I donated to Wikipedia – Did You?

December 18th, 2009 admin No comments

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Finally a debit from my bank account which i am extremely happy and proud of.

Yes , I donated to Wikipedia.

Hardly a day passes in the recent times without visiting the "Sum of all knowledge" and i believe it is a remarkable and absolutely wonderful  human achievement which has to be supported with all might.

Please read about the ways to to donate here, http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Ways_to_Give/en

-D

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Whaay Saar??!!!!!!

December 6th, 2009 admin No comments

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Coming soon….

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Tatt Av Kvinnen (2007)

December 5th, 2009 admin No comments

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Tatt av kvinnen

Tatt av kvinnen

This will be my first movie review in deepak.dk. So lets start with a Norwegian movie.

I am no big fan of the movie channels – clarity or quality wise- that i get in Kerala. But..recently sifting through the usual mess of the reality shows, lose weight shows,super slicer(Wowie!!!) and AbKing pro informercials , I hear something very very familiar. Sounds with hot potatoe juggling in the mouth,familiar tone of words rising and falling. Well it is a movie in “Rosebowl” a westernish channel which shows some good movies- with substance. Recenty they are having a movie festival Prime A-Z and today it is “D” and “Dead Man Walking” is on the air. Yesterday it was “CastAway” and tomorrow it will be “Erin Brokovich”.

I was not able to place the language although i was 100% sure that it was Nordic. Either Danish or Norwegian, Since Swedish is very different to hear. A bit more musical. And finnish being totally different of all these.

I have seen a couple of Dansk movies while in Denmark, you can rent movies from the Bibiotek . Also i saw one in Jaman- the video rental service, Villa Paranoia. Most of the Dansk (or rather Nordic) movies are very close to life – as i saw it over there. You see all these characters in real life too :).  Well, if you see the Indian movies(Esp the so called Bollywood ones :)), they are totally set in some Fantasy land, with all that songs etc etc.It is like the life the people want to be.Although  Yeah,  the story of the non-mainstream Indian movies are  a lot different.

Coming back, i could find that the movie name is “Gone with the Woman” in English. I checked the wiki and got landed in “Tatt Av Kvinnen”. Looks like it was Norway’s nominee for the Oscar too.

Literal meaning of Tatt Av Kvinnen is “Taken by the Woman” (?). Kvinnen is “The Woman”. In Danish it is Kvinden, with D silent. I think Norwegian (Bokmal) is said as it is written compared to Danish(not too many silent stuff in there).

Synposis  of the movie as per IMDB is,

“A woman moves into a young man’s home and starts to run his life — a process that makes him fall hopelessly in love with her”

The protagonist is a  unnamed young man (mentioned just as HIM :) ). He is a quintessential scandic middle class guy, Not very very educated ,has a job , a coop apartment and living the normal socially secured beer drinking life. Now a girl (Marienne) moves in with him and his life starts changing. She is a little mean, and may be self contradictory at times since she is seen loud mouthed about the “Beauty of Silence”. The movie kind of reminded me of “Amelie”, actually HIM looks a lot like Nino in Amelie. HIM is trying to find the meaning of life and to find true love. Which is kind of same as the Amelie’s theme. Also there is a gist of Paris in the movie :).

I particularly loved a scene in the movie where Him gets fired from his job. He is given the usual drill in a conference room. “Yeah , times are tough”, “It is not that you have performed less”. “Well you get a 3 months salary”..etc etc. And the cheque travels along the circular conference table to his hands. :) (the shot angle is just superb at that point). Yeah that is deja vu. Now he gets out and tells Marienne that he lost the job.  Ah, Marienne is super happy and says lets go for a vacation. FERIE!!!!!!!!(HOLIDAYS!!!!),that is very Nordic!, people are not very concerned about losing the job at all!Later,they get in an NSB train while the boarding board on the platform says “Tog Til Europa”!.

Another scene worth mentioning is when Marienne gets back to him, after  a break up (When she cheated on him with  some Eagle watcher, Thor). Him asks “Too many Eagles , huh??”

Finally i think it was worth the hours spent in front of the idiot box – which is a rarity now a days. Little bit of comedy, Drama and Romance and a straight depiction of life makes this movie very special. 10/10 !! I would really love to get a DVD for this for sure!.

