Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Drunken Rant 2

Welcome to another episode of drunken rant. Today I don't have anything to blog about, so I am going to rant about five random things I have encountered in life so far.

1. I have learnt to make few indian dishes and I have started to enjoy cooking . Here is something I learnt from a friend of mine, it is difficult to cook Basmati in a pressure cooker. When you cook Basmati in a vessel, add a teaspoon of spoil or vinegar it doesn't let the rice become sticky.

2. I sometimes see guys in the mens rest room, lowering their pants to take a leak. I wonder, why was the zip invented guys??

3. The one liner enjoyed recently was from the movie 'Forgetting Sarah Marshall', it goes on like this "If God was a city planner he would not put a playground next to a sewage system!". Well here's my explanation to it, so thats where most of the time your unborn kid is going to go either to the play ground or into the sewer.

4. I believe that men can make similarities about totally random things and can convince themselves that the events are not random. Now, that you have read this blog entry, draw your own parallels and prove the world that the four points are not random but decided in advance ;-)

Cheers

Friday, April 18, 2008

Drunken Rant - 1

Welcome to my first ever drunken rant. Yes, I am going to rant about few things tonight. If you have something important like saving the universe from super villains, who wear bright color under garments over tight pants, READ NO FURTHER.

I am going to rant about totally disjoint things, so be prepared. Joining me today on my rant is distinguished guests Mr. Mojo Risin', who is playing in the background and Mr.Glenfiddich, who is a good spirit to lift my spirits up.









I go through this once in a while, few things keep coming my way even though I didn't expect it to be found there. In my case it was Stanley Milgram, he is famous for coining the term 'Six degrees of separation'. He has conducted several interesting experiments on human behavior and the results are shocking at times and very interesting. One such experiment was mentioned in the paper 'Perils of Obedience' (The complete paper is around 12 pages).

The experiment involves two individuals randomly selected from a group, one acting as a student and another as a teacher. The teacher's job is to train the student and when the student makes a mistake he can give electric shocks as punishment. The level of electric shock raises gradually to lethal levels as the student makes more mistakes. The teacher can quit the experiment any time. But according to the experiment a majority of the participants didn't quit the experiment when the student was screaming in pain. With little persuasion you could make the teacher administer lethal shock to the student.

Human beings part of a system have been trained and are being trained to obey authority. According to the experiment, even the teacher always had the option to quit he continued and he tortured the student because he was more interested in training the student (he wanted to be more obedient) rather than accepting the fact that the student was actually suffering. Imagine this, if there was a serious threat to the teacher if he doesn't complete the job, he won't mind killing the student. This probably is the reason behind normal human beings committing some of the heinous crimes against fellow human beings.

The more you become a part of the system, you will obey authority and won't even think of revolting against authority, even when you know, what you are doing is something wrong. Those who stand up for themselves against the system either get destroyed or destroy the system.

If you liked the above experiment, also read about Zimbardo's Stanford Prison Experiment.

An interesting aspect of religion is the concept of heaven and hell. Humans can dream and according to me heaven is a universally accepted dream. Think about the all the things said about heaven, you will be eternal, won't be hungry, white angels, good looking males and females, clean white clothes, etc. Wait a second, doesn't this sound like fantasy.

Lets come to the topic of hell, sometimes every human feels he or she is wronged or cheated by other fellow human being and couldn't set it even before they die. So humans came up with this imaginary universal concept of hell, where in you want the other person who cheated you to suffer. It is such an universal theme is pretty much accepted in all societies. Isn't it just unfulfilled wishes taking shape.

According to me there is no heaven or hell, if it exists it is here on earth and thats when you live and how you live.

Want to read more about religion read "Who Knows?: A Study of Religious Consciousness" by Raymond Smullyan.

When few things are over done, it just pisses me off. Flash, is a very nice technology from Macromedia/Adobe. But all the website designers just over do the site with flash, pop up ads, they suck big time guys. Stop doing that sh**. I am mostly listening to some song when I visit your site, ask me before you play the damn audio in your site, don't autostart that damn thing.

If you want to save your state of mind and bandwidth go install flashblocker plugin for firefox. Now, that you are in control, all flash animation will play only when you click on it.

