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Sunday, January 29, 2006

Love Tag!

I have been tagged by Jeevan. The game rules are as follows... The tagged victim has to come up with 8 different points of their perfect lover. Need to mention the sex of the target. Tag 8 victims to join this game & leave a comment on their comments saying they’ve been tagged. If tagged the 2nd time, there's no need to post again. My perfect lover is a guy, who
  1. is able to crush my ego by pointing out my mistakes, in a manner that will make me love him even more.
  2. is able to share with me his knowledge as well as ask me for tips in whatever he wants to do next.
  3. has a smile so cute.
  4. makes me laugh even at my worst moods.
  5. will fight with me even for the smallest things, and later smile back when I hold his hand and apologise.
  6. must not call me often, and must not be free to answer all my calls...he must be a guy who is dedicated to his work.
  7. prefers home cooked food to restaurant food.
  8. loves me more than I love him.
Are you happy now Jeevan? And now I tag..(drumroll)...
Ok guys.. Enjoy... Kaadhal Vasappattu Enjoy!
Acceding to the request of many who don't own quicktime, i am posting this edit again in windows media player format. Do tell me if there are any more problems. Cheers

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Saturday, January 28, 2006

Chiranjeevi, Padmabhooshan and Thumbs Up

Chiranjeevi got his Padmabhooshan award on Wednesday evening. Needless to say he was extremely happy about it.
An ecstatic megastar Chiranjeevi said he was overwhelmed and feeling on top of the world, more so on seeing the happiness on the faces of his kith and kin when the big declaration came in, awarding him the Padmabhushan late on Wednesday evening. Mr. Chiranjeevi told The media that though he had received several awards of eminence, the Padmabhushan for him was the crowning glory, a permanent stamp of achievement. "By this recognition, the Government has added immense value to me, motivating me to work harder in the discharge of my social responsibility as an actor. This is a recognition bestowed on the entire Telugu film industry and I dedicate this to my fans," he said, elated.
info courtesy of http://www.idleburra.com
Apart from this fact, I just wanted to add something out of the context.. Chiranjeevi in his latest Thumbs Up ad.

Friday, January 27, 2006

This is another edit i did today. It is a sample opening sequence for 20sec. Was thinking of using this piece for my showreel.

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Thursday, January 26, 2006

மதுவின் காதலி

கடுகக் கதைகளில் இந்த வார கடுகு... மதுவின் காதலியை பற்றியது...

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

The real winners of the Pongal Release...

I have watched all the pongal releases, Paramasivan being the last one. I don't want to give commentaries on both Paramasivan and Saravana. But who and what I remember from this year's Pongal releases are..."Drum Roll"...
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1) Prakash Raj - Appeared in all the 3 Pongal release movies, out of which in 2 he was a police office.. and stole the whole show most of the times. I can safely say that the protagonist in Paramasivan is actually Prakash Raj, rather than Ajith. Always there to bring out the charachter in the story.
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2) Vivek - Althought the comedian for all 3 movies, his role in the 3 movies were pretty minimal, and he was totally under-used. Could have been given more scope for his role, but his jokes were nevertheless funny. A student in Aadhi, Simbu's friend in Saravana, and a police officer cum CBI assistant in Paramasivan.
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3) Camera Phones - All three movies had a use for camera phones. In Aadhi, a student uses the phone to capture girls, a rowdy uses it in Saravana, and the camera phone appears for a short while in Paramasivan when Prakash Raj uses it to still the face of the terrorist photo. It is to note that the resolution of the phones used in Aadhi and Paramasivan even beats my Konica-minolta. Wow!

Saturday, January 21, 2006

Swing away your Sorrows...

