Thursday, August 30, 2007

Chak De India becomes part of Oscar library now

After scoring a huge success at the box-office, Shah Rukh Khan starrer Chak De India has now become a part of the Oscar library.

A copy of the screenplay has reached the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, which hosts and hands out the Oscar Awards, to be a part of their script collection.

The film, written by Jaideep Sahni and directed by Shimit Amin, has impressed the critics and audience alike in India.

The invitation an acknowledgement that the screenplay of Chak De is comparable with the best in the world, and will become an invaluable asset for future generations of filmmakers, says the official release from the Yash Raj Film, which has produced the film.

The scripts in the collection reside at the Margaret Herrick Library or Oscar library and are accessible for research purposes only.

Film students, filmmakers, writers and actors are among the regular patrons of the institution.

As the film goes from strength to strength at the box office, it is a tribute to the entire team that helped make Chak De India such a universal success, critically and commercially, the release adds.

Among few others that have made it to the library earlier are Namastey London, Salaam Namaste, Lagaan and Phir Hera Pheri.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Chak De India! In football feat, India lift Nehru Cup

New Delhi: India's footballers have scripted a memorable chapter in their history by winning the Nehru Cup. Their opponents in the final Syria, were ranked 398 places above them in the FIFA rankings but on the day India were just too good.

It was like a dream for Indian football fans, who witnessed one of the high points in the history of Indian football on Wednesday.

A warm summer evening in the Capital and a full house was in attendance for India's biggest football match in recent memory.

The early script went to plan as Syria were clearly rattled by an energetic Indian forward line. A push on captain Baichung Bhutia should have earned a red card; instead they were lucky to escape with just yellow.

Minutes later, India thought they were ahead with Baichung finding the back of the net but only to find the off-side flag up.

Syria responded well with a wave of attacks of their own, only to be denied by an alert Indian defence and goalkeeper Subrata Pal.

But just as the first half wound down, India struck, with N P Pradeep unleashing a left-foot scorcher to spark off wild celebrations.

The drama for the half wasn't over though. Syrian defender Wael Ayan was sent off in the sixth minute of injury time for a foul on Sur Kumar. The referee had a tough time controlling the melee.

India went into the break with the stadium buzzing and several familiar faces in the stands urging them on for the final flourish.

After an agonising six minutes of injury time, the final whistle sparked off wild celebrations. India had won their first major international tournament in five years and their first Nehru Cup in 13 attempts.

The Indian football's best came at the Olympics which was way back in 1956 when they were placed 4th. The team claimed the gold twice and the bronze once in the Asian Games. Four years later they took the gold in the Asia Cup and the silver in 1974.

They are three-time winners at the SAF Games. And won the LG Cup in Hanoi in 2002.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Top 10 Physically Modified People in the World

10. Leopard ManWhether he’s mad or not, 67yr old tom leppard seems extremely happy living in a hand-built home on the isle of skye, 99% of his body tattooed with leopard print. he spends his days reading, scampering about the place on all fours like a leopard and staying away from the hustle and bustle of modern society. for a man who looks like john locke after an intense mud fight he actually seems pretty pleasant…

9. Etienne DumontEtienne Dumont is an art & culture critic for a newspaper in geneva who just happens to be covered head to toe in some of the most vibrant tattoos i’ve ever seen. he also has silicon implants under the skin which give the horned appearance, 2.7 inch rings in each earlobe and plexiglass piercings through the nose and under his bottom lip. the best part has to be the blue rimmed glasses though, a perfect addition to an incredible look.

8. Rick Genest
without doubt the scariest human head i will ever see in my lifetime. there isn’t much information about mr genest himself on the internet (would you approach him for an interview?) but we do know the tattoo was crafted by the chaps at ‘derm fx tattoo‘ in montreal. job well done guys.

7. The Illustrated LadyJulia Gnuse (aka the illustrated lady) was born with a condition called porphyria which causes her skin to blister regularly and ultimately scar. in order to cover this up she started getting tattoos applied over the affected areas - after 10 years she was covered in the bastards and is now the most tattooed woman in the world.