Spice up your desktop

Even though, I like a slick and clean desktop without any windows theme, once in a while I find a really nice wall paper which lures me into spicing up desktop. I found one such wall paper recently from 'Dark Roasted Blend' blog entry on fractals (Url: http://www.darkroastedblend.com/2008/04/most-beautiful-fractals.html). Wow, fractals are beautiful. Find the screen shot of my desktop below, if you like it go ahead and grab so many other fractals. I am running MS Zune theme with 'Wildfire' fractal as the desktop wall paper and the calendar is from Rainlendar.


If it is a work desktop and you want to conserve every bit of computing power but still want a simple and clean looking wall paper, switch to classic windows theme and try the blue pattern below (remember to tile it).


For more wall papers for your win/mac, visit interfacelift.com, it has some neat wall papers and of course it is free.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Conversations in the Concrete Jungle - Part IV

War Pigeon (WP): Hey peace, haven't seen you for a while, how have you been ??
Peace Eagle(PE): I am doing fine. Just a lil tired WP.






PE: Hey WP, why do humans fight so much among themselves ?
WP: Thats an interesting question. Most of the humans think that, what he/she says is right. They can't accept disagreement.

WP: Don't you think I am right??
PE: Yes, you are my friend.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Conversations in the Concrete Jungle - Part III

Welcome to another edition of conversations in the concrete jungle.

Otter 1: Yo, whats up ??
Otter 2: Not bad

Otter 1: Bro, my religion says sex before marriage is sin, eating meat is sin, drinking is sin.
Otter 2: so?


Otter 1: I am confused man..
Otter 2: dude, more men have died fighting for religion than for sex, money, drink and other earthly pleasures. Now it is time for you to think and decide. Peace be with you :-)

Sunday, March 30, 2008

I will be back ...... sooon

Hello everyone out there, the last couple of months has been pretty crazy and couldn't find much time to update the blog. Will be back soon with interesting topics.

Cheers
Nishanth

Monday, February 11, 2008

Ommadawn

Seems today's theme is music and once again Ommadawn is my first Mike Oldfield album. The album has just three tracks Part one, Part Two and Horseback. Part one and Part Two are purely instrumental featuring beautiful guitar work, bag pipes and variety of other instruments. Horseback has lyrics and it is a slow melody. A very good start if you are interested in Mike Oldfield's works. For more info, read the wiki entry of Ommadawn.

Shpongle - Tales Of The Inexpressible

Shpongle's 'Tales of the Inexpressible' is my first Psybient / Psy-trance album. The album name was intriguing and the mask was similar to the Pink Floyd's Relics album cover. I had no clue what Psybient was when I started listening to it but after listening to the entire album, it was definitely worth the time.

The variation in rythm and the way flute, synthesizers and other instruments are mixed is just brilliant. I have liked pretty much all tracks from this album.

If you like world music, trance, electronic music there is a good chance that you will like Shpongle. For a bigger and longer review of this album check out the link below. http://www.sputnikmusic.com/album.php?albumid=4087

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Conversations in the Concrete Jungle - Part II

Goat 1: I am terribly bored, tell me something interesting
Goat 2: Want to hear about one of the greatest conspiracies that goes on in this world ?

Goat 1: Never heard of it, what is that ??
Goat 2: Well, you might have been told countless times that old people are wise and you have to respect your elders, listen to their opinions, blah blah..

Goat 1: Yes, so whats with that ??
Goat 2: Here is how it started, almost all men want a sense of authority over others. The problem with holding a 'title' or 'respectable job' or any other thing that gives you authority is you are always in direct competition with someone and one day or other you will loose that authority.

Goat 1: so what ?
Goat 2: the wise guys needed something, that will always be there at their defense. There it was, time. Yes, all people grow older everyday and that was the best defense. Spread the word the older you grow wiser you are.

Goat 1: mmhm
Goat 2: The idea was so contagious, irrespective of civilization, religion, etc it spread like wild fire. No matter what you have done when you were young, once you grow older, you have to be treated with utmost respect, elders thoughts, ideas and opinions matter the most.

Goat 1: How do you know that ??
Goat 2: Because I am older than you and I am wiser than you.