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Dasavatharam June 28, 2008

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Yesterday only i saw the movie Dasavatharam -the magnum opus of the year 2008, though it had hit the screens a two weeks before. Once again Kamal fails to satisfy his audience with his own script. The movie is all about to have Kamal Haasan in ten different roles and for that they have made a story screenplay. I don’t know why they gave a great hype for this film, as its a usual tamil film with Kamal in different roles. Everyone must compromise with the story as it is a tough job to link all the characters within a limited 180 minutes. Inorder to deliver the characterisation of ten different roles the movie has exceeded the 180 minutes mark and this makes the audience much more uncomfortable. The movie looks like a extended version of Kamal’s aalavandhaan where he played two contrasting characters. But in Dasavatharam he had done with loads of makeups but in then different roles. The CG works and visual effects of the film are not upto to the level but its far superior when compared to any other tamil movies especially in the Tsunami climax. Most of the makeups are not looking genuine and character looks like a comic character especially the Fletcher. Kamal’s characters can be identified easily due to over makeups on their faces. But Kamal have done some work by bringing some difference in mannerisms of characters. All this credit goes to the legend Kamal Hassan who have done work perfectly. The stunts are different which we haven’t seen in any of the tamil movies. I didnt like the first fifteen minutes and i think it doesnt have any relevance to the film, but it all depends on the director as they have created a story with ten different roles and it should be that way. Another thing is that why they have made with Himesh rather they would have done with some other Kollywood Music Directors as the song are not much effective and appealing. “Ulaga Nayagane” song which is one of the best in Dasavatharam songs and they spoiled that by using it in the credits section of the movie. And even i thought why they made song sequence in the movie instead they might have had some more BGMs. Its a good sign to see big budgeted tamil movies with Anniyan (2005), Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu(2006)-Under 30 crores, Sivaji(2007)-90 crores and Dasavatharam(2008)-165 crores.

Comments: Watch Kamal in different roles..not to expect more than that..

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1. For more info at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dasavatharam

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Lords of the 1983… June 25, 2008

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It has been 25 years since India celebrated its glorious win against West Indies in the lands of Lords. Though i was not born at that time, I cannot comment that cricket match exactly. I remember the amazing catch of Viv Richards took by our Indian Captain Kapil Dev by running backwards which i have seen in most of the highlights of that match. India ended up with only 183 runs on their board eventhough they had a 60 over match at that time. Our Tamilian, Kris Srikanth made the highest score of 38 and most of them got out under 30s. But the Indians bowlers struggled a bit initially especially Madan Lal. It was added by Amarnath bowling figures of 3 wickets for 12 in 7 overs. Indians were ablt to bowl out the West Indies for 140 runs. We the indians must proud of that emphatic win against west indies which happened 25 years ago. Unfortunately, a majestic 175* knock by Kapil Dev in the league stage with Zimbabwe was not captured on camera and its rare to see those significant memories. Its one memory we have to cherish with. Hope India might win in 2011.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1983_Cricket_World_Cup

Mozilla 3 hits 8 million downloads June 20, 2008

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I am using Mozilla Firefox 2 and i was not aware of that Mozilla Firefox 3[Download] has been released. Just now came to know the fact that it created a Guinness World Record of maximum no of downloads in a single day. Mozilla Firefox 3 was officially released on June 17, 2008 and it has 8 million hits on the first day of its release itself and it is named as “Download Day 2008”. Mozilla 3 has 12 million hits till today. This popularity is enough to tell its use. In the cold war between IE and Mozilla Firefox,it is undoubtedly Firefox is one which is going to be honoured as the best and also as per the Google Statistics. The reasons are: The download time of Mozilla is in 1 or 2minutes but for IE it takes 20 to 25 minutes and it asks to close all windows and need a reboot i think so. Next the plugins are free in Mozilla but IE sucks because we need to buy those plugins. Its always the problem with Bill Gates we have to pay him for everything. Mozilla is more sustainable to security threats and phishing attacks but IE allows a lot of popups and ads. With the power of Firefox 3 you can be able to do anything through the plugins while you are browsing the net.

If your are an IE user, I recommend you to change to Mozilla without any hesitation.

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1. Some content are taken from

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mozilla_Firefox

2. CNET prizefight between IE7 and Firefox 2

http://reviews.cnet.com/4520-10442_7-6656808-1.html

3. comScore Marketing Strategy scores

http://www.comscore.com/mt/mt-search.cgi?search=firefox

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Mozilla Firefox 3 has total size of 7.1MB and yet it takes some time to download.

Vellithirai June 19, 2008

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After I finished my second year exams,I watched a glimpse of this movie வெள்ளித்திரை. Prakash Raj and his team always comes with a message conveying movie. In this movie they have come to say

“கதை தான் ஹீரோவ உருவாக்கும் ஆனா ஹீரோவே கதை இல்ல”.

