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Watching out for Apple Watch

The day is almost here when Apple Watch will see the light of the day.

I’m a big fan of apple products – their quality of software and how it integrates with its great hardware. Here’s a good read by John Gruber titled Apple Watch Prelude.

apple watch

I’m really not knowledgeable enough to comment about its pricing or features (most of which had been unveiled in the WWDC anyway). The only point I’m trying to make (or rant about) in this post is about one thing of this new product by Apple which is concerning – battery life.

Why is it 24 hours / 1 day?

That just kills it for me. I own a Pebble and I love it – maybe I fall in love with products I own for a while. When I’d heard about Pebble Kickstarter project, I was mesmerised. It was a breakthrough innovation – a smart watch. I backed it and although it had its own issues (manufacturing delays mainly) I never regretted it – probably cause its CEO, Eric kept updating the backers about the delays, issues, what they were doing about it and what to expect. It was a wonderful journey and I always believed them. Got the Pebble about 1 year after I paid and am happy that I did what I did.

Apple Watch somehow, just doesn’t cut it for me right now. I just don’t feel the need to buy it right now – especially with the battery life that they mention. Probably cause I have a Pebble right now. In fact, it was only about a week back that Pebble went again to Kickstarter to crowdfund the next great version – Pebble Time and I almost started spilling the digits off my credit card. But then I skipped it. Why? because the difference is primary the colour (ok, and that timeline feature) – and I really am pretty ok with my current Pebble v1.0

Getting back to Apple Watch, I really think they have a long way to go – it would not sell like iPhones/iPads sell. I remember saying the same thing when iPad was introduced – I was all like “who needs a tablet – it’s the most useless thing to spend your money on. Apple has lost it” – I was so wrong. Not just the sales, having owned an iPad, I can clearly state that it is truly the best gadget money can buy – even after some 5-6 years post its launch.

I hope I’m wrong again. I would like to see it succeed and hope bhau does some wonderful work out there – I hope I don’t get so put off by the idea of having another gadget which needs to charged up everyday. The only alternative to the Apple Watch right now is Pebble (and its new version maybe, Pebble Time) and I’m pretty happy with it right now. I hope no one’s even thinking about android wear – it’s a joke at best.

Anyway, go Apple go, show the world the next best gadget money can buy – I’ll join ye once i’m convinced. Till then it’s Pebble time.

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India’s Mars Orbiter Mission – In A Nutshell

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In exactly 1 month from now, on 24th of September, if all goes well, India’s Mars orbiter – Mangal yaan - will land. While it is great news and everyone is (and should be) proud of it, there are many people who are not really clear on what’s going on and what this mission is all about. I wasn’t all clear as I am, post this video.

This short, 5 minute video by The Curious Engineer explains it all in a concise manner.

For those interested in further details can find more information in the ‘about’ section of the video. Wonderful stuff.

The last part about expenditure for this mission – is it justified? is well articulated. (Quora thread on that here)

Super-M – a great speaker which I can’t buy in India

Update: You CAN buy it, it seems from here https://superm.backerkit.com/hosted_preorders#

Although how reliable it would be, is not really clear.

Saw this on my timeline

I was interested.

Read the article on TC. I was interested even more

Went to kickstarter and read all about it – here’s a video

Half-way through the video I wanted to say this

shut-up-and-take-my-money

Pledged $99, retrieved my Kickstarter password – was almost there when I realised that India is not in the list. Damn.

Not sure if I should be happy with the $99 not going out or sad that I won’t be getting Super-M, at least not anytime soon.

I don’t need a speaker – I have the fabulous Harman Kardon Soundsticks, bluetooth and all

and a Altec Lansing dock.

This $99 was for both – the great speaker (which is sand & water-proof) & doing one’s part for this project (it’s 289% funded, anyway)

Maybe later India will be added. Maybe I’ll still be interested. Maybe I’ll own one and post it right here. Maybe it’ll be May by then.

 

 

Cosmos – A spacetime odyssey – 2014

Watched a few episodes of this series after seeing a great thank you note on Reddit – it was for the 13 great episodes of COSMOS (2014) presented by Neil deGrasse Tyson & Seth MacFarlane.

I’ve just seen 3 episodes (minus the 13th episode which I saw thinking(what was I thinking) that it’s the first) and am quite fascinated by it.  There’s not much eye opening stuff in it if you think about it. But the way it is presented and the details which we never think about – passing those things in our busy lifestyle – are the things that make this show great.

the Ship of imagination

ship of imagination

Everyone, in my opinion, should watch this series based on 1980 series Cosmos (by Carl Sagan)- how big, vast enormous & fascinating our universe is and how we are just a speck (much lesser but the words fail me here). Realisation – even if for just a few minutes – that we are too small, insignificant, nascent and yet we have come so far is what I took most from the few episodes I saw.

