Thursday, October 06, 2011

Mr. Jobs. Era span: 02/24/1955 - 10/05/2011

The best tributes - pictures & quotes - I've seen so far on the web. I'm sure Steve would've liked several of these, as they resemble what he lived & died for: A minimalist approach to everything.

I've never met you, and I never will. But you've created one hell of a revolution and you'll be an inspiration for centuries to come.

Rest In Peace, Mr. Jobs.

Some Quotes:

Steve Jobs was born out of wedlock, put up for adoption at birth, dropped out of college, then changed the world. What's your excuse? - Anonymous

Remember Steve Jobs this way, in his own words: "Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life." - Anonymous

Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish. And I have always wished that for myself. - Mr. Jobs

It’s your heart running around outside your body. - Mr. Jobs about children to Eric Schmidt

He had a level of perception about feelings and emotions that was far beyond anything I’ve met in my entire life. His legacy will last for many years, through people he’s trained and people he’s influenced. But what death means is you can’t call—you can’t call him. It’s a loss. I’ll miss talking to him. - Eric Schmidt

Steve was among the greatest of American innovators - brave enough to think differently, bold enough to believe he could change the world, and talented enough to do it. And there may be no greater tribute to Steve’s success than the fact that much of the world learned of his passing on a device he invented. - President Obama

For those of us lucky enough to get to work with him, it's been an insanely great honor. I will miss Steve immensely. - Bill Gates

Once in a rare while, somebody comes along who doesnt just raise the bar, they create an entirely new standard of measurement. - Twitter CEO Dick Costolo

Finally, this is one picture that is really wonderful. Mr. Jobs at his last WWDC in June 2011. I'm sure he knew that this was his last Keynote.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

The decade's best Tamil movie songs...

According to me, and only for me, the following were the best Tamil songs over the last decade. Well, it's Decade + 1 actually, as the decade officially was from 2000-2009. But, I've listed down songs from 2000-2010. I love every bit of these songs, in no particular order, for either or all of composition, composer, singer or lyrics.

Isyail thodangudhamma (Movie: Hey Ram)
Urugudhe Marugudhe (Movie: Veyyil)
Kangal Irandal (Movie: Subramaniapuram)
Kannil Paarvai Pogum podhu (Movie: Naan Kadavul)
Pichaipaathiram (Movie: Naan Kadavul)
Elankaathu veesudhe (Movie: Pithamagan)
Endhan Vaanin (Movie: Kadhal Virus)
Swasame (Movie: Thenali)
Oru Deiyvam Thandha Poove (Movie: Kannathil Muthamittal)
Velai Pookal (Movie: Kannathil Muthamittal)
Edho Edho Ondru Enakullae (Movie: Enakku 20 Unakku 18)
Thottu Thottu Ennai (Movie: Kaadhal)
Unakena Iruppaen (Movie: Kaadhal)
Oru Maalai Ila Veyil Neram (Movie: Ghajini)
New York Nagaram (Movie: Sillunu Oru Kaadhal)
Unna Vida (Movie: Virumaandi)
Malargale... Malargale... (Movie: Pudhukottaiyilirundhu Saravanan)
Ondra Renda Aasaigal (Movie: Kaakha Kaakha)
Vaseegara (Movie: Minnalae)
Iru vizhi Unadhu (Movie: Minnalae)
Venmathi Venmathiyae (Movie: Minnalae)
Un perai sonnale (Movie: Dumm Dumm Dumm)
Mun Paniya (Movie: Nandhaa)
Edhilum Ingu Irupaan Avan Yaaro (Movie: Bharathi)
Yaar, Yaar Sivam... (Movie: Anbe Sivam)
Ulaga Azhagiyae (Movie: Laysa Laysa)
Chinna Vayasula Odi Pudichaen (Movie: Pandavar Bhoomi)
Avaravar Vaazhkaiyil (Movie: Pandavar Bhoomi)

I can create a playlist with these songs and shuffle it all day long. What's yours?

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

An excruciating, self imposed misery!

Have you heard of someone crucifying themselves without the cross, nail and a hammer? Actually, we did. Here's how...

At first, it seemed a little difficult, though doable. I was really looking forward to it, but Anu was already starting to wish the 7 days got over as quickly as possible. To make sure we don't crave too much, we stuffed ourselves with enough food here the previous evening.

The 7 days ahead of us was something like this. 8th day is the highlight!

16 April 2009 - Day 1 - Fruits, no Bananas though
17 April 2009 - Day 2 - Vegetables
18 April 2009 - Day 3 - Fruits & Vegetables
19 April 2009 - Day 4 - Skimmed Milk & Bananas
20 April 2009 - Day 5 - Brown Rice & Tomatoes
21 April 2009 - Day 6 - Brown Rice, Vegetables & Tomatoes
22 April 2009 - Day 7 - Brown Rice, Vegetables & Fruit Juices
23 April 2009 - Day 8 - தங்கமணி Enjoy!

I don't really want to go into each and every minute of the 7 days. After all, there wasn't much as we were just starving. If we had done anything better, then it would've been here. Anyways, a few highlights

The first one totally got me by the unmentionables - I cannot have my morning coffee. The first shot of caffeine is something that I have spoilt myself with. The only drinks we "can" have during the 7 days are - Black Coffee, Black Tea. I think I would have preferred komiyam in place of the Black Coffee. OK, that was a bit exaggerated. I, in fact liked the black coffee and drank this on all 7 days! Maybe, I should start drinking black coffee more so that I can avoid the milk. But, how can I satisfy this? Let's cut the crap and get into the details...

