Jaw-Dropping Belly-Dance by Sadie

You have to see it to believe it. I watched this video(which a friend sent me) with a pre-conviction that all I was going to get is some Egyptian girl dancing some silly steps to Shakira's 'Hips Don't Lie'. But what I got is something completely different.
Shakira has got some other talents, but when it comes to Belly Dancing, I don't think that she is anywhere near to Sadie. Just watch the first video for an idea of what I am talking about. If you liked Shakira (or even Mumaith Khan from South India), then you sure will adore this pro belly dancer.
 
I know this post is a little off-topic for ECEROCKS, but still, couldn't resist :D
Here is some background info on Sadie from her Bio:
Sadie

Sadie is an International performing artist, instructor and choreographer who is recognized worldwide as one of today's most exciting Belly Dance artists. First seen as a “Rising Star” on BD-TV Vol.II in 2004, Sadie now has dozens of instructional and performance DVDs available, has visited over 25 countires teaching and performing the art of Belly Dance and is one of the most watched bellydancers on youtube with over 10 million hits on just one video clip alone.

Sadie trained in gymnastics and swimming for 14 years as a child and adolescent. She began practicing Belly Dance in her late teens. As a student, Sadie studied with many reputable Middle Eastern dance and music teachers from around the world. Some of the most influential moments in her education include two extended trips to Turkey where she studied and observed the dance and learning to play the doombek (Middle Eastern hand drum) via master percussionist and musician Souhail Kaspar, which impressed a great understanding of the varied Middle Eastern rhythms as well as the relationship between the music and dance.

 

Have Fun :)

Apple’s Future Products - LOL

What with the recent problems (the iPhone 4 Antenna) that Apple’s facing, watching this parody had me rolling on the floor laughing. Have a look at the last two, especially the last one is damn funny.

Steve Jobs with Future Products

 

Courtesy: Shiva :)

The Hindu Newspaper Collection: Archive from Jan 1st,2000-today

I recently found myself very (I mean really very) much interested in reading the Editorial Section of the Hindu Newspaper (Opinion Section). So I tried searching for those pages in the Hindu page, but they only have ported some pages from the old site to the new site (although the new dates are also launched in the old site). I went to their archive page and found a form for searching through their archives.

I found that it was not sufficient for my needs, so I started modifying it and came up with my own version of the Archive Searching mechanism. And I ended up with the code you see below :). Instead of opening the Hindu page of the corresponding page in a new window, I put it up in a popup so that it is easy to maintain and light too.

I designed a blogger Gadget to boot, and added it to ECEROCKS.com. You can now see it the right column (the last one) in the site. Go on, give it a go.

I developed one extra feature of opening a particular date’s Opinion’s page directly along with the pre-existing feature of opening that dates newspaper (I know its lame and useless, but I use it like hell)

The Hindu archives is available from 1st January, 2000 till today on the Hindu’s legacy site at http://www.hindu.com and from 1st June, 2010 onwards in the new website. Please use the archiver given on the right to explore the Hindu’s archives.

LEGACY ARCHIVE (1ST JANUARY 2000 - Today)

The Hindu Archive - Felix

This is how it looks

This is the Javascript to be included along with the HTML Code give below this.
The script below is very easy to understand as you can see. It just checks the values that are selected once a submit button is clicked, then validates over a few basic conditions, and generates a URL, that follows the hindu legacy site’s format.

JAVASCRIPT:

<script javascript="JavaScript">  
<!--
function getHinduOpinionsforDate(){
if( document.archives.YEAR1.options[document.archives.YEAR1.selectedIndex].value == "2000" && document.archives.MONTH1.options[document.archives.MONTH1.selectedIndex].value <= 00)
{
alert("Year 2000 archives are available from January only");
}
else
{

window.open('http://www.hindu.com/'+document.archives.YEAR1.options[document.archives.YEAR1.selectedIndex].value+'/'+document.archives.MONTH1.options[document.archives.MONTH1.selectedIndex].value+'/'+document.archives.DAY1.options[document.archives.DAY1.selectedIndex].value+'/05hdline.htm','theHinduOpinion.blogspot.com','toolbar=0,location=0, directories=0, status=0, menubar=0,scrollbars=1,resizable=1,width=800,height=600,left=0,top=0,url=0') ;
window.status="Going to archives...";
}
}

function getHinduIssueforDate(){
if( document.archives.YEAR2.options[document.archives.YEAR2.selectedIndex].value == "2000" && document.archives.MONTH2.options[document.archives.MONTH2.selectedIndex].value <= 00)
{
alert("Year 2000 archives are available from January only");
}
else
{

window.open('http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/'+document.archives.YEAR2.options[document.archives.YEAR2.selectedIndex].value+'/'+document.archives.MONTH2.options[document.archives.MONTH2.selectedIndex].value+'/'+document.archives.DAY2.options[document.archives.DAY2.selectedIndex].value+'/','theHinduOpinion.blogspot.com','toolbar=0,location=0, directories=0, status=0, menubar=0,scrollbars=1,resizable=1,width=800,height=600,left=0,top=0,url=0') ;
window.status="Going to archives...";
}
}
//-->
</script>





