Is the Legal "Gene Pool" Too Contaminated?

I was watching repeats of a humorous gameshow called QI on the UK TV channel “Dave” the other day and Stephen Fry, the compare, asked the panelists a question:

“What did the Dik-Dik do that the Dodo didn’t?”

There were the usual humorous replies and verbal dancing round the handbags until the true answer came out; which was that the Dodo lived on an Island and had no predators, so when man arrived it had no fear of man and was therefore wiped out by hunters. Whereas the Dik-Dik, a small antelope the size of a small dog, lived in Africa and had predators all around it.

In fact everything from large birds to jackals and reptiles wanted to eat it and it was afraid of almost everything and so it learned to develop strategies for living and (unlike the Dodo) was still with us.

So the Dik-Dik hid from man and the Dodo didn’t…and the one with no predators ended up extinct.

The chat continued and it was mentioned that the fish in large tropical fish tanks are kept fit and healthy by the inclusion of a predator in the tank. The idea being that the large majority of fish in the tank have no desire to be eaten, so they keep a suitable distance from the predator fish; when the predator goes left, they go right and so on and the exercise does them all good.

The subject then moved on to Darwin and evolution and the fact that Darwin never said “Survival of the fittest” what he said was “It’s not the fittest or the most intelligent that survive but those most adaptable to change.”

So far so good, but what does this have to do with lawyers and the law?

Well, the next day I was reading (flicking through) a couple of law journals and towards the back they always have a page devoted to staff movements; you know the sort of thing, “Bloggs and Co are delighted to announce their new employment law partner Mr Smith, who has joined them from Briggs and Co” There were about 10 of these announcements in one journal and 14 in the other one, all saying the same thing.

What struck me was that the lawyers of one medium sized firm left and moved to the other medium sized firm; usually in the same city.

In the 24 examples that I read, 90% of them had simply traded employment in one medium firm for another.

I looked back at some old journals and saw the same thing with the same statistics.

What that tells me is that the thinking, processes and culture of one medium sized firm almost identically resembles the other; the only difference is the personalities of the partners.

On that very subject, I saw an article about lawyer personalities and what makes an ideal lawyer, but then I remembered something else that I’d read about a sense of self-importance; which is a subconscious element in most lawyers.

It went a bit like this: to become a lawyer, one must go through life as an achiever, otherwise you’d never make the cut.

As a student at school you must get decent grades. Your self-importance “thermometer” rises. This sets you apart from the others and you earn a place at Law college. To graduate you will have passed a number of exams and seen a number of your peers drop out for various reasons. Another rise of the mercury.

You are accepted for a Diploma or LPC place. Up another notch.

Some peers drop out and you pass. Up again.

You win a traineeship with a law firm. Click.

You finish the traineeship and become a qualified lawyer. Click.

After a few years of pay rises and titles, you are selected as partner material. Getting hotter.

After a few years as partner, dispensing advice to clients who come to you and pay you an hourly rate that is a weeks wage or more to many, your sense of self-importance is right up there.

Now tie that in with the Dodo, Darwin theory, the movement of partners between firms.

Lawyers have had no predators in the past. They are intelligent but not adaptable. They move from one firm to another that is almost exactly the same as the firm they just left and they have a sense of self-importance that means they do not and will not listen to advice.

In a Zoo, the gene pool needs some outside help otherwise the animals in-breed and that causes physical and mental deformities.

The changes that the UK Legal Service Act and Alternative Business Structure brings might just be the DNA that the legal sector needs to survive by giving it a much-needed injection of “business DNA” so that lawyers can start dealing with their customers in a more acceptable manner.

Alternative Uses For Your Living Room

Like most colonials, our home has a family room and a living room. And like most homeowners, we spend a lot more time in our family room than our living room. In fact, my 7 year old still gets confused when I use the term “living” room. It’s now just known as the “red” room in our house.

With some minor changes and a lot of inspiration, you can turn your living room into something you’d actually live in! Here are some possible uses and design tips to help you get started:

Home office – Home Office means different things to different people. It could be a place to pay bills and file paperwork, or a place for kids to do homework, or you may run a business out of your home. Whatever your definition, focus your design around the function of the room.

