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Sunday, April 17, 2011

Episode VI: Return of the Blogger

I could feel a blog bubbling.
(Or was it my stomach grumbling?)
It's been a long time a-coming,
This blog has been stumbling
Along without a new post.
A situation unpleasant most.
Feeling like a bad host.
The blog of past a ghost
That refuses to go away.
Sep'09 to almost 11'May.
This seems like a nice day.
It's sunny, so I make hay
And start a furious type-fest.
Idea in my head the best.
Of great thoughts and zest.
Put it down right now lest
It goes away crumbling.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

On the bus journey fantasy

"You know how it would go down in the movies?"
"Which movies?"
"You know, an old hollywood movie. With Clarg Gable. The guy and the girl meet in the bus, but they start off fighting."
"A romantic one! Sounds like "It happened one night". Clark Gable is too serious I think for this movie. Cary Grant, you know like in the beginning of "An Affair to Remember", only set in a Greyhound bus."
"Right. So they start off fighting, the guy sits in the girl's place, or the girl occupies the guy's seat."
"But then one is in some trouble, the other comes to help, and they patch up."
"Right! They sit together during the long bus journey through the night, talking. Both find the other not half bad."
"Cool, and they start getting comfortable with each other. Wait, what are their names?"
"Does it really matter? For the purposes of this journey, let's call the guy Adam..."
"And the girl is of course Eve! Carry on, please."
"So they are talking into the night. They try to get comfortable in their seats. The guy, at an opportune moment, pulls up his hand just like this and puts it around the girl's shoulder."
"The girl rests her head on the guy's shoulder and both are comfortable now. He gets a shoulder for his arm, she gets a shoulder for her head. Nice!"
"Yeah, and after a brief montage of them talking animatedly and laughing..."
"Adam leans in, grabs Eve by the cheeks and plants one?"
"No no! This is the 21st century, sexual harrassment suit! Besides, Adam is way too shy to attempt anything like that."
"Poor Eve! Alright, she leans her face towards Adam. But she doesn't kiss either! Adam must do at least some of the work, come on!"
"Great, Adam leans in to kiss, but waits just apart. They are breathing each other's air now."
"Swine flu, damnit! Wait, don't pull your head away. Ok, so they are really near each other. But they can't really do much on a bus seat, can they?"
"Oh no, at most a stolen kiss or two."
"Well, maybe a brief but absolutely silent make-out session?"
"Ooh, Adam likes this idea! Wait what's that noise?"
"Umm, sounds like an announcement coming over the in-house restauran't loudspeakers."

This is the last and final announcement for the following two passengers. Mr. Adam Lawson, your bus to Atlanta is leaving in two minutes. Please report immediately at gate 14. Ms. Eve Hanners, your bus to New York is waiting at gate 2. Please report immediately. Again, this is the last and final announcement for Mr. Adam Lawson, and Ms. Eve Hanners. Please report to your respective gates immediately.

Was travelling recently. Got reminded of the occasions when my buddy and I would exchange our stories of travelling to/from college. Mine always had a snoring old uncle with two cranky toddlers and a frustrated aunty, his always had this cute girl he would chat up.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

On Big Business vs Big Government

Last year, amidst much public furore over the use of lead-based paints in toys meant for children and the ensuing public outcry over product safety, toy manufacturing giant Mattel (six of whose products were recalled) lobbied hard to get a law passed that requires all toy manufacturers to submit samples to third-party labs for independent testing. Other manufacturers like Hasbro were also behind the push.

And now, Mattel has been exempted from this requirement because it was able to convince government authorities that its in-house testing facilities are good enough.

No need for a big rant here. Big company pushes a tough legislation; said legislation heightens the entry barrier for new companies; smaller companies go bust meeting the requirements of the law; big company quietly lobbies to get itself out of the purview of the law. Not the first time, nor the last either.

Unfortunately, it will still serve as fodder for some people to call for more regulation; whereas it is evident that tougher interpretation and enforcement of less regulation is the way to go. Point of thought: are the politicians who cry for public interest and push for legislation really dumb, or are we the public dumb for falling for such rhetoric?

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Do you mind if I sit here?

The girl boards the bus and asks the guy, "Do you mind if I sit here?" referring to the empty aisle seat beside the guy.

1) Shy looking guy, was busy minding his own business. Got much flustered trying to say some variation of "Not at all".
2) The girl was hot. Would anybody mind? [1][2]

[1]. Actually someone would. The girlfriend of the guy with the wandering eyes, and other such combinations.
[2]. Not to say someone would mind a not-hot girl.[3]
[3]. Actually some might, but we can ignore them.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

On Blogger Themed Stuff

Somehow I landed on KM's page about blogger themed stuff that carries on a conversation started earlier on Scout's post about why not to fall for a blogger(post not available now). The idea was to substitute popular movies/music/dialog with blogger themed words. Hilarious stuff in the comments, do read. BTW, my entry was "There's something about Bloggy".

