Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Cool way to morph Images

Yesterday at the presentations, this group displayed digitally edited images of the Exploris lobby - much like how we did - but they had run the final images through a filter to gove it a "watercolor" or "painting" feel to it.
I thought that was really creative, since it not only looked cool - but also cleverly covered the smudges and blurs of the enhances.
things to keep in mind :)

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Big Day

11/29/2005 - 6pm - we present our Creativity project at Exploris.
This definitely has been my favourite class till date - loved the class - loved the speakers - loved everything about it. Wish it could have gone on longer...
Our Project. (unfortunately the background image is not displayed in its entirety - I think it looks way cooler that way - need to figure out how to do that!)

Monday, November 28, 2005

New Skills learnt

Learnt how to spiral bind stuff – thanks to Preethu and her enthu to help me save some bucks on our report :)
The college of design has all the tools necessary for binding and heck its not complex at all - almost as easy as punching holes in paper! And definitely better than paying 5 bucks to Kinko’s for that! Unfortunately we did not have the time to get all the reports bound :( - but hey - I learnt something new ... and useful!

arty farty pics - 1

sticky note to pin some of my favourite pics -

I took the Elephant pic at the Smithsonian @DC (august 2005) - was tricky taking this pic without a tripod - but I thought it came out good :)

The Tea cups - well poor D had her cup snatched from under her lips (literally) - the light was perfect and the smoke was clear! (fall 2004)

Was walking back home one evening last winter and the sky was so pretty - I had to capture it. This time around I used a tripod :) (winter 2004)

The "houda" effect

How some words stick in your head and bring back random memories!
There was this lady who sat across my seat at COSL - she was quite loud and on the phone quit often – and she would speak in Kannada and keep saying “houda (pause) houda” … - best part was – she would call up the restaurant @SEEPZ at noon and ask them what was on their menu – each day without fail – she would listen to the entire menu and eventually order an orange juice – like clockwork!
Each time I hear “houda” all those memories zip by my head and I cannot but help smile! – I know … “houda”! (FYI – houda means “is that so”)

Sunday, November 27, 2005

Another piece of knowledge!

Just a few months ago, I learnt from Cho2! that not all Indians (Hindus) believe that we all are God!
Yep – apparently there are two schools of thought, namely Advaita (the ppl who believe that we are all God!) and the Dvaita’s who
believe that God is separate from the rest of the souls. Very interesting stuff indeed – for I had never heard of this before!
And today D showed me a third point of view – the Vishishtadvaita – the folks who believe that God alone exists, but admits plurality!
I must admit that I did not completely understand their point of view – but the truth is that there are a bunch of people – in different flavors - who do not believe that All is God.

Saturday, November 26, 2005

Long Sleep

after a long time!
Woke up today after 15 hours of sleeping! Of course, this happened after 36 straight hours of work, shopping, some more work, some more shopping among other things!

If my name was Douq Quin

then I would write it like this ->
Excerpt from doodles in my note book. Really liked the way I wrote the speakers name!
And I notice that I ALWAYS write the date when I take notes - pat pat pat on the back!

Friday, November 25, 2005

Black Friday "frenzy"

It is interesting to experience the “frenzy” that happens when you enter the store! Had the experience @Staples today morning, after having waited for 30 minutes (in the cold) to enter the store. Waiting in the line at the cashier’s desk – I reflected on that precise feeling that I had experienced about 20 minutes earlier – had mixed feelings of elation, stupidity, guilt – can’t really place it – I guess “frenzy” explains it best!
It’s that time when probably no one is your friend – every man for himself – courtesy be damned! And you want to take more, much more than what you want or came for … just because!!!
Is this how man would behave when resources become (are) scarce?!!? And is this why this day is called "Black Friday"?
Point to ponder!

