January 31, 2005

Carnival of the Godless

The Carnival Of The Godless is now online.

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Alone In The Dark gets panned by critics

Alone in the Dark, the movie based on the video game, has the dubious distinction of not getting a single positive review on RottenTomatoes.com. Poor Christian Slater's career looks... well, we have to find his career first.

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Go to the website indiandating.com and find yourself a nice guy

The Bell Jarred: "Mom: "Go to the website indiandating.com and find yourself a nice guy. It will be good, you do it yourself, and there are no parents interfering." My friend Dr. P in USA (Indian parents; she was born and raised there) has an interesting exchange of words with her folks.

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January 30, 2005

Mobile Foodie Survival Kit

Mobile Foodie Survival Kit: "Doctor up even the most repulsive meal on the go using this handy kit" As a chef, I hope this kind of thing is never used on my food. ;)(Link courtesy: Chez Pim).

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January 29, 2005


AgencyFAQs is an example of why most advertising people still shouldn't be allowed to design web sites. (I'm not talking about you, Chandru!) It absolutely sucks! Look at the blink-blink all over the place and the directionless design. Gimme a few hours and I would organise the entire thing properly. (They spam you liberally too, so don't sign up for any of their newsletters.)

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The Budget Traveller's Guide to sleeping in airports

The Budget Traveller's Guide to Sleeping in Airports: Let's hope I'm never that poor, eh?

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Platonic Marriage

Chronicled Life: Platonic Marriage - Tan has a friend who's been married for two years but hasn't had sex with her husband yet. Advice?

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January 27, 2005

Yahoo's domains are cheap

Yahoo is selling domain names for only $5. Now that's cheap. All you blogspot people have no excuse to not buy your own domain name. (Technically it's $4.98 but that got modified by my "don't give a shit" filter)
(Update: Not everyone is happy with Yahoo.)

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January 25, 2005

Chetan has a severe case of sour grapes

Have Indians really lost a taste for good things?: Chetan is bitching about my "best design" Indibloggies award. Somebody please tell him that this was about design, not validating markup, and that a bunch of unescaped ampersands aren't that big a deal in the whole scheme of things. Lots of validating sites look like crap.

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Windows Error Message Generator

Windows Error Message Generator: Here's my contribution.

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MT bug used to send spam

TextDrive, a well-known hosting company, are now disallowing mt-comments.cgi on their servers because of a serious Movable Type bug that allows spammers to use the executable to send spam through your domain. I think I will be migrating to some other tool soon. [Update: 6A have released a patch. All sites I manage (you know who you are) will be patched in another 10 minutes have been patched.]

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January 24, 2005

I win at the Indibloggies!

The IndiBlog Awards Winners have been announced. Look ma! I won two awards - best topical weblog and best design. Yay! But ain't it cruel that my "best designed weblog" award has no prize while freakin' Ravikiran wins something for just having "best tagline"? I'm going to sulk now.

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January 23, 2005

Gun Rights in Modern India

Gun Rights in Modern India: "I live in India and I am a proud firearm owner - but I am the exception not the norm .... This is not because the people of India are averse to gun ownership, but instead due to Draconian anti-gun legislation going back to colonial times."

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January 22, 2005

The Fascination of Fat

The Fascination of Fat: "Inside the Queen St. E. restaurant, chef James McKinnon is grilling two 8-ounce cheese-slathered beef patties, four slices of bacon, and frying an egg. No, it's not a meal for four. It's the ingredients of his Coronary Burger .... Dangerous Dan's owner James McKinnon created the Coronary Burger after his dad's heart attack. It was meant as a joke but now he sells 50 a week."

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Here's some aid... but convert first!

Sepia Mutiny reports that some Christian missionaries are offering aid to tsunami victims only if they convert first. Can somebody please nail these people to a fucking cross and toss them into the sea?

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January 21, 2005

Atanu Dey - Nehru and the Indian economy

"He wasn't just clueless about this or that. His cluelessness was all encompassing. He was clueless about foreign policy, military strategy, domestic development - you name it and he is the greatest screw-up that India has ever produced." - Atanu Dey on Nehru and the Indian Economy.

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Spam free inbox

Want to kill your email spam? Using a combination of POPFile on the desktop and SpamAssassin on the server has ensured that I don't need to see any of the numerous spam messages I get every day. And it classifies IndiaSlimes mail as spam, which is just wonderful. ;)

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MT bug goes ignored

movabletype.org : Support Forum: I filled out a bug report, but nobody has responded with even a "we'll look into it".

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Citrus Moon

Citrusmoon: A great (and huge) collection of background tiles and patterns from a talented designer. Free for use in your designs. I must find a way to use a few of these somewhere.

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The Digital Life Lab at

The Digital Life Lab at Caltech: "Avida is an auto-adaptive genetic system designed primarily for use as a platform in Digital or Artificial Life research. In lay terms, Avida is a digital world in which simple computer programs mutate and evolve." Cool!

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How to get an instalanche

How to get an instalanche: I'm surprised the "Instalanche for Dummies" book hasn't been published yet.

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January 19, 2005

Worst 100 movies of all time

IMDb Bottom 100 movies of all time as voted by the readers. Now you know what to avoid.

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January 18, 2005

100 things we didn't know this time last year

BBC NEWS - 100 things we didn't know this time last year: including such interesting facts as "More Brits die each year falling from their hotel balcony than do in diving accidents".