6. Elaine DavidsonIn total, brazilian Elaine Davidson has the most number of tattoos and over 2500 piercings on her body, both internally and externally, approximately 500 just around the genitals. the total extra weight she carries due to this obsession comes to around 3kg and she is thankfully the most pierced person in the world. now living in edinburgh she claims to be too scared to go home to brazil due to the attention she’d attract possibly resulting in some kind of attack.

5. Kala Kaiwikala kawai has 67 piercings and 75 % of his body is tattooed so it’s a good job he chose a career in body modification, running his own studio in hawaii. he has stretched the holes in his earlobes to 4 inches, inserted various silicon implants on his head, can screw metal spikes into the top of his skull, has a split tongue and generally looks extremely frightening. also worth bearing in mind is that he split his own tongue using dental floss and did all his own piercings.

4. Pauly Unstoppable
With a name like ‘unstoppable’ you’d be stupid to give up on the modifications after a couple of earrings. this guy has surely the largest nostrils in the western world (if you look closely i’m almost certain you can see his brain) plus a huge array of other ‘body mods’ to his name including scars cut into his cheeks and forehead, a split tongue, domes implanted under the skin of his forehead and many many more.

3. The Lizardman
Born eric sprague in 1972, the lizardman was one of the first people to have a split tongue and in some circles is seen to be wholly responsible for the recent popularity of this particular modification. pretty much all of his body is covered in green scale tattoos, his teeth have been filed down to sharp points and he has numerous silicon teflon implants in his head.
Below is an interview with the lizardman - check out the forked tongue action.

2. Lucky Diamond Rich
it goes without saying that this guy is officially the most tattooed person in the world - he swiped the record from our friend tom leppard at #10 in 2006. he has tattoos everywhere, some of the stranger places including his eyelids, inside his ears and even on his gums. it’s apparently a work in progress and has so far included the efforts of hundreds of tattoo artists and over 1,000 hrs of pain.

Obviously, he can also swallow swords.
1. Stalking Cat

First place was always gonna go to 44 yr old dennis avner, aka stalking cat. i remember a few years ago watching a documentary about him and nearly crying when his face appeared for the first time, my brain simply wasn’t able to process the sight. he looks like a cross between jocelyn wildenstein and the beast from the old beauty & the beast tv programme and he’s gone the whole hog in terms of body modification: tattoos, silicon implants on his face, pointed teeth, surgically pointed ears, piercings, attachable whiskers, claws, a bifurcated top lip and even an animatronic tiger’s tail. he says he’s been going through these procedures for the past 20 years because he grew up in a native american tribe and his belief in their customs drove him to transform into his totem animal - the tiger.


Monday, August 27, 2007

Salman Khan in Jodhpur jail

Salman Khan was on Saturday lodged in the same jail and barrack where he had spent two days and three nights in 2006.

He was arrested and jailed soon after landing in Jodhpur from Mumbai to surrender in the black buck poaching case, after the Jodhpur district and sessions court on Friday rejected his appeal against a five-year prison term awarded by a lower court.

He was picked up from the airport here by a police team headed by additional superintendent of police Sawai Singh Godhara when he arrived with his brother Sohail and lawyer Dipesh Mehta.

Salman was produced before the chief judicial magistrate who had issued the non-bailable warrant, since he was not present in the sessions court when his appeal was rejected.

Hours later, a revision petition was filed on his behalf by his lawyer Hastimal Saraswatin at the Rajasthan high court challenging the five-year jail term.

Katrina Kaif visits Salman Khan in jail
The star, who is being held in barrack number 1, had a sleepless night on Saturday, sources said. He read a novel but avoided any interaction with other prisoners, they said.

Prisoner No. 343 in the Central Jail here, Salman Khan, had some special visitors on Sunday - his girlfriend Bollywood actress Katrina Kaif and other members of his family.

Katrina arrived here from Mumbai in the afternoon with Salman's brother Arbaaz and sisters Alvira and Arpita to meet the star, who was arrested on Saturday in the wake of a local court rejecting his appeal against a five-year jail term in a poaching case.

Though the jail's visiting hours for the day had ended, the superintendent allowed Katrina and the others to meet Salman for half an hour at 3 pm.

