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Manchester United vs Chelsea: The Burden of Being Human

This weekend was a particularly bad day for referees in the Premier League. Sunday saw the heavyweight clash of Manchester United versus Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, a place where United had failed, and failed miserably sometimes, to get 3 points for the last decade (now that I come to think of it, they last won there before I started watching football).

Fernando Torres falls after a brush with Jonny Evans. A Dive?

No revenge of the fallen. A booking and an early exit instead.

Anyways, this post is being written for a very specific reason: Asking you, were Mark Clattenburg’s decisions really so horrible? I would like to make some points to this effect:

1. Torres’ kung-fu kick on Tom Cleverley (GIF Here)
That awesome piece of marshal arts deserved an awesomely designed rectangular piece of “Tarjeta Roja” If I was a referee (or if you were one), I’d have given him a Red. There are instances when a player has to take the walk for doing something like that on a pitch. There are also instances where the player has to end his season for doing something like that off the pitch.

2. Ivanovic’s red card
I had hoped most people will not contest this, but I still find people crying about the unfairness of this world and for them, I would like to point out that that decision was more or less a no-brainer. Ivanovic has contact with Young, and albeit Young is a very good diver himself, Ivanovic didn’t stand a chance of staying on the field once the ref had spotted the foul. It was a professional foul, a last-hope foul when there was a clear goal-scoring opportunity. The red was fair.

3. Torres’ sending off
If you ask me, I won’t deny it. If you ask Johnny Evans, he won’t deny it

“At the time I didn’t feel like I’d made contact but I’ve seen it again and there was a bit of contact.”

If you watch the video, it won’t deny it either. But you need to watch that video much more carefully.
Then rewind.
Then watch again.

Then rewind.
Then watch again.

Then rewind.
Then watch again.

Then, you’ll see that although Evans did make contact, did not affect Torres’ momentum at all. But once the contact was made, Torres reacted (late). and decided to take the dive. The ref saw that and punished it with a yellow. The fact that he was already on a yellow (see #1), and Ivanovic’s dismissal (#2), the situation was aggravated. A LOT !!!!

4. And of course, Chica’s offside. Again, no denying the facts, cuz there is instant analysis of all offsides by the Andy Grays and Martin Tylers et al. of the commentating world. So there is no case to be made here. The linesman made a hash of it. But then again, offside goals have been a mainstay of Premier League games for a long time. And not just EPL, but all of football is riddled with cases of offside goals. So why target Clattenburg so vociferously for this?
After all, Chelsea can’t say they didn’t have this goal coming

The thing to take back from all this is again the same as all the blogs and news articles out there: Football would become a bit more fairer with the help of technology. But there is a disconnect in the way people perceive the benefits of technology. For a growing fan-base of football, who have been on a staple diet of the FIFA franchise (and PES), the idea that an error can be made on the field is unimaginable. Their brains can not process the fact that there are HUMANS judging the match, and not some piece of code which can instantly point out an offside. Surely the game developers should be punished for making such a good referees? But In real life, why do the referees find themselves being reviled so much?

If a player dives, and the ref gives a foul,
Blame the ref
If a player dives, and the ref does NOT give a foul,
Blame the ref
If a player dives, and the ref punishes HIM,
Blame the ref
What the hell should the ref do?

The divers and cheats on the field have broken the mutual trust the players and referee had, and that has led to a rapid decline in the quality of decisions. Should it not be the divers who should be punished, even retrospectively? I’m with David Moyes on this, not that he does not enjoy an occasional dive 😛

Also to note is the fact that not everyone understands the technology as well as others do, and getting used to the fact that robots are ruling the field can also make the adoption of technology much more difficult.

I for one, would like to see technology being used for judging diving and goal-line cases, but the referee should not be made redundant by this move. Technology is only a tool. It is not a panacea. Technology has its own failings.

Technology is only as good as it’s programmers.
Programmers who are are, after all, human.
PS: I did not include the part about the racial abuse, because there is NO public evidence which I can find, which would add to the discussion in any constructive way. All I can find are inconclusive slo-mo videos of Clattenburg moving his mouth saying, seemingly, benign stuff.

Update: I am a Man Utd fan, so you can say that I’m biased towards proving Clattenburg right (although I’m not, atleast not consciously)
I’d like to point you to this rather well researched piece by Sportlobster, where you’ll get a stark contrast to this post.
I’d recommend you read that too, and instead of just mudslinging, sit down think seriously about the issue (if you are interested in this issue, of course)

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Two Dark Knights.

The two Dark Knight sightings have been eventful. Everyone knows what happened last time around, as Heath Ledger, the best Joker yet (this guy just misses the top spot) passed away months before the release of TDK, as well as several other incidents.

But this time round, there was more tragedy, carnage even, as witnessed in Aurora, Colorado as a real-life Joker headed into a theater and gunned down 12 and injured a further 58 in the audience.

As another homage to the modus-operandi of the Joker, Rotten Tomato’s film critic Eric Snider, of Film.com also posted a provoking negative review. He hadn’t yet been to a screening of “The Dark Knight Rises”, but seeing the hoopla around the movie, would have been tempted to cause a little chaos and watch the (fan)world burn… So he went along, and, as a kind of joke, posted a fake review. His one sentence sophomore touting TDKR as the worst Batman film ever made (including the Joel Schumacher versions… now THAT would definitely raise *some* eyebrows, won’t it?). If someone cared to read Snider’s entire review rather than posting hate-mails and death-threats, he had made it abundantly clear that he had not seen the film and was just kidding. He was trying to prank the RT users to see how much users really cared about the review or would they make a quick decision based on his one sentence. He had guessed most would just attack. He was right.

