Archive for the 'Misc' Category

04
Aug
11

Killer Beer Apps from Fosters!

Straight from the Foster’s Art of Chilling stable, here are a few apps that will allow you to gift a pint to your mate, Gift a Chill Head, Introduce Strong, Art of Chilling, Share the Freshness and ‘Time2Chill’! Continue reading to learn a little more about each app.

Art of Chilling Gear

Foster’s take on the traditional gifting app allows you to gift your mates chilled out gear like a cool pint to help relax after a long day at work or you could gift the F Badge to a friend whom you know is a certified chiller! Whatcha waiting for get gifting! 

Gift a Chill Head

Know someone who ‘Lives to eat’ and not the other way around or someone who cannot go through any day without listening to some chilled out tunes? Well, they are Chill Heads Burp and B

oombox for you! There are 17 Chill Heads waiting for you to meet them. Pay them a visit and gift them to your friends; after all there is a Chill Head in all of us…

Introduce Strong

Did you know you could win an iPad2, Android phones and tons of other goodies simply by Introducing Strong? Check out this cool app and give it a shot, who knows, 1 click could win you some cool stuff. To take part, click here.

 

Share the Freshness

This app allows you to share the Freshness of Foster’s Draught in 1 ltr PET bottles with 3 of your best mates, which in turn makes you eligible to win Android phones, Art of Chilling parties, tons of other goodies and of course most important of all, the title of Most Chilled Out Gang. To take part and start sharing, click here. 

 

 

Art of Chilling

We have 6 situations that require YOUR Chilled Out solution! Give us your most creative answers and garner as many vote as you can on them. If your answer ends up getting voted most Chilled Out, you’ll be walking away with a customized Art of Chilling iPad2! Can it get any better? We think not so click here to check out the situations and make sure to put your creative thinking hats on.


Time2Chill

This cool app/micro site helps you unwind, kick back and chill for 2 minutes as you listen to the calm tune of waves crashing onto shore. Sounds easy? It is but make sure not to touch your mouse or keyboard or the ticker restarts at 2 minutes! Click here now because its YOUR Time2Chill.

09
Sep
09

Sunny is Funny

I have never been a big fan of TV shows. And when I like them, it is usually comedies. And I’m not talking about ‘Friends’ here. I like the more gross, taboo, demented, edgy stuff like ‘South Park’. So what is it like to see Cartman and Kyle battle it out in live action? Well that exactly is ‘Its always sunny in Philadelphia’ for you.  I had read about this particular show on forum and decided to check it out. I downloaded an episode from the fourth season and it was funny as hell. The tagline for the show is ‘It’s Seinfeld on crack’ and I can guarantee you that it truly lives to its reputation. I’m done with the irst two seasons and I’m absolutely addicted to this insane masterpiece.

its always sunny in philadelphia Just like ‘South Park’, Sunny was also piloted as a low-budget handy cam quality project with a budget of less than $200.  After knocking the doors of the big networks, the show was finally picked up by FX network, skyrocketing their TRPs.  The show is set in an Irish pub in Philadelphia (The word ‘Irish’ was enough to get me addicted to this) and is about its owners. Dennis Reynolds, is a narcisstic loser with a  high dosage of superiority complex. Deandra ‘Sweet Dee’ Reynolds, his sister,  is on her eternal quest to “prove women are equal to men”.  Charlie Kelly is an underachiever who does his best to woo the Waitress across the street. Mac is Charlie’s childhood friend and coming from a broken home, his only goal is acceptance. Then there is Frank Reynolds, Dennis’ and Dee’s dad, played by Danny DeVito who joined in the scond season. These 5 make up the co-owners of the pub and are always ina bid to out-do each other.  The only thing that the guys are bothered about is somehow getting laid, through hook or crook and in the process getting in trouble almost inevitably. There is also the Waitress (whose name is never revealed as of the 2nd season) who is the subject of Charlie’s constant attention although it is Dennis who mostly scores her.

The episodes usually follows the gang’s exploits at making the most out of others’ miseries. All the members of the gang are self centered bastards only bothered about their own financial gain. They are never united and each person is more than ready to dump the other for their own small personal benefits. The characters are played by the makers of the show themselves. It was Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton and Rob McElhenney who plays Charlie, Dennis and Mac respectively who shot he initial piolt on a digital camcorder before FX ordererd for the first season. The show started telecasting in August 2005 and so far 4 seasons have been completed, with the 5th just started.

For all those in India, if you are part of that civilization which hasn’t mastered the craft of torrents, I guess you can catch it on Star World. Don’t ask me about timings.  I’ve more or less ditched the idiot box.

