Archive - 2004

May 28th


Slashdot, as far as I know, is supposed to be the home of all the anti-commercial, anti-suit, anti-spam zealots. I noticed that the site isn't exactly practising what it preaches:


The "related links" box here lists sponsored links, and are context sensitive; listed along with the links from the articles. If the read

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May 27th

intelligent shuffle

XMMS just played "Wonderful Tonight" by Eric Clapton. Just as the mellow and mushy ending guitar piece had filled the air with its charm, the playlist, which was on shuffle mode picks out the best response ever for the next song: Metallica's "Die, Die, Die, My Darling!"


May 25th


Application to Date Adam Mathes: I wonder if the "well, not anymore" message is there because the thing actually worked; or because it didn't.



Bush falls off bicycle, bruises himself. Aw. I sympathize with him. This has happened to me once... when I was eleven.


May 24th

blog baby

Announcing the Overall, Supreme Winner of all the Bharatiya Blog Melas: Neel Vavilapalli!


hot stuff

Michael Moore wins the Golden Palm at Cannes, with the jury clarifying that the award is for the quality of the film, and not the content. I have seen Bowling For Columbine, and I must say Michael has this uncanny ability to take stuff we've seen so many times on TV, and other forms of media, and convert it into something so unique, something that you wont forget in a while.

Next thing I think Moore should do: Send a copy of the movie to

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May 23rd

all your friendbase belong to us

From Orkut's Terms and Conditions page:'s proprietary rights

By submitting, posting or displaying any Materials on or through the service, you automatically grant to us a worldwide, non-exclusive, sublicenseable, transferable, royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right to copy, distribute, create derivative works of, publicly perform and display such Materials. That said, our use of your personal information is governed by our Privacy Policy and we will never rent, sell or share your personal information with any third party for marketing purposes without your express permission.

Wow. This is definitely not compatible with the "do not be evil" ideology.

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May 22nd

tunes in my head

Currently playing: Lakshya's title track, by Shankar, Ehsaan and Loy; followed by U and I from the movie Hum Tum, by Rishi Rich, Veronica and Juggy D. Good stuff.

May 21st

phiraiya dao amarei gaan

Somewhere around 2 years ago, I attended a concert where the famous Bangladeshi rock act Miles played a song called Phiraiya dao amar prem, which in Bangla means "give me back my love" It's hard to believe, but I was witness to a rather spectacular scene: a stadium full of Delhi-ites rocking to the music of a language they did not understand. I turned into an instant fan of Miles, the kind that has all their albums, etc.

Cut to 2004, the world's cleanest music composer does the music for the movie Murder. Along with the hit "Bheegey Hont Terey" there are two more popular songs, "Kaho Na Kaho" and "Jana Jane Jana". When I first heard "Jana Jane Jana", I recognized it immediately, everything from the arrangement to the guitar riffs was identical to the bangla number. I thought Anu Malik had commissioned Miles to render their song in hindi, which meant a big thing for me, since it meant Miles was now getting the attention it deserves.

May 19th

Slash Hot

Amit Singh: his personal website has been slashdotted six times in six months. Wow. Pretty interesting bio too.