Life shows no mercy for the weak. Cognizance about everythin has become mandatory to survive. Get a piece of everythin that life has in the offering ! i share all that i know to help others know what i know. we stay together , we survive. welcome to candor corner. know. share. survive. always with candor, Praveen Chandar

Friday, December 7, 2007

Does American Gangster make a classic ?

Hi film buffs and fans,

Ever since this Ridley Scott film was announced, it raised expectations for more than a few reasons. The first one being that it starred two of the recent Academy Award winners, Denzel Washington and Russel Crowe. And secondly, that the movie was based on a true story, that of Frank Lucas. I was even taken back by the fact that the film starred Denzel in the title role, which came to me as quite a surprise because I had always seen Washington play the upright cop, the tough cop the roadies always feared, be it in his recent "Inside Man" or his Oscar winning performance as the out-of-the-way cop in "Training Day". So, it just raised by brows about he playing the American Gangster. And I least expected that the American Gangster, Frank Lucas would be black. When the first few stills from the film were released, it threw me back with the way Denzel looked. He has shed a lot of weight to look the part and Crowe was in his coolest best.

I happened to watch the film on the first week of its release. I was immensely satisfied with Scott's work. But, what puts me into a dilemma is whether the film is comparable to other highly recommended film in its genre. First things first, American Gangster is not an all-out gangster film like The Godfather or Goodfellas. This film has an equal footage depicting the ways of the detective, played by Russel Crowe, in pinning down Frank Lucas, and more, not only does the film show his professional ways, but also compares his personal life with that of Frank's by juxtaposing several scenes that portray the contradiction in the way they lead their personal lives. But, comparisons to "Heat" are inevitable when it comes to character drama. While goodfellas din't really have a character play that runs into irony and contradiction, this film boasts of a strong character play right from the moment you find Russel turning in bags of unmarked cash into his office, and at the same time womanizing at every opportunity he find, that is cleverly juxtaposed with scenes showing Denzel bringing his mother and his relatives home and falling for one woman whom he wishes to keep with him forever. I would say the film does good to itself in being a story well told witht he necessary pacing, action and character sketching, rather than being compared to its predecessors in its genre. Moreover, American Gangster is a period film and handles a real story based on an issue its predecessors never did. Hats off to Scott for having pulled off an amazing film, leave alone the comparisons ( they are inevitable, that too once you've named the movie as **something** gangster!!) to other films in its category. Not too violent, not too dramatic, not flawless either. American Gangster, thus, does make a classic in its own sense.

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Stranglehold is an entertainer

Hi gamers,

So we're back with stranglehold. The John Woo classic film has taken the console for its resurrection platform. The game packs all that you wanted to see in a John Woo flick. The game packs that punch and style you wanted to play any day. There have been mixed reviews about this game. But I would tell you, the only problem with the game is that it is too short, and in being so, the game does good for itself. The gameplay is awesome, and entertains you every moment with your guns sexily blazing through the completely destroyable environment. The game also features the favorite Slo-Mo action which puts you into "Tequila Time". You can quickly refill your tequila time by performing some cool moves. Sometimes these moves become mandatory to get across some really difficult levels. The limited quick save option do frustrate you at times, but otherwise the game come really ways to you. In more than a few ways, the game reminds you of Remedy's Max Payne. But, ironically, Max Payne itself was quoted to be a tribute to John Woo's style of action, so it wouldn't make much sense to call this game a rip off of Max Payne ! Max Payne, however became the father to this gaming genre with several others trying to mimic its "bullet time" but miserably failing to make an impact, some of which were Driver3 and True Crime. But Stanglehold does what it does best,a nd never disappoints you. The cut scenes between all that blazing action is very authentically done, and remind you of the corresponding scenes from the original motion picture. Chow Yun Fat, along with other actors have lent their voices, and the voice acting is one of the major pluses of the game. Thankfully the game ain't too long, because, though the action is fantastic, it tends to get repetitive after a while. You have a whole lotta moves to learn and several cool stunts to pull off, but still, the tenth and eleventh time you do it, you find its not as entertaining as it was when you did it the first or the second time ! It happens with anything you take in life ! Just when you think the game is getting repetitive, the game comes to a dramatic close, again reminiscent of John Woo's style of movie making. So, if you are ready for some high octane action, step into Inspector Tequila's shoes, and get loaded !

