2012: The world is coming to an end. What the heck?

That the earth core melted from the heat of the sun was utterly believable with a tense story line and engaging action. The unbelievable part hit me later when science gave way to a soap opera finish.

The only consolation was the graphics, which were great. The story line made me sick as time and again they said goodbye to logic, hollywood style. The final verdict: one more ‘the earth is coming to an end’ story.

Where am I going?

Where did I come from
Where am I going
Am I still? And the world goes around
Or am I going around and the world is still?
The picture on the wall is slanting
Or is the wall slanting?
What is my reference?
To where I am going.
Every end is a start
Every day a new beginning
Forever the optimist I look eagerly to the future
Without knowing
Where I am going.

Demise of Sujatha, Tamil writer

I can rightfully say that Sujatha was one of the few Tamil writers I grew up with. I got introduced to his writing through a controversy. In the early 80’s he started writing a novel in Kumudham (I think) called ‘Rattham Ore Niram’. In one of the early instalments of the novel, he described the hero as a low-caste person prompting caste associations to go up in arms. He eventually withdrew the novel.

The things I liked in his writings where his creative style and stories with a scientific line (not exactly science fiction). I also admired his wide knowledge and logical thinking. In modern Tamil writers, he surely has a leading place.

Another Tamil author I vividly remember around the same time as Sujatha was Stella Bruce – though to me he was a one-novel-wonder. Yes, we were raving fans of ‘Athu Oru Nila Kaalam’. I think I started having an interest in lyrics of Tamil film songs only after I read this novel (Anyone recalls “Irupathu nilavugal nagam engum ollividum; illamayin kanavugal vizhi oram thirai yidum”?). The title of the novel also entered our language – we used it whenever we reminiscenced about good old days….

The case for cheaper Blu-ray discs & players

Having won the DVD format war, Sony would be riding high on hopes of ganering the market. While I wish them all success, I hope their garnering strategy would be to reduce the price and mass market it rather than still hype on it as a niche product and keep it pricey. Sony does it all the time with their cameras, camcorders and even memory sticks (which were 2-3 times the price of SD cards). They were able to pull it through perhaps because of the loyal Sony crowd -the consumers who are wedded to the Sony brand. (Including yours truly, until sometime back).

However, DVDs would be a different ball game. Being an absolute consumable and a mass-market product, it should provide the best return when volumes go over the roof. This is conventional wisdom. If media prices become low, Blu-ray movies, for one become more affordable. Things like this should prompt more sales. Would Sony go against this well-established strategy? Or would they give in to the temptation of pricing it high for a couple of years to leach out the maximum out of it – until copy cat manufacturers catch up?

Weird Weather

Most of the population in the southern half of China is now living off railway platforms and bus shelters. No, it is not because they have been left out by China’s giant economic strides. Nor have they been caught in a Chinese mainland subprime mortgage crisis. Its a much bigger reason than that: they are victims of climate change.

Yes. Because of heavy snow, all long distance travel has come to a stand-still. Roads and tracks are covered with knee-deep snow, bridges have collapsed and the entire transportation grid has been held hostage by the weather.

Snow fall is not uncommon in China. It is only the time and the place that makes it look so wierd. Beijing has clear skies; the north has a relatively warmer climate instead of the usual harsh winter. And the south is caught in an unexpectedly cold winter.

It is not just happening in China. Delhi, India, is at near freezing temperatures (~2.3C) that schools are closed for a week. Mumbai is seeing temperatures in the range of 9C, which I had never witnessed in the years I called Bombay my home. To contrast all this, I read a report from NASA the other day that the entire Artic ice cap is shrinking because of warm weather.

What the heck is happening? Global warming, climate change, environment disaster? Beginning of the next ice age?? Or is it just weird weather?

Bloggers block

I have logged-in, opened my blog post page and just waiting… I can’t start to write about anything. I am just stuck. I have 100 or so things to write about, the urge to influence others, be heard… but there is nothing really I would like to put down in this blog at this precise moment. Is this some kind of writers block or should I call it blogger’s block?

Maybe is the time of the day. It’s 3 am in the morning & I just completed a cost estimation for a complex project.  Drained!

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Everytime I start BlogDesk, the MS Office installer gets triggered. Need to investigate why…gwsAlso below, test for image embedding.

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