Archive for May, 2007

Why Cheeni Kum music so sexy?

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Cheeni Kum

Now you know the reason!

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Stereotyping Tamilian

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Color

Original photograph by Sathiyan

A typical tamilan (non tambram) is stereotyped as being black in color, having pot belly and scrambled hair. The recent example can be seen from the ITC’s Bingo advertisement.

The color of Black is so powerful that almost all actors have used to evoke sympathy from the audience. Rajini in particular had this color his trump card. When he had met so much success with the color black I am surprised to see, why is he moving away from “pichai karrupay” to “chekka sivapay” to “vellai tamilan” .

For me the average is tamilan is like the one seen in the photograph above. Colors should not matter.

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Null pointer

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Null pointer

Now is there programmer who can escape from the clutches of the null pointer? I think no. It is like the “Yeldra natu sani” every C programmer is destined to suffer from it. The above error popped up from Windows Media player.

Meanwhile, I wonder what they teach at those so called premier institutes of computer engineering. One of computer science grad names a variable as “anded” because it stores the result of bit wise and of two other variables.

# Tcl snippet
set anded [hexpr $addr & $def(MASK)]
puts $anded

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Being a critic

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The rise of internet has been boon to many of wannabe experts. People churn out trash after trash and pollute the sacred internet space (includes me). Who cares or who reads the trash. Today it is extremely easy be a movie, music, art critic. You need not understand a thing about what you are about to critic.

One way the critic can gain recognition or fame is to tell insane things about the topic and there by pull the angry viewers to his/her side. One becomes popular by being idiotic in the public, looks dangerous to me but they are fine with it.

One recent example for the above kind of criticism that I stumble upon is done by lady called Sonia Chopra, the music critic at Rediff.com. Read her critic about Illayaraaja’s Cheeni Kum and laugh till you die and do not forget to sail through the user comments.

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Example for bad user interface

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EMI

Here is an example to learn how not to do an user interface. Things are made complex by adding the slider controls and unreadable scale and do not forget to look the accuracy after the decimal point.

All that was required was textbox controls for user to input data and validate the data at the background. Incidentally Moneycontrol.com is finance and stock advisory site. I wonder how they complicate other informations to the user!

Finally do not forget to read the notice here!

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Humor in Science

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One night Georges Cuvier was visited by the devil. One of his students dressed up with horns on his head and shoes shaped like cloven hooves. This frightening apparation burst into Cuvier’s bedroom when he was fast asleep and claimed:

“Wake up thou man of catastrophes. I am the devil. I have come to devour you!”

Cuvier studied the apparation carefully and critically said, “I doubt whether you can. You have horns and hooves. You eat only plants.”

I don’t like electrons; they’ve always had a negative influence on society. (Chris Lipe)

Most prime numbers are even. Proof: pick up any math text and look for a prime number. The first one you find will probably be even.1

“The number you have dialed is imaginary.
Please rotate your phone 90 degrees and try again.”

Man did not originate not from monkey, but from two monkeys…

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How to make better choices.

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Choices!

This week’s New Scientist gives tips to make better choices.

  1. Don’t fear the consequences
  2. Go with your gut instincts
  3. Consider your emotions
  4. Play the devil’s advocate
  5. Keep your eye on  the ball
  6. Don’t cry over spilt milk
  7. Look at it another way
  8. Beware social pressure
  9. Limit your options
  10. Have someone else choose

Quotes from the article:

“Whatever the future holds it will hurt or please you less than you imagine”

“Searching for evidence that could prove you wrong is a painful process”

“The more we invest in something the more committed we feel to it”

“If you find everyone in your group agreeing, play the contrarian”

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