This is giving me the creeps! Hope I don't recall while going to sleep tonight!

Posting again!

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Ten Dimensions Explained

Bowloftoast sez, "This is a short animation that takes the viewer through a progressive description of all (and all possible) dimensions, up to and including the 10th. It is an elegant introduction to the fundamentals of string theory and a mind-blowing toe-dip into the pool of the metaphysical."

Imagining the Tenth Dimension (Thanks, Bowloftoast!)

Cool video! It does get crazy after the 3rd as you can imagine!

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New Movie Blog

Okay! I am showing off with my new domain name! Just started a new movie blog. Just for movie reviews, previews, rants, and the like.

Tada! Through the Motions! No pun whatsoever intended! Only verbal diarrhea guaranteed!

And yeah, we start of with Kaminey!

Jai Hind!

Yet another Independence Day. What does it mean for us now? Watch a couple of national integration songs, feel patriotic, and continue doing our shit. Most of us become cynical over the years. Impatience grows. Finally we get detached. I can't help think of the past. As a child, I used to dream of doing great things for the nation. May be we all did! What happened after that? Reality struck down our dreams I guess. Most of us were not willing to sacrifice and move away from our comfort zone. Only to get cynical over time.

Fuck your cynicism and watch the following video! Go back in time and feel good about our country! Jai Hind!

P.S: Heard the following song at Tempostand. Pretty good listen.

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Got a forward of a not-so-comprehensive list of Mohalal's awards. The man never ceases to amaze. You write him off and he comes back with a blast. Latest case in point being Bhramaram. I have been planning to do a write-up on my personal favourites of the man's performances. Couldn't be a better time!

The following list has no particular order. In the order of what comes to my mind! :-)


This movie makes me disturbed. Period. The fate of Sethumadhavan can occur to any honest person. A man who loses everything loves due to no fault of his. This songs sums it all.


If the protagonist in Kireedom is a result of societal issues, the protagonist in Spadikam is a result of bad parenting. One of the best action films in Malayalam, which curiously is also one of the best family drama.

Aaram Thampuran

My favourite scenes in the movie are the combination scenes involving Manju Warrier and Mohanlal. Smooth talking and witty dialogues. Exceptional facial expressions. The best of Mohanlal comes out when he acts with other class actors. Sadly, this is missing these days! I wonder how better Bhramaram would have been, if others could act worth a salt!


Even though this movie shines mainly because of the beautiful writing and skillful direction of Padmarajan, you cannot deny the class of Mohanlal's acting. He slipped easily into the role of a simple villager, later revealed to be not-so-simple. His scenes with Sumalatha are the best in the movie.


If you don't have tears after watching this, you can be sure that you have no heart. This is the best scene from the movie.


The best drunk Mohanlal scene. He is the best actor when it comes to portraying drunk characters. Natural and very endearing! No wonder we Malayalees like to drink!


A landmark movie in the landscape of Malayalam commercial cinema. Especially since it spawned a series of good and terrible superman movies. Mangalasheri Neelakantan will live on as "the man" of Malayalam cinema for a long time.

Summer in Bethlehem

The movie is peppy and smart, but looks to taper of into a glum, emotional drama until Mohanlal steps in taking you by surprise. He appears on screen for less than 8 minutes. But the impact is so big that you forget everybody else and giving the movie a satisfactory ending.


No list is complete without the late eighties comedy masterpiece Nadodikaattu and its sequel. You still laugh just thinking about the scenes. The dialogues from the movie has become part and parcel of our language.


Mohanlal plays the role of eccentric doctor to perfection. The way his expressions and body language change is fascinating.

Making a list of Mohanlal's performances is akin to finding a needle in the haystack. This is not a top ten list. Just a list of ten! Here is another list by Brijesh Nair which features a few other (better?) performances.

Mohanlal movies I am looking forward to are with Roshan Andrews and Unnai Pol Oruvan with Kamal Haasan.

Share your favourite performances as well!

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This is why I miss Kerala so much...

