Monday, June 05, 2006

Its been a while...

The title says it all.

It has been a while, since I last posted. Visited my thoughts and wrote stuff about things I was thinking and textual representations of my reactions to other things.

Its sad that I do this on my 99th post, but I guess its time I gave up this blog.

The link to this blog is I've been changing, and I dont think I am the 'chandna' that people called me in college. It was fun being 'chandna', doing all the things I did, all the situations I got myself into..

I could change the link, but whats the point in carrying all my old self along. I would rather refer to it as the good ol' days and forget the details. Most of the readers of this blog probably know what I'm talking about. Some of the readers probably even know the truth behind why I was being me. I'm still me, but not the same.

Farewell, and thanks for all the fish;)

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Will you look at that...

These were on sale!


Friday, May 05, 2006

long time no post...


Its been really long since I posted so I figured I'd post again. work is getting a little too much but that gives me enough incentive to make sure that my weekends are much better:)

Googling around I found my own Johari Window and saw that people have been updating it:)

Figured I'd repost it to the top and see if anyone has anything to add.

Will post again someday!

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

I'm on a blogging roll!

I'm soon going to hit 100 posts on this blog, so be prepared for a big one!

anyways, this post is about something big too! Its about the Gathering!!

The Gathering is the second largest gathering of computer enthusiasts. Be it gaming or programming, everyone loves their computer!

This where I am :

And my god this place is amazing! You wont believe the computers that these people are bringing in here!! There are people here with food and supplies for 4 days (the duration of the competition). They have sleeping bags, they brought their own easy chairs! they brought huge speakers! none of the stuff here other than the table, internet, network, simple chairs, etc (basic stuff) was provided by the organisers!

Plus, very important point. A lot of girls are here too! infact I see as many girls as I see guys. There are pink computers, dolls, fuzzy balls, everything! people have small scooters to scoot around!

Most computers here have names too, I'm sitting one table away from Nazareth. Pirat Soft is a small group of people sitting in the middle somehere. There is with a big banner. These arent companies these are people!

Oh I forgot to mention the Huge Coca Cola air filled ice skate hanging from the roof.


its all good!

*** EDIT ***

Its 8am and I missed the sunrise again. Not because I didnt wake up in time, but because I was inside an olympic sized arena gaurding our 11 computers (8 of them on and displaying stuff). I am not alone, I'm here with a friend named Sverre, we are taking turns to sleep. I slept for a couple of hours and now he is.

I now, once again, feel the need to know norwegian. Partly because there were some people interested to know more about the competition who walked away upon hearing the sentence - "snakker du engelsk?" (which is the same as asking 'do you speak english'. and the other part of the reason behind my learning norwegian is that I wasnt able to get into many of the conversations because I was speechless. People dont like it when you are speechless all the time, its an appreciated act though its value comes from the fact that it is rare.

I often feel that when you are half awake and half asleep, you exist in multiple universes and this is the time that you can utilize to get what you want. You can be a superhero, since its quite easy to be one while you are dreaming! and You can make sure the things you do as a superhero are carried over into the real world, cause you werent really sleeping!

I like analogies, so here I shall make another one. Being half asleep is like achieving mental success. All you need to do to end today is close your eyes, and all you need to do to make your dream come true is do what you would in your dream! - of course, if you want to get something done, this is the wrong time to do it. Dreams never result in 5 page papers on computational benefits of hex against octal. Dreams on result in 'yes' or 'no', give or take, yours or mine, this or that - binary if yo uget the drift.

Those of you who feel dead and just want the day to end, when you are half asleep. You are correct. Your feelings to end the day are totally understandable, but they may or may not be affordable. The reason you are half asleep is because you didnt sleep, and people dont just give up sleep for fun! If you have something important to finish then I suggest taking a small nap and not trying turn into your alter ego - The MadTypist or somebody.

Productivity is at its least at all stages where the mind and body arent co-ordinating well enough, and as you may have guessed - yes!!! its true! my brain is trying to tell my fingers to stop typing - but my spine is doing all my thinking for now. so this is unavoidable.

(This is what happens when you learn to type fast, your eyesight is no longer required, hence no link to the brain)

Though my friends would claim that I never used my brain for what I wrote in the first place:)

...sleep.. need .. sleep... passing out in 3 2 (press publish)

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Whats this! 3 posts in 2 Days!! OMG!


A friend sent me this link and I just had to do this!

Please click on this link

and tell me what I'm like!

