Reason for Michael Jackson's cardiac arrest! #mallu

Got this as a forward today! Pretty hilarious!

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Haha! Pretty much true this. Hope Up is released soon in Bangalore. Sooner than later. Before I go bankrupt!

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Why are there 60 Minutes in an Hour?

We are all familiar with dividing our days into 24 hours and our hours into 60 minutes. But why do we use these particular units for measuring time?

To understand the units of time we need to investigate the number systems of ancient civilizations. How did the Sumerians count to 12 on one hand and to 60 on two? What advances did the Babylonians make and how did they use this number system for measurement? And what refinements did the Egyptians make to time measurement to give us the system we still use today?

Enchanting account of the origin of the Sexagesimal system. Never really understood how it was developed. So simple, yet so fascinating.

Click through for the detailed explanation.

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All of us are narcissistic! Example: I am posting this on my blog instead of directing the reader to view the comic in the original location! Which is followed by a drawling sentence or two to make it not look like blog spam. Okay! Time to turn narcissistic from masochistic!

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One heck of a parody on Ringo Starr and his quest for creative inputs in The Beatles album!

Hilarious stuff like the rest of them smoking pot and not sharing it with Ringo!

Ringo was an exceptional drummer and sang quite well. Case in point: With a little help from my friends.

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I want one! He looks so cute! Click through for the article. More pics and videos.

More about Capybara:

Got this from Neatorama:

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Tonight group aAF released some movie with some interesting name, “I Know How Many Runs You Scored Last Summer”. I’m sure many of you just like me, never heard of this one. So just check out the plot to see if you may want to have a try. It’s a standard 1-CD size video.

PLOT: Eleven athletes a vengeance-crazed serial killer, an arsenal of razor-fingered cricket gloves, sharpened stumps, nailed balls, a moustache! Plus the International sport of… Cricket? In the vein of the movies Shaun of the Dead, Black Sheep and Bad Taste, comes the brilliant, quirky, horror-comedy from down under. After being bullied and beaten by teammates 20 years earlier, a cricketer returns to get revenge. One by one the killer slashes his ex-teammates to ribbons. Scotland Yard is called upon to help hunt the killer that is terrorizing the team and all of Australia. Team members are relocated to a safe-house that is not too safe! You will need a score card to keep up with the body count as the shocking rampage turns the game of Cricket into a blood sport!

OMG! Gotta download this and watch! IMDB rating is quite poor. Doesn't matter!!!

Click through for download info and a cheesy snag from the movie!

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Why dumping Class X exams doesn't make sense

In fact, it's not the exam at all. It's the sheer paucity of opportunities thereafter. It's the puny scale and scope of Class XI and Class XII. It's the Size Zero scale and scope of college. Ironic as it is, it is a fact that the average Chintu went off to a Chicago uni because he didn't get through Khalsa. More and more students are going off to do all sorts of courses across the world. Melbourne beckons after Class XII because successive governments have failed them.
Sibal says, "The Indian education system is a source of trauma for both parents and children". No, sir. The education system is not the source of trauma. It's gaining access to the system at the nursery and college levels that's traumatic. It's coping with the dearth of options within the system that's traumatic. If his decision is based on the tragic instances of children committing suicide post poor results, it's not the education system, Mr Sibal. It's because their options close after that. Doors close. A child who is pushed to kill herself over low marks will blame herself for a low percentile as well. She's still left stranded.

Problem: Headache
Solution: Cut your head off!
This seems to be the approach taken by Kapil Sibal!

Click through to read an excellent post by Nandita Sengupta.

Do we really want to dumb down things? Create better opportunities for higher education instead of proposing silliest of solutions. Most students are not scared of board exams because they are board exams. They are scared to think what lies ahead.

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At 16 years of age and weighing only 16 pounds, Brooke Greenberg has a previously-undescribed condition which in many aspects seems to show an absence of aging of the body.

She is infantile in size, but she does not have ordinary dwarfism. She still has her baby teeth. Her cognition is that of a child. Her bone age is only that of a 10-year old.

Curious! I hope they don't research fountain of youth based on her. Though death is a painful affair, being alive for a really long time is equivalent to a curse. Unless you are an elf! Wait a minute! Is she an elf!

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In related news Ekkkta KKKapooorrr (how many k's are there anyway?) was seen near the Brazilian embassy in New Delhi.

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The whole list:
#20: Portal
#19: Street Fighter II
#18: Dance Dance Revolution
#17: Resident Evil
#16: BioShock
#15: Warcraft: Orcs & Humans
#14: Final Fantasy VII
#13: The Sims
#12: Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved
#11: Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
#10: Super Mario 64
#9: Half-Life
#8: Wii Sports
#7: Halo: Combat Evolved
#6: LittleBigPlanet
#5: Metal Gear Solid
#4: Shadow of the Colossus
#3: World of Warcraft
#2: Grand Theft Auto III
#1: Doom

I don't play console games. My top three would be Halflife, Warcraft, and Doom. One game I wished made a lasting impact is Deus Ex. Never played a game with such a deep story.

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The full list:
1989 - Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
1990 - Gremlins 2: The New Batch
1991 - Terminator 2: Judgment Day
1992 - Batman Returns
1993 - Addams Family Values
1994 - Star Trek: Generations
1995 - Die Hard: With A Vengeance
1996 - Star Trek: First Contact
1997 - Batman and Robin
1998 - Lethal Weapon 4
1999 - Toy Story 2
2000 - Rugrats in Paris: The Movie
2001 - The Mummy Returns
2002 - The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
2003 - The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
2004 - Spider-Man 2
2005 - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
2006 - Mission: Impossible III
2007 - The Bourne Ultimatum
2008 - The Dark Knight
2009 - ???????

