The Lighter Side

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The world and its news is become extremely negative. It is very hard to switch to a news channel at the end of a very tiring day. We are very well aware of the violence, hyper sensitization of remarks, and greed to grab someone else’ life which takes place everyday and all this negativity happily covers the prime time on every news channel. There is very little positive energy being passed around. With an overdoes of these negative thoughts and with an overall sentiment of disgust I began to look for something positive on the internet which I was about to sleep. I stumbled upon some brilliant videos on You Tube of some budding stand up comedians. The content is shockingly very thought provoking, much more sense being made here than the time spent watching the crazy debates we have on our Indian National News Channels. Comedy is known to be positive and I am sure the compilation below will make you feel much better.

Another passing thought was, that it is a great feeling to see that we have so many of these elegant stand up comedians cropping up. I have grown up watching Seinfeld and Russel Peter videos. To find somebody performing this well and in your city is an amazing feeling. There is a very positive feeling that there are great things to come in this fecund space.

Well one thought is leading to another, I am pretty sure this would be the final one. I don’t believe the shows we see on television like the Comedy Nights franchise are a true representation of the Indian Stand Up Comedy scene. The jokes are always forcibly bordered on vulgarity, sort of hypocritically. The audience is literally poked to laugh on certain occasions. The actual punches are too few to be found, the rest of the time the audience has an overacting cast forced down its throat and made to laugh.

 The Death Penalty – Daniel Fernandes Stand-Up Comedy

 

Marital Rape – Daniel Fernandes Stand-Up Comedy

 

Her Husband Made her a Prostitute – Daniel Fernandes Standup Comedy

 

Student Suicide – Daniel Fernandes Stand-Up Comedy

This is the video I first watched of Daniel Fernandes, slowly to find out that this just one the quality acts he has delivered.  The best part and something that may sting while you take off those headphones is the punch which Daniel finally delivers  “You guys are giving me your money and you guys go back to your job which you hate all because you study too hard. This is poetic”

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Contemporary music by bands and DJs from around the globe, nights full of dancing and partying, films, theatre, visual arts and talks – that’s what Sydney Festival is all about.

Now being held for 37th year, Sydney Festival aims to be one of the best summer festivals in the world, bringing together world’s great artists of all sorts. This year, the three-week festival will be featuring performances by France’s Orchestre National De Jazz, David Byrne together with St Vincent, a radical retelling of Handel’s opera Semele by Ludger Engels that includes outrageous couture by Vivienne Westwood and catwalk models with attitude. During the festival you can also expect to see and hear works by The Royal Shakespeare Company and world-renowned composer and director Heiner Goebbels.

The festival’s Honda Festival Garden will be offering its visitors comedy and music. Some of Sydney Festival’s best shows can be seen in Sydney Festival Parramatta, kind of a Festival-within-the-Festival.

For three weeks attendees have the chance to go to 92 events and 360 performances in total and roughly half a million visitors are expected to visit the festival area. With 18 outdoor events offered to people for free, Sydney Festival is Australia’s biggest free outdoor program of concerts and events.

More information, photos and videos about the festival can be found at http://www.sydneyfestival.org.au/. But just to give you an idea of what you might be getting yourself into – the first night of the festival, 60 000 festival attendees celebrated the summer in Sydney at the Daptone Super Soul Revue, dancing and partying.

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While sitting in awe of Tony Stark’s wit, genius and jaw-dropping lifestyle as portrayed in Avengers or any of the Iron Man movies, you cannot help but wonder if such super smart, super rich, super achieving, non-nerd playboys exist in real life. Can there be anyone even remotely resembling Iron Man’s alter ego before he invented the iron suit?

 

Hell there must be someone who is an inspiration for the character! Well thanks to Google, it takes us two seconds to know that there is.  Mr. Awesome is legally known as Elon Musk. And what does he do for a living? When he is not busy running billion dollar internet companies (see PayPal), he runs companies that make environment friendly electric cars (see Tesla motors). And in his free time he launches rockets into space (see SpaceX). But this article is not about him, it’s about his dragon (no pun intended).