சாய்ந்தாடம்மா சாய்ந்தாடு, ஊஞ்சலின் அமர்ந்து சாய்ந்தாடு, என் உள்ளத்தின் விட்டத்தில் சாய்ந்தாடு, என் கண்களின் வட்டத்துள் சாய்ந்தாடு சாய்ந்தாடம்மா சாய்ந்தாடு, இன்னும் பிறவா குழந்தையாய் சாய்தாடு, என் மறவா காதலாய் சாய்ந்தாடு, என்றும் பிரியா உரவாய் சாய்ந்தாடு சாய்ந்தாடம்மா சாய்ந்தாடு, விண்ணில் தேயா நிலவாய் சாய்ந்தாடு, இன்னும் பேயா மழையே சாய்ந்தாடு, உன்போல் சேயாய் மாறுவோம் சாய்ந்தாடு... Been a long long time since I played on a swing... You know, its so difficult to find swings here in Singapore, because they are deemed to be dangerous... I think depriving children of their childhood is one of the worst crimes imaginable. Swinging at night, with a cool breeze on your face, is instant heaven.... I hope every child experiences the joy of a simple swing.
Watched the Hindi movie 'Murder' yesterday. I ok, but I thought that Malikka Sherawat was totally bimbotic. Loved this song... Dil Ko Hazar Bar, by Alisha Chinoy. She's got one of the most amazing voices I have heard. Very sultry and velvety. The song was sung just perfect for the situation, and music was good too... was very 60s, by Anu Malik. Lyrics are ny Rahat Indori. My choice song of the moment.. Enjoy it guys...

Dil Ko Hazar Bar.rm
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Friday, January 20, 2006


The Clockr Now that you have seen the Retrievr and Tagnautica, i introduce the Clockr. Clockr is by Klingemann too.. This guy is amazing, don't ask me how he does it. Clockr is a virtual digital clock, where the digits are actually images from Flickr itself. Just lay back, and see time pass by... once in a while click on the digits, to get a diffrent style of number. I expect this to take some time to load.. so don't get impatient and run away. Flash fun man!!!


Just after the introduction of Retrievr, I am introducing another protoype for Flickr by Mario Klingemann, the Tagnautica. This is also super fun when finding for picture in Flickr. My search was for Love. Ahhh.. the beauty of Flash. For more Flash fun, look under my links section.


Wow, got this cool website link from Arunchaxx. It's so fun to search for images this way. Sketch what you want, and search for it. So artistic. Great idea! Below is what i searched for and what I got. Try it guys, you would love it! Screencapture and blog it if you can! Retrievr... "Retrievr lets you find flickr images by drawing rough sketches of them. Finding images on Flickr is mostly textual (tags, keywords) or social (contacts, friends, groups). Retrievr is, like images, visual. At the same time it's our testbed for image retrieval algorithms, so that when you add an image to a page in System One, it gets you the potentially most similar pictures back in realtime." - System One

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Mustard Stories / கடுகுக் கதைகள்

I have started a new blog in tamil, titled கடுகுக் கதைகள் or mustard stories. I've wanted to for sometime now.... It will be in full and full tamil, with short stories, that i will try to post once in a week. The link to the site is available in my blog roll, or the links section in the side panel. Do visit and render your support tamil readers. Thank you. Enjoy your stay.

