Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Some time back Pastis put up this hilarious video (Scott Adams even put it on his blog) of him visiting and annoying the daylights out of Glynn.
He does this to Glynn in today's strip. I don't know if Pastis just hates Glynn's guts (he must have rejected Pastis' work) or they're great friends and Pastis loves picking on Glynn. Either way, it makes for a bucket of laughs, thank you.
Monday, December 07, 2009
This time, he discusses his upcoming 'China project', a nonfiction work which has something to do with 'Journey to the West'.
Monday, November 09, 2009
This one features, among other things, turning 50, having no regrets, his scariest flight (involving Dave McKean and the Black Orchid art), the enthusiasm of Filipino fans, Singapore, the Singaporean snack called 'Stuffed Author', on translating stories across media, the Sandman play, bad adaptations, and the script of Coraline.
Once again, apologies for poor quality, it's hard to make the time to clean this up, these days.
Friday, November 06, 2009
A tabulation of the top 30 all time ODI runs made.
And before anyone asks, the only person in this list with an average higher than Sachin (44.6) is Jacques Kallis (45.1).
[Data from www.cricinfo.com]
Monday, November 02, 2009
Among other things, he talks about why blogging and journalism are different things. He walls the Marvelman question and then does an outstanding Alan Moore impression while explaining why Moore calls him 'Scary Trousers'.
I wish I had a better camera and better camera skills, but that can't be helped now. If anyone wants to help clean up the audio, please leave a comment.
More videos may be expected.
Sunday, November 01, 2009
Video of the queue:
Pics of the queue: 1,2 and 3.
I'll put some snippets of the talk tonight. Watch this space.
Thursday, September 03, 2009
Here you go, far-out swordplay, if I can call it that.
Of course, it had to be Mithunda, didn't it? Via @skinnylatte. If Mithunda doesn't rock, I don't know who does.
And this is what that word means.
Wednesday, September 02, 2009
That entire concept struck me as odd, because my understanding of Mellu-dom is summed up in the below image, which I've seen in countless Mellu messes. This pic is whacked from here, but I have no clue who actually made it.
On other words, someone has to get their shit together. Either Aadisht has to find the Mellu mess around the corner. Or Mellu-dom has to lift their mundu and put a mess in the capital.
Happy Onam, folks.
I'm sorry to say that, but it's a fact. What were the judges thinking? Take a look for yourselves. And then read the comments.
Tuesday, September 01, 2009
Here you go, a Japanese love board.
I wish I could do some real art from Spam, like this dude, but I don't have the time, sorry.
Monday, August 31, 2009
That said, I think I'm allowed one Japanese link a week. This one comes from the ever-vigilant Daddy-san, who has usually his, um, oculus open for WTFness.
Here you go, the Japanese toilet prank. Madness, really. I have a thing for the toilets in Japan, but in a different way.
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Saturday, August 29, 2009
I think she kind of just bangs the piano at random (occasionally taking care to hit the right chord) and singing away. Either that, or she's a secret genius pianist and I have no taste.
Especially the part where she puts her heel on the piano. She might actually be on crack, as one of the comments pointed out.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
It's an outstanding video - they actually take the effort to look and sound like the originals - this is taking karaoke to new levels of WTFness.
Friday, August 21, 2009
But enough jabbering. Here's Benjamin Zephaniah Talking Turkeys. Check it maan.
Monday, August 17, 2009
Friday, August 14, 2009
"...monkeys are still having babies, why don't they have a human then?...", goes one of the creationists.
And the debate about the 'floater' is effin' mad.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Thursday, August 06, 2009
However, the more fun WTF is this ad, which I found at the bottom of the same page. A Brazilian Green-group is encouraging folks to pee while showering to save water. Brilliant, I say. The ad is kinda funny too. Watch.
I don't have any Portuguese, but I think you can save 12 litres of water or something. Unless they're talking about 12 Michael Jordans being good enough to kick King Kong's butt. There's also a hilarious Gandhiji lookalike at 0:21. Hahaha, I hope no one goes and gets offended and spoils all the fun. Pee in the shower already, folks.