Seth MacFarlane & Neil deGrasse Tyson

So yes do take a trip in the ship of imagination & thank Neil deGrasse Tyson for this wonderful journey.

Jodorowsky’s Dune

Shakti recommended this documentary about a month back. He is slightly skewed.

He has recommended a few other things in the past and yes they have all been good. But this one seemed a bit too big. A bit too much to comprehend.

With much skepticism, I put it on last night. And man, what an amazing story – not the movie – but about the movie, the ambition, the passion, the search for spiritual warriors – I’m not even getting into the technical superiority of this movie for which it is much praised. I really am incapable of that.

 

But just the sheer passion, the emotion that went into making this film is praise worthy. Especially Alexandro Jodorowsky himself – you know that this guy wanted to make this film badly and believed that it would’ve changed the world as we see it and that it hurts him (and always will) that it never saw completion.

To briefly summarize it (ironic, that it was supposed to be a 12 hours movie!), it’s an adaptation from a book, Jodorowsky wanted to hire the best people in their respective crafts – animation, technicians, artists, illustrators, musicians (Pink Floyd…hooo!) – and make an epic that would change the way young generation thinks.

After 2 years of hard work, picking the best guys, story-boarding et al, finally it came down to the last $5 million that the hollywood studios refused to give. Jodorowsky’s intense passion (and the stand that it would be a 12 hour movie) coupled with the fact that he would not let anyone change anything (it is my dream, don’t change my dream) may have been the reason for refusal(ah, and also his previous films being a bit weird). That every studio in Hollywood was pretty impressed with the work done so far, is not even a question.

It is not the movie itself – I mean if this movie was made, I really don’t know if it would have changed the world as we see it – but this documentary really did leave a great impact on me. I’m not sure if I’ll watch it if and when it is released.

So, thanks, SSS!

Gravity

Saw gravity yesterday. At Cinemax, Banjara hills. 11 o’clock morning show, on a sunday.

It was awesome. I was looking forward to the movie, had heard mixed reviews(read opinions) about it. Went ahead with little to zero expectations. Missed about first 10 mins, thanks to Tarun, Rishi for the delay – I’m to be blamed as well.

Caught it from the part where Sandra Bullock is thrown into the space.

The seats for this show had been chosen on a whimsical(not totally) idea – that they would be different seats. There was just one available in the gold class – I took that. The other two were selected at different corners.

The only bad part in the movie was that there was an interval – I really didn’t like that – it’d have been great to not have that interval.

What did I love about the movie?

– It was a great movie, showing space. I can watch just space for 30 mins.

– The sadness, desperation, motivation & execution – the movie went through different things. I swam with them in those times.

– Made me realise – we are so small, just a speck’s speck somewhere. We take things for granted.

Overall a great experience.

Lol

I never write lol. Sad or sympathetic as it may sound, I hardly ever laugh out loud. The few times that I do, I really don’t write it down, since I don’t fucking care to. Lol. To hear it In a conversation is a misfortune that i really wish you never encounter. I mean to hear it. In a conversation. Lol.

What’s awesome today, becomes shit tomorrow

That’s true for food isn’t it. Even if it’s not awesome.

So you’ve seen 3D movies at PVRs or DT City Center? (i’ll not even pass a tch tch tch look to the unlucky ones who have seen it one at ‘Omaxe celebrations mall’ – next to Subhash chowk on Sohna road, Gurgaon)

May I suggest, strongly, that whenever you – yes you – are in Hyderabad, pay a visit to the Prasads IMAX – and see whichever movie they have running. Yes, whichever they have running. No, it’s not a lame idea if the movie is shitty – the initial effects itself(those ‘welcome to Prasads IMAX…‘) are worth your ticket – I can lay a bet that it cannot be half as shitty as the first one I saw over there (Jack – the giant slayer) – and no, it  doesn’t really matter if the name Prasads is not-so-funky.

This is one great movie experience – it was my misfortune that I saw a really crappy movie. There wasn’t a single awesome-3D-scene – that the movie was a total disaster otherwise is a completely separate issue and that’s ok, that’s not my gripe, not for this post. After the first 1 minute I was blown away.

Recently, thank goodness I redeemed myself, saw Star Trek into darkness there – and was blown away again. I’m not a star trek fan – hell, I don’t even know if it’s different from star wars.startrek spear That scene in first 5 minutes where the spears are being thrown – I almost had one in my eye. Usually I sleep in a movie, especially if I’m a few pegs down (Papa, if you read this, please ignore this part – i’m just lying trying to be funny) – but this movie kept me on, while @tarunsingh09 who happens to be a fan of this series, was snoring away to glory – he must’ve had a few pegs more. All me other mates – @tyagiG @atuly @manishtyagi @ntomar had a great time too and liked the movie, the 3D rather.

