Friday, October 06, 2006

Hyatt on the road to Sharjah

D.U.Bhai at night

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Desert Safari

Dubai is a really a boring city, unless one finds the steel and glass buildings and the sea of automobiles on the road or the mall explorations sexy. especially for one coming fom the calm serene cool green realm of Temirtau.(why do i forget i spent 99% of my life so far in the land of chaos and kachara?)
endless watching the movies, soaps on TV or mindless sleeping throught the weeekends is not a solution. Desert safari seems like a good option to venture out of dubai city and see some 'natural beauty' or breathe some non airconditioned unpolluted air. Afterall the hotel ppl and VB, my boss, recommended it as cure to the ennui.

It costs around 160 DHs per person, but since the Ramadan is on and hence no bellydance it wud be only 120 Dhs. Whatay! a straight 25% discount on a/c of no Bellydance!! or rather, a 33% premium for bellydancing!!

we went in a landcruiser. Indeed there are no other vehicles fit for desert safari other than landcruisers-our driver sez. The desert(well, dubai is no more a desert town, it has become a major hub in the ME) is around 40 mins drive (averaging 120 km/hr) from the hotel.

the entire desert is mottled with landcruisers scattered around like houseflies.

well the ride proved to be exciting. it was like riding on Indian roads. quite a lot of ups and downs. Three kids(relatively speaking) from coimbatore were screaming and shreiking like mad though I doubt one guy peed in his pants (sorry cudnt check) .

I managed to get some snaps and in the process to verify the tall claims made by canon abt their image stabilisation. here are some..

the dunes. I took it from inside the Cruiser, I was seated in the back, in automode with a li'l zoom so that vehicle's dash board and driver's head are off the frame.



the sands.. the pattern on the sand is made by the wind erasing the tyre marks left by the safari vehicles. I took it from the Cruiser while it was doing the bumpy ride across the dunes.



we stopped in a wadi in the desert. the sun was behind a dune. So i took this snap. now i wish i had a UV filter.



the camel farm in the wadi. it was feeding time for the camels and there were more tourists than the camels and the farm hands put together, with every tourist clicking away frantically at the camels with oohs and aahs in japanese, korean, russian, english, Hindi and even Malayalam. I too joined the melee and took a couple of snaps.



Without a UV filter it is near impossible to get a good pic of the sun in the daylight, an experienced hand had opined. Which meant I had to wait till the sun sets. which also meant I postpone the desert buggy ride (a 250 cc contraption with which you can ride on smaller dunes) . I got this pic before we set out for the desert camp, the dinner time watering hole.

Saturday, September 30, 2006

Test drive.

Quite eager to check out the new camera.
Tried checking the zoom.
From my hotel window I can see this building that was coming up two blocks away. took a snap in the normal auto mode without zoom.

then zoomed to near the derrick of that building and took this snap

hmm.. not bad isnt it..
Dont I stand a good chance getting into the papparazzidom? ;)

Which one to buy

Wanted: A good digital camera, with minimujm optical zoom 10x, 6 mega pixels, and less noise at higher ISOs. AND WITH WARRANTY.
Moi budget: 2000 Dhs
Asked a couple of pals, they didnt have much clue, posted the same on the Photography NB @ Dbabble. Did own research and finally zeroed in on 3 models- Canon Powertshot S3 IS, Sony Cybershot H5 and Panazonic Lumix FZ30
Did some research
http://www.dcresource.com/reviews/canon/powershot_s3-review/
http://www.dcresource.com/reviews/sony/dsc_h5-review/
http://www.dcresource.com/reviews/panasonic/dmc_fz30-review/index.shtml
and also the fabulous www.dpreview.com

kicked out Panazonic in the round 1, But was caught in a fix which one to choose-sony or canon. Went to the shop, Sony had a tag of 1900 Dhs while canon came for 1775 Dhs with a 1GB card. Tried my best bargaining, no avail. Then the shopkeeper himself, I had visited his shop for at least 5 times to bargain, told em Canon is a safe bet since it has less noise when it comes to higher ISOs and a better imaging chip.!!

So S3 IS it is.
I hope, sincerely hope, that I made a wise decision.
Here's my baby (the pic is from http://www.canon.com.au/ since I could not take the pic of my own camera with the same camera)


Soon I ll put some quality pics on this blog instead of mindless drivel.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

job

job's very boring. now doing an enrichment by...
. pretending to be busy by peering at the comp screen
. making excel sheets, reports and presentations which every one know is crap
. drinking coffee ever hour
. asking boss stupid dumb questions
. extending the lunch hour to one hour and taking another hour long siesta

Sunday, September 17, 2006

So finally in Dubai

Dubai in 12 words -hot, boring, steel, glass, cars, traffic jams, jebelali, burdubai, deira, malls, mallus
I miss temirtau and the fun.. :(

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Spam Stars

I remember Prof MMM telling me the other day in WIMWI abt the use of emails as tools of persuasive communication. He was citing the examples of all those Nigerian free money mails and online lotto winnings.

Unfotunately Yahoo and Gmail dont filter all these junk to the bulk folder.

Earlier I used to delete these mails by just reading the subject line. Now I have started replying back to each and everyone of such mail. After all, there is our Ctrl+C/Ctrl+V key combo for making one's life easier.

1. Sample reply #1
"..I cant say how thrilled I am to go through your mail. As a token of my appreciation of your efforts in mailing me, I have decided to donate the whole fortune to you, save $500,000. Please send me the amount ASAP. Else I shall send out my bloodthirsty hounds after you. They love sausages like anything. And do I need to tell you what they are gonna do to you once they catch you?.."

2. Sample reply #2
"..Dude, you just gimme $1,000,000. Rest you keep for yourself. Send the money to me ASAP. Else I ll find you, catch you, sodomise you, castrate you and finally feed you to my pet sharks.."

I guess they will have a nice laugh after they read the crap I send them.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Yahoo Bulk mail

Yahoo does a fantastic job, so does Gmail. They filters most of the unsolicited trash.

But generally the mails fall into 4 categories.
1. Wanna buy some viagra and have a rocking time?
2. Wanna increase ur dick size?
3. Wanna get a university degree on the sly?
4. What about a home loan?

My answers
1. No thanks, I am pretty much OK and rocking now
2. Why, I am already well endowed and I am not planning to go polevaulting with it.
3. After so much of degrees, whats the use for an extra scrap
4. Thanks, but I recently heard that many of you guys got caught in US for peddling the same?