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Thursday, September 06, 2007

my home for the last 3 months

this was 1993

This was 1993. A man stood on lush green grass. Dressed in a casual bowler hat and black trousers, he wouldn’t have otherwise caused a curious glance. But this was not normal. He did not want to be here. He knew beyond that large wall, there was an ocean and he could hear the waves hitting the coast all morning. That’s where he, Mitchley, wanted to be.

He turned around; he could see distinctly, two – no, make that three, people rushing up to him. Where there were three, there would be more. He sighed. He had been in similar situations, but there was something different about this. He knew it would happen. He dint like it. He had been instructed prior to the assignment about this one specific case. He definitely dint like it. He thought for just a second.

Raising both his arms, he put them together in a manner he had practiced the night before. Were someone to describe what his posture looked like, it would seem he were pointing; curiously enough with both his hands. He put the index fingers together and separated them. He continued the gesture feeling very awkward. He brought them down and brought them together again. Somehow he felt he lost his independence.

He glanced at his pal, Liebenberg. Although he could not see him, he knew he would be there; waiting for this particular moment. But this was not a circumstance to think of him as a pal. It would be inappropriate. Anxiously he waited.

One of the persons who were running towards him patted him on the shoulder and smiled.

“Well, what happens next?”

“We wait”, replied Mitchley

They glanced at that group gathering and particularly at one man. He was short. It would turn out that wasn’t his most descriptive feature. They turned and stared at the newly installed “machine”. More of a contraption – thought Mitchley. They looked just like traffic lights.

Finally, a roar from the group closest to him. Mitchley raised his hand and pointed to the sky. No one looked up. The short man was walking away. The short man is Sachin Tendulkar.

Monday, August 20, 2007

my new digi cam

PowerShot SD800 IS
Digital Camera

Type of Camera
Type of Camera
Compact digital still camera with built-in flash and the lens shift-type image stabilizer (IS) system, 3.8x Optical / 4x Digital / 15x Combined Zoom
Image Capture Device
7.1 Megapixel, 1/ 2.5 inch type Charge Coupled Device (CCD)
Total Pixels
Approx. 7.4 Megapixels
Effective Pixels
Approx. 7.1 Megapixels
Focal Length
4.6-17.3mm f/2.8-5.8 (35mm film equivalent: 28-105mm)
Digital Zoom
Focusing Range
Normal: 1.5 ft./45cm-infinity
Macro: 1.2 in.-2.0 ft./3-60cm (WIDE), 1-2.0 ft./30-60cm (TELE)
Digital Macro: 1.2 in.-2.0 ft./3-60cm (WIDE)
Autofocus System
TTL Autofocus
Viewfinder & Monitor
Real-image optical zoom viewfinder
LCD Monitor
2.5 inch low-temperature polycrystalline silicon TFT color LCD
Brightness adjustment: 15 levels
LCD Pixels
Approx. 207,000 pixels
LCD Coverage
Aperture and Shutter
Maximum Aperture
f/2.8 (W) - f/5.8 (T)
Shutter Speed
15-1/1600 sec.; Long Shutter operates with noise reduction when manually set at 1.3-15 sec.
Exposure Control
ISO Sensitivity
Auto, High ISO Auto, ISO 80/100/200/400/800/1600 (Standard Output Sensitivity/Recommended Exposure Index)
Light Metering Method
Evaluative, Center-weighted average, Spot** Metering frame is fixed to the center
Exposure Control Method
Program AE; AE Lock is available
Exposure Compensation
+/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments
White Balance
White Balance Control
Auto, Preset (Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H), Custom
Built-in Flash
Auto, Auto w/ Red-Eye Reduction, Auto w/ Slow Synchro, Flash On, Flash On w/ Red-Eye Reduction, Flash On w/ Slow Synchro, Flash Off
Flash Range
Normal: 1.6-13 ft./50cm - 4.0m (W), 1.6-6.6 ft./50cm - 2.0m (T)
Macro: 1-1.6 ft./30-50cm (when sensitivity is set to ISO Auto)
Recycling Time
10 sec. or less (battery voltage=3.7V)
Flash Exposure Compensation
Not available
Shooting Specifications
Shooting Modes
Auto, Camera M, Special Scene (Portrait, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, Aquarium, Underwater, Indoor, Kids & Pets, Night Snapshot), Color Accent, Color Swap, Digital Macro, Stitch Assist, Movie
Photo Effects
My Colors
Vivid, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Custom Color
Activates shutter after an approx. 2-sec./10-sec. delay, Custom
Wireless Control
Not available
Continuous Shooting
Approx. 1.7 fps
Image Storage
Storage Media
SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, MultiMediaCard
File Format
Design rule for camera file system, DPOF Version 1.1
Image Compression
Normal, Fine, SuperFine
JPEG Compression Mode
Still Image: Exif 2.2 (JPEG)
Movie: AVI (Image: Motion JPEG; Audio: WAVE (Monaural))
Number of Recording Pixels
Still Image: 640 x 480 (Small), 1,600 x 1,200 (Medium 3), 2,048 x 1,536 (Medium 2), 2,592 x 1,944 (Medium 1), 3,072 x 2,304 (Large), 3,072 x 1,728 (Widescreen)
Movie: 640 x 480 / 320 x 240 (30 fps/15 fps) available up to 4GB or 1 hour for each file size, 320 x 240 (1 min. at 60 fps), 160 x 120 (3 min. at 15 fps)
Number of Recordable Images
Small / N Small / F Small / SF Medium3 / N Medium3 / F Medium3 / SF Medium2 / N Medium2 / F Medium2 / SF
File Size
Medium1 / N Medium1 / F Medium1 / SF Large / N Large / F Large / SF Wide-screen / N Wide-screen / F Wide-screen / SF
File Size 695KB 1,395KB 2,503KB 902KB 1,897KB 3,045KB 678KB 1,420KB 2,304KB
Time of Recordable Movies