This will be my first movie review in deepak.dk. So lets start with a Norwegian movie.
I am no big fan of the movie channels – clarity or quality wise- that i get in Kerala. But..recently sifting through the usual mess of the reality shows, lose weight shows,
super slicer(Wowie!!!) and AbKing pro informercials , I hear something very very familiar. Sounds with hot potatoe juggling in the mouth,familiar tone of words rising and falling. Well it is a movie in “Rosebowl” a westernish channel which shows some good movies- with substance. Recenty they are having a movie festival Prime A-Z and today it is “D” and “Dead Man Walking” is on the air. Yesterday it was “CastAway” and tomorrow it will be “Erin Brokovich”
I was not able to place the language although i was 100% sure that it was Nordic. Either Danish or Norwegian, Since Swedish is very different to hear. A bit more musical. And finnish being totally different of all these.
I have seen a couple of Dansk movies while in Denmark, you can rent movies from the Bibiotek . Also i saw one in Jaman- the video rental service, Villa Paranoia. Most of the Dansk (or rather Nordic) movies are very close to life – as i saw it over there. You see all these characters in real life too :).  Well, if you see the Indian movies(Esp the so called Bollywood ones :)), they are totally set in some Fantasy land, with all that songs etc etc.It is like the life the people want to be.Although  Yeah,  the story of the non-mainstream Indian movies are  a lot different.
Coming back, i could find that the movie name is “Gone with the Woman” in English. I checked the wiki and got landed in “Tatt Av Kvinnen”. Looks like it was Norway’s nominee for the Oscar too.
Literal meaning of Tatt Av Kvinnen is “Taken by the Woman” (?). Kvinnen is “The Woman”. In Danish it is Kvinden, with D silent. I think Norwegian (Bokmal) is said as it is written compared to Danish(not too many silent stuff in there).
Synposis  of the movie as per IMDB is,
“A woman moves into a young man’s home and starts to run his life — a process that makes him fall hopelessly in love with her”
The protagonist is a  unnamed young man (mentioned just as HIM :) ). He is a quintessential scandic middle class guy, Not very very educated ,has a job , a coop apartment and living the normal socially secured life. Now a girl (Marienne) moves in with him and his life starts changing. She is a little mean, and may be self contradictory at times since she is seen loud mouthed about the “Beauty of Silence”. The movie kind of reminded me of “Amelie”, actually HIM looks a lot like Nino in Amelie. HIM is trying to find the meaning of life and to find true love. Which is kind of same as the Amelie’s theme. Also there is a gist of Paris in the movie :).
I particularly loved a scene in the movie where Him gets fired from his job. He is given the usual drill in a conference room. “Yeah , times are tough”, “It is not that you have performed less”. “Well you get a 3 months salary”..etc etc. And the cheque travels along the circular conference table to his hands. :) (the shot angle is just superb at that point). Yeah that is deja vu. Now he gets out and tells Marienne that he lost the job.  Ah, Marienne is super happy and says lets go for a vacation. FERIE!!!!!!!!,that is very Nordic!, people are not very concerned about losing the job at all!Later,they get in an NSB train which says Tog Til Europa!.
Another scene worth mentioning is when Marienne gets back to him, after  a break up (When she cheated on him with  some Eagle watcher, Thor). Him asks “Too many Eagles , huh??”
Finally i think it was worth the hours spent in front of the idiot box – which is a rarity now a days. Little bit of comedy, Drama and Romance and a straight depiction of life makes this movie very special. 10/10 !! I would really love to get a DVD for this for sure!.
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Hungry Kya?

November 19th, 2009 admin No comments

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I love to try out some new age services during my -now brief- stays in bangalore ( With S). So recently i tried out one “highly celebrated “food delivery service.

The process is simple, go to their site register your email and house address, check out the menu of the restaurant that you like, order and wait. It is just like the phone ordering thing but in this case you order via the internet and you got to choose a lot of restaurants and menus. You get some confirmation mail and text messag after placing the order.

Now comes the beauty of things. I wait for one hour harping like nero (on the notebook pc) when fire burned inside ( as usual no breakfast), then i have a look at the text message which explicitly tells you (please don’t contact the hotel if you don’t get the food in time ..wow thats clever!). I had explicitly chosen a restarant which is a few blocks from the house where i was in. So i was pretty sure that this is not a traffic block.

Rome started to cool down and then i get a phone call with the typical bangalore service voice. Saaaaaaaar where are you saaar , where is this building saaaaar, i am waiting saaaar. Now that was in S’s slum home which is on the top floor of a “Lego apartment complex” . I rush to the balcony and i see this guy riding away on a scooter. I yell on top of my voice. Hello .. Hello… No awail. Due to the starvation effect even the energy was not too high – Well it is never that high. so say it was kind of lower.

I call it quits and get back to harping… thinking about the bread that i should have bought yesterday to combat such rather do_not_know_what_to_do exceptions. Then i get one more call. this time from the hotel. Apparently this guy went back to the restaurant and they kicked his — for not delivering. Anyway i explained the exact route along the Labyrinth and they deliver it fine.

I pay up and the rome is again on fire. So i open the box. i had ordered a hyderbadi CB and they have sent a CB with no hyderbad connection (but the price as per the menu is the same,,).. hmm… I didn’t have the patience to call them up again and go through the same ordeal of Sorry saaaaar, where are you saaaaaaaar,Who are you saar .. No saaar , Yes Saaaaar. Later saaaaaaar. So i decided to live with not being so hyderabadi.

-D

Tailpiece
When the delivery guy handed over the food, i asked him the bill. The response was the canned one. No saar, sorry saar , bill later saar. And i haven’t seen him yet.

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How To: Connect your Asianet(ADL) broadband to Wifi

July 6th, 2009 admin 3 comments

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Asianet data line… i use this ISP at home. I have changed plans thrice from an unlimited “narrow” broad band to a limited 5GB “broad” broadband ( which cost be 1G of extra usage last month – and a 1000INR!) and now to a 9GB bbroad band which seems to be just right.

