How to take a proper photo of a person in mid-air with a cellphone camera.

Kinda long title that one. Think its the biggest one here so far 😉 so anyway my recent idea of taking a mid-air shot with a Cellphone camera came out a winner. The Secret to it is the timing.

Requirements: a willing victim, one cellphone camera, the beach(for a soft landing), a tailor and paramedics at hand 😛

Step 1. Ask the subject to stand at a distance. preferably at the height relative to you. ( you can also use this idea to murder a particularly stupid person..hey am just saying)

Step 2. Align the Camera in the direction of the subject.

Step 3. Ask the Subject to start his run up towards you.

Step 4. Just before the subject launches upwards Click it. Applicable to Nokia Cams which are slow and will take the next frame of capture which usually frustrates me a lot.

Step 5. Step out of the way of the Subject. you dont want any “crash” landing 😉

Step 6. Voila! Its done.

Failed attempts:

a dash of insanity in the rain

i knew this was an insane idea to begin with but as part of my decision to live life a bit dangerously 😛 i decided o what the hell! lets do it. it was unplanned and last minute. cant believe we all decide to go even though it was raining badly just 5 minutes before we stepped out of Empire. We were supposed to meet at Empire in the afternoon to just chat..but well couple of guys put forward this plan and it looked good. so all agreed to it. so we crossed with the ferry and all. this was my 3rd time to this beach i guess. found that there had been improvements at the ferry landing sites. i was also surprised that there were so many people inspite of it being a rainy sunday. wierd. so we spent a good half hour with no rain,..just cold, cold water. we didnt want to get wet in the sea water so kept safe except a one point an unexpected wave drenched us halfway through. there were also instances of trying to drop some one or the other into water. there were 8 of us by the way. i had a race on the beach with Naman and found out that the old long distance runner in me is still good. then it started to pour. we could actually see it rain far to the left of us and out in the sea. but when it caught up with us.. now thats something else. i was away from the place where we kept our stuff. 3 of the others were really far off. they looked like they had a bath or something 🙂 in their clothes. the rain was hitting hard, the wind was blowing whatever umbrellas we could open. my bag was open and all the stuff fell off while trying to run for cover including the cell. actually everyone’s stuff was in my bag so most of the stuff fell off and we forgot to recover 2 dvd’s. god bless their digital souls. all wet and in 5minutes the rain stopped while we waited under the pine(??) trees. the people came back to the beach and we too went to try to dry ourselves. we didnt wanna get burnt at home 😀 4 of us including me decided to turn back and go home since a couple of them were getting late. we forgot to give the ferry return tickets to the other 4 😀 only i’ve been here in a ferry so far i guess and mario took the tickets 😀

well finally i reached home. my shirt had dried mostly by the time i reached home. the pant is still dripping. thankfully mom didnt notice. let me see what i ll do with it. all sand in the bathroom from the pant while i brushed it… lot of cleaning. damn!


the post is finally here.. here i recount arguably some of the best 4 days of my life!!!! This was my First time going to a inter-collegiate Fest as a participant and it certainly wont be my last 🙂 Had loads of Fun!!! If any of you are still in College do try to make it to one of these college fests and you will understand what im blabbering about!! this is going to be a long post and hopefully am going to put in whatever i can remember!!!!

Day 0: nothing special, we stayed away… only Bandish-Eastern Musicals in which our college took part… but didnt win anything in…

Day 1: ok from here on the things heat up!!!! First up that day was Dumb Charades or DC.. first of all my main aim this time round was that this is going to be a reconnaisance mission and if we are lucky we might even qualify for something????!!! ok ok.. now back to DC.. morning we registered and realized that we were pretty much bankrupt thanks to Naman forgetting to tell us that the College hasnt paid us yet !!! thankfully Karthik who was coming along later was our Bank for the day 🙂 we were introd to a couple of Rajat’s friends from MSRIT!!! and a supposedly look-alike of me (rajat’s main aim during that fest was to id the 7 ppl in the world who look like me.. we got as far as 5) Now DC was never anything like what we saw that day.. totally blew us away!!! here we were with our splitting words, codes for prepositions , and a few other things… but what we saw was beyond everything!! these people were Brilliant!!!! to qualify we had to get thru as many books, movies, songs and personalities u humanly can in 2 minutes.. we did almost 3. then we watched the brains….!!!!!! people who left me astounded were Bitch, Baba and Dey(MSRIT) and the NIT-Trichy Girls. ( both who topped the finals.. while the girls won the tie-breaker)… Naman and Nikhil took part in Hindi Events

After that was India Quiz..this was told to us to be the easiest quiz over there.. but it barely seemed to be… Rajat, Me and Karthik cud barely manage 13 out of the 30 prelim Q’s …

Wordgames followed this and me and Naman dragged the rest of the jobless guys to also take part in it… now this was a well prepared one but clearly we werent used to such stuff..Naman was good at those anagrams, thankfully… and we put up a decent fight in te prelims!!! Close to it was Scrabble.. met Sohail and Freya-the Aloysius team-now the best thing i answered that first day was Scrabble!!! and i even dared to hope that we would qualify for the finals!!!

after the first day debacle.. we were quite jobless and finally ended up acting a bit crazy!!! and i reached home somewhere at around 9:30.

