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Just Shoot Me

Bala, 28, Gordon Gekko in the making, pseudo-intellectual, cynic, bibliophile, obsessive compulsive ranter...

Bad Omen

April 30, 2008

Today I saw someone reading Ramani Chandran in the bus. This bodes ill for the immediate direction of future reading. I have been slowly recovering from a serious case of Urban Fantasy addiction and now this.


posted by Bala, 8:44 PM | link | 0 comments |

anime and me

April 29, 2008

The Teenager in the Family (TIF) has bugged me into downloading a lot of obscure anime shows. Maybe i am growing older, but i don't get what's so special about anime. The hair is spiky, the mouths are geometric shapes,the scene transitions are glitchy and the noise is unbearable. 12 years back (when cartoon network was taking its baby steps in India), me and my cartoon watching companion(CWC) , tried watching some science fiction anime and couldn't get the hang of it. And we were no shirks when it came to cartoons - we lapped up all the crap hanna barbara and Turner broadcasting came up with. But we drew the line when it came to anime.

I didn't get anime then and i don't get it now. If TIF is any indication to go by, then ikkala ilaignargaL are hung up on this stuff. Aandava, kali muthiduchu!


posted by Bala, 8:57 PM | link | 0 comments |

Stock Market Advice

April 26, 2008

"பசிக்காமல் இருக்க மருந்து இருக்கு
தாரேன் உனக்கு
கொஞ்சம் பழைய சோறு இருந்தா போடு"

(Rough Translation : I will give you a pill that will cure hunger, but first give me your leftovers).

99% of the paid stock market advice and tips services in India fit into the above category. Anyone who tries to sell you advice and tips is someone who could not hack it in trading.


PS : The following solavadai also fits:
பறக்கற வித்தைய கத்துதாரேன், முதல்ல ஆத்துக்கு அங்கிட்டு கொண்டு போய் விடு


posted by Bala, 9:16 PM | link | 0 comments |


April 25, 2008

The greatest marketer alive, has a new product launching soon.


posted by Bala, 9:26 PM | link | 0 comments |

the genius of kannadasan

April 21, 2008

(Today i am feeling insanely jealous of creative people for no reason.. So let me post a work of the man hailed as the king of poets)

ஒரு கோப்பையிலே என் குடியிருப்பு
ஒரு கோலமயில் என் துணையிருப்பு
இசைப் பாடலிலே என் உயிர்த் துடிப்பு
நான் பார்ப்பதெல்லாம் அழகின் சிரிப்பு
ஒரு கோப்பையிலே என் குடியிருப்பு

காவியத்தாயின் இளையமகன்
காதல் பெண்களின் பெருந்தலைவன்
நான் காவியத்தாயின் இளையமகன்
காதல் பெண்களின் பெருந்தலைவன்
பாமர‌ ஜாதியில் தனிமனிதன்
நான் படைப்பதனால் என்பேர் இறைவன்

(ஒரு கோப்பையிலே என் குடியிருப்பு...)

மானிட இனத்தை ஆட்டி வைப்பேன்
அவர் மாண்டுவிட்டால் அதைப் பாடிவைப்பேன்
நான் மானிட இனத்தை ஆட்டி வைப்பேன்
அவர் மாண்டுவிட்டால் அதைப் பாடிவைப்பேன்
நான் நிரந்தரமானவன் அழிவதில்லை
எந்த நிலையிலும் எனக்கு மரணமில்லை!

(ஒரு கோப்பையிலே என் குடியிருப்பு...)


posted by Bala, 8:54 PM | link | 0 comments |


April 18, 2008

I am going on a "business visit" (!!!) to Trivandrum for a couple of days. Normal ranting resumes when i get back from God's own Country.


posted by Bala, 12:07 AM | link | 0 comments |

pozhuthupokkin Appa???

April 16, 2008

some time back there was some discussion in themaanga.com about the ridiculousness of dubbing hindi ads into Tamil. The latest IPL ad - manoranjan ka baap easily wins in the stupidest dubbed advertisement competition. Some genius has decided to translate it as pozhuthupokkin aPPa (பொழுதுபோக்கின் அப்பா). Room pottu yosippaingalo?

Thinking back, the stupidest hindi/hinglish/generic advertising in Tamil heartland must be the big ING Vysya (No Chinta only money) hoarding that appeared opposite Raja Muthaiah manRam in Madurai, a couple of years back.

