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Sunday, June 29, 2008

Movie weekend

After a long time I saw couple of movies over the weekend. Three movies to be precise.

1. Wall-E: Its the most adorable movie I have seen in recent times. Coming from the house of Pixar and Disney the animation, storyline and background music is awesome. But what stands out most in the film is with minimum dialogues the story unfolds beautifully. One of the best scenes in the movie is when Wall-E, the garbage disposing robot tries to impress EVE, a robot send to find life on earth, with his garbage disposing abilities. This is a too good movie to miss.

2. The Lives of Others: This German film is a 2007 Oscar winner for Best Foreign Film along with numerous international awards. The film is set during the mid 1980's period and tells the story of a Stasi (East Germany secret police) officer who during one of his artists monitoring operations gets influence goes beyond his duties to protects the writer/director of a theater being surveyed. The best scene of the movie is the film ending scene.

3. De Taali - This is a recent Hindi movie highly influenced or copied from 2001 Hollywood movie - Saving Silverman. Please don't care to watch this movie. Its a waste of time :-)

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Harversting Diamonds

Can you imagine diamonds being harvested just like crops ?
Science and technology is making it a possibility and companies like Massachusetts based Apollo have made it possible using the process called chemical vapor deposition(CVD).

Artificial diamonds for industrial applications have been available for quite some time but the process of growing diamonds in pure and nearly as big as the one naturally found has only been perfected in the past decade.

These harvested diamonds are available at 15-20% less value than the natural diamonds. And even an expert jeweler eye cannot spot the difference.

To read more about the these diamonds here is an interesting link - Diamonds on Demand

Saturday, June 21, 2008

New Residence - Austin TX

Recently I moved to Austin TX and the last couple of days I have just moved around the place enjoying the new city as a new "Austinite".
The city is amazing - its often ranked as one of the best cities to stay in the US. The young professional crowd with large number of universities keeps the place ticking.
It provides a large variety of restaurants for dinning options. The official city slogan is "The Live music capital of the World" makes it a big attraction for musicians . "Austin City limits" and "South by Southwest" are the major music festivals that the city celebrates every year.
But the best part of the city is the unofficial slogan of the city - Keep Austin Weird.
So as I explore more of this city I will make my contributions to keep the city weird ;-)