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  • Tuesday Movie in Review: Ratatouille

    Posted on August 14th, 2007 Sandeep 1 comment

    Just as I had guessed, Ratatouille was fantastic. Went to see it today with Mike, a fellow couch-surfer also known by his handle, bored-in-New-Providence. Like he says, Pixar is at least 2 years ahead of any other animation studio. When you compare the graphic detail between Toy Story and Ratatouille, you’ll see what I mean. Everything from the fur on Rémy to the copper vessels in the kitchen oozed CG at its best yet. And the story itself was pretty nice, and I liked it more than Die Hard 4. I also caught The Bourne Ultimatum a few days ago. Fitting end to the saga of Jason Bourne, but I still can’t figure out why people compare him with Bond. Both are very different.

  • Van Halen 2007 Tour: North American Dates

    Posted on August 13th, 2007 Sandeep 2 comments
    Date City Location
    Sep. 27 Charlotte, NC Charlotte Bobcats Arena
    Sep. 29 Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum
    Oct. 01 Philadelphia, PA Wachovia Center
    Oct. 07 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
    Oct. 10 Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans Arena
    Oct. 14 Indianapolis, IN Conseco Field House
    Oct. 16 Chicago, IL Allstate Arena
    Oct. 18 Chicago, IL United Center
    Oct. 22 Auburn Hills, MI Palace of Auburn Hills
    Oct. 24 Minneapolis, MN Target Center
    Oct. 26 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
    Oct. 28 St. Louis, MO Scottrade Center
    Oct. 30 Boston, MA TD Banknorth Garden
    Nov. 03 E. Rutherford, NJ Continental Airlines Arena
    Nov. 13 New York, NY Madison Square Garden
    Nov. 20 Los Angeles, CA Staples Center
    Nov. 23 Glendale, AZ Jobing.Com Arena
    Nov. 25 San Diego, CA Cox Arena
    Nov. 27 Sacramento, CA Arco Arena
    Nov. 29 San Jose, CA HP Pavilion at San Jose
    Dec. 01 Portland, OR Rose Garden
    Dec. 03 Seattle, WA Key Arena
    Dec. 05 Vancouver, BC General Motors Place
    Dec. 09 Edmonton, AB Rexall Place
    Dec. 11 Calgary, AB Pengrowth Saddledome

    Woo-hoo! I’m planning to attend the one at Madison Square Garden.

  • Nokia Mosh (or MObilize and SHare)

    Posted on August 9th, 2007 Sandeep No comments

    Nokia MoshAs a Forum Nokia member, I got an early-bird invite to Nokia Mosh (now in beta), a mobile sharing community from my favorite mobile company. Being given the opportunity to join another networking site (and, of course, preserve my username), I promptly signed up. The site is described as a user-generated content platform designed for use with any mobile device.

    Any, except the iPhone anyway. The “mobile” version of the site is available at and, the chump that I am, I logged in using the iPhone. Sure, accessing the website is not a problem. But what the frick do you do when you can’t upload or download the content? That’s how stupid the iPhone is, in case you haven’t noticed. Anyway, if I click on the audio content available on Mosh, I can play it on the iPhone. Big whoop.
    Well, I am getting a Nokia N73 Music Edition in a couple of weeks’ time and I am all excited. In the near future, I may probably end up buying a Nokia N95.

    The idea behind MOSH is simple: users should be able to create, collect and share their content and applications without having to bother about the device manufacturer or make. Obviously some restrictions apply here; you can’t expect to download an S60 application and expect it to work on your S40 phone.

    I am still exploring the site. I like it so far.

  • Microchip Semiconductor Wiki

    Posted on August 6th, 2007 Sandeep No comments

    If you are an electronics hobbyist, head straight to the Microchip IC Wiki. There’s already some useful stuff up there, like this PIC18F table read example. At the moment, I am not able to register on the site, for some reason. No problem, I’ll register later.

    I love the Microchip PICs.

  • Live Free or Die Hard

    Posted on August 1st, 2007 Sandeep 1 comment

    I am a Cablevision/Optimum customer, having subscribed to their Triple Play option. Now, Cablevision has a rewards program called Optimum Rewards. One of the rewards of enrolling in that program is free movie tickets every Tuesday at Clearview cinemas across NJ. I happen to live close to one – just about 5 miles away. So yesterday I thought it would be a good idea to use the rewards card for the first time.

    While I was keen on seeing Ratatouille, I missed it by a whisker but was just in time for another movie I have been wanting to see: Live Free or Die Hard. Now, Justin Long is no Samuel L. Jackson, but it’s good that his character, Matt Farrell, did not spoil the movie. The movie was watchable, but it cannot be compared it to John McTiernan’s Die Hard: With a Vengeance.

    Next week, I will be watching Bourne Ultimatum.

  • $200,000

    Posted on August 1st, 2007 Sandeep No comments

    Somebody please get me a Zimbabwe $200,000 bank note.

    It’s apparently worth US $13 at the current exchange rate and $1 in the black market. I guess I might as well go to Manhattan and buy it.