Of Dragons docking in space stations

On May 25th 2012 Mr. Musk and his company SpaceX created history by being the first private company to successfully launch and dock a vehicle, Falcon 9 “Dragon”, on the International Space Station (ISS). While this mission did not involve launching Astronauts into space, what it has done is give NASA the confidence that in the future, SpaceX can send Astronauts to ISS. This comes as a relief to NASA, and America, as it had decommissioned its space shuttle program last year. Since then it had to depend on the Russian Soyuz spacecraft for launching and landing its astronauts. Other than SpaceX, there are about half a dozen companies who have developed or are developing capabilities to deliver payloads into the orbit. America is introducing private companies into the long defunct Space Race.

Elon Musk is not the only internet tycoon with orbital ambitions. Jeff Bezos’s (head of Amazon) other company Blue Origin, is developing a vertical landing and takeoff spacecraft. And while India tries to develop a more accurate guidance system for its Agni 5 missile, a company called Planetary Resources is planning to mine metals from asteroids and bring them back to Earth (WHAAAAAAT!!!). Larry Page and Eric Schmidt, respectively the chief executive and the chairman of Google, as well as film maker James Cameron, are some of the backers of the firm.

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket early May 22, 2012 as it heads for space carrying the company’s Dragon spacecraft

While UPA sleeps

America is sending a strong message to India and to the rest of the world by opening up one of the most sensitive areas in terms of security to private investments. It is putting faith in its people to deliver where NASA has failed, make space exploration profitable. NASA was more about national pride where profit was not an issue. As soon as people’s attention shifted from space to more immediate problems, NASA lost its funding. It was a model doomed to fail. This will not be the case with SpaceX and others of their ilk. To operate and to improve they will have to earn profits, they will have to innovate. And the people who are entering the field now are some of the best innovators of our times. Other the earn profits, they will speed up colonization of the Moon and other heavenly bodies, and hasten the coming of the Space Age.

The lesson for India is this: private investments are good. They bring in professional managers, lessen corruption, reduce costs and speed up growth. India cannot progress without entrepreneurs challenging our way of thinking and changing how we lead our lives. You can even argue that the little development we have seen in the country over the past two decades is because of private companies and entrepreneurs innovating and generating jobs with little help from the government. The government must let in private investors; they can start with education and energy, and eventually move on to weapons and space.

Meanwhile…

Elon Musk also finds time to combat global warming and come up with awesome names for his companies. He has co-founded SolarCity, the largest provider of solar energy in the United States. Who says you need an iron suit to save the world?

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All throughout history, music has played a prominent role in society and gatherings of people taking pleasure in music have been recorded for hundreds of years. In the more recent years these gatherings have been in the form of festivals and concerts. They happen all over the world and attract thousands of people at a time. In this interesting article we look at the top 5 largest concerts and festivals of all time.

5. Summer Jam at Watkins Glen

This massive concert held in New York attracted a staggering 600, 000 people and the rock movement was in full swing. It was one of the largest concerts in history and in the time of peace and happiness, naked women adorned the grand prix circuit where it was held. Planes fell overhead with one skydiver actually losing his life while performing a stunt with explosives; this somehow did not taint the event.

4. Steve Wozniak’s US festival

In 1983, the co-founder of Apple, Steve Wozniak threw a massive festival and one of the largest concerts of all time with over 670,000 attendants. He wanted to give back to the society that had added to his wealth and threw both a festival and a technology event. The concert offered a country music day and some of the biggest names at the time like David Bowie and U2 performed.

