Wednesday, February 27, 2008

GWB's Son in Law

From The Swamp
Jenna Bush and Henry Hager will wed.

Hager is a former staff member of Karl Rove's office in the White House. He is in his final year at the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia. His father, John H. Hager, served as assistant secretary of education in the Bush administration and became chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia. He also is a former lieutenant governor of Virginia.

Monday, February 25, 2008

This Social World

There are 10's of Social Networking sites in the WWW. Ever wondered which parts of the world use which Social Networks? I did. And here's the answer. In an Image, how convenient :)





Credit: Digital Inspiration

Blogger Play

This is Cool. Blogger Play displays a slideshow of the images recently uploaded to Blogger. There's one for Flickr too. But, the blogger thing I am sure will be more interesting. You can visit the blog where the pic is uploaded by clicking the picture in the slide show.

Found out there is movie with Ajay Devgan and Kajol, that will be coming out in April 2008, while checking out the Blogger Play from this site.


(h/t: Matt Cutts)

Jodhaa Akbar - Movie - Review - NYT

The Grey Lady has a review of Jodhaa Akbar.

A choice quote:
The battles, though, are really a windup to the love story that propels the film. Forging a political alliance, Akbar marries Jodhaa, a Rajput princess (a Hindu), and then sets out to win her heart. These royals are played by Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, two rather astonishing specimens of human beauty. Neither is a great actor, but both know what's required of a star and seem to the palace born.

Click Here for the entire review

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Lockheed wins $1bn Indian order

From BBC:
The US defence firm Lockheed Martin has won an order worth about $1bn (£512m) from India for six Super Hercules C-130J military transport aircraft.

News of the deal, agreed in January, emerged during South Asia's biggest defence fair in New Delhi.

That's 4000 frigging crores!! Why the hell does India spend so much money on weapons? I know, I know its not much compared to the giant USA. Why does any country need to spend so much money on Weapons? It all feels such a waste. Can't we just get along?? :)

And Lockheed Martin, their revenue is $38 Bil. Looks somewhat low..don't ya think?

Unrelated:
Sorry for the long gap in posting. I was out sick from flu.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

GM offers buyouts to all UAW members - Feb. 12, 2008

Holy Cow!!!

GM offers buyouts to all UAW members - Feb. 12, 2008
The current veteran UAW member at GM today has an average base wage of $28.12 an hour, but the cost of benefits, including pension and future retiree health care costs, nearly triples the cost to GM to $78.21, according to the Center for Automotive Research.

By comparison, new hires will be paid between $14 and $16.23 an hour. And even as they start to accumulate raises tied to seniority, the far less lucrative benefit package will limit GM's cost for those employees to $25.65 an hour.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Sanjay Dutt ties the Knot

From rediff:
The long wait is finally over. Sanjay Dutt has finally married his long time girlfriend Manyata (Dilnawaz Shaikh) on February 7.

This is Dutt's third marriage after his divorce proceedings against former model Rhea Pillai was formally completed last month. Manyata, a small time actress is mostly known for an item number in Prakash Jha's Gangajal.
Some pics, also, at Rediff

Friday, February 8, 2008

The Evolution of Tech Companies Logos

From Neatorama:
You’ve seen these tech logos everywhere, but have you ever wondered how they came to be? Did you know that Apple’s original logo was Isaac Newton under an apple tree? Or that Nokia’s original logo was a fish?Let’s take a look at the origin of tech companies’ logos and how they evolved over time


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Thursday, February 7, 2008

Indian Snow Man

Ever seen a snowman created in India. I haven't. Check this out from Rediff:


News

  • Kadhalar Dhinam (Premikula Roju) Star Kunal commits Suicide
    • Former actor Kunal Singh, who starred opposite Sonali Bendre in the film Dil Hi Dil Mein, committed suicide on Thursday morning in Mumbai.

      The actor was found dead early morning at his Vindermayor residence in Oshiwara, Mumbai. The actor took his life by hanging himself from a ceiling fan on Wednesday evening.
  • Wipro in Atlanta
    • Wipro is in the process of opening its first American software development centre in Atlanta and plans to hire 200 professionals here within a year. The work force would be extended to 500 within three years.

Democrats Fired UP!!

From Swampand: (With the help of a Commenter)
Here are the numbers just for the 19 states where both parties had elections yesterday

Obama/Clinton voters: 14,460,149
McCain/Romney/Huckabee voters: 8,367,694

Or, 73% more Democratic voters than Republican voters.

