Inhale Your Coffee

A Harvard professor of biomedical engineering has created this little contraption that will give you a quick & convenient fix. David A. Edwards, has developed a product that may make getting caffeine into your system a little more efficient called Le Whif Coffee, Edwards’ java jolt comes in a biodegradable container about the same size as a tube of lipstick, and is ingested by inhalation instead of drinking – a strong reminder of the ‘drug’ nature of caffeine.

Le Whif is produced through a process called particle engineering, where coffee particles are decreased in size until they can be airborne. Then, those particles are packaged up in a tiny biodegradable canister that you can carry with you on the go. With about 58 billion hot paper cups used in the U.S. each year, Le Whif could theoretically cut down on waste if people opted for it instead of grabbing a cup at Starbuck’s and tossing it.
Not sure how it will catch on, because most people like the taste and fragrance of liquid coffee. It’s an interesting alternative. Le Whif is now available at Dylan’s Candy Bar in NYC and Cardullo’s in Boston as well as on the website if you want to experience it for yourself!

ABC Of Count Roshculla

Got this simple but fun meme from Technodoll

A- My AIR CONDITIONER is set on: zilch, don’t have one here
B- My BEDROOM theme is: organized chaos
C- The CAR in the driveway is: not mine!
D- My DESK looks: small but it’s a whole lot neater than earlier
E- The EXACT time I wake up daily is: 7 am
F- The FIRST thing I wash in the shower is: my head
G- My GARAGE is filled with: sorry, no garage
H- My HOUSE is: just a small apartment actually
I- If you peeked INSIDE my bedroom you’d see: where the magic does not happen!
J- My favorite JUICE is: pineapple
K- The best part of my KITCHEN is: the fridge
L- The LAST person who visited my home was: I think it was my aunt
M- The last piece of MAIL for me was: my telephone bill
N- My NEIGHBORS think I’m: I honestly don’t know what they think of me!
O- If you OPENED my fridge you’d see: lemons
P- My last house PARTY was: ages ago!
Q- A QUICK meal I like to fix is: sandwiches with tomatoes, onions and eggs
R- My favorite ROOM of the house is: my bedroom
S- The SHAMPOO brand I use is: head & shoulders
T- My largest TELEVISION is: a broken BPL
U- UNDER my bed you will find: bunched up cable from my ISP (broadband)
V- The last time I VACUUMED was: ages ago; don’t have a vacuum cleaner
W- Looking out my WINDOW I see: a cloudy sky
X- I wish I had X-TRA: shirts
Y- My YARD is: non-existent
Z- ZZZZZZZ My bedtime is: usually around 1am

If you like this meme, please do the same in your blog and do let me know so I can read it.

Roshan’s Eleven: Fav Movies Made B4 1976

These are the top 11 movies, made before I was born, that I like off the top of my head

  • Forbidden Planet
  • Planet Of The Apes
  • The Good, The Bad & The Ugly
  • Dirty Harry
  • The Time Machine
  • M*A*S*H
  • Sound Of Music
  • The Brothers Karamozov
  • The man Who Would Be King
  • You Only Live Twice
  • The Daring Dobbermanns

Chelios Hangs Up His Skates

The old man of hockey has called it a day. Veteran defenseman Chris Chelios has apparently decided to hang up his skates and join the Detroit Red Wings front office. According to a report on Fox Sports Detroit, the 48-year-old revealed his plans after singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during a Chicago Cubs home game. The station also quotes Red Wings general manager Ken Holland as confirming the move, but without a specific role.

Chelios played in a record-tying 26th NHL season last year, a brief seven-game stint with the Atlanta Thrashers where he failed to record a point. He tied Gordie Howe’s original mark, first set when he played from 1945-71 and 1979-80. Since breaking into the league with Montreal after the 1984 Winter Olympics, the Chicago native compiled 185 goals and 948 points over 1,651 regular-season games with the Canadiens, Blackhawks, Red Wings and Thrashers.

In addition, the often-punishing blueliner recorded 31 goals and 144 points in 266 playoff contests. He was part of three Stanley Cup-winning clubs, the 1986 Canadiens and the Red Wings in 2002 and 2008. Chelios played for the Wings from the tail end of the 1998-99 campaign through 2009.

He was very active in charitable causes during his playing days in Chicago, founding Cheli’s Children.

Stuff I Read As A Kid

When I was a kid uptil the age of 12, I read Nancy Drew books. Yes I did! And the Hardy Boys too.

And the Famous Five! Remember that they had a tv series as well – 4 British kids and Timothy the dog who have these adventures solving mysteries. I think there was another book series based on 7 kids instead of 5, Secret 7 if I can remember it correctly. Kids solving crimes & mysteries – that was a big deal when I was a pre-teen. Not so much once I turned 13!