3. Garth Brooks in Central park

Country singing legend Garth Brook’s concert in New York pulled an astounding 750,000 people. He has been one of the only performers allowed to have a concert in Central Park and the show was free to anyone who wanted to go, possibly explaining the staggering number of people for a musical genre that may not be that popular in that state. Crowds were treated to a surprise appearance by Billy Joel and Don McLean,

2. The New York Philharmonic

The famous New York Philharmonic is renowned for their classical musical skills and playing to massive audiences. New York’s Central Park has already been listed and this show, the second largest concert ever, attracted 800,000 people! During the weekend of the concert New Yorkers were celebrating Statue of Liberty weekend and the concert fell under some of the celebrations. This classical concert is the largest one to ever take place.

1. Rod Stewart at Copacabana

This impressive concert is the largest concert of all time attracting an insane 3.5 million people! On New Year’s Eve in 1994 the people of Rio de Janeiro were treated to a spectacular show by Rod Stewart. The massive concert was held at Copacabana Beach where millions of people jammed to some of his greatest hits. Not only is this the largest concert in history, recorded on the Guinness Book of World Records but is was also free. Rob gave back so kindly to the poorest of communities.

Jemma Scott loves writing top lists and in this one looks at concerts. Her inspiration for this topic came for her attendance of massive concerts held in warehouses that usually are used to store massive amounts of products on pallet racking as well as cantilever racking.

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The Super Bowl, is well known for the advertisements that air during game time. Since the broadcast reaches around 90 million people, the ad rates can cost around millions. The commercials are often highly anticipated because of their innovation or sense of humor.




There have been some duds and some doozies over the years, and the following is a personal compilation of a few of the best.




1977 Xerox ad: As a writer, I can relate to this one. The head monk admires the beautifully transcribed work of the scribe monk but then he springs it on him: that he needs 500 more copies of the lovely document.  Of course, on the other side of the door is Xerox’s latest super machine, and the job is done in an instant. When Brother Superior receives the 500 hundred copies almost instantaneously, he raises his eyes to the sky, thankful for the “miracle”.






1995 Budweiser frogs: When everybody in the office on Monday morning is walking around saying: “Bud” Wise” “Errrr”, you know the commercial is a hit. It didn’t even show a beer!





2011 Pepsi : First Date This is one of the funniest ones I have ever seen.







BridgeStone: Reply All I think a lot of techies can relate to this one. Remember the time when you accidently hit reply all to a mail you were only supposed to send to your friend?!







2002: Budweiser respect ad: This is my all time favorite and still gives me goose bumps. It is only a few months after the bombing of the World Trade Center, and the Budweiser Clydesdale horses travel slowly from the Midwest to New York to the site of the Twin Towers. When they arrive, slowly and with tears in their eyes, they kneel down in respect.  That is a beautiful commercial and I respect Budweiser for making it.




 

Going to the super bowl can sometimes get you drunk and in trouble. This can be a problem if you end up in jail because most likely, you’ve already spent your money on tickets and hotels. Try bail bonds nation as an easy alternative to a loan.

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Facebook has soared to popularity over the past years. This has made it an inevitable source for publicizing events. Nissan has gone one step further and has planned to create the world’s first Bollywood movie auditioned on Facebook. The event is called New Star of India.

Ranbir Kapoor, one of the youth icons is the lead of the movie. Ranbir fans were given a once in a lifetime opportunity to audition for a chance to star alongside him. From well over 2000 hopefuls, 20 were chosen to be in this ground-breaking movie.

The campaign started off last month on Facebook, and has already gathered  over 2,00,000 fans. They were given the opportunity to show off their dancing talent by recording a short video and uploading it to www.facebook.com/nissanindia. Short listing of the winners was done by the public. People voted for their favourite audition videos, and the most popular 100 participants were through. From these, Ranbir Kapoor and director/choreographer Ahmed Khan chose the lucky winners.

The filming for this ambitious project is already starting. The production team is ready for action in Hyderabad, where they will be shooting over the coming week.

The excitement does not end here. Nissan has ensured that all those who participated and did not win, are not disappointed. Some will be given surprise cameo roles and people will even be able to participate in the film production process at www.facebook.com/nissanindia

Following closely with the event, Abstract Thoughts along with Phonetics Media, who handle digital media for Nissan has opened up a new contest. There are FREE Tshirts up for grabs!

