Monday, December 31, 2007
My 12, NOT 10 Favorite Virtual Poona Posts
created in 2007
Windows Vista: Easy Installation Video
Painstakingly creative and playful
Great little music site
Ferry Halim: Flash Grandmaster
Genius at work and play
I'm Having FON !
WiFi sharing community
Stiletto Run 2007
Legs and high heels
Laws of Success
Words. Nice ones.
This Old Sari
The iconic piece of attire
Osama Bein' Hendrix
Sensual but unusual bodywork
Free TV on Your PC !
Thousands of channels from all over the world
Free DivX Pro Download
My chosen alternative Hi-def video format
Also visit :
Yahoo's list of the 10 Worst Tech products of 2007
The Wikipedia List of Deaths in 2007
Forbes' 100 Most Powerful Women
Sunday, December 30, 2007
being run by Phillips. You know, Phillips as in light bulbs
and Home Electronics. I came across video clips of Skin,
Emotion Sensors, Smell and other non-lighting info.
The Phillips Design Probes are part of a wider strategy
aimed at improving the innovation hit rate. Growth
through innovation is high on corporate management
agendas throughout the world yet, according to figures in
Business Week, "up to 96% of all new projects fail to meet
the targets for return on investment."
It certainly was a pleasure to surf through the Phillips site
and find great photography, design, video, graphics and a
host of other things seemingly unrelated to pushing their
product. And yet they were doing just that, but in a most
unobtrusive, refined and masterful manner. Got me thinking
of how long I have been a consumer of their products: well
over fifty years !! From my first transistor radio to the
portable record player and on to the TV, I have unconsciously
regarded Phillips as my best buy.
Phillips rightfully bills itself as the 'leader in world lighting' and
they seem to shine even brighter on the official site where
a cool, laid-back website approach displays their innovations
in sustainable design, then hooks you with plenty of free videos
and Hi-res image downloads. You'll be amazed at how much
time will have elapsed before you make your exit from the site.
Friday, December 28, 2007
missed it - TDL, a.k.a.The Digital Lifestyle
gives you Apple news, reviews and rumors in their
typical upbeat, hip and fun way. Turn on the player
below and unleash superb HQ video and sound !
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
of Ventriloquism in stand-up comedy by using an
assortment of dummy characters to bolster his act.
Very nicely done and I highly recommend catching
his Comedy Central/HBO specials if you can.
Saturday, December 22, 2007
Nazi jailed for dog's paw taste salute
The other Adolf
'Ach, du Schweinhund - a dog trained to give the Nazi
salute has landed his owner in jail.
Adolf the part-Alsatian mongrel raises his right paw
whenever he hears the command "Heil Hitler".
Now his owner, a pensioner named as Roland T, has
been jailed in Germany, a country where all Nazi
symbols or salutes are now strictly verboten.'
Read the rest of this weirdness at Metro.co.UK
Friday, December 21, 2007
This RealAge Tip seems to anticipate the festive tables
that many will be seated at during the final days of 2007 :
Don't Clear the Table!
candy or pile of buffalo wings presents itself?
Here's a trick to try.
Leave the evidence. Whether it's the candy wrappers on
your desk, the wing bones on your dinner plate, or the
empty cookie box on your kitchen counter, seeing the
proof of your indulgence can help curb overeating.
Seeing Is Believing
In a study, people who went to a sports bar could eat
chicken wings free of charge and to their hearts'
(and stomachs') content. Servers cleared away the bones
at some tables but let the bone plates pile up at others.
No surprise: People ate less when evidence of their feast
remained front and center.
4 More Sensible Strategies
A few other ways to stop yourself from eating more than
- Eat a bit of healthy fat before a meal.
- (Here's how it helps with appetite control.)
- Eat three meals a day, plus several healthy snacks,
- so you're never ravenously hungry.
- Size up -- accurately -- what's on your plate.
- (This article can help retrain your eye so that
- sensible portions look right to you.)
- Be smart about artificial sweeteners.
- (In some cases, they may actually trigger
Find out by answering these questions about
Thursday, December 20, 2007
was so moved that I just had to share......
"Hello, dear friends out there,
a Happy New Year!
Let's hope for less war and strife, a grip on global warming,
and happiness for everybody.
sung by our 10-year-old daughter Audrey. Enjoy!