That is what we are becoming. Infact, I should use the perfect tense. This is what we have become. Too quick to judge. Too uncaring to hear the whole story. Too short-of-time to pause for a moment and reflect upon what this online anonymity, because of which we believe we are so safe, is turning us into.

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Have A Pizza Party Thru Unix

Hey this really amazed me…

Say you are a tech buff and just can’t get your eyes and mind off that damned crt/lcd/plasma/whatever monitor??? And sure you’re feelin’ hungry… yeah… Then take this :

You can ORDER Pizza through the Unix OS/Linux Terminal!!!!

Still don’t believe it ???

Check this video and let your jaw drop in amazement…

(link to video : Pizza Party)

And this is not a Ripley’s stuff or anythin’ like that, so ignore the cautions like “PLEASE DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME” or blah….blah…blah… and get going. And this marks the end of the post….



Lorem ipsum : What’s It?!?

Hey… you must have come across a desktop-publishing software theme or even themes in many other softwares like frontpage, powerpoint, etc. where the text written in the preview is “LOREM IPSUM”, which seems distantly Latin, but you may not have even thought what is it… Right? Well even I hadn’t given a damn to this triviality. that is until I was editing my blogger layout…

When I came across this :

Lorem ipsum vim ut utroque mandamus intellegebat, ut eam omittam ancillae sadipscing, per et eius soluta veritus

I couldn’t hold myself back to uncover the mystery behind the sentence, particularly the first 2 words (the reason for the research was cuz I was already connected to the Web).

Now, after I wiki-ed it, I came across the following article : Wikipedia search for : Lorem ipsum

“In publishing and graphic design, lorem ipsum is common placeholder text used to demonstrate the graphic elements of a document or visual presentation, such as font, typography, and layout. It is a form of “greeking”.

Even though using “lorem ipsum” often arouses curiosity due to its resemblance to classical Latin, it is not intended to have meaning….

…The most common lorem ipsum text reads as follows:

The text is actually derived from Cicero‘s De Finibus Bonorum et Malorum. A Latin scholar, Richard McClintock (Publications director at Hampden-Sydney College, Virginia), who was searching citings of the rarely used word’consectetur in classical literature, during which he came across this text :

….neque porro quisquam est, qui dolorem ipsum, quia dolor sit, amet, consectetur, adipisci velit, sed quia non numquam eius modi tempora incidunt, ut labore et dolore magnam aliquam quaerat voluptatem. Ut enim ad minima veniam, quis nostrum exercitationem ullam corporis suscipit laboriosam, nisi ut aliquid ex ea commodi consequatur? Quis autem vel eum iure reprehenderit, qui in ea voluptate velit esse, quam nihil molestiae consequatur, vel illum, qui dolorem eum fugiat, quo voluptas nulla pariatur? [33] At vero eos et accusamus et iusto odio dignissimos ducimus, qui blanditiis praesentium voluptatum deleniti atque corrupti, quos dolores et quas molestias excepturi sint, obcaecati cupiditate non provident, similique sunt in culpa, qui officia deserunt mollitia animi, id est laborum et dolorum fuga…..

And this led to the full version of the lorem ipsum thing which is :

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat non proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollit anim id est laborum.

And if you tried to translate it from Latin to English, the text returned is something hilarious/weird like this:

Input :

Lorem ipsum vim ut utroque mandamus intellegebat, ut eam omittam ancillae sadipscing, per et eius soluta veritus.

Output :

Lorem itself vim when to both sides order intellegebat , when she to omit maidservant sadipscing , very and her loosening truthfulness.

Source : Wikipedia

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The End Of All Good… Maybe Not

After all the results of engineering exams were out, nothing much was left to be happy about. There was gloom all over the atmosphere. And though the sun shone brightly (and very strongly indeed), i felt a resounding hollow inside. A thing I had never feared, assuming it to be one of a distant and inaccessible future, had manifested itself ironically : My school life was over, and after being ‘at the top‘ for 10 years running, I never expected myself to be floundering for admission in a good college.

And with my soul already burning in hell, the heat equalised my body’s status to my soul’s.

And so when my friends arrived to take their marksheets and other things to the school, I didn’t feel like meeting them, but since even electricity had ditched me that day, the idea of meeting up with them wasn’t bad. My friends, though downbeat themselves (same reasons), tried to erase some pain and debated to go for a film, and after a long deliberation of 10 milliseconds, everyone consented.

And then everything started to clear up as the sky, previously ruled by Helios, admitted a ton of black clouds, with a promise of real, tangible rain, which made my day. And though the film (Sarkar Raj, to be specific) wasn’t all that good, the downpour had already doused the flames burning me.

What a difference a day makes!!

Here are some shots of the great day… (May not appeal your senses as a professional photographer, but the joy is nearly contagious)

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Just a tryout… and this post sees the change from blogger to wordpress..

I am testing both platforms now, but even at the start, WordPress seems more clearcut, easy, and streamlined. Let’s see what awaits in future.

Hey One Second…. I just scrolled to the bottom of this page (while posting, and WP has won me over truly…