For the last 2 months , i have been using the wired network. Ie from the Modem ( which is a Scientific Atlanta ie CISCO!) is connected to my PC via the ethernet cable. Today i decided to go the wireless route to remove the clutter off the work area and to give more mobility.

One Belkin router – bought. Nice looking and shiny. Sure. when i reach home -triumphant- with the router , there is no power.! great. And when the power comes at my house, there seems to be no power at the ISP and the cable is dead. Superb. Velkommen til Kerala.

I wait for the cable – led on the modem to light up which is the indication that the goodies are on the way. I read a book and come back, yes! the green LED is on that means we are good.

I switch on the router and find the AP on the PC and then i connect the ethernet cable from the modem to the Internet IN (usually marked yellow) on the backside of the router. Now since it is a router + Wireless ther e are many ethernet ports on the rear.

No .. No fish!. Ideally the LED market internet on the router has to light up. I think they ping some public server (Read goog) to find that out. I checked the router WAN status which shows the state of the interface. Apparently that interface is dead – means , No IP,No DNS so no google.

I found the solution after a little searching and a little thought. Apparently the ISP will bind the DHCP lease etc based on the MAC id of the PC being connected (may be they check the first time). The Belkin router allows to “clone” the MAC id of the router to that of the PC. So this MAC based filtering is kind of common among ISPs . So i connected the router to my PC via the cable provided and cloned the MAC of my “ethernet” interface – that is important. please do not clone the MAC of the WIFI, that will create issues- to the router and reconnected the modem and checked the status. Yes, the router got a WAN IP and DNS.

Now i got the IP and the internet, but the browser says address not found for all the pages although Skype works. That is a common symptom of DNS corruption. When i click IP based HTTP, it works pretty fine. I decided to hardcode the DNS and check , but before SECURITY, that is too important.So i checked in to the web interface (put itself a good password) and moved to a WPA security. Put the password and got back . For some reason putting security fixed the DNS problem as well. I don’t see a connection between the sec and the DNS, but all is well now.

I think the same technique should work the with Linksys and D-link products as well .

Happy googling,

~D

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Alborg: Til Skagen Med S

June 28th, 2009 admin 2 comments

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og mig startet.. Ahem… sorry..S and me had went on a trip to Skagen last year- so this will be post on that day trip with photos. We usually try to plan complex trips (Norway Fjord Cruise to Oslo, Hurtigruten, Geiranger Fjord etc etc) and finally let them go since things almost gets out of schedule and stuff + the inherent lazyness. Since Skagen appeared to be almost zero plan place except for the train timings and weather , we decided to give it a try. I think we planned for a weekend and the weather was bad . It was raining all over Nordjylland, the next week was just fine and we packed up.

Skagen – just like Hirtshals- is not reachable direct from Alborg. You need to go to another town called Frederiskshavn and from there catch the blue regional train to Skagen. To keep the costs min for the ticket, decided to go for the Klippekort. One of S’s Dansk friends had recommended a restaurant for us to try as well ;).

6:26,8:26,10:26 .. what are these numbers ..huh.? . Well they are the train timings from Alborg to Frederiskshavn – i liked the :26 in that, instead of a 30 or 00 . We decided on the 10:26 and agreed to meet at Alborg station at 10.

10AM . i reach the station and S is there with a Klippekort he got at the counter. We wait for the train and one train comes in on the platform. There was a little confusion , nobody is sure that it is THE train to F’havn. We rush to the kilippekort machine a further off and try to punch..i remember that initially the machine went on a strike (HARTHAL…) and then later started to work magically. :) .. oops! timing!

Boarding the train and finding seats – thats not a big issue at all in Danmark . We take some photos – outside the window, the train insides and … eachother ( S just loves taking self portraits :)).

After a few stations, the train reaches Hjørring , where we see the NordjyskeJernbaner train which connects Hjørring to Hirtshals. We will be taking similar train from F’havn to Skagen. We were not aware of that when we saw that at Hjørring though.:). We discussed on a Dansk movie poster put up on the railway station. “Dig og Mig” (Dai og Mai) – You and Me . Some Romantic movie!. Den Danske Sprog is pretty limited in expressing emotions. Dig og Mig !!- i dont find anything super Romatisk about that (to the ear, that is). Well , there lies _THE_ cultural difference and the acquired tastes. On a side note there is a hindi film “HumTum” which has kinda the same meaning and a romantic movie too (ohh the hindi films ..)

A few stations more and we reach Frederikshavn. F’havn is a terminus for DSB. From there you can catch ferries to Oslo and Goteborg. The blue NordjyskeJernbaner tog was waiting for us on the other platform and we jump straight in. We found a lot of people bringing their own bycycle along. DSB takes a nominal fee – you got to take a “cykel billet” -cycle ticket for that.

The blue train moves too fast. A lot of small small stations , but the train doesn’t stop at every station. If you want to get down at some station , press the stop button – ofcourse before the station is reached- and the train will stop and open the door for you. It is the same priciple as in the NT busses in Alborg city. Quick quick stops and we are in Skagen , which is another terminus. It was a sunday so the station office is closed.