It doesnt really help anyone but me either for helping my ego or fixing screwed up parts of myself.


What is a widget??

hmm.. sorry for not supplying that half of the information.

A widget is a program written using any web-technology (html, css, javascript.. etcetc)

It is bundled with 1 configuration file that defines its size (height 5cm width 6cm) and other properties.

This 'widget' (package of configuration file and html/css/javascript files) will run inside Opera Version 9 (the one that is under development and can be downloaded from )

When it runs, it will be a small box (the same size that you specified) that acts as a normal window on your computer screen - but doesnt have the [Program title bar _¦× ] on top and cant be re-sized.

Though you can right click it and force it to 'always be on top' or move into another screen called the 'widget desktop'

You can activate this widget desktop by hitting F6
(The whole screen turns semi transparent grey and presents all your running widgets on top of that screen)

Examples of widgets are

Simple Widgets
1. Analog Clock
2. Calculator

Informative Widgets
1. Displays news from a particular news site
2. Displays posts from your own blog

Interactive Widgets
1. English Dictionary
2. Weather forecast (enter your location, and it gives you the weather report)

Entertaining Widgets
1. Jigsaw Puzzles
2. Music player

Useful Widgets
1. Bus timings in Oslo, Norway
2. Periodic Table

and so on..

the possibilities are limited only by the internet - and that has limitless possibilities:)

-- Ofcourse, you would need to download a build of Opera 9 from to get the widgets to actually work! --

Monday, April 10, 2006

A computer worth $6000

The competition ends on Sunday the 16th of April.

All you need to do is - make a widget that impresses us:)

[The Gathering is the second largest computerparty in the world. Last year, 5500 visitors attended the annual event which takes place at Vikingskipet Olympic Arena in Hamar, Norway, and lasts for five consecutive days.]

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

First Annual Naked Day: April 05, 2006


That’s right, someone started the first annual CSS Naked Day. In the spirit of promoting Web Standards along with good semantic markup and proper hierarchy structures, April 5th will be a day of nakedness for all webmasters to remove their style sheets from their website for one day. Signining up is not required, just simply comment in this thread with a link to your website and let everyone else know that you’re participating.

and some things on this site are currently unstyled. Just little striptease to get people started;)

Read more about it here!

Friday, March 24, 2006

V for VeryVeryAmazing!

(Sorry Ms. V, but today I am a fan of another V...)

To begin with, I didnt expect it to be the kind of movie it was. I didnt even expect to like it if it wasnt what I was hoping for - but it was 'so good!'

It was a mockery of the governments ruling the world today. It was a mocking well done!

Its a very well made movie, the sound and effects are great. The story has too many holes, and is practically impossible - but the movie is done so well and the meaning behind it all is so clear that it doesnt matter.

A man gets shot with all the bullets coming from the guns of 9 men - and when I say all, I mean till their guns ran out of bullets. He lives to save the day, only to die after all the saving, including telling the girl that he loves her - after which she sends him packing in a train full of explosives to blow up a huge building.

All said, you have to see it to believe it. Its not mushy crap, its not a serious nose job - its simply true.

The movie is based on the vengence of one man, but leads to a lot of other things. There are very many small things that reminded me of the world outside the colosseum (the cinema;)

Not many movies are, what I would like to call, slick.
This was a slick movie, it probably even can stand as an identifier for slick movies.

Sin City is a slick movie, slicker than kill bill but not as slick as VforVendetta. The Matrix, made by the Wachowski brothers - who also worked on VforVendetta, was not a slick movie, it was in a different league altogether. Dont really know what to call those kind of movies..

There is one line V says thats very intriguing - 'Its the idea that lives on, not the man' and I tried to come up with something to support that line, "Its not the movie you will remember once you have seen it. Its the idea behind it that you will."

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

My brother is in love!!!

He wrote :
It was a tough decision in the beginning. There were several I was interested in. Knew that all would make my parents proud. Each had their own unique qualities. Each had me mesmerized by their personality. I went out with most of them. Took my time to get to know each one. And then it hit me. I had found something special...

read more on his blog!

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Ms. V! I have a picture:)

This was the AIESEC OSLO LC team that I went with to Trondheim :)

It was fun!

The people are

Zhiyu - Jay - Astrid - Gautam (Me!)
Anna - Olga - Kjersti - Carol
Hanne - Nina - Hanja
Marta - Sanja - Kirsten - Nahae - Ingeborg

Monday, March 06, 2006

Who would have thunk it??

