Media and the 3 sides of the same coin!!

Saturday, November 29, 2008 Posted by Santo

I know its an 8 minute video, but 2 minutes and i promise you will be wiser and still be thinking. Its an IBN interview with Ram Jethmalani, one of India's top defence lawyers during the on going trial of Manu Sharma..See how things turn out. Made me ponder.

So whats your opinion? Don't you think the media takes it too far at times.. Duh!! yes it's their job but is it really their business to impose people with the editors view points. fair or unfair?? Right of Speech yes but am i not entitled to my own opinion. Why should someone who have their own opinion be ostracized that way
I know Manu Sharma was found guilty, rite now he's where he is supposed to be- rotting in jail is what he deserves to be doing.But doesn't everyone deserve the right to be defended. Flashback for people who dont know bout the Jessica Lal case. In 1999, Manu Sharma (high-profile, Bigshot son of a politician) was accused of killing Jessica Lal, a waitress at the Tamarind court, Delhi after she refused to serve drinks past curfew time. He shot Jessica point blank, admist a whole lot of witnesses. In 2006 he was acquitted with the influence of bribe, coercion and influence. But due to media outcry he was hauled back to court and found guilty later that year.

Back to the topic here, the lousy journalist just didnt know when to stop. Dont understand why she had to bring the lawyers family into this. Its like the whole world should be scared of the media, its opinions and influence. I know the guy is guilty but does that make the defence lawyer guilty too. And yes! the media does a wonderful job but tryin to coerce people into their opinion..

Its like there are 3 sides to the defending coin. One-Defending the innocent and framed, Two-Defending the guilty trying to get a lesser sentence and last defending a person whom the whole world knows is guilty by sight and evidence. Should they be really defended? shouldnt they be just thrown in jail and how many more ways are the media influencing us??

I dont know.. I am still thinking and damn it..the coffee table didnt break ;)


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Perfume: The Story of a Murderer(2006)

Friday, November 28, 2008 Posted by D$

Perfume : Movie PosterOld movie but I'm sure many out there have missed it. You must be thinking...why is he reviewing such an old movie? Perfume...hmm...looks like a movie where I'm sure to fall asleep five mins after the movie starts. Well that's what i thought when i saw the title but i decided to risk it.

Perfume : Screenshot
This movie is an adaptation of the novel Perfume by Patrick Süskind.It starts off with a guy called Jean-Baptiste Grenouille played by Ben Whishaw who's about to be executed for a crime and i was thinking.."this skinny innocent looking guy?" Then the movie flashbacks to his past and about his strong sense of smell and once i started watching more of it i slowly started to smell myself and things around me! "whoa...wait a min..whats he talking about?" YES this movie really pulls you into the movie and you seriously concentrate trying to smell everything around you. I'm sure you will smell things you've never smelt before, "i guess that's enough for now before things get outta hand"! Through narration it was understood that smell was connected to his emotions.

Perfume : Screenshot

Perfume : Screenshot
Well the story revolves around him trying to make the perfect perfume by preserving the scent of a female who he falls in love with. I highly recommend it to all out there. Two thumbs up for such a unique storyline and if u still dont believe me check out the trailer.



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Mumbai under Seige!!!

Thursday, November 27, 2008 Posted by JoE

Mumbai Terror attacks Nov 2008

Terrorists struck at the heart of India's financial capital last nite. Firing and explosions took place at 11 different locations all over Mumbai, over 100 people killed and nearly 250 people injured with numbers still coming in. Hotels and hospitals weren't spared either. People still being holed up in hotels as hostages. Rescue operations are still going on. Situation grim

Mumbai Terror attacks Nov 2008 Locations
Its brutal what people do to impose their ideology over others. I've never supported the B.J.P before (other than the nuclear testing) but i think their POTA (prevention of terrorism act) should be brought back. It might be a little extreme but its time we get tough on these animals- be it any organization or political party with an irrational hardliner ideology. This is the 5th terror attack in India this year. Is the sleeping giant still sleeping? Its time the govt, political parties and people of India rise above the dirty politics and petty differences and stand together.