18
Aug
09

Much ado about nothing

Shahrukh Khan arrested and detained  for suspicious behaviour. If you assumed that I’m talking about the recent ‘detainment’ of SRK at Newark International Airport, you are wrong. The arrest I’m talking about is in fact a part of the story of an upcoming Bollywood film.  And guess what, it stars none other but the mighty Shahrukh Khan himself. A mere coincidence? You decide.

Of course, I would be exaggerating if I say the Baadshah of Bollywood planned the ‘detainment’ in advance as a publicity stunt for ‘My Name is Khan‘, his next movie which follows a Muslim’s tribulations in post 9/11 America. You don’t have to pass through the immigration checks at Newark or travel to the USA to realize the ‘torture’ faced by the actor is something every Asian, Muslims in particular have long  faced. But to make such hue and cry about it was absolute shame. Whether you like it or not, these checks have prevented possible security violations.

Shahrukh couldn’t have asked for a better promotion for the film. He was simply in the right place in the right time. He is possibly the best person to know how to handle the media in the right way to hios own advantages. Now all he has to do is to wait for the media to highlight the similarity of the film to this real-life event faced bu the star of the film himself.  He may have shed crocodile tears and threatened ‘never to set foot in the US again’. But at the end of the day he is Bollywood’s biggest star and a big percentage of his moolah comes from overseas, in particular North America. Not just that, the whole incident also would also increase awareness about him among the Americans, probably even land him a future Hollywood role.

Shahrukh should learn a lesson or two from former President APJ Abdul Kalam. He kept his mouth shut and did not want up to stir a controversy after the ‘mistreatment’ meted out to him by an American airline. Be it SRK or Kalam, they are no different from the common man. They may have done great deeds but that doesn’t mean they get special treatment wherever they go. Very few Indians are aware of the fact that even former American Vice President Al Gore was checked after he inadvertently bypassed security. Unlike SRK, he made no fuss about it and politely went through the check.

08
Jul
09

To hell with Orkut

The past one year has seen my mouse cursor go over “Delete Account” on Orkut more than the number of times I’ve ‘scraped’ someone. Yet every time some invisible force within me prevents my finger from pressing that left button on the mouse while at it. The point is simple – ORKUT IS SHIT. Yeah, I might have not said the same thing back in 2004 when I joined Google’s latest ‘wonder’. Even though I’ve changed a lot since then, Orkut never seemed to have got the ‘Change’ bug. Not even during Obama’s Presidential campaign.

The mantra of Orkut’s compatriot Facebook’s (I wouldn’t dare  say rival because Orkut never has been any competition for FB) success have been Change, Evolution, Revamps. True, FB does have a new group popping up protesting every time they come up with a new interface, but I’ve always liked FB ‘reinventing itself’. Orkut came up with something called ‘themes’, though only in name. Anyone who’d used the themes would know they attract nobody but Indians and Brazilians with the mindsets of 2 year old kids. Seriously, what else should you say when you got ‘themes’ depicting a tiger or a snowman or a friendly ghost. The album section which is ripped of from that of FB is like one of those cheap Bollywood remakes of foreign movies. Unlike in FB there are no notifications and so you end up seeing  a comment on some photo of yours a month after it was posted. There is not one decent application worth even checking out, let alone using it regularly.FB has more than just sending messages across. You have a lot of applications that you can actually get addicted to like I am to Mafia Wars. Commenting on pictures can be more fun than anything you could think of. I’ve seen comments running upto more than 100 for some people’s photos. Yet the only thing you do on Orkut is sit, scrap and wait for the return scrap. And they say THIS is addicting. Jeez. Really?

But what pisses me the most is when you’re searching for someone using their own name and you find nothing. Rather they tell you to type some god knows what characters and some weird quotation or song from some stupid movie in the search box to locate the profile. The problem only doubles up when someone you may know sends you a friend request but as a name they have those weird characters and if that was not enough they have an image of David Beckham or a Hillary Duff as Display Pics. How the hell are you supposed to know who the person is? Why would you wanna put up the picture of someone who doesn’t even look remotely like you. I may be able to understand if girls say their pictures might be misused, but guys? Do they actually think they’re so gorgeous that people ‘misuse’ their pictures on gay-porn sites? It is your own fuckin face and if you don’t think its good enough, then no else is gonna think it is.

I’m not saying Facebook is THE best social networking site out there. You don’t have to join FB because of its brilliance but rather because of Orkut’s stupidity. I’ve a lot of good friends who are not able to relieve themselves of their ‘addiction’ for Orkut and refuse to switch to FB.  This is the invisible force I was talking about preventing me from deleting my account. If I delete my account, then it would mean that I lose my only resort to keep in touch with them online. To define Orkut in one word would be ‘monotonous’.

