Category: general


The veteran and the prodigy.

A veteran runner makes his way to the starting line. He walks past a crowd that blow kisses with respect and recognition for his history on the track. Failing always to a silver medal for a suspicious number of attempts in the past five years, his reputation as a sore loser isn’t the worst they say about him. Needless to say, this final run could change the course of his career. He could no longer be the media joke and avoid his girlfriend’s scrutiny. He could eat some KFC without having to ask them to include whatever he needs. Anyway, his opponents are experienced athletes training for years to win the same thing he was aiming for.

Right next to him is an African man running for this particular title for the first time in his career and is set to break a newsroom. He hails from a village in Sudan where he lives in a hut with his mother and 6 sisters. This guy’s been breaking records for the past year and this is supposed to be his day of definition to his struggles. His family’s in the crowd and his cheering him on as is the rest of his continent hoping for him to be the first of his kind. A blank breaks the silence and the stadium erupts. Like ridiculously fast squirrels, they paced towards the ribbon… string, whatever. The veteran meets his skills on the track and pushes himself back to second place. Is it motivation that makes an athlete faster or just steroids? The brother from Sudan is at least 50 meters ahead of everyone else and is sure to win it. Maybe not. He trips. He falls. It’s bad. His days of finally living his dream of winning for his country came to an end. People all around the world were screaming at their televisions and friends.

Meanwhile the veteran saw the stairs and a light. The gates of paradise were open in front of his eyes and there was nothing stopping him from Netflix now. Ahead of him is a man crawling to the victory line with his coach, mother, pet Dog Pedro and his childhood nanny in a wheelchair screaming at him to make ‘it’. Needless to say, there was a whole country watching the event on one screen. No, really. If he stopped to help the prodigy cross the line, he could gain recognition on the internet. If he ran across, he could win a medal and maybe chew on it? What does one do with a medal anyway? He’d find reason in what he’s been doing for an objectionable amount of time. What do you think he would or should do?

The Moto G review

It’s been a while since I’ve done this,  I’ve been posting impressions and reviews on Facebook,  but I felt the moto g deserved a place on its own.
Almost a year ago,  I had the chance to use  the nexus 7,  a very robust device providing the stock Google experience,  but since I wasn’t around wifi much,  I decided it was pointless having it. 
I also got myself a Samsung s2 plus,  which was basically the good old s2 with android jelly bean and a better battery backup (thanks to the crappier processor).  The s2 plus was fine,  but almost 7 months in I could feel the crappiness Samsung loads into their devices starting to eat it up from inside.

I wanted the nexus 7 experience but on a phone.  Nexus 4 and 5 were around,  both way too pricey in Kuwait.
And then Motorola and Google teamed up and came up with this…

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After 3 weeks of using the moto g..  I can safely say I may be in love with her.

First off,  she is gorgeous.  She isn’t all sleek and sexy like the powerhouse divas from Samsung and Apple.  But there is something “just right” with her,  the moment you hold the moto g,  you feel it. The screen is beautiful and though relatively small,  has amazing pixel density and brightness. The back is made of a smooth,  almost matte finish. Its a no bullshit,  “this is what I am, deal with it ” design.  The back panel can be changed to a wide selection of colours but it does come in black ūüėČ 

She is smart. The moto g comes with a very modest but highly capable snapdragon 400 quad core processor.  Which is surprisingly able to hold its own against the Much more expensive big players in the market. (benchmarks show it to be just slightly lesser in capability to run apps)
Nevertheless,  I tried pushing it,  and so far it can run everything silky smooth. Only heavy multitasking seemed to make her have some cute hiccups (which I forgive)

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She is delicious . Moto g comes with the latest android version,  4.4.2,  Kitkat . This is what Google wants you to experience,  everything is super smooth and fast. Stock android is a joy to use and though it takes a while to get used to if your coming from a Samsung or other devices,  once you learn its flow,  there is no going back.  Plus you can compile it with 3rd party launchers (Nova, apex) to make it look like whatever you want it to be. It even updates itself,  the inbuilt apps like the gallery, calendar, music player all updated themselves into much better indistinguishable versions . Plus being stock Google,  I’m expecting a lot of system updates into the future.

She gets shit done. Google has further fine tuned their Google now search assistant.  She is just a flick away and so far her success rate with whatever I ask her to do is mind blowing. The moto g came to me at the right time , cause I had to find a new house within a small time window frame and I was in a town whose place names I had difficulty saying. All I had to do was,  flick up,  “okay Google”,  “navigate me to the Avenue reagent Kochi..” ,  2 seconds later I was on my way to the place with she guiding me.
It’s amazing how easily and Accurately she is able to decipher my voice. Searching has never been this fun . You can even make hands-free calls and messages with her.
If You combine the moto g with a good 3g cellular network,  you don’t need anything else. Heck I’m writing this review from my moto g using the WordPress app for android.
( I use idea 3g, in Kerala it seems to have a 3g signal everywhere,  EVERYWHERE!,  – Leon the professional reference )

She doesn’t give up on you.
I’m on 3g high speed  network 24×7,  all notifications on, auto/medium brightness (which itself is brighter than most devices), Whatsappin/facebooking,  takes at least 3 photos a day, at least an hour of searching/browsing the net and finally a plethora of calls.  And St the end of the day,  it’s still got juice left!
I think it’s black magic or something,  cause my  Samsung s2 plus,  with its supposedly better battery backup,  would never have made it a day if I did half of the stuff I mentioned above. From the benchmarks I saw online, it is actually able the  hold its own against the big note 3s and s5s,  this is thanks to the lesser intensive processor and smaller screen.

