Monday, October 31, 2011

Fun creating names, websites with QR Codes and Barcodes


Quick Response (QR) codes were first introduced in the automotive industry to name and identify the parts quickly. QR codes are just a 2 dimensional square encrypted barcode. It is quickly being adapted into the IT industry because of its ability to contain a lot of information. It is usually found as chunks of black modules in a white background. The above is the QR code for my son's blog: IPLgeek Scanning these QR codes using the Barcode app in the smartphone to decode the URL and go to that site directly without having to type in the address on the address bar. This was created at the website.With the black and white QR codes gaining popularity, the customization will not be left far behind... Code visiting cards, logos, email addresses and website address in color with

2D Barcode

Google had a doodle just made out of 2d barcode once and the craze began to embed names, website address in 2D barcode. This was made from

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Ra.One Review

The neighborhood theaters are great! Especially when it is newly renovated, sparkling clean, have high quality audio and is just 5minutes walk from your home! So, we started our Deepavali a bit different today, just flinging by the theater to check for tickets after a good breakfast of idli and vadai. Deepavali hot new release and we got the tickets on the day of the release and for the first show. Deepavali double dhamaka...

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We entered the theater when the movie was starting... Perfect timing. Good seats.
SRK intro as a cool dude driving in a cool bike to save his girlfriend and joined my fellow theater-mates for a good round of applause. Usual desi-style mixed with funny scenes with the Khalnayak hero and the desi girl. 

Then, to the story itself. Shekar Subramaniyam, works for a game-designing company in London. Tamilian, talking accented tamil, with a bad hair-do, geek who makes Artificial Intelligence enabled Virtual Reality games for kids. Father of Prathik, a typical kid, who is addicted to kicking the fat asses of the villains in the video games and thinks his dad is a bore. Husband to tamil-badly-speaking but sweet Kareena Kapoor.

SRK, inspired by his son's love of the bad guys, creates a video game where the villain has the combined power of 10 bad guys and hence perfect for the potrayal of Ravan/ Ra.One. He also creates G.One- the Good One in his image, who by the way, is weaker than the bad guy. 

Ra.One is programmed to learn from his surroundings and situations and so, is able to get out of the video game scenario into the real world to beat Pratik who was the checking out the game. Ra.One, is able to change his appearance and is sometimes portrayed by Arjun Rampal and is quite a pain to destroy. How Pratik and G.One destroy Ra.One is the story. 

60% of the movie was pictured inside a studio because of the non-stop onslaught of special effects. But it looks good. Has SRK been sfx-ed too? He too looks years younger in this movie. The story (which is kind of an old wine in new bottle), is weaved in to cater to the kids and adults alike. The special effects running through out the movie is great. Kareena and Pratik go their parts extremely well. Just didnt like the dig at Tamils and the snide remarks here and there. Sure blockbuster it of the year.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Furrry's Tale- A hamster's story

Just born hamster babies with their mom

Me, mom and my bros, just born!

I was already in my mom's tummy when we moved to new home- a neat, well-maintained green and violet home in a calm neighborhood in  Bangalore. Mommy was actually happy about our move here and she was all gaga about the spinning wheel on the top of our home which had a wonderful view! She was nice to the new guys, happy with their more than generous amount of food and clean water. She would even let the huge lady touch and stroke her fur. But dad was not yet convinced and used to be mighty naughty by biting the little guy and the tall one, though they were the ones who cleaned our home every week without fail.
Mom had made a nice, cozy nest for us and we were born on a Sunday, Oct 2nd. The large lady was the first to see us... Quite a fuss she made, calling in the huge guy, tall one and the little one at once. I was happy that they were excited to see us and everything, but, i wish they had made a little less racket!!!Pink and naked, without fur, just a curvy notch for eyes (Which was still tightly shut) but with a fully working and extra-sensitive ears and nose, it was really tough to handle the fuss and noise that they made. Pink gummy bears, they called us- though we preferred to be called Furry, Fatty and Flimsy- we were the talk of the street. I swear i could hear a million different voices and had to be constantly cuddled under our mom. 
Under the constant watchful eyes of our caretakers and our over-protective mom, me and my bros grew well. Opened our eyes after two weeks, walked around the same time and even started eating the fresh veggies and greens that our caretakers provided on time. Three weeks into our lives and we maintain a good working relationship with our caretakers too. We allow them to hold us and stroke our fur run around their arms and clothes. The little guy especially is quite a treat to play with. I can make him giggle like geese by tickling him with my claws. My brothers and me play a game called "who makes the most poo?"  on this little guy. Though he gets annoyed, we know that he cant resist us and will be back later...
Okay, got to go now, i hear them coming. They will want to fuss and cuddle and stroke me, got to put up my cute-face... Ciao~
Hamster baby at 2 weeks old
Look how tiny i am compared to my caretakers hands...? She is quite soft with me though

Hamster baby, still with eyes shut, going only by instinct.
Me, at 2 weeks only, still with my eyes shut and going only by instinct!

Thursday Challenge- Growing

Thursday, October 20, 2011

My Pink beauty!

My favorite flower in my garden

They just grab my attention and keep it on themselves and make me selflessly enjoy them- I enjoy looking at each and every flower, the subtle variations in its colors, the innumerable folds and creases, its doesnt-matter-size, the makes-me-one-of-a-kind imperfections, the texture variations, the bug bites it has got, the bees that are still enjoying them, the sunlight passing though the flower and the shadows it causes to appear on the flower, the butterflies attracted by them and just lush green background that highlights the pretty flower!

I love the flower blooming in all its glory and in its environment. But also love to bring it in home, arrange it in my vases which brings the joy and beauty inside.
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