Friday, December 30, 2005


Originally uploaded by Kalleda1.

Schoolkids in Andhra Pradesh started a Photo project to post daily pics on the internet. This is one of a great collection that I guess will just keep growing.

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

My Wishes For You

Dear Family and Friends,
this Christmas, as I'm busy at work and you're busy
partying or whatever, remember to thank your Maker
that you are together with your loved ones.

Then have another round,
light up another one, put
another Shrimp on the barbie, or just sit around and
Be Happy !

Sexy Samosas

Here's an interesting review of Samosas served
at an Indian restaurant in Houston, Texas.
Almost makes me hear the waiter ask,
"Some more, Sir ?"

from Hot Plate, a column at The Houston Press :

are savory Indian pasties. Sold on the streets of

every Indian town, they're normally filled with potatoes,
vegetables or meat. At Restaurant Indika (12665 Memorial,
713-984-1725), the samosas ($8) don't follow tradition.
They're stuffed with crabmeat and laced with hot peppers,
and instead of the traditional triangular shape, they come in
round mounds, like small breasts, replete with tiny nipples on top.
A pair sits comfortably on the plate, on top of field greens and
next to a delicious, homemade sweet papaya-and-ginger chutney
-- the perfect counterpoint to the spicy snacks.

Getting Around India - 05 (7-28-05)

Getting Around India - 05 (7-28-05)
Originally uploaded by RTQ.

This is not an attempt to get into The Guinness Book of Records, just a way of life for some folks in India, where extreme opposites are the norm. Filthy rich and destitute, brilliant and uneducated, Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Christian or Buddhist, they have all somehow lived together in peace since gaining Independence from the British in 1947.

More in this Flickr series at :

Saturday, December 17, 2005

That XBox 360 Gal

click to enlarge

Sometimes it just runs in the family.
The model in the XBox 360 poster above is
Madooo's daughter Aiesha. Here's an e-mail
excerpt :

Hey Fred!

Attached is a jpg of Sophia and Aiesha posing
in front of an ad that Aiesha modeled in... for Xbox.
There are several posters of her. This one is at the
Union Square location in New York City.

She has also modeled for Fiona Apple's new TV
commercial (the new album release)....

Ol' madooo

Explore Xbox 360

Friday, December 16, 2005

Jesus : The Rumors

Rumor has it that


He went into His father's business.
He lived at home until He was 33.
His Mother was sure He was God.

But then again, just maybe
He never got married.
He was always telling stories.
He loved green pastures.

Or perhaps,
His first name was Jesus.
He was bilingual.
He was always being harassed by the authorities.

Then again it is possible that
He talked with his hands.
He had wine with every meal.
He worked in the building trades.

There are those who believe
He called everybody "brother".
He liked Gospel.
He couldn't get a fair trial.

Some of us suspect that
He had long hair.
He walked around barefoot.
He started a new religion.

However, there is one other possibility -
He had to feed a crowd at a moment's notice
when there was no food.
He kept trying to get the message across to
a bunch of men who just didn't get it.
Even when He was dead, He had to get up because
there was more work for Him to do.


Ho Ho Ho This !

A Christmas Story
'Twas the night before Christmas--Old Santa was pissed.
He cussed out the elves and threw down his list.
Miserable little brats, ungrateful little jerks.
I have a good mind to scrap the whole works!

I've busted my ass for damn near a year,

Instead of "Thanks Santa"--what do I hear?
The old lady bitches 'cause I work late at night.
The elves want more money--The reindeer all fight.

Rudolph got drunk and goosed all the maids.

Donner is pregnant and Vixen has AIDS.

And just when I thought that things would get better
Those ***holes from the IRS sent me a letter.
They say I owe taxes--if that ain't damn funny !
Who the hell ever sent Santa Claus any money?

And the kids these days--they all are the pits
They want the impossible--Those mean little shits !

I spent a whole year making wagons and sleds
Assembling dolls...Their arms, legs and heads.
I made a ton of yo yo's--no request for them,
They want computers and robots...they think I'm IBM!

