Annual Solar Eclipse Seen Tomorrow

Tomorrow January 15th will see India witness the annular solar eclipse, which will be the longest lasting eclipse in the last millennium. The eclipse will last for 11 minutes at the peak, and will be first seen in the Southern part of India, staring from Tamil Nadu, and finally ending in the North-East part of the country.

The eclipse that will be seen by the people this January is an annual solar eclipse; the same occurs when the Moon’s diameter is smaller than the Sun, causing the sun to look like an annulus (ring), blocking most of the Sun’s light. The path of the Moon’s antumbral shadow begins in Africa and passes through Chad, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, Kenya, and Somalia. After leaving Africa, the path crosses the Indian Ocean where the maximum duration of annularity reaches 11 min 08 s.” It will be visible as a partial eclipse in much of Africa, Eastern Europe, Middle East and Asia. It will be seen as annular within a narrow stretch of 300 km (190 mi) width across Central Africa, Maldives, South Kerala, South Tamil Nadu, North Sri Lanka, Burma and China.

At approx 13.20 hrs IST, the annular solar eclipse enters India at Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), Kerala and exits India at Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu. The eclipse will be viewable for 10.4 minutes in India, making it the longest annular solar eclipse of the millennium. The best place to view the eclipse from India is Dhanushkodi in Pamban Island off Tamil Nadu coast and in Kerala it is Varkala.

Terrible Start To 2010 For Sens

Yes we are missing our top line but we can’t offer any excuses for the terrible & pathetic start to 2010 that we have made. 6 straight losses; yes it’s that bad!

3rd Jan : 4-7 loss to Philadelphia Flyer

5th Jan : 1-4 loss to Boston Bruins

7th Jan : 2-5 loss to Washington Capitalc

9th Jan : 0-3 loss to Florida Panthers

10th Jan : 1-4 loss to Carolina Hurricanes

12th Jan : 1-6 loss to Atlanta Thrashers

These are terrible statistics and unless we do a drastic turn around, I’m afraid that we will sink lower & lower in the rankings and miss the playoffs for a second year in a row. We need to buy a new forward or two and a defensive powerhouse. Time for a goalie change as well.

Dad Turns 71

Damn! I’ve been so pissed off the last couple of days and especially today; under so much pressure and tension that I completely forgot that today is my dad’s birthday!

I know, shit son that I’ve grown up to be and all that. But I usually remember and this year I didn’t and I felt bad about it when I stepped in the apartment and my dad, mom, sister, niece & nephews were already having a nice dinner and I didn’t even know. Food was inviting & good so a plate was quickly brought for me while I changed my clothes and washed my hands, feet & face.

Nice to have a quite dinner like that. My sister’s daughter is as fussy as can be and she had to wait until everyone was done with their dinner before announcing that she was hungry! Ofcourse there was food kept aside for her. She can get away with it now cause she is just 3.

Sol Campbell To Return To Gunners

Former Arsenal star defender in the twilight of his career, Sol Campbell is set to make a surprise return to the Gunners. His signing should be completed in the next few days after he played 45 minutes for their reserves against West Ham. The 35-year-old former England defender has been a free agent since being released from his contract with League Two side Notts County in December.

The club have said he played in the 4-2 win “with a view to a permanent move back to Arsenal Football Club”. Campbell, who previously played for Tottenham Hotspurs & Portsmouth played only one game for Notts County after leaving Portsmouth. But after being strongly linked with a move to Championship leaders Newcastle, Campbell now seems set for a return to the club where he won two Premier League titles.

Campbell spent five years at Arsenal between 2001-2006, during which time he won two Premier League titles, three FA Cups and scored in the 2006 Champions League final defeat by Barcelona.

Could You Hold The Legs?

A Pet Parrot accidentally swallows a viagra tablet.

His owner, disgusted, puts him in the freezer to cool off.

Later when he opens the freezer he finds the parrot sweating.

‘How come you are sweating’? He asks….