Sanju resumes shooting

Hi guys and girls,

There is good news for all Sanju fans. The actor will resume work for his pending films in a short while. He is just being met by all his well wishers at his residence in Mumbai. He was released on bail from the Yeravada jail. Dutt’s lawyer Satish Maneshinde visited Yeravada jail at around 0830 hrs IST with the relevant papers and delivered them to the jail authorities. He was accompanied by Dutt's former secretary Pankaj Kharbanda. The Munnabhai actor was sentenced to six years imprisonment under the Arms Act in connection with the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case, and had been lodged in Pune's Yeravada jail since October 22. He was however granted bail by the Supreme Court day before yesterday. While the entire film industry can now heave a sigh of relief, all his fans can’t wait to see their silver screen hero back in action. The wait won’t be longer for his fans as Dutt features in one of the stories in next week’s release Dus Kahaniyaan.

This is a much awaited film from the Dutt camp. Sanjay Gupta and Dutt have never failed to impress their fans in any of their ventures. Be it the flamboyant Musafir, or the overtly stylish Kaante, or the recent dark brutally violent drama ZINDA, their products have always had something to boast, which obviously includes their mindblowing soundtrack. No wonder, the sound track of DUS KAHANIYAAN is already becoming a rage among the youth and the aged alike. After all, presenting ten stories, each spanning for a time frame less than a usual short film, does raise eye-brows. Hope they guess the pulse right this time too ! Good Luck, Sanju baba !

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Does Evano Oruvan Work ?

Hi people,

I guess this is the first time I am reviewing a Tamil film on my blog. Well, I have got more than a few reasons for that. First of all, this is one of the most anticipated movies this year from actor Madhavan. The film also has a lot of interesting trivia backing it. It is the first film being produced by Abbas Mastan and Ram Gopal Varma's K Sera Sera productions in Tamil. This film, made on a shoe-string budget, is a remake of the commercially successful and critically renowned Marathi film by the name "Dombivilli Fast" directed by Nishikanth Kamath who has also directed the tamil version. It was quoted earlier that it was Madhavan who urged the director to remake the film in Tamil and that the director too felt that this film would work only in Tamil, next to Marathi and Bengali, owing to the fact that movies like "Paruthiveeran" and "Mozhi" have become commercially successful here recently. This is a heart quenching news for all the Tamils. I happened to see the film today, first day first show in a not-so-posh theatre in my town, simply to get the hang of the reaction from the audience of that strata of the society that has been depicted in the movie.

The movie, sans songs, dance sequences, or choreographed action sequences, is a very sincere attempt in showcasing the plight of a normal man, the way he perceives his society, his tolerance, his temperamental turbidity, his undying thirst to do something about the wrongs he explicitly sees happening around him unstopped, and the angst that builds up in him which eventually ends up rendering him violent and totally against the very ills in the society that had agitated him all his life. The movie is very realistic in its depiction of the events that unfold, and in the emotions that are portrayed. Madhavan has essayed the role of his career. You could confidently say that, more often than not, Madhavan does not appear to be the star you know in him. And it also helps the movie succeed in what its meant to and aspires to be.

In the original version, Sandeep Kulkarni was not a popular hero, more because he looked like a common man and he could effortlessly find himself lost in the many faces we see in the railway station or the crowded banks or bus stops in the city. Madhavan's efforts in unlearning his 'Hero' image shows and it does pay off in getting his character across without a trace of his on screen image. It is Madhavan who has penned the dialogues for the tamil version with Seeman's supervision. The dialogues are crisp and hit straight into your senses. The movie is linear and does not boast of any extra-ordinary camera work or mindless editing you find these days. The movie does really good for itself without any song sequences and also the background score, at no point, gets jarring and is kept to minimal at most places.