"We do not see things as they are; we see things as we are."

-- Talmud

As the quote cleary explains the intricacies of the human mind and the mindlessness of the thing I'm about to tell you - believe me, its true.

An elevator to outer space!

The theory behind the elevator is simple. First proposed 111 years ago by a Russian scientist, it was popularized by Arthur C. Clarke in his award-winning 1978 novel, The Fountains of Paradise, and goes like this: Earth is constantly spinning. So if you attach a counterweight to it with a cable, and put it far enough away--62,000 miles--the cable will be held taut by the force of the planet's rotation, just as if you spun around while holding a ball on a string. And if you've got a taut cable, you've got the makings of an elevator.



Friday, February 24, 2006

things I have to do at work...

just checking if posting from a widget actually works

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Good evening ye all

Firstly - I would like to apologize to Ms. V for not replying!! I was not at my desk!!!

Work has been simply amazing these days, (and there has been a lot of it too!) so thats why the blog has been dead.. but it shall be more active now (hopefully)

moving on..

Thanks Shruthi! for wishing me even before I could even think of saying that she forgot!

Chinmaya, I chance upon these things in everyday online life... In real life its like taking a bus you've never taken and finding a really nice place on the way..!

and more random knowlegde for all to know - The Value of Pi (to one million digits!!)

Thursday, January 26, 2006

The Internets funniest chat(shows)!

The FUNNIEST website on earth! (also the most addictive)

never open this at work - you might just get fired.

Here are some quotes found on their site:

Real life should have a fucking search function, or something.
I need my socks.

Spin: arrrr, pirates of the south west
Spin: thar be large pipes o'bandwith near ye'ol univarsety.
Pirate: yearg, ye may be an ta somethan thar.
Spin: what say ye we pull yonder USB hard disk longside yonder NMSU puter and begin tha lutin and plunderin.
Pirate: yearg. The master done gaved me a testin machine with a grand ol CDR.
Pirate: Avast!
Pirate: MP3s off the starboard bow!
Spin: stere clear of ye porn pop ups rollin in from tha east.
Pirate: I have mah trusty Opera browsa to help me fend em off.
Spin: encrypt the data holds, batton down thar security patches, argh thar be spyware abound.

If you went camping and you got REALLY drunk with your friend and you
woke up the next morning with a condom stuck up your ass would you tell anybody?
i dont think so
Wanna go camping?

#################### The first time hypr opened a box of Cheerios and looked inside he yelled, "OH WOW! DONUT SEEDS!"
wtf are donut seeds

WallJam7: roses are red
WallJam7: violets are blue
WallJam7: all of my base
WallJam7: are belong to you

there's a small fire burning in my room
lemme guess im supposed to act suprised that you're telling us and not making any attempt to extinguish it, so i can submit it to bash where it will join the ranks of the other "SOMETHING CATOSTROPHIC HAPPENED SO I CAME TO TELL YOU GUYS ON IRC FIRST INSTEAD OF ATTEMPTING TO DEFUSE THE HOSTILE SITUATION" quotes that are grossly abundant, similar, and overrated. and despite a new one is submitted each week and only the location of the fire is altered, loyal viewers firmly believe it is a unique and hilarious quotation, pledging support in the form of unneccesary votes

Stupid fucking Google
"The" is a common word, and was not included in your search
"Who" is a common word, and was not included in your search

Do read this too.. funny but I didnt want google to track my site for this word:)!

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

A little late.. and I know its not enough:)

Saint Olav, the man who founded norway! This statue is located in Trondhiem in the center of the city. Very close to where I lived:)

A view of the town standing at the 'Gateway of Happiness'. A gate built on the bridge that separated two parts of the town. (The second part formed cause of the bridge) and the gate once saved norway by simply shutting out the bad guys:) it was the only pathway accross!

Norways very own !! Bicycle lift!!! You use a punch card that you can buy at the store. Simply shove it in the slot and set your cycle on the metal strip. Place one foot on the lift mechanism and it will PUSH you uphill at the rate of 2 metres per second! all the way up the hill!

I had a vegetarian all you can eat pizza buffet at a revolving restaurant atop this tower. It was quite high.. and revolved 360degrees every 30 minutes! You can see the whole city from up there..

thats all for my from my Trondheim trip(for now)... dont worry Ms. V.. the party pics will be up when I get them.. believe me, even I miss the pics:( (and their contents..hehe)

Sunday, January 15, 2006

I'm back!!

and it was an AMAZING trip!!!