Flying through the air...dodging the trees
Falling down chimneys and skinning my knees...
I'm quitting this job, there's just no enjoyment
I'll sit on my fat ass and draw Unemployment.

There's no Christmas this year, now you know the reason,
I found me a blonde...I'm going SOUTH for the season !

An X'mas forward

Merry Christmas !   
As the holidays approach, my heartfelt appreciation goes out to all
of you who have taken the time and trouble to send me "forwards"
over the past 12 months. 

Thank you for making me  feel safe, secure, blessed, and wealthy.

Extra thanks to whoever sent me the one about rat crap in the glue on
envelopes 'cause I now have to go get a wet towel every time I need to
seal an envelope.

Also, I scrub the top of every can I open for the  same reason.

Because of your concern I no longer drink Coca Cola because it can
remove toilet stains. I no longer drink Pepsi or Dr Pepper since the people
who make these products are atheists who refuse to put "Under God"
on their cans.

I no longer use Gladwrap in the microwave because it causes cancer.

I no longer check the coin return on pay phones because I could be
pricked with a needle infected with AIDS.

I no longer use cancer causing deodorants even though I smell like a water
buffalo on a hot day.

I no longer go to shopping malls because someone might drug me with a
perfume sample and rob me.

I no longer receive packages from nor send packages by DHL or FedEx since
they are actually Al Qaeda in disguise.

I no longer answer the phone because someone will ask me to dial a number
for which I will get a phone bill with calls to Jamaica, Uganda, Singapore, and

I no longer eat KFC because their "chickens" are actually horrible mutant freaks
with no eyes or feathers.

I no longer have any sneakers -- but that will change once I receive my free
replacement pair from Nike.

I no longer have to buy expensive cookies from Myers or David Jones since I
now have their recipe.

I no longer worry about my soul because at last count I have 363,214 angels
looking out for me.

Thanks to you, I have learned that God only answers my prayers if I forward
an e-mail to seven of my friends and make a wish within five minutes.

I no longer have any savings because I gave it to a sick girl who is about to die in
the hospital (for the 1,387,258th time) .

I no longer have any money at all - but that will change once I receive the $15,000
that Microsoft and AOL are sending me for participating in their special email program.

Yes, I want to thank you so much for looking out for me that I will now return
the favour!

If you don't send this e-mail to at least 144,000 people in the next 7 minutes, a
arge pigeon with a wicked case of diarrhoea will land on your head at 5:00 PM
(Australian WST) this afternoon. I know this will occur because it actually
happened to a friend of my next door neighbour's ex-mother-in-law's second
husband's cousin's beautician.

Happy Holidays in advance !

( thanks, PPinto ! )

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Fun Time

A woman's husband dies. After everything is done at the
funeral home and cemetery, she tells her closest friend

that there is no money left.
The friend says, "How can that be?
You told me he had
$40,000 a few days before he died.
How could you be

The widow says, "Well, the funeral cost me $6,500. And
course, I had to make a donation for the church and
the organist
and all. That was $500 and I spent another
$500 for the wake,
food and drinks, you know. The rest
went for the Memorial stone."
The friend says, "$32,500 for the Memorial stone? My
God, how
big was it?"

The widow says, "Three and a half Carats."

The Pope was finishing his sermon and ended it with the
Latin phrase,
"Tuti Hominus" -- Blessed be mankind.

A Women's rights group approached the Pope the next day.
They said,
'We noticed that the Pope blessed all Mankind,
but not Womankind.'

The next day, after his sermon, the Pope concluded by saying,

"Tuti Hominus et tuti Feminus." Blessed be mankind and womankind.

The next day a Gay-rights group approached the Pope. They said
noticed that he blessed mankind and womankind and asked if
he could
also bless all the homosexuals. The Pope said, "Sure."

