Bimbilikki Pilapi

September 11, 2013

படித்ததில் பிடித்தது – 5

Filed under: Uncategorized — Ravi @ 5:23 pm

1) Delusional and Very very busy. I wish I can start everyday after reading this.

“I once knew a woman who interned at a magazine where she wasn’t allowed to take lunch hours out, lest she be urgently needed for some reason. This was an entertainment magazine whose raison d’être was obviated when “menu” buttons appeared on remotes, so it’s hard to see this pretense of indispensability as anything other than a form of institutional self-delusion.”

2) And this image to go with it.

3) Good old travelling salesmen problem, with real twists.

“the focal point of a larger debate on the nature of complexity and possible limits to human knowledge.”

4) Beautiful read on how to save in a balanced manner in life. My father is still afraid of spending a lot of money, while I do not really keep track of how much I spend.

5) How to stay clean in the face of rampant corruption? Something for every Indian who wants to live clean in a chaotic society.

“A number of riders, including some of the most promising talent the U.S. had to offer, chose not to dope when they very easily could have. They didn’t all make it to the very top of the international peloton. In fact, none of them did. But they did have their successes, and they rode clean—an antidote to the no-choice narrative.”


September 7, 2013

படித்ததில் பிடித்தது – 4

Filed under: Uncategorized — Ravi @ 2:30 pm

1) Love, Knowledge and Empathy. That’s not too bad a way to live. I envy you sir!

2) Healthy eating in stealth mode! Someone should come with an appropriate map of food in fridge based on this idea. “What if the company kept the chocolates hidden in opaque containers but prominently displayed dried figs, pistachios and other healthful snacks in glass jars?”

3) How to be a morning person ? Go camping.  Or you could travel to the other side of the world and come back with a jetlag!

4) Quote of the day :

“When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” – Henry Ford

5) Biomathics: It is always exciting when economists conduct experiments to understand stuff we are perplexed on a day to day basis. What sort of person are you ? Who gobbles up more knowing the bill will be split ? Or does it not affect your orders at all ?

September 6, 2013

படித்ததில் பிடித்தது – 3

Filed under: Uncategorized — Ravi @ 4:26 am

1) App discovery of the day: Field Trip, which gives the history of exciting places around your location.  And it makes perfect sense for google glass.

2) Netflix clone. Except this is for books. One should alternate one month on netflix and a month on this.

3) Mahishasura Mardini is perfect material for rock. Wonder what the grannies would say if they listen to this version.

4) Next time I gift a kiddo, this would be it. There should be a kit for every device that excites kids.

5) Jared Diamond’s next book is out and below is one of the harsher reviews.

September 5, 2013

படித்ததில் பிடித்தது – 2

Filed under: Uncategorized — Ravi @ 12:20 am

1) Gazal of the day. Awesome way to live one’s life – Relaxed and Charming.

2) Pavitra: A gem of a short story. I hope to translate these in English.

3) What’s up with the war in Sri Lanka ? Wasn’t it just terrorism ? Many of us tamilians know nothing about the problems in a country that is ethnically closer to us, than say Mumbai. This is a pretty balanced piece on it and admonishes the film makers for an irresponsible take on a sensitive issue.

4) Business Idea of the day: I always had this idea in my mind. How difficult would it be to make farmlands out of all rooftops in a city like Chennai?


September 4, 2013

படித்ததில் பிடித்தது – Edition 1

Filed under: Uncategorized — Ravi @ 12:21 am

I know that blogging is dead and all that.

All readings are not useless/wrong. But reading all there is, is definitely wrong. I start this as a process to study how wasteful my time is spent going thro’ links on twitter/feedly and see if I can refine the process! Also, instead of just consuming everything like fiber and letting it go, this should help in thinking about the important stuff and absorb a bit of what is read into my life. I hope!

Dated 3 September 2013

1) Stanley Kubrik’s French toast: it is not only my breakfast, it is the film.

2) Coursera Super Course: Kazhudaikku yetha karpooram.

3) Thirukural of the day:

கொக்கொக்க கூம்பும் பருவத்து மற்றதன்

குத்தொக்க சீர்த்த இடத்து

4) Bill Waterson’s peach of advice: “And I think, you’ll happier for the trouble”

5) One of my favorite persons ever Tyler Cowen gives this interesting stat in a superb blog that needs to be internalized by everyone who hopes to have a job 5 years down the lane.

“It’s already the case that the best students from India are at the top in many Coursera classes, putting America’s arguably less motivated bright young people to shame.”

Also, this nail on the head: “There will be a lot more wealth in this brave new world, but it won’t be very evenly distributed because a lot of human labor won’t seem like a special or scarce resource.”


January 24, 2010

Commentarippu -1

Filed under: Uncategorized — Ravi @ 5:33 pm

Alert 1: In parts of the post, the tone may be that of an expert. But that’s just to get the point across. This post is just a dumbo’s view. For that matter, any post.

Rakhi commenting about  Aishwarya’s features?  Or worse me commenting on Shakespeare? But, Sanjay Manjarekar talking about sliding on the field?

Yes pals. This post is about cricket commentary these days. Lets start with a background.

