Archive for September, 2005

28-Sep-2005

September 28, 2005

And, in response to all those people that believe in the theory of Intelligent Design, I hereby offer the theory of Flying Spaghetti Monsterism . Now there’s a religion I can actually stand behind with pride.

28-Sep-2005

September 28, 2005

I personally do not believe in creationism. And I find the “Intelligent Design” theory to be a little too convenient an explanation to satisfy my scientific bent. What use is a theory that can’t be tested? So it’s with no small amount of interest that I’m following the ongoing trial in Dover, PA about the school board’s decision to make schools tell their students about the alternatives to evolution for explaining the existence of life on Earth. In relation to that, I found the following article on IMDb quite amusing. By the way, March Of The Penguins is a *great* date movie.

‘Penguins’ Cools Off

For the first time in 10 weeks, the Warner Bros. Classics documentary March of the Penguins fell out of the top ten, slipping to 11th place with $1,747,832. Its total gross, which now stands at $72,846,145, makes it the second-highest earner among documentaries of all time, behind only Fahrenheit 9/11. Recent reports indicated that conservative “family values” groups have been instrumental in keeping the film alive at the box office, booking large blocks of seats and asserting that the film provides proof of “intelligent design.” On the other hand London Times film writer Caitlin Moran observed last week, “To be honest, this is good news. If American Christians want to go public on the fact that they’re now morally guided by penguins, at least we know where we all stand.”

28-Sep-2005

September 28, 2005

This is a scary thought… I always said a second term for Bush would be bad for this country. Of course, the other option was pretty ;sad too.

28-Sep-2005

September 28, 2005

So, I signed up on this website called MentorNet. Basically, I agree to mentor an engineering or science student via email, and give them advise on what it’s like to be in the workplace. I was matched with someone from Cornell a few weeks ago, and even though I’ve sent a couple of emails, I still haven’t heard back. Was it something I said?

And an amusing link here… I believe the expression is, ulta chor kotwal ko daante . ;Of all the things to happen in my hometown. * sighs*

26-Sep-2005

September 26, 2005

Been an eventful few weeks. I kept meaning to update the blog, but I kept getting too lazy to do it. ;Here’s the highlights:

1) Finally set up my new computer, as well as the 5.1 speaker system. After playing some games and watching some DVDs on it (including Band of Brothers), all I can say is… DAMN!! I’m gonna have so much fun ;with this!
2) Cancelled my trip to Houston because of Rita. Damn bitch. Fortunately, I should get complete (almost) refunds on my airline and concert tickets.
3) Started a GMAT class, going until late November, and I plan to take the GMAT sometime in late December. I was at a panel discussion yesterday where they had admissions officers from Haas (Berkeley), Stanford, Santa Clara Univ, and Wharton (Exec MBA). Some interesting points came up, and I had a good discussion with one of the other panelists, who was a Wharton alum and currently works at McKinsey. I already knew him, because we’d met during the NetIP ski trip in the beginning of the year. Defintiely need to stay in touch with him.

That’s the highlights for now. Be back with more later.

10-Sep-2005

September 10, 2005

As sort of a followup, this is a clip of MSNBC anchor Keith Olbermann presenting an editorial regarding the administration’s handling of Katrina. All I can say is … DAMN!! Rush Limbaugh wishes he was this eloquent. This is the best bitch-slapping on TV I’ve seen in a long time.

7-Sep-2005

September 7, 2005

My cousin sent me this forwarded email, and I thought it was worth reproducing. I don’t know if the facts are completely accurate, but I think they’re close enough that the comparison is still valid.

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New Orleans Vs Mumbai
We couldn’t help making this comparison..

Inches of rain in New Orleans due to Hurricane Katrina… 18
Inches of rain in Mumbai (July 27th)…. 37.1

Population of New Orleans… 484,674
Population of Mumbai…. 12,622,500

Deaths in New Orleans within 48 hours of Katrina …100
Deaths in Mumbai within 48 hours of rain .. 37.

Number of people to be evacuated in New Orleans… entire city (Woah)
Number of people evacuated in Mumbai…10,000

Cases of shooting and violence in New Orleans…Countless
Cases of shooting and violence in Mumbai.. NONE

Time taken for US army to reach New Orleans… 48 hours
Time taken for Indian army and navy to reach Mumbai… 12hours

Status 48hours later…New Orleans is still waiting for relief, army and electricty
Status 48hours later..Mumbai is back on its feet and is business as usual

USA…World’s most developed nation
India…Third World country..?

4-Sep-2005

September 4, 2005

A few hours after I posted my last rant, I got the one thing that would have helped my mood… kinda. Unfortunately, there hasn’t been a follow up, but I feel a little better now. That, plus I’m finally gonna get some work to do, after sitting on my ass for almost 2 weeks getting bored.

Finally got the chance to drive my new baby on a near empty road when I went to the airport, and it was fun indeed. I still need to get started on the selling of my old car. Should start that soon, so I’m not paying obscene amounts of insurance.

Atlanta has been fun so far. Watched Sin City on Thursday night. Good movie, but not five stars. Friday, we went to Atlanta and saw Lewis Black perform standup. I’d seen him in San Jose before, but he was even better this time. He was just ON. The food at the place kinda sucked, but that’s ok. Lewis made up for it.

Saturday, we went to Lenox Mall, one of the “upscale” malls in Atlanta. And there was some good eye candy on display. We bummed around for a bit, then went to see The 40 Year Old Virgin. Pretty good movie, and Steve Carell was really funny. Then we drove back to Macon. I drove Sara’s car, since she was feeling pretty tired. I gotta say, 103 miles went by pretty quick.

Not sure what the plans are today. We might go to the Jain temple for Mahavir Jayanti, but it’s 90 miles away. Either way, I know my weekend hasn’t been as exciting as Cupcake’s, who seems to have excitement (and boys) follow her everywhere she goes. *rolls eyes*

*edit* Five minutes after writing this post, I realised how boring it was. Sorry. Will do better next time.