Infinity in the Palm of My Hand

Tuesday, February 24, 2004

Tufte slams Powerpoint, and does it well...

Saturday, February 21, 2004

Sometimes life works out...sometimes it doesn't...

Let go...

Friday, February 20, 2004

Finally emptied my mailbox...

That explains the sudden flood of entries...

Thursday, February 19, 2004

Top Movies of 2003 from MSN

1. 'American Splendor'

This oddball indie movie about cranky Cleveland cartoonist Harvey Pekar was
the most original movie of the year: a sweet-and-sour American wonder.

2. 'The Return of the King'

The final chapter of the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy doesn't disappoint.
It's the jewel in the crown. A triumph of epic storytelling.

3. 'Lost in Translation'

Sofia Coppola's exquisitely observed brief encounter was subtle, funny and
heartbreaking. Bill Murray's never been better.

4. 'Finding Nemo'

Pixar triumphs again. Its luminous, witty undersea adventure had wit and
heart to burn.

5. 'School of Rock'

No movie gave me such simple pleasure as this hilarious Richard Linklater
comedy. Can Jack Black ever top this dynamo performance?

6. 'Mystic River'

Director Clint Eastwood and a superb ensemble turn a Boston thriller into an
authentic American tragedy. Bruisingly powerful.

7. 'Man on the Train'

The unlikely friendship between a teacher and a bank robber becomes a
meditation on mortality and regret in this lovely French gem.

8. 'In America'

Jim Sheridan's lyrical, deeply personal story of an Irish family in
Manhattan is one from the heart.

9. 'Dirty Pretty Things'

>From Stephen Frears, a thriller about exploited immigrants in London as
chilling as it is cheeky.

10. 'The Barbarian Invasions'

Old friends and family reassess their lives in Denys Arcand's smart, funny,
moving elegy to a dying man with a lust for life.

Sufi music...


From Haris...on Christianity and Religion...

Indian "inspired" film songs...

Something other than google


Cool stuff...

Monty Python in Lego...

Eric and the NLACF...

Monsieur Letourneau,

It has come to my attention that the NLACF has planned a members-only
conference pertaining to (and obtaining) Pakistani eats. Being an avid
supporter of the NLACF, I must bring to your attention the following
constraints on the consumption of Pakistani foods:
(i) Under no circumstances will the consumption, digestion AND excretion of
Pakistani good-eats be executed within the same event, and within a societal
framework that supports and/or considers frission/fission of Uranium ore.
(ii) Consumption of carrots under the purvue of homemade Pakistani sauces or
spices is strictly prohibited (too much orange-coloured food is hazardous to
a multicolourful diet).
(iii) Culinary hosts must wear sombreros, and paisley dresses, and sing "I
know your wig is gone" by T-Bone Walker at the conclusion of the

To ensure that the NLACF follows these rules strictly, as set forth by the
Supra Universal Task Force on the Consumption of Yummy Stuff [SUTFCYS], I
must act as a liason between the SUTFCYS and the NLACF to ensure the
aforementioned rules are followed, on the dates EXCLUDING Mondays.

If you have any concerns regarding these dates, let me know. Any inquiries
to SUTFCYS and the aforementioned constraints, please feel free to email

Yours in culinary delights and such,

Mike and the NLACF

My Dearest Ibid,

I would like to thank you for your message of earlier today. I found I was
personally moved by the deep connection you feel not only to the Pakistani
culinary community, but also to the Orange Food community, and to the fans
of Mr. Walker's music.

Permit me, Ibby, to allay some of your concerns about the NLACF's proposed
outing this month for Pakistani food. As I'm sure you know, we do not, as
an organization, condone the excretion of foods at the same event at which
they were consumed. Those who do excrete such foods during the standard
timeframe of such an event are normally asked not to attend. An exception,
naturally, is made for those with an uncontrolled medical condition which
causes such premature excretion. For those unfortunate souls, we attempt,
as an organization, to provide comfort and medical aid.

Now, Ibster, as for the consumption of carrots along with other
orange-coloured delicacies - we stand by our member's rights to consume
food in accordance with the general principles of our organization. Since
our nascent organization is still in the process of drafting its
constitution, we don't exactly know what our principles are, but we'll let
you know them as soon as we do.

Finally, Ibiddiy-Wibbidy, as to the matter of the dress of our Culinary
Hosts - we here at the NLACF feel that it is appropriate for them to set
an appropriate standard of dress. We feel that your proposed dress code
falls within our standards, and we will encourage the hosts to follow it

Before I close this letter, Ibnatius, I'd like to, on behalf of the NLACF,
request a clarification. Specifically, we'd like to verify that you'd be
unable to attend any such outing if it were to occur on a Monday. We'd
also appreciate it if you could let us know if this includes Monday,
February 16th, 2004, which is during the Reading Break.

Yours in scrumption.

- Mike Letourneau, Member and Executive


Reading porn...

The wonder that English can be...

The Washington Post's Style Invitational once again
asked readers to take any word from the dictionary,
alter it by adding, subtracting, or changing one
letter, and supply a new definition. Here are this
year's winners.