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Recommended for Over 18 please !
Boa (that means good in English) is the nickname given
to the Official Drinkers of Antarctica. No, not the folks
freezing out there in Antarctica, many of whom enjoy a
'cold one' daily, but rather to Brazilians who swear by a
Pilsner called Antarctica. In order to promote
the new website, Boa's Bar, an online invitation was
created, in which the user could make fun of his friends.
The invitation was a video that showed Juliana Paes'
(famous Brazilian actress and campaign's muse) new tattoo
in a surprising fashion. Results: In just 1 month there were
1.2 million hits, and 6.3 million pageviews. Access on to
the Boa’s Bar website - even tho' it's in Portuguese - tripled.
Credits: Felipe Lima, Luciana Haguiara, Sérgio Mugnaini.
Film Production: Cine.
Awards: Silver in FIAP, Buenos Aires (2007), Silver in El Sol,
Head on over to Boa's Bar, type in 'Fred' in the first blank
(seu nome) then type in Your Name in the blank next to
'nome do amigo zoado'. Leave the next two boxes blank.
Next, click on 'Visualiser' and watch the fun !
on YouTube. This time I was checking out X'mas stuff
and found Boymongoose, an Aussie site that has released
a CD named 'Christmas in Asia Minor' featuring 13 comedy
Christmas carols and skits and a high quality version of
'The 12 Days of Christmas' music video that can be viewed
using Windows Media Player or Quicktime.
To spoil the fun in Bah-Humbug-Scrooge fashion I'm sharing
the video with you NOW before you visit the site
Also visit Boymongoose on MySpace
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
This is Anoushka's latest Blogpost on MySpace and
I'm sharing it with you because she is playing for
the first time ever in my old hometown of
Poona/Pune along with maestro Ravi Shankar, her Dad :
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
India shows this December!
I hope everyone is keeping warm and having a
One is in Pune this Saturday the 15th. It's my debut
On a personal level, life has been a little crazy and
Monday, December 10, 2007
The Song Remains The Same
As a long-time Blues/Rock fan who played lead guitar
during the early '70s I am always excited by news of
my favorite old bands reuniting. Recently Cream,
Pink Floyd and The Who reunited and the results
were nothing if not satisfying musically - because the
music sounded as fresh and forceful as ever. So of course
I'm thousands of miles away from the Led Zep reunion
but I'm as excited as the first time I heard them on vinyl.
Especially since all reports indicate the music is still
I don't claim to have a favorite band because guitarists
like myself usually are blown away listening to the next great
guitar player that comes along. Just like the arrival of the next
fastest gunslinger in town. Anyway, in the wake of the
reunions mentioned above I'm leaning heavily in favor of the
band that remains the most influential to guitarists and singers
alike : Led Zeppelin. (Note that I refer to guitarists here as
players who play extended, speedy, creative and atonal
melodies, and singers as those with a more tuneful, higher-
octave range than today's crop). Heavy/Trash Metal gods like
Aerosmith, Metallica, Poison, etc. all owe a huge debt to
Led Zep for paving the way out of good ol' Rock-n-Roll concert
venues dominated by evergreens like The Rolling Stones.
A recent New Musical Express gallery has pictures of the celeb
fans attending the Led Zep reunion/tribute concert for producer
Ahmet Ertegun : Oasis, Pink, Jagger, Kate Moss et al. Young'uns,
BBC video bits here
View the pics of the 2007 reunion at O2 Arena UK here
Read the NME review here
Saturday, December 08, 2007
'Eve Teasing' in India is considered a joke or prank.
Blank Noise is a public and participatory arts project that
seeks to explore street dynamics and recognize 'eve teasing'
as street sexual harassment or violence.
In the latest episode a Lucknow lady finds herself being
groped by the driver of the auto-rickshaw she is in and
deals with the situation in typical 'Action Hero' style.
Visit the Blank Noise Project Blog and open your eyes to
the plight of women in India.
according to PETA2. As Eva tells them in a new interview,
"There are way too many amazing faux fur options out
there for people to still be wearing real fur. I want people
to know that there are options—that killing a poor animal
and wearing it isn't cool. Respecting all life forms is cool.
If you click the pic below and the enlarged version piques
your interest, then perhaps you might want to get more
involved in the cause of the PETA society. They respect
and love animals and would like you to do the same.
