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Movies 2013

Last year I had a silly resolution of noting down movies that I would watch ! Finally saw the LOTR series and Sin City. I saw a total of 122 movies.   Here is the complete list :-

01/01/13 Patiala House
01/05/13 Kismat Konnection
01/05/13 Do dooni char
01/16/13 Dulah mil gaya
01/17/13 Dus Kahniaayan
01/17/13 Compliance
01/20/13 End of Watch
01/20/13 This is 40
01/21/13 Oh my god (2008)
01/24/13 A wednesday
01/25/13 Hera Pheri
01/27/13 silver lining playbook
01/27/13 Django Unchained
01/27/13 Life of Pi
01/28/13 Knocked Up
01/30/13 The Perks of Being a Wallflower
01/31/13 Race 2
02/06/13 Les miserables
02/11/13 Upside Down 2012
02/12/13 Warm Bodies
02/16/13 Special Chabbis
02/24/13 Real steel
02/26/13 Dr Limptooth
02/28/13 Snatch
03/01/13 Saada adda
03/10/13 The first time
03/31/13 Secretary
03/31/13 Hansel Gretel witch hunters
03/31/13 The sitter
04/01/13 Identity theif
04/02/13 Traffic(2000)
04/17/13 Nautanki Saala
04/24/13 Heroine
05/02/13 Beautiful Creatures
05/04/13 21 and over
05/04/13 I give it a year
05/04/13 Sexy Evil GEnius
05/05/13 The Exam
05/05/13 Interview
05/08/13 Tape 2001
05/12/13 Parker
05/12/13 Side effects
05/12/13 Go goa gone
05/18/13 Matru ki bijlee ka Mandola
05/18/13 Aashiqui 2
05/23/13 Gippi
05/23/13 Phas gaye re obama
06/10/13 After earth
06/14/13 Stoker
06/18/13 Hangover III
06/18/13 Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani
07/06/13 Ranjhanaa
07/06/13 Fukrey
07/07/13 Donny Brasco
07/08/13 Admission
07/08/13 Spring breakers
07/09/13 Hop
07/16/13 Ghanchakkar
08/03/13 Jack the Giant Slayer
08/10/13 Evan Almighty
08/11/13 Olympus Has Fallen
08/16/13 Grownups 2
08/17/13 Mumbai Salsa
08/18/13 Space Warriors
08/18/13 Chasme Baddoor
08/18/13 Hundered and one Dalmations
08/24/13 X-men: First Class
08/24/13 Bringing Down the house
08/25/13 Darkest Hour
08/25/13 Titanic
08/25/13 Ladder 49
08/28/13 Confessions of a Shopaholic
09/13/13 The Canyons
09/15/13 Bhaag milka bhaag
09/15/13 This is the end 2013
09/20/13 Lovelace
09/21/13 Jobs
09/21/13 Aatma
09/23/13 No problem
09/24/13 Now you see me
09/25/13 Kickass 2
09/25/13 It’s kind of a funny story
09/30/13 X-Men: The last stand
10/06/13 The Bling Ring
10/11/13 Derailed
10/12/13 Welcome
10/13/13 The internship
10/13/13 Gravity
10/14/13 Woman on Top
10/14/13 The Waterboy
10/17/13 Devils Double
10/20/13 We are the millers
11/08/13 Before Midnight
11/09/13 Jack Reacher
11/13/13 Pain and Gain
11/13/13 To Do List
11/14/13 The Heat 2013
11/17/13 The Big Lebowski
11/17/13 Straw Dogs
11/17/13 Man of Steel
11/17/13 12 Angry Man
11/17/13 Bucket List
11/17/13 The man from earth
11/18/13 Moneyball
11/23/13 Remember the Titans
11/23/13 Enemy of the State
11/30/13 Somebody up there likes me
12/03/13 Alan.Partridge.Alpha.Papa
12/04/13 Wolverine
12/11/13 Hunger Games Catching Fire
12/12/13 Frozen 3d
12/13/13 Insidious 2
12/18/13 The Worlds End
12/22/13 Shuddh Desi Romance
12/22/13 Footloose
12/25/13 LOTR: The Fellowship of the ring
12/25/13 LOTR: The two towers
12/28/13 LOTR: Return of the King
12/28/13 Don Jon
12/28/13 The Hobbit : An Unexpected Journey
12/28/13 The fall 2007
12/30/13 Sin City

