Archive - Feb 2008

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February 29th

food fight!

This is pretty awesome:

I like the ending.

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February 27th

diablo cody ftw

Making her 3 year old wish come true, Diablo Cody wins screenwriting Oscar for Juno. Now mothers everywhere will have to take extra time explaining to their teenage daughters why becoming a stripper is not a necessary option for a writing career.

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February 23rd

the pavlovian fox

I just noticed a very interesting pavlovian threat-reward phenomenon happen in a video. While a single anecdotal instance is hardly general proof, but I am quite sure I can come up with many more instances of this. Here’s an analogy of what happened:

Scenario: Homer and Lisa Simpson are trapped in a room with an increasing percentage of helium gas in the air.

Lisa: Dad, my voice sounds funny!
Homer: What? Oh! WHAT THE HELL!! Helium! we’ll suffocate soon!

Mr Burns quickly opens the door and tosses in 50 donuts, and shuts it.

Homer: Oooooooooo, dooooonuuuuuuts.

Now watch this reward algorithm play out in real life:

I like how mainstream news channels are providing Psychology PhD students such large experimental platforms to study and publish papers on.

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February 17th

appu ghar is closing down

India’s first amusement park, Appu Ghar is closing down. This is sad. I admit that many of the rides there were either broken or dated the last time I visited it, but it’s still a big part of my memories, just like every other Delhiite. The land will apparently be used to extend the Supreme Court and Metro Rail facilities. I don’t care for the court, but if the metro folks could just implement a loop) in their train tracks through the place, I would be very happy.

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February 12th

whatever you do, don't get me socks

Just so you know:

Also, this girl is kind of funny.                                                                                                  

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playpumps

We need more of these kind of ideas in the world:

The company has been around for a long time; I remember them starting off with a see-saw based handpump replacement. Glad to see they’re still going strong!

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conan o' brien is crazy

He brought in MIT professor Peter Fischer to perfect his ring spinning on TV:

You can skip to 5 minutes into this clip for the actual ring spinning. I left in the initial bit to demonstrate HOW MUCH TIME it takes for PhD folks to talk about what they do for a living.

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February 11th

how the IRS makes me feel

Friend: I’m depressed
Friend: sucky weather is what i am blaming it on
Arnab: no no, just ride it
Arnab: it’s fun to be depressed
Friend: what??????
Arnab: yeah
Arnab: you can be like “booohooo no one loves me”, “everything sucks”
Arnab: all these things dont make sense unless you’re depressed
Arnab: so this is your golden opportunity
Arnab: a friend calls it “being high on a low”
Friend: i will try to stay depressed
Friend: i promise
Arnab: good
Arnab: call your exes
Friend: done that
Arnab: haha
Friend: am doing taxes now
Arnab: LOL
Arnab: that was really funny
Friend: seriously am though

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February 7th

how to present data

Learn from the great Steve:

The green sector seems greater than the purple one — I guess you have a different perspective of seeing things, Mr. Jobs.

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limerick for my housemate

This one’s for my Renee, who manages advertising for shoe companies, amongst other things:

There was a girl called chu
who had a band that sang the blues
the band didnt work out
and the drugs ran out
so now she manages adwords for shoes

Note for concerned readers and my mother: No, she did not have a band and does not do drugs (to my knowledge). I needed something to rhyme and hence I claim poetic license.

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