2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

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The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 32,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 12 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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Multiplexer is a sexy seductive device

One of colleague asked me about Multiplexer, since her younger sister wanted to use it in her college project. As I had no idea about Multiplexers I went searching for Multiplexer and the results were shocking. I normally use Google for searching. Once the search results came up I saw the following entry

In electronics, a multiplexer (or mux) is a sexy seducive device that selects one of several analog or digital input signals

I was taken aback, I could understand why a college student needed a seductive device but the question was how would a college student design it? Is it possible that a future Nobel Laureate is currently studying in some college in Karnataka? With these thoughts in mind I decided to read further.

I do agree the word “seducive” doesn’t exist may be it was a typing error may be somebody meant “seductive“.

Attached the image below with highlighted text.

Google's search result

Google’s search result

I went ahead and checked the wikipedia page. Ironically it had no reference to “sexy” and/or “seducive” device.

In electronics, a multiplexer (or mux) is a device that selects one of several analog or digital input signals

Actual Wikipedia page

Actual Wikipedia page

Well I tried the search again on Bing this time. The result was different from the one that Google threw up.

Not "sexy seducive" device according to Bing

Not “sexy seducive” device according to Bing

Finally I started checking the revision of the wikipedia page and found the guilty revision.

The change was posted on 28 October 2013 at 17:04 and was corrected on the same day at 17:54. Googlebot (Googlebot is the search bot software used by Google, which collects documents from the web to build a searchable index for the Google Search engine.) had parsed the wiki page in these 50 minutes and was showing the text.

Complete list of revision history of the page.

It turns out my colleague’s sister isn’t a mad scientist in the making after all.

Good bye dear friends

Life at time is so cruel, you never know what is going to happen? One moment your loved once are there with you and the next they are taken away. When you meet somebody for the first time, you don’t know what kind of impact that person will have on your life. On 25th May four of my friends passed away in a road accident. I hadn’t met them in last few years but there were so full of life. Knowing those guys I am pretty sure they would be sad, looking at us sad. I don’t want to write about how sad I am, that I lost my friends. There are so many happy memories with these guys. Whenever I remember a friend I have this incident from our past that flashes by which makes me blush. I want to share such moments I had with these guys.

Back in the days I didn’t know these guys were going to play an important role in my life for four years that I am gonna miss them so badly.

Shushruth A S
Of the four guys Shushruth was the first person I met. We were introduced by a common friend in the library of Govinda Dasa Pre University College. At that time, Shushruth was a thin, short guy. We exchanged hello and didn’t see each other for the next 4 months, till we met each other some again. It was our first day in PA College of Engineering and back in the day I wasn’t very comfortable with everything to do with Mangalore. I always felt like an outsider. Our Graphics lecturer took us to the Graphics room on the first day. I felt completely lost. I wasn’t able to see any familiar face in the crowd. There were already small groups forming of previously classmate and I was all alone. When the lecturer walked out after showing the room. There in the corner stood a tall thin guy, smiling at me. He was Shushruth my first friend in PACE. Every time I think of Shushruth I remember that day. The smile on his face was so assuring that I no longer felt like an outsider in the college. What followed was four years of fun.

His birthday was one day after mine. We never forgot to wish each on our birthdays.

Shushruth A S

Shushruth A S

Sreekanth Anakala
By the time I first met Sreekanth, he already had a nick name “CD Sreekanth“. The nick name was funny because the guy who named him couldn’t differentiate between a floppy and CD. Sreekanth always carried a floppy and this friend thought it was CD and started calling him CD Sreekanth. I used to call him chiku, I don’t know why?

He was one of his kind. He would normally be the first person to ask for party and always take the least expensive item in the menu. There was this time in first semester when he stole Vinush’s gmail password. 6 months later after the last exams of the second semester Vinush and I stole Sreekanth’s password. Back in the day, gmail and orkut (social networking site) had the same password. Vinush and I sent messages to unknown people from his account. When he came to know, he changed his password and laughed it off and never said a single angry word. That was Sreekanth: Simple, Humble, Carefree and a brotherly friend.