We get out of the station and roam a bit. The weather is excellent (sunny and bright) so lot of people have come down to Skagen. Skagen town is pretty far away from the coast where we are bound to. The town is just another Den Danske By. With a centrum, shopping (walking) streets , coffee shops, cloth stores which advertise TILBUD etc. The shopping area was very active. Well ..all the people were wearing some kinda of summer dress , may be except me. I was wearing a grey t-shirt and black jeans + black snow shoes!!. Ohh my. Well .. somebody should show off the den indiske taste of dressing up .. So here am I.

To get to the coast there are many ways.

1. Walk
2. Hire a cab
3. Rent a bicycle.

Walk is out of question (just check the map), Hire a cab!! – you must be crazy .

There is a cycle renting station. Skagen Cykel Udlejning which rents bicycles for some DKKS. The Dkk was not very nominal! but a major part of it is a deposit which you get back when returning. The cycle station is some kinda self service. You choose the cycle and bring it to the counter. The person there will ask for the details , collect the fee from you and give the key.

We get bicycles for ourself and start a little practice round. It is very long since i did some serious cycling after the Pre-degree days when i was on a cycle all the time :). I had done some cycling when i went to Hven in June . It was very difficult to go long distance then – Hven is pretty up and down landcape. Skagen is pretty flat so things appeared fine.

Cycle along the marked trail .. on and on.. We leave the city and follow the straight road. The cycles are geared , 3 speed , very similar to the Hven bicycles. Gears do have some effect on the cycling effort if used properly. The European cycles have some differences, the rear brakes are not on the handle bar. To apply rear brakes you move the pedals backward and the cycle brakes itself slowly. Kind of requires some practice.

We cycled on an on and reached the Welcome area, from where you have to walk all the way to the tip of Danmark which is called Grenen. There is a car parking area and a cycle zone. Just lock the cycles and have a good look where you have parked it. It is a pretty large cycle zone and very easy to forget where your cycle is. The keys and the cycles have number so it is not that difficult to spot – but just in case .

There is a tourist counter there where you can buy eatables, maps and other memorablia ( we had a look at the memorablia store later when getting back from Grenen). We were very thirsty after the cycle ralley! so bought 2 Coke to go and started the walk to the end. It is sand everwhere and a few sand dunes. Natural ones. The place kind of reminded me of Rameswaram/ Danushkodi which is also a tip – but the southern tip of my own country – INDIA.

We walked and walked and reached the beach. There are semicircular bathing areas on the beach ( You can see that if you zoom in to the map). They are semi natural formations. What they have done is put rocks at fixed distance on the beach, the natural attack of the sea creates the semi circles where the depth is pretty shallow – so very safe.


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Well the real walk starts at the beach. You got to walk along the long long tail of Denmark , until you reach the tip where the 2 seas meet. Technically , walking is optional. The Skagen tourist dept has some Sand vehicles – the Sandorsmen- which will take you to Grenen, But walking is more fun , more challenging and enjoyable. :). The beach is along and highly PEBBLED. I am not sure if the pebbles have been put artificially or not, but it is a remarkable sight to see lots and lots of pebbles. We found some curious artworks – possibly made by kids- using pebbles. on the beach.
Atlast we reache the tip – only to find a big crowd!. It is very calm at the tip. There is a little current flowing – but remarkably gentle i’d say. We took some photos and moved on. We should never have brought shoes! :). Anyway we took some photos and returned back to the beach to find a spot were we can get in to the water.
All the Semi-circles were occupied except for one.! . We doubted whether there is anything wrong with the place. Like a Shark attack!! . Anyway we rested on the rocks for a moment. I jumped down to the rock and tried to climb down the rock to get a good view of the water .:) well i shouldn’t have with the shoes on. I fell down rather dangerously and couldn’t get up for some time since the rocks were too slippery. I then took out the shoes and threw it to the shore and slowly got up. Very dangerous !! I could have fallen in the water or atleast my phone ( few days old and couple of thousands of DKK ) would have just slipped in to the water. Well .. nothing happened. Thats good luck!
It was too hot and the water was too inviting.!! We threw the clothes off and jumped straight in to the water.! . It was really really good . perfect time , perfect water and perfect Sun. No wonder the Europeans are too crazy about summer and the beach!. S went a little too far from the shore since he can swim. No swimming for me .. So i stayed near the shore. You can float on your back on the water with a little practice.
We were in the water for a long time and later got out to dry our clothes and towels. Could have stayed there for ever but , decided to get back since we might lose the train back to Alborg in time. We walked back and found some WW2 era concreate bunkers in the beach. S climbed over it and i took some photos .. including a cool photo of him jumping down the bunker and in Mid-air.
Back at the parking area!. We were too hungry and decided to try the food counter there. There is n’t much vareity and decided on Burgers. Later we went to the Memorablia store to check the stuff. There are many interesting stuff . Normal things like cards,shot glasses and the like. I found polished pebbles to be another unique attaction. But deadly expensive!
We got the bikes and started cycling back. On the way we saw a peculiar -very large-construction made of wood and decide to cycle there. Looked to be some kind of pump or something . Check the photos. That diversion proved to be good, we cycled through another way back to Skagen town. Another road parallel to the one we cycled onward and at the end we reached the junction infront the Skagen station. We didn’t have Maps but it was almost easy to navigate albeit with a little uncertainity).
Skagen cycle Udlejning again. We gave the bikes back and had a little chat with the couter person on the weather. Said Hej Hej and got out. Now, the train timings were a little odd. Some long time to wait. So we went to the shopping street to see what is there, Normal summer crowd, I found a kids play area, kind a a big inflated bed were kids jump around.
We got in to a coffee shop and ordered a Latte. The idea was to spend as much time as possible untill the train comes in. We fooled around some time and later went back to the station. I dont recollect the exact events, May be the train was already there or we waited for long. Anyway we got in to the train and bought ticket from the Automat inside. We were a little confused with the Automat and backed off first for other passengers who were waiting for us to finish. I remember telling S telling “Vaersgo” to the waiting lady. :). Which is a pretty common term is DK which roughly means “Help Yourself”. The literal meaning is “Be so Nice”.
Anyway ,In to time we were back in F’havn and later in Alborg.
A succesful trip Accomplished.!! SKAGEN

