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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Dumbledore or Gandalf !!

Can you tell who this is ... Dumbledore or Gandalf !!

In case these names are not familiar to you ... well ... Dumbledore was the Headmaster at Hogwarts in the Harry Potter series and Gandalf was the Wizard who became the leader of the Fellowship of the Ring in the Lord of the Rings series. (If you are not familiar with HP or LOTR ... ignore the post please :)




When I read those two novel series, i could draw parallel betweeen the charachters which was only strengthened when I saw the movies and likeness of the two charachters on-screen. They do look the same. :)

Sunday, June 19, 2011

The Thirsty Monkey

Almost exactly 2 years ago, I made the Thirsty Crow blog Post ...

Found yet another interesting picture from the Animal Kindom ... 

Presenting .. The Thirsty Monkey !

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Interesting - Chrome Logo and Windows Dream !

Two interesting and positively humourous items I came across recently ...
Old ones actually but they still brought a smile ...

The Origin of Chrome Logo .... from Windows logo


The ultimate Windows dream

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

May Reading …

 

After a bad month of April with only 3 reads, I was determined to improve my score in spite of being busy with office work. I had some long distance travel time scheduled in May which will helped me read more J

Also it was nice to read Sherlock Holmes and 3 Investigators once again after a month's gap.

 

1. Sherlock Holmes: The Stock Broker's Clerk by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

This one was a short story where Sherlock deduces well but does not get a chance to actually catch the culprit. This story also proved to be an instance of this good line of deductions and rather than a mystery to be 'solved' or some crime to be uncovered.

 

2. The Three Investigators & the Mystery of the Moaning Cave by Robert Arthur

This one was also like teenage Indiana Jones kind. A moaning cave was a very interesting point to start a story with. As the story unfolds, there are characters which seem shady and there are some legendary figures too (to consider as possible 100 year old suspects) … all leading to a treasure. The treasure turns out to be a recent one rather than a historic one.  

 

3. Feluda: The Key by Satyajit Ray

It was an interesting case for Feluda. A key with no sign of the lock, which belonged to a person who lived like he had no money but indulged in a hobby of collecting rare music instruments which meant that he indeed had a lot of money, stashed away somewhere (and it is not a bank). The key would obviously then unlock his personal treasure box (cash actually).

 

4. The Three Investigators & the Mystery of the Laughing Shadow by William Arden

This story was not a great one but still a decent one. I did not really see the significance of the title of the story till I reached the climax where the mystery of the tall shadow and his strange laughter is revealed.  

 

5. Feluda: The Royal Bengal Mystery by Satyajit Ray

It was an interesting case for Feluda. The story had shades of mystery and a very interesting climax too with several revelations. The background is that of forests … Ray taking his audience to different parts of the Indian geography through the stories.

 

6. The Three Investigators & the Mystery of the Crooked Cat by William Arden

This was kind of fun. A crooked stuffed cat, a carnival where the lion is let loose by someone and accidents happen, a reluctant carnival owner and a shady strong man – all put together to make an interesting story.  

 

7. Feluda: The Locked Chest by Satyajit Ray

This one was a different kind of case for Feluda. The story did not seem to be high on mystery in the beginning; rather it was a puzzle to be solved by Feluda. But then once the puzzle was solved and feluda was rewarded by the challenger … things took a different turn and the seemingly boring though mysterious story turned into something interesting with a good piece of suspense.

 

Labyrinth by Kate Mosse

This one continues to be a slow read. I haven't completed this one yet. Got to put this one on the fast track now.

 

Series Completion Score (as of 31st May 2011):  

Three Investigators     13 out of 35

Feluda                         10 out of 35

Sherlock Holmes         17 out of 56

Total                           40 out of 126

Thursday, June 09, 2011

From Google Gola to Facebook Chat

I dont really need to say/write anything .. the pictures speak for themselves ...