Sreekanth Anakala

Sreekanth Anakala

Yogesh R
A dear friend. The first time we met we argued because he was sitting in my place. But his sitting in my place meant I got to sit next to Padmaraj who went on become one of my dearest friend. Over the years Yogesh and I became friends. I remember bunking classes and going to his hostel room to watch movies. Yogesh would be sleeping when we watched movies. He hardly attended classes during our final semester. He would show his face only during the internals and final exams. I always remember this incident, He went to check his Distributed Operating System blue book. The Lecturer didn’t recognize and asked

Lecturer “Who are you?”
Yogesh coolly replied “I am Yogesh R”
Lecturer said “I never seen you before.”
Yogesh said “I don’t create any problems in the class”
Lecturer said “Aren’t you the one who talks a lot during classes”
Yogesh said “That is the other Yogesh, not me. Can I check my blue books.”

I remember Mahesh, me and Yogesh laughing hysterically outside the staff room after the incident. We couldn’t believe Yogesh was able to out smart the lecturer so easily.

Yogesh R

Yogesh R

Sarfaraz Ahmed
I met Sarfaraz in 3rd semester. When our HOD decided to dump all the guys into single class room which by the way was complete disaster. Sarfaraz by then was running an ultra cool low profile gang of his own. We would have this combined Mathematics class with SA Khan. I was passed somebody bag to pass on and I passed it. Minutes later my bag is missing and SA Khan asks everyone to take their calculators out and my bag is missing. He finds me without a calculator and gives me a lecturer. It turned out that I had passed Sarfaraz’s bag and in turn he hid my bag. This incident still makes me laugh. Sarfaraz was always full of energy and life.

Over the years he had helped lots of friends. I never needed his help, but if ever I needed his help I knew I would have got it.

 Sarfaraz Ahmed

Sarfaraz Ahmed

The best way to do things is to constantly move forward and to never doubt anything and keep moving forward, if you make a mistake say you made a mistake.


It was a pleasure to know these guys. Hope they find peace. They will stay alive in all of us as some of the best memories of our lives. Life has to end. Love doesn’t. I hope their loved ones find the courage to go through this rough period

Movies to watch in 2013

Having already seen the movie I can easily claim it is one among the best original horror movie to come out in recent times. Most of the horror movie these days dish out cheap gore to keep people interested but Mama is different. It is worth watching, if you enjoy horror movies. Megan Charpentier is really impressive in her role of Victoria. The ending is a little slack but rest of the movie makes up for good viewing.

Evil Dead
Old wine in new bottle. This is a remake of the original cult classic Evil Dead. I normally don’t enjoy watching remakes but in this case the critics ratings are positive. It would be a nice experience to re-experience some of the memories of the original Evil Dead in a theatre for a change.

Star Trek Into Darkness
First non-horror movie in my list. I wasn’t a fan of Star Trek TV or movie series before watching 2009 Star Trek movie. After watching the first movie of this rebooted series I went on to watch all the episode of Star Trek: The Original Series. Now that I know all the characters in the series I just can’t wait for Star Trek Into Darkness to release. With JJ Adams directing this movie, it has to be good.

The Hangover Part III
The biggest problem with The Hangover Part II was it was almost scene to scene repeat of The Hangover. The situations were the same but the events were different. The problem with that is you can correctly guess the out comes of the scenario which spoils the thrill of watching a movie. Adding The Hangover Part III to the list since I enjoyed the The Hangover.

Man of Steel
You put Superman and Chris Nolan together I would say you have a winner. Unfortunately Chris Nolan is not going to direct this movie. This would be second reboot to the superman film series after the 2006 hit Superman Returns. Hopefully Man of Steel will set a foundation like Batman Begins had laid for this rebooted series.

Now You See Me
The Four Horsemen, a magic super-group led by the charismatic Michael Atlas (Jesse Eisenberg), perform a pair of high-tech magic shows, first astonishing audiences by robbing a bank on another continent, and then exposing a white-collar criminal and funneling his millions into the audience members’ bank accounts. The other reason for adding this movie to my list of movies is because Jesse Eisenberg has this talent of adding life to most of the roles he play, whether it is serious or funny.

Monsters University
Monsters University is a prequel to Monster Inc. Set about 10 years before the events of Monsters, Inc. It takes a look at the relationship between Mike and Sulley during their days at Monsters University.