Well the real walk starts at the beach. You got to walk along the long long tail of Denmark , until you reach the tip where the 2 seas meet. Technically , walking is optional. The Skagen tourist dept has some Sand vehicles – the Sandorsmen- which will take you to Grenen, But walking is more fun , more challenging and enjoyable. :). The beach is along and highly PEBBLED. I am not sure if the pebbles have been put artificially or not, but it is a remarkable sight to see lots and lots of pebbles. We found some curious artworks – possibly made by kids- using pebbles. on the beach.

Atlast we reache the tip – only to find a big crowd!. It is very calm at the tip. There is a little current flowing – but remarkably gentle i’d say. We took some photos and moved on. We should never have brought shoes! :). Anyway we took some photos and returned back to the beach to find a spot were we can get in to the water.

All the Semi-circles were occupied except for one.! . We doubted whether there is anything wrong with the place. Like a Shark attack!! . Anyway we rested on the rocks for a moment. I jumped down to the rock and tried to climb down the rock to get a good view of the water .:) well i shouldn’t have with the shoes on. I fell down rather dangerously and couldn’t get up for some time since the rocks were too slippery. I then took out the shoes and threw it to the shore and slowly got up. Very dangerous !! I could have fallen in the water or atleast my phone ( few days old and couple of thousands of DKK ) would have just slipped in to the water. Well .. nothing happened. Thats good luck!

It was too hot and the water was too inviting.!! We threw the clothes off and jumped straight in to the water.! . It was really really good . perfect time , perfect water and perfect Sun. No wonder the Europeans are too crazy about summer and the beach!. S went a little too far from the shore since he can swim. No swimming for me .. So i stayed near the shore. You can float on your back on the water with a little practice.

We were in the water for a long time and later got out to dry our clothes and towels. Could have stayed there for ever but , decided to get back since we might lose the train back to Alborg in time. We walked back and found some WW2 era concreate bunkers in the beach. S climbed over it and i took some photos .. including a cool photo of him jumping down the bunker and in Mid-air.

Back at the parking area!. We were too hungry and decided to try the food counter there. There is n’t much vareity and decided on Burgers. Later we went to the Memorablia store to check the stuff. There are many interesting stuff . Normal things like cards,shot glasses and the like. I found polished pebbles to be another unique attaction. But deadly expensive!

We got the bikes and started cycling back. On the way we saw a peculiar -very large-construction made of wood and decide to cycle there. Looked to be some kind of pump or something . Check the photos. That diversion proved to be good, we cycled through another way back to Skagen town. Another road parallel to the one we cycled onward and at the end we reached the junction infront the Skagen station. We didn’t have Maps but it was almost easy to navigate (albeit with a little uncertainity).

Skagen cycle Udlejning again. We gave the bikes back and had a little chat with the couter person on the weather. Said Hej Hej and got out. Now, the train timings were a little odd. Some long time to wait. So we went to the shopping street to see what is there, Normal summer crowd, I found a kids play area, kind a a big inflated bed were kids jump around.

We got in to a coffee shop and ordered a Latte. The idea was to spend as much time as possible untill the train comes in. We fooled around some time and later went back to the station. I dont recollect the exact events, May be the train was already there or we waited for long. Anyway we got in to the train and bought ticket from the Automat inside. We were a little confused with the Automat and backed off first for other passengers who were waiting for us to finish. I remember S telling “Vaersgo” to a waiting Den Danske Kvinde (Danish lady). :). Vaersgo is a pretty common term is DK which roughly means “Help Yourself”. The literal meaning is “Be so Nice”.

Anyway ,In no time we were back in F’havn and later in Alborg.

