Thursday, November 22, 2007

A Disastrous Strategy - England down in dumps

Steve Mclaren , the most infamous England coach is now confirmed to exit (and thus save the country's team) , as a result of a poor match against a weak team like Ecuador .
With the absence of Rooney & Owen , England was surely on the back foot ,with only Peter Crouch offering some glimmer of hope in the match.

David Beckham, the finest midfielder ,the world can ever see , was forced to sit in the bench for most part of the game ,by a horrible coach , and his magnificent crosses jus managed to save his team embarrassment , and losing gracefully.

England has after a gap of 10 -12 years has not managed to qualify for Euro 2007 finals
and its about time , they changed the coach ,make Beckham as captain again & rework their defending strategies .

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Famous Dialogues

This contains a collection one of my most favourite dialogues
in various movies .


1.The Godfather

Don Corleone: What have I ever done to make you treat me so disrespectfully? If you'd come to me in friendship, then this scum that ruined your daughter would be suffering this very day. And if by chance an honest man like yourself should make enemies, then they would become my enemies. And then they would fear you.

Don Corleone: I'm gonna make him an offer he can't refuse.

Don Corleone: You talk about vengance. Is vengance going to bring your son back to you or my boy to me? I forgo the vengance of my son. But my youngest son had to leave this country because of this Sollozzo business. So now I have to make arraingments to bring him back safely cleared of all these false charges. But I'm a supersticious man. And if some unluck accident should befall him, if he should be shot in the head by a police officer, or if should hang himself in his jail cell, or if he's struck by a bolt of lightening, then I'm going to blame some of the people in this room and that, I do not forgive. But, that aside, let say that I swear, on the souls of my grandchildren, that I will not be the one to break the peace we have made here today.


2.Hitch

Hitch :So how does it happen, great love? Nobody knows... but what I can tell you is that it happens in the blink of an eye. One moment you're enjoying your life, and the next you're wondering how you ever lived without them.

Basic Principles - no woman wakes up saying "God, I hope I don't get swept off my feet today!" Now, she might say "This is a really bad time for me," or something like "I just need some space," or my personal favorite "I'm really into my career right now." You believe that? Neither does she. You know why? 'Cause she's lying to you, that's why. You understand me? Lying! It's not a bad time for her. She doesn't need any space. And she may be into her career, but what she's really saying is "Uh, get away from me now," or possibly "Try harder, stupid," but which one is it? 60% of all human communication is nonverbal, body language; 30% is your tone, so that means 90% of what you're saying ain't coming out of your mouth. Of course she's going to lie to you! She's a nice person! She doesn't want to hurt your feelings! What else she going to say? She doesn't even know you... yet. Luckily, the fact is that just like the rest of us, even a beautiful woman doesn't know what she wants until she sees it, and that's where I come in. My job is to open her eyes. Basic Principles - no matter what, no matter when, no matter who... any man has a chance to sweep any woman off her feet; he just needs the right broom.


3.Batman begins


Carmine Falcone : People from your world have so much to lose. Now, you think that, because your mommy and your daddy got shot, you know about the ugly side of life, but you don't. You've never tasted desperate. You're Bruce Wayne, the Prince of Gotham; you'd have to go a thousand miles to meet someone who didn't know your name. So, don't come down here with your anger, trying to prove something to yourself. This is a world you'll never understand. And you always fear what you don't understand. Okay.

4.Dead Poets Society

John Keating:
We don't read and write poetry because it's cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for. To quote from Whitman, "O me! O life!... of the questions of these recurring; of the endless trains of the faithless... of cities filled with the foolish; what good amid these, O me, O life?" Answer. That you are here - that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. That the powerful play *goes on* and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?


John Keating: They're not that different from you, are they? Same haircuts. Full of hormones, just like you. Invincible, just like you feel. The world is their oyster. They believe they're destined for great things, just like many of you, their eyes are full of hope, just like you. Did they wait until it was too late to make from their lives even one iota of what they were capable? Because, you see gentlemen, these boys are now fertilizing daffodils. But if you listen real close, you can hear them whisper their legacy to you. Go on, lean in. Listen, you hear it? - - Carpe - - hear it? - - Carpe, carpe diem, seize the day boys, make your lives extraordinary.


