New interesting music


Via Reddit,

The Bhakti Movement - "Tamboori Meetidava" feat. Vasanth S

which led to other interesting tunes like:

The Bhakti Movement - "Govardhana Giridhara" (feat. Anjna Swaminathan)
The Bhakti Movement - "Maiyya Mori" feat. Aditya Rao

New programming music is always welcome. Excuse the videos, they are a bit stilted for my taste, but interesting nevertheless.

Atul Chitnis is no more


As the friendship, knowledge and wisdom that he created lives on, each of us are left with our own devices to cope:




na jāyate mriyate vā kadācin; nāyaḿ bhūtvā bhavitā vā na bhūyaḥ
ajo nityaḥ śāśvato 'yaḿ purāṇo; na hanyate hanyamāne śarīre


For the soul there is neither birth nor death at any time. He has not come into being, does not come into being, and will not come into being.
He is unborn, eternal, ever-existing and primeval. He is not slain when the body is slain.


RIP old friend, you will be missed.

Taste of Kerala


The most interesting series that I've recently discovered on Youtube is Amrita TV's Taste of Kerala series. Unfortunately, you need to be able to understand spoken Malayalam to be able to enjoy the programming, but if you do, you are in for a treat.

The intent is to travel around Kerala (and amusingly enough parts of the US) getting local and regional special dishes cooked by families and individuals. The effect is spectacular, with this week's uploads providing a good glimpse into why this is addictive:I check this weekly. The episodes where the host travels to the US are specifically amusing: salt dispensers, the relative size of onions and dried coconut flakes are amongst the things I take for granted, but are still unusual from an Indian perspective.

Complete unknown


Here are three things:

Shah Rukh Khan is frisked at the airport.
Bob Dylan is detained for suspicious loitering.
Ravi Shankar, a Central Connecticut State University professor of English (Indian and 6 feet 2 inches, 200 pounds) is arrested on a warrant for a 5'10" 140 pound white male in New York.

Which of these did you hear about?

Sailing by Panama


So with Bing being behind Yahoo's search, many pieces of the Panama project that I worked on will be put to rest.

When I first read that a full 1/3 of the software that gets built never gets used, I initially naively believed that it would not be true for me. I guess a system being used for a little while is still better than not at all.

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