Monday, December 17, 2007

Tata set to win Jaguar, Land Rover auction: report | News | Reuters

You must be kidding me!!

Tata set to win Jaguar, Land Rover auction: report

Ford Motor Co is poised to name India's Tata Motors as preferred bidder for its Jaguar and Land Rover brands, Britain's Sunday Times newspaper reported.

An announcement could come in the next fortnight, with Tata expected to pay about 1 billion pounds ($2 billion), it added.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Demographics of Andhra Pradesh by Castes in Percentage

I am not sure how much research has gone into this paper by K.C.Suri for Overseas Development Institute in London, written in 2002. I am just presenting the statistics he mentioned in his report.

The following is the Percentage of population of AP by caste sort by decreasing %:


BC 35-40%
SC 16%
Kapu 10-12%
Reddi 8-10%
Kamma 4-5%
Brahman 2-3%
Vysya 2-3%
Velama 1-2%

Per Wiki,
Kapu and its subcastes(Balija, Telaga, Turpu Kapu, Ontari, constitute about 25.18% percent of the population of Andhra Pradesh, making them the single largest community in the state.
But no source was cited for that statistic

And according to another Wiki Article, here are the demographics:
  1. FC: Forward castes are castes that are politically, educationally and financially well off and don't qualify for government reservations in educational and government positions. Some of the subcastes are actually backward castes. They make up about 35% of the population.
  2. BC: Castes are classified as backward if due to their financial, educational and political depression need government reservations to help uplift their status. They are predominantly involved in small scale farming, artisans, small scale traders. They make up about 50% of the population.
  3. SC: They are engaged predominantly in menial and manual labor and make up about 10% of the population.
  4. Tribes: They engage in hunting and gathering, the primitive type of agriculture known as shifting or slash-and-burn cultivation. They constitute 5% of the population.

Friday, November 30, 2007

Car Registration

What a pain this moving to new cities is. Other than the actual major stuff like moving, packing, loading, unloading, looking for an apt, there are stuff like updating your new address in 100 different places, getting a new drivers license, car registration, car insurance.

Right now i am doing the second set (which was supposed to be done like within 30 days of moving). Anyways, in Georgia, to get the car tags updated, we need to get the GA drivers license. To get the drivers license, we need to have proof of insurance. So while checking that out, I realized I didn't update my car insurance info after moving to Atlanta!! So, I need to shop for that now.

Anyways, to get the car tags, we also need to get the car emissions tested. And looks like we need to do this every single year. Isn't that a little overkill? Anyways, below is the pic of my Nissan getting emission tested :)

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Ron Paul

Ron Paul seems to be a very good choice for republicans and democrats alike. A wonderful video depicting him as God ;). Just kidding, but its a good video showing what he is.
(h/t: glenn g)

Monday, November 5, 2007

Hello, India? I Need Help With My Math - New York Times

A new area for outsourcing. Tutoring. Sound's like this idea is going to be very popular in the coming future.

Hello, India? I Need Help With My Math - New York Times:

"Yet TutorVista, analysts say, is different in a number of ways. Other remote tutoring services generally offer hourly rates of $20 to $30 instead of the $40 to $60 hourly charges typical of on-site tutoring. By contrast, TutorVista takes an all-you-can-eat approach to instruction. Its standard offering is $99 a month for as many 45-minute tutoring sessions as a student arranges.

......

Ramya Tadikonda has tutored Kenneth Tham, among many others, from her home in Chennai, India. To achieve its ambitions, TutorVista must recruit, train and retain thousands of tutors like her.

Ms. Tadikonda, 26, is a college graduate who had previously worked as a software and curriculum developer for a math Web site for students, but left to raise her children. Earlier this year, she joined TutorVista, took the company’s 60-hour training course, followed by tests and practice sessions for two months. She now works about 24 hours a week as a math and English tutor and makes about $200 a month.

Ms. Tadikonda says she enjoys tutoring and the flexible hours. “You can have a career and still spend time with your family,” she said. “I never thought I could do that.”"

American War Paar Da!

Awesome video. Visuals are fun, but the lyrics are just too bitingly close to reality, you just can't stop smiling :). i didn't.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Mukesh Ambani becomes the world's richest man

WTF???
Man, you just can become the richest man in the world!
Just. like. that?

Mukesh Ambani becomes the world's richest man

From rediff:
Following a strong share price rally today in his three group companies - India's most valued firm Reliance Industries , Reliance Petroleum and Reliance Industrial Infrastructure Ltd - the net worth of Mukesh Ambani rose to $63.2 billion (Rs 2,49,108 crore).

