Oct 25, 2006
Just take the pic on the Cybershot phone, select 'blog it' and wait for about half a minute. Fantastic stuff! A 300KB pic gets uploaded just like that. Now if only I could link my phone to my laptop so I could hear streaming audio through the headsets attached to my phone...
Oct 24, 2006
* Most popular entry was the blog on Gandhigiri with 19.44% of the keyword searches on the word. The effect of the bollywood film industry... what more can I say? (The following 'interesting' keyword searches also linked to my blog :
- mahela jayawardene's wife's name (i'd like to know that too... she's damn fine);
- malayalam film song hackers (now how do u hack a song..? lemme know, i'm interested);
- youtube mens workout from baywatch (huhh!!).
* More than a third of visitors came from South Africa (prolly 'cause of the large SA content); the US and India follow closely behind. Scored a hit from Vietnam (yeah!)
* Google is the top search engine and source of most hits.
* Windows XP rules the OS department with IE6.0 the preferred browser, followed closely by Firefox.
* Sundays seem to score the most hits during the days of the week with a steady rise and decline from Saturday through to Monday (respectively).
* The Madam & Eve blog still scores most of the hits from SA visitiors. Varnachitram and the Kerala Blog roll are also popular entry points (thanks for that!).
* Aravind is still the sole 'comment adi kaaran' (thanx Machu...).
* Anush is still my biggest fan ;)
Till the next 500 hits... KANK!
Oct 19, 2006
Oct 18, 2006
In keeping with the gale (excuse the pun) force waves from the start of this long cricket season, as an avid fan of the sport, I’m dutifully prompted to spend some time on the ‘legends’ of SA cricket; and perhaps provide some insight into the reason they’re a team to reckon with this World cup.
Graeme Smith: the chubby captain of the SA team, he’s the SA cricket board’s answer to the NZ tactic of giving captaincy roles to college freshmen (“its worked with Stephen Fleming, so it should work anywhere”). He’s renowned for his links to an SA model who left him after he misunderstood her tips on how to bowl a doosra. He’s been credited for having the uncanny ability to allow the opposition to snatch victory from the hands of defeat. Democrats are currently conducting in-depth research on him.
Herschelle Gibbs: probably the most fearless batsmen in the SA team (probably ‘cause of all the pot from the previous night), Herschelle gained instant celebrity status after his 175 against
Shaun Pollock: declared SA’s best all-rounder a few years ago, till they realised the title lead to a slump in his batting average (its been continuing the steady negative gradient ever since). Commentators have used it reservedly ever since. His claim to fame came after using a 1st edition ‘Idiot’s guide Duckworth-Lewis’ to predict the results of a career-defining match. The editor is currently being sued. The proceeds are to be donated to Herschelle Gibbs’s garden (see above).
Makhaya Ntini: credited for being the only SA player to take 10 wickets at the Lords. It’s a closely held secret that high-level diplomatic talks were held at No.10 Downing Street to ensure adequate protection for Makhaya against tempting seducers while in England (for a continuous cross-country relationship with SA) – the 10 wickets were part of the deal. His claim to fame is his classy single to 3rd man to draw level with
Jonty Rhodes: No one messes with Jonty… not even me (he's an ex-colleague, you see).
Hansie Cronje: SA cricket’s very own spiritualist, he is credited for bridging the gap between reality and the underworld through conversations with the devil himself (usually after meeting a bookie). His characteristic slog sweep has seen numerous spectators on the long-on boundary suffer flying projectile injuries (one injured spectator was confirmed as a bookie). Theories on the reason for his high efficacy on this particular shot include his constant struggle at swatting the devil sitting on his left shoulder.
Jacques Kallis: only referred to as SA’s best allrounder in close circles and under strict confidentiality (see Shaun Pollock), he’s popularity draws heavily from his role as the 'Sanex shower jell guy'. Since the first release of the advert, the Sanex marketing offices have been flooded with applications from bald, buck-toothed, untanned men looking for opportunities in the modelling market (the ads stopped screening ever since its apparent influence on prominent politicians in SA). Baywatch producers have contacted Jacques for a 2nd interview. The Hoff has apparantly taken to cricket.
(Disclaimer: the comments above reflect the blogger's sole opinion, and is not intended, in any way, to harm the players' dismal record on the field.)
Oct 13, 2006
Oct 10, 2006
Isn't it sometimes quite amusing how the mind and the subconscious churn out these weird yet wonderful stories in our heads when the body is in a state of rest. I've often replayed a few interesting dreams I've had, and marveled at the freakish level of imagination I never believe I could never have. Having read a couple of books that describe how dreams are, in essence, a state that we would like to see ourselves, or how we perceive ourselves to be, with reference to our current state (bleddy stochastic processes course). Some books say dreams can be interpreted.
I believe that, to an extend, it can be.
My reasoning is hence: our mind is constantly aware of its surroundings (that may explain how internal body clocks work).
The fun part is that most dreams are just plain imagination - the creative side in each one of us that churns out those fantastic paradise destinations with the people we are close to doing things we never thought (but probably wished) they would do.
And, as we exercise this creativity in those gravity-defying car chases, Bollywood-hero-styled cricket matches and lustful conversations (to name but a few), there is one aspect we can reflect on as we wake up to reality to start the next day. An appreciation for sanity.