I don't agree with the LOTR movies. If they can disqualify Kill Bill 2, they should do the same to LOTR. Its one frigging 9 hour long movie!

For me Toy Story 2 and Dark Knight ranks high in this list.

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Three decades later...
Wastelands to the north of United Korea have been deemed habitable at last. But People's Repiblic of China have raised a claim over the area. According to a PRC spokesperson, the wasteland was previously communist and the Chinese people are the rightful heirs to the hitherto communist land.

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Found this on Reddit ( )

Food for thought! (No pun intended!) Especially for you stupid wabbits trying to race turtles.

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Found this ( )

Haven't had the time to peruse. The optimist in me feels this is pretty much possible. The skeptic in me says, "Yeah! Right!"

From my little experience, I have learnt that trickle down economics does work. The best way forward for India would be rapid progression in manufacturing and service industries with ramped up use of technology in agriculture. Right now, the money made from the sunrise sector is peed away into very suspicious welfare programmes.

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Kayak, the popular multi-airline airfare search engine, thinks Microsoft Bing’s new travel search engine looks so much like its own that it’s confusing Kayak users. The travel search company sent Microsoft a legal letter last week telling them to cut it out, has learned.

Microsoft heralded its travel search as one of the key ways that its revamped search engine Bing bested Google by helping users make decisions, rather than just finding information.

Its search results for an itinerary presents users with sliders and check boxes on the left that let searchers change times and specify airlines. Search results reload instantly as boxes are clicked and sliders slid.

I visualise an 800 pound Gorilla and a cute little Monkey. Gorilla shakes down the little Monkey's bananas and starts eating them. The little Monkey screeches and howls. Will the Gorilla start thumping its chest or simply ignore the little one?

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Don't tell me you are not! Absconding for a month and back with several posts in a single day? Lack of updates is owing to a mixture of lazy and busy. Umm...this is a moot point if there is no one reading this! Anyways, I am very much active on Twitter and discovered Posterous through Twitter.

Posterous is the simplest blogging platform I have ever seen. Recently, I have been posting a lot of short stuff there, like I used to do an year back here. Since Posterous auto-posts to Twitter, I get a reasonable amount of user feedback and comments on the fly.

This got me thinking and the final nail was the import facility from Blogger. I imported all my posts to Posterous (Comments are not yet done, but they say its coming!). Posterous also auto-posts to Blogger (and a large number of other services). From now on, my posts will be appearing here as usual. But I will be posting through Posterous. There will be a lot of activity owing to my penchant of posting the small stuff I find in my daily routine. There will be longer posts as usual. But these will intermittent, much like my current level of updates.

Now, what does it mean for you, the faithful "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind" reader? Nothing much! You can read it from here or from my current RSS feed. But I would prefer you to subscriber to my Posterous RSS feed, since it would contain galleries and stuff like that.

This blog has seen my blood, sweat, and tears over the last 4 years. It will continue to be! One day, I may just merge the blogs and move it over to a single domain with the Posterous engine.

So, without further ado say hello to Pain on the Posterior!
Picture gallery from The Complete Actor.

Great premise. Two supremely talented people.

I sincerely hope this movie will erase the nightmares provided by Sagar Alias Jacky and to a much lesser extent Calcutta News. SAJ always smelled a rat given the involvement of Antony Perumbavoor, Mohanlal's closest confidant and self proclaimed biggest fan. Calcutta news was a far bigger disappointment due to Blessy's brilliant earlier ventures. Mohanlal looks rugged for the role and looks like he is playing someone closer to his age. Even though the same cannot be said about Bhoomika Chawla, she looks smoking hot!

For once, a movie gives hope of being a shade of the brilliance provided by our movies of 80's and early 90's. Even if its a very little shade, a lot of people will be happy.

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Trust me! There is a market even for this! After all, people buy some useless Macs for a premium! Before fanboys attack: 'Some' stands for certain Mac models and a section of consumers who have no need for a Mac!

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colored catMinister of State for External Affairs Shashi Tharoor was called up around 500 times by various news organizations to react, following which he finally sent a congratulatory message. Mr. Tharoor remained non-committal over awarding Sameer a paid trip to India. He also refused to comment if a similar contest in Australia could help stop attack on students there.

A television news anchor also asked Mr. Tharoor to congratulate Sameer though his twitter update. The phone line was disconnected and the views of Mr. Tharoor couldn’t be heard. The television channel has asked people to send SMS if they thought the minister should update his twitter status. The channel claims that majority of Indians want Mr. Tharoor to twit about Sameer’s victory.

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Though sarcastic, this is an accurate assessment of the Indian media. Fourth estate "mafia" has become worse than the real estate "mafia."

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Damn! I totally missed this one! Hayao Miyazaki is the Director of several wonderful animations. Not your run of the mill Hollywood ones. These are deeper and depicts the gray shades instead of black and white. This is the English language version trailer. The best thing to do is get hold of the Japanese movie with subtitles. Hollywood tends to modify the script to dumb down little things. For example, Children drinking Tea changed to drinking juice. Highly recommended movies: Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, and Grave of the Fireflies.

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"Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is a horrible experience of unbearable length, briefly punctuated by three or four amusing moments. One of these involves a dog-like robot humping the leg of the heroine. Such are the meager joys. If you want to save yourself the ticket price, go into the kitchen, cue up a male choir singing the music of hell, and get a kid to start banging pots and pans together. Then close your eyes and use your imagination."

The first movie was sort of meh. Watchable. But I sort of nodded off during the intense action towards the end. A little bland to be frank. But, I never expected the sequel to be this bad as Roger Erbert has written.

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Imperfections that make you perfect...Touching...

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