Saturday, November 22, 2008

Wikipedia on Sachin

Being a Sachin fan ever since I started watching cricket, I never expected Wikipedia to tell me something I didn't know.

He is the 9th highest wicket taker for India in ODIs.

And finally, it seems like Wikipedia has redone it's article on Sachin Tendulkar. Now it's got much better adjectives and more content including accounts of Sachin's great innings and awesome bowling cameos.
A few months back it was a very amateurish article, probably written by some fan who didn't know how to write detailed informative articles. Well done Wikipedia!

Seinfeld Season 4 Quotes

One of the best seasons of Seinfeld was season 4. Below are some of the quotes from a few episodes.

The Pitch [S04E03] -

Jerry is asked by executives at NBC to come up with an idea for a sitcom. What follows is this discussion between Jerry and George about ideas for the show.

Jerry and George in Monk's thinking of ideas for their show to pitch to NBC.

(Just throwing it out there): This should be the show.
Jerry: What?
George: This, just talking.
Jerry(Dismissing): Yeah, right.
George: No I'm serious that sounds like a good idea.
Jerry: Just talking? What's the show about?
George: It's about nothing.
Jerry: No story?
George: No, forget the story.
Jerry: You've got to have a story.
George: Who says you gotta have a story? Remember when we were waiting for, for that table in that Chinese restaurant that time? That could be a TV show.
Jerry: And who is on the show? Who are the characters?
George: I could be a character.
Jerry: You?
George: Yeah. You could base a character on me.
Jerry: So, on the show, there's a character named George Costanza?
George: Yeah. There's something wrong with that? I'm a character. People are always saying to me, "You know you're a quite a character."
Jerry: And who else is on the show?
George: Elaine could be a character. Kramer..
Jerry: Now he's a character.....So everybody I know is a character on the show.
George: Right.
Jerry: And it's about nothing?
George: Absolutely nothing.
Jerry: So you're saying, I go in to NBC, and tell them I got this idea for a show about nothing.
George: WE go into NBC.
Jerry: "We"? Since when are you a writer?
George(Scoffs): Writer. We're talking about a sit-com.
Jerry: You want to go with me to NBC?
George: Yeah. I think we really go something here.
Jerry: What do we got?
George: An idea.
Jerry: What idea?
George: An idea for the show.
Jerry: I still don't know what the idea is!
George: It's about nothing!
Jerry: Right.
George: Everybody's doing something. We'll do nothing!
Jerry: So, we go into NBC, we tell them we've got an idea for a show about nothing.
George: Exactly.
Jerry: They say, "What's your show about?" I say, "Nothing."
George: There you go.
Jerry (After a moment of pause): I think you may have something there.

The Contest [S04E11] -

This is the episode of Seinfeld in which the characters actually have a Contest of who can last longer, without, ahem, doing something [let's just keep it to that]. A very controversial topic which was handled in a very non-controversial and hilarious way. The episode theme, is used till date by many sitcoms!

Jerry Seinfeld: But are you still "Master of your Domain?"
George Costanza: I am king of the county.

Jerry Seinfeld: It's like shaving.
Elaine Benes: Oh what a bunch of baloney! I shave my legs!
Cosmo Kramer: [while eating] Not everyday

The Implant [S04E19] -

Another "touchy" subject handled [pun intended] in a way never been seen before. Jerry dates a well endowed Teri Hatcher [Sidra] and is doubtful about the naturalness of, well lets just call them - "them". Some of the best lines in the episode were:

Elaine Benes: You've dated women with nose jobs before, so what's the big deal?
Jerry Seinfeld: You don't touch the nose, you don't aspire to reach the nose, you don't unhook anything to get to the nose and no man has ever tried to look up a woman's nostril!

Sidra: [referring to "them"] By the way, they're real, and they're spectacular!

----------------------------------------------------------------------- + DownloadHelper = Musical Awesomeness!

Yet another reason as to why Firefox rules, by using the above combination of Firefox Add-ons, I now have the power of Internet radio music along with the incredible power of downloading all the songs instantly. Just select an artist/genre/song title and it gives you some great music.
The best part is that it uses "Related Artists" and gives you such songs that you may have missed out on or never even heard before and if you like it, with 2 clicks you can make it yours.
Also, if they give you a song you don't like, just switch to the next one. Try it out once and see it for yourselves.