Monday, January 16, 2006

ஆதி...வியாதி...சீ, பீதி... I mean.. வரிப்புலி ஜாதி... A Look at Aadhi

Songs Vidyasagar has given some good melodious pieces, which are non flamboyant in the movie. The tunes will be here to stay. Both the rain songs were good, and refreshing to the ears. Dance choreography was good, Costumes were well chosen also. The dance in the beach looked good. Dialogues Aadhi scriptwriter who gave punch dialogues such as 'பிரச்சனை இல்லாத மனிஷனே இல்லை.. பிரச்சனை இல்லாதவன் மனிஷனே இல்லை...', also gave dialogues such as 'ஆதி.. நீ தானா என் மாமா?' (you will get the effect of the dialogue when you watch the movie.) For this, Vivek's 'போடுற shoe தான் ரீபோக்கு, ஆனால் அதை போடுற நான் ஒரு பொறம்போக்கு' was much better. Acting Prakash Raj, although appeared in the film for a short while, did an excellent job. Nasir, Vijayakumar both did justice to their parts. Comedy wise, Vivek was given a mega huge entry, but his role died off. There just wasn't enough time allocated for Vivek, because the villlains took up all the time there was. Vijay should seriously stop thinking that unshaven face, and shabby hair will give him a more stern look. In facts he looks like he has not washed himself for days. Trisha... I don't know...she tried to attempt something different... you tell me whether she succeeded or failed in the attempt. It is confirmed that Trisha can be the mascot for Tata Sumo. She has yet again proves her talents for being able to be easily pushed into one, and getting driven off by the villains. Advertisments Saravana Stores & Vasanth & Co. must have had their sales doubled after Aadhi release, because the stores, and its banners were the set for 'Thadakku' song and some scenes. Sunfeast sales must have tripled, given the fact that there was a whole scene dedicated for it, just for Vijay to say, 'Sunfeast, rombo nalla biscuit Aachey!' to a child. Etc. Vijay and Trisha entry into college scene gave me spasms of Deja vu... I vaguely remember times when Vijay and Jothika entering college grounds in Kushi, without them noticing each other, and students in the background. Am I dreaming or what? It was interesting that 3/4 of a big family were made up of Chinna Thirai, or small screen artistes. For many, this must have been a debut into Cinema. When Vijay recalled his family, and his family members' were introduced with slow music and close ups of their faces, for a split second I thought I was sitting for a drama serial's opening song. The climax took me aback. I wonder how come the fire department never noticed the material of shirt Vijay used for his climax fight scene. The shirt was burning for nearly 15 minutes, but when the fire died off, only had about 4 holes. Vijay's skin didn't even look sunburnt, or on the least tanned. Please take note of the shirt material, I probably missed it on the credits. Don't get me started on the violence. I think it is fated for all movies starting with the letter '' should have as much violence as possible. Taking in mind 'Aaru', 'Aayutha Ezhuttthu', and now 'Aadhi'. I thought the movie 'Mazhai' did enough damages to Tamil Nadu, after its release, and half expected to see more and even more rain in this movie. Vijay did a Shreya dance in this movie for the song 'Thadakku'. ''Aththi Aththi Kaai' was also taken in the rain. ஆதி.. பாதி மழை. (Aadhi - Half Rain)

Sunday, January 15, 2006

ஒரு மசாலாவின் கதை... A Masala Story...

I cooked just now, after like 2 years. I only cook when there is no one at home, or rather no 'adults' at home. So only me and my sis were at home just now, so I decided to whip up a really simple dish, and I made mushroom masala. It was the first time I attempted at the dish, and it turned out real good, except for the fact, that I added a tit too much chilly, and my poor sister was drinking loads of water. But in any case, I don't think what I cooked will be classified even under mildy spicy in Hyderabad. Please don't ask me how I made the dish, because frankly I am not sure myself. The ingredients I know that is inside are mushrooms, garlic, onion, ginger, water, green chilli and salt. God knows what is the masala inside, because I put in a spoonful of whatever that was inside the different bottles of masala powder my mum has. The quantity of the ingredients are also something that I did not record down, it was done by intution and taste, but the total time I took to prepare the food is like 15 min. Upon making the mushroom masala, I laid a slice of cheddar cheese on a slice of bread, and spread the piping hot masala on the cheese, and covered it with another slice of bread, and pressed it down, until the cheese melted and flowed into the masala. Than me and my sis ate it like a sandwich. I thought it was really exciting, and my sister loved it. Cooking is really a good stress reliever, provided, that you love it, you don't treat it as a chore, and you are willing to experiment. I know of many who can cook, but don't particularly like it because of the the aftermath of the cooking process, the washing up part... but I don't mind it.. because I minimise the amount of equipment I use, and I often wash utensils like the chopping board and stuff, while the dish takes time to cook. The finished process, most often gives you satisfaction, especially what you cooked turns out how you intended it to be, or sometimes even better. As for my Mushroom masala, I did not have any expectations of the dish, and it turned out fine.. so that was a pleasant surprise. When I have my own place, I will definitely make it a point to cook everyday, because me and outside food don't go together. Somehow, nothing matched the taste of food cooked at home... maybe at home, we insist on adding an extra ingredient in all our dishes.. LOVE. Adding LOVE to taste, just before bringing down the dish from the stove, perhaps makes the food tasty, and addictive.

