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Library Cataloging!!!
09.19.05 (5:51 pm)   [edit]

Call me a geek, but this is what makes me high

English, or plain funny?!
09.17.05 (3:41 pm)   [edit]

Funny URLs
09.06.05 (10:31 am)   [edit]

Here is one:

08.28.05 (7:06 am)   [edit]

Ask Yahoo! on fuel efficiency
08.26.05 (8:27 am)   [edit]

What should I photograph today?
08.26.05 (8:24 am)   [edit]
Hmm, how about latrine graffiti?

Dumb Criminals!!!
08.26.05 (8:17 am)   [edit]
No, not the government, but an actual website. Picked off of the "Cool Site of the Day" list.

What does Valparaiso mean?
06.21.05 (7:16 am)   [edit]
In Spanish it means "Paradise Valley" - Val for valley and paraiso, obviously for Paradise.

Valparaiso is a city in Indiana and a port city in Chile.

Cars I recently drove..
06.13.05 (10:43 am)   [edit]

The last couple of weeks have given me the opportunity to drive a few different cars. Here is a short list. I will come back with a full review later:

1. Toyota Corolla: Decent car. Bad pick up at times.

2. Mazda MPV: Horrible for an SUV I think. The pick up's bad and there were sometimes when I thought I was going to careen off the road!

3. Kia Rio: God knows why they sell this thing !

4. Mazda Protege: Its okay to under-okay. But not as bad as 2 and 3!

Del Valle Reserve Park and Mines Road
06.05.05 (3:57 pm)   [edit]

If you go to the East Bay you shouldn't miss these. The Mines Road is an amazing place and the Del Valle lakes good. Did not completely explore either. Both are in Livermore, just off Tesla (L on Mines after R on Tesla from N. Vasco past the LLNL).

The Del Valle lake seems superb, but there is a $6 fee to get in. We didn't pay and we just went up and down and left.

The Mines Road, which takes a left turn before the road becomes the Del Valle road is just amazing (there's a sign that says Historical Route, pointing left to Mt. Hamilton). The drive is totally worth it during daylight, with a whole stretch of about 10 miles as a single road. Its an amazing curvy route, not very scenic.

My friend got sick and we had to turn back. Will go back and explore more.


06.05.05 (6:30 am)   [edit]

So, I went on a hike to Yosemite with one of my best friends. I took more than 300 shots - most of them look alike, who cares. But the best things in Yosemite still cannot be photographed. I will get back and write more on this. For now, did you wonder where the words "Yosemite" and "California" originated?

May 30, 2005
05.31.05 (8:13 am)   [edit]

I went to Tilden Park in Berkeley. Currently finishing something up, and need to be doing some crucial work today, so no visits on the 31st and this blog will be updated later. It was fun at Tilden, so wait up!


Sunday, May 29th
05.30.05 (7:11 am)   [edit]

Have you had days when you thought, it was all going to be normal and suddenly everything changed, and you were having one of your life's most exciting adventures?

Well, today was my day. I decided I must do something, so I went to my favorite hikes website and tried picking out something. I finally found a trail on Stevens Creek, one of my favorite destinations. I had been planning to visit the reservoir anyway. So, I was going to hike, or so I thought.

By the time I got to the reservoir, it was a let down. Don't be misled, while in India, I have been to so many exotic reservoirs, this one just seemed too common place. But I still wanted to explore and kept driving. It was nice and windy, a very easy but interesting drive (definitely bike there). I went all the way to the end of the Stevens Canyon Road, till I hit up a fire road with no public access and turned back.

On the way up I had noticed a road called "Mt. Eden Road". Usually, roads with such names are cool, but this one is "fair". However, you get to see some farms with great horse barns.

Anyway driving up Mt. Eden gets you to CA 9. I had been there before, only a short distance and wanted to know what lie ahead. What a cool decision to make! CA 9 down south takes you all the way to Santa Cruz, and you hit up CA 35, CA 236 leading you here and there including Castle Rock and Big Basin.

The route is awesome, initially studded with wineries, and then with redwood forests. Eventually you hit up CA 1 on Santa Cruz. There are not many vista points, but the drive itself is amazing and quite picturesque. There is one vista point earlier on, overlooking a large valley, with amazing views. Its a day use area. Do stop over and take some photos.

Then I started up North from Santa Cruz on CA 1. I truly believe its one of the sexiest drives on the planet. Except for one person who was trying to be sophisticated, everyone who has been there with me, was taken aback in awe at the drive.

As the sun goes down, this gets so sexy. The sky throws itself into a million hues and the clouds want a part of the fun too. The last time I drove so late in the evening/night, I fell victim to a barrage of fog and had been avoiding this drive in the evenings. What a mistake!

You must drive in the evenings, but sometimes be careful, there might be too much fog for your liking. I stopped off at Davenport for some exotic Latte at a bar and moved on. I originally planned to take 35/92 back to the Bay Area to avoid the fog, but I wanted to explore CA 1 up North to look at the changing tones of night.

