Wednesday, July 30, 2008

for all your Raj Bhavsar questions....'s an email I got today:

Re: Info about Raj Bhavsar
To: Shakes

My name is James Hardy and I am a journalist from India....I am trying to get more information about Raj Bhavsar the gymnast and I came across your blog
Will you be able to give me more information about him?? I am looking at information regarding his background....particular with regards to his Indian background

Uhhh. There you have it...if you need to know anything about Raj, just come to me. I was thinking it would be hilarious to make up facts about him...but that would just be mean spirited

Monday, July 28, 2008

Desis in Beijing

And so it's official! US Men's Gymnast Paul Hamm was unable to make the Olympics because of injury and had to pull out....meaning that first alternate Raj Bhavsar is flying to Beijing. You heard it here first.

Brown Thunder has done it! Brown Thunder has done it!

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Friday, July 25, 2008

and now a word from our sponsors...

My nickname is Shakes.
I travel a bit.
When I travel I like to have all the space in my seat and surrounding airspace to myself.

After all it's my space.

I do not like it when people sit halfway in my seat.
I do not like it when people raise the armrest between seats because they know they're going to partially sit on me.

When these bad things that I do not like happen, I take pictures.
Also I write in a style akin to that of a 7-year old.

This is my picture of my leg.

As you can see the white leg (wearing shorts) is not my leg.
I am brown.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

it all comes back to being at the cool table in the cafeteria

No matter how old you get, no matter how cool you are, it's difficult to escape some basic human insecurities.

As a kid there was nothing more nerve racking then then getting your food for lunch and then turning around from the counter and surveying all the available tables for a spot to sit at. In a matter of 5-10 seconds you felt as though you were being stripped of your dignity in front of a bellicose crowd who was surely watching your every move, your every hesitation.

...and so fast forward to last Thursday. At an early screening for The Dark Knight (if you saw me on Facebook I'm sure you appreciated my minutely updates) our theatre was bought out by some broker. Thus everyone "invited" was some kid and the Hamptons sharing chums.

Good times.

And while the pre-movie chatter in the theatre consisted of "man I had this long position that was totally killer!" or "man I haven't been short that much gamma since last month!" * ...err...let's just say the equivalent of locker room chatter for traders....there was sensitive underbelly to the thick posturing.

Even at this age, even for these people, the fear of God enters into them when they turn the corner of the theatre entrance and gaze into the crowd looking for their friends and a place to sit.

We may be 30, but we're still in Middle School looking for a place to sit.

*I like to compare that to my guesses as to what he pre-showing chatter was at the normal screenings. More like "ohmygosh, I'm totally dressing up as Hellboy for Halloween" or "I really hope that Hulk II is more believeable!"

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

DJ Shakes_2008-07-22 (empty)
theme: empty

After a long break here is a mix to put on, turn off the lights, and stare at the ceiling to. No intro. No end. But it's the sorta mix that if you just fast forward it through you won't appreciate any song. Most are slow builders... if they build at all.

T R A C K L I S T I N G (approx 47 min)

[0:00] Better Living Through Chemistry - Queens of the Stone Age
[3:12] Hey Joe - Jimi Hendrix
[5:55] Hummer - Smashing Pumpkins
[8:09] Novio - Moby
[10:23] Calm - Govinda
[12:55] Sonic - Talvin Singh
[16:33] Loosifa - Juggaknots
[20:18] I Don't Know - Beastie Boys
[22:55] Let Down - Radiohead
[27:34] Sanware Tore Bin Jiya - Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
[31:16] Sirene - Cosmic Rocker
[35:00] Dwr Budr - Orbital
[43:27] Elementary Love - Matthew Dear

DIRECTIONS: Right mouse click on the tracklisting above to save the entire mix (mp3) directly or Podcast Me! Simply drag the orange podcast icon on the top left of this page into your iTunes. Or:

1. goto iTunes
2. click on Advanced
3. click on Subscribe to Podcast:
4. paste this URL

If the link doesn't work, just message me and I'll upload the file again.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

BKNY: Prospect Park, Bruce Lee, & Karsh Kale/Midival Punditz

One of the best parts about NY is the readily available supply of immigrant labor. Besides that the city is also good because there is just an extraordinary number of things available to do at little or no cost.

Today's cool event of the summer was a showing of Bruce Lee's "Enter The Dragon" at Prospect Park. Not only was this just the joys of watching kung-fu with 2,000 of my closest friend, Karsh Kale and Midival Punditz were doing a live score.

At some point you gotta say that it's pretty badass that 3 indian dudes are doing the music for a martial arts movie in front of a typically massively eclectic crowd.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

loose ulti bits

Words that sound like "sickle" at the end of their name good.

But things with sickle at the beginning of their name are bad.
Sickle Cell Anemia

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

mosquitos & long summer vacations in india as a kid

According to Newsweek it appears that some people are in fact, mosquito magnets. Individual body chemistry can determine the whether mosquitoes are attracted towards you. To most people there is nothing vaguely interesting about this at all ....BUT if you're an Indian kid it's quiite significant. Quite.

Part of the Rite of Passage of being an ABCD is the summer vacation trips to India....for the entire summer....just in time for monsoon season. Along with India and monsoons comes the inevitable mosquito attacks that you would be greeted with every night for the first few nights.

This of course would be remedied by either some lotion thingy or a weird electric device that would warm up strips of anti-bug repellent which sorta looks like one of those electro air freshener thingies. I'm not really that those things work, but I'd rather take my chances with it....and jacking up the A/C on full blast. Mosquitoes don't like cold.

But regardless of protective measures, you'd usually wake up in the morning with a new bump. And each morning of complaints was always met with the same response from an auntie or grandmother: "It's because YOU have sweet blood. THAT's why the mosQUItoes are attracted to you!"

I never questioned what it even meant to have sweet blood, but I always took it to mean that it implied I was a good person. A kind and benevolent king if you will. So basically my whole point is that science has helped prove that all elder people may not be least due to this one issue.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

the Sunday morning funnies with Eddie Izzard

...and now for jokey jokes, here's one of my faves of Eddie Izzard: his Death Star canteen joke (as acted out by legos)

Enjoy! I shall spend another morning trying to get an iPhone now...