Nancy Drew with her best friends George (who is actually a tomboy named Georgina) & Bess went on these trips to solve some mystery or the other. She was aided on occasion by her boyfriend Ned and once in a while her lawyer father Carson. Frank & Joe Hardy, sons of detective Fenton Hardy & Laura Hardy, are teenage detectives who have on occasion joined Nancy & her buddies to solve a really puzzling mystery.

The Famous 5 novels feature the adventures of a group of young children — Julian, Dick, Anne and their cousin George — and their dog Timmy. I only remember one book very vividly – possibly because that’s the only one that I actually owned, the rest were from the library or from friends.

Yeah all kiddy books that I wouldn’t be caught dead with! But they were fun when I was a kid.

My Superhero’s Special Power

I would want to have the power of seduction! And I would be called Weapon of Mass Seduction man! Any woman, no matter how hard she tried would never be able to resist my charms.

You know of a sexy but evil woman hell bent on destroying or taking over the world? Ask for me to intervene. I will charm her with my ways and take her finger off the trigger and onto my body. She will swoon and she will drool and she will be putty in my hands.

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Calgary To Host Montreal In Outdoor Game

The NHL announced their decision to hold the a second heritage classic, next outdoor game in Canada — Feb. 20, 2011 at Calgary’s McMahon Stadium — stemming from the fact hockey fans from coast to coast spent seven years asking for it.

The league has done a masterful job of turning New Year’s Day south of the boarder into Hockey Day in America by holding Winter Classic games in Buffalo (2008 ), Chicago (2009) and Boston (2010). This season’s installment will be in Pittsburgh, when Sidney Crosby and the Penguins play host to Alexander Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals. The first recent outdoor game — the Heritage Classic — took place at Edmonton’s Commonwealth Stadium between the Oilers and Habs during the 2003-04 season.

The Flames will dig deep into the city’s roots for the game. They’ll be wearing sweaters honouring the Calgary Tigers, the city’s first professional hockey team, when they take to the outdoor ice. The Tigers, who existed from 1920 through 1927 and then 1932 through 1936, faced the Canadiens for the Stanley Cup in 1924. Calgary lost both games against Montreal, 6-1 and 3-0. The Flames won’t wear replica sweaters of the Tigers, rather jerseys in their colours — deep red and gold — with the Flaming C in front.

When the Lights Go Out

Living in India, we are used to many power outages; forced and unforced. Forced is when the dams that store water that run electricity for us in the state of Kerala are running low, usually during the long summer months, the government lays down a scheduled power outage of 30 minutes during the evening hours for all. On a rotating basis, your area will have the lights go out for a half hour between the hours of 6:30pm till 10pm. Some years you don’t have to suffer, as the rains have been plentiful and the Idduuki dam is filled – like this year, yay!

But unscheduled power outages – man they can be a pain in the arsre. The Kerala State Electricity Board is so efficient that a minor lightning effect can cause a lengthy power outage; the briefest of winds can cause transformers to blow up. They are so efficient in this manner. Luckily, that too is on the downside this year but we are treated to one every few weeks. So how do I spend my time?

We keep candles ready, on the dining table in the living room. Matches are always kept handy nearby as well. A few candles, an emergency electrical battery charged lamp can brighten those dark evenings. Since I have a 1GB ipod shuffle and my BlackBerry too, I can always listen to music while sitting at the window or lying on my bed. If I have enough light, then I can also read a bit and try and finish the last few chapters of that novel that has been lying around for ages. And a cup of coffee would keep me company as well.

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The Funniest Child Talk

My then 6 year old cousin Sree was tricked by his older brother and told on his first trip to India from the UK that “all 6 year old boys in India have to go to prison”! This weighed heavily on poor Sree’s brain and although he was quite happy to meet and spend time with so many cousins in India, he was worried.

After a few days of getting to know me and other cousins, he finally asked us “Do they make you do hard labour in Indian prison?”

Ofcourse we all had a hearty laugh over that!

Another one was at my friend’s house a few years ago. His twin cousins, who were about 11 years old were watching tv – the discovery channel as it turned out to be. He and I were sitting out in the front porch and chatting. After a while they both came in and asked him “Was Jesus also born by….artificial inseperation”? The episode they had watched was on artificial insemination!

I laughed my ass off as my red-faced friend scolded his cousins and chased them into their room!

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Walking On Planet Earth

I just got the link for one man’s journey to promote peace

On August 18th, 2000, at 9:00 am, Jean Béliveau left Montreal, Canada. His goal is to walk around the planet to promote “Peace and non-violence for the profit of the children of the world”. He is travelling alone with a three wheeled stroller to carry a bit of food, his clothing, a First Aid kit, a small tent and a sleeping bag. Jean plans to walk across all the continents, from North America to South America, then across to South Africa, up to Europe, then the Middle East, South and Eastern Asia, Australia, New Zealand and finally back to Canada.