We just like to say that all of us in Bangalore, Cochin, Kottayam, Kuwait are standing by with Mumbaiites, the ATS and police personnel. Our prayers are with you. I know emotions are running high right now but come soon and Mumbai will be up and running. You can turn the world upside down but you cant kill the spirit of people. Tried and tested. period


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JackAss Awards 2008

Wednesday, November 26, 2008 Posted by JoE

Just when you think they couldn't go any lower than they already your face..they've done it again..unbelievable..I'm talking about one of the most..correction..THE most laid back, annoying, mediocre, over-hyped university in the world.. BANGALORE UNIVERSITY!!

This age old institution is nothing but a disorganized, horrible, broken-down, run-of- the-mill establishment which is filled with old farts in the administrative section who keep stuffing their face and can barely move their ass from their chairs.

Why am i furious? I am furious because my friend Miya and I had been there 3 weeks back. We gave our exam on Feb 4th 2008, its been 9 months the whole class has got their marks card but we both still haven't got ours. For crying out loud!! pushing out babies can take 9 months. Does it take 9 months to just print my bloody marks on a crappy recycled piece of paper.. Seriously!!

So during one of our many visits to the university (20 kms from where i stay) we found out that the bloke-head external examiner (also from Bangalore university) who came for our practicals entered our roll numbers wrong. Our college roll number starts with KU and this supposedly genius Dr. Ding-Dong entered it as T (Bangalore university roll nos starts with T) Heavens know what he was fantasizing about while entering our marks? Now, here we both were, so elated we had reached the root of the problem..few more days and all this could be over and i 'll have my hands on my marks card.. WRONG AGAIN!!

These low-lying scumbags just wouldn't budge of their chairs even after acknowledging their fault..they asked us to find Dr. Ding-Dong after running around we found out that he was in China! (dont even ask). The people working there just didn't wanna do any work at all. They expected their colleagues to help and so the vicious circle continued. They kept sending us from one building to another building from one desk to another, the way any govt establishment works around here. You wont believe it- the main guy in charge even asked us to bribe the lousy clerks..ok he dint use the word bribe- he said give them food money and transportation money which i think is as good as i have to pay for every step he takes to the next building..transportation money-my rear-end!! Finally decided to pay, these idiots still didn't wanna work they didn't even want the money. Finally after a tiresome week of running around ourselves we finally got our marks cards only to find these jackass good for nothing printed my marks wrong (talk bout my bad luck!!) Gosh these people can give a bad name to actual morons..I'm dealing with the mother-load of idiots here and the whole process started all over again for me. You know what? From all this I learned that we had to be the idiots wrapped in a moron to be associated with this university. Seriously!! and Yes People I am still in search of my elusive marks card.

And so the Jackass award of 2008 goes to the one and only Bangalore University and no joby ur CUSAT (Cochin University of Screw u And Try again) comes second place. Maybe u should tell us bout ur experience there..Lol

:- I am sorry..but the judges decision is lot of complaints from ppl who think their respective uni's deserve first place.. I have complains from CUSAT (obviously)..M.G university and Madurai Khamaraj.. VTU anyone???

Some guy hit my cars bumper and i told him, 'Be fruitful and multiply'. but not in those exact words- Woody Allen


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Update: Sonu Nigam Live in Kuwait

Wednesday, November 26, 2008 Posted by Santo

Sonu Nigam Kuwait PosterSonu Nigam Concert was AWESOME....too good to explain... he sure knows to get to people... Saji, Titto, Vinod & Myself, were all ready and eager for the show. Got a ticket for Dinu too who planned to join us at the last minute. We reached the stadium few minutes before the said timing but had to wait fer another 15 minutes for ma colleagues(Titto & Vinod) . Finally they got there. So we Got to our seat which weren't all that bad but would have been better if we got it in the center. Then we wait...wait...and wait... 15 min passed by...we were still waiting... waiting... and waiting, another 30 min passed by.... meanwhile most of the ppl gathered started gettin mad...lots of shouts here and there... hoping our wait wouldnt be a waste, we again waited... and finally almost an hour and quarter later the lights dimmed, display came up on the side screens and finally the show started.

