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Saturday 30 December 2006

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we have the option of using a BLANK PAGE as the homepage for our browser. any new text document is also BLANK.we get BLANK cds,dvds. we can just "shift+delete" n everything will go BLANK(ur heart-attack after losing out on ur data is a different issue though..).....but have u ever wondered..."can i ever blank my mind....completely(ofcourse wen i am totally awake n conscious)...?"

just try it out once...just sit in a room alone...turn everything off,n try to think of nothing..! i mean NOTHING! no tunes in ur head,no worries of catching a bus,no thinkin of the assignments,no nothing ...literally NOTHING!

i have tried n failed N number of times. i havnt ever been able to BLANK MY MIND for more than 5 secs. the nearest i cud get was to think of a huge white screen n nothing else...but HELL..then i started thinking that i am thinking of the screen...so how can i NOT BE THINKING...? i hope u get my point here...

i am serious...i have never been able to think of nothin ever! thats wt irritates me the most about the human mind or the brain. it is so difficult to have control over ur thought process sometimes...like wen u r in a temple n u c a hot chick...u really dont want to think about her as HOT...cuz u r in the temple....but then how many of us can really turn that thought OFF immediately?(if u can...then hats off to u..!) or say u have a terrible tune in ur head n u want to get rid of it...can u really switch over to ur favourite song immediately...? though i am deviating here from my topic,wt i am trying to point out is that it's really difficult to control ur damn thought process..n thts y i find it difficult to blank out my mind.

so try it out...blank ur mind for once.....or in reese's language(for those who watch MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE)--"try to shut ur brain down" and if u succeed...plz feel free to boast about it n rub it in my face in the "comments" section for this blog.

shamie,
30th dec 2006.

Thursday 14 December 2006

music v/s drugs

so u meet a guy at a rock concert..n u r like...oh...so u too listen to rock...? wt do u listen to...? oh...metallica,i listen to megadeth...ya even creed rocks man....and so it continues. one thing PROBABALY(thts just my opinion...no generalisations here...)both of u r dying to ask each other is "so do u take drugs...?"..considering the "holy" atmosphere around u in a rock concert. i mean wt is it with rock music and drugs or for that matter rave music and drugs...? "i do it for the kicks man.."...someone better KICK u in ur rear. so i thought...y not compare the two things? n oh..wts tht..i have an incoming thought...ofcourse.....blog it out..cuz u r a good-for-nothin engineer at home during vaccations,not that we r(atleast not many of us r) any good wen the college is goin on...
so here it goes...

SHAMIE-waani:
music is legal
music is cheap(almost free..) n available more easily.
u cant use drugs in front of th cops
u cant advertise drugs
u cant have award functions for best drugs
u cant download drugs for free from the net
u cant transport drugs in ur player
music isn't injurious to ur nervous system.
u cant replay drugs once used
u cant have a drug video
there is no such thing as a drug about music(atleast not that i know of)
u can share music without any fear of getting caught.
(one very important difference)u cant copy drugs n maintain their back-up.

DG-waani:
music elates u .drugs create an ilusion of elating u...whereas u r actually drowning
music brings u closer to ur self.....drugs take everythng away.

ASHISH-waani:
taking drugs u ll faint for ever ....but listening to music u can't faint .......(Linkin Park)......:P

so wt do u think...? neat enuff..? if u have any more points to be added up in this...feel free to tell me...i'll add them happily..

shamie,
15th dec 2006.

DIL SE..

namste dude-log.shamanth here. as the vacation mood has set in..i'll try something i have never done before practically,but have done a million times mentally,every time listen to my favourite songs--dissect it thoroughly,bit-by bit and beat-by-beat. inspired by roy's analysis of YEH HASEEN WAADIYAAN,i'll b trying my hand at this...dunno if it'll be good....so spare me if u find anythin boring..

first up...lemme start by paying my homage to the GOD of MUSIC-"MR. AR RAHMAN". many of u reading this may or may not know(i know...a poor statistical guess) that i am a fan of his music since i can remember....
so anyway...i'll start with the analysis of one of my most favourite composition of the maestro..."DIL SE". if u want to njoy the analysis..i would suggest u listen to the song using earfones/headfones while reading ahead.....the effect is totally awe-inspiring.

DIL SE(6:41)

(0.00-0.08)
the song starts with a systematic heart-beat-kinda drumming,gently garnished by synchronised bass-guitar plucks and the periodic bell-types sound.(this is the basic rythm of the song followed right through the end of the song)

(0.09-0.12)
after the first 4 sets of beats at the end of 8 secs,the soothing voice of rahman gradually fills the air for the next 2 set of beats.

