Monthly Archives: December 2010

Post a Day – A New Year Resolution


Blogging for me is an instinct passion and the only barrier that keeps me separated from a daily walk to the blog world is my excuses for lack of daily imagination and finding time.

Well, I think excuses can be undone. At least wordpress thinks so. So, I have resolute myself to go with “Post a Day” campaign of WordPress and stick to it as far I can. Let me check at the end of 2011, whether I am a better blogger or not.

“Happy New Year”

and

“Welcome 2011”

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Harry Potter and the Deadly Hallows Part 1: A disappointment


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I was very much enthusiastic about this version of the Harry Potter series. After the grumpy half blood prince version, the hypes and the reviews were much higher about the first part of the climax. The significant highlights of the pre release were

  • The movie is split into parts to show more justice to the book.
  • The kids are grown up to face the inevitable and hence the storyline is supposed to be a more of an action packed stuff.
  • The climax of the movie was awaited, since its just the part of the whole wind down, the place where it end to begin was a bit curious.

Now back to the reality. The visual effects were quite marvelous. It very well did justice to Rowling’s imaginations, as it did in all the prequels. I would say, one of the best three of the ‘Harry Potter’ series with respect to visual effects.

The kids of past has came well beyond the age to produce few quality smooches. Hermione and Harry Potter sequence while Ron destroys the Horcrux, was quite edgy.

Though not possible to redraw the entire book on the screen, I felt, many key events in the book has been missed out. Like, the past of ‘Dumbledore’, Harry possessing the eye of Mad Eye from the ministry, Harry using invisibility Clock in the ministry etc.

Back ground score was terrible, If they used that kind of music for highlighting the horror and the drenched situations, the music didnt do much good. At most places, it didn’t come along quite well.

I would rate this movie as 6/10.

Who was Hellen Keller


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Helen Keller was a remarkable woman, born in 1880 and died in 1968 at the age of 88.
At age two, she contracted an illness that left her blind, deaf, unable to speak,
and was considered backwards of intelligence.
She lived in a dark and hopeless world of her own, until age 7, when she was
placed in the care of her teacher, Anne Sullivan.
Through being taught letters spelt out in her hand, she came to realise
the correlation between those words and their meaning.
From then on, using her dogged persistence, she went on to bring forth her intellectual and emotional abilities, being an avid learner, and despite the social obstacles of her time, became the first deaf/blind person to graduate from college.
As an adult, she travelled the world, campaigned for civil rights, world peace,
human dignity and women’s rights, and authored many books and essays.
She became a prominent figure in her lifetime, whose accomplishments
attracted awe, respect, admiration and inspiration.

The story of Helen Keller is the story of a child who, at the age of 18 months,
was suddenly shut off from the world, but who, against overwhelming odds,
waged a slow, hard, but successful battle to reenter that same world.
The inarticulate little deaf and blind girl grew into a highly intelligent and sensitive woman who wrote, spoke, and labored incessantly for the betterment of others.
So powerful a symbol of triumph over adversity did she become that she has a definite place in the history of our time and of times to come.
Helen Adams Keller was born, physically whole and healthy, in Tuscumbia,
Alabama on June 27, 1880 in a white, frame cottage called "Ivy Green."
On her father’s side she was descended from Alexander Spottswood,
a colonial governor of Virginia, and connected with the Lees and
other Southern families.
On her mother’s side, she was related to a number of prominent New England families, including the Hales, the Everetts, and the Adamses.
Her father, Captain Arthur Keller, was the editor of a newspaper, the North Alabamian. Captain Keller also had a strong interest in public life and was an influential figure in his own community. In 1885, under the Cleveland administration, he was appointed Marshal of North Alabama.
The illness that struck the infant Helen Keller and left her deaf and blind,
was diagnosed as brain fever at the time; perhaps it was scarlet fever.
Popular belief had it that the disease left its victim an idiot.
And as Helen Keller grew from infancy into childhood, wild, unruly,
and with little real understanding of the world around her,
this belief was seemingly confirmed.
Helen Keller’s real life began on a March day in 1887 when she was
a few months short of seven years old. On that day, which Miss Keller was always to call "The most important day I can remember in my life,"
Anne Mansfield Sullivan came to Tuscumbia to be her teacher.
Miss Sullivan, a 20-year-old graduate of the Perkins School for the Blind, who
had regained useful sight through a series of operations, had come to the Kellers through the sympathetic interest of Alexander Graham Bell.
From that fateful day, the two–teacher and pupil–were inseparable until
the death of the former in 1936.
How Miss Sullivan turned the near savage child into a responsible human being
and succeeded in awakening her marvelous mind is familiar to millions,
most notably through William Gibson’s play and film, The Miracle Worker,
Miss Keller’s autobiography of her early years, The Story of My Life,
and Joseph Lash’s Helen and Teacher.

