detective choice: volume 3 walkthrough

You have been bitten and this book is a race against time. If you loose, you become a werewolf. Also like the previous book you are solving multiple cases simultaneously. Also if you play it right, you get a chance to meet your missing wife rose, but she might not be very happy about it.

For those of you who want to score the top score, here is the walk through.

Take brentwood
horn
Hide
Tell him the truth
Use the candelabra
Crawl
——–Checkpoint——-
Quiet and slow
Guess violin
Go for broke
Ask for 100
motivated by money
The dairy queen
$ 10 Bribe
Tell him about the bite
Peek through
detective/PI
Turn and Attack
Wound him
——–Checkpoint——-
Use humor
sucker punch him
Level
‘Awfully glad to be alive’
Poke her
Ask about bandages
Truth about Rose
Accept
Go to the library
Tell the truth
Creep quietly
Run for the stairs
Have her duck
Go to your office
Play it cool
A scotch
Stay sober
Accept
Curse him
——–Checkpoint——-
Offer
wax museum
coffin
Ask Pasha
Save the gypsy
Heidi Redtree
Pay admission
tell her about the curse
simple & direct
tell her about the bite
straight & simple
Fight
Block
Promise a doctor
——–Checkpoint——-
travel on foot
winch open the door
The library
Stick to the library
Charge!
Block
Split up
block the librarian
Let her go
Crossfire
Keep your distance
Topple
Tell them to hide
Appeal

Indus water treaty 1960

Tamil Naidu and Karnataka, the two states within India have difficulty in amicably sharing water and resort to violence every year. Almost all cities/regions in India have scarcity of water and water table is depleting at almost a crisis level. Then how come a treaty signed in 1960 between two warring countries still survive in 2016?

It is a beautiful piece of document, which thanks to the geography, makes it very easy to govern & enforce. The principle terms were agreed by December 1954, yet the signed treaty took another 6 years to finalize and was formally signed only in 19 Sept 1960. MEA was maintaining a copy of the agreement (However the link is now down and last I had accessed it was in 2013) Here is the pdf copy of the agreement that I could source.

This 1960 agreement divides the whole basin into Western rivers and Eastern rivers. India is granted exclusive access to 3 eastern Rivers Sutlej, Beas & Ravi, while Pakistan is granted access to 3 western rivers Indus, Jhelum & Chenab. India is required to maintain the catchment area in the J&K for the three western rivers and in return Pakistan is to maintain the drainage for the three eastern rivers. Additionally, a sum of 62 million pounds were to be paid to Pakistan in 10 installments to divert the western rivers to irrigate the eastern rivers catchment area.

indus-river-basin

There is hardly any portion of The Indus basin in India, in spite what the name India would have suggested. Pakistan getting 80% of the water is because of geography and not because of generosity of India. Indus river does not flow through India and hence there is little we can do to change it. If you have doubt the map I have posted, then check any atlas or google maps which is sensible enough to demarcate IOK and POK. Whatever portion of Indus is in Ladhak is no more than a trickle compared to the 233 thousand cusec (6,600 tons per sec) that gets discharged to the Arabian ocean. Mind you that this is the amount of water that is after all the irrigation, evaporation, seepage into the ground throughout the 2,880km of length and other forms of consumption/diversion.

These rivers are oceans not drain pipes so changing their natural flow is prohibitively expensive. There is no water pump in the planet that can handle the flow so diverting Beas to Rajasthan is going to be prohibitively expensive. Also India does not use 100% of the water of the eastern rivers (of Indus basin) or the ganga basin, so why go another 1000km north, waste money in expensive terraforming activities just to disrupt the flow of Pak rivers. Mind you the Western rivers don’t even flow in the plains of India so this diversion has to be done in the mountains at an astronomical ecological & financial drain. Many portions of the Himalyas are still prone to earthquakes and god knows what will happen. Just take the arguments against Tehri dam and magnify them by 100 folds.