Seeman, as inspector Vetrimaaran, fits the role to a 'T' and executes the character with flawless perfection, depicting the helplessness in not being able to react to the ills in the society that he not only sees around him, but also consciously bolsters with guilt. His reactions when he receives the shoot-at-sight order to gun down Sridhar Vasudevan ( Madhavan ), shows the level to which he has truly imbibed the character's angst in him. His dialogues mostly rest on guilty lamenting. The scene which has Madhavan, at the zenith of his outburst, retiring to the depths of his uncontrolled and self-instated nightmarish rampage by confiding in a street artist one night, takes tamil cinema to heights it had not visited in the recent years. The monologue, directed at the Lord himself, delivered so eloquently and angst-ridden by Madhavan, captures one of the most beautiful character sketching (or rather etching) in cinematic history. This is definitely the actor's finest performance to date, about which he can always walk the streets head up.

There is nothing really negative to write about this movie or its intent. All the reviews would have banked on the same points that the film is very sincere, very realistic, must watch for all those craving for a real dose of realism and stuff like that. Everything they say is true, very much. So, does the movie really work ? Does the movie strike gold at the box office ? Does the crew manage to get the message across ? I came out of the movie hall with a heavy heart, not because the movie touched me with all its realism ( the movie does something different to you), but because the movie will fail to strike a chord with the audience. The movie simply lacks even the minimal sheen to keep the audience engrossed in the film. We're not talking about skimpy models doing a raunchy item number, or songs shot in exotic locales that have nothing to with the film or action sequences that remind you of Keanu Reeves and his Kung-Fu boys, but we're talking about getting the audience listen to you by simply making the narrative a little more engrossing by employing subtler measures unlike the more explicitly commercial methods mentioned above.

The movie simply does not heed to the requirement of a basic movie goer down south. A movie that is commercially released has one sole intention that cannot be denied- to sell its story. And it makes no sense to argue saying "These people don't listen to good stories". Any movie-goer sits in the hall, not for free, and not even for a nominal cost, but for a whopping average price of INR80. And, he is definitely not there to not listen ! It is quite easy to make a film that can be relished only by film fanatics and those residing in the field professionally or those elite few who appreciate authentic cinema. It is not easy to get a story across to a majority of the people and still have it critically acclaimed. I would say the film is 'too expensive in its thought' for a layman to buy it ! The film simply does not help or encourage the viewers in any way to keep their attention screwed to the screen. The editing, again, is too real (too many silences and pauses) to hold your attention incessantly.

The movie fails to achieve what many other international films of this genre did. Some of them like Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver which depicted the angst of a Vietnam war veteran who retires to driving cabs in the night to kill his sleepless nights, which eventually turns him ultra violent in unleashing his wrath against the flawed society. Taxi Driver worked for distinct reasons. The first one being the milieu of film making the American society was exposed to at that time. The public were already served many such films and the genre was not all that new to them. So it was no surprise that a movie like Taxi Driver went well with a majority of the viewers that also pronounced De Niro as one of the greatest actors of his time. Secondly, Taxi Driver worked because it had some chilling moments like the one in which he spends a dozen minutes talking to himself in front of the mirror, who can forget the lines "you talkin'na me??". And scenes depicting the effect his loneliness would have over him when we see him cruise through the dark streets while he watches the evil in all its glory, unstopped and even invited, the scene that shows him buying fire arms telling you there is more he has to convey, or rather wreak on his oppressors, and scenes like the one in which he confronts with the young prostitute played by Jodie Foster asking her to go to school or the closing act when we get to sees his anger go uncontrolled as his fire arm blazes through the very souls you wished to see apart, all these add subtle commercial value to the film. In my words, I wouldn't call them commercial, but necessary ingredients that make good story telling.
And, ingredients that help the viewer stick to the screen, and play with his emotions. And it calls for deft writing to achieve such results on screen and intensive deliberation on fabricating the shots. Few luminaries in the industry have achieved this blend of critical and commercially successful products like Mani Ratnam, Ram Gopal Varma and Raj Kumar Santoshi.

A film maker is basically a story teller. A story, whether powerful or not, genuine or not by itself, can be told in many ways. A film uses a visual medium. Using the nuances and cutting edges visual media has over its counterparts to your advantage in telling a story is where your skill lies in packaging an idea. Evano Oruvan is simply one of the best stories you would want to keep listening to, and also wish to tell your friends or share with your children. But, the story very sadly falters in the way it is told. If the director aspired to make a beautiful movie that he can always take pride in, he has undoubtedly succeeded. But, if he thought the movie would get his message across to the audience he has delivered it to, he has failed, and very sadly. Very few would want to listen to a story told this way. And fewer would come back to listen to it a second time.