 

This years resolution will be to watch no more than 60 ;)

Adding Cache-Control and Expires header using s3cmd

Found a great command line tool for uploading content to s3 its called s3cmd. Was not able to find a resource anywhere so here is the command I used to set expires of an year

s3cmd put --add-header="Expires:`date -u +"%a, %d %b %Y %H:%M:%S GMT" --date "next Year"`" --add-header='Cache-Control:max-age=31536000, public'

Change the seconds and the –date value to your requirement of expiry time

Detecting Mobile browsers in webservers/ client side

Found a great resource for detecting mobile browsers. Here is the link http://detectmobilebrowsers.com/

It has scripts for nginx/apache/iis and other client/server side languages.

This being used on iStream.com ;)  

Serving Mobile users using nginx

Found a very good solution to the problem i was facing. 

Here is a nice resource which Andries used to redirect mobile users to the mobile website . 

I however wanted to serve different content from the same web address. I took this further and did :- 

location / {
if ($mobile_request = '1') {
proxy_pass http://127.0.0.1:<port-for-mobile>;
}
if ($mobile_request != '1') {
proxy_pass http://127.0.0.1:<port-for-normal>;
}
}

This way the 80 server can also use microcache rules based on the backend server. Hope it helps out a couple of folks. 

Tips for writing Resumes

After we released on December 15th . We have been actively looking for smart people to join iStream. I have been looking through a lot of resumes and have seen both the extremes. Our linkedIn advertisement was clicked by more than 500 people. And to shortlist them just based on their resumes was a painful task.  The quality of the resume writing didnt help in easing the pain.  So here are some of the points which would make your resume more attractive :-

  • Keep it short :- Ideally I would expect the resume to have max of 2 pages.  Write precise points, just one liners on your projects and your previous work experience. If you want to write essays then I have only one thing to say :-

  • Skill set :- Please write your strong skills first or indicate under a bracket your skill level in that skill. Also don’t  lie about your skill set. This is what we use for filtering, if we need Java guys, we want guys who know Java and not someone saw solved a bug in his roomates java project while he was furiously masturbating.  I have seen lot of people write JavaScript in their skillset and when I ask them to write a basic alert hello world program they are like :-

  • Style of the document :- I prefer text version of the document with no styling. But since people want to highlight their achievements etc. I would suggest to use to a very basic template and no CAPS, no 48 point text. Please keep it decent, I am not expecting a latex generated pdf :)
  • Important things first :-  Objective, Education, Experience and skill set should be the first four. This is what we look for while scanning your resumes.

I thought all these so called tips were common sense. But apparently not,  I have seen only few ( <30 ) resumes abiding all the above four points.

PS: We are hiring mail to maruti [at] istream.com with your resume.

The escape

It was pretty hard to imagine that he has just finished an interstate bikeride. Cause  few months ago, he didnt even know how to drive one.  Lapping just 4000 kms on bangalore roads gave him enough confidence to burn the rubber on NH7. Confidence ? His peers termed it stupidity, madness and a dozen other synonyms.

Completing the tedious journey, gave him even more confidence on his machine. Though his machine, failed him twice on the return journey. NH7 didn’t seem to like her and punctured her twice. After driving 6000 odd kilometers, zooming past vehicles in the traffic, challenging the dreadful bangalore traffic, definitely instilled enough confidence in him  to coin himself as the King of the road. If not the king, maybe one of the many princes. With skill came arrogance, and nature took its course. He became arrogant, inpatient and bossy on the road. Cursing the snail paced drivers and pedestrians on his way. He wanted the whole road for himself, taking his machine to the limits excited him. Little did he know that this arrogance had turned into stupidity and madness.