In comparison, the net worth of both Gates and Slim is estimated to be slightly lower at around $62.29 billion each, with Slim leading among the two by a narrow margin.

Mahindra Scorpio in USA?

Hmm...an Indian made SUV/Pick Up Truck in USA.
Baseball, Apple Pie...and Mahindra?

From BW:
In spring, 2009, the company plans to launch two- and four-door pickups and a sport-utility vehicle in the U.S. This trio of diesel-powered trucks will compete against a big pack of aggressively promoted offerings from General Motors (GM), Ford (F), Dodge, Nissan (NSANY), and Toyota (TM)

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Another World Champ

From rediff:
Viswanathan Anand crowned himself as the new World chess champion with a short 20-move draw against Peter Leko of Hungary in the 14th and final round of the Championships in Mexico City on Saturday night.

World Champions

India is the winner of the first ever World T20 Cup Champion. What a match it was. Misbah almost took the cup from the hands of India, but for one wrong shot.

Following are the 3 pics. The last shot, joy and sorrow, victory lap in mumbai. Courtesy Getty Images.




Friday, September 21, 2007

How far down will this GO :(

Lunch @ Spoon

Today me and Ram had our lunch @ s p o o n . It was very good. I'd recommend it to anyone who likes Thai. I tried fried rice and Ram had some variation of Pad Thai. Its very close to our work place and I think I'd be eating there often.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Happy Days Movie

Happy Days on Sep 28 in US, Oct 2nd in India

Interesting!! This seems to be the first time any Indian movie is being released first in USA...hmm

Friday, September 14, 2007

India VS Pakistan in Twenty20

I haven't had such a blood rush watching a cricket match in a long time. (Yesterday, my heart pounded at 100mph, but that's for my careless driving). Anyways, What a game. I think its the first India vs Pakistan Twenty20 game. And it will be worth to buy a video if available. It was India's game to lose until the last 3 overs. Which was pakistan's to lose after a dismal score by India batting first.
Misbah-ul-Haq played an awesome innings. In my book he should get the MOM instead of Asif.

The bowl-out sounded funny, I didn't knew this existed until the commentators were talking about it. Talking about commentators, what a pathetic bunch. They were drooling like anything for Afridi to come to bat. He left after scoring 7 in 9. Nothing intelligent comes from their mouths. Anyways, I thought which bowler wouldn't be able to hit 3 wickets with out a batsman in front of them. Boy, how I was proven wrong. All 3 pakistani bowlers missed the wickets by a mile. The fast bowlers shortened their runup, which I think caused them to miss the wickets.

Anyways, a good win for India.. Yahoo!!

Visit to the Sai Baba Temple

We went to the local Saibaba Temple in Suwanee yesterday. Malli went to that temple before, this is first time for me. It was like a 30 mins drive from our place. Its a small house well into the woods. We almost missed it in the dark.
There are like 30 - 40 ppl by the time the aarthi began. We all sang the Seja Aaarthi, which ran like 30 mins. It was an interesting experience. The aarthi was in Marathi and I felt good singing it, even though I didn't understand most of it. Its very rhythmic.
After the aarthi, a couple of ppl distributed the prasadam brought in by the devotees. Overall it was a pleasant experience.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

The Mozart of Madras: Composer A. R. Rahman - CNN.com

CNN's Screening Room profiles A.R.Rahman

A choice quote from Rahman
"Well, until I worked in 'Bombay Dreams' six or seven years back, I never realized that it is not cool to have playback singing. Until then, it was the story of Indian films where somebody else lip synchs and somebody else sings." And Rahman has been converted to the Western model, where those singing on-screen usually provide the vocals themselves. "In my future projects I would rather have a star who sings,"
p.s: Why is it still Madras for CNN? Isn't it Chennai now?

Friday, June 1, 2007

FU--Friedman Unit

wow!! pretty compelling. this has to be shown on national television. this is absolutely important to be seen by all the war supporters. some influential person should try to work to get into national tv.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Pandora

Pandora is a online radio, streaming music site. I've heard its the best. But, never went to the site until today. First impression was unbelievable. Love the site design. I am impressed by the application. We can start by choosing a favorite artist, which in turn creates a station with similar music. I've seen this in Launch and ILike but this is real. I chose Alanis Morisette and I heard 3 other songs from other artists so far and it feels great. The project says its part of 'Music genome project'. So, I am assuming it categorizes songs by the lyrics, tones, genre and stuff.