Thursday, November 24, 2005

Thanksgiving Dinner @P&A

No turkey or turducken here (thankfully!) – only generous helpings of corn-bhel for starters, delicious Rajma, bisi-bele bhat, capsicum bhaji for dinner and rosogulla & Snickers ice-cream for dessert.
The game of UNO that took place in the meantime was quite interesting – picture this – 11 people playing UNO, till the end! Two games took a good hour and half – but it was boatloads of fun – especially when you have someone in the group who is a shameless and self-professed cheater! - and there’s someone who's the poor scapegoat who gets dinged with all the +2 and +4 and Skips no matter where she sits Interesting.
All this at P&A's place - they really are great hosts.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Is this a Car Review?

Interesting way to pen a car-review! Jeremy Clarkson on the Golf R32

Love the way Jeremy Clarkson writes – he spends very little space and time actually reviewing the car – but nevertheless does it so effectively and convincingly – NICE!
Makes you comfortable that he knows his business and his cars!

And as Brij states – he’s probably the “king of sarcasm”. Thank You Brij for bringing back that name into my radar!

Monday, November 21, 2005

Vellai Pookal

One of my favourite Rehman tamil songs from the Mani Ratman movie – “Kannathil Muttamittal” (Kiss on the cheek) – a wonderful movie on adoption against the backdrop of insurgence in Sri Lanka.
I wish I could have done the translation – but my Tamil unfortunately is not that good! Thank You Google! (and

Interesting to see me going for lyrics - I'm more of the "music" types and I generally don't pay attention to lyrics - but this one just grabbed my attention!

Vellai Pookal
VeLLai PookaL ulagam engum malarhavae
vidiyum Bhoomi amaidhikaaga vidihavae
manmel manjal veluchcham vizhuhavae
malarae sombal muRiththu ezhuhavae
kuzhanthai vizhikattumae
Thaayin katha kathappil
ulagam vidiyattumae
piLLayin sirumugha siRippil (VeLLai)

kaatrin perisaiyil
mazhai paadum paadangalum oru maunam poal inbam tarumooOO
koadi keertanamum kavi koartha vaarthaiygalum thuLi kaNNer poal arththam tharumo (VeLLai)

yengusiru kuzhanthai than kaigal neetidumo
angu thondrayo koLLai nilavae
enghu manidha Inam poar oyinthu sayinthidumo
angu koovadho veLLai kuyilae (VeLLai)

Vellai Pookal (Translation)
Let white(peace) flowers bloom all over the world,
Let peace heal the unrest world(not the best translation),
let the sun’s rays fall on this soil,
Let the flowers lose their laziness and bloom.

Let the child open its eyes
in the mother’s lullaby
let the world wake up to
children’s laughter

In the breeze’s melody,
In the music created by raindrops,
Is there anything that give utmost joy than silence?
Would a crore melodies and words penned by poets be as meaningful
as a drop of a tear shed?

Let the moon rise in the place where the child reaches out its hands
Let the white bird sing in the place where there is no war.

Sunday, November 20, 2005

Dinner Conversation

Sarat came over for dinner – interesting discussion on men and women – how women are more society-oriented … and why as opposed to men who are basically loners!
We observed that girls play with Barbie dolls (mostly) and dress their dolls up while boys pretty much play with cars – making and breaking them. Girls/Women are more social creatures – they would form a group and talk to each other when in proximity whereas a group of men could be extremely quiet and non-conversational. We tied that to the fact that men are the stronger (physically) sex and were historically in no apparent danger unlike women who were always in danger of being attacked by them horrible men and hence feel (and are) safer when in a group.
Women want to be felt a part of the herd while Men on the other hand long for a sense of power/recognition albeit only in a hierarchical structure – work, home, play etc.
We concluded that just like a lot of other animals(mammals) (lions, elephants etc.) , men are loners and generally live within themselves unlike women who are more socially oriented –we’re hardwired that way I guess!

The conversation then drifted towards the Mahabharata and both Sarat and D never cease to amaze me with how much they know about the Epic. Hopefully I will be able to know half as much and be able to tell our kids some good stuff 

Saturday, November 19, 2005

Indian Marriages and everything else ...

