Random stuff

Watched Forrest Gump again (beginning to end for the first time, actually). Some random reading later, came upon this rather interesting article about Robin Wright Penn.

Trent Reznor has released the download/payment stats for Saul Williams’ album (which is available for free or USD 5 — your choice) at NiN.com. He finds the results (about 18.3% paid for the album) disappointing. Maybe he was a bit optimistic. I would’ve pegged 20% as my expectation.

Waat eet ees, thees "vaari vaari"

IOHC over. Went quite well. 102 teams, 51 from IITK, 51 from outside. ~15 teams from outside India. Awesome fun. The contest is now open to all (for as long as I can persuade the authorities to let us retain an external IP).

Won 3rd prize in Chaos (it’s an event where you’re given some “obscure” language) and a set of problems to solve in a short while). The language was Snobol. Took me back to my BASIC days. :-)

Watched Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd.. Verrrry interesting movie. And quite funny to boot. A nu-age movie, as it were.

Last, but not least, obligatory YouTube link. A very nice song.

To hell with middlemen

Here I go, turn the page.

In a surprising turn of events I watched Lage Raho Munna Bhai today. It was funny in bits, but basically the second in the line of pedantic, preachy Hindi movies I’ve watched (the previous being Rang De Basanti). It’s quite hilarious, how all the people who watch these movies go home feeling nice about themselves, or about the issues the movies address (the sorry pathetic state whatever whatnot), or convinced they’re going to Do Something About It just like he/she/it did. And then they wake up the next morning and push those stupid space monkey buttons. Ha.

Almost bought Fight Club (did you know there’s a book?), but it was too expensive, and I decided to borrow it from the student library in college (some good things to be said about its span). Really wish I could’ve read the book before watching the movie.

More humour — the latest Microsoft Media Center Edition ad speaks of getting back control of your media.

Need to get down to studying in the near future.

Read Nabokov’s A Russian Beauty. Quite … nice. Lolita up next, possibly.

Fragments in the Analysis of College Rejection Letters

One may unambiguously state that the UWisconsin, Madison and Rutgers, New Brunswick write the nicest letters of rejections.

Okay, so maybe it’s time for some updates

  • Li’l while back, I (after promising not to) went to Blossom and (after, again, promising not to), bought books. Three of ’em. Larry Niven’s The Ringworld Engineers, Michael Moore’s Dude, Where’s My Country, and Gary Zakov’s The Dancing Wu Li Masters. In a shocking turn of circumstances, I’ve finished reading all of them too. *gasp* (they’re all quite decent (barring the slight let-down of the Ringworld sequel) — *pats self on the back for displaying such remarkable taste)
  • Am now reading Robert Pirsig’s Lila. The metaphysical parts of the book (which started out being quite reasonable in ZAMM) have become spotty and hollow in this, but the character of Lila is (as intended?) quite intriguing
  • I’m self-interfering with parentheses again. :-)
  • I didn’t make it to the IISc MS programme. I’m starting to get good at botching up interviews
  • Python is a rather uncomfortable language to look at (particularly w.r.t. scoping rules, absolute disregard for encapsulation and so forth)
  • In random order, watched Bang, Bang You’re Dead, Man On The Moon, Annie Hall, Cruel Intentions (uggggh!), Samsara, and Gori Vatra — good stuff (barring the absolute dross that was Cruel Intentions).

And I’ve quit Synopsys, what with my plan to pursue “higher” “studies” in this government college in UP. ‘Twas most agonizing, particularly leaving good friends behind.

Am now in the market for a laptop, subject to successful scrounging of funds. Looking at the HP Pavilion dv5118tx/dv52xxtx, if I can get a good deal. The only competitor, the Dell Inspiron 6400 (a.k.a. E1505) lost out due to pathetic reliability of Dell laptops (Earth to Michael Dell — are you listening?).

Much cleaning, packing to do. Can’t believe I’m leaving Bangalore. Youch.


So I finished reading The Picture Of Dorian Gray today. Oscar Wilde writes … well, words would not do it justice. The effect on the senses defeats any attempt to describe. What next? Possibly Fyodor Dostoevsky’s The Idiot. Though I do crave for some Sci-Fi. Watched some part of Contact. I want to read the book now, to see how much justice they did it. The movie was not too bad, though it felt a little dumbed down (to the point where a prime number needs to be defined).

Had a most depressing and infuriating conversation with about The Blank Noise Project. The name is kind of pseudo, but the topic is no less real for it. Conclusion — the human psyche is truly sick.

Played basketball for more than an hour yesterday. The sweet soreness of physical exertion. :-) That, and somewhat regular sessions of TT are completely failing to keep me from growing fat. As I tell everybody, just think of it as a sign of prosperity.

My office is going to move to Old Madras Road. I happily look forward to spending 3 hours a day commuting.

I’m looking for good (don’t know how to define that generically) guitar tutor somewhere between Jayanagar and Koramangala. Or possibly Indiranagar, given the location of my new office. Suggestions, O audience?

Now, to find something to do

Coldplay – Clocks — what is it about this song?

Ai saala … abhi, abhi

Watched Rang De Basanti just now. Silly movie. Bits of decent acting, often finding juvenile ways of messing with the emotions. Someone tell wasshisface Rakyesh to pull his head out of the ground already.

The music, now that’s a different story. I particularly liked the track at the beginning (where they keep going “Cruise Control!” Paathshaala), Rang De Basanti, and Roobaroo. Actually, I don’t like Roobaroo much, but that tune won’t leave my head.