You can start listening right away. A cool thing is, you can create an account and login on the same page while the songs continue to play.

Love it so far.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Olbermann: Rudy Giuliani Crossed the Line - 4/25/07

Whao!! What a performance from olbermann in response to the irresponsible and stupid giuliani's comments.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

YSR in St Louis


Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Mr.Y.S.Rajasekhar Reddy is going to visit St Louis. May 7th according to the poster and May 8th according to the Hindu.

Article in The Hindu

Update from Suram in comments:
One of the organizires just responded to my call. The correct time is 6PM on 7th May and no passes are required for the address. Additional parking is available at 415 Weldman Rd

Monday, April 23, 2007

Did you Know?

Did you know that the following fast food joints are collectively owned by a single corporation?
  • KFC
  • Taco Bell
  • A & W
  • Long John Silver's
  • Pizza Hut
Yep. The company is called Yum!

Wiki:

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

How Bush @#$%'ed America List

  • Foreign
    • Iraq
    • Afghanisthan
    • North Korea

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Google Home Page

Google personalized home page added something cool in the last couple of days. Its a "theme". We can choose from a selection of 7. There is one cool theme out of them. Its called "Sweet Dreams". The cool thing is we can specify our zip code for that theme and the background image changes according to the time of the day. Now it shows sun rising and yest night it showed moon. Its pretty cool :)

Monday, March 19, 2007

Largest margin for Victory in ODI's


From Cricinfo
:
A display of creative and powerful batting, where four of the big six fired India to 413, a record total in World Cups and the bowlers then did their job, bundling Bermuda out for 156, winning the game by 257 runs, the largest margin in terms of runs in all ODI cricket.

Monday, March 12, 2007

A voice from Pakistan

I haven't been blogging lately for various reasons. But couldn't resist to post this quote from Benazir Bhutto (former prime minister of pakistan) in today's Washington Post column:
Much has been said about Pakistan being a key Western ally in the war against terrorism. It is the fifth-largest recipient of U.S. aid -- the Bush administration proposed $785 million in its latest budget. Yet terrorism around the world has increased. Why is it that all terrorist plots -- from the Sept. 11 attacks, to Madrid, to London, to Mumbai -- seem to have roots in Islamabad?

Pakistan's military and intelligence services have, for decades, used religious parties for recruits. Political madrassas -- religious schools that preach terrorism by perverting the faith of Islam -- have spread by the tens of thousands.

The West has been shortsighted in dealing with Pakistan. When the United States aligns with dictatorships and totalitarian regimes, it compromises the basic democratic principles of its foundation -- namely, life, liberty and justice for all. Dictatorships such as Musharraf's suppress individual rights and freedoms and empower the most extreme elements of society. Oppressed citizens, unable to represent themselves through other means, often turn to extremism and religious fundamentalism

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

A funny forward from a friend about Women

In the world of romance, one single rule applies. Make the woman
happy. Do something she likes, and you get points. Do something she dislikes, and points are subtracted. You don't get any points for doing something she expects.

Sorry, that's the way the game is played.

Here is a guide to the point system:


SIMPLE DUTIES

* You make the bed (+1)

* You make the bed, but forget the decorative pillow (0)

* You throw the bedspread over rumpled sheets (-1)

* You go out to buy her what she wants (+5) In the rain (+8) But return

with Beer (-5)

* You check out a suspicious noise at night (+1)

* You check out a suspicious noise, and it is nothing (0)

* You check out a suspicious noise and it is something (+5)

* You pummel it with iron rod (+10)

* It's her pet (-20)

SOCIAL ENGAGEMENTS

You stay by her side the entire party (0)

You stay by her side for a while, then leave to chat with a college
buddy (-2)

Named Tina (-10)

Tina is a dancer (-20)

Tina has silicon implants (-80)

HER BIRTHDAY

You take her out to dinner (+2)

You take her out to dinner and it's not a sports bar (+3)

Okay, it's a sports bar (-2)

And it's all-you-can-eat night (-3)

It's a sports bar, it's all-you-can-eat night, and your face is painted

the colors of your favorite team (-10)

A NIGHT OUT

You take her to a movie (+1)

You take her to a movie she likes (+3)

You take her to a movie you hate (+6)

You take her to a movie you like (-2)

It's called 'Death Cop' (-3)

You lied and said it was a foreign film about orphans (-15)

YOUR PHYSIQUE

You develop a noticeable potbelly (-15)

