Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Lord of the Flies

Lord of the Flies by William Golding is a book i've always wanted to read but have never read yet...
This post is not about the book..apologies to any one who has landed here because of my blogpost title.

Ever since Flickr announced there's 1 Terabyte of free space for all users i've been trying to make it a point to upload more frequently..Last Sunday afternoon was a memorable day since i finally shot some closeups of a butterfly, a dragonfly and a fly.. which i've never done before.

Feel rewarded for skipping my afternoon siesta and opting to go for a walk camera in hand.. I do not own a DSLR so capturing these insects with my point and shoot was a big win for me.. I say this because with zoom lens fitted on a good camera one can afford to stay far away from the subject / target... zoom in and get good shots..


*click on photos for larger size.. absolutely free for personal / non commercial use*

Still Fly

Now... not that other types of photographers are any less.....with my recent experience i'm thinking..nature / wildlife photographers must be the most hardworking ones...For example..fashion photographers pretty much have good control.. their subjects..and other vital conditions...street photography ..even though one might not be able to control subjects still ample scope for getting that special shot which you might be satisfied with...

The Art of Gathering Nectar

Anyway from my small experience in capturing  the butterfly and dragonfly.. i had to wait for them to land near me to get a good shot.. the kind of Macro shots i desired.... I'm sure..With a good lens i'd have captured more decent shots by staying a good five to six feet away from the plants  they were landing on..

The Eagles sang...Learn to be Still..also pretty much the lesson i learnt that day.... Now i'm sure you've seen other awesome shots of insect closeups..but my dragonfly experience was awesome.. i captured it having lunch!!..

Eat Prey Love

I even had to time to shoot a small video..Video capturing with my camera is bad :(  .....Was afraid the dragonfly would fly away so didn't go in closer plus the fact that i wanted to get some still shots resulted in the short clip.. Would've gone full on Nat Geo on this moment otherwise..

( Excuse me for the totally inappropriate audio background i've added for the video above...little snippet.. my friend Tone's guitar playing for a song from my upcoming album...)

Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace...
my mantra for that day (also the name of a Foo Fighters album)..minus the echoes..with patience and a little grace to compose the shot.. the butterfly actually landed on my foot! As much as I'd like to display a photo with a Cobra coiled around my leg...this for now...


Natural Collage 

So, all the photos i captured on the same afternoon..and at the same location..felt pretty lucky!
The butterfly gathered nectar from flowers of the small shrub on the left..the dragonfly and the fly hung out on the big plant..

Before i click Publish...might as well add in a couple of more photos
shot in the past..Flying creatures..

Lotus Eater

Short video clip of the bee with a mate getting drunk on whatever it's getting from the lotus..again featuring some music from my upcoming music venture...(hope it happens..)


Drug induced 'post production' of the photo below...normal capture here

"The Reason birds can fly and we can't is simply because they have perfect faith, for to have faith is to have wings" - J.M Barrie, The Little White Bird

give me some wings!...or should i drink Red Bull?

Monday, September 30, 2013

Destination Set to Nowhere

So i was gonna title this blog post Destination Anywhere but all the Italian food i was eating made me change it to Destination Set to Nowhere - also the name of a concept album by Italian band Vision Divine.

Spent the last Sunday of September riding pillion on a Bullet....it was a divine experience..
The day was supposed to involve a gang of friends but it was down to just two of us in the end. I'd even cancelled a request to preach at a church...don't know why our friends bailed out.. maybe it's the rising price of fuel?

A Long Ride...

A good long ride can clear your mind, restore your faith and use up a lot of fuel

We decided to ride anyway..not that i feel old but this quote.. 

Pick a Direction and Go

Young Riders Pick A Destination and Go...Old Riders Pick a Direction And Go

..pretty much sums up how we proceeded...no destination just a direction..Out of the city, on and on..straight road with no end and then Rajesh decided to go off the main road...

We were attacked by two wild apes... i believe they had shape shifting powers too..However, since it was a Sunday they decided not to eat us.. well as you can see not true but we went a little crazy in the forest..maybe it was the deafening silence..or us feeling right at home in the trees....Finally we made our way out of the grove.. and back to a road.... welcomed by a herd of cows...

BBC - Bullet + bulls + cows

Two Wheels Move The Soul

 Four wheels moved the body. Two wheels move the Soul.

