Friday, December 15, 2006
Friday, December 01, 2006
"Give us a layout for the ad that's more like the one our CEO designed on PowerPoint."
"There's a lot of empty space in this ad, but I'm just not sure that the audience we are targeting is the empty-space audience."
"The good news is, you have the weekend to work."
"I like edit 1 and 3"
(Client on hearing same v/o played 4 times)
"He wasn't there for the final day, but we need him inserted because he attended. And it has to look very realistic. Please use any pictures you have on file since he has no time for a shoot now."
(Client explaining why her bosses picture has to be cut-paste into a group picture.)
"Concept 1 is approved. Although why don't you show me something that incorporates concept 1 with concept 3 and uses the headline from concept 2? Make the logo bigger like in concept 2 and the copy larger from concept 3. You guys did a great job, you are right on target with concept 1."
"I think the white background is great but customers will understand a pink one better"
"There are just a few things we need to change in tomorrows press ad."
(Client, 3 minutes before material deadline.)
"Can we see a few more layout options?"
(Client after seeing 3 options for a 10cc Black & White ad)
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
2. Need For Speed Carbon Cheats
3. GTA: San Andreas Cheats
4. Guitar Hero II Cheats
5. Gears of War Cheats
6. Fish Tycoon Cheats
7. Final Fantasy 12 Cheats
8. Mortal Kombat Cheats
9. Smackdown vs. Raw 2007 Cheats
10. Pokemon Emerald Cheats
Yahoo.com recently did a post on this. Click here for links.
Thursday, November 16, 2006
Monday, November 13, 2006
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
When you were 9, playing your armpit was a cool trick. Now, as an adult, you can still appreciate a good body-based feat, but you're more discriminating. Take that tickle in your throat; it's not worth gagging over. Here's a better way to scratch your itch: "When the nerves in the ear are stimulated, it creates a reflex in the throat that can cause a muscle spasm," says Scott Schaffer, M.D., president of an ear, nose, and throat specialty center in Gibbsboro, New Jersey. "This spasm relieves the tickle."
2. Experience supersonic hearing!
If you're stuck chatting up a mumbler at a cocktail party, lean in with your right ear. It's better than your left at following the rapid rhythms of speech, according to researchers at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine. If, on the other hand, you're trying to identify that song playing softly in the elevator, turn your left ear toward the sound. The left ear is better at picking up music tones.
3. Overcome your most primal urge!
Need to pee? No bathroom nearby? Fantasize about Jessica Simpson. Thinking about sex preoccupies your brain, so you won't feel as much discomfort, says Larry Lipshultz, M.D., chief of male reproductive medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine. For best results, try Simpson's "These Boots Are Made for Walking" video.
4. Feel no pain!
German researchers have discovered that coughing during an injection can lessen the pain of the needle stick. According to Taras Usichenko, author of a study on the phenomenon, the trick causes a sudden, temporary rise in pressure in the chest and spinal canal, inhibiting the pain-conducting structures of the spinal cord.
5. Clear your stuffed nose!
Forget Sudafed. An easier, quicker, and cheaper way to relieve sinus pressure is by alternately thrusting your tongue against the roof of your mouth, then pressing between your eyebrows with one finger. This causes the vomer bone, which runs through the nasal passages to the mouth, to rock back and forth, says Lisa DeStefano, D.O., an assistant professor at the Michigan State University college of osteopathic medicine. The motion loosens congestion; after 20 seconds, you'll feel your sinuses start to drain.
6. Fight fire without water!
Worried those wings will repeat on you tonight? "Sleep on your left side," says Anthony A. Starpoli, M.D., a New York City gastroenterologist and assistant professor of medicine at New York Medical College. Studies have shown that patients who sleep on their left sides are less likely to suffer from acid reflux. The esophagus and stomach connect at an angle. When you sleep on your right, the stomach is higher than the esophagus, allowing food and stomach acid to slide up your throat. When you're on your left, the stomach is lower than the esophagus, so gravity's in your favor.
7. Cure your toothache without opening your mouth!
Just rub ice on the back of your hand, on the V-shaped webbed area between your thumb and index finger. A Canadian study found that this technique reduces toothache pain by as much as 50 percent compared with using no ice. The nerve pathways at the base of that V stimulate an area of the brain that blocks pain signals from the face and hands.
