Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Balloon Fail...

...from failblog.org, the delicious collection of idiocy.

Here you go, today's video of the week. Words fail me, and thus help me be lazier.





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Monday, April 27, 2009

Touch Wood...

...or actually, hug a whole frikkin' tree.

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.



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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Female Nuclear...

...scientists have received some amount of stick in the past.

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.

However.

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?



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Thursday, April 16, 2009

Where are all...

...the fun advertisements these days, you ask?

Here's one.



Speechless, I am. When in doubt, post a jobless video, I say.

Via YesButNoButYes



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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

An Announcement...

...and an invitation from the Liberty Institute.

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.


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One of the...

... positives of having a top cricket league in the country (and now the outside-it-but-still-belonging-to-it wierdness) is the amped-up talent scouting that goes on.

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.


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Thursday, April 09, 2009

This is...

...a positively brilliant piece of photoshop-art. Here, at Babel Tales by Peter Funch.

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.



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Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Because of...

...a variety of reasons, you can expect some amount of regular programming to restart itself on this space.

Yes, again.



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