Monday, December 24, 2007

Happy Christmas

Def. nothing wrong in saying "Happy Christmas" which is the way people wish in Dublin, I always thought it should be "Merry Christmas" .. anyway .. thats not the point of the post. Its been quite an eventful christmas i must say; if you are following my previous posts; i haven't attended that many christmas parties, lunch's, dinners, night outs and all related stuff. Thou' i missed the Chriskindlmarkt's (christmas markets) from Germany; but i suppose the mold (or mulled) wine (just like Gluhwein) is keeping me not to miss them too much. In last 2 dinners i went; i just had mold wine :D

Its quite a busy season in dublin, the streets are packed to brim (i wudn't say it unless i really mean it, they r really really packed), at all times of the day. Also, its a big, sorta tradition or mebbe not a tradition but def. big, to go out tomorrow to local bars and pubs and drink a lot :) .. no big news .. ha'an.. its ireland.. so my friend suggested that i should go to some pub tomorrow and get myself a good old fashioned hang over for chritmas day .. loving it :)) .. will update on that after that.

I hoping to do some xmas shopping tomorrow and i am relying on that people will not shop tomorrow that much compared to what i saw yesterday n so .. cudn't even step inside store .. hopefully there are not many last minute shopper's like me .. which again i highly doubt .. we'll see that tomorrow ..

hope u all r having a wonderful xmas time also .. share the xmas feeling with everyone .. and have a nice, safe, warm, snowy christmas :D

Merry Christmas

So contuning on my last post about xmas parties .. in some sense i am enjoying all of it .. last night we went to see the movie "I am not there", based on Bob Dylan's life n songs; the movie was good, but bit confusing .. they never once mentioned Bob Dylan and sometimes it just felt whether it all makes sense; thou i did enjoy Cate Blanchet's character for bob.

We had some great carving for mexican food after movie, surpringly there aren't that many mexican places to go, the first one we tried to go was a mix of italian and mexican .. am sure they won't be good in any .. how can u mix those two best cuisines .. Anyway we went to next one on George's Street and it ended up being booked for whole evening and we didn't knew of any other place. Following Kathleen's idea, we went n booked a table in a Lebanese Resturant (pics below) called Byblos.. such a full filling meal .. delicious; and we were so stuffed, we didn't vene looked for dessert menu thou we didn got see some belly dancing as dessert, if i might say :D

DSC_0016, originally uploaded by Mohan S.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Been a while

4 weeks since my last post; i wanted to post something last night/morning, but internet was not working; thou i am sober now, whichever is better. So wats going with me in Irish land. Last weeks have been busy in several ways, had few presentations to give and the dry runs for those never went very well, so had to spent even more time in polishing the slides; in the end both presentations were good. In between those, its xmas time and to be true, am kinda sick of going to xmas or related parties; but i still have to force myself not to go to one.

Working in a university (phd student/research) has it benefits :) .. so I/we started with

  1. xmas lunch with just our own group .. extending until late night
  2. evening drinks with people from just our floor, to have more collaboration/interaction .. turned out be a whole night affair
  3. xmas party from the CS department .. extending until 7 in morning and for some other friends, going on until 7 in evening of following day :)
  4. mould wine n mince pies evening from student advisor at our dept.
  5. xmas party from the research lab i work in
  6. after xmas parties of people who i knw in other departments.. eg. conway
  7. and yesterday xmas/new-year's party by a friend

this is all in last 4 weeks, along with work n presentations, along with some drink evening with colleagues on odd days also; can imagine why i am sick of going to another one of those.. next week, am sure there is something from friends in other dept. but i have TO avoid going there. Thou' all of them were great fun. One of the best's :) times .. thanks all ..

Monday, November 19, 2007

Winter is Coming

Winter is Coming, originally uploaded by Stuck in Customs.

The title says it all .. Stay Warm n Healthy

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

facebook ads

Facebook sponsored ads showed up in my profile today - iTunes Travel Podcast. Didn't feel very intrusive of it and as Traveling is in my list of interests, i suppose it has something to do with it. If they show ads matching my profile info, and shows as news feed, it might be useful. We'll See..

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Happy Diwali

Happy Diwali, originally uploaded by JMike.

