Dec 29, 2005

Nostalgia: dogs and booze

Its 2:30 A.M. It had just rained cats and dogs.Obviously all bars and all shops are closed. Due to the amazing weather and probably some other reasons we develop an uncontrollable craving for beer. And hence we embark upon the adventurous journey to Venky's. Well this is no Lord of the Rings ;I am talking about one of the several trips to VenkysI made during my stay at KGP.Venky's was the lifeline of 95% of the students there( Obviously rest 5% ppl also drank...its just that they didn't like adventures). Venky was a nice god fearing chap who believed in serving humanity ; so he kept an unlimited stock of Daaru at his home and you can go anytime of the day to get some.

Continuing with the trip.......well the way to reach Venky's was a typical Kaccha rasta with more than usual amount of ditches and pits and at night it became so dark that you had to rely on your fate to avoid crashing in one of those.And when it had rained so heavily it was not particularly advisable to go that way.But when you gotta drink you gotta drink. So me and 3 of my wingies started on our bikes ( ok ok i mean bicycles). I don't know if you know this fact: After suffering repression and subjugation at the hands of human beings during the daytime THE DOGS are too eager to take revenge during the nighttime. And that fateful night it was 4 poor souls who had to face the wrath of the dogs. To avoid the chasing dogs we had to cycle fast and then the inevitable happened. Mr. Praneeth Meka ( name has not been changed to maintain the authenticity)fell down in a ditch. And boy it was too much of a physical labour to get his bike and him out of the shit. The dogs left peacefully without doing anything , because their sadistic urge had been satisfied. Finally, we reached Venky's place.Even after shouting his name several times , our man didn't wake up. So only option was to climb the main gate and knock the door inside. Brave Mr. Vivek Misra climbed the wall and entered the house. Poor him , he didn't know that rich Venky was aproud owner of a rarest breed of dog (resembling a German Shepherd) which he kept loose in the nights.Somehow he was faster than the dog and managed to save his ass( It was a revelation:before this incident Misra was not aware of his athletic abilities). But the synergy of barking dog and yelling Misra was enough to wake Venky up.
We got our Haywards and returned safely to the hall.Believe me Beer never tasted so good!

PS: Venky actually has a fan following in KGP. There is a whole orkut community dedicated to him.

The Final Theory: Rethinking Our Scientific Legacy

This is the title of a new science book and I have to say I am very curious about it.
It rubbishes all the present scientific theories ....all means all :gravitation (Obviously), relativity, electromagnetism ,quantum mechanics....everything and says that einstein,newton,faraday were all jerks.Best part it is that Mark McCutcheon proposes his own new revolutionary theory that explains all the flaws in the present science.I read some of the publicity stunts for the book and I have to say they were pretty interesting. These are some excerpts from that article,lets see if you have some explanation :

Q: Light slows as it passes through water or
glass, causing it to bend, but how can it
return to light-speed on its own once it exits?

A: This is impossible in today's science. No object in nature
can speed up of its own accord after being slowed. A bullet
doesn't spontaneously speed up after it is slowed by passing
through a wooden block, so how does a photon of light
mysteriously return to its original speed once it exits a glass
block? Also, continuously shining a light beam through a glass
block will heat it, creating the further mystery that the beam
actually loses energy as it passes through the glass, yet still
manages to accelerate to its original speed upon exit. Today's
science cannot explain this mysterious everyday occurrence.

Q: If our universe isn't the bizarre place Einstein
claimed it is, why is there apparently so much
experimental support?

A: Mistakes, logical errors, and coincidence explains
much of this. It is easy to show that these factors create the
illusion of support in both physical experiments and thought
experiments. Let's examine some of the evidence:

The Twin Paradox Thought Experiment

Ever heard the one about the astronaut who speeds off in a
spaceship, only to return to Earth shortly to find that his twin
brother is now an old man? If you thought this concept was very
odd when you first heard it, you were right. Not only is it against
common sense, but even Einstein's theory, which was used to
invent this story, shows that it falls apart upon closer examination.
Since all speed is relative we could instead consider the Earth
as speeding away from the stationary spacecraft. This is just
as valid a view of the situation, yet doing so brings the opposite
result -- the twin in the spaceship would be an old man. Two
completely different unresolvable outcomes occur simply based
on how we think about the situation, which is clearly impossible.

Ask a physicist to address this fatal flaw and you'll simply be
told there are other complications to consider -- related to the
spaceship's initial acceleration up to its coasting speed as per
Einstein's General Relativity Theory -- which you wouldn't
understand -- and the matter will be discussed no further.

The author claims that after we read this book we'll have totally new perception of how apples fall or how a magnet attracts the pins.I am not sure what the credibility of this new theory will be but i can definitely give it a try.And anyway now since I have ditched Science forever ( no there is no confusion whether management is art or science) I can afford to forget whatever I have learnt in science till now.
If anybody has soft copy/hard copy of this book please send it to me.

Dec 26, 2005

Greatest albums ever!

