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I uploaded some more photographs on flickr – have gotten into that spree of late :)
These will be the last batch I think – for quite sometime now … Have run out of good photographs to upload.

The complete set can be found at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/saurabhj/

The ones which I really really like are:

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I dunno why I did this, but I went to Flickr today and uploaded some of the interesting snaps that I have clicked so far in my life …

Check them out here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/saurabhj/
Comments are available, so please do go ahead and comment.

A couple of ones that I really love are:

Larger sized images are at flickr.
I have tonnes more left to upload – will do as soon as I can extract some time for myself …

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I’ve always used Windows Media Player 11 because it has got awesome library management capabilities.
Yes – it may not be the lightest or the fastest players – but its library is plain, simple, clutter free and very effective.

I got to try out Windows Media Player 11 beta for Windows Xp – for a couple of days now and here are some screenshots.

In short, it is much sleeker, looks a lot better and takes its library management duties more seriously.

This is the main interface screenshot.
As I said, it is sleeker and more pleasing to the eye.

Different things to notice are the controls in the bottom of the screen and to the bottom left, they have some sort of graphic equalizer display kinda thingy which looks cool.

On top you will notice a button called URGE – which is an online music store that microsoft has tied up with. Something that iTunes is to the iTunes Player.

This shows the Albums that I have on the player – it displays any album art very nicely and looks damn nice.
The albums are categorized alphabetically with each letter getting its own group.

This is one very nifty feature.
You can select an album, right click>Update Album Info and it downloads the album art and album details from the internet and updates the stuff on the fly.
Damn cool.

This is another interesting feature – the artiste view shows CDs stacked for artistes having more than one album.
And the number of CDs depicted here equals to the number that actually exist on your PC.

Very nice.

I heard the Vista version allows you to fly through the stack – though I could not manage it on the Xp Version.

And finally this is the mini player which comes onto the taskbar.
Its all black.

Though the installation was smooth – it installs over your Windows Media Player 10 and updates the library – it took a hell lot of time (maybe coz its still Beta)

Also one main feature that its missing is the Auto Playlist feature from Media Player 10.
Hopefully it will make a comeback in the final release which is scheduled for the June 6th.

Surprisingly, the player was just taking 7 MB of RAM in the minimized mode and 13 MB in the full screen mode while playing mp3s.

The beta version was a 23 MB download.

Another first time feature in this release is a “Search as you Type” feature.
Overall, its worth an upgrade if you are a Windows Media Player fan.

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Today, unfortunately (for some) or fortunately (for most), was our Engineering College Farewell to all the final year students … Something to explicitly tell us – that its now officially over – end of student life for the most of us …

Most of us who have been placed, have to join by the first week of July – so its a big step, moving onto a job and whole new world …

Anyways, as I turned up for the farewell at 6:30 – there was the usual, the boring principal speech and the yada yada … Something which nobody enjoys …

As the evening progressed, the motley crowd of students that we are – some were enjoying it thoroughly while others were getting bored …

After the speeches that were given by members of the staff, there were some contests organised by the juniors … of which some were fun, and some weird …

I was dragged into taking part in two contests – one which involved recognising a junior student and being able to give out his full name – these guys brought in front of me, a guy – whom I had never seen before – and thus guessing his name was way out of the question – much to the embarrasment of both of us.

The only solace was that the best anybody got was one guy guessing the last name of his junior.

The second contest which I was dragged into – which I would never have gone into – on my own free will was the Mr. College Contest …

Here things got a bit awry …
The guys who got called up (there were about 12 of us there initially) did not like the fact that the compere was dictating rules very sternly to the participants …

The contest was supposed to be a fun contest – nothing was at stake and the rules could be bent a little.

Added to the fact, that the Final Year students of our college (and a good percentage of people on the stage at that time) are NOT the most affable, the guys decided to screw up the event.
So one common line was thought, and everybody introduced themselves as : “Hi ! My name is so and so … and I’d like to be known as XXXX” (XXXX being a common joke that we have amongst us)
So, basically – the Mr and Ms. College Contest got completely ruined

Anyways, what struck me at that time was that farewells are pretty difficult to organise … especially in colleges like ours where there is not much interaction between the juniors and the seniors at other times of the year.

