Void Sound Of A Void Monk

I’ve been relaxing and trying to make the most of my holidays for the past few days. It’s amazing how much you can get done when in the right frame of mind.

While doing some coding in my spare time lately, I’ve had a strong craving for listening to some new music. So, I took some time out to basically mix and record my own tracks, mainly electronic rock stuff composed using digital synthesizer software.

I’m sharing a few tracks below. All mp3’s are downloadable under the Creative Commons license. Some are also featured at Opsound:

Racket In the …continue reading…

A Red Duct Tape

Joel Spolsky recently wrote about the “Duct Tape Programmer“:

Duct tape programmers are pragmatic. Zawinski popularized Richard Gabriel’s precept of Worse is Better. A 50%-good solution that people actually have solves more problems and survives longer than a 99% solution that nobody has because it’s in your lab where you’re endlessly polishing the damn thing. Shipping is a feature. A really important feature. Your product must have it.

Joel’s views triggered a series of rants and responses on the pros and cons of the “release early, release often” pattern and the “analysis paralysis” anti-pattern, a …continue reading…

Memoirs of a Spore – I

Earlier this year I worked on an experimental sci-fi short film, “Memoirs of a Spore” (Chapter I, The Rains).

Plot Summary: Once in a long past future, a cyborg ponders their rehabilitation in a metabolic society ravaged by the war, continuous rains, and other artifacts.

I’ll appreciate your feedback.

Concept and Editing: Ashutosh Nilkanth

Visuals: Luigi (BuzzerWorks), Kevin Nelson, Michelle (Loonachic)

Music: Osvaldo Cibils

Sound: R Humphries, ERH

In Touch With Augmented Reality

I’ve been reading a lot about “Augmented Reality” lately. Just the other day, I saw this beautiful short film titled ‘World Builder‘, that also depicts this powerful holographic technology to express the fusion of the physical and virtual worlds.

Augmented Reality (AR) is basically the combination of real-world video imagery and computer-generated data (virtual reality), where computer graphics objects are blended into real footage in real time. The GE Smart Grid demo uses AR (must watch the video). It’s a fascinating technology, and I think it has a lot of potential in the consumer space as well.

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The White Tiger of India

Ready for another Slumdog Millionaire? After Vikas Swarup’s Q & A was made into Slumdog Millionaire by Danny Boyle, it’s the turn of Aravind Adiga’s Man Booker Prize winner The White Tiger. The book’s rights have been acquired by Revolutionary Road producer John Hart’s newly formed Smuggler Films.

I read through an interview with Aravind Adiga, and found some of his thoughts on the book’s development quite interesting. Some excerpts:

[The book] came out of my experience of coming back to India. I grew up in the south; but I returned to the north (Delhi), after having lived in

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The Omelette Man

There’s something rather allegorical about people who do just one small thing all their lives, but do it better than anyone else.

So bloody true. Whether it’s the Omelette Man, or the Joker, they both suffer from the same quality of being persistent. I’m humbled, when I come to think of it — they have a purpose.

You see, one fateful review in the Lonely Planet guidebook, mistakenly described him as an omelette shop, even though he had originally been making many foods. This review changed everything, and now he cracks open about 1000 eggs a day.