Thursday, August 25, 2005

My own country!

Today we have the last exam and I am off to my small village in Mallu land. No internet for a week.
It has been quite a long time since I spent more than 36 hours at home. This time hopefully I should be there for three days. Post monsoons, Kerala would be clad in the emerald garb and Onam just two weeks away.
I came across some beautiful pics in the Kerala Tourism Department's website. A couple are here...

(A "Kulham" or the village pond (top) and the "Pookkalam" traditional floral carpet we make during Onam)

Saturday, August 20, 2005

In Jocular Vein

We have a system of bidding for the second year courses. It happens towards the fag end of each term and is done online. It is fun at times. But when things get out of hand and you end up on the losing side, one tends to think philosophical. It is strange that this year's bidding for 5th term courses took a funny turn thanks a course in philosophy. There is a course called Philiosophical Foundations of Management(PFM) which generated lot of interest among the bidders and heat in the bidding process. There was some confusion between the bidders and the administration and the end-result was the rebidding. This time the results did not look funny to me. I lost three courses I had bid successfully in the first round.
My losses...
-Explorations in Role and Identity
-Persuasive Communication
-Strategic Financial Management
My sole gain...
+Enterpreneurship and New Venture Planning
Now I have no choice but to learn..
+International Business Dispute Resolution
+Strategic Management of Intellectual Property Rights
+The Multinational Firm & Transfer Pricing and
+Data Mining and Business Intelligence
The entire problem was created by one course PFM. Thinking about Philosophy, I like the philosophical jokes the best. They are just like the subject matter. One can't make the head or tail out of them. You spend days and nights thinking about the joke, at times wondering if the joke is on you. Then you start introspecting the very existence of oneself.
Savour this..
Question: What is a recent philosophy Ph.D.'s usual question in his or her first job?Answer: "Would you like french fries with that, sir?"
Well.. I am still trying to figure the joke out. If you succeeded, then try this site, Philosophy at University of Miami, which has more such gems. Cogito ergo sum.. idiot

Friday, August 19, 2005

Jokes et al

In IIMA we have an e-bulletin board service. It is called Dbabble. There are three good things I have to say about it.
1. It dessiminates information to the students
2. It has nearly 47 universal boards(NB) to discuss topics ranging from 'animal love' to 'human expressions of love', from 'sports' to mundane 'Current Affairs'..
3. It is an excellent tool for gossip and interpersonal virtual communication.
On the flip side, this service makes you an addict. And your academic performance is inversely related to your posts in Dbabble. Higher the posts lower the grades. Its no surprise that one finds very few evilian (He is the topper) posts on the dbabble.
One of the NBs is the Jokes NB, where junta put all sorts of arbit jokes, mostly email forwards and copy paste from joke sites. Some are down right funny while others are plain yucky. I like jokes. So I thought I had better start compiling a joke blog with the select jokes from the NB. And Joke-a-Blog was born on 16 August 2005, the day after India's 59th independence day.

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

True religion

An agnostic I am. Yet religion fascinates me. Then one day, I chanced upon this piece of article on a true religion. Well.. not exactly a true religion, but an interesting brand of casualwear of that name. I am not a typical denim guy, though I wasted some money on a Diesel. True Religion is for those who worship celeb jeans worth a bomb. A pair of "Men's 'Joey' Patchwork Rigid - Destroyed" jeans comes with a tag of $240.00. India's percapita income (in real terms) was about $285 during 2004-05. IIIT-Hyderabad had once tom-tomed about launching a $250 PC by 2007. Indian garment industry is worth around 61 K crores (At first I didnt believe it either. But the feed came from an MR agency of repute). Looks like there is a good market for jeans wear for snobs.
Meanwhile, True Religion's web site looks pretty good. It has an unconventional look and is tastefully done.

Sunday, August 07, 2005

Arbit Quiz

Tommorrow I have a CB end term paper submission. I gotta work my ass off on the BM project. I am yet to understand the scope of my ITI term paper. And the prof will be hopping mad if I dont submit next term's IP proposal tomorrow. So cant get more arbit. I got the link from my friend Hari's blog. This was an extremely arbit quiz. It is supposed to gimme my religious leanings.