  • Provide a clear surface on which to work. It’s easy for a desk or table to become overrun with “stuff” resulting in no place to actually work. Tight for space? How about a table that drops down from the wall when needed (like a Murphy bed)?
  • Add a comfortable desk chair that is adjustable and doesn’t squeak (trust me on this one!). If your room has carpet, consider a plastic floor protector to help you wheel around easier.
  • Add lots of hidden storage, but be sure to clearly label your storage units so you know where to find things.
  • Lighting is key! You will need overhead as well as good task lighting. If there is no overhead light, add some up-lighting.
  • Select functional accessories that add personality by do not cutter the space. But be careful not to make it too institutional – it’s still your home, after all!
  • Keep the palate light and bright to inspire energy.
  • Minimize and secure cords as much as possible. Go wireless wherever possible.

Library – Love to read? Have a great book collection? Turn your living room into a cozy place to curl up with a good book! It’s like having your own coffee house.

  • Add lots of shelving. Rather than just adding bookcases, consider customized bookshelves built around a window to create a window box seat. Not only will you get additional storage, you’ll add a wonderful focal point to the room.
  • Instead of a traditional sofa or loveseat, opt for two or three comfy club chairs (depending on space). Gather those chairs around a round glass-top coffee table with a wood shelf underneath to show off some of your favorite coffee table books.
  • Provide task lighting for each reading chair. Pharmacy lamps are great for this. Make sure you also have enough lighting to see the books on the shelves.
  • As a library, you can comfortably use darker paint to create warmth.
  • Accessories – add a warm toned rug, soft throw blankets, and pepper the walls with black and white photography to create a coffee house feel.

Toy room – A toy room can be a great compromise between parents and kids in the eternal battle of toy clutter!

  • Opt for shelving with attractive bins that can hide the clutter inside them, and allow for pick-up in less than 5 minutes. Open storage looks messy, even when the room is picked up. Avoid a collection of mis-matched toy organizers – they look tacky!
  • Make sure the room is comfortable for grown ups as well as kids -add a comfortable chair or loveseat.
  • Add a kid-sized table and chairs. Tip: put a machine washable rug underneath to survive craft time!
  • Keep the room bright with cheerful colors, but avoid “cutesy” – save that for their bedrooms.
  • If your kids enjoy movies, add a TV and DVD player.
  • Set clear rules for cleanup, and stick to them!

Media room – Do you enjoy watching movies? Create your own movie theater in the comfort of your own home!

  • Add French or pocket doors and light-blocking shades to create a dark, quiet environment on demand.
  • Add a large screen TV with surround sound.
  • Add a dimmer switch to better control the lighting. Add task lighting to allow for discreet multi-tasking while watching a movie.
  • Depending on how many people will be watching the movies, add enough comfortable seating. Tip: use two loveseats angled at the corners of the room opposite the TV, and toss a couple bean bag chairs behind them for extra seating when necessary.
  • For decor, just frame a few of your favorite movie posters and hang them on the walls.
  • Don’t forget the DVD organizer and a handy remote control holder!

Mud Room -Depending on the layout of your house, you could convert your living room into an oversized “holding cell” to accommodate coats, back packs, shoes, calendars, cleaning supplies, dog bed, pet food and much more. You get the idea!

  • Assign a “locker” to each family member (don’t forget the family pet). Lockers provide vertical storage that makes good use of the space while hiding its cluttered contents. It’s a great storage solution for jackets, purses, backpacks, and more. Lockers can be wood or metal, whichever you prefer.
  • Add wall hooks for guest coats, umbrellas, etc.
  • Add a shoe rack for wet or dirty shoes. Place vinyl placemats underneath to protect your floor.
  • Create a mail box for each member of the family to control mail flow.
  • Add a credenza or file cabinet to file all that mysterious paperwork that wanders into the house.
  • Create a message center by painting a wall (or part of a wall) with magnetic and/or chalkboard paint. Make it “pop” by adding a large empty gold leaf frame!
  • Add a colorful rug. Rather than get one large rug, opt for a couple smaller rugs that are machine washable.
  • How about a small drop-leaf table and a couple chairs for small projects, or for putting boots on?

