Archive for August 29, 2011

Missin’ Michael Jackson

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Today, August 29th, would’ve been the King of Pop, Michael Jackson’s 52nd birthday. I definitely grew up watching MJ’s videos and dances. Like everyone else, I was mesmerized with his effortless moves. Without MJ, I’m sure many people would not have even pursued dance full time. I know I enjoyed dance class because I hoped one day I could dance like MJ. MJ passing away was by far one of the saddest moments in music history. I remember I was in Harvard Square sitting in my apartment when I read the news online. That whole night every car that went past the apartment complex was blaring an MJ song. It was a very strange moment, but everyone felt the loss. MJ will be missed and I doubt there will ever be an artist like that again during our lifetimes!

Here’s a bunch of the best tribute vids/songs that I’ve found, a couple of my fav MJ tracks, and an MJ comic I had drawn back in the day:

“This is It” – Sonu Niigaam fet. Jermaine Jackson (song tribute)

Shahid Kapoor “Michael Jackson” Filmfare Awards 2010 tribute

Suleman Mirza “Michael Jackson” dance on Britain’s Got Talent

Wade Robson “Michael Jackson” tribute

Stockholm Dance tribute:

Navin Kundra feat. Jay Sean “Fade Away” by Rishi Rich

“Billie Jean” – live (Michael Jackson)

“Remember the Time” – official Michael Jackson video

My web comic:
http://www.erraticbeat.com/comics/2010/02/21/nerds-eye-view-comic-7-touche-mj/

Hrithik’s Agneepath trailer out!

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AAAAAAAH SO excited to see this movie!!!  Hrithik looks like he did back when “Yaadein” came out!  Also, wow, Sanjay Dutt looks crazy different.

I haven’t seen the original Agneepath, so I won’t be able to judge yet on whether Hrithik Roshan lives up to the performance that legendary actor, Amitabh Bachchan, gave in the original.

Nevertheless, I’m still really excited to see the new movie.  I really enjoy action movies if the effects are good, so hopefully Agneepath will meet expectations.

 


CHECK OUT THE AGNEEPATH TRAILER LAUNCH AT URBANASIAN.COM

Also, Check out Urban Asian’s exclusive look at the new Kareena-Imraan starrer here

 

Ra.One Chammak Challo Trailer

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It’s rare when Bollywood comes out with a movie that I’m truly excited for.  However, Shahrukh Khan’s (SRK) Ra.One is one movie that I am really looking forward to.  I’m a huge fan of the sci-fi, artificial intelligence, superhero movie category.  So, I’m obviously very excited to see SRK’s superhero flick Ra.One.  The special effects in the movie look like they’ll be up to par with Hollywood’s effects.  SRK is one actor who has the funds to get the best special effects artists.  Plus, he is more creative than people tend to give him credit for.

 

The movie also stars one of my current favorite Bollwood actresses, Kareena Kapoor.  The Kareena-SRK pairing seems to work well.  For example, they acted together in the blockbuster, Asoka.  It also stars actor Arjun Rampal, who all girls will agree makes great eye candy on the screen.  His acting skills have improved over time, so I’m curious to see how he does playing the main villain, Ra.One, in the movie.

 

It doesn’t hurt that the movie has a decent soundtrack.  Akon actually sings on the track “Chammak Challo” which also happens to be used in the new Ra.One trailer!

 

Check out the trailer here:

Oh the irony! Irene not as bad as expected!

Well, Hurricane Irene was officially a lot weaker in MA-CT-RI than expected.  I think we got lucky because it changed course and went further west through NY.  We still have some downed trees and branches, but I think expectations were that the damage would be 10x as bad as it was.  CT’s faced a lot of flooding, but our condo seems to be okay so far!  Hoping that things by Hartford are equally okay.

 

I guess on a positive note, the Hurricane forced us all to be technology-free for a while.  I think we all need to detox from Facebook, Twitter, etc. every now and then.  This summer, when I was in England, I actually went a month without my computer and internet.  It made for a very nice change.