The next day he concluded his sermon with:
"Tuti hominus et tuti
Feminus et Tuti Fruity"

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Sunhere Sapne via Boing Boing

Hand-painted B/W of and by the
- from The Walsh Gallery

As usual, Xeni Jardin, who is one of the editors at Boing Boing
has unearthed another unlikely India-related link. This time it's
about the wonderfully gifted female artist from Bangalore named
N. Pushpamala, whose work has been seen not only in India but
also in Johannesburg, Perth, Australia, the U.K., the USA, etc.
Unfortunately, decent-sized images of Ms. Pushpamala's work
are unavailable on the web so definitely check out the links at :

Thanks, Xeni !

The Unforgettable John Lennon

Dec. 8th, 2005 marks the 25-year anniversary* of
John Lennon and there are zillions of tributes via
concerts, exhibitions, Radio, TV, films and the
worldwide web. Too many links to wade through
so I decided to feature the one source most responsible
for the popularity of John and the rest of the Beatles :

Phil P. from Perth sent in this link to an Indian
slideshow tribute designed by Uday Kuckian

* Death anniversary

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Indians and Auto Status

* From the New York Times, Dec. 5th 2005 :
Poor Indians rely, in addition to their feet, on an extraordinary
array of contraptions for transport. They pile on top of buses in
the Indian version of the double-decker. They ride tractors and
bullock carts and pack 13 strong into Tempo taxis made for 6.

What they cannot regularly rely on is public transport.
While New Delhi and Calcutta have built subways, most cities
have not, and they face severe bus shortages as well.
Cars speed by waiting bus riders, who stand like spectators.

The rise of the auto, and the investment in highways, dovetails
with a larger trend of privatization in Indian life, in which the
"haves" are those who can afford to pay for services the
government does not provide: efficient transport, clean water,
good schools, decent health care.

* This is a lengthy article and the NY Times requires Registration
but I can e-mail the entire item to you if requested in the Comments
area of this post - Fred

Lennon Remembered

Hello All You John Lennon (Beatle) Fans Out There

Don't forget, 8 December 2005 marks 25 years since
John Lennon died.

Check out these activities planned as tribute in NYC:

John was the greatest. Simple and plain. Gifted. A genius.

I will never forget the day he was taken from us and I will
never forget his music and message. The world could really
use his gifts and talent right about now.

Love you John, Rest in Peace
All He Was Saying was... Come Together

Monday, December 05, 2005

The Ultimate Band List

Every week, the UBL (Ultimate Band List website)
editorial team picks the best and brightest artists on
the UBL and showcases them...this week, in the World
Music genre, it's Madooo !

Adam, who is the UBL product manager said he "really
enjoyed" the version of 'Norwegian Wood'....another
feather in the cowboy hat for The Big Dooker !

Link to Madooo featured at UBL

Saturday, December 03, 2005

The Elgin Talkies

From a Flickr set by Paul Keller

Link to Article from The Deccan Herald
"Its beginning coincided with the birth of cinema in India -
in 1896 - when the Lumiere Brothers presented their
year-old invention for the first time to an astonished
audience in Bombay at the Watson Hotel. Tents followed
and after 1907 came the cinema houses. There are many
cinema houses of the early 20th century vintage.
But I doubt if any of them is exactly as it was originally built.

Original building
The Elgin (which takes its name from Lord Elgin who ruled India)
was built in 1896 - when India woke up to magical cinema -
brick by brick exactly as it was designed. Even today it follows
strict segregation of the sexes - booking, entrance and seating!*
Thus it becomes the oldest building remaining unchanged in
every aspect since 1896, now serving as a cinema house."

* Even as I post this, Frank Sinatra is on TV's Turner Classics
'The Joker Is Wild' (1957) and Mitzi Gaynor tells him that
in India the movie houses had segregated seating for the
Untouchable classes...

Thursday, December 01, 2005

The Lard's Prayer

(click to view full size)

Prayer of the 'Health Food' buffs

Our fibre who art in Heaven,
Hallowed be thy neem,
Thy karela come,
Thy methi be done, in rotis as in leaven,
Give us this day our daily roughage,
And forgive us our triglycerides,
As we forgive those who hydrogenate fats against us.
Lead us not into cholestrol,
And deliver us from BP,
For Thine is the isabgol,
The gobi and the mooli,
For ever and ever,

Thanks : Big Dooker !