Stag room – What can I say? If you must have one, here are some ideas:

  • Add a pool table, and a dart board (if room).
  • Include a bar and some bar stools.
  • Opt for a darker paint color that won’t show wear and tear.
  • Display your favorite neon bar sign, deer head, or other prized possession.
  • Add a juke box in the corner if you like.
  • Don’t forget the traditional “dogs playing poker” print!

Overwhelmed? Call an Interior Re-designer in your area. They specialize in making rooms work using what you already have. It’s a very cost-effective way to bring new life to your old room.

It’s time to start actually living in your “living” room!

Sony KDL-32EX723 Review

Delayed by production issues caused by the Japanese tsunami, Sony KDL-32EX723 arrived in the UK with much fanfare. Analysts praise this product as a harbinger of the refreshed line of Sony televisions that will continue that brand’s tradition of excellence. Boasting Internet connectivity and 3D, this HD-ready television brings consumers great performance with Sony quality.

Positioned at the midrange of the Sony lineup, this 32-inch (80 cm) Sony KDL-32EX723BU TV is Sony’s most affordable active 3D set. This TV shows more girth than other Sony products and it looks different from the most intimidating members of the Sony product line. However, the unit brings solid performance with attractive looks that most decors will accommodate.

Lit up by Sony’s Edge-lit LED, this Sony KDL32EX723BU model sports the Sony Motion Flow XR 200 video processor. This video engine allows it to proffer some of the smoothest intense action video in its class. Augmenting the video performance of this member of the EX732 family is Sony’s new X-Reality engine. The resulting video processing capability is more fluid than most televisions of its size and price.

Internet performance of this product includes the Sony Bravia video platform and a full featured browser that makes it easy to combine television viewing with web interaction. On the Sony KDL32EX723 Internet connectivity comes by a wired LAN port that connects to the Bravia service through a home network. It also supports streaming files with DLNA-equipped computers. Buyers not keen with running an Ethernet cable to their television can spring for an optional USB-based Wi-Fi adapter.

This Sony Bravia KDL32EX723B television also uses USB connectivity to play media files, view photographs and play music. The Freeview HD tuner built into the TV can also record video content directly to an external USB hard drive.

Being at the forefront of consumer attention, the active 3D technology supported by the Sony KDL-32EX723B distinguishes it from most other 32-inch products. The set sends its 3D signals effortlessly using internal electronics, removing any need for an optional, external transmitter.

The absence of 3D glasses inside the box on the Sony Bravia KDL32EX723 could frustrate some buyers who might expect that a 3D television would come equipped with everything necessary to watch entertainment in 3D. By omitting glasses, Sony managed to keep the price on the TV affordable. Families wishing to share the 3D experience could face a major financial setback when equipping every member with glasses. While assessing the value of this television, shoppers should consider the total sum required to enjoy the unit as it was intended.

A refreshed user interface makes this Sony KDL-32EX723BU television easier to use than previous models. Besides adding improved navigation, the interface provides new tools for searching for music and video using online databases. Program viewers can push a button to identify music tracks as they play. An on-screen manual makes the features of this television easy to learn.

The Sony KDL-32EX723 offers an exciting 3D and HDTV viewing experience that brings exciting home entertainment to an affordable 32-inch platform. As demonstrated by this model, Sony’s wave of new products will please buyers who waited patiently for them.

Patriotism in Indian Cinema

For any self-respecting nation, patriotism of its citizens is its heart-beat. If it is there, not only is the nation’s continued existence across centuries and millennia guaranteed, but is progressive evolution is also ensured. It if is not there, the nation suffers decline, debility and eventual doom.

India is fondly called ‘Bharati’ by its people. The name harks back to its epic past, whose beginnings have defied determination. Hence, India evokes a sense of timelessness. Of course, India has been changing perpetually ever since its hoary antiquity. It has also suffered such vicissitudes of history as have pushed several other ancient nations and civilizations into extinction. How then has India faced all these internal changes and external assaults, and yet managed to remain alive as a vibrant and ascendant nation in the 21st century? The answer is: Patriotism – the common emotion and self-awareness that unites our people in spite of the unmatched diversity they exhibit.