 

I saw a post on Facebook that everyone’s been using as their status that pretty much sums up the Irene experience: “BREAKING NEWS: As Hurricane Irene prepares to batter the East Coast, federal disaster officials warn that Internet outages could force people to interact with other people for the first time in years. Residents are bracing themselves for the horror of awkward silences and unwanted eye contact. FEMA advises: “Be prepared. Write down possible topics to talk about in advance. Remember, a conversation is basically a series of Facebook updates strung together.””

 

It was nice stripping down to the basics – just family and fun!  Hope you were all safe in the storm and don’t have much damage!  xx

A Tale of Two Hurricanes

Apparently, the last major Hurricane that hit MA was Hurricane Gloria.  I was just 1 years old at the time.  I remember the event surprisingly vividly, but I remember not really understanding what was going on!  As far as I was concerned, we had all just decided to relocate to the basement to hang out there.  We had a roaring fire going in the fireplace, that added, as far as I was concerned, to the coziness of the night.

 

I didn’t understand the sense of fear that my parents displayed.  However, it was the first major Hurricane that had hit the area, so I can appreciate their fear now.  After all, the trees were swaying more than fans at a rock concert and the wind was whistling louder than ever.

 

Lucky for me I was just a little kid, so I didn’t have to deal with the true understanding of danger during a Hurricane.  I think I actually slept through a lot of it though. My sister was very little at the time as well, so we just busied ourselves playing with one another as usual.  We (and by “we” I mostly mean my sis) had a tea party going and were cooking with imaginary dishes with toy bowls and cups.  I remember asking my Mom for the saucer I had left by the window sill in the basement, but she said I couldn’t go near the window!

 

Perhaps the moment most ingrained in my brain is the cracking noise of a tree falling on our garage.  Moments before that my Dad had gone into the garage to listen to the radio.  We had a better signal from there for some reason.  Thankfully, he got back inside before the tree fell.  For a minute, I had thought my Dad was still in the garage, but he was in the room!  Sis and I resumed playing, while Mom and Dad checked out the damage from inside.

 

Beyond that, I don’t remember much.  After all, I was only 1…

 

This weekend, Hurricane Irene is bound for the north east coast again.  We had planned to end our vaca in MA and go back home to CT this Saturday, but those plans had to change.  My law classes on Monday got cancelled too!  Guess everything does have a silver lining!  So far, Irene has made her way to North Carolina, but we’re bracing for the worst.  I’m hoping all my friends on the East Coast stay safe!  I wish my sister were at home with my parents and I, but she’s on call this weekend.  While most people are evacuating, physicians have to turn into superheroes to brace the storm.  I wish she would just come to MA, so we can hold another tea party, but I guess the veil of innocence from childhood must be lifted to face the true realities of a hurricane.

 

Here’s hoping for the best thought!  Do any of you also remember Gloria?  What are you expecting from Irene?

Evacuation Zones for Hurricane Irene

I’ve been hunting around the internet to locate good lists of the evacuation zones for Hurricane Irene 2011.  Surprisingly the task is harder to do than anticipated.  So, for those of you who are having difficulty I have made a list of the useful links for you so you can find the evacuation updates:

 

CONNECTICUT:

http://www.governor.ct.gov/malloy/cwp/view.asp?a=11&q=485102

 

shelters list – http://www.infoline.org/referweb/MatchList.aspx?n;;0;;N;0;0;xyz;ExactPhrase

 

MASSACHUSETTS: CALL 2-1-1 FOR SHELTER LOCATION DETAILS

http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2011/08/hurricane_irene_emergency_shel.html

http://www.fema.gov/news/event.fema?id=15434

 

NEW YORK:

http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/203729/20110825/new-york-storm-hurricane-irene-nyc-long-island-rhode-island-cape-cod-boston-massachusetts-bay-manhat.htm

 

 

RHODE ISLAND

http://www.riema.ri.gov/evacuations/index.php

 

http://www.riema.ri.gov/preparedness/evacuation/

 

http://www.dot.state.ri.us/Hurricane/index.asp

 