You develop a noticeable potbelly and exercise to get rid of it (+10)

You develop a noticeable potbelly and resort to baggy jeans and baggy

Hawaiian shirts (-30)

You say, "It doesn't matter, you have one too." (-8000)

THE IG QUESTION

She asks, "Do I look fat?" (-5) [Yes, you lose points no matter what]

You hesitate in responding (-10)

You reply, "Where?" (-35)

Any other response (-20)

COMMUNICATION

When she wants to talk about a problem , you listen, displaying what
looks like a concerned expression (0)

You listen, for over 30 minutes (+50)

You listen for more than 30 minutes without looking at the TV (+500)

She realizes this is because you have fallen asleep (-4000)

Google Finance

Here's the link for Google Finance. Here's the funny thing. The data, quotes and other info in this site keeps updating without a page refresh!! I haven't seen anything like it before. I have no idea what technologies they are using for this behavior. Its simply AWESOME!

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Friday, February 23, 2007

Nike Cricket Crazy

Cool ad by Nike, for the upcoming World Cup. Seems Nike is India's sponsor.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

45% of Indian girls married off before 18

WHOA!!! Just Whoa!

More from Kounteya Sinha of TOI:
It’s a social ill that continues to shame India. Nearly 45% of women in the country, aged between 20 and 24, are married off before they reach 18, the legal age to marry. What’s worse, the number is over 50% in eight states.

While 61% of women in Jharkhand were married off before 18, the number stood at 60% in Bihar, 57% in Rajasthan, 55% in Andhra Pradesh, 53% each in Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal and 52% in Chhattisgarh.

[snip]

The survey, which interviewed 1,24,395 women and reported a response rate of 94.5%, shows that this social malady exists mostly in rural India. While 52.5% of the cases of under-18 marriages were found to be in rural areas, the number stood at 28.1% in urban India.

Monday, February 19, 2007

33rd National Games concluded officially

33rd National Games of India have officially concluded. 'Services' ended up with most Gold's (59) and Assam ended up with most medals (148). I don't know why Services is regarded as another state. Is there a state called Services that I didn't know of? hmm.. Also, the website has the symbol of Olympic Games on 'Games Result' button for some reason.

Herez a spreadsheet analysis of how various states performed. Andhra did pretty well in medal's per contestant category.

First one is list of states sorted by 'medal's won per contestant'
Second one is when sorted by number of medals



Iraq: The hidden Story

From crooksandliars.com:
What the media isn't showing in Iraq: (h/t Hardliner)

It's a gut-wrenching 49 minutes, but worth your time. Americans, these actions are being done in our name. This is our legacy.

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Snow on Feb 1st

Pictures taken from inside our apt in stl,mo this Feb 1st. There was another snow storm yesterday. This is like 4th or 5th storm this season. Not fun! :(

 

 
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Friday, February 16, 2007

A good start to end Noise polution

A no-honking Zone is going to be enforced around 100 meter radius of any school/hospital/educational institutions in Hyderabad. A good idea to start reducing the unbearable and useless honking situation in Cities. Obviously, they have to improve the conditions which would reduce the scenario's for honking. Such as, people crossing the roads where ever they want, vehicles parked in the middle of the road and such.

From TOI:
The 'no-honking' rule in identified silent zones will be enforced in the city after a month.

The government on Wednesday announced that a 100-metre radius around hospitals, educational institutions and courts will be notified as silent zones.

Wheel Of Food

Very cool Wheel from Baumgardner's Coverpops.
Thanks BoingBoing:
Unsure of where to go for lunch? Spin the Wheel of Food, a silly-fun interface for Yahoo! Local created by Jim Bumgardner.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

2 Indians in American TVee

There are 2 Indians who are competing in two reality TV shows here in US. I saw that 'Surya Yalamanchili' was on Apprentice 6. I just came to know that there are a couple of Indians in American Idol too. He is 'Sanjaya Malakar'. He is 17 years old and hez through to the top 24. His sister, Shyamali, was also a contestant in AI6 and she didn't make it to top 24.

Monday, February 12, 2007

08' Presidential Front Runners

A brief look at the ages, dob's and religion of the current front runners of the US presidential race. The oldest dem candidate is of the same age as the youngest rep candidate.

Isn't this a Shame!?

A shameful state of National Games in India. Can't even provide the results of a sporting event. Its ridiculous. I mean these are National Games for God's sake. India Shining!! I can't avoid the glare in my eyes.