(0.13-0.28-0.45)
the singing starts with a BANG,and a south-indian accent. it continues till 0.28 secs and the same is repeated from 0.29 to 0.45. this piece ends with BANG and rahman's voice fades away like a scream in a desert would.

(0.46-0.53)
a 4-beat filler..building up the effect.

(0.54-1.12-1.23-1.37-1.54-2.03)
the singing resumes at a much lower pitch(compare it with the pitch in th first section of vocals..this is not even the limit of rahman's vocal range) with the same beats in the background till 1.12,where a light-hit metallic-kinda beat (3+2-kinda-rythm) is heard a bit louder in the right earfone than in the left one(thts wt i think..!). it continues till 1.23. th vocals continue as usual till 1.37 wher the metallic 3+2 beat starts again,but this time at a different line(dil toh akhir dil hai na...),while previously it starts at a later line(pi(starts here)ya piya...piya na piya..) n continues till 1.54. the rest of the segment ends with a rahman-style-weird-lingo-chorus,with a complicated combination of different set of beats..on either side..i mean right-earfone(the same metallic sound in a different rythm) n left earfone.

(2.04-2.42)
a different sound starts..probably which sounds like something the DJs usually do..(not hardcore scratching though..). the chorus n the instrumental fillers are alternated,while the complicated combination of beats mentioned above continue right through the segment.

(2.43-2.54-3.09)
again rahman swoops in with the first stanza..n the chorus joins him,at 2.55,as if from the back of ur head
(effect is perfect if ur still with ur earfones..n not with th speakers),but with a slightly different lyrical-combination at select words..(try to figure it out...!) the segment ends with a heavy-duty-huge-drumming.

(3.12-3.19-3.30)
the vocals continue,with a short piano-keying at 3.19-3.20. the vocals repeat and end with a falling-effect-types vocals+metallic-sounding-drumming

(3.50-3.55-3.59-4.19-4.42)
the stanza ends with a a set of two differnt-pitched voice of rahman.NOW comes the SOUL of the song..one of the best fillers ever composed..! at 3.55 a basic-rythm-building acoustic guitaring fills up till 3.59(slightly louder at th left side). a sufi-style background guitaring starts at 3.59 with an out-of beat-style wooden beat,like a drum-sticks striking effect (louder at the right) till 4.19. Now starts the foot-tapping lead guitaring while the background guitar mentioned above continues with a rythmic bell-types sound on the left-side. the lead finishes off with a heavy-duty-drumming.

(4.43-5.24)
rahman strikes again with a slowly rising voice with the chorus joining in at 4.53 at a low volume. the combination of left-rigth beat combination sneaks up.the
short piano-keying reappears at 5.14 and the stanza ends with th same falling-effect-types vocals+metallic-sounding-drumming.

(5.25-6.03-6.18)
the chorus and rahman's vocals are interleaved in a very asymmetric form. the chorus ends at 6.03 and rahman exhales slowly till 6.18

(6.19-6.35)
the soft-spoken background score keeps on going with a few low-volumed flute spikes alongwith the drums n a one-time needle-type sounding chime-beat or smthng at 6.20,as the song gracefully fades away...only to make u wanna hit replay.

i hope u didnt doze off in th middle of the blog....but if u did...then u wouldnt be reading this...so never mind..and dont be shy to send me hate-mails for making u guys go thru this.

shamie,
dec 12th 2006.

Wednesday 13 December 2006

how i wish lohgad had a lift....!

the alarm went off at 4 am on the 25th of june'06 and i got up to get ready for my trek to LOHGAD.we were 4 guys.we boarded the general bogie(boy is it crowded.....! it reminded me of the scenes from SWADES...) of INDRAYANI EXPRESS at 6.15 am from THANE station and reached LONAVLA station at 8.00 am. then we reached the next station MALAVLI,by taking a local train from LONAVLA.

thus we started walking from malavli station at 9 am to head towards our "LAKSHYA"..LOHGAD..the first 3-4 kms is a straight and flat road till a point from wer u hav to cross farms to reach the actual ramp.once we started "walking the ramp"..our previously almost inaudible slight huffs and puffs gradually turned into heavy pantings,but it was FUN!

we finally reached the first gate of the fort by 11.15,and then started exploring the various parts of the fort....the architecture of the fort is amazing...i mean....it is built in such a way that u can keep an eye on the enemy in all the possible directions. and if ever any king would have thought of attacking the fort...he would have then thought," arrey chchod yaar....itna upar tak kaun jaayega...pakega..."...but jokes apart i really wonder how people in those days attacked,fought and conquered such forts....