Soul happy; but stomach was empty...We decided it was high time we lunched.... so after getting back onto the main highway.. we rode on in search of a decent dhaba...And find one we did!

BCC - Beer, Chicken & Cucumber

...and not disappointed with the food...plus drink..
of course we did not get drunk.

a little Blue & more of Bubbles

Truth be told we basically rode more than 60 kilometeres out of the city just to have lunch at this super dhaba....After the meal...we both agreed that our mission for the day was accomplished and decided to head back home....on the way we stopped for a while near a lake...

First come First Fish basis

We were lucky enough to catch some fishermen who'd just come in with their fresh catch...Out of the water..into the weighing balance..into our hands..Rajesh decided to take one home...

Out of Water Into Weighing

(Sorry for the colourless photos above.. just trying to make the photos artsy ...)

After the aquatic break, back on the road...came across this...
beyond a doubt..Transformers exist!

To all our friends who couldn't make it... hope you are present next time around..

The motorbike ride reminded me of childhood days..riding BMX cycles with friends..just enjoying the ride..no destination as such..even then, i remember we used to go for long rides down winding roads...

Anyone up for a cross country ride let me know...on Cycle..i'm ready to get the proper ride..
...right now it's pretty much city exploration with my Toxin FireFox..

In The Woods 

work to eat
eat to live

live to ride
ride to work

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Peace, Gratitude & Free Software

So, 21st September happens to be the International Day of Peace
(Observed by All UN Member States)...

..dedicated to world peace, and specifically the absence of war and violence....In 2013, for the first time, the Day was dedicated by the Secretary-General of the United Nations to peace education, the key preventive means to reduce war sustainably...

 Today also happens to be (drum roll......) Software Freedom Day. That's right..

Visit the SFD website: www.softwarefreedomday.org

SFD is a worldwide celebration of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS). Our goal in this celebration is to educate the worldwide public about the benefits of using high quality FOSS in education, in government, at home, and in business -- in short, everywhere!

Don't know if there's anything happening out here in India recognizing SFD..
Anyway on to other days.. this is what i noticed on my Firefox home..
 World Gratitude Day is September 21.

Today also happens to be my birth day... On gratitude..well what can i say it's good to be alive. Recently finished playing Borderlands 2 (main missions) and i'm happy...or as Borat would say.. Great Success!

 Well a couple of side missions are left but i pretty much enjoyed playing as
Axton the commando.. caught The Hangover Pt. II on TV the other day and i noticed this..

by default Axton in Borderlands 2 ain't bald and doesn't sport a beard...but i chose
my custom skin as seen above....now...Zack Galifianakis as Alan Garner in the Hangover II.. bazinga!

this important observation prompted me to create the graphic below..
with all the difficulties that i faced in Borderlands playing solo.. felt it was apt..

I tend to think of myself as a one man wolfpack
(Zack / Alan Garner in the Hangover Part I had a head full of hair.. )
click here to watch the scene where he gives the wolf-pack speech.

and then it occurred to me that it would look good on a t-shirt...
maybe make another one..which led to the graphic below..

i'd like more of the world go back to being wild
 I’d like more of the world go back to being wild.

Hayao Miyazaki announced his retirement recently.
I pulled out the quote from this old interview..Awesome work and awesome white hair he has...
(Do not mistake the above graphic as a portrayal of Narendra Modi or the KFC man..)

Have been re-watching cartoons from Studio Ghibli.
Hayao Miyazak
i is the co-founder of Studio Ghibli and director of many of its films.

So next up on my list.. some folks with awesome beards.. Zakk Wylde, Gandolf, Confucius,
Chris Adler, Jesus Christ, Leonardo da Vinci, Dave Grohl, ...

If you've come this far...Get a yourself a new t-shirt..
by clicking this link and downloading the file. Well, you'll have to find a printer first..
to print the graphic - the One Man Wolf Pack..
(Vector PDF file - scalable without loss in quality)

Monday, August 19, 2013

Like a Photograph...

cause today's World Photography Day...
A post with some photos from my flickr....and a couple of songs about photographs..

A Dark Reading

my daughter hardly studying..



lotus stamen.. there's a small lotus pond in front of our house
so it's a constant source for images like the above..


Def Leppard with their Photograph song...
I'm out of luck, out of love
Gotta photograph, picture of
Passion killer, you're too much...
in high school i had a crush on a girl who was a
passion killer..she was too much..