Wishing all my family members and friends all over the world and in India, a very happy and prosperous Diwali. Have a wonderful time and best wishes for all seasons :)) .. Cheers

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Happy Halloween OOOOOAAHHH

some pics from our halloween party ->
halloween;UCD;CSI 023
Group Shot

halloween;UCD;CSI 019
Coolest Costume .. in symphony

halloween;UCD;CSI 013
actually he had a cool costume too, he had like a huge coffin around
him, probably too tired to carry it all around :)

halloween;UCD;CSI 009
The facebook's zombie :)

halloween;UCD;CSI 011
Red Stars

halloween;UCD;CSI 008
Guinness is the imprtant one in the picture

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Damien Rice - Too Good

Damien rice - he is good, like too good. Great songs .. all of them .. here are 2 live performances at the Four Seasons -
Cold Water

Blower's Daugther

Thursday, October 25, 2007

tv-links sad demise

just saw on slashdot that has been forced to shutdown and the owner has been arrested. It was THE best site around to look for online shows, instead of searching each n individual video sharing site which actually host all the shows. Sad to hear about it.. GREAT work guys.. hopefully you would out of trouble from the authorities soon!

TED Talk: Brain Mysteries

The introduction on TED for V. S. Ramachandran says, he is a mesmerizing speaker and if you listen to this talk of his, he indeed is and explains brain theories with so much easiness :), amazing. Great talk, excerpt -
"His investigations into phantom limb pain, synesthesia and other brain disorders allow him to explore (and begin to answer) the most basic philosophical questions about the nature of self and human consciousness"

Weekly Filckr Fav: Golden Temple, India

What a beautiful image of Golden Temple in Amritsar, Punjab, India.

Gigapan has a panoramic view of the Golden temple complex, HERE.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Concert for George - Anoushka Shankar

Some clips from Concert for George (of Beatles) in 2003, by Anoushka Shankar, if you don't know her, she is daughter of famous Indian sitar player Ravi Shankar and sister of Norah Jones, performing solo and an orchestra. Really Good Performances. I haven't myself seen much of Indian classical music, but these are good even for novices.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

TED Talk: Richard Branson

If you have some time, have a look at this interesting TED interview: Richard Branson

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Mohan Always on Phone

Courtesy Grace :))

Looks like am always on phone, isn't it ..
2007 Munich Odeonsplatz with "Ask Pops" sticker on myself
2006 Univeritaet
2006 Olympiazemtrum
Double trouble, 2006 - Universitaet Cafe

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

oktoberfest oompah

First Day: 8 in morning, still no entry

Opening day Parade

At 9 in night :)

Beer Mass

Dindl Girls

Sunday, September 30, 2007

When September Ends

wow, its been long again, its been hard to catch with the blog this month. I was in Munich for last 10 days and met friends and once more attended Oktoberfest. Will be posting pics soon on flickr and some good once here too. Its gonna be a hectic Oktober, have tons of work to do, will try to keep up with blog too.

Keep it good!!

Monday, September 03, 2007

Summer in Autumn

I have been a bit lazy to write a real post for quite sometime now, there are quite few reasons for it apart from just laziness :)) which i won't go into details of.

The summer (actual summer months) in Dublin were like rainy season or more like all-time-pouring season, so it was also not helping in motivating to write anything. But finally the summer is back in autumn in Dublin. Isn't it great :))

First Dublin Shot - Flickr

Top of the Pops/London

DSC_0123, originally uploaded by Mohan S.

This time, its my own fav. :)

Recently, have been to london a few times, just love that city. Keep in your list of cities to visit :)

Thursday, August 30, 2007

It's a Small World

It's a Small World, originally uploaded by bubba trout.

it indeed is.. to all my friends all over the world :))

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

India loses maximum lives to terror except Iraq

via -
Times of India Newspaper (LINK)

Excerpt -

The US and UK may like to believe that they are leading the war on terror globally, but the country that has had to face the worst of terrorist attacks on its own soil, barring war-torn Iraq, is India.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Recent Flickr Fav

Sitting On The Edge Of The World, originally uploaded by IvanoMak.

Sitting On The Edge Of The World

awesome shot and awesome guts to sit there :)

Sunday, August 05, 2007

Change is Universal - India

After a bit of searching, i found the excellent documentary which BBC did this year about India hosted by Sanjeev Bhaskar. And i must say, its one of best i have seen, potraying india in all forms and not just slums, snake charmers :) etc... which is still very much part of india too but its changing and as a country, we have lot more to offer in all aspects of life. I think, Sanjeev gives a very insightful view of the society which we have now, as i always say, its a huge country with lots of different cultures and its hard to put everything in one hour episode... but its good to see all ascepts of India or any country for that matter. Can't put all in here, so you gotta watch it :))

If you have a hour to spare and want to know more, have a look.. you would def. learn something :) .. And as he says in the beginning "its gott to be different.. different .." and he does that pretty well. Ah and if you don't know who Sanjeev is.. there is always Wikipedia.. LINK.

Hope you like it too and i would love to hear your viewpoint about it.

