Origins: Mad Hunter Skozaken

“Mostly the next post will be one on the english blunders of our chemistry sir RB…which were noted down by a friend of mine while me and another guy were busy with our thesis on how to win Tic Tac Toe with all the various possibilities.”

Okay i know the guy who noted down the english blunders was Ajith but who was ‘the theory dude’?

Ha. It was Raison. Found it some more posts later. Wonder if he remembers that theory 😀

This timepass during class evolved as we went through the semesters to sketching superheroes on the desks, playing sudoku on the desk, etc. We also did anagrams which let to the formation of my anagrammed name: Mad Hunter Skozaken which you now find on my blog title.

Origins: Me and My Watch

@Praahas always bugs me about why i stopped wearing a watch. Mebbe this post would shed some light on this habit of mine.

Long back [September 23 2006] , We found this website while surfing at College and it was a hilarious one. It predicted our death.

So here is what had happened. Earlier Post.

Anyone Seeing the analysis would understand that it would be the most beneficial for me to keep away from my watch so as to prolong my life in this world.

All i have to do now is this year [22] not get addicted to heroine 😛
Then next Year i ll start Wearing my ‘Watch Only Sometimes’ because there’s no way i want to end up dying fighting in Spain.
finally at Age 25, i’ll start wearing Watches regularly.
Awesome Masterplan, no?

Thus the Story behind me not wearing a watch is revealed.

P.S. Alternative Version: Or you can believe that am too lazy to go and change the broken strap of my watch.

My “Top Characters in Print Ever” List

Mario’s recent list of  “Top 25 Favourite Screen Characters Ever” got me thinking and well i decided to make a list of my very own. But i soon found out that since my list would be one of characters in Print, it would be a lot harder. I tried my best to include all of my favourite series by including atleast my favorite creations in them. And when i meant print i meant anything that s been published and it includes all that i have read voraciously. It does include chiefly among others; novels, comic books and comic strips. Probably everyone will have such a list. So if you intend to do so Please make a list but do link me up to it or atleast include a link in the comments.

Okay before we see the actual list i would like to explain that the list is currently still under construction. I would definitely expand upon it. Plus the list currently contains 13 Characters. You can suggest more characters that i could have possibly missed out or perhaps i can have a look at them.

And Finally The List In Alphabetical Order[ since i didnt want to go through the agony of ranking them]:

  • Artemis Fowl [cant forget his Butler] From the Artemis Fowl series Type: Human. Occupation: Evil Teen Mastermind.
  • Bartimaeus From the Bartimaeus trilogy Type: Djinn[4th Level] Occupation: Magician’s Servant.
  • Batman [Bruce Wayne] From DC Type: Human. Occupation: Crime Fighting Vigilante/Superhero.
  • Calvin From Calvin and Hobbes Type: Human Occupation: Being a Gyaan-Spouting Kid.
  • Crazy Jane [Jane Morris/ Kay Challis] From Grant Morrison’s Doom Patrol[DC] Type: Human with 64 super powered personalities[multiple personality disorder] Occupation: Superhero.
  • Elva From the Inheritance Trilogy Type: Human affected by a spell gone wrong leading to abnormal growth. Occupation: Royal advisor and Can tell The Future.
  • Hercule Poirot From the Agatha Christie books Type: Human Occupation: Detective of Belgian origin working in England.
  • Hit Girl From Kick-Ass : Book One [8 issues] Type: Human Occupation: Student
  • Ichigo Kurosaki From Bleach Manga Type: Human Occupation: Soul reaper/Saving the World.
  • Kakashi Hatake From Naruto Manga Type: Human Occupation: Top Jonin Ninja of the Leaf village.
  • Kirin From the Gameworld Trilogy Type: Half-Ravian and Half-Rakshas Occupation: Saving the World??
  • Phantom From Lee falk’s Phantom Comic books Type: Human Occupation: Crime Fighter from Bengalla.
  • Shine Sarkar From Keep of the Grass Type: Human Occupation: IIM-B/IIT-D graduate
  • Wallace Wells From Scott Pilgrim Type: Human Occupation: Unknown. He’s Scott’s gay room mate.
  • Zaphod Beeblebrox From the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Type: Betelgeusian Occupation: Ex-Galactic President; confidence trickster; etc

To be continued…

The Great Movie Tag.