Saturday, January 14, 2006

Pongalo Pongal!!!

Today is Pongal and mum made 2 types of Pongal... Pongal with Vellam (Jaggery) and Venn Pongal, and she made a Vegetable Kootu. I wasn't able to capture the pongal pot while the pongal was overflowing. If any of you guys are not familiar about Pongal, and want to know more, I suggest you visit Jeevan's blog. He has done a pretty comprehensive entry. This is my mother's beautiful kolam, she called it the Paavakai (Bittergourd) Kolam. Cute ah? Thats me with my sister and the entrance of my flat. Oh thats not the most interesting part of the whole story... I invited an Orkut friend, Guna over for lunch at my place...it was sooo cool. It was fun talking to him, and to hear about his family and his home back on Veloor. Celebrations are so fun when you have your friends and family over. Happy Ponggal once again... பொங்கல் நல்வாழ்த்துக்கள்!

Friday, January 13, 2006

Bhogi Day...

Just came back home from this place called Serangoon Road otherwise known as Little India, or much more famously known to Singaporeans as Tekka. This is where Indians from all over Singapore (not as if Singapore is very huge) gather before any indian festival to shop and join in the celebrations. It is a custom, every Ponggal to have an exhibition related to the festival in one of the lanes there. Also, there will be some cows and goats. My sis loves the celebrations... see how she is enjoying herself. To all there, Happy Bhogi!!! Come back for my Ponggal entry tomorrow. Will try to get up some delicious Ponggal pictures!
And to all my Telugu Friends... సంక్రాంతి శుభాకాంక్షలు

After Ages...

After what seemed liked Ages, my college cult group met up at TCC Orchard, and it was oh so fun. Wish we could have spent more time... after all, we only manage to come together like once a year or so...
Thats me and Rachel, the Serangoon North buddies, huddled up together... The girls in Black...
Happy together! Friends will always be friends... no matter how long after you meet each other.

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

மணி அடித்தால் மழை... Ring for the Rain...

கனமழை சரி... இது என்ன தினமழையா இருக்கு?
It amazes me, how when I call this certain person, and talk to him on the phone, it starts to rain. Without fail... Probably my phone calls are being tapped by the heavens. A call to this certain person, seems to be a call for the showers.
It's been raining continuosly for the past 3 days... and today it was shining in the day. All was well, and everything good, until I had to make a phone call, and it started pouring just when i left the office.
முத்தங்களை மொத்தமாக கொடுத்து விடாதே என்று விண்ணப்பம் செய்தேன்... அன்றைக்கு தொடங்கிய முத்த மழை... இன்னும் நனைந்துக்கொண்டிருக்கிறேன்...

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

The Irony of it All...

Millions of Abortions of Female Fetuses Reported in India

Published: January 10, 2006
As many as 10 million female fetuses may have been aborted in India over the past 20 years as families tried to secure male heirs, according to a study.
source: New York Times கற்ப்பழிப்பு செய்யும் ஒரே இனமும் மனித இனம் தான் கருகலைப்பு செய்யும் ஒரே இனமும் மனித இனம் தான்... நாங்கள் என்றைக்கும் கேவலமான ஜென்மங்களைப் பார்த்து.. "மனிதத்தனமாக நடந்துக்கொள்கிறாய்" என்று சொல்வதில்லையே? நீங்கள் மட்டும் எப்படி "மிருகத்தனமாக நடந்துக்கொள்கிறாய்" என்று கூறி எங்கள் இனத்தை கேவலப்படுத்துகிறீர்கள்? - மிருகங்கள் Human race is the only race which rapes, and abortes. As such we have never referred to unworthy creatures as being 'humanistic'. So how is it you guys use the term 'animalistic' and embarass our race? - The Animals

Monday, January 09, 2006

Brrr.. Cold...

