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Bike ride(Cycling) from Hyderabad to Nagarjuna Sagar

| Posted in Cycling, Fun, Hyderabad, Politics, Thoughts |

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was originally posted here.

Rode 323.66kms in 15hours (a 2 day ride to Nagarjuna Sagar from Hyderabad and back)

One awesome Ride!
Best part; Lost about 1.5kilos during this ride(though we ate a LOT of food), feel proud that i helped someone.
Worst part; Had to do some Mud Fighting(read below, its long!).

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Best LED Bike Lights – Night, City Riding and Commuting

| Posted in Cycling, Gadgets, Reviews and Opinions |

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This post is a reply/continuation to a discussion on BikesZone.com forums: this and this.  The discussion is about which lights to use the usual battery types like AA or special battery types like 18650 and which specific lights. So here you go:

The AA or AAA lights that are generally available to us in India or no match to 18650(battery type) lights in their lumens(lighting power), built quality and LED life. Not just 18650 lights, but any good brands like Fenix, Solarforce, JETBeam, NiteCore, EagleTac, Olight, Quark/4Sevens, SureFire, Etc., product some high quality flashlights. But lets limit this discussion to Solarforce, Fenix, Magicshine and 18650 vs AA lights.

 

Here is a brief of what the 18650′s are about:
18650 lights are all tactical lights and NOT generally cheapo quality lighting. If you have a wish to loose your eyesight, just look directly into them and its fulfilled instantly. Well there are both the good quality LEDs and medium quality LEDs(Bulbs I mean) in these lights. But I am yet to see one useless LED bulb from the good brands. Single cell 18650 lights are usually around 220-320 lumens.
(FYI: there are several high quality, durable, dependable AA lights which can be used for biking but rechargeable, high power, anytime, anywhere takes me to 18650 types)

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An Open Letter to Aamir Khan, the Entire Film Fraternity and my Fellow Indians

| Posted in Blogging, India, Movies, News, Reviews and Opinions, Thoughts |

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This post is to Bollywood as well as my fellow country men and woman.

To the Bollywood first- My Name Is Khan Movie PosterGuys, what the heck is wrong with you all? sometimes you talk like you are great people, know only to do good things and can lead people in the right way. But when it comes to actually doing the deed. You play dead?

Fuck Man. Seriously! – Animals are better than us. If one Crow is dying or dead, all the crows come together. When one of your own is being bombarded with threats by some goondas, you all play dead?

Ya we know you have professional rivalries. Professional rivalries should be only be kept to professional matters. But when one of your own is being targeted by some ass hole goons – where the heck were you all? Don’t have balls to come out?

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“Life” – a Fantastic BBC & David Attenborough Nature Documentary Series in HD

| Posted in Amazing Pictures, Movies, Nature, Photography, Reviews and Opinions, Wildlife |

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Once in a while you come across something extra-ordinary that will make you open your mouth and say WAAAW!. Nature is full of that WAW and many such things are captured in Full HD in the BBC Documentary Series called “Life“. Produced by the BBC Natural History Unit using state of the art filming technology. For nature lovers, this is bigger than James Cameron’s Avatar 3D.

Life - BBC Earth HD Documentary Series

Narrated by none other than David Attenborough – the series is spectacular in showing the goodness of nature as well as telling the story in a way that you will forget yourself and wont realise your mouth is open since a loong time.

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Full Moon in HD – Brightest and Biggest Full Moon in 2010

| Posted in Amazing Pictures, India, Nature, Photography, Travel, Videos, Wildlife |

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Full Moon in HDHad been to our native place last weekend and with a brand new HD camcorder (Canon Vixia HF20), I was desperate to film something or rather everything. Luck was in pocket that day and My Grand Father said he has read in newspaper that today we can see the brightest and biggest full moon in 2010 (at 8PM on January 30th, 2010 – read article below). And why would I leave such opportunity to test the Zoom and Hi-Definition in camcorder. I had my Photo tripod positioned by evening and was ready to go. Captured a loooot of Full Moon around 8PM.  This is known as Wolf Moon in the West. This being the second Full moon in the same month, it is also a Blue Moon. It sure appeared to be bigger than normal. Happy Moon and Happy Me.

Here is one of several clips of that day:

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Your AdWords Account has stopped running today! – Google AdWords Phishing Scam Emails doing rounds

| Posted in Adwords, Google, Internet |

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If you received an email saying “Your AdWords Account has stopped running today” or “One of your Google AdWords Customer’s account has stopped running this morning” and if it is not addressed to you directly using your name or email or customer account number, its 100% a phishing scam email.

These emails wont have your email address in the “to” field, they are sent to undisclosed recipients and the email also wont have your account number.

They might have content something like this:

Your Google Adwords Account has stopped running this morning.
Some of the ads have stopped running today (Thursday, 4 February 2010, 04:34:08). We had encountered a number of problems with some of our servers that crashed this morning and at this time we cannot check to see what customer accounts are now running 100%.

