Sunday, March 19, 2006

Daily Wage Labourer

After almost two years of posting photos on, a recent photo I took made it to the weekly photo contest finals! Now I don't know if my photo is really good or it made it because the other entries this week weren't, but I'm excited nonetheless.

If you want to see the page with the finalists, click on the link below —

Don't be looking around trying to find a way to vote, because you can't. Only registered members can vote there. That means there's no chance of me winning with regional/home state votes like it happens on some popular TV shows.

Update: Photo contest results are out!

and the winner is...

Friday, March 10, 2006


I had my cam when I was out last Sunday so I joblessly filmed some stuff. Few days back, I edited together the various clips and voila! you got yourself a music video!

Of course, my cam is meant for taking pictures, not filming videos (it can't even zoom while recording), so the video quality is really crappy. It's all dark and blurry, but the end result is kinda cool. You won't believe it, but the whole thing was shot in just 30 minutes or less! If by any chance you want to see it, ask me.

Edit: The video is now available for download!!

Brought the filesize down from 137MB to a mere 8MB so that my nanoaudience can have a look at it. Now hopefully someone will download it and leave comments (hint, hint).

Oh if the video doesn't play, you probably need the XviD codec.

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Ciencia '06

"This is ten percent luck, twenty percent skill
Fifteen percent concentrated power of will
Five percent pleasure, fifty percent pain
And a hundred percent reason to remember the name!"

So that's the poster I came up with for the technical fest we're having at college (for the first time) on 22 and 23 March. The mail with the poster specifications said "should be simple and decent", so that's why the poster is... uh, simple and decent. There's higher definition in the original image, which is 6000x4500 pixels. You won't believe what a major pain it was working with such a huge image. As the number of layers increased, Paint Shop Pro took around 20 minutes just to make a save! So I would click save, go have a wash, maybe eat something or bother someone on the phone and then get back hoping it was done. If I decide to do this again next year, I definitely need more RAM... and I need to get comfy with Photoshop.

A big thanks to Karthik — the face and the neurons are all drawings by him. Without that, the poster would have looked mediocre. And for those of you who wanted to know how I got the CVR logo, I took a photo of the course file and then edited it to make the background transparent.

The final printed version has changes that were made without my permission. Now that I don't appreciate. You'll probably see the final version in your college anyway, but for the others I have a picture here (don't expect much, the pic was taken with a cellphone). Don't know what difference it makes re-arranging the text like that... besides now it looks all cluttered at the bottom. And I guess Mr. X couldn't re-create the spacing in the text, so he conveniently used a different font. He also decided to exagerrate the border. Thankfully the poster isn't anything extraordinary or I would have been really pissed.

In other news, I joined AIESEC. Thoroughly enjoyed the 2-day training session we had last week. Karthik updated his blog after ages, so head over there and tell him about how you forgot he was even alive. Oh and my counter crossed the 1000 mark! Yay!