once u reach the fort...there are a lots of things inside it to view.there's a whole new world inside it.it took us about 1 and half hours to explore the most of it...then after having some self-made sandwiches,we rested for sometime and then came the main thing....VINCHU-KAATA...it's an extended part of the fort...which is really difficult to explain in writing..it's actually a bit dangerous to climb down to it...u hav to climb down a vertical wall of rocks...ekdum MI-style...meri fatt rahi thi...but somehow i managed...then we walked to the end of the fort,as shown in the figure...which used to be some kinda ultimate watchpost or something.after enjoying the view for about half-an hour...we returned and started climbing down the fort.we came down to malavli by 6.30.

overall it was a fun experience..

shamie,
26th june 2006.

wt crap..!

long time,no c no blog...thats cuz i was "busy" with my "exams".thts right....my exams....3 long,mind-numbingly boring weeks of exams...u shud actually b surprised, hw we engineers survived this torture?..i guess,it's cuz of our interest in the subject,dedication towards learning more and new things...and learning how to face challenges in the most appropriate way(..YEAH RIGHT....i can already hear many giggls..).i guess engineering,or for that matter any course based on semester system teaches u one important thing....



WHEN U ARE SURE U ARE GONNA BE RAPED.......THE LEAST U CAN DO IS ENJOY IT!(with protection..if possibl)

so now tht my exams are over,i can heave a sigh of relief...but much to my books' disappointment,i'll have to start using them in a day or two,owing to my GRE on july 10th.GRE is a side-effect of engg.some others to be mentioned are..CAT,PLACY.usually placy is accompanied with one of the above mentioned,(placy+gre,in my case)but in rare and extreme cases,the patient suffers from all the 3 syndromes,mentioned above.such a disease needs to be cured immediately,cuz it's highly contagious..!

speaking of contagious,i've caught the current football fever..thanx to my friend SHRIRAM CHARY,jiske liye DUNIYA GOAL HAI.anyway man,football is a gud game,atleast much better than cricket. i am thinkin of followin it regularly...lets c if i actually can.

shamie,
11th june 2006.

wt do i write?


so heres my first web log....i mean blog(spare the newbie...)...i practically dont hav anythin on my mind right now,Y? cuz me is in the middle of 6th sem xams...and my dear friend KALE-the kaarta-has found a new way to keep me at one-room-distance from my "sweet li'l buggers----THE BOOKS" ,by tellin me abt this new blog thingy....(ya laugh it out....i learn abt tech things a bit late,so much for the "TECHIE" in me...! me no fast upgrader..)...so comin back 2 point..."wt do i do here?" is my train of thought cuz as i said....the xam pressure... along with the pressure of my parents forcin me 2 score a 70 atleast once in my engg.life(yeah right..me=70=possible...lolz) so now tht they r out 2 shop for some grocceries.....i m sneakin out of my "study table" and writin this blog within the short 15min window tht i hav...(a knock on the door is expected anytime now)...so lemme think....thinkin,thinkin,thinkin....crap..nothin 2 write...kal COA ke paper mein jo itna likha..wt possibly can come out now...?some basics of SCANNING, CVS,MONOCHROME TV...oh HELL y wud u be intersted?..anyway..my parents r here now...and tht means i need to end the blog and atleast pretend to study,to escape the wrath of my dad(who is already givin me khunnas(the LOOK...for u angrezi babus..)

oh sweet books,embrace me in ur pages.......aaarrrgggghhh...!

shamie,
23rd may 2006.

Monday 11 December 2006

Quoteshwar


It is never too late to be who you might have been.
- George Eliot

Computers are useless. They can only give you answers.
- Pablo Picasso

It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.
 
When you want something, you've never had; you have to do something, you've never done.
- Anonymous

If life feels like an uphill struggle at the moment, just remember the view from the top will be breath-taking.
- Anonymous

He who refuses to embrace a unique opportunity loses the prize as surely if he had failed.
- William James


People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily.
- Zig Ziglar


For fast-acting relief, try slowing down. - Lily Tomlin 


I personally think we developed language because of our deep need to complain.
-Lily Tomlin


Receive with simplicity everything that happens to you.
-
Rashi 


Where we're standing right now, in the ruins in the dark, what we build could be anything.
-
Choke, Chuck Palahniuk

He who has injured thee was either stronger or weaker than thee. If weaker, spare him; if stronger, spare thyself.

Until you find something to fight for, you settle for something to fight against.

God help those who don't help themselves. - Wilson Mizner

अपनी वजहे-बरबादी सुनिये तो मज़े की है
ज़िंदगी से यूँ खेले जैसे दूसरे की है

It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.
-
Ralph Waldo Emerson

A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.
- Oscar Wilde

The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled.

If death meant just leaving the stage long enough to change costume and come back as a new character...Would you slow down? Or speed up?

-
Chuck Palahniuk

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