The Parrot replies, ‘Do u know how hard it is to open the Legs of a Frozen Chicken’?

Power Out In The Heart Of The City

There’s no power in the Kacheripaddy area of Cochin city. We had some strong breeze that blew in just before 9pm and brought some lightning and rains with it. That was too much for KSEB to handle and power went out.

We sat in the dark the only illumination was that from an emergency lantern that we keep charged every day. Dinner was in darkness. The power came on for a bit during which time I watched a bit of tv. But it went out again.

So in darkness I sit and I wait to see if the lights will come on soon. Bored out of my skull and sweating a lot.

Waiting For The Call

I’ve been on the look out for a new job for quite a few months now. In fact since July 2008! Boy that’s a long time isn’t it?

It’s not that I haven’t been offered any jobs. It’s just that the jobs being offered weren’t the ones that I wanted. And at my age, I can’t be hopping about going from job to job like I have nothing to lose. The closest that I came to joining one was back in August 2008, when I came within a stone’s throw of joining a BPO as a senior trainer for their Amritsar branch. I got a bit pissed off by their dumb demands and stopped corressponding with them.

There have been a few good ones since then, most recently towards the end of November. It seemed to be the best one too and I hit a great rapport with the agency HR but they claim that the client (a big Mobile service provider for whom I applied to the post of AM – Training) didn’t get back to any of the profiles that they gave them for the time being and that every new hiring was halted till mid-January. Oh flipping well!

Today I got a call for another job in either of Bangalore or Hyderabad. It’s actually a step down in profile but the way that I look at it is if it pays well then I might look at it. So I sent them my resume. And then after I came home, I found through a new job opening in Bangalore which would be perfect for me. So I have emailed the HR person who was mentioned in the job ad and am keeping my fingers crossed. Although to tell u the truth, I would prefer something closer to home, I guess a move to Bangalore would be good for me.

Arsenal 2 Everton 2

It took an injury-time equaliser by oft injured Tomas Rosicky to rescue a point for Arsenal against Everton. Everton’s Leon Osman scored on both sides on the pitch – he put the visitors ahead when he headed in Landon Donovan’s corner. Arsenal clawed their way back into the game with a slice of good fortune as Denilson’s shot took a deflection off Osman to leave Tim Howard stranded.

Steven Pienaar raced clear and dinked the ball over Manuel Almunia to make it 2-1 but Rosicky’s shot was deflected in to salvage a draw for Arsenal. But the Gunners will be disappointed not have closed the gap further on their title rivals, with all but two Premier League matches falling victim to the big freeze. They are now three points behind leaders Chelsea, but no longer have a game in hand on their rivals.

Using WiFi On The BlackBerry 8320

One of the main features of the BlackBerry 8320 is the Wifi option. I don’t have WiFi at home but from the moment I got the 8320 I wanted to try it out in a place that offers free WiFi – like Barista Cafe in Bay Pride Mall.

A little after I order my coffee and sat down, I wipped out my 8320 and tried setting up a WiFi connection. I switched it on and did a search for the offered WiFi network – from Barista. At my corner table I was able to setup and start using their network in less than 2 minutes! Which is quite impressive to say the least. The router name, TechnoFIRST-Baypride Free Wi-Fi then appeared on my phone screen.

Hot dog! I then tried out the browser and checked a few websites to see if it was much faster than the speeds shown on while I was using the Edge network provided by Vodafone. To tell you the truth there wasn’t that much difference that I could notice, except that Cisco’s website seemed to download pretty quickly. CNN, Google and a couple of other sites that I could compare were downloaded at almost the same speeds.

But I must say that this new experience was made all the more impressive by the range. I went out of the cafe and walked along the hall, then to the front of the mall, down the steps and onto the car parking area and across the road – all the way upto halfway across Shanmugam road. Those of you who know Cochin well, will be able to relate. That impressed me quite a bit.

