Monthly Archives: October 2006

A quickish update

Ah, the joys of having tea at 12:45 in the night! (I don’t like to call it morning just because it’s the next day/ date).

The six day Id vacation is over n done with and I’m back at work. Was more than a bit under the weather towards the latter part of the “break”, but almost back to perfect health now. Slept close to 12 hours straight last night, which is huuuuuuuge by my standards, but then if you consider I didn’t sleep for a second the night before, it comes close to evening itself out. Got meself a new phone after much deliberation – a M600i, first recommended by Kashyap. Mayank commented on how I had now gone for a “convergent” device (or a PDA + phone hybrid in any case), after having been in favour of specialist devices, but the truth is I still am in the “individual devices” camp and I’d even considered going down the Palm TX + cheap-bluetooth-EDGE phone, but I faced the same problem as last time i.e. there’s no such freakin’ thing as a “cheap-bluetooth-EDGE phone”, now that the 6021 has been discontinued.

I was having a tough time deciding when I thought, what the heck, let’s go for the M600i and we’ll see how things turn out – it’s a matter of 450 odd US dollars in any case (when you consider the phone and the 1 gig memory card) – tongue firmly in cheek. Not that I thought it’s a bad phone – anything but. It’s just the M2 that was the stumbling block for me – I don’t like proprietary formats and this new-format-a-month thing that Sony seems to be doing isn’t winning me over.

Anyways, my initial impressions of the phone have been mostly positive – especially the keyboard and the copy (from) anywhere-paste (to) anywhere thing that it has going. I must say thought that I haven’t had a chance to “play” with it as much as I would like or normally do with my “toys”. It doesn’t seem to be as responsive as I’d like it to be, but maybe that’s just me and my first time with a touch screen etc. I loved the “landscape” mode in the browser, though the fact I had to horizontal scroll a page was a bummer – maybe I should use the zoom option to try and fit more of that page at a readable level next time. Haven’t even upgraded the firmware yet or downloaded any custom applications – will try and post more of my impressions of the phone in due time. I think upgrading the browser (it’s Opera, right?) to the latest version might fix that horizontal scroll “problem” as well.

Received a bunch of books I’d ordered from Amazon and I am more than halfway through reading iWoz, the story of one of the smartest persons the world has ever seen, in (more or less) the words of the great man himself. That man knew what a diode is (was?) at the age of four – four! And boy did he make use of that brain of his – no use having a great mind if you are a lazy git (i’m looking at you, person in the mirror) – there’s a weird combination of pomposity and good old-fashioned self deprecation in one sentence for you right there.

Have also received the Hillegass and Kochan books – so now I have absolutely no excuse not to write that Cocoa application I keep designing in my head.

Now if only they developed a cure for procrastination, things would be pretty darn perfect.

[tags]M600i, M2, Amazon, Cocoa, iWoz[/tags]

Rafa Rafa Benitez

This man is a legend.

Gotta love Rafa

Liverpool’s manager Rafael Benitez offers the assistant referee his glasses against Bolton Wanderers during the Premiership match at the Reebok Stadium.

via Propaganda.

I presume this is right after that appalling piece of refereeing by the same official that turned the Bolton game.

Site redesign

Unless you are reading this in your newsreader, you have already seen the new site design. I had initially planned to do a new design from scratch, but it was pretty much love at first sight when I saw the original theme in action and I knew I had found what I had been looking for. A few minor tweaks and the result is in front of you.

Do give me your feedback, especially if something is broke after the redesign.

Funny Friday

Saw no less than 4 movies today – not all of all of them, if you know what I mean, but yeah, saw four alright.

Started off the day with Biwi Aur Makaan, a movie about 5 roomies looking up for a new makaan (house) in Bombay (that’s what it was called back then you politically correct jerks), who end up finding biwis (wives) as well. Surprisingly funny until you find out it’s a Hrishikesh Mukherjee, and it isn’t such a big surprise any more.

It stars Mehmood, amongst others, but if you are looking for any slapstick stuff, you’ll be in for a disappointment – if you haven’t guessed that already considering the director. Not exactly what one would term as a “must see” ala Chupke Chupke or Golmaal, but you won’t get bored watching it either.

Moved on to Andaz Apna Apna & Dumb and Dumber later in the day – hadn’t watched the latter till today (turns out hadn’t really missed much). I don’t think either movie needs any introductions, so I’ll leave it at that. All three movies were on the telly, if anyone’s wondering.

Last, but definitely not the least (that would be DnD, above), watched Khosla Ka Ghosla at the nearby theatre. I had made plans to go Wednesday night, but “inertia” got the better of me (what else is new) and decided to order-in instead. Anyways, glad I went today because, between glimpses of Delhi, the Punjabi accent-shackcent, decent story-line, some excellent performances and that weird(ly nice?)-sounding, beautiful woman, I really liked the movie. I could also relate to the father-son relationship portrayal – watch the movie and you’ll know what I mean. Or maybe not.

Amongst other news, coming up soon is a long overdue redesign of the site. Watch this space.