Jun 2005 BLOG

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4 Jun 2005: It was Jay's county-level math field day. It was well conducted at the Torrence High School. Several dozens of teams from 4th through 8th grade participated. Since this competition does not lead to a higher level competition, they do not declare overall grades. Instead, they give medals to the top performing teams in each of the five areas; reasoning, number sense, algebra, geometry, and statistics. Jay's team (made of Alex, Anton and Emma besides himself) won medals in all categories. The other three 5th grade teams that got medals in all five were: Palos Verdes, Burbank, and Walnut Valley. Need to find out how the selections for the Olympiad are done. American Mathematics Competitions
5 Jun 2005: Watched "Shower" (Xizao). I am sure I missed some of the Chinese cultural/traditional references. Despite that it is likable for the underlying humane vein. Shower (Xizao) (1999)
7 Jun 2005: Read Larry Niven's wonderful short story "The Meddler" from his collection "Convergent Series" which I bought at the flee market on sunday. (His "Convergent series" is good too. It sits right next to one of H G Wells' stories..). Addendum: the following are good too: the Schumann computer, the subject is closed, and hse are reasonable: bordered inblack, like Banquo's ghost, assimilating our culture ..., and rotating cylinders ... Convergent Series
8 Jun 2005: Watched "Abbott and Castello meet Frankenstein". Okay, but more Scooby-Doo styled. However, the acting (where necessary) of seeing Dracula and Frankenstein is great. Abbott and Castello meet Frankenstein (1948)
9 Jun 2005: Watched Hitchhikers guide to the galaxy. Okay, but nowhere near good from a purist's point of view. And Milan agreed. They have left out the best parts. But if you have not read the book, you may like it. They have almost ruined Marvin. HitchHiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005)
12 Jun 2005: Watched 007's "Die another day". Bond films are always invigorating for their sheer action. Enjoyed it. Die another day (2002)
24 Jun 2005: Watched "Revenge of the Sith". It was good. certainly better than parts 1, 2, 5 and 6. It is debatable if it can be compared with "A new hope" since that was a completely new idea. Well almost. Here we new the prologue and the epilogue and it was only "fill in the blanks". But it was good that it was not all fighting (unlike Lord of the Rings). But unlike LOTR, no "acting" was visible. That does not mean they were naturals, but that they could have been better. May be it is not possible to scale the magnificance when you gofrom middle Earth to an entire galaxy, especially one far far away. Space is indeed very big, very very big. In fact it is amazingly, mind-bogglingly big, and that shows. The odd effect of delivering key dialogues with your back to the audience, was just to surprise the uninitiated into thinking that it was perhaps Kanobi speaking in one breath about democracy as well as two sides and enemity. It could easily be compared to the Deewar fiasco. Jay made an interesting comment which is also often missed by the uninitiated: "since all this happens far far away, none of them are actually humans". Revenge of the Sith (2005)
25 Jun 2005: Jay's school is out. he is trying his hand (just a little bit) on programming PERL.
26 Jun 2005: Over the last few weeks watched a few movies that turned out to be rather mediocre :-(
"What the bleep .." was especially bad because they have made it almost like an extended Nova episode but have shoved in all kinds of rubbish - extraneous extrapolations from quantum Mechanics as have suited the 'experts" quoted.
"Cilantro ...", "The Good Girl", "What the bleep do we know"
27 Jun 2005: Started as staff today. As expected nothing seemed any different.

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