In search of prey

we don't have any pets but we do have a lot of lizards..


Melon Man

My watermelon man in Kolkata... i used to have him on speed dial..
thankfully my meth melon addiction days are over..

Kites in the Sky

Flying High... one of the times when i wished i had
a real good DSLR equipped with awesome telescopic lens in my hands...
yes i remember that time.. i also wished i could fly..high high high..


reflection: Sun~Flowers

reflection: Sun~Flowers


Filter with Fades Like A Photograph .
Photographs taken, 
Like memories of you, they disappear.
Colors of your eyes, they fade with time 
They just can't stay clear.
fading photographs? today it's mostly HD photos and you can save them on the cloud..
Dropbox, Flickr...etc. no excuse for that crashed hard drive now..


Dewdrops on Pink

Do the Dew..
my point-n-shoot camera is decent enough for macro shots


Through Dark Sky

captured with camera phone.... i've got a fear of flying in them airplanes..
 flying coffins like Captain Haddock would say..


Nickleback with their Photograph
Look at this photograph
Everytime I do it makes me laugh...

These days if you think you look funny in a photograph and
don't want others to laugh at you press delete


Maniktala crossing

Maniktala crossing in Kolkata..... miss the place..
the only Indian city with the spacious Ambassador taxis and trams..


Fishingly Relaxing

this photo pretty much sums up my life...place where i'm in now...
good place to retire..


Bullet Enfield

sadly for me.. it aint my bike..
Want to join the the oldest existing Royal Enfield Bullet club in India? Go to Aizawl..


Michael Stipe's R.E.M with Camera
Will you be remembered? Will she be remembered? 
Alone in a crowd a bartered lantern borrowed 
If I'm to be your camera then who will be your face? 
note to self..and dear readers: mature songwriters don't like writing about photographs...
they write about the Camera(s)....and the films :)

Now seriously here's a Paul Simon song... Kodachrome..
You give us those nice bright colors 
You give us the greens of summers 
Makes you think all the world's a sunny day, oh yeah! 
I got a Nikon camera 
I love to take a photograph 
So Mama, don't take my Kodachrome away

if you've got time, do search for the video where Paul sings the above song with Garfunkel in Central Park.. good live performance..


My mother and brother

here's a real photograph ..my mother and brother..(1982?)

Although i don't upload very often ..more of my uploads over here.. http://www.flickr.com/photos/blinddayze/
Feel free to use them..
Most under a Creative Commons license...


Monday, July 22, 2013

Fidelity Hi and Lo

Sunday, 3:00 in the AM, watched Sound City.  A film directed by Mr. Dave Grohl. I'd given a listen to all the songs in Real to Reel the soundtrack to Sound City before. I liked the songs but after watching the documentary i'm spinning the whole album again..love them now!.... well there's nothing spinning...just my CPU processing compressed bytes of audio data with the help of an application meant to play mp3 audio format.

Neve8028 Console in Sound City (now installed in Dave Grohl's private recording studio.)

If you haven't already, do watch Sound City...  learn a little about THE Neve console... how Nevermind was recorded and more... Must watch for music lovers, musicians, sound engineers, audiophiles...

live tracking .... Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers at Sound City back in the day...

Recording was analog, organic.. hi fidelity gear involved.. these days you got a laptop and a couple of audio apps and  you can go ahead... At the most, the only piece of extra hardware you'd need would be a sound card for your computer..

..or you could use a portable recorder like the H1 and record...Embedded below.. the result of my efforts yesterday.. a demo track for my upcoming album.. I've succeeded in recording a 6:00 minute pop song! Reminds me of the time i met a "musician" who believed if you had "long song" it was progressive..!! Dream Theater aspirations....

I'm no Dylan ... far from a Leonard Cohen ...but i hope the good folks at Orange Byte Studios with whom i've made a deal with will help in the future when a proper recording is done..and make at least the music listenable.. or maybe i could go raw.. real to reel with the help of friends..

I've been planning to get a music album out since forever.. just want to beat Axl Rose' record ..time he took in releasing Chinese Democracy ... like what..  6 years +? in-spite of all the financial resource and musical talent he must've had...

Anyway.. These days...either listen to digitally polished pristine recordings of sh!T or try to be selective and curate your playlist .....or you could Play safe.. and listen to classic songs... or....listen to albums that were recorded at Sound City studios... by artists like Neil Young .. Nirvana..Tom Petty...Rage Against The Machine..Fleetwood Mac..

