Archive for June, 2008

Barack Obama’s lucky charm: Carries a miniature god Hanuman in his pocket

Monday, June 9th, 2008

Time magazine’s photo blog has a very interesting picture where Barack Obama is displaying the things he carries in his pocket to bring him luck. One of them is a tiny metal statue of the Hindu god Hanuman.

What caught my eye that tiny icon (or Murti) did not look like one of god Hanuman as it has 4 hands, one holding a chakra, the other a trishul or a gada, the other two hands have a lotus and a conch, presumably. These 4 things are associated with Lord Vishnu (Lord Krishna is an incarnation of Lord Vishnu). However, the tiny statue has a tail (it also looks like that while showing this to the reporters, the face of the statue was touching the palm). Sending this image to a professor at Delhi University for further analysis.

Here is the slightly annotated version of the original picture.


Starbucks goes Free Wi-Fi

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008

USAToday is reporting that Starbucks now has Free Wi-Fi.

Thirsty for more business during the worst slump in its history, Starbucks will try to lure more customers by offering two hours of free AT&T Wi-Fi a day.
The Wi-Fi freebie will be available starting Tuesday to customers who purchase a minimum $5 reloadable Starbucks Card, register online for the Starbucks Rewards Card program, and use the card at least once a month. The two hours must be consecutive. New members also receive a voucher for a free drink.

I don’t need to stop at my friendly Panera bread for a muffin and “a” free WiFi with my order 🙂