1. On your blog, provide a link to the Great Bong’s Page, May I Hebb Your Attention Pliss.

2. Then write down your top 10 Hindi movie lines or top 10 English movie lines (You can do both if you want. Only one set is required for the contest). If you cannot think of top 10, make it top 5. Cannot think of even 5? Make it top 3. No problem. Only restriction: no two lines from same movie. This done to make it fair for other movies so that they dont get swamped by Gunda or Loha or Sholay.

3. Tag five friends to do the same.

4. Come over to the comment-space of this post and post your blog’s link so I can go and read it.

Remember: Before starting the tag, paste points 1 and 4 on your blog so that the rules are available to anyone who wishes to pick the tag up from your blog.

Movies , Movies , Movies… my new years resolution was to watch as many as the top imdb movies that i simply can. plus in preparation for the 3 idiots-pot pourri, i ll have to brush up on movies, so simply put, this tag is quite an excellent way of getting me up from my blog slumber. Thanks Adi .

In no particular order.

5. Inglorious Basterds

The part in the theatre when Col. Hans Landa asks Bridget von Hammersmark for her escort’s introduction. and the continuing sequence where the italian-challenged trio try to reply to Landa.

Col. Hans Landa: So who are your three handsome escorts?
Bridget von Hammersmark: I’m afraid neither of the three speak a word of German. They’re friends of mine from Italy. This is the wonderful Italian stuntman, Enzo Gorlomi; a very talented cameraman, Antonio Margheriti; and Enzo’s camera assistant, Domonick DeCocco.
Bridget von Hammersmark: [in Italian] Gentlemen, this is an old friend, Colonel Hans Landa.
Lt. Aldo Raine: [southern accent] Bawn gorno.

4. 300

King Leonidas: Ready your breakfast and eat hearty, for tonight we dine in Hell!

3. Ocean’s Twelve: A movie i dont mind watching over and over.

Takes place after they are sprung out of prison by Linus’s mom.

Molly Star: I hope Danny And Rusty appreciate the fine job you did – in a tight jam? I’m really proud of you.

Linus Caldwell: Thanks.
Molly Star: We both are.
Linus Caldwell: [pauses and looks at Star]
Linus Caldwell: [revealing that Molly Star is actually Mrs. Caldwell, his mother] You told Dad? You told Dad?
Molly Star: I had to sweetheart, We were on vacation.
Linus Caldwell: [shaking his head, looks away from his mom]
Molly Star: [smiling] I’m sorry.
Linus Caldwell: Great. you guys are gonna be dining out on this one for months! Hey, you remember the time your mom had to go to Rome, Blah, Blah,blah? Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah?

2. Live Free or Die Hard:

John McClane: I know I’m not as smart as you guys with all this computer shit. But, hey… I’m still alive, ain’t I? I mean, you’ve *got* to be running out of bad guys by now, right? Huh? Gabriel? Honestly, you can tell me. I mean, how does that work? Got some kind of service or something? Some kind of 800 number? 1-800-HENCHMEN? Oh, you know what? I bet you’re still on hold with, “Can I get another dead Asian hooker bitch over here right away?”

1. Deja vu: This quote is really stuck in my head.

One Man’s terrorist is another man’s Freedom Fighter!

Come to think of it. I dont really remember dialogues. I laugh at the moment but i surely cant remmeber many now! hmm..

and as for the tag: let me go crazy, D!, frozenwell, vigneshwar, ajan, rakesh, djd. oh well anyone who’s got the time can do it.

Continued:

As part of my ongoing movie watching ways i would like to add whatever dialogues that i like as and when i come across. So This post will be constantly updated.

