This started on 15 June 2001. One suggestion I got from my friend Sriharsha was to include some quotes and stuff like that on the site (his comment on this is there in my guestbook). So, just below the date and time, a quote will be displayed and I will change it when I update the site. On this page, you can view a collection of all the quotes and an explanation for each one. This will become a regular feature of the site. On the main page, you can just click on the * before the quote to see this page.
Stopped on 15 October 2001 - after 4 months, I'm getting tired of thinking up new quotes for each update.
15 October 2001. This time, the quote is a cryptic crossword clue from the newspaper two days back. This is one of the clues I could figure out easily - but the others are very tough! I started doing these (not in a big way yet) thanks to Deepak Menon, my senior at college, who's extremely good at them. The clue above is "German goods include fruit (5)" - the answer is "mango" because you can find that word embedded in "German goods".
2 October 2001. upd.txt is a file that I put together just now. Do you know what that is? Well, I have been writing updates on this site from May-June 2000. You can read all of that from the News Page. I copied all the pages upto September 2001 as plain text and pasted them into one file, just to see how big it would become. It's 419 KB or 429288 bytes long! A 1 MB file would be approximately the size of a novel, which means I'm halfway there...
23 September 2001. This time's quote is another one of the end game messages from Doom/Doom II. John Romero was the one who wrote all these messages, and "Don't go now, there's a dimensional shambler waiting at the DOS Prompt" is among the ones that is modified in the newer source ports. They either remove the "DOS Prompt" part or replace it with "...in the Explorer!"
15 September 2001. Saw this on ZED (Zee Education) TV today... and my friend told me about it a couple of days back. I wonder whether there really is such a thing as DIMS - Doom Induced Motion Sickness!
8 September 2001. I don't think I really need to explain this time's featured quote - it's a classic line from Star Wars. I chose it this time because Star Wars was shown on STAR Movies yesterday. Coming next week, The Empire Strikes Back.
31 August 2001. STAR Movies is going to show Return of the Jedi on 28 September, and I was watching it today. That's why I have a quote from that movie this time. This is from the beginning of the movie. Luke Skywalker and his friends go to his home planet of Tatooine to rescue Han Solo - who's been frozen in carbonite and is now a decoration at the lair of the gangster Jabba the Hutt. When the droids C-3PO and R2-D2 arrive at the entrance to Jabba's palace, C-3PO tells R2-D2 "If I told you half the things I've heard about this Jabba the Hutt, you'd probably short circuit!".
25 August 2001. One more quote from Evil Dead II (since I was watching that some days ago). Ash (Bruce Campbell) is locked in the basement of a cabin... only to discover to his horror that the undead corpse of Henrietta (the wife of Professor Knowby - who was in the cabin translating the Book of the Dead, because of which all the demons got resurrected) was buried there too! And sure enough, the monster comes after him saying "Someone's in my fruit cellar... someone with a fresh SOUL!!".
21 August 2001. This time's quote is again something that is a little out of the ordinary (like sometime back, you remember, I had a quote from the script of Dumb and Dumber that was not in the final movie). This is from Doom/Doom II. When you choose Quit Game from the menu, you are shown one of several messages like "Are you sure you want to quit this great game?" and so on. John Romero was the one who wrote all these messages... but aside from the messages that actually appear in the game, there are several more that are commented out in the source code! One of these is "Don't quit now! We're still spending your money!".
17 August 2001. This time's quote is taken from Evil Dead II... the scene where the evil spirits in the cabin possess Ash's hand is one of my favourites! Written by Sam Raimi and Scott Spiegel, directed by Sam Raimi and starring Bruce Campbell as Ash, this movie has become legendary for it's mix of gore, horror and slapstick comedy!
13 August 2001. This time I have a quote from The Powerpuff Girls - a show on Cartoon Network that I like a lot. This particular quote is taken from the episode Los Dos Mojos which is one of my favourites in the series. The Mayor of Townsville says this when the Robo Jojo is causing lots of destruction!
11 August 2001. This time's featured quote is a little different. It's taken from the original screenplay of Dumb and Dumber, and it's not in the actual movie! There's a scene in the movie where Lloyd (Jim Carrey) and Harry (Jeff Daniels) are freezing in the cold - Harry says "I can't feel my hands" to which Lloyd says - "Maybe you should wear these extra pair of gloves. My hands are starting to get sweaty..."! This scene is different in the script. What happens there is that these two guys are in a car, with the windows rolled up, and it's still freezing. Lloyd tells Harry "I guess the damn anti-cold system isn't working". Harry is puzzled and asks "What anti-cold system?" to which Lloyd says "Right here... the A/C button. I put it on full blast about an hour ago and, if anything, the car's getting colder."
