Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Comic #137: Phantom - The Goggle Eye Pirates

Tuesday, May 30, 2006 49 comments Share: Digg Technorati Delicious StumbleUpon Facebook

Perfet et obdura, dolor hic tibi proderit olim - Ovid.
(Be patient and tough, someday this pain will be useful to you)

Kinda sums up what's happening with me but then, isn't this "exactly" what has always happened? ;-) A year ago, I was asked to take up an assignment. I spoke about it with a colleague and summed it up "It will be a great exposure and experience for me". He simply said, "Experience kab tak lega!!". He was spot on, but I went ahead anyway. Now the assignment didn't quite materialize the way I hoped it would...not yet at least...and needless to say, he is the one who is doing far better careerwise than I am. What to do...as pandu says LGO - Life's going on!!!

Thanks for the response on the house name...but the hunt is STILL ON. Please more entries. The first set of names didn't quite get there. My favourites were Golmaal and Smiley but anyway, more suggestions pleeeeeeeease? PLEEEEEASE!!!!!!!!!!

Comic time!!!
Strangely, I feel this comic has been posted here before? But I looked through the archives and couldn't find it. So I will post it anyway.


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Oops...she did it again

Sania Mirza loses in the first round of the French Open. This time it was to the #10 ranked player in the world. 6-4, 6-2. Let's hope she wins in the doubles because that's where I see her career doing better than singles.

Monica Bellucci as Sonia Gandhi

Monica Bellucci to play Sonia Gandhi in Jagmohan Mundhra's film

Monica is a clear C-CUP. I wonder how she will restrain it to look like Sonia's A-CUP. Different thing altogether, that it is criminal to have Monica Bellucci in a Jagmohan Mundhra film and not "exposing" :-) Btw I am already picturing Monica Bellucci clad in a chiffon sari getting wet in the rain doing a Neeta Puri singing "Saawan jo aag lagaye, aag woh kaun bujhaye...Saawan jo aag lagaye use....Sajan ka pyaar bujhaye"...... jhingchak jhing..jhingchak jhing \:d/

Btw..she'll look gorgeous in a sari, just got to darken the colour slightly. And Cannes is going to be SHOCKED when they see Monica with ALL her clothes on when this movie premieres. (I know she was fully clad in Passion of Christ - that's why I didn't bother to watch the film)

SC warns medicos to end strikes.

I am trying to not say anything about reservations but when the Supreme Court does something like this, it shows what kind of wimps they are. Agreed that the SC has done things that deserve a creditable mention but looking at how well it tries to "enforce" its rulings, I can't help but say that it is another institution that is all noise, an empty box which looks like it holds something inside it, but there's nothing.

For instance, it has given the Government 8 weeks to come up with a response to the statistical base of OBC quota. 8 weeks????? 8 days is more like it because if the Government requires 8 weeks to dig up this kind of data, it means that it has no freaking clue what it was doing. My question to the SC is: What was the basis of providing EIGHT WEEKS? and not EIGHT DAYS? The time provided stinks of some kind of tacit understanding between the court and the Government and we would be naive to expect anything else.

Someone tell these bastards that they've got to rein in the politicians instead of issuing warnings to people who will have no choice but to give in because they have families to support and a future to worry about. Patients are affected, yes, but what were these politicians expecting? In one action, they have hit the ones who deserved to study by merit and hurt those who deserve help.

The strength of an institution can be best gauged by how much criticism it can handle. It is quite obvious that courts can't handle criticism. If you speak against their order, they promptly threaten you with "contempt of court". Who do they think they are? Gods?

I hope this agitation continues in one form or another because then we can tell the wimps of the SC "Bandook bhi dikhate ho...aur peeche bhi hat-te ho?" :-) Bastards!!

Update 31/05/06: Students divided over SC order

All I can say is "Don't blink first". Because if you do, your bluff has been called. If the fight against reservation is like fighting a tiger, giving in to the court order is comparable to running away at the sight of a cat's tail. The cause is bigger than any court order.

TCP Says: He stood up like he was going to take on the tiger, but ran away at the sight of a cat's tail.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Comic #136: Phantom - The Dilemma

Wednesday, May 24, 2006 49 comments Share: Digg Technorati Delicious StumbleUpon Facebook

SANIA SUFFERS SHOCK DEFEAT

Saw this headline "Sania suffers shock defeat". I thought, what in the world is shocking about this? (Ok I know some of you hate me for this ;-) but she is my favourite topic)

The woman does 3 things best:
1. She gets injured
2. She loses more than she wins
3. She maintains her hype more because of her looks and her nose ring and tshirts than her performance

Last I looked, her on-court movement is slower than Ramesh Krishnan's :O:O And Ramesh Krishnan, who I often saw as an artist fighting a battle with a paintbrush when everyone had guns, moved (now visualize this) as fast as the chappati dough moves when mummy kneads it. Yes, that he was an artist cannot be taken away from him. But let's get back to Sania.

Now I took 15 minutes from my horribly tight schedule and retrieved some statistics from the WTA tour site, so I BEG YOU TO READ THIS.

In 2005, she broke into the Top 100 in March and Top 50 in August. She played 53 matches. Won 33. Lost 20. No small achievement. But then, let's dissect this a little ok?

I split the wins and losses for 2005 into ones with higher ranked and lower ranked players. This is what it looks like:
Won: 33. Against higher-ranked: 13. Against lower-ranked: 20
Lost: 20. Against higher-ranked: 10. Against lower-ranked: 10

After she broke into the top 50, her record is:
Won: 11. Against higher-ranked: 2. Against lower-ranked: 9
Lost: 7. Against higher-ranked: 1. Against lower-ranked: 6

Now over to 2006. Her record reads:
Won: 4. Against higher-ranked: 1. Against lower-ranked: 3
Lost: 9. Against higher-ranked: 3. Against lower-ranked: 6

Do you see a trend? She consistently wins against lower-ranked opponents, but surprise surprise, she also consistently LOSES against lower-ranked opponents. It's as if the higher-ranked opponents don't count at all especially after breaking into the top 50.

I agree that when one is higher-ranked, the chances of losses against an lower-ranked opponent is much higher, but beating this risk is what champions are made of...aren't they?

I hope she does better but I don't think she can. She has risen as far as her incompetence will allow her to. Or should I use the word "arrogance"? And it makes me wonder, what the hell is the hype about? Not her game I am sure of it.

P.S: One person I did not ever put my money on was Yuvraj Singh, and I have been dead wrong on that count. It is amazing how that stupid arrogant look has given way to a determined and proud look. My money is still on Mohd Kaif though.

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A REQUEST

A friend is in the process of building a house and wants to name it. I was asked for suggestions but I am not good with names so I thought of turning to you. The name should signify "Happiness". Can you please help? Any number of suggestions will do and if one of the suggested names or a variant is picked, I will post it here :-) Now please think ok? Please Please Please?

Names suggested so far:
Sambramha (means celebration) by tin tin
Smiley by cloudy
Abhinandan by Mr Walker
Aanand Dhaam by Sketchy Self
Saharsha Happiness by universal speck
Harsha Niwas by old man mozz
Golmaal by Obi wan
Bonheur by Joe

Update

The blogger template got corrupted and a big chunk got deleted, no idea how or why. That's why the monthly archives disappeared, and also lost many links to the zip files. I had to refresh the template. Will be working on getting all this up and running.

 
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