We are the World

Its a blog on Emerging Technologies, Music, Film reviews. Have to name this blog as "We are the world" as that particular song is one of my all time favourite written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie and sung by Multi-artist group of Dianna ross, Ray charles,Steve wonder,etc.

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Naatu Nadapu...

Yahoo's MyWeb Its good, chk it out...

Breaking news - Neil Amstrong Meets Chetan Chandran in Moon

BMW sets up shop in Chennai I hope Volkswagen will follow up...

RFID helps Dairy Farm in Pune

Monday, August 29, 2005

Me surviving the storm in FL...

It all started last thursday morning when i switched my TV on from bed. I was still in sleep watching NBC TV Channel which was issuing tropical storm warning in and around FL. Weather channels has started issuing warnings wednesday night at around 11PM and what the hell...was i sleeping like kumbakarnan ? I opened the window curtains and was surprised to see the sun missing and rain outside. Hoping that Katrina will move away from FL, i rushed to office after korn flakes breakfast only to see mail from HR department that office is closed until further notice. appaa jolly thaan...

being a new bee here in FL, i was enquiring colleagues here about the severity of the storm. they were shutting down their systems and locking their important documents. one guy was closing his monitor with some bags which other guy was searching for sand bag."It can turn in to Hurricane, may be category 4", they replied. i shutdown my machine and we both went to elevator and questioned him abt these categories. that cuban guy answered me vaguely that category 4 will have wind speed of 190mph. he asked me to check out "10 things to do during hurricane" in CNN.com/Weather.

I was slowly gaining consciousness and drove to tamil restaurant among heavy rain. had a good lunch and that restaurant owner who is a part time professor at University of Florida told they are closing the restaurant until further notice. grabbed some food for dinner. came back to hotel and when did weather channels become my favourite. called phoenix and told my boss about the situation here.he also advised me to get the hell out of FL. but the first thing to do during hurricane scene is "do not panic and do not migrate".

Weather channel reported that Katrina has fixed some muhurt time like 6PM to hit ground. Ft.Lauderdale and Miami was her first target & i stay in Ft.lauderdale, 27 miles from miami. they were expecting couple of land falls too. "oh my god!"...i called up hotel reception and they told that the wind speed will be 90mph and their hotel can sustain it.

Around 6PM, it was a show time and i was watching Katrina from lobby windows which blew out sign boards, parking lights & whipped out tree limbs too. suddenly a lightining strike and the whole power came down. i heard 20th century fox band music and Twister movie started running in my mind. Amidst few more transformers exploding sound, there was a hurricane party going on in the corner of the lobby. 'ada paveegala..yaedhukku yaedhukku party vaikanum noo vaevasthaeyae ellaya'.

Luckily power was restored after few hours time. I cooked some rice in oven and had with parcel curry from india south cuisine. I was watching TV, thinking lot and lot and lot of things and never knew when i slept.

as soon as i woke up, rushed outside for sun-sentinel and found that the near by town of ft.lauderdale, Miami Dade was worst hit. Local news paper advised not to drive outside as there all signals are severly damaged. but i just wanted to have a look at Hurricane Disasters and i drove till ft.lauderdale beach amidst tree branches in flooded water. I really evaluated how worst a natural hurricane can hit. will upload few photos that i have taken.
Hurricane Katrina turned slightly to the east before slamming ashore and its making much noise now in New Orleans, Missisipi.

Thursday, August 25, 2005

ARR 3D Tour - Bangalore - Corporate Booking

The Biggest Musical Event in the History of Bangalore, First Time in
On October 8, 2005 at the majestic Palace Grounds
A R Rahman 3rd Dimension Live!

