Monday, June 9, 2008

Feeling Stupid????? Read this & You wont ;-)



(On September 17, 1994, Alabama's Heather Whitestone was selected as Miss America 1995.)
Question: If you could live forever, would you and why?
Answer: 'I would not live forever, because we should not live forever,

because if we were supposed to live forever, then we would live forever,

but we cannot live forever, which is why I would not live forever,'
--Miss Alabama in the 1994 Miss USA contest.
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'Whenever I watch TV and see those poor starving kids all over the world,

I can't help but cry. I mean I'd love to be skinny like that,

but not with all those flies and death and stuff.'
--Mariah Carey
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'Smoking kills. If you're killed, you've lost a very important part of your life,'
-- Brooke Shields, during an interview to become

spokesperson for federal anti-smoking campaign .
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'I've never had major knee surgery on any other part of my body,'
--Winston Bennett, University of Kentucky basketball forward.
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'Outside of the killings, Washington has one of the

lowest crime rates in the country,'
--Mayor Marion Barry, Washington, DC.
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'That lowdown scoundrel deserves to be kicked to death

by a jackass, and I'm just the one to do it,'
--A congressional candidate in Texas.
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'Half this game is ninety percent mental.'
--Philadelphia Phillies manager, Danny Ozark

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'It isn't pollution that's harming the environment.

It's the impurities in our air and water that are doing it.'
--Al Gore, Vice President
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'I love California. I practically grew up in Phoenix.'
-- Dan Quayle
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'We've got to pause and ask ourselves: How much clean air do we need ?'
--Lee Iacocca
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'The word 'genius' isn't applicable in football.

A genius is a guy like Norman Einstein.'
--Joe Theisman, NFL football quarterback & sports analyst.

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'We don't necessarily discriminate.

We simply exclude certain types of people.'
-- Colonel Gerald Wellman, ROTC Instructor.
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'Your food stamps will be stopped effective March 1992 because

we received notice that you passed away. May God bless you.

You may reapply if there is a change in your circumstances. '
-- Department of Social Services, Greenville, South Carolina
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'Traditionally, most of Australia's imports come from overseas.'
--Keppel Enderbery

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'If somebody has a bad heart, they can plug this jack in at night as

they go to bed and it will monitor their heart throughout the night.

And the next morning, when they wake up dead, there'll be a record.'
--Mark S. Fowler, FCC Chairman

Saturday, June 7, 2008

The Death Of torrentspy.com


Im sure all you "seeders", "leechers" out there must be as disappointed as me with the shutdown of torrentspy.com. Though everyone knew that something of this sought MIGHT happen , nobody actually thought that the issue would blow so out of proportion that it would bring the site itself to a close. Yes it was one of the most trusted sites in terms of downloading be it the quality, the comments or the sheer magnitude of downloads available. Ofcourse this has given a boost to the other torrent sites which otherwise were not in d same league as torrentspy. I guess right now btjunkie is ruling the roost.Will it suffer the same fate too? I really hope not :(
This is what torrentspy had to say after closing down-

"Friends of TorrentSpy,


We have decided on our own, not due to any court order or agreement, to bring the Torrentspy.com search engine to an end and thus we permanently closed down worldwide on March 24, 2008.


The legal climate in the USA for copyright, privacy of search requests, and links to torrent files in search results is simply too hostile. We spent the last two years, and hundreds of thousands of dollars, defending the rights of our users and ourselves.


Ultimately the Court demanded actions that in our view were inconsistent with our privacy policy, traditional court rules, and International law; therefore, we now feel compelled to provide the ultimate method of privacy protection for our users - permanent shutdown.


It was a wild ride"

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Nike's First Cricket Commercial

Im sure most of you guys have checked out the Nike Cricket Commercial thats being shown on TV(If you havent seen it, check out the videos section here). Well its Nike's first cricket related commercial & keeping in tune with the superb commercials they come up with, this one too is absolutely amazing. What I like about it is the raw energy that you see on the screen. Its almost what you see on the streets with ofcourse the OVERTHE TOP execution which is so much like our Hindi movies. The other unique feature of the commercial & a refreshing one at that is that the cricketers (Sreesanth & Zaheer Khan) are just onlookers in it & not the main attraction which is also a deviation from the normal for Nike which is known to make Star centric commercials.The brains behind the commercial say that they wanted to depict how cricket is played on the streets in India.According to them " On our streets in India, cricket is played in the toughest, meanest and best way.These players are as tough, mean and hard (as international cricketers)". "'Gutsy Cricket' was the concept behind the Nike cricket ad. You just cant help but smile everytime you see it

Here are some interesting facts about the ad-
1.Its Nike's first cricket Commercial.
2. It took half an hour to script the Commercial!!! (That was quick, was'nt it???)But they made sure that everything was right....Did you hear the...."Balcony, ball dena" which is so typical of the lingo in Mumbai. Also the guy in the balcony clipping his nose hairs & the statue,all show the detail into which they have gone.
3. It took a month to shoot the commercial!!!(Some movies are shot in a month)
4. The commercial was shot on the sets of Karjat in Mumbai
5. The set was very close to the sets of the reality show "Big Boss". Infact some of the cricket balls during the shoot landed on the Big Boss site.Even the elephant in the Nike ad ventured onto the Big Boss sets.(I guess Rakhee Sawant frightened it off the sets)
6. The buildings shown are facades with nothing behind.
7. The actors in the ad are actually professional stuntsmen
8. The song used in the commercial is actually a reinvention of an old goan number.I managed to get the original song. Its called Bebdo.Its in the Music section here. The song in this commercial is sung by Ella Castelino.The lyrics when translated to english goes like this-

'Wait, partner, wait
First let me play
If you don't play, I'll keep chasing you all day
Our game is like this only
Where we have no time to think
It is the game of cat and mouse
That I have begun to love
And in the falling running breaking
My destiny is entwined'





All in all a great job done by the Nike team!!!!