This journey will take 11 years to complete which is in accordance with the United Nations proclamation: 2001-2010 – International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-violence for the Children of the World

This is the map of the route and this is the route with distances traveled covered.

BlackBerry & AT&T Reveals ‘Torch’

BlackBerry and AT&T have introduced the BlackBerry Torch, a smartphone that AT&T’s President and CEO of Mobility and Consumer Markets Ralph de la Vega calls “the best BlackBerry device ever.”

RIM co-CEO Mike Lazaridis describes the device as the first “touch qwerty slider” for BlackBerry, meaning it features both a slide out keyboard and a touch screen. It’s also the first smartphone from RIM that uses a webkit browser (which the company got with its acquisition of Torch Mobile).

The device also features a 5 megapixel camera with flash, and is the first BlackBerry to ship with version 6 of the company’s operating system.

We’re at an event live in New York City where AT&T and RIM are unveiling the device. We’ll be updating this post live with the details.

Here are some of the new features the companies showed off and described as “fresh, but familiar”:

Redesigned homescreen

  • Notification previews: a tap on a notification provides you with more details about it.
  • Additional content and views: put individual bookmarks and contacts on the homescreen, plus swipe actions that let users navigate between frequently used items.
  • Universal search: searches all of the content on your device — e-mails, texts, BBMs, calendar appointments, etc. — plus the web.

Media features

  • View pictures by folder or date.
  • Ability to select multiple pictures at once via touchscreen: you can then share them with friends or move them to different folders.
  • Geolocation: camera names pictures based on where you are according to the device’s GPS.
  • Podcast app: subscribe, download and listen to podcasts
  • Wi-fi music sync: see your entire library of music on your device
  • Unified social feeds: an aggregation of feeds from Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, etc.

via Mashable

Crown Royal Canadian Whiskey

I forgot one more aspect of yesterday. As none of my team members with whom I had dinner last evening drink any sort of alcohol in any form, I had to host the dinner in a place that does not serve said drinks. This is a sad fact of life but one that I had accepted. They also do not like me drinking, even though truth be said, I drink very moderately in the past few months.

So the plan was to have dinner with the team and then head to a bar. However, I had this huge package with me, the big wall hanging thingy which they gifted me, and carrying it into a bar would be funny. So I thought that I’d just go home  – but not drink on my birthday? WTF? Don’t worry, I had a backup plan in my mind.

See my dad had got this bottle of Crown Royal Whiskey a few weeks ago and I thought, well I’d steal borrow some. Now, I’m not usually a whiskey drinker although I did like Glenfiddich single malts a couple of times and the occasional Johnny Walker. But there was nothing else and so whiskey it was. I bought a half liter of Pepsi from the store right next to my apartment and came home. Got some ice and poured a 60ml of the stuff into ay glass and then a liberal splashing of Pepsi.

Smooth Canadian rye whiskey goes down well. I liked it a lot. I had two glasses of the stuff at my laptop while listening to tunes. A perfect end to a very nice birthday.

Pasted & Creamed: Birthday Celebrations

I woke up at 6 am all bright eyed and bushy tailed, ready to face the world. After all I’ve been doing this for the past 34 years and I have quite a lot of experience in doing so.  I got many wishes sent to me via SMS, emails, Orkut, Facebook & Twitter throughout the day. I got ready and went to the office. I had also arranged to get some sweets to give to the staff at work.

Wishes and work done, my team had ordered a cake and were ready for me to cut it and then paste the cream on my face. As is customary, some of my colleagues pasted my face with cream and bits of cherry. You can see the end result in the left hand pic above.

Then I gathered my team and got into a bus – I took them out for an early dinner. There’s a place called the Bar-be-que Inn near the North railway station bus stop, just after Focus laptops. The quality of food served there is tops and the cost wasn’t that much. So Roopa, Rekha, Rajeesh, Wasim, Anusha & I took a bus from HMT junction and headed towards North.

We had arranged for my former second in command and good friend Ajeeba to join us for dinner. She now works in Wrench Solutions as AM Training and we miss her a lot. So it was good to have her join us for some good food. We met her at the bus stop and then walked over to the hotel.

There the team gave me my gifts – a Boss wallet and a 3D effect wall hanging thingy of two parrots (or some kinda bird). The hanging thingy is very nice but the wallet is superb. I love it.

So thanks guys, I truly enjoyed the day, the food and the company. I laughed a lot and I was touched by your efforts to make it a very special day for me and I loved the gifts. It was a great day for me and I hope u guys had a great time too.

Happy 34th

Happy Birthday to me! Holy shit, I turned 34 years old today. Can’t believe that another year has gone by for me and that I’m growing older. I’m gonna try not to dwell too  much on the negatives of my life and stay focused on enjoying the day (good luck on that buddy).

I’m gonna go to work but I’ll be leaving early and take my team out for an early dinner.