World Photography Day 2016

Today is the World Photography Day and, initially, we wanted to select our best photos which we had been making over the past twenty years now. We quickly realised that this would be too difficult for us to do so, just for the fun, here are a few photos of our little family over the years. Featuring Kyan, Anya, Christina and Avinash:

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2007: In a tuk-tuk in Thailand.

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2008: On Avinash’s 35th birthday

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2009: At Péreybère Beach.

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2010: Going bananas at Mont Choisy.

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2011: At Universal Studios in Los Angeles, USA.

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2012: Celebrating another birthday.

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2013: Sous le signe Indien.

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2014: A collective hug.

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2015: Raksha Bhandan.

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2015: Having dinner together.

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2016: Discovering the Martello Tower.

Quantico is not for us

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A few weeks ago, we stumbled upon Quantico, described on IMDB as being a look at the lives of young FBI recruits training at the Quantico base in Virginia when one of them is suspected of being a sleeper terrorist. Not bad we thought. The fact that the main actor was Indian actress Priyanka Chopra, was also something which was interesting.

I quickly obtained the first six episodes and, during the past days, Kyan, Anya, Christina and I have been watching them.

Our verdict: Quantico is not for us and we have stopped watching it

Here are three reasons why we do not like Quantico (in no particular order):

  1. The storyline is too simplistic. As fans of Person of InterestMr. RobotHalt and Catch Fire, SherlockThe Americans and Fargo, we felt that Quantico does not deliver at all as far as realism is concerned. The depiction of Quantico, the FBI Academy, is risible with trainee agents who act like spoiled kids and Quantico personnel who are very one dimensional, if not caricatures of themselves.
  2. There are too many unnecessary arcs. We didn’t like the very frequent flashbacks to scenes which did not bring anything substantial to the story. For example, after six episodes, we felt that the whole arc about whether one of the protagonists was homosexual or not was pretty much useless.
  3. Priyanka Chopra, while being obviously beautiful (she was Miss World in 2000 after all), is always covered with makeup and her hair is always absolutely perfect. This is simply not possible when one is training as an FBI agent. The other actors and actresses have also obviously been chosen for their looks first and foremost.

Now, this is just what Kyan, Anya, Christina and I think about Quantico. Our opinion is just ours. Feel free to form your opinion yourself.

Automatically raise windows in Gnome

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I love Gnome 3… except when I am using a terminal, decide to launch Chrome by clicking on its icon in the Dash and not realising that the terminal still have focus despite Chrome being shown on screen. Consequently, typing, say, www.noulakaz.net and pressing enter only sends these keystrokes to the terminal (despite Chrome being shown) with potentially serious consequences.

But lo and behold, I have just found a solution. Just launch the Gnome Tweak Tool as shown above and put “Automatically Raise Windows” to ON.

I have regained my sanity!

Fantastic songs from the 80s

Here are some songs which I absolutely loved when I was a kid in the 80s:

Here is the list of tracks:

  • 1981 Depeche Mode – Photographic
  • 1981 Queen – Under Pressure
  • 1981 Soft Cell – Tainted Love
  • 1981 Talking Heads – Once In A Lifetime
  • 1981 The Human League – Don’t You Want Me
  • 1982 Duran Duran – Rio
  • 1982 Madness – Our House
  • 1983 Frankie Goes To Hollywood – Relax
  • 1983 Heaven 17 – Temptation
  • 1983 Kraftwerk – Tour De France
  • 1983 Michael Jackson – Billie Jean
  • 1983 New Order – Blue Monday
  • 1983 Van Halen – Jump
  • 1984 Dead Or Alive – You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)
  • 1985 OMD – Secret
  • 1985 Simple Minds – Don’t You (Forget About Me)
  • 1986 RUN-DMC – Walk This Way
  • 1987 Eric B. & Rakim – Paid In Full
  • 1987 INXS – Need You Tonight
  • 1987 M.A.R.R.S. – Pump Up The Volume
  • 1987 Pet Shop Boys – What Have I Done to Deserve This?
  • 1987 The Cure – Just Like Heaven
  • 1987 U2 – With Or Without You
  • 1988 Bomb The Bass – Beat Dis
  • 1988 Erasure – A Little Respect
  • 1988 Neneh Cherry – Buffalo Stance
  • 1988 S-Express – Theme from S-Express
  • 1989 Madonna – Like A Prayer
  • 1989 Soul II Soul – Back To Life
  • 1989 Depeche Mode – Personal Jesus

As you can see, I was (and I still am) a fan of electronic music.

At the beginning of the 80s, Italians created a new genre of music, Italo Disco, and unleashed to the world hits such as Tarzan Boy and Comanchero:

A few years later, people from England invented Acid and the rest is history:

Enjoy :-)

The International Space Station (ISS) above Mauritius

A week ago, we witnessed something quite out of the ordinary: the International Space Station (ISS) passing over our tiny island, Mauritius. If you look closely at the photos above, the ISS is the bright dot. It was moving quite rapidly across the sky.

As you can expect, Christina and I as well as the kids were mesmerised.