Discussion/Story telling session at P&A’s house – interesting stuff – quite an adventure they have had! Couldn’t have guessed the lengths they went to get married – sweet.
Of course the nail-biting narration was followed by the obvious questions – “why is it such a big deal for parents in India to accept love marriages” – kinda cheesy to put it that way – but it sums up the big Q. And the of course, the horrendous jataka matching and matching points or “guns” – all on half-knowledge and Chinese-whispers like traditions, which have gotten quite skewed over the years – apparently we have lost the art of doing it right – so might as well give it up – sooner the better!

Then of course – marriages (in India especially) is a bonding between families – its much much more than the two ppl involved! Might as well get the jatakas of the whole kit and caboodle matched!

The topic drifted towards art – and why artists make it difficult to interpret – Preethu made an interesting point that the “multiple interpretations” part of art is what makes it exciting! But then we could not justify the “Nobody understands me!” stance that most artists seem to have!
Well … I can see a red dot on a white canvas and be fine as long as I am not expected to understand the real meaning and depth (or the lack of it) behind the dot!

Friday, November 18, 2005

A New Baby - a new perspective!

N&A gave birth to Dhruv – sweeeeheet! Another soul enters the world – wonder how it would be when lil Dhruv comes around where we are today … we’ll see!
I guess we would be happy if our kids in 2030 wish to get married at all  - of course they could also want to get married to a Martian/Venuvian – or a bundle of steel and wires – that would be interesting – how would we handle that!

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Could It Have Been any worse
FedEx Interviews
Engineer's Woman
Bambaiya Speak
Real food at the airport
Mr. CEO speaks
Learning Experience

Chucks Points Of View
Realistic Paintings

Could it have BEEN any worse?

Had to take a flight out of Raleigh at 6:30 am – planned to wake up at 4:30a. Unfortunately could not sleep a wink! “It’s a long flight – no problem”
Some passenger develops a Medical emergency in the flight … flight lands in Alabama for the meds to get in … we reach Houston a hour and a half later – at 10:30am ! We missed our connecting flight! “I guess they should have a flight to Oakland (CA) in a couple of hours”
The next flight to Oakland was at 9pm! “Oh my god!” – but wait – there’s a flight to San Francisco at 5:55p – “Nice – looks like I will miss lunch but still be able to make it to Battery park and take a walk on the Golden Gate.” Cho2 is in training – dang! Would have been awesome to see her. “That’s fine – will see her in a week or so …”
Pranav drops by at the airport for a couple of hours – it’s always fun to be with Pranav.
Warm and sunny at Houston at about 3pm – “Couple of hours for the flight – let me take a quick nap!”
Wake up at 5p to an overcast and rainy Houston – weather has taken a beating due to some spurious tornadoes that have sprung up in the area. “Hmm … hope the flight does not get delayed!”
Flight gets delayed – it’s scheduled at 9pm now. “Hmm … now what to do – maybe I’ll get to meet Cho2 after all – silver lining given the dark clouds – literally!”
Update – the flight is scheduled for 7pm. “I guess it won’t be possible for Cho2 to come …”
Cho2 tells me that she’s stuck in traffic and will not be able to make it to the airport on time and she’s anyways headed home. “Hmmm – No chance of meeting of Cho2 but Battery Park just might happen!”
7pm – Update that flight is at 9pm – “Dang – no Battery Park – no sleep – not be able to see Cho2 either – dang dang dang!”
Flight leaves at 9:15p – will reach San Francisco at 11:30p – good thing at least there’s a limo waiting for us.
11:30p – Always nice to be back in San Francisco -  “uh oh – no limo – what’s happening?” – Limo is running late – might have to wait for 25 mins – “Hmmm”
12:30a – Limo arrives – wait a minute – it’s not a limo – it’s a town car – “Dang”
Well at this point we just want to get to the Marriott and crash – 30 mins – nice.
Teresa – the driver – loses her way. “Dang” – good thing I noticed that she missed the 680N exit … and thankfully I remembered some of the roads. “Nice to be in California – but not like this!”
Almost expected something to go wrong when we entered the Marriott – but guess what – looks like our bad luck had run out  - we got the keys and were in bed by 2am – Nice.
But then – had to wake up at 6:20am – for a long day of interviews … sigh!
“Battery Park – Golden Gate – We shall return”
Gate from vista point 1