Sonu Nigam's personal band came over to the stage and performed an instrumental showing their skills.
Sonu Nigam's Band

Gunjan Singh Performing with her songsGunjan Singh in Kuwait

And finally the star of the show SONU NIGAM
Sonu Nigam in Kuwait

This was one of ma favorites... he said making music was easy and asked fer names of some vegetables & Veg dishes... from the crowd he got Aalu,Gopi,Muli & Mutter Paneer and with the new improvised lyrics he starts with a song.

Here are some more videos of the concert. ENJOY!!!

Thats us enjoying the show
(Dinu was missed out he was the one who took the snap)

and thats the crowd enjoying the show.

That ended our wild night with Sonu Nigam.


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Volvo Race Stopover, Kochi

Tuesday, November 25, 2008 Posted by j0e

Volvo Ocean Race 2008-09

Kochi by playing host to the Volvo Ocean Race 2008 has joined the celebrity league of a selected few countries. The Volvo race is the world’s most prestigious offshore around the world yacht race, and is touted as the most challenging team-sporting event in the genre of ocean race and Kochi is the only port of call in India, making it all the more special to this city.

The eight international teams taking part in the race will reach Kochi in December 2008 from Cape Town and will stay be here from December 3 to 13, before starting leg three to Sentosa Island in Singapore.


A race village spread over 2.5 acres will be set up near the BTP berth at Willingdon Island. Cochin Port Trust plays host to the esteemed India Stopover of the Volvo Ocean Race.

Volvo Ocean Race 2008-09 Route Map

A big cultural extravaganza, which highlights both the traditional and contemporary culture and art forms of Kerala has been planned. Events include a colourful pageant with scintillating fireworks, musical medley of percussion instruments and an impressive line up of elephants. A mini ‘thrissur pooram’ complete with the exchange of colourful parasols will extend a hearty welcome to the race teams. The highlight of the welcome ceremony, ‘Keraleeyam’, would be a variety entertainment show performed by 45 traditional artists.
Volvo Ocean Race 2008-09 Brochure pg1Volvo Ocean Race 2008-09 Brochure pg2

Other events are the timeless snake boat race, regatta of sail yatchs in the Mattancherry Channel, para gliding, air shows and Ketchup - the biggest food carnival in the State. Race village opens from December 2nd to 13th 2008, 11am to 10pm.
If you still didnt get how big of a deal this is, then imagine it as India hosting a F1 race.I'll update this with photos from the race village later in the week.

Aerial view of Cochin stopover

Link: Cochin Volvo Race


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The Tales of Beetle the Bard

Monday, November 24, 2008 Posted by j0e

The Tales of Beetle the Bard $4million book
Good news for Harry Potter fans, J.K.Rowling's new book is going to be out on December 4th 2008. This is NOT the eighth book in the Harry Potter Series. The Tales of Beetle the Bard was mentioned in the final book of the Harry Potter series - The Deathly Hallows as a collection of wizardry tales common to wizard families and left to Hermoine Granger by Albus Dumbledore.