As an art form that strikes the chords of both emotion and intellect, the power of cinema is unmatched. Naturally, Indian cinema has contributed immensely to the cultivation of this uniting and uplifting feeling of nationalism. Patriotic films, as a special and much-admired genre of Indian cinema, have had a tremendous impact on our people, cutting across religious, regional, linguistic and economic identities. Moreover, they have also proved their unsurpassed power of communicating both to educated and illiterate masses.

For most Indians, cinema is the enduring source of the image of their nation as a vast and diverse land bound by the Himalayas in the north, surrounded by oceans on three sides, girdled by sacred rivers like the Ganga, Yamuna and Godavari, and blessed with captivating natural beauty and rich resources. For them it is also the primary source of knowledge about our national heroes, martyrs, the struggles and sacrifices of our forefathers, the work of our social reformers, the wars of the pre-and-post-Independence era, including the recent and ongoing war against cross-border terrorism, and our achievements as a free and democratic nation.

Thus, few can contest Indian cinema’s, particularly Hindi cinema’s, unmatched contribution to strengthening the bonds of national integration, countering divisive feelings, educating the people about our shared national history and, through all this, re-enforcing in them pride and love for the Motherland.

Ananya Bharati is a documentary that encapsulates the spirit of patriotism that the Hindi film industry has captured on celluloid and nurtured in the hearts of Indians. Produced under the banner of my company, Swayam Infotainment, I thought the most apt beginning to this documentary would be ace musician A.R. Rahman, bowing to the motherland with his rendition of Maa Tujhe Salaam. This forms a part of his album VANDE MATARAM produced by BharatBala Pictures. Ananya Bharati categorises Indian patriotic Indian patriotic films primarily into three categories. The first category comprises films associated with terrorism. The second, features films about martyrs of the freedom struggle and events linked to the partition of the country and the third category has war films that depict the India-Pakistan conflict.

Ananya Bharati also talks about films on nation-building like the recently released Swades. The documentary concludes with an emotional punch in the form of a bouquet of patriotic songs that have captured the national imagination.

Patriotic Films – The Beginning

The Hindi film industry’s adoption of patriotic themes happened at its very inception, when India was engaged in a unique struggle for freedom from the British colonial rule. The first film which boldly ventured in this direction was Sohrab Modi’s Sikandar. This 1941 film carried the message of patriotism indirectly by praising the valour of King Porus in his war against the invader, Alexander the Great. Other films of this era were Bandhan (1940) and Kismet (1943).

When freedom dawned on 15th August 1947, ending 200 years of alien rule, the Indian film industry was there to celebrate this historic transition. The air those days was filled with the hopes and dreams of building a New India, most inspiringly articulated by our first Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. Bollywood captured this mood in films like Naya Daur (1957) and Hum Hindustani (1960). Anand Math (1952), Jaagriti (1954) and Leader (1964) focused on the freedom struggle and the sacrifices made by its martyrs. Some others like Sikander-E-Azam (1965) and Jis Desh Mein Ganga Beheti Hai (1960), through their songs, talked about the greatness of India. Then there were films that were inspired by the violation of the country’s barriers by its enemies. Three notable films made on the subject were Haqeeqat (1964), Prem Pujari (1970) and Lalkar (1972). Of these, Haqeeqat, which is about the Chinese aggression in 1962, has left a lasting impact.

Some recently made films on the subject:

Also set against the backdrop of the Partition is the 2003 film Pinjar, a cinematic adaptation of Amrita Pritam’s famous novel of the same name, by Dr. Chandraprakash Dwivedi. Incidentally, he had made a highly popular TV serial Chanakya, which chose an Indian hero of ancient times to transmit many contemporary messages. Showing the trauma of partition, the film powerfully conveyed that atrocity does not have any religion and sounded the warning that history must not be allowed to repeat itself.

The great revolutionaries of the freedom movement like Sardar Patel, Udham Singh and Vinayak Damodar Savarkar inspired many film make to make films on them. Veer Savarkar’s inspirational life was the subject of a film – Veer Savarkar by Ved Rahi in 2001.