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posted by Bala, 7:06 PM | link | 0 comments |

A personal note

April 15, 2008

Dear Old constant reader from Princeton,

Today i boasted to someone that "people from princeton" read my blog. Thanks for making that possible ;-)

Dear New constant reader from Harlow UK,

Welcome to my blog.


posted by Bala, 7:13 PM | link | 3 comments |


April 12, 2008

I love the concepts of "Tyranny of the Majority" and "Electoral Democracy". I ought to - i have a BC tag on my caste certificate. My entitlement now extends to the whole of India. Should i choose to procreate(the horror!), my descendants will also have this great advantage. Being "oppressed" does feel great. As my manaseega guru War Nerd points out regularly, a higher birth rate is the best weapon any group can have.


posted by Bala, 11:22 PM | link | 1 comments |

Matriculation schools as a Giffen Good

April 10, 2008

A Giffen Good is something (product or service) whose demand increases with its' price. The Wikipedia article suggests they are extremely rare. A recent talk with a colleague who is much enamored of "Engileees medium education", has given me the idea that seats in Matriculation schools of Tamil Nadu might be Giffen Goods.

The wikipedia article provides three necessary preconditions for something to be considered as a Giffen good.

1. the good in question must be an inferior good
considering all the shit they do in the name of teaching this seems to fit.

2. there must be a lack of close substitute goods

Hmmm, Most of the Govt and Govt aided schools are even worser than Matriculation schools; CBSE and ICSE schools are scarce..

3. the good must constitute a substantial percentage of the buyer's income, but not such a substantial percentage of the buyer's income that none of the associated normal goods are consumed

This is much closer to reality than it looks.



posted by Bala, 11:37 PM | link | 0 comments |

oru share inga irukku...

April 09, 2008

Today was a particularly taxing day. I was hard put to explain fungibility of a Dematted share to an investor. The investor is a mangayar malar investor (house wife-thinks speculation is part time job-tries day trading-ends up taking delivery of all she trades). She had bought 100 shares of company A a month back at Rs. 275 and 50 shares of the same company at 190 a week back. Today, she insists i sell only the shares she bought last week and not the ones bought a month back. I was trying to explain, once it comes into your D-Mat account there is no difference except in accounts keeping. The conversation started sounding like the kavundamani-senthil vazhaipazha joke. Convinced that i was somehow deceiving her, she complained to her husband and i had to repeat the entire process with him. At the end of the day i had to use a milk-in-the-can metaphor to illustrate what was going on. I don't think they got it in the end.

The next time SEBI moots stricter KYC / investor awareness norms, i won't be complaining.

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posted by Bala, 8:27 PM | link | 0 comments |

ore kashtamappa...

April 07, 2008

Why do people

1) Belong to Orkut groups like sadhigaL illayadi paappa (there is no caste)
2) And then go and marry someone whose necessary (but not sufficient) qualification is belonging to the same caste.

All that has been accomplished by 60 years of Periyarean rabble rousing in Tamil Nadu is institutionalized hypocrisy. Nothing more and nothing less.

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posted by Bala, 10:40 PM | link | 1 comments |

Strange ways to check shoplifting..

April 03, 2008

Reliance Fresh Madurai has a strange new practice. The security guard now inspects the bills of the people leaving the store and stamps a Thank You seal on it. I inquired why he was doing it and he says he is checking if the bill's timestamp to see it is not an old one!!!. WTF??. Is this some strange way of checking shoplifting?. Next time i am going there i plan to come out without buying anything and see how the guard reacts when he sees me without a bill.

However this is a much better than what they do in the Nilgris outlet nearby. They send attendants to shadow and keep an eye on you. A couple of months back, i spent half an hour window shopping while dodging the various "tails" tailing me. This despite having CCTVs on all the aisles. Is slippage by shoplifting so serious that they assign tails and irritate customers or is it just my face?


posted by Bala, 10:21 PM | link | 3 comments |

Shorting Iceland

April 01, 2008

In 1992 it was the Pound Sterling; In 97 it was the south east asian countries; Today it is Iceland.

Suddenly i am glad i live in the same country as Prakash Karat and D Raja. (picture D Raja swinging his hands, shaking his head and exclaiming "Thatt is whuyy dhe lefet insists on avoiding suchh kapitalist adventures"). Free market acolytes should remember this - anyone with a Trillion Dollars to spare can beat the shit out of a third world economy. Be careful what you wish for.


posted by Bala, 9:13 PM | link | 0 comments |

Ha Ha

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