Day 2: Started out with Pot Pourri and Art Expedition .. and me even giving an interview for the Mr.Incident contest.. we were improving, that was clear. it was one heck of a thing running between 3 simultaneous competitions at once but well it was good. For Art Expedition we turned up a nice model making use of the Pun – Join the Beet , for Join the Beat 🙂 The KK concert was in the evening and people were busy trying to rustle up some passes preferably free ones 🙂 i got a ” family” one somehow… but Praahas had already booked from somewhere else..sad. Since i was at Art expeditions and the rest of the college bunch who had turned up were watching Mad-ads , Rajat and Sohan ended up being late for the Sports-Ent Quiz. they even tried the Lone wolf quiz. the Q paper was seen by me while having Lunch. and it barely looked digestible 😛 all Arbitrary stuff from some corner of some book, movie or fact!!! Sindhu Turned up later on.. and 6 of us decided to go to the beach-the NIT-K beach where simultaneously beach events were going on… after a long walk we reached the ‘private’ beach.. Had loads of fun and clicked some good pics there… lots of people seemed to be enjoying the beach.. i guess for them the beach is a coastal luxury 🙂 at around 7 we headed back.. partly because the beach was closing and also the ‘scheduled’ time for the concert was 7:30. Met some more friends while we waited for the concert to start and ended up losing Praahas somewhere in the crowd. he ended up with the girls and some other classmates. KK arrived at 9. i used only 3 of my 5 pass quota. anyway after he came it was awesome!!!! My first Concert(official) of any Sort!!!!! it was good!!! his band was good!!! and was well worth the yelling that i was expecting at home 🙂 my cell battery went down and around 11:30 i was at the Hostel picking up my bag from one of the rooms. a quick snack i had, before rejoining the rest of the people back at the concert. Karthik left for Manipal in a cramped santro. when i reached the SAC , it was almost over. met the guys and proceeded to the food court coz everyone except me were hungry 🙂 met praahas( our ride back home ) and came to know that he and Kishore had somehow managed to sneak backstage and click some pics with KK !!! Finally it was leaving time, 11 of us somehow managed to fit in the Tavera including Prahaas ‘s driver. i reached home at 12:30 something. thankfully i had the Keys 🙂 slept at 1:30.

Day 3: we had already decided that we would start off late that morning .. i was the first to wake up after a 5 hour sleep. but ended up the last at the 11 o’clock rendezvous 🙂 we took part in the Biz-tech Quiz. did a bit better. i was happy with the answers of mine which turned out to be surprisingly right!!! but we didnt qualify!!! the rest of the day was not that great as the previous day. i got the pend drive of mine with the season 1 of ‘ How i met your Mother’ from the Nitk lan. watched Wishbone perform for Western prelims(my friend Claude was the Drummer, and i also knew the Vocalist,Canute) Sindhu was with me and we decide to check out the War of the Dj’s at the beach before we left for home . after a very long and tiring walk we reached there and found that it was almost over. exhausted we got a ride back to the main campus on the college bus. rested a bit and with Rajat caught the bus home. Naman and some more guys too joined us!! rumour also was that our results were out. Happily untrue. i dont quite remember when i fell asleep.

day 4: ok now this was getting a bit tiring and only me and rajat were ready the next morning , we had General Quiz hosted by Arul Mani of the karnataka quiz association. Sohail of Aloysius joined us to make it a team of 3. the prelims went on as normal..but something surprising happened… wait for it…we QUALIFIED!!! finally on the last day, we somehow managed to qualify and step up on d SJA stage!! it was another matter that after taking the lead in the first round( aptly titled bad word curry) we crashed out of contention 😦 but it was an experience that inspired us and might have been a bit different if i had answered Karl Marx and John Travolta. or if we had got Google Doodle right. but no regrets we had qualified. after this we watched the Pot Pourri prelims after a quick snack at the Amul store. i left for Mangalore at 4:30 to bring an end to the 4 day carnival.

Our college won in Kannada Quiz( 2nd), Solo and Duet Dance, and Suguma Sangeetha. definitely we enjoyed the experience and we are going to surely better ourselves next time round 🙂 Thanks to all my friends (Nitk and others) who made this a memorable event!!!

hope u enjoyed reading this 🙂 now to get back to studies.. internals in 10 days.

preparation head on

yesterday me, Syn and Raison ended up going to Engineer 2008 at Nitk- the engineering fest. Karthik sadly cudnt make it. unexpected last minute change of plans. Since it was the last day, we didnt get to see very much of anything. we reached there at 4 something and sat in for the Apple demo by a senior guy from Ample tech., their leading indian partner. then we didnt have anything much to do after that since either all the good events were in the morning or at night. but it wasnt all that bad. i met a lot of my old friends who i havnt met in almost a year!! chatted with most who were there. checked out the canteen and found out that the same guy who owns our college’s one owns this one too !!! Arun (a nitk friend) took part in the Architect competition ( build strong structures with ice candy sticks and fevicol). he came third. overall Engineer had a lot of innovative competitions and workshops. sad i missed it 😦

but wait thats not all…. next up is Nitk’s Incident’08 and Yes, i am going to take part in it. so now the preparation begins … i dont want to make a fool of myself na 🙂 it may also mean bunking about 4 days of classes 🙂 the fest is from 27th Feb -3rd march.

wish me luck.. taking part in quizzes and word games…

Kite Festival 2008

the lot of us somehow ended up going to the kite festival, it wasnt much of a plan. but somehow every one ended up coming along 🙂 i met so many people that day that i was at the verge of losing my voice ( again!!). i had caught a cold a couple of days back and the sore throat just got worse with all that talking. so enuf talking . have a look see at my pictures.

Behind BarsThe Turbine KiteThe Guys