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Licence to Draw

Monday · 30 Dec 02 · 09:54 PM IST | Posted by Karthik | Category: Movies

A new drawing is on it's way.  This is a drawing of the movie poster of Die Another Day.  I started drawing it last night, and did a little bit of work on it today morning.  I'm going to go back to it after writing this, and hopefully I'll be able to finish and upload it tonight.

I watched the movie yesterday afternoon.  I thought it was a very good movie, much better than The World is Not Enough, and also more fun than Tomorrow Never Dies.  Lots of very cool things in this latest Bond movie - amazing action scenes, an invisible car, and a scary looking villain in Zao (Rick Yune), for example!  There were also plenty of stylish shots, and the whole ice setting in the second half of the movie was awesome.  But GoldenEye is still my favourite Bond movie - I actually watched it on Saturday night again!  STAR Movies showed it on New Year's Eve, 2000; and last year they showed Tomorrow Never Dies.  Continuing the tradition, they are showing The World is Not Enough tomorrow night.  I'm going to watch it again because I do not remember anything about the movie, even though I saw it in the theatre when it came out!

My Die Another Day drawing is going to have the faces of all the important characters in the movie - Pierce Brosnan as James Bond (of course), Halle Berry as Jinx, Toby Stephens as Gustav Graves, Rick Yune as Zao, and also Rosamund Pike as Miranda Frost.  I'll try to scan as many intermediate versions of the drawing as I can.  So far I've got one.

Off-topic, during today's project work I realised the true significance of the keyword extern in C/C++.  It was what made passing global variables between Qt Designer's forms possible!

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The Lord of the Rings: The Two Trailers

Saturday · 28 Dec 02 · 12:41 AM IST | Posted by Karthik | Category: Movies

Just after I made the last update on this site, I downloaded two trailers.  These were both trailers for The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, a movie which I am eagerly waiting to watch!!  The first one was the teaser trailer.  I don't know why it was called a "teaser trailer", because it was just like a normal trailer.  The second one was the latest The Two Towers trailer, and this was simply amazing!  I really can't wait to see this movie.  I started reading The Lord of the Rings back in June or so, but I had only read upto the part where Frodo, Sam, Merry and Pippin arrive at the Prancing Pony Inn.  After seeing these two trailers, I picked up where I left off, I'm reading the book again now!

On 25th, it was a holiday at ROC.  In the evening, my parents and myself watched Traffic, which I'd recorded earlier from Zee MGM.  This was a brilliant movie, I loved the way the whole thing was filmed - the look and the feel (colours), the direction (keeping track of so many simultaneous plot threads) and the editing (awesome use of switching camera angles, etc.), and of course, the characters and situations were excellent as well.  Highly recommended!

The next day at ROC, work continued on our project, but we got stuck up at one point.  We couldn't pass global variables between forms in Qt Designer!  We decided to think about this on Monday, because our minds were on tests that would be held at college the next day.  But still, at night, my parents and myself went to see Kaante.  I was eager to see this movie because it is a Reservoir Dogs imitation.  I finally got to see it, and after the movie was over I thought it was an okay attempt, but ultimately average movie.  Maybe I was just expecting too much from it.  Flashy shots, slow motion sequences, quick cutting techniques, etc. are nice when you place bits of them in a movie, but you don't go and shoot the WHOLE MOVIE using those techniques!  I don't regret watching it though.

Varun returned from his Goa trip today.  We had tests at college today, and I did pretty well in both (Data Warehousing and Robotics).  I watched part of Apocalypse Now Redux on STAR Movies but stopped watching after the first hour or so.  Some minutes back I finished downloading the all-new, updated version of Alien Vendetta.

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A Pretty Big Update

Tuesday · 24 Dec 02 · 11:40 PM IST | Posted by Karthik | Category: General

Ah, an update to talk about some of the things that have happened recently...  First, on 22nd, I watched The Guru in Sterling theatre.  I thought it was a pretty good movie.  Definitely not a family movie though, heh.