Sources said relatives can meet prisoners only between 9 am and 11 am on Sundays.

Katrina and Arbaaz refused to speak to reporters, who were waiting with Salman's fans at the airport here.

Salman, was arrested and sent to jail shortly after he arrived here on Saturday to surrender after losing his appeal in the chinkara poaching case.

The star, who is being held in barrack number 1, had a sleepless night on Saturday, sources said. He read a novel but avoided any interaction with other prisoners, they said.

After a breakfast of "chana" and tea, Salman was examined this morning by a medical team that found him healthy, sources said.

The actor is attired in the regulation white prison dress like everyone else and gets no special treatment.

"We will follow the jail manual strictly and no additional (facilities) will be provided to Salman," senior jail official Ota Ram said.

The actor would be allowed to meet three people in 15 days.

Since the actor had been sentenced to undergo ‘simple imprisonment', he would not have to do hard labour, the official said.

According to legal experts, Salman's bail plea can be taken up only on Monday. However, his lawyers filed a revision petition in the Rajasthan High Court on Saturday.

His counsel Hastimal Saraswat said: "We have filed a revision petition in the high court. Though the court does not sit on Saturday but the court office is open, so we are filing the petition. We will also plead for his bail when the court hears our petition."

Sun Certified Java Programmer.

This post is intended for SCJP exam. The Sun Certified Java Programmers Exam (SCJP) is the internationally recognized.

Earning a sun certification provides a clear demonstration of the core java scjp skills. This page is devoted to Java programmer certification, the exam which is commonly known as SCJP. The page contains links to several excellent resources for sun certification java.

Resources for java certification SCJP exam. There are mock exams and other useful java links availabe easily on the net.

For clearing SCJP tests you need to know the basics of core java. There are three variations in SCJP.

CX-310-025 for SCJP 1.2

Exam type - Multiple choice and short answer
Total Questions - 59
Pass score - 61% i.e. 36 of 69 questions must be answered

CX-310-035 for SCJP 1.4

Exam type - Multiple choice and short answer
Total Questions - 61
Pass score - 52% i.e. 32 of 61 questions must be answered

CX-310-055 for SCJP 1.5 / SCJP 5.0

Exam type - Multiple choice and short answer
Total Questions - 72
Pass score - 59% i.e. 43 of 72 questions must be answered

SCJP 5.0 is the latest Entry Level Certification exam provided by SUN Microsystems. SCJP 5.0 is based up on J2SE 5.0. I recommend that u should choose J2SE 1.4 as it has more resources on the web. The fee is around $150. You can buy a Voucher online and take the test at any thompson optometric center (the voucher would be valid for 1 year using which you get 20% discount).

The recommended scjp books that you need to follow are:

1. A Programmer's Guide to Java Certification
by Khalid Azim Mughal, Rolf Rasmussen

2. Sun Certified Programmer & Developer for Java 2 Study Guide (Exam 310-035 & 310-027)
Kathy Sierra and Bert Bates

Saturday, August 25, 2007

The New Look Orkut.

Orkut is changing to attain a new stylish, sleek and modern look. Here is a blog report directly from the Orkut blog.
"When you think Google, you picture primary colors; when you think orkut, you see blue. And though we're updating the look, we're staying true to blue. We've added some rounded corners and new icons that make orkut look a little more sleek and modern. Check out a screen shot of the new homepage.

We're rolling it out to groups of users at a time over the next week.

So keep commenting about how you feel about this new look and about the orkutting blues.

Thursday, August 23, 2007


Virtual Telescope from Google Earth called Sky

LONDON (Reuters) - Popular mapping service Google Earth will launch a new feature called Sky, a "virtual telescope" that the search engine hopes will turn millions of Internet users into stargazers.

Google, which created Google Earth to give Internet users an astronaut's view that can zoom to street level, said the service would be a playground for learning about space.

"Never before has a roadmap of the entire sky been made so readily available," said Dr. Carol Christian of the Space Telescope Science Institute, who co-led the institute's Sky team.

"Sky in Google Earth will foster and initiate new understanding of the universe by bringing it to everyone's home computer."

