"Everybody dies"

-Wed Jan 14 2015

House and Wilson on a road trip? Sounds too good to be true to me.Consider the facts. Wilson has cancer.Prognosis 5 months. House is facing the prospectof going back to jail to serve a sentence of 6 months.And he is emotionally unstable (as emotionally unstable as a man like house can be).He is trying to make one of his patients understand the importance of life bystrangling him (falling well short of consummation),saving his other patient who is quite sick,trying to teach Foreman a lesson for being supportive, trapped in a fire, hallucinating and thenfinally coming to his senses and then desperately trying to escape and then.... an explosion.Cut to a bright well lit room, a big smiling picture of Gregory House and an assembly of his friends (?)remembering how a great man he was. Except Wilson, his one true friend. For him house was an ass.

But it seems like house is not dead after all. He managed to escape through the back door(?)and he cheerfully decides to spend whatever time is left with Wilson. Sounds kind of fantastic. I have two theories about the last episode ofHouse MD.

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Two years of blogging

-Wed Dec 31 2014

A very close friend of mine, we go way back, got married this year. We hadn't seen each other in months and one night he comes to my place and says "Akshat come outside I've got something to tell you". With him it's always like this, he likes to leave conversations on a dramatic pause. You know it's the same trick that agatha christie employs in her novels. When the dialogue tends to get exciting and the reader is about to discover some critical clue that may lead him to the murderer she will leave the sentence hanging with a "....". While I quite enjoy these breaks in conversation in her books I don't really like it when any one else does it. Take for example what my friend said to me when he came to my place on that night: --- "Akshat come outside I've got something to tell you". What am I supposed to make of this? He wants me outside, okay but it was quite chilly I was all warm inside so didn't quite feel like going out. But before I could ask him what the matter was all about he hangs up. So I put on my jacket and proceed to go out quite determined to tell him that this would not do.

I go outside we shake hands and I say to him "What's up?" you know small talk before I tell him that I don't quite appreciate him hanging upon me before telling me whole thing and I don't really like going outside when it's warm inside to know the whole thing. And he says to me " Bhai Akshat I'm getting married". So I laugh and he says "No really!". By the earnest expression on his face I believed him. But I didn't quite know what to say to him. Congratulations were in order so I congratulated him and he said "get in we've got to give a few invitations."

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The road to paloma

-Mon Dec 22 2014

a lone traveller

For six months Wolf (the protagonist) has been drifting along in the native lands trying to outrun the law that wants to bring him to justice. Wolf however is a free spirit. He is at home in the wilderness and he won't be locked up in some prison cell for killing the man who raped his mother. It's a hard life out there but Wolf's still got a few friends who help him get by. But how long can he keep this up? He can't live his life like this forever. His father, a well respected police officer himself, is worried about him. But wolf, he only want's to fulfill his mother's last wish. To spread her ashes across that beautiful mountain lake. What happens to him after that he does not care.

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A traveller in time

-Wed Nov 19 2014

an orbit presentation

Most time travel stories follow the basic formula laid down by HG Wells in The Time machine. You have a brilliant scientist who somehow manages to cobble up a machine capable of travelling in time. Then the aforementioned scientist uses his machine to travel in time and pokes his nose in the business of people who are not from his generation. Well to be fair, I suppose, that can't be helped. One would assume that a scientist who has a capability of creating the time machine would perhaps be a little curious and being a little curious our scientist would probably want to "connect" with the people of the past/future. One can also assume that the age old saying "Curiosity killed the cat" holds as well in the future or in the past as it does in the present time.

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Deus Ex

-Thu Oct 23 2014

The human being created civilization not because of willingness but of a need to be assimilated into higher orders of structure and meaning. The basic human need to be watched was once satisfied by God. Now, the same functionality can be replicated with data-mining algorithms.

JC Denton. Odd name for a video game character. Sounds too bureaucratic. Like a government executive working 9-5 arranging files for his superiors. First few minutes with Deus Ex left me with mixed feelings about the game. It didn't really feel like an fps. It was too slow. And the main character seemed to be devoid of any personality. My first impression of JC was not too far from the mark either. He was indeed a government agent. Working for UNATCO. The United Nations anti terrorist coalition. But the world was dark and I sensed a conspiracy bubbling underneath the surface so I kept on playing.

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Dark mirror, logans shadow and the rest

-Mon Oct 20 2014

we are a team

Developing a game for an unfamiliar platform is scary,even for an established developer,the rules change too quickly the engineers find themselves struggling to get on grips with the software development kits and the prospect of a game engine is just a fancy at this point. So it should not be held against the developers if they decide to take the safer path.

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The playstation 1 syphon filter games

-Tue Oct 14 2014

remember syphon filter?

Those who know Bend studio only through their most recent work, Uncharted:Golden Abyss,can be forgiven for thinking that they are one of Sony’s low key studio. The kind that works on I.Ps created by other “heavy hitters” and ports them to sony’s “lesser consoles”. Their last two games Resistance:Retribution and Uncharted: Golden Abyss are both handheld versions of extremely popular PS3 exclusives. However a hasty dismissal like this would be a slight to their contribution to sony and to the industry. In the days of playstation 1 sony bend created one of the most popular series on the console that served the plastation family for years to come and which spread their fame far and wide.

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Brave story : New traveller

-Thu Sep 11 2014

the a team

One of the things that can be said with certainty in this new generation of games is the death of old school RPGS. Nearly all of the big names in the RPG family have stopped making turn based RPGS. But there are still some small Japanese production houses that are trying to keep the genre alive. Among them the most noteworthy is XSEED. I have been following XSEED since they started out years ago by publishing small games on the psp. Among the many games published by them one of my all time favorites is Brave story : New traveller.

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Robot and frank

-Thu Jun 26 2014

an unspoken challenge

Frank is an an ex-con who is slowly loosing the grasp over the reality. He is forgetful, unable to take care of himself and proud. He lives an uneventful life in his house. Frank's son is unwilling to commit him to elderly care. But he knows that he is headed towards a miserable existence if he does not find a way to engage him. Frank needs a friend. And his son will buy him one.

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On cultivating and sustaining a reading habit

-Sun May 25 2014

Reading is an endangered habit. For many people spending time with a book is probably the most dreadful, boring exercise in the world. If you are one of those people who have stumbled upon this article I know what you are probably thinking yeah nice way to help me "cultivate a reading habit" by making me read this blog post! I assure you that your cynicism is not lost on me. There is already a lot written elsewhere on the internet that lists all the ways one can develop a reading habit. What I intend to do however is explore the question "why don't some people like to read?" Maybe it will help you understand why you are averse to reading and you can take effective steps to combat that feeling.Oh and there is a "tldr;" section at the end of this article ;)

Generally speaking most reading material can be classified into fictional and non fictional work. Reading non fictional books is considered an important exercise that helps in the growth of an individual. Consequently most people living in a modern society read through a significant number of non fictional books before they turn 20. Now most of these texts are usually a part of curriculum of whatever course a person chooses during his/her education. After the education completes the individual depending upon profession he is in may or may not have to read non-fictional books. For instance a lawyer or a professor, due to the nature of his profession, will have to read more than a musician. But it's safe to assume that in a modern society every one who has access to education reads (whether willing or unwillingly) lots of non fictional books.

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