Praveen Chandar.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Hi people,
we are talking about one of the most awaited movies down south. This movie has captured the attention for more than few reasons. Yes, you got it ! We are talking about Maddy's "Evano Oruvan". This film has Madhavan playing the protagonist with Sangeetha as his pair. The movie was a big success in Bengal. And the director felt that the movie had the potential to be remade only in Tamil, owing to the fact that Tamil cinema is undergoing a positive change.
adhavan's much awaited Evano Oruvan releases this Friday, and expectations are high as the film is a remake of Dombivli Fast, one of the most successful Marathi films made in recent times.

Dombivli Fast was not only a commercial success. It won many international awards as well.

t was Abbas Mastan's idea to make Dombivili Fast in Tamil. They chose Nishikant Kamat himself to direct it in Tamil.

They chose to make it in Tamil because changes are taking place in the Tamil film industry. Films like Pitamagan, Mozhi, Chennai 600028 and Parunthiveeran can become a hit only in Tamil Nadu now.

Nishikant who knew me from the television days wanted me to do the film. When I was asked to watch Dombivli Fast, I was not that enthusiastic because it had been to several international festivals and won awards.

Those kinds of films were not my cup of tea. I see films which work commercially.

My interests are quite different. If you ask me about microbiology, quantum physics, or the latest gadgetry, I can tell you but I don't know anything about art, or art cinema. I can only talk to you about my kind of cinema.

But just three minutes into Dombivli Fast, and I knew Nishikant was the most accomplished director I have met. When the film got over, I could not get up; I was awestruck for the first time in my life. I was disappointed and agonised too beacuse I felt unsatisfied with my current crop of films. I felt there was a complete dearth of realistic story telling.

So don't forget to catch the movie this Friday in theatres.

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Better Caring

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John Woo's Stranglehold rocks !

Hi gamers,

This is to the delight of all you John Woo fans. As far back as I can remember, I had always been a fan of John Woo's films. Though they might not be cinematic masterpieces, they really pack that punch in the emotion and action conveyed that hits you straight into your bosom. And it is widely acknowledged fact that his movies sprouted a new genre of film making and also the more popular SLO-MO action sequences that became a craze in the hollywood milieu with John Woo's directorial masterpiece "Face Off" that also starred the uber cool John Travlota and the award winner Nicholas Cage. The movie was slickly packaged like never before and it packed so much style along with emotional content that it made John Woo the darling of the American cine goers over night.

Soon after the success of his Hollywood film, his home town movies came to light. The first of the several Honk Kong flicks were "The Killer" and "Hard Boiled" that immediately made Chow-Yun-Fat a common name in the U.S. The Killer had some of the best moments seen on the Honk Kong silver screen. Hard Boiled packed John Woo's punch all the way and the movie had the brunt of his style delivered powerfully through his raw cop character "Tequila" played by Yun-Fat. After years, the classic film which is also a cult film now is coming to the consoles and the PC in an interactive game version ! So, its a delight to all gamers and film buffs alike. After all, you get to play your favorite action hero, blasting through the breakable environment, and most importantly, all in the style you always relished on screen, would anyone miss out on the opportunity ?!! Catch the game DVD at your stores as soon as you can ! My review about this game will follow soon !

IAF pilots move to indian carriers

Hi flyers,

It has been reported that even the airforce is responding to the acute pilot shortage in India. Many IAF pilots have shifted bases to commercial airline carriers lured by the heavy pay packages and amenities. Facing desertions by its pilots, IAF was contemplating to 'depute' some of its senior pilots to the Air India and other civil carriers for a short period.
"We are in contact with Air India and others on how we can give some of our pilots to them on deputation for a year or two," Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Eastern Air Command (AOC-in-C), Air Marshal F H Major said here yesterday.
Making it clear that IAF trained its pilots to fight war and not to fly commercial planes, air marshal major said an officer upto the rank of 'Group Captain' has got 15-20 years of experience in flying. "So we are thinking of how we can give some pilots to Air India and others on deputation."
Seeking to downplay the desertions by the pilots in the IAF, he said it was 'not alarming', though some might have left the IAF.

