Saturday, April 26, 2008

Life is good, The possibilites are limitless

Ever wondered how many movies there are out there? Well, scavenging through the used DVDs section at F.Y.E, I was struck by the countless movies that have been made. Likewise, countless books get written, songs get made, paintings and sketches are made - each in some way unique, each in some way special. It is simply amazing that there are no limits to the creativity within the collective us.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

post it art :P

Its fun to use post its. Along with that post-it two other things on my table.

From my window

Tagged by Parag.

This is not a typical me. But I was tagged by Parag and I guess playing along wont hurt... much.
So, dude, this one is because its you :P

1. Last movie you saw in a theater?
Street kings - I was hoping this would be a rather Speed like action movie; but instead found it to be quite an intense action movie. It was good though, Just not the fun filled mindless action.

2. What book are you reading?
The catcher in the rye. Had 'The world is flat' going on for sometime on the side. But its been put down for sometime now.

3. Favorite board game?
As a kid, I agree with the guy who has kind of had me into writing this post. Business was a fun board game. I remember how thin the notes were. So me and my sis had cut out chart paper as backing for those notes. Had it a for long time.

4. Favorite magazine?
Duh. No brainer - Playboy of course.

5. Favorite smells?
Smell of a rose. Smell of water hitting the dry soil.

6. Favorite sounds?
The sound of the breeze in the leaves of the trees... hey, that rhymes!!

7. Worst feeling in the world?
To feel useless.

8. What is the first thing you think of when you wake up?
Damn, its 8:30!

9. Favorite fast food place?
Now its Subway. Used to be Quiznos until last semester.

10. Future child’s name?
I live in the moment.

11. Finish this statement. “If I had lot of money I’d….?”
call it quits and go on a road trip in each continent.

12. Do you sleep with a stuffed animal?
I used to sleep with live cats back home.

13. Storms - cool or scary?
Depends where I am at - me witnessing the storm should be cool; me in it, I can't be too sure. Well, check with me in 6 months.

14. Favorite drink?
Used to be coffee back home in Pune. Now its orange juice; but I think I just moved on Coors' Light.

15. Finish this statement, “If I had the time I would….”?
Play tennis all day.

16. Do you eat the stems on broccoli?
Please tell me there is something to this question. No I don't.

17. If you could dye your hair any color, what would be your choice?
Black, with streaks of red. Looks great on some gals. How bad can it get on me, I wonder.

18. Name all the different cities/towns you’ve lived in?
Pune, Tempe, Phoenix - noting living is different from visiting :P

19. Favorite sports to watch?
Tennis. Can still watch cricket, football, pool, bowling, basketball..ah pretty much any sport. I don't find watching Golf or poker too horribly exciting though. Otherwise pretty much a sports junkie without the trivia.

20. One nice thing about the person who sent this to you?

I'm still thinking..

21. What’s under your bed?
Nothing interesting.

22. Would you like to be born as yourself again?

You bet. May be with wings though.

23. Morning person, or night owl?
Really up to me and my interest and the need of the hour. I have a history of 14 night outs in a row and also of getting up at 3 during PLs.

24. Over easy, or sunny side up?
Dunno whatchya saying.

25. Favorite place to relax?
Any place out and removed from things man-made.

26. Favorite pie?
I think the only one Ive had is the one with the different berries in it.

27. Favorite ice cream flavor?
I don't like ice-cream ! Would trade one for a can of Coke every time.

28. Of all the people you tagged this to, who’s most likely to respond first?
The stupidity ends here :D

Tuesday, April 22, 2008


I have been thinking of having a go at sketching for a few days now. Reading my cartoons each morning, Garfield was the natural first choice. For starters, one from today's strip on my yahoo, onto the back of a visiting card.

Sunday, April 20, 2008


Just got off watching Julia Roberts and Richard Gere in Pretty Woman for the nth time.

"Some dreams come true, and some don't. But keep on dreaming..."
~A random guy in the movie, or the narrator - I couldn't be sure.

Saturday, April 19, 2008


Success isn't permanent, and failure isn't fatal.
~Mike Ditka

Competitive tennis

Year 2007, ASU Olympics, Tennis: Number of participants 3, I finished 3rd.
Year 2008, ASU Olympics, Tennis: Number of participants 4 - but this time I finished 2nd, I won a set and it sure felt good. It was nice of the organizing 'Coalition of International Students' to award these medals; Its good to have something to remember things by.

Its not often that I play a regular game of tennis. I always prefer to just hit - it has always just been about improving strokeplay and pretty much going on without a goal, with getting better being the only motivation. I have come to believe it is important to play competitive tennis; it can still be fun. This is one of those things I find different in the way Americans approach the game and the way I have seen others play - no matter what the skill level, playing a game with rules and scores is something they just have to do.