8. Make burns disappear!
When you accidentally singe your finger on the stove, clean the skin and apply light pressure with the finger pads of your unmarred hand. Ice will relieve your pain more quickly, Dr. DeStefano says, but since the natual method brings the burned skin back to a normal temperature, the skin is less likely to blister.
9. Stop the world from spinning!
One too many drinks left you dizzy? Put your hand on something stable. The part of your ear responsible for balance -- the cupula -- floats in a fluid of the same density as blood. "As alcohol dilutes blood in the cupula, the cupula becomes less dense and rises," says Dr. Schaffer. This confuses your brain. The tactile input from a stable object gives the brain a second opinion, and you feel more in balance. Because the nerves in the hand are so sensitive, this works better than the conventional foot-on-the-floor wisdom.
10. Unstitch your side!
If you're like most people, when you run, you exhale as your right foot hits the ground. This puts downward pressure on your liver (which lives on your right side), which then tugs at the diaphragm and creates a side stitch, according to The Doctors Book of Home Remedies for Men. The fix: Exhale as your left foot strikes the ground.
11. Stanch blood with a single finger!
Pinching your nose and leaning back is a great way to stop a nosebleed -- if you don't mind choking on your own O positive. A more civil approach: Put some cotton on your upper gums -- just behind that small dent below your nose -- and press against it, hard. "Most bleeds come from the front of the septum, the cartilage wall that divides the nose," says Peter Desmarais, M.D., an ear, nose, and throat specialist at Entabeni Hospital, in Durban, South Africa. "Pressing here helps stop them."
12. Make your heart stand still!
Trying to quell first-date jitters? Blow on your thumb. The vagus nerve, which governs heart rate, can be controlled through breathing, says Ben Abo, an emergency medical- services specialist at the University of Pittsburgh. It'll get your heart rate back to normal.
13. Thaw your brain!
Too much Chipwich too fast will freeze the brains of lesser men. As for you, press your tongue flat against the roof of your mouth, covering as much as you can. "Since the nerves in the roof of your mouth get extremely cold, your body thinks your brain is freezing, too," says Abo. "In compensating, it overheats, causing an ice-cream headache." The more pressure you apply to the roof of your mouth, the faster your headache will subside.
14. Prevent near-sightedness!
Poor distance vision is rarely caused by genetics, says Anne Barber, O.D., an optometrist in Tacoma, Washington. "It's usually caused by near-point stress." In other words, staring at your computer screen for too long. So flex your way to 20/20 vision. Every few hours during the day, close your eyes, tense your body, take a deep breath, and, after a few seconds, release your breath and muscles at the same time. Tightening and releasing muscles such as the biceps and glutes can trick involuntary muscles -- like the eyes -- into relaxing as well.
15. Wake the dead!
If your hand falls asleep while you're driving or sitting in an odd position, rock your head from side to side. It'll painlessly banish your pins and needles in less than a minute, says Dr. DeStefano. A tingly hand or arm is often the result of compression in the bundle of nerves in your neck; loosening your neck muscles releases the pressure. Compressed nerves lower in the body govern the feet, so don't let your sleeping dogs lie. Stand up and walk around.
16. Impress your friends!
Next time you're at a party, try this trick: Have a person hold one arm straight out to the side, palm down, and instruct him to maintain this position. Then place two fingers on his wrist and push down. He'll resist. Now have him put one foot on a surface that's a half inch higher (a few magazines) and repeat. This time his arm will cave like the French. By misaligning his hips, you've offset his spine, says Rachel Cosgrove, C.S.C.S., co-owner of Results Fitness, in Santa Clarita, California. Your brain senses that the spine is vulnerable, so it shuts down the body's ability to resist.
17. Breathe underwater!
If you're dying to retrieve that quarter from the bottom of the pool, take several short breaths first -- essentially, hyperventilate. When you're underwater, it's not a lack of oxygen that makes you desperate for a breath; it's the buildup of carbon dioxide, which makes your blood acidic, which signals your brain that somethin' ain't right. "When you hyperventilate, the influx of oxygen lowers blood acidity," says Jonathan Armbruster, Ph.D., an associate professor of biology at Auburn University. "This tricks your brain into thinking it has more oxygen." It'll buy you up to 10 seconds.
