April 29, 2009

Did you know?

Rama-Chandra is the seventh avatar of the Hindu god Vishnu. Although born a prince on Earth in ancient times, the power of Vishnu flows through Rama, something which his blue skin tone suggests. In the Indian epic Ramayana, Rama vanquished the demon king Ravana for abducting Rama's consort Sita.

He met Wonder Woman after Cronus, a Titan of Myth, and his progeny the Hecatonchires and Cyclopes ransacked Olympus and attempted to destroy the Hindu gods. The Hecatonchire known as Oblivion trapped Rama and Wonder Woman in a dream realm where the two were united in wedded bliss. The false memories of this illusion were shattered when Diana defeated Oblivion, but Rama supposedly remained infatuated.

A certain attraction between Rama and Wonder Woman was evident, but nothing ultimately came of it since the character was not used by subsequent writers.

(from: Wikipedia)
I have always been a big fan of super-heros of all shapes and sizes but unfortunately I never got to read Wonder Woman series. I regret it now. May be if I knew, Rama-chandra, the super-hero, I might have had more faith in him. :)

(from: Artwork from the interior of Wonder Woman vol.2 #151. Art by Matthew Clark.)

April 28, 2009


Doctors practice.

Doctors practice on us.

Doctors practice medicine on us.

No wonder I feel like a lab rat.

April 25, 2009

For all my well-wishers...

...who don't stop poking their noses in my business and keep reverting to the most offensive question one can ask a Ph.D. student:

"How long will it take you to finish?" (These days it also has a tone of sarcasm added to it, that somehow should implicate me of being either lazy or dumb or both)

I am currently in following stage. As soon as I figure out the so-called central theme, I will start writing my thesis...

April 24, 2009

Dow roller coaster

...in literal sense. The clip shows what it would feel like to ride a roller coaster whose track charts the Dow Jones industrial average from October 2007 to March 2009. (from economix)

April 22, 2009


Apparently, if you have a google account, you can search for yourself on the web. Thankfully my profile is not yet eligible to be featured in Google search results. It's such a relief. Want to know your profile try this out.

April 17, 2009


I am speechless. I don't even know where to start. Sinful desires (and then they are pro-life)? Sin of homosexuality? Church is preaching tolerance? They actually think that people are not tolerant about their views?. How many pastors or christian have been murdered, beaten to death, forced to commit suicide so far? Watch this one to know how many they compelled by their "intolerance":

I am simply disgusted. So disgusted that I can't express it in words. If that's what believing in God means: I hate God.

P.S.: I am so glad I grew up in India. Or maybe I was simply lucky enough to go to a school that had no bullies as in western world. Honestly who teaches kids that young to bully? This is to Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover who would have been 12 today, had it not been for constant bullying. In his memory, today National Day of Silence was observed (and hence today's post). Hope this isn't just another unnoticed gesture.

April 14, 2009

Being Sick..

..makes one more vulnerable. Or may be it's just me.

I have been stuck in my house, or rather my bed for past one week. And I somehow expect everyone around me to pick up the phone and call to see how am I doing? Or may be I am sick because I am craving attention. Or may be I am simply bored of being stuck in my room.

Worse part? I have been snapping on friends who do dare call and inquire about my health. Or may be I take their attention for granted and want more from everyone else.

Or just may be, I have too much time in hand and hence I am over-indulging myself. May be that's what makes me vulnerable.

Hmm...seems I need to do something to keep myself busy. Or I will drive my psychiatrist (namely me) crazy.

April 10, 2009

Crisis time

Imagine it's early in the morning. You are in your cozy bed, dreaming about the time before recession. You have a job, you own a house, a plasma TV, a Ford Mustang, an iPhone and of course latest Hasselblad (Okay, the last one only happens in my dream). I mean, you are dreaming an American dream (minus good looking spouse). And right then the alarm clock goes off. You twist and turn and try to snooze the clock but can't. The clock doesn't have snooze or off button. The only way for making it stop screaming is by feeding/depositing some money in it. It's not fantasy. This clock is designed to do exactly that. The idea behind it: save money.

And what if I say this isn't the worse. This clock here is designed to donate money to a charity you hate every time you hit the snooze button. Me thinks, this can be a very good test for strength of your convictions, political or otherwise. Like, how anti- anti-LGBTs are you (the two anti-s are intentional. And here two negatives do make a plus unlike American English)? Or how much you hate Republicans? and so on..

I am not sure how many clocks each of these clock-types ever sold, that is, if any. I don't think I will be a willing buyer. I love my sleep and don't want to put a price on it. How about you?

April 9, 2009

What's in a name?

God I love America. Where else can you find lawmakers who asked Asian-descent voters should adopt names that are “easier for Americans to deal with.”. Really. Her own words were:

“Rather than everyone here having to learn Chinese — I understand it’s a rather difficult language — do you think that it would behoove you and your citizens to adopt a name that we could deal with more readily here?” Brown said.

Brown later told Ko: “Can’t you see that this is something that would make it a lot easier for you and the people who are poll workers if you could adopt a name just for identification purposes that’s easier for Americans to deal with?”

What? Didn't you know that America is center of universe? Where have you been? Now go and change your name to single syllable words so that Americans can 'deal with them'. Oh wait, aren't most Asian names already single syllables? Lets change them to single alphabet names. Hope that might make it easier for them to deal with.

April 8, 2009

Photo Show

Stanford Photography club has put up a photo show in Stanford's CoHo franchise. My submission:

Title: Economic Crisis

It's weird to see photograph taken by you hanging on the wall. Especially when you realize that few (ok at least one) of the photographers have their photos published as Time magazine's cover. Scary.

P.S.: 1. BTW, this shot was taken in Paris.
2. I love the photo printer in Photography department. It's simply amazing. One day I will remember it's name and one day (after that first day) I will buy it. :)

April 5, 2009

Orkut and babies...

My Orkut home page is currently filled with the Baby's pictures (babies of my friends, that is). And all of them are endorsed with the same type of comments : "aaawww","so cute", "he/she is a cutie pie", "sweet" and all the other variants of these comments. Seriously. From top to bottom, I have these updates from my friends and all of them are same. Worse: it has been so for past 2-3 months. My homepage doesn't change much except for babies. I have lost track of who has how many babies and what's their name. And honestly I am no longer interested.

Offcially I hate all those parents who put their baby's pictures as their profile picture. One of them went as far as changing her name to her baby's name. I am friend's with them and not their baby. It's great that they have one of those and their babies are most important thing in their life, but still they are not MY FRIEND.

Honestly, I am on verge of quitting Orkut. It has become more of a baby news page than a social network. Or may be I should change friends.

P.S.: Don't get me wrong. I love kids. My rambling is more about the loss of personal life of parents when they have one. Again I understand kids change a lot of things in the parent's life but why do the parents expect everyone around them to be as consumed by their kids?