Toronto Skyline Timelapse

Toronto Skyline Time lapse from the Center island. Its 90 mins of photos compressed into a 30 sec video.

Using Canon 550D + Intervalometer

 

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A penny for your thoughts

As I arrived in Canada, there were a lot of new things I noticed. One of them was the “pennies”, pennies lying around in gas stations, subways .etc. People even used it to balance an uneven table. Being new to the system I felt guilty doing that myself. If I dropped a penny I would pick it up, somehow it did not feel right to me. Since then I have been thinking about the impact of penny and its role in the economy. Is it really worth anything at all? And imagined what if all the pennies that were stacked up in our homes, were brought out. So I started reading about it and found some interesting things.

People have been using pennies for anything other than making payments. I found a long list of things to with your pennies- 83 things you can do with your pennies. I personally don’t use pennies mostly. If I had to make a payment 1. 11 cents, I would rather pay it as a dollar and a quarter. Later I came to know that the federal Government has officially stopped minting cents and has declared pennies as worthless. Officially the penny will be mostly removed from the Canadian economy. However, the transactions involving pennies will soon be rounded off to nearest 5 cent.

Why?

  •  It cost 1.6 cents to make a penny. (Now that doesn’t make sense)
  • It cost Royal Canadian Mint $ 11 million a year
  • Considering the wages in Canada, people could earn a penny every 2 seconds. (So fiddling for a penny while at the cash counter makes no sense, you would probably be earning more in that time period)
  • Pennies are not accepted at any vending machines. (I can’t grab a coke with pennies, now this makes pennies nonexistent)

According to a study, “Canadians could be hoarding several billion pennies”.

So what do you do with them? The options are

  • Free them by donating to charity
  • Continue to treat them like always
  • Payback what you owe as pennies to the person you hate (this happened with my roommates)
  • Be man enough to do something like this -A Man used 62000 pennies to make his final mortgage payment

 

(The information above is just my opinion, I am not an expert)

Billa 2 -A Plain and straight movie review


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Billa 2 is one of the most awaited films of the year, a prequel following a successful remake of Rajinikanth’s Billa.

Billa 2 is the story of the rise of David Billa an underworld don. Well that is probably obvious from the promo so what does Billa have to offer? Billa 2 is an example of an interesting plot unfolding plain straight before you. The movie never moves you to the edge of the seat nor does it put you to sleep. It starts and end in the most predictable way possible.

On the other side the movie has well choreographed action sequences, commendable cinematography and background score. What I liked about the movie was it took its own time to unfold the story of The rise of Billa. From the petty crimes to the weapon deals, what makes him the most wanted by the Interpol. The dialogues in the movie are well written. The performance of most of the cast are below par and topping that is Parvathy omanakuttan. Her character was poorly sketched and awfully performed.

The songs are unwanted, you will get sick of baddies consuming alcohol to talk deals in clubs with women dancing around. The songs are a let down. Billa 2 is a kind of movie which you will not hate neither will you like it.

Billa 2 – A bland prequel to one of the coolest franchise in Tamil cinema.

(This review is intentionally as engaging as the movie)

People Like Us – Soundtrack Review

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Rahman has done a few Hollywood films, but to me this is one of his best. Not because the music was varied or path breaking but because it did what it has to do. A film like People like us deserved a warm soothing soundtrack that does not distract the audience from the feel of the movie. Rahman just delivers that. It is probably the first true Hollywood soundtrack for Rahman. (Slumdog Millionaire was based in India, 127 Hours was pretty much non existent)

The soundtrack makes you feel rather than listen. Its like  the score was tailor made as a typically American drama, However Rahman makes sure that his touch was felt. Especially in the whistling and trampoline sounds. Probably Rahman has done a cue to cue soundtrack it is evident in the crab cracking scene.

The theme and the song Dotted Line by Liz Phair is the tune that will be lingering with you for a long time. The music is melacholic and ensures that you have a lump in the throat as you listen to the end credits aka Dotted Line by Liz Phair. Prorbaly thats what the Alex, Rahman and Liz Phair meant to do. It works big time.

People Like Us – A.R. Rahman
New York To L.A. – A.R. Rahman
Dad’s Studio – A.R. Rahman
Dad’s Shaving Kit – A.R. Rahman
Following Frankie – A.R. Rahman
Frankie’s Burning Desire – A.R. Rahman
Beat The Living – A.R. Rahman
Welcome To People – A.R. Rahman
Mom – A.R. Rahman
Tacos – A.R. Rahman
Discount Prom Dress – A.R. Rahman
Airport Adventures – Michael ‘Nomad’ Ripoll
Six Rules – A.R. Rahman
Breakfast for Mom / Just Be People – A.R. Rahman
Crab Drumming / Finding Sam – A.R. Rahman
I Am Your Brother – A.R. Rahman
Family Pictures – A.R. Rahman
Dotted Line – Liz Phair

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