7 August 2001. This time, the featured quote is from one of my favourite movies, Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs. Michael Madsen's character, Mr. Blonde, says this to Mr. White (played by Harvey Keitel). You can read my review for the movie, which explains why I like it so much!
6 August 2001. Just a few minutes ago I completed making a Winamp Skin based on E1M8 of Blood - "House of Horrors". This is the secret level which is a continutation of E1M4 "Dark Carnival". And Caleb (your character) says in that level - "I want Jojo! Jojo! JOJO!!". I made three Winamp Skins now - Dexter's Laboratory (another one), Blood II, and Blood - House of Horrors. In all of them, if you invoke the easter egg, you'll see the date as 5 August, which is wrong, actually it should be 6 August. Anyway, that's why the featured quote this time is the Jojo line.
30 July 2001. The new W32.Sircam email virus that's been causing trouble has this line in it's virus mails. See the update I wrote today for more in depth information on the virus.
29 July 2001. Another quote related to a game this time. I chose this because I downloaded Mortal Kombat the other day, and it's a good game. The quote I chose this time is actually taken from Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, which is the sequel to the 1995 movie Mortal Kombat directed by Paul Anderson. Actors were chosen very well in both movies, they really look like their game characters!
25 July 2001. "I may have to donate some blood... someone else's" is a line that your character - Caleb - in the game Blood, says at the beginning of level 4 of episode 3 "The Sick Ward". Blood, of course, is a terrific, beautifully designed horror 3D game with a very twisted sense of humour. Blood comes just after Doom in my list of all-time favourite games!
14 July 2001. I had my ISAS at NIIT today, I had to speak about WML. And when I was speaking about the <select> and <option> tags I gave this as an example of a selectable list! I couldn't resist!
12 July 2001. Yesterday at Rediff.com I happened to see a headline that said "Zaphod Beeblebrox is God". I didn't read the article, but that reminded me of Douglas Adams' "wholly remarkable book" The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy. One of the funniest, weirdest books I've ever read. In short, the book has an Earthman, Arthur Dent, going on a wild adventure with his alien friend Ford Prefect in the galaxy (after Earth is destroyed to make way for an intergalactic highway!). At one point in the story, Ford and Arthur are caught on a Vogon ship, and the Vogons have such terrible poetry that they torture people by making them listen! So this is the beginning of a Vogon poem that I have as a featured quote this time - "Oh freddled gruntbuggly... thy micturations are to me / As plurdled gabbleblotchits on a lurgid bee"!
9 July 2001. The featured quote this time is something that was there in my program today, and something Prof. D.N.M. Rao found quite amusing. In today's program I had a structure to represent a disk block, and I had an array called hard_disk which was an array of type struct block. When initialising all the blocks to FREE and making them non-index blocks, I had messages appearing on the screen like - "Formatting hard disk... Finished formatting. Press a key to continue", after which I'd let the user proceed with using the program.
7 July 2001. This is one of my recently formulated laws, which states that, the amount of studies done is inversely proportional to the number of exams you have on any given day. Not only that, this is totally independent of the marks you actually score. Observations taken in my case have proven this law in the past week. If there is one test, I read the book for about 20-30 minutes. But take today's case, when three exams were there. Yesterday, I didn't study for ANY of them.
This observation is of course, only applicable in my case and for some of my friends' cases - and dependent on time and the situation. Remember that Universal Generalisation is a dangerous thing.
30 June 2001. This time's quote is something that I have been hearing often recently at NIIT, so often in fact that I can rattle off the whole thing without even thinking in between! /etc/rc.d/init.d/ is the path where all the daemons are stored, so to start a particular daemon, like the http daemon, you say /etc/rc.d/init.d/httpd start. Why would anyone feature a Linux path/command as a quote on a site update? I don't know.
25 June 2001. I never thought I'd accumulated this much stuff in my directory!
22 June 2001. This is a line from that most excellent Jackie Chan - Chris Tucker movie, Rush Hour, directed by Brett Ratner. Tucker's character - LAPD cop James Carter, says this. You have to watch the movie to appreciate the line.
20 June 2001. This is a quote from the movie Rage: Ring of Fire II. My review is here. This line comes in the last scene of the movie, and is said by the weird DJ.
15 June 2001. Very first quote I used. 1990, I think, it was when SEGA released a game called Zero Wing. The English translation of the game was awful, and this particular line, "All your base are belong to us", has become very famous in gaming history. You can read about the history of this quote at this site, and Allyourbase.net is another page for info on it. id Software has this line on their UA-Corp Site, but you have to look for it on the page.