e.g. electric guitar) as is typical in most of their performances.


its been a few months since ive written a proper blog. i will be going to ny for xmas and new years. ive listened to a lot of music these days. ive working on the thesis a lot. thats been mostly it!

Sunday, December 04, 2005

Friday, November 11, 2005

really cool ad

really cool advertisemnt about super balls and color and a lcd tv

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

lee raymond

exxon mobil ceo : lee raymond

Friday, October 14, 2005


i deleted the bhimavarapu blog that i had created. it is just too invasive for privacy.

Saturday, October 08, 2005


always remember, the art of doing business is being a good middle man!

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

robbo's rant on bbc sport website ...simply hilarious

what is Alan Smith doing back in the fold? Surely, Murphy or Parker are better bets? Maybe Sven wants to keep up our record of a guaranteed booking in Rooney's absence.

Meanwhile Wayne has popped over to Madrid to say sorry to Becks for his four-letter outburst in Belfast.

I hope the England captain tells the young lad what sarcasm means after his recent hand-clapping antics. After all it's the worst crime a footballer can commit, isn't it?

That was sarcasm, Wayne...look it up in a dictionary, son... that's a book that describes what words mean...a book? well it's a - oh ask Posh what a book is...On second thoughts, try Brooklyn...

Monday, October 03, 2005


Life rolls on without much to write about.
we played and won the cricket tournament held by isco. I think this was by far the longest tournament held by isco. It went on for 4 weekends: prelims, semis, replayed semis(due to rain) and finals. The finals was bit of an easy match. The semis was awesome. We won thanks to some good-last-over-batting by rahul. It was close. 1 ball 1 run to get to win. We had already tied. We dint want 3 tosses to decide the match as isco had previously announced. So then into finals. We expected a better display of bowling from the opposition. But they dint do much in bowling. We were bored by the time we ended the match. I dint even do much in the finals. semis I think I got 2-3 run outs..

Friday, September 23, 2005

linux advert quote

after a few days of posting the quote abt gandhi, i see an advert from linux using the same quote. its a nice ad. trying to free people from ms. i personally like to use a mix of both. but i want a fast interchange between the two if im switching os's. as of now im just using cygwin and my own cli (written in java)

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

2 weeks back , when yahoo had a sale on domain names, i bought i got it to point to my eng domain location. so i now have a presence on the web. if i have enough time and money later, i plan to extend this to a better place. my eventual goal of a fun web portal.

2 weeks back , when yahoo had a sale on domain names, i bought i got it to point to my eng domain location. so i now have a presence on the web. if i have enough time and money later, i plan to extend this to a better place. my eventual goal of a fun web portal.

Friday, September 09, 2005

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Sunday, August 28, 2005

birds from japan

A Curious Development in Japan: "On a university campus in Japan carrion crows and humans line up patiently, waiting for the traffic to halt. When the lights change, the birds hop in front of the cars and place walnuts, which they picked from the adjoining trees, on the road. After the lights turn green again, the birds fly away and vehicles drive over the nuts, cracking them open. Finally, when it’s time to cross again, the crows join the pedestrians and pick up their meal."

Saturday, August 27, 2005

cricket : ashes : quotes

a lot has been seen and said abt the ongoing ashes. here are a few famous quotes about the series.

"Freddie is a big unit and likes to get very animated
when he is appealing, which puts extra duress on the
crotch area of his trousers."
Andrew Flintoff's trouser manufacturer explains why
the big man needs a reinforced crotch

"Yeah, I think I owe Kevin a beer or two."
Michael Clarke thanks Kevin Pietersen for dropping him
when on 21

"I just try to bore the batsmen out. It's pretty
simple stuff but the complicated thing is to keep it
Glenn McGrath reveals his formula, after marching into
the exclusive 500 club

"I'm not much of a show-pony, but today I thought I
deserved it!"
Glenn McGrath justifies a swift change of boots midway
through his first-day spell at Lord's. The new
versions were gold-trimmed with "500" emblazoned on
the side

"Sex, drugs, cricketing things. You name it - he's
been through it."
Kevin Pietersen on Warne's mentoring skills

Thursday, August 04, 2005


"First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they
fight you. Then you win."
- Mohandas Gandhi.
how cool is that statement?
have to admit, i was pretty impressed by that!

Saturday, July 30, 2005


recently a lot of bloggers that i follow have written posts that say they havent posted in a some time and they are not going to apologize for it. i say sure. go ahead and do what u want. its ur blof after all.
in recent developments, ive started working as ecc secretary for the summer and fall. its not easy and its not as fun as avi food systems but its okay, lesser work than avi.
so when i was collecting mail for the bosses i hapenned to read an articel about blogging. a blogger, stuart berman, wrote "being in a profession that involves a lot of conceptual and symbolic work, there is somehting very satisfying about using your own hands to produce a tangible result". i thought it was appropriate ad liked it a lot. my sentiments are the same.
as frank stubbs says "you know it makes sense"

Saturday, July 23, 2005

google moon

those guys over at google are cool. allowing some part of ther time to go to personal projects always comes to cool effects that ppl do. think of being paid to do something new and interesting. so when they came up with google moon, i was laughing. it looked nice. i was expetcign them to do someting similar when they had the mars landding. maybe that's an idea for them. those guys are funny too. if you zoom in close enough, you'll see that the moon is made of cheese. ha ha. funny guys. it made my saturday morning and mind to blog about it.