Click here to read more about Eva at the PETA2 page
and to enter their iPod Touch giveaway
twenty-seven years ago Dec. 8th 1980. And here we are,
still singing along to his music. Songs like 'Happy Christmas'
(see handwritten copy below) are now part of the
seasonal music loops playing through Muzak systems across
the world. Songs like 'Imagine'
and 'Give Peace A Chance'
are anthems for mellow fellows and not-so-mellow
activists worldwide. Read the song lyrics and you'll see why.
click to enlarge
See related Lennon posts here
Thursday, December 06, 2007
YouTube got busted and so did I !
' This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim
by Milestone Film & Video' :-(
Following up on a previous post of revisiting the
Trailer for 'Siddhartha'
I felt the need to share this because I would hate to find it
gone and forgotten, besides it's full of legendary figures.
For the record, 'Siddhartha' is on my Top 10 list of all-time
A rare, long and very interesting interview with
Director Conrad Rooks about the people and events
surrounding the making of his 1972 film 'Siddhartha'
starring Shashi Kapoor and Simi Garewal.
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
from Google Maps shows My Red Chevy is parked
next to Nathan's Ford. It's an old picture because
Nathan left this Walgreens in Friendswood, Texas
earlier in the year.
The Blue marker marks the spot where I'm parked.
Now why would I think you'd be interested in viewing
a barely-recognizable car from an aerial standpoint ?
I don't know - why do people look at Google maps
that are often outdated ?
'First South Asian to headline and sell-out the
Apollo Theater in New York City.'
The Apollo, for those not in the know, is arguably the
toughest room in town for up-and-coming performers,
so that's saying plenty about this Canadian-born Anglo-Indian
stand-up comic. This clip is just a small sample of his unique
way with words. Enjoy !
Monday, December 03, 2007
Since it was my Birthday on Nov. 30th I thought
I might run into some auspicious, strangely-intertwined
bit of health info from the Real Age health advisors.
Info that would make my plans for the year ahead more
healthful. So what did I see but all this sexy stuff :
More Super Strategies
Some foods that resemble anatomical parts
(think asparagus and artichoke hearts) have been
linked to a stronger libido, too. But because it's hard to
do a proper clinical study on this theme, we'll just pass
along the limited facts and leave the rest to your imagination.
In the meantime, here are some better-sex strategies with
a bit more research behind them:
Exercise regularly for better blood flow.
Here's why it matters.
Take it easy on the alcohol. Too much can shut down
Get rid of that gut. Besides helping you feel better about your
body, losing weight if you're overweight can also reduce the
risk of sexual problems like this.
Check out the YOU: On a Diet Center for easy
Yes, I AM the MAN with a PLAN(tain) !
To all who sent Birthday wishes and showed their
Love...I Love You, too and I am deeply touched....
in the head !
But honestly, thanks a million. You all brightened
my day and started my new year with a positive
high note (A Major +). You are wonderful !
Sunday, December 02, 2007
Hope you enjoy it as much as I did. A virtual Doggy pet obeys
your every command, just go ahead and type in a word like
'Jump' or something and the Flash movie animation has this pup
eating out of your hand !
Sunday, November 25, 2007
my Flickr Photos from a 61 year-old Male model from
Munich, thanks to the deviants lurking on the Web.
But then I wished I was in his work shoes for a day.....
check out his pics at :
From: Flickr Mail
Sent: Sunday, November 25, 2007 2:15:10 AM
Subject: [Flickr] Recent activity on your photos
Recent activity on your photos
1 person calls this a favorite
Check out the Senior Moments Flickr Group
Thursday, November 22, 2007
What follows is a 'Forward' from my Inbox...
THIS IS HILARIOUS!
DO NOT SAVE - PASS IT ON !
A man takes the day off work and decides to go out golfing.
He is on the second hole when he notices a frog sitting next
to the green.
He thinks nothing of it and is about to shoot when he
hears, "Ribbit. 9 Iron."
The man looks around and doesn't see anyone.
Again, he hears, "Ribbit. 9 Iron."
He looks at the frog and decides to prove the
frog wrong, puts the club away, and grabs a 9 iron.
Boom! He hits it 10 inches from the Cup.
He is shocked.
He says to the frog, "Wow that's amazing !
You must be a lucky frog, eh?"
The frog replies, "Ribbitt. Lucky frog."
