Oct 2004 BLOG

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2 Oct 2004: Had another book discussion. On 3 stories/articles by Maruti Chitampalli. articles
4 Oct 2004: Watched "Pirates of the Carribean: curse of the black pearl". Good action, but not much beyond that. Pirates of the Carribean: curse of the black pearl (2003)
5 Oct 2004: Caltech's David Politzer (with David Gross and Frank Wilczek) won this year's Nobel Prize for Physics for his 1973 work quarks are bound together to form the protons and neutrons of atomic nuclei. Story
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5 Oct 2004: After a good gap went to the Caltech Bird Walk. It was good. Had 25 species. Oct 2004 reports
5 Oct 2004: Watched "Talk to her". A very different concept and very well handled. Hable con ella (2002)
12 Oct 2004: Found a pokemon site for Jay that looks good LeafGreen
13 Oct 2004: I had a haircut. Why write it here? Well, this one was after a longish gap, even by my standards. You see, I do not like growing hair. But since I am lazy, generally a good bit of time elapses between my visits. This time it was so much that I started fearing that people will start asking questions. They never do out of apparent politeness, but restrict it to private comments in line with how people really are. But I had to have some reply ready should one of the bolder ones venture actually unsealing the lips. I came up with: "I am experimenting with how growing hair serves as a means of personal expression". That generally shuts people up. But then, thinking about it, I actually liked it (the excuse, not growing hair). So I thought a bit more about it. Do people judge me by my long (and rather unkempt) hair? Some won't care, others would hate me (talking in superlative) and some others will show they don't care. So, this would, at least in some cases, give me a means of judging THEM. So they do serve a purpose. But then I thought some more. Why all this judging? Aren't we (me) inventing this judicial system out of nothing? To judge people for judgeness' sake? Life is so much simpler if we just go on living it. And then I had a satori moment: Mahatma Gandhi was simply a great dimensionality reducer! His bald head was just a symbol of his simplistic lifestyle whereby he would remove all unnecessary ingrediants from the situation at hand and deal with it in bare terms. Thats what everybody should strive to do.
13 Oct 2004: I had been planning to see this for a long time (well since its release a few weeks back). Went today as I noticed tomorrow would be the last day at Pacific Hastings. There was no one in the queue. Just as I was enquiring about business, someone stepped into the booth and asked the person inside which movie we were going to. After he was told, he took out a walkie-talkie and to my utter astonishment said: "we will be screening sky captain after all". As the lady at the popcorn stand directed us to OUR theater, it dawned upon us that we were the only customers. A special screening just for us! They did announce just before the movie that this was a choice theater and that we do not talk during the screening in consideration of others. At this point Jay let out a loud devilish laugh. The movie is much like a comic book, and reminded me of Flash Gordon. Fun. Recommended. Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004)
13 Oct 2004: If you leave out the black comedy part, the apartment complex reminded me very much of a mumbai chawl. Brilliant in bursts, but pedesterian in grandeur. Asterixish in some ways. Delicatessen (1991)
14 Oct 2004: Open Your Eyes: Seemingly too complex much of the time, they do pull the strings together in the end. Until then you are living the hero's life. abre los ojos (1997)
18 Oct 2004: Sudu sent this link on Manjul Bhargava who combines Math and music Manjul/Math/Music
18 Oct 2004: Visa services seem to have become less tedious(?) Online
22 Oct 2004: Watched "Lost Horizon". Its good. But the ending seemed a bit too mellow. While Frank Capra did not obviously sit on the fence, an ambiguous ending would have been better is what I feel.
Spoilers herein: Why does George's companion go with him though she knows she will die? Just to get rid of George?
The movie is based on John Holton's book and apparently Frank Capra was very impressed by it.
Lost Horizon (1937)
23 Oct 2004: Ashish: Anushka, you recently returned from a trip to India and Singapore. What did you like more?
Anushka: I do not want to go to San Francisco.
Ashok (later on, when recounted the above): May be she has seen the recent Bush-Kerry debates.
27 Oct 2004: Watched Monty Python's Flying circus (Deutsch) and some other episodes. Funny in bursts. Liked the olympics, especially the soccer match of philosophers.
31 Oct 2004: Anu et al.'s Gauri Deshpande program in Bay Area went off well. pics

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