I also managed to get the whole Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines trailer.  What I did was to let the trailer load fully, then copy it from the cache!  Anyway, the trailer starts off with some glimpses of a battle with machines.  And then, Arnold Schwarzenegger's T-800 Terminator comes to a grown-up John Connor and tells him "John Connor.  It is time."  The movie also has a new Terminator - a female one, the T-X (Kristianna Loken) - a stronger, faster, more intelligent Terminator, which wants to kill us all.  And the T-800 and John Connor (Nick Stahl) apparently have to stop it.  I don't really know what to make of this scenario.  You see, I thought the future timeline with Skynet and the machines would not happen, after what happened at the end of Terminator 2: Judgment Day.  Wonder how they will continue the story.  This trailer also had glimpses of what seemed to be a war fought between Terminator endoskeleton robots.  It seems like there's a lot of action in this movie and I think it'll be a good movie too, but I only hope they don't make it the toned-down PG-13 type.  By the way, the movie is directed by Jonathan Mostow, and will release in the US on July 2, 2003.

I also downloaded a couple of Doom WADs recently.  First, there is Steve Clark's Ultimate Doom (for ZDoom, latest version) Episode called 007: Licence to Spell DooM, which I haven't had the time to play fully, but from what I did see, it is a terrific piece of work!  Sarge Baldy (Owen Lloyd) also released a small Ultimate Doom map called Waste Treatment Center #911 (nothing to do with Osama, heh), which was really nice too.

Today I came home from Project Work at ROC at around 8 PM (tangling with FIFO Control Register, and also on how to transmit a whole file over the serial port).  And I went to Doom Center and was happy to see the latest update - Christian Hansen has released his latest Doom work, called Rip it, Tear it, Smash it! - two levels for Episode 2 of Ultimate Doom.  I played both levels almost immediately after downloading and they are both great (I expected nothing less).  Go to his site and download them, you won't be disappointed at all!

I am waiting to see Die Another Day, we will be going for that after Varun returns.  Tomorrow I hope I get to see Kaante, my parents and me have been planning to see it for the past few days but no tickets so far!

And finally, a very MERRY CHRISTMAS and a HAPPY NEW YEAR to you!

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Varun's Trip, Movie Reviews and More

Sunday · 22 Dec 02 · 01:15 AM IST | Posted by Karthik | Category: Movies

My brother Varun has left on a trip to Goa today.  He will be back on 27th.  I came back from college this afternoon at around 3:30 PM, Varun left about an hour later.  He had recorded Channel [V] Mainstage featuring Linkin Park, and I watched it.  It's the first time I'm seeing the band perform live.

I am a little late in mentioning this, but yesterday I added two movie reviews to the site (since I didn't go to college, I had some time in the afternoon for this).  The two new movie reviews are Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives and Dude, Where's My Car?.  Today, I watched Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country on HBO (4:45 PM).  I'd seen it a long time back on a not-very-good quality video, so it was nice to see a good print.  This movie's an ingenious Star Trek murder mystery, very nicely done.  And just now I watched the second half of Scream again on STAR Movies.

STAR Movies has a great line up of movies coming soon - Apocalypse Now Redux next Friday, A.I.: Artificial Intelligence on January 3.  In 2003, they are going to show Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within, Planet of the Apes, Moulin Rouge and many more great movies.

I am waiting to see Die Another Day, it was released here yesterday and it's already not possible to get tickets earlier than Wednesday.  So we'll be going to see it next Saturday probably, Varun will also be back by then.  I am also waiting for The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers to be released here.  And I've been trying to get the Terminator 3 Trailer for the past couple of days, but so far, I've only watched the first 30 seconds or so of it.  I also got to the site for Dumb & Dumber 2 from a link at

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Project Coding

Friday · 20 Dec 02 · 12:41 AM IST | Posted by Karthik | Category: General

After the Project Design Presentation at ROC on 17th, we all started our coding on 18th (according to the schedule they've given us).  Actually on 18th, we (that is, the team I am part of) didn't do that much of coding - we basically planned out what we were going to do over the next few days.  We fixed up certain things like a coding style that we would all follow, how we would name our variables, functions, etc.  Today though, we wanted to get some good amount of work done.  But sometime in the afternoon we got held up at one point.  It took us about 4 hours of discussion before we got a clear idea of how to proceed.  Anyway we finally got started in the coding of our device driver.  I'm very happy that we atleast got some work done today!