18. Read minds!
Your own! "If you're giving a speech the next day, review it before falling asleep," says Candi Heimgartner, an instructor of biological sciences at the University of Idaho. Since most memory consolidation happens during sleep, anything you read right before bed is more likely to be encoded as long-term memory.
Thursday, October 26, 2006
"Tomorrow, I shall no longer be here."
Picasso, Pablo (1881-1973)
"Drink to me!"
Beethoven, Ludwig van (1770-1827)
"Friends applaud, the comedy is over."
Edison, Thomas A. (1847-1931)
"It's very beautiful over there."
Archimedes of Syracuse (298-212 B.C.)
"Wait 'till I have finished my problem!"
Marx, Karl (1818-1883)
"Go on, get out! Last words are for fools who haven't said enough!"
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
Wednesday, October 11, 2006
1) Drinkwear by Carrie and Co.
Set of four brightly coloured “tennis shoe” coasters that slip onto the “foot” of your glass and let you wander. Put your glass down wherever you like without worrying about finding a coaster.
2) Beer bands by Fred
All beers are created equal, or so it seems when you're trying to find yours at a party. So just stretch a beer band around your bottle or can and separate yourself from the pack.
3) Ice cube Tray by LEGO®
LEGO® has always been super cool so this just seems perfect. Made out of flexible durable silicone this is child safe and totally non toxic. Igloos anyone?
4)Diamond Ice by Fred
Pseudo bling to jazz up any party. Love the tongue in cheek kitsch of is. And you just set cranberry juice ice cubes for rubies or lemon juice ones for emeralds!
5)Pink Elephants by Accoutrements
Lots of alcohol = pink elephants. Atleast that is what Dumbo taught us.
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
5) Bling for your pocket
Crystals on your phone, your PDA and your iPod. Incidentally, I don’t get goth bling at all. Bling is about the flashy shiny-shiny ka-ching life. Goth is about cynicism and existential angst… this is like “I shine therefore why am I?”
4) Bling for your sole
Designed for Reebok by Manish Arora ‘Fish Fry' shoes cost between Rs 6,000 to Rs 20,000. There are 12 designs made of leather, suede and specialized mettalic fabric. Welcome to the world of couture sneakers.
3) Bling for your bath
Diamante Duck. To add a splash of shine to your bathtime.
2) Bling for your game
The Xbox 360 just got glitzy. Used as a secret weapon: opponents get distracted by the console and ignore the screen.
1) Bling for your thirst
Bling H20, the ultimate in designer bottled water… To quote, “Limited edition, corked, 750 ml, recyclable frosted glass bottles, exquisitely handcrafted with Swarovski Crystals”. My only question being WHY??
Wednesday, October 04, 2006
Tuesday, October 03, 2006
Wednesday, September 27, 2006
Monday, September 25, 2006
Sunday, September 24, 2006
If that were ever to come true, I would miss -
1. The smell of a new book
2. Finding people's names in second hand ones
3. Bookshelves that are just waiting to be raided
4. Colorful bookmarks
5. Curling up with hot chocolate and a good fat novel
6. Pressing roses and leaves and finding them years later
7. Reading under a blanket with a tiny flashlight after everyone's gone to sleep
What would you miss?
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
Everyone knows that if you are going to operate a business in today's world you need a domain name. It is advisable to look at the domain name selected as others see it and not just as you think it looks. Failure to do this may result in situations such as the following legitimate companies who deal in everyday humdrum products and services but clearly didn't give their domain names enough consideration.