1 - Bozone (n.): The substance surrounding a stupid
person that stops bright ideas from penetrating. The
bozone layer, unfortunately, shows little sign of
breaking down in the near future.

2 - Foreploy: Any misrepresentation about yourself for
the purpose of getting laid.

3 - Cashtration (n.): The act of buying a house, which
renders the subject financially impotent for an
ndefinite period.

4 - Giraffiti: Vandalism spray-painted very, very

5 - Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic
wit and the person who doesn't get it.

6 - Inoculatte: To take coffee intravenously when you
are running late.

7 - Hipatitis: Terminal coolness.

8 - Osteopornosis: A degenerate disease. (This one
got extra credit.)

9 - Karmageddon: It's like, when everybody is sending
off all these really bad vibes, right? And then,
like, the Earth explodes and it's like, a serious

10- Decafalon (n.): The grueling event of getting
through the day consuming only things that are good
for you.

11- Glibido: All talk and no action.

12- Dopeler effect: The tendency of stupid ideas to
seem smarter when they come at you rapidly.

13- Arachnoleptic fit (n.): The frantic dance
performed just after you've accidentally walked
through a spider web.

14- Beelzebug (n.): Satan in the form of a mosquito
that gets into your bedroom at three in the morning
and cannot be cast out.

15- Caterpallor (n.): The color you turn after finding
half a grub in the fruit you're eating.

16- And the pick of the literature: Ignoranus: A
person who's both stupid and an asshole.

On same-sex marriages...

Most of us think of marriage as a religious institution and yet also want it to be recognised as a government institution...why?
The government should leave the definition of "marriage" to the religious institutions and only deal with the "unions" of individuals. Any union (same-sex or not) should have identical rights in front of the government. In this way, the government can accord the same rights to gay couples that other couples enjoy and yet not entangle itself in religion-based conflicts.

Hee Haw, the elections are here...

Monday, February 16, 2004

Here I go again...

Arguing over trivial things...

Sunday, February 15, 2004

The new Indian gen...

Just to clarify, I'm talking about my gen...

Loads of opinions...but don't do anything about anything, do we?...

Thursday, February 05, 2004

Here we go...

Stupidity invades the IIM's...

Wednesday, February 04, 2004

Wo...what happened, brave Sir Musharraf?...

Now what are you getting that we don't know about?...

Tuesday, February 03, 2004

Don't bow down, don't bow down

Fear not the deceitful crown
They know what lying cowards they are
And in the fight they shan't go too far,00050003.htm

Go BBC Go!

And here cometh his trump card...,00430005.htm

And thus the mighty Khan spake...

So the US finally manages to get A Q Khan to publicly accept what the world has already known for so long. But as with all the good things in life, this one too comes with a catch.
Mr. A Q Khan can see that he going down, abandoned by the very government that had elevated him from the crook that he is to the "Einstein of Pakistan" (dear ol' Albert must be turning in his grave for sure) and had made him very moneyed (some might say that the disclosures of his wealth are "stunning"...well, what did u expect?...he does have one perfect "no-loss, great demand, exorbitant profit margins" business, and he wasn't really running it for the poor of Pakistan, was he?). But the honorable sire won't really go down alone, will he? And guess who he wants to take with him? Mr. President Musharraf himself. And it is obvious, right? The Prez is the traitor who's betrayed the partiotic saint (blessed he truly is for carrying out such a noble deed) at the behest of that great big devil called the US. And what kind of a martyr would Mr. AQK be if he didn't finish the traitor before his own end?
So now the US is in a quandary. They do so badly want to get rid of AQK, but how do they do it "legitimately" without harming their precious Mushy? And India is practically in the same position as the US, not that they can take any action in this matter, but atleast they need to know what they should be praying for.
Tch tch...don't we all know the might of the US? I'm sure they'll come up with something without racking too many brains. After all, legitimate need not really be legitimate, need it?

Aha!...But a tad too late, ain't it, sires?

a) Don't take to the path of war to come up with easy solutions where none exist.

b) If you do go to war, atleast be honest about your intentions.

c) Even if you're not honest about your intentions at the outset of the war, atleast own up after the end, when everyone has "discovered" your lies...don't wait for ages to do lose all hope of regaining any credibility.

Monday, February 02, 2004

A shining Indian economy?...

Sunday, February 01, 2004

Filmfare Awards...

The nominations for the Filmfare Awards are out...and it is both a pity and telling statement on Bollywood that the best film last year, 3 Deewarein, fails to get even a single nomination...

Within the nominees, my hopes are for:

Best Film: Koi Mil Gaya
Best Director: Rakesh Roshan
Best Actor: Hrithik Roshan
Best Actress: Urmila Matondkar
Best Supporting Actor: Arshad Warsi (or Saif Ali Khan)
Best Supporting Actress: Shabana Azmi (or Rekha)
Best Villian: Irfan Khan
Best Comedian: Boman Irani
Best Music: Ehsaan Loy
Best Lyrics: Javed Akhtar (LOC)