Cosmetic Surgery

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MFC permitted to offer Maintenance Courses

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There is good news again for the ground engineers in the aviation wing. One of the new courses to be handled by the Madras Flying Club is the Flight Maintenance Course. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has permitted the Madras Flying Club (MFC) to offer aviation maintenance engineering (AME) course and set up an engine overhaul workshop.
"We will seek the assistance of District Collectors to help create awareness among students in interior pockets of the State to encourage them to take up flying as a vocation and make it affordable to the economically weaker sections," ays Jacob Selvaraj, Air India pilot and chairman of the Madras Flying Club.
The MFC will make detailed presentations to Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi, Union Minister of Communications and Information Technology Dayanidhi Maran, and Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram.
The MFC will approach Tamil Nadu and Puducherry Governments to help refurbish the airstrips at Sholavaram near Chennai and Lawspet on the outskirts of the Union Territory.
Capt. Selvaraj wants the Government to stop quarrying of gravel around the Sholavaram airfield. "The Government can hand over the Sholavaram airfield to the MFC to help kick-start flying activities." At present, trainee pilots have to go to Vellore for their training.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Stop Your Addiction

Hi folks,

This is an important issue, yes, we are talking about drug abuse. It has been found that the ever increasing drug abuse rate and related toxic effects it has on the current generation is alarming and definitely seems to pose a serious threat to today's youth. The same brings a lot of questions about the topic as to how and where do these youngsters get access to their choice of drugs. What are the methods to control drug abuse ? And how do we make drug addicts see a new life ?

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Vision Bedding

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First trial in Playing the players

Hi poker fans,

So we're back with playing the players. Here is how I tried playing the lousy players on my table. Well, it wasn't that simple as I had expected. It could get tricky on you too. So make sure you don't end up finding your players acting cute on you ! I joined a No-Limit table with $3/$6 blinds. I knew that all of the players there were good and I had played with all of them in the past. One was a maniac and the other four were tight, solid players.

When I recorded each hand they had played in my book, I noticed the distinct betting patterns they used. For example, one player named XjohnX would raise any pair $30. When he had a premium hand, AA, KK, or QQ, he would raise $24. I picked up on this fast and called his $30 pre-flop raise. I put him on a pair. I had pocket queens so I knew I probably had him beat pre-flop so I re-raised the pot to $48. He called and we saw the flop Ad-Kh-10c. He went all-in and I made a quick call. He showed down 9c-9h.

The point I am trying to make here is that knowing your opponents makes a huge difference in what you bet and what you fold. I would never have made that call against any other player, but unfortunately for XjohnX, I called his semi-bluff.

I am not advocating that you make a book for each player; I am merely trying to get the point across that at the high limits knowing the players you are up against is crucial. I can't stress enough how important it is that you pick up the tendencies of your opponents at the card table. Also, always remember that this does not hold true for the low limits. Most of the players there are bad and simple basic strategy should be used.

So thats how it went, I know it wasn't all that easy. But hey, cumm'on pal, what is a game of chance without the difficulty and break-neck guessing ! So catch ya at the tables.

Play the players

Hi poker fans,

Poker players, professionals and novices, have always wanted to know about how the others on teh table play. Guessing what lies beneath those cleverly set up poker faces is one tactic that could take you all the way to winning the biggest pot you never thought about in your dreams even. So here is how to do it. And, pro's, you call it playing the players... !

This is definitely the most interesting topic I've ever covered. Playing the player has absolutely nothing to do with your cards. I will discuss with you a study I performed and how it led me to a big-time profit at No-Limit cash tables.

It was late at night and I was sitting at home playing poker online. I had just gotten off the phone with a friend who had lost a lot of money playing. While we were talking, I joked about how I usually dominate him heads-up. He said, "The only reason you kill me heads-up is because you have watched me play for years. You know exactly how I bet and what hands I like to play and what hands I like to fold." I told him he was right. I also had an epiphany that would lead to over $6,000 in winnings that very same night.

At the higher limits, you will encounter many of the same players over and over. It is nothing like the lower limits where people move in and out of games quickly. I play with many of the same players on a daily basis.

For about four hours I studied each regular player exclusively. I pulled out a binder with a ton of paper and labeled each page with the name of a player, and listed which hands I had seen him showdown throughout the page. I began to detect patterns in almost every online player. I thought this was great because every time I play one of these players I should have an edge. It never occurred to me how big of an edge it would be until I joined my first game after amassing these dossiers.