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I want my Andhra Pradesh back or my Hyderabad back. Or my Tax back!

| Posted in Hyderabad, India, Politics, Thoughts |

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Andhra-Telengana [Image Source: IBN-Live.com]For those who don’t know me: I’m writing this as an Indian First, then an Andhra Pradesh Native and then an Hyderabadi.
 
This part of the post is to all the Telengana agitators and supporters – NOTHING is going to change people. It is you who should change. All you will be left with is dirty politics, corruption and naxalism. TRS or Congress or any other party is doing what ever you think ‘they are doing for good’ is NOT for your good but for the temporary power and to make something out of your sentiment. They are going to LOOT you. Everyone has a regional sentiment. That doesn’t mean you should go on the roads, protest and pelt stones at whatever you can when some selfish man says we need a separate state so that he too can be in power, don’t you think of how is it going to benefit you? How is it going to be different? Unless you are planning to send out all Andhra people out of Hyderabad and occupy their homes and properties. Is that your plan? Because I remember very well KCR saying this a few days back "Andhrawala Bhagoo, Telenganawala Jaago". Is that what you are up to? If that’s the case, then bring it on. We are all used to fighting for everything right? Fight with other states, fight with other religions, fight with other castes, fight with everyone you can whenever you get a chance. That is how we are always in India right? Bring It On!!!

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1 Calf, 6 Lions, 2 Crocks and a 200 Strong Herd of Buffalos – Its Called The Battle at Kruger

| Posted in Amazing Pictures, Internet, Nature, Photography, Videos, Wildlife |

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Being a Big Fan of Channels like Discovery Channel, National Geographic Channel, The Animal Planet and The Travel and Living, there is no day that I watch TV without seeing what’s running on these channels. Yesterday was just one of those days when I was watching NGC’s Most Amazing Moments and I soon realized I was watching one of the best wildlife video footage ever caught on tape.

Well, It was an 1hr30min episode on NGC. Normally any episode lasts for only 30 or 60min right? Well, this was special, very special. We are talking about a holiday video which was set to be one of the best wildlife video ever shot. It is now the most watched wild life video on YouTube. The video tops all other wildlife videos posted by BBC, NGC, Animal Planet that were shot by full time professional wildlife photographers.

The NGC’s documentary mentioned the video on YouTube, no of views it got and highlighted at least 2 dozen good comments among some 30K comments at the time of creation of the NGC documentary, I’m guessing that was in 2008. The video was shot in September 2004 according to Wikipedia.

Battle at Kruger is an eight-minute amateur wildlife video that depicts an unfolding confrontation between a herd of Cape Buffalo, a small pride of lions, and one or two crocodiles. The video was shot in September 2004 at the Transport Dam watering hole in Kruger National Park, South Africa, during a Safari guided by Frank Watts. It was filmed by videographer David Budzinski and photographer Jason Schlosberg.

The Video on YouTube now has close to a 50 million views and 60K comments. The video was all over the press, both News Papers and News Channels. Check out the press section on this site.

In one line, this is one such footage, that professional wildlife photographers with all those top quality equipment and by spending all their life in the wild will die to capture at least 1/4th of it. And when some guy on a holiday gets it just like that, you can only imagine how it feels for a Pro.

Dereck Joubert, a photographer and writer for National Geographic says in the NGC documentary:     "There is no doubt at all that the tourist who shot that scene was unbelievably lucky. I mean, we would’ve considered ourselves lucky to have had that whole scene happen in front of us."

Watch it and I am sure you will learn something and will never forget it.

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World Map for Threatened or Arrested Bloggers

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Bloggers in jail or threatened - Threatened Voices

Global Voices (Globalvoicesonline.org) has an interactive map “Threatened Voices” showing bloggers who have been threatened, arrested, or killed for speaking out online. China has the most with 33 on record; Egypt is a close second with 29. India has none? I love my country! checkout the map here.

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Internet and YouTube is not just for the Internet Junkies

| Posted in Internet, Travel, Videos |

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Here is a beautiful case study of a taxi driver who is winning customers from a simple video on YouTube.

It was Devesh Mishra’s friend from Singapore who shot the video and uploaded it on YouTube. “I know a little bit of English as I am intermediate (10+2) educated. However, in the video, I was helped by my friend as he told me what exactly to speak in front of the camera,” the taxi driver reveals. Mishra further informs that eight foreign travellers have so far contacted him and five of them have turned out to be good business.

According to Mishra it was amazing to get such response and this made him understand the power of internet. “It was a wise decision as I eventually understood that I could not have reached those consumers if I had advertised on some other media. Internet helped me to reach out to foreign customers,” he said.

Internet has now become an important part of Mishra’s life. “I created my email id on Yahoo and now I religiously surf the internet at least twice a week. I get hundreds of emails every week. Most of the mails are from foreign travellers looking for my services. I also visit Yahoo and Google to be always updated about latest happenings,” he said.

Get the full story here.

See? Now that’s a good case study of how the Internet can be put into use.

But, well if you think what kind of accent this man has,.. He is an ordinary Local Taxi Driver, You are not looking at a pilot. Are you?

I Wish Good Luck and Success to this man who is for sure going to be a role model for several others.

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