Fast Frame Rate



File Size







40 sec.

20 sec.

6 sec.

10 sec.

99 sec.


355 sec.

181 sec.

64 sec.

92 sec.

869 sec.


1,373 sec.

702 sec.

249 sec.

359 sec.

3,357 sec.

Note: N=Normal F=Fine SF=SuperFine
Storage Capacity varies depending on camera settings. This data is estimated from Canon's standard shooting conditions. Figures for Movie Mode represent total capacity of the particular media.

Playback Specifications
Playback Modes File
Still Image: Single, Magnification (approx. 2x-10x), Jump, Auto Rotate, Rotate, Resume Playback, My Category, Histogram, Index (9 thumbnails), Sound Memos, Slide Show
Movie: Normal Playback, Special Playback, Editing
Erasing Specifications
Erase Modes
Still Image: single image, by date, by category, by folder, all images
Movie: part of movie, all of movie
Computer Interface
USB 2.0 Hi-Speed (mini-B jack)
Video Out
Audio Out
Memory card slot; direct connection to Canon CP and SELPHY Compact Photo Printers, PIXMA Photo Printers and PictBridge-compatible printers via camera's USB 2.0 Hi-Speed cable
Power Supply
Power Source
1. Rechargeable Lithium Battery NB-5L
2. AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC30
Shooting Capacity
Still Image: approx. 270 shots (NB-5L/LCD on)* approx. 600 shots (NB-5L/LCD off)
* The above figures comply with CIPA testing standards and apply when a fully-charged battery is used.
Playback Time
Approx. 360 min. (NB-5L)
Physical Specifications
Operating Temperature
Operating Humidity
Dimensions (W x H x D)
3.52 x 2.28 x 0.99 in. / 89.5 x 58.0 x 25.1mm
Approx. 5.29 oz. / 150g (camera body only)

Note: 25 display languages provided (English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Simplified/Traditional Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Portuguese, Korean, Greek, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Thai, Arabic, Romanian, Ukrainian)

Sunday, April 01, 2007

halo combat

read the halo book for combat evolved. it was okay.
am now reading fall of reach. it is better. i like the story of master chief. h'm sure srikanth will like the book

google's april 1st joke

Project Teaspoon

Sunday, April 01, 2007 at 12:01:00 AM

That's what we call it here at Google, anyway. What you'll call it is a godsend: free wireless broadband throughout your home, a host of optional breakthrough applications -- all with just one quick, easy self-install. Learn more about Google TiSP (beta) today.

i did get a lil bit fooled clicking on the link and reading the material. it made no shit sense at all. then i saw the date and ha ha ho ho

Monday, February 26, 2007

ars vs che - carling cup

Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor had to be dragged off the pitch after he was sent off
Emmanuel Adebayor might have been unlucky to get sent off but his reaction was completely unacceptable

The Carling Cup final was a fascinating, intense game of football until it boiled over into a brawl which started over nothing.

Kolo Toure reacted badly to being pulled back by Mikel Jon Obi and before you knew it there were 12 or 14 players involved and the two managers.

Frank Lampard came in to try to calm it down but then ended up getting involved with Cesc Fabregas, who only seemed to exacerbate the situation.

Under normal circumstances, you wouldn't advocate managers entering the field of play but I actually thought they did quite well and the situation seemed to calm down after they came on.

