Apr 2004 BLOG

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1 Apr 2004: Completed watching "Grand Illusion". Its good, but as I learnt after the end, it was clear that the director was not sure at the start how the movie will end. In the end it was too anticlimactic, rather like real life.
Also watched "Divorce, Italian style". Its good fun. In both these movies B&W subtitles over B&W print are difficult to make out at times.
Grande illusion, La (1937)
Divorzio all'italiana (1961)
2 Apr 2004: Watched "Murder by Poe" today. It is a play by The Acting Company where they combine four Edgar Allan Poe stories: The black cat, A tell tale heart, The mystery of Marie Roget and The murders in Rue Morgue. It was good. Reminded me of the Poe I had liked years ago when I had first encountered him. The play was as graphic as his language is. Edgar Allan Poe
3 Apr 2004: Attended a Mozart concert at Caltech. It was well done. Included a flute concerto (G,K 194), Piano quartet in g minor (K 478) and Vesparec solennes de confessore (K 339).
4 Apr 2004: Attended "Aahe he asa aahe", a program on Gauri Deshpande who passed away last March. Anu and others read stories. It was done very well, but the discussion really brought out the thrust of her writing, or at least how it is interpreted by those who do interpret it.
At the monthly flee market bought a guitar for Jay and a Haydn CD.
5 Apr 2004: Lata is apparently in the Guiness book for having sung 25K songs (some articles have it as 50K). That would be about 3 songs per day since she was born. First I heard of it was from Anu last week. May be they include her practise. Anyway, there are people who have tried to show the futility in that claim. The claim
The "dis"claimer
7 Apr 2004: Borrowed a book on movie reviews by Roger Ebert because I liked it (LA public library). Turns out that he is the one Radhika had mentioned to Anu. He writes for Chicago Sun-Times. Looks good. Chicago Sun-Times
Ebert's column
Rotten tomatoes also feature him
9 Apr 2004: Watched "Dark city". So-so. More of a fantasy than sci-fi. Also has its logical absurdities like motors stopping gradually when "tuning" happens etc. Dark City (1998)
10 Apr 2004: Hitchcock's "Suspicion". Cary Grant is good, but the story does not conclude and leaves it to the imagination of the viewer. But since its a conclusion that will affect just one person, it becomes rather like a toss. Suspicion (1941)
Anu and Jay are in the Bay area with Sameer-Supriya. Did realize the vacuosness as generally it is I who is out. cricket, holi at tournament park and lot of work kept me busy though.
11 Apr 2004: Perhaps because I was slightly pressed for time, and the audio at BIA was not great, could not stand "Life is sweet" during the Int. week inaugural screening. Life is sweet (1990)
Had been to the Cobb estate (Echo mountain trail head) for a short hike. Explored how it would be to go to such a place and work on the laptop. But lack of flat bench like surfaces and presence of insects (which you especially feel if you are static) makes it an unattractive proposition. Echo mountain trail
15 Apr 2004: Trying to use unpack to work with Yale's binary catalogs. Its should cut the time in making finding charts by a great deal. pack tute
16 Apr 2004: Trying to use perl-fu to convert quest finding charts to gif. Perl-Fu tute
Batch mode tutorial
16 Apr 2004: Development of cinema and non-"development" of music after the advent of recording.
Grace
17 Apr 2004: Watched "Kal ho na ho" as part of Kartik's Bollywood nights. Kal ho na ho (2003)
18 Apr 2004: Charmlee Wilderness Park Charmlee Wilderness Park
Wildflower hotline
Society's progress towards becoming a "body" and loss of individualism.
24 Apr 2004: Zakir Husaain's concert at LA philharmonic (Disney hall). Followed by debate (at home) on if Zakir Hussain should reproduce non-classical sounds on his Tabla.
25 Apr 2004: Trip 2 to Joshua tree. Amazing number of wildflowers, especially in the Barker dam area. Photographs
27 Apr 2004: Spammers are always finding new tricks. One of the latest in trying to alluring you into paying for nothing is shareyourexperience (an incarnation of word-of-mouth) where you are told someone is sharing information about you, and that you can access it by using their anon email (for a price, of course). word-of-mouth urban legend
29 Apr 2004: Looked again at a bit of perl::midi after a gap. Stuff on nirakar. Simple Languages, Easy Music

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