- Stale jokes. Lots of lifts from e-mail forwards and so on.
- A keyhole view of life in an engineering college, that leaves out more than it reveals. This is a flaw it carries from Chetan Bhagat’s ‘Five Point Someone’, which, despite all protestations to the contrary by the Hirani & Co, the movie is a not-so-loose adaptation of.
- Okay there’s no #3. At least not a big #3. Logical flaws in a comedy are chalta hai for me. Exam results are usually published in order of roll-no, making it easier to find your result. And why use Michael Jackson instead of Lata Mangeshkar in the subtitles? And if they were so eager to get hold of him, so as to get a plane to turn around, or rush out without pants; why didn’t the 2 idiots go to Simla to look for Rancho in the 10 years after graduation?? 4 years of sharing a room, and they didn’t know his hometown? No, because they were IDIOTS! Flaw cleared. And… ok, stopped.
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Sunday, December 13, 2009
The Latest Ver 4.0- The Economist Media Convergence Remix
Globalization, Information Age Ver 3.0
Ver 2.0 XPLANE Ver 1 Redux
Human Capital Edition
Links to all videos of different versions
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Friday, December 04, 2009
Equally baffling is the awarding of a prize for best march-past squad. And usually the judges don't have a clue of the nuances involved. They just go, "Team x gets 1st because I didn't see them make any mistakes." Sort of sticks out from the rest of the events of the day, where performances are clearly measured in terms of time or distance.
Time to do away with this mock-war drill.
Tuesday, December 01, 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
The ISM students held their in-house senior open quiz on Nov 11th. Had the privilege of watching the 1st half. The quiz conducted by the veteran quizzers - Pranav, Lakshay, Sidharth, Sabarinath - were the names I caught. A very good quiz with quite high standards, in both questions asked and the teams. Even the adults would have found some of the questions difficult to crack. The Guy Ritchie question, is one that I think would have flown over most teams.
The most pleasing aspect was the use of Infinite Bounce. This is something I've tried to introduce to the adult quizzing circles - many times and all unsuccessfully. For one, the setters refuse to see the drawbacks of the direct-and-pass system. Second, they say the Infinite Bounce is too complicated to understand. So, was really happy to see the conductors adopt this.
Saturday, October 17, 2009
On a general note, none of the papers' websites really appeal. Too cluttered, too slow. Perhaps all could pay a bit more attention to engaging the subscriber a bit more.
Monday, October 05, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
The better half tells me that, even though not a quizzer herself, after seeing many quizzes that I've set, she's able to guess a few answers easily. Says I always seem to set something on Richard Feynman, P G Wodehouse, Calcutta and Calvin & Hobbes. Just as Pickbrain tends to ask on Red Cross, Nobel Prize and the Pope. And once the participants cue in on that, they'll start cracking the questions easily.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
2.15 patriotic songs (Hindi) to listen on Independence day Not very patriotic myself. But I like good songs:)
3. Michael Foody on why he likes Twitter Quoting him , "The freedom to be mediocre most of the time is something that is necessary to be excellent ever and twitter gives me a way to be mediocre. And that’s why I like twitter."
4. Swaminomics on some Swine Flu & related stats from India
5. Driving Test Flowchart
Thursday, August 13, 2009
1st read up Linda Goodman's Sun Signs. And started categorizing people by their DoB. Augmented this with Indian star signs. So now everyone was mapped on to a 2D matrix. And then added palmistry to the repertoire. Didn't really believe all this, though it didn't stop me from trying it out on every possible subject.
Later got hooked into Graphology after seeing a TV programme on it. Bought 3 books on it. Now this was more interesting for 2 reasons.
1 - It appeared scientific.
2 - Unlike the zodiac, very few were familiar with this. So it hasn't been widely ridiculed yet. And I could easily pretend to the local expert in school.
Finally added Kinesics to this list. And turned into an integrated cold reader. Took a few years to realize that this was all Bovine Scat.
After this I had taken to debunking practitioners of such arts. Usually they would be specialists in only one of the forms.
Sunita Menon seems to be a generalist. Her calling card reads 'Clairvoyant, healer, counsellor, psychic, guide, philosopher and mentor'. She's most famous however as a Tarot Card reader. As part of the independence day celebrations, the Indian Embassy in Muscat started of with a talk by this celebrity psychic. Celebrity status clearly enhanced by the likes of Karan Johar & Ekta Kapoor being her regular clients. In Kapoor's dud Krishna Cottage, the seance played by Rati Agnihotri is named Sunita Menon.
The widely covered tamasha at the embassy was billed as the "Exotic Indian Science of Tarot Reading". This appears flawed on many fronts. Tarots are not of Indian Origin. They came up in continental Europe merely as a game. Later when it spread to the British Isles, it started getting used for divination. Hence the references in the Harry Potter series, and probably the most famous - Solitaire in Live & Let Die.
I guess it can be called 'exotic' in the sense that it is 'foreign' to this part of the world. And it's as much 'Science' as 'Intelligent Design'.
Her show seemed to have impressed the audience, going by the newspaper reports. Keeping with her ilk, she doesn't appear to have definitely forecast anything during her talk, despite numerous queries. The only prediction that is not completely vague is when she said that the US would take another 10 months to come out of the economic depression, Europe even further, and India & the Middle East have already started coming out. Waiting to see if this happens. Though it'll be difficult to define what exactly needs to happen to certify that the depression is over.