Any description of the films in this category would be woefully incomplete without reference to Indian cinema’s fascination with the life and martyrdom of Shaheed Bhagat Singh, who kissed the British gallows at the tender age of twenty four. His life story has never failed to inspire the masses. Innumerable songs have been composed about hi, and the youth throughout the country have idolized him. He ahs been a symbol of bravey and nationalism. Manoj Kumar’s SHAHEED (1965), which contained the immortal song Mera rang de basanti chola, was the first of the series. The year 2002 alone saw five films added this series! Two of them featured mega stars in the lead role – Ajay Devgan in The Legend of Bhagat Singh and Bobby Deol in 23rd March 1931 – Shaheed.

A Review Of The Sony KDL55NX810 TV

3D technology has made leaps and bounds into theaters across the globe, and has begun to infiltrate homes as well. Sony is a company with a reputation for staying on the cutting edge of technology and delivering top quality products. In this 3D TV review, we’ll have a look at the Sony KDL55NX810, a fifty-five inch LED-LCD 1080p 3D ready HDTV. The 240hz refresh rate of this 3D TV allows viewers to experience action sequences from movies and sporting events without any blur during transition. The crisp and vivid large screen transforms merely watching television into a unique experience.

Because the Sony KDL55NX810 is 3D ready, owners also need a 3D capable Blu-Ray player and 3D glasses to have a three dimensional experience. Sony offers adult sized 3D glasses like the battery operated TDGBR100/B for around $150 and the smaller child sized TDGBR50/L also battery operated for around $150. The glasses feature an automatic standby, which helps maximize battery life. The 3D effects produced by this particular Sony 3D HDTV rival and often surpass what many fans have experienced in theaters, which is a feat not easily accomplished.

The Sony KDL55NX810 features four HDMI inputs (two on the side and two on the back), one PC input, one composite video, a USB 2.0 port, and two component inputs. While the side ports are helpful to connect a smartphone or other device, only two HDMI ports on the back can be a little frustrating for potential buyers due to limited connectivity to several different devices. The Sony KDL55NX810 is also an Internet connectible unit, thanks to the inclusion of an Ethernet jack. Plus, the LightSensor technology automatically adjusts the picture to the lighting conditions of a given room to produce a cinema-like experience.

When connected to the Internet owners can experience the various content available on YouTube, Netflix, Pandora and more plus utilize social media web sites like Facebook and Flickr. While the USB port can be utilized for a USB Wi-Fi adapter for a wireless Internet experience, the port can also support wireless keyboards, cameras, and other USB devices.

All things considered, this particular Sony 3D TV delivers great images regardless of what is being watched, as well as access to a variety of Internet applications. The standard 2D picture delivers a true 1080p high-definition picture, and the three dimensional effects are vivid and realistic. This is a top quality television from a company that knows a thing or two about home entertainment.

Home Theater Room Design – Get Professional Help

Do you want to design a home theater, but have no clue on where to start? If this sounds like you, you are definitely not alone. There are hundreds of people that want to have a home theater, but are at a loss when it comes to the proper design features. This is where professional interior designers come into play. Home theater room design professionals have seen a boom in business over the past couple of years. Today more than ever before, there are a large number of people that are interested in updating their home.

The room design for your home theater or media room is a lot more important than you may think. Sure, you want it to look good, but in order to take full advantage of the investment you have made in home theater equipment, you need to design it to sound good too.

The placement of your speakers, television and furniture all add to your home theater experience. Sure you want comfy chairs and sofas, but if they are too big to situate them properly, your media experience will suffer. You also need to take into consideration where the speakers will be placed. It is ideal to have a center speaker located in front center of where the “audience” will be sitting, a speaker on the front right and front left as well as speakers behind the seating area. As far as visuals go, you want all the seats in the house to have a great view of your TV so you should design the room with these things in mind.

Even though you do not need a professional to help you design your home theater, you may be better off getting their help; at least during the beginning stages. Many people that try to design their own home theater end up wasting a lot of money on things that they do not need, or things that they could have found somewhere else for less money. When you are working with a professional interior designer, they will supply you with a couple of different ideas, and then you can work with them in order to ensure that you get exactly what you want. The only downside to hiring a professional is that you have to pay for their services. But even though you may have to put out a bit of extra money, you will be ensured of getting a room that is professionally designed.