And its excellent quality video.. so enjoy.

PS: Works better in Firefox and its scaled better to fit. IE is not letting the video scale to fit window.

Saturday, August 04, 2007

We Feel Fine

Once more, thru' TED talk by Jonathan Harris and an interesting sight into the human feeling through blogs and wide spread use of internet. Very cool visualizations of "human feeling" and revealing web secrets and his latest work "Universe" - which presents current events as constellations of words -- a tag cloud of our collective consciousness.
We Feel Fine

Knowledge Source - TED

Have been busy lately with work, watched yesterday some new talks at Africa 2007 and others given at TED and i am always amazed by the wealth of knowledge out there, which we don't know of.
Here are some interesting ones:
George Ayittey: Cheetahs vs. Hippos for Africa's future

William Kamkwamba: How I built my family a windmill

Allison Hunt: How I got my new hip

More on

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Homer on Jay Leno

Don't know how long its gonna be up on youTube, but if you missed Homer Simpsons on Jay leno yesterday.. be quick .. thou' not the best .. but worth the watch ..

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Kick A** Action

I know, its the big Harry Potter night and book release.. but as its not in my range of interests.. so here is some for people who are not gonna read the book and just wait for movie like myself.

I am in between watching this movie (this movie becoz thou i heard about it, but wasn't in top list to see) and its 4:30 AM, but i had to blog this.. tell u name in a sec.. its a freaking kick a** movie, action like no other action and the graphics & those cars .. in all .. its kicking .. so go and watch Transformers, hell of an action .. more when i finish it!!

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Wonders of World

T A J, originally uploaded by ░▒▓ Enchantress ▓▒░.

recently declared one of the seven new world wonders..
as we say Wah Taj :))

Sunday, July 08, 2007

Live from Leicester Square

London always amazes.

More when i come back!!

Thursday, July 05, 2007

I got a new iPhone

I got the new iPhone!

its hilarious, you want one too with blue-tooth :P

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Pure Fun - Wii

wow, wii, so so cooool.. just cool. Today, for the first time, I played few hours of games on Nintendo Wii and man it is just so much more fun than all those Xbox's or the ever expensive PS3's. Bowling is like real bowling with the throws n all.. golf is like real golf with all the swings.. tennis like tennis.. and don't even try boxing.. after a few games.. its worns you out.. :)) .. i am sure other games are equally immersive..

Wii for All, originally uploaded by pinboke_planet.

In short it is pure fun, with a bunch of friends and so easy to play (sort of) and controller does wats its suppose to do. Kudos to Nintendo!!

Saturday, June 30, 2007

Further Up the Road

A great performance from Bruce Sprinsteen with the Sessions Band last year live in Dublin (dedicated to the legendary Jim Aiken), came across it while surfing TV, and since then, been hooked to it :) .. all songs in the CD are 'very' enjoyable. Here is one (quality is not the best, still):

keep rocking!!

Ultimate Frisbee

I have joined the summer league for Ultimate Frisbee here in Dublin, to have some summer (thou its hard to describe what irish summer is like) fun and further to get some sports done too :) .. As per the sport, if you don't know what is it, looks at what wikipedia says here about it. I would say its just pure fun to play. Thou' in the league, its a bit more professional and learning more pro rules and strategies for defense and offense. I would give the credit to Brad for introducing the sport to me, but i suppose never had the chance to play with him in Munich. Thou' last summer/autumn, did played some with friends back in Munich. Play it if you have a chance.. for fun and sports both. Enjoy the summer sun!!

Friday, June 29, 2007

Daily Show - Jon Stewart

iPhone - it indeed is good.. but so much craze .. enjoy the clip :))

On Immigration Law (rejected twice now by US senate).. watch the news clips they show about immigration issues which the immigrants are bringing to US.. unbelievable.. crazy talk..

Thursday, June 28, 2007

New insights on poverty and life around the world - Hans Rosling

I just love TED talks.. so much information in single talk.. that makes you think and strive for more..

Again one of best talks of TED (all are marvelous).. listen here Prof. Rosling talking about golbal poverty and means to achieve it and the goal to achieve. Extremely informational and fully based on statistically sound data and one of best endings you will see for such talk.

About this Talk (From

In a follow-up to his now-legendary TED2006 presentation, Hans Rosling demonstrates how developing countries are pulling themselves out of poverty. He shows us the next generation of his Trendalyzer software -- which analyzes and displays data in amazingly accessible ways, allowing people to see patterns previously hidden behind mountains of stats. (Ten days later, he announced a deal with Google to acquire the software.) He also demos Dollar Street, a program that lets you peer in the windows of typical families worldwide living at different income levels. Be sure to watch straight through to the (literally) jaw-dropping finale.