Playing with scores, and more so in what was a tournament, showed me just how different the same thing could get. I wasn't half as good. Most of the game was getting played just in my head than on the court. With every swing I know, it needs to go in. The fear of losing a point, makes me not want to go for those winners, I would go for when I'm just hitting. I would be content at pushing the ball into play and keep alive in the point. I felt elated, when I knew I was going to win my first set. I was able to put that aside and just play through the final game. In my second match, I could feel the dismay, when I knew the set was out of my reach; I got myself to forget that and get back in the game until it was really over.

This was not the US Open; it was just four guys, who decided to show up. I cannot even begin to imagine how guys like Federer feel when playing for so much more and with so many eyes on them. While the scale of that I may never know, I surely tasted the spirit in which they play the game.

Friday, April 18, 2008


The week comes, and the week goes,
What happens within, I never know,
Time, so lost it seems,
Time, so lost is me.

While I may or nay,
It shall never lay,
As hours turn into many a day,
For never is it for here to stay,
As the sun rises, as the night grows,
A week comes and a week goes.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Sunday, April 13, 2008

The little joys of life

Hope this list can grow over time.
  • Finding a parking spot
  • Finding a parking meter with 20 minutes on it
  • Seeing a red light turn green when you are 100 feet from it
  • Not knowing where you are going, but ending up on the road you were looking for
  • Changing lanes and going past a dozen cars
  • Opening a new can of tennis balls and hearing swish sound followed by the strong scent of the bright green balls.
  • Finding the music you are looking for in the public library
  • Finding the book you are looking for not checked out
  • Finding the muscles shape up after a good workout
  • Finding a truckload of mp3s where you least expected it
  • Stepping outside a closed building and find the breeze taking the dust and the dried leaves around in circles
  • Finding your tax refund credited to your bank account
  • Finding the palo verde trees turn yellow in full blossom
  • Finding a rabbit on the front lawn
  • Seeing two pigeons chase each other

Friday, April 11, 2008

Buckcherry - Sorry

Heard it a few times on the radio. I like how it sounds.

Oh I had alot to say
Was thinking on my time away
I miss you and things weren't the same
'Cause everything inside it never comes out right
And when I see you cry it makes me wanna die.

I'm sorry i'm bad, i'm sorry i'm blue
I'm sorry about all the things I said to you
And I know I can't take it back
I love how you kiss, I love all your sounds
And baby the way you make my world go 'round
And I just wanted to say i'm sorry.

This time I think i'm to blame
It's harder to get through the days
We get older and blame turns to shame
'Cause everything inside it never comes out right
And when I see you cry it makes me wanna die.

I'm sorry i'm bad, i'm sorry i'm blue
I'm sorry about all the things I said to you
And I know I can't take it back
I love how you kiss, I love all your sounds
And baby the way you make my world go 'round
And I just wanted to say i'm sorry.

Every single day I think about how we came all this way
The sleepless nights and the tears you cried
It's never too late to make it right
Oh yeah Sorry!

I'm sorry i'm bad, i'm sorry i'm blue
I'm sorry about all the things I said to you
And I know I can't take it back
I love how you kiss, I love all your sounds
And baby the way you make my world go 'round
And I just wanted to say i'm sorry.
I'm sorry baby.
I'm sorry baby.
I'm sorry.

Somewhere over the rainbow

The original song was from the movie The wizard of Oz and sung by Judy Garland. This however is the one I like better.

Somewhere over the rainbow
Way up high
And the dreams that you dreamed of
Once in a lullaby
Somewhere over the rainbow
Blue birds fly
And the dreams that you dreamed of
Dreams really do come true

Someday I'll wish upon a star
Wake up where the clouds are far behind me
Where trouble melts like lemon drops
High above the chimney tops thats where you'll find me oh
Somewhere over the rainbow bluebirds fly
And the dream that you dare to,why, oh why can't I?

Well I see trees of green and
Red roses too,
I'll watch them bloom for me and you
And I think to myself
What a wonderful world

Well I see skies of blue and I see clouds of white
And the brightness of day
I like the dark and I think to myself
What a wonderful world

The colors of the rainbow so pretty in the sky
Are also on the faces of people passing by
I see friends shaking hands
Saying, "How do you do?"
They're really saying, I...I love you
I hear babies cry and I watch them grow,
They'll learn much more
Than we'll know
And I think to myself
What a wonderful world

Someday I'll wish upon a star,
Wake up where the clouds are far behind me
Where trouble melts like lemon drops
High above the chimney top that's where you'll find me
Oh, Somewhere over the rainbow way up high
And the dream that you dare to, why, oh why can't I?


