One liners @ 02:39 a.m.

  • Smile — it makes people wonder what you’re up to.
  • If you can’t convince them, confuse them.
  • Marriage is one of the chief causes of divorce.
  • Always and never are two words you should always remember never to use.
  • Someday is not a day of the week
  • Join the army, see the world, meet interesting people, and kill them.
  • Until I was 13, I thought my name was ‘Shut Up.’
  • The road to success is always under construction.
  • When everything’s coming your way, you’re in the wrong lane.
  • Born free; Taxed to death.
  • Everyone has a photographic memory; some people just don’t have film.
  • Life is unsure; always eat your dessert first.
  • I love being a writer… what I can’t stand is the paperwork.
  • The hardest part of skating is the ice.
  • The trouble with being punctual is that there’s no one there to appreciate it.
  • It’s not the fall that kills you; it’s the sudden stop at the end.
  • Hot glass looks same as cold glass. (Cunino’s Law of Burnt Fingers)

On Morals

Morals certainly should be taught, but they should not be based on lies. Apart from the fact that lies should be avoided just because they are untrue, lies have a nasty habit of catching up with us.

– Dr. Paul Kuhne (Home Medical Encylcopedia, 1960)

How to : Get a life?

Does being alive mean that you actually have a life?

Understand the term : Get a life

To understand how a person alive might not actually have a life, you got to see this comic strip.

You might have a blog, but you might still not have a life. Even pioneers of blogging didn’t have a life!

If I’m so “successful,” why aren’t I having more fun?
If I’m so “together,” why do I feel so out of control?
Here is an article that has some answers.

Let me know if there are more…

Monkey film

Well, I thought that these .mp3 files at www.ernestcline.com were hilarious.

http://www.ernestcline.com/spokenword/Nerd_Porn_Auteur-Ernie_Cline.mp3

http://www.ernestcline.com/spokenword/When_I_Was_A_Kid-Ernie_Cline.mp3

http://www.ernestcline.com/spokenword/Airwolf-Ernie_Cline.mp3

http://www.ernestcline.com/spokenword/The_Geek_Wants_Out-Ernie_Cline.mp3

http://www.ernestcline.com/spokenword/Dance_Monkeys_Dance-Ernie_Cline.mp3

Not any more. Watch DJ Stelio’s pick from YouTube.

A user has commented:

“The greatest trick the devil ever pulled is to convince the world he doesnt exist. Science is man made and thus flawed. Nothing man made is perfect. But the universe is so intrinsically balanced that to dismiss it as coincidence is just stupid. “The world is flat”, “The atom is the smallest thing”, scientic facts always turned out to be bullshit!”

This is deep, Ha Ha Ha !

 

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Remembering Paul Gauguin

“Peak Oil” has been eating my brains out for the last couple of days.

Except a few chemical engineers around me who atleast seem to understand the enormity of the problem, most people around me seem blissfully ignorant and completely unaware. I even heard about some one saying “Oil can’t ever run out, it gushes out from under the earth.”

History seems all set to reverse itself.

I’m reminded of Gauguin’s words: “In order to do something new we must go back to the source, to humanity in its infancy.”

The human kind surely does not need oil to survive.

Great empires were established without a single drop of oil. Even though Rome was not built in a day, it was built before refineries were built.

In lieu of oil, humans will need to work harder, but that can’t be very bad. For centuries, our forefathers have done that.

But of course, working harder was never an acceptable solution to the human race. What we want is a simple magical energy solution will present itself to the human race so that the laziness can prevail and all can watch TV sitting on fat couches eating chips and drinking cola. It could be a simple wave of Harry Potter’s wand or a wierd gravity defying perpetual motion machine installed and maintained by Mickey Mouse. The solution has to come from somewhere.

People, atleast some of them, need to take up the role of artists to create the ultimate energy solution…and the painter should not paint what he sees, but what will be seen.

Gauguin said : I shut my eyes in order to see

This means that if a painter limits himself to the mundane sight of the world, his ability to create things beyond the mundane sight is lost.

What I learn from this is that for one to arrive at a truly creative solution, one has to stop worrying about the norm. Creative solutions are obtained more easily if the norm is discarded and the mind is free to seek and try means that are new, different or innovated.

I’m going to close my eyes now, so that I can find a solution to the energy crisis. Check this space tomorrow 🙂

What every Indian should know

There is an interesting provision in the Indian voting system, as per a 1969 act, in section “49-O” of code of conduct of elections.

As per this, a person can go to the polling booth, confirm his identity, get his finger marked and convey the presiding election officer that he doesn’t want to vote for anyone!

Now, why should anybody go to the polling booth and say “I DO NOT WANT TO VOTE FOR ANYBODY”?

Simply because it can make a difference.

“Not voting” and deciding to “not vote for anybody” are two different things as per the constitution.

The decision to “not vote for anybody” prevents your vote from being misused. Also, it can alter the course of an election result even after a candidate has won a majority of votes.

If the number of people using the “49 O” option is greater than the winning candidates vote margin, then the election results would be null and void. Not only that, the candidature of the contestant would be removed and they cannot recontest, since people had already expressed their decision on them.

This way, if >50% people decide to use this option, then this means people do not have faith in any candidate who is contesting the election. The political parties would have to then either propose new candidates for the next elections who are acceptable to public or it may pave a way for new independent candidates.

This would instill some fear inthe political parties who would look for genuine candidates for their parties for election. This could change the way of our whole political system.

Showing your power expressing your desire not to vote for anybody is more powerful than voting , so don’t miss your chance.

So either vote, or vote not to vote (vote 49-O) and you can do your share to improve India’s political system.

For those who know Tamil, there is an article about this at http://www.keetru.com/ohpodu/Oh_Podu.pdf.

Please pass the word on to everybody you know.

PI

Though PI has a reputation of being an irrational number (a number that can’t be expressed as a ratio of two integers), I did a small check to see which vulgar fraction within denominator <1000 comes closest to PI


Fraction Value % error
pi() 3.141592654
22/7 3.142857143 0.040249943
355/113 3.14159292 0.000008491
1043/332 3.141566265 -0.000839973
1753/558 3.141577061 -0.00049633
2152/685 3.141605839 0.000419718

Remembering Gibran

Then a woman said, “Speak to us of Joy and Sorrow.”And he answered: Your joy is your sorrow unmasked.

And the selfsame well from which your laughter rises was oftentimes filled with your tears.

And how else can it be?

The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.

Is not the cup that hold your wine the very cup that was burned in the potter’s oven?

And is not the lute that soothes your spirit, the very wood that was hollowed with knives?

When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy.

When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.

Some of you say, “Joy is greater than sorrow,” and others say, “Nay, sorrow is the greater.”

But I say unto you, they are inseparable.

Together they come, and when one sits alone with you at your board, remember that the other is asleep upon your bed.

Verily you are suspended like scales between your sorrow and your joy.

Only when you are empty are you at standstill and balanced.

When the treasure-keeper lifts you to weigh his gold and his silver, needs must your joy or your sorrow rise or fall.