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Monday, April 21, 2008

The Entity!!

had been out of station a while back. time to catch up with some old friends and have a good time. good talk, homely food and all the rest you can catch up on. and while the flood gates of your memories and experiences open up, there are many joys and smiles to be relished with it.

sitting after a heavy lunch (rather half dozing......) the talk of the afternoon was project leaders and seniors. i did not have anything to complain about (seriously.......i have fun here!!) my good friend rupesh had a lot of fore to spit.and that was when we heard the legend of "the entity".

according to him, the entity is most probably your team/project leader sporting a seemingly impressive resume and less than impressive IQ. a typical entity resume would look something like this:

1. xyz application developer@some startup for 2 years.
2. senior member of technical staff @ an MNC for 2/3 years.
3. team/project lead in your company for the last 5 years.

impressive to say the least. but absolutely useless says rupesh. according to him , they have an IQ of a rhino with 2 horns and an almost completely dead albeit rotten will to learn. in the startup company they just get to learn some new platform and will quit as soon as the learning phase is over. reason cited :Less pay and a comparatively steep learning curve!!!

so our entity quits this startup and floats out a resume citing a couple of years of experience. and MNC's are always on lookout for such faggots (well, thats what i think they are..........:D) . a phone call and an utterly useless interview later they are put in charge of a project which is not what you would call very small. and the only fruitful contribution the entity makes to the project is listen to your problems and give no good inputs and always asking people to follow defunct deadlines and stressing team members. this other than dragging the project along so long that it wears off and not even the remains are found!!

and so again the entity citing a reason of the project not being challenging enough (wtf!?!) again follows protocol and quits. but this process has eaten up 3 more years of his life and many more hair of his top scalp (only???.....lolz) and also a lot of useless excel sheets occupying many bytes which could have been used to store a video or a song maybe. so now he is more "experienced", which means he has the right to command more salary and a right to choose which project he will lead.

in come companies like micro-hard, poogle and blo-racle et al head butting each other to the ground and abusing each others mothers to get hold of this talent "available in the market". so our entity , now in a huge and respectable company , now assumes a complete autocratic behavior and now wants to decide his own work (again wtf?!?!) and the projects he will lead. so you will often hear him saying , "oh no that projects too small. let mr. abc handle it. " or " this project has no prospects and i am here for the long run." and on and on.

at the end of narrating all of this, rupesh actually got a bit irritated , frustrated and hell lot angry to conclude the talk with the final salvo , "basically hey loka saglikade jaun fakt paatya taktat ani project band padtat. yz saale. dhekun yanchya peksha jaast hushar astat. YZ saale!!!"

and then there is a lot of smiles all around but in the same vein nods of agreement also (not me not me.............:D) . fortunate enough that i have not yet encountered such an entity. lord hopes it stays that way. or there would be many unpleasant consequences.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Sorry.................honest or bullshit?!?

how often do we use the word sorry? i mean just during the lunchtime, having a good game of table tennis, i was uttering that word for every point gained on the net. for every shot that went over table and for every service missed. that apart from the stamping people's feet, hitting others noses et al. this is a story of just 20 minutes, what is the scope of this word in the 24 hours that every new day gives us?

by what i have managed to gather from the 201480 hours of being alive is that the single most important reason that spawned the use of this word is that it believes in the principle that , we as humans take failures as lessons and tend to learn from them. as an intelligent creature also endowed with emotional expression and quotient , it sends out a promise to some known/unknown entity that the mistake would not be repeated lest one faces dire consequences. not even then if one were to stick with one's decision.

but today what i see more often is (myself included in this fucking sick process) is that we tend to use it as a means of escape. saying sorry is like doing something and getting away with it. the first reaction is to say "sorry". it feels like you have been purged. even if that is temporarily , it does. (ok , i might be talking about very limited number of scenarios here , but still, think about it.) a very easy door to getting your breath back. rather than taking that asphyxiation a bit more and dealing with it. like a piston hammering back and forth like it has to. mechanical habituation. makes me sick every time i think about it.

some people (rather most of you) might tend to disagree with me. might as well be. what i have done is cited my own observations and reasons and conclusions. but the probability of this happening is increasing and that just catches my attention. and i think someone thinks like wise!!!

Wednesday, April 2, 2008


"Despite media rumours that Cozy Powell, Carmine Appice, Barriemore Barlow, Simon Kirke, or Bev Bevan would join the group as his replacement, the remaining members decided to disband Led Zeppelin after Bonham's death. They issued a press statement on 4 December 1980 confirming that the band would not continue without its drummer. "We wish it to be known that the loss of our dear friend and the deep respect we have for his family, together with the sense of undivided harmony felt by ourselves and our manager, have led us to decide that we could not continue as we were." It was simply signed "Led Zeppelin"

don't worry about the source of that content...........its wikipedia. what really hit me was the strange co-incidence that i was born on the same day 5 years later i.e. 4th December 1985. i know this sounds amusing and so kiddish , but i really felt bad that my birth day co-incides with the official disbanding day of the greatest band of all time "Led Zeppelin".

i just got an idea..................more facts about 4th december and rock n roll:

"James Hetfield entered rehab due to "alcoholism and other addictions". All recording plans were put on hiatus and the band's future was in doubt.[51] However, when Hetfield returned on December 4, 2001."

"To celebrate ten years as a band, Godsmack released a greatest hits album entitled Good Times, Bad Times... Ten Years of Godsmack on December 4, 2007. The album debuted at number 35 on the Billboard 200, selling 40,000 copies in the first week of release."

"At the show in Magdeburg, Germany on 4 December Motörhead joined Sepultura on stage during their support slot playing the song "Orgasmatron", in celebration of Sepultura's 20th Anniversary."

"On December 4, 2006, one of Hendrix's 1968 Fender Stratocaster guitars with a sunburst design was sold at a Christie's auction for USD$168,000."