 Please don't jump on me for being behind the times at F1 - I used to watch it in the 90s and then got bored of it. Let's just randomly blame it on the lack of television in some parts of Bihar, ok?
Given that I have no lasting serious interest in anything, or rather, any lasting interest in anything serious, I've decided to do a WTF of the Day thing. Bet 365 has my permission to hand out odds on how many days it'll last - but they better fix their site first - I can't pay them by Paypal, right now. How's that for a WTF? In this day and age, and especially since I'm in a land where it's legal finally.
Wednesday, August 05, 2009
So, I went to the online 20Q engine and it asked me some questions like age, gender and country. (FWIW, I did not enter India). I then thought up a place.
The Internets started with, 'Is it good for fishing' and went downhill from there (or so I thought). Going by the questions that it asked me, I gave it a very distant chance of guessing the right answer. But it did, by the 25th question (which makes it officially a victory for me). I also come away knowing that 'Is it good for fishing?' is not necessarily a worse first question than 'A-cons?' (A-cons for continents with A) or 'Asia?'. For the record, it asked the 'Asia' question at Q5.
Take a look at the questions, in the order that was put to me, and (my) answers and decide for yourself if you'd have guessed it. It asked some seemingly random questions, and then suddenly comes up with the answer out of nowhere. Awesome stuff.
01. Is it a good place for fishing? Sometimes.
02. Is it in the tropics? Yes.
03. Does it have a large population? Probably.
04. Was it built after the year 2000? No.
05. Is it located in Asia? Yes.
06. Is it located in Scotland? No.
07. Is it known for volcanic activity? No.
08. Is it controversial? No.
--. Does it have a high crime rate? Unknown.
09. Is it a capital city? No.
10. Does it have a farming community? Yes.
11. Is it a honeymoon destination? Sometimes.
12. Is it known for authentic cuisine? Yes.
13. Is it popular with teenagers? No.
14. Was it built before 1975? Yes.
15. Is it associated with war? Yes.
16. Is it an island? No.
17. Does it sell something? No.
18. Is it part of a democracy? Yes.
19. I guessed that it was Malaysia? Wrong.
20. I guessed that it was Turkey? Wrong.
21. Does it have wild animals? Yes.
22. Is it on the Pacific coast? No.
23. Does it have multiple official languages? No.
24. Is it a country? No.
And then bam! The answer's in the comments below - see if you can guess it (and get your head checked if you can). I definitely would have come nowhere close with this much information. I'd have guessed Mysore in 20questions on my own, but with mostly geographical targeting and some last-mile thinking.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Here's the clip of Johhny Depp's surprise appearance with Tim Burton - watch the crowd go crazy.
And here's a Time magazine slide show.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
I had no idea how many people would join in - impressive smoothness, this.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Friday, July 10, 2009
Hilarious. Pathetic (on the part of the airline). Brilliant (on the part of Sons of Maxwell). Pass the word around - viral un-marketing.
Tuesday, July 07, 2009
Thursday, July 02, 2009
Anyhoo, here are three covers. I'm a big fan of covers in general, because they often bring out the best parts of the song in a different way.
First up a bluegrass version from Nickel Creek. Sarah Watkins' voice and the strumming kicks serious butt.
Second, KT Tunstall doing her thing with her brilliant acoustic loop thingie, which makes it look like a whole band is backing her, when she's really all alone with her guitar. Go here to read about the loop pedal stuff.
Third, an instrumental with some fingerpicking brilliance that I found on Youtube.
Finally, a Jackson 5 off Soul Train. Outstanding stuff.
But here's Lajoie's take on the fickle media.
Note: I'm not an MJ hater or anything - I actually like some songs and bought some albums growing up. But he should have let those kids alone. Seriously.
Wednesday, July 01, 2009
I open it, and look inside. HALF the frikkin box is just thin air. Seriously, guys. The cereal tastes nice. Why'd you have to make me take a photograph and put it in my blog, eh?