Monday, June 18, 2007

Friday, June 15, 2007

The Landlord

this is one most hilarious clip have seen recently.. Pay your rent on time!!

The Landlord

Doesn't seem to work on Internet Explorer: Here is the Link to Click

Flickr Censorship!!

Against Censorship!, originally uploaded by vandyrk.

There has been a lot of talk lately about the censorship imposed by fickr on user photos, banning members and blocking specific photos. Also, based on my experience on flickrCentral group, that the moderators often lock topics, discouraging sensitive conversations and sorts (who gets to decide that, thou' personally I didn't feel those topics were sensitive). They also have now safe, moderate, etc. settings for every flickr member based on his/her photos, decided by flickr management, which sounds bit crazy to me. Also, in news that they have blocked turning on "Safe Search Off" feature in some countries.

I am a huge fan of flickr and its service.. and it has helped me grow my love for photography to a higher level. I have spent hours exploring it :)) ..

Although it is a sensitive topic for both sides, who want some sort of censorship and who are against it. I totally accept if its under some sort guidelines. They can't just one day, block pictures and members.. a protocol is necessary.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007


No worries, I am not quitting blogging. Thou' there hasn't been anything interesting to blog in last few days. Thou', speaking of exciting news, I did celebrated my Bday on June 6 with some Irish Whiskey ;) (story another time)

Lets move to another topic, the reason I was posting.. you must have by now seen those iconic Windows vs Mac ads (my fav. is the Windows Guy). Here is one the recent commercials "I'm Steve Jobs and iQuit" - its abs. hialrious.. Watch out

Saturday, June 02, 2007

Microsoft Photosynth & Surface Computing

The TED talks are meant to be instant fav., the time you see them. Here is one of most recent ones from March 2007. Blaise Aguera y Arcas of Microsoft shows a very interesting photo browsing, visualization, mutildimensionality technology called Photosynth and features which are mind-boggling and just leaves you wondering how technology will affect our lives in years to come. During the video, hear how the people gasp and hush's while he shows the awesome zooms he does on photos. He even got standing ovation for his talk, something which some people might probably won't relate to Microsoft in first place :). One of the best tech. demos of 2007.

A few weeks back, I posted about another cool demo by Microsoft, HERE. Also related to Jeff Han TED Talk in 2006. And, I thought it still might be few years before it comes out in market. But day before yesterday, Microsoft released the first commercial versions of it, calling it Surface Computing. (MS LINK). And wow, it def. takes computing to next level. Check out popular mechanics first preview of the Surface Computing.

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Facebook Networking

For quite sometime now, I have been successfully avoiding getting signed up for another one of several networking sites around. And I seldom use the sites i have registered to, exception being orkut (to keep touch with some indian friends, apparently its quite huge there) and linkedIn (for its professional touch).

But yesterday, I signed up for facebook, and to be true, its been good fun. Their methodology seems different and i am sure, i won't be cluttered with random people (like in myspace) who i have noting to do with. But at same time, it gives options to do networking with groups from colleges, work places, regional etc etc and also same time, its like a personalized homepage with personalized contents. And yesterday, they even released some sort of facebook platform which will allow anyone (individual, companies) to make content for personalization.

In short - its different. Give it a try and if you know me personally, see you there :))

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Shrek 3 Preview

Thanks to some Russians :), just watched the very awaited Shrek 3. Hmm, its kinda hard to put it into category, its not the best of the Shrek's but its def. an above average movie with stunning animations. The movie is a bit loose on story line-up, at least i thought so. Bit it has it good moments and a must see at least for once :). My fav. part was the "offspring's of Donkey and the Fire Dragon" .. perfect combination of flying-fire-donkey-dragon. You will also get to see some old fairy-tale characters. Overall, its an entertaining movie.

It was not as disappointing as the Spiderman 3, which was completly off-track, with tons of characters, plots, detours and too long with all the drama. Hopefully some good fast fight scenes kept me away from sleeping.

And looking forward to the final sequel of Pirates of the Caribbean. It has to be good ;)

Monday, May 14, 2007

Flickr Fav of the Week

2573, originally uploaded by magnus*.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Conference Invitation

now, this is what i call a perfect conference invitation, who wouldn't like to attend this one. Picnic (in their words: is a seductive, exciting, intangible, unpredictable, cosmopolitan and cheerful annual event for and by the creative industry) shot this video to promote the event.

AMsterdam is coool..

