Oct 27, 2015

Vent

People love to vent. To let it all out.
And when they get an audience to their release, it gives them a high which no drug, chocolate or running can give.This is pretty evident in the overtly cynical or aggressive Facebook and Twitter posts. The whole business of psychiatry and counselling thrives on this innate human need.

Homoeopathy too.

I have always wondered, what attracts so many people to Homoeopathy. Not to offend people who practice Homoeopathy or have been the beneficiaries of "miracle" cures, but  I think it is one big scam. People who go for Homoeopathic treatment are either ignorant or desperate ( agreed even I have been desperate once. Only once though).It's like ghosts -no one in this world can convince me of Homoeopathy's magical abilities until I see them myself.
I have always wondered, what attracts so many people to Homoeopathy. That is until now. It is obviously the psychology session before the actual "treatment".That is when people get a chance to vent. That there is no shame or stigma attached to Homoeopathy is an added bonus.
"Hey, I am going to a Psychologist. I'm feeling depressed. Need to vent." 
" Fuck. You are a sad, crazy person."
"Hey, I am going to a Homoeopathic clinic. Need to vent . Also need to to show my foot for a fungal infection."
" Hey, good luck buddy."
When the inventor of Homoeopathy realized that the lure of sugar coated candies and alcohol may just not be enough, he introduced the venting sessions. And then people went all ga-ga.

FML is an altogether different level of venting. Nothing cheers me up more than other people's sadness. No, no, I don't mean it in a sadistic way - it's just when you are having a bad day, nothing can bring you back on your feet faster than to learn about people who are having days which are far, far worse. For those who don't know, FML ( Fuck My Life) is a  very popular App/Website. Currently, it resides in my "Entertainment" folder on my homescreen along with Youtube,9Gag and IMDB. Anyway, in FML, people vent about their fucked up experiences. And other people vote on whose life sucks the hardest. "Today I got fired , my wife left me and my house caught fire"   - but I've got 57000 votes. FTW.


Jul 25, 2015

Genius

In this era of easy audience and all time low benchmarks of brilliance and "awesomeness" it's very easy to overlook few things which are truly brilliant and truly awesome.
I've been a fan of "Ok Go" for  7-8 years. They are a band from Chicago. While their music is catchy, it's not necessarily amazing. It's the videos where their genius really comes out. They have really mastered the art of video making.
Mind you , there are no computer graphics here, just unbelievable planning and unbelievable creativity. And when you come to know that almost all their videos are continuous single shot videos, it just beggars belief.

So here we go (one of  the best possible ways to spend half an hour of your life):

Here It Goes Again :  This is what made them overnight superstars  ( One shot video)

Do What You Want : Probably their most catchy song

I Won't Let You Down : This is just surreal ( Again a single shot video !)

This Too Shall Pass : My favourite OK Go song and one of the best videos I have ever seen. I can just keep playing this on loop the whole day ( Remember, one shot video - woof!)

Needing/Getting : Things just keep getting ridiculous

The Writing's On the Wall : And still there's no end to the brilliance

It depresses me when I see that This Too Shall Pass has around 50 million youtube views and every second Katy Perry's song has more than a billion views. But then I play the video again, and the depression goes away.




Jan 1, 2015

Achievable

So, these are my new year resolutions:

1) Watch more TV ( yes that's right)
because too much control of internet sometimes becomes boring ( catching Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels on TV still feels like an achievement even though I have it on my hard drive)

because TV lets me watch certain stuff which my ego will prevent me from ever watching on Youtube , but which I enjoy once in a while( say like Justin Timberlake's Sexy Back or Katy Perry's Firework)

because TV is still a brilliant discovery platform ( how else would I come to know about "Impractical Jokers" which is clearly my favourite TV show right now. I dare you to not laugh while watching it.)

because TV has a bigger screen.

2) Do two trips - one totally impromptu and one carefully planned

because all my current trips fall somewhere in between ( with a 10-30 day planning time) which makes me spend a bomb anyway without giving any kick of an unplanned trip

3) Donate to a charity if Federer wins a slam

because I am shallow like that

4) Practise sub-conscious/day dream driving

because those days when I leave home in my car and realize abruptly after 25 minutes that I am halfway to office ( without actually remembering any part of actual driving) are the most wonderful and stress-free

5) Sell the guitar on Quikr

because that bastard stands in front of me and mocks me on a daily basis

6) Experiment more with /take more interest in food

because I have been living in Mumbai for 7 years but I ate Thalipeeth for the first time only a few days back

because I ate a complete fish dish(Smoked Green Basa) by myself for the first time ever; again  few days back

because I loved the Thalipeeth and the fish

7) Be less judgmental about the posts on Facebook timeline

because it makes it so less fun and so much more annoying

because otherwise having a facebook account does not make sense

8) Read more science, do more maths

because it gives a nice feeling of not dumbing down ( false it may be)

9) Discover 2 great authors and 3 great bands

because it is an amazing feeling

10) Watch a John Abraham movie

because by being in touch with the nadir of human talent helps you feel great about yourself

11) Move more

because none of my other resolutions are actually encouraging me to move more

12) Do something illegal ( yeah a bit more than jumping signals)

because this post was not sounding edgy enough

13) Time Travel

because it's high time


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