to tag or not to tag

25 02 2006

… that is the question…

books[1] [2] [3] …! how quaint. people do that any more?

let me make it movies instead.

I start this knowing very well that I am going to miss some of the best. But what the heck, this is just a list.

1. Casablanca(1942)
2. Julius Caesar (1953)
3. The Bridge on the River Kwai(1957)
4. À bout de souffle (Breathless)(1960)
5. The Great Escape(1962)
6. Lawrence of Arabia(1962)
7. Doctor Zhivago(1965)
8. [Per un pugno di dollari(A Fistful of Dollars)(1964)
9. Per qualche dollaro in più(For a Few Dollars More)(1965)
10. Il Buono, il brutto, il cattivo(The Good, The Bad & The Ugly)(1966)] Dollar Trilogy
11. Un homme et une femme (1966)
12. The Graduate (1967)
13. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid(1969) Wasn’t this the original cowboy love story?
14. Z(1969)
15. The Godfather(1972)
16. Le Dernier métro(The Last Metro)(1980)
17. Cocktail Molotov(1980)
18. Ordinary People(1980) And Redford can direct too.
19. The Big Chill(1983)
20. The Princess Bride (1987) Life is pain, Highness. Anyone who says differently is selling something.
21. Chung hing sam lam(chung king express)(1994) If my memory of her has an expiration date, let it be 10,000 years…
22. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
23. Fargo (1996)
24. Kolya(1996) The perfect grouch has met his match. A five-year-old boy named Kolya.
25. Thin Red Line(1998)
26. Ha Hesder(Time of Favor) (2000)
27. Amores Perros(2000)
28. Elling(2001) They’re packed and ready for the greatest adventure of their lives. All they have to do is get out of the house.
29. Ying xiong(Hero)(2002)
30. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind(2004)
31. Before Sunset(2004)
32. Brokeback Mountain(2005)

the black mamba in me
33. Pulp Fiction(1994)
34. Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels(1998)
35. Lola rennt (Run Lola Run)(1998)
36. Fight Club(1999)
37. Kill Bill Vol. 2 (2004)

anim+ (e /ation)
38. Antz(1998)
39. Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi (Spirited Away)(2001)
40. Sennen joyu(Millienium Actress)(2001)
41. Ice Age(2002)

A whole bunch of Woody Allen’s – 42. Manhattan(1979), 43. Annie Hall(1977) … and Tarantinos. and the whole BMW Films series.

The last movie I watched – 44. Walk on Water(2004)

ok, will never get done…and don’t even get me started with Indian movies…

btw, veena, what % of these have you watched?


feel like a sad little chibi boy

23 02 2006

Don’t ask…

The War Against Intelligence

18 02 2006
(A sign posted on a trail in CA, explaining the right of way)

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood

…and stared at this stupid sign. Was reminded of those simple puzzles (questions that test your logic(?) skills)from back in middle school… something along the lines of, Sita is taller than Gita. Mita is shorter than Gita. Is Sita taller than Mita?

Doesn’t this sign translate to, If bikers yield to pedestrians and pedestrians yield to horses. Will bikers have to yield to horses?

Is the arrow pointing down from the bike to the horse really needed? Is this one of the WMDs used by the ID-warlords in the war against intelligence? An attack on perfectly logical and well accepted theorys, like the survival of the fittest? Or is it just me, having a bad case of the frydays*…

Programming today is a race between software engineers striving to build bigger and better idiot-proof programs, and the Universe trying to produce bigger and better idiots. So far, the Universe is winning. – Rich Cook (thx nutcase-in-a-suitcase)

* Think the annoying co-worker in Office Space saying, “Uh-oh! Sounds like somebody’s got a case of the Mondays!” Believe me, fridays can be just as bad.

Main Zindagi Ka Saath Nibhata

9 02 2006

Sahir Ludhianvi (from Hum Dono)

What’s cooking? your brain?

7 02 2006

This one is for all you cellphone yappers…

How to cook a (rather modest) dinner while you are on the phone? Easy, just make sure you and your roomate /friend /innocent-bystander /random-intruder-in-your-apartment / officemate have your cellphones charged.

A couple of other stuff you will need are – an egg, something to hold it in place, a hifi – and you are all set.

cellphone a –> egg
Note: We cooked our egg during the evening using free local calls, if you were to cook an egg for lunch it would cost £3.00 – not cheap but you do have the convenience.”

Be intelligent or Be square

3 02 2006

Veena’s post reminded me of this new thing (actually old wine in a new bottle), that seems to be the latest craze in Britain. Debating. Some enterprising chaps across the pond, realized that there was a market for “High Quality Debates” and enter Intelligence Squared. Apparently, people are sold on this idea and are parting with cash freely enough to make this company a huge success.

Now, if you are wondering why I was reminded of the above by Veena’s post – well, the idea is not just to debate, but to meet your match while doing it. As NPR puts it, – “British company mixes debate and dating”

That might not seem like a match made in heaven, to some of you folks. You might wonder, who would want to come home, after a hard day’s work, to fight, argue and debate?! Well, there is a market for it too, as they say. Silence might be golden, but Arguments make the world go around :)