Jul 20, 2011

Behind Enemy Lines

Behind Enemy LinesBehind Enemy Lines, originally uploaded by Rakesh Ashok.

A picture taken a very long time ago during the initial days of the Coffee Central madness when myself and my friends used to hang out for more than half the day playing chess and other games. Looks like I have to get back to taking pictures with my Film SLR. After getting my DSLR I've absolutely forgotten that I have another gem of a camera :(

Today also happens to be my birthday :) So yet another day in the life of martian hoping for a fun day :)

Jul 16, 2011

Where are my blog readers?

Me: Well even though I haven't blogged that regularly I still seem to find a number of visitors visiting my blog all thanks to Google. Beyond that there hardly seem to be any regular visitors! 
Myself: Once upon a time your blog had less number of visitors but many regulars who read everything you posted and offered their critics and comments. 
Me: I think I finally found the reason. A blog can be considered read worthy only if it has anything new to read unless of course my blog post is a copy of the Bible. :)
Myself: So looks like you found your solution. New content is a must. 

Introspection is the key to all answers :)

P.S: Watched Harry Potter 7 and looks like the saga has finally come to an end. We will all miss Hermione Granger thats for sure :D

Jun 4, 2011

Eating Ramen with chopsticks

chopsticks

Long ago I bought two sets of plastic chopsticks. I have no idea why I bought them that time, but I did. Today after watching 3 hours of Japanese cuisine and Japanese food and culture I also decided to try and use a chopstick. To use that I needed some noodles or ramen as they are called in Japan. Went and got some Top Ramen from the near by local shop and two eggs. Well what I finally made out of these two wasn't a total disaster but tasted really bland though. Making the ramen wasn't difficult since all I had to do was boiling and stirring. The fun part started while eating. I decided to use a chopstick the ones which I bought ages ago. But in my life I've never used a chopstick before. So I take my plate sit in front of youtube and search for a video for using chopsticks. I did learn the basics of holding the chopsticks properly but eating with it was a totally painful experience. By the time I finished eating the ramen my hands were totally numb. Guess I need to use the chopstick more often. Next task eating rice with chopsticks.

May 30, 2011

Deactivated my facebook account :)

After much thought and minimum effort I have deactivated my facebook account. Lets see how long it stays deactivated :D. People contact me by mail or mobile.

There's no certainty — only opportunity.
- V For Vendetta

May 29, 2011

What happened to the blogs

twitter facebook vs blogger

Started blogging when I was in college and then eventually I have seen myself shifting from blogging to twitter, facebook etc. What happened, why this sudden change, why does everyone these days prefer the short version of everything? IPL seems more popular than the original format, twitter even with its 140 word limit seem like a expansive canvas to express and share your ideas. Facebook status messages is something thats still something I haven't understood. I remember the number of times I've promised myself to update the blog regularly. The only blogs which I see being updated regularly are tech blogs. Looks like personal blogging is on the decline taken over by the likes of twitter and facebook. Guess I have to just keep reminding myself that I still have a blog.

Feb 23, 2011

Posting from the droid

Hey I can now blog from my android phone via the new Blogger app woo hoo :)

Dec 17, 2010

Peepli Live - The circus of life

Peepli Live

I loved this movie. The news we get from the media these days are mostly half truth wrapped in media masala which is what the people prefer. So I can't go about blaming media for doing what they do. But this movie is definitely a slap in their faces for sure. In this whole media circus we should not forget the real issue which is that the number of farmers in India are decreasing. Should I take up farming instead of being a software engineer? These questions trouble me. Here are a few more questions which popped up in my mind. The farmers produce a lot of things which finally ends up in our homes but the price of these produce keeps increasing in the whole logistics business. So the producer gets the least whereas the middlemen enjoy more by adding the price of the logistics to the products. As the consumer we pay a lot more than it was originally bought from the farmers. As you can see as we look at the bigger picture things get a lot more confusing. The best thing about this system is that we really can't blame anyone for anything, even though we end up blaming someone.

I would like to congratulate the director Anusha Rizvi for this wonderful creation. Guess her journalist experience helped in filming this movie. A movie with some meaning at last even though the meaning is once again covered in too much media. I think Naseeruddin Shah's role was a wasted effort. The highlight of the movie was the role of two person one was Rakesh not because it is after my name, but amongst all this he felt sorry for the farmer Hori. The other character was the farmer Hori the actual victim in the movie. The screenplay is excellent and great camera work capturing the circus of life. I would rate this movie a 4/5, it lost a point for the meaning being too subdued. Other than that it is a wonderful movie.

Nov 7, 2010

Photography & more

Portrait at Mint Street
Portrait at Mint Street, originally uploaded by Rakesh Ashok.

Yes I have been taking lots of photographs during the past two years but I have hardly shared those pictures with anyone. Only now I got the time to upload them to flickr/facebook. So expect more pictures from me. I also got opportunity to take photos during few of my friends and relatives marriage. It was fun when I did do those photo shoots. But one thing I did learn is that I am not that great while shooting events where things move quickly. If you lose a moment it ain't coming back. So I mostly miss many of the good shots which I have seen in other photographers portfolios. But I did manage a few candid ones though. My learning in photography continues ... :)

The above picture was taken more than a year ago during one of the many Chennai Photowalk I did attend. This one was at Mint Street. In my post processing of the picture first converted the picture to Black & White using Channel Mixer. Then increased the contrast. Then added a vignette to give more focus to the portrait of the rickshawala.

Oct 24, 2010

Winamp for Android Beta

Winamp for Android Beta QR codeI'm a really big fan of Winamp, primarily because of the lite version which was the best thing when I had just 256MB of RAM in my system and it still used very little of that. Now winamp has jumped on the android ship. I think by the time I actually buy my android device they would have released the final stable version. :p With this post I'm going to start posting about all the apps which I will be installing on my android phone as soon as I get one. Some of the highlights of this app

  1. Wireless desktop sync* (requires Winamp 5.59 Beta)
  2. Scrobbling via Last.fm app (something I was really hoping for)

Winamp for Android Beta Winamp for Android Beta

Currently available for Android Version 2.1 and above.