Wednesday, February 28, 2007

PETA Dressed Down

ANOUSHKA SHANKAR (click to enlarge)
and her father
RAVI are just two of the many celebrities
who speak passionately on behalf
of PETA.
While PETA gives us funny, creative, sexy ads and videos
such as this one rated Over 18
, I discovered that they
possess less-than-upright
standing in other areas after reading:
"For an organization that supports throwing blood
women wearing fur and protesting KFC,
their sense of right
and wrong seems out of balance"
as reported by
The Citizen-Times of North Carolina

The non-profit watchdogs have a lot to say about the euthanasia,
ownership and disposal of animals as practised by PETA :

Now if you'll excuse me, I believe I'll do a Google Search for ah,
People Eating Tasty Animals (Results here)

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Hannes Coetzee: Spoon Slider

pombanduwong wants to share a video with you

Pom Banduwong is an old friend from Thailand
whom I met i
n Poona, India back in the '70s while
he was a B. Com
student - and an avid music fan/musician
as I am.
He went on to become a manager at Bangkok Bank
but his love for all things musical continues. Some thirty years
later we still share our passion for music via the world wide web.

Slide Blues players like John Mayall, Duane Allman,
Johnny Winter, Taj Mahal
and others from the '50s on have
always fascinated me and
I let many years slide away (pun intended)
trying to master slide guitar technique, using old plumbing pipes
that had been steel-plated, and also tried using old bottle necks,
knives, forks, drumsticks - anything that would produce that
mesmerising glissando which is almost voice-like sometimes.

Pom remembered stuff like that when he dug up this
YouTube clip...."Karoo Kitaar Blues follows
South African songwriter
David Kramer and
slide guitarist Hannes Coetzee into remote regions of South Africa
on their quest to find
musicians who play an almost forgotten folk music."

Alternate WMV link

Saturday, February 24, 2007

FTV : Quote of the Day

In an attempt to stay globally competitive in India,
Fashion TV (FTV)
an International cable TV channel
constantly pushes the boundaries of what's acceptable
on TV in India by offering sexy music videos, advertisements
and catwalk images one would normally associate with high
fashion worldwide. This being India, the old school mentality
walks a fine line once again. FTV India now faces a major
hurdle in the form of complaints from schools and colleges
about the airing of raunchy broadcasts during children's
viewing hours. More responsible programming is all it will take
according to
Priyaranjan Dasmunsi, India's cabinet minister
for Parliamentary Affairs and Info, and he certainly has a nice
style in his remarks :

"I say show it, have your business, (but) make a restricted
viewing. Let people see all this from 11 in the night
to 5
in the morning. Let them suffer insomnia and see the
(and have) work problems."

Here's a link to a related Reuters news article via Yahoo News

Forward : Laws of Success

Taken from the never-ending Fwd: Fwd: messages
in my Yahoo Inbox:

Do you want something ? Will you pay the price ?
The great sin -- Gossip.
The great crippler -- Fear.
The greatest mistake -- Giving up.
The most satisfying experience -- Doing your duty first.
The best actions -- Keeping the mind clear and making good judgments.
The greatest blessing -- Good health.
The biggest fool - The man who lies to himself.
The great gamble -- Substituting hope for facts.
The most certain thing in life -- Change.
The greatest joy -- Being needed.
The cleverest man -- The one who does what he thinks is right.
The most potent force -- Positive thinking.
The greatest opportunity -- The next one.
The greatest thought -- God.
The greatest victory -- Victory over self.
The best play -- Successful work.
The greatest handicap -- Egotism.
The most expensive indulgence -- Hate.
The most dangerous man -- The liar
The most ridiculous trait -- False pride.
The greatest loss -- Loss of self confidence.
The greatest need -- Common sense.

(Thanks to Manny for the Forward)

Friday, February 23, 2007

Blank Noise Blogathon in March

of India's Blank Noise Project says :


Last March 8 (Women's Day), we had a blog-a-thon that asked
you to blog
stories of street sexual harassment. It began with an
announcement on this
blog that was picked up by bloggers across
India, and soon in different
parts of the world. We shared stories we
had never shared before, sometimes
stories we thought we had long
forgotten, stories that we had often wanted
to bury. We read each other,
we linked to each other and we linked back to
the Blank Noise Project
blog. We were touched by each other's stories, moved
by them, and,
we like to imagine, drew strength and sustenance from the
cross-cultural chain of shared experiences.
It's this strength that we're
asking you to share experiences of, on March
8th, 2007.
The baton is handed over right here, right now!

