Saturday, March 28, 2009

Monsters vs Aliens

Yesterday, I finally told Doni I didn't make it into animation. Probably the last person to find out. This morning, he made a comment, "so, yesterday must have been a really bad day, huh? You finding out you didn't get in!"
I reply, "No, because I found out on Thursday."
He goes, "You didn't know on thursday that you didn't get in!"

That's because of the conversation we had in the cafeteria that afternoon. I explained to him how I didn't make it into Sheridan college animation program twice before. And he was yanking my chain saying, "Dude, you didn't get accepted into Sheridan!" as if it was such a puny thing. Anyways, he was disappointed he won't be able to rent a apartment in Toronto with me for the year if I didn't get in. He'd have to figure out something else to house himself after the residence kicks him out in april.

"Yes, I did, after you were done teasing me about not getting accepted into sheridan, I went to the International center and got my score sheet."
" you make me feel bad."

I'm sure you'll get over it; I thought to myself.

I didn't know what Doni had planned to do in Toronto today, I thought he still wanted to go check out apartments. But at Union station, we talked about it and decided, we'd go get lunch, then check out where his job interview is, and then go see 'Monsters vs Aliens'

I had never been to Hooters before. Afternoon wasn't the best time to go there, the place looked quite dead when we were there. Most other people(men) were 40+. I just had a plate of chicken wings and we talked about random things. I didn't want to waste time going to exhibition where Doni's job interview was. So I proposed he go by himself, pick up his friend Dodi, and meet me at Chapters, then we could go to Scotiabank theater.

It had been a long time since I went to a bookstore like Chapters too. I knew I could easily loose myself in books and spend the time it will take Doni to get to Exhibition and come back. Right in the front, they had a display of all the watchmen related books. I have absolutely loved the Watchmen series since I first read it back in pune, this summer. And there are atleast 4 books related to 'Watchmen' Franchise out in the market today. I wanted to browse through them all before deciding which was the one I would want to buy. One was art of the film, one was a 'companion of the film' which explained the backstory of all the characters we see in the film. Anyone who's read the graphic novel would already know all that so I didn't find it very appealing. One was a gorgeous book of just black and white portraits of the characters of the film. Beautiful photography, but not for me. 'Watching the Watchmen' was the book I would go for!

Next, I went to the magazine rack and picked up MacLife and MAD. Finished flipping through those and went upstairs. They have really expanded their ART section. I picked up a book about drawing facial expressions for comic artists to browse through, and went over to the film department. Picked up the only copy of 'Art of Monsters vs Aliens', and sat down next to the large window to read through them. Called up Arpan to ask what he was upto and if he could make it for the movie. Lost in my world of the art of Monsters vs Aliens I didn't even realize how time flew by. Doni called me saying he was on his way back to downtown toronto with Dodi. We decided to meet up at eaton center since he wanted to buy some 'clothes' for his Interview.

He knew exactly where to find me at the huge mall - The Apple store. I was checking out Anti-Glare/matte screen covers/protectors for my ipod touch. I remember Natansh talking about it and I was really tempted, but I decided to 'save some money'. LOL. Also, Bose noise cancelling headphones were awesome! Active noise cancelling works much better than passive noise cancellation. Just that they didn't have a mic and play/pause/next/previous/volume controls like my $89 apple in-ear headphones do.

Fast forwarding through next couple of things, Doni bought himself a Jacket, we walked back to the theater, queued up to get into the IMAX hall, and enjoyed the movie with large coke and Nachos Grande.

Got to say, this was the most amazing movie-going experience I've had in a long time! Full animated feature in Imax 3D! Never seen animated characters in such detail, on such  huge screen! Movie was really fun too. I can't deny that the 3D experience added another layer of fun to it. Your milage may vary! Reese Whitherspoon portrays Susan very well. I really felt connected to the characters. Seth Rogen's B.O.B. was my favourite character! (Didn't you already guess that?) And the action really had me at the edge of my seat. I was sweating by the end. Climax was full of very unexpected moves, twists, etc. I can't wait for an awesome part two of this movie! I can definitely see these characters and their antics over and over again!