Gate from vista point 2

Gate from Battery Park vista point

Gate from Battery Park vista point

FedEx Interview

Quite an interesting interview – not at all the behavioral types that we usually have!
This one was more analytical – albeit very very “strict” (the interviewers would not smile if their life depended upon it!)
They asked me to calculate the number of people that travel thru Heathrow airport in a year. And they wanted a number – not an estimate – with calculations and all!!! Interesting stuff … I eventually came up with 144,000/day, i.e. 52.5 million/year which is not quite far from the truth (the airport claims that its 67.7 million!) – pat pat pat on the back  … a plane every 2 mins – 200/plane – 6000/hour – 144,000/day!
But interesting Question – I guess they wanted to see how I think … hmm!

Thursday, November 17, 2005

An Engineer's Woman!

I loved this forward that Sumona sent the group.
Engineer’s description of a woman. Funny stuff. The first one is my favourite!

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Bambaiya speak.

Another interesting forward! Bombay! God I love that city and everything assoc with it. Can’t wait to be there in about 3 weeks

Real food at the airport!

Oakland airport – 360 Gourmet burrito – Thai burrito!
Had the amazing “Thai burrito” at this joint at Oakland airport! Nice stuff – and served really hot unlike most places in the US! Will look out for this joint in other airports/cities!

Monday, November 14, 2005


Nothing is a complete waste! I did get to learn about International Rectifier (IRF), a company devoted to power management technology.
Interesting stuff they make - and stuff the world prbably needs more of!

Another piece of my old style log entry!

Mr. CEO speaks

Had the obligation to listen to Peter Scott - CEO of Progress Energy Services speak. Fortunately I did not have my laptop and had to resort to "writing" my thoughts down - the old style - lead on paper!
BTW the first line was one intelligent remark that he made.

Sunday, November 13, 2005


pointer for this amazing product. – Optoma DV10
Now that’s intelligent design!
Although I wish they would make wireless power a reality - eliminating the need for power cables  … all a matter of time I guess. and then of course - my alltime favourite wish-list item - the teleporter - "beam me up Scotty"


Went to buy a suit for the back to back interviews next week. Kohl’s is a nice store – will go back there when I have more time!
And hey - I discovered (again) that I still am a sucker for Corduroy! I don’t know what about that fabric makes me like it so much …
and Yes! I finally own a Corduroy sports jacket :)

Bunch of wierdos @ Microsoft … circa 1978!

Thanks again to the Creativity Message Board – I could not believe this pic until I saw the same thing on the Microsoft website – the cynic that we all are when it comes to things on the internet! Who could have imagined!

And on the above page there are other pics of Bill … in varying resolutions/dpi! now why would someone have so many high-resolution pics of himself on his page!

Friday, November 11, 2005

A learning experience

Wish I had work authorization to work at Subway/McDonald's or some place like that. Wonder how it would be to wait at a restaurant! The learning experience would be tremendous – seeing people at their worst and best!
Made a mental note to try and provide that environment for our kids – I know it’s not the same in India but we’ll see – at least ask them to work with some charitable organization or do some community service if not work at a restaurant!

D gives me a Haircut … finally!

(as happened on 11/8)
I don’t know who enjoyed it more – me or D! D’s dream of giving me a haircut (although she claims that it was a hair-trim and not a hair-cut) finally came true! Lazy me coupled with the fact that I have a couple of interviews coming up, and a few other things (like Sarat asking D to trim his hair last week) caused this event to happen. Interesting to hear her describe the event to her mom as I write  - it appears that I gave her very skeptical looks when she was holding the scissors! The verdict is not yet out – I think she did a good job – will keep you posted ;)

On another note - each time I think about a haircut - I remember this one Superman comic book - he kicks some alien butt in some alien planet but some stuff in that planet makes his hair vulnerable temporarily - so he quickly goes to a barber-shop as Clark Kent and enjoys a "relaxing" haircut. Of course the effect wears off after a few minutes and the barber breaks his scissors trying to cut CK's hair - yada yada yada
Point is - I never ever found a haircut to be "relaxing" - in fact I've always hated it! But I have heard people telling me that it is a relaxing experience! OMG!