"In The History of Live Entertainment, for the 1st time, a Live 3D
Concert... A concert where you can reach out and Touch your
stars...The Virtual Reality, embraces the Live format.. AR Rahman,
along with his troupe and entourage of 70, including a multitude of
legendary celebrated cosingers: Alka Yagnik, Shankar Mahadevan,
Hariharan, Chitra, Sadhana Sargam, Madhushree (Sujata Bhattacharya),
Rajesh 'Blaaze' Raman, Kailash Kher, Alma (from Bosnia), and Ani (from
Armenia)" Bangalore will be part of History in the making! Bangalore
is a major stop in the 2005 world tour that includes London,
Birmingham, Sydney, Melbourne, United States, Sri Lanka, and


Exclusive Rs.500/- Discount - Original Price Rs.2999/- reduced to Rs.2499/-
for a specially created corporate section that is nearer to the stage,
good view of 3D, separate entrance, and dedicated enclosure.

Other non-discounted tickets include:
Rs.9,999/- (VVIP)
Rs.5,999/- (VIP)
Rs.2,499/- (Seating)
Rs.999/- (Standing)
Rs.499/- (Standing)


Roopa Iyer at 98456-57432 / roopaiyer@indiaclassicarts.com
Senior Vice President & COO,
Bangalore local address
11, 1st Cross, 7th Main, 7th Block
IV Phase, BSK III Stage
Bangalore 560085 India

USA Contact
Mr. Ravi Rajagopal, President & CEO, ICA
in USA at +1-732-371-4757
14 Albermarle Dr. Marlboro, NJ 07746 USA


Part of the charity goes to "Namma manae" and Tsunami Victims.
pls. contact Ravi for sponsership info too.

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

"Skype & Yahoo IM" Vs "Google IM"

I used Skype to call up a friend in bangalore and the voice quality is awesome. i guess, their VoIP infrastructure should be real kool and the quality of the call is almost like talking over Cisco VoIP phones.Their Skypeout has become very famous in europe and US which allows you to call any local number anywhere in the world. These guys are planning for online games too and i really liked their logo "The whole world can talk free".

Talks have already begun and lot of companies are planning to acquire Skype. Yahoo stands first in the line and they wanted to use skype to foray in to VoIP arena.

Guess google IM is already over hyped and it's gonna take some time for google geeks to beat Yahoo IM who have already introduced pretty good quality voice chat and stealth settings in their beta messenger.

The way these corporats fight buying others, i guess one day there will be only one search engine and it could be GOOGLE as it is trying to sell some stocks and make $4 billion. Guess what...they could start charging too if it is UNO NUMERO.

idly, sambar, vada in FL

India South Cuisine at college plaza is a chain of tamil restaurant. I was lucky enough to spot this 10 miles from my place. They serve wonderful buffet with south indian tiffin varities (idly,masala dosa, pongal, puliyodarai) and rice, appalam,sambar,vatha kolambu,rasam.it is near to nova FL university and i guess lot of tamils visit this restaurant.
naethaikum ponaen. 2 thadava vaen pongal, 2 vadai, 1.5 idly and 1 masal dosa. (note the pt. no...rice and vatha kolambu. it was little hard to sacrifice this)
:-) btw, there is one more tamil restaurant in miami here called Madras Cafe. need to check that out too.
Thanks to google localwhich helps me need to find any kind of service required if we give the zip code.
Hopefully one day we will have http://madurai.local.google.com.if that comes true, then the moment you enter PIN code and search for Idly Kadai or Parotta Kadai, the google server will crash as it can't pull up zillion of results. :-):-) Namma oroo idly kadai na chummavaa ??

Monday, August 22, 2005

Thalaivar's SHIVAJI

Superstar Rajnikanth's next film titled "Shivaji" is all set to start by director shankar.the story is not yet complete.the heroine is not yet confirmed.(might by aish...if she is lucky :-)) the inaugural pooja has also not taken place.Even as the
title was announced, the film has sold for a record breaking amount. The whole crew is happy that they have selected a classic and winning title. Not even a week since thalaivar signed contract with AVM in Ragavendra Mandapa, the film has created much hype.

chk out the link below which is the scanned page of economic times.