From Indian Express:
The mediapersons covering the 33rd National Games in Guwahati are badly hit by 'poor disemination' of results and information.

The media centre at the Nehru Stadium, venue of at least five sporting disciplines, wore a deserted look with no authorised person available for switching on the computers.

The situation at the media centre at the main sports complex at Sarusajai was no different.

Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Interesting!

Interesting!
Japanese is both a person of Japanese ancestry and the language of Japanese. hmm! link

Jap·a·nese (jăp'ə-nēz', -nēs')
adj.

Of or relating to Japan or its people, language, or culture.
n., pl. Japanese.

1.
a. A native or inhabitant of Japan.
b. A person of Japanese ancestry.

2. The language of the Japanese, possibly related to the Altaic family, written in kana and Chinese characters.

Tuesday, February 6, 2007

Any which way but lose!

An old but wonderful article by Sandipan Deb regarding India's (or Indians) obsession with Cricket. I cannot say I totally agree to his premise that all this is because of our "hunger for recognition from the world leads us to trumpet our supposed superiority to everyone else at the drop of a hat" but all in all a fun read.

A quote from the article:
Only 36 per cent of our population has access to sanitary means of excreta disposal. There are lakhs of Indians who subsist on our streets without even the most basic rights to a human life or a dignified death. Thousands of our citizens live as refugees in their own country, having lost their homes and means of livelihood. Last month, in a poll conducted by The Hindustan Times on the attitudes of Indian youth, more than 50 per cent of the respondents said that given a chance, they would live in some other country.

But even when they do go away to some other country, they have the rediff live cricket scorecard open surreptitiously on their computer monitors throughout their working day. They stay up nights in the US to watch India play in England. They participate in detailed analyses of the Indian team's strengths and weaknesses in countless Internet chat rooms. And they turn out in daunting numbers at the stadium whenever India's playing in their adopted country.

(h/t: sightscreen)

Nirali Magazine Blog

I stumbled across this blog in one of my regular random browsing escapade's. Looks like it concentrates on Indians across the globe. It is an interesting blog. link

11 Most Important Philosophical Quotations.

(h/t: Amit @ India Uncut)

1. “The unexamined life is not worth living” – Socrates (470-399 BCE)
2. “Entities should not be multiplied unnecessarily” – William of Ockham (1285 - 1349?)
3. “The life of man [is] solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short.” – Thomas Hobbes (1588 – 1679)
4. “I think therefore I am” – René Descartes (1596 – 1650)
5. “To be is to be perceived (Esse est percipi).” Or, “If a tree falls in the forest and no one is 6. “We live in the best of all possible worlds.” – Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646 – 1716)
7. “The owl of Minerva spreads its wings only with the falling of the dusk.” G.W.F. Hegel (1770 – 1831)
8. “Who is also aware of the tremendous risk involved in faith – when he nevertheless makes the leap of faith – this [is] subjectivity … at its height.” – Søren Kierkegaard (1813 – 1855)
9. “God is dead.” – Friedrich Nietzsche (1844 – 1900)
10. “There is but one truly serious philosophical problem, and that is suicide.” – Albert Camus (1913 – 1960)
11. “One cannot step twice in the same river.” – Heraclitus (ca. 540 – ca. 480 BCE)

Monday, February 5, 2007

Violence in Super Bowl Ads

The darkness of the Super Bowl ads

I watched most of these ads yesterday, but didn't notice the underlying theme. Gosh! Did we become so tolerant of violence in our media?

And the scientific evidence shows that they either did not connect with the audience or scared the hell out of them. hmmm

A comment in the above blog that makes sense:
By Anonymous, at 2/05/2007 7:33 AM

Sweet jehova! Let's not go overboard here. I think Anonymous was right when he said the companies thought it was safer to go with violence over sex. Sex get's you fined by the FCC. The violence in these comercials was the equivalent of Wile E. Coyote getting an anvil to the head. As another poster said, the tolerance for violence in this country is very high, particulary of the sort on display Sunday (during a violent sporting event). Make those ads realistic, showing the physical aftermath of said violence and you'd probably have several million poeple crying out with you.

American Humvee Driving in Baghdad

Wow! Winning hearts and minds, the american way.