Saturday, March 14, 2009


Thu, Jan 15, 2009 at 2:15 AM

1:54 AM aniruddh: kya scene hai ?
 me: hi
  was just talking to monu didi..
1:55 AM aniruddh: ok
  i meant "in the bigger picture" kya scene hai
1:56 AM happy new year..... or so we hope
 me: hehe
  hey, I don't want to be at sheridan anymore
  I want to get the hell out of canada
1:57 AM aniruddh: kyun re?
  kahan jaata?
 me: it's too fucking cold here!
 aniruddh: and what happened with you radmission dude?
  woh theek hai re
  cold is no biggie...
 me: wanna go someplace warmer.
  how about savannah?
 aniruddh: once u have a car and all its REALLY not a big deal
1:58 AM \and maybe few layers of FAT would help too...
  but lets ask for what we can get
  yeah sure
  but apne time ko value kar re
  fuck the cold
  its one of the wqarmest part of canada
1:59 AM and savannah ka abhi mat soch
  baad me dekheneg uska
  and what if chachaji says fuck it ..... come home
  kar re merelaal thoda slog
2:00 AM me: right about now, I wouldn't mind coming back home...
  oakville is such a bad place to be. more so these 6 months of the year..
2:01 AM aniruddh: theek haina
  toronto reh lena
  tu admission to le
2:02 AM jitna tera sheridan aur savannah ki fees mein difference rahega.... utne me u can live on harbour front drive a car and yet save a lot
2:03 AM me: I was talking to friends and he brought up the idea of a loan. is that a possibility?
 aniruddh: toronto is a BEAUTIFUL place to live in
 me: or scholarship
 aniruddh: loan why?...... scholorship NO !!!!
2:04 AM DUDE..... T.o. is the most multicultural city in the world
  summmer in t.o. is practically paraise
 me: i was just trying to figure out/justify getting away from sheridan and another decent institute.
2:05 AM but getting from TO to oakville and college is worse than getting from andheri to churchgate
 aniruddh: i thought its the same chat on orkut and gmail
  turns out not
 me: uh.. whatever
 aniruddh: say here
  i closed the other chat window
2:06 AM u wanna go to savannah then savannah
  we dont have to get loan for that
  and they dont give shcolorships
 me: I was saying living in toronto and going to study in oakville is HARD-ER!
 aniruddh: hehe
 me: the transit system is really bad
 aniruddh: drive
2:07 AM me: I only have my G1 right now
 aniruddh: and once you arein the school...there are only 15-18 hours of school time per week'
  yeah well licence u can get.... ADMISSION.... i am not sure
 me: hmm
2:08 AM true
 aniruddh: arre tu kya apna mann badal raha waapis
  tension mat de mujhe
  abhi saala critical time aa gaya aur tu canada nahi rahene ki baat kar raha
 me: tension, aap ko?
2:09 AM aniruddhsavannah ke for bhar de
 me: i've been here since 07. completing 3rd year at sheridan
 aniruddh: deadlines miss mat kar
 me: i don't want to be at sheridan saying, this is my 5th year here,
2:10 AM aniruddh: per dude..... u r not getting younger
  i know
  so fill the form and all
  for savannah
  but give it you rlast try
  and a honest one too
2:11 AM being 24-25 and saying that i am not a graduate isnt exactly is good feeling either
  trust me... i was close to that feeling
  ( hehe)
2:12 AM me: hey, i've completed 3 years of college after this, so can I apply for advanced programs?
 aniruddh: I GRADUATED 24 THOUGH
 me: like i can apply for sheridan post graduate computer animation program instead of the 4 year BAA animation
2:13 AM would it be same/similar at other places/
 aniruddh: animation u should know better
  OTHER PROGRAMS.... i can help
  with findig info about other schoold...but that u can do easlily too
2:14 AM me: like generally, would you say I could join graduate programs in colleges rather than undergraduate because I've done 3 years of college
2:15 AM aniruddh: you need 4 years of school for undergraduation
2:16 AM me: and oh, let dad know I need documents for US visa application.. i'm gonna need some help on that
  my interview is on 20th jan