First things first! My home does not look like the wonderful pictures
here. Still, I just need to travel 20-30 Km and visit some relations
to experience all this. What I would do it spent a lazy afternoon in
the green fields! Sunlight playing hide and seek behind the coconut
leaves. The small pond which hides the mysteries inside it with a hazy
gleam. The vast expanse of rubber estates with the smoke shacks. The
hills far away looking blue and green alternatively.

August 29th couldn't be farther!

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via inquisitr.com
The demise of Fredrick Shinjoma started when (and we’re not making this up) a chicken belonging to Shinjoma’s brother laid an egg in his house. Fredrick, keen to give the egg to his brother, took it to his brothers house late one evening, where the sister-in-law greeted him while not wearing any clothes. But it gets weirder yet: Fredrick, who according to local media was shocked by seeing his sister-in-law naked, told his brother the next day. The brother wasn’t happy, then reprimanded his wife. She then decided that she’d commit suicide, and was in the process of hanging herself when “apprehended” and stopped by local villagers. After hearing the news of his sister-in-laws attempted suicide, Fredrick became deeply upset and despite having done nothing wrong, hung himself out of some sense of shame.

This has to be the most weird news in a very long time! On a side note, doesn't this stuff look like something straight out of older Bollywood movies?

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Yet another tag! Got it from here.

What is your salad dressing of choice? Chipotle Southwest/Sweet Onion …

Err...what? I generally have salad only at Italian restaurants. Too fancy a name to remember!

What is your favorite sit-down restaurant?

Depends on company. I love Indijoe though.

What food could you eat every day for two weeks and not get sick of?

Home cooked food. Dosa takes the cake, followed by rice.

What are your pizza toppings of choice?


What do you like to put on your toast?

Butter and Jam. Orange marmalade is also admissible!


How many televisions are in your house?

One (Two if you count my TV at TVM!)

How many remotes?
Three including the DVD player and Set Top box. (Doubles if answered as above)

What color is your cell phone?

Silver with blue lining. Ask me about this after a month or two! :->

Do you have an iPod?

No. I have something better! Cowon iAudio 7

How many computers?

Two. My faithful desktop and office lappy.

Are you right-handed or left-handed?

What is the last heavy item you lifted?

Does my jaw count. Still feeling heavy and numb from a session at the dentist's. The alien item would be my laptop.

Have you ever been knocked unconscious?

Couple of times in kindergarden.

If it were possible, would you want to know the day you were going to die?

Not really. Then again, if such a possibility existed, I would not have peace of mind unless I found out!

If you could change your name, what would you change it to?

I wouldn't change my name for the world now! It would be really wierd. I would have preferred Narayan Nair. A choice that my parents gave me before I joined LKG. I insisted on the initials instead. They complied. Pooe me is reaping the rewards(!) now. My Outlook ID says Sushama Sivaramakrishnan, Narayan. People address me as Sushama and expect a damsel in distress, only to find a big, ugly guy instead! Can change remove Sushama if I really want, but I feel really sad to cut my mom's name off!

Would you drink an entire bottle of hot sauce for $1,000?

If the exchange rates remain favourable, hell yeah!




Now its Onam and Christmas. The time I take vacation from work.

Day of the week?

Saturday. Sleep till noon after Friday night party. Roam around Bangalore and party again all night!


I like December. Cool. Holidays.

Missing someone?



Numb. Literally! My jaw is still very numb and its affecting my psyche as well!

What are you listening to?

Comfortably Numb by Pink Floyd on Amarok :P

Current worry?

Slipped deadlines!!! (aaargh!)

First place you went this morning?

Inisde the house: Downstairs to check on the downloads.

Outside the house: Neighbourhood juice stall to get my morning milk shake.

What’s the last movie you saw?

Pattanathil Bhootham. Horrible. Absolutely horrible! I saw a horror dream after watching it. Neither scary nor steamy!

Do you smile often?

Could do better I think! Its either grim or a 100W.


How many pairs of flip flops do you own?

What the hell is that!

Last time you had a run-in with the cops?