(h/t:http://www.crooksandliars.com/2007/02/04/winning-hearts-minds/)

Friday, February 2, 2007

School Pledge

Is this the pledge we read every day @ school in India when we were kids? I am sure mine started with 'India is my country'. But I don't remember if the rest of it is what we used to read out loud every single day at school. Do you guys have any other version of it? I got this from google.
India is my country and all Indians are my brothers and sisters. I love my country and I am proud of its rich and varied heritage. I shall always strive to be worthy of it. I shall give respect to my parents, teachers and elders and treat everyone with courtesy. To my country and my people, I pledge my devotion. In their wellbeing and prosperity alone, lies my happiness. Jai Hind

Thursday, February 1, 2007

Cheney's note to McClellan


They write notes!! (TM: Atrios)

Here's the notes Cheney wrote to McClellan to lie to the press corps about Scooter, just like he did for Karl Rove. Wow!

From Kevin Drum:
So who was it that asked Libby to take the lead in talking to the press about Joe Wilson's trip to Niger? Apparently it was "this Pres," but immediately after writing this Cheney decided the passive voice was a better bet. Even in a note to McClellan, it was best not to admit that Bush had ever been involved. Plausible deniability, you see.

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Tendulkar fires India to series win

India wins series 3-1

"It had been nearly four years since Tendulkar struck a hundred in a winning cause," Says Dileep @ Cricinfo. Feels like a decade for me though.

Anyways, Congratulations for the Indian Cricket team for winning a series emphatically. Looks like we have a 95% chance of seeing India in the Finals of the worldcup again.

A stat from the game:
160 runs - The margin of victory for India, their highest in an ODI against West Indies.

Why Democrats can stop the war

A wonderful article by Rick Perlstein in Salon.com on Why Democrats can stop the war. No wonder, its called Politics :)
You know that whatever the facts, the right will blame "liberals" and "Democrats" for losing Iraq; that's as inevitable as the fact that we've already lost Iraq -- and as inevitable as an arrogant president playing into Democratic hands by expanding the engagement (he already is). What would be inexcusable is if wobbly Democrats managed to maneuver themselves timidly into a corner that made them only the right-wing's scapegoats -- and not the champions that truly made their stand to end the war.

In 2008, the Republicans are going to have to run either amidst an electorate convinced that Republicans will be staying the course or amidst an electorate they've managed to bamboozle into believing "peace is at hand." If they manage the latter, they'll have a good chance of winning the election. But the only way they can do that is if Democrats can't claim credit for ending it first. I hope to be able to watch the Democrats truly try to end the war; it will be glorious. Because even if they start losing votes in Congress, the president and the party that enables him can only become politically weaker by the day.

Media and Politicians

Media and the Politicians have a strange relationship. I've always had this question of whether its a one-way or two-way relationship. In USA at least, I feel Politicians need Media a lot more than the other way around. When they are running for an office they have to put their face on TV a lot. Its just like advertising. Shows like Meet the Press, Face the Nation, This Week are so popular Politicians volunteer to come on to the shows when they have something to say.

I wondered what happens when a media outlet does propagandizing against a person or a party. Say Fox News against Democratic party. What can the Politicians do? Can they decide to not go to that Channel? What if its a popular channel with a particular group of people (red state republicans) only watch That particular channel.

Recently Obama was smeared by right wing (incl Fox) about his education in a Madrassa. Now we hear from The Sleuth that he is freezing Fox news out. Kos and MyDD were cheering this decision. So, lets see how this is going to end. Can Obama win this primary with out ever appearing on Fox News? What about the general election. Will he lift his Freeze (if there is any) then?

Friday, January 26, 2007

Not My Bag, Baby

Not My Bag, Baby
An interesting analogy by Tim F @ Balloon Juice rgdg War, Executive Branch and the Republican Controlled Congress. He compares it with a Scenario in Free market.
What baffles me is that once the GOP owned the war lock, stock and barrel, someone (say, Pat Roberts) thought it would be a good idea to kill off the faintest hints of oversight. In free market terms that’s the same as a business sinking its resources and reputation into a project and then taking off to Maui for a few months while the contractor does his thing unsupervised. That suggests an awful lot of confidence in the “contractor.” It suggests that Republicans considered their leader practically infallible, incapable of the quotidian failures that characterize ordinary humans, not unlike the leader cult barbs (Dear Leader etc) half-jokingly brought up by lefties like me. After all, assuming that the GOP Congress were rational beings with some vestigial interest in their political future, what other explanation makes any sense?

Happy Republic Day!?

Happy 58th Indian Republic Day y'all. Distribute some candy around your floor at your work or something healthy (a fruit? ;))

From Wiki:
Although India obtained its independence on August 15, 1947, the Constitution of India came into effect only on January 26, 1950. During the transition period from 1947 to 1950, King George VI was the head of state. Lord Mountbatten and C. Rajagopalachari served as the Governors-General of India during this period. Following January 26, 1950, Rajendra Prasad was elected as the first president of India.

