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I would like to write a thank you note to some of the people who helped make Decisionstats.com possible . We had a total of 150,644 views this year.For that, I have to thank you dear readers for putting up with me- it is now our seventh year.
I would like to thank Chris (of Mashape) for helping me with some of the interviews I wrote here .I did 26 interviews this year for Programmable Web and a total of 30+ articles including the interviews in 2013.
Of course- we have now reached 116 excellent interviews on Decisionstats.com alone ( see http://goo.gl/V6UsCG )I would like to thank each one of the interviewees who took precious time to fill out the questions.
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I would also specially say Thank you to Jigsaw Academy for giving me the opportunity to create
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These training courses including those by Datamind and Coursera remain a formidable and affordable alternative to many others catching up in the analytics education game in India ( an issue I wrote here)
Each and Everyone of my students (past and present) and Everyone in the #rstats and SAS-L community, including people who may have been left out.
Thank you sir, for helping me and Decisionstats.com !
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This is Bollywood’s take and tribute to Christopher Nolan. With the finest acting ensemble of Aamir Khan and Bachhan Jr, a plot borrowed half from The Prestige , The Dark Knight and a whole lot of buddy cop- biker gangsta bromance- I loved this movie! That ‘s how nicely they mix the masala together and make it all magically real . When East meets West- magic can happen especially in the movies ( and quite literally in the case of the dancing of Anglo-Indian actress Katrina Kaif)
Go watch it- it’s a splendid year ending movie to watch with your family
This is Hollywood at it’s intellectual best. Natalie Portman, geeky queen of hearts ( since V for Vendetta and Star Wars 1-3) reunites with beefy actor Hemsworth (he of the Star Trek cameo ) , fellow Oscar winner Anthony ” The Hannibal” Odin Hopkins, and a full array of CGI to bring the old Norse God some real new meaning. Natalie is beginning to look a bit frail though.
Very entertaining and very light on brain movie. Unfortunately for Thor, Loki steals the show every time. Loki is a much better actor too and his presence tells us this will not be the last we see of feuding brothers
Oh yes, Asgard is lovely in this time of the year.
Benedict Cumberbatch, adorable and cerebral, anti-hero in Star Trek, Sherlock and maybe even Star Wars, is curiously underplayed in this curious movie about a curious man. It is half-way between a spin job by Illumnati, US State Department, Murdochian forces (choose your conspiracy) and a simple hatch job by an ex disgruntled employee. Julian Assange, Hacker Ground Zero is portrayed with adequate subtlety but inadequate credibility as an abused child, paranoid, abusive , manipulative liar while the associate who acted as consultant to the movie and founded Openleaks which hasnt really leaked anything- this is a bad job and bad art. However on 23 December 2012 Domscheit-Berg announced on the website that the organisation will not go ahead as previously intended, and would now only focus on spreading information and expertise regarding how to set up and run leak websites rather than directly facilitating leaks themselves.
At times the movie is boring, at times educational. The nice Matrix like visual special effects fail to bring the emotional connection. Mr Cumberbatch risks alienating his core geek fan club- ironically the movie which has shown bad box office results only shows the irony- Benedict Cumberbatch made more money acting as Julian Assange than Julian Assange did acting as himself.
Fifth Estate indeed- but a second rate movie!
Any comic book reader knows Superman was the original super-hero. So here we are presented with a radical Chris Nolan’ish take on Super-Man. For the first time, Super Man is presented as someone with parental issues ( Steve Jobs?), a stubble , and there is way too much Krypton in this movie. This is way entertaining- but only if you have a geeky imagination. For non-geeks, it is best ignored, except Zack Snyder finally shows us his tech wizadry which we saw in 300 and Watchmen. Super Boy had ADHD, Super Teen has issues, Super Young Man drifts like Rambo 1. Finally Super Man emerges . This time the fortress of solitude is inside his brain.
If you like the new genre of damaged men rising above personal battles to turn Super Men. Watch it!
Go Goa Gone, is both a stoner movie combined with a zombies attack setting in the scenic heaven of Goa, India. As such it is a sharp, taut comedy with nice acting and crisp direction . The humor is bawdy but some dialogues have potential to be classic. A small budget movie- this is one nice production and shows Bollywood innovating global storylines and adding some desi masala to it. The newbie Puja Gupta looks hot, Saif Ali Khan lampoons the tough guy with a gun image, and Kunal Khemu and Vir Das are great in comic timing.
Watch it for laughs, though it is probably unsuitable for a family outing or with kids. Clearly inspired the cult Hollywood Movie, Zombieland- it has its own desi spin on it. Spicy and Delicious!
JJ Abrahams confronts age old questions of morality and ethics in a recent context ( should dangerous war criminals face trial or be executed?). The bromance between Kirk and Spock grows, we see Mr Spock showing more emotions here than he did in the entire Series (including a hilarious domestic incident). This is an awesome feast of a movie and straight in the summer’s must watch list. I liked it better than Iron Man 3 ( and I liked Iron Man a lot!!). The 3D and CGI enhances rather than distracts the movie story, which is how it should be. A satisfying Star Trek, and lots of potential!
But Benedict Cumberbatch is the real bully. This guy is an awesome and incredible actor! Trekkies should remember the original Khan! With some roles swapped
Hallelujah! If you cant find time to watch this edition of Star Trek- it is time to turn that geek badge in!!