1. A site called 'Who Represents'. Here you can find the name of the agent that represents a celebrity. Their domain name iswww.whorepresents.com <>
2. Experts Exchange, a knowledge base where programmers can exchange advice and views at www.expertsexchange.com http://www.expertsexchange.com/
3. Looking for a pen? Look no further than Pen Island atwww.penisland.net <>
4. Need a therapist? Try Therapist Finder at www.therapistfinder.comhttp://www.therapistfinder.com/
5. Then of course, there's the Italian Power Generator company:www.powergenitalia.com <>
6. And now, we have the Mole Station Native Nursery, based in New SouthWales: www.molestationnursery.com http://www.molestationnursery.com/
7. If you're looking for computer software, there's alwayswww.ipanywhere.com <>
8. Welcome to the First Cumming Methodist Church. Their website iswww.cummingfirst.com http://www.cummingfirst.com/
9. Then, of course, there are these brainless art designers, and their wacky website: www.speedofart.com <>
10. Want to holiday in Lake Tahoe? Try their brochure website atwww.gotahoe.com
Monday, September 18, 2006
Sunday, September 17, 2006
Monday, September 11, 2006
I wanted to buy a candle holder, but the store didn't have one. So I got a cake.
- Mitch Hedberg
An original idea. That can't be too hard. The library must be full of them.
- Stephen Fry
Friendship's more lasting than love, and more legal than stalking.
- Jane on ‘Coupling’
There's no rehab for stupidity.
- Chris Rock
People would take pains to tell her that beauty was only skin-deep, as if a man ever fell for an attractive pair of kidneys.
- Terry Pratchett
Sunday, September 10, 2006
Saturday, September 09, 2006
Friday, September 08, 2006
Talent is important in any profession, but it is no guarantee of success. Hard work and luck are equally important. Hard work means self-discipline and sacrifice. Luck means, among other things, access to power, whether it is social contacts or money or timing. In fact, if you are not very talented, you can still succeed by emphasizing the other two. If you think I am wrong, just look around.
2. 95 percent of any creative profession is shit work.
Only 5 percent is actually, in some simplistic way, fun. In school that is what you focus on; it is 100 percent fun. Tick-tock. In real life, most of the time there is paper work, drafting boring stuff, fact-checking, negotiating, selling, collecting money, paying taxes, and so forth. If you don’t learn to love the boring, aggravating, and stupid parts of your profession and perform them with diligence and care, you will never succeed.
3. If everything is equally important, then nothing is very important.
You hear a lot about details, from “Don’t sweat the details” to “God is in the details.” Both are true, but with a very important explanation: hierarchy. You must decide what is important, and then attend to it first and foremost. Everything is important, yes. But not everything is equally important. A very successful real estate person taught me this. He told me, “Watch King Rat. You’ll get it.”
4. Don’t over-think a problem.
One time when I was in graduate school, the late, great Steven Izenour said to me, after only a week or so into a ten-week problem, “OK, you solved it. Now draw it up.” Every other critic I ever had always tried to complicate and prolong a problem when, in fact, it had already been solved. Designers are obsessive by nature. This was a revelation. Sometimes you just hit it. The thing is done. Move on.
5. Start with what you know; then remove the unknowns.
In design this means “draw what you know.” Start by putting down what you already know and already understand. If you are designing a chair, for example, you know that humans are of predictable height. The seat height, the angle of repose, and the loading requirements can at least be approximated. So draw them. Most students panic when faced with something they do not know and cannot control. Forget about it. Begin at the beginning. Then work on each unknown, solving and removing them one at a time. It is the most important rule of design. In Zen it is expressed as “Be where you are.” It works.
6. Don’t forget your goal.
Definition of a fanatic: Someone who redoubles his effort after forgetting his goal. Students and young designers often approach a problem with insight and brilliance, and subsequently let it slip away in confusion, fear and wasted effort. They forget their goals, and make up new ones as they go along. Original thought is a kind of gift from the gods. Artists know this. “Hold the moment,” they say. “Honor it.” Get your idea down on a slip of paper and tape it up in front of you.
7. When you throw your weight around, you usually fall off balance.
Overconfidence is as bad as no confidence. Be humble in approaching problems. Realize and accept your ignorance, then work diligently to educate yourself out of it. Ask questions. Power – the power to create things and impose them on the world – is a privilege. Do not abuse it, do not underestimate its difficulty, or it will come around and bite you on the ass. The great Karmic wheel, however slowly, turns.
8. The road to hell is paved with good intentions; or, no good deed goes unpunished.
The world is not set up to facilitate the best any more than it is set up to facilitate the worst. It doesn’t depend on brilliance or innovation because if it did, the system would be unpredictable. It requires averages and predictables. So, good deeds and brilliant ideas go against the grain of the social contract almost by definition. They will be challenged and will require enormous effort to succeed. Most fail. Expect to work hard, expect to fail a few times, and expect to be rejected. Our work is like martial arts or military strategy: Never underestimate your opponent. If you believe in excellence, your opponent will pretty much be everything.
