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Posts Tagged ‘seriously wtf’

Perfidious Google Maps

Posted by anandrr on November 4, 2009

Over the weekend, I find myself at the intersection of Mathilda and Maude in Sunnyvale and I decide I need to go to a Walgreens or Longs or something. So I duly type in “pharmacy” into my Jesus Phone Google Maps and what does it show me?

Google Maps screen shot Google Search PageThere’s a Walgreen just off Fair Oaks. The location looks a little dubious, why would there be a Walgreen just off the main road, but maybe it covers an entire block. I haven’t ever seen a Walgreen at the location indicated, but maybe I haven’t been paying attention. So off I go to this location, and of course there is no Walgreen at this place. Quite annoying, to say the least. I assume that perhaps Google Maps is confused and get on with the rest of my life. On a whim, I pull up Google on my iPhone the next day and search for pharmacies in sunnyvale, and I find that Google search on the iPhone also thinks there’s a pharmacy at that location. Only it’s a Longs. And here’s what’s really cool about this. The address says El Camino Real, but the location on the map says Fair Oaks and just north of Maude. WTF? Seriously, WTF?

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Flashback Friday: India’s Bruce Springsteen

Posted by anandrr on December 5, 2008

I ran into this quite by accident. Is it me or wasn’t there an old Rishi Kapoor song, Rishi Kapoor at a traffic intersection, decked out in red, yellow and green lights making a complete ass of himself or am I completely misremembering a traumatic incident of my childhood? I was searching Youtube for this comedic gem and ended with nothing to show. Instead, let’s all doff our hats to the serendipitous wonders of the tubes, I ran into Mithun showing us how it’s done. The easily excitable aunties in the audience are so enthralled by his moves, it’s all they can do to remain seated! And that shrieking girl, oh precious.

Since I never write about anything until I’ve researched the shit out of it, I just now spent some time on the Wikipedia page for Disco Dancer (while you’re on the Wikipedia page, check out the “Cliche Dialogues” section, especially the, “He’s got guitar phobia. A guitar killed his mother,” priceless! One imagines an army of guitars descending on the guitar phobic, one also imagines a staunch 2nd Amendment defender claiming, “Guitars don’t kill people, People kill people.” One wonders if the purists booed when the guitar killers went suddenly from using acoustic to electric. Sellouts! But enough, back to the res), and what should I find but that the movie was made in 1982. Per the same Wikipedia, Bruce made Dancing in the Dark in 1984. Who copied whom? Does Courteney Cox owe her career to Mithun and Bappi L? We need answers!

To close out this discussion, I’m thinking it would have been cool if MTV India (or Channel V) had launched with this song:

I’m guessing they didn’t. However, for your viewing pleasure here is the original any way:

You’re making the first ever music video, and this is the best you can do? You’re changing the way the world experiences music and you have a little girl turning the dials on a washing machine? WTF? Seriously, WTF?

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Flashback Friday: He Forgot Poland

Posted by anandrr on October 3, 2008

We’re reminded today that barely four years ago, Bush told us at one of the “debates” that he would use the Dred Scott decision as a litmus test when thinking about his Supreme Court picks. Naturally liberals were surprised, it was nice and all that Bush had finally decided that Dred Scott was decided wrongly, here was something on which they could finally agree with their President. But 150 years after the case was decided and overturned by Constitutional amendment, and Civil Wars fought over it, he had decided that views on Dred Scott would be a litmus test? WTF? Had he just heard somebody say Dred Scott in the hallway and latched on to it? There was no way an ignoramus like Bush even knew what Dred Scott was all about. Then the mists cleared and it turned out that liberals were the only ones puzzled. Conservatives had heard him loud and clear: He would appoint judges who would overturn Roe v Wade.

So it was rather surprising that when Sarah Palin was asked a similar question, the only case she could think of was Roe v Wade. Is she so unschooled in right wing evangelical dog-whistles that she didn’t know that the right phrase to use is Dred Scott? Weird.

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Flashback Friday: P.B. Sreenivas Gets a Makeover

Posted by anandrr on September 26, 2008

It’s Friday September 26th. Which can mean only one thing. Buddhivantha, the movie all of Karnataka is awaiting with bated breath has been released. Yay for Uppi! Ups is the superstar  who rules our lives! Yippee-dee-do!

But Mr Cranky here has detected the dark cloud within the silver lining. You see, Buddhivantha includes this grating number. You can’t go an hour on Radio Mirchi (Sakkath Hot Maga!) or any other local radio station without being subjected to this torture.

This would be a remix of the melodious If by remix, you mean sung by a dude who rolls his R’s like he just stepped off the plane fresh from his 20-year stay in the States, and anyway just as soon as he seems to get a hang of the melody gets interrupted quite rudely by interlopers from the “chorus.”

And anyway, WTF is that bark at the 2:02 mark? Seriously, WTF?

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Stop Making Me Kill You

Posted by anandrr on September 24, 2008

A bunch of disgruntled workers got together and allegedly beat up the CEO of their company leading to his unfortunate death. Sad story. There are good ways to deal with the situation. Then there’s the Oscar Fernandes, Union Minister of Labour, way. Blame the CEO.

Describing the killing of L.K. Chaudhury, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of an Italy-based company Graziano Transmissioni in Greater Noida as a fallout of the “simmering discontent among the workers,” the government on Tuesday said, this should serve as a warning for managements.

“It is my appeal to the managements that the workers should be dealt with compassion,” Minister of Labour and Employment (Independent charge) Oscar Fernendes told journalists here.

There are disparities in the wages of permanent employees, contract and temporary workers. The workers should not be pushed so hard that they resort to whatever that had happened in Greater Noida, he said.

Well played Oscar. Well played.

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