My Cousin Vinny:

  • [Vinny is the lawyer, but Stan thinks he is there to sodomize him]
    Vinny Gambini: Look, it’s either me or them. You’re gettin’ fucked one way or the other.
    [Stan tries to get up]
    Vinny Gambini: Hey, relax, I’m gonna help you.
    Stan: Gee thanks.
    Vinny Gambini: Excuse me, I think a modicum of gratitude would not be out of line here.
    Stan: You think I should be grateful?
    Vinny Gambini: Yeah, it’s your ass, not mine. I think you should be grateful. I think you should be down on your fuckin’ knees.
    Stan: I didn’t know it was such an honor to get a visit from you.
    Vinny Gambini: I’m doing a favor, you know. You’re gettin’ me for nothing, you little fuck!
    Stan: That’s one hell of an ego you got.
    Vinny Gambini: What the fuck is your problem? I did not come down here just to get jerked off.
    Stan: I’m not jerking you off. I’m not doing anything.
    Vinny Gambini: That’s it. You’re on your own. I’ll just take care of Sleeping Beauty.
    [Wakes up Bill]
    Bill: Vinny. Vinny bag o’ donuts.

Why Chetan Bhagat sells?

No wonder Chetan Bhagat is a best-seller, he’s got most engineering students reading and buying his books. And there are quite a lot of engineering students in India. And when I mean students, it also includes those who normally would not touch a novel with a 10 foot pole. What possibly began as word of mouth praise for 5 point Someone culminated in sequel books which as standard movie sequels are a low reprisal of the original and also in follow up movies.. I agree 5 point someone was good. It allowed us insight into how an IITian may live. Getting into an IIT is a dream dreamed by a lot of students although very few actually make it into those hallowed portals. Now am not saying that the ones inside are better than the ones out. The stringent admission system only makes it possible for the ones who are hardworking and studious and mostly who don’t have a life able to get in. Well I did write the JEE and obviously did not do any good at it. But given the amount of hardwork I put in, I was satisfied with my performance. So much so that I still covet that markscard. So well 5 point Someone showed us that IITians are humans too and they have feelings and live through the same screwed up engineering student problems. Well the book became a standard read for all engineering aspirants and with it became famous all the books. It also spawned an entire genre of book titles regarding IITs and IIMs. My worst experience being an IIM one who’s title I have gladly forgotten. I think it had ‘dream’ or ’inspire’ in its title. That book was a god forsaken mistake.

Now that his books were selling like hot cakes , the guy decided to give up his day job and take to full time writing; newspaper columns and movie scripts. Personally speaking, I like his non-fiction writing. Its good. But his fiction is going nowhere. I barely know any hard core readers who liked the latest book, ‘2 states’. I, by far, had expected something better. I started reading the book mid October, during my second sessionals and uptill now have not been able to get past ACT 2. Now his insights into Indian life is largely true and maybe thats what makes it click. Indians, I believe, like to laugh at themselves hence we have so many jokes about so many ethnic groups; Sterotypes and otherwise. We are great voyeurs, no?

But apart from all this, These books have made people take to reading. Just like how Harry potter had done for the western world. Reading Novels and visiting libraries are some things which are decreasing in our world. With digitising of books, libraries may in the near future cease to exist. I love libraries and second hand book shops. I can spend hours together there and I really do. Ebooks are great but they are not keepers. Kindle is innovative but I want to see it being used for bulky engineering texts. And Yes, I would like to own one.

I’m really glad that I was introduced to reading when I was little and I still covet those treasures of mine. Reading teaches you a lot, mind you!

Trivia:
A friend asked me whats similar between all the titles. “isnt it obvious? Each title has a number.”
I almost want to see ‘ 4’ in his next book title eg..’4 freaking days’, ‘4saken’,’4 the love of god’

“Have you noticed how sex has moved through his series?
From the almost end part of 5 Point Someone, to page 23 in ‘2 states’.”
Remarked by a second year in the college bus.

I got inspired to write this after reading The Oatmeal’s Twilight review. Thats another series which is lying unread at home.

Smstweeted yet?

I started to use Vakow! almost a year ago but the service sadly died midway through my VTU fest tweets. The tweets were cheap at 1ps and i missed them because i could only access twitter through Echofon(formerly Twitterfox). But recently i was pointed towards SMStweet.in by @Rishi

Now Smstweet is a service created by @mayanks and you can read more about it here.
This service is good for someone like me. I registered and tried it. It costs me 50ps to Tweet. But its still anyday better than the Premium sms rates or other methods of updating on the Go! This works for me when i need to tweet badly so i guess you’ll find more ‘on the go’ tweets from me.