9. It all comes down to output.
No matter how cool your computer rendering is, no matter how brilliant your essay is, no matter how fabulous your whatever is, if you can’t output it, distribute it, and make it known, it basically doesn’t exist. Orient yourself to output. Schedule output. Output, output, output. Show Me The Output.
10. The rest of the world counts.
If you hope to accomplish anything, you will inevitably need all of the people you hated in high school. I once attended a very prestigious design school where the idea was “If you are here, you are so important, the rest of the world doesn’t count.” Not a single person from that school that I know of has ever been really successful outside of school. In fact, most are the kind of mid-level management drones and hacks they so despised as students. A suit does not make you a genius. No matter how good your design is, somebody has to construct or manufacture it. Somebody has to insure it. Somebody has to buy it. Respect those people. You need them. Big time.
- Michael McDonough
Michael McDonough, award-winning architect and industrial designer, consults world-wide on corporate futurism, personal environments, and product development. His design philosophy is rooted in systems convergence theory, synthesizing traditional and modern design, emphasizing new materials and sustainable technologies.
Thursday, September 07, 2006
Avi: Should I call you Bullet? Tooth?
Bullet Tooth Tony: You can call me Susan if it makes you happy.
Jack Sparrow: Stop! Not good! What are you doing? You burned all the food, the shade... the rum!
Elizabeth: Yes, the rum is gone.
Jack Sparrow: Why is the rum gone?
Elizabeth: One; because it is a vile drink that turns even the most respectable men into complete scoundrels. Two; that signal is over a thousand feet high. The entire royal navy is out looking for me, do you think there is even the slightest chance they wont see it?
Jack Sparrow: But why is the rum gone?
- Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
C. S. Divot: You mashuga!
Hrundi V. Bakshi: I am not your sugar.
- The Party
Clouseau: Now, this time I'm going to stand on your shoulders!
Cato: What good will that do?
Clouseau: Because I'm taller than you are, you fool!
- Revenge of the Pink Panther
Tyler Durden: You know why they put oxygen masks on planes?
Narrator: So you can breathe.
Tyler Durden: Oxygen gets you high. In a catastrophic emergency, you're taking giant panicked breaths. Suddenly you become euphoric, docile. You accept your fate. It's all right here. (pointing at the emergency instruction manual) Emergency water landing - 600 miles an hour. Blank faces, calm as Hindu cows.
- Fight Club
Sunday, September 03, 2006
Friday, September 01, 2006
1 The Kalaghoda Fair The art district around the Jehangir Art Gallery transforms into a huge open air gallery filled with colour. The whole thing looks like an installation.
2. Leopold's Stroll in with a copy of Shantaram, then identify the characters around you.
3. Bandra Sausages, mini skirts, coffee, sailor boys home for the holidays, the Saints, fresh bread, quaint roads.
4. Prithvi Never been here. But I intend to. In exactly 24 hours :)
5. Chor Bazaar Ah, bliss. Walk around collecting nonsense you'll regret the next day. Hey! But no, wait, there are some great finds here as well.
Thursday, August 31, 2006
Wednesday, August 30, 2006
Tuesday, August 29, 2006
am a wrapping paper addict
can't keep my feet still
can't stop doodling
write shoddy poetry and unfinished stories
like to walk in the rain
collect all sorts of things
am scared of horror films
read out passages from books to an imaginary audience
tried counting sheep to sleep but it didn't work
paint like a spastic kid
don't like exams
love watching the sun stream in
want to buy a rocking chair someday
like walking barefoot on grass
love the smell of wet earth
have a stack of books I haven't read
love making lists
Sunday, August 27, 2006
Honey and vanilla eco soap
Lanolin and palm oil-free soap with a 10p donation to the Orangutan Foundation from the sale of every soap.
Xocoa Chocolate Bars
Designer chocolate from Barcelona. Available in regular flavours like rum, orange or coffee as well as more unusual ones; green tea, rosemary and Jamaican pepper.