China build Zangmu Dam (藏木) on Bhramaputra river which disrupts the downstream flow. In theory India could create flash floods and droughts in the 3 western rivers, but are we ready to bear the moral & ecological cost of the same? Himalayas produces enough water to satisfy the needs of both India & Pakistan. If any country needs more then they can reduce the discharge to the Arabian sea & Bay of Bengal respectively. Let us not threaten the 56-year-old treaty just to fulfill one’s political ambitions.

Detective’s choice volume 2

This time, you are solving not one but two cases simultaneously. Your best friend (an ex cop) daughter was forcibly taken away after the single assailant cut open the scalp of the father. the second case of a native American chief’s mummy that rose from the dead. needless to say that Jack Jericho is quite weak and wrong choices will get him killed before he can solve both the cases.

Here is a walkthrough:

Play undercover cop
613
Kick
Yes/w operation
Cab
Five clams
All business
High ball
Need number
Another entrance
Jump
‘Just dropping in’
push harder
Ask him
Indians
insist that he talks
Pick lock
Fire alarm
tell a joke
Gun him down
Befriend
A lie
Make a joke
‘Can I take a look under the hood?’
‘That’s why people hire me.’
Negotiate
‘None.’
Duck
hide column
Disarm
Love of adventure
flirt
Go for gun
Be a wise guy
talk to him
‘She was my wife’
Doctor Clay
Crawl
Boulders
Calm Heidi
Mouth
Left
Use the torch
Throw the torch
Gun him down
Go for gun

Detective choice volume 1

The 4 part volume book seems not so much connected at first, but it is about a almost broke detective (ex. cop) who is chasing supernatural creatures in the 30s world of America. The remarks are a bit sexist and the first volume revolves around burlesque dancers. We there is a connection between mystery & feminine beauty. The dancers keep dying in seeming bizarre but accidental deaths and you are supposed to stop any further deaths.

this is an android based interactive novel. I.e. the story is steered in the direction you want (to a limited extend). There are no right/wrong choices and you can always restart, but the good choice will improve your life, lower your rage, increase your cool and help you save some cash. Here is the walkthrough:

eyes do the talking
generous fee
Clientele
Window
another entrance
buff your way in
beer
truth
sissy
follow
kick the door
Ghost of Christmas past
Swing
Sword
Under
Distraction
Distract
Keep Wheeling
Get sleep
Have sissy ask
Convince
Negotiate
Demand
Mirrors
Sissy running
Sissy kneeling
Dodge
Play it cool
Bluff
Lora Lust
Kick door
kick and run
Look
Kick door
Try taking
Keep talking

I will be posting volume 2 and three tomorrow (volume four I am still unable to unlock)

Hail dictator Gandhi: Strange India

Indira Gandhi did not declare emergency on 25th June 1975 because country was at war (it happened for a 13 day period from 3-16th December 1971). She declared emergency because she was found guilty of corruption and wanted to circumvent democracy by imposing dictatorial rule on India. Times of India summed it really appropriately in its obituary column:

“D.E.M O’Cracy, beloved husband of T Ruth, loving father of L.I.Bertie, brother of Faith, Hope and Justice, expired on June 26”

A dictator who subdued the freedom of this country is widely respected and remembered in India. A large portion of the population condones the mass castration & atrocities that her son unleased her own citizens. The draconian policies, 97% income tax rate, inconsistent nationalization policies brought India to the crisis and institutionalized corruption. Yet the TV and radio praise her as mother of reforms & liberalization. What they don’t realize is that by when Narasimha Rao only undid her policies that country could grow and break the hindu-growth rate stalemate.

My daughter opted to dress up as Indira Gandhi on the independence day as part of school’s fancy dress competition. I couldn’t stop laughing at the irony but surprisingly neither my family nor the school authorities could understand why this is so wrong and disgraceful. I guess history can be written and re-written a 100 times. What people remember is the propaganda which survives and that is usually popular fiction unrelated with truth.