Saturday, May 05, 2007

Cool Demo by Microsoft

This is a cool demo of how future desktops might look like. Still far away from getting myself one but the idea of visualization and interaction is def. more interesting. Check it out

Not entirely related but somewhat on the lines of Jeff Han Mutl-Touch talk at TED last year, which is very interesting, if you haven't seen it yet. Would be an awesome combination!!


I am sure everyone had seen and tried lot of different video sharing sites, and youTube def. has its big following but most of the times, the quality on youTube su*** bigtime too.

But remember our favourite compression technique DivX; DivX has a new video sharing site called stage6 and it rocks and the quality is awesome, like HD. Check it out.

And ya, they have another cool feature, which "dims" the desktop screen excluding the video viewing window, while watching the video. And the full screen online playback is wow :))
Some videos to watch:


Pussycat Dolls remix

Bob Sinclair - Rock This Party

Friday, May 04, 2007

Blessed - Brett Dennen

Following up on last post about Brett Dennen, here is another good song.

I welcome the sun,
the clouds and rain,
the wind that sweeps the sky clean
and lets the sun shine again.
this is the most magnificent life has ever been.
here is heaven and earth
and the brilliant sky in between.

blessed is this life
and I'm gonna celebrate being alive.
blessed is this life
and I'm gonna celebrate being alive

I dwell in the darkness
I live in the light
I sleep in the afternoon
and become the noise in the night
I trespass in temptation
suffered in sacrifice
but I awake each day with a new sunrise

blessed is this life, oh
and I'm gonna celebrate being alive
blessed is this life, oh
and I'm gonna celebrate being alive

Flickr fav of the week: London Eye

London Eye, originally uploaded by ChrisAston.

Completely Unedited

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Music Industry Sucks

I just received an email (and probably if you are living outside US and an avid pandora listener, you must have too) from Pandora Support giving the very unfortunate news that from tomorrow, they would be blocking access to Pandora from Ireland and all countries outside of the US. Some excerpts from the email:
We show your IP address is '', which indicates you are listening from Ireland.

Consequently, on May 3rd, we will begin blocking access to Pandora to listeners from your country. We are very sad to have to do this, but there is no other alternative.

We will keep a record of your existing stations and bookmarked artists and songs, so that when we are able to launch in your country, they will be waiting for you. We deeply share your sense of disappointment and greatly appreciate your understanding.
I appreciate Pandora's effort to send the email and for their disappointment. It is/was one of best services avaliable to listen to music of varied taste and got to hear several good singers from their recomendations.

Gonna miss it, until I find a proxy server ;) to listen to it.

But in short - music industry and their DRM & copyrights laws sucks big time. Also they want to increase their licensing fees for online radios, so its not only pandora, mebbe in future, they might just kill all.

Demonstrating - First Timer

For last few weeks, I have been demonstrating (TA for US system) for a software engineering project coursework to 3rd year students. Its been kinda strange to be on the other side. I took the position to gain some insight into tutoring, but only 6 weeks before the end of semester (sem ends this week) as they urgently needed someone to help out with project teams.

Telling students what they should do, seems a daunting task for myself. And then I keep imagining myself in their situation (until last year, i was in their position) and how to deal with students who don't work-at-all, work-a-bit and then there is always the one who does all the work. Its hard to make a choice between the one who does all the work and the one who doesn't do anything at all; but its still a team. And then if they don't complete assignments, then what, did they had valid reasons; late joiners to team, what about their reasoning. I am trying to be casual and do my task of motivating them to do their assignments, task completion and complete the project on time. Next week is final submission, will update about progress :)

Saturday, April 28, 2007


whenever i listen this song, it gives me chills :)) .. do what you need to do!!


also read grace article here (changing the world), only if everyone thinks like this, i am sure this world would be a much much better place and full of love

Peace and Love

Friday, April 27, 2007

Good Work Google (I mean it)

yesterday, i posted about the losing of my personalized homepage on Google and today morning, when i woke-up and checked .. everything seems to be back now, with a new format but all is back to normal. Looks like google playing a game :)) but happy to see its back. Didn't realize earlier that Google must be having several back-ups of the pages and they got the stuff back from it. But anyhoo, Good Work Google and next time, inform me before deleting ;))

George Bush Dance

wow, this is hilarious :)) ..

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Google Personalized Homepage LOST

OK, whatever the problem is, this is not acceptable from a company like Google. Just returned from work and logged on to my google personalized page, all settings have been lost and its back to default settings. What the he**??
Discussion on google groups!! Check fast, mebbe it will be lost too ;))

Philipp Lenssen reports here. More here.

Personally, i don't remember what all stuff i had in there, but it was months of collections.. its like loosing a collection of important items, or something similar. It was one page, i was using all the time. Doesn't look like I'll get the settings back.

Good Work Google.

