29 May 2006

MacGyver 2008

MacGyver for President


MacGyver was a TV show where the lead character would get out of life-threatening situations by using household items that the bad guys had conveniently locked him up with - paper clips and the like. It was so popular that even the Zambia National Broadcasting Company (ZNBC) paid to show it. I bet gun-sellers hated this guy because he was anti-gun. Anyway there's a spoof campaign to elect MacGyver to the US presidency in 2008 so if you can vote for him please do so... he promises swiss army knives for every child :) and probably will throw in duck tape too. Here's his very funny mastercard advertisement:






27 May 2006

India Uncut and the invisibility cloak

A question posted on India Uncut... what would I do with an invisibility cloak?
I'm sure if I got an invisibility cloak, our dog BooBoo will steal it and use it to evade us and go outside to chase rabbits and squirrels. He would also visit the local grocery store and steal cheese-sticks. Then he and his adopted brother Ginga would play tug of war with the cloak and then BooBoo would try to have inappropriate relations with it, like he does with his current blanket.

25 May 2006

Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum

This is a pretty cool museum in San Jose, California, USA, North America, Earth, Solar System, Milky Way etc. Apparently they funded some expeditions into Egypt back in the day and have some really well preserved artifacts. The museum does not look big from the outside, but has several levels with lots of stuff... not only Egyptian, but also Sumerian and Persian artifacts. When you enter, there is a replica tomb which you go into, it's all very dark and there are paintings on the walls and it leads to a sarcophagus... good atmosphere to start off the museum tour :)

Here's a dude pointing our way to the emergency exit:
guypointing

This reminded me of the amphoras that the Romans in Asterix used to drink out of:
amphora

Yup the Egyptians had enemies and I assume they put this to good use:
battleaxe

The result of all those wars... what's an Egyptian museum trip without a mummy?
mummy

This looks a bit like my Egyptian friend... don't get offended EI if you see this:
sarcophagushead
Click here for comparison (look at the guy).

Normally I don't expose my softer side, but this was too good not to put up:
rossaapoo




It's been a while...

This is awesome, the first time I saw one of these outside Zambia. My friend OneZambian aka Zambiapolice and his brother KingofLions used to have one of these:



The Peugeot 505!!!!


Rickshaw

In much of the subcontinent we have people transporting other people on a 'cycle rickshaw' which looks like this:



In North America we have parents transporting kiddies on 'cycle rickshaws'. I'm assuming the parents don't get paid:

rickshaw



23 May 2006

pics from cally

These are images from Big Basin in Northern California. It was raining so we couldn't go outside and walk through the woods. Still, it's very nice.

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fogtreefar

forestdeep



19 May 2006

Ca-li-forn-I-A

OK... so here I am in California, the first real vacation in a year... escaping from Indiana. Unfortunately fate has played a poor joke on me... and this picture tells you exactly why.



14 May 2006

12 May 2006

I hate nutjobs who decide what I should watch or read

Ok what is it with these insane people who want to decide what other people should hear or watch? I'm getting extremely angry with these people who show up en masse saying that some book or movie or newspaper should be banned because it hurts their feelings. There were these idiots who decided that nobody could watch a movie that depicted the bad life that widows in 1920s India had to face. These women were shunned from society for no good reason other than their husbands passed away. It was even worse in the case of child marriages, as you can probably imagine. Anyway these idiots decided to break up the shooting of the movie because it would offend them to know what their ancestors were up to back in the day. I say let it be known so that it never happens again, but these protestors have taken leave of their senses.

More protests this week about the Da Vinci Code. Apparently some people think that the movie should not be shown and came out in protest. They say it insults their supreme leader and their feelings so nobody else can watch it. Great... that's just what we need, just like back in the day when these people's ancestors were protesting facts such as the Earth is a sphere or that the Sun is the centre of the solar system... and killing scientists over it.

Do these people think that their faith is that weak that a movie will shake it? Or do they think that their supreme being is that weak that he or she can't stand some criticism? Obviously if these protestors believe in some superman that they cannot experience with any of their senses, they have faith. If that is true faith, then it should not be shaken by what somebody else says. If these people really believe that something written thousands of years ago is true without any evidence then they have certainly put aside rational thought (for that particular point). What I don't like is when they try to teach other people to do the same, especially when that other person is me (or should it be I?)