Sad part is, after watching the 3D at Prasads, I just can’t see myself seeing a 3D in NCR. Its 3D effects are the effects – the real 3D. Looking forward to seeing ‘the man of steel‘ in the real 3D, tomorrow.

Hopefully, the post title wouldn’t hold true.

English Pronunciation | The Poke:

You’ve probably read this earlier – probably you don’t remember 80% of the words:

If you can pronounce correctly every word in this poem, you will be speaking English better than 90% of the native English speakers in the world.

After trying the verses, a Frenchman said he’d prefer six months of hard labour to reading six lines aloud.

Dearest creature in creation,
Study English pronunciation.
I will teach you in my verse
Sounds like corpse, corps, horse, and worse.
I will keep you, Suzy, busy,
Make your head with heat grow dizzy.
Tear in eye, your dress will tear.
So shall I! Oh hear my prayer.
Just compare heart, beard, and heard,
Dies and diet, lord and word,
Sword and sward, retain and Britain.
(Mind the latter, how it’s written.)
Now I surely will not plague you
With such words as plaque and ague.
But be careful how you speak:
Say break and steak, but bleak and streak;
Cloven, oven, how and low,
Script, receipt, show, poem, and toe.
Hear me say, devoid of trickery,
Daughter, laughter, and Terpsichore,
Typhoid, measles, topsails, aisles,
Exiles, similes, and reviles;
Scholar, vicar, and cigar,
Solar, mica, war and far;
One, anemone, Balmoral,
Kitchen, lichen, laundry, laurel;
Gertrude, German, wind and mind,
Scene, Melpomene, mankind.
Billet does not rhyme with ballet,
Bouquet, wallet, mallet, chalet.
Blood and flood are not like food,
Nor is mould like should and would.
Viscous, viscount, load and broad,
Toward, to forward, to reward.
And your pronunciation’s OK
When you correctly say croquet,
Rounded, wounded, grieve and sieve,
Friend and fiend, alive and live.
Ivy, privy, famous; clamour
And enamour rhyme with hammer.
River, rival, tomb, bomb, comb,
Doll and roll and some and home.
Stranger does not rhyme with anger,
Neither does devour with clangour.
Souls but foul, haunt but aunt,
Font, front, wont, want, grand, and grant,
Shoes, goes, does. Now first say finger,
And then singer, ginger, linger,
Real, zeal, mauve, gauze, gouge and gauge,
Marriage, foliage, mirage, and age.
Query does not rhyme with very,
Nor does fury sound like bury.
Dost, lost, post and doth, cloth, loth.
Job, nob, bosom, transom, oath.
Though the differences seem little,
We say actual but victual.
Refer does not rhyme with deafer.
Fe0ffer does, and zephyr, heifer.
Mint, pint, senate and sedate;
Dull, bull, and George ate late.
Scenic, Arabic, Pacific,
Science, conscience, scientific.
Liberty, library, heave and heaven,
Rachel, ache, moustache, eleven.
We say hallowed, but allowed,
People, leopard, towed, but vowed.
Mark the differences, moreover,
Between mover, cover, clover;
Leeches, breeches, wise, precise,
Chalice, but police and lice;
Camel, constable, unstable,
Principle, disciple, label.
Petal, panel, and canal,
Wait, surprise, plait, promise, pal.
Worm and storm, chaise, chaos, chair,
Senator, spectator, mayor.
Tour, but our and succour, four.
Gas, alas, and Arkansas.
Sea, idea, Korea, area,
Psalm, Maria, but malaria.
Youth, south, southern, cleanse and clean.
Doctrine, turpentine, marine.
Compare alien with Italian,
Dandelion and battalion.
Sally with ally, yea, ye,
Eye, I, ay, aye, whey, and key.
Say aver, but ever, fever,
Neither, leisure, skein, deceiver.
Heron, granary, canary.
Crevice and device and aerie.
Face, but preface, not efface.
Phlegm, phlegmatic, ass, glass, bass.
Large, but target, gin, give, verging,
Ought, out, joust and scour, scourging.
Ear, but earn and wear and tear
Do not rhyme with here but ere.
Seven is right, but so is even,
Hyphen, roughen, nephew Stephen,
Monkey, donkey, Turk and jerk,
Ask, grasp, wasp, and cork and work.
Pronunciation (think of Psyche!)
Is a paling stout and spikey?
Won’t it make you lose your wits,
Writing groats and saying grits?
It’s a dark abyss or tunnel:
Strewn with stones, stowed, solace, gunwale,
Islington and Isle of Wight,
Housewife, verdict and indict.
Finally, which rhymes with enough,
Though, through, plough, or dough, or cough?
Hiccough has the sound of cup.
My advice is to give up!!!

English Pronunciation by G. Nolst Trenité

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