Monday, 28 July 2008

'You total idiots!'

'Hey, I didn't do anything. I was just standing there.'

'My foot. Random humming of 'Georgie Porgie' just happened to happen-'

'Umm, dude, "happened to happen"? Not the best english.'

'Whatever! Random humming of nursery rhymes while I'm trying to talk to-'

'Trying to talk? I'm guessing by that you mean hinting to the guy next to her that your rubber fell next to her shoe?'

'Stop bloody interrupting me! I-'

'Full bloody and all huh? Our man has finally started swearing.'

'That's only because she's still in earshot. He thinks it'll make him sound cool.'

'Am I going to be allowed to speak or what?'

'As long as it's not about her hair.'

'Or her eyes.'

'And definitely not her intellectual capabilities.'

'Or lack of them.'

'Shut up.'

'Ok ya, I have to go, my mom's calling.'

'Shut up. You're going to meet Pranita'

'What, that girl from LFJC?'

'How does it matter where she's from?'

'So you agree you're going to meet her?'

'I didn't say that!'

'Suuuure you didn't.'

'You just implied it.'

'If you don't shut your mouth I will start swearing at you.'

'Whatever. Because we're terrified of your swearing capabilities. Facebook me about the encounter.'

'Encounter? That's probably true actually.'

'Fucking mother-'

'OK OK, we get the idea. Go meet your Juliet.'

'It'll probably end up like they did. He'll commit suicide as soon as he realises she doesn't notice him'

'That isn't how the story goes.'

'Course it is. He's a nerd, she's a total hottie, she walks by him ever day without noticing him, he gets depressed, kills himself, leaves a suicide note, girl gets depressed, gets over it, and moves on with her life.'

'You're fucking depressing ya.'

'I just tell it like it is.'

'Wogay. I see my auto, I have to go.'

'Yeah, bye.'

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what what what?
do you understand it? because i sure as hell don't.

Saturday, 19 July 2008

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? or, Who watches the watchmen?

i went to london two days ago, and came back only today

while there, i read Alan Moore's Watchmen. I have accepted that neil gaiman is not a freak, and that good, adult graphic novels, while not very common, still do get published from time to time, especialy when given the right author. Alan Moore is one of these. This is not just a book. this is a political commentary as interesting and engaging as any prose ever written, only given life with pictures.

it starts off, in the 1980s, with the death of a man. a 'costumed adventurer' investigates, despite the authorities' best efforts to keep it quiet. and so it begins.

we discover that the superheroes have largely retired, hung up their capes and tights and moved on. the world's most intelligent man is now among its wealthiest, having exploited his past as a superhero into a TV show, a toy line, and various other activities. the nuclear accident is now working for the american government, apparently protecting the american government from nuclear retaliation from the russians. laws have been passed that restrict the movement of superheroes not answering to the government. and Moore uses all of this to tell us not only an extremely compelling story, but also show us society, and ensures that it remains as valid now as it did then.

but let us not kid ourselves. this is still a comic book in the classic sense. there are crime-fighting superheroes, tremendous back stories, innumerable conspiracy theories, and mysterious killers. but there is more to it than that. it is about a choice, and the notion of 'the greater good'. the sacrifice of a few for the benefit of the many. and which ends justify means, and which don't.

go, I say. go and find the book, and read it. you dont even have to buy it. just read it.

Monday, 14 July 2008

'OH MY GOD! I CAN'T BELIEVE YOU DID THIS TO ME! AGAIN! FOR THE FIFTH TIME!
EVEN AFTER I REVIVED YOU USING THE ILLEGAL BRAIN TRANSPLANT FROM MY FAKE FATHER'S CLONE, YOU STILL CHEATED ON ME!'

'Look honey, we didn't mean to hurt you! It was just a thing, I swear! It just - you know - I was recovering in the hospital, and you were away fighting that lawsuit against your half-sister's surrogate mother, and I didn't have anyone to talk to, and she had a desmoplastic small round cell tumor! She was going to die, slowly and painfully, without anyone in the world. Do you know how horrible that can be?'

'I KNEW I SHOULD HAVE LISTENED TO MY MOTHER! AFTER MY SIXTH DIVORCE I FINALLY THOUGHT I HAD FOUND THE ONE! BUT NO, YOU HAD TO GO SPOIL IT FOR ME!'

'Try to understand! I was lonely, she was there! I had just been told that my father was actually my mother! And that the woman I thought was my mother was actually my grandfathers mistress from Spain! I was in a terrible situation!'

'Stop making excuses! You always cheat, and you always will! You even did it when you were in a coma because you had a dream where everyone you knew died and it caused a rapid demolecularisation of your myocardium!'

'That was not my fault! You keep throwing this in my face! I was in a coma, and a nymphomaniac nurse managed to take advantage of me and got pregnant!'

'WHAT? SHE GOT PREGNANT AND YOU DIDN'T TELL ME ABOUT IT? I TOLD YOU EVERYTHING!'

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my sad attempt at writing soap opera
i hope you hate it!

Wednesday, 2 July 2008

Went to Cambridge this weekend. Very awesome place, i must say. the bookshops are just &%^$ing huuuge. plus it's almost impossible to get lost. basically, I went to Eshwar's graduation, and while his family went to his graduation ceremony, i masqueraded as a cambridge student and got to see half a dozen colleges.
my favourite going in was St. John's, simply because it was rich, and the bridge of sighs looked cool. but then I actually got there, and what i ended up with was a bunch of buildings. not as exciting as i'd hoped.
unlike my current favourite, Gonville and Cauis (apparently pronounced "keys"). because when you walk in, you get a cosy quad, with lots of greenery, and you only see the gardens once you go out back. so that was quite cool.
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listened to rahmans new hindi album, jaane tu ya jaane na. its really strange, because in the track that he's trying to sing jazz, he starts of really badly and then redeems himself as it goes on. i really liked 'kabhi kabhi aditi', though. it, the album, not the song, isn't as good as i'd hoped, but its a new direction for rahman (thats only my opinion, though. its totally possible rahman's done jazz before, in which case this album is inferior.)
am currently listening to a cd of ms that was lying around the house. i got really excited when i discovered that jo achyutananda was on the cd, then i discovered that its actually a tamil version of the song, which seriously disappointed me. still, nice music.
on a similar note, im running out of space on my ipod.
i need a new one.
i am also broke.
how much does one of those new classics cost in india?
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im currently reading ' the worldly philosophers' by robert heilbroner. in the process of discovering exactly how pathetic my knolledge of oikonomikos is. but an awesome book, nonetheless.
recently read simplexity, by jeffrey kluger. on the lines of freakonomics, and almost as good a book.
on the fiction side, i read garth nix's superior saturday. its a childrens series. the new artemis fowl is releasing, and so is the next percy jackson. im hoping that i dont lose touch with these kind of books, but there are some books that i just dont like. like those sad cherub books. and alex rider, what a sad franchise. though i shouldn't really complain, im the one who went and bought all the ultimate spiderman novels for his birthday.
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tha's abou' i', really
yay for me