Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Carry-on Baggage Size - America

Ever wanted to buy a piece of carry on luggage but you were not really sure what the right size is for all the various airlines? Here's a ready reckoner. I put this together because i was tired of going through all the individual websites, also find airline site links for reference, ALWAYS check to see if the information has been updated,

American Airlines:

The maximum dimensions cannot exceed any of the following measurements: 22" long x 14" wide x 9" tall or 115cm (56 x 36 x 23 cm). All carry-on items should be stowed in an overhead bin.
Personal item - includes: purse, briefcase, laptop bag OR a similar item such as a tote that does not exceed 36 inches( length+width+height) and must fit under the seat in front of you.


Baggage may not exceed 45 linear inches (or 114 cm) in combined length, width and height, including any handles and wheels
Baggage must fit easily in the Carry-on Baggage Check (approximately 22" x 14" x 9" or 56 x 35 x  23 cm), which is located near the check-in counters


To fit in the overhead bin, your item must not exceed:
  • for our Airbus A320: 26 inches (66 centimeters) length x 18 inches (45.72 centimeters) width x 12 inches (30.48 centimeters) height
  • for our EMBRAER 190: 24 inches (60.96 centimeters) length x 16 inches (40.64 centimeters) width x 10 inches (25.4 centimeters) height


Carry-on bag
The maximum dimensions for a carry-on bag are 14 inches x 9 inches x 22 inches (35 cm x 22 cm x 56 cm), including handles and wheels.


Southwest Airlines limits carryon bag dimensions to 10 x 16 x 24 inches.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Mayslake Forest Preserve

Google Nexus 5 - User Review

Like everyone else i was eagerly waiting for the Nexus 5 release..so was prepared to hit the checkout button the moment it appeared on the Play Store and i did. I love to keep a lot of pictures, music and videos on the phone, you never know when you might be bored of all the other apps right? So i ordered the 32GB version, with taxes (Illinois) and the slightly more expensive 2 day shipping it was about 445 dollars. Given the specs the phone claimed to have, money well spent i assumed, and i'm not saying it isn't, yet...
Although the phone was supposed to leave the warehouse only on the 8th of November, it left much earlier and it was in my hand on the evening of November 5th. That's a neat trick Google, over delivery or rather early delivery will always win you brownie points
(Side note: I was moving from the Galaxy Note to this phone. Before the Note I owned a LG P500 which was my first Android phone. Both i believe were trendsetters, the LG P500 a great "value for money" phone and the Note ushered in the "phablet" era)
First impressions, unboxing was rather boring, the 'no frills' packaging i suppose is in line with the pricing strategy of the Nexus phones. But who cares how fancy the box is right? I do, but not to a great extent so we can leave that aside for now
Ok, So what were my expectations?
- The phone would be buttery smooth, performance wise - THAT it is, resoundingly!
- Call quality - Nothing wrong or different here and i wasn't expecting much. Although i do feel i could hear background noises with more clarity on the Note, not sure if that is a bad thing here.
- Screen & Colours - The resolution is really really good. The colours have the same washed out feeling that i normally associate with Apple phones. AMOLED colours are really rich, if you like that..you will be disappointed
- KitKat (whatever anyone says, i strongly believe there was a sellout with that name) would make battery usage more regulated - Yes, can confirm that battery performance is really good!
-Battery Usage - I would have to say i'm a wee bit disappointed. Yes, it's only a 2500mAH, i'm aware of that. On the first day at full charge; couple of "not very long" calls, Maps/navigation to get to the train station (GPS or "Location" was always on), Maps again to walk to a new office, used networking apps , played word games, clicked a few pictures and it was down to 32% by noon. Was i expecting too much?
Update: Can go 12h -14 hrs without a recharge..finally!!
Continuing to monitor this to see what the pattern is...
- The camera i expected would be on par with other 8MP phones - The pictures (some examples below) are almost as good as the ones I've taken with the Note.

This review is "work in progress"... will keep updating

Friday, October 4, 2013

Making Pulao

So.. decided to start blogging again. What do I start with? Making Pulao!..Siby's coming of age blog post...
For many years I have believed that I am a good cook, without ever having cooked anything. Confidence eh? Ok that's not really true..I have keenly observed all the happenings in the kitchen from a very young age. As a kid whenever we visited Kerala during summer vacations , I spent an inordinate amount of time in the kitchen earning me a nickname that I will not publish. Me and sis started making tea and toasting bread at a very young age, fresh breakfast for dad when he took his break from work. So there you go, have keenly watched and actively assisted, but never really really cooked anything complex all by myself
And the best part, when you have lived at home all your life you don't have to!
So now's the time, to put those imaginary skills to test. MTR and their likes have made it easier for wannabe cooks to take baby steps in their culinary journey. So I started with Pulao, following the recipe on the back is really simple. Rice cooking instructions was from the first website on Google for precisely that query. Frozen vegetables is a huge time saver. Readymade pastes too. With all these shrink wrapped time savers you really start to appreciate two things a) the complexity and beauty of Indian/Asian cuisine b) Mom
Nothing other than love can make anyone slave away in the kitchen..love you mom for feeding me all this while...but I'm going to give it back good..just you wait :-)