Here is what you need to do to win one your self.

1)      Like our Facebook fanpage here

2)      Share this post about the event and giveaway on your wall.

3)      Comment below and leave your Facebook profile name so we can check.

If you have a Twitter account, please share the giveaway there as well.

Randomly chosen winners will be given the New Star of India Tshirts So what are you waiting for, go ahead and share; maximize your chances of winning the prize!

 

 

Adele-Someone Like You

Adele-Someone-Like-You“Someone Like You” is a song by English singer-songwriter Adele. Written by Adele and Dan Wilson for her second studio album 21, the song was inspired by a broken relationship of hers, and lyrically it speaks of Adele coming to terms with it.

An accompanying music video for the song was directed by Jake Nava and it was filmed in Paris, France. The video showed Adele walking alone through the streets with a sad look on her face. Critics praised the video for being simple and perfect for the sound of the song.

My Speak : The song is slow, powerful and worth listening to again and again with a slow painful overtone. Adele has a special and unique voice and this is right up there one of her best. This song has a lingering touch like anything that is good and needs to be tried again. Video is dark , something I did not particularly like, but it did potray the required emotions.

 

Lyrics

 

Download Someone Like You.mp3

I heard that you settled down

That you found a girl and you’re married now.
I heard that your dreams came true.
Guess she gave you things I didn’t give to you.

Old friend, why are you so shy?
Ain’t like you to hold back or hide from the light.

I hate to turn up out of the blue uninvited
But I couldn’t stay away, I couldn’t fight it.
I had hoped you’d see my face and that you’d be reminded
That for me it isn’t over.

Never mind, I’ll find someone like you
I wish nothing but the best for you too
Don’t forget me, I beg
I remember you said,
“Sometimes it lasts in love but sometimes it hurts instead,
Sometimes it lasts in love but sometimes it hurts instead,”
Yeah.

You know how the time flies
Only yesterday was the time of our lives
We were born and raised
In a summer haze
Bound by the surprise of our glory days

I hate to turn up out of the blue uninvited
But I couldn’t stay away, I couldn’t fight it.
I had hoped you’d see my face and that you’d be reminded
That for me it isn’t over.

Never mind, I’ll find someone like you
I wish nothing but the best for you too
Don’t forget me, I beg
I remember you said,
“Sometimes it lasts in love but sometimes it hurts instead.”

Nothing compares
No worries or cares
Regrets and mistakes
They are memories made.
Who would have known how bittersweet this would taste?

Never mind, I’ll find someone like you
I wish nothing but the best for you
Don’t forget me, I beg
I remember you said,
“Sometimes it lasts in love but sometimes it hurts instead.”

Never mind, I’ll find someone like you
I wish nothing but the best for you too
Don’t forget me, I beg
I remember you said,
“Sometimes it lasts in love but sometimes it hurts instead,
Sometimes it lasts in love but sometimes it hurts instead.”

Download Someone Like You.mp3

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Diwali

Black & Decker DCM 15 1 Cup Coffee Maker


Black & Decker DCM 15 1 Cup Coffee Maker

Black & Decker DCM 15 1 Cup Coffee Maker

The Black and Decker DCM 15 is a Drip Type coffee maker for brewing espressos and tea. The DCM 15 makes for a perfect first espresso maker for anyone looking to upgrade from instant powders. The espresso maker is extremely portable and is designed to occupy minimal space. The permanent filter in the coffee maker is crafted out of durable high grade stainless steel which can be easily removed for cleaning. The coffee maker is fitted with a fully insulated water reservoir for splash-free operation and improved hygiene.

Ultimate gift for your colleagues, family friends and singles who are cautious about space and ease. An ideal gift for a software engineer who lives on coffee.

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Harry Potter Box Set

(Paperback)

The perfect opportunity to own all seven Harry Potter titles in the latest ‘Signature’ edition livery. All encased in a smart gift box.