A succesful trip Accomplished.!! SKAGEN

Finishing off with a few photographs from the S perspective. Check the “Dig og Mai”  and the “Sandormen” vehicles etc

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Alborg: To Hirtshals on a windy day

June 28th, 2009 admin No comments

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had a little trip to Hirtshals in July 2008. Hirtshals is a small coastal town in north-west Danmark about 70 Kms from Alborg. It is part of Hjørring sub-kommune. It seems Hjørring was a kommune before, but lately all of the Nordjylland got unified in to one kommune centred at Alborg city. I went by train from Alborg. There is no direct train from Alborg to Hirtshals and you got to change the train at Hjørring to a Nordjyskejernebane Train which is a little different from the normal DSB train. The tickets you can take through to Hirtshals or better punch a KlippeKort at Alborg (cheaper).

So i started one early morning with my backpack and 2 KilppeKort i bought from Foetex the previous day, reached the station ,punched the Klippekorts at the platform machine and got in to the trian bound to Frederikshavn. Few stations, and we are in Hjørring and i get out – i think many people got out- and the blue regional connecting train to Hirtshals was waiting for us. Hirtshals is pretty near to Hjørring , and the regional train moves much much faster than the DSB train i think. Anyway another few stations and i was in Hirtshals.

Hirtshals is not a very big city, but rather a coastal town. It has the railway station and a Harbour very near by. Some cruise liners operate out of Hirtshals to Larvik which is in Norway.

I walked along the centrum. hmm .. looks just like Alborg. seems to have reduced a bit . Same brand shops etc etc . Later,I walked to the beach – very much peopleless save for 2 people. It was very very windy, i was kind of getting blown away by the force of the wind. The sands rise due to the wind and get in to your ears and nose .. pretty annoying indeed. :). I took a few photos and got back. The sea was not very violent, but not that calm as well. Well.. it is the first time i saw a proper Den Danske beach. The coast in Alborg is of the Fjord rather than proper sea.

Again to Hirtshals centrum. I saw a few curious vintage cars parked , one of them was really curious since it was a 3 wheel mod.Took some pictures of it and others, roamed around the centrum again and moved to the shopping area. Not many shops were open but i saw a BIG tilbud on one garment shop. I think it was a Jack’n'Jones shop or something. So i got in to the shop as the only customer.

Talking about the Den Danske Toej shoppen, i have bought clothes from, mostly they are pretty good and staffed with people who have an eye for fashion. Not that i always shop high fashion,i have bought from BILKA also!. I checked some Lee jeans of mix fabric and decided to buy it. Another note about Danske clothing is , there isn’t lot of color choice. Black,grey, white, various shades of it, finished. I also bought a black and white check shirt.

There is just one employee in the store , who met me at the counter. He appeared as if he had been trapped at this end of world place , that too in a garment store with more or less zero customers. May be it has its own busy day and this windy one is just not it.:) . I casually mention him of the weather – too windly huh? . He said Ja, but it was worse yesterday. Not a good time to visit etc. I asked about the cruise options to Norway. He told me about the Larvik cruise and gave me a couple of brochures. I paid up, said Hej Hej and got out.

Next .. feeling too hungry . i checked up the train timinings and the next train is no where in the immediete future. I found an IRMA near the station and got in. Yeah . the same super market. Bought a bread and a pack of Indisk grapes . It seemed to be cheaper than Alborg. Anyway i pay using by Dankort – huh .. Plastic money .. How easy to spend!

The Hirtshals Havn is visible from the station and i decided to go there. It looked similar to the Frederikshavn Port. Going through a lot of wooden corridors etc you reach the tourist welcome area with a Big counter and a lounge. The cruise brochures are displayed prominantly in the lounge. I got some brochures – they are mostly of Colorline cruises – and went back the railway station. A long wait for the train eating the grapes and bread. The wind was too much and a little chilly. And yes .. finally the Nordyskejernbane comes down to take me back to Alborg – retracing the path that i came to Hirtshals.

ps: too lazy to put the photographs now! :)

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Velkommen til Ny deepak.dk

June 27th, 2009 admin No comments

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esterday, i fixed the long standing backlog of updating wordpress… And.. i am very impressed by it.

I had been procastinating away from this chore (of the update) since  i dread the manual process of  ftp’ing the entire thing and stuff without touching the old contents. Anyway i got over it and did a reinstallation if WP after exporting all the content as an XML and reinstalling all the required plugins manually :). And Whoa, now i can

  • Automatically update Worpress from the dashboard
  • Install plugins and themes with a single click
  • Enjoy a very new user interface which is pretty intuitive and simply elegant.

It looks i had been living in the stone age with the old WordPress – with all that FTP’ing et al.

Kudos to the WordPress team for coming up with this awesome CMS and maintaining it so beautifully.

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How green is green?

June 25th, 2009 admin No comments

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How “Green” is green?

A few thoughts which started off from the idea of buying a new car but ended up thinking and researching about more general things, Nevertheless finding some trends.

A car? .. it never had been a “must have” in my life. but there has been instances when i do muse about one . scenarios like

1. standing in some random busstop in Bengaluru Maha Nagara ( scanning for some 327D or 201G on the busses) I see an old college batch mate /colleague sailing ( read: stuttering along the traffic) along in his ( ahem .. the Bank’s) brand new hatchback ( yeah .. thats the max) with the new GF (obviously related to the bank and the balance) in the side seat. Simply great!

