Dragon Optical Illusion: Super Mario vs Bowser Edition

I was playing around this morning and made a video demonstrating the excellent optical illusion based on Jerry Andrus'(wikipedia, site) work. Check out the illusion below. You can make your dragon as well by referring the template that you can print out at the below link: http://www.grand-illusions.com/opticalillusions/dragon_illusion/

I used ordinary printer paper, and stuck it together using one of those glue sticks.

WordPress for Android and the HTC Inspire

Trying out the WordPress for android app now and it is slick. But rgarding the actual phone, I have been using the HTC Inspire for a few weeks now(my first android powered device) and I should say, I am not too impressed. The UI feels a little clunky and I am not sure if it is an android thing or something to do with the way HTC has skinned the interface.

The main reason I bought this over the iPhone was because this supported flash and surfing the internet on the move is my primary requirements. Some of my friends argued that for most purposes, common sites had their corresponding apps on the iPhone. But it would be stupid to keep swapping between apps, so I bought the Inspire over the iPhone(albeit bought it in a hurry without doing any research both costing the same on a two year contract).

But, I was in for a surprise! The default android browser keeps refreshing on its own for most sites like crazy without any user intervention! And you can’t use Firefox for android, because it doesn’t come with flash! What?? Drat.. Yes, you could use the Dolphin HD browser, but on the whole it wasn’t a nice experience.

Do your research before buying it. I had been a happy camper on the Nokia side for the past decade, but they seriously let me down with maemo and then with meego, and my Nokia N900 feels like an antique with no future ahead. :-/

Allepey Trip

Peek-a-boo, originally uploaded by thiyaga.

I was on a trip to Allepey recently and was overawed by the beauty of the backwaters. A definite spot that you have to visit if you are in the vicinity. We went on a boat for about a day and then went to Vazhachal and Athirapalli falls. I had the opportunity to capture some good shots and I will be posting them to flickr whenever I get some free time. Life is a blur nowadays with a lot of time being put at work.

About to start with the fifth semester at college! 🙂

If nothing changes, nothing changes

Forte Grande, originally uploaded by thiyaga.

I recently had the privilege of attending a conference where the keynote was delivered by Sir Nicholas Donofrio.. He is the Vice President – Innovation and Technology and is retiring after spending 44 years at IBM.. It was an inspiring speech and he told of change and why change should be always omnipresent and why we should be pushing forward in everything we do. He summed it up in this quote from his dad to him – “If nothing changes, nothing changes”.


Light, originally uploaded by thiyaga.

I have started posting to Flickr nowadays… After not spending any time at all over the past two years on blogging, I seem to be taking the easy way out.. Posting pics to my blog directly from flickr.. 🙂