Saturday, December 16, 2006

Packets...

... on sarees are the latest fashion innovation, if Chennai Online is to be believed.

It's the brainchild of Sri Kumaran Stores, which 'fashions' itself to be quite an innovator. Chennai Online mentions...
...The store, which brought to the fashionable young women of India the 3-D saree and the colour-changing saree, has now come out with this innovation, says
Ravi, managing director, Sri Kumaran Stores...
The article points out how it is 'no more' the preserve of men to have pockets to keep their mobile phones in.
...has announced the launch of a saree with a pocket -- the first-of-its-kind in the world -- to hold your mobile phone, keys, tissues and intimate make-up. You can carry on with your work without having to worry about the phone or the keys. It’s no longer the men’s preserve to have pockets for all their requirements...
I think 'we men' might be tying our keys to our shirt-tails soon. Hat-tip to keen fashion watcher Mohayana for this one.

Friday, December 15, 2006

Two Boys...

... from Beijing have made it to 'superstardom' simply by putting their (crazyass) lip-synching videos on YouTube.

Mohayana sent me the International Herald Tribune piece on them here...
They posted their first "performance," a nearly 5-minute clip of lip-synching to the Backstreet Boys hit "I Want It That Way," to their college intranet in March 2005. It quickly migrated to big sites like YouTube and Google Video and fast became one of the most watched and highest rated amateur clips online
Here are links to some of their videos... (I'm not sure if like the Public Affair one more, or DaDaDa)

I Want It That Way
(the breakthrough one, they have a 'making of' video too!)
Public Affair
Special Edition
DaDaDa
Don't Lie The hooded Fergie is funny

They have a blog! It's hilariously nonsensical too. Check out the imitators and fans they got!

Given the amount of lip-synching that we got going on back home in Bollywoood, these guys should come over and take a look.

I love the dude at the back who sits and plays games throughout all the videos... he stretches sometimes. Got to love the internet.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

T...

...shirts have, for long, dispensed immense wisdom.

I was surfing about aimlessly, and came across something that would have provided an awesome addition to my 'Party-Post' at Threadless. I thought this was hilarious.


Sadly, I will not be buying it this time since VCR will be back in the next 4 days, and these guys take 13 days to ship. Maybe, next time.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

My Spelling...

... contest has only attracted four entries so far....

Tangled, The Alcoholic Crocodile and StopKidding. Here...

The fourth entry? Well, it isn't really an official entry in the strict sense of the word since the entrants hardly entered it, but you can read about Tiger Woods's Steak here.

Blr Bytes pointed me to Office 2007, which might be designed to deprive me of my little joys.

No more tries?

Monday, December 04, 2006

A Tale of Two...

... Successors - JD Fortune and Daniel Craig.

I'll admit it. I did start off viewing both these gentlemen as imposters - hustlers who had not ascended-to but had been-placed-on exalted thrones, by deep pockets and the lure of fast commercial gain.

When I heard of Rockstar INXS, I was annoyed. I'm no avid INXS fan, but have heard a lot of their music and am partial to them. Michael Hutchence was almost a rock god. He had it all going - hot girlfriends, screen presence and a lifestyle to match. He wrote some groovy songs. He WAS INXS. Whenever I occasionally watched the show, Dave Navarro did a superlative job of putting me off. I made a face when JD Fortune finally won. Oh whatever, I don't care, it's a sham anyhow.

I loved Pierce Brosnan as 007. Yes, yes. I know Connery is the only James Bond ever, Dalton is Fleming's favourite and Pierce Brosnan has his truckload of detractors, but I've always liked the guy. He was born to play Bond - I've felt since the days when I used to watch Remington Steele avidly. Even though I thought most of the recent Bond movies sucked for the most part, I thought Brosnan fitted into the role like a good suit. When I read of James Blonde, I was aghast. I visited hate-sites. I watched Layer Cake and tut-tutted.

And then, some weeks back, on the spur-of-the-moment, I ignored Jam-master Jakkur's advice - "They're old wrinkled old midlife-crisis rockers man". I went and watched INXS perform at Palace Grounds. No, they didn't blow my mind - it was an average show. But they entertained. The band seemed really old and woefully out of place. (Old has nothing to do with it. The Rolling Stones in 2004 were old too, but rocked my ya-yas) . But they enjoyed themselves. They are musicians after all, and Hutchence moving on stopped them from performing, which I assume, is what they do and enjoy the most. This was their big chance again.


And Fortune - he tried hard, I'll admit. He sang hard and strong. He's no Hutchence, and has a long way to go. But, the two new songs, Pretty Vegas and Afterglow were good efforts. There might be some hope, I thought, as I navigated the post-concert traffic.



Last week, I caught Bond 21. I'll say this - IMHO it's probably the best Bond movie of the decade so far. Like DhoomK2 said, it's like a long trailer, interspersed with mushy scenes. But it's fun.

I've reminded myself that I'm not against change. Craig and Fortune are brave men, walking a tightrope over the abyss of endless comparison with their predecessor(s) who had made the role(s) their own. There is much commercial success on the back of established 'franchises' at the other end. It's a high-risk shortcut. They seem to be backed by strong production teams and large bankrolls. One, if not both, might make it. I'm watching with an open mind.