LinkStash – 22 Mar’ 2009

Microsofts Vision for 2019 [vid]

Music that makes you dumb [pic] – Music choices versus SAT scores…. and some interesting finds. Now where did I put my Ninth Symphony Mp3.


Don't worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you'll have to ram them down people's throats.

-Howard Aiken


Chrome experiment – Brilliant use of scripts.

 SXSW 2009 Music    -  6gb of SXSW music in 3 torrents!!! – For you music and bittorent fixation.

BLH's tour of Chernobyl – What Chernobyl looks like after 23 years.

LinkStash – 24 Feb’ 2009

Mindfuck movies – Here are some good recommendations from The Morning news for the coming weekend.

Really? Slumdog-Millionaire? – My thoughts exactly.


Charles M. Schulz - "All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt."


In the subway by Kaj Bjurman


The most awesome pencil sharpener -



You have misunderstood your place in the food chain. You are google's product. Your PC is a crucial part of the delivery mechanism by which you are made available to google's customers.

- by keithb


StreamDrag – Stream  all your favourite songs from YouTube videos.


No-Tech hacking - An impressive talk by Johnny Long, on how to snipe and gather information.


The new Miro is awesome. It was a huge  memory hog in the past but not anymore. It now features a pretty decent UI, with new features like adding sites that you can browse directly inside. It records a consistent under 50 MB memory usage on mine, which is less than half that of the previous version. It now has separate audio and video feed sections. The in built browser feels more responsive and so does the media player (now you can pop it out into a separate window too).

Primer – Movie Review

This film made in 2004 with just a budget of just $7000,  is relatively older than some I’ve reviewed recently. It came highly recommended by Jeff Cannata of TRS, and sounded quite interesting. So I decided to catch it last week.

AND!! It turned out to be one hard movie to review. So this won’t try to be one. Firstly, this film is an orgy for people that love paradoxes. The movie in essence is about time travel, when a pair of engineers discover it by accident. It tells the story of how it effects people differently and how they behave. It talks about their temptations, their desire to become heroes. Towards the end the movie becomes convoluted in increasingly complex paradoxes, which to be honest left me completely clueless. But rather than throwing it out as a waste of my time, it had me so intrigued that I actually researched it, starting at its wikipedia article. It was only then that I understood its premise properly. I can’t say that I still understand it fully, far from it!

It is pretty apparent that no attempt was made to dumb down any portions of it. So I’ll watch it a couple of more times and hope to fathom a majority of it. To any people who are fans of science fiction and thinking movies, this is a treat. It is perhaps meant to be a puzzle that you sit down with and ponder over, and it’s beauty lies in just that.

Rating: 7/10

Seven Pounds – Movie Review

An emotional drama starring Will Smith as an IRS agent (read tax collector) trying to redeem a mistake that killed seven people, by helping seven strangers. Smith also managing to recover from the disaster that Hancock was, and gives a stellar emotional performance in the same genre as The Pursuit of Happyness. If you liked that movie then I am positive you’ll like this one, and leave you teary eyed at end. On the other hand that is also my only gripe. The initial one line description sums up the movie entirely. Its only attempt is to make your eyes moisten, although it does succeed with a highly depressing end. Rosario Dawson turned out to be the surprise act for me in this one, with a prefect portrayal of a dying girl. The movie is slightly confusing for the major part and you’re left wondering about the motives behind the protagonists actions, but it clears out quite magnificently in the end.

Very few characters, small storyline and I’m still amazed at how much the movie accomplished in the end. So I would probably rate it around 7/10 and is probably on of the best movies out of 2008 and I liked it better than Slumdog. If you’re into serious, emotional movies then this one’s for you.

Rating: 7/10

Slumdog Millionaire – Movie Review

   This movie is certainly a humanity interest piece, something expected from every Oscar season. The story of a kid from the slums of Mumbai, and a game show years later with him at the verge of winning 20 million rupees, sets the right contrast for the entire movie. It has its fair share of dark humour and satire, like the shit clad child running for Amitabh’s autograph. An overdose of reality with a window into what life's like on the streets.

That was the better part of the review. For the lack of a better cliché, the film is a rollercoaster of emotions. I loved parts of it, I hated parts of it. The emotions in many parts of the movie seem overly forced and directed towards the American audiences and I'm sure they’ll love it. The 'real India' was exaggerated and glossed over and at all the wrong places. Moreover, the protagonist fails to evoke much emotion, once you've gotten over your initial curiosity. In the end, it starts resembling a  typical Bollywood melodramatic piece more, than a serious endeavor it sought out to be. The soundtrack by A.R. Rahman though, is not an add-on at all as in most Hindi movies, but is an essential gene in the pool.

At the same time I do feel that I am being overcritical. It’s still a must watch, more so because of the concept and contrast than the artistic merit of the director. There was a lot of potential in the movie but it might leave you with an aftertaste of dissatisfaction lingering inside. Perhaps I was expecting a little too much.

Fashion Nugget by Cake

Did you know the PirateBay also gives you music recommendations?? Every download page related to music has a detailed artist info section with a list of artists very similar to one you’re trying to download and it’s pretty darn useful. A preliminary search for some mellow bands led me to a dozen year old album called Fashion Nugget, by an alternative rock band called the Cake.


The album contains some gems like ‘Nugget’, a cool song with a funk feel, although I should probably warn you that it periodically contains a well known four letter :-D. They also managed to make use of that word in a remake of the Gloria Gaynor’s ‘I Will Survive’. A little research leads to a nifty piece of trivia that this it is also the goal music of the Turkish football club Galatasaray SK. The album starts with a trumpetty-sad but still rythmic number titled ‘Frank Sinatra’, which has had the honour of appearing in the hit series The Sopranos. It seems like a pretty well know band and I'm surprised at not having heard of them. Moreover, this album has left me intrigued and curious about their music and I hope to find more and more of it. I give this album my thumbs up!!

You can get a taste of their music here.

LinkStash - 08 Oct' 08



“Saying that Java is nice because it works on all OSes is like saying that anal sex is nice because it works on all genders.”  -  Alanna



“Any fool can use a computer.  Many do.”   -  Ted Nelson



Recommended App

  • Miro – Is an internet media application or a podcast receiver like Juice. Nomally i wouldn’t recommend any app that uses as much memory as this one does, but I’m making an exception here. Juice had given me trouble in the past and refused to recognise previously downloaded files and somehow stopped downloading new media from subscribed feeds even when new episodes were available. So I switched to Miro a month back. Its easy to find content to listen to and watch through it now. It recommends new feeds and you can search directories for topics you like. It also keeps track of what episodes you’ve already seen. The killer feature being that if you start playing any video/audio and quit, Miro can automatically remember  the point where you last stopped and continue playing from there. One thing that does bug me is if you play a file and navigate to some other feed, the files stops playing. This starts getting irritating if you’re listening to some MP3 and want to browse some other channel offerings at the same time. But otherwise its a pretty good app for people just starting out on podcasts.





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Stumble your way to new music



StumbleAudio is another new social music discovery site. It lets you stumble upon new music in a neat cover flow’ish interface. Just select a genre and it automatically prepares a playlist of interesting new songs and artists. In case you like what you’re listening to, then give it a thumbs up. If you don’t then press the stumble button to find something else more to your liking. Pretty simple!! right? :-D

It currently has around 2 million tracks to discover and the artists get paid when you listen to their music too.  It reminds me of Pandora, which is now closed to residents outside the US. The site features mostly indie artists, so its very easy find music that you haven’t heard before.