The box set includes the following 7 titles :
1) Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
2) Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
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4) Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
5) Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
6) Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
7) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Harry Potter Box Set (Paperback)

Harry Potter Box Set (Paperback)

An ideal gift for children which will contribute to the reading habit as well as very presentable. No just for children any and every Harry Potter would love to have such a collection, a timeless classic to be read again and again

Original MRP : Rs. 3999 Rs. 2399 Only

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Selected Almonds N Diwali Pooja Thali Gift Hamper

Selected Almonds N Diwali Pooja Thali Gift Hamper

Selected Almonds N Diwali Pooja Thali Gift Hamper

Dry Fruit and Diwali Pooja Thali Gift set contains: 1. Selected Almonds (Badam) in food-grade plastic Gift Box. 2. One handcrafted Diwali Pooja Thali of size 6 inch in diameter containing Ganesha idol, decorated Nariyal, ethnically packed Roli-Chawal and Diyas. 3. Free eleven Pooja essentials for Laxmi Pooja: Roli, Moli, Chawal, Kamal Gatta, Dhoop, Kakda, Dhania, Majith, Camphor, Beetles and Turmeric.

Freebie: Pooja Coin,Diwali Greeting Card.

Orders for above products will be accepted till 2 p.m, 19th October 2011 and will be delivered before Diwali in urban areas serviceable by major courier agencies.For remote / rural areas the product will be sent by local couriers / Indian Speed Post and may take little more time.

A gift for families, friends and relatives. Symbolic and Special with the true essence of the festival

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I just came across this video titled – ‘ The Google+ Song‘. It sung to tune of “Another One Bites the Dust” by Queen. Yeah yeah I know, you’re probably all done experimenting with G+ and then moved back to Facebook. However, the song’s still quite catchy. I like the beginning especially. The video is about a female who discovers G+ and then her journey from being a sceptic to an addict! Read on, for the lyrics and also to know who that model in the video is!

Moves like Jagger - Christina Aguilera Maroon 5

Moves like Jagger - Christina Aguilera Maroon 5

“Moves Like Jagger” is a song by American band Maroon 5 featuring American pop singer Christina Aguilera. It was released for digital download on June 21, 2011 in conjunction with a live performance of the song on The Voice the same day. “Moves Like Jagger” was written by Adam Levine, Benjamin Levin, Ammar Malik and Shellback, and was produced by Shellback and Benny Blanco.

It was later included on a re-release of the band’s third studio album, Hands All Over (2011).The song’s lyrics refer to a male protagonist’s ability to impress a female with his dance moves, which he compares to those of The Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger. The song received a positive critical appreciation, many of them complimented the vocal chemistry between Levine and Aguilera and labeled it “an irresistible summer hit”.”Moves Like Jagger” debuted at number eight on the Billboard Hot 100, therefore making it the band’s first top 10 single since the number-one hit “Makes Me Wonder” (2007), and Aguilera’s first top-ten since “Keeps Gettin’ Better” (2008). The song topped the charts in Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, New Zealand, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and United States while it was a top-five hit in most countries that it charted. It topped the Billboard Hot 100 charts for three non-consecutive weeks. The song also marks the first time two former Best New Artist Grammy Award winners have collaborated on a Hot 100 hit, and first number-one at Hot 100.A music video directed by Jonas Åkerlund was released on August 8, 2011. The video features Christina Aguilera, as well as old video footage of Mick Jagger and his iconic moves.

