Sunday, March 30, 2008

Why you should use Google Reader

If you do any of these activities on the Web
1. Read Blogs
2. Keep track of news
3. Look for specific content (e.g. articles on Web Analytics)
Or would like to
4. Share your favourite articles with your friends
5. Read more in less amount of time

Then an RSS aggregator (like Google Reader) is the right tool for you.

What does Google Reader do?

It helps you to Aggregate content (collect from various sources like blogs, websites); Sort content (tag them, mark them as starred); Recommend content (share them,mail them). Believe me, once you start using it, it is addictive!

How to use Google Reader

There are some excellent tutorials on getting started with Google Reader (find links here and here). There are three ways in which you can read stuff using this tool.

(1) Google Reader Window (For Beginners)

Once you are logged into gmail - in a new tab, type

Add subscription(s) as is explained below.

(2) iGoogle (For IT Comfortable People)

Add the widget for Google Reader onto your iGoogle. All items can be read from within the same page.

(3) Within Gmail Window (Using IT Geeks)

In case you use GreaseMonkey, install scripts (this and this). All reading can now be done from within Gmail.

Subscribing to RSS Feeds

In your opened google reader window, to subscribe to any feed, copy the link, then paste it in the Add Subscription box (marked in yellow below).

The web has immense amount of interesting content. And it requires some effort to read exactly what you want to read.There are normal ways to do this, and there are smart ways. Please choose the smart way!

Friday, March 28, 2008

New and Improved!

A new chapter in life.
A new Look.
A faint promise to be more regular.
Almost Famous is reborn :)
Hope you all like it.
regarding the previous post:
1. No I did not actually see the movie!
2. And of course it is not an actual interview.

D-War: The Rebirth of Legend

Director,Writer Hyung-rae Shim in an interview about his latest movie D-War, to be released in India.

Interviewer: Thank you for sparing time for this session.

Hyung: It took me five years to get this movie in shape - from conceptualizing it to its actual direction. Don't worry. I have lots of time.

I: For our eager readers (who have no intention of watching this creation of yours), could you please sum up the movie, explaining the enthralling plot in a few words?

H: Yes Of course. Its based on the Korean legend - "unknown creatures will return and devastate the planet. Reporter Ethan Kendrick is called in to investigate the matter, and he arrives at the conclusion that a girl, stricken with a mysterious illness, named Sarah is suppose to help him. The Imoogi makes its way to Los Angeles, wreaking havoc and destruction. With the entire city under arms, will Ethan and Sarah make it in time to save the people of Los Angeles ?"

I: I am confused. Why does a Korean legend involve Los Angeles and tall skyscrapers ?

H: Well, we had to tweak the legend a little bit. But I hope its going to be a fresh enriching experience for the viewers.

I: I am sure they will be at the edge of their seats. But tell me Mr.Hyung, how did you decide on this theme/story for your hollywood debut?

H: I felt Hollywood hadn't explored this genre of films - of large creatures taking a city by terror. It has a lot of scope for sensitive storytelling, or exploring human relations. I thought the year 2008 was the right time for such a launch.

I: I don't get you. Haven't you seen the Jurrasic Park Series and Godzilla?

H: No. I know Mozilla. But what is this Godzilla?

I: It was a movie released in 1998. It had a large mutated lizard in the City of New York, "wreaking havoc and destruction".

H: Yes. My movie may seem familiar to this Godzilla. But its different!

I: How is that?

H: Well, the creature in the other similar movies you mentioned run amok on the streets of a congested New York city. My creature runs around in L.A. It flies too!

I: No Mr.Hyung, I was talking at a more thematic level...

H: Oh Ya....Well does your Godzilla movie have a cool scene where the large monster slithers upwards on a tall skyscraper ? Does it? Does it?

I: No. I take that point. Even then, I think the creepy-building-climbing scene would probably take up a minute of the whole footage? What about the freshness of the plot?

H: We have a spirit engulfing a female, the spirit leading to a birth of a large no of dragons, building destruction, the marines and U.S force defending the city, lot of fire, some Lord-of-the-Rings type of armoured men and a love story in between all this.

I: Thats Bullshit.

H: Its a matter of perspective.

I: Hmm...moving on...What do you think is special about your movie?

H: We've used lots of cool special effects.

I: I noticed....Anything else?

H: We made the large creatures fly in animation. You know...with wings and all.

I: I noticed that too....That was very innovative. Anything else?

H: To thrill the audience to the next level, We had some gripping moments in the movie involving the lead actors...

I: Ahh...a kind of car skittling down a congested road with the monstrous 700 ft monster giving them a hard chase scene?

H: Wow, how did you guess!

I: (.....)...Anything else ?

H: Amm.....

I: Mr.Hyung, we wish you all the best for your India release. Its got a 3.8 rating on IMDB after its US release. Nevertheless, we are sure Indians will love your creation.

H: Domo Arigato.

I: Mr.Hyung, that is 'thank you' in Japanese. You are Korean.

H: Whatever.

(trailer available here )