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Chuck's points of view

Chuck Recor’s comments on man and how he perceives himself 
Chuck believes that we (as a species) have a tendency to consider ourselves more adept that we ever are!
He said the only way that we have survived over thousands of years is by going for the small animals and low hanging fruit as opposed to the wooly mammoths and other large creatures! His point was well taken – we probably went for the low hanging fruit and stayed out of the radar of quick extinction! This is, he added, quite opposite the drawings on the walls of caves where we depicted men hunting mammoths and sabretooth! Obviously I would rather spend 48 hours sculpting something grand as opposed to sculpting the boring activities.

He also believes that we are genetically quick thinkers – “I heard a roar – let’s scamper” – as opposed to being the “I heard a roar - let’s try and analyze the source of this roar” – chomp chomp … burp!

“Fish don’t have a clue about water” – very very interesting point of view to make a point on our blind sightedness with our surroundings.

“Older people are *More Cynical *More Ethical and *More Conservative” – point well taken.

“The legal invention of “Corporation” has done more good for the society than any other invention” – debatable point of view … but in today’s capitalistic world – probably!

“Capitalism and Democracy do not indemnify corporations for stupidity” – wonder why? … probably the reason why rogue execs. Feign mental problems!

“Capitalism is $1 = 1vote” “Democracy is MyVote = Bill Gates’ vote” – hmm …

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Brij's Comments

Lazy Brij Whiz passes his tongue in cheek comments  - in style – on his new blog!

Funny how inspiration is cyclical/chain-like among friends. My blogging/logging efforts were kickstarted by Brij and Soumya and now Brij is blaming me for his habits :D
Thanks Brij – it’s always nice to read nice things about you (never mind the puns)

Tuesday, November 08, 2005


Lynn said - “You get there when you get there.” Sweet.

Shiny Balls

Lee posted this on the discussion board – I want one of these at home … matter of time I guess 

Monday, November 07, 2005


You hate them to love them even more. Had an interesting "discussion" with Dad!
Wonder how I would be when I become 65?

Sunday, November 06, 2005


Wonder why this creative brand does not have a website. Nevertheless, found out a site that sells Tantra t-shirts. –
Some of my favourites ... and thats really just "some" of them!

Saturday, November 05, 2005

Realistic Paitings

Noticed wonderful paintings at the Indian store – very realistic. One was an elephant and a baby elephant. Another was a tiger and cub. Very very realistic.
I notice that I always am a sucker for such realistic paintings/art as opposed to abstract stuff. Just like Alex Ross's work :)


I love how generous the BAPS Swaminarayan temples always are when it comes to Prasad. Today’s Prasad was nothing short of a lunch-thali!
The temples themselves are so clean and organized.
The temple in Raleigh is not the regular i.e. grand temples that they usually have.
But the idols are pretty awesome - and hey they let me take pics inside the temple! How cool is that.
(pics 1 and 2 are of the temple in Houston - rest are from Raleigh)

Friday, November 04, 2005

Battlestar Gallactica

Saw four episodes of Battlestar Galactica (Season 2) back to back –I really like this show.Love the way the show has been made. Smooth effects and good drama.

Also, the strong but subtle connection to Gita is thoroughly entertaining. Its always interesting to hear Indian shloka's ina foreign accent :)

Chikki Balls!

Cho2! Calls them Chikki balls – I thot that was hilarious. Asked her if she visually describes all food she eats :P – but seriously, if chikki’s are flat and squarish then what do you call them round types? Maybe it was not her Yemenese influence after all! There is no different name for spherical chikki’s!
Hmm …

Networking Obsessed!

How painful it becomes when the sole objective of meeting influential people in the industry is to push your resume and/or get their business cards. Its much more fun when you can simply chat with them and get to learn about their mistakes and achievements.

I can't tell you how much we have been told the importance of Networking (@MBA) and to ALWAYS look for opportunities when you speak to people.
After speaking to so many people in the creativity class, I find the "genuinely talking" to people much more enjoyable, than the "wear-your-suit-fake-a-smile and try-to-push-your-resume" conversations!