If you are in need of a top notch home theater room design, you will definitely want to consider hiring a professional. There are hundreds of these professionals just waiting for your business. All you have to do is locate one in your area, and then tell them what you need. In no time at all, you will have a customized home theater that all of your guests will envy.

Broadband Video On Demand in Dish Network

Broadband Video On Demand of Dish Network is an option to place order for on demand movies, shows and adult programs. There are three types of Broadband Video On Demand and they are:

  • Dish Cinema
  • TV Shows
  • Midnight Lounge

These three sections are parts of Dish On Demand. And subscribers should press DVR button on Dish Network remote to access them. The “Dish Cinema” contains the list of all the on demand movies rendered by Dish Network for particular time period. The “TV Show” indicates the list containing on demand titles of new and classic TV shows. While the Midnight Lounge gives subscribers the list of adult shows and movies to be televised as Dish On Demand.

Ways of Ordering: To order movies, shows and adult shows available in various listings of Broadband Video On Demand is easy and simple. Below is given a short explanation.

Dish Cinema Movies: Dish Cinema contains thousands of movie titles including both latest and classic movies. Many titles are rendered for free. A movie once ordered from Dish Cinema will be available for only 24 hours. To order Dish Cinema movies, subscribers should follow the following steps.

  • Press the DVR button on remote
  • Highlight and select “Dish Cinema”
  • Find and select a movie from different titles and thereby follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process.

If subscribers possess HDTV then they can order movies available in HD format. While selecting a movie title, subscribers can scroll through different listings. They can find separate listings of movies namely New Releases, Special Offers, Explore Movies, Search Movies etc. They can also check their 30-day rental history in “My Rentals” to avoid ordering the same title.

Ordering TV Shows: On demand TV shows are available in thousands. Subscribers should check these listings and select the desired one. Many episodes of different TV shows are rendered for free. Subscribers can directly record those kind of titles to their DVRs. Subscribers will have 24 hours to watch a show after ordering. To order, they should go with the points mentioned below.

  • Press DVR button on remote
  • Highlight and select “TV Shows”
  • Find and select the desired show
  • Follow the on-screen instruction to accomplish the order

Subscribers can search their desired TV show by going through a number of listings. Subscribers can search their desired show in different listings such as Most Popular, Browse By Network, Search TV Shows. My Rentals provide subscribers their 30-day rental history to prevent confusions.

Ordering midnight Lounge Movies: Midnight Lounge contains on demand titles of adult-oriented movies. These movies will be available to watch for 24 hours after ordering. To order such on demand movies subscribers have to follow the steps as given below.

  • Press the DVR button on remote
  • Highlight and select “Midnight Lounge”
  • Scroll through the different listings and select one title
  • Follow the on-screen instruction to complete the order

The different listings are available under headings Featured, Explore Movies, Search Movies. My Rentals consists the list of movies ordered in past 30 days. This help subscribers to identify already ordered movie.

Thus, ordering Broadband Video On Demand movies, shows and adult shows is simple. Subscribers can go through various listings before ordering a particular movie or show. If they already have a title in their mind, they can search it by title, actor, keywords etc.

But to access Broadband Video On Demand, subscribers need to have select DVR models namely 622, 722, 722k, and 922 as this option is available only in these DVR receivers. Subscribers must have their Dish Network receiver connected to broadband service to order.

There is one more option called Video On Demand in Dish Network to order on demand movies. Video On Demand renders list of on demand movies in channel 1 and 501. Subscribers, using Dish Network remote must go to either of these two channels to order movies. Once ordered, the movies will be available for only 24 hours. Video on Demand movie listings are available in more number of DVR receiver models namely 512, 522, 612, 622, 625, 722, 722k, and 922. The receiver should be connected to phone service or broadband service to order Video On Demand movies.

The basic difference between Video On Demand and Broadband Video on Demand listings is that the former is located on two Dish Network channels while the later is located in the DISH On Demand menu. And both are available on select models of DVR receivers of Dish Network.

HDMI – A New Connection Standard For Home Cinema

HDMI is the latest connection type found on all new modern TV’s, most modern Home Theatre amplifiers and many computer monitors. But why is it important to buy equipment with HDMI connections, and how much do you need to spend on HDMI cables?

