After the Indian cricket team won the cricket world cup 2011, there have been, predictably, politicians and businessman outdoing each other in doling out obscene amounts of cash, cars and assorted knick knacks. There has also been, predictably, indignation from the people and media who claim that the cricketers are rich anyway, so why go all crazy with the gifts ? Government distributing taxpayer money to ridiculously rich cricketers particularly rankles them.
I wonder how many people have thought about all the positive economic fallout of India’s historic win ? I’m pretty sure that the seminal and final bought record liquor sales to the state exchequer. Surely this figure runs into hundreds of crores of rupees – easily covering the one crore some state governments have promised to players. The world cup victory will no doubt translate into more sales of cricketing merchandise and sporting gear and increased enrollment in summer cricket camps. Increased ad-spend on all TV networks. Not to forget the huge amounts of money that companies and people have spent during the six week long world cup itself. All, no doubt significant benefits to the economy.
So, to all the people, especially those in the media who constantly bitch about cricketers being over-awarded, shut the fuck up.
Now that India finally gets 3G technology, Indian mobile operators are busy rolling out 3G ads during the cricket world cup. The worst of all the 3G ads has to be the series from Reliance. Their attempt to convey that 3G allows you to easily multi-task is crap. Note that their ad series doesn’t actually show anyone multi-tasking, instead the characters mouth supposedly funny clever sequences. Doesn’t work at all and is fucking annoying.
The best 3G Ad is the Vodafone ad. Although I have mixed feelings about the ZooZoo and I thought the idea was getting stale, however this was fantastically done. The ad has catchy music and links the superman concept to the potential of 3G amazingly well.
I was recently watching a documentary on Charles Correa and what struck me, was the way Mr. Correa spoke – he had one of the best English neutral accents I’ve heard. The other person I can think of who speaks excellent accent neutral English is Harsha Bhogle.
I’m always worrying whether i’ve locked the car using the remote electronic key crap. I’ve had to walk back many times to the car after parking to check if I’ve remembered to lock it. I was thinking why not have an indicator on the key itself which says whether the car is locked or not. Well I’m pretty sure someone’s thought of this earlier, but why don’t we have something like that ? I badly need a key like that for in fact anything that needs to be locked. The constant worrying about whether I’ve locked something is starting to annoy the crap out of me. How fucking hard can it be, lock and key industry ?
Here’s a tip that I got from my dad which has proved to be successful many times. Whenever you shop for something and you’re about to pay, ask the seller for a discount. It’s surprising that how many sellers are willing to offer one and how many buyers don’t bother asking. I’ve saved quite a bit over the years just by asking for discounts. Here are some tips. Firstly, don’t demand a discount, ask for one politely. For instance you can start by asking simply “Is there a discount on this item ? “. If the answer is no, try again by mentioning a season – “What’s the Diwali/New Year discount ?” . A classic follow up question is to mention that the item in question is available for cheaper elsewhere. Just make up a place and say that you’ve heard is cheaper there. Another alternative is to play the emotional angle – “Don’t you want me to shop at your place again ? Don’t you want me to refer my friends to your place ? “. Try these approaches and you will be surprised. I’ve tried it on everything – shoes, clothes, books, spectacles, helmets. This works on services as well not just products. Don’t ever take anyone’s quote at face value – persist and you’ll save !
You might be thinking – what a cheapskate ! But you know what every seller has a huge margin, so you’re getting ripped off anyway. Getting something off the price just makes it feel a little better. Don’t feel bad in asking, after all the seller doesn’t feel bad in quoting a price he likes.
I donated to Wikipedia ! I’ve been wanting to do it for sometime, but somehow kept putting it off. Wikipedia has been running a fund raiser campaign for a while and it served as a perfect reminder for me to donate. Wikipedia has become such a major part of our lives that we don’t often stop to think about the effort it takes to keep it running. Right from the hard work of the volunteers that goes in to create and maintain the content to the huge cost the of the IT infrastructure required to run the number five website in the world. Importantly, Wikipedia is free to use and is kept ad-free ! All this can only happen with support from donors.
