Friday, March 30, 2007

Analysis Paralysis

I just critiqued my friend Shaun's script. I realized that I enjoy analyzing and critiquing scripts. I don't think I'm much of a writer, but I think in the last few years my sense of structure has developed.
I've also been trying to analyze for myself why I'm not liking this season of 24. The main problem was the unlikelihoodness of the plot itself. The situations are so improbable, and lacking motive that it's way too far-fetched to believe. Another thing that I've noticed in this season vs. the others is the lack of suspense. The moment we (as the audience) discovers something in the terrorist plot ... literally by the next scene, CTU has discovered the exact same information. There is no period when you're on the edge of your seat, biting your finger nails because you know something that the good guys don't know, or vice-versa. So there is an overall lack of suspense in the season.
And lastly, the pace has just gotten slower. They often focus more on political, beaureaucratic, personal dramas, rather than having action packed scenes. It's been disappointing that I'm not so excited about this season, bc I was such a die-hard 24 fan before this. Except for the first 4 episodes, there has not been a single moment where I've felt compelled to watch the next episode. Of course I will continue to watch the rest of the season ... the same way I continue to watch Lost, even though I think the writers are completely lost themselves ... but these shows have become somewhat lackluster.

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Vlogging is the way to go!

Recently I've been obsessing abt how to post videos on my blog. Not that I think I'm going to do it anytime soon, but I still wanted to know HOW it can be done. Omg, it's complicated. I found this AMAZING website that walks you through it like a total dummy: www.freevlog.org.

Anyway, despite them making it totally idiot proof, it still is a lot of work, esp for a first timer. I guess it's kinda like when you follow a new recipe for the first time, and have to keep referring to the cookbook every half a step. I'm sure if I actually bothered to do it, a few video postings later, it would feel really easy to me.

So, ideally, I'd like to post one video to my blog before I head out to London. That is, if I can find something worth posting that's already in .avi format.

Monday, March 26, 2007

A Week of Boredom

I wake up in the morning, and just stare at the wall. What will I do today? My mind is surprisingly active -- maybe it's because I've already slept 10 hours -- I can think of a few things on my to-do list: go to the gym, respond to a couple of important emails regarding the wedding planning, book airline tickets for my family and myself, deposit those checks sitting in my wallet. All in all, each individual item is not horribly excruciating. Nor is it terribly exhilarting. So I roll over. And stare at the ceiling this time.

That was all of last week for me. I couldn't figure out why I was so bored. This is perhaps one of the most exciting times in my life right now. I'm busy planning my wedding, I've been freelance editing at a production house where I'm learning new stuff, and the schedule is pretty flexible and chill, and next month I'll be heading out to London to start working on a new feature film that I'm really excited about ... after which when I return, the wedding festivities will have begun. So where is the time, and reason to be so bored??

Maybe it was 'that time of the month,' or just a random hormonal fluctuation, but I cannot remember the last time I felt so aimless, despite having such concrete goals set ahead of me. Lucky for me, after about 6 days of feeling like this, I've bounced back to my normal Antara self. The world no longer looks grim, skies are bluer, the sun is shining brighter. And except for the morning hours when I'd much rather roll over back into bed and sleep until the afternoon ... I'm looking forward to each day in these last three weeks before I head out to London.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Trying to Plan Ahead

It looks like I'm going to be heading out to London around April 15th. Inshallah, knock on wood, fingers crossed. That being the case, I've been going crazy trying to figure out how to fit in an India trip and a Hawaii trip before that. Answer: IMPOSSIBLE. So I think I'm going to have to officially let go of the wedding planning and let my family take care of it all. In theory, I'm happy about that, because that means I can just 'show up.' But in practical terms, I can see myself biting my nails over what's happening with my DJ (figuratively).

So my family will go to Hawaii and make the rest of the decisions abt the wedding. I will meet up with my parents in India at some point to (finally!) see my wedding outfits, and try them out and all that good stuff. I can't wait to be standing in the Rohit Bal store, in my wedding outfit, with all my wedding jewelry on (it's important to wear your wedding jewelry when trying on your outfit -- what if your neckline isn't low enough for your huge necklace??)

Shabba Khair...

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Written about a Year Ago


Hangovers Suck

Saturday night ended up being pretty crazy -- first going to the Christina Aguilera concert (box seats). The Pussy Cat Dolls are H-O-T. And then the kids came over and partied at our house till 5am. I'm telling you, I'm getting too old for this sh--. I was so hungover the next day, I was pretty much useless all day.
And of coure, the famous last words were said the next day 'Let's never drink again.'

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Portland Trip, Cont'd


The second day in Portland was dedicated to surfing the web. We forcefully created a facebook acct for Samir, and then Kutu made one for me too. Then they tried to convince me to start a myspace page. But I'm going to do a little more research on myspace before I open up a page. I think if I like it, I might just transfer my blog to there. Blogs are pretty pointless ... at least if it's with myspace, there's a chance that people might see it. Then again, I don't know if the point to my blog is for people to see it. Anyway, I'm going to email my friend Samir, who works at MySpace to get all the facts about it.

Oh, and we also pigged out on some massively amazing food. Vaish made a complex Italian lunch. Then we went to a Mexican restaurant, followed by an amazing Fondue joint. All of these will be documented in my Yelp page ... another example of me going web crazy yesterday.

And the 30 minute run I went on with Samir and Kutu kicked my ass yesterday, and I'm still feeling the repurcussions right now. Back to San Jose today ...

Thursday, March 8, 2007

Trip to Portland


Vaishali & I came to Portland last night to visit Sapna didi, Vikrant Jija ji, and their new baby Savi. Oh my gosh, she's soooo cute! I can't tell if it's a personal aunt bias, or if she really is just absolutely adorable. I think it's the latter. Thinking back at it, both Sapna and Samir were one of the cutest babies I've ever seen till this date, so it's not an entire surprise that Savi is that cute.
Anyway, so we're just chillin around in our PJ's at 1pm. The grand plan for today is to make kadhi-chawal for when Mausi, Mausa ji and Samir arrive at night. I brought over Kingsuk's analog Nikon camera, that I've loaded a roll of black & white film in ... so my goal is to get some cute baby pix ... that way I can justify to myself that I like taking pictures, and can buy myself that new Digital Canon SLR that both me and Brahma have been eyeing for the last couple of weeks.
Ok, that's that. Maybe in a week or so I can post some of the pictures I've taken this time in Portland. Beautiful city, by the way. I just don't think we'll get out much to see it, since everything is so cumbersome with a cutie little baby around.

Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Why a blog?


I'm not quite sure. But if you don't try something, how do you find out whether or not you like it? Sounds like something my mother would say to me.

Anyway, I don't know what the purpose of this blog is, except that I'm fascinated with what modern technology has started providing us with for free. I've kept a diary since I was 9 years old; not that this is a replacement for a diary; but I obviously like to write my thoughts out. So maybe if I keep writing enough, I'll actually find something to write about.