Announce this on
your blog and on the morning of March 8th, 2007,
share with us a story (or
two, or five or...) of fighting back?!
When did you flip a situation so you could resist, when did you give
back as
hard as you got? When and how did you choose to confront?
When did you
become an Action Hero? Action heroes have formed
the theme of the last few Blank Noise
interventions and it's this spirit
we ask you to share and celebrate on
March 8, 2007!

So announce the Blog-a-thon, and on March 8, share your action story!

If you are a male blogger and wondering how you fit in, tell us about an
Action Hero you know!

Related :

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Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Windows Vista : easy installation video

Save yourself a lot of time and aggravation.
This guy is on the money !

Link to YouTube video

Start Dreaming, Ladies !

My friends over at the Blank Noise Project
(part of Google Groups) are looking for a few good dreamers.
So go ahead and make a wish....

'I want to run wild on the streets at night'
That's my fantasy. The thing I most wish I could do in my city.

What's yours?
What are the top ten, twenty, one hundred things
that you wish your city just let you to do?

Email us your dreams for your city. Stay anonymous if you choose.
We will post it on the blog and may use it for an audio piece.

Please email us at : While we believe that there should no
deadline for dreaming and wishlists, we would appreciate it if you
start dreaming and mail us right away!
Last date- Feb 28, 2007

Thank you

Blank Noise!

Ph:+ 91 98734 85284 (In Delhi)
+ 91 98868 40612 (Bangalore)

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Pinky v6 from

I have always loved the Kung Fu genre of film
from the early Bruce Lee days and after coming
to America in 1976 I often watched 3 matinees in a
row in New York's Chinatown and Times Square.
I quickly realized that the only redeeming feature of
these films for me was their unintended B-movie quality
which were a source of great laughs for me, reminiscent of
the Bollywood movies back home in India. Then I sunk
even further as I deliberately sought out John Waters-type
unabashed humor. The website
named has a growing collection of
Kung Faux
films where they have dubbed old Martial Arts
movies with
dialogue and voices from the Black Gangsta
in the hood arena.

This one seems
to be the most successful one so far as
regards humor
and synchronization. I think it's hilarious and
you can judge for yourself but be warned, you have to
watch this with an open mind and with the kids
out of the room !

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Watch The Brazil Show Salgueiro

The Brazil Show Salgueiro
It's Fat Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday which marks
the start of the Lenten period for Christians. On Mardi Gras
Tuesday in various parts of the world the Carnivals are in full
swing even as I type this, especially in Brazil.
Now when I think of Brazil I think first of the music and rhythms
which are so pulsating and passionate that they
captivate people the world over. Stan Getz, James Taylor,
Sting, Michael Franks and countless other musicians all
owe a great debt to Brazilian music for the way it has
influenced their musical vision. If you've never heard of
The Girl From Ipanema then you're either too young or
too naive (not necessarily ignorant)

When it's Carnival that we talk about, then most people
think of the beautiful women, the beaches, and the
dancing and partying.

As Carnival time draws near in the days leading up
to Fat Tuesday (the day before Ash Wednesday)
the most famous of all dance traditions is on view
in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Preparations are intense and competition between the
various Samba dance troops and floats is something
worth a visit via the web if not in person.

Visit Salgueiro Samba School in Rio de Janeiro as they
prepare for Carnival :

Watch more great videos at

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Madooo music sandwich

Virtual Poona Blog is pleased to announce that
Madooo got sandwiched between The Chieftains and
Loreena McKennitt, no less !

(click to enlarge)

Thought I'd share this with you.
Below is a note from the
Host/Producer of the radio station


'Greetings Madoo,
I just thought I'd drop you a quick note
to let you know that I played
your cover of "Norwegian Wood,"
this evening, on the World Beat.
played it from the Global Rhythms Sampler.

All the best to you and yours,

Mark R. Thomas World Beat host/producer

KMSU/KMSK FM - The Maverick Radio Network

3010 Memorial Library, Mankato, MN 56001

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

The Jealous Astronaut

Shockwave musical animation of the NASA love triangle

Happy Valentine's Day !

To all the folks I've loved before-

I trust you know who you are

In no particular order, here are my picks
for the Greatest Love Songs

I Say a Little Prayer - Aretha Franklin

One Hundred Ways - James Ingram

Your Song - Elton John

If - Bread

Beautiful - Gordon Lightfoot

Something - The Beatles

Saturday, February 10, 2007

RastaTour Guide

Jamaican tour guide gets laid back.
Way laid back!