Sunday, March 08, 2009

My pencil is the longest

It’s such a great feeling when you realize something for yourself rather than having someone else tell you about it. Don’t you agree?

An old example I can give is, when I was about 6, and I realized I could ride a bike, I went up to my parents and told them I can ride a bicycle. That felt so much better than all those other times someone else was trying to teach me how to ride a bike and probably went, “This is how you do it. There! you can now ride a bicycle!” Right now, all I can think is, “Shut up! You know nothing! I’ll tell you when I can ride a cycle.” Because I feel that’s so true. The time Arjun bhaiya tried to teach me how to ride a cycle in Akola, sure I rode my little cycle without training wheels for a few minutes, maybe an hour or two at the most. But I went back to the training wheels like a day later.

This time, my epiphany occurred when I was working on my portfolio between 12-3 am on 2nd March. I had sweaty palms like I always do when I am under stress. I had to keep a scrap piece of paper under my palm and the paper I was drawing on so I don’t end up wrinkling or smudging it. Even if I had to hold it down with my other hand, I had to make sure to keep my fingers dry or it would end up wetting the paper, sticking my fingers to the paper and all that crap. This wasn’t the least of my problems. At all the places where the paper had gotten wet from my palms, I couldn’t get the lines really dark.

Just when you think you know where this is going.. haha.. Have you ever seen a pencil only one inch long? I have. Maybe even less than 1 inch. In my school, up until 4th grade, before we were allowed to use a fountain pen instead of a pencil, we would run through boxes of them very fast. It was not just due to the writing, dropping, breaking and sharpening but also loosing. Yeah, I was a very careless absent minded little boy. :) The ones that I didn’t loose, I would stop using after they got shorter beyond a particular point. SO short that they didn’t rest on the fleshy part of the hand between the thumb and the forefinger. One, I found that very uncomfortable for extended periods of writing. And two, okay, this is making me laugh, because we would always want to be the one with the longest pencil. (Do you get the subliminal context here? ;) This is an instinct that I think men are born with.)

Wait, I digress. The short pencils that I discarded, would end up in mom’s storage. One by one, She would use these pencils for writing her grocery lists, recipes, etc. sharpening them and still using them till they were really, really tiny! She has always been very resourceful like that. And I sometimes end up feeling bad I am not the same way.

Well, while the other instinct stayed, I stopped caring about long pencils for some reason. Maybe I wasn’t using them enough to notice this. Or I just wasn’t using them in a way that would prompt me to think how short pencils are a big NO-NO. (I remember Pranav telling me about this when I was back in India this summer.) Situation: Sweaty palms, smooth glossy coating on the pencil that just get 10 times more slippery when wet and pencil too short to rest on my fleshy part (anyone know what it is called?) I was down to my last two blue pencils. Both having been sharpened, dropped, and re-sharpened a multitude of times. (Damn why are these col-erase pencils so fucking delicate?)

I decided I couldn’t work like this and I just HAD to get a new pencil, and a pencil holder/extender for times like this when the pencil suddenly got too short to hold comfortably. At about 5 am, I decided to throw in the towel(paper?pencil?) for the night and get some sleep. Wake up when the bookstore re-opens and buy the darn pencil extender. Even if it was going to cost me 6 dollars! I knew I won’t regret it. That night, I used my short pencil to finish my portfolio. I haven’t sharpened it after the last time it broke. I am just wondering if I should leave it like that forever or use it down to one inch?