It’s a huge learning experience to know about their achievements, their creative processes and especially @the mistakes they made! And for having such a conversation you really have to remove your networking hat(and suit)! At least I have to!

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Peter Brook’s The Mahabharata (1990)

Was speaking to someone today about Peter Brook's rendition of The Mahabharata. Wonderful portrayal of the classic story – quite contrary to the (in) famous BR Chopra version that we grew up on. I do remember liking it a lot as I was watching it, but that was more because the Ramayan was made quite badly – IMHO – and this was a welcome increase in speed 
Amazon's shpiel here

Funny thing is that Doordarshan - yes the infamous one - actually aired this when we were kids - although I suspect that it was aired only on DD2 (for those fortunate souls with a whopping TWO channels!)

What Matthew Szulik said

Check my log blog for details

Matthew Szulik on Paris Hilton

Had the chance to be there when Matthew spoke. (25 October, 2005 – Annual Graduate Symposium, NCSU)
Excerpt from our Newsletter -
Luncheon keynote presenter Matthew Szulik, chairman, chief executive officer and president of Red Hat, focused on brand management.
"Paris Hilton, economic development, and globalization have a lot in common, if you think about it," Szulik said. "This woman clearly has vision. She is a great entrepreneur, understands markets and how to build brand, how to build a business, to create new product offerings," he said. "I think this story is fascinating, especially for a very young woman in a multicultural global environment. ... One of the comments you hear about her is that she is very hard working. "
He related Hilton's development of a brand around herself as a person to Red Hat's development of a $500 million company based on open source technology - something that is free.
Investors initially questioned how the company would make money if it was giving away its technology. Speaking directly to the graduate students in the audience, Szulik said: "You've been trained to take good ideas and keep them to yourself. That's not the world we live in today. Society is increasingly recognizing the value of collaboration and transparency; we all value a high degree of transparency."
Szulik has met with leaders of the Czech Republic, Ukraine, Belarus, and other countries where Red Hat's open source technology is seen as the vehicle for raising living standards.
One of Red Hat's challenges as a global leader in open source technology is "hiring the right people. Some people focus on raising the stock price. We are trying to build a company that goes on and on; we want to change the world, improve society, because your children and your children's children will need access to information."

Product Innovation and Nature

Michel Belland from Interface Flooring, made an interesting point that Nature is the best Product Innovator - it has been around for millions of years and has the most energy efficient and durable solution to most problems.
He said that for any new product that we decide to make, it is best to look at nature - there would be a parallel or similar product that nature has already created!
Very cool.

When are you Creative?

Interesting question.
I think the environment matters most to me - if there are grumpy and pessimistic people around me then I am not creative at all! But if there is some excitement in the air, then I start getting quite creative.
So I guess my creativity is directly proportional to the excitement level around me.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

People Are Strange

Maybe we shud stop wondering about human behavior!
Some people – people I know - they smile and talk nice to you when there are more people around – but when theres no one else around, they would not even smile, let alone talk! Wonder why ...
Like Jim sang, People are Strange ...

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Halloween 2005 @Franklin Street

Always wondered what made the world celebrate this strange festival and I guess I found most of my anwers this time around :)
Was at Franklin Street (Chapel Hill) this time and it truly was amazing to see the creativity in people when it comes to Halloween costumes.
Some of my favourites were -
Rubik’s cube
Roman Boob checker
Superman and WonderWoman
Ninja’s (who were actually performing stunts)
Napoleon Dynamite (there was a "Vote for Pedro" around too!)
People from Saudi (that was kinda dicy!)
People from India
Samurai (very authentic)

Of course there were the regular nudists dressed as Hulk, WWF superstars etc. and the regular Grim Reapers, Draculas, Spidermen, waitresses etc.
There even was this one person with a giant dildo-baloon which was attracting a lot of attention - LOL

Icing On The Cake

Bought a cake for Sarat and had it cut at midnight for his birthday. I realized how hard it is to write on the cake with the icing pen! What I could manage to scribble on the cake looked a lot like Tamil as opposed to English!
The icing on the cake, is truly a lot of talented work!