Obviously enough I'm toooooo tired right now to actually type out more than a few lines... and I didnt really take a camera with me.. hehe.. so will be getting photos in my mail in a few days..

But! I am proud to say that the mission! (as set by Ms. V in the comments for my previous post) was successfully accomplished! and that too was done many times just to sure I was doing it right:-)

I did have pictures taken and will post them asap.

There was an awesome seminar on Situational Leadership, which I could SO connect with! There were the usual but still uncanny AIESEC dances which I dont think people would do at other normal events.

I found that the people here REALLY like Daler Mehndi's 'Tunak Tunak tun' song!! We danced to that song more than 5 times in the three days! And they even know (a slight variation) of the actual dance steps!

Met quite a few new people, made really good friends.

At the celebrity theme party we had the following characters:

A celebrity in disguise (with sunglasses and a cap) - and she REALLY did look like a celebrity in disguise!!

Batgirl! (who incidentally is from Gotham city, and thats how they remembered how to pronounce my name:-)

Mahatma Gandhi, The Pope, The Devil, Whoopi Goldberg, Michael Jackson, Lara Croft (Tomb Raider), The Whole Royal Family of Norway, The lead singer from Kiss, Olivia Newton-John and many many more!!

I think I should sleep a while before I go for work... (Trondheim to Oslo is 500 kilometres and my bus got me here in 6 hours!)

Signing off at 8:40 in the morning! will add pictures later:-)


Wednesday, January 11, 2006

The night is young

Unfortunately, on average people think I'm 25 years old! I've been at work mostly... and playing pool a few times... and I went bowling last night... and a man has to eat so I did go out for a pizza once.

But thats about it.. I dont really get to have too much fun around here. Infact the work is so tiring (I have to make a lot of programs and write two page reports etc... touchwood - hope it doesnt get tougher!)

To help ease the work pain I'll be taking friday off. I'm headed to Trondhiem tomorrow night for 3 days:-)

Its an AIESEC national conference, so I expect it to be as AIESEC'y as possible. Trondhiem has the largest population of students in Norway, so it really is just a party place with cheap hangouts.

I assure you, I will be a nice boy and shall attend all the speeches and leadership training programmes with great enthusiasm.

This place has a 'formal dinner' and a 'celebrity night'.. obviously for each I will be dressed up - in my suit and in my sherwani:-)

Hoping it goes great!! Will post pictures in my next post!

Sunday, January 08, 2006

I know I know...

The drag this thing is not perfect... It is, but it just doesnt work along with all this text on the same page. Will replace it with something nicer (and add more stuff) in a week or two

Moving on to nicer issues:-)

This weekend I saw two and a half movies - Madagascar, Dead End and half of Around the world in 80 days. Madagascar is AWESOME!!! Everyone should see it. Infact everyone MUST see it.

I went shopping and got my first muffler of norway! and also bought myself a red sweater. It reminded me of a sweater a friend of mine has and it was on sale! I had to buy it:-)

I miss the college cafe.. made 'Cheese omelette, do toast aur chai' for lunch.. I found another person from college online while I was!

Learned and played poker! lost 50 kroners:-( but I'm so sure I'll earn that and more back!

hmm.. so that was most of my weekend.. I think it was ok.. I'm headed to Trondhiem for AIESEC's Second National Conference! and am supposed to dress up as a celebrity. People here seem to take that pretty seriously and I have no clue who I should dress up like. A friend (kaberi) says I should dress up like Jude Law, but I dont think I know how he would look like and images online arent much help. I need something easier!! any help is welcome:-)

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Ten rules I would never break If I was the Hero!

Please read the post before this one to make any sense of this one
(the following may not sound like rules, but I shall follow them nonetheless:-)

1. No matter how much people my advertise a swiss army knife, I will not lower myself to using it. Any heroic movie you see will tell you that all a guy needs is a small piece of metal.

2. The best place to hide something would be the villains jacket or on top of the thug's hat.

3. The first thing I need to do to defeat a villain is - check if he has a daughter.

4. If my heroic life starts from my childhood, I shall spend time talking to Japanese people and watch the sunrise. In a few years my martial arts shall help me defeat any little idiot the villain throws at me. Later it will also teach me an important lesson in life.

5. I will always have a 10 year old handy to help me break passwords and crack codes.

6. All my loved ones will be relocated to the villains house. He will never look for them there!

7. If I and the villain are fighting, I will reach out for the most dangerous weapon possible and use it instead of punching him for a few hours.