I thought Mikel was very unlucky to be sent off. He did tug Toure's shirt and he could have expected a booking for that but he didn't seem to do much wrong apart from that.

I don't know what Emmanuel Adebayor did and he may have been extremely unlucky too, but that does not excuse his reaction.

He refused to leave the pitch and that is completely unacceptable in a major final.

Arsenal had a young side out there and what happens with young players is they get tired more quickly - both physically and mentally.

And their frustration was understandable: they dominated the game for a long time, they had taken the lead and they could have gone two up.

And it was down to Arsenal's inexperience that Chelsea scored their winner as the Gunners gave the ball away as they tried to play their way out of defence.

Drogba got in front of Philippe Senderos to head in Arjen Robben's cross - and the Swiss defender has come in for some criticism after his performance.

It was the 22-year-old who played Drogba onside for Chelsea's equaliser but I wouldn't be too hard on him.

If Arsenal had won, it would have been one of the greatest managerial achievements we have seen in the English game
Drogba has got the better of Senderos every time they have met and as a defender myself, I know how difficult a situation that is.

He was unlucky for the first goal because you couldn't fault his positioning and for the second, I think you have to give an enormous amount of credit to Drogba for a brilliant piece of movement and a wonderful header.

I don't think Senderos played nearly as badly as Andriy Shevchenko and Michael Ballack did but because Chelsea won, those two performances have been ignored.

Wenger has already shown a lot of faith in Senderos and given his record with young players, who are we to argue with his judgement?

I don't think it's great for the competition when clubs don't select their strongest side but it is difficult to have any complaints about Wenger's policy when you see how close they came to winning the cup.

They beat Everton, Liverpool and Tottenham and then more than matched the double league champions, who were almost at their strongest.

If Arsenal had won, it would have been one of the greatest managerial achievements we have seen in the English game.

Even in defeat, it still goes down as a remarkable feat by Wenger and his young players.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Hlebby Does Gallas

Hlebby Does Gallas...
Its thought that William Gallas will be out until 2013 with a new injury following an inoccuous looking tackle from Alexander Hleb in training er... yesterday. This was later refuted, and proved to be no more than a made up story for the purile reason of using an unfunny, half cocked, tin pot headline on a tin pot, half cocked, unfunny website...

Sunday, January 14, 2007

mathieu flamini

Name Mathieu Flamini
Born March 07, 1984
Position Midfielder
Squad Number 16
Previous Club(s) Marseille
Joined Arsenal July 22, 2004
Arsenal Debut Everton (a)
August 15, 2004,
Won 4-1

mostly a defensive midfielder. scored some very important goals for arsenal and has done hgihly respectable work. never have i been unhappy with his performance. not the most talented guy in the squad. but his hard work and ethic gives him full points. sometimes disappears from the team. not the first teamer yet. arsene has played him more often this year.
kind of guy who will rol his sleeves up and take the task head on. kind of a mix of roy keane and park. funny im comparing to manu players. as in stern-ness from roy keane and the running ability from park. he can run a lot and has a lot of stamina. pops in with the odd goal. most recently and importantly against chelsea at chelsea.
captaincy material definately if he can stay here for 3 more years. played as left back for almost a year when ashley cole and clichy were injured. and i remember he played right back for some time too. so he's versatile.


I'm planning to blog some more from now on. it will mostly be arsenal related stuff or general topics. If nothing, it will get me back to typing and putting words to my thoughts.

Sunday, January 07, 2007


tycoon by harold robbins

From Publishers Weekly
The enduring Robbins's 23rd novel chronicles the obsessively lustful life and times of a mythical cavalier of radio and TV in an impish, sometimes romanticized history of American broadcasting. Newly graduated with honors from Harvard in 1931, Jack Lear marries the snobby debutante daughter of a prominent Boston arms manufacturer. Grandson of a Jewish intellectual who fled Prussian oppression and made a fortune as a California junkman, Jack resists his boorish father's demand that he work in the family business and returns to Boston to buy a pioneer radio station, bolstered by his grandparents' gift of a cool $1 million. The narrative traces Lear's entrepreneurial career over 60-odd intrepid years during which, flying by the seat of his pants, he builds a dominant TV network. In trademark Robbins fashion, the plot unfolds in a constant parade of freewheeling adultery, sibling incest, sadomasochism and bondage. Recounted in his flat narrative style, Robbins's litany of erotic exercises quickly becomes boring. Nevertheless, the complex cast of charismatic characters is well-calculated to spark speculation in the posh power rooms and boardrooms of New York, Boston and Hollywood over "who's actually who." Wooden prose notwithstanding, the intricate blend of corporate intrigue and carnal gymnastics makes this a highly seductive read.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.