An islamic democracy?

I came across this term in a conversation today and barely held back a guffaw. An islamic democracy is rather self contradictory, an oxymoron etc., no?

Metallica - Death Magnetic

I've been listening to Metallica's latest release, Death Magnetic. With everybody touting it as a release to their 80s form, here is a track by track review of the album.

  1. That was just your life: A thrashy beginning that wouldn't be out of place on Kill 'em all.

New fad: MP3 search sites

The latest fad going around is the host of MP3 search sites that are cropping up all over the place. Most of these are built off Google searches and can be hit-or-miss. But they're pretty useful for finding that rare track you always wanted, but couldn't find ...

Batman vs. Hulk vs. Iron man vs. Hellboy vs. WALL-E

Over the last couple of weeks, I've managed to catch up with all the superhero movies that came out this summer.

  • Hellboy 2: The worst of the lot; Insipid hollywood-ized version with poor direction, bad editing and a lacklustre story. Stay away from it.

SotD: Kiss - Unholy

Today's SotD is by Kiss of their 1992 release, Revenge. The song "Unholy" is, funnily enough, one of the first Kiss songs I ever heard and I still recall it leaving an impression on me of Kiss being a "heavy" band, what with its metal-esque riff, pinch harmonics and what not.

New Grappler Baki

Grappler Baki is generally touted to be one of the most violent animes / mangas around. While the anime (especially the Saidai Tournament Hen) was below par, I was hoping that the manga would be (as is usually is) a touch better. And it is just a touch better, no more.

Compilations albums and live/demo tracks

Nowadays, if you are curious about a band (or in some cases, not die-hard enough to want their entire discography) and are looking for an introductory or a best-of compilation to wraps your ears around, something or the other will always piss you off. The recording industry in their insatiable greed indulge in marketing gimmickery and cheap ploys to boost sales in any way possible and it is annoying to say the least.

Google's image labeller

I came across Google's image labeller just now and quite enjoyed myself playing the internet version of charades with some other anonymous chap halfway across the world.

I wonder if the chap behind it got the idea from the ReCAPTCHA project. Neat stuff.

Removing specific audio streams from DVDs and VOB files

I was in a predicament earlier today where I was stuck with a downloaded (ripped) DVD which was slightly larger than the capacity of a single layer disc. Fortunately, the disc came with an optional Italian audio component, which, when removed, would allow me to burn the DVD without any issues. While I was aware of DVD rippers where you can specify the audio streams that you would like to retain, I was looking for a solution that would work on the VOB files directly.


Yesterday, I randomly picked up a manga named M×0 as the general premise looked a little interesting: a boy is accidentally enrolled into a magic school and has to pretend that he is an all powerful magician even though he has no talent. But, unfortunaltely, it fizzled off after the first few chapters and all in all was a waste of my time.


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