2. After a rather lousy and one-sided row with an auto driver, i have ( and many of my friends have) considered rushing to the next auto-showroom and drive down my own “Automobile”.

Anyway luckily i never reached the critical point (breaking/boiling point) any time during my 3 + years in the “Nagara”. i continued the life on my legs, BMTC busses and occasionally with the autorickshaws

In some way i am satisfied since i never regularly contributed to the pollution or the traffic chaos in the city . regularly in the sense , i used to ride a bike (Motor bike) some times towards the “end of days” at the Nagara.

Now faraway from the nagara, i consider buying a car – for no particular reason. we have our family car , which i don’t touch .Hmm.. My own automobile! .. but i have to be conscious .

So i get to research ..and find new trends. Petrol and Diesel cars .. lots of options .. but too pollutive . Then there is an option of converting your petrol car to run on LPG( it is some Italian technology). After which you can hook an LPG cylinder (yeah , the red scary one in the kitchen) to the boot of the car and run it .

I did see a lot of LPG converts (:) ) along . but i am a little skeptical about the safety. As i know the cylinder is not supposed to be kept sideways, but these guys have put it along all directions which is comfortable . and there has been reports of accidents (fire) due to improper conversions . Also, the cylinder in the boot means, there is no space for anything else in there for a hatchback car like a Maruti.

Then i find , the Santo Eco from Hyundai Motors which is a new craze. it runs on CNG/LPG (Compressed Natural Gas/Liquified Petroleum Gas) .And .. it is dual fuel . means if you dont have LPG/CNG, run it on petrol . It looks just like the old Santro and Hyundai has fixed the space problem in the boot. With a special gas tank, it has the same space in the boot as in any Santro.

http://www.indimoto.com/blog/index.php/2008/09/30/lpg_santro_eco_hyundai_launch_india

I search for Maruti ( the de facto indian “Volksvagon”), yeah even they have dual fuel variants for the OMNI van.

CNG has helped a lot to bring down the level of pollution in many indian cities. Eg: Delhi , after they changed all the public service vehicles to CNG. it was an ongoing activity when i visited ND in 2002 . 6 years from then things have changed a _LOT_

CNG/LPG is an option . but i will the depleting the fossil fuels ( Although, it is said that with the current rate of consumption, natural gas deposits in Qatar alone can serve 200 years) and creating lot of green houses gases but much lesser than in the case of a petrol or diesel car.

Another problem is the distribution of CNG . You don’t see CNG stations as common as the petrol/Diesel stations. Anyway since there is an option for dual fuel i wont be stranded on the way during a trip , but still i think it is not time yet.

So the conclusion there is , consider the “Deep RED” petrol/diesel , CNG /LPG automobiles are very “Green” .

Bio diesel or other biofuels are not that popular in this part of the world. Hitting on the food supply to run an automobile is not that ethical i feel. So leave the bio diesel

The other option is to go for an electric car . The images that come to my mind are the google funded “Tesla Roadster” , some video that i saw in Youtube which say you can run a car using water (using a fuel cell) . Ohh .. no .. all those are in the clouds . ! come back down ..

http://www.teslamotors.com/design/gallery-body.php

Tesla Roadster , looks like a ferrari!

I “eye” on the “REVA” . A little “Curious” car which can be found in roads of the Nagara. A 2 seater with rather wide tyres (they seem to be as wide as the normal hatchback car tyres)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/REVA

the price is a heart break, 12000 euros! I can buy 2 santro ecos for the same price. I am ok with the taking a small share in polluting the world than spending 12k euros.

Electric vehicles don’t emit fumes/green house gases directly, but they do have the indirect effect since electricity production is not all green. Hydroelectric , wind and other pure sources make up only a small fraction of the electricity produced.

And … ofcourse you dont get car charging points as common as the gas stations .

So electric cars .. Pretty green i’d say!

Talking about electricity , chargers etc, i desperately need a travel charger for my phone and my ipod . And ,,Yo .. i find this in ebay!

http://www.ideaforge.co.in/product/products.htm#Mechanical%20Charger

An indian company ..!!

http://www.proporta.com/F02/PPF02P05.php?t_id=1520&t_mode=des

i find a solar equivalent here . but pretty pricey.

Sun is the ultimate source . The greenest form of energy . I still remember an old solar powered video game which came to life whenever i brought it to the sun or a fluoroscent light . Just awesome.

But right now the technology is expensive and not that efficient for a big application like a Solar Powered Vehicle

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Not to mention …The car is safe with the dealer and the euros/INRs/DKKs are safe with the banks

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Alborg: Walk to Nibe : Part 1

June 24th, 2009 admin No comments

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am kind of fond of walking long distances. Means in the 10s of kilometers range or 2/3 hours continuous – not running end to end of the country! . In Bangalore i have tried walking from Majestic to Indiranagar/ IndiraNagar to Koramangala. MG road to Airport road via Indiranagar etc. Why IndiraNagar coming up as a common factor in all these walks?. Yeah i used to live there for some 3+  of 4 years of my Bangalorean existance. Pretty nice place, but i think now got temporaririly trashed by the Metro construction.