Inkjet Printer vs Champagne

  1. Ever wondered why there are no monochrome (black ink only) inkjet printers? You cannot print a simple B&W document from a printer if the color cartridge is empty/missing?
  2. Most inkjet printers have a water-based ink (that is more expensive than champagne) and will dry after 3-6 months irrespective of how little you used them.
  3. Did you know that most printers have an auto cleanup program that squirts out a good deal of ink every time you power it on? What’s worse that if you did not power it on for a month, the ink-nozzle might get clogged irreversibly.
  4. Earlier you had a provision to manually refill the ink. But now most companies have sensors-chips in place and have sealed the cartridge to prevent any re-usability/recycling.

Essentially, like a drug dealer, the printer is shipped for free and the dealer makes money from the repeat business. It does not matter whether you use your printer or not. Your printer will sip Champagne every day and make you pay of the full bottle. Cheers!

A basic HP/Cannon printer costs less than 2000/-, but I need 550/- for a black cartridge and another 450/- for a tri-color cartridge which expire every six months. So 1st year total cost of ownership is 2,900/- (assuming I replace the demo cartridge after 6 months). After two years the printer warranty will expire and you will develop paper jam/mechanical issues that need constant intervention of service engineer. Why do we tolerate this highway robbery?

Airline boarding pass, tax forms and maybe a few articles that I wanted to file would define my printing needs. Like most people, I need an occasional printer and a realm of A4 pages turn yellow before they are consumed. There is a print store not more than 500m away and my personal printer is the price of luxury. But how much should I shell?

Today I was contemplating buying a laser printer instead. Pros:

  1. It uses a powder toner rather than water based ink. Hence no risk of drying/clogging
  2. Laser printers are monochrome (at least the personal ones are) which means only one consumable to store and refill.
  3. Designed for heavy use and one 500 bucks cartridge lasts more than 700 pages compared to less than 100 pages (if your ink does not dry first)

Cons:

  1. They are bulky and cost almost two-three times more (although I found a good Ricoh basic laser printer for 3.4k) but it has no fancy stuff that color, photography, scanning, fax or wi-fi that you expect from a inkjet of the same cost.
  2. No color printing to indulge in occasional pleasures.
  3. These heavy machines take 5 minutes to boot and are designed for mass printing
  4. They are not portable and no wi-fi connectivity for mobile printing
  5. There are designed for offices that print 100s of pages each day not for somebody that prints a page a month.
  6. If you get the toner refill wrong, your hands, clothes, window drapes and carpet might pay for your folly.

Essentially I am looking for simple printer that has low cost of ownership. A dot matrix printer with a much finer print quality would be sufficient. Is there no company that understands my need and can meet it? Am I not a big enough market segment?

Bangalore: How to fuck up a 14 lane road

The road from Silk Board (near koramanagala) to Electronic city is a 14 lane road. Probably the biggest capacity in India. It consists of a 6 lane main road, a 4 lane elevated toll-road and 2+2 lane service road. Yet today it took me more than 2 hours to cross the 10km long stretch.

Almost all the traffic problems can be attributed to stupidity of the municipal authorities. The crossings are not well defined. There street signs, or even the street names are missing. The traffic lights don’t work and the road signs have no directions on what route to take to reach the destination.

How difficult is it to plan for a straight road? Do you need a college degree to realize that if drains are not laid out then there will be water logging and traffic congestion? If the speedbreakers are not painted, the whole city has to drive slow for the entire stretch? If there is standing water on the road, the underlying mud will wash away and leave behind a pothole.

There is no cure to stupidity, and Bangalore municipality is a living example. The new parts of the city are most poorly design and are killing the city slowly. The tax collection is good but all the money is squandered away through corruption & stupidity. If you want to learn city mismanagement then visit Bangalore. It has the highest road tax in the country. (Maruti Ciaz is 1.2L cheaper in Delhi than in Karnataka) The fuel prices are highest in the country, the bus fare is 330 bucks from airport to Electronic city again highest in the country and the quality of life poorest in the country.

Siddaramaiah… Where the fuck are my taxes going????