Monday, July 13, 2009

On Censorship, Toon Porn Episode

So the creators of Savitabhabhi have decided to end the Save Savita campaign, and thus India's first toon porn star will cease to exist soon.
Background, the govt of India in its infinite wisdom decided that a porn toon website posed some sort of problem to India, and banned it. The creators tried to organize a campaign to defy and/or overturn the ban, but have finally succumbed to the pressure.
Censorship, censorship. When will the Indian govt grow up and understand that if someone wants to be a pervert(not that following toon porn is perversion, but let's consider it is for the sake of the argument), one should have that choice!

(HT: Greatbong. Interested people can follow links from Greatbong's page, links NSFW.)

Friday, July 10, 2009

On "Dead Like Me"

Dear Readers,
Have been away for quite some time, and it's high time the blog got a little bit resuscitated. So here I am, briefly.
So there is this t.v. serial that used to air a while back called "Dead Like Me". The premise is that an 18 year old girl is killed by a falling toilet seat from a space station, and turns into a grim reaper. Grim Reapers are undead people, with physical bodies but face different from the one they had when they were living. Their job is to reap people's soul just before they die, and escort the soul to its final destination.
The final destination appears as a bright white light, the shape is customized to the soul, e.g., a child might see a carnival, an adventurer might see a cliff from which to jump off. The series deals with her coming to terms with her new job, the trials and tribulations the job entails, and in general a coming of age story.

The point of interest is the shape the light form takes. It is intimately connected to the desires and feelings and characteristics of the departed soul. What would yours look like?

Did you ask about mine? That's easy, it would be a huge library full of books and dvd's and a computer with high speed-unlimited download broadband internet connection.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

On Stupidity, Religion, and Suchlike

According to this piece, a church wants a woman to end her relationship with her boyfriend. She doesn't want to, and it turns out her confidential conversations with her church mentor were actually not so. Now the church threatens to publicize her other sins unless she does as ordered.


I hope she takes these people to court for breach of trust or some such. My sympathy, however, for the woman is reduced a little bit by the fact that she chose to discuss her private life with her church mentor in the first place! Not a friend, not a member of the family, but a mentor from the church--what do you expect?

It seems this particular procedure is common in that church, and she was supposed to know the consequences. Well, that raises two questions--a) How well was she informed of this when she joined the church? b) If she really knew about this, what made her join the church?

By the way, someone confesses to all sins regularly, and after death still goes to hell. Can there be a breach of trust proceedings against the church who promised salvation? Would any church actually promise such a thing, or is that a figment of my imagination? That might sound glib, but I am really curious. Someone well versed in Christian theology, please inform me.

Friday, December 19, 2008

On the Old John McCain

Where was this McCain during the election season? Humorous, confident, sensitive, analytical--statesmanlike. Why did he have to ditch this part of his self once he got the nomination!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

On The Dichotomy that is California

The Golden State overwhelmingly voted for Barack Obama, he of the message of unity and tolerance and dignity.
The Golden State passed Proposition 8 banning gay marriage.
What gives?

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

On The Loss of Innocence

I can be innocent only in my dreams.
Not in real life. Now all I see
is hunger when I sleep. No streams
of joy, for me to swim in glee.

Once upon a time, I was a rustic.
Gullible in thought, simple in act,
My world was an ice-cream stick
of happiness. Of less intellect.

Time has passed by, I have grayed
into a complex creature. No realms
of thought are taboo now, I'm afraid
I can be innocent only in my dreams.

Friday, October 3, 2008

On Going Back In Time

I wish I could go back in time.
Some mistakes I don't care about,
Others, I do.
Correct those with the benefit,
Of perfect hindsight.

I wish I could go back in time.
I am a lot older now,
Not the same mistakes.
Oh, what's the point!
New ones are there.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

On Sarah Palin's Unpreparedness in Interviews So Far

It might be a deliberate ploy to lower expectations and lull Biden into making some mistake or the other.
Republicans are master election strategists.

(Note: This is not related to relative merits of the candidates.)

Monday, September 22, 2008

On Wall Street Becoming History

With the declaration by Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley that they are going to become national banks, the end of an era is marked. GS and MS were right there at the top, where we lowly mortals used to look at agape and wonder. The world needed those epitomes of elitism and exclusivity--as a source of inspiration as well as the target of scorn about everything that is wrong with the world.
Both sides were right, and both sides were wrong. In the complex world of finance where these behemoths operated, there is no black and white--it's all different shades of gray.
A tale of corporate greed and messy regulations emerges from the meltdown over the last few months. While the ego of Lehman Brothers saw them go under, GS and MS have swallowed theirs and rightly decided on the prudent course of action. Creating money out of thin air is profitable no more, and a return to banking as it always should have been will hold these companies in good stead.
With the aura of exclusivity around these companies gone, the world needs new sources of inspiration. Maybe it will be these same two companies with a new tale of good corporate governance and solid business dealings.

[Consider this a fanboy post.]

Friday, August 29, 2008

On Sarah Palin

McCain has pulled a wonderful rabbit with his veep nominee. Sarah Palin is quite the accomplished woman (at least the kind voters would love), and might prove to be the trump card if she can attract the Hillary Clinton supporters.