A lot of this is huge Democratic numbers in New York and California.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Press Narratives: Bill Clinton VS George W Bush

From Media Matters:
Bush literally drives the country into a ditch while erecting new standards for secrecy and incompetence (Iraq, Abu Ghraib, Walter Reed Hospital, Hurricane Katrina, staggering national debt, etc.), and the press yawns. But Clinton makes ill-advised and insensitive unscripted comments on the campaign trail, and that's what really gets the Beltway press upset -- enrages them, really, as they scramble to find just the right adjective to describe Clinton's allegedly deceitful, abhorrent behavior.
Read the whole thing here.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Would you like a 3rd Bush Term?

Just elect any republican. You've got a 3rd Bush term.

Interesting News

    • The World Bank has appointed its first chief economist from a developing country to work at the institution.
  • Pakistan captain in 'love scam'
    • Pakistani cricket captain Shoaib Malik has threatened to sue an Indian family for alleging he married their daughter over the telephone five years ago.

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Cultural Differences

Stumbled upon this blog post by Onemanbandwidth that depicts cultural differences between west and east. The original blog post is by Adino Chang. And the art is by Ms Yang Liu. Yang Liu is chinese and lives in germany. The images are inspired by the differences in German vs Chinese cultures, but I'm sure we can extrapolate it to East vs West (Except for the Tea).

Here are a couple of those pics:
Punctuality:


Queues:

Who should we Vote for: Obama or Clinton?

As some of you might know, this election is already historic: For the first time in history, there is either going to be a black person or a woman competing for the presidency of USA. Even though I don't have the right to vote in USA, as you might have noticed, I am very much interested in American Politics and I tend to like Democrats over Republicans.

With that background aside, herez the deal. Who should we vote for in the Democratic primary? From the looks of it, policy wise Hillary and Barack are no different. Both of them are smart, decent human beings. Either of them would make a much better president compared to the low low bar set by Mr. G.W.Bush. And I think the country is ready for a Democrat to be back at the realm. Wait a minute, I thought the same in 2004. Oh well.

So, on what should we base our choice between Hillary and Barack? I'd say electability. Here comes the rub. I am not able to make a solid case for either of them. Both have their pros and cons in that department. If what CW(conventional wisdom) says comes to fruit, then one of these two will be facing John McCain in the Finals. So, imagine each of them against him. We don't know how Barack is going to be able to withstand the onslaught of the Karl Rove style politics that will be thrown at him by Republicans. On that front, Hillary has an advantage in the sense, she has been smeared last 10 years non-stop. I think its hard to find new material on her.

Consider MSM(main stream media). MSM loves Mc Cain and hates Hillary. I haven't seen a narrative formed against Barack yet. They seem to like him so far. But as Gene Lyons said in this column:

Because the same kind of Oprah-fied, pundit-driven, "American Idol" media crush that's anointing Obama today can turn him into an object of contempt overnight. And if you're not already aware of that, then you haven't been paying attention.

I loved the whole column btw. So do Check it out. Especially the end.

I've seen Obama's fans arguing that he brings independents and vary republicans to his side in the Final fight and Hillary can't. Mc Cain is also considered a fav for indi's. So, I'd say no one knows what's going to happen on independents front.

One another argument against Hillary is that she is going to energize the Republican base, the talk radio hosts and some in MSM (like Chris Matthews). I think it will be balanced by the nomination of McCain. The GOP base and Talk Radio hate McCain as of now. Right now they are saying they would vote for Hillary over McCain. I am sure they'd start saying McCain is way better than Hillary if he gets nominated.

All in all, I'd say its just anybody's guess how the the Finals are going to turn out. But, my guess is Hillary is going to be a better Finalist over Obama.

Even though I am not a fan of Aristocracy, I have to say, go Hillary Clinton!! :)

Friday, February 1, 2008

Top News Today

  • Microsoft unveils bid for Yahoo at $44.6 bln
    • Microsoft Friday unveiled a bid of 44.6 billion dollars for Yahoo in an effort to merge the world's biggest software company with a major Internet player to take on the Google juggernaut.
  • Just wow. PM Singh announces $2bn projects
    • India PM Manmohan Singh has announced development projects worth over $2bn for the remote north-eastern state of Arunachal Pradesh during a rare visit. ....
    • Mr Singh announced a slew of projects for Arunachal Pradesh including a four-lane highway, India's biggest hydroelectricity project, railroad links and water supply projects, among other things.
      He also said a new airport would be built in the state capital, Itanagar.
  • India lose embarassingly to AUS in 20-20 game