Sometimes all it takes is the first step.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Logging them fixes

Spending hours on end troubleshooting a new problem can be frustrating, but its alright - When treading where you haven't before, all kinds of things happen. However, spending nearly the same amount of time on a problem you had already seen through in the past is criminal.

Once a roadblock gets cleared, I tend to the just move on to the next one. The fix is in my head; if I'm lucky for a few months. Not often do I take time to log the things needed. I found that doing this in sufficient detail is just as important as doing it at all. If it took about 2 hours to get the thorn out, its OK to spend 15 minutes to blog the problem & the fix in detail enough for it to be repeatable.

Monday, April 07, 2008

Drifting in stagnation...

I see an ocean,
An ocean of blue.
Think I'm in it,
Yes I'm in it,
Not swimming, not sinking.

My eyes open,
My heart flutters,
My stomach sinks.
This is not home,
This is not me.

I splash, and I lash.
The blue prevails,
The sand eludes,
I find myself as I was,
Not swimming, not sinking,
Just drifting in stagnation.

Saturday, April 05, 2008

Would you go to bed with me?

Would you think having the following as the only lyrics would make a good song??

I've noticed you're around
I find you very attractive
Would you go to bed with me?

Well, Think again!!

Other sensual numbers include:
Straight to number one
Tango In Harlem- She kills you the way she says Fuck you!
Life is a beach

Forces of Nature

A pure tp movie - having Sandra in it made it very watchable. A line of hers from it -

"Do you want to be on your deathbed saying, 'I played by all the rules, or I lived?'"

Friday, April 04, 2008

Armor & Sword - Rush

This is one hell of a song - amazing lyrics, amazing music..
It was great to have watched them in Phoenix!
They had the coolest and weirdest of animations while they performed, no good videos on YouTube though!

Here is a link to the song on Last.FM.

Armor & Sword - RUSH
The snakes and arrows a child is heir to
Are enough to leave a thousand cuts
We build our defenses, a place of safety
And leave the darker places unexplored

Sometimes the fortress is too strong
Or the love is too weak
What should have been our armor
Becomes a sharp and angry sword

Our better natures seek elevation
A refuge for the coming night
No one gets to their heaven without a fight

We hold beliefs as a consolation
A way to take us out of ourselves
Meditation or medication
A comfort ,or a promised reward

Sometimes the spirit is too strong
Or the flesh is too weak
Sometimes the need is just too great
For the solace we seek
The suit of shining armor
Becomes a keen and bloody sword

A refuge for the coming night
A future of eternal light
No one gets to their heaven without a fight

Confused alarms of struggle and flight
Blood is drained of color
By the flashes of artillery light
No one gets to their heaven without a fight
The battle flags are flown
At the feet of a god unknown
No one gets to their heaven without a fight

Sometimes the damage is too great
Or the will is too weak
What should have been our armor
Becomes a sharp and burning sword

I hope you dance

It was just about after sunset. Walking after class, down the sidewalk towards Mill Avenue. A gentle breeze started flowing, and I was so amazed how I took it in so fully - I had absolutely nothing on my mind other than how good the breeze felt just after dusk. That one fleeting moment left me so refreshed, so alive.

Its really easy to get yourself immersed in all the worries in the world. It is just as easy to forget it all for while and appreciate the smaller things which ultimately make everything seem smaller!

I love this line from the song 'I hope you dance' - "I hope you never lose your sense of wonder!"

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Every rose has its thorn - Poison

Took a looong loong time to get this song since I heard it first. Phoenix Public library reall rocks!

We both lie silently still
In the dead of the night
Although we both lie close together
We feel miles apart inside

Was it something I said or something I did
Did my words not come out right
Though I tried not to hurt you
Though I tried
But I guess thats why they say

Every rose has its thorn
Just like every night has its dawn
Just like every cowboy sings his sad, sad song
Every rose has its thorn

Yeah it does

I listen to our favorite song
Playing on the radio
Hear the dj say loves a game of easy come and
Easy go
But I wonder does he know
Has he ever felt like this
And I know that youd be here right now
If I could have let you know somehow
I guess

Though its been a while now
I can still feel so much pain
Like a knife that cuts you the wound heals
But the scar, that scar remains

I know I could have saved a love that night
If Id known what to say
Instead of makin love
We both made our separate ways

But now I hear you found somebody new
And that I never meant that much to you
To hear that tears me up inside
And to see you cuts me like a knife
I guess

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Google plays along

I was looking for a funny looking Google logo this morning. But I was disappointed. I knew Google could not let April Fools day just pass by. A few moments earlier I saw this New feature link on my Gmail.

