Passion for Pizza

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I love a good pizza, especially if its baked in a proper oven since it gives the crust a very unique texture. A friend of mine, Nasser Al Sulaihim, is so passionate about the art of pizza making that recently he actually made his own pizza oven. The oven is similar to the one I’d posted about in my Pizza Connection post but while that one was flown in from Italy, Nasser made his own oven himself!

Oven making

I’ve made a collage of the oven in its various stages of design and production and its really impressive. He’s a really talented guy and you can follow him on Instagram to see how good he is at building stuff.

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Playing with Fire and Light

A couple of weeks ago, a few friends of mine arranged a night photo shoot to have some fun with light painting and long exposure shots. We headed to this abandoned building in the middle of nowhere and a brave volunteer worked his magic with just some steel wool stuffed in a whisk and swung on a chain. Here’s what I got. I loved the results and can’t wait to do some more of this.

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Here’s something I tried while I was playing around with the 2 axis head on the tripod. I set the exposure to around 10 seconds and then moved the camera on X and Y axis while focused on a string of street lights. This might make a good wallpaper for my mobile phone.

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There was this structure that I lit up using a flashlight and managed to get the stars in the shot as well. The yellow haze is light reflected off clouds from the street lights and just above that the stars are visible.

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Towards the end of the session we played around with one of those LED key-chains and got the following samples.

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While I was editing the pictures I remembered that I’d taken some similar pictures of the Fire Dancers at this year’s Sand Sculpture expo so I figured those would fit into the theme of this post. So here are some shots from the event.

Fire dancers at Remal Festival 2014

Fire dancers at Remal Festival 2014

Fire dancers at Remal Festival 2014

Fire dancers at Remal Festival 2014

Fire dancers at Remal Festival 2014

Fire dancers at Remal Festival 2014

Raven Dice – Table Top Games

A very good friend of mine has started his own online venture based in Kuwait. He’s a gaming enthusiast and the creator of MMOTOMB so its only natural that his business idea would be about gaming and thankfully not frozen yogurt or cupcakes.

Raven Dice is an online store for table top games and related accessories. The shop has a range of games from RPGs to War games, board games and card games. They also have expansion packs for popular games and accessories like card sleeves and dice bags. Some of the new games like Mage Wars and Zombicide can be pre-ordered to make sure you get a copy as soon as its released.

If you’re a gaming enthusiast take a look around and feel free to drop a comment with your suggestions or feedback.
Raven Dice [link]

Trekking in the Himalayas

Recently our friend Cajie went on a trekking expedition to the Himalays and the pictures hes taken are just breathtaking! He has been posting a day-by-day account of the entire trip and so far it has been amazing to say the least. For tons more pictures and details hop on over to Digitally Exposed [link]

Missing dog

I just got this message from a friend of mine. If you live in the Bayan area please inform the numbers below if you see her.

Her name is Kumiko but she also answers to the name Kuma. She is a 2 year old (almost 3 year old) Japanese Spitz. She’s extremely friendly and has a tendency to stand on her hind legs when greeting someone and she lies on her back when being played with. The tip of her left ear if permanently bent. She was lost in the Bayan area in block 4. She is microchiped as well so if found, she should be taken to the vet to Verify, however since I am out of the country they will have to contact my parents at:
99607174
97322616
25387515
25382052

Any help will be greatly appreciated.

Update: They have found the dog

The nicest man on a RD350

If you were to sum up Amrit in one sentence, that would be ‘He was a nice guy’. Everyone who ever met him would always be won over by his sincere smile and enthusiasm for life and riding. I met him about 16 years ago when I was still riding my 12 speed bicycle and he would come rumbling in on a spotless Yamaha RD350.

At that time men with RD350s had superstar status and mostly acted like pricks towards us younger chaps who just had Kinetic Hondas or TVS Champs but Amrit was a real gentleman. He would let us sit on his prized RD and even take us out for a spin around the college campus. Years later he progressed into the realm of Superbikes and his experience and techniques grew exponentially but he was still the same ‘nice guy’. And that’s the way we should all remember Amrit Vikram, the nicest man I’ve ever met on an RD.