 

VIRGINIA / NORTH CAROLINA

http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread745019/pg1

 

NEWS PAGES ABOUT THE HURRICANE PATH:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/24/hurricane-irene-path-maps_n_935195.html

http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/page?id=14355852

http://abcnews.go.com/US/hurricanes/page?id=14381208

http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2011/08/hurricane_irene_could_hit_western_massachusetts.html

Promo for Navin Kundra’s next track

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It’s no secret.  I’m a gigantic fan of Indian music.  However, although I am a self-proclaimed desi-musicholic, you have to be REALLY good for me to truly be a fan of your music.  So, trust me when I say that Navin Kundra is one artist that you definitely have to watch.  He’s a powerhouse of talent and very versatile – just youtube “navin kundra” and “covers” to see the full range of his talent.

 

Anyway, Navin’s released the promo for his upcoming track : “Nach Le”.  Do check it out!  I think it’s gonna be amazing!

 

 

Check out my article on the Promo only on URBANASIAN.com:

http://urbanasian.com/music/2011/08/promo-of-navin-kundras-nach-le/

 

Check out a comic I had drawn earlier for Navin:

http://www.erraticbeat.com/comics/2010/07/27/navin-this-comic-is-tere-liye-for-you/

 

Photo Credit: Prince Singh

Anyone up for Kati Rolls?

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If you love parody videos, you’ll definitely enjoy “Kati Roll” which is an Indian parody to Pitbull & Ne-Yo’s “Give Me Everything (Tonight)”. The parody is done by the “Brown Boys”, consisting of Raj Jhaveri aka The Urban Nerd, Sam Hasan, Omar Mirza, Khurram Ansari Mehtabdin, Shuja Shafqat and Atif Waseem Khan. Check out the “Give Me Kati Roll (Tonight)” music video!

 

Says Raj:

There aren’t really any Desi Youtube stars besides Jus Reign, AK Amazing, Diary of a Bad Man, and neither of them are from the U.S.A. We wanted to take it up a notch with this music video because we really are a crazy bunch!

 

Further details at:

http://urbanasian.com/bollywood/2011/08/get-some-kati-rolls-tonight-with-the-brown-boys/

 

 

Alien Dream

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Hey all-
Last night, like most of my nights, I had a weird dream. I dreamt that God was wicked hungry so he put me in a sandwich and was about to eat me. But then, he ran out of lettuce, and he put me back on Earth.

I wonder what a dream analyst would have to say about that one.

Anyway, here’s an interesting site to share with you all today:
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/35083220/ns/technology_and_science-science/?GT1=43001

Scientists are claiming that “alien life” may already exist on Earth. Maybe that’s the explanation for my craziness. Even if it’s not I shall blame it upon the “aliens”.

Hope you are all having a wonderful week.
~Roopa

Steve Jobs Resigns as CEO of Apple?!

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It’s been rumored for a while that Steve Jobs would be resigning as CEO of Apple, but I didn’t think he’d do it so soon.  He’s still staying on as chairman, so I’m assuming he’ll still be fueling all the innovation at Apple.  I just hope it’s not because his health is getting worse.

 

Being in the computer industry – I have a programming and web design degree – I, like many other tech geeks truly respect Steve Jobs!  I was lucky enough to hear him give a talk at a IT conference in Boston when I was 10 and got to meet him as well.  He was very polite and was a brilliant speaker – so enthusiastic and on point.  It was evident how much he loved developing software and coming up with ideas.  Truly an inspiration.

 

I think having met Steve Jobs helped inspire me and lead me down the road of programming.  Of course, I’m now set to get a law degree, but the tech bug has never left me.  I hope his health is ok.  He’ll be missed as CEO of Apple, but the change was bound to happen at some point.  I hope that Tim Cook proves to be as good of a leader as Jobs.

 

More details at Reuters: http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/08/24/us-apple-idUSTRE77N82K20110824