We actually made a document explaining that coding style that I mentioned we were going to follow for our project.  Pretty interesting.  Another nice thing in our project is that we're going to put in quotes in our project files.  One of my comments that appears in the bottom of a header file goes like this -

A brace in place will help you avoid the terror
caused when your program gives you a compilation error!

Tomorrow I probably will not be going to college.  The basic reason is that I just want a break, I've been sleeping late and getting up early the past few days, and I want to relax.  I've also got this irritation in my left eye that's been troubling me today, and hopefully a bit of rest will do me good.

December 20, 1999 - three years ago - was the day I started my Engineering Course at my college.  Our class is going to have a small sort of party after college tomorrow to celebrate that.  Speaking of college, there is one Susheel who I have been talking to through email recently - he is studying in my college (III Year), but the strange thing is that I've never met him in person!  Probably because I'm rarely at college nowadays, heh.  Anyway he told me that he'd recently put up a site, and he wanted me to mention it here.  The site is, go and have a look.

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9 Years of Doom Drawing and other Doom Stuff

Tuesday · 17 Dec 02 · 09:47 PM IST | Posted by Karthik | Category: Doom

Yesterday morning, I went to ROC Ltd. at 8:30 AM (instead of 9 AM), because my father had to be there early.  So, since I had some free time in the morning, I started drawing something in my book.  I had an idea for a Doom drawing and by the time I'd finished it, I thought it was a good way to celebrate 9 Years of Doom!  So go to the Drawings Page and have a look at it!

By the way, don't forget to check out my Doom Wallpapers at the Wallpapers Page, especially my latest one, Doom: Comic Cyberdemon.  That wallpaper is based on One Doomed Day in the Base!, my Doom comic.

Currently, the top news at Doomworld and Doom Center is John Romero's latest site update - he has added a Doom Section and also something that I've been waiting to see for a long time - Lee Killough's Doom Pages.  I went and had a look at all the new stuff.  And I also downloaded Blood on the Walls by Manny Charlton Band, the Doom MP3 that Romero posted.  It's great - I must have listened to it ten times already!

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Project Design Presentation

Tuesday · 17 Dec 02 · 09:38 PM IST | Posted by Karthik | Category: General

Today was one important part of the 4th Year Engineering Project that I am doing with my friends at ROC Ltd.  This was the presentation of our Project Design.  So yesterday, the four of us on the team (Ganeshan, Nagesh, Srikanth and me) made the design document, with help from our coordinators.  It took time though and I had to put the finishing touches on the document last night.  That went on until past midnight, and AFTER that, I actually made the slides for our presentation itself.  But the late time I went to sleep (around 2:15 AM) was worth it, the document and the presentation came out very well.  Ganeshan had to write an exam today so the three of us practised and made our presentation (4:30 PM).  It went well and I'm happy about that!  Next step - we refine the design and then start coding.  By the way, the aim of our project as of now, is Developing a Serial Device Driver in Linux and a Front-end GUI Application.

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Wallpapers Section Added

Monday · 16 Dec 02 · 01:04 AM IST | Posted by Karthik | Category: Doom

I finally added a Wallpapers section to this site yesterday.  This was one of the sections I kept putting off adding for a long time.  There were two reasons for this.  First of all, I would have to edit the wallpapers, because some of them had my old site URLs on them.  Also, I would have to create a table in the database and write the PHP pages for it.  I finally got around to doing all that last night, and I've now added my best desktop backgrounds to the site.

There are just four wallpapers currently, and all of them are Doom Wallpapers!  There are the two Doom III ones I made back in June (the one with a fat zombie, and the other one called Things Are About To Go Wrong, remember them?).  And my classic Doom Wallpaper called Instant Zombification is also back.