The Tales of Beetle the Bard US Book CoverThe Tales of Beetle the Bard UK Book Cover

In December 2007, The First Edition of this book was released as a very special edition hand bound and handcrafted book hand written and illustrated by the author herself. Of the seven copies created, six were given to six people who were instrumetal with the Harry Potter Series. The seventh copy was auctioned and was brought by Amazon for $3.98 million making it the highest purchase price for a literary manuscript. The money from the sales also has been donated to The Children's Voice Charity

The book contains five stories of the wizarding world :
1. The Warlock's Hairy Heart
2. The Wizard and the Hopping Pot
3. The Fountain of Fair Fortune
4. Babbitty Rabbitty and her Cackling Stump
5. The Tale of the Three Brothers

There will be a Collectors edition and a Standard edition. The Collector's Edition is an exclusive reproduction of J.K. Rowling's handwritten introduction, as well as 10 additional illustrations not found in the Standard Edition or the original. Profits from the sale of the book will be given to the Children's High Level Group.



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Grade A Restaurant

Monday, November 24, 2008 Posted by Santo

A new Boutique Restaurant named GRADE A has been recently launched in the U.S of A. Its one of those high end Restaurants which apparently serve only gourmet burgers.

Little do people know they are sitting in a Fake restaurant having a regular Carl Jr. Hardee's Burger paying almost double the rate and enjoying the food while being the perfect star for the All new Carl Jr. Hardee's Commercial.


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This is how we roll in India!

Sunday, November 23, 2008 Posted by D$

Crazy video showing how people handle the immense traffic here...Anyone looking for efficient workers, he's your man!


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Aquafina Labels to be changed

Sunday, November 23, 2008 Posted by j0e

AquafinaPepsiCo owned Aquafina was ordered by Delhi High Court to change the bottled water labels. The label pictured a snow-capped mountain, which the court felt sent the wrong message that the water came from mountainous regions. In reality the water is actually treated municipal water.



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Quantum Of Solace

Saturday, November 22, 2008 Posted by j0e

Quantum of Solace Movie Poster

Ian Fleming's James Bond is back. But this is not the Bond you know. This Bond is hurt and is itching to do some hurting of his own in this fast paced action packed movie that has none of the elegance, gadgetry no smooth talk that Bond movies stood for. This is more like Bond took classes from Bourne during the summer.

Daniel Craig as Bond once again. Dame Judi Dench reprises the role of M. The story continues immediately from Casino Royale and starts off Bond tears aparts another Aston Martin just to deliver Mr.White to the MI6.
Quantum of Solace Daniel Craig
Bond then sets out to find (and destroy) the ultra secret organization Quantum, defeat Dominic Greene (Chairman of Greene Planet played by Mathieu Amalric) who is helping General Medrano stage a coup d'etat in Bolivia in exchange for a desert land. Bond also has a parkour scene (he must be used to that by now) over the rooftops of Italy. With the CIA out to kill him and MI6 unfriendly, Bond is on the run leaving bodies in his wake and is joined by Camille Montes(Olga Kurylenko) who has a bone to pick with the General.
Quantum of Solace Olga Kurylenko
BottomLine: Brutal and Breathless with ruthless performance by Daniel Craig. But not as good as Casino Royale. I'm giving it three stars because it reminds me how much I miss Bourne (yes, Bourne!)



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Gmail : The Face-Lift

Saturday, November 22, 2008 Posted by j0e

Gmail ThemesGmail has launched 30 odd themes to spice up your mail. It seems themes are influenced by the Google's Zurich office. I really like the Ninja theme but in the end selected the darker Graffiti theme.

Google Blog


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Dove Evolution : The Parody

Friday, November 21, 2008 Posted by j0e

This is a hilarious take on the Cannes Lions winner Dove Evolution ad.


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Boom De Ya Da

Friday, November 21, 2008 Posted by j0e

Boom De Ya Da is an ad campaign by Discovery Channel promoting 'The World is just Awesome' tagline . It is a very catchy song with over 3 milion views on its youtube video and also features Stephen Hawkings.