She is fun. Great hd screen so high definition videos look lovely. The audio quality is excellent,  punchy and loud. The device comes with its own built in equaliser in the audio settings that affects all the music apps. The loudspeakers are very loud and I honestly can’t ask for anything more from the device in this regard.  Streaming services are also just a few touches away in the play store so with a good data connection and favourable data limits,  you have music on the go.

She needs glasses. Back Camera is 5 a mega pixel shooter and not a very good one too.  BUT,  she does have some tricks up her sleeve,  HDR is available and so is multi shots . The camera is easy to use and take pictures quickly.
I dunno,  if this is available In other devices,  but the moto g’s video recording has slow motion capture!  I was at a party,  and this led me to capture some highly terrific fun videos.
The low resolution shots make it a breeze to upload onto the net. There is also a built in image editor with filters and stuff like that.

She can go duos. Yup,  the moto g has support for 2 networks and even the data connection from both of them at the same time. I can’t say how much it will effect the battery life though.

And finally..  She is humble. ( I didn’t want to call her cheap).
At 13,000 INR ,  she is very affordable and at that price point you won’t find anything else like her. Heck you wont need to,  once you use the moto g, you begin to wonder,  do you really need a better camera or larger screen?  Are they worth paying 10 k more for?

I kinda feel bad even putting a price on her,  the moto g is an amazing experience and one I won’t be putting Down for a very long time.

(Sorry for the poor edit,  doing it over the phone)

Trying the “GM diet”

resistance being tested . This diet actually says "hamburgers are okay" on day 6

I am obese . well , most of the time anyway .
The only recollection of me being thin was after the first year of college hostel (Coimbatore , where starvation was quite common) when I grew extremely thin. A year out of hostel and a trip to Kuwait put an end to that  (Kuwait is hell for people who want to lose weight) .
I¬†don’t¬†eat all that much , My body metabolism is quite slow , and I gain weight quite fast . ¬†The problem¬†isn’t¬† dropping the weight , its maintaining the low weight ,¬†that’s¬†the real problem .
Joining a gym seems logical , but I am too lazy for that , I would rather starve than run on a treadmill like a freaking hamster .
I will join one later once¬†I’ve¬†lost some¬†pounds and need to maintain the weight , right now , ¬†I’ve got to lose weight .

And now I hear of this diet from friends ( it worked really well for them) ¬† , ¬†it’s called the GM diet , I doubt if anything about its history is true . It’s actually quite¬†similar¬†to the “cabbage¬†soup” diet most people use to lose weight , though this diet seems to be much easier .

I am currently on the first day of the diet , I write this as a I resist the urge to dwell on the beef and tapioca (kappa and beef mix) my mom made in the kitchen .

the diet schedule is as follows :

The effectiveness of this seven-day plan is that the food eaten burn more calories than they give to the body in caloric value.
This plan can be used as often as you like without any fear of complications. It is designed to flush your system of impurities and give you a feeling of well-being. After seven days you will begin to feel lighter because you will be lighter by at least 10 lbs. You will have an abundance of energy and an improved disposition.
During the first seven days you must abstain from all alcohol. You must drink 10 glasses of water each day.

Day One
All fruits except bananas. Your first day will consist of all the fruits you want. It is strongly suggested that you consume lots of melons the first day. Especially watermelon and a loupe. If you limit your fruit consumption to melons, your chances of losing three lbs. on first day are very good.

Day Two
All vegetables. You are encouraged to eat until you are stuffed with all the raw or cooked vegetables of your choice. There is no limit on the amount or type. For your complex carbohydrate, you will start day two with a large baked potato for breakfast. You may top the potato with one pat of butter.

Day Three
A mixture of fruits and vegetables of your choice. Any amount, any quantity. No bananas yet. No potatoes today.

Day Four
Bananas and milk. Today you will eat as many as eight bananas and drink three glasses of milk. This will be combined with the special soup which may be eaten in limited quantities.

Day Five Today is feast day. You will eat beef and tomatoes. Eat two 10 oz. portions of lean beef. Hamburger is OK. Combine this with six whole tomatoes. On day five you must increase your water intake by one quart. This is to cleanse your system of the uric acid you will be producing.

Day Six
Beef and vegetables. Today you may eat an unlimited amount of beef and vegetables. Eat to your heart’s content.

Day Seven
Today your food intake will consist of brown rice, fruit juices and all the vegetables you care to consume.

I wonder if any of this ever works , lets see how it goes . ….. ** bites apple

A week later

We were busy with  admissions and stuff related to higher education. posts will resume as usual .

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