His group of friends wanted to watch the latest Hrithik flick. Tickets were booked, the sunday evening was very inviting to go out. His friends decided to take an auto and there was no question about his companion for the small journey. Midway they realized that they may be late for food also one of his friends had forgotten her  specs back home. It was a challenge to go back get the glasses and come back in time.  He was always up for challenges, especially when he was with his machine. He was back home in a flash. Time was running out and the traffic had thickened.

He had to zoom past a lot of vehicles, irritating them on his course. It was scary but he trusted his batmobile. He saw that few 100 meters in front of him was free of traffic, he pressed the accelerator to the maximum. Then out of nowhere, a big van wanted to take a U-turn from the opposite side of the road, he wanted to stop looking at him. One thought on both of their minds, “to let the other pass or to go ahead”.  Both of them were greedy. Both of them pressed the accelerator. It was too late for him to realize that his machine couldn’t go fast enough to get past the van without crashing into it.

It was natural of him to press the brakes. But sadly,  his batmobile couldn’t stop in that short distance. He watched as his batmobile skid and hit the van almost horizontally. And during this short time he kept questioning himself  “What went wrong?”. The last thing he remembered was his helmet protected head hitting the van. He woke up in the hospital with an unbearable pain in his head. The male nurses told him that he had a seizure right after the accident, and advised him to cool down and take rest. He had no memory of the seizure or the trip to the hospital.  The atmosphere in the hospital was not helping his present state, nor were the three letters “ICU” written on the door.  The arrogant prince of the road had turned into a scared fool.

Two weeks later, it broke his heart to see his batmobile shattered. He drove her to a service center to get her fixed. And a month later, and after a  lot of “I told you so”‘s  he could drive his batmobile again. There were no scars on the bike, but there was a permanent one etched in his memory. For the first time he let other vehicles pass, and saw other arrogant princes of the road zoom past him. He wanted to join them, but he didn’t want to hurt himself or his batmobile.  Maybe he had learnt his lesson,  he knew his accident could have been fatal, he knew there are others who loved him a lot and he couldn’t put all that on stake.

He is still fond of his machine, still exercises it to its maximum but only wiser to do it on empty roads and with safety.

PS: I completed 16000 kms about a week back :)

Death

My blog is averaging 40-45 hits per day. I remember the days, when I was among top growing tech blogs in wordpress also the day I got 1.5k visits in a day.

These days I get into this  loop:-  “Get an Idea to blog” -> “Write some crap” -> “Think it is better to post as a FB/twitter status” -> back to square one

So, I guess I have to give up on my blog. Though I want to write a lot on YUI, Liverpool, and other stuff in general. I am not finding time to do that, also Blog as a medium has started to suck. No offense, fellow bloggers :)

Adios

Summing up 2010

1. What did you do in 2010 that you had never done before?
Interstate Bike ride ( 1200+ kms to and fro )

Went to a Dance bar

Well lots of things in Gokarna, which i can’t list here :D

Smoked up from a hookah

First big house party

Sleeping on terrace

2. Did you keep your new years resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

What a load of crap

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

Yes, I have two new cousins and one bhanja. Fuck, my family needs to do better family planning :D

4. Did anyone close to you die?

Nope :D .

5. What date from 2010 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

This was an eventful year :D difficult to pick one :(

6. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
My first interstate bike trip
Taking up big responsibilities in my team.

7. What was your biggest failure?

Couldn’t go to my school reunion even though I was in hyderabad.

8. Did you suffer illness or injury?

Corn my heel. Let me rephrase, fucking corn on my heel.

9. Whose behaviour merited celebration?

Love of my life and friends in bang/hyd :D

10. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?