Like Google Earth, Sky will enable users to float and zoom in on over 100 million individual stars and 200 million galaxies. Users will view the sky as seen from earth.

It has created different layers which will show the life of a star, constellations, high-resolution images provided by the Hubble Space Telescope and a users guide to galaxies.

A backyard astronomy layer lets users click through stars, galaxies and nebulae visible to the eye, binoculars and small telescopes.

The imagery was stitched together from numerous third parties including the Digital Sky Survey Consortium, the United Kingdom Astronomy Technology Centre and the Anglo-Australian Observatory. The imagery will be updated over time.

Google Earth launched in June 2005 to combine its search service with satellite imagery, maps and 3D building to display geographical information of the world. The search engine says over 250 million people have downloaded it.

The Sky service will be available on all Google Earth domains, in 13 languages. Users will need to download the newest version of Google Earth which can be found at

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Product Advisory: Nokia BL-5C battery

Dear Nokia Customer,

This is a product advisory for the Nokia-branded BL-5C battery manufactured by Matsushita Battery Industrial Co. Ltd. of Japan between December 2005 and November 2006. This product advisory does not apply to any other Nokia battery.

Nokia has identified that in very rare cases the affected batteries could potentially experience over heating initiated by a short circuit while charging, causing the battery to dislodge. Nokia is working closely with relevant local authorities to investigate this situation.

Nokia has several suppliers for BL-5C batteries that have collectively produced more than 300 million BL-5C batteries. This advisory applies only to the 46 million batteries manufactured by Matsushita between December 2005 and November 2006. There have been approximately 100 incidents of over heating reported globally. No serious injuries or property damage have been reported.

Consumers with a BL-5C battery subject to this advisory should note that all of the approximately 100 incidents have occurred while charging the battery. According to Nokia's knowledge this issue does not affect any other use of the mobile device. Concerned consumers may want to monitor a mobile device while charging that contains a BL-5C battery subject to this product advisory.

While the occurence in the BL-5C batteries produced by Matsushita in the time-period specified is very rare, for consumers wishing to do so, Nokia and Matsushita offer to replace for free any BL-5C battery subject to this product advisory.

The BL-5C batteries which are subject to the product advisory were used with the following Nokia models or separately as accessories:

Nokia 1100, Nokia 1100c, Nokia 1101, Nokia 1108, Nokia 1110, Nokia 1112, Nokia 1255, Nokia 1315, Nokia 1600, Nokia 2112, Nokia 2118, Nokia 2255, Nokia 2272, Nokia 2275, Nokia 2300, Nokia 2300c, Nokia 2310, Nokia 2355, Nokia 2600, Nokia 2610, Nokia 2610b, Nokia 2626, Nokia 3100, Nokia 3105, Nokia 3120, Nokia 3125, Nokia 6030, Nokia 6085, Nokia 6086, Nokia 6108, Nokia 6175i, Nokia 6178i, Nokia 6230, Nokia 6230i, Nokia 6270, Nokia 6600, Nokia 6620, Nokia 6630, Nokia 6631, Nokia 6670, Nokia 6680, Nokia 6681, Nokia 6682, Nokia 6820, Nokia 6822, Nokia 7610, Nokia N70, Nokia N71, Nokia N72, Nokia N91, Nokia E50, Nokia E60

This product advisory applies also to the following accessories:

Nokia Wireless GPS Module LD-1W, Nokia Wireless GPS Module LD-3W

“Nokia” and “BL-5C” are printed on the front of the battery. On the back of the battery, the Nokia mark appears at the top, and the battery identification number (consisting of 26 characters) is found at the bottom. If the battery identification number does not contain 26 characters, it is not subject to this product advisory.

If you are interested to know if your battery is part of this product advisory, please follow the two steps below:

1) Switch off your mobile device and check the battery model. If your battery is not a BL-5C model, you are not included in this product advisory and your product will not be replaced.


2) If your battery is a BL-5C model, remove the battery and check the 26-character identification number from the back of the battery. Enter the identification number in the field below and you will be advised if your battery may be replaced.


For the link to the page for Battery identification number and replacement request is Click here.