Tuesday, October 30, 2007


It was about 8 pm tonight. I was alone at home. Upstairs. Fully focussed on an interesting investigation for work.

Then, I heard someone crashing into the apartment wall. Things fell. There were heavy footsteps running up the stairs. More running. More banging on the wall. My adrenaline surged. I screamed at the intruder, letting him know that I was home and warning him to leave. Then, I slowly walked down the stairs gearing for someone to jump out at me. I opened the apartment door and stepped out. It looked like all that noise and commotion had brought some of my neighbors to their doors too.

I had just experienced my first earthquake!! Welcome to California!!! Happy Halloween!!!!

Monday, October 29, 2007

This weekend's barbecue

We hosted a group of our friends yesterday for barbecue. Apart from all the food we grilled, we also got to eat a wonderful cake Ishani baked for my birthday (later this week). It was fun having our smallish living space packed with friends.

Aaron took a bunch of wonderful pictures. I combined those with a couple we took into a video. I was playing around with different soundtracks for the video and found it funny how people look serious when the music is haunting, though the mood was light.

(Music from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, tracks 18 and 11 - Forward to Time Past and Hagrid the Professor)

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Eventful Weekend

In stark contrast to some of the recent lazy weekend, this weekend was kinda packed
In other news this weekend, JK Rowling declared that Dumbledore is gay and Google home page turned black in San Francisco in support of the city's Lights out San Francisco. Note, setting the home page black apparently does not save power, particularly on LCD monitors.

Monday, October 8, 2007

Internet People: A crash course on buzz videos

A friend recently pointed me to this cool video called Internet People.

It is a clever compilation of some of the memorable characters in the Internet world. I recognized a few videos, but realized I did not know most of these characters. Therefore, I set about identifying the characters that were called out in this video. I found some funny, some outright mean (and passing as humor), some pointless, but the vast majority entertaining. As I watched the videos, I was struck by the low-tech/low-cost production of most of these videos and the millions of eyeballs that have feasted on them.

My favorites are Evolution of Dance , Ok Go and Lazy Sunday Rap. If you are in the mood for some sillies, may I suggest Peanut butter jelly time, Sneezing baby panda and Tom Cruise kills Oprah!!.

I am not sure if I got the right videos for some of the characters and for some I dare not provide a link (Ishani and I got a shocker of a lifetime when we brought up goatse). It is safe to say that you might want to avoid watching many of these videos at work, particularly the ones I've marked "expletives". But if you are looking to kill some time, or catch up on the events in the Internet buzz world, enjoy!

Dramatic prairie dog
Starwars Kid
Numa Numa
Back Street boys lip synch
Napster bad (expletives)
Winnebago Man (expletives)
Jib jab (sample)
GI Joe cartoons (sample)
We like the moon
Superbowl is gay (expletives)
Ask a Ninja (sample)
lonelygirl15 (sample)
Average Homeboy
House of Cosby
Chad Vader
Lazy Sunday Rap (very very cool!, SNL)
The kid from brooklyn (expletives)
Bubb Rubb
George Lucas in Love
Kramer's rant (expletives)
Myspace movie
Chunk Norris Facts (sample)
Telling it all (geriatric stories)
I kiss you
Stanley Kubrick audition
Leroy Jenkins doesn't listen
Homestar runner (sample)
Grape stomp (mean)
All your base are belong to us
Ok Go (Cool!!!)
Shining trailer recreation
Sneezing baby panda
Dick in a box (explicit, SNL)
Rocketboom (sample)
Yacht Rock (?)
Snakes on a plane (music video, expletives)
Angry German Kid (expletives)
Otters holding hands
Dax Flame (sample)
Bride cutting hair
Steven Colbert roasting Bush (part 1)
Little superstar (and the real one too!)
Lightning bolt
Kelly shopping for shoes
Tom Cruise kills Oprah!! (way cool!!)
White and Nerdy (fun)
K-Fed Popozoa
Washington washington (explicit)
Ashley Simpson unsynched
Boom Goes the dynamite
Lily Tomlin in a fight (?)
Peanut butter jelly time (stupid, hilarious)
Christmas lights set to music (cool!)
Cptn Kirk singing Rocketman
Evolution of Dance (the best)
Chocolate Rain

Friday, October 5, 2007

Google Offsite

A couple of weeks back, I joined a group of coworkers participated in an off-site team event. We hiked in the morning and after cooking and eating lunch we sat around and discussed all things Google and web. As a new member of the team, it was great to hear some old time stories and get some more background on the company's culture and its evolution.

Here is an experimental video of our "brainstorming" session. I was not able to get my laptop to control the camera and shoot time-delayed shots. Instead, I took manual shots over a few hours and made this rough movie.

Did you spot my fancy hat?