Gum Philosophy chewing gum
The world in a pack. Quotes on Love, Art and Life on a giftable pack of chewing gum.
Super cool limited edition screen printed cds in bright designs and funky patterns. Or digital vinyl cds that look oh so retro.
The pack reads:
1.Put the kettle on to boil. 2.Warm your favourite teapot. 3.Add one teaspoon of tea for each person. 4. Pour in boiling water and allow to brew for ten minutes, while you do one or more of the following: Lie on the sofa like a great big slug. Hug somebody. Dance like you danced when you were five years old. Rest. Take off your shoes and wiggle your toes. Sing like Pavarotti. Shake like Elvis. Help yourself to a huge slice of chocolate cake. Call a friend. Listen. Remember the last time you laughed out loud. Tickle somebody. Sit where you can feel the sun on your face. Smile. Look out a window and drink in the world. Run a hot bath. Wrap yourself in a duvet. Think about someone you love. Light a candle. Be still. Be present. Just be. 5.Stir and pour. 6.Enjoy.
Friday, August 25, 2006
client comment:We love it like this, we were wondering if we could change the font and the color, and can we move a few things around?
client comment:Please also put a landlord hat on the landlord.
Designer: "We should probably talk about the look and feel of the Web site before we get to work. Just explain how you would like it to look..."
Client: "Well, I don't think we really want it to look too much like a Web site. You know what I mean?"
"i checked with a friend and they said there definitely IS a rainbow effect in photoshop, why did you tell us there wasn't one?"
"more fonts. use more fonts!"
"ummm... how many do you want?"
"how many do you have?"
"Can't we make the text blink?"
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
1. Jane Bhi Do Yaron(1983)
A movie which has achieved cult status over the years. Kundan Shah has never managed to achieve what he did in this movie . Both Sudhir Mishra and Vidhu Vinod Chopra were assistants on this movie.
2. Gol Maal (1979)
Thanks to Doordarshan, i have seen it on TV . Utpal Dutt's character is probably the single most funniest character on screen . Hrishikesh Mukerjee is definitely one of the most versatile directors with his films ranging from Anand, Abhiman, Guddi, Namak haram to Classic comedies like Gol Maal & Chupke Chupke.
3. Andaz Apna Apna (1994)
A casting coup and then getting the Khans to do such buffonnery . The movie though not a huge commercial success, is a must watch . Sample this for some tyical lines in the movie "When Salman Khan is asked whether he has seen the movie Sholay (1975), he says "Haan, pure tees baar (yes, thirty times)", Aamir Khan jokingly says "Iske baap ne likhi hai".
4. Munnabhai MBBS (2003)
A surprise inclusion. But the Circuit and MunnaBhai chemistry puts the movie right up there. Was successfully remade in three southern languages of Tamil,Telugu and Kannada within a year. Sharukh was originally cast to play the title role.He is however credited with consulting inputs.
Dharam Paaji is probably the most under rated Hindi actor. A Hrishida classic. Was released in the same year as Sholay with Dharmji, Amitabh and Jaya in both the movies.
Tuesday, August 22, 2006
Each set comes with five envelopes. Each one unique. Each it’s own quiet statement. With warmth and graphic flare, Fake Forest invites you to enclose your personal stories in the inherited visual language of our past.
2. Alphabetized found paper index file holder
3. Wrapping Paper
Papers that materialize the anticipation of something special, and bid you to pass it on.
Billboard Poster Material Bags
This design can really piss you off. How can anyone be so fucking clever?
Constructing universal, ungendered extra-weight containers from the thick, velvety paper of decommissioned European billboards?Imagine, these objects have graced the expressways of France, Switzerland and Germany: sentinels of the endless parade of auto-humanity. Like Bela Lugosi in "Glenn or Glenda" they hovered above us, influencing our thoughts and habits: puppet-masters of our commercial unconscious. "Pull the strings!" they bellowed as we sped past.
You can’t be there all the time. No matter how committed you are to your computer, no matter how devoted, there are just some hours your screen is going to have to spend alone. But with the iCover, alone is a less lonely proposition. Specially designed to fit Mac screens, just slip on the iCover and your screen is protected from dust, scratches, splatters, sunlight, prying eyes and other perils. Hasn’t your screen spent enough time lounging around in the nude?