Archive for February 2008

Tamil Radio ads for Apple products

My mac mini has been lying around, unused, ignored, in a dusty corner of the house wearing a plaintive look that can best be translated as- “Boot me. Please”. To add insult to injury, my brother has been booting Windows XP on it (Dual boot using Bootcamp) and playing games on it. For Mac OS X, that is the unkindest cut of all. Being ignored while a buggy piece of […]

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Caveat Emptier


I like advertisements. Actually, make that, “I find advertisements very entertaining”. As an art form, just like movies, books, drama, music, programming, cooking, sleeping at work, telling lies etc, ads have uplifted human society from the dreadfully boring world of dry scientific facts into the ethereal world of questionably scientific fiction. But what I have a problem with is the unwillingness of companies to tell the general public that their […]

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It’s that time of the year again

Hillary and Obama are fighting over primaries. Meanwhile, elsewhere, primarily, February is the time when men go “Oh Bummer” and ponder at the upcoming loss of hilarity in their lives. It’s that time of the year when one needs to decide what would make a suitable Valentine’s day gift for The Girl. And it’s not funny at all. Admittedly, I am supposed to be an old hand at this, but.. […]

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Crass Word


Why is The Hindu a dutiful child with bright, shiny and healthy teeth? Because, it mostly copies The Guardian and pastes a lot. Update: I am informed by James that the amount of copy pasting is not enough to warrant the joke above. So readers be informed that the above exists just for joke’s sake. Well, not the news items or editorials, which are creditably original and dreadfully dull, but […]

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Symbolically speaking


When I was a kid, I always wondered what the “Tropicalized” symbol meant on the small Philips cassette player we used to have. My dad explained that it was to indicate that the player was specially designed to withstand tropical conditions. And it made sense. Clearly, from the perspective of the cassette player or any electronic good for that matter, India must feel like the epitome of hell, what with […]

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