இந்தக் குளிரில் உன் பார்வையில் உரங்கினாலே... போர்வையுள் உரங்கும் சுகம்.
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I am typing this huddled in a blanket. Weatherman says that the min temp today is 23 Deg. Cel...but I think the temp must be 20 Deg now. Not so much of the temp, but the cold wind, that takes the leftover drops of the rain, sends shivers down my spine. Ooooh.. Maybe I'm feeling the after effects of the rain's love for me the past few days.

Sunday, January 08, 2006

Well, so this is Sivaji Theme Music? What do you think about it? Maybe seeing Thalaivar walking in with the BGM will create more impact.

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More Daisies...

Am i improving?? Hahaa... bear with me..

Baby Reva

Bad attempt at it i know, and such slipshot work I know... Nothing can beat Keerthi.... but just wanted to amuse myself.. so presenting to you Baby reva with her favourite flower, Gerberas.

Friday, January 06, 2006

அன்புத் தொல்லை

சில நேரம் சாரலாய் சீண்டுவாய்.... சரி என்பேன் தூரலாய் தீண்டுவாய்... தொலைந்து போ என்பேன்.. அணைத்து விட்டு சென்றாலாவது பரவாயில்லை... முழுவதும் நனைத்து விட்டு சென்றால், என்ன நியாயம்? முத்தங்களை மொத்தமாக கொடுத்து விட்டால் நாளை என்ன செய்வது? (Aaaarrgghhhh!!!.. got wet in the rain!) Below is the English version of the above Tamil poetry. Translation done for non tamilians. (esp. Naresh) At times when you tease me as droplets, i don't mind At times when you touch me as a drizzle, i say fine I would not have compained if you had embraced me, but is it fair of you to totally drench me? If you give all your kisses today, then what are we to do tomorrow?

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

Just came back after watching the Chronicles of Narnia. I don't know how many of you guys have read the book.. I have not. Am not particularly a fantasy movie fan, with the exception of Harry Potter (and that too only the book); just decided to give this one a go.
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The movie was very extravagant, just like any other fantasy movies, but its exciting to watch stuff like these once in a while to just appreciate the imagination of others, and the animation work put in, the concept development etc. It is nice to explore every children's dream and fantasies of things that might or might not exist. I mean, how can you prove that there wouldn't be a whole new land of Narnia behind a particular wardrobe, without even exploring? I don't know whether any of you had imaginary friends when you were young, in the least bit... but I had a friend called PerCas (yea, it is Casper inverted). I used to sit in the school bus, leaving a space for him.. talked to him, during breaks, and totally believed he was true. I didn't care of what others tought of me. To me, it was fun living in my own world, with my own friend.
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Do watch this flick, if you have some time to have fun.

Monday, January 02, 2006

What is your pixel worth?

Alex Tew, a 21-year-old student from a small town in England, is cleverer than you. And he is proving it by earning a cool million dollars in four months on the Internet.

The idea: turn his home page into a billboard made up of a million dots, and sell them for a dollar a dot to anyone who wants to put up their logo. A 10 by 10 dot square, roughly the size of a letter of type, costs $100.

He sold a few to his brothers and some friends, and when he had made $1,000, he issued a press release.

That was picked up by the news media, spread around the Internet, and soon advertisers for everything from dating sites to casinos to real estate agents to The Times of London were putting up real cash for pixels, with links to their own sites.

Info courtesy of CNN.com

Now where do you think he got the idea from? While laying on his bed, thinking of how to pay for his Uni. This only proves one thing. Successful people don't do different things, they only do things differently. I mean, there are millions of blogs on the net, and only one guy came up with a million dollar site idea. Hats of to him. When am I going to earn my next million? When are you going to earn you next million. Maybe I might want to follow some of Thennavan's blog visit increase ideas.

To think my blog is named 'pixels of the brain' and my pixels aren't worth anything, while he is selling his pixels.