Monday, April 23, 2007

Asian-American Viewpoint

On my previous post about the VT massacre, Grace (my asian-american and now german friend :)) posted a comment which is worth mentioning in a separate post.

Here it goes in her words:

I think people are also shocked that the killer was an Asian-American kid. I know I was. I feel bad for his parents and sister, because I cannot imagine what they must be going through. I'm sure they are just as shocked as the rest of the country, as well as mortified, as well as grieving for the loss of their son and brother.

It is a strange situation because this kid was arguably insane, but at the same time, he knew what he was doing and he seemed to think he had been forced into the situation.

It is especially strange, because so far there have been no reports of bullying or torment from which the kid suffered, and it is just so odd for him to act out in this way without a clear trigger.

Acts like this scare me just as much as acts of terrorism. I also feel for all the victims and their families. It is a terrible way to die and just as with public acts of terror, the victims just seem so randomly chosen. I feel like it could be you or me or my friend in that situation.

Also, the US embassy in Berlin recently warned of terrorist acts that may target US citizens in Germany. That is also very scary. Remember the suitcases that were found on the train that luckily failed to detonate? It makes me slightly worried to be traveling on the trains as often as I do. There is no perceivable security that would deter such a situation from occurring, as far as I can see. It is truly a scary world that we are growing up in.

Indeed a scary world we are living in. My Heartful Sympathies goes to all VT students and the families.

Peace & Love

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Flickr Fav of the week

Summer's Coming!! Enjoy the oranges :))

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Somewhat Successful Malakar's Experiment

So the other day, after reading the article about the 300% increase in search activity for Sanjaya and Shyamali Malakar, I decided to post about it, here, to try to give some boost/exposure to my tiny blog in the huge internet world and to see if linking does help in getting some extra traffic. Here are the results, not great, but for my blog, worth mentioning :))

So, the graph of the no. of people (unique) visting the main blog page a week before I posted the post looked like this (FYI: the y-axis is 0 to 25):

And the graph after the post is like this (FYI: the y-axis is 0 to 125):

For that particular day (Sunday, April 15), there is indeed a steep increase in the no. of visitors and 99.9% came through searching for either Sanjaya Malakar or his sister.

52% came from searching on Malakar
54% visited only page


Latest News: Sanjaya Malakar has been finally voted off the show. Americans are RELIEVED now :)), I think there was just too much talk about it and over-exposure & I just used that to get some exposure to my blog also. Until next time.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Campus Massacre

Its unbelievable, was just reading the news about the killings at one of best US university, Virginia Tech, by a gunman, who went on rampage across the campus, killing students. Its reported that atleast 32 people have been killed.

Times report here.
Reuters report here.

Its just horrifying!!

Peace All

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Experiment Sanjaya Malakar

Hopefully, by now somehow you might have heard of American Idol and its contestants. This is an experiment for my blog, if the results are good, would post them. But now back to this post.

If you are watching this season of AI, you are aware of Sanjaya Malakar, he has created ripples in american entertainment industry at age 17. He might not be the best contestant by voice, but def. hez a great entertainer esp. with his hair-do's every week.

And last week or so, his sister Shyamali Malakar, posted some pics of her with a guitar (involves explicit content) and that she is a hooter girl too. Not that, it should be related anyway to Sanjaya chances in AI, but I suppose given the coverage it has got, mebbe it is. I was reading some article that the search for both the names have jumped by like 350% in most image search engines.

Not even that, somehow, they are everywhere, on news, on blogs, on youtube, myspace, late-nights show, etc etc...

And the chances are expectionally high that he might win!!


Thursday, April 12, 2007

Music Post No. 1

"Ain't No Reason" by Brett Dennen. Great song, good voice & strong lyrics

And "Hump de Bump" by Red Hot Chilli Peppers

Enjoy the songs :))

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Brett Dennen

wow, new favourite. Not sure if you guys have heard Brett Dennen, I hadn't. Was watching Scrubs (season 6, ep. 14) and they played the track "Ain't No Reason", great style and strong lyrics. And def. a great singer choice to add to pandora's list of music channels. Totally hooked to it now. Listen to him, its pleasure to ears :)

There aint no reason things are this way
Its how they always been and it tends to stay
I can't explain why we live this way, we do it everyday
Preachers on the podeum speaking of saints
Prophets on the sidewalk begging for change
old ladies laughing from the fire escape cursing my name
I got a basket full of lemons and they all taste the same
A window and a pigeon with a broken wing
You can spend you whole life working for something,
Just to have it taken away
People walk aroun pushing back their debts
Wearing pay checks like necklaces and braceltes
Talking bout nothing, not thinking bout' death
Every little hearbeat, every little breath
People walk a tight rope
On a razors edge
Carrying their hurt and hatrid and weapons
It could be a bomb or a bullet or a pen
Or a thought or a word or a sentence

There Ain't no reason
Things are this way
It's how they've always been
and its tends to stay
I dont know why I say
The things that I say
But I say them anyway
But love will come set me free
Love will come set me free, I do believe
Love will come set me free, I know it will
Love will come set my free yes.

