Aamaanga, pannamudiyumla

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It’s been 2 weeks. I took a short vacation from the Blogosphere to pay a little more attention to some stuff at work, because it pays the bills and all that. I am also in the final stages of buying an apartment. Thus the slight lack of all things bloggy.

And in the meanwhile, a Chicago brotha just became the Prezidint of the ‘nited States. And as someone in IT, I ought to be worried, because like every other democratic candidate, he has threatened to put extra salt in the outsourcing sambar. But that’s being too Indocentric, and since I see myself as a citizen of the Local Group (the Milky way, Andromeda etc), let me ignore the India angle for the moment. In any case, our newspapers and magazines are on the ball, and have devoted many pages to the critical issue of Obama’s India plans (Will Ba Rock the Kashmir issue?, Will Ob hammer Pak on terrorism, When will Barack call Manny etc).

But first things first. How on earth did he win? Did Diebold get the coding for their machines done out of India? Perhaps a careless programmer in Bangalore left a critical function commented out.

void turn_red (Vote vote)
printf (“Hello! Entering turn_red()\n”);
//TODO switch vote to republican if current vote is democrat
//Stubbed out for testing.
//if (vote.for() == “Stalinist Islamofascist Wealth Redistributor”)
printf (“Hello! Exiting turn_red()\n”);

Anyway, some one’s sure getting fired for this debacle.

What was interesting about Obama’s overall campaign was its extreme tech savviness. The man had a Youtube channel, Flickr feed, Twitter stream, a Facebook page, a Myspace profile and a Linkedin page. The only things he missed out was an Orkut page (Obie…iz..now..prez), a Linux distro (Obuntu, Puissant President) and a forum thread on pagalguy.com (How to crack the US Election?). And I am also surprised no “Obikwelu Obama”, ex-Nigerian-prince, and alleged step-brother to Barack, did not send us all emails asking us to help him (with 20$) release his ancestral treasure so that he could help his noble step brother win the election.

In other unrelated news, it’s Conjunctivitis season in Madras. Chen-eye, we call it. And perhaps, the policemen stationed outside the Ambedkar Law college had a particularly nasty case of it, because a couple of days back, a posse of apparently chen-eyed policemen stood on the other side of the Law college equivalent of the Mason-Dixon line and refused to prevent several nasty specimens from conducting detailed experiments on the effects of iron rods, muscles and kinetic energy on human flesh. As they used to say back in the 90s, Idhu Thaandaatha Police.

31 responses to “Aamaanga, pannamudiyumla”

  1. TamilHelmet Avatar

    This is what I call a typical masala kalaai ! Kalaais at everyone – orkut, pagalguy and even Nigerian scam (however, kenyans and nigerians aren’t the same except that both have curly hair) …

    Maybe you should add a Rediff kalaai too – something like “Hussein is his middle name Hussein is his middle name – For more info visit fakingnews dot com”

    Just Brilliant !

  2. Sathish M S Avatar
    Sathish M S


  3. Giridhar Avatar

    Yup.. the Chenneye is on and am the pioneer host as always!!!

  4. Aditya Avatar

    What searing wit! I’ve been patiently waiting for your next post for the last two weeks. and as always, you haven’t disappointed!

  5. Vibushan Avatar

    Ithuthaanda post! 😉 Nice one. Especially, the video of what happened outside the law college is just outrageous.

  6. Chutney Avatar

    Idhu Thaandatha police? Idhu Dhannda Police, more like.
    Ashok:LOL 🙂 That’s even better

  7. Pranesh Srinivasan Avatar
    Pranesh Srinivasan

    Brilliant! 🙂

  8. Adithya Avatar

    ROFL @ Puissant President. Wonder what all we would get to see until Zany Zebra. You should check out Twisted DNA’s post. He implemented the algorithm. And nothing was commented out!

  9. inbavalli Avatar

    Thiru Opaamaa avargalai pattri paesi vittu avaradhu mikka alahaana manaiviyaarai vittu teer aiyya…

  10. Dinesh Babu Avatar

    Obuntu -> Hilarious. Am Glad He won! turn_red function was actually there and not commented out. Problem was it had externals unresolved, so it never got called.

  11. abinav Avatar

    What chances that The Gabtain VJCan’t becomes PM of the Indias?

  12. Whacky Avatar

    Awesome !!!
    Obuntu , thread in pagalguy and nigerian scan you rock man :)`

  13. Ramesh Srivats Avatar

    Nice. And while Obama is getting all tech savvy, our PM doesn’t even have roaming…


  14. rangarajaniyengar Avatar

    good one! ROTFL at punch dialogue. “extra salt in the outsourcing sambar”

  15. buddy Avatar

    such sheer sarcasm!
    long wait but worth it…

  16. Joe Avatar

    Seeing the title, I thought this was going to be something about India’s “Moon Shot”. Guess you are saving that for a later post….!!
    Ashok:This title is more of a “Yes, we can” reference

  17. maxdavinci Avatar

    haha! someone was talking about code simians in his last post and now some code from his holiness himself!

    some say the braces are seductive, and if you keep staring at them for too long the curves remind you of shilpa shetty!

  18. satts Avatar

    @bama has to forget all his Tech gadgets.. seems the POTUS is not allowed to email, in the interest of national security.

    Guess NSA feels guilty in monitoring new black POTUS { even after giving them wierd call signs}

  19. Kavya Avatar

    Lol . You forgot x box games in Obama’s tech savvy reach out campaign- http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/10/16/obama_video_game_ads/

  20. Kavya Avatar

    Lol . You forgot x box games in Obama’s tech savvy reach out campaign- http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/10/16/obama_video_game_ads/

  21. aandthirtyeights Avatar

    Funnily, I never got a mail with the subject line “Where are you?” from Obama (sent by WAYN).

  22. sthitapragnya Avatar

    LOL! Such sarcasm! Lovely!

  23. revathi Avatar

    Cheneye is really great! Coming to think of it, it is an anagram of cheney who will soon pack his millions and slide out of the screen into sunset the john wayne way..

  24. Manish Krishnan Avatar

    As I’ve mentioned elsewhere.. the only reason why Obama won is the other dude’s name is Macku Kaene .. what brilliant parents to actually camouflage that into a name.
    So its pretty OB that he won 🙂 .
    N kikass pagal guy reference.. !!

  25. Rashmi Sharma Avatar
    Rashmi Sharma

    Interesting Blog. Look forward to meet you tomorrow!

  26. B Avatar

    Very hilarious post…

    Cudnt stop laffing at the witty pagal guy and the orkut references..

  27. scudie Avatar

    thala as usual ‘kaalai kann’ about the zeitgeist of tech-savvy campaigns..

  28. s Avatar

    Hilarious!! Coding superb!
    By the way, after the swearing in ceremony, Obama will not have access to cellphones, iphones, texting, etc. since he cannot have a personal account which sends out information through the air..:).. How would a techsavvy person feel if he/she is not allowed to be tech savvy!!!!

  29. Suj Avatar

    Hilarious indeed!!!!!

    “several nasty specimens from conducting detailed experiments on the effects of iron rods, muscles and kinetic energy on human flesh”

    I loved this one…!!!!! a brilliant phrase to explain the beating stuff…… haven’t seen nor heard such a phrase for a long time…. kudos!!!!!

  30. Bhargavi Avatar

    And, with your permission, I might add you to my blog list? My college is getting too famous these days, and for what darned reasons!

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