27 August 2008

All I needed to know I learnt from the Hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy...

10. Humans are not as important as we think we are.
The universe is staggeringly, mindblowingly huge. From the universe's perspective, we are a microscopic dot on a microscopic dot. Earth, and all of humanity could be destroyed to make way for a hyperspace bypass and nobody on any other planet would ever notice.

9. There's no point in living forever.
What would you do? All your friends would be dead or you would have fought with them. You would be so bored that all you could do was insult every single living thing in the universe, alphabetically by name. And watch that point in Love, actually where Keira Knightley first shows up as a bride for the 18 billionth time.

8. Being a God may not be much fun (unless other people find out).
Look at the rain God... it was always raining wherever he was. Then he got paid a lot to stay away from places. He's still lonely.

7. Digital watches are still a pretty neat idea.
The little things.... the wheel, the mirror... man those things are just works of genius.

6. It's sometimes a good thing to have a few drinks.
You never know when you're about to find out that the world is about to end and your best friend is an alien from somewhere in the vicinity of Betelgeuse.

5. Some things are pure evil, even if they write poetry.
The Vogons, for instance, wrote horrible poetry... not because deep down inside they're sentimental, but just because they liked to torture others with it. E V I L Full Stop.

4. Animals are probably more intelligent than humans.
Think about it... why would an intelligent being want to have all the problems of ruling the world? It's much better to influence those who rule by changing their perceptions of reality and making them do what you want. So that you can have time to hang around in the pool and get free food. Wait... grad students might actually be more intelligent than the general population.

3. The messiah ain't a-comin'.
And if she is, she's gonna reach right before the world ends. So be happy right now, the switch for happiness is in your brain, not in the PS3 or XBOX360 (those do help for a little while though).

2. The answer to the secret of life, the universe, and everything is 42.
The problem is, nobody knows the question. If they did, then the whole universe would fall apart and be replaced by something even more mind-boggling.

1. No robot can make good tea the way mamma (or the guy in the train - for those who've been on Indian railways) made it.
You can have the smartest computer in the world... but that thing cannot make tea properly, even if you sit all night explaining all about picking the best leaves out of Assam.

(I just realised that people might have no clue what I'm talking about. I just realised there might be people who've never read Douglas Adams' The hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy series. D-oh. Please to read it, thaank you very much.) It's a great book, and this post probably only makes sense to H2G2 fans.

24 August 2008

Birthday 2008

There's a tradition on this blog that every year on my birthday I post a silly picture of myself to remind people that I'm only getting younger. (For those just catching up, here's Birthday 2006 and Birthday 2007).

This photo was taken by Imei - who blogs at BooBoo, Ginga and the world of dogs and at Imei lounge... and just about sums up what I try to do on this blog.


OK... since the public humiliation is out of the way, I remembered that I had a tag that I never got around to doing... from way back in Feb (thanks Freespirit).

Rules of the tag are:

Post 5 links to 5 of your previously written posts. The posts have to relate to the 5 key words given (family, friend, yourself, your love, anything you like). Tag 5 other friends to do this meme. Try to tag at least 2 new acquaintances (if not, your current blog buddies will do) so that you get to know them each a little bit better.
I'm going to ignore the part about tagging other people. If this post moves you, then consider yourself tagged. Actually maybe I should start a tag that people should post a silly picture of themselves on their birthday.

Family:
I try to keep my human family off the blog for security reasons - naah just kidding - I'm too lazy (and too cheap) to call them up and ask for permission individually... but I assume that the doggie family is cool with that. They know more than I do, for sure. So here's a post of the first Dog Conference arranged in Lafayette. There's some sad news, Rudy's passed away due to heart failure and Sophie has passed away due to cancer (they are No. 7 and No. 8 on that blog post).

Friend:
Here I have a blog post about Lova aka Mr Lova Lova the Malagasy dwarf hippo. Don't worry, there's no weeping or crying when you read the post. It's just about a trip to Chicago to watch Russell Peters and how Lova got on TV.

Myself:
Well... you can access me through my writing and through my photos. I'm on everywhere as mosilager. Right now the photography side of my brain is more active than the 'fun' writing side of the brain so check out my best photo stuff at Lensaholic and that and everything else on mosilager@flickr.

Love:
Aaaah yes... love love love. I'll make a confession, I 've watched Love, actually about 50 times. It's a great movie. It doesn't make me any less of a man (at least that's what all the girls say to my face). Man... and I thought the public humiliation on my birthday theme ended with the silly photo. Here's my other ramblings on how to find the perfect woman, and the marriage profile that actually brought the perfect woman to me :)

Anything I like:
I do have some off-the-wall stuff that I like. I like this post about how different authors would have written Harry Potter. I also like this post about surviving the trip to meet family after getting a job for the first time. And here's what you have to know when living with two dogs. All hopes of one teaching the other good manners will fly out of the window.

Consider yourself tagged if you feel like going on a journey to discover your old posts... and have a long island iced tea on me.

22 August 2008

Lensaholic

I've been fairly delinquent on the blog. It's a combination of being busy, slow internet and writer's block. When I try to write it doesn't flow well and I hate posting complete trash. So I've been taking photos and posting them on flickr. Unfortunately flickr only keeps track of the last 200 photos that have been uploaded. In order to preserve the links to older photos than that, I've started a blog called Lensaholic. Do pay a visit. If anyone knows how to port flickr comments to blogger, please let me know.

Here's a little gallery of some of my most popular photos (as judged by flickr users).

mosilager - View my most interesting photos on Flickriver

Olympian biases

Melvin pointed me to an interesting post by Angry African on the differences between the USA and the rest of the world. Angry African pointed out that in the USA Olympic medal table, the USA is Number 1 while China is Number 1 everywhere else.

Now with my interest in media bias, I had to go check this out. Sure enough, both CNN and NBC are showing the USA as leading the Olympics of 2008. BBC / Indian news channels show China leading. The difference is that CNN and NBC are counting the total number of medals as being important while BBC and everyone else is counting the total number of golds.

I did a little bit more research on this to see if it either of the networks had changed the way they did this from prior years... and there's no change. I know, I know, would have been much more interesting if either of the networks had changed their reporting from 2004 to boost their nation's standings.



(Data from CNN 08, BBC 08, CNN 04, BBC 04)

Personally, I like Melvin's way of calculating who the best is. He uses an algorithm that includes most improved, and the length of moustaches and various other secret criteria.