Lunch With My Cousin

Today was the day that I would finally get to meet face to face my cousin Sujith. Sujith is my second cousin, a dude of 25 years, and how are we related? Well his mom is my mom’s first cousin.

I have never met Sujith before however I’ve been chatting & corresponding with frim for over 3 years. We met via Orkut, when some cousins of ours started a family community thingy. The rest of us barely correspond with each other but Sujjo & have stayed in constant touch – through Orkut, Gtalk, Gtalk voice chat and finally over the phone. He now works in Bangalore but is in Cochin now as he has quit his company and wanted to spend some time at home before joining a new one (which he has to in a few days).

But in all this time I have never seen him face to face. I asked him if he wanted to get together for lunch today and so we arranged to meet at Barista Cafe. Due to traffic block for him and work related issues for me, I ended up reaching Barista only by 12:44 pm, famished and starving and he was able to reach there only around 1:25 pm. I had to guide him to reach the cafe as he wasn’t aware as to where it was. We chatted and talked and downed our coffees and checked out the babes that passed by. What can I say? We due share the same blood.

We then headed over to Sea Lord hotel and entered the air-conditioned restaurant cum bar. I’m really surprised that they serve drinks at this place because it looks a lot like a family restaurant rather than a bar. Anyway, I quite like the setting even though their furniture is quite old and not that comfortable to sit in. We ordered two fish finger plates to begin with (long fish fingers with chips, cucumber & tomato slices, french fries and a mayo cream mix to dip the stuff in) and sipped Kingfisher strong beer.

We talked a lot and filled each other in about a few family stuff and secrets. We also spoke a lot about work and stuff. I really enjoyed this afternoon lunch and hope I get to spend some more time with him in the coming months. Whenever he has time to come down from Bangalore that is.

Been A Shitty Day @ Work

Not a good day to be an HOD in the office. Issues at the office has been escalated to the higher level and the GM got involved. He basically sent us an email asking for us to be available for a video conference at 3pm, which then got moved to a 5pm slot. He then proceeded to blast us – HODs of Ops, Quality, WFM & Training (me).

He knows that there are personal & professional issues within us and we have been told on many occassions to stop all that and work as a team. Problem is that Ops wants everything their way and WFM is like Ops pet dog. That leaves Quality & Training. We have to fight to get things done and many a times we don’t get to do what we are supposed to do only because of the incapabilities of the others. And we bear the brunt of it!

Damn this rubbish!!

OpenBeak Former Known As TwitterBerry

One of the first applications that I looked forward to downloading & installing on my BlackBerry, once I got my internet services up & running, was TwitterBerry. TwitterBerry, as some of you might know, is an application software or app created to use Twitter on your BlackBerry phone.

Well last night when I did a search on my phone for TwitterBerry I saw that the creators of the app, Orangatame Software, had changed the name of the app to OpenBeak. According to the website:

OpenBeak is mobile client for posting updates to Twitter. It works over the data network, so you don’t need to use SMS. OpenBeak is the evolution of TwitterBerry, and gives a name that allows the app to grow beyond both the Twitter platform and BlackBerry smartphones.

Well, although I think that TwitterBerry was a much cooler name, this app is very cool. Here are the features:

  • Post updates to Twitter, including a character countdown from 140 characters
  • One-click access to view friends timelines, replies, your favorites, your own timeline, and the public timeline
  • Post pictures to Zannel, TwitPic, Twitgoo, or yfrog
  • Take a picture with a one-click embedded camera (BlackBerry® Device Software version 4.6+)
  • Reply to tweets from each timeline view
  • Send and receive direct messages
  • Mark tweets as favorites
  • Notification icon that indicates the number of unread messages, like new emails or missed calls (BlackBerry® Device Software version 4.6+)
  • Cache all avatar images to internal memory, thus saves network access and helps faster loading
  • Search Twitter with a keyword or from a list of currently trending topics
  • Active text recognition of @usernames and #hashtags
  • New Setup wizard
  • Two modes of list views: a “fixed height” view and a “variable height” view