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Intel Core i7 out!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008 Posted by D$

Intel core i7 is the latest from Intel and is the successor to the Intel Core 2 family. It gives about 40% increase in performance than the previous editions (WoWiE!!!).There are three models,all of which are quad-core processors.This new processor family has won acclaim for its faster performance. It supports only DDR3 and promises to offer memory boosts up to 25.6 GB per second. It also has a new QuickPath interconnect and Re-implemented Hyper-Threading for its quad-core.

The pricing of the Core i7 will be
- 3.2GHz Core i7 965 Extreme Edition - Rs. 50,000 ($999)
- 2.93GHz Core i7 940 - Rs. 28,100 ($562)
- 2.66GHz Core i7 920 - Rs. 14,200 ($284)


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75 comics into movies!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008 Posted by D$

Hollywood has finally gone insane and they have decided to take all the comics in sight and turn them into movies!!They are mainly slated for release between 2009 and 2012.[Link]

The one movie which i definitely will be looking out for will be Tintin.Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson are said to produce one each.I still remember trying to get my grubby hands on all the Tintin comics during school years and I finally did get them all,but now only if i could find them...[Link]


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Chuck Norris : A mere human??

Monday, November 17, 2008 Posted by j0e

Chuck Norris
Chuck Norris has always been part of my childhood. When we were kids, 11pm on Fridays were reserved for the bearded man with the roundhouse kicks in Walker Texas Ranger. Just found out some 'fun facts' about him which would make RajniKanth jealous.

1. Apple pays Chuck Norris 99 cents every time he listens to a song.

2. Chuck Norris can sneeze with his eyes open.

3. There is no theory of evolution. Just a list of creatures Chuck Norris has allowed to live.

4. Chuck Norris counted to infinity - twice.

5. When Chuck Norris does a pushup, he isn’t lifting himself up, he’s pushing the Earth down.

6. Some kids piss their name in the snow. Chuck Norris can piss his name into concrete.

7. Giraffes were created when Chuck Norris uppercutted a horse.



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Post Credit Scenes

Saturday, November 15, 2008 Posted by j0e

These are scenes which you are likely to have missed. They are part of the main movie, but featured at the end of the credits. These scenes are usually used to give fans some hope in the sequel. This do not include out-takes.

Pirates of the Carribean : At World's End(2007)
This can be seen as a fitting end to the trilogy or a chance for another adventure of Jack, Will and Elizabeth.

With the release of Marvel movies like Spiderman, Hulk, Ironman and awaited release of Thor(2010) and Captain America(2011), there might be a possibility of an Avengers movie. This scene shows the entry of Samuel L Jackson as Colonel Nick Fury of S.H.E.I.L.D.

If you are a fan of Shia LaBoeuf, then you would be glad to know he didnt end up badly in Constantine.

span style="font-weight: bold;">I Am Legend(2007)
This is rather an alternative ending to the movie, one where Will Smith does not die. And no, its not a prank.


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Update : Twenty-20

Saturday, November 15, 2008 Posted by j0e

Poster Rip-off.
We just found out that Malayalam movie Twenty-20 poster is ripped off from hollywood flick I am Legend. Take a look.

Twenty20 Movie PosterI am Legend Movie Poster


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Jeff Dunham's Very Special Christmas Special

Friday, November 14, 2008 Posted by Santo

I haven't seen many ventriloquists, not even on TV, the few one who i actually did see in the past weren't anywhere near funny. If you can speak without having your lips moving, you'd better have some sense of humor, otherwise it's quite a waste.

Jeff Dunham and his Puppets

Dunham is freakin' hilarious. He was also a bit offensive at times, his dummies making black jokes and Jewish jokes that living comedians would never get away with. But by having Dunham react with shock at what his characters say, people let it slide.Each of his team mates or co-stars has a unique character, a different style of humor and he puts quite an act of stage.

His first DVD release was "Arguing With Myself" in 2006.

Arguing With Myself
After the success of his first DVD he then came out with "Spark of Insanity" in 2007.