From BBC: In pictures: India's Republic Day

From President Abdul Kalam's Speech on this day:
Youth should take up politics as their career in large numbers. Political Science should form part of the curriculum from secondary to college level for all students with development politics as focus. Citizens should proactively cast their votes to select candidates of known performance with honesty as the focus. Legal personalities, experts and professionals should educate the citizens on the political process, constitution, procedures, their rights and responsibilities.
From BBC: On this day 26th Jan 1950
The new President, Dr Rajendra Prasad, then took the oath of office.

The president then addressed the crowd first in Hindi, and then in English.

"Today, for the first time in our long and chequered history," he said, "we find the whole of this vast land... brought together under the jurisdiction of one constitution and one union which takes over responsibility for the welfare of more than 320 million men and women who inhabit it."

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Indecision 08: Clusterf@#k to the WhiteHouse

Crooks and Liars » Indecision 08: Clusterf@#k to the White House

Jon Stewart is more than his usual self in criticizing the MSM's tripping over each other covering the polls of Presidential Coverage 21 months before the election. Its really funny. Let me know if you don't think its funny. I will do somethin about it. Promise ;-)

Boys return from school, find parents' bodies - CNN.com

Boys return from school, find parents' bodies - CNN.com

An Indian Sikh couple were found dead in Nassau, NY. Scary.

Monday, January 22, 2007

State Of The Union

On the eve of the US President's SOTU address, Here's some info related to that.

From Wiki:
The State of the Union Address is an annual event in which the President of the United States reports on the status of the country, normally to a joint session of the U.S. Congress (the House of Representatives and the Senate). The address is also used to outline the President's legislative proposals for the upcoming year

If you want to have a look at the previous SOTU addresses, C-span has videos from 1989 and transcripts from 1945. SOTU's will at the least give a positive spin of what has happened that year in USA. Obviously, every president wants to pat himself on the back for all the hard work he put in for the country every year. And SOTU presents that platform for him.

I started looking at the last SOTU address of Bill Clinton. I am sure it will be pretty interesting. That's the speech delivered after he knows that he is going to be impeached that year.

Bush, Clinton, Bush, Clinton

Why didn't I think of this? Hmm..

From TPM Reader TB:
This country is far too great to have to rely on two families for so much presidential leadership. Think about it: a two-term Hillary would be TWENTY-EIGHT years of Bush and Clinton.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

20 minute Workout with Video

Here's a link to the video's of 20 minute workouts. http://realage.iamplify.com/.
These workouts do not require any equipment. According to the site: "Do it 3 times per week, along with your 30 min daily walk, and you'll hit all 3 areas: strength, flexibility, and cardio". You can either view the video or download it.

Here's another link with pictures and description of the exercises: http://www.realage.com/WorkOutCenter/fitness/fpEntry.aspx

I tried it out and I love it. Give it a try.

Friday, January 19, 2007

Questions related to Shawn Hornbeck's kidnap ordeal

  • What do you think about the name he used in multiple profiles on the internet: shawn devlin? and about a post in a page devoted to his search under the same name asking "how long will you guys search for him?"
  • The predator allows him to use his first name and tells him to use devlin as his last name?
  • What about all the piercings and the hair he has grown.
  • He cut his hair and removed all the piercings when he went on oprah why?
  • If you look at the video when he was first shown with the police..he looks just cool. He is not excited, he is not depressed. He just walks as though hez going to his house from his school. Even in the interviews he laughs, hides his face when his father discloses something embarrassing
  • With all the evidence that we have, we can spin it anyway you want. it could be either oreilly's spin or other spin
More info from Gateway Pundit: and From CNN:

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Abdul Kalam on Yahoo Answers!

Abdul Kalam has a question up in Yahoo Answers! Isn't that interesting. There are answers from famous people like Kiran Bedi, Leander Paes. All in all there are around 11,123 answers. His question is "What should we do to free our planet from terrorism?". Do you 'have an/want to' answer? Click here

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Indian Navy acquires USS Trenton for $48.4 Mil

From rediff:
The Indian Navy on Wednesday acquired the 17,000 ton US warship USS Trenton.

From Wiki:
USS Trenton (LPD-14), an Austin-class amphibious transport dock, was the third ship of the United States Navy to be named for the capital of New Jersey.

