Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Mrs. O!

When Mr. Obama, the U.S. president, is trying hard to boost US economy, it looks like Mrs. Obama is achieving it simply by promoting designer costumes.
For more details, refer The New York Times.
She has also been selected as one of the 10 best dressed women of the year by Vogue


Apart from the above outfit, I loved her in the following ones too-




But there are also exceptions.There were some times when I was disappointed by her bold selections of 'mix and match' where one such sample photo is as follows:



Inspite of it, I admire her style and I am her loyal fan; hence this post :). For prompt updates on Michelle Obama, check the Mrs. O website.


SSN

Friday, December 17, 2010

WikiLeaks!

As WikiLeaks hit daily newspapers as headlines, we have got so many comics too coming up. I have uploaded 2 such comics that I loved the most!


Batman Ends



Cables reveal details of secret organization supporting them



Ref: geekrest, XKCD

Monday, December 13, 2010

Hate reading others' code?

Most of us hate reading others' code and we have reasons for the same. Our primary concern is that each has his/her own style of writing which we may or may not adapt, ultimately leading to waste of valuable time and energy. And if there is no proper documentation, there is NO question about reading it.
But things are different in real time. World is moving so fast and it doesn't wait till we re-invent the wheel. So like it or not, we are *forced* to read others' code.
So I thought of 'googling' for some tips. One of the posts that I found interesting as well as useful is this.
One of the eye-opening facts exposed in the post is, "Reading great code is just as important for a programmer as reading great books is for a writer" - You cannot write a good book without reading books written by great writers. So to become a professional coder, you need to check out code written by others.
The post also contains good techniques of how to start with reading a code base. I found it really helpful and I wanted to share it to all. Thanks to Skorkin for the great post!

SSN

Debugging is twice as hard as writing the code in the first place. Therefore, if you write the code as cleverly as possible, you are, by definition, not smart enough to debug it. --Brian Kernighan

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Hidesign, the Best!



Handbags and clutches make every lady go crazy and I am not an exception.
There are lots of brands that give out classy leather bags but my choice is always Hidesign. Every Hidesign bag has its own signature style and elegant looks! I lurrrv my Logo and Bonn bags of Hidesign!!!!




Hidesign Logo




Hidesign Bonn



Few other Hidesign bags that are in my wish-list are the Orchid, Pushkin and Tate bags.







Orchid (top left), Pushkin (top right) and Tate (bottom)


Visit the Hidesign site to shop online: http://hidesign.com/ 

Check out the Story of Hidesign here: http://business.rediff.com/slide-show/2010/sep/14/slide-show-1-interview-with-dilip-kapur-founder-of-hidesign.htm

Update: Got red colored-Hermitage 01 bag as Valentine's day gift from my husband. Love it! My perfect evening bag!



Thanks,
SSN

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Defining relationships matter!

Reference:http://xkcd.com/355/













Hover text: Facebook defines relationships. 'Yeah, we would have broken up last night, but the net connection was down.'

Monday, November 15, 2010

The Social Network


If you'd ask me if this movie is recommended or not, it is a "yes" from me. But I also have reasons to say a BIG "no"! Before I say about what I didn't like about the movie, I would like to start with what I liked.
Things I liked: Nice screenplay and Justin Timberlake's charm ;).
Things I didn't like: Indecent portrayal of women and dialogue-based concept of the movie.
Yes, women were simply treated as sex objects and stupid humans! There were just two or three women in the whole movie who were decent and respectful- the lawyers and Mark's girlfriend.
By dialogue-based concept what I mean is that the story is driven at some places by just too many dialogues. The opening scene itself had a big conversation for roughly 5-10 minutes! But inspite of it, the movie was not slow moving!
Overall, the movie is a good package from the director of the Fight Club.
I hope that the movie inspires many people to "invent jobs" rather than "find jobs" as quoted by Douglas Urbanski who played the role of President of Harvard University in the movie. And, the moral of the story is well conveyed- "You don't get to 500 million friends without making a few enemies".

