Saturday, October 23, 2010

Samurai X

Samurai X also known as Rurouni Kenshin is a manga series which revolves around an assasin named Kenshin Himura who becomes a wanderer trying to protect the people in need. Soon after the manga became popular, the anime series was released. The anime had 95 episodes and 2 animated movies. The story is about a fictional character, Kenshin was once an assasin trained under Hiten mitsarugi style of sword fighting. He was thus named ‘Batusai - the man slayer’ or ‘Batusai - the slasher’. After the Bakumatsu war he wanders off as a peaceful man oweing not to kill anyone thereafter.

As the story moves, Kenshin gets some good friends namely Kaoru, Sanosuke and Yahiko with whom he joins and goes through various adventures and difficulties try to save those in need. Kenshin Himura is well known for his ‘x’ shaped scar on his left cheek. In the anime, I personally like the Shishio saga where Shishio, an assasin similar to Kenshin, plans to take over Japan. The fight sequences and characters are awesome and makes this anime one of my favourite.

Monday, October 18, 2010


One of the popular widgets available to a user using blogger is ‘Fish’. Fish is a nice little widget that is fun and nice to see. It is like a virtual aquarium with fishes. You can have upto ten fishes. You can even change the color of each fish, the background, the color of the fish food etc. Once the widget is configured and placed on your site, the users of the blog can play with it. When the mouse pointer is moved over the aquarium or water the fishes move toward the mouse pointer. The way the fishes move towards the pointer is smooth and natural.

The users can even feed the fishes by just left clicking and you can see pellets of fish food floating. The color of the fish food is also configurable. Once we click to feed the fish, the fishs come rushing towards it and consumes them. It looks really cool. So if you are using for a nice widget to add to your blog, count this in…

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Nokia 5230

Nokia has done a good job introducing the model 5230. I own this baby for about three months now and this is a really good phone. Nokia 5230 comes with some cool colours and mine is white. It comes with a nice big screen which is great. It has a 3.2 inch screen with 360x640 p display. It comes with a 2MP camera and the clarity is good too. It supports 640x480 video recording at 30 fps which is one of the best at this class. It also has accolerometer and proximity sensor which allows motion sensor applications and games.

When it comes to music, it has a 3.5mm head phone jack. So you can enjoy music with your favourite headphone. It has a music playback of around 30 hours. Its sound quality is again one of the best in its class
even if it doesn’t belong to Xpress music series. In addition this puppy has 3G and GPS. It has the Symbian S60v5 OS. Sadly it doesn’t have wi-fi which is not a big deal for me. Overall Nokia 5230 is one of the best phones in its price range( it costed me around 7700 INR) compared to any other phones. In a nutshell this is the best value for money touchscreen phone till date.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

The fourth physical dimension

We know One dimension, two dimension and three dimension. Lets try to imagine a fourth physical dimension. To do this imagine a world with only two dimensions called ‘2Dville’. In 2dville, people exists as different 2d shapes. Each of them have length and breadth but no height. They know only length and breadth and they don’t have any idea of what height is. They cant see up because they don’t know ‘UP’. Now suppose a creature with three dimensions, say ‘me’ , sees this 2d world from above but the people of 2dville have no idea that they are being watched. If I speak, the people of 2dville can hear me but it would be like a voice from nowhere. Also when we try to pass through 2dville, the people of 2dville see flat images of changing shapes and once you pass through completely you seem to dissappear.

So according to the 2dville guy, a shape appeared from no where and its shape changed and finally it disappeared. Shocking . Now imagine our world and that we 3d people are not aware of the 4th dimension. We cant see it but what if things existed in the 4th dimension? They could see us and we cant see them. Even if they passed through our dimension we still see a three dimensional figure momentarily. What if when people die they go to some other dimension? And sometimes when they pass through our dimension... Are they spirits? Ghosts?

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

A Thousand Suns

I am a hardcore Linkin Park fan. I have all their albums and heard all their songs over and over. Now listening to their new album, “A Thousand Suns”, All I can say is AWESOME. I really appreciate their effort on doing something new. The name of the album, was said to be derived from a quote from bagawadh gita. There are a total of 15 tracks with 8 full length tracks and the rest of the 7 fall under intro and interludes. 
1. "The Requiem" 
      This is the opening track with lyrics from “The Catalyst” in a female voice
2. "The Radiance"                                     
     This is an interlude
3. "Burning in the Skies"                        
      The first full length track. Not too much screaming but still a good track. I give it 3.5/5
4. "Empty Spaces"                                    
      Another interlude
5. "When They Come for Me"            
      A good rap sung by Mike Shinoda. I especially like the start and the end.  3.5/5
6. "Robot Boy"                                           
      A pleasant one. At first you would even wonder if its LP. One of my favs.  4/5
7. "Jornada del Muerto"                        
8. "Waiting for the End"                         
     A great combo of Mike and Chester. One of my favs. 5/5
9. "Blackout"                                              
     This one’s like the regular LP with Chester’s screaming. My fav. 5/5
10. "Wretches and Kings"                     
    Another combo of Mike and Chester. I really like the Chester’s part. 4/5
11. "Wisdom, Justice, and Love"        
12. "Iridescent"                                         
      A mild song and also good to here. 3/5
13. "Fallout"                                                
14. "The Catalyst"                                     
     The first single. And a good one too. 4/5
15. "The Messenger"                                
     Another mild, acoustic track. 3/5