10 February, 2013

Opposable Thumbs

Human have opposable thumbs. I had no idea what that meant. I mean I knew that it meant we were better at things requiring precision motor skills (read arts & crafts). I still didn't know what the term actually meant. The biological definition of opposability reads thus -  "A movement by which the pulp surface of the thumb is placed squarely in contact with - or diametrically opposite to - the terminal pads of one or all of the remaining digits.".  No help. At all.

And that got me thinking, why is scientific literature so dense? And then I realized its not just the literature that's dense - its us. While density of words is good, for us, not so much. We have lost the ability to write/understand words with density. Go back a few decades and the regular writer had the use of paper and a pen to put his thoughts down. Both of which are much more expensive than the enormous number of backspaces that I had to press while typing this. Go back even further and he had to write it on palm leaves if they merited semi-permanent recording and don't even get me started on stone tablets. Words were always at a premium and ideas had to be crisp and concise.

Something for you to think about, the next time you are at home twiddling your opposable thumbs.

Oh and opposable thumbs mean exactly what they sound like. They let your thumbs oppose against something when you wish to pick it up. Trying picking up stuff with any of your other two fingers, and you'll know what I mean.

21 November, 2012

Irrational Movie Review

Cards on the table. This post is a movie review.

The title is not an insult to the movie and in fact, is not even meant to describe the movie. Nor is it meant to convey the fact that this review is irrational. Well, the review may turn out to be irrational, but that's for you to investigate and not for me to concede right at the beginning. The Irrational Movie Review. What am I describing to be irrational then? Don't you just hate these adjectives that don't commit to a noun and are both vague and mysterious at the same time.

Ten lines in and you have no idea what I'm talking about. Familiar territory.

The movie. Life of Pi. Pi. 3.14159265359. Irrational Number. See what I did there.
Now that we've established the name of the movie, onto the review.

Does not do justice to the book. That's all I got. Go buy the book.

That being said, the book has always been un-movieable and I don't blame the director. I'm surprised Yann Martel even sold rights to make a movie.

13 October, 2012

Best. Short Story. Ever.

The Last Question - Isaac Asimov.

If you're intrigued. The full story.
If you're intrigued but you're a little lazy. The plot summary. Its a short story, damn it. I'd rather have you read the real thing.

26 March, 2011

Babe Ruth vs Tendlya

Babe Ruth or the Sultan of Swat was an American baseball player in the 1920s who is still regarded as the greatest baseball player ever and often ties with Jordan and Ali on polls regarding America's sporting greats. Before someone gets annoyed with any perceivably projected dudeness on my part, let me clarify. I did not know any of this until yesterday.

It was the last class of the week and I found myself in an environment that I wasn't entirely comfortable with - the insides of a classroom. Our good natured Professor had tried his hand at waking us out of our stupor - he'd even called us 'Land of the Sitting Dead' which did evoke a few chuckles.

He'd just finished his cup of coffee and then tried to shoot his empty cup into the trash can only for it to rebound. He smiled sheepishly and said something about a player he follows, who had shot as bad as him in last night's game. Basketball trivia and friday fatigue - not a great combination and there was awkward silence all round.

But then he said, "Anyway. That wasn't all the sporting action yesterday. India man! Beating Australia!!", sporting the rock-on sign. 
"How bummed were you guys, when Sachin Tendulkar didn't get his 100th century?", he continued. Now we were all up!
 And then a dude in front asked, "Sachin Who?". To that he said, "Sachin Tendulkar man! Only the greatest cricketer EVER!!"

Just to explain further he also gave a baseball metaphor. No, not that baseball metaphor! He called Sachin - the Babe Ruth of Cricket.

Greatest. Class. Ever.

And then I left class thinking, "Oh! So Babe Ruth was the Sachin of Baseball".

07 March, 2011

This is madness


This is Sparta Grad School.

Last post about quksace agjke. I promise. My deadline is fast approaching.