I'll explain the first trial run in the next post. Until then make sure you get the theory right.

Amana Refrigerators

Hi people,

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Online Vs Casino

Hi poker faces there,

There is always this topic that comes up when online amateurs and casino professionals meet up. The duel naturally tends to delve into the advantages that casino play has over online play. As we have already seen the advantages of online poker, let us see what the casino professionals have on their side to out-talk the online poker dudes and dudettes. After all, poker originated on the tables, in the speakeasies down in the streets of 1930 Chicago. The costs of going to a casino to play a live game are high. If you are traveling away from home, you need money for travel expenses like gas, tolls, food and accommodation. Tips for dealers and waitstaff, not to mention bigger rakes, can all add up. Although comp dollars pay for some of this, it is not nearly enough.

  1. Experience: I play online every day so I'm used to it. I pick up players' tells pretty easily, and I'm probably more experienced than most players I'm up against.
  2. Playing only when I'm at my best: Table selection is much better online, and I don't have to wait for a table. If I sit down and realize all the players are good, I can instantly switch. It's much harder to do that at a casino. It's also considered poor etiquette to leave a table at a casino if you win big really quickly. However, when I play online I can easily leave, bank my money and start a new table.
Also are stuff relating to bank roll size and tells :

  1. Bankroll size: When I play online, I don't sit down with more than $600 on a table at any one time. When I am in a casino, it's quite common for me to have $800 or $1,000 in play at once. There's a lot more pressure when a bigger percentage of your bankroll is in play. The last time I was in the casino, I folded hands I would've called while playing online because I would've been out of money if I lost. Playing online also means I have access to all of my money. At the casinos, I only allow myself to use the money I bring, and having a sufficient bankroll is almost as important as being a good player.
  2. Tells: There are certain tells that I've learned from online play, but I don't need to read any social situations online. So even though my knowledge of poker theory, playing the cards and reading online tells has expanded rapidly, my ability to read people in live games hasn't grown; in fact it may have even shrunk.
Whatever it is, online poker is here to stay !

Tuesday, December 4, 2007


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Omaha- How to make a hand

Hi poker faces,

Here is more on how to make an awesome hand. There are several combinations you can arrive at. Lets see some of them here.

There are two major differences between Texas Hold'em and Omaha. First of all, in Omaha each player receives four hole cards rather than two. Second of all, one must use two (exactly two) of the four hole cards, along with three (exactly three) of the cards on the board (the community cards), when making a hand. In Hold'em it is possible to use one, two or none (play the board) of the hole cards.

Example 1

The board: 10h-7s-2h-3h-Kh

In Hold'em: those players holding a Heart now have a flush. Any player holding the Ah now holds the nuts (the best possible hand), the Qh will give the second nuts, and so forth.

In Omaha: any player holding a flush must have at least two Hearts amongst his hole cards. You do not hold a flush if your hand contains only one Heart. Any Ah-xh-x-x combination will be the nut hand.

Example 2

The board: 7h-8h-9s-Tc-Jd

In Hold'em: every player holds a straight 7-J. Any player holding a Q has a straight (8-Q), and any player holding a KQ has the nuts (a straight 9-K).

In Omaha: You must use two cards from your hand to complete a straight. A 5-6-x-x makes the lowest straight (5-9), a K-Q-x-x makes the highest straight (9-K). A 7-8-x-x, 8-9-x-x, 9-T-x-x, T-J-x-x, J-7-x-x, and so forth, completes the J-high straight. Any Q-J-x-x, Q-T-x-x, Q-9-x-x or Q-8-x-x will complete the Q-high straight.

So guess you got the picture of it. So, go ahead and make your hand pal.