13
Jun
09

Username on Facebook

Facebook has this new feature where one could claim a username. This is especially useful when directing your friends to your profile without having to link them using a lengthy URL. So far Facebook has got an overwhelming response from users over the feature. I was lucky enough to get get my own name as my username. Never knew having a really weird mallu christian name would actually be useful someday.

Here is my facebook profile with a brand new username. www.facebook.com/riccu.

You could claim your own username at www.facebook.com/username.

Cheers. 🙂

12
Jun
09

The most inspiring track ever – Summer of 69 (Lyrics)

Bryan Adams is easily one of the best rock musicians ever. 18 till I die, Everything I do, Please forgive me – Songs that are unparalleled. But my favorite songs happens to be the best among the best – Summer of 69. The song which was released in 1984 as part of his Billboard no.1 album Reckless never fails to inspire anyone. Everytime my mood is down, this is the song I listen to. Maybe its the nostalgia, the good ol’ times, or probably its just the fun element of the song. The lyrics, the music, the video, everything about the song is par excellance. Whatever be it, Summer of 69, this song helps my spirits up and running. Whoever said Canadians are shite? Here are the lyrics and also a video of this amazing piece of art.

I got my first real six-string
Bought it at the five-and-dime
Played it ’till my fingers bled
Was the summer of 69

Me and some guys from school
Had a band and we tried real hard
Jimmy quit and Joey got married
Shoulda known we’d never get far

Oh when I look back now
That summer seemed to last forever
And if I had the choice
Yeah – I’d always wanna be there
Those were the best days of my life

Ain’t no use in complainin’
When you got a job to do
Spent my evenin’s down at the drive-in
And that’s when I met you yeah

Standin’ on your Mama’s porch
You told me that you’d wait forever
Oh and when you held my hand
I knew that it was now or never
Those were the best days of my life
Back in the summer of 69

Man we were killin’ time
We were young and restless
We needed to unwind
I guess nothin’ can last forever – forever, no,yeah

And now the times are changin’
Look at everything that’s come and gone
Sometimes when I play that old six-string
I think about you, wonder what went wrong

Standin’ on your Mama’s porch
You told me that it’d last forever
Oh when you held my hand
I knew that it was now or never
Those were the best days of my life, oh yeah
Back in the summer of 69,uh-huh
It was the summer of 69,o yeah, me n my baby in 69
It was the summer, the summer, summer of 69

09
Jun
09

What’s in a name? Everything.

You can never get enough of Mallu names. A mallu can easily come up with a 100 names within the space of a minute. Rhyming names that can easily rival Tennysson’s poems., a talent only the mallu who lives next to your house has the knack of. Siju, Riji, Maji, Lini, Aju, Jijo, Bijo, Sijo, Maju, Shine, Fine, Rhine, Shinto, Rinto, the list ‘simbly’ goes on. But of late I have become aware of a particualr community’s talent in rivaling the infamous Mallu names. If the coconut lovers from Kanjirapalli and Thiruvanthuram are experts at names that can puzzle even the world’s best Onomasticians (Thats the study of proper names; just checked on wiki), the Tamil Christian community are known for their legendary names, quite literally. Julius Caesar, King Solomon, Mark Antony; no I’m not trying to impress you with my history. These are some of the Tamil Christian names I’ve come across.

Here are some of the funny and not so funny names that I’ve seen over the years:

Frenchie: A mallu girl name, probably her dad never once removed his VIP Frenchie innerwear.

Crystalline: A guy from my college has this name. I wonder if his dad has obsessive compulsive disorder in the field of chemistry.

Shitty: This is what I meant by not-so-funny. Imagine a situation where someone asks who she is and she replies, “Shitty”. And they go, “Oh I can see that, but what’s your name?”

And here is the list of ‘historical’ figures I’ve known:

  • Mark Antony
  • Julius Caesar
  • King Solomon
  • David Livingstone
  • Joseph Stalin
  • Sam Houston

And although the names may sound so, none of these guys are Anglo. They are all perfectly Tamil I believe. 

Heronimus: A case of blast from the past. Wonder if this guy was a Roman legionnary who time travelled into our era. 

Amazing Comfortson: By far my favorite. Did his parents name him so because they had the most amazing and comfortful ride (pun definitely intended) conceiving him? 

I’m pretty sure you’ve come across a lot of similar names yourself. Even weirder ones at it. I’ll update this post whenever I discover more of these rare names. 

 

P.S: After writing this, I feel like a hypocrite being a Mallu myself and my Mallu name being one of those generated by the Mallu Random name-generator. So much for a name.