Day 1 was real difficult as it was a full fruit day. Not that I don't like fruits, but the missing salt was a killer. So, we supplemented our fruit diet with the magic soup. Basically, I did a few variations and made something like this, of course, without its usual richness! Plus 10 glasses of water!

Day 2 was amazing. We can have a pinch of carb with a lot of vegetables. The day starts with a baked potato and we did our variation with this. We baked the potato and then mashed it well with a pinch of salt, pepper and fresh lime juice making it like podimas. Eating a cup full of this did really help. Also, we made some yummy veggie salads with steamed cabbage, cauliflower, beans, carrots, cucumbers, peas, kernel corn and the dressing was (home made) Guacamole! Of course, we had our share of magic soup to get us going. For dinner, we had the Chipotle Veggie Salad (without beans, sour cream & cheese). Everything else in this Chipotle Veggie Salad is fresh and we felt it was a very good substitute and it really was! Plus 10 glasses of water!

Day 3 was as simple as Day 1 + Day 2. (No, its not 20 glasses of water, just 10!)

Even before we started this episode, Anu was dreading Day 4 because bananas and Anu are like Snakes and Mongooses! I, on the other hand, love bananas. One can have up to 8 bananas on Day 4 with 3 glasses of skimmed milk (obviously, without sugar). Variation here too - Anu made herself Banana smoothies with her share of bananas and milk. In case you are wondering, the answer is Yes for magic soup for Day 4. Plus 10 glasses of water!

Day 5, Day 6, Day 7 were pretty much a combo of Days 1 thru' 3, with the addition of Brown rice and Tomatoes. Eating raw tomatoes is a pain, so we put it in the blender with a pinch of salt and pepper and drank it like a tomato juice. It was still bad, but, not as bad as eating a raw tomato. On these last 3 days, for the veggie salad, we made fajitas (with 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil) and a fresh tomato, onion, corriander salsa. Basically, we made the salad like the Chipotle Veggie Salad. Plus 10 glasses of water on each of these days!

Day 8, although we were relieved that the 7 days were over, in retrospect, we kinda liked the way the diet was organized. Kudos to whoever came up with the Vegetarian version of this! We had very clean bowel movements, felt very refreshed and a huge eye opener as to how well (& easily) we can organize what we eat on a daily basis. The best part: There is absolutely no artificial things in it. Lots of fruits, vegetables & water is the key. We have also started drinking nearly 3-4 litres of water every day and have reduced the sugar intake drastically. I've stopped adding Sugar for my morning coffee & Anu has halved hers, practically no junk sweets (from India especially). Of course, we do have it once in a while, otherwise the cravings become much worse and we start stuffing ourselves like crazy later.

I'd definitely recommend this to everyone. The weight loss piece is amazing (and I'm not going to say how much I lost), but the revelation was the bestest!

Ironically, right now, the only good thing about GM is the GM Diet. (And I had my share of laughs for the phrase in the GM Reinvention ads - "The only chapter we're focused on... is Chapter 1"!)

Thursday, April 30, 2009

I have a job, and this...

My Orkut
My Facebook
My MySpace
My LinkedIn
My Geni
My GTalk (suppressed to avoid spam)
My Yahoo! (suppressed to avoid spam)
My GMail (suppressed to avoid spam)
My Yahoo! Mail (suppressed to avoid spam)
My 43 Things
My Twitter
My Blogs

Question: Why the hell am I in all of the above?

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

ஒரு விளம்பரம் தான்...

Here is the original. As a matter of fact, I never take the escalators, I always take the stairs. But, there's a lot of people in the stairs now since the escalators are broken. Not to mention the oldies and lazy bums finding it difficult to climb up and making it difficult for others to climb up fast.

அதுல என்ன பெருமை?

Friday, November 21, 2008

நாச்சியார் திருமொழி!

வாரணம் ஆயிரம் சூழ வலம் செய்து
நாரணன் நம்பி நடக்கின்றான் என்றெதிர்
பூரண பொற்குடம் வைத்துப் புறம் எங்கும்
தோரணம் நடக் கனாக் கண்டேன் தோழி நான்!

Well, I obviously translated a Tanglish version of the above verse from the web. So, my visibility to நாச்சியார் திருமொழி is just சுட்ட மொழி! Also, in the current state of economy, ஆயிரம் வாரணம் is an extravagance!

But the point I am trying to make is, don't miss this வாரணம் ஆயிரம் - Simple, yet makes a significant impact on how important relationships are and how one has to keep moving on with every aspect of life and its happenings.


The film may appear "uh-just OoooK movie", especially for those who are yet to experience the lost of a loved one, or those who are yet to fall in love. வாரணம் ஆயிரம் is about the strength of love and memories, how important they are in ones life, even if your loved ones depart. Some of the scenes are well scripted and acted upon - I can't remember San Francisco being shown to be so beautiful in Hollywood movies even, especially when Meghna confesses her feelings for Surya at the backdrop of the bridge while he is playing with a toy helicopter. Fantabulous! Also, when Surya calls his parents and cries uncontrollably about Meghna's death is one of the most moving scenes I've seen so far. A must watch movie, folks.

Pluses - Surya & Surya, Simran, Wonderful 1st half, Songs, Screenplay
Minuses - Drag in second half, Sameera Reddy, Divya Spandana

Monday, August 18, 2008

Greedy Fellow!