Monday, July 18, 2005

harry potter and the half blood prince

one of the finest books ive ever read. its a monumnet to books. all the adjectives are less than what can be potrayed by this book. this would easily rival and beat the best of frederick forsyth. the plot , the way ppl read, the mania behind potter in the book and in reality, all are beautiful. in a very easy, uncomplicated way, jkr has eastiablished herself in the hearts of millions. look at the figures. "6.9 million in the us alone in 2 days are figures that cannot be ignored" assaid by the advert of a finance company. the last 150 pages are thrilling and are a class of their own. there is emotion, love, hatred, excitement, sadness, loyalty, betrayal. everything i expected and more.
i finished the book feeling sad for harry and the order. and the fact that there is one coming in only 2 years and none after that seem to be bring some more sadness to my heart.

Sunday, July 10, 2005

stages of arc

started out well...then things went kinda wild at the end

batman - 2 versions

jet ski

my own creation in paint

Thursday, June 30, 2005

canon a510 specs

i think this is a cool camera. this is what im getting mom.


my java pet project for a shell emulator has finally take noff. after waiting for 2 weeks for approval, sourceforge has kindly granted to give me space and access for my project to grow to bigger realms.
i am hoping it will continue to grow to bigger things and i can get ssh in there. that will be a really cool feature and i think i will make that release 1. think of it makes me shudder. it will take a lot of time. :|

whistling loudly?

the post for bewaarz that i had posted to learn how to whistle has spun off in a big way. i got a lot of traffic fromjust those terms. surprisingly. yahoo has my site as one of the top authorities on whistling. i feel guilty as i wasnt the guy who actualy wrote the article. i put up a link to him ,so i guess i shudnt feel too bad.

Monday, June 20, 2005

harry potter

with the upcoming harry potter book, i was browsing a few websites to catch up on the mania. here is a very interesting article which discusses as to who will die in the book. kinda spoky, but has to be discussed
ha ha

Thursday, June 16, 2005


Thursday, June 09, 2005

tech tip for web developers

A web-performance tip: When generating hyperlinks, always include a trailing slash if possible. For instance, navigating to takes one more roundtrip than When the browser navigates to the /ie url, the server merely sends down a 301 to the /ie/ url. Both links work, but the second version is faster

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

kelley's island

i dint know this photo was taken. but obviously it was, since i got it in my e-mail. maybe i come out better in photos i dint know were taken. ha ha..

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

How To Whistle Loudly

Disclaimer: I didn't write any of this I just copied it from the web somewhere. I can't find the site again now so I thought I'd put the text I copied up. If this is your text and you've put your site back up again let me know and I'll replace this with a link to your site.
For more information you may want to check out the Orawhistle Global Whistlers Forum

Intro: Before you begin
Method 1: Fingered whistle
Method 2: Fingerless whistle

Your fingers, washed (if you're starting a practice session)
A mirror (optional)

Practice 5 minutes a day in the mirror, and you'll have it in a few weeks (at the most)

Bevel: a sharply angled edge which air flows over and produces a tone. In the case of a whistle, the sound is created by the upper teeth and tongue forcing air on to the lower lip and teeth.

Sweet spot. the bevel's area of maximum efficiency, where the air is blown directly over the sharpest part of the bevel. Once you locate the sweet spot, your whistle will have a strong, clear tone, as opposed to a breathy, low-volume sound.

Whistling is a funny skill: folks who can whistle, wonder how anyone could have a problem with it. Folks who can't, wonder how anyone could ever produce such a sound. For those of you who can't, consider learning--a quick, loud, penetrating whistle has many useful applications and can be mastered with relative ease. (Note: there's nothing here on whistling Dixie or any other tuneful amusement.)

You'll be shown two techniques for whistling: one that uses your fingers, and another that doesn't. Say it's raining, your arms are full of shopping bags, and you need to flag a taxi. This no-hands whistle will allow you to emerge victorious in this situation and others. But the fingerless whistle is a little trickier to master, so you should practice the fingered whistle first. Just practice a little bit every day; soon pets and taxis alike will be at your beck and call.

Familiarize yourself with the different parts of your mouth, and get a feel for how they work together. It's mostly a matter of practicing whenever you get the chance: for example, walking a dog, applauding a live performance, or...flagging down a taxi.

If you can't produce any sort of whistle at present, maybe just loud wheezing sounds, you may want to try the fingered whistle first. Some say it's easier than the "no-hands" technique; others say they are equally easy (with practice.)

If you've set aside time to practice (highly recommended) then wash your hands first. It's good to be picky about what you put inside your mouth.
Method 1: Fingered Whistle
Tuck away your lips

First, your upper and lower lips must reach over to cover your teeth and be tucked into your mouth. Only the outer edges of your lips are visible, if at all.
Choose your finger combination

The role of fingers is to keep the lips in place over the teeth. Experiment with the following combinations to discover which works best for you, depending on the size of your fingers and mouth. Regardless of your choice of fingers, their placement is the same: each are placed roughly halfway between the corners and center of lips, inserted to the first knuckle. (Again, this will vary depending on the size of your fingers and mouth.)

Your options are:
# a U-shape created with thumb and middle finger, or thumb and index finger, of either hand.
# right and left index fingers.
# right and left middle fingers.
# right and left pinkie fingers.

Now that your fingers are in place, be very clear on these two matters of form:

1.) Your fingernails should be angled inwards, towards the center of the tongue, and not pointed straight in and towards the back of your mouth; and 2.) your fingers should pull the lower lip fairly taut.
Draw back the tongue

Now comes the crucial part of the whistle.

