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Monday, June 21, 2010

Finally - My Own Typeface!


I had fascination for type for so long a time. I would try to understand family, size, hierarchy, contrast and stuff like that in any type, be it on newspapers, websites or anywhere. Two years ago, I was struck by the idea to create a font of my own, but I didn't know how to. I had searched the whole of internet for software that I can use for that, but quited in disappointment. It is now that I actually find one. And yes- I have created my first font, and it's ready for download!
Here's the link to preview and download the font: in searchfreefonts.com
This is my very first attempt, I hope to do better than this.

Creative Commons LicenseScribblaji by AjithRindia is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 India License.Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available at http://www.ajithrindia.tk/fonts/license.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Wanna Be A Hacker? : Intro

It was when I was 4 that I saw a computer for the first time- at stall in the Thrissur Pooram exhibition. I was there with my father and my cousin brother, and I had no clue as to what that tv-looking junk was. Suddenly, my hitherto quiet cousin bro blurted out : ‘Oooh... that’s a computer!’.
I always had this feeling as a kid that I was among the smartest of the lot. But now, I got filled with humility. Or it was more like ‘shame’-- “ I couldn’t recognize a ‘cambooter’ and my brother could? My life’s not worth living. WTF?” (paraphrasing of course). But the next moment, as I fixed my gaze on that little glowing box in the stall, I knew (or we knew), for some reason, that we were made for each other.
The first time I actually used a computer was at another of my cousin’s house(where I stayed during my summer hols), when I was 5 or 6. All I did was open MS paint and draw stuff -- I pretty much started out like others, more or less I guess. There were restrictions as to what I could do, so I was confined to using ‘Paint’. I knew vast areas were unexplored, but I waited.
It was from my 5th grade that I really got into ‘computing’. We had a wonderful teacher who taught us to make slide shows and encouraged us to think out of the box. Yes, I gradually picked up the basics and went on to perpetually pester my father for a computer of my own.
It was not until in 9th grade that my dream came true. I didn’t have to beg for the mercy of my computer teachers during recess any more. I felt gratified. But this was not an end. Rather, it was a turning point from where I could learn and do more, I did realize that.

So you might be thinking how this is relevant to “becoming a hacker”. Well, the jargon file contains a bunch of definitions of the term ‘hacker’, most having to do with technical adeptness and a delight in solving problems and overcoming limits. On juxtaposing this definition to my story, we are sure to find common elements.
I intend to post a series of posts on Hacking, with links to articles and resources. This is an introductory post.
Stay tuned, you will not be disappointed :)

Saturday, June 5, 2010

The 11th Hour

 The future of the world depends on how we choose to act at this very moment. This is literally the 11th hour.

I've seen people saying things like 'I believe in global warming', or 'I'm convinced the ozone layer is depleting', as if it is a religion or debate to agree or not agree upon. It is high time we realize that  these threats are very real- what we need to do is adopt ways to tackle them. And secondly, we're not doing a service to mother earth by 'saving the environment'- it is we humans who are at threat. It seems the earth can recover from any damage over time, and it has, like after the asteroid collision that led to the extinction of majority of species on it including the dinosaurs. We should hence emphasize on saving ourselves than the earth.

Surely enough, we can't work miracles overnight. Tiny drops of water make the ocean.
If we do our bit, I'm sure it'll go a long way.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Iron Man II - A Review

Robert Downey Jr. is surely one of the most watchable actors in Hollywood, his performance in Sherlock Holmes is remarkable beyond  doubt. The success of the recently released Iron Man II would have a lot to attribute to this aspect of Downey, he's the perfect Tony Stark. The movie caught the imagination of comic book fans and  technology enthusiasts through use of cutting edge CGI, but it has its flaws.

The movie begins with Stark in his metal suit jumping off a flying plane, to where the Stark Expo is being hosted- and why would he need a 'launching pad' exactly when he could have simply flew off from his malibu residence? The insistent use of red-yellow color combination thereafter is sickening to the eyes.

The script leaves many moments for Tony Stark to brood, allowing for some character-development, but the supporting cast including the pragmatic Pepper Pots played by Gwyneth Paltrow is left superficial. In all instances, the performance of other characters such as that of Whiplash and Black Widow are sacrificed to protect the ego of Tony Stark.

Throughout the movie, the protagonist has to go through no real trouble, and most fight scenes are lame. Don't get me wrong- the special effects are dumbfounding, but none of the action sequences in the movie are worth remembering.

Nevertheless, it's a refreshing change from the kind of superhero movies  we are accustomed to, and personally I'm a huge fan. Let's just hope for a better sequel.

Here's an Iron Man sketch by me.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Photographing birds


Recently, I happened to buy a nikon l110. Playing with it, I casually took a few bird photos from the top of my house. And one day, I uploaded them on to my computer, resized and added a little bit of lighting , and I put them up in my facebook. I was amazed by the response I got- most of my friends thought I had stolen it from other sites, or simply copy-pasted from google images. Here is the album where I uploaded the birdy pics : http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=14920&id=1776862170&l=269a8c7d14 .

I'm a guy truly interested in photography, and I've been longing for a camera for a really long time. Though it appears my father has bought me one, I'm not completely free to use it the way I want to and there are a lot of restrictions as to where to take it and so on. I really wish there was a good support system in my house, for I feel I could do really cool things if I was simply more free.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

The Humdrum Intro

I know- first posts are bound to be monotonous. I'll try to make this sound as not-uninteresting as possible, forgive me if I fail to.
  • First off, this is going to be solely a place where I am to share my ideas, views and thoughts. I shall try my best to exclude anything from my personal life, which might be interesting to me and just me.
  • Second- this blog has been titled "Random Bashes", because.. er.. I couldn't think of a good name that has already not been taken.
  • Third- there isn't any third thing for me to say. Enjoy my blog!