Friday, October 20, 2006

Sleeper...

... Post 1. A little nap can be a dangerous thing, sometimes.

I have a habit of taking a quick (and sometimes not-so-quick) afternoon nap after lunch, at work. I usually lean back in my chair, and manage to doze off till someone wakes me up with either a query to resolve or just to annoy me.

I've done this for as long as I can remember. Even when I was driving along dusty highways connecting small towns across central India in my previous job, I'd stop for a half-hour in the afternoon below a convenient tree or at a dhaba and catch some z's. I'm a firm believer in the afternoon power-nap. It works as well as coffee does, for me anyway.

My present team has become accustomed to this, after the initial wonder at how comfortably I could sleep (believe me, if I didn't had work to wrap up, I'd sleep longer) in an office chair. They know now that around fifteen or twenty minutes is what I take, and they occasionally ward off unwary passers-by who stray about and might want to stop and gossip. Not on the days that they don't feel kindly towards me, though.

As luck would have it...

Around a year ago, a senior person at the client I worked on then was visiting our office. He was (and still is) the head of the department that we coordinated with, and for all our purposes, was the top man at their end. At that point in time, I sat bang in the middle of the large hall which was the bulk of the workplace. Colleagues, including my boss, my CEO and other teammates, reminded me that I should be a little careful about my 'napping' . I heartily agreed to do my bit to impress the client, and say awake. I was relatively new, and keen to keep the company flag flying high and fluttering.

The day went by, as our top management and big-honcho-man did their thing in the conference room, and I loitered about trying to look busy. Lunchtime came and went. I downed coffee, I walked about, I wasted everyone's time gossiping, I listened to hard rock, and I stuck to my sworn duty of staying awake with all the determination of a mule.


Around four in the evening, I awakened (heh) to the little issue of pending work for the day, and got around to rapidly getting it over with. And this is where I have a fifteen minute memory gap, for some reason.

My CEO, later in the evening after corporate biggie had been seen off, filled in the blank. He was showing bigwiggy around the office, and they chanced upon me doing my thing, spreadeagled all over my chair and workstation, with some light snoring thrown in (coffee makes me do that, sometimes). He instantly pointed me out...
- There, that's Mr. D, he's one of the important people on your account
- Oh really? He seems very comfortable
- Yes, what was I saying about not having enough business from you guys?

No, we haven't lost the account (yet). I continue to have my job.

Images: Scott Adams (Dilbert), Harley Schwadron (9 to 5) and the Pencil Haus.

Saturday, October 14, 2006

The Nobel...

...Peace Prize goes to Muhammad Yunus.

Without taking anything away from his achievement, I can't help wonder if he should have won the Nobel Prize for Economics. I mean his efforts are more economics than peace, no? Yes, I know it's all related and blah, but you know...

Anyhow, I'm unable to dig up a proper source (and it could well be urban legend), but someone (I can't recollect who) told me that Yunus, in an interview, was asked what he would do to make the World Bank more effective. He said he would start with making Dhaka (or some similar third world city) the headquarters, closer to the action, instead of a spiffy glass building in Washington.

Take a bow, Mr. Yunus.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

The Rock, ...

... Paper, Scissors World Championships are going to be held soon (November 11th, to be precise).

This is good. Really.

RPS (Rock-Paper-Scissors, duh) is like a far bigger PHENOMENON than I (or even you, who're you kidding) imagined. Going by the world champions for the last 4 years, the Americans and Canadians seem to be dominating, presently. I think we can do something about that. Seriously.

Anyhow, RPS is so interesting, I feel like pasting the entire wikipedia entry. For instance, it's said to have originated in Japan. There are common cheating strategies like duping with a Paper fake. And there's even a Federal Case that was decided once. The side-blotched lizard Uta stansburiana also has an evolutionary strategy based on some sort of biological RPS.


That's the 2005 bronze medallist, Stewart Waldman. Freaky costume. Nice technique, though.

Like I say, you learn something everyday. Thanks to the Piglet for this one.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

The News...

...papers today ALL have pictures of children earning bread. Every front page seems to have something to retort to the new ruling on Child Labour.

I had this (only vaguely related) cartoon saved up.


I'm not sure how effective the ruling will be, but I still feel the bigger issue is primary education. I'd imagine that the almighty mai-baap government could tackle a variety of issues from reservations in colleges to child labour if they did something effective about primary education at a grass-roots level. And when I say 'tackle', I mean 'solve', not 'win short term brownies'. Of course, primary education might not be as strong a vote-bank move as reservations. Which, I guess, is the sad part.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

"Madness?

... this is Sparta!"

300 is going to release soon. Do check out the trailer out here.


Frank Miller's 300 is a movie now (almost). It's one of my favourite Frank Miller/Lynn Varley creations - it's a graphic retelling of the Battle of Thermopylae in 480 BC- and I'm excited to see it as a movie. It's been shot Sin City style (traditional real actors alongwith loads of CG), and I'm hoping it will be fun.

I can imagine that making a movie from a graphic novel, and a Miller/Varley one at that, should be easier than making a movie out of a book or script. It's like having a ready (and audience tested) storyboard with all the visual assistance one can use. But I suppose some element of surprise is also lost - I would have expected it to look like this. The trailer makes it seem that they've stuck to Miller's imagery quite faithfully (Sin City comparisons here). The final movie will let us know for sure, of course.

Check out the production blog here.

Monday, October 09, 2006

So...

... Google finally bought YouTube, after trying out with it's own Google Video endeavour, which one must admit, never really took off. It's official: 1.65 Billion smackers.

Jay Leno was wondering last evening if it's going to be called GooTube. You might expect some more trashy humour about this, soon.



UPDATE:
I found this seemingly good article about why it's a bad idea.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Big Fake...

... Boobies are like life-savers.

They saved someone in a car accident in Sofia one of these days. Size 40DD Ones. They 'acted like airbags' and saved her vital organs from impact. Or so they say here.

Also, in the recent skirmish in the Middle East, someone was saved from a rocket attack.

Surprisingly, someone wanted to sell theirs on eBay.

And, "The consistency of gummy bears has been proposed as ideal for breast implants. "Gummy Bear breast implants" have been on the market since 2005." Which is wha tit says on a Wikipedia post.

I don't know what to say. Maybe some very average cartoons can save the pregnant pause.

UPDATE:
By some strange coincidence India Uncut has expressed his desire to be a Fake Boobie Inspector. It's a hilarious post, though.