The tongue must be drawn back so that its front tip almost touches the bottom of the mouth a short distance behind the lower gums (about 1/2 inch/1 cm). This action also broadens and flattens the front edge of the tongue, allowing it to cover a wider portion of the lower back teeth.

The sound is produced by air flowing over a bevel, or a sharply angled edge. In this case, the sound is created by the upper teeth and tongue directing air onto the lower lip and teeth.

Steps 3 and 4 follow each other very closely, if not simultaneously. Inhale deeply, and exhale over the top side of the tongue and lower lip, and out of your mouth. Some extra downward and outward pressure by the fingers onto the lips and teeth may be helpful. Experiment with the position of the fingers, the draw of the tongue, the angle of the jaw, and the strength of your exhalation. Adjusting with these will bring success.

Start off with a fairly gentle blow. You'll produce a whistle of lower volume at first, but you'll also have more breath to practice with if you don't spend it all in the first three seconds. As you blow, adjust your fingers, tongue and jaws to find the bevel's sweet spot. This is the area of maximum efficiency, where the air is blown directly over the sharpest part of the bevel. Once you locate the sweet spot, your whistle will have a strong, clear tone, as opposed to a breathy, low-volume sound.

Listen for these sounds: as you practice, your mouth will learn to focus the air onto the bevel's sweet spot with increasing accuracy. You'll probably hear the following: a breathy, low-volume tone that suddenly, as you adjust your fingers, mouth, or jaw, will switch to a clear, full, high-volume tone. Success! You're on the right track--your task now is to reproduce the mouth and hand position that led to the better whistle.
Method 2: Fingerless Whistle

The fingerless whistle is a natural outgrowth of the fingered whistle. In the first method, you use your fingers to keep the lip taut and in place. With the next method, you remove your fingers and don't use them at all (except to cross them for good luck). Instead of using your fingers, you rely on your muscles in your lips, cheeks, and jaw. Since this technique requires greater control of those muscles, it may be easier to master the fingered whistle first, and then move on to the fingerless method.
Draw back lips

Begin by extending the lower jaw slightly, and pulling the corners of your mouth back a bit, towards your ears. Your bottom teeth should not be visible, but it's fine if your upper teeth are.

Your bottom lip should be quite taut against the lower teeth; if you have need help with this movement, press an index and middle fingertip on either side of the mouth to draw the lip slightly out to the corners. Note: this action is not an insertion of the fingers into the mouth, as the first method indicated. In this instance, you're simply stretching the lower lip a bit, and the fingertips aren't in the airstream.
Draw back the tongue

Now comes the crucial part of the whistle.

The tongue must be drawn back so that it sort of floats in the mouth at the level of the lower front teeth. This action also broadens and flattens the front edge of the tongue, yet there's still a space between the tongue and the lower front teeth.

The sound of the whistle comes from air that is blown over a bevel, or a sharply angled edge. In this case, the sound is created by the upper teeth and tongue forcing air on to the lower lip and teeth.

Steps 2 and 3 follow each other very closely, if not simultaneously.

Inhale deeply and exhale--the air should flow under your tongue, up through the space between the tongue and teeth, and out of the mouth. Experiment with the position of the fingers, the draw of the tongue, the angle of the jaw, and the strength of your exhalation.

Start off with a fairly gentle blow. You'll produce a whistle of lower volume, but you'll also have more breath to practice with if you don't spend it all in the first three seconds.

Using your upper lip and teeth, direct the air downwards and towards your lower teeth. The focus of the air is crucial for this technique--you should be able to feel the air on the underside of your tongue. And if your hold your finger below your lower lip, you should feel the downward thrust of air when you exhale.

As you blow, adjust your tongue and jaws to find the sweet spot. This is the area of maximum efficiency, where the air is blown directly over the sharpest part of the bevel. This results in a strong, clear tone that's constant, as opposed to a breathy, lower-volume sound that fades in and out.

Listen for the following: the sound you'll start with will sound as if you're letting air out of a tire. Every now and then, the clear and full tone will come through, and you'll know that it's only a matter of time before you're hailing every pet and taxi in your community.

Sunday, May 15, 2005

how to remove the ie icon from the desktop?

alternate question:
-how to remove the Internet Explorer icon from the desktop?
-how to remove the unused icons from the desktop?
-how to unclutter the desktop?
-windows xp home/professional(tested)
-windows 98(untested)
-windows 2000(untested)

1. right click an empty area on the desktop.
2. click on properties
(2.5. wait for the box to open up..twiddle you with your
toes...if you can do both then you need an updated
shudn't take that long)
3. click on the Desktop tab at the top of the box
4. click on the Customize Desktop button at the bottom of the box
5. another box should open up
6. you should see an area that has a bunch of check boxes. a couple of
them should be ticked and few unticked.
7. here you can choose which default icons you want on the desktop.
-tick means stay on desktop
-no tick means remove from desktop
i personally like my computer and the my documents icon on the
desktop. no IE and Network Places.
8. you can also change the icons used by windows for these default icons here.
9. click on apply to see the changes immediately
10. click on ok for the desktop items box
11. click on ok in the display properties box.
voila! you're done!