Couple of weeks back. Police picked us up for driving a Kerala registration car.

Last person you talked to?

Nikhil. We were mulling over watching Harry Potter this weekend.

Last person you hugged?

Umm. Need to go some time back. A colleague at work I think.

Do you always answer your phone?

No. I always end up keeping the cellphone some place where I cannot hear it ringing.

It’s four in the morning and you get a text message who is it usually from?

Airtel. Informing I have a new mail. I just cannot frigging turn that bloody stuff off!

Do you own a digital camera?


Have you ever had a pet fish?


Favorite Christmas song?

Jingle bells?

What’s on your wish list for your birthday?

For my last birthday I wished someone would donate to Pratham Books through Causes. The only donor was me in the end! I think I will do something like that for the next birthday too.

Can you do push ups?

Yeah. Don't ask the number. Very rusty now. Creaking bones. Getting old.

Can you do the splits?

I have no intention of turning myself into eunuch who cannot walk. For that matter, even a eunuch who can walk!

Does the future make you more nervous or excited?

Both. The proportion varies according to mood.

Do you have any saved texts?

A few. A current mobile is the most basic one. Cannot save many messages.

Do you have an accent?

Pure blood mallu says yes saar.

What is the last movie to make you cry?

Pattanathil bhootam. After banging my head in the wall a few hundred times.

Plans tonight?

Read The Zoya Factor. Pretty decent book. Peppy and a little girlish!

Have you ever felt like you hit rock bottom?

Have I? Go through the blog mate!

Name 3 things you bought last?

Tuborg. Chicken Noodles. A barrell of water.

Have you ever been given roses?

Nope. I would love to get them though. Very tasty! :-D

Met someone who changed your life?

Yes. Kind of.

Name two people who might complete this?

This ain't poetry!

Would you go back in time if you were given the chance?

I always wished I could turn back time and make things right. Now, I wish I could just go back in time and savour my best moments without altering anything.

Do you have any tattoos/piercing?

Nah! I have had enough piercing inside my mouth for a lifetime after today!

Does anyone love you?

I don't know. If you do, don't be shy! You know where to find yours truly!

Would you be a pirate?

Arrrrr! Already am a big cyber pirate!

What songs do you sing in the shower?

Sometimes I sing. Usually heavy stuff with a lot of air guitar playing.

Ever had someone sing to you?

Felt like several songs were tailor made for me. Does that count?

When did you last cry?

Long time I guess. If you meant give a loud cry, then it would 3-4 hours back!

Have you held hands with anyone today?


Who was the last person you took a picture of?

I think it was Kiran's. We have Nikon D60 as our guest and he made me take the most impossible profile shots!

Are most of the friends in your life new or old?

Most are old. The newest would be around 1 year old!

Do you like pulpy orange juice?

Minute Maid ftw!

What is something your family or friends make fun of you for?

My fancy ideas and inflated dreams!

In other news, I got a new domain! If you are in my blogger blog look closely at your address bar. My name minus the vowels! I used this nick while playing Counter Strike a few years back.

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18 Days - A Sci-Fi Mahabharata Retelling

via io9.com
Given the nature of the medium and the kaleidoscopic possibilities of the original narrative, my intention is not to tell the story in strict chronological order (beginning with Shantanu and progressing through the various stories towards the war) instead I'd like to approach the text not in a linear fashion but as a 3-dimensional structure to which we can continually add new modular episodes which will eventually build up into an incredible mosaic of the War and the events surrounding it. In this way the story will grow in power and interconnectivity as we build it up piece by piece, episode by episode.

The animation does not look very polished. The man has good vision though. Lets hope that it turns out to be excellent.

On a side note, why can't our film makers adapt stories from epics? There are zillions of side stories worth retelling in the modern world. How far will our movie industries go by aping the west and displaying disgusting opulence never seen in real life.

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I like it! It may look downright ridiculous, but think about it folks! Innovation is not about the pixels you pump, its about the pixels you hump! I can see a Virtual Sex game made from this!

