Month: April 2016

Mathematical Motivation

This small image says it all.

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If 1 is the value of our comfort zone, we can either go to 1.01 or 0.99. There isn’t much difference between the two values but if we do the same thing over a period of time then the difference is conspicuous and it MATTERS!!

 

 

PS: Image is not created by me and not my property; I found it somewhere on the internet.

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2 Plants – 1 week project

DAY 1

My knowledge of Botany is minimal. I am one of those city people who can’t distinguish between cedar and oak. I know what a money plant looks like or as a matter of fact rose and sunflower too. I would be ambivalent in differentiating mango and guava leaves but I am confident about Eucalyptus trees and its leaves and so about the basil. When I talk to old people and when I hear them talking so confidently about plants and trees, I wish I had such dimension included in my education.

Never mind, my sister gave me 2 plants few months ago which were lush green and healthy. A picture for reference. I don’t know the names of these two.

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I watered them often but soon the plant began to wither. My apartment gets sunlight only from the two large windows that I have and the heat radiator is directly below them. The heat from the radiator was quite strong and I being insouciant about the plants didn’t do much apart from moving them inside the apartment. The plants flourished again but withered again. This cycle went off and on for some time to reach a point where they just seemed dead to me. Leaf less and brown in stem, they spent their days on the window sill getting occasional dose of water flood from me.

As I have said, I possess no knowledge about the well being of plants, I can’t tell whether a plant is really dead or can be revived. I read few articles on internet and they said check the root, check the stem for pliability. The stems of my plants are brown and hollow, I don’t know whether the roots are alive or not. I have removed them from the pot and cleaned them and kept them in water bottles.(Some one suggested that to me) It is my attempt to revive them and I wish they do come back to life. I will observe them for a week and will post here daily on the progress. Your suggestions are welcome.

Here is the current photograph of the plants in the water.

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DAY 2

I kept the bottles outside my window to give as much natural conditions as possible. I don’t see any improvement. The bark is still brown. The temperature of NYC varies to a great degree every day and it is causing humans to suffer, let alone the plant life.

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DAY 3

Looking at the bottles, the water has changed the color. It is muddy brown in color now. I brought them inside to inspect any changes in health but it seems no improvement at all.

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Wonder, what should be done!!!

 

 

Mind your language/Friends/Seinfeld

Watching TV shows from 1970s is a different experience. At that time there wasn’t any proliferation in the entertainment industry and at least few of the TV shows held true entertainment value. I happened to stumble upon Mind your language – a TV show from late 70s in England. It is about group of immigrants trying to learn English. Phrases such as Por favor, a thousand apologies, blimey, professori, Santa Maria, Okay-cockay remind me of the various characters present in the show. One can watch them on YouTube.

Having said that, I enjoy watching Seinfeld and Friends too. I have watched these multiple times and I still laugh at the jokes as if they are thrown at me completely renewed. Seinfeld is a little Manhattan based and jokes are more indigenous to NY lifestyle but it is hilarious. Who won’t like the dialogue delivery of Kramer who delivers with such a finality. I like the emotionless characters of Seinfeld. I can write loads about the characters of friends and there must be thousand of blogs on the same topic. It is an awesome feeling to be in the best city of the world and be with such an amazing group of friends. I don’t want to compare Seinfeld and Friends as to me both are good but Seinfeld was more realistic as the characters were narcissistic and took pleasure in the misfortunes of their friends while Friends had too many mushy moments. Friends paints a picture of an American dream for people in 20s and early 30s to live their lives in a great city of the world, free from traditions and having enough time and some money to enjoy it.

One thing that I see in these NY based shows is the the old skyline of the city and old Manhattan. Every time I see the twin towers in shows, it feels a little uneasy. Knowing that human life was obliterated for whatever reasons makes me fume. Seeing how technology has changed is also great. I remember Chandler stating the specs of his new laptop which are laughable in today’s terms. But at that time, it must be a powerful machine. 🙂

Racism

Just writing a quick note here. Today morning I woke up and my google news threw up Jane Elliot’s blue eyes – brown eyes experiment to me. Jane Elliot’s methods have been questioned many times. I personally cannot accept the blanket statement that “All white people are racists”. She presses this point vehemently. But in any case, the experiments she conducts with groups are interesting in nature. After I finished it reading, another news item regarding racism was suggested by google.

 

Can we compare these two?

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Gap kids is apologizing and taking down one advertisement that people are saying has huge component of racism. May be that is the case or may be it isn’t. But I want to know why do you want to categorize everything into race, why can’t you just let it be. Why do you have to see discrimination in everything. I am not denying the fact that racism is deep rooted. It does and it does big time and in USA it is a big deal but why do we have to  put a filter of color of skin before our eyes to judge everything critically. I am not here to judge or imbue my opinions but sometimes it becomes redundant.

 

Cinema Paradiso

I watched this movie few months ago and those who haven’t watched it are missing something. The movie explores the relation between a cinema projectionist Alfredo and a young lad Salvatore. The persistence of Salvatore for his first love is driven by optimism.

The last scene of the movie made me very happy and it was one rare moment of pure joy 🙂

An owl and a little girl

I heard a fairy tale on sound of owl – hoo hoo

A young girl was lost in the forest and sees an owl. She asks the owl “Do you know where my mother is ?”. The owl responds “Why the hell would I know where your mother is?” “Are You Stupid?” and ” Why are you fairy tale children always getting lost in the forest and hallucinating about animals that can talk ?”. Then the owl swooped down and ripped the little girl’s face off and ate the eyeballs and then he hooted “hoo hoo”.

It’s a German fairy tale and that’s why a little dark may be.