HTML (Generates the required Drop-Downs, Buttons and OnClick functions for Javascript):




<form name="archives" method="POST">
<center>
Select Date to get Opinions Page
<table>
<tr>
<td><select name="MONTH1">
<option value="01" />Jan
<option value="02" />Feb
<option value="03" />Mar
<option value="04" />Apr
<option value="05" />May
<option value="06" />Jun
<option value="07" />Jul
<option value="08" />Aug
<option value="09" />Sep
<option value="10" />Oct
<option value="11" />Nov
<option value="12" />Dec
</select></td>
<td><select name="DAY1">
<option value="01" />01
<option value="02" />02
<option value="03" />03
<option value="04" />04
<option value="05" />05
<option value="06" />06
<option value="07" />07
<option value="08" />08
<option value="09" />09
<option value="10" />10
<option value="11" />11
<option value="12" />12
<option value="13" />13
<option value="14" />14
<option value="15" />15
<option value="16" />16
<option value="17" />17
<option value="18" />18
<option value="19" />19
<option value="20" />20
<option value="21" />21
<option value="22" />22
<option value="23" />23
<option value="24" />24
<option value="25" />25
<option value="26" />26
<option value="27" />27
<option value="28" />28
<option value="29" />29
<option value="30" />30
<option value="31" />31
</select></td>
<td><select name="YEAR1">

<option value="2010" />2010
<option value="2009" />2009
<option value="2008" />2008
<option value="2007" />2007
<option value="2006" />2006
<option value="2005" />2005
<option value="2004" />2004
<option value="2003" />2003
<option value="2002" />2002
<option value="2001" />2001
<option value="2000" />2000 <!--
<option value = '1999'> 1999
<option value = '1998'> 1998
<option value = '1997'> 1997
<option value = '1996'> 1996
<option value = '1995'> 1995-->
</select></td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td colspan="3" align="center"><input name="submit" type="button"
value="Get Hindu Opinion" onclick="getHinduOpinionsforDate()" /></td>
</tr>
</table>
<br />
Select Date to get Issue Page
<table>
<tr>
<td><select name="MONTH2">
<option value="01" />Jan
<option value="02" />Feb
<option value="03" />Mar
<option value="04" />Apr
<option value="05" />May
<option value="06" />Jun
<option value="07" />Jul
<option value="08" />Aug
<option value="09" />Sep
<option value="10" />Oct
<option value="11" />Nov
<option value="12" />Dec
</select></td>
<td><select name="DAY2">
<option value="01" />01
<option value="02" />02
<option value="03" />03
<option value="04" />04
<option value="05" />05
<option value="06" />06
<option value="07" />07
<option value="08" />08
<option value="09" />09
<option value="10" />10
<option value="11" />11
<option value="12" />12
<option value="13" />13
<option value="14" />14
<option value="15" />15
<option value="16" />16
<option value="17" />17
<option value="18" />18
<option value="19" />19
<option value="20" />20
<option value="21" />21
<option value="22" />22
<option value="23" />23
<option value="24" />24
<option value="25" />25
<option value="26" />26
<option value="27" />27
<option value="28" />28
<option value="29" />29
<option value="30" />30
<option value="31" />31
</select></td>
<td><select name="YEAR2">

<option value="2010" />2010
<option value="2009" />2009
<option value="2008" />2008
<option value="2007" />2007
<option value="2006" />2006
<option value="2005" />2005
<option value="2004" />2004
<option value="2003" />2003
<option value="2002" />2002
<option value="2001" />2001
<option value="2000" />2000 <!--
<option value = '1999'> 1999
<option value = '1998'> 1998
<option value = '1997'> 1997
<option value = '1996'> 1996
<option value = '1995'> 1995-->
</select></td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td colspan="3" align="center"><input name="submit" type="button"
value="Get Hindu Issue" onclick="getHinduIssueforDate()" /></td>
</tr>
</table>
</center>
</form>





P.S.: Just check out the new blog I started - http://thehinduopinion.blogspot.com/, with the aim of creating an organized Opinion section of the Hindu Newspaper. Updated Daily.