Prison walls still standing tall
Some things never change at all
Keep on building prisons, gonna fill them all
Keep building bombs, gonna drop them all
Working young fingers bear to the bone
Breaking your back make you sell your soul
Like a lung its filled with cold, sufficating slow
The wind blows wild and I may move
The politions lie and i am not fooled
you don't need no reason or a three piece suit
To argue the truth
The air on my skin and the world under my toes
Labor is stiched into the fabric of my clothes
Chaos and comotion wherever I go
Love I try to follow

Love will come set me free
Love will come set me free, I do believe
Love will come set me free, I know it will
Love will come set my free yes.

There ain't no reason things are this way
Its how its always been and it tends to stay
I can't explain why we live this way,
We do it everyday.

Saturday, April 07, 2007

Sanjaya (of AI) <> Bush

Only if you are following American Idol this season, you must be aware of the underdog Sanjaya, american indian - last night conan made a sketch on american idol and he casts Prez Bush as Sanjaya. Enjoy the video, esp. the ending is best :)

Vista, Orb & Wireless

Have been using vista for few days now. Must say, its really sleek (even more than mac, n windows users don't have to hide from macs anymore) and fun to use. But some components like sidebar, explorer keep crashing all the time (even thou' without much problem). Further its a bit of a learning curve to use vista. Until now (ie. XP), you give me XP in any language and i can use it without even knowing the language, been using windows for years now (JFI: used Linux - still do n Macs both). But with vista, lot of changes and needs time getting accustomed to all the new functionalities. But i suppose its worth, feels less nerdy :)) to use it.

Orb? Great piece of software, to access and stream any of your data from base PC to any PC conntected to net, to PDA, to Xbox, etc. No need to carry or transfer data to any external google servers :).. just install on base PC, and access anywhere. Lot of technologies coming up in this direction, give it a shot, its def. useful if you wanna access n stream your digital files.

And with wireless, its just so much easier n fun to use. Now all my music, videos, web videos, photos, even directories n files are accesible anywhere with wireless and even better on my XDA.. just waiting to get the Xbox steup :))

Mebbe, it sounds kinda technical, believe me it won't take mintues.

n PS - Happy Easter

Sunday, April 01, 2007

TED Talk: Ze Frank

Check out Ze Frank's talk at TED 2004. Very Funny, don't miss!! Its great technology stand-up comedy;

Here's the LINK.

PS: its not an April Fools Joke

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Bad News

One of my all-time favourite blog is Creating Passionate Users by Kathy Sierra and in her latest post, she is thinking not to write anymore, WHY, read her latest post here - Death Threats against bloggers are NOT 'protected speech', which she wrote after receving death threats, abuse and sexually-explicit comments & pictures on her blog.

I never thought, you had to be afraid to speak your mind on a blog. Lend you support to Kathy and her blog.

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Cricketing News

Its the ONLY sport we play on world level and its not a great news for the millions of cricket fans in India. Yesterday, we lost again in the crucial match of cricket world cup to qualify for the final 8 and now rest our of hopes of making it on an unlikely defeat for Bangladesh by debutants Bermuda on Sunday . If you are still wondering, what is cricket, read on wikipedia.

I am not ardant fan of cricket, used to be, but still feels bad that we can't even make it to top 8 in the ONLY sport we play and now a days, it seems all about money. No harm in making money from sport but its has crossed the limits where money is over the game. The equation is somethin like this probably, play local level exceptionally good, earn a spot in the national team, play some good games, make millions of bucks from fees and ads and forget the game.

Friday, March 23, 2007

Worth mentioning

Here is a great link for all TV, Animation, Music & Movie addicts, to watch your fav. shows on broadband anytime .. Enjoy .. Click HERE.

Back in Dublin

Yesterday, I arrived back to Dublin, after a 3 weeks stint in Delhi. There was so much to write about while I was there, about the city itself, changes happening in Delhi (flyovers everywhere, metro, roads), rising cost of living (inflation, Malls), awesome food (street food, new joints, home-made), traffic (didn't try to drive my bro's new car), so n so. But offcourse, I didn't feel like writing anything, my laziness had taken over.

