The past three days, I’ve watched 4 movies. The one that I finished watching just now is the tamil film “Pandiya Nadu”. Starring Vishal, it is a revenge story. What is striking is that, Vishal, known for his over-the-top fight sequences (everything unbelievable) has done a very believable movie. The acting has been very good (particularly, Bharathiraja as Vishal’s father is the pick of the lot). The fight sequences and how the revenge plot is played out more in line with reality than with the typical masala-type unbelievable movie sequences.
It is a pity that it got released along with Aarambam and Krish 3. It would have made better money had it been released solo, without competing with big budget movies.
The world championship match between the incumbent Anand and World No.1 and challenger Carlsen is underway in Chennai currently. As I write this, the first match was drawn after just 16 moves. I’ve been telling for a while that Carlsen is way too good in the current matchup. There is no doubt that Anand would have put in a lot of preparation for this series, but then, given the way Carlsen has been playing the past couple of years, Carlsen is the favorite to win the championship.
I hope atleast a few classic matches happen !
Been so long since I blogged. Last time around, I wanted to blog everyday. That remains the case even now. Over a period of time, enthusiasm to blog dropped off. It is not that I didn’t have anything to write about. I consider this to be just some random mumblings and musings. Is it really possible to get good at writing? For now, that seems to be the question I want to see answered.
Earlier today, the Spurs and the Heat fought off an extremely close game. The Spurs were all but decided as champions until the last 19 seconds.
I’ve become fond of Zach Lowe’s writing on grantland. His analysis of the NBA games have been insanely brilliant. That has meant that Bill Simmons (one of my favorite sports writer) has started writing even lesser – but then, the quality of grantland has been superb.
Looking forward to Zach Lowe’s analysis of Game 6.
And eagerly awaiting Game 7 to decide the champion.
Single Sign On is a boon in many instances. Until recently, websites that require login will typically logout the user if he is inactive for a while (there’s computation cost to keeping the user logged in, whilst he is inactive). And we’ve generally got used to the point of being logged in, sometimes, getting logged off can be a good thing.
Of course, banking sites and other key applications still do that – more out of security point of view. And we do feel good about it.
There are a few cases where being logged in has made me feel vulnerable, with respect to my time.
Having email open all the time, the email keeps coming in and everytime a notification is shown, I am distracted from my current activity. Facebook is another mail time killer (and of late, THE major time killer). And so, what I’ve started doing from last week, I log off once I finish replying to emails or done checking facebook.
As an involuntary action, whenever my hand goes to the browser and types facebook.com or any of the email sites, I am thrown to the login site. That reminds me that I am not supposed to waste time. Also, the added time for logging in is kind of unpleasant.
This has nudged me away from wasting time.
I use SAS, a statistical processing software, for most of my work. While the software is very easy to learn, the way it is internally coded is ridiculously bad. It is another good case where the business team is good and knows what most of the users want. But the application is developed by software engineers who have absolutely no idea about those mathematical concepts. They also don’t seem to appreciate good software engineering practices. Extremely unhelpful error logs, bad interface and I can keep the crib going on.
SAS had nearly monopolized the statistical software market. Until R came. Initially R was used only by folks from academia. It had negligible market value once you exited academia. But things have changed a lot in recent years. Open source is a marvel. Lot of packages are available in R. SAS is a black-box. R has the distinct advantage of the analyst knowing what is going on in that package. It is a good competition.
I hope SAS improves their error logs and interface. Otherwise, it is going to lose the market leader position quite soon.
Last Resort is a US TV series (Wiki) . I finished watching all the 13 episodes. I should say that I was thoroughly entertained and mind-blown by this series. It had enough suspense to keep the thrill going on throughout the period when the series ran. Mind-blown because – for a TV series, the subject was very intense.
The most famous TV series generally end up being sitcom kind of stuff; lot of humor(and adult humour) kind of stuff makes the series run for a long time. For a series this intense, and this good, I was dejected to know that ABC decided against continuing for the whole year. Still, the 13 episodes makes it a great watch. The lead actors acted very well.
Sometimes I wish someone starts making such serious drama for Indian televisions. The current set of TV series can make anyone dumb. I heard someone tell the other day that watching the TV series makes one believe that crying and suffering of women is an integral part of Indian culture. Really? Is that what the TV series makes people believe in?