I was not surprised at the results in general. But was a bit surprised to find a trace of Discordian in me. Hail Lords
Malaclypse The Younger and Omar Khayyam Ravenhurst !!
Here you go.
Take the quiz:

You've probably studied loads of different religions, but you're just not sure if any of it is true. Evolution makes some sense to you, but it doesn't satisfy you. Lastly, your personality is one of question, but you won't go out of your way to find -The Truth- It's more of a hobby.

  • Fundamentalist Christian (You scored 0)
  • Holy Roller (You scored 0)
  • Average Christian (You scored 0)
  • True Christian (You scored 0)
  • Modern Satanist (You scored 2)
  • Theistic/Traditional Satanist (You scored 0)
  • Luciferian (You scored 0)
  • Devil Worshipper (You scored 0)
  • Atheist (You scored 1)
  • Agnostic (You scored 4)
  • New Aged/Wiccan (You scored 0)
  • Pagan/Occultist (You scored 2)
  • Discordian (You scored 1)
  • Category Unknown (You scored 0)

Saturday, August 06, 2005

Hippocampus Capers

Of late I have fallen into the habit of forgetting things. I can remember the things of long past. But is unable to recollect in a jiffy, for example, the names of people I meet. Yesterday, when I went to meet the prof, I came across this pretty young TA. I forgot her name in a matter of minutes. I didnt want to make an ass of myself infront of her by asking for her name again. After she left, I asked the prof who she was. Prof gave me her name with a sly smile. Again, I forgot. I guess it has got to do something with my short term memory. This peculiar situation reminds me of a 2001 movie I had seen some time back. It is called 'Memento'. The movie was rated 8.7 on IMDB and 94% on Rotten Tomatoes, which are pretty good ratings. I saw the movie and I liked it. The protagonist, played by Guy Pearce, is suffering from short term memory loss. This is called Anterograde Amnesia - the inability to form new memories after damage to the hippocampus. While browsing throught his bio on IMDB, I found some similarities between me and Pearce . He gave up science and maths in his school for arts and music. I gave up both for sleep and sloth. Pearce had a thin body and started buiding his body when he was 15. I still have a thin body and I have been contemplating of joining a gym to build a body since I was 15. But the similarities end here. Pearce was voted one among the sexiest men for two years. I am still to get into the Top 5 of D1, D2 or D11.
To combat this amnesia, I have started scribbling notes etc (In the movie, the hero used tattoos and Polaroid prints). But, soon I forget the fact that I had written something down on something. So, I resorted to post-its, not the square yellow gummed paper used to decorate one's work place to lend a feeling of importance to the work one does. This is an electronic 3M post-it. No more tree felling. You can download the freeware from here.Viva l' Greenpeace!

Monday, August 01, 2005

Music TV Musings

24 years ago, this day, MTV "killed the radio star", thanks to the Buggles' video.
In India, lots of junta cried 'bloddy murder' against MTV. Their gripe - 'MTV is ruining Indian culture'. But all died out when Bollywood and Desi channels vied among each other to reveal anatomical curves and cleavages of the fair sex.

But I liked MTV. I liked its montages (which all the music channels have shamelessly copied since). They, the montages, were plain silly. But were welcome relief from DD's prime time fillers. I liked Cyrus and his bhakras. I loved their VJs-from spunky Mini Mathur to red hot chilli peppery Malaika.

And dont one like the news they break on their site. e.g. the one which said Big B is gonna play Gabbar Singh. or their movie reviews

Trivia time:
And why did Trevor Horn and co name their band "Buggles"? According to Horn (as per some sources) that was the worst and the most disgusting name they could come up with. Hmmm.. Hornies could have been a better nomen. Bad branding.


This blog started by another crackpot from WIMWI is a quiz blog or thats what he claims. Addu is my partner in quizzing and some other lesser crimes. Though only a post old, the blog looks promising. Hope he'll get it going.