8. The art of living is something any hero is very well experienced with. I will use this advantage to exhaust the enemies ammunition. (Not 'the art of living'.. the art of staying alive even after being shot a million times)

9. Whenever facing tough odds, I will be at peace since I know the director will introduce some unheard of army that will come to my aid.

And lastly...
10. Being a true hero - I will always be ready for a song and dance sequence!

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

If I was the evil lord of the world.

1. I would not engage in maniacal laughter or dance parties on simply capturing the hero. Such events would be conducted, safely, after the killing of the hero.

2. If I possess a super-weapon, I will use it as many times as possible and as often as possible. I will not leave it lying in a secret room as a backup device.

3. If the hero and I are engaged in battle, I will never follow him to places with cliffs. In the event that I am on a moving surface, and I see him fall flat on his back - I will fall flat ASAP and not turn around to query why the hero went down.

4. If a messenger informs me of some bad news I will not kill him for depressing me. Good help is hard to come by.

5. If I hold anything of importance on any of my computers I will pad the file up to 1.45MB (a little larger than the size of a normal floppy disk)

6. I will never command my men, "I want him ALIVE!".. only, "shoot at sight, any level of 'life' is acceptable"

7. I will keep all my toxic waste in a secure place and make sure I never have to visit it. I will not build bridges over these containers.

8. If the captive hero asks, "before you kill me, will you tell me why you did all this???". I will shoot him first and then say, "no"

9. I will not have a daughter. No matter how evil she may be, one look at the hero and she will betray her own father!

And lastly:
10. Irrespective of my hatred towards the hero(/captive), I will NEVER say, "Leave him. He's mine!" I will only engage in hand to hand combat if my whole army is dead.


Next post: "Ten rules I would never break If I was the Hero!"

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Something is always weird in this(or my) Universe!!

I CANNOT believe what just happened!!!

I was sitting in my office reading a presentation on AJAX and suddenly - Déjà vu!

I am One hundred percent SURE that moment had happened before! I had seen everything from the same position!! I was sitting there.. reading the document and suddenly thought - OMG I've seen this before!

and I saw a coffee mug - which I had seen before!
tissues under the coffee mug (cause the base was wet) - which I had seen before!
a guy in a grey sweater in the office on my left - which I had seen before!
4 pairs of 2 pin sockets and 3 of them had plugs - which I had seriously! seen before!

but then it all changed.. as soon as I realised I had seen it - the path of my current universe changed and suddenly I was in a place I had never seen before.

There is not one Universe. It is the creation of multiple ripples that arise from each living being or vice versa.

Having discovered the working of our Universe, I am now at peace.. only till tomorrow when my memory wipes out and I forget:-)

Sunday, January 01, 2006

A not-so-detailed-Chronicle of my first visit to the cinema!

Fellow readers and mental telepathists, I bring to you the story of a young mans visit to the cinema, not so long ago. To help those who have not seen what I have seen... to show those who cannot see what I dream...

Moving on to simple english - I saw the Chronicles of Narnia, the lion the witch and the wardrobe at the Colosseum!

Over here, they call a cinema a Kino (pronounced She-no). The place was great! the seats were awesome!! and the people were so civilised! Nobody ate chips because it makes noise. I could HEAR the silence!

anyways.. talking about the mystical and magical realm of Narnia, its creator Aslan and the witch who witnessed its making - Jadis.

Though story lacks the substance required to convince anyone aged 14+ but its really superhit material for those who do not take their brains to the movies. Some parts seem like they are there only and only to make sure that the story doesnt fall apart, and some parts are unnecessarily long... BUT the animation and the talking animals are awesome!!

Its certainly a pity that they didnt spend more money on this movie and make it a three (or more) part sequential blockbuster (like Lord of the Rings).. I know it has some sequels already lined up, but I would have wanted the story told in this movie to be spread over atleast two movies! They've fast paced it so much, most of it requires some knowledge of the world of Narnia (for which you may contact wikipedia:-).. and I didnt really even like the kids!! I mean.. I should atleast start appreciating the heroes before I hoot for them, right???

The bigger picture is certainly worth a LOT more than they have portrayed, and the story of the movie itself could not have been portrayed any better.

In all, I'd say it was worth the watch! and if you like reading books, it might just convince you to read the seven chronicles.

Not interested in movie reviews??
A little light reading perhaps :-)