Monday, December 3, 2007

Hoteles - a boon for the spanish

Hi spaniards,

I'm addressing the spanish travelers. Traveling is everybody's cup of tea. Who would not want to visit a romantic place far off your homeland and celebrate your honeymoon or a vacation with your family after a hectic week of workload ! Anybody and everybody would naturally prefer that. Well, if your are going to argue against it, then you better visit the doc ! Lodging is an integral part of any travel. And it is one thing that has the potential to add the cream to your trip or end up spoiling the entire experience. So it becomes extremely important to choose a comfortable hotel room to spend your nights. If not, it could leave the rest of your trip unsettled and disquieting. For travelers worldwide, booking hotel rooms has always been a taxing work. It also sometimes get clumsy. And for you spanish people who find it difficult to book hotel rooms, just give it up to Espanol Hotels. Here, you can book your Hoteles in your own language and with the ease you always had dreamt of. With hotel booking made easier for those form Spain, I'm sure you would love to travel more frequently and quench your thirst for adventure in ways you never would have imagined. This site exclusively facilitates the Spanish-speaking people in the United States. So, there is nothing more to think about packing your bags, your tickets are ready !

Sabena reacts to indian pilots pouring in

Hi guys and girls,

so you flyers all set to soar ? Well, there is better news here. But it is also to caution you that the pilot shortage in India is being acted upon swiftly, the DGCA and the Airline companies taking out-of-the-way measures to fill the gap between demand and supply. The recent news is about the Sabena Flight training academy, which is the official training place for SpiceJet Cadets.

The Mesa airfield will again host international pilots in training when the Sabena Airlines Training Center relocates this year.
The move will bring about 70 jobs to Mesa when the facility is fully staffed and leave 150 future pilots residing in the Mesa area at any given time, said Sabena's managing director, Kris Vandenbergh.
The move to Mesa comes on the heels of Sabena's agreement to train pilots for Indian airline companies, which will increase the number of aircraft in Sabena's fleet from 22 to 40 and put the training at about 160 flights per day, Vandenbergh said.
Corinne Nystrom, Falcon Field's director, said neighbors shouldn't be concerned about the extra flights.
"That is more activity, but they won't be flying a lot of jet aircraft," she said. "It'll be similar to the aircraft you normally see flying in and out of Falcon."

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DGCA addresses pilot shortage by bringing down flying limits

Hi flyers,

there is good news again, DGCA, this month, has addressed the severe pilot shortage in the sub-continent by pushing down the limits of flying hours of captains and trainee pilots.

With the problem of pilot shortage in the country assuming alarming proportions, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) is now mulling allowing pilots to fly five more hours per week on both domestic and international routes. Curiously though, the number of landings a pilot can make in a day on the domestic circuit is being brought down from six to five.
The proposals have been made in a bid to lay down rules for airline operators regarding the flight duty time limitations and flight time limitations (FDTLs & FTLs) for crews. Till now, only an Aeronautical Information Circular, regarded more of an advisory, was in place. Now, DGCA has invited comments from airline operators and professional bodies by November 17 on the proposed changes to be introduced in the FDTLs & FTLs.
In the draft Civil Aviation Requirements (CARs), the DGCA proposes:
• To increase the Flight Duty Time for domestic air operations (including those to neighbouring countries) to 12 hours as against the current 11 hours during a period of 24 consecutive hours.
• To increase the weekly cap on Flight Time from 30 hours to 35 hours for both domestic as well as international operations.
• That no crew member on a domestic flight should make more than five landings in any 24 consecutive hours. Earlier, six landings were permitted.

Omaha Hi-Low set up

Hi pals,

Here'z more on poker... this time we're talking about Omaha Hi-Lo...!

Omaha high-low is a split-pot game. This means that there exists the possibility of making both the best high and low poker hand. Half the pot is awarded to the player with the best high hand, and half the pot is awarded to the player holding the best low hand. If no low hand is feasible or no one qualifies for a low hand, the whole pot goes to the high hand. The goal is to have both the best high and low hand (called scooping the pot).

The High Hand

The high hand is exactly the same as in regular Omaha, where it is the best "normal" poker hand, starting at the top with a royal flush and moving on down the line. Similarly, just as in regular Omaha, one must use two (exactly two) of the hole cards and three (exactly three) of the board cards when making a hand.

The Low Hand

The low hand is slightly more complicated to figure out. One must still use two of the hole cards with three of the board cards in order to qualify for the low hand. However, all low hands must be Eight or lower (the lower the better). An Eight low contains an Eight and four lower cards, a Seven low contains a Seven and four lower cards, and so on. The best possible low is called a wheel and is Five high, 5-4-3-2-A (a Five high straight). The worst possible low is 8-7-6-5-4 (an Eight high straight). Accordingly, in order for there to be a possible low on the board, there must be at least three cards Eight or lower on the board.