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January 17, 2005

Proper data analysis

Data Analysis: "...don't go buying into someone else's data without asking questions" Wannabe libertarian Cartel members, please read.

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Evolution v/s Creation

The Raving Atheist: Watch as the fella called "schemanista" attempts to provide a detailed explanation of evolution to the Creationist in denial. The science guy attempts to fight with logic and reason, but the other doofus just doesn't want to listen. You'll hear the standard "missing link", "random mutation", "macro-evolution v/s micro-evolution" etc. arguments as usual.

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List of cognitive biases

List of cognitive biases - Wikipedia: Read at leisure, boys and girls. And be enlightened. It's on the exam. :)

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January 14, 2005

Paperdoll Heaven

Paperdoll Heaven - Celebrity dress up games: If you have a lot of time to waste and care for that kind of thing.

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Large mammals once dined on dinosaurs

New Scientist - Large mammals once dined on dinosaurs: "Amazing fossil finds reveal that dinosaurs were not the only fearsome predators living on prehistoric Earth"

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My gallery of food photos

I'm now an amateur photographer, shooting mostly pictures of food (usually for my chef blog). A gallery of some of my more interesting pictures is now online for you to visit and salivate over. Feedback is welcome. Thanks Kalyan for inspiring me.

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January 12, 2005

Next Blog Mela

The next Blog Mela, hosted at Chaos Zone, is inviting entries. Send in your nominations for the best work from the Indian blogosphere.

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January 11, 2005

33 Reasons Why you shouldn't post your picture on the internet

33 Reasons Why you shouldn't post your picture on the internet: Takes a while to load, but had me laughing - a lot! Link via Yazad.

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January 10, 2005

Firefox Extension Recommendations

Firefox Extension Recommendations: Big long list of extensions for FireFox for ultra-cool functions. That "Undo Close Tab" will surely come in handy.

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January 9, 2005

Indibloggies hiccups

The Indibloggies awards have run into some hiccups and Debashish, the organiser, is getting heckled by the crowd. :) (Update: Oh, the list is finally up, and look, both my blogs are nominated for best design. Vote for me! Nitpick: AnarCapLib should be called a "group blog".)

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January 8, 2005

Big Shrimp: A Protectionist Mess

Big Shrimp - A Protectionist Mess: "The shrimping industry is a great example of how the fight for free trade isn't about protecting big business at all. Rather, it's about protecting free markets, promoting commerce and generating prosperity." Very well-written!

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January 7, 2005

Tariff for ADSL Broadband Services DATAONE announced

Tariff for ADSL Broadband Services DATAONE announced: Interesting, but still no unmetered plans. That sucks! (Update: Their site is screwed back. But here's a copy.)

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300 Free Truetype Fonts You Should Have

Essential Fonts For Designers - 300 Free Truetype Fonts You Should Have. Nice!!! (Update: Their site is not up any more, probably as a result of someone sending them a legal notice for their outright copyright violation.)

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January 6, 2005

Networks fooled by fake tsunami pictures

Networks fooled by fake tsunami pictures. So what else is new? I think it's time they bought a book like this to get a few more clues.

(Update: To all the nice people coming in from a Google search, I don't have any fake pics with me. Perhaps the Google ad on this page will show something more relevant.)

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January 5, 2005

Six Apart to buy LJ?

Six Apart to buy Live Journal, says Om Malik. If the rumour is true (update: it's confirmed), it is easily one of the most asinine business deals of the new year. I'll only write a longer piece if the report is confirmed. Also see a discussion on Metafilter about this.

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HP to launch TVs, media hubs

HP to launch TVs, media hubs: What can I say... more Carly Fiorina-sponsored corporate devastation.

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January 4, 2005

Blogger pending bugs

Blogger Known Bugs: Wow, that's a truckload of bugs for software that's been around for ages. I can't believe it.

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January 3, 2005

Malayalee parents name their kids the darndest things

Malayalee parents name their kids the darndest things: 'fraid so. I have some of those in my own family (we have a "Jineesh" and a "Jisha") Must be a side-effect of too much literacy. ;)

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Grumpy Old People

Grumpy Old People: A blog featuring posts by grumpy old (and not so old) people.(Duh!) If you're the grumpy type, you might find the bitchy tone appealing. I'm a contributor (figure out which one) because I do "grumpy" very well. ;)

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January 2, 2005

Sleepwalking woman had sex with strangers

Sleepwalking woman had sex with strangers: "Sleep medicine experts have successfully treated a rare case of a woman having sex with strangers while sleepwalking.". Ah, but was it good sex? ;)

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LinksMatic has its own home

MadMan's LinksMatic: The daily links blog now has its own home on this site. You can view 7 days of links on one page. :)

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January 1, 2005

Rs 100 crore contributed to PM's relief fund

Rs 100 crore contributed to PM's relief fund: Great, except that I doubt much of that money will reach the victims, or that the government can do enough to help them, as Amit Varma's sad live account says.

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Republic of Cascadia

The Republic of Cascadia: "Now is the time for the citizens of Cascadia to demand their freedom from the oppressive governments of Canada and the United States. For too long have our people put up with indifference and condescendence from distant seats of power.". I see...

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Crazy-ass restaurant web site

The Mango Tree restaurant in Malaysia has a website whose home page weighs in at a ridiculous 2.1 Megabytes. Hey, even the crap sites from 1995-96 weren't that bad!

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Biblical fall

This cartoon is damn funny. Don't look if you're a devout Christian. ;)

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