Friday, May 13, 2005

tips and tricks

i've been working with computers for some time now. i know most of the tips and tricks one can use to get the stuff done quickly, efficiently and easily. i've thinking for some time as to how to share this info. and what better way than my blog. maybe it will help get me a few hits as well. as of now ill start off with the windows tips and slow move on to linux/ unix environments.
watch out for the first tip later on today

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

summer is here

summer is here. i can feel the heat searing already. a week back we almost had snow again. and now we have the heat of the year. this is ohio, ladies and gentlemen. welcome to the most fickle place in usa. the semester has also ended. so summer session will start soon

Saturday, April 30, 2005


we played cricket and frsibee again yesterday. it was fun since we had a lot ppl . almost 15-16. sri v, sailu and me went out and bought a new frisbee. it is excellent. it can travel long distances. and its very aerodyanmic. i cant wait to try it out in carter field.

arjun atwal

arjun atwal is an indian golfer who is realtively unknown. he was placed 134th on the money list last year. he said hardly any ppl know him since he doesnt get much exposure with the cricket thing going on and all. i hate ppl who complain that htye dont get enuf exposure bcoz of cricket. v anand gets exposure coz he's good. i think he still bickers though. all the hockey ppl do it too. live it up ppl. u got the chance to play for ur country . that is an honor enough to die for. i know im hardly in a position to tell, but thats what i think.
anyways congrats to arjun, he's oviosuly doing well to put himself inthe news and hope he does all the best. ill have one more person to cheer for. kartikeyan. paes. anand. now arjun.
he's leading a tournament right now. lets hope he wins.

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

da vinci code

The Da Vinci Code

I have read another book after a very long time. I believe it’s almost been 6 months since I’ve read a book earnestly. Da Vinci code is definitely worth a read. If you want to really get into the deeper meaning and Christianity it is worth a second or a third read. By continuing reading you re bound to know the story. so I warn you do not read ahead if u plan to read the book at some point of time

The book itself is very predictable. Accepted, the story dealing, the cryptography and the ideas presented and interpreted are very fascinating. But it is not a Frederick Forsyth. It does not explain the echelons of power. it presumes a lot of things and the reader is left guessing all the unknown or unexplained plots. It’s more like a Sidney Sheldon plus the Leonardo Da Vinci codes plus the secrets of the Christ.

Would make an excellent movie.

The plot features a guy and a girl who are forced into meeting each other through a murder. The murdered is the grandfather of the girl and happens to be the curator of the “La Louvre” (one of the most prestigious museums in the world). We find thru the course of the book that the murdered is of great importance. He is part of the secret society of the priory.

The holy grail is considered as the Chalice(cup) from which Jesus Christ last drank from. It is a very holy monument. The members of the society are to keep a secret that Jesus Christ had a wife and then late child. The wife is said to be Mary Magdalene( the alleged prostitute). This is kept secret by the society and the church does want this secret out as it could ruin the faith of the Christian public.

When the grandmaster of the society gets murdered, a sequence of events gets into motion. The main villain sets up the guy and the gal to find the secrets for him. All this is hackneyed through history and in so many movies. So all this is very boring.

The interesting part is the codes that Leonardo da vinci designed through history. It is fun to see the members of the society include Isaac Newton, Leo Da Vinci, Robert Boyle and the curator himself. The paintings of leo da vinci and their peculiarities are very significant. We find out about the vitruvian man, the mona lisa, the last supper and his other works. Their hidden meanings etc.
For the rest of the story you will have to read the book

Saturday, April 23, 2005


i have started learning flash from macromedia. i downloaded the trial version yesterday and i decided its high time i gte flying into this part of web design. as much as i hate getting into heavy-loading graphics and design , what i saw can be done with flash has changed my mind into accepting it .
also another major reason for this change is that adobe has bougt macromedia. adboce ia company i respect. if they bought macro.. there must be a reson to do so. if adobe did it i have no qualms doing it.
expect some simple flash animations in the future

Wednesday, April 13, 2005


i used picasa 2 today. it is wonderful. the interface is so user freindly with all the keyboard one wud expect in place. it was a pleasure looking at stuff. there is no doubt it is going to be my picture editor from now on. i can stuff liek the ms photodraw thing. though it is not that advanced. i guess we cud write more plug ins . i hope its on the google open source.
lemme check.
unfotunately the dont seem to have it yet. it wud make it easy for competitors to copy the interface,i guess.
try it
its nice

new haircut

i got a new haircut this week. it was quite an event as 2 ppl escorted me to the saloon. and the lady made me get my hair cut first as she wanted me out of the way. i had really really long hair. anyways now i have really really short's a pic. its almost as if my hair cut is the talk of the town.

my new haircut
nah! just kidding :)

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

sweet november**1/2
keanu reeves
charlize theron (very good looking in the firt half)

you've got mail (for the 3rd time)***
tom hanks
meg ryan

kate beckinsale
john cusack
schindler's list****
cinsidering thats's steven speilberg's project for his degree its pretty well made. a little bit if nudity that was unwarranted, but probably that was the thing for those days.
i dont know the cast. would like to know though. the guy who played goeth seems familiar.

Wednesday, April 06, 2005

sixth sense*****
bruce willis
haley joel osmont
exceelent movie. i think its my 2nd time.

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

tommy lee jones
harrison ford

dustin hoffman

Sunday, April 03, 2005

Ayrton Senna: beautiful article

He streaked through the sport like a comet, an other-worldly superstar whose brilliance as a driver was matched by a dazzling intellect and coruscating charisma that illuminated Formula One racing as never before. No one tried harder or pushed himself further, nor did anyone shed so much light on the extremes to which only the greatest drivers go. Intensely introspective and passionate in the extreme, Ayrton Senna endlessly sought to extend his limits, to go faster than himself, a quest that ultimately made him a martyr but did not diminish his mystique.

