Avatar

December 18, 2009 3 comments

and finally a 3D movie in bangalore.. totally worth the wait… No wonder the multi-plexes have been forced to accommodate this movie. I am sure that the low profile that Cameron kept after Titanic was on some level related to the very feeling you get once you do something immensely spectacular –  The next should be something spectacular-er ! He has rightfully claimed this –er with Avatar.

I will begin with the thing that expectedly will prove to be the USP of the movie.. the graphics.. !.. Cameron waited more than a decade for the technology to mature, and has delivered a masterpiece. The new virtual camera system has been combined spectacularly with such gargantuan imagination and beautiful colors. The characters were supremely real, full of beauty and innocence. To be frank, I was moved more by the scenes rather than the 3D effect. It wears on after a while. The apparent neutral reaction might also be due to the fact that I missed the starting 30 minutes of the movie, because people were more interested in the hooting at the 3D effects rather than listening to any of the dialogs. More on the harping later :).

On a serious note, this movie should pave way for a new genre of movies. “Avatar” has presented characters designed on the computer, but played by human actors. The bodies were filmed using the latest evolution of motion-capture technology — markers placed on the actor and tracked by a camera — while the facial expressions were tracked by tiny cameras on headsets that recorded their performances to insert them into a virtual world. An important innovation is the camera developed by Cameron’s team. It helps to observe the performances of the actors-as-aliens, in the film’s virtual environment, as it happens. The technology is extremely scalable and evidently, very effective.

The story line has again picked up on one of the most pertinent questions of contemporary times. It focuses on how the sky-walkers (read – humans) have been destroying their (in this movie other’s) mother nature. Cameron has made his point by not only incorporating the emotions involved, but by subtly referring to how much we have not understood yet, and how much we will never understand if this continues (which I personally think will continue). The movie touches various other movies at different times. It reminds you of matrix (the interconnection albeit in a non-technical way), Lord of the rings (primarily because of the landscapes), The Celestine Prophecy(the universal energy that encompasses everything) and not to forget the recurring theme of how the earth is nearing a doom.

“Avatar” receives two-thumbs up. You need to watch it even if just for the sake of the experience.

FYI.. cameron is planing a trilogy 🙂

Categories: Music and Movies

Us Debt

December 15, 2009 Leave a comment

The Messiah 😛

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Smoking Sky

November 8, 2009 Leave a comment

The sky is almost red, and its drizzling yet again. Add to this a terrace breeze, GnR, a mug of coffee @3 am and we will get what life is all about 🙂

 

The economics of Jesus

October 31, 2009 Leave a comment

Thanks to CFA overdose, have been hypersensitive about economics and the implications. The obvious start was to re-read Freakonomics in an attempt to have an enlightened understanding :P. The first time I read it, it was more from a discussion and amazement point of view than otherwise.

Super-freakonomics released sometime back raises some interesting questions again..  can’t say I am much impressed by it. Though, one interesting point was when the authors were questioned by an Indian journalist as to how they will explain the actions of Jesus. What were the “incentives” when Jesus went on “cross” ?

Here is an interesting blogspot answering / commenting on the very same thing.

Without any personal opinion, I will like to to bring this to debate :).
At the same I wonder, if such an article/book would have been allowed to publish in India, the land of tolerances as Amartya Sen puts it. The fanaticism is indeed taking the “argumentative” out of The Argumentative Indian. Much on this later.

Categories: Articles, Books

Read-a-thon : Check !

October 25, 2009 10 comments

I didn’t sleep, I read, I conquered !

I am done… had a wonderful time… very impressed with the organization of the event (Kudos to  Hannah (WordLily), Ana (Nymeth), and Trish (Hey Lady!) ).. and most of all..very impressed with myself :)..

For more info on the event, visit Dewey’s Read-a-thon

Final Statistics

Time Duration: 5:30 PM yesterday – 5:15 PM today (signing off 15 mins earlier)

Title of Books read: Liar’s Poker, Shantaram, Chances of a Lifetime, Bobby Fischer goes to war, Hellen Keller: Story of my life

Number of Books since I started: 5 (Completed : 3.. Chances of a lifetime, liar’s poker and shantaram)

Pages read since last update: 311

Running total of pages: 1640 (1329 + 311)

Amount of time spent reading since last update: 170 minutes (:P)

Total Running time: 1261 minutes (21 hours 1 minute)

Mini-challenges: 19

I did complete an unsaid aim I had set for myself.. finished off 3 books and read two books partially…

I will love to return next time with a bigger pile of books, in a relatively less finer print to add more to the book count :)..  Jokes apart, hats off to everyone who helped in making this event such a huge success…

Later!

Categories: Articles, Books

Final meme

October 25, 2009 11 comments

1. Which hour was most daunting for you?

Hour 11- 12 (which was about 5.30 – 6.30 AM here)

2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?

All the books were pretty gripping.. considering Shantaram is already a well-read book.. Chances of a lifetime, though belonging to a diff genre altogether, is pretty fixating

3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?

None as such.. I loved every aspect of it..

4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?

The cheer-leaders and their enthusiasm really kept everything alive.

5. How many books did you read?

5

6. What were the names of the books you read?

Shantaram, Liar’s Poker, Chances of a lifetime, Bobby Fischer goes to war, Story of my life-Hellen Keller

7. Which book did you enjoy most?

Shantaram

8. Which did you enjoy least?

Story of my life… I guess I was just not in the mood

9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?

Not really…

10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?

I will for sure.. there is no way I can let go off this excitement :)… I will be reader for sure.. will think of putting in a mini-challenge too

Categories: Books

Read-a-thon Update#9

October 25, 2009 12 comments

Yeyi.. :).. another session over.. could not go through much during this time.. thanks to the India-Aus cricket match :(.. Really hoping to make up in the 3 hours left with me (discounting the time i will need for a lunch break)

Time: 2:15 PM

Title of Books read: Liar’s Poker, Shantaram, Chances of a Lifetime, Bobby Fischer goes to war, Hellen Keller: Story of my life

Number of Books since I started: 5 (Completed : 2.. liar’s poker and shantaram)

Pages read since last update: 152

Running total of pages: 1329(1177+152)

Amount of time spent reading since last update: 111 minutes (:P)

Total Running time: 1091 minutes (18 hours 11 minutes)

Prizes won: None :(

Mini-Challenges participated in: 17

I pitched in Hellen Keller’s “The story of my life” too. I did not find it appropriate enough for this occasion. So, I will again be shuffling between “Chances of a lifetime” and “Bobby Fischer goes to war”. I so wanna finish them both. What an outrageously exciting feeling..

I am going in for a 3 hour session.. so the next post will be the final post for me.

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