09 May 2006

Dolphin call

Dolphins play name game - Underwater whistles give bottlenoses their own moniker.: "Dolphins play name game"

This is pretty awesome... dolphins in the wild have whistle names for each other... now the speculation is if they talk behind each other's backs :) good stuff.

According to Lova, Malagasies also have whistles in their language, sometimes we're not sure if he's calling us or the dogs...

07 May 2006

സാധനം കയ്യില്‍ ഉണ്ടൊ?

Saadhanam Kayyil Undo?
साधनम कय्यिल उण्डो?
Did you bring the stuff?

Such is the power of malayalam comedy that whenever I'm at an airport waiting for somebody I start thinking this. The reason is that back in the day there was a hilarious malayalam film called "Nadodikkaatu" (The wind that runs through the land) where the protagonists - Mohanlal and Sreenivasan for those in the know - end up in Madras airport dressed in Arab clothes. They think that they are in Dubai and they have to exchange suitcases with someone. How they are to recognise the person is by the code - saadhanam kayyil undo (have you brought the stuff?). The correct answer is "saadhanam kayyil undu," which means 'yes, I have.' So these guys are running around the airport shouting, "Did you bring the stuff," to no one in particular. It's so funny that whenever I'm meeting a malayali at an airport I inevitably ask them "Saadhanam kayyil undo?"

Another funny thing that comes to me at airports is Choik... (ചോതിക്ക്). This means "ask" in malayalam... and it comes again from back in the day when I and a bunch of other kiddos were running around some airport and had to ask a random person a question. Nobody wanted to do it so we started telling each other to choik... in a bid to outpatience each other.

One thing that keeps coming to me at airports which I refuse to say out loud is Shadayaim... this comes from the coupling episode where Jeffrey runs around the El Al counter yelling "Shadayaim" and gets locked up in a mental institution... he thinks that he is yelling somebody's name but due to an unfortunate set of circumstances he is actually yelling "Breasts" in Hebrew. That episode was hilarious!


“സാധനം കയ്യില്‍ ഉണ്ടൊ,” എന്ന് മോഹന്‍ലാലും സ്രീനിവാസനും നാടോടിക്കാറ്റില്‍ മദ്രാസിലേ വിമാനസ്ഥലത്ത് എത്തീട്ട് പറയുന്നൂ. ഇത് എനിക്ക് ഇപ്പഴും വിമാനസ്ഥലത്ത് എത്തുമ്പോള്‍ ഓര്‍മ്മ് വരും. ഞാന്‍ അവിടെ കാണാന്‍ വരുന്ന് ആള്‍കാര്‍ മലയാളിക്കള് ആണെങ്കില്‍ അവരേ ചിരുപ്പിക്കാനുള്ള് ഇതൊരു വഴിയും ആണ്ണ്. ‍


05 May 2006

Firefox is better than IE

This is why Firefox is better than IE for me:

firefoxvsIE

That's firefox with the Adblock and Adblock Filterset.G Updater and Flashblock.

Get Firefox, take back the web!

02 May 2006

What do you write?

My name in different languages:

Egyptian heiroglyphics (Misri)
misri

Babylonian cuneiform
babylonian

Runic
runic

Hindi
रञ्जीत

Malayalam
രന്ജിത്

Malayalam 2 - is this better? The only problem is that the character "in" is actually the number "9" in malayalam.
ര൯ജിത്

Malayalam 3 - or maybe you meant this:
രെ൯ജിത്

Oh I see... I had an old version of the program... thanks to vishwaprabha for bringing some light into my world... watch this mallu experts:
രഞ്ജിത്

01 May 2006

Sushi hates me

The past few times when I have tried sushi, I've managed to be the last person served at the table. It got pretty bad, most people had finished by the time my stuff came around. No tip that time... although it was probably the chef's fault, not the waitresses. I'm sure the chefs involved do not have a personal quarrel with me, so all I can do is blame the sushi. That's the ultimate in human nature - blame the fish for not wanting to be eaten. Anyways today I tried my hand with the sushi again and imagine my surprise and excitement when the first plate to come out landed where I was sitting! Oh joy, I have broken the jinx.

So I removed all the wasabi and made a potent mixture of that and the soy sauce and was just about to dig in when my newly built house of cards came tumbling down. Well, as the world turns, and so on, it turned out that the chef, influenced by the sushi, had made a mistake and it was actually somebody else's food that was in front of me. My neighbour's, to be precise, so it was again I who was last served. This time only one person's stuff was about half gone by the time I got mine, and the food itself was good so I didn't mind so much.