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

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Female Astronauts

This is a mini-look into the tale of two female
astronauts on two
very different missions during
the first week
of February my
interest since I live minutes away from NASA
and Ms. Nowak's house in Clear Lake, Texas.

One giant step for Womankind

Among the personal items astronaut Sunita Williams
took with her to the International Space Station are
a copy of the
Bhagavad Gita, a small statue of Ganesha
and some

On Sun. Feb 4th she succeded in setting a new record
for time
spent on spacewalks by a woman, 22 hours
and 27 minutes. During the current mission she cut her hair
short and donated it to a children's charity called
Locks of Love

She's an Indian-American from Needham, Mass., married
with no kids.
Link to CNN article

One giant wrong step for (a) man (kind....of)

Lisa Nowak Before
Among the items astronaut Captain Lisa Nowak took with
her on her deadly mission here on earth were a BB gun,
a four-inch folding
buck knife, a new steel mallet, black gloves,
rubber tubing, plastic garbage bags and about US $600 in cash.
She probably holds the record for the most distance
traveled by
a female astronaut bent on mischief
(over 900 miles from Houston, Texas to Orlando, Florida),
all the while wearing adult diapers.**

The Orlando Police said Nowak had disguised herself during the
assault by wearing a hooded tan trench coat and black wig.

She's an Italian-American from Rockville, Maryland, recently
separated from her husband and has three kids.
A statement from her deeply saddened family is here

Nowak After

May these two ladies find peace and happiness
in the years ahead.

**standard part of the astronauts' apparel during
launch and re-entry.

Comments welcomed by e-mail to:

Monday, February 05, 2007

The Amazing Folding Chair

I'd like a couple of these, please!
Found the link to this video at Boing Boing

Comments welcomed by e-mail to:

Saturday, February 03, 2007

George Carlin's New Rules for 2006

New Rule:
Stop giving me that pop-up ad for! There's a reason you don't talk
to people for 25 years. Because you don't particularly
like them! Besides, I already know what the captain
of the football team is doing these days:
mowing my lawn.

New Rule: Stop saying that teenage boys who have
sex with their hot, blonde teachers are permanently
damaged. I have a better description for these kids:
lucky bastards.

New Rule: If you need to shave and you still collect
Baseball cards, you're gay. If you're a kid, the cards
are keepsakes of your idols. If you're a grown man,
they're pictures of men.

New Rule: Ladies, leave your eyebrows alone.
Here's how much men care about your eyebrows:
Do you have two of them? Okay, we're done.

New Rule: There's no such thing as flavored water.
There's a whole aisle of this crap at the supermarket?
Water, but without that watery taste. Sorry, but flavored
water is called a soft drink. You want flavored water?
Pour some Jack Daniels over ice and let it melt.
That's your flavored water.

New Rule: Stop f***ing with old people. Target is
introducing a redesigned pill bottle that's square,
with a bigger label. And the top is now the bottom.
And by the time Grandpa figures out how to open it,
his ass will be in the morgue. Congratulations, Target,
you just solved the Social Security crisis.

New Rule: The more complicated the Starbucks order,
the bigger the a****le. If you walk into a Starbucks and
order a "Decaf grande half-soy, half-low fat, iced vanilla,
double-shot, gingerbread cappuccino, extra dry, light ice,
with one Sweet-n'-Low and one NutraSweet," oh oh,
you're a huge a*****le !

Friday, February 02, 2007

Now, that's Globalization !!!!

Just something I read on the net.....

Question: What is the height of Globalization?

Answer: Princess Diana’s death

Question: How come?

Answer: An English princess with an Egyptian boyfriend
in a German car with a Dutch engine, driven by a Belgian
who was high on Scotch whiskey, is followed closely by
Italian Paparazzi on Japanese motorcycles, and crashes in
a French tunnel, is treated by an American doctor using
Brazilian medicines!

Furthermore, this is sent to you by an Indian, using Bill Gates'
technology stolen from the Japanese. And - you are probably
reading this on a Korean-made monitor plugged into an IBM
clone that uses Taiwanese-made chips assembled by Bangladeshi
workers in a Singapore plant, transported in lorries driven by
Pakistanis, hijacked by Indonesians and finally sold to you by
the Chinese!

Now, that's Globalization !!!!