But there is one wallpaper which gave me that one last "push" to actually get this section up.  This is the wallpaper I mentioned in the last update, my all-new one based on One Doomed Day in the Base!, my Doom Comic.  Towards the end of the comic, there is a Cyberdemon in a pose that I really like - so I made a wallpaper out of it.  It's an unconventional type of wallpaper, mostly white!  It's on my desktop now.  And you can download it too.

Well, go see the Wallpapers page and tell me what you think of it.  I also added a scripted page for these images, like for my Drawings and News Posts (so you can view each item in a separate page with it's own URL).

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Doom Stuff, Spanish Music, Computer Translators, MIDIs

Monday · 16 Dec 02 · 12:28 AM IST | Posted by Karthik | Category: General

Now what are the odds of those topics in the headline coming together again?  Anyway, first the Doom stuff.  In a recent update at Doom Center, Bigdog has posted a comic made by Doomworld webmaster Linguica (about Doom Center's new redesign).  I found this thing very well written and really funny!

I also downloaded the latest beta version of ZDoom 2.0, and it's great - there's full support for Hexen in this, and also many more options to tweak.  There is also a feature that allows you to use FM synth for music, which basically means you can make the MIDI music sound like you have a 16-bit soundcard.  Brings back memories of 1998 for me!

I also downloaded a few new MIDIs and MP3s.  When I first heard it, I did not like this song, Aserejé (The Ketchup Song) by Las Ketchup.  But they keep playing this often on TV nowadays, and it's sort of grown on me.  Anyway I got the song on both MP3 and MIDI, and also got the lyrics.  I went to to translate it, and while I was at it, I also tried translating the lyrics of Cancion del Mariachi by Antonio Banderas and Los Lobos (from the Desperado soundtrack), and Feuer Frei by Rammstein (from the XXX soundtrack).  The computer translation wasn't great (I wasn't expecting a fully annotated version or anything, heh) but even then some translated parts of these songs did make sense.  Later, I played about with the translator, submitting some more queries of words found in movies and games.

What the translator told me -

  • hasta la vista (Spanish) - Good bye (remember Terminator 2?)
  • vaya con dios and vaya con diablos (Spanish) - Go with God and Go with Devils respectively (this is from Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight)
  • jägermörder (German) - hunter murderer (this is the name of a Doom II level by Afterglow)
  • feuer frei (German) - fire freely

I got MIDIs of some horror movie themes and also a couple of other songs (conicidentally, two of them are songs on the soundtrack of Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls - these are Spirits in the Material World and Secret Agent Man).

I also got Die Another Day on MP3.

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Daniel Movies Page Updated

Monday · 16 Dec 02 · 12:22 AM IST | Posted by Karthik | Category: General

In October, I put up a page on this site for a person called Daniel from Romania.  He does drawings, and also computer artwork and short movies.  He actually had asked me if I could help him out with a job, and the best I could do was put up a page on this site for him.  Anyway, he sent me some more of his work, made on the computer, and also some short video clips.

I've put them up on the page.

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Project Work, a Wallpaper and Friday the 13th

Friday · 13 Dec 02 · 11:59 PM IST | Posted by Karthik | Category: General

I think it is time to talk a little bit about my 4th Year Engineering Project Work.  I am doing my Project Work in ROC, and working along with my friends Nagesh, Ganeshan and Srikanth.  What we are doing is building a Linux Serial Device Driver and GUI Application.  We are writing a device driver, for Linux (kernel version 2.4, we're using Red Hat 7.3), that will enable us to receive and send characters from the serial port (COM2), and we're also writing a GUI Application similar to HyperTerminal in Windows.

Now there has been a rumour going around the past few days that we've ALREADY finished our project (heh)!  Let me state once and for all that that is NOT true, we have finished the DESIGN for our project and we know what we have to do, but we are yet to write and build the whole thing.  After all, it was planned that we'd get it done by February, so there's time and a lot of work to do.  It's very interesting though, and we're learning a lot of new things.