On a serious note, simulation games could get a huge boost. We could see a Polo game, horse racing, knight in shining armor...Hmm...may be we can combine the Knight in shining armour and Virtual hump. Good times people! (If Nintendo goes ahead with this!)

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Very glad that I don't have a boss like this! I have been there crushed by that earlier though!

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Must read article. Whats with the weird ears I wonder always! A writer with ear fetish responsible?

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via io9.com
But even with a weak story behind it, Ponyo proves Miyazaki is still a master animator, one whose vision and attention to detail may be unparalleled. The tsunami, with waves represented as giant, eager fish, is at once beautiful in its magical elements and terrifying for its very realistic power, and once Sosuke's city is submerged, Miyazaki shows us the underwater remnants of suburbia as enticingly tranquil, rather than as skeletons of human society. And he can add humor to a scene by simply with the apt placement of an octopus or crab in the background. It's certainly a film whose visual elements will demand repeated watchings, and a light enough tale to make those watchings enjoyable.

Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea is the latest Hayao Miyazaki movie from the Studio Ghibli stable. Have to get hold of it! Click through for the entire review!

If you haven't seen Studio Ghibli movies yet, get hold of a few and watch! You have no idea what you are missing!

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Awesome stuff. Its a meme done to death. Still manages to evoke laughter!

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A little cruel my heart says! I loved watching Full House with my mom. Stephanie was my favourite character.

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Billy saves the day

Two girls. Fighting for justice. From the land of the free and the home of the brave. Arrives at the shore of a new land. One smug, one with a stupid smile.

They see a man wave. They wave back!

Behold! Caught by the evilest of all evils! Their crime? They were born. Kim Jong doesn't like people who are born. They should kneel down and kiss the ground when he waves. Only the ones transcended from heavens like him can wave at Kim Jong.

His intentions were clear. He wanted to show the girls the proof of his "divinity." He assured them they would be divine after he is through!

The girls wailed! A birdie heard their cries.

Birdie took the news to land of the free!

He heard. He came.

Nah! I haven't come yet. Billy said staring longingly at the pictures of the damsels in distress.

Jong had heard about his exploits. He called him in. He wished to know the secret mojo.

How do you do it Billy?

Communication is the key. Remember, mouth is not just for eating!

Jong was impressed. He wanted a photo. Billy insisted on his special camera for special friends. Jong and company was hypnotized by the reflection of Billy boy's eyes on the camera lens. Billy boy smiled. It ought to keep them down for two days. Billy told his aide to ready the flight for the next day. He wanted to enjoy the Korean landscape.

He felt an itch in the back of his neck. His mind wandered to Washington...

Unknown to Billy boy, Washington had perfected a mind reader chip. Unknown to Barry, known only to the dear leader of the NWO.

Image courtesy: Reuters, Superpoop

P.S: I know its lame. Couldn't resist!

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via youtube.com thanks to Mashable

Heath Ledger was supposed to direct this music video for the band Modest Mouse to raise awareness against whaling. Unfortunately, he passed away before his ideas translated to the screen. Modest Mouse has released the video which was directed by a consortium of directors and artists based on Ledger's vision.

Rest in peace, Heath.

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Neelathaamara - Return to roots?

Neelathaamara is a remake of the movie with the same name released in 1979. The remake is written by M T Vasudevan Nair and directed by Lal Jose. Expectations are sky high. One of the best young directors in the Malayalam movie industry and MT requires no introduction. The major characters are played by newcomers, apart from the character played by Samvrutha Sunil.

After watching these stills, I am a little apprehensive. Will the current generation be able to relate to the story? The basic story of love and lust is universal, but the presentation? From the stills, it seems that the movie is disconnected from the current Malayali society and ethos. I hope I have to eat my words. Even if I have to, I also hope that people actually go and watch the movie rather than yawn it off like they did in the case of Achanurangaatha Veedu. That was one of Lal Jose's best, and did not taste commercial success.

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Really! Twitter is very creepy if you think. The key to enjoying it? Stop thinking too much!

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