Like everyone and their uncle, she claims to have forecast the market crash as far as 2 years ago. If she knew so clearly, why didn't she go short, and make some serious money out of her forecasting abilities?
Nigeria has of course taken over as the hotbed for such schemes. But amazed that there are still people who fall for this. This man feels ashamed that the perpetrator comes from his land, sullying his name as well. And I feel embarrassed that the victim is from my land:(
Sunday, August 09, 2009
The maps can of course be downloaded and used at will. No fees, as far as I've understood.
Looked at some of the places I regularly visit. Not all streets have been captured yet. All the more motivated to get the GPS out on my next trips.
Some new applications have come up that make it easier to edit the maps. One such is Walking Papers which allows one to print maps, draw on them, and scan it back to Open Street Map.
Friday, June 19, 2009
Guess both Raffah & Zahara use the same ad agency. And the moment they got 'medical' in their brief, they took out their stock medical images and did some photoshopping. Unfortunately with the same background colour as well, a lot of readers would have thought both ads were touting the same product. Clearly one of the clients did not get the bang for their buck.
Friday, June 12, 2009
So make sure you're smiling in all the mug-shots you've put up in Facebook, Orkut & the rest.
Monday, June 01, 2009
A friend, seeing the report in the Oman Observer, called up to ask how the quiz went. He was bemused hearing my response, saying the article painted a completely different picture.
Reading through the article, I could only reply that it matched the actual event in quality. The reporter has simultaneously assaulted the English language and facts, without the least bother. I would normally have expected the organizers to have submitted a write-up for the newspapers to publish, so that the journalists don’t need to do their job. This doesn’t seem to have happened in this case, leaving our writer to cook something up on his own.
Here’s the article
The Quiz Master and the Director of the show, Kannu Baker did a brain brushing style of presentation by hurling questions that impart knowledge of the uniqueness of India by inducing a spirit of patriotism in quizzing. The gala event of
There were six teams comprising two members that were selected for the final round of
More than 60 per cent of teams were working class from various professions, and 40 per cent teams represented various schools from grade XI and above and it was a unique show with mix of people. The questions were comparatively of very high standard with uniqueness in covering the entire segments of
It’s a part of the whole GCC Quiz show by the Vision Tomorrow Communications, a Corporate Event Management Company in association with Federal Bank as the brand sponsor, of which Bahrain show would take place in the second week of June and the quizzers in Saudi Arabia will have their attempt in the week following. In Oman, UAE Exchange, SRK Group and LuLu were the support sponsors. New India Assurance Company and Teejan Furnishing were the Country sponsor of this
What’s Brain Brushing? Bottleneck elimination? Not only has he got the winners' names wrong, he's also got wrong names of the wrong winners.
Comparatively high standard questions??? Cause no one could answer anything? To put the record straight, I was forced to narrate my version of the circus.
Update: The Oman Tribune dated June 1 also carries a report on the quiz. Same error on winners. Otherwise different write-up. Seems the organizers did give out some release to the newspapers, each of which chose to edit it differently. Could not find the link to this though.
Saturday, April 18, 2009
And the prizes seem to be getting better as well. On top of the HP notebook, we get 25 riyals to splurge at Borders! Samsonite bags from our in-house sponsor. Besides a few handfuls of other stuff.
And this was 2008
Thursday, April 02, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Have been trying to find the reason for this. Read somewhere that this was inspired by Mahmud of Ghazni (Ghajini in Tamil) who also suffered from a similar type of memory loss. However have not been able to find any authoritative source on this.
Read some other story that this was inspired by Mahmud's success in invading India after repeated failures. Similar to the hero's trial in the film. But this doesn't sound plausible. Don't think the invader from Ghazni had so many failures to start with. And the 1st name that would come up for success after many failures is Robert the Bruce.
When remade into Hindi, the makers had to name the villain as Ghajini to avoid confusion among the viewers on the reason for the name. You could expect the saffron parties to raise a stink if the hero had been named so.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Normally quite difficult to evaluate the accuracy. For one, it is all ambiguous. And second, no body remembers this one year on; especially if the prediction did not come true. In the very unlikely event of something predicted actually happening, the proponents would be blowing their trumpets all over the place. And the billions of false predictions easily get brushed aside.
However once in a while we are able to pin down these fraudsters. A case in point is the forecast for 2008 by a Muscat based astrologer that appeared in the ToO Thursday magazine dated Jan 24-30 2008.
A few gems from the article.
Opening para - "Prospects appear bright for the world in general for the year 2008. The beginning of the year falls under the star of 'moon' and in the sign of 'Virgo' indicating material prosperity and luxuries."
[Pervez Musharraf] will continue to be president of Pakistan successfully in 2008.
[Hillary Clinton] shows success to US presidency 2008
[George W Bush] Failing health will trouble him
[Sonia Gandhi] Sickness will persist in the year.
[Bal Thackeray] the family feud in politics (with nephew) will come to an end.
[Gordon Brown] will have favourable results in elections, success and also public opinion will be in his favour.
[Lakshmi Mittal] 2008 will bring success in all endeavours. Only he lost $16 billion this year.
[Rahul Gandhi] Marriage is also on the cards for him.
Shahrukh Khan will enter politics.
[Sunjay Dutt] will have successful films to his credit. All three movies of his in 2008 flopped.
Atal Behari Vajpayee will be honoured with the highest award of the nation.
[Sensex] would not be a surprise if it touches 25000.
Read the full article for a good laugh.