Ayrton Senna da Silva was born on March 21, 1960, into a wealthy Brazilian family where, with his brother and sister, he enjoyed a privileged upbringing. He never needed to race for money but his deep need for racing began with an infatuation for a miniature go-kart his father gave him when he was four years old. As a boy the highlights of Ayrton's life were Grand Prix mornings when he awoke trembling with anticipation at the prospect of watching his Formula One heroes in action on television. At 13 he raced a kart for the first time and immediately won. Eight years later he went single-seater racing in Britain, where in three years he won five championships, by which time he had divorced his young wife and forsaken a future in his father's businesses in favour of pursuing success in Formula One racing, where he made his debut with Toleman in 1984. At Monaco (a race he would win six times), his sensational second to Alain Prost's McLaren - in torrential rain - was confirmation of the phenomenal talent that would take the sport by storm.

Deciding Toleman's limited resources were inadequate for his towering ambition, Senna bought out his contract and in 1985 moved to Lotus, where in three seasons he started from pole 16 times (he eventually won a record 65) and won six races. Having reached the limits of Lotus he decided the fastest way forward would be with McLaren, where he went in 1988 and stayed for six seasons, winning 35 races and three world championships.

In 1988, when McLaren-Honda won 15 of the 16 races, Senna beat his team mate Alain Prost eight wins to seven to take his first driving title. Thereafter two of the greatest drivers became protagonists in one of the most infamous feuds. In 1989 Prost took the title by taking Senna out at the Suzuka chicane. In 1990 Senna extracted revenge at Suzuka's first corner, winning his second championship by taking out Prost's Ferrari at Suzuka's first corner. Senna's third title, in 1991, was straightforward as his domination as a driver became even more pronounced, as did his obsession with becoming better still. Some of his greatest performances came in his final year with McLaren, following which he moved to Williams for the ill-fated 1994 season.

Beyond his driving genius Senna was one of the sport's most compelling personalities. Though slight in stature he possessed a powerful physical presence, and when he spoke, with his warm brown eyes sparkling and his voice quavering with intensity, his eloquence was spellbinding. Even the most jaded members of the Formula One fraternity were mesmerised by his passionate soliloquies and in his press conferences you could hear a pin drop as he spoke with such hypnotic effect. His command performances were captured by the media and the world at large became aware of Senna's magnetic appeal.

Everyone marvelled at how he put so much of himself, his very soul, into everything he did, not just his driving but into life itself. Behind the wheel the depth of his commitment was there for all to see and the thrilling spectacle of Senna on an all-out qualifying lap or a relentless charge through the field evoked an uneasy combination of both admiration for his superlative skill and fear for his future.

He drove like a man possessed - some thought by demons. His ruthless ambition provoked condemnation from critics, among them Prost who accused him of caring more about winning than living. When Senna revealed he had discovered religion Prost and others suggested he was a dangerous madman who thought God was his co-pilot. "Senna is a genius," Martin Brundle said. "I define genius as just the right side of imbalance. He is so highly developed to the point that he's almost over the edge. It's a close call."

Even Senna confessed he occasionally went too far, as was the case in qualifying for the 1988 Monaco Grand Prix, where he became a passenger on a surreal ride into the unknown. Already on pole, he went faster and faster and was eventually over two seconds quicker than Prost in an identical McLaren. "Suddenly, it frightened me," Ayrton said, "because I realised I was well beyond my conscious understanding. I drove back slowly to the pits and did not go out anymore that day."

He said he was acutely aware of his own mortality and used fear to control the extent of the boundaries he felt compelled to explore. Indeed, he regarded racing as a metaphor for life and he used driving as a means of self-discovery. "For me, this research is fascinating. Every time I push, I find something more, again and again. But there is a contradiction. The same moment that you become the fastest, you are enormously fragile. Because in a split-second, it can be gone. All of it. These two extremes contribute to knowing yourself, deeper and deeper."

His self-absorption did not preclude deep feelings for humanity and he despaired over the world's ills. He loved children and gave millions of his personal fortune (estimated at $400 million when he died) to help provide a better future for the underprivileged in Brazil. Early in 1994 he spoke about his own future. "I want to live fully, very intensely. I would never want to live partially, suffering from illness or injury. If I ever happen to have an accident that eventually costs my life, I hope it happens in one instant."

And so it did, on May 1, 1994, in the San Marino Grand Prix, where his race-leading Williams inexplicably speared off the Imola track and hit the concrete wall at Tamburello corner. Millions saw it happen on television, the world mourned his passing and his state funeral in Sao Paulo was attended by many members of the shocked Formula One community. Among the several drivers escorting the coffin was Alain Prost. Among the sad mourners was Frank Williams, who said: "Ayrton was no ordinary person. He was actually a greater man out of the car than in it."

Text - Gerald Donaldson
Photo - © Sutton

Saturday, April 02, 2005

l - laptops

crest soulsage sent me this link . its a compstore. it think they assemble theirown stuff. their items look good and i thought i shud post their link.