Cricket as a sport has not undergone violent changes for most of it’s history. It was played in whites, by gentlemen; atleast you had to act like one. Unlike our Bhajji who always behaves like someone with a dysentery after winning a molaga bhajji eating competition against Sreeshant, who in turn cries because he lost it(Yes its difficult to pun his name for his acts!). This until Kerry Packer. It could be said that the gentlemanly nature of the game began taking a beating when he started the World Series. Till then it was a leisure sport which made money. Post this, it became a sport making money out of viewer’s leisure. And money does it make!!

In a way this turned out to be good for the sport as such. It has driven more innovations in telecasting, advertising etc. More people than ever have taken interest to the game. The game has become much more interesting. Yes, there will be purists crying that its no more exciting. But no. Not in my opinion atleast. I think the tense-match situations have racketed  up more than anytime before. Last heard this topped the list of causes of Hernia according to a scientific study by TOI(let). Is there anyone who watched RR lift the trophy in IPL after a nail biting match, who dint enjoy that match? To add to that, everyone agrees that one-dayers played a key role in test cricket being much more exciting in 2000s than 1990s. So all is well.

But against expectations, this commercialization has nt done any good to the art of commentary. This is the real irony. Ideally the drive towards professionalism should have benefited it. But that’s like expecting capitalism to do good for environment. Okay that was a lift-off from somewhere. I don’t have an iota of how it works. But to say the truth, people who run the game, read Lalit Modi, dont give a damn to this art anymore. It’s no more a feature that brings people to the television for him. He relies on cinestars and benign pitches where even umm…. No, I am not calling out Boycott’s grandma. I always knew she can hit sixes…umm… yeah even Boycott can take a single.

So commentary is treated as something that has to be there. Given an option Lalit would put the audio advertisements in it’s place. Remember Old-Time Radio ads. “Anjaal Aluppu Marundu”… just when Sachin is struggling with cramps. Or “Saravana Selvarathinam Thangam matrum Javuli Maligai” when Sreesanth’s jewelery is shown, mind you.. it will be shown.

But such days are far… i mean atleast till IPL-3 starts. Today the condition is no better. Everyone cringes when DLFfer is pouted by some whacko commentator. I guess many, like me, prefer muting TV and switch on the laptop for songs. And yeah my mother too yells about me wasting electricity.

And the worst part for me is the guys who do the commentary. As noticed in Cricinfo, off late, the BCCI has it’s own commentators and not of the telecaster. This in short means, it has bought all the commentators. Those who dont want to fall in line are just shown the door. Read Sidhu. I guess many are repulsed by Sidhu’s commentary. But as the old saying goes You hate him or love him… but you cant ignore him.  But L.Sivaramakrishnan. You just ignore him any day.

As for Ravi Shastri, kaadhu pulichu pochu… thenja tape….(Tamil synonyms for Cliche) etc. etc. He seriously needs to take a vacation. I know he treats every tour as a vacation ;). So yeah, we need a vacation from him.

Only person I dont want/deserve to comment on is Gavaskar. For all his Aussie bad-bad comments, he atleast makes cricketing sense. Its a pleasure when he gives his inputs of the game. And yeah. that bat-sliding lecture always sounds cool to me. Dravid being the latest causality.

But Sanjay Manjarekar.. Dude. Please… You have no moral authority or right to talk about Sachin not being aggressive enough or Indian fielders like Raina sliding too often…. I never curse anyone… so… Polachu Po.

January 19, 2010

Level Set.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Ravi @ 7:54 pm

Setting expectations.
1) I am an idiot.. i always knew that.. Post ‘3 idiots’ it seems to ve a diff. meaning. so i can say it loud guessing that u ll misunderstand.. thanks
so you can expect idiotic posts.. again please misunderstand.
2) i am a busy man though or because i get up at 9 o clk and go to office at 10 and work in an unorganized fashion till 6 or 7 and while away the rest as a veggie. some as a vegetarian and others as a vegetable.
So dont expect me to be politically or factually cent percent correct. i live in an independent country.
3) i am a thorough gentleman. i dont intend to hurt any gentle minds. so i dont intend to talk abt saints like vattal nagaraj, alagiri, alagiri’s son, karunanidhi, karunanidhi’s yet to be born “any relations”. it might end up hurting some’one’.

4) i dont read veraciously, i dont know western music, i dont know carnatic music. no abc on any of the above. i know lots of cricket, bits of football, tennis, lots of tamil and hindi movies, bits of english movies, bits of classic books, bits of history, psychology, etc.

5) i am not a manager. so u can expect the posts to be free of all that mumbo-jumbo of a peter manager. i tend to be funny when i am on a marana mokka roll. I also tend to have a different  and independent line of thought on many issues mostly due to a secular and jolly upbringing (See am a good son and also not a manager. i give credit where its due).

6) i love debating on things. i tend to take opp. view of myself to see how far i can defend that. thats both funny and gives a diff. perspective. so roll on. debate with me please.

Finally, please put up with me for sometime. atleast till my posts get better or till i leave 🙂 u are always welcome to encourage me. or better. RIP ME apart.

Dont wait.. keep ur comments coming.

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