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Friday, November 09, 2007

Casual use of the word "Research"

Here I am back with another rant post. This time its about the casual,loose use of the word "Research". I have started noticing people use this word for every trivial thing they search. Like for example, a few days back, one of my distant distant relatives was about to welcome her uncle in the US. She wanted to take him to Niagara falls and treat him to some chinese food. Being a vegetarian she had to "Research" and find out chinese hotels in Niagara. Now come on....Thats not research...It's a simple Google search !!!
I am fed up and going to research about downloading a Mohan Lal movie.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Creative Commercial from Target

Target is always known for its creative commercials. The latest "Hello Goodbuy" is one such classic ad. They've used the song "Hello Goodbye" (notice the spelling difference) from a Beatles Album.
See the Target Ad below

According to the website SplendAd, the following merchandise is featured in the ad

Soccer balls, a flat panel television, Etch A Sketch, guitars, doggie biscuits, soup, cosmetics, linens coming out of clothes dryers, Coca-Cola, vacuum cleaners, luggage, lamps, lightbulbs, swimsuit bikinis, Clorox Bleach Pen, bandages, garden gnomes, a Timex Retrograde watch, dancing Robosapiens, dancing Energizer 9 volt batteries, baby diapers, Weber grills, tennis racquets and balls, a clothesline full of boxer shorts, and men's swimming trunks.

And here is the Original...

Monday, August 27, 2007

Why Sikh Turban patdowns won't work

A new policy on airport search procedures has authorised what it calls turban pat downs. The turban will now be under the scanner at airports across America.

But you know why this won't work??
Once a TSA guy goes near those smelly beards and hair they will never repeat the mistake again :-))

OK its just a joke....

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Punishment for corruption - The Manchu Style

Chinese government yesterday executed Zheng Xiaoyu, the former head of Food and Drug Administration in that country. He was convicted of amassing $850,000 and allowing fake drugs to be sold.

The Chinese government says that this will serve as a warning to corrupt officials.

The punishment may sound harsh to us Indians where even murderers and rapists get away easily. But this is precisely the reason that China is going to be a super power. Discipline has to be indoctrinated into people.

What we Indians see in movies like Anniyan, the Chinese government does it !!

Monday, July 02, 2007

Interview with Sivaji

After Adiseshan's death by rampaging students trying to get 10000 rupees, Sivaji is jobless and is wandering around. Our reporter caught him loafing around at a temple in Chennai.

Interviewer: Mr Sivaji...Thanks for allowing me to interview you. I did not expect to find you in the temple again. Hope you are not looking for a new girl?
Sivaji: Yes. I am. Tamil Chelvi left me.
Interviewer: Oh..thats too bad. You are such a nice person helping people get MBBS & engineering degrees and providing jobs for millions. Why did she leave you?
Sivaji: She could not sleep in the night with me.
Interviewer: Why sir ?
Sivaji: She could not stand the tabla sound I made on my head. I should have learnt it after Durga left me when I made that "Lakalakalaka" sound....

Interviewer: Sir, lets talk about your life a bit. Everybody wants to know how a Software Systems Architect could amass 200 odd crores?
Sivaji: Ohhh...Give me a break. After completing Windows XP systems design, I joined Apple Computers. There I designed the iPod. Before coming to India, I completed the design for a new device called iPhone. For all these small softwares, I got a few millions...

Interviewer: That's Cool Sir...Ok. About your problems with Mr Adiseshan...How come he was able to remove a state government but was afraid of you going into the IT office with some documents and hard disk. Does he not have contacts there who can hand it all back to him?
Sivaji: You think Adiseshan is intelligent? He could not recognize my voice & Tamil accent when I spoke on the phone chewing my collar.

Interviewer: It was amazing the way your former wife Tamil Selvi saved your life by waving her red davani before the electric train. She was courageous..
Sivaji: Shut up you moron... You think the train driver stopped because she waved her Red Sari? He was trying to see something by leaning forward and accidentally stepped on the brakes.

Interviewer: How can somebody be revived by CPR after more than an hour of his death. But how was the doctor able to revive you?
Sivaji: Naan eppa varuven, eppadi varuvennu yarukkum theriyadhu, aana varavendiya neratthil correct-aga varuven.(When I will arrive, or how I will arrive, nobody will know, but I will arrive when I ought to)

Interviewer: Finally, You are Sivaji, The BOSS (Bachelor of Social Service). Tom Cruise has been running around saying that his wife Kate was a MOSS (Master of Social Service). What is your opinion about that?
Sivaji: Kanna, according to Indian culture, after marriage a lady takes on her husband's identity. So now she is Kate Tom Screws.

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Non Veg Desserts

Here is an awesome recipe to make your day !! Another dessert that goes along with this is the Cake with strawberry "Mouse" filling.

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Roots - A heart Wrenching Story

For the last 2 weekends we have been watching the video version of Alex Haley's Pulitzer winning novel Roots. The story is about an African boy Kunta Kinte who is kidnapped and brought to America by Slavers in 1750. The story then shows how this boy struggles and how he and his offspring suffer as slaves under their "Massas" (Masters). After seeing the mini-series, I really understood what kind of lives the slaves were forced to live by their white owners. The slave owners considered the blacks as some kind of animals without any kind of emotion. The most heart wrenching scene was when the Massa sells off Kunta Kinte's 15 year daughter to another slave owner when she commits a mistake.

Seeing this movie, I feel, what kind of emotionless people were those slave owners. Its a must watch for all people who are interested in knowing how Slave trade worked and what's the background of the present day African Americans.

This video appeared as a mini series in TV in the late 70's and now its out in DVD.