Her keel was laid down at Seattle, Washington, on 8 August 1966 by the Lockheed Shipbuilding and Construction Company. She was launched on 3 August 1968 sponsored by Mrs. Richard J. Hughes, and commissioned on 6 March 1971 with Captain Karl R. Thiele in command.

In early 2006, there were numerous press reports that the Indian Navy was negotiating with the United States for the purchase of this vessel. These reports later turned out to be true when the Indian government announced it will purchase Trenton for Rs 2.18 billion ($ 48.44 million). The US Government later revealed it had asked their Indian Counterparts to keep this agreement under wraps as they felt it would arm the Non-Proliferation Activists and threaten the passage of the Indo-US Nuclear Deal.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Numbers

46: The death toll from the winter storm this weekend.
75%: Loss of the citrus crop in California, because of the recent cold storm.
30 hrs: Time we didn't have power this looong weekend.
1 hr: Time I spent grating, rock like jaggery, for making pongal.
6: No. of movies I watched in the first 1/2 of this month.
$687,000: Estimated $$ paid to Shipla Shetty to participate in Celebrity Big Brother (UK TV Show)

Friday, January 12, 2007

How Lobbying helped Indo-US deal

From Indolink: (h/t: ThinkProgress)
On the one hand, Indian-American lobbyists worked energetically to highlight the commercial potential for the U.S. nuclear industry to participate in the projected build-up of nuclear power in India. They also sponsored numerous trips to India by the American lawmakers and their staff.

And in Washington, the Indian government mounted a multi-faceted lobbying campaign, expending large sums of money -- e.g., $1.3 million on two lobbying firms -- with the aim of pushing the deal through Congress. One of the firms it hired is Barbour, Griffith, and Rogers, which is headed by Robert Blackwill -- a former U.S. ambassador
to India

[snip]

According to newspaper reports, the U.S.-India Business Council thought that American business could get a considerable portion of the $20-40 billion that India is planning to spend by 2020. It would also open the door for large-scale sale of military hardware to India. For example, Lockheed Martin could get a contract between $4 billion and $9 billion to supply 126 fighter planes India is planning to buy soon. As if on cue, the New York Times said that the Bush administration is organizing a business delegation to India this fall that is "potentially the largest such mission ever to a single country."

Embed your city map in your site!

Herez an embedded map of Kothapet, Vijayawada. Thanks to the latest feature of MapMyindia.com. (h/t: webyantra) you can drag, zoom and all that stuff with this map. Isnt it cool!!

Monday, January 8, 2007

Who Knew?

A link @ the famous Drudge Report "Curry in Indian food 'might be a magic cure-all'..." which links to the below article

From Kathleen Fackelmann over at RedOrbit:
A study in the November issue of Arthritis & Rheumatism suggests turmeric, one component of curry spice, almost completely prevented joint swelling in rats with arthritis. Other studies have suggested that the spice could protect against diseases such as heart disease, cancer and Alzheimer's, a degenerative brain disease that afflicts nearly 5 million people in the USA.

Shilpa Shetty in a UK TV show

Shilpa Shetty in the UK's hit TV show Big Brother 2007! (h/t: Sonia Falero). You can follow the action @ Channel 4's site.

Sunday, January 7, 2007

Annavaram - A Dud

Watched this Pawan Kalyan's latest movie yesterday. Nothing special in there. Its just a curry of all different previous successful formulae. Nothing in the movie was above average, The fights, The music, The sentiment, The romance. Everything is just about what you might have seen already. The only scene in the entire movie that touched me was the death of Pawan's close friend Narasimha (Venumadhav). That scene was very detailed in depicting the emotions of the people who loved him to see him dead. Especially his mother.

About the characters in the movie: The whole movie revolves around Pawan. Asin was given very minute role. Just a few dialogues or a glimpse before a song starts. There was no attempt by the director, whatsoever, to depict a relationship between the leading stars. The brother-sister relationship which was supposed to be the heart of the movie, was not fully developed. It was good in the first half, but after interval therez no relationship whatsoever. The sister (Sandhya) suddenly starts overacting, maybe to show that she is very naive as a contrast to the city people pawan deals with.

Overall, it is an average telugu movie. No need to watch it unless your only interest is in the people who acted rather than the characters, the script, dialogues and all that jazz :)

Vaseline

Nice little ad with, I think, indian music in the background

Wednesday, January 3, 2007

Power Toys for Windows XP

Very useful tools for Windows XP here. One of the tools is Image Resizer. Its very useful.