SSN

Friday, October 22, 2010

    Long time since I blogged; and now I have a good reason to post one - I am getting relieved from my current employer today. I am joining my next company on November first week; and till then, I am going be a proud 'home-maker'. If there is any home-maker reading this post, let me know about what you do when you are free at home :)
    Today, when I think of how it is going to be in the coming week, I feel bored already. Suggest me any of this month's magazines that has some good stuff to read. I already read this month's Good Housekeeping and I should say that it has a really good editorial this month- An A-Z Guide for Shopping for your wardrobe, home, health etc- highly recommended! Apart from magazines, I am also planning to read my friend and co-blogger's book. And, I am into interior decors recently- just to decorate our new home that we are going to move into at the end of this month. So, I hope that all of these would help me to keep myself busy!

Happy weekend!

SSN
 
Update:
Few pics taken after decorating our small apartment -



SSN

Friday, September 3, 2010

"We Are Family"




Reasons that made me watch the movie:
 1) Lazy evening- So I was ready to watch any random movie!
2) "We Are Family" wallpaper in front of the the theatre read that it gets released on "Sept 3", but it was only Sept 2.
3) Kareeeeeeeeeeeeeeeena Kapoor
4) In a way, this movie is related to Julia Roberts  (As this movie is the remake of 'Stepmom').
5) I had 4 reasons (listed above)


Well.. I haven't watched 'Stepmom' and so I cannot compare this movie with its original.
A good movie - though the second half was a little bit dragging as most of the scenes were just about every character mourning one by one thinking of Kajol's upcoming death- still emotions were portrayed really well. Background music was good, especially towards the climax, but songs were not much impressive. As in every Karan Johar's movie, there was a disco song- but nothing much to say about it this time.

On the whole, We Are Family is a good family movie and an emotional drama. Recommended!


SSN

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Random Stuff

  • June 2010- A very busy month! Full of shopping for the day. Got my wedding silk saree from Kumaran Silks and I would recommend this shop for their nice silk sarees collection they've got for this month. 

  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows official theatrical trailer is out in youtube. Too much of sound effects (as expected) ! Dialogues were very limited and the only one worth mentioning is -
         Lord V: Why do you live?
         Harry: Because i have something worth living for!

And this movie is going to be in 3D too. Waiting for the movie :)




  • 'I Hate Luv Storys' game launch promotional event was a success and Sonam Kapoor was looking too good in her French connection floral top with cropped pant and nice bag. Well these days I have started admiring her sense of style! 




1st Photo: nowrunning.com
2nd Photo: www.wireimage.com


SSN

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Lower cut off for boys?! Are you kidding us?

TIMES OF INDIA: "Std XI cut-offs for Bangalore girls higher than boys"

INDIAN EXPRESS: "Boys come first as girls do better"

Best of all: "We surely support the girls. It is in fact a disadvantage for the girls because they have scored better than the boys. Maybe the girls have to perform a little poor if they want to compete with the boys," says Dr Sree Srivatsa, Principal, MES pre-university college
(Ref: http://www.ndtv.com/news/india/girls-pay-the-price-for-doing-better-29861.php)

Well... Where is the country heading to?  Already we have a lot of criticism for women's 33% reservation of seats in the parliament. And now we have one more gender discrimination issue coming up. Cut-off for boys is 594, while it is 599 for girls in PCMB and in the commerce stream, it is 553 for boys and 580 for girls! In short, this country doesn't want the intelligent to study in a better university and the capable to manage the government! No wonder why this country is still "developing" and yes, it will never become "developed" unless it forgets gender discrimination. In my opinion, women do not need any helping hand in the name of "reservation" to show that they can be someone like Indira Gandhi and boys don't need lower cut-off to become Abdul Kalam.


SSN



Tuesday, June 1, 2010

One week left for taking up my job on June 7th... Feels like heaven now... Mom's food... dad's company.. silly fights with sister.. all time in front of t.v. or pc... some sweet talk ;) I wish to take a snapshot of these days and play them back though out my life...



Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Thinking like a geek

1)
Name: Sharmi S Nair
Address: 148.167.1.10


2)
Ramanyan would not have existed if Raavan was not a Windows user.

Raavan: Marry me
Sita: Loser!
Raavan: SUDO Marry me
Sita: <3


3)
God's resume:
Name: God
Project done: Universe Management
Paper presented: Solving any given problem in O(1) time
Technology: Cloud computing

4)

Real geek:
- Hobby: Embedding NP Complete Problems in Restaurant orders
- Productive day dreams: I should SSH to that machine with root privileges so that I can edit the file permissions for me to access it and get the MD5 Hashcode of the file and encrypt it with RSA and tar it to my machine and then............



SSN

P.S. Waiting for 'Geek Hero Comics' to break from the loop

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Scribblings turned One yesterday

I thank everyone who have been regularly reading and those who by any chance read my blog atleast once. :) I hope you would continue reading them, keeping me happy :)

I wanted to make this post yesterday, but I had loads of work like typing project reports, getting them printed, preparing a presentation for my today's review etc. Well, as always, I was working in the last minute when my efficiency curve is believed to be increasing steeply. And right now, I am waiting for my turn for the review. The reviewer seems to be very much enthusiastic- he reviews every project for more than an hour! And so I am killing some of my time by "Scribbling" here :)

SSN

Saturday, April 17, 2010

double Reality();

"Reality is not a boolean function to return just true or false, but it is more like a function that returns a double between 0.0 and 1.0"

Ref:http://www.geekherocomic.com/2008/09/27/reality/

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Cloud 9 Minus One

"Cloud 9 Minus One" by Sangeetha Mall- I bought this book in the beginning of this month for two reasons:
One- I found the title interesting,
Two- I wanted to read a book written by an Indian author.
Plus, the author was an IIM-B graduate- so it gained additional points :)
The narration was good and the story was not boring, though I was able to guess where the story was heading to. As I got busy for last 2 weeks, I had to abandon reading that book with many questions in the story remaining unanswered. For the last two days I kept thinking of those questions.
Who is Priya loving?- is it Sasi? Will Shruthi tell Kailash about her past love? Will he accept her and help her get out of the guilt she has? Will Rats' wife divorce him?

Waiting to find all the answers at the earliest...


SSN

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Ramayan in Facebook

Awesome Post: If the Ramayan were on Facebook:
http://www.themattefinish.com/blog/2009/08/if-the-ramayan-were-on-facebook/

Few interesting FB posts in the story are:


1)
- Sita created the event- "Swayamvar"
- Ram accepted the invitation to Sita's event- "Swayamvar"
- Ram has been working out.
        -> Sita likes this
- Ram broke Shiva's bow
        -> Sita and Janaka likes this


2)
- Bharat is pissed that his mother and Ram banished so Bharat could be king. Bah, parents!
- Bharat joins group "Parents sometimes go crazy"


- Lakshman took the "Who has a crush on you" and got the result- "Surpanaka"
         -> Surpanaka likes this
-> Ram: Whoa!
-> Lakshman: Not cool man, not cool!


3)
- Sita and Lakshman added the application 'Lakshmanrekha'
- Sita took the IQ test and got the result- Her IQ is 45. Can you beat her score?
- Ravana has sent a friend request to Sita
- Sita disabled the application- 'Lakshmanrekha'
- Sita accepted Ravana's friend request.
- Ravana kidnapped Sita for a dinner date. You too can find love. Click here for hot singles in your area.


4)
- Hanuman played the game "Long jump' and scored 478,237 points. Can you beat his score?
- Sita wrote on Ram's wall > "I want you to save me, not Hanuman"
- Ravana changed his relationship status from "It's complicated" to "single"


5)
- Ravana declared war on Ram through the 'Mob wars' application.


6)
- Ram is king of Ayodhya
         -> Bharat, Hanuman and 4 others like this

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

It's barely 3 AM!