So why not try a long walk in Alborg. Well i did that on a weekend in 2007 oktober. It was another nice experience to see the landscape of Danmark in my own pace.  It was some 20+ Kms walk from Alborg to a nearby coastal town called Nibe in the Western side of Danmark. It is not  a proper coast but coastal to the LimsFjord which bifurcates NordJylland (Nordth Jutland) from the Jylland peninsula.

I had the route in mind, well i checked in google maps and the Danmark map. There are 2 ways one the NyNibeVej (New Nibe Road) which is some kind of busy high way- which obviously is not very safe for the pedestrians. I was living in ScheelsmindeVej in Alborg SydVest (South West) at the time. So the idea was to walk along HobroVej – Most of the road names in DK specifies where it leads to . Hobro is a place away from Alborg and Hobrovej will take you to Hobro, Ultimately :) – reach Skalborg which is a shopping mall area of Alborg where the Alborg Storcentre and BILKA is situated, turn right to NibeVej and walk straight. You will touch a few small towns (2/3) and finally reach the main road which leads to Nibe. And yes. At the main road, the NyNibeVej will meet the Nibevej. :). Then walk along to reach Nibe town, coast etc. Not very very intersting, but it is kind of a challenge.

first a few photos from Alborg.  :)

ScheelsmindeVej, Alborg SV

Another reason why i chose Nibevej to reach Nibe is, it has been marked as Margueriteruten in the Danmark  turist kort(Tourist map). Marguerit routes are  apparently some scenic routes in the Dansk country side. Any way it is marketing the Den Danske Turisme , i decided to check out what is that altogether. Margueriteruten are marked in the road signs by a brown daisy (i guess it is a daisy/ is it a marigold??)

First of the Kronas

So i started from Scheelsmindevej around 9AM and started by walk to Skalborg along the Hobrovej. I remember that it was rather cold in the 10-15c rance. Well . well .. that it  is pretty cold is pretty evident so as not to be mentioned but at that time i was just a month old in DK so was in the process of getting used to the weather. I got in to one of the Kiosks (Convenience store) in a gas station in Hobrovej and sampled the things. I decided to have some dark chocolates (that is another bad habit that you can get from DK, you get addicted to chocolate/gummies/icecreams/juices and lots of it are available for cheap (comparitive) prices almost everywhere) and some hot coffee to get some Varme. Took the chocolates and went to the counter and asked for the coffee. The counter boy tells me , that is 15Kr per cup – do i still wanna have it?. I say Ja!.

Got out of the Kiosk and walked to Skalborg where i turned to the right to Nibevej.

2 Zoner KippeKort . Bus card used in Nordjylland transport system.

The 2nd pic above is a 2 Zoner NT “KlippeKort” transport card which is used in the Nordjylland transport system. Trains and busses alike. You punch  the Kort in a machine for the number of zones you wish to travel.Almost all of Alborg is in Zone1/2 (including the Airport) and you get this in any store :).

Coming back, the Nibevej appeared to be rather straight and there was a pedestrian and cycle trail running along the road for a while. Later it all coalesced it to a single straight straight road. The land scape of the region is majestic but a lot recurring (shh..if not a little boring). Long winding meadows and fields with little houses – which look like like doll houses- scattered in between.

I passed a small town called Frejlev after walking a long distance from Skalborg. It looked like a minature version of Alborg with a small centrum,a church and a convenience store (i think it was a SPAR). I moved on and reached another town called Stor Restrup. If you classify the place names in DK, the ones ending with “up” are very common. Just look at the maps. The copenhagen airport is called Kastrup. Another examples near to Alborg will be Klarup, Gistrup etc etc. Everyday i used to ride the 2K bus to Gistrup :). Huh .. digressing again!! back! . Store Restrup , Store means BIG. :). So it is likely that there is a Restrup as well. I passed a curious wood works factory sign in Restrup.

Walk more and more  and reached another small town called Sønderholm. There i rested in the bustop for a while and had chocos and juice. Sønderholm, It kind of means “Island in the South”. Holm is Island.  Holm is also a surname in some Danish families. Some danish surnames are related to the geography of the place where the family originated. A Holm’s family might have originated in an Island. There there are the Dahls. Dahl or Dale means “Valley” in Danish. So it is some family that lived near a valley.

I started from Sønderholm after sometime ( i just checked the bustimings also), walked and walked to reach a right turn which brought me to Ny Nibe Vej.

Ny Nibe Vej is  a busy highway. There ain’t many houses along the road but it is marked by large fields , meadows with horses and … Windmills. I saw a few little horses in a pen and went to them. They looked friendly. I am not very used to horses and it is the first time i am this (arm’s length) away from one. There was  a little poney whose mum was also pretty little and in another pen there was a majestic black Stallion. I took some photos and continued to Nibe.

..contd

ps: for some reason i am not able to post pics from facebook after the upgrade to WP2.8.. sigh…

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