It was amazing. I stopped off at Half Moon Bay for my Personal Skinny Crust Guinevere's Garden Delight at Round Table Pizza. Loaded with this, I was able to drive all the way up and enjoy the drive across the ocean lined CA 1.

I definitely recommend this ride for anyone who wants a whole bunch of "Zen" moments. I had mine!

Saturday, May 28th
05.30.05 (6:39 am)   [edit]

So, I thought, let's see what's in store and I started my day. First I had to pick something up from Portola Valley. This is a lovely, rustic wooded hilly town that lies next to Palo Alto and Woodside. Driving up and down is fun, and quite scenic.

I was back on 280, headed of course for the city - San Francisco! 280 up North is always fun and exotic. 280 has now become home, especially since I live just off of it in Sunnyvale. Anyway, I headed off to Union Street in SF.

Now, if you go all the way to the top of the Union Street and then go down a short distance, you will hit a few residences. Try parking somewhere and get out your camera. Believe me, you will be snapping away at great views of the Bay Bridge and the Piers and Fisherman's Wharf areas.

I went there for a meeting to one of the most exotic and intriguing private gardens for a meeting. After snapping away a couple of good shots, I drove onto Van Ness, the heartline of American traffic. I picked up my friend from there and we drove down to Fort Mason (

We parked there and walked off into Fisherman's Wharf and Pier 39. I love this place, have been there a million times, but everytime it only gets better. Anyway, I fired away with my cameras and I spent an amazing day. It was so cool, 315 miles of cool, zapping fun!

The Travel Blog!
05.30.05 (6:17 am)   [edit]

Okay, so extreme poverty kept me from traveling all this while. Rather, I was having fun locally. I haven't traveled much in all these years in the US, and that is about to change. Now, don't misunderstand or underestimate how much I have traveled in the Bay Area itself. As I blog this, I have done about 56,500 miles in all, and about a 1000 - 2000 miles were outside the Bay Area!

So, if you are ever here, and want to know where to go, what to see, what to avoid, you know where to knock! For some reasons, I cannot and do not plan to travel outside the Bay Area till about the end of July or so. Till then, its got to be the Bay Area. This time, however, I am going to explore! And present a few interesting stories of what I see...

Another treasured friend's blog...
02.23.05 (1:19 pm)   [edit]

Got in touch with R. Prabhu, a schoolmate at last.

Here is his blog


Tsunami donations via Stanford
02.11.05 (9:02 am)   [edit]

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How Universal would like to add to your stress!
02.11.05 (8:55 am)   [edit]

Isn't it irritating and stupid when people stress you out telling that you are not having a vacation over and over again. The only time I watch TV is when I am home working. Who are they trying to pass on this annoying message?

Maybe we should all get together and have a website:




What's a fruitcake?
01.24.05 (6:31 pm)   [edit]
An idiot company that sells idiot products to idiots who idiotically support it and then sues the same idiots....

What is wrong with Indian girls?
12.23.04 (11:53 pm)   [edit]
What is wrong with them? If you are looking for fun, guys avoid our women like the plague! God what a torture they are....

Blogging here and elsewhere
11.23.04 (9:19 pm)   [edit]

Firstly, I became busy, and then the site was screwing up. Also, blogging didn't seem this much fun for a while. But, I am baack! I love this whole self - expression logging on the web thingy!

Also, I am on orkut,,hi 5 and so on....there is a lot going on nowadays!!!

How does the new finance minister pacify panicked traders?
05.17.04 (10:02 am)   [edit]

Simple! Threaten them. Now why didn't we didn't think of that. After all, coercion is the mainstay of democracy!!!

The force created to destroy India...
05.17.04 (9:58 am)   [edit]

How God and Gandhi (are they even different) predicted bad days for India...
05.17.04 (1:32 am)   [edit]
Mahatma Gandhi, in 1947 said, the Congress' job is over, so you should dissolve the party and the people didn' could Oxford polluted, power greedy Nehru let go? Looks like the good old men left India cursed when he died...

And then there is this "true story"....

Reagan, Gorbachev and Vajpayee pray to God to find out what the future holds for their countries. Brahma appears, and assures Reagan that his America will be the true super power in 25 years (well!), he exclaims that even his son won't be alive then. To Gorbachev, God says, in about 50 years, your country will be back in one piece...and obviously, Gorbachev laments the unavailability of even his grandson to witness this event.

When Vajpayee springs the obvious question about India's improvement....guess what? Brahma starts to cry.. "Tab tho, main be zinda nahin rahoonga!" (To the uninitiated, it translates to - even I wont be alive then!)

Ruled by cowardice...
05.17.04 (1:26 am)   [edit]
Lets see, "militants" drove the Italian troops out of their base...he he he, they couldn't even hold their base. Now we are being ruled by the feminine epitome of these historic losers...

Can even God save India?