Friday, August 19, 2005

Florida - Sawgrass mill mall - World biggggggest

sawgrassmillsmall located in Sunrise,FL is supposed to be one of the World's biggest shopping mall.(2 miles) It has almost all largest retail center (from clothing, travel, shoes) featuring more than 300 name-brand stores and factory outlets. there are also full-service restaurants like Cheesecake Factory, Panda Express, Japanese food, Burger King. 23 cinema multiplex is also of real attraction.
My only time pass here in the city is to walk around this mall instead of slogging myself alone in the thread mill.

New films -- Rajini & Kamal

Rajnikanth and Shankar
Kamalhaasan and K.S.Ravikumar

Monday, August 15, 2005

From Ft.Lauderdale, Florida

As the below picture of Shahrukh portrays, i flew in from AZ to FL (West to East) on a 2 week long business trip.City of Fort Lauderdale, Florida is also called as Venice of America.ort Lauderdale is located in the east-central portion of Broward County, Florida approximately 23 miles north of Miami and 42 miles south of Palm Beach.The City of Fort Lauderdale boasts more than seven miles of sparkling beaches that offer residents and visitors premier opportunities for recreation, relaxation and enjoyment. The City’s award-winning wavewall and signature beachfront promenade highlight Fort Lauderdale’s world famous coastline, which is punctuated by an array of shops, restaurants, sidewalk cafes and entertainment venues.Floria is also famous for floods,thunder,storms and yes 'tornado'. i guess, you guys should remember TWISTER movie.
I was driving in the jam packed freeway on last friday evening and it started raining heavily with heavy thunder and storms. For few moments, i recalled TWISTER scenes and some have managed to reach my hotel.
Sad thing is that lot of jaomans (VIRUNDHU in tamil) are going on in my house [Madurai Sourashtra makalla idhulla kaekaavaa vaenum?]there in madurai while i survive here with Subway Sandwiches and Mc.donalds burger. But anyway i love eating sandwiches.

Monday, August 08, 2005

Swades -Yaeh jo desh hai thera...

It's a rainy day here in Phoenix. Listening to Rahman's Swades "yaeh jo desh hai thera".It's a Sweet melody with good chenoy interludes, tabla and wonderful lyrics by Javed Akthar. Somehow this film didnt flick in box office. But Asuthosh Gowriker had made a decent attempt to portray reverse brain drain and home coming of NRIs.
Shahrukh Shined in the movie and cried first time on screen for indian farmer's poverty and not for luv-cancer.Gayathri Joshi and Kaveriamma also did pretty decent acting. I specially liked that "Dhabba Character" and Blaze Rap in the background.
Asutosh is all set for his next historic flick with ash-hrithik-rahman combo.

Thursday, August 04, 2005

Japanese "teakhe"

Japanese client of mine was being updated about the system specifications and he was nodding his head too often which is own style. he was also saying "teakhe, teakhe" with neat pause. for few minutes we didn't understand what he meant and asked him the same. he did surprise us with a mysterious smile and told "it's your hindi...'teakhe'" . the meeting got over and it took few minutes for us to realise that what he meant was "Theakh hai" which in hindi meant OK. Apart from the fact that we laughed non-stop,i swear that i dont know how to say "theakh hai" in japanese.

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Try Google Earth - 3D Interface to Planet

Click here for larger image- scottsdale, arizona

Click here for larger image-- google campus, CA

Google Earth puts a tonn worth of 3D imagery and other geographic information right on your desktop. Download this exotic & excellent tool and zoom in right in to your place, near by restaurant, malls.

Also you are really interested in doing GPS Navigation around and have a close look at buildings with high class printing, google recommends Google Earth Plus.

Sight seeing shows us here the amazing photographs of various locations.

Monday, August 01, 2005

Google Logo

Try the same here @ LOGOGLE