Not criticism, just some consumer feedback.
Update: I can't argue with Neeraj, in the comments: "It says Light and Tasty. You admit it is tasty, they're just following through on the other half of the promise." Brilliant observation. I need to look at the LABEL carefully, hence.
Monday, June 29, 2009
Andy Connor is (was?) in Tokyo on holiday and he has some very Tokyo photographs. Here.
This photograph should give you that stimulus you need on a Monday morning. Dash out happy already.
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Quoting Crossword Unclued,
This puzzle was published on 5th November 1996: the day of the Presidential Election in the US in which Bill Clinton and Bob Dole were the prime candidates. The lead story in the next day's newspaper would naturally be about the result of the election.
Lead story in tomorrow's newspaper (!), with 43A: CLINTON ELECTED
BUT at the time the crossword was published, the election result had not been declared. There were loud protests from solvers – was NYT being so presumptuous as to predict the result?
Read the entire story to see how it worked out, for the 'politically correct'.
Via Lahar, who is not a girl, but a crossword freak, instead. I used to like doing cryptic crosswords in boring lectures. Haven't done one in a while, though.
Friday, June 26, 2009
And I only found out when catching up on Wondermark, a webcomic I enjoy. David Malki, the artist, had a few entries in the finals, and eventually came in third.
Some of the ones I liked:
The air was bitter cold. A frozen tear fell from my cheek, crushing a small school. I thought to myself, "Keep it together, Godzilla." CREATED BY Brian Joines
"We're the only 2 humans left!" she wailed. "You could at least shed a tear!" But he simply blinked. One whirring, clicking, terrible blink. CREATED BY Katherine Boboris
Came home from the funeral & went straight for the attic. The old trunk was still there; Dad's key fit perfectly. I'll see you all yesterday CREATED BY David Malki
Check it out. And practice for next time.
And if you're interested in this sort of thing, try Six Word Stories, which is hardcorer. It all started when Hemingway wrote "For sale: baby shoes, never worn." which he said was among his best works.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
It's on travel to Iran - and is an useful primer. You might want to take a closer look at his blog for his detailed entries on his trip.
It also answered the berry pulao question I'd had in my mind for a while now.
Sunday, May 24, 2009
But I digress.
The most profane cricket blog in the world is CricketWithBalls. And he has a book out. It promises to be fun. In a Quentin Tarantino meets cricket sort of way. Without the one-legged Rose McGowan.
Go read all about it here and buy it.
No, I'm not getting paid for the plug. But there's a reason. If you bought the book already instead of touching yourself during the strategic timeout, you'd know, wouldn't you?
More about House of the Dead later.
Saturday, May 23, 2009
We will hold the fifth edition of Mahaquizzer on Sunday, 24 May 2009. The cities where centres are being offered are Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Thiruvananthapuram, Mumbai, New Delhi, Kolkata, Pune, Bhubaneshwar, Guwahati, Thrissur, Mysore and Panaji. Some quizzers in Singapore will also attempt the quiz.
Mahaquizzer is the National Quizzing Championship. It is open to single entrants. There is no entry fee. Contestants are required to answer 150 questions over 90 minutes.
Mahaquizzer 2009 has been set by Arun Hiregange, Dibyendu Das, Thejaswi Udupa, Avinash Thirumalai and Ochintya Sharma.
Four prizes will be given out in each city: Best Quizzer, Best Woman Quizzer, Best College Quizzer and Best School Quizzer.
The person recording the highest score across all centres will hold the title of Mahaquizzer for 2009. She/he will also be awarded the Wing Commander G.R. Mulky Trophy for Quizzing Excellence.This trophy will be given in June 2009 during the KQA 26th Anniversary event.
You can have a look at previous editions of the quiz (2005-2008) here: http://kqaquizzes.org/quizzes/
Email registrations will no longer be accepted. On-the-spot entries will be accepted only if we are able to accommodate them–this decision will be made by the city coordinator at each of the venues.