Project Work is there from Monday to Thursday, and college is on Friday and Saturday.  Only till 1:10 PM, which is very good!  After I came home today I watched Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter at 3:30 PM on HBO.  I didn't like it much.  The fact that it was censored heavily (and I watched it in the afternoon - not the best time to see a horror movie) might have worked against it, but even otherwise I didn't think it was scary, and I thought the characters were obnoxious.  Jason Voorhees is a memorable movie monster, but there wasn't enough of him in this movie.  In all these respects I thought Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives (which I watched a few days back) was much better, it was scary and fun!

I also made a wallpaper today, this one has a white background and in the bottom right corner there's the Cyberdemon from one of the panels in One Doomed Day in the Base!, my Doom comic.  I need to put aside some time to get a wallpapers section up on this site.  When I do I'll add this one.

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Doom's Birthday and Doom Center's Redesign

Wednesday · 11 Dec 02 · 12:40 AM IST | Posted by Karthik | Category: Doom

Doom is 9 years old today (December 10)!

I came home today at around 7:30 PM from my project work, and I was really tired.  Just sometime back I went to Doom Center and was pleasantly surprised for two reasons.  Both Bigdog and Bloodshedder made an update there about Doom's 9th Birthday, which made interesting reading.  But that wasn't the thing that caught my attention first - what did, was the new design of the site!  Yes, it's their first redesign since the site started, and I like the new look.  It's a simpler look with a nice light/dark combination.

About Doom's birthday itself, I love Classic Doom/Doom II because they're great games and I love making maps for them.  I look forward to all the new Doom-related stuff that people (myself included of course) will make in the future!

The trailer for Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines is going to be available on December 18.  The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers gets it's US release on that day, and Star Trek: Nemesis gets it's US release on 13th December.  I think it's safe to say that's a lot of cool stuff to look forward to!

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Dude, Where's My Car?

Monday · 9 Dec 02 · 11:40 PM IST | Posted by Karthik | Category: Movies

Today's project work at ROC was interesting as usual.  I brought home a file called CodingStyle, which you can find in the Documentation directory along with the kernel sources in your Linux installation.  This file was very funny to read!

At 9 PM, I watched Dude, Where's My Car? on STAR Movies.  And with a movie like this, you'd obviously expect that some people would hate it outright, and that some people would say they enjoyed the movie.  And I belong to the second category.  It's a short and very entertaining movie, and funny because of it's sheer craziness.  The movie starts with Jesse and Chester (Ashton Kutcher and Seann William Scott) waking up one morning, having no memory of what happened the previous night.  As they go look for Jesse's missing car, they try to retrace their steps to find out just what happened.  The rest of the plot manages to mix "extremely hot chicks", ostriches, aliens, a "continuum transfunctioner", and the fate of the universe itself.  It's just as silly as it sounds.  In one word, this movie was SWEEET!!

Added bonus was that STAR Movies played the music video of She Said (a very beautiful song by Collective Soul, from the soundtrack of Scream 2, which they are showing next Saturday) right after the movie.  They are showing Shrek on December 20, which I want to see.  Another movie I am waiting to see is on this Friday the 13th at 3:30 PM on HBO - Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter.  (The Final Chapter wasn't actually - it was Part 4 of a series whose Part 10 was released recently, heh).

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Monday · 9 Dec 02 · 11:32 PM IST | Posted by Karthik | Category: General

SCMHRD (Symbiosis Centre for Management and HRD, Pune) is one of the management schools I've applied to, and their entrance test was yesterday evening.  The centre was Little Flower High School, Hyderabad.  It was a 2½ hour test (3 PM to 5:30 PM), and there were six sections in the paper.  Five of them were similar areas as in the CAT exam, and the last one was General Awareness.  Out of the 200 questions, I answered about 120 or so, and I don't know whether that is a good thing or not!  Anyway, the General Awareness section was really hard, they asked a lot of economic facts like the amount of money India and China get from tourism, and stuff like that!  The Maths part was much easier than CAT's, but the Reading Comprehension section was difficult.  Of course, the advantage of a test like this, is that, like CAT, everything is relative - if you found the exam tough, a lot of the other people would have found it difficult as well.  The scores don't really matter I think, the final entrance to the institute depends on how you did relative to the others.

