Thursday, June 29, 2006

Thank you for the music...

As I look back over the years, many musical inspirations have been the result of various peoples’ influence – sometimes it was the sheer passion with which they spoke of an artiste and his/her works, sometimes it was the stumble-upon kind of discovery…whichever way, these people led to my discovering or re-discovering several great works that eventually came to be a part of my little repertoire of pet passions. So, here I am today, thanking each one of them (as far as I can remember) for having done so – consciously or not. Ona strictly top-of-mind basis, these are some significant influences/influencers:
  1. Simon ‘n’ Garfunkel – D.I.
  2. Pearl Jam – A.S.
  3. Embrace – B.H.
  4. Indigo Girls – P.S.
  5. Bob Dylan and Pink Floyd – J.A.S.
  6. Leonard Cohen – S.D.
  7. Counting Crows and Coldplay – T.T.
  8. Alms for Shanti, Fuzon – K.M.
  9. Shakti and Indian Ocean – M.M.
  10. Mrigya – Mezz
  11. Cake and Josh Ritter – R.M.
  12. The Kinks and The Pretenders – G.C.
  13. Keane – A.A.
  14. Bob Marley – R.S.

Will update this list as and when I remember more.

And thank y'all – from the bottom of my toes.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Hearing is Believing!

I just learnt (courtesy an email forward) that you can actually LISTEN to any PDF document (as opposed to reading it!)

the keyboard shortcuts that control this feature are:

Ctrl+shift+b - to hear the entire Document
Ctrl+shift+v - to hear a page
Ctrl+shift+c - to resume
Ctrl+shift+e - to stop

I tried this and it works!

wow. technology.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Helpline for Women

I am seriously contemplating starting a helpline for otherwise sensible women who experience a ‘momentary lapse of reason/temporary bout of insanity that leads them to suddenly contemplate being with or worse, marrying complete losers who would otherwise not get a second look (let alone a second’s time) from these women.

These irrational moments are triggered of by anything from a sudden pang of ‘being the only one left’, to friends sending in ‘happy family’ pictures (Bless them!), to (the most obvious!) feeling guilty about still piling on to your parents, and when pms-d – (stooped!) ads featuring loving husbands looking fondly at their wives and/or kids.

The objective of this helpline will be to drive sense and sanity home to these women when they need it the most aka when they don’t make sense and are, in fact, insane.

Thoughts and suggestions to further this enterprise are welcome.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Creeping and Crawling

Man oh man oh man! I have no clue what has gotten into me - I have been struggling to blog for quite a while now. The irony is that while I was off (for 1 and 1/2 WHOLE months!) I actually had a 1000 (read: metaphorically) ideas I wanted to blog about...and in fact, I actually created a list and all - this being unusal because I have never been anythign of an avid blogger at the best of times! At any rate, now that I have the health, the access, and the means....there is (for some strange reason) no action! I am quite concerned about this, so if any of you (whoever, if, still visits this blog) has any idea of how to get out of this, do tell!

How indeed?

Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes.
Five hundred twenty-five thousand moments so dear.
Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes.
How do you measure, measure a year?
In daylights, in sunsets, in midnights in cups of coffee.
In inches, in miles in laughter in strife.
In five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes - how do you measure a year in the life?
- Rent - the musical