Friday, September 30, 2011

Spotted: Jupiter & its 4 largest satellites

We followed Galileo and peeped into the heavens. Jupiter and its 4 largest satellites looked awesome. I may try another eyepiece tomorrow for a better magnification.

The photograph, captured thru an ordinary digital camera, doesn’t do any justice to what we saw. Along the way, Asha, true to her name (which means ‘hope’), attained the height of optimism by trying to click a flash-assisted photograph of Jupiter! Next time, I would expect her to do the same with some black holes. Astronomy awaits the genius of my wife!

I love the Bollywood tunes being churned out of Pandora. This must be the ultimate endorsement of the latter’s fantastic algorithm, given my chronic loathe of most things Bollywood.

Will try to spot Jupiter tonight through the aptly names Galileoscope.

Don’t we Indians trust our indigenous missiles? We need to conduct test launches every other day.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

This room feels like an oven. And this is London at 8pm in September.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Sharp EL-506H Scientific Calculator

Dad bought it for me one fine morning after a little pestering. I was a 6th grader. It was my most expensive possession at that time. The initial euphoria gave me sleepless nights! 

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Time, if only I could buy back some of it.

A discovery on FB

Someone who had done his apprenticeship nearly half-a-century ago alongside Dad and even attended his wedding contacted me on FB today. Thanks to the reproduction of an old essay for goading the discovery.

Began the day with Pandora and XML.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Our bandwidth

Pandora Resurrected


I’ve been a Pandora devotee ever since discovering it during my cyber-vagabond days. The devotion was severely disrupted when Pandora restricted access to its services only to US residents. The other thing that caused endless trouble was its utter crappy Flash-laced interface. It needed a facelift for many years, but the people behind the service seemed to look elsewhere. To make matters worse, there were some near-fatal threats to the service owing to licensing issues, but that’s thankfully a resolved issue…and things have looked promising ever since.

But the real rescue to Pandora’s horrendously ugly looks happened with the advent of HTML5, a technology that the whole world is going gaga over. Pandora junked Flash for HTML5 and the new look is a real stunner. If looks could kill, this must be it.

The other pleasant thing to have happened to the music service is that it’s accessible from UK, though this might simply be an anomaly Pandora could mend soon. Nowhere in the blog release have the developers touted the lifting of geographical restrictions. If this is indeed not accidental, my initial thrill will last a lot longer. I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

Friday, September 16, 2011


Stripped my blog of a few more bells-&-whistles. Vanilla is the way to go.

Windows 8 rocks!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

I prefer Liszt to Chopin.

What a movie!


The most refreshing movie I’ve seen in a long long time. Surprisingly, it comes from Pakistan, a nation whose movie industry has suffered endlessly at the hands of Bollywood. If Lollywood can continue churning a few more of such flicks, I’m sure the ailing film industry there will be resurrected.

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Notting Hill Carnival 2011

This was my very first visit to a carnival. Enjoyed it, though the experience drained me.