An 8-4-3-2-A low is worse than a 7-6-5-4-3 low.
A 7-4-3-2-A low is worse than a 6-5-4-3-2 low.
An 8-7-3-2-A low is worse than an 8-6-5-4-3 low.
A 7-6-3-2-A low is worse than a 7-5-4-3-2 low.
An 8-6-5-4-3 low is worse than an 8-6-5-4-2 low, which is worse than an 8-6-5-4-A low.

Get Omaha guys !!

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Texas Hold'Em Rules of the Gameplay

Hi guys and girls,

A lotta my friends keep me asking about how to play poker. They know all the science of the game, about the hands and stuff, but they still have doubts about the gameplay, some minor glitches that may seem very crucial when it comes to playing with big money. So you don't want to lose out to your opponent with a winning hand just because you didn't know that it was your pot ! Well, here is a short presentation of the gameplay of Texas Hold'Em. Catch ya at the table !

Here we Go :

  1. One player acts as dealer. This position is called the button and it rotates clockwise after every hand.
  2. The two players to the left of the dealer are the small blind and the big blind, respectively. They are the only players who have money in the pot before the cards are dealt.
  3. Every player receives two cards face down. These are hole cards.
  4. The first betting round begins with the player sitting immediately to the left of the big blind, and continues clockwise.
  5. When the first betting round is completed, three community cards are flipped face up on the table. This is called the flop.
  6. The second round of betting begins with the first remaining player seated to the left of the button. The betting resumes, clockwise.
  7. When the second round of betting is finished, a fourth community card is flipped face up on the table. This is called the turn.
  8. The third round of betting commences with the first remaining player sitting to the left of the button. The betting moves clockwise, with the bets doubling on the turn.
  9. When the third round of betting is over, a fifth community card is flipped face up on the table. This is called the river.
  10. The fourth round of betting starts with the first remaining player seated to the left of the button. The betting continues to move clockwise.
The players must combine their hole cards with the community cards to make the best possible 5-card poker hand. It is possible to use both hole cards, one hole card or no hole card (play the board), in an effort to make a hand.

Praveen Chandar.

Sunday, December 2, 2007

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More senior pilots to fly the indian skies

Hi hi-flyers,

This is no good news or bad news. But only reflects the miserable shortage of pilots in the sub-continent. So if you ever thought of becoming a pilot, you will never find a better opportunity.

The skies are expected to get greyer. We’re not talking about weather conditions, but the increase in the number of pilots above the age of 60 in Indian skies.
In a bid to ease the acute shortage of pilots, the Ministry of Civil Aviation has streamlined the process for foreign pilots to get licences to operate in the country.
This means that pilots in the US who are barred from flying commercial aircraft after the age of 60 could be at the controls in India where the age limit is 65 years.
The government is desperate to attract more foreign pilots to make up for the huge deficit airlines are facing. Senior ministry officials said that information on all relevant documents required to be furnished by foreign pilots is now available on the web and they can get a licence to fly Indian carriers in a matter of days against the long wait earlier.According to Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel, the preset requirement of type-rated pilots for scheduled, non-scheduled and private operators is 4,754 but only 3,950 Indian type-rated pilots are available.“The shortfall is being met with foreign pilots. Currently, 804 foreign pilots are employed with various airlines,” he said in reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday.
The largest number of foreign pilots — 263 — is employed by Jet Airways, 148 by Air Deccan, 96 by Kingfisher, 74 by IndiGo and 45 by SpiceJet.

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Flight training

hi hi-flyers,

After Air India now it is the turn of SpiceJet. The airlines that fly for everyone have just launched the Cadet Pilot programme ' to identify young people driven by their desire to make a profession out of flying airline jets'.
Interested young men/women can register at the airlines site.
Though age limit is not given there at the registration page, it seems the minimum educational qualification is 10+ Physics & Maths.
Even as the airlines site provides little information beyond the queries given in the registration page, all the details are available at the United Aviation Training's site . It seems the institute and the airline are working together on this.
The United Aviation site says the aptitude tests will be conducted at Mumbai & Kolkata on 22nd of this month and at New Delhi & Bangalore on 26th.
The brochure can be downloaded from the website.

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