Sumesh’s 50th Birthday

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Rhea’s new picture pose.

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She is now bored.

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All smiles. From left to right…. Nutty, Suman, Charu and no-idea.

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Charu, Rhea and Suman

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Best friends

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Something really really funny happened.

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All formal and “quiet”

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Suman and kids

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Dance moves by Rhea – Robot like.

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Totally Robot like.

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Charu’s snake dance

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Bored? Happy? Can’t tell.

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Not Kate Mulgrew!



Who does not know this opening? When I first saw this opening (probably in 1981), the words and music (don’t remember the episode I saw) totally swept off my feet! Since then, I been a big fan of the Star Trek franchise.

Since the original, there have been numerous “flavours” of Star Trek. And there are forums, blogs, IRC chats, email exchanges on which one is the best. As you probably can guess, there is no winner.

However, since you are in my part of the internet, I would gladly tell you which one is my favourite : Star Trek (Voyager)

I will put up a post someday explaining why. But today I want to discuss my utter disappointment in my hero from Star Trek Voyager, Kate Mulgew. (Link)

Kate Mulgrew, the actor best known for playing Captain Kathryn Janeway in Star Trek: Voyager, would be narrating a documentary backed by geocentrists and Holocaust deniers.

This is a major WTF news for me. How can a scifi hero be so freaking narrow minded? Astonishing that someone could even think on those terms at this day and age.

I was upset until I ready this (link)

“I understand there has been some controversy about my participation in a documentary called THE PRINCIPLE. Let me assure everyone that I completely agree with the eminent physicist Lawrence Krauss, who was himself misrepresented in the film, and who has written a succinct rebuttal in SLATE. I am not a geocentrist, nor am I in any way a proponent of geocentrism. More importantly, I do not subscribe to anything Robert Sungenis has written regarding science and history and, had I known of his involvement, would most certainly have avoided this documentary. I was a voice for hire, and a misinformed one, at that. I apologize for any confusion that my voice on this trailer may have caused. Kate Mulgrew”

As she mentioned, Lawrence Krauss said the same thing (link)

….. I was surprised to learn of the premise of the film, until I learned that its producer also apparently questions the Holocaust. It is tempting to say that both claims are obscene nonsense, but I believe that does a disservice to the word nonsense.

Overall, I think hearing that Kate Mulgrew would ever indulge in such a point of view was upsetting but I think the record has been set straight. She was not aware of the details of the project. Now if only she stopped being so anti-abortionist. She would be Captain Janeway in real life!

 

A Misc. Post

It appears that Gene Simmons may now be in a personal war with Anonymous, the group responsible for several recent “Operation Payback” DDoS attacks against firms, corporations, and individuals engaging in anti-piracy activism.

Simmons, the lead singer for Kiss, had his websites GeneSimmons.com and SimmonsRecords.com rendered inaccessible by Anonymous after encouraging other artist’s to take a stand against piracy. “Be litigious. Sue everybody. Take their homes, their cars. Don’t let anybody cross that line,” Simmons encouraged his peers.

But rather than shutting him up, the “Operation Payback” DDoS attack on his websites only made Simmons more angry and outspoken. The following post appeared earlier this week on GeneSimmons.com:

“Some of you may have heard a few popcorn farts re: our sites being threatened by hackers.

Our legal team and the FBI have been on the case and we have found a few, shall we say “adventurous” young people, who feel they are above the law.

And, as stated in my MIPCOM speech, we will sue their pants off.

First, they will be punished.

Second, they might find their little butts in jail, right next to someone who’s been there for years and is looking for a new girlfriend.

We will soon be printing their names and pictures.

We will find you.

You cannot hide.

Stay tuned”

None of those threats seemed to bother Anonymous, however, and the group promptly launched another DDoS attack on both of Simmons’s websites and rendered them inaccessible once again.

LOL!! What a prick!

According to India legal news reports in August 2010, the government of India is ready to make corporate donations to political parties more transparent. It is a known fact that political parties in India receive huge amounts as donations from corporate houses. However, funding political parties out of a company’s profit have been often subjected to criticism. This issue comes under greater scrutiny during the time of elections because prominent political parties in India overspend and violate the spending limits set by the Election Commission of India. Also, very little is done by these parties to improve or optimize the political funds they get from corporate houses.

In country with corruption deeply ingrained in our DNA, I doubt this would make even an iota of an impact!

  • Thought/request for the day : I am deeply in social network sites – facebook, twitter, digg, stumble, wordpress, slashdot, dailymile. Why oh why can’t these be connected to each other so that I don’t feel like I am ignoring or missing out on one of the sites? Does anyone know of a platform that I can use to monitor all of these sites?

Two men were tortured for more than a year inside the CIA’s secret prisons program. One committed suicide at Guantánamo Bay. Another was driven “psychotic” from interrogations.

These are the witnesses whose contradictory, fragmentary and internally inconsistent statements provide the bulk of the evidence against Abdul Rahim Mohammed Uthman, a detainee the Obama administration has designated for indefinite detention.

  • Wow…..This is freakishly cool!

  • These are amazing.

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Misc. Links & Videos

Last week an Indiana teen committed suicide thanks to merciless anti-gay bullying at his school. It stings that it’s from my home state, but it hurts more that this isn’t shocking. Gay teens are four times more likely to commit suicide, especially if they don’t live in urban areas. Which is why Dan Savage thought of this wonderful project:

I wish I could have talked to this kid for five minutes. I wish I could have told Billy that it gets better. I wish I could have told him that, however bad things were, however isolated and alone he was, it gets better.

  • Schrodinger’s Cat : Dead And Alive

More Misc Links

The quest to find my blogging bone continues. In the meantime here are some misc links :

  • Aliens vs Human Intelligence DNA Evolution Science Alien Contact Lifeforms Galaxy Universe SETI 2012
  • Here is an excellent ad. This is how all ads should be done :)

[Youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BH7Te9Q8KBk]

  • Pictures at an Exhibition – Stunning music with an amazing ending!
  • Well what do you know. Billy Idol still has it :)