LOL, i don’t remember any

11. Where did most of your money go?
Food. Check my latest reviews of restaurants

12. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
My trip to Gokarna

13. What song will always remind you of 2010?
Kiss you thru the phone – Soulja Boy Tell em

14. Compared to this time last year, are you happier or sadder?
Its always a steep climb uphill

15. What do you wish you had done more of?
Trips outside bangalore

16. What do you wish you had done less of?
Eating. I am getting fucking fat already :|

17. Most memorable moments
Re-occuring question :|

18. Did you fall in love in 2010?

You mean again ?

19. How many one night stands?

0. Commited bandha hoon

20. What was your favorite TV program?
That 70s show!

21. What was the best book you read?

Not a book worm.

22. What was your greatest musical discovery?

Its a tie between Queen and Trance Music esp. Infected Mushroom

23. What did you want and get?I

Everything

24. What did you want and not get?

Nothing

25. What was your favorite film of this year?

Inception

26. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

I turned 22, the birthday was a blast

27. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

If my girlfriend had a twin sister, and she liked me too :D

28. What kept you sane?

Nothing,  I  am insane :D

29. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2010.

Bros before hoes :D

30. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.

We are the champions  ( from We are the champions – Queen )

PS: Taken from Himank’s Blog , who took it from Sunshine’s Blog .

PS2: I think my blog will hit 3 lakh hits at new years :D

Ultimate Gym/Workout Collection 2009

I listen to all type of music, rock/ rap / pop / indie / etc. etc. But when it comes to shaking a leg or working out, pop songs are the shit !

So my flat-mate, who is known for his eating abilities is thinking of losing some weight and asked me to make a playlist for him. And it turns out that he likes pop too. So I made up a list of 2009 songs which I liked the most and are suitable for working out. The list goes :-

  • Just Dance – Lady Gaga
  • Obsessed – Mariah Carey
  • Sweet Dreams – Beyonce
  • Fire burning – Sean Kingston
  • Right round – Flo Rida
  • Empire State of Mind – Jay-Z
  • Beautiful – Akon
  • So What – Pink
  • I gotta feeling – The Black eyed Peas
  • Hotel Room service – PitBull
  • Right now – Akon
  • Boom Boom pow – The black eyed peas
  • I know you want me – PitBull
  • 3 – Britney spears
  • Poker face – Lady Gaga
  • Down – Jay Sean
  • Sexy chick – david guetta

I am looking for more songs to make this list the Ultimate Gym/Workout collection of 2009 ;) Suggestions in comments please.

2009 – The turning point of my life

7 months in corp life, and life has taken a 180 degree turn. 2009 must be the most happening year of my life.  Leaving my second home, leaving all my friends behind in hyderabad and coming to bangalore was the most difficult decision I must have taken. Back then, my plan was clear 2-3 years in the company and woooshing away for MS/PHD. I wanted to get back to improving my coding skills by doing topcoder/spoj and other websites. And wanted to stay away from relationships for a while. Basically, become a uber g33k ( i.e more than I was back then :P ).

Plan was nice and implementable, and for one month I might have followed it too. But things started to change, the first major change was finding a good friend in my room-mate Shyam and getting introduced to his huge social circle in Bangalore. The second major change was getting a Bike, and zooming around in the city during the night. The time spent online started decreasing drastically to the point that now I am mostly online only in the office even though I have internet at home.

2009 has been an year of change for me.I became socially more confident, I was no longer the shy geek. From sitting around in IRC rooms to pubbing/disc’ing every weekend. From watching the download bar to watching the speed bar on my bike. From planning of going to an MS to liking the whole software engineering process. From thinking of staying away from relationship to having 2 flings. From staying in hyd fro 19 years to covering lots of parts of Tamilnadu,Kerala,Karnataka in trips.

2009 was a roller coaster ride for me.  But along with the ups there were lots of downs too, but I guess you can’t be perfect ;).
Now when I look back at some of my friends in hyderabad and  look at myself, I guess I took the right decision.

PS: please note its “some” of my friends and not “all”

PS1: And I know 2010 would be awesomer
PS2: I am not leaving ( or planning to ) Bangalore atleast for 5 years.
PS3: Old is definitely Gold, But New is Platinum :P
PS4: Once a g33k, always a g33k