Another interesting extension is "Read it Later" - an awesome spin to the usual Bookmarks feature every browser has. It's less cluttering than a Bookmark and easier to use.

P.S. : I discovered all this at 4am, on the morning of my IS exam ;)

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Engineering Quotes

Engineering is a weird thing, engineering in COEP is even weirder.

Life can throw many pleasant surprises at you, engineering can only throw unpleasant ones.

Never laugh during your viva... never!

When sleeping pills fail, open up an engineering text book... snores are guaranteed.

Occasionally I stare outside my window while I'm studying and I see all the happy faces playing on the ground; then I get back to my books and read lame foreign author jokes!

The Pen Drive is the greatest invention known to any computer engineer.

Sometimes I look at the number of students in the queues each year and I wonder how come people are so eager to get into engineering and end all chances of a normal, happy easy going life.

How come, there aren't any hot female celebs who are engineers?

The happiest day of an engineer's life is his convocation, because he knows it's finally over!!!


Saw the movie today, finally! Honestly, I liked it. I read all the reviews, especially the critical one's and well maybe the people went in with way too many expectations. But for an Indian audience the movie is absolutely perfect, it's not over-the-top stuff. Priyanka Chopra does a fine job, but for me the real revelation was Mugdha Godse as Janet, not only did she look the part, she acted pretty well.

Worth a watch for sure, but don't expect something out of the world. But kudos to Madhur Bhandarkar for making a comeback after a dismal Traffic Signal. Also, in one of the critical reviews, there was a question raised as to why did Madhur Bhandarkar paint every male fashion designer as gay. Well, people just look around and you'll get your answer!

Adios Anil and Farewell Dada

Anil Kumble's century at The Oval and Sourav Ganguly's occasional spell of medium pace are not exactly things which come to mind as soon as we mention their names, but that's where their true greatness lies.
They've achieved so much in such a long career that one tends to forget may of their heroics. Few mention Anil Kumble's magical spell of 6-12 against the West Indies in the Hero Cup final; fewer remember Sourav's exceptional ODI batting and the masterclass of an opening pair that he and Sachin formed.

Sourav Ganguly should also be credited with having discovered the entire next generation of cricketers, be it Sehwag, Irfan, Zaheer, Dhoni or the Turbanator aka Bhajji.

Anil Kumble, what can one say about him. Yeah the news channels will harp on his 10 wickets in an innings, but the true cricket fan will also remember how Azhaar would turn to him match after match, when all other bowlers would get thrashed... Anil would mark his run up as early as in the 9th over of the game. What's more, he would get the break through. The quicker one, the batsman would try to cut it, he'd miss and an easy LBW for Anil. Also I won't ever forget that final match in B'lore when Anil and Srinath had an awesome partnership and tonked the ball in the final few overs to give India an unlikey victory. Their mothers were watching with glee after each boundary was hit.

I still remember the final IPL match of Kolkata Knightriders, they were in dire straits. My bro and I were watching and Sourav was still there; the required rate was a near impossible 20 something. Hardly any wickets in hand, and I just said "If Sourav is there till the last ball, there's no way he'll let his team lose"! No prizes for guessing what happened, he whacked the ball all over the park and won the game for his team.

That was just an IPL game, but such is the greatness of these players, as long as they are on the field, one can hope that no matter what we will win.

In time Rahul Dravid will also go, people won't expect to feel his abscence, but they will. Here's a man who at his prime could almost never be dismissed by the opposition [therefore the nick 'Wall']. Laxman, the master of wristwork. No one notices the number of matches that he has saved for us. And every Sachin fan dreads the day the great man decides to hang up his boots, which is why, people like me make it a point to watch every innings he plays.

So here's a final appeal to people who yell "Retirement" each time these greats have a bad inning, just shut up and enjoy the few performances left. The Big 3 aren't there anymore, neither is Anil Kumble! It's just Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman and Sachin Tendulkar.

P.S. : All those retards who have ever said shit like "Sachin never scores a century when India needs it", just get some mental treatment! He scored a 100 against Aus in the final match of the Test series which India won and in ODI's he made a 100 in the final against Aus in Aus; so please zip it!

Adios Anil.

Farewell Dada!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Gautam Gambhir vs [Watson + Katich]

Wasn't much of a Gambhir fan until this test match, the guy screwed the Aussies all day [the one match ban can kiss Watson's a**]

Check this video, the best one related to the Gambhir fight -

Gambhir Vs [Watson + Katich]