Midnight in Paris: Woody Allen strikes

Just finished watching a fantastic Woody Allen movie “midnight in paris” , it is very clear that he still knows his shit! I was not expecting a lot from the movie, but ended up enjoying it with quite a few loud laughs thrown in. You had Owen Wilson, who was his usual calm self throughout and the rest really did a great job as well. The story line is about how people keep thinking the past was a better fit for them, and well it looks like people in the past also kept thinking the same.

Irrespective of the great depression and the many other wars, people in the past looked into their past with the assumption that the golden age has ended. Woody Allen takes this opportunity to make you see that the reality you exist is the golden age and must be made use in the best way possible. Its a good watch!

Formula 1 : Monza 2012 report

As usual, formula 1 post the break becomes a bit more unpredictable. Its clear that some of the teams have got a whole bunch of new parts and seem to be making them work. Its interesting to see how McLaren has responded, and its clear that it will take the other frontrunners some more work to catch up with them. The exciting day ended with the following lineup for tomorrow’s race @ Monza.
1 LC Hamilton (GBR) McLaren 1’24.010
2 J Button (GBR) McLaren 1’24.133
3 F Massa (BRA) Ferrari 1’24.247
4 P di Resta (GBR) Force India 1’24.304
5 M Schumacher (GER) Mercedes 1’24.540
6 S Vettel (GER) Red Bull 1’24.802
7 N Rosberg (GER) Mercedes 1’24.833
8 KM Räikkönen (FIN) Lotus 1’24.855
9 K Kobayashi (JPN) Sauber 1’25.109
10 F Alonso (ESP) Ferrari 1’25.678
11 M Webber (AUS) Red Bull 1’24.809
12 P Maldonado (VEN) Williams 1’24.820
13 S Perez (MEX) Sauber 1’24.901
14 B Senna (BRA) Williams 1’25.042
15 D Ricciardo (AUS) Toro Rosso 1’25.312
16 J d’Ambrosio (BEL) Lotus 1’25.408
17 JE Vergne (FRA) Toro Rosso 1’25.441
18 H Kovalainen (FIN) Caterham 1’26.382
19 V Petrov (RUS) Caterham 1’26.887
20 T Glock (GER) Marussia 1’27.039
21 C Pic (FRA) Marussia 1’27.073
22 KRN Karthikeyan (IND) HRT 1’27.441
23 PM de la Rosa (ESP) HRT 1’27.629
24 N Hülkenberg (GER) Force India

I do see sauber making it up the ranks in this race, they should play conservative as they seem to have the race pace to change the game later in the race.

The country and you

I was having this debate how nationalism in India is on the wane, a whole bunch of people talk about how their houses used to have the Indian flag hoisted on independence day/Republic day. Not anymore through. Its not difficult to see why and how the country is changing.

I do hope we understand the point of sticking it out together as a nation, and possibly be one of the greatest ever in this phase of human civilization. Right now, the signs are not optimal.

Expensive cameras

Why why why would people keep buying expensive cameras and make sub-optimal use of them. The most common usecase photos I see of the not-talented do not need a $2000 camera. Is this the new guitar ? I do want numbers as to how many people get laid with cameras in there hands.

I have seen the really smart nerds with it, and the other ones as well. As offensive as it is, I do not understand the logic of this buy except for the wow factor. It has reached a point where I did need to write it out.

So note to myself, research on getting laid stats with expensive DSLRs in hand. Not that I would benefit from it :P .

Take your pick

1. We all think about what we want, not what we need to do most of the times.

2. We ask about what we want, because its easier to figure it out without the complex web of relationships that surround us.

3. We choose to loose data[i.e not consider possibilities] to solve a very hard problem in the shortest time possible.

4. It invariable puts us in control of our world, and in ways of lesser control of the world outside.

5. What do you choose ? and why ?

Interesting to note, loss of control is inevitable.

BSing your way through life

One wonders how quickly time flies by ! Its pretty funny to realize that most of the times people are bull shitting other people [or worse, themselves]. The strength of the human mind seems to be its level of delusion, we all are fundamentally delusional. Some more than others.

One way of looking at it that you keep it all in check by anchoring your thoughts in reality. Well, the anchoring bit too is relative and a human at best. Some quotes to settle the imaginary debate

Affirmation without discipline is the beginning of delusion.
Jim Rohn

For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.
Carl Sagan

I have had to work long and hard to eradicate the dangerous delusion that, in a bad position, I could always, or nearly always, conjure up some unexpected combination to extricate me from my difficulties.
Alexander Alekhine

Star wars arrives ? arrived ? gone …..

One wonders what happened to the stories we used to hear about space wars and “Star wars” and so on. Recently, the IAF retired its only super high altitude flying machines capable of shooting down lower orbit spy satellites ! Are we all coming to a close end with respect to space warfare. I think that the paradigm has shifted drastically, and some research into new age technologies [plus, geo-political and financial dynamics].

  • We are all talking about network centric warfare ! The idea has been around for sometime, but it is still under-developed in my opinion. It takes very little to blow out all communications within a fairly large region. I did some research on how EMP weapons work, and turns out that a fairly small nuclear device detonated high up in the atmosphere acts as one ! Some interesting articles on Wikipedia, I must add.
  • Spy satellites are becoming more common place, with much cheaper launch vehicles the developed nation edge has disappeared. Technologies like google earth have truly erased the notion of privacy when it comes to maps ! It is similar to the development of Radar, and subsequently becoming commonplace technology.
  • Missile shields are becoming more redundant with MIRV missiles, there is no way you can defend against stuff like that ! Unless, of course you get the missile killing laser beams. That too has become common place knowledge with DRDO working hard on the KALI series of miniaturized powerful lasers.

Points is that we are at a point in our history when the sci-fi of the last 20 years is pretty commonplace tech. I wonder what is cooking for the next generation of weapons, probably something that I cannot comprehend or imagine !