Spark of Insanity
Been waiting since then for his next release And now finally hes out with his third being the 2008 Christmas Special named "Jeff Dunham's Very Special Christmas Special" whose premier which is supposed to be on November 16th '08. Waiting to get hold of it.

Jeff Dunham's Very Special Christmas SpecialThe co-stars for his shows are:

Walter is a retired and grumpy old man who has been married for 48 years.

He has a brash, negative, and often sarcastic view on today's world. He is a Vietnam War veteran and a former welder, and "doesn't give a damn" about anyone, especially his own wife.

Walter was also running for the President of United States.

Achmed The Dead Terrorist:

Achmed, the Dead Terrorist is a skeleton suicide bomber. After seein him perform i keep sayin often "Silence! I Kill You". Am sure even you will once u see him perform. His youtube video is one of the most viewed videos on the site.


He is one hyper funny lil purple guy who loves irritating jeff and loves to play pranks with Jalapeño pepper oh ya on the stick... you'll get it once u see him. Peanut and Jalapeño always performs together. Peanut is Jeff Best Buddy.

Jalapeño on the Stick:

He is a Superhero. I just love his innocent talks. you should hear abt the amazing powers he's got.

There are two more characters who i didn't find all that gr8 but they aint all the bad.
They are Sweet Daddy D who happens to be Jeffs manager in 'Arguing with myself'

And the other guy is Bubba J . Well check him out yourself.


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Stunning AUDI R8

Tuesday, November 11, 2008 Posted by Santo

Morning on my way to work i happened to see this stunning car and just couldn't wait to catch up to it so as to find outwhich car it was and there i saw.... "THE AUDI R8". A Kuwaiti (obviously) was enjoying his ride, felt like kicking him off just to get to drive on that.
Waiting to get to the Showroom to check the car out. Well in Kuwait it might come somewhere around KD 45,000, am not sure abt it i'll update it after i pass by the AUDI showroom.
I was checking it out on net and to my suprise its available in India now. Was launched this month and around 16 cars have already been booked. Its priced at Rs. 1.17 Cr(without taxes) including taxes its gonna be somewhere around Rs. 1.7 Cr. Who says india doesn't have money?
Audi R8 was launched last year, the 2009 model has just slight changes but now that i saw it on road... Its Awesome.

According to D$, all Audi cars looked all the more same until i asked him to check up with this which he completely agreed with me on the looks.

You can have see the 360 degree view of AUDI R8 here

.In the meantime I can safely say the R8 is one of the best surprises of my motoring life. It is one of the truly great cars and the only hesitation I have in giving it five stars is that, ideally, I’d like to give it six.

Model Audi R8

Engine: 4163cc, eight cylinders

Power: 414bhp @ 7800rpm

Torque: 317 lb ft @ 4500rpm

Transmission: Six-speed manual

Acceleration/: 301 km/hr in 4.6 seconds.
Top speed


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Games to look out for this Christmas!!

Friday, November 07, 2008 Posted by D$

Prince of Persia (2008)

The prince is back with an all new story!! After the The Sands Of Time Trilogy, Ubisoft has come up with Prince Of Persia(2008). It features a all new prince with an anime inspired graphics new gameplay style which will hopefully blow our minds!

The game is to use a heavily modified version of the Scimitar engine, which was also used in Assassins Creed. Cant wait to run and jump off walls!
Releasing in December.
Trailer1 Trailer 2 [Link]

Need For Speed : Undercover

The next game is my favourite racing title, which is the NFS series. After Pro Street bombed EA is out with the 12th installment of the series. In Undercover you play as a police officer going undercover into the criminal underground of Tri-City, a fictional city where the game is set. Players will take on dangerous jobs and compete in races in order to infiltrate and take down a ruthless international crime smuggling syndicate of street racers and car thieves. Underground will feature a new open-world map consisting of over a hundred miles of road and a large highway system making it the largest Need for Speed open world environment EA has ever created. It is expected to hit the shelves on November 18th.


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