Sunday, September 30, 2007

The Halo 3 buzz

With Halo 3 being touted as the biggest entertainment launch ever, I did a little trend analysis with the other big entertainment launches of this year.

Not surprisingly, the final Harry Potter book outshines both Spiderman 3 and Halo 3 in terms of buzz in the blogosphere. Not being restricted to a niche audience (Xbox console gamers) definitely helps. Of course Halo 3 might still be the winner in terms of sheer monetary value. After all the game ($60+) costs way more than the book (~$20).

I wonder which one is more addictive.....

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Watching Federer live

Thanks to the 2 people who actually read my blog, for egging me on to write this post. It has been long overdue.

The big story is of course that I went to see the US Open mens semis and got to see Roger Federer live. The GOD himself. Now I can strike that one safely off my list of "Things to do before I die". It was a simple 3 set affair in which Roger easily beat Nikolay Davydenko. At the end of it, I was actually rooting for Davydenko to take a set, just so that I can see more of Roger. Not to be. Anyways watching Federer live is a treat, as he stands out from the rest of the field with his graceful and elegant strokeplay, if not anything else. Something not to be missed even if you are even a casual tennis fan.

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The other semifinals Djokovic vs. Ferrer was decent too, with Djokovic showing some big time potential. While he does not have the finesse of Federer, he looks to be the next great all-court player, more so than Nadal who is by and large ineffective on hard courts, where his top spin isn't as lethal. Lets see if Djokovic can back his potential with some Grand Slam wins.

Back to Federer, we should consider ourselves lucky to be around watching him play. In the 90s it was Sachin Tendulkar with his batting masterclass and this decade it is Federer with his flawless tennis. Here's hoping that such geniuses continue to be born, regaling us with their wizardry....