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Movie Impressions: Thor

06-Jun-11

Saw at PVR Cinemas, Forum Mall, Kormangala

Ticket price : Rs. 180

3D/2D : 2D

What works?
The CG is really pretty. Especially the scenes where Thor’s home world of Asgard is shown. It’s visually striking and the most memorable part of the movie was in Asgard only.
The casting works as well. All the girls in the theater were drooling over Chris Hemsworth. Anthony Hopkins had a small role and his eye patch look was nice.Natalie Portman has a small role, nothing much to write.

What doesn’t work?
The whole execution of Thor being exiled from Asgard and him learning all about humility and humanity in one single night just by interacting with 3-4 humans is too shaky.
How would the meaning of being humble be ever understood by a person who has been arrogant for quite some time. Anyways the second half turns out to be okey-dokey.

Is it worth the theater trip?
Yes, the beauty of Thor’s Home world can only be appreciated on the big screen. The detail will be evident in theaters only.

NASA is SENDing YOUR NAME TO MARS : Me & my wife sent them.

04-Jun-11

Jet Propulsion Laboratory(JPL) has a Mars Science Laboratory(MSL) which has a unique project underway.Under the Send Your Name to Mars project they are taking names from world over. Those names will be taken in microchip put on the Mars Rover enroute to Mars in 2011.

Me and my wife have added our names already.

My Wife's Certificate.My Certificate.

There is a country wise participation list as well. As of 03 June 2011, US seems to lead the list with India coming in at third. I hope the participation from India keeps on increasing.

If you are interested then head immediately to the MSL site as the project closes on June 13th 2011.

Miracle of self discipline – audio book notes.

24-May-11

The following are the notes of my listening to the Miracle of Self discipline audio book by Brian Tracy.

Decision of clear thinking
think from all angles
sit for 30-60 mins with the problem
write down all points and think
think abt the assumptions made about the situation or the problem

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Hazards of Bengaluru – Mobile theft in BMTC’s Volvo.

19-Apr-11

I have shifted to Bengaluru in Feb 2011 and have been exposed to completely new environment. This IT city has its pros and cons. While the public infrastructure is way better than Pune. It has its own set of problems.

The most irritating is the total lack of bus-stop sheds throughout the city. There are different type of bus services. But all of them lack the sheds. So catching the bus can become a big task.

The other major problem is the mobile snatchers in the Volvo buses. I got a first hand experience of them with me losing the N8 in the Volvo bus. I could not even imagine that it was possible to steal the mobile from front pocket of a jeans. So for all commuters please be aware of the surroundings and keep track of belongings all the time. Traveling in the Volvo can make one a bit careless, like me.

Lifewerks gets going.

31-Mar-11

Hi All,

This is the first post of lifewerks@flaminghorns.com. I would be posting about some of the stuff as it happens. Things which are mundane or exciting but have nothing to do with the other topics being blogged@flaminghorns.com. My first post on things to be wary of in Bengaluru is underway and will be completed soon.

All kinds of feedback welcome.