For clarifications or for more information , please call Arul Mani at 97312-14519.
All the details:
Sunday, 24 May 2009
Reporting Time: 0930hrs
Venues and Coordinators
Cathedral Composite Junior College and High School
Coordinators: Dibyendu Das (94485-37014) & Mitesh Agarwal (98452-59423)
Classrooms 10 A, & 10 B
PS Senior Secondary School
33 Alarmelmangapuram, Mylapore, Chennai 600004
Coordinator: Joshua Muyiwa (99162-64323)
For directions to the Chennai venue, please call Kiran Vijayakumar (99400-74259) or S.P. Rajen (98846-20531)
Innobox Systems Pvt Ltd.
#G19, Ground Floor,
SR Nagar, Hyderabad -73
Coordinator: Satyajit Chetri
For directions to the Hyderabad venue, please call Nitish Khadiya (98856-79460)
Govt. College for Women, Vazhuthacaud
Coordinator: Arul Mani (97312-14519)
Infiniti Mall, No.619, New Link Road
Mumbai - 400 053
Coordinator: Arun Hiregange (98452-03004)
2 LT-2, IIT-Delhi
Coordinator: Ashwan Lewis (98185-28426)
Engineering Science Building
2nd Floor, Physics Room
Gate No. 3,
Behind Central Library
SC Mullick Road
Coordinator: Rudradeep Bhattacharjee (98363-44694)
Symbiosis Law School Auditorium,
Symbiosis Law School,
Senapati Bapat Road,
Pune - 411004
Coordinator: Vishwajeeth Narvekar
For directions in Pune, contact Ramanand (9764258560), Salil (98231 12258), Aditya (98811 01291).
KIIT Keol Campus,
Coordinator: Abhishek Kar (91-99371-90000)
Department of Botany
(A C Dutta Bhavan),
Coordinator: Ochintya Sharma (99725-92053)
Hari Sri Vidya Nidhi School
Ramakrishna Ashram Lane
Coordinator: Siby Kuriakose (99001-22880)
for directions to the Thrissur venue, contact Hrishi Varma (09995103806)
Site No. 1 Chamundi Hill Road
Mysore 570 011
Coordinaor: Thejaswi Udupa (98867-25754)
for directions to SDM-IMD, contact Varun Shenoy (9611355311)
Panaji:Hotel Manvin’s,Municipal Garden,Panaji Church Square,Panaji.Coordinator: Nithin Manayath (98860-81269)
Friday, May 22, 2009
"I'm not an Incredible Hulk, like Danny Morrison. I'm a thin guy from the subcontinent."
Ramiz Raja tells the world just what he is
"If we have a Super Over then super things can happen."
Ramiz Raja captivates the five-year-olds who form an important part of his
audience with some cunning wordplay
"While Hodge seems pretty clear about what to do... his mind uncluttered... it's a hodge-podge from Albie Morkel"
Ramiz Raja unearths the link between two players on opposing sides
"Chase, chase and the ball wins the race... RP Singh falls on his face."
Ramiz Raja discovers a talent for doggerel and lets the world know
"How well he has managed to mitigate this innings in the last few overs."
Ramiz Raja has fun with the English language
"This over has been full of action. All this action is sponsored by [pause] our sponsors."
Ramiz Raja knows just who is at the bottom of what you see on your screens
"Nannes... he's been a menace for the opposition."
Ramiz Raja rocks a rhyme y'all
"Farveez Maharoof is busy doing nothing."
Ever the diplomat, Ramiz Raja, while interviewing Maharoof, doesn't put too fine a point on the fact that he hasn't played a game in the tournament so far
"He's not a big hitter of the ball."
Ramiz Raja lets us in on a secret about Karan Goel, a man who scored at a mere two runs a ball or so in his first innings of the tournament
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
Makes me feel a touch nostalgic, while I continue to get sucked into the Matrix again.
via Brand Camp and Dilbert, respectively.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
Gaurav got me thinking about this. I found data with the Aircraft Crashes Record Office, Geneva. But here's the good news: Air-flight is becoming safer, or at least that's what the numbers seem to be saying.