Maroon-5

“Moves Like Jagger”
(feat. Christina Aguilera)

[Verse 1:]
Just shoot for the stars
If it feels right
And aim for my heart
If you feel like
And take me away and make it OK
I swear I’ll behave

You wanted control
So we waited
I put on a show
Now I make it
You say I’m a kid
My ego is big
I don’t give a shit
And it goes like this

[Chorus:]
Take me by the tongue
And I’ll know you
Kiss me ’til you’re drunk
And I’ll show you

All the moves like Jagger
I’ve got the moves like Jagger
I’ve got the moves like Jagger

I don’t need to try to control you
Look into my eyes and I’ll own you

With the moves like Jagger
I’ve got the moves like Jagger
I’ve got the moves like Jagger

[Verse 2:]
Baby it’s hard
When you feel like you’re broken and scarred
Nothing feels right
But when you’re with me
I make you believe
That I’ve got the key

So get in the car
We can ride it
Wherever you want
Get excited
And you want to steer
But I’m shifting gears
I’ll take it from here
And it goes like this

[Chorus:]
Take me by the tongue
And I’ll know you
Kiss me ’til you’re drunk
And I’ll show you

All the moves like Jagger
I’ve got the moves like Jagger
I’ve got the moves like Jagger

I don’t need to try to control you
Look into my eyes and I’ll own you

With the moves like Jagger
I’ve got the moves like Jagger
I’ve got the moves like Jagger

[Bridge:]
You want to know how to make me smile
Take control, own me just for the night
But if I share my secret
You’re gonna have to keep it
Nobody else can see this

So watch and learn
I won’t show you twice
Head to toe, oh baby, rub me right
But if I share my secret
You’re gonna have to keep it
Nobody else can see this

And it goes like this

[Chorus:]
Take me by the tongue
And I’ll know you
Kiss me ’til you’re drunk
And I’ll show you

All the moves like Jagger
I’ve got the moves like Jagger
I’ve got the moves like Jagger

I don’t need to try to control you
Look into my eyes and I’ll own you

With the moves like Jagger
I’ve got the moves like Jagger
I’ve got the moves like Jagger

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I know this may be a shocker for our readers, but I found this track sure to create a nice buzz at all the parties. Great to see Akon adapting to Bollywood and a great sync with the Hindi Lyrics.This is a Vishal-Shekhar composition Chammak Challo that has been rendered by R& B artist Akon for the Shah Rukh Khan production Ra One.


Chamak Challo Lyrics

girl you are my chamak challo

where you go girl

im gonna follow

what you want girl

just let me know

oooh oooh ohh

you can be my chamak challo

ooh ohh

 

shorty im gonna get ya

you know im gonna get ya

you know i even let you

let you be my chammak challo

 

kesa sharmana aja nach k dikha de

aa meri hoja aa parda gira de

aa meri akhiyon se akhiyan mila le

aa tu na nakhre dikhaa

wanna be my chamak chalo

ooh ooh ooh ooh

wanna be my chamak chalo

ooh ooh ooh ooh

wanna be my chamak chalo

ooh ooh ooh ooh

 

tu meri chamak chalo

teri picture ka mein hero

give it to me girl mujko de do

ho hoo hooo

you can be my chamak chalo

 

shorty im gonna get ya

you know im gonna get ya

maybe i even let you be my chammak chammak challo

 

kesa sharmana aja nach k dikha de

aa meri hoja aa parda gira de

aa meri akhiyon se akhiyan mila le

aa tu na nakhre dikhaa

wanna be my chamak chalo

ooh ooh ooh ooh

wanna be my chamak chalo

ooh ooh ooh ooh

 

wanna be my chamak chalo

ooh ooh ooh ooh

 

ooh ho ooh ooh hoo ooh

 

kesa sharmana aja nach k dikha de

aa meri hoja aa parda gira de

aa meri akhiyon se akhiyan mila le

aa tu na nakhre dikhaa

wanna be my chamak chalo

ooh ooh ooh ooh

wanna be my chamak chalo

ooh ooh ooh ooh

wanna be my chamak chalo

ooh ooh ooh ooh

 

 

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They say Google can help you find anything. And perhaps that anything includes God! In Google Street View for Switzerland, a mysterious object is visible in the sky. Not only that, the object follows you as you move around the street.

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At every phase of your life, there will be decisions. Decisions, which will branch out to completely different series of events. Decisions that will influence the happenings of your days to come or even influence your entire life. These are the decisions, the turning points in your life that will chalk out the kind of person you end up being.