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Miss Sullivan began her task with a doll the children at Perkins had made for her to take to Helen. By spelling "d-o-l-l" into the child’s hand, she hoped to teach her to connect objects with letters. Helen quickly learned to make the letters correctly, but did not know she was spelling a word, or that words existed. In the days that followed she learned to spell a great many more words in this uncomprehending way.
One day she and "Teacher"–as Helen always called her–went to the outdoor pump. Miss Sullivan started to draw water and put Helen’s hand under the spout.
As the cool water gushed over one hand, she spelled into the other the word
"w-a-t-e-r" first slowly, then rapidly.
Suddenly, the signals had meaning in Helen’s mind.
She knew that "water" meant the wonderful cool something flowing over her hand. Quickly, she stopped and touched the earth and demanded its letter name and by nightfall she had learned 30 words. Thus began Helen Keller’s education. She proceeded quickly to master the alphabet, both manual and in raised print for  blind readers, and gained facility in reading and writing. In 1890, when she was just 10, she expressed a desire to learn to speak.
Somehow she had found out that a little deaf-blind girl in Norway had acquired that ability.
Miss Sarah Fuller of the Horace Mann School was her first speech teacher.
Even when she was a little girl, Helen Keller said, "Someday I shall go to college." And go to college she did. In 1898 she entered the Cambridge School for Young Ladies to prepare for Radcliffe College. She entered Radcliffe in the fall of 1900 and received her bachelor of arts degree cum laude in 1904.
Throughout these years and until her own death in 1936, Anne Sullivan was always by Helen’s side, laboriously spelling book after book
and lecture after lecture, into her pupil’s hand.

Inception Ripped-Off Scrooge McDuckand The Beagle Boys!


Inception Ripped-Off Scrooge McDuck & The Beagle Boys!

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Holy cow. CAUGHT! Christopher Nolan should go for a swim in a giant vault filled with gold JAIL CELLS! (Huh?) The point is: this is an incredible rip-off! (And apparently, the awesome floating hallway fight-scene that everyone loves so much was taken directly from a GummiBears Christmas Special.) In the original comic from which Christopher Nolan wholesale stole his idea, Scrooge McDuck’s totem is a 25-pound bar of solid gold. His limbo is an endless desert where each grain of sand is actually a microscopic gold coin. “All I want to do is go home and see my nephews and make sure they aren’t touching any of my stuff, I hate them, and this is my chance.” Your duck-mind is the scene of the duck-crime! And other cross-over Inception/Scrooge McDuck jokes. You can read the full comic here, or download a PDF here. (Via IWatchStuff.)

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Joy In The Air


It’s another Christmas. Years and years after, the meaning of Christmas has changed for me. Once, Christmas was celebration, then to an occasion to participate and then just another holiday for relaxing from work.

In my early school days, it was moments of Christmas celebration in the school that made the upcoming vacation full of happy memories. Decors, cakes, and Carol songs filled the class rooms. The missionary school, I attended to, offered a lot for celebration during Christmas. The high school, though it was also a Christian missionary school, the celebrations was not expensive, but a bare minimal of Carols by students, some skits and some competitions. The college days marked the parting of Christmas as a happy celebration moments, except for the sms that students used to send each other on day. Since, I hadn’t had that luxury to have a mobile on those days, I wasnt part of this electronic celebration.

And now, working the brains out all through the week days and yearning for an off day, the Christmas is rather a joy for ever. An assured time out every year. And for this reason, I have every reason to celebrate this Christmas with my sweetheart in the city of my dreams, where I landed about six months back.

Dead Sleep


Film poster for Enemy at the Gates

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The most peaceful state the mind could attain is the deadness of sleep. Much to say, it could also prove to be the most disturbed state of mind: Sleeplessness. Drying off from sleep at late night is much of a pain rather than nuisance.

The gift of a calm sleep is a blessing after a days work. But to be kept away from that soothing is an unbearable cruelty. This was the very state I passed through the late hours of last night. I yearned for sleep, but the blessing just skipped my eyes. I was confused and restless at hours of early mid night, trying yo spend those sleepless hours.

Then the only resort was to watch the movie, which was recently downloaded, “Enemy At The Gates”.

Winter Chill


Christmas is nearing and the sweet chill is blanketing the city. In this new city of mine, every experience is a brand new one. The Chennai chill is comparatively more colder than my native city, Trivandrum. But, I could very well see that these chilly days will be followed by scorching sunny days.

I have been missing my morning classes for quite a few days. The tight schedule at work is killing me. I will be moving to a new project by new year break, but that is around 10 days from now. Till then, I have to hang on to the current project and find a good project to survive. May be I should change my blog name to ‘Despires of an Software Engineer’.

I took my Guitar out yesterday, that too after quite a while. The battery of the tuner has become cold. I got to change it. 1st string was also broken. Thanks to me, for carrying a spare string always. While sliding through the frets, I realised that, that all I learnt was still there. Only thing is I learnt only very little.

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