Thursday, March 31, 2005


my laptop has finally made it. it has taken me more than a week to get it. i am still a little confused abt the buttons but it seems ergonomic enuf. the sound is very good and the display is excellent. i can read the text very well and seem to have no problem. the only thing i found is the dpi was set to 120 so the pics seemed very good and the text lousy. but once i set it to 90 dpi everything is fine.
dell has its crap on it. i have to take time off to get rid of it.52gb is the available actually suppposed to be somewhere around 60 gb.
im writing this post on the laptop

Saturday, March 26, 2005


the laptop is in shipping. as of now it has reached the beautiful state of new york.(every state seems beautiful now -- even ohio). i am thinking of getting it redirected to me on monday, as then, roni mama doesnt have to ship it to me again. lets see how that works out. ups is very efficient. they have updates in status every time the package changes transit location. so i followed the package from nashville ,tn (probably thats where dell has its plant) to nj to ny now and soon into nesconset.

Thursday, March 24, 2005

Sharbat Gula

the afghan lady who appeared on national geographic

lappy ready for shipping

i know a lot of ppl who keep updating their lappy status, so i will keep doing it. dell has now finished assembly,testing and packing, so they are ready for shipping. ups has been informed for the same and they are going to get ready to ship it. probably tomorrow they will update that they have picked up the delivery. then on its way to nesconset and then oh yeah, my place.
:) :) :)

Tracking results provided by UPS: Mar 24, 2005 8:10 P.M. Eastern Time


Tracking Number: 1Z E20 A45 42 2246 972 7
Status: Billing Information Received
Shipped to: NESCONSET, NY, US
Shipped or Billed on: Mar 24, 2005

Service Type: GROUND
Package Weight: 12.80 Lbs

unfortunately it is 12.8 lbs on shipping.
i expect
ac adapter 0.5 lb
inner box 0.5 lb
outer box 0.5 lb
any foam padding 0.5 lb
the mauals 1 lb
i hope there's something im missing in this list or the items are heavier, coz otherwise this indicates that my lappy is almost 9 lbs.aaaahhhh!!! :(
i was expecting more like 7.5 lbs

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

dell status window details

from the dell website

1. Order Processing

Your order is first processed for release to the manufacturing floor. Release is generally dependent upon approval of your designated form of payment. Once payment is confirmed, your order will be released for production.

2. Pre-Production

Pre-Production time varies based on the system ordered and is depended largely on the availability of parts. An estimated "lead time" reflecting the anticipated time it will take to get parts on hand and build your order should have been communicated to you at the time of order confirmation. Order confirmation may have been provided over the phone by your sales representative, or via email for electronic orders.

3. In Production

Changes to your order at this time will require your existing order to be cancelled and a new order to be placed resulting in possible delays to your estimated ship date. Please contact your sales representative for more information.

Kitting - When a system order is released to manufacturing, the material availability is confirmed and all parts needed to complete the system are placed into a tote. The completed tote is mated with the systems chassis, placed on a conveyor which takes it through to build.

Build - An assembly team takes the tote and assembles those parts in a system. This team is responsible for the entire build of the system which promotes accountability for quality and pride of ownership. The system then goes through testing.

Testing - Systems are received into testing for Dell designed diagnostic testing and software download. This includes 200+ titles available in Dell's software library, as well as proprietary and commercial packages, as requested by DellPlus Customers. Upon successful completion of Testing, the system moves to the boxing phase.

Boxing - Completed systems are placed in boxes along with the mouse, keyboard, power cords, documentation and manuals as requested by the customer. Once the Boxing is complete, the system box is sealed and placed on the appropriate truck for shipment to our customer.

4. Shipping Preparation

Shipping prep is normally completed within one day of the date production is complete. However, larger orders and orders requiring special handling may take longer.

5. Shipped

Delivery time varies based on the shipping option chosen at the time of order entry. Your order will generally reach its intended destination within 1-5 business days of the "Ship Date" noted.

dell laptop status

the online status system say my machine is in production
it has passed
-order processing - yes
-pre production - yes
-production - 3/4-th way thru
--kitting - yes
--build - yes
--testing - yes
--boxing - no
-shipping - no
-delivery - no

Inspiron 6000d

Monday, March 21, 2005

Inspiron 6000d

i did it
i bought the dell inspiron 6000d laptop
i changed the config from the original config of what i was plannign to buy.
-esp the mouse got removed
-a dvd+/-rw burner got put in
-9 cell battery out
-6 cell battery in
-got the better looking sxga+ display instead of the xga
-1.6Mhz pentium m with 533mhz fsb
-512 mb ram on 2 sticks
-60 gb hdd
-128 mb ati radeon x300 graphics card
-8X DVD+/-RW
and the other standard dell options
oh yeah, i got windows xp home put in coz its cheaper.
im pondering abt what os i want to install..the xp or get more adventerous and get the machine a linux o/s.
probably fedora since i have the 4 core already on dvd
waitng for it to ship..
order had been placed , recieved and confirmed

Sunday, March 20, 2005

inspire me

mihir and i have planned to buy a laptop each. we worked together at avi on sat ntie and thats when we decided we would go for it.and we i found a good deal (600$ off the $1699 inspiron coupon), i was sure i was getting one.
the conflict was in which i wanted to buy. there were 3 basic options
the 600m
the 700m and
the 6000
all 3 are inspirons. 700m is the really compact cool version. but it might be too small for me,if i wanted to get some heavy duty applications running. besides i cant add an extra graphics card.the display is the best though. the original love.
then the comprimise would be the 600m. it has all the features of the 700m in size and weight, but i dont likethe is a regualr one and not the widescreen type.
and then i founf the 6000. it is the larger 15.1' version of the 700m.
here would be the specs id like to buy:


Inspiron 6000
Date & Time: March 20, 2005 10:20:48 PM


Inspiron 6000 Qty 1
Intel® Pentium® M Processor 730 (1.60GHz/2MB Cache/533MHz FSB), Microsoft® Windows® XP Home Unit Price $1,714.00
Dell Home Customers
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Catalog Number: 29
Module Description Product Code Sku Id
Inspiron 6000D Intel® Pentium® M Processor 730 (1.60GHz/2MB Cache/533MHz FSB) TM16DN [221-5488] 1
Operating System Microsoft® Windows® XP Home WHXP [420-4766][463-2282][412-0689][420-4928][420-4830] 11
Display 15.4 inch WXGA LCD Panel 15XGA [320-4266] 2
Memory 512MB DDR2 SDRAM 2 Dimms 512MB2D [311-4739] 3
Video Card 128MB DDR ATI's MOBILITY™ RADEON X300 PCI Express x16 Graphics 128ATI [320-3897] 6
Hard Drive 60GB Hard Drive 60GB [341-2124] 8
Network Card Integrated 10/100 Network Card and Modem INTNIC [430-0493] 13
Adobe Software Adobe® Acrobat® Reader 6.0 ADOBER [430-1048] 15
Combo/DVD+RW Drives 24X CD Burner/DVD Combo Drive 24COMBO [313-3242][420-5111] 16
Wireless Networking Cards SAVE$20!Intel® PRO/Wireless 2915Internal Wireles(802.11a/b/g,54Mbps) IP2915P [463-9012] 19
Bundled Software WordPerfect®, Powerful Word Processing ICOREL [412-0714] 22
Security Software No Security Subscription NS [412-0755] 25
Digital Music Dell Jukebox - easy-to-use music player and CD burning software MMBASE [412-0741] 26
Battery 9-cell Lithium Ion Battery (80 WHr) 9BAT [312-0275] 27
Limited Warranty, Services and Support Options 1Yr Ltd Warranty, 1Yr Mail-In Service, and 1Yr Technical Support ST111RR [950-9057][950-3337][950-3550][412-0361][960-2780] 29
Dial-Up Internet Access 6 Months America Online Internet Access Included AOLDHS [412-0585][412-0625][420-3224][412-0687] 37
Digital Imaging Paint Shop™ Pro® Studio trial, Photo Album™ Starter Edition DPS [412-0744] 38
Financial Software QuickBooks® Simple Start Special Edition (limted to 50 contacts) QBSSP [420-5139] 83
Floppy Drive and Other Home Setup Accessories Dell 2-Button Scroll Optical USB Mouse OM [310-4074] 91
Dell Media Experience Dell Media Experience™ DMX [412-0706] 115
TOTAL: $1,114.00


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Total Price
Sub-total $1,114.00

Shipping & Handling $59.00

Shipping & Handling Discount -$59.00

Tax $0.00

Total Price $1,114.00

well..thats about it..

here are a couple of pictures of it:
here is the link i got it from
courtesy mr eric lemont
inspiron 6000d
inspiron 6000d
lets hope it ships soon enough

i dont have a title for this blog post

its been some time since ive blogged. ive been busy in a differnet sense. i havent had time to sit down collect my thoughts and pen them down. volleyball has been aregualr weekend fun and i look forward to it. our kind of group activity. weekends is usually late arrival to college spend some time around go to rec and back.
one thing im happy about is we (venky and me) are going to the rec everyday. as much as possible. the only thing i'd like to do is swim more often. maybe if i get the swim shorts here (college/lab) ill do it more often
spring break was catch-up week. bewaars wanted to plan to go somewhere but it dint wokr out. everyone was busy doing their thing.
dr.j has some new projcts coming up.its nice but i dont want to be part of it as it would take up more of my time and i won't be able to graduate in the summer(as planned :p).
nice telugu movie
new guys
kaaka kaaka(tamil)****
maybe the 3rd time. better than the telugu version, though i like the telugu songs better

Saturday, March 19, 2005


remade from tamil(padayappa)

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

ocean's twelve***
have to see it again to get the full effect of what the director has to say
the whole line-up
george clooney
matt demon
brad pitt
bernie mac
jula roberts
catherine zeta jones
bruce willis

Monday, February 21, 2005


watched avaiator yesterday nite. it started slow but the movie finally took off. and towards the end provided some thrills and spills. leo di cap was good in the movie.he was better than the 2nd part of 'beach'. the actresses failed to impress has quite a star cast. also i watched half of ocean's 12 while cooking. since i was expecting the worst, it dint turn out so bad.let's hope it finishes off the same way.
leonardo di caprio
kate blanchett
and maybe gwen stefani


after the gushing of feelings about india, things here have been very hectic, so no time to blog, think or feel anything. i hardly notice if this is a weekday or a weekend. the only thing that differentiates it is whether the bus is here or not.if its a weekend there's no bus.and vice versa
i am now more used to the usa and things are back to normal.but still india trip was amazing.
ive been playing volleyball every friday from a month now. this weekend we even got in 3 days of volley. also some gym and running has been in the things are getting fitter. the india trip downer was the weight. i must've put on a lot of weight.