Monday, June 17, 2013

The Devil Knows My Name

Sometimes life makes decisions for you... i heard someone say.. on the TV. Don't remember which show it was.. but definitely was sitting on the Comedy Central channel. ..And i guess it's happening to me.. not much of the comedy part....but decisions.. or maybe the devil knows my name..

Rain finally down from the sky which has been great...not So great.. Black Sabbath's 2013 offering... 13. To be honest with Tony and co. .. am yet to give 13 a proper listen except for the God is Dead? track which has been out on the internets for awhile...

Brad Wilk' on drums in place of Bill Ward.. Sure is sad that Bill isn't playing.. It's kind of strange that Black Sabbath chose Brad Wilk (RATM / Audioslave) of all the drummers in the world..I'm thinking it's gotta to do with Brad's connection to the number 3 .. Cause this is what i found on his wiki..
Wilk has mentioned a weird connection to the number three throughout his life, and little "3"'s are plastered all over his drumkit, and as well as in the liner notes for Rage Against the Machine's third album, The Battle of Los Angeles. In an interview with Modern Drummer Wilk said "Ever since I was eight or nine I've gravitated to the number three. It's something that has always been a really heavy number for me. It's tattooed on my arm, and I count in threes. Everyone in school was taught two, four, six, eight, ten- I'd count in threes in the way I'd walk, even in the decisions I'd make. It was all based on threes," and also incorporates 3 into his playing.

Anyways.. if a trio of 60 year olds can still churn out heavy heavy.. i've got hope. Just need more fine tuning .. same goes for my calligraphy..

Flickr's had some tuning and they're offering 1 TB space for your photography .... my Flickr storage status...
You have used < 1% of your 1 TB
...lot more bytes free. So here's some new uploads of old photos..

clouds creeping in

in plane view

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Saturday, June 8, 2013


Been awhile since i updated this blog of mine... the wonderful summer sun has been burning hot and bright without fail. Definitely worth adding in my resume - Can work in hell like conditions. Or maybe hell has frozen over? The Eagles said so back in 1994. Recently watched the two part documentary History of the Eagles (2013) ... much renewed respect for the band..

the Eagles line up before Timothy was in...
(L-R) Joe, Randy(now out), Don Henley, Glen & Don Felder (now out)
{pic: Gijsbert Hanekroot, Redferns / Getty Images}

Queen and the Eagles are right on top for me - vocals (harmonies) and song writing.. In both bands, members can (could) really sing..and compose. Yes, i know the fab four but i guess it was more of a Lennon McCartney thing.. In the Eagles, Glen and Don H never let Don F sing lead.. and in Queen, John Deacon was the shy guy .... but both have one thing in common sort of.. For the Eagles it was Don Felder' guitar tapes that led to Hotel California.. i'm sure it's the most well known Eagles song... For Queen it was John Deacon' bass line that led to Another One Bites the Dust -- (Queen's best selling single) ....So, what's the lesson? ..Ans: everyone has a purpose...

....while reading some UI/UX related articles i landed on lawsofsimplicity.com .. clicked on a post titled The Purpose of Human Life which led to me creating the typographic below... (crafted in Ai)

... based off writing on a Japanese clear file.. an amalgam of multiple quotes...

Me did some research Google-ing but couldn't find the right person to attribute for the last quote..both H.L. Mencken (Journalist, satirist, critic) and Evan Esar (humorist) show up... anyone out there knows?

Back to Purpose... i think my purpose in life is to become an Adobe Illustrator Evangelist... At work it's mostly deciding whether a particular CTA button should have sharp or rounded corners.. gradient or flat fill?.. and other important matters that could change the fate of our world..

but i really enjoy playing in Ai...  here's a recent design created in Ai during some downtime at work...submitted to the folks at Google.. it was my concept for Google Glass..

Google rejected it..had they used my concept i'm sure it would've been a great evil success... they didn't and now we have the folks at SNL making fun of Google Glass.. Watch it for laughs.
..got time? Do listen to this scathing commentary..cybernetic slavery device it is (will be?)..

talking of glass here's a nice quotation related to glass..
It doesn't matter if the glass is half empty or half full. Clearly, there is room for more wine ~ unknown.