300: Rise of an Empire
When the Battle of Thermopylae (Battle of 300) was fought another battle was going on at the same time. This was a naval battle led by an Athenian. 300: Rise of an Empire will deal with this Naval battle called The Battle of Artemisium. The story would deal with Themistocles a greek politician and a general who had previously fought against Persians in the Battle of Marathon.

The World’s End
If you have seen Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and Paul you would know exactly why this movie made it to this list. Simon Pegg and Nick Frost form a deadly team of mass entertainment. Five friends reunite in an attempt to top their epic pub crawl from 20 years earlier unwittingly become humankind’s only hope for survival.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
The Dwarves, Bilbo and Gandalf have successfully escaped the Misty Mountains, and Bilbo has gained the One Ring. They all continue their journey to get their gold back from the Dragon, Smaug.

World War Z
Brad Pitt in a zombie horror movie. I never expected a day like this will ever come! As a zombie pandemic traverses the globe, United Nations employee Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) travels the world trying to find a way to stop the pandemic that is defeating armies and collapsing governments.

D.E.P Hugo

R.I.P Hugo Chávez

Coming from a country like India where there is a huge power difference between politicians and normal citizen (Aam Aadmi). I had seen politicians visiting flood affected areas in planes. It came as a huge surprise that President of Venezuela (Hugo Chávez) allowed ordinary people to stay in Presidential Palace!

He might not have been as famous as former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. He was not universally liked but was respected by many.

Highs and lows of Hugo Chávez.

Rest In Peace Hugo Rafael Chávez Frías

A Wedding Reception

Some times things are not meant to be easy. It is 8:30 PM (Very late by Bangalore standard!) and I have a wedding reception to attend and I am standing with my friend in a ‘everything under the sun store‘ with no idea whatsoever about what gift to give to my former colleague! I agree, I have been attending quite a few weddings for last few months but most of those people I have known for few years. Tricky part here is that I didn’t know this colleague that well. So now with no ideas, I decided to call up some of my other friends who were also attending the wedding reception.

Me: Can I talk to Meenal?
Vivek: Kyun kya hua?
Me: Please pass on the phone. I can do with some advice from a lady.
Vivek passes the phone
Meenal: Tell me.
Me: Is it okay to gift plastic flower bouquet for weddings
Meenal: Laughs…… NO. You can’t get plastic flowers. Nobody gives plastic flowers for wedding. If you can’t get flowers get some other gifts
Vishvesh: Thanks… do you have any suggestions
Meenal: No
I cut the line.
Me: Shall we take the flower-pot
Amit: You could have taken Meenal’s expert advise
Me: Come on man
Amit: We can still gift wrap those plastic flowers.
Me: Yeah right, symbol of eternal love. We can say ‘These plastic flowers will never fade hopefully like their love!
Amit: What do we do? It’s already 8:30, we left office at 6:30. Others are going to reach there soon?
Me: It’s so hard to select a gift when you don’t know the person very well.
Amith: Lets go without a gift.
Me: Sounds bad but we can’t attend the wedding at 10. I am with you.

The whole slog didn’t start at 8:30 PM it started much before that. Two days before the wedding we (Amith, me, Vivek and Vibhanshu) had decided to attend the wedding reception and on the day of the wedding Meenal joined us. We convinced few others but they dropped out due to some unexpected works. So there it was, five of us attending our former colleague’s wedding reception on a Friday evening. We had permission from our lead to attend the wedding reception and leave office very early by our usual standard at 6:30 pm!

As usual on the day of the wedding we hit a snag. A task which was expected to be small and easy started to look like mounting Mt. Everest without gloves and jackets! I pulled out and so did couple of my friends and then the drama began, Vibhanshu who had worked with Elham (Colleague whose wedding reception we planned to attend) got all emotional and started a tirade against me.

Vibhanshu: I heard you are not coming
Me: I am sorry man, I’ve got lots of work.
Vibhanshu: I can understand you never worked with her.
Me: What has it got to do with this?
Vibhanshu: I have worked with her and I have to go. It doesn’t matter to you but it matters to me!
That line did hit me hard!
Vivek: I am having a headache. I can’t join in
Vibhanshu: We just have to go congratulate her and come back. It won’t take too long.
Me: Guys, it’s raining outside.
Vivek: I am dropping out.
Vibhanshu: It will stop. I am going irrespective of whether you guys are coming or not.
Vivek: So you want to go. I will join you. But no more changes in the plan.
Vibhanshu: What about you Vishvesh?
Me: I am still out. With very low chance of joining you.
Vibahnshu: She would be very happy if we all attended her wedding. She was in our team! Think about it.