Saturday, February 19, 2005

3 *'s for the songs

Friday, February 18, 2005

naa alludu**1/2
ntr junior
ramya krishna

Thursday, February 17, 2005

rush hour2****
chris tucker
jackie chan
waiting for rush hour 3:)

Saturday, February 12, 2005

dr. no**
james bond series
roger moore

Thursday, February 10, 2005

Tomorrow Never Dies***

Pierce Brosnan as James Bond

Judi Dench as M

Colin Farell

Michelle Rodriguez

Samuel Jackson

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

once upon a time in mexico***1/2 decent action flick

antonio banderas

salma hayek

johhny depp

Saturday, February 05, 2005

50 gmail invites

i got 50 gmail invites. i think they are ready to expand. now that i have all the invites i want, i don't knwo who to give it to.

Friday, February 04, 2005

league of extraordinary gentlemen**1/2

sean connery

naseeruddin shah

lot of others

Wednesday, February 02, 2005


bernie mac

naomi campbell(i think)

mission impossible****

tom cruise

jon voight

Tuesday, February 01, 2005

mission impossible***1/2

tom cruise

ving rhames

and heroine's nyah in the movie..(i like the soundtrack 'nyah' from the movie)

Sunday, January 30, 2005

President of the US

two things i dint know abt gw bush
1.the president's chopper is called the marine one. this is like the air force one
2.the suitcase containing the codes to american nuclear bases is called the football

india longing

the first week back after india has been a long and a difficult one. the longing to see the folks and brothers has been enormous. i am not a very emotional guy when it comes to family. however the thought that i may not see these ppl for some time - my own people - my family. i have spent 21 years with them. not just parents: uncles, aunts, cousins, grandparents, brother.
like suri told me: friends are family you choose.
here are family you can choose.
if i had to choose a family, i will choose these people over and over again. the fallacies and the quirks are the things that make me love them more than ever.
the thought of seriously shifting back after a couple of years here is more serious now than ever. sure, you must be htinking, so says everyone else. i wonder if this is the time they say that.i think i seem to be coping with this worser than anyone else. though everyone must be feeling it me. like amarnath.
the sights and smells of india are intoxicating. as american as i can get in thinking , i am indian by birth and by right. i do not want to loose that right, feeling or that mentality. i dont give a damn if you care or not that i am an INDIAN.

brad pitt

eric bana

Saturday, January 29, 2005

enemy at the gates***1/2

jude law

rachel weiz

ed harris

val helsing***

hugh jackman

kate beckinsale

Friday, January 28, 2005

Thursday, January 27, 2005

pasison of the christ*

gross and graphic movie

no one worth mentioning

Wednesday, January 26, 2005


unknown actors

william statham

Good programming practice

functionalizing programs in a neat hierarchical manner promotes good software engineering. But it has a price. A heavily functionalized program as compared to a montolithic program without functions makes potentially large numbers of function calls and these consume execution time on a computer's processor(s). so although monlithic programs may perform better, they are more dificult to program, test, debug, maintain and evolve.

Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Friday, January 21, 2005

top 100 screw up movies of all time: imdb: the ones ive seen

Kazaam (1996)
Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (1997)
Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot (1992)
RoboCop 3 (1993)
Universal Soldier: The Return (1999)
Speed 2: Cruise Control (1997)
Pokémon: The First Movie (1999)
The Avengers (1998)

top 250 movies inthe imdb list: the ones ive seen are:

The Godfather (1972)
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
The Godfather: Part II (1974)
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
Star Wars (1977)
Citizen Kane (1941)
Pulp Fiction (1994)
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
Memento (2000)
Psycho (1960)
It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
American Beauty (1999)
The Matrix (1999)
Fight Club (1999)
Double Indemnity (1944)
The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Alien (1979)
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Finding Nemo (2003)
Jaws (1975)
The Shining (1980)
Aliens (1986)
Braveheart (1995)
The Great Dictator (1940)
The Sixth Sense (1999)
Forrest Gump (1994)
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
Toy Story 2 (1999)
The Green Mile (1999)
Mystic River (2003)
Back to the Future (1985)
The Gold Rush (1925)
Shrek (2001)
Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
Die Hard (1988)
Roman Holiday (1953)
Gladiator (2000)
Toy Story (1995)
Gandhi (1982)
The Exorcist (1973)
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
Snatch. (2000)
Planet of the Apes (1968)
The Last Samurai (2003)

movie top and screw ups

imdb international movie database
top 250 movies of all time
top 100 screw ups
next a list of all the movies ive seen in the top and bottom.i'll know how pathetic i am. this is jen's idea, by the way.

Friday, January 14, 2005

lucky ali

lucky ali

return to the us

i have spent the last one month in india. i have thoroughly enjoyed all the sights and sounds of india. all the thrill and frill. i will be returning back by the next week and shud be in full wing back into my fgpa work. i am very sad abt this (leaving india - missing people here) but i have to do it. i can choose. but i am not shah rukh khan in swades. i cant afford to build a bulb and be happy. i need to prove more stuff before i can become a hero.
in other news, i bought a 2 piece suit here at life style. i shud pick it up from altering by tomm.
as for the excuse as to why my blogging and website dev has reduced, i think i have as good excuse as any. im in india and the primary audience for the blog is here, although i have heard good stuff being said about it always.
yeh jo des hai mera swades hain mera (this is the country i call home - roughly translated)

Thursday, January 13, 2005




and one more female

Monday, January 03, 2005


colin farell

val kilmer

anjelina jolie

anthony hopkins
pacific heights***

melanie griffith

micheal keaton



Saturday, January 01, 2005

shankar dada****


sonali bendre