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The Independence Day weekend

We ended up watching a bunch of movies - some in bits and pieces - over the Independence Day weekend.

The day started with the live telecast of Prime Minister's address in Doordarshan.  Boy, when will we ever get to hear something original, something which above mere rhetoric?

The Tamil film, Thamizh Padam was running in Kalaignar channel, and we joined it, albeit a little late. This is an interesting movie, which is a spoof of multiple Tamil movies.  It is hilarious in parts. 

The same channel ran, Arundhati, the dubbed version of the hit Telugu movie.  It has a nice story line, with some historical stuff thrown in.  It is a visual spectacle, though a little too violent and bloody at times.

Sometime in the middle of this, Sun TV started Peranmai.   I watched it between breaks, and was quite disappointed.  The plot is way too difficult to believe - white people in Indian forest trying to sabotage a rocket launch?  A bunch of spoiled brats suddenly turning patriotic and becoming ex…

Chrome and Developer tools

The last time I tried to install Google Chrome on my office laptop, I had errors running it in the sandbox.  Though it could be run using the -no-sandbox option, Firefox was still preferred.

Recently, I decided to install Chrome on our linux system.  The installers are available in .deb (Debian) and .rpm (Fedora) formats.   Chrome is already  5.x (considering Firefox is just getting to Firefox 4).   It worked great on linux.

Since we had to debug some UI issues, I checked what facilities were available for developers.  That is when I came across the built-in Developer Tools option in Chrome.  This is an impressive feature of Chrome.   While arguably not as good as Firebug Add-On for Firefox, it scored immediately on two fronts.

Comes out of the box - no additional plugin
Reported some errors, which Firebug did not - the most noticable one being, contents outside tag.

Reusable lyrics

Having listened to the Tamil and Hindi versions of the songs of the upcoming movie Enthiran (Tamil)/Robot (Hindi), I have come to the following conclusion.

Lyrics which have no meaning are excellent candidates for reuse. To illustrate the case in point, here are some snippets (from the track title itself).

Arima arima
Kilimanjaro (and in the same song, Mohenjedaro)
Boom Boom Robo Da

One way to achieve it is liberally use English words or proper nouns.

Hmm!  looking at this lyrics page, we can see more such instances...  Neutron, electron... and so on.

Wonder, if  lyricists get paid separately based on the number of languages in which their lyrics are used