This is actually a dialogue by Prakash Raj in this movie which depicts the storyline tag. The story behind வெள்ளித்திரை is that two contrasting characters சரவணன்(Prithvi Raj) who is an upcoming storywriting cum director and கண்ணையன்(Prakash Raj) who is walking to get a chance as hero. At one point of time, Prakash Raj gets copyrights of Prithvi Raj’s story in his absence and he becomes a great actor in the fame of Dilip Kanth. Prakash Raj starts doing commercial films which is depicted to Today’s Trend in Tamil Cinema where our present day actors like விஜய்,அஜித்,(too many to mention) do to maintain their heroic image. Prithvi Raj stays in the cinema field as an unknown Asst.Director. Later,Prithvi raj is requested to do a movie with Prakash Raj by a well known producer.Later part of the story is that whether he completed the movie with Dilip Kanth’s cooperation or not. In an interview with Dilip Kanth in the movie, he was interviewed that what he would have become if he hasnt come to cinema and he replies

“நான் சினிமாவுக்கு நடிக்க வருலேனா,சினிமா என்ன ஆயிருக்கும் அதை நீங்க யோசிக்கணும்”.

This reflects the two faces of every celebrity before and after entering the movie field.

Prakash Raj’s other notable works are அழகிய தீயே, கண்ட நாள் முதல் and மொழி which are not of commercial value but still conveying a good message to the crowd.

Disneyland goes 3D June 10, 2008

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Living in an imaginary World is not so far when you have Google who are creating a Virtual World for you. I recently noticed many cities are made up in 3D view which was not there a 6 months ago. Google first acquired the virtual globe program from the Keyhole Inc. in 2004 which formerly now known as “Google Earth”. Google Earth works in Keyhole Markup language the one in which it was formerly developed. Actually the 2D images of the earth are the pictures captured by the satellites launched by NASA. Later in 2007, out of Google’s Interest they used Sketchup, a 3-D modelling program to construct 3D buildings and structures. They added added a new feature called Google Sky and they are nothing but the telescopic pictures provided by the Space Institute at Baltimore. In June 2008,they completed the Disneyland in the 3D view and it is incorporated in the Google Earth 4.2. In Google Earth 4.3[Download],they launched with integrated Street View which provides 360° panoramic street-level views and allows users to view parts of selected cities and their surrounding metropolitan areas at ground level.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_Earth

IPL – The Grand Finale June 3, 2008

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On June 1st, Rajasthan Royals won the maiden DLF Indian Premier League 2008 at the nick of the last ball and what an exciting match it was. I don’t think we could have asked for a better finale to a most entertaining tournament in this summer. Chennai Super Kings fought very well and found unlucky in the end. The way M.S.Dhoni encouraged his team after the last ball was bowled shows his temperment and dedication towards the game. It all happens in a couple of overs in the Twenty-Twenty tournament as it is the compressed version of the game. The team which rectifies their mistakes within quicker becomes the winner as their is no time for recovery.IPL had many celebrities like Shah Rukh, Preity Zinta Aamir Khan and goes on…

We had some outstanding & some disappointing performances in the tournament :

Brenden McCullum(NZ) smashed a massive 158* from 71balls with 13 sixes and 10 fours against the Royal Challengers made the Kolkata Knight riders to feel better with a commanding win with a margin of 140 runs. Then the outstanding performance from Micheal Hussey(AUS) for Chennai Super Kings with 116 from 54 balls which led their team to pose the Highest total of 240/5 in the IPL. While in Deccan Chargers bowled 28 extras(b 4,lb 8,w 15,nb 1) and it was not fair as they were defending a low total of 110 against the Kolkata Knight Riders. The orange cap winner the IPL is Shaun Marsh from Western Australia with his 616 runs at an average of 68.44 with an strike rate of 139.68 in 11 matches. He added a century and 5 half centuries to his run tally.Sanath Jayasuriya holds the record of Highest number of sixes with 31 sixes. B AKhil of Royal Challengers made a 27* from 7 balls with 3 sixes and 2 fours with a strike rate of 385(i.e a four every ball)to make his team to win against the Deccan Chargers. The purple cap winner Sohail Tanvir struck 22 wickets from his ball with outstanding bowling figures of 6/14 made Chennai Super Kings to low total of 109. He has the bowling average of 10.80 and economy rate of 6.46. He is the only player to get two 4wicket hauls in the tournament. The most runs conceded by a bowler in a match is 59 runs by RP Singh at an economy rate of under 15 runs/over. Sachin Tendulkar becomes the most catches caught in an innings with 4 catches which also produced the Kolkata Knight Riders to perform a nightmare innings with only 67 runs on the board. The Mumbai Indians comprehensively won that match in 33 balls with firepower of Sanath Jayasuriya. The highest run partnership was made by Adam Gilchrist and VVS Laxman with 155*. We also noticed some hatricks in the tournament the first one was Lakshmipathy Balaji against KingsXI Punjab,then Amit Mishra against Deccan Chargers,atlast M Ntini against Kolkata Knight Riders. Shane Watson won the Man of the Series award for his 472 runs from his bat and 17 wickets from his ball. Goswami of Royal Challengers won the outstanding player under 19 category award. Chennai Super Kings won the Fair play Kingfisher Award with 134.5 in 14 matches(max 140).

The 44day journey finally ended with Rajasthan Royals holding the cup and celebrating with fireworks exploding infront of a massive crowd with many celebrities and business persons cheering their Team.Hope for next IPL on 2009 Summer.

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The statistical data are taken from Cricinfo