Related Blog: Thennavan

Sunday, January 01, 2006

SUN TV Top Tamil Song 2005

The top tamil song of 2005, as released by SUN TV is none other than Andankaakaa from Anniyan. Much expected Raa Raa from Chandramukhi clinched the 2nd place. Andaangkaakaa was an excellent group effort. Shankar literally painted a whole village to take the song sequence. The costumes were vibrant, different and excellent. The phrase 'Rendakka Rendakka' caught the attention of all children. And of course our dear Vairamuthu has added that he has attempted to add a few இலக்கிய நயமான lines in the song, which includes:
சுட்டப் பால் போல தேகம் தான்டி உனக்கு, அதில் பாலாடை மட்டும் கொஞ்சம் விலக்கு...
Hats off to all the technicians who worked on the set of Andangkaakaa.. some of the works were only displayed for just 2-3 seconds, but the work put in must be enormous compared to the time it was broadcasted in the song in itself. Hats off to the costume designers also. No joke matching all the vibrant colours, with the sets itself. And Hats off to the location managers... How did you guys manage to convince the whole village to be painted, although at the end, they loved the facelift.
Melody for New Year's DayAttthi Atthikkai is a beautiful song from yet to be released Aadhi. Music by Vidyasagar. Bala has yet again cast his magic on this song. He is aptly accompanied by Saadhana Sargam. Listen to this masterpiece. I loved it the moment i heard it. Well done Vidyasagar. He has scored on this number.

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Hardy / Arty for 2006?

My phone's 2 year plan is ending soon, which means, I can get a new mobile when I trade in the one I am currently using. Since the day I owned a phone, I have been using Siemens. I don't particularly like monopoly, so I didn't want to use Nokia like everybody else, and anyway, Siemens does provide some very good design and functionality that is to be explored. I have neve regretted the German Technology, other than when I recieve picture messages sent to me from Nokia phones; and thats like 99.9% of the time. At present I am using a Siemens MC60 (X-men model, as what Vinod calls it, because of the X shaped keypad), therefore the next most probable model I would get seemed to be the Siemens M75. It is a hardy model released by Siemens, for those who treat their phones like something that would go through a nuclear warfare. (It is to note that I have slammed my MC60 on a wall, drowned it in a cup of Coffee and probably dropped it more times than Kamal would have dropped his girlfriends, and it still works perfectly fine). But recently, I have been swayed by Nokia's release of the Nokia L'Amour Collection. The phones look like a traditional vintage masterpiece. I like especially the design of the 7370 model, since I have always wanted a swing design that spins open. And now I can recieve those picture messages full and nice. Should I try a Nokia this time?

Happy New Year to all...

இனிய புத்தாண்டு வாழ்த்துக்கள்! (picture courtesy of Arvind R.) I just wanted to blog my top 60 things which make me happy.. for 2006. They are in no particular order. Here goes...
1. Father's Jokes 2. Sister's Kiss 3. Rain 4. Beauty 5. Modern Art 6. Child's Laughter 7. Great Food 8. Midnight Ice-cream 9. Driving an Aston Martin 10. Favourite Books 12. Pleasant Surprises 13. Good Grades 14. Accomplishments 15. Family Togetherness 16. Gerbera Daisies 17. Knowledge 18. Peace 19. Reading and Writing Poetry 20. Being driven in a Bentley Continental 21. Video Editing 22. Meeting Loved ones 23. Cool Advertistments 24. Doing something for somebody 25. Love 26. Looking at Stars 27. Sending Gifts 28. Recieveing Gifts 29. Money 30. Making someone happy 31. Writing mails 32. Sunflower fields 33. Dreaming 34. Smell of Issey Miyake 35. Looking at old photos 36. Dewdrops on roses 37. Sunrise 38. Full Moon 39. Playing the Piano 40. Cheran, Shankar, Rajinikanth, Kamalhassan, Prabhas Movies 41. Doggies lick 42. Blue Colour 43. Catching Butterflies 44. Soothing Ghazals 45. Cooking 46. Television 47. Getting something to work 48. Sipping a good tea at a road-side cafe 49. Retail therapy 50. Mother's Cooking 51. Our house in Mannargudi 52. Bathing in the river/lake 53. Chocolates 54. Loneliness 55. Sleeping 56. Working 57. Alot of time in my hands 58. Praise from my boss 59. Candlelight 60. Happiness