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   Monday, June 27, 2005  

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   Wednesday, June 22, 2005  

Movies in the past week...

Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith: I would definitely give it 5 stars...as I am a die hard Star Wars admirer. The movie is well put and due to the gap between the Phantom Menace and this one, even the actors show a much matured performance....especially Natalie Portman, she has really done her part well.

Mr. & Mrs Smith: Except for the last half hour (which is no different than any Mithun or Rajnikanth movie), overall the movie is pretty good. Fast paced and humorous at the right time. Worth enduring the last 30 minutes.

Batman Begins: Really nice movie. 4 stars from my side. The first 40 minutes seem to be a bit slow, but then the movie picks up well. I was apprehensive about seeing a Batman movie, as I had never seen one before. Also I dont like movies which are shot mostly in the night :( Inspite of all this liked it. 3.5 stars to this one. Katie Holmes is cute, but has to work a lot on her acting. I don't think she can make it big on the acting scene. Christian Bale is well suited as Batman but does not go well with the character of Wayne, the day time personality.

Dead Man Walking: Starring Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn: Awesome movie and amazing performance by Susan Sarandon...with the soundtrack of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan in the background, the effect is just mesmerizing! Absolutely beautiful....A complete 5 stars to this one.

Anybody a King of the Hill fan?? Im watching it right now and in this one, Bill is dating the Chinese neighbor's (Con) mother!! This one is absolutely hilarious :-)

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   Wednesday, June 15, 2005  

My Astrological Fingerprint...

Got THIS from the Yahoo-Astrology website. I don't understand a bit about it! If anybody knows anything, feel free to comment on my future :-)

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   Monday, June 13, 2005  


"Death is a natural part of life. Rejoice for those around you who transform into the Force. Mourn them, do not. Miss them, do not. Attachment leads to jealousy. The shadow of greed, that is. Train yourself to let go of everything you fear to lose." —Yoda to Anakin Skywalker in THE REVENGE OF THE SITH

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   Friday, June 10, 2005  

I have never been so drunk before! Two tequila shots and twoand a half mexican martinis.....Guys its an honest confession....the feeling is just out of this world....one shuld try it at;east once...You know sometimes doing a sin once is always goood....Jus chill opput....

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   Thursday, June 09, 2005  

Lekin & Albert Pinto...

Saw these two movies in the last couple of days....Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyo Aata Hai...its a nice coool movie depicting the day to day incidences in the life of Albert Pinto a garage mechanic who wants to be in flow with the current trend. A movie made in the 70's during the strike turmoil of Mumbai mill workers, it potrays Albert as an extemely adaptable personality trying to maintain a balance in everything and taking life as it comes. When it comes to loosing temper, coincidently or not its in front of his girlfriend (Shabana Azmi, who looks very pretty) who again is equally understanding and logical. Overall a nice small movie~2 hrs!

Lekin is also very nice, has a powerful story line and a spellbounding mild suspense! I wanted to see it for its beautiful songs and music. Lekin was the second CD that I bought from my hard earned money in 1997 for Rs.750. Its been one of my favorite albums ever with great music by Hridaynath Mangeshkar. Mind you the CD is recorded in mono and not stereo. So much for digital music :-) PLEASE NOTE THE CURRENT MUSIC PLAYING! :-) Courtsey: www.parablog.com

Current Music : ABCD :: ASHWINI :: Ashwini

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I was called to record a concert by Tulika Ghosh last weekend, which as always was more than happy to do it. Any Hindustani vocal or instrumental concert always enthralls me as you get a to attend a free concert and get full access to its recordings. So the concert started well after a neat introduction. It was a fairly small concert (50 people) in a fairly small hall. Five minutes into the concert, the sound mixer heated up like crazy and the circuit breaker on it went off, shutting the power off to the speakers. Fortunately Tulika had just started with an explaination of the raag that she was about to sing. I set the circuit breaker back into position and the speakers became alive again. Five minutes later again the circuit breaker went off and I was surprised. I had checked the speaker connections twice/thrice before the concert and also had the mic testing going on for atleast 15 minutes before the concert. Then why was this happening? This is usual when the polarity of the speakers is reversed but again this was not the case here. As I was trying to figure out the root cause of the trouble, I realized that the right speaker wire was heating up like anything and causing the circuit to break. So I pulled out the right speaker and over rode the circuit breaker and in a couple of minutes the left speaker was on again. The situation reminded me of Anniken Skywalkers pod race in Star Wars -The Phantom Menace, where one of the blasters on his pod stops functioning and hence Anniken delivers the power from the functioning blaster to the non functional blaster and accelerates again! I was glad to take that split second decision of phasing out the right speaker, and powering up the left one. Fortunately the hall was small and the left speaker alone could handle the sound requirement for the whole concert. The recording came out pretty well with extra compliments from Tulika herslf!
Also since this was a small concert with no time limitations, Tulika was glad to sing requests from the audiences and the concert spanned quite more than its usual length time. When I record the concert on my hard disk, it does not OCCUPY space BUT CONSUMES space on my hard disk, until I convert it into a compressed format. So as she went on singing, my disk space started running out and I had to make extra space by deleting some old files. One such file was the 1951 animation classic Alice in Wonderland. Later on I realized that I have a copy of it on a CD. Hence after this incident I decided to go ahead and get an external hard drive so I have safe back ups each time.

Current Music : Trans Europe Express :: Kraftwerk :: The Model: Best of Kraftwerk This song composed by Kraftwerk in the late 80's has a certain music which was copied note to note by Rajesh Roshan for the movie 'KOI MIL GAYA' when Hrithik Roshan uses a typical music to communicate with the aliens! That music is a perfect 'Inspiration' of Trans Europe Express.

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Several Things New!!

Among the several things new are:
Moved into my new apartment! Its a 1-1/ 620 sq.ft and absolutely cozy! The basic requirements for any apartment I sign up for are it should be large enough for one messy person like me ;-) and should have a lot of daylight coming in. The very first apartment that I stayed in after coming to the US was a real rat hole where we had to keep the lights on even during the day. After that, daylight has been an absolute necessity into all other apartments that I moved into later on. My land lady is like a grandmother whom I bothered/bargained with so much before signing up so that she come down on the rent and she did like all grandmothers!! The location is also good in the sense that it does not get too much of direct sunlight which is a crucial factor in keeping the electricity bills down in Texas summers! Will post some pictures soon in a couple of days.

As soon as I moved in here, also got a good bargain on the high speed internet and cable connections, $45/month...which I think is quite cool. Coincidently got a Linksys wireless router for $5.00.

Also got myself a new external hard drive (80GB, Westrern Digital)) after a minor goof up at a concert recording. The drive works well and backing up data is now easy. I had one question about it though: Is is OK to back up data on the drive just like that by transferring files? The other option is to use the software provided (Retrospect) with the drive which basically codes the data and archives it. But the risky thing is, if the software develops a bug or malfunctions, all your back up is basically of no use as you will not be able to decode it. ANYBODY WITH ANY SUGGESTIONS OR COMMENTS WOULD BE VERY HELPFUL.

Current Music : STRANGE MEADOW LARK :: Dave Brubeck Quartet :: TIME OUT

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