August 12, 2012

I hate to break it to you

But this familiar hoax about how "Olny srmat poelpe can raed tihs" is getting a little annoying. For those who still haven't seen this, here it is:

This graphic is one that comes with the attribution to Cambridge, but I'm sure you've seen one with Oxford or Harvard University.

The idea is down there with what you can find in the Rediff comments sections, because...

1. No one ever did that study.

2. It is full of obvious nonsense such as "This is because the human mind does not read every letter by itself, but the word as a whole." Yes. That was the whole point of learning the language - that we read the words. Not letters.

3. And you always thought spelling was important? I see your point, on the Internet, you can be a complete mroon and nbdooy wlil crae... except cranky people with blogs, too much time and a grudge against the world at large.

4. Take it out of context. I dare you. String together 10 words of 8 letters each, with no relation to each other, scramble them, and tell me how the *phenomenal power of the human mind* fares.

5. I'd really respect the makers and sharers of this a lot more if they just put up a graphic that said:

Because, really, not being interested in spelling is not a thing that makes you a social pariah any more. Quite the opposite, in fact. For example, this post will result in me getting hate mail. Sharing that graphic, though, will get you 28 likes and 16 "ossum bro!"s. And isn't that what everyone wants?

August 05, 2012

Things Get Worse Here At The Blog

With all due respect to all of you out there,

Bear in mind that I love Amit Trivedi as much as any of you. I am also a fan of this song and how it fits into the movie, and the playback, yada yada. Also largely because I love all cheap Bollywood songs that do something even a little different. (I draw the line at Pritam Pyaare though. Everyone's gotta have some standards).

Now, keep an open mind. I would like to present to you the sureshot song of the next Navratri season (yes, that time of year when us Gujjus get decked up, stand in queues and spend actual money to dance in a circle -or just watch- in a large, smelly, crowded open space which could be anything from a stadium to a banquet hall for twenty people). This song is a sureshot song of Navratri because it requires no modifications or remixing - especially if you keep an open mind till the chorus. The signs of inherent-garba-worthiness start around 00:20 and continue to the end of the song.

Then again, Amit Trivedi is Gujju. In the end it all makes sense.

(I don't know why the uploader labelled this "Official New Item Song". Mind boggles to think that there's a Quality Commission for Item Songs, which certifies them as inappropriate enough and decides which one is worthy enough to be the "Official New" one.)