At the age of 10..
7 AM: Alarm rings.. I wake up..
9 PM: Good night!

At the age of 20:
7 AM: Alarm rings..
7.09 AM: Alarm rings again...
7.18 AM: Alarm rings again and again..
.
.
9 AM: Wake up
9 PM: Movie...
12 PM: import java.lang.*;
2 AM: Serious debugging, Project documentation
3 AM: Open next movie
.
.
(Don't remember when I had slept)


(Click on the image to view it clearly)

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

A random thought

Our ancestors used to say that thoughts start budding only in difficult times... I lost a game today and that's when I realized that Chess is a male chauvinistic game.
Rules of Chess say that if we attack the King of the opponent, we win. But one forgets that if their Queen is alive, she can still lead the game. Fairly speaking, it should be said that both the King and the Queen of the opponent should be captured for the opponent to win.


SSN

Monday, March 8, 2010

Celebrating womanhood



Few quotes that I've picked from some websites-

1. Being a lady is an attitude.  ~Chuck Woolery, Love Connection

2.  I’m tough, I’m ambitious, and I know exactly what I want. If that makes me a bitch, okay. ~Madonna Ciccone

3. To tell a woman everything she may not do is to tell her what she can do.  ~Spanish Proverb

4. A woman is like a tea bag.  It's only when she's in hot water that you realize how strong she is.  ~Attributed to both Eleanor Roosevelt and Carl Sandburg

5. History is herstory too.~Author unknown



Happy women's day to my mommy, sissy,  all girl friends, and those who are proud to be a woman...


SSN

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Life

Life is a set of rooms and as we move from one room to the next, we should make sure that we shut the previous door properly.

Reference: "Cloud Nine Minus One" by Sangeetha Mall 
Note: Lines are rephrased for convenience, but ensured to convey the same.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Thoughtful message that I received today morning

Rather than blindly taking the side that shows up after tossing a coin, choose the side that your heart expects to show up while the coin is being tossed.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Top 5 reasons to make a new post

5. When you are bored- you have absolutely no clue about how to kill time- So you end up making so many updates in Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Orkut, etc and create (even more than one) new post in your Blog.

4. When you are working on a post for a long time- That's always when suddenly a new idea sparks and you end up posting the new one saving the one which you were working on for next week.

3. When you have something exciting, like about your recent trip to a nice/terrible place, any amusing technical stuff or anything interesting, and you want to share it with the whole world.

2. When you hold a practice of updating your blog on a particular day of every week (mostly Friday)- Though you have no worthy posts to make, you manage to write something. If you blog about a story you've written, you post your new episode no matter you have the screenplay ready or not.

1. When you are totally busy. You have so many tasks around you and you've no clue about which task to take first. Well.. You end up making a new post in your blog sitting in office!

So, what was the reason you got last time when you updated your blog?

SSN

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Lost and Found

Disclaimer:

This post is not intended to impose my thoughts over anybody. Any statement against anyone's beliefs is unintentional and purely
coincidental.



Whatever has happened, has happened for good
Whatever is happening, is happening for good
Whatever will happen in the future, will happen for good
What did you lose? Why do you cry?
What did you bring (to this world) to lose?
What did you create that got destroyed?
Whatever you took, you took it from here (this world)
Whatever you gave, you gave it here (back to this world)
Whatever is yours today will be someone else's tomorrow
Another day it will be somebody else's
This is the rule of the World!

Well, if you are wondering what this is, it is Geetha Charam. It always reminds me that life is short to worry about unnecessary stuff and so I take pleasure in whatever I do.
These days I'm learning to live in the present and enjoy it. I have stopped over-planning things, which might also have its negative face, and adopted the culture of doing things "on the fly"! And, know what? I feel relieved- the feeling which I picked up from the 'Lost and Found' section in my life.

Copied and Pasted English version of Geetha Charam from here with minor edits. Here is the Tamil version of the same.
SSN