Fate took him away from his family and friends in a tragic motorcycle accident on October 15th 2010 but his memory will live on. Rest in peace my friend.

Update: you can contact his friend in Dubai thru the FB page thats been created: [link]

 

The nicest man on an RD350

If you were to sum up Amrit in one sentence, that would be ‘He was a nice guy’. Everyone who ever met him would always be won over by his sincere smile and enthusiasm for life and riding. I met him about 16 years ago when I was still riding my 12 speed bicycle and he would come rumbling in on a spotless Yamaha RD350.

At that time men with RD350s had superstar status and mostly acted like pricks towards us younger chaps who just had Kinetic Hondas or TVS Champs but Amrit was a real gentleman. He would let us sit on his prized RD and even take us out for a spin around the college campus. Years later he progressed into the realm of Superbikes and his experience and techniques grew exponentially but he was still the same ‘nice guy’. And that’s the way we should all remember Amrit Vikram, the nicest man I’ve ever met on an RD.

Fate took him away from his family and friends in a tragic motorcycle accident on October 15th 2010 but his memory will live on. Rest in peace my friend.

Update: you can contact his friend in Dubai thru the FB page thats been created: [link]

Update: From Joe

“With all due respects we ( friends/colleauges/realtives) have completed the all the formalities here in UAE.
Please be informed that, Amrit’s Mortal Remains is leaving from Dubai on Emirates flight EK522 ETD 21:45 to Trivandrum. ETA TRV Shall be 3.30 AM IST (19.10.2010).”

64 years of Freedom – aw what the fuck do you know?

Independence day

You know something? I hate it when some people tell me “you probably don’t know about freedom or what it means to India since you were born and raised abroad”. And my reply? Screw you pal, I know a hell of a lot more about freedom than you coz I’ve spent more time outside my hometown than you and I know what its like to live as an outsider in a different community and not have the same freedoms that they enjoy.

When I go back home I’m not identified by my Civil ID number or by my ethnic group or nationality, heck I don’t even have to carry any ID cards just to walk around town. I’m called by my own name and not referred to as the foreigner or expat. I can do what ever I want (provided its legal and acceptable to decent society) and not be judged based on my nationality.

I respect and appreciate the fact that I can criticize and comment on the elected government, that I can say that a party or a politician has fucked up and don’t have to worry that the secret police will land at my house to haul my ass off to jail. I appreciate the freedom to enjoy the kind of music and movies that I like. I appreciate the freedom that I have to change jobs or stay jobless for as long as I want without being deported.   I appreciate the freedom to have a couple of drinks or drink myself silly coz its my money and my liver, why do you care? There’s a lot of stuff that I love about being in a free country and to appreciate that you have to experience the opposite.And one more thing, the person who asked me this question wasn’t even born before 1947 and he thinks he knows a hell of a lot about freedom.

INDIEAN Volume -1

Our friends at IRMP3.com are celebrating their second successful year and they’ve got a treat for you all metal heads. An awesome compilation album featuring 12 tracks by Indian rock bands. I’ve just downloaded the album and they’ve included artwork and a CD case inlay so that you can make your own professional looking jewel case.

You can download the album here [link]

Wish you all the best guys and happy anniversary! 🙂

28 – Card game (ഇരുപത്തെട്ടു )

Originally uploaded by Mathai [link]

A bunch of us got together a couple of weeks ago to play this game on a Friday morning and now its become kind of a weekly ritual. The game of 28, ഇരുപത്തെട്ടു and its variant called 56,  അമ്പതാര്‍ are very popular in the state of Kerala and people take it quite seriously, often employing complex algorithms and enough logic to beat a supercomputer,just to find out how many cards the other guy is holding.

Originally uploaded by Mathai [link]

Although my roommates would play this game back in college I missed out coz I was too busy with my video games. Fortunately now I have a chance to play a game that’s a huge part of my culture 🙂

Read more about it on Wikipedia [link]