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Thursday, May 24, 2007

We had a Pact

Here's my greatest sitcom characters list(definitely doesn't qualify as all time,haven't seen too many old ones)

10.John Dorian 'JD' (scrubs)-Greatest real life cartoon character I know.Appletini loving vanilla bear.

9. Niles Crane(Frasier)-The quintessential lovable loser

8.Phoebe Buffay(Friends)-Eccentric,unpredictable ,arbitrary,and possibly the only consistently funny character in the series

7.Frasier Crane(Frasier)- Chalk and Cheese,Father and Son

6.Seinfeld (Seinfeld)-The Indifferent ,unfeeling "What are these salty secretions" and " oh,thats a shame" guy.

5.Homer(Simpson's)-Duh. Or should I say Doh.Doh

4.Kramer(Seinfeld)-Nosy brash dufus.Poetry in slapstick.

3.Eric Cartman(south park)-Not even remotely politically "correct",in your face standout character.

2.Kevin Arnold(The wonder years) -Poster boy of the turbulent years of American history,reminder of the innocence that once was.

1.George Costanza(Seinfeld)-The Self loathing,petty,underconfident guy in all of us.Completely devoid of any semblance of emotion or empathy.Originally based on Woody Allen,but for a good part of the show on Larry David himself.

Apparently,during an early conversation with Larry David, Alexander questioned a script, saying, "This could never happen to anyone, and even if it did, no human being would react like this." David replied, "What do you mean? This happened to me once, and this is exactly how I reacted!"

With three of its main characters on the list,no prizes for guessing what would be my highest rated sitcom.

A lot of other characters didnt make the cut,for example Ted the lawyer from scrubs,or Bart simpson,but i am sure they wouldnt complain given the competition.


Sunday, May 20, 2007

Watchtower The Along

Try this song in reverse.
According to Dylan himself, its a story told in the reverse.
It makes perfect sense.

All along the watchtower
Ooh baby
Gotta beware gotta beware I will
Hear you sing around the watch
All along the watchtower

And the wind began to howl
Two riders were approachin
A wild cat did growl
Outside in the cold distance
Bare-foot servants to, but huh
While all the women came and went
Princes kept the view

All along the watchtower

The hours getting late
So let us not talk falsely now
And this is not our fate
But you and I weve been through that
Who feel that life is but a joke but uh
There are many here among us
The thief he kindly spoke
No reason to get excited

Hey hey
Nobody of it is worth

None will level on the line
Plow men dig my earth
Businessman they drink my wine
I cant get no relief
Theres too much confusion
Said the joker to the thief

There must be some kind of way out of here


Monday, May 07, 2007

In the Land of Milk and Honey

Thats right.One Can't buy A Thrill.

I just downloaded one.


Thursday, May 03, 2007

Happiness is a Warm Gun

Often,determining which one of two related events is the cause and which one ,the effect is hugely challenging.This may seem counter intuitive,based on everyday experience.But you probably know what I am talking about,for religions often talk of fate,which effectively reverses causality.

Consider this situation-In any unsorted sample space,one can expect a non- small standard deviation.Same with society.If any human attribute can be quantised,you can expect some people to have a much higher "value" of that compared to others in most cases.
So in any society,you can expect a few people to be withdrawn and mentally unstable ,inspite of having fairly normal "childhoods".The argument that these people should be "eliminated" is highly dangerous,as there must be a decent amount of deviants in any society.(there are evolutionary biologists who argue this way)

The challenge lies in making them "toothless".

In the light of the recent massacre in Virginia,proponents against the banning of guns argue that its not the guns that kill people,but people kill people.This theory is highly stupid to say in the least,because as I said deviants will always be there-just dont give them guns.

Imagine that the gun density in America is far lower than what it is now.
The killer,in all probability,would have,in his fit of rage,punched up a few guys in a bar.Nobody would have died,and he would have come under greater scrutiny by the police.Several lives would have been saved.

Lets get this straight,deviants cannot be cured or eliminated.Make them toothless.
The proponents against banning of guns are making a flawed assumption-that all" players "or people in a country are perfectly rational and will not use guns with no purpose,whose only result could be self destruction and killing of several other people.Its obviously absurd.

It has infact been shown that if all players are rational,it may not result in the end that lies in the best interests of all.

Consider two cars on a narrow lane travelling towards each other,on a collision course,they can only shift to the right lane.

Now three things can happen:

Both players decide to shift right,
Both players remain in the same lane
exactly one of them shifts.

Now first situation corresponds to both players being rational,second to both being irrational,and third to one of them being rational.As you can see,they have a chance of survival only with the third!!!

America will greatly benefit from a gun ban.Brazil has already tried something similar, ie encourage people to return their guns.

So Lennon *may disagree,but happiness is no warm gun.

*He probably didnt mean a real gun,as he was high in Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's ashram :)