HDMI stands for High Definition Multimedia Interface, and was designed to be a backwards-compatible replacement for the DVI interface commonly found on computer monitors. The standard called for a single cable that could carry a high-definition video stream, up to eight channels of digital audio and a single Consumer Electronics Control Signal. Its primary purpose was to become the standard connection between all consumer AV devices and computer displays. Today, all new projectors and televisions will come with at least one HDMI connection and usually more to receive hi-definition video.

Perhaps the most significant part of the HDMI specification is the support for HDCP, High-bandwidth Digital Copy Protection. HDCP-protected content such as Blu-Ray movies can only be decoded by licensed HDCP players, and any devices that connect to the player, must also be HDCP certified, or the player will only output a standard-definition signal. For this reason, when buying high-definition projectors, televisions or other devices, it’s best to make sure they have HDMI connections and are HDCP certified.

Be careful when hooking up your home theatre system. It is not possible to have a HDMI connection to your amplifier, and then a component connection to your projector, as the HDCP protocol will prevent the player from sending a hi-def video signal due to the final connection not being via HDMI. It is possible, however, to connect your blu-ray player or cable box to your TV by HDMI and use a separate connection, such as a digital optical cable, to send audio to your amplifier.

HDMI carries both audio and video. This means only a single cable is required to connect a TV to your Blu-ray player or cable box. If you use a separate Home Theatre amplifier, then the player and cable box can first be connected to the amplifier, which is then connected by another HDMI cable to your TV. In this setup, the amplifier uses the audio channels and passes the video channel on to the TV. If you use the approach, look for a high-quality Home Theatre amplifier, with several HDMI inputs for all your sources, which also support HDCP.

Finally, a few words on buying HDMI cables. The prices of HDMI cables can vary enormously, with certain branded cables costing 10x the price of the same length unbranded cable. In practice, HDMI cable quality has very little impact on the quality of the audio and video transmitted through it. Unlike previous home video cable standards, HDMI is an all-digital connection, so the signals are much more resistant to interference and noise. For short cable lengths, almost any HDMI cable will be fine. Longer lengths can be more susceptible to connection dropouts due to HDCP signal loss, so consider spending a little extra on these, but keep away from the most expensive brands as they offer very little extra benefit.

Kerala Celebrates Onam With Fanfare


The week-long celebrations have brought the streets of the state capital alive with cultural extravaganza, which includes music, dance, painting, traditional folk, classical dance and martial art programs. This article tries to detail the different activities organized during this festival.

Onam Week Celebrations

Every year, the state government organizes festivities marking the Onam festival, which is the state’s harvest festival. There is also a legend associated with this harvest festival. It is widely believed that the Demon King Mahabali visits each household in the state to see whether his subjects are living happily or not. Due to this reason, all Keralites make it a point to show off in their own humble ways that they are well off. There is a saying that Malayalies normally spends last remaining penny to remain happy before their beloved King Mahabali who wanted to see his subjects happy. Thinking on these lines, even the state government wanted to see some festivities happening during this festival. To this effect, the government conducts week-long celebrations in the state capital wherein a total of 5000 or more performing artistes showcase their soft skills before the audience. The people of the capital city visit various venues dotted across the Trivandrum city to enjoy the cultural programs.

Tourism Week Celebrations

The most popular venues at which the authorities organize cultural fete include Nishagandhi Auditorium, Poojappura Ground, Central Stadium, Vyloppilly Samskrithi Bhavan, Shankhumukham Beach and Museum Compound. The government has earmarked a fund of more than Rs. 3 crores for this extravaganza. The Kerala Tourism Department has organized the week-long celebrations to showcase the culture of the God’s Own Country. Normally, the Onam celebrations come to an end with the grand procession showing various aspects of Kerala – both cultural and daily life-based. As part of the festival, the government, public sector enterprises and private businesses have colorfully illuminated a stretch between Kowdiar and East Fort.

Program Venues

As part of the festival, various venues have hosted different cultural programs. People from the state capital visit these venues in large numbers dressed up in colorful attires to enjoy them. The major venues and programs are listed below.