One read through it and I said No way! and wasnt long before I realised this was their prank. A pretty lame one. But I like their line.. Be on time. Every time!

The Twelve Networking Truths

RFC 1925The Twelve Networking Truths. R. Callon. 1 April 1996.

I read this when I was looking up April fools' day. But I thought this deserved a separate post in its own right. While being humorous, it isn't nonsensical.

Here goes:
(1) It Has To Work.

(2) No matter how hard you push and no matter what the priority, you can't increase the speed of light.

(2a) (corollary). No matter how hard you try, you can't make a baby in much less than 9 months. Trying to speed this up *might* make it slower, but it won't make it happen any quicker.

(3) With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. However, this is not necessarily a good idea. It is hard to be sure where they are going to land, and it could be dangerous sitting under them as they fly overhead.

(4) Some things in life can never be fully appreciated nor understood unless experienced firsthand. Some things in networking can never be fully understood by someone who neither builds commercial networking equipment nor runs an operational network.

(5) It is always possible to aglutenate multiple separate problems into a single complex interdependent solution. In most cases this is a bad idea.

(6) It is easier to move a problem around (for example, by moving the problem to a different part of the overall network architecture) than it is to solve it.

(6a) (corollary). It is always possible to add another level of indirection.

(7) It is always something

(7a) (corollary). Good, Fast, Cheap: Pick any two (you can't have all three).

(8) It is more complicated than you think.

(9) For all resources, whatever it is, you need more.

(9a) (corollary) Every networking problem always takes longer to solve than it seems like it should.

(10) One size never fits all.

(11) Every old idea will be proposed again with a different name and a different presentation, regardless of whether it works.

(11a) (corollary). See rule 6a.

(12) In protocol design, perfection has been reached not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.

April Fools' Day

Well, reading my cartoon strips on my yahoo, as I have been doing for a long time now, I was reminded that today was April Fools' day. I was curious about the origins of this, so a trip to wikipedia it had to be.

While there is no clear origins of this or any particular significance, it seems to have started off in Europe and caught up the rest of the world. Surprise surprise!

Some of the cool pranks that wikipedia documents:
Alabama Changes the Value of Pi
: The April 1998 newsletter of New Mexicans for Science and Reason contained an article written by physicist Mark Boslough claiming that the Alabama Legislature had voted to change the value of the mathematical constant pi to the "Biblical value" of 3.0. This claim originally appeared as a news story in the 1961 science fiction novel Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein.

Left Handed Whoppers: In 1998, Burger King ran an ad in USA Today, saying that people could get a Whopper for left-handed people whose condiments were designed to drip out of the right side. Not only did customers order the new burgers, but some specifically requested the "old", right-handed burger.

Write Only Memory: Signetics advertised Write Only Memory IC databooks in 1972 through the late 1970s.

Assassination of Bill Gates: In 2003, many Chinese and South Korean websites claimed that CNN reported Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft, was assassinated, resulting in a 1.5% drop in the Korean stock market.

And now the geeks:

April Fools' Day RFC

Internet Engineering Task Force Statements Of Boredom (SOBs).
RFC 2324Hyper Text Coffee Pot Control Protocol (HTCPCP/1.0). L. Masinter.

This was the best:
RFC 2322Management of IP numbers by peg-dhcp. K. van den Hout et al. 1 April 1998.
Wikipedia sums it up:

Peg DHCP is a method defined in RFC 2322 to assign IP addresses in a context where regular DHCP wouldn't work. The "server" hands out wooden clothes-pegs numbered with the IPs to allocate and an additional leaflet with network information. The "client", typically the user, then configures his device accordingly.

Even though this RFC, "Management of IP numbers by peg-dhcp" was published on the first of April 1998, it describes, unlike most other April Fools' Day RFCs, a regularly used protocol with a serious purpose. During the preparation of Hacking in Progress 1997, the organizers were looking for a robust way to assign IP addresses to the participants. The obvious first choice, DHCP, almost completely defenseless against rogue servers, was not retained considering the traditionally creative use of the network.

Instead, for every IP to allocate, the variable (host) part is written on a wooden peg with waterproof marker. The user would then attach it to the cable connecting that device to the network. The peg is accompanied by a leaflet with further information such as the static (net) part of the IP address, the netmask, the default gateway, DNS-servers, and often also their MAC addresses to prevent ARP spoofing. Different subnets, such as LAN and WLAN are distinguished
by different colors used to write on the pegs.