5. Scent of A Woman

Lt. Col. Frank Slade : Out of order, I show you out of order. You don't know what out of order is, Mr. Trask. I'd show you, but I'm too old, I'm too tired, I'm too fuckin' blind. If I were the man I was five years ago, I'd take a FLAMETHROWER to this place! Out of order? Who the hell do you think you're talkin' to? I've been around, you know? There was a time I could see. And I have seen. Boys like these, younger than these, their arms torn out, their legs ripped off. But there isn't nothin' like the sight of an amputated spirit. There is no prosthetic for that. You think you're merely sending this splendid foot soldier back home to Oregon with his tail between his legs, but I say you are... executin' his soul! And why? Because he's not a Bairdman. Bairdmen. You hurt this boy, you're gonna be Baird bums, the lot of ya. And Harry, Jimmy, Trent, wherever you are out there, FUCK YOU TOO!

Networks Cashing on Festivals







Its just two days post Diwali , and i felt compelled to write about how all major cell phone networks like Airtel , Aircel & Vodafone have managed to pull off by doing cheap tricks , and cash in on by exploting its million customers across the country .

I presume the trend started on April 14 or much before that, when all these networks began charging 25 paise for each message sent on that day (prior to charging 1 Rupee a day for 100 msgs and then moving onto 5 paise per message)

Their explanation was simple : "We need to reduce the network congestion on such festival days , and thus our only option was to charge for all messages "

Even the most illiterate customer cannot be fooled by such a cheap trick .It is a clear case of sheer exploitation , with a strong uphold and belief that no one is bothered to file a suit against them for charging 25 paise /message .
The number seems to be small , but when you begin to recall what the movie Anniyan talks about , the number really seems to be huge..

Consider this

25 paise / message , with an average of 30 messages in that day , with a 25 million customers in a state , the number arrives at a massive Rs.187.5 million (or 18 . 75 crores in messages alone in a single day in a single state)

The above cited figure is the least possible revenue generated by the networks , by assuming least possible values for all variables...Despite that ,the result is enormous .

One might wonder , why do such companies "beg " , rather than allowing more discounts ,cheaper call rates or more talk value ...

They sure know how to make attractive ads , but its high time they learn that profits alone matters ,customers too !!

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Azhagiya Thamizh Magan

A fun filled , and a promised entertainer , with dual action by Vijay in Azhagiya Thamizh Magan
turned out to be a complete disappointment and disaster .
Happened to catch the movie First Day First Show on Diwali , and i couldnt catch better sleep anywhere else..The only good thing about it was the songs (only audio not the picturisation )and Rahman's scintillating BGM's .

Dont waste your money on this !!

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Airbus A380 Vs Boeing Dreamliner


VS


The phrase "Competition to the skies" has become a literal reality , with Aero Giants Airbus & Boeing each fighting to be the bigger bird in the sky.

Airbus has raced ahead and brought out the A380 ,a 70 meters long and 80 wide, 4 engine and a two deck airliner with a 525 seating configuration for its three class config (Phew !!)
A380 made its debut venture from Singapore to Sydney ,with Singapore Airlines on 25th Oct ' 07.

A380 was initially proposed as a joint venture betweeen Airbus and Boeing , but both realized that it wasn't working out and since then Airbus has loads of trouble in bringing out this airline and put it into the sky successfully.

Boeing , then hasnt been just a spectator to all this drama . They went ahead and brought out yet another beauty . The Boeing 787 "Dreamliner " .

The competition has really heated up , with Airbus really failing to deliver most of the promised features like gyms and casinos. The airline turns out to be an extravagant and a luxurious service for the "premium" travelers by offering them restaurants , separate cabins and even a double bed to sleep .

Yet , it is the same leg crunching , neck breaking seats for the economy class and thus is a "nothing special one" compared to the thousands of aero-planes soaring across the skies and the clouds .

The yet to "officially fly" Boeing's 787 Dreamliner on the other hand , has cashed in on several orders (a few sites quote it as almost 4 times that of what Airbus has bagged )
The Dreamliner stands majestically , slashing all critics , with its small , sleek futuristic design
and also touted to be a "green" machine .



With superior and advanced technology, Boeing offers a point to point travel , with no stoppages, a complete contrast to the A 380 , which just flies from one major hub to another (only certain airports in the world can even fit in a A380 )


It is time for Airbus to really work out a better design next time .



After all bigger isn't always better !!