The thing that screwed up the last Mr. and Ms. College contest was that people thought that they were being dictated rules – rules to a party which was being thrown for them.
This is the difficult part in organising such a thing …

I have organised a couple of things, but never a farewell of such sorts – nor have I thought about how I’d do it …
The difficulty comes in drawing the line between doing it well and over doing it a bit … and mostly in catering to the people whom the party is for, making the rules – and at the same time pulling it off without making the people think that they are being bossed over.

Then again, we have a pretty rowdy crowd – which makes it even more difficult to organise such an event. But at the end of it, it was fun nevertheless and people should probably be grateful to the organisers for atleast taking the initiative to hold such a thing.

Anyways, so long MESCOE … sort of mixed reactions for me …
Technically, still a long way to college “officially” being over – there are submissions, and exams and projects to demonstrate – so shall write an “official college over post” once all those things are taken care off …

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For all those who wanted to know, we didn’t make it to National Finals of the Imagine Cup this year.

Now, unfortunately (or fortunately) the BE Project that we guys were doing and our IC submission was one and the same thing (for the sake of our sanities) – so atleast we will be seeing this thing through (hopefully)

Our theme and ideas were kept somewhat hushed up (which feels kinda stupid now) but anyways, will be letting the cat out of the bag soon enough.

In other news, came back from an awesome two day picnic to Nagaon (which is about 8 odd kms from Alibaug) and it was awesome fun. Will be posting pictures of the trip soon.

Perhaps the last with the guys from college – everything went off nicely and everybody had loads of fun.

For starters, here are a couple of images that I took on the beach …

Low tide at the Alibaug beach at sunset – small kid with his dad

A family of four moving towards the Alibaug fort which is accessible by foot during low tides

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Painting


Painting
Originally uploaded by saurabhj.

Because the previous place where I posted the image went offline, and Blogger is somehow not allowing me to upload this, I have put it up on flickr and linking it back here…

Take that Bravenet and Blogger ! :)

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Yesterday was results … very unexpectadly … but yes … we had to wait for 2 hours after college to get them …
The good news is that I cleared all my subjects …
I was dead sure of flunking an oral exam … but by some miracle, passed pretty comfortably in that viva too …
Marks wise, it was worse than last semester … and my total percentage slipped down by a percent …

Anyways, I am more than happy, that all the extra curricular stuff – The College CD, the Imagine Cup, et all … didn’t take a toll on my exams …

So today, the entire class took a day off … a mass bunk …
Our very first official mass bunk, where not a single student sat for class …
It was a long time due … its our final year now …
Yes … you must be thinking … class of geeks :)

Anyways, today the IEEE student branch of our college organised their cultural event … a tech fest kinda thing …
Though these guys come up with many new ideas … their implementation needs a lot to be desired … ( sorry people … nothing personal )

Anyways, they had this photography contest … where we had to shoot 3 snaps within our college campus, and the theme was either “Fusion” or “Bliss” …
Even though bought seem to be the worst topics … especially for our campus, I chose Bliss …

So, from 10 to 12:30 … I went trigger happy …
Armed with my digi cam and tripod stand … I scouted the college for snaps which would fit the theme …

With great difficulty, I managed to click a few … rushed to my friends place … burnt it on a CD and rushed to Foto Fast and got it printed …
All this done by 3:00 pm … which was the submission deadline …

Glad to say, that all the pictures came decently on print … though a touch brighter than I expected …

I was looking forward to this contest a lot … coz I wanted to put my photography skills to test …
Only time will tell how I match up with the rest …

Photography is an awesome job … but requires a lot of patience and understanding and foresight …
Knowing your camera inside out is a given …
As I learnt it the more tougher way …

Anyways, I am putting up the 3 snaps which I clicked today … for your viewing pleasure …


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