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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.