1. Central Stadium: This venue hosts mega shows by reputed TV channels and print media in the state.

2. VJT Hall: It hosts the poetry sessions by luminaries from the field of Malayalam literature on all four days in the morning sessions. The organizers have tilted this program as ‘Kaviyarangu‘. On other days, organizers conduct story telling sessions or ‘Kathayarangu’ in the morning. In the evening, the professional drama troupes entertain the audience who happen to drop in.

3. Sanghumukham Beach: This venue becomes colorful by the presence of lights and busy with temporary shelters doing the brisk business. In the evenings, the beach comes to life with programs by women and children.

4. Poojappura Madianam: This venue is for the people who want to hear the best music from the bygone era. Many people from the older generations sing the popular tunes to entertain the audience.

5. Bharath Bhavan: It also hosts various musical shows to treat the audience on all the days during the celebration week.

6. Suryakanthi Ground: The Kudumbasree and Government units offering various artifacts and items for sales have put up their stalls to do brisk business. On one side of this ground, the stalls offering traditional Kerala cuisines have come to tickle the taste buds of the visitors as a part of the food festival.

7. Kanakakunnu Ground: On the premises of Kanakakunnu Palace, the authorities have set up a temporary amusement park for children.

8. Vyilopilli Samskruthi Bhavan: On its premises the visitors get to see the classical dance performances (Swathy Mandapam).

9. Suryakanthi Mini Stage: The visitors can see the folk arts at this venue.

10. Sangeethika: The real name of the venue is Kanakakunnu Palace Auditorium. The musical lovers get to enjoy the classical Indian music rendered by the experts in the field at this venue.

11. Theerthapatha Mandapam: This venue is inside the East Fort. The authorities have organized Kathakali, aksharaslokam (poem rendition), Koothu, and Koodiyattom there. The last two are the traditional folk dance forms of Kerala.

12. Museum Compound: The visitors to this venue can attend the Yoga classes and see Kalaripayattu (martial art form of Kerala) there.

2020: The New Era of Advertising!

Remember! the advertising slogans ‘Hamara Bajaj’, ‘ I Love You Rasna’, ‘I am a complan boy’, ‘Sabki Pasand Nirma’… that still ring in our ears!

If you grew up in the 90s, then you must remember all the above slogans or jingles… More than you enjoyed watching your favourite program, you looked forward to the advertisements that came as fillers. Now, the question arises here that will we be still engrossed with the ads in 2020 too?

Year 2020, will be known as the new era where words like TV, newspaper or radio would mean nothing. In 2020, it is presumed that everything is going to be digital. You must be having few queries like, what will the advertising industry look like then? Who will be running the ad or media agencies? Will media buying be totally automated? Hope going through the article would make you understand about the digital age.

Though, the world of advertising has altogether misunderstood what the digital age means, here are a few warnings –

• Audience will be more advanced: Ads of 2020 will be created according to the audience motion. This will also lead into the feature, in which audiences will be able to choose outcomes at key moments in the ad films.

• Buyers will be more techie: Without any doubt, the buyers of the future will have a formal background in predictive analytics. Increasingly, with so much data to process, human buyers will be assisted by virtual agents.

• Fewer media sellers: By 2020, the majority of ad deals will be struck silently inside of machines. Remember 1960’s ‘Mad Men’, the practice of large teams of junior sellers hitting the streets and pitching banner ads to agencies will be dated in the same way. However, by the year 2020 there will be a period drama or ad movie based on the online ad industry circa 2004, which will be rather more humorous.

• Target people over the age of 40: The first objective of any ad maker is to select the target audience. By 2020, the banner ad is going to be 25 years old and the business will be mature in more ways than one. For example – Surfing the Web will seem as quaint as reading a physical newspaper today. So by keeping the target audience in mind, ads of 2020 is going to be more unique and simple, but with more humor.

• Agents, Clouds and Screens: This is for sure that, by 2020 the media industry is going to be moved to cloud-based computing platforms. A few of these platforms will also become dominant and also manage most of the screen-based buying too. Screens will come in all shapes and sizes and it will help our clients and audience to get to see ads in a large view screen with high definition. Also augmented reality software will offer new kinds of advertising opportunities too. Last but not the least, virtual agents will increasingly become a part of our personal and professional lives.