The red line is the number of crashes, and the blue line is the number of deaths.
Overall, it looks like a steady drop in both number of crashes and deaths since the early eighties. There is a spike in early forties - I wonder why. I still need to postulate and hypothesize reasons/caveats for this, but I thought I'd put up the data first.
This also ended up being my first swivel post - lookit here. Also, as an aside, a belated happy one-year birthday to little Shaurya Sane, since his dad is plane crazy.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
One could say it's unfair, and quite sexist. Which it is. Except for Keanu Reeves (in the Wired list above), which is just plain funny.
English Russia, the everfunny compendium of strangeness from Russia, put up this, which are pictures from the 'Miss Atomic' contest, some time back. If you ask me, there's something amiss - because the photos look more like a flickr album than a proper beauty pageant.
But at least it dispels chauvinistic notions of clever scientists not being attractive. That's not why I posted it - I just found it funny.
Someone might get offended though - I'm not sure who. Women? Nuclear Scientists? James Bond? Russians?
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
April 15: Politics on the Internet: Introducing transparency and accountability
April 16: Launch of Empowering India website.
Do Attend - I'm guessing it's going to be good, especially the talk by Barun Mitra on the 15th.
Previously, raw talent would have to work it's way up a convoluted system, put in multiple match-winning efforts on odd pitches, battle petty corruption and nepotism, and eventually bank on a mentor or Kiran More's kindness to break into top level cricket. I have no clue how many talented kids gave-up along the way and ended up working in a BPO. (More about how talented folk can't work hard later.)
Haha, yes, Kiran More. But.
Case-in-point, Kamran Khan, who is suddenly Shane Warne's new weapon. From the Cricinfo article, Kamran is...
...is the son of a woodcutter who gained his shoulder strength from cutting wood in Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh in north India. He is yet to play first-class cricket and was reportedly signed by Rajasthan Royals for Rs12 lakh (US$24,000) a year after Darren Berry, the assistant coach, spotted him at a local tournament in Mumbai...This is the good fall-out of forcing teams to pick 7 Indian players for the eleven in each game. The negative fall-out is that my Fantasy cricket team sucks ass. Why does Cricinfo Fantasy cricket have to have the rule too, eh? Where's the fun, guys?
Of course, it's too early for the hoop-la, but if I had to choose, I'd go with Warney's pick. I'm a fan of the man - he's a smart cookie, and should have been captain instead of that wanker Punter. He's also the greatest leg-spinner ever, leg-spinning being among the more cerebral and beautiful things in cricket, in my book.
But anyhow, here's Kamran's rocking yorker that uprooted stumps and raised eyebrows (hat tip: Neerav). Decide for yourself. When was the last time you saw a sight like that since Waqar Younis retired?
Also, if any of you want to join my Fantasy League for the IPL 2009, leave a comment or send me an e-mail.
Thursday, April 09, 2009
He stood on street-corners in NY and photographed folks walking by. He then photoshoped similar people together into one photograph.
The bunch of tourists here is my favourite. Some of them are hilarious.
Once again, ladies and gents, Babel Tales by Peter Funch. Take a look, it'll only take a few minutes.
Wednesday, April 08, 2009
Friday, January 30, 2009
I couldn't stop laughing at the dancing though, so I must post this. Some serious WTFness here.
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Thursday, January 01, 2009
Apologies for forgetting to remind the readers of this blog about it. But it's up, just now, and will be open till 0700 Indian Time tomorrow.
For the unaware, Go Ogle is the KQA's annual New Years Day 'arbit' quiz - which means, it's cryptic, often nonsensical, but wholesome fun for the entire family (or the quizzer in your family, atleast)
Go give Go Ogle a shot.
Oh, and a Happy New Year to everyone - may your year be full of adventure, excitement, love and truth. Chance willing, this blog will be more active this year.