They also had a short 10 minute section with 4 questions which you had to answer in short sentences.  Interesting.  My next management exam is the XAT (for admission into the Xavier Labour Research Institute or XLRI, Jamshedpur), which is on January 5th.

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Movies, College, Art

Saturday · 7 Dec 02 · 11:44 PM IST | Posted by Karthik | Category: General

Yesterday, I watched Spy Kids on STAR Movies.  I had high expectations for this movie because of what I'd read about it, and also because it's from director Robert Rodriguez (who also made the movies From Dusk Till Dawn and Desperado, two movies I admire for their style and entertainment value).  And I wasn't disappointed at all.  The movie was excellent!  I will write a review for it pretty soon.  On Monday they're also showing this movie Dude, Where's My Car?, which I am waiting to see!

I also did a new drawing yesterday, whish I have scanned but I haven't put on the site yet.  This is another Doom-related picture called Get the Megasphere! which is based on some of the original Doom cover artwork.  I am planning to colourise, edit and add some effects to it and then I'll put up the finished picture.  Probably I will also use it as a title or intermission screen in a future Doom level of mine.

Today I watched the Miss World 2002 Pageant Live on STAR World.  Is it just me or was the whole thing drastically shortened?  86 contestants were introduced, then they jumped directly to the 20 semi finalists and before I knew it they were crowning Miss Turkey!  Anyway it was interesting to watch, and in between I was also going through my copy of the Manorama Yearbook 2002, brushing up on some General Knowledge, because tomorrow afternoon is my SCMHRD (Symbiosis Centre for Management and HRD) entrance test.

Today was also the first day of 4th Year 2nd Semester at college, and the two subjects I have this time are Data Warehousing and Robotics.  As I said before it's on Fridays and Saturdays only, other days (excepting Sundays of course) it's project work.

Yesterday I also imported some textures from Blood and Quake III Demo and converted them to the Doom palette.  In my new WAD (I'm planning a level set) I'm going to have fun with them!

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Messing with Linux!

Wednesday · 4 Dec 02 · 11:56 PM IST | Posted by Karthik | Category: General

On 2nd, I started my Final Year Engineering Project at Rendezvous on Chip Pvt. Ltd.  A lot of the people from my class (Computer Science branch) at college - about 25 I think - are doing the project in the same company.  On 2nd we decided our projects and the teams that would work on them.  With me are Ganeshan, Nagesh and Srikanth, and I can't say yet exactly what our project is (I have reasons for that), but it involves Linux, C programming (not normal C, this time, we go kernel mode!), and a bit of hardware!  We are at ROC from Mondays to Thursdays, 9 AM - 5 PM, and Fridays and Saturdays we have college.

For some days now, we will be trained on the prerequisites for doing our project.  The four of us on this project have learnt a LOT in the last three days.  Today we learnt how to add a module to the Linux kernel while it's running.  All this stuff is really interesting since we've never done anything of this kind before!  And I am enjoying working with Nagesh, Srikanth and Ganeshan - the four of us have similar ways of programming and thinking so things are going well.  The environment at ROC is also excellent - everyone is very professional and the projects given to us have all been well planned and thought out.  In short, we're having fun (coffee and tea over there is great too, by the way!!), I hope we will be able to do a great job on our project!

Right now I'm downloading a book called Advanced Linux Programming (link is to a 3 MB PDF file, don't just click it, right click instead!), which is supposed to be helpful for our project.

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New Site Theme by Varun

Sunday · 1 Dec 02 · 11:53 PM IST | Posted by Karthik | Category: General

Ah, a new site theme!  My brother made this for me, and it's a sort of "by request" job.  I wanted a theme with a black and green combination (a hi-tech type of theme) for this site and that's exactly what Varun made.  This is a fantastic theme with very high quality graphics!  It's got a great style and it looks like something out of a science fiction movie.  He started making it yesterday, and finished it today.

The new site theme is called Sci-Fi Green, and you can change the theme to it with this link.  Don't worry though, all the site themes are available as always, from the Customise Page.

