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Vote or Die!

By on May 7, 2009 in Stop The Press | 38 comments

Today is the day to vote, people (staying in Delhi)! Let’s do better than Mumbai, shall we? (Gaaa! I won’t be able to vote since my name is not on the electoral lists yet.) I posted this earlier, but I feel it’s necessary to repeat this message from Puff Daddy on the importance of voting. A lot of campaigns have been launched in India for the election process. Google India launched a site dedicated to information on the Lok Saba 2009 elections in association with Hindustan Times. One of the most energy-filled – and irritating jingle-filled campaigns – has been the Pappu Doesn’t Vote campaign, brainchild of Delhi electoral officer Satbir Bedi. Tata Tea is laughing all the way to the bank over the success of its Jaago Re ad campaign, which is reported to have excellent brand recall. FM channels have played their part too (apart from the irritating Pappu jingles). Times of India jumped into the fray too with its Lead India campaign. The least Times of India could have done is to come up with a their own idea for Lead India. Check out this TVC called Kuch Nahi Ho Sakta… …and compare it to the American Don’t Vote campaign… The only difference that I see is that the Indian version has ham acting, but let’s forgive these people as they are not talented. What’s left to rip-off then – Declare Yourself? Actor Vinod Tiwari (the guy in Jaago Re ads) seems to have got a theka from God-ji to to star in all ad campaigns even remotely related to voting. He’s the poster boy for the No Criminals campaign, Too bad he’ll probably be out of work for the next five years then. What would be interesting to see is how many of these websites (US or Indian) are around uring the time of the next elections. Then we’ll know that corporate India cares about these things rather than just trying to piggy-back on a ‘charitable’ cause. Who am I supporting this election (even though I can’t vote)? There’s no doubt it’s Congress. Congress might have done wrong things in the past but if you’re talking about now they are the most sensible party of all. Can you imagine Mayawati sitting across the table with Barack Obama in a global leaders summit? There’s a reason why Pakistan walks away with so many lollipops from the global community and India remains furiously indignant – and that’s because our neighbours across the border have more smooth-talking heads of state. (George Dubya sure must have found understanding Musharraf easier than Pranab Mukherjee.) Besides, BJP is the only viable alternative available (let’s not kid ourselves. ‘Third Front’ / ‘Fourth Leg’ / ‘Fifth Hand’ whatever is a myth) and I definitely do not want them to come to power. They speak as if the economic situation would have been any better had they been in power. It’s a global recession dammit! For LK Advani’s online advertising campaign alone BJP is spending Rs 230 crores on Google AdSense (I came across the data in a newspaper, but couldn’t track down the link right now). I even saw LK Advani ads on TechCrunch once. Since AdSense slots are sold on an auction basis, BJP must be placing ridiculously high prices to outbid everyone else and get itself display on a high-traffic website like TechCrunch. The level of maturity they show with nothing but pure rhetoric attacks makes me feel glad that we have a D.Phil from Oxford and an MBA from Harvard at the helm managing financial matters in these difficult times. Besides, if Congress loses or an unstable coalition is formed, then stock market is going to take a sharp dive. Not good for currency exchange rates. Oh, and if you want to stay up-to-date with all news on Indian Lok Sabha elections 2009 check out Yahoo! India’s website on it. It features comprehensive news coverage from various media, quick facts about parties, videos, manifestoes, quotes, et al. Don’t miss the ‘Compare Manifesto’ feature! And those who can – get out there and...

Vote for South Park!

By on Apr 20, 2009 in Reviews, Stop The Press | 0 comments

photo credit: – the official website of award-winning TV series South Park – has been nominated for a Webby Award in Entertainment (Humor) category! The Webby Awards are the ‘Internet-equivalent’ of the Oscars, previous winners being the Who’s Who of the online world. Webby Awards is famous for its acceptance speech rules: the acceptance speech by any winner must be no longer than five words. (I believe the rules may be changed to make it ‘140 characters’, IF Twitter finds a business model AND becomes a sponsor of the Webby Awards.) I wonder what Trey Parker and Matt Stone are going to say when (if) they win this award. can also win a Webby People’s Voice Award. (One set of Webby Awards is chosen by a jury, another set is based on votes from the general public who vote online on Webby website.) You’ve time to vote till 30th April, and then the results will be declared on 5th May. So all South Park fans (and even if you aren’t a fan) please go and vote now for South Park! If you don’t, I’ll come over to each one of my readers who doesn’t vote and kick them squaw in the nuts. is beautifully designed and offers a lot of ‘stuff’ for fans too. You can watch complete episodes of ALL shows online, watch shorter clips (embed them on your site even), create your own South Park avatar, download ‘crap’, discuss with others on forums, get behind-the-scenes news, […I’m running out of breath now…], ask questions directly to the creators of the show…[drops due to exhaustion]. My point is, there’s a LOT on the site – and it’s definitely funny. I’ll leave you with a joke from a recent South Park episode Fishsticks (it only works with guys): Q: Do you like fishsticks? A: Yes Q: Do you like putting fishsticks (pronounce as ‘fishdicks’) in your mouth? A: Yes Q: Then what are you, a gay fish? RAPPER KANYE WEST WAS PARODIED IN THIS EPISODE AND HE WROTE A RESPONSE ON HIS BLOG IN ALL CAPS. In the episode’s climax, Kanye West has an epiphany and realises that he’s a gay fish. That whole song was sung by Trey Parker. Listen to complete, uncensored version of the song Gay Fish by Trey Parker (so hilarious!). I’m seriously. Just go and vote for South...

Not quite ‘Phineas and Ferb’

By on Jan 20, 2009 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

Merry Xmas

By on Dec 25, 2008 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Merry Christmas to all ye folks. If you haven’t received your gifts yet, find out where in the world Santa is stuck right now. And watch the video below to get a backstage view of how Santa works. The Mr Hankey Runner-Up Award for the Best Worst Christmas Joke of the Year goes to the Hindustan Times editorial team for the following: What do you call a person who doesn’t like Christmas? Claustrophobic …And this year’s Winner of the Mr Hankey Award for the Best Worst Christmas Joke of the Year goes to @ceetee I think I’ll skip work today. Its Jesus’ bday today for Christ’s sake! PS – Mr Hankey. Now that’s what you call ‘toilet...

Code Wars 2008 Downloads

By on Nov 21, 2008 in Personal | 18 comments

Post talking about Code Wars 2008 would be coming soon, but first I thought I should go ahead and put the question papers for download. (A lot of people have been waiting for it eagerly.) I won’t do much discussion of the papers here. All of these are zipped files, and contain all stages of the event (wherever applicable). Code Wars 2008 – Programming (~192 KB) Code Wars 2008 – N-Crypton (~473 KB) Code Wars 2008 – Crossword (~168 KB) Code Wars 2008 – Quiz (~24.3 MB) I would love to have feedback from people on how you think the papers were. Especially the quiz and the crossword (because those were made by me). More discussion on those in my later post. I’m also uploading some of the best digital imaging entries we received. The topic was ‘Eric Cartman for President...