Archive for July, 2007

Holy Secret

July 31, 2007

Here are some of the search terms used on Google through which people get to my blog (according to WordPress stats):

  • weird circle
  • macosx multiboot
  • Seek ye first the kingdom of Heaven and
  • funny face animation

Yes, the secret is out, I’m sorry but I cannot continue this charade any more. I am in fact a servant of the Holy God, sending subliminal religious messages through my blog, thus making it an electronic manifestation of holy thoughts.

True believers should have recognized the hidden messages, but if not, I will see you in hell.

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Jumping the shark

July 28, 2007

Of the many TV series that I have followed ever since coming here, a trend I have noticed is for shows to jump the shark. It is in a sense, very similar to death – inevitable, tragic (in most cases) and it does leave a void in your life. Various shows are forced to jump the shark at varying speeds – opinions will differ on this, but Friends started its decline from season 7 (which sort of coincides with Matthew Perry’s decline as an actor), Scrubs from Season 5, House from Season 3, 24 from Season 3, The Office (US version) from Season 3 etc. etc.

The only exception to the rule seems to be Seinfeld (of which I have seen relatively little of), which retired at its peak after 10 years. And of course, Family Guy, which as years go by just seems to get random-er and crazier, but still manages to avoid Jaws. I seriously believe that the Family Guy writers huddle together every week, come up with random ideas and celebrities they hate (or love, come to think of it), stitch them together and form a barely-recognizable-from-where-it-started-with-many-flashbacks plot – all fueled by healthy doses of coke or pot.

Which leads me to think of how hard it must be for writers to come up with fresh material episode in and episode out; actors to maintain chemistry and spontaneity in their performances; producers not to succumb to ridiculous product placements and directors not to throw in the towel by bringing in guest stars.

I wonder if blogs have a jump-the-shark threshold as well…

Postscript: You may have noticed I have conveniently avoided talking about the TV show Family Guy is supposedly inspired from. I have nothing against it per-se, it’s just that compared to Peter Griffin and his family, the S’s look like they need to get a life.

And out of a weird loyalty towards Family Guy, I have vowed not to watch the movie spin-off as well…

UPDATE: I am tempted to see it however, for Spiderpig.

Can I stick my head in the sand too?

July 27, 2007

…seems to be what Niranjan Shah is struggling to put to words, in an interview with rediff.com where he admonishes the breakaway Indian Cricket League and the ‘vandals’ who are undermining the national pride associated with the current Indian team. Give me a break – apart from a brief revival in 2002-2003, Indian cricket has been in steady decline since the match-fixing scandal. They lost a lot of fervent fans (including myself who takes pride in having watched a classic Ind-v-Aus test match in the five days before a Class X Board Exam), after the dirty underbelly of Indian cricket was exposed in 2000.

Now, more than anger it is a general sense of apathy. I have a feeling most of my countrymen follow cricket almost out of a desperate longing for the ‘glory days’ – a faint hope that we will turn a corner and transform into world-beaters who can win anywhere.

In the face of a growing fervor of ‘I-don’t-care-anymore’, it seems even more ridiculous for the BCCI to take such a stand.

Wake up and smell the rot.

Since you can’t beat ’em…join ’em.

Postscript: It is funny that this is the same board; who a few years back argued in court that the Indian team does not play for India but in fact the BCCI; who is whining about national pride (or the absence of it)!

Smile to your face

July 26, 2007

There are certain things which bring a smile to my face. Things which I am not involved in, things which don’t really affect me, but I can’t help but chuckle. Like..

  • the Iraqis (Sunnis, Shias and Kurds) playing out of their skins to reach the Asian Cup finals (which will be against Saudi Arabia no less)…
  • Apple selling 270,000 iPhones in 2 days, and projecting to sell a million within this year. Something which the iPod took 2 years to do…
  • an XBox 360 turning into a Decepticon in Transformers…

*chuckle*

UPDATE:

One more:

Transformers – The Sequel

July 21, 2007

This is the effect of watching An Inconvenient Truth and Transformers on the same day. Scene from a possible sequel to Transformers (to be filmed in 2010):

Optimus: Autobots! I have sighted a Decepticon on my radar. Bumblebee, give me exact co-ordinates.

Bumblebee (adjusting his vocal cords): Optimus, decepticon Greenpeace is 10 miles north of Shanghai, People’s Republic of China.

Optimus (worried): Uh-oh. You know what that means. Did you know we just emitted a bucket-load of carbon dioxide when we destroyed that last decepticon? Thank the Cube that was in sunny California.

Bumblebee (pissed): Optimus, enough already. I’ve had it with this environmental crap. Do you want to save this planet or not?

Optimus (more pissed): Yeah – and have the Chinese government and Al Gore behind me for not following emission laws. There’s only one thing left to do. (admires his own gravitas) We have to send our hybrid Autobot on this mission. Priustron…it is in your hands.

Priustron (worried): Oh but Shanghai is so hot this time of the year. I have to carry my moisturizer, my face pack, and do you have any idea of the kinda stuff they put in Kung-pao chicken? No sir – I need to take some bean-sprouts and spring onions with me. How long do you think this mission will be? Dear oh dear I’m so not prepared..I..

Optimus (pissed, mutters under breath): Grr..they don’t make them like they used to..