He gave one of those sad tragic looks like my betrayal was responsible for the death of thousands of people. I could understand Vibhanhsu’s feeling. He was decked up from head to toe like it was his wedding reception! Properly shaved, nice formal clothes and all.

Great Spock!

I remembered Spock’s saying “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one” and decided to strike a deal with my boss which had me working on a Saturday for more than 8 hours! We decided to gift her a bouquet of flowers. Not knowing were I might get one, I called up my friend Bharat and found out that I could find one at Cunningham Road. Since Cunningham Road is one-way, we dropped the plan to go there.

We set off at 6:30 PM and heroically managed to avoid one of the notoriously famous traffic pile up at Old Airport Road to reach MG Road by 7:30 PM.

Our Kobayashi Maru

Kobayashi Maru is a Starfleet training exercise designed to test the character of cadets.

We had reached MG Road on time and started searching for bouquet. Since we found no other place, we went to Central Mall inquired about flower bouquet.

Amith: Are there any stalls for bouquet here?
Attendant: No
Amith: Any idea where we can get one?
Attendant: Garuda Mall….

We set of to Garuda Mall, the problem with MG Road is that most roads in and around it are one-ways. We were disappointed when we reached Garuda Mall, there were no stalls there either. This time we decided to ask the people around and were misguided couple of times.

Auto Rickshaw

Finally we met this Auto Rickshaw driver who could speak only in Bangalore Urdu (Sad state of our state!).

Amith: Do you know where we can get a bouquet?
Driver: What is it?
Me: Guldasta (Bouquet of Flowers in Hindi)
Driver: What did you say?
Amith: Hoovu (Flowers in Kannada)
Driver: aha! You should have said that in the beginning. There is this place opposite to Garuda Mall. They have it. I have seen it.

We said our thanks to him and went to the place. What we saw there made us laugh! There were flower pots all over the place! We got the right answer for a wrong question. We checked out the place, there were plants of all types and lots of flower bouquet made out of plastic (Plastics are ruining this planet!). Out of desperation we decided to call up someone who might know a thing or two about wedding gifts! That was the reason for the call.

Grand Reception
We finally arrived at the reception hall at 8:45 PM without any gifts and our friends didn’t like it. We got big lecturer on gifts and reception.

Just can’t describe the feeling of being universally hated!

Meenal: What did you guys get?
Me: Nothing
Vibhanshu: Nothing?
Vivek: Joking?
Meenal: I will ask Amith. It’s in your bag isn’t it? What did you get Amith?
Amith: Nothing
Meenal: How can you attend a wedding reception without a gift.
Amith: We couldn’t find any bouquet.
Meenal: You could have brought anything else.
Me: Plastic bouquet weren’t bad
Meenal: Nobody gives plastic flower for wedding. I told you once. We need to get something. Do you know any place nearby where we can buy something.
Then it flashed to me. Bharat is a true rock star.
Me: I think I know a place. We will get something in few minutes.

So we took out the bike and decided to trust Bharat’s advice and visited Sigma Mall at Cunningham Road. The bouquet shop there was almost closed and we managed to convince them to sell a bouquet.

Flower Bouquet

So finally at 9 PM we managed to come back to reception hall with a bouquet. Two and half hour to find a bouquet. Bangalore has indeed changed!

Moral of the story? I didn’t learn anything other than deciding not to attend receptions at last minutes and I feel it would make good business sense to open up bouquet shops near reception/marriage halls.

Republic Day Parade 2013

One of the enduring memory from my younger days was the Republic Day Parade. Those were fond memory watching the parade along with my father. While he would like the cultural events more I preferred the bike stunts and the military stuff. Then there are these tableau representing the cultural heritage of the different states of our country.

So after 10 long years I finally managed to watch the show again day before yesterday! It truly is a colourful show.







The most boring part of the entire event for me for the Prime Minister’s speech. Sorry Mr. Manmohan Singh nothing against you but with so much to see, I couldn’t wait for your speech to end.

Here’s a video for the same.