These are my fav albums till date :

The Bends ( Radiohead) : Well there is no other album where each and every song is atleast 10 out of 10.This is a kind of album which you can listen to 3 times a day every day for a month and still not get bored. With intoxicating voice of Thom Yorke you just can't get enough of it. Be it the ultimate melody of High and Dry or the unforgettable guitar riff of sulk or the haunting sound of street spirit everything about this album is too perfect. Radiohead again proves that when it comes to music the yankees can't even come close to the Brits.

Best songs: High and Dry , My Iron Lung, Black Star, Fake Plastic Trees, Street Spirit(this one also has one of the best videos I have seen), Bones,Sulk,nice dream ..... every goddam song.

Wish You Were Here( Pink Floyd) :Effectively this album has only 4 songs ; but with the 23 minute epic shine on you crazy diamond you don't need anyting else. And then there is the most recognizable guitar riff of PF in wish you were here and the awesomely different have a cigar. Even welcome to the machine is good but in comparison to other beauties on this album this one fades out.

Pink Floyd is indeed the greatest band on earth.

Ten(Pearl Jam) : I have great respect for this band from Seattle. In my opinion this is the most complete rock group. Every member is a GOD in his field be it eddie on vocals or gossard or mccready on guitars or jack/dave/matt on drums or jeff on bass...and from this complete band we probably have the most complete rock album ever. Vocals on every song ( especially Black) are simply breathtaking and the guitar solos of Alive or Garden are awesome.There are songs on the softer side like release and the ultimate rockers like evenflow and why go.Unfortunately this was their debut album and I can definitely say that they would never be able to create an album of such high calibre ever.

Best songs: Black, Alive,Garden, Evenflow,Release, Why Go

Antichrist Superstar(Marilyn Manson) : Mark my words: This is the best hard rock/metal album that has ever come or that will ever come.First things first : God/Government fearing guys are bound to get offended by this album. You can love this album or you can hate this album but you can't be indifferent to this album. This the most controversial album from one of the most controversial band is often even blamed for teenage suicides (see Bowling for Columbine for some MM bashing).No wonder this US band is banned to perform in probably half of the US states itself and no wonder whenever MM is performing reflecting god on stage there are as many people opposing the performance outside the arena as there are in the arena( jobless people!!)...Mind you its not all hoopla....Antichrist superstar has most amazing riffs and seriously intelligent lyrics( well again ..lyrics are meant to shock you). Perfect headbanging material!

Best songs: The beautiful people, Reflecting God, Irresponsible Hate anthem, Antichrist superstar, 1996....

Nevermind(Nirvana) : Well I am little sentimental about this album ,because this brought me into rock fulltime. Smells like teen spirit is still my fav song.Nirvana I think was a pretty average band barring this album...But let me warn you this album is like cocaine..if you don't listen to it frequently you get bad dreams in the night.The tunes , the lyrics ...are all addictive.
Kurt vocals are amazing.There are two types of shouting in rock songs : controlled shouting and full blown shouting. Kurt could do both of them with super ease. If you dont believe me listen to lounge act and terristorial pissings.

Best Songs: Smells Like teen spirit, Lounge act, In bloom,something in the way,come as you are, terristorial pissings,lithium.

Dark Side of the Moon(Pink Floyd) : Come on...DARK SIDE OF THE MOON has to be there in any list in any corner of this world. This is real awe-inspiring music. One thing : you have to listen to the whole album in one go otherwise it loses its charm.As soon as you start with speak to me/breathe you instantly know that some brilliant stuff is about to follow.Although Money seems little out of place but the sax and the guitar solos take you to a different world.
Warning: you might lose track of time and your mind while listening to this. The whole experience is like travelling in time and you don't give a damn to other mundane stuff in your life. Wonderul!

4(Led Zeppelin) : 80% of the current bands have evolved from Led Zeppelin. And this fourth album is quintessential rock.It might take you a little time to appreciate this album but as they say ( or as I say) if you haven't listened to Led Zepp 4 you haven't listened to rock or if you have listened to Led Zepp 4 you have listened to whole of rock.Unique vocals of Plant or the guitar of Page are out of this world.

Best songs: Stairway to heaven, Black Dog, Misty Mountain Hop, Four sticks

And then there are other great albums :

Dirt(Alice in Chains)
OK Computer(Radiohead)
Rust in Peace(Megadeth)
The Man Who(Travis)
The Wall(Pink Floyd)
Who's Next(The Who)
Paranoid(Black Sabbath)
Images and Words(Dream Theater)
Ride the Lightning(Metallica)
Core(Stone Temple Pilots)
Vs(Pearl Jam)
2(Led Zeppelin)
Bring it On(Gomez)
Californication(Red Hot Chili Peppers)
Angel Dust(Faith No More)
Back in Black(AC/DC)
Meddle(Pink Floyd)
Purple(Stone Temple Pilots)
Number of the Beast(Iron Maiden)

Dec 17, 2005

Yet another new beginning

well i am starting once again.
to all those reading ..90% of my posts will be music and movies...10% some other mundane and utterly insignificant stuff.

Mind-boggling Science Fiction 3

Me to my personal Artificially Intelligent buddy, Rocket:  Rocket, can you do this calculation for me. What's 7 + 4? Rocket: Dude, d...