This is the e-mail which I received from Sue Gardner, after I made the donation. It does a much better job of explaining on how the donations will be used :
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It has been exactly two months since I joined a gym. Since I paid a considerable amount of money, I was motivated enough to go “regularly”. Other than about a weeks break when I was traveling, I was in the gym pretty often. So, when I looked at my workout card today, I was surprised to see how many days I actually went. I always thought that my attendance would be around 75%. In reality it was 50% ! Damn. So over a period of two months, I was in the gym for just a month. All those I’m-going-to-skip-today, Sundays and sick days – they weren’t too many, but they added up to be quite a bit. Anyhow, this shows how deceptive our perception of commitment to a task can be. In general it also shows how people being lazy is a good thing for a gym. I always wondered how the gym kept signing up new folks regularly but the place never seemed to get crowded. I suppose the overall attendance averages out to somewhere between 25 to 30%. So it is in the best business interests of the gym for people to be lazy. (Of course, after they sign up). Freakonomics anyone ? In terms of weight loss, I just lost a couple of kilos over two months. I am reasonably happy with this and I credit this to the fact that I watched what I ate. This whole working out thing is something that keeps you fit and healthy. It really doesn’t help you to lose weight, at best it keeps you from adding more. You have to eat less. Period. Don’t believe anything what anyone promises in terms of weight loss, losing weight is hard work and it takes time.
Yes, today is Diwali. The worst fucking day of the year. This is when shit-heads all over the country burst crackers the whole freaking day and night. The crackers are ear-drum-puncture loud. OK, it may make sense to light a few symbolic crackers/fireworks to celebrate the festival of light and all that pile of horseshit. But why in God’s name do you have to fucking do it every second of the day you sick retards ?
Why dirty the already filthy streets ? Why turn the chaos into a cacophony ?
I was dreaming up the horrific abuses that, given the chance, I could mete out to these vile bastards. I was typing it here, but then realized that these particular sentiments could cause me to be branded as a social psychopath.
But I think we know who the real psychopaths are. Happy Diwali.
Here is a nifty feature I found in Eclipse regarding generating getters and setters. Normally the names Eclipse assigns to the getter and setter methods are the field names as-is suffixed to get and set. For e.g. if you have a field called “lastName” – the getter would be getLastName() and the setter would be setLastName(). Now some people follow coding conventions by prefixing fields with a certain letter to indicate they are class level variables. e.g. mLastName, mFirstName etc. In such a case when Eclipse is used to generate getters/setters, then the method names become getmLastName(), setmLastName() etc. Those names are nothing short of disgusting:
Fortunately this can be easily fixed. You can tell Eclipse that you prefix/suffix your fields in a certain way and the prefix/suffix will automatically be removed from the generated getters and setters. Click on Window -> Preferences -> Java -> Code Style. Select Fields and click on Edit to specify the field name conventions.
Now, things are looking good.
Eclipse, what would life be without it ?
Try this for some fun. Type about:mozilla in the URL bar in Firefox and hit enter.
Yup, you get a quote in biblical style about Mozilla. This is what I saw in my Firefox 3.6.10:
“Mammon slept. And the beast reborn spread over the earth and its numbers grew legion. And they proclaimed the times and sacrificed crops unto the fire, with the cunning of foxes. And they built a new world in their own image as promised by the sacred words, and spoke of the beast with their children.Mammon awoke, and lo! it was naught but a follower.”
How cool is that ? In case you haven’t guessed it, “Mammon” refers to Internet Explorer. So you can see how the quote refers to Firefox becoming popular and finally when IE 7 came out, it copied several Firefox features. Turns out these quotes have been part of the Firefox browser ever since the Netscape days. Wikipedia of course has the whole story superbly covered.
This reminds me of one of my all-time favorite movie scenes. Yes, of course the Pulp Fiction Breakfast scene where Samuel Jackson quotes from the bible.
“The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the iniquities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he, who in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness, for he is truly his brother’s keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who would attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know my name is the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon thee.”