Aayitha Ezhuthu titles – an easter egg?

Guest Blog #22- Anand C

I’ve heard of programmers dropping little “easter eggs” in their code that only they know of… things like a funny face appearing if the 29th of February falls on a Friday… or a Pixar character’s eyes modeled after an ex-girl friend…

But Pradeep told me today (when we were catching up after a long time) about this easter egg in Aayitha Ezhuthu‘s titles – apparently the way the titles appear and blur out are the same as the the way the vehicles drive past the protagonists in the famous Napier bridge scene, but with a mask over the top-view camera.

Anyone noticed it? I for one missed it the first time…

The road to Nirvana…

Guest Blog #21 – Anand C

It is frustrating when people you like do things you aren’t proud of. Case in point: the suicide note of Kurt Cobain, the lead singer of rock-legend Nirvana and singer/songwriter of Never Mind, one of the most influential rock albums ever produced. The last line of the rather depressing note is reproduced here:

“I’m too much of an erratic, moody baby! I don’t have the passion anymore, and so remember, it’s better to burn out than to fade away.”

Why did this come to mind all of a sudden? Because this response in a recent interview by Kamal Hasan is something I would have hoped Kurt realized, that would have provided more A-class music to thousands of fans (like me!) for a long time to come (He was 27 when he died!)

How do you analyse your performance objectively?
Very easy. If you keep criticising yourself, the zenith of it is suicide. You hate yourself so much that you are ready to kill it. Yes, I said ‘it’ and not him or me. So criticism is easy. Some people suffer from it because they don’t know when to stop criticising. It is like eating sweets. You must know when to stop.

Call it a selfish fan speaking… RIP, Kurt!

Goodbye, blue skies?

Guest Blog #20 – Anand C

mojave

It is no doubt a historic moment when the first successful private space flight was launched in Mojave. The achievement ranks up there in grit with Chuck Yeager and the breaking of the sound barrier. It is legalizing every pipe dream ranging from relocation to tourist resorts, that have been the stuff of science fiction.

And yet, it seems like Pink Floyd‘s words from long back (Goodbye, Blue Sky) are resonating now more than ever:

Did you ever wonder why we had to run for shelter,
When the promise of a brave new world,
Unfurled beneath a clear blue sky?
Goodbye, blue sky.
Goodbye.

Mr. India, redux?

Guest Blog #18 – Anand C

invisibility cloak

Researchers at the University of Tokyo have come up with an invisibility cloak. The idea seems simple in its basic form – project the background image onto the masked object, thereby making it seem invisible. The (intended) applications include surgeons whose own hands hamper vision during surgery, or pilots who would like the plane floors to be transparent during landings!

The masked object is ‘invisible’ from one side only (for obvious reasons). It’s true that the person is only half-invisible, but how you feel about it depends on whether you are a “glass is half-full” or “glass is half empty” person!

We know Rajnikanth’s movies are popular in Japan, but who knew someone took Shekhar Kapur’s Mr. India (with due apologies to H.G Wells) seriously?

Week in Review – Once upon a time…

Guest Blog #17 – Anand C

One of my favorite professors had an interesting ability to combine many things in one story / train of thought – often starting from something fairly random. Left one with the feeling that everything was connected. For instance his compilation of some of the week’s interesting news items might sound like this (Click on the links to go into the news items):

This post, passed on birthday wishes…
to late Prof. Richard Feynman,
who worked at Los Alamos,
on what became the A-bomb…
Built on physics principles of Einstein…
who in his writings mentioned Gandhi,
as the greatest that walked the face of the earth.
And urged people to ‘Think Different’, and was used,
in a campaign by a company named after a fruit
Called Apple, whose boss has a side project,
Pixar, which recently stopped negotiating with Disney…
that stopped distribution of a controversial film
on recent events and George W Bush.
Who was in Normandy to speak,
at the 60th anniversary of D-Day (June 6)
where 9,500 soldiers sacrificed their lives.
And need to be remembered!