The man decides to take the frog with him to the
"What do you think frog?" the Man asks.
"Ribbit. 3 Wood."
The guy takes out a 3 Wood and, Boom! Hole in one.
The Man is befuddled and doesn't know what to say.
By the end of the day, the man golfs the best game
of Golf in his life and asks the frog,
"OK where to next?"
The frog replies, "Ribbit. Las Vegas."
They go to Las Vegas and the guy says, "OK frog,
The frog says, "Ribbit. Roulette."
Upon approaching the Roulette table, the Man
asks, "What do you think I should bet?"
The frog replies, "Ribbit. $3,000, Black 6."
Now, this is a Million-to-One shot to win, but
after the Golf game the man figures, what the heck ?
Boom! Tons of cash comes sliding back across the table.
The man takes his winnings and buys the best room
in the Hotel. He sits the frog down and says, "Frog,
I don't know how to repay you. You've won me all this
money and I am forever grateful."
The frog replies, "Ribbit. Kiss Me."
He figures why not, since after all the frog did for
him, he deserves it. With a kiss, the frog turns into a
gorgeous 18 year-old girl.
"And that, Your honor, is how the girl
ended up in my room. So help me God, or my name
is not William Jefferson Clinton."
The origination of this letter is Unknown, but it brings
Good Luck to everyone who passes it on. The one who
breaks the Chain will have Bad Luck : You will receive
Hillary Rodham Clinton as a prize.
Do not keep this. Do not send money.
Just forward it to five of your friends to whom you wish
good luck. You will see that something good happens to
you in FOUR MINUTES.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
and see how far we've come !
All I had to do was fill out a tiny bit of info requested, sign
it electronically and hold my breath. And then - the untiring
efforts of One.Org members changed the fate of the
impoverished, struggling West African nation of Liberia !
Here's the heartening e-mail I just received :
On October 26, ONE members sent emails to the International Monetary Fund asking them to make good on their promises and cancel Liberia's debt. Each individual email might not seem like much, but all together we flooded IMF's email system and it couldn't handle them all.
And it worked. We did it. We put on the pressure, and they responded. But you don't have to take my word for it.
Yesterday, Masood Ahmed, Director of the IMF's External Relations, posted an open letter on the IMF's website announcing that they finally took the step necessary to move forward. Some key excerpts:
I am pleased to inform you that on November 12, 2007, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has secured adequate pledges from member countries for the cost of the IMF's debt relief to
Congratulations are due to everyone who got involved in this important fight. Of course there is still much to be done for Liberia's debt cancelation, but this is a major step. With Liberia's debt cancelled, the government will have an opportunity to reinvest in their people and their country's future for the first time in more than 14 years.
Thank you for your voice in this victory,
Josh Peck, ONE.org
**What the IMF Does
Friday, November 16, 2007
but when a man bites a dog that's news.'
When a man marries a dog, that's real news.
AP is reporting the strange but true story of an Indian
man who married a stray dog :
'A man in southern India married a female dog in
a traditional Hindu ceremony as an attempt to
atone for stoning two other dogs to death —
an act he believes cursed him — a newspaper
Here's the happy couple !
click to enlarge
No word on whether they are planning a Honeymoon
or if his wife is a real beeyach....Oops ! I meant to say
'real lady'. Really. OK, not really !
Read the whole story here
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
click to enlarge
Here's a video that brought back many memories for me
about riding with the masses on a train to Mumbai.
Every one of those riders had a story to share and
a cross to bear, or so it seemed. In reality, it turns out
that very little has changed except that now the young
job aspirants have their precious SIM cards to show off -
a symbol of their hi-tech status that betters their chances
of landing a job in the big city.
This journey has been played out ever since I can
remember and will always continue. It's the age-old
story of the desperate struggle for survival by youths
in this part of the world. Migrant teenaged youths who must
abandon schooling to make the journey so that their
families won't starve.
" These passengers are changing the world. In one
of the greatest migrations in history, an average
of 31 villagers are predicted to show up in an
Indian city every minute for the next 43 years,
according to a study by Goldman
Sachs - 700 million people in all. "
Wish them luck !
Read the International Herald Tribune article by
Anand Giridharadhas here
the field of Home-Based Businesses
The 'Category' column sucked me in but the winners
are really more than that. Interesting read......
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