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2011-02-19

The messy burgers are back :)

Lets face it.. there are not many decent burger joints in Madras.

Five years back, "Eatalica", near Loyola college, used to top my list. After a series of fuck-ups (dry bread, burnt patty, etc.), I gave up on them and flirted around with "Baywatch" at Elliot's beach. "Baywatch" shutdown and vanished for reasons unknown. Thats when I discovered "Gallopin Gooseberry". I LOVED, and still love, that place. But lately, they have been disappointing me too much. I am seriously worried that I might have to give up on them soon :-S

I dont know whether it is "profit maximisation" or whether the customers have become too health conscious, the burgers have been consistently losing weight. Its been ages since I had a nice drippy, juicy, messy burger which did not make me feel like I was on a diet. Finally, "Pupil" at Elliot's beach made it happen. I've always downplayed that place. Today, I decided to give it a shot, and it was simply brilliant. With two solid slabs of beef, held together by the melting cheese and barbecue sauce dripping all around, it was such a beauty to behold. Sigh!

I like the way its laid back. I like that the waiters keep conversation to a minimum. I like that its in the open. I like that its not one of those "fine dining fast food" restaurants (knife and fork for pizza? Pizza Hut.. WTF?).

Keeping up the inspiration..

2011-02-17

Emacs keybindings in GNOME Evolution's composer

I found myself searching on this, for the third time now. So unbelievably simple, but still not documented anywhere on the Internet. :-/
  1. Run 'gconf-editor'.
  2. Browse to "/desktop/gnome/interface/can_change_accels" and enable it.
  3. Browse to "/desktop/gnome/interface/gtk_key_theme" and set it to "Emacs".
  4. Start Evolution and open a new message.
  5. Hover your mouse over the 'menu items' whose key-bindings interfere with the normal Emacs world bindings (e.g: Print, Copy, Search, ...) and press "Del". This will 'unbind' those shortcuts from those menus.
  6. Enjoy "Ctrl+N", "Ctrl+P".. etc in the composer.
  7. Bless me
Sigh!

PS-1: Lately I noticed that the bindings were getting reset every once in a while, randomly. A "chmod u-w ~/.gnome2/accels/evolution" seems to have fixed the problem.

PS-2: This does not work in GNOME Evolution 3.x. Try this instead..

2011-02-06

"A veiled affair" at alliance francaise

The play, "a veiled affair", was not bad at all. I dropped in coz I was completely jobless and had nothing better to do. But, it turned out to be good fun. Loved "Amora" and "Whiny" :D

All went well until I had to run out just before the ending, for a bladder-blow-out-prevention :-/

Sigh!