For those of you who don't know what I am talking about, the "site theme" refers to the look of this site (fonts, colours, and images used for the logo and menu items).  Instead of having one fixed appearance for the site, I have a number of different colour schemes (6 so far) which you can select depending on what you like best.  Once you select a particular theme, all the pages on this site will adopt that look.  Why don't you try it out?

Oh and one more thing.  For the past few weeks literally, I've been spending time filling up application forms for the different management schools that I am applying to (XLRI, FMS, SCMHRD, MDI, NITIE, TAPMI).  All that got over yesterday, all the applications have been sent!

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Saturday the 30th

Sunday · 1 Dec 02 · 11:40 PM IST | Posted by Karthik | Category: General

Last night, I was just switching channels at random and I noticed that HBO was showing Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives at 11:15 PM.  I wasn't planning to watch it, but I ended up doing so anyway.  After all, who am I to turn down a horror movie?  This movie wasn't bad, but not very good either.  I am not exactly a follower of the Friday the 13th series so I don't know how this one stands in comparison with the others (I've only watched a couple of the others).  This one was written and directed by Tom McLoughlin.  It had quite an idiotic opening with Tommy Jarvis (Thom Mathews) and a friend going to Jason's grave to destroy his body - unfortunately a lightning bolt strikes Jason and resurrects him! (uhhh??)  Anyway, it's all good fun after that as Jason slashes his way through, well, anyone who comes his way.  I thought the film had some good scare and death scenes (besides, that Jason guy is always creepy!!), but not all of them worked, and what was up with all the jokes?  I thought they detracted from the scare factor.  The acting also seemed quite bad to me!

Tomorrow, December 2 is the day my Final Year Engineering Project starts.  I'll talk about that in greater detail in a later update (mostly tomorrow).  I am looking forward to it though!  Tomorrow is also Nelly Furtado's birthday, as I read at  I also listened to the Whoa, Nelly! album this afternoon, after a long time.

Speaking of music, I also got a 2-minute MP3 clip of that song, She Said, by Collective Soul (from the Scream 2 soundtrack).  I think it's a beautiful song, I've listened to that clip a lot of times.

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Doom Demos!

Sunday · 1 Dec 02 · 06:17 PM IST | Posted by Karthik | Category: Doom

Opulent updated the Doomed Speed Demos Archive with a terrific batch of demos yesterday.  I spent a lot of time yesterday watching Doom demos!  The goodies in the latest update...

  • Varun's 1:57 demo for my map Out of Phase 3 has been uploaded.  I think this is one of Varun's best demos yet!
  • I watched Michael "Maikl" Novikov's 48 minute long demo of the entire Retro Episode in the evening.
  • Maikl did a large number of demos as usual, but there was one particular WAD whose name caught my attention.  This was called Bilbo's Smegging WAD, and it was made in 1994.  Most surprising is that it was by Brad Spencer (author of Atomic Tomb)!  It's a good map and a nice demo too.
  • Just a few minutes ago I watched two Albert Valls demos of Retro Episode E1M1.  The UV speedrun he did in 8 seconds, and a nomonsters run in 7 seconds.
  • Now.  There is one demo I watched twice yesterday.  It is about 24 minutes long, and when I watched with -timedemo, it ran about 22 minutes.  It's an amazing demo from Drew "stx-Vile" DeVore.  The map he played was Hell Revealed 2 MAP32, which has 1665 monsters (seems like there are a few billion in there though!!).  It's a map which to me, seems impossible even to play, let alone complete.  I was a bit surprised to see Opulent's 5/6/6 rating (maximum is 5/5/5, heh) for this demo, but now I know why.
  • Opulent also put up a WAD file (made by Andre Majorel) where the map is built on the "edge of the Doom universe".  The X and Y coordinates of the vertices on a Doom level are C int values, and the limit for an int is 32767.  This WAD has a map which touches the edge!

The update ZIP file with all the new demos is 2.5 MB in size, worth getting!  It also includes the 2002: A Doom Odyssey Demopack.

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