I am already missing the good food

Back to pasta now :))

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Back Home

Its been long long time since I have been home in Delhi, finally I am back and the feeling is beyond words.

Arrived home (delhi) on 1 March, met family and friends, celebrated holi (a festival of colors), gorgeous food (even the street one) and lot n lots of changes in the city itself (will write on it later) and chilling out.. the weather is very pleasant.

Friday, February 23, 2007


, originally uploaded by xion.

Few weeks ago, I posted about sharing some news, forgot about it myself :). But now time is ripe, so here it is.. Last month (after a wonderful & never-ending free time in Munich, trips across europe etc.). I decided to take my new research job and hence move to Dublin. From the land of famous german beer to the land of equally famous Irish beer and pubs :)), DUBLIN. Have heard a lot about the city in recent years, so expectations are high. Till now, in last 6 weeks, things are smooth, ok red-tapism is everywhere.. but the transition has been smooth. Can't say much about the city from my point view, still have to explore it. But it def. has a vibe to it. And yeah, the weather changes so equickly .. even before you can open your eyes. Enjoyin' the start, n hopefully will write more about it in coming weeks or months or years.. as it goes.

As per Munich (can't finish without mentioning it), its still like next to me, n will be forever.

And finally, I am going to Delhi next week for a month.. relaxing times.. and the good food :)


Friday, February 09, 2007

Feb. fav. - flickr

The Living Rainbow, originally uploaded by | HD |.

Make your life as colorful as this little guy!!

Sunday, February 04, 2007

Post Colonial Takeover

Probably, you heard of another Indian Steel (after Mittal Steel took over of Arcelor) company Tata Group taking over the British company Corus after a bidding war between Tata and a Brazilian firm CSN, if not heard, here is an interesting article about it, but in a different prespective, HERE.

Update (6 Feb. 2007): NY Times Article.

Monday, January 29, 2007

No Matter What

yeah, no matter what, vista is gonna kick ass :))

Read it HERE

25 Million Indian Rupees

wish i had won ;-), thats the money won by Shilpa Shetty in Celebrity BB

Hopefully everyone knows Shilpa Shetty by now due the HUGE controversy the Celebrity Big Brother house created in last few weeks for its racial comments. I am not going in the discussion of racial or not. At that time, I told my friend, She is gonna win this thing and that too by huge margin. And that what happened. So much in the name of reality TV.

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Road Trip

Just a few pics, more on flickr ->
You shud know this :)
Milan Castle
As I mentioned earlier, the beautiful settings of Lake Como and Belagio. For recent ref., the latest Bond movie, was shot here, when he was recovering from enjuries :)
So what, if we cudn't skii, there was HOOOOTERS in Interlaken. We (not me) had like a 30 chicken wings at 1 AM in morning, after dinner n several beers. Jao is unbeatable in it.
Here is Jao, I bet he is unbeatable in eating Chicken Wings, I hav never seen anything like that. After dinner, and several beers, he had like 2 dozen chicken wings. And imp. thing - didn't throw up ;)
Once more Jao, somewhere along Lake Como, in summer this place wud be un-matchable
Small incident/accident in swiss, actually both are side view mirrors were hit by the time we finished the road trip :))
Thats it..

French Honour

Not for me, but one day it will be.
But untill then, yesterday "Amitabh Bachchan was awarded France's highest civilian honour, the Legion d'Honneur". News Here.

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Woh Woh

its been so so long since I wrote something. I feel bad now :))
I do have somethings to tell all, but it has to wait a bit more, so in the mean time, I will say something about Italy.

During xmas, we made a road trip across Austria, Italy and Swiss. Italy was a welcome surprise, I just loved the place, architecture of the cities, culture, more so FOOD, COFFEE and SWEETS & ice cream (best i had). We visited Verona (of the Romeo Juliet fame), Venice (everything I say for this city would be less, Amazing, loved every moment I spent there, def. once again), Milan (highlight was the Leonardo DaVinci's original painting "The Last Supper", the feeling of being in the same room as DaVinci was ...), heading over to Lake Como and Belagio (beautiful settings of the alps and lake, a must visit in summer).

Not to leave, Interlaken and Zurich in Swiss (but no snow) and Innsbruck in Austria were great fun too.

Monday, January 01, 2007

cheers 2007

cheers, originally uploaded by Tsjeu.

Hope everyone had great start to the new year. This was most probably my last New Year in Munich as a resident, off-course I would be back for more :). Its a been a wonderful last few years here. We had a great dinner n celebrations yesterday.. Thanks Silvia, Grace, Herwig n all others for making it very special. 2007 is bringing a change for me, which I would post about soon. Till then, keep it safe and make some resolutions :))