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Mom showing off her flambé skills

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January 30, 2011 at 9:13 pm

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All in a twitter-photographer’s day :-)

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January 30, 2011 at 9:24 am

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My Company for the Night

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A hot cuppa chai and music to go with it… loads of work still pending, as much as I’m enjoying the weekend, I’m working too ;-)

Bring it on!

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January 30, 2011 at 2:45 am

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Life is like a Basket of Apples.

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Life is like a Basket of Apples. Each day, an apple.

Think about it for a moment, what all similarities come to your mind? These are what I thought of…

  • You can’t eat them all at once, life has to be had one day at a time.
  • Some will definitely be sweeter than others, apples and days.
  • One rotten apple can result in adjacent apples rotting, same with bad days… unless we ensure we don’t carry over the feelings.
  • Every apple has a bunch of seeds, you can choose to plant some; every day has opportunities, you choose which to follow.

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January 30, 2011 at 12:45 am

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Yeah, @smokiebokie made me take another nap. It’s all his fault!

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January 28, 2011 at 12:19 pm

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#having chai, lasun-methi and chapati. // @surekhapillai @a_appy

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January 28, 2011 at 10:57 am

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Puné: Free Portrait/Profile Photo shoot on Republic Day

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Republic Day Celebration!

An offer to all Twitter and Facebook users from Puné, if you’re
wearing colors of Indian Flag or would love to pose with the Tricolor
(a badge on your shirt, or flag in hand)… I’ll shoot your portrait
for free!

Yes you heard it right. Free. Its my way of saying thanks to you…
fellow citizens for giving me business all the other days and helping
me to continue freelance work :)

Venue is Empress Gardens, near Race Course, Puné. Time: 10am to 1pm
and 3pm to 6pm. Call me on 9850 8850 21 if you would like to avail
this offer :)

And well… terms and conditions, for everyone’s sanity:

1. You are expected to pose with Indian Tricolor (a badge on shirt or
flag in hand) or wear attire that has either all three or one
prominent color among saffron, white or green. The flag, badge or
attire is your responsibility! ;)

2. I’ll deliver, only via email, two edited photographs per person, in
two sizes each: one for web, for using as profile photo and one large
that you can archive or print out. Photos will be delivered within one
week. (Expect less time, but I need to keep buffer)

3. Photographs will be watermarked with a small link to my site, i
promise it will not be obnoxious!

4. I reserve the discretion to click photographs or pass the
opportunity (I really wouldn’t do this, but still, just in case :)

5. My services will be gratis. No hidden fees or costs whatsoever.
However you will have to bear your own entry tickets at Empress
Gardens.

6. You don’t have to retweet or like anything to be eligible. Though,
I’d appreciate feedback after you get the photos.

7. Offer valid only on 26th January 2011.

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January 25, 2011 at 1:04 pm

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Whoa tha?

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January 23, 2011 at 6:11 pm

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I wait…

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Waiting here on the banks,
I lay in wait of your touch.
Your hands to lift me and take me home,
O’ ocean so vast and mighty,
Why did you leave me alone?


Photo by: Aritra M

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January 23, 2011 at 5:29 pm

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Troubleshooting: MacOSX stuck at blue screen, no login window

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I was working on my computer and electricity went off. Usually, it hardly means anything… just let the system restart. It will take a slight bit longer as journals are replayed and file system checked and fixed. Yep, MacOSX keeps track of its filesystem and prevents inconsistencies. I love that part. But, sometimes… just sometimes… everything doesn’t go as expected.

The computer seemed to start up well, but came up to a dark blue screen, then a light blue screen with a rotating circle showing some activity was going on, then flashed back to dark blue screen and kept repeating.

I had seen this issue before and spent two days trying to figure out what was wrong. Today, I just shut down the computer and spent time doing other things while in the back of my mind, I recalled what all I had done to fix it. I had tried scores of different things. Thinking video drivers could be messed up, perhaps some kernel extensions (kexts) were corrupt and myriad other possibilities. I tried creating a second account from single user mode, but that wasn’t going as suggested on many sites. I disabled auto-login, but that didn’t help either. I was stuck.

Then out of desperation, I tried many different hacks together and the computer allowed me to log into my account. I had found a solution somewhere in those hacks! I didn’t think of it much after that… until now.

Finally, after two cups of chai, a few pages of “The Black Swan” a book that talks about random, unexpected events that significantly affect us (like this one, perhaps) and a rant on how to react to bad news (the previous post on this blog), it struck me. I had renamed the folder: /Users/harshad/Library/Preferences to /Users/harshad/Library/Preferences_old

But that wasn’t the entire solution, there was more. Didn’t have time to think it through. I dived in… started my Mac, got into single user mode did the usual fsck and mount commands (shown right after login) and then renamed the folder

/sbin/fsck -fy
/sbin/fsck -fy
/sbin/mount -uw /
cd
/Users/[USERNAME]/Library/
mv Preferences Preferences_old
reboot

Bingo! That got me to my desktop, which looked like a brand new account (because by renaming, I had effectively removed the Preferences folder for MacOS and it created a new one)

Next step was logical… I remembered last time going through system log messages where the loginwindow server kept crashing over and over… so all I did was copy loginwindow.plist over to old preferences folder, and renamed the old folder to be the current one once again:

in Terminal app

cd /Users/[USERNAME]/Library/Preferences/
sudo cp
loginwindow.plist ../Preferences_old/
cd ..
mv Preferences Preferences_new
mv Preferences_old Preferences

Rebooted system after that.

Done!

Heh, I sometimes brag to fellow photographers that I have a technological edge over them because I understand the “digital” medium we work with, this is another example how it actually pays off ;-)

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January 23, 2011 at 2:26 pm

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