Archive - Jul 2004


July 17th

read this please

Ten stories the UN wished the world knew more about.


infolab musings

The InfoLab(which is where I work) has quite a few research scholars, most of whom are supported by fellowships. These fellowships are endowed by reputed companies, and come with designations for the students, such as "Infosys Fellow", "IBM Fellow" and suchlike.

In light of this, I have decided that I will henceforth work hard and build a company, and then contribute a significant portion of the profits towards research, particularly fellowships. I have also decided to name my company Stupid Inc., so that the beneficiary(e.g. John Doe) is known to the world as &q

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arnab's guide for media people

I've had more than a few journos calling me asking me about "this blogging thing" wanting to know why people want to become lexical exhibitionists and where can they find more. Or something along the lines of that. Here are a few things you might want to keep in mind before calling me up:

  • I like to waste other people's phone money. If you're calling from Delhi, Digboi, Ukraine, or some other place far away, I like to do that even more.
  • And if you're from a newspaper I don't like because you guys have more scantily clad anorexics than news as content, I will yap like Cyrus Broacha.
  • Please, please, please do your homework first. My mother taught me that a long time ago. All it takes is a little googling ro yahooing or teomaing. Not that difficult, you know.
  • I will ask you to send me the draft text that pertains to me. Please don't throw your mighty newspaper's no-public-disclosure policy at me in retort. I do this so that you don't misrepresent me and write about how I like to wear pink polka dotted underwear while blogging. Dear readers, no matter what any national daily tells you, any mention of polka dot and my name in the same sentence is definitely fictional. I assure you that. Also, there are laws in India about this, and I have a lot of free time.
  • After speaking to you, I will send you links and things to help you. Please do check your mail after you speak with me.
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and people thought I was boring

Guess what I saw when I logged in to Orkut today: you have 37 fans out of 40 friends

37 out of 40!! Imagine! Even rockstars don't have that kind of approval ratios!

Ok, so it's an orkut bug. everyone has more fans than they can imagine. But it made me happy for a while :)


letters to the weblogger

Anuj Arora responds to my weblog post:

"If you're an extremely boring person, I will seem like a very good listener to you. In reality, I'll be thinking about recursive activation spread functions or
things like that."

this, of course makes you what? :-P


Well it's atleast less boring than thinking about the latest model of dual-core titanium plated whammy bars and 128 channel bandpass preamplifiers or somecrapliketha

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July 16th

Arnab's guide to meeting Arnab

A few things:

  • I don't look like the picture above. I used to. Now I don't.
  • I look more or less like Pierce Brosnan, only shorter, darker and slightly less handsome.
  • I don't look like what I used to a few months ago.
  • I have no freaking idea why I seem to look "changed", or different to people, so don't try to bring that into the conversation. I will not like it if you do. Imagine when you come pick up your own mother at the airport, and she trolleys past you. The same mother who's known you for over 21 years.
  • Yes I am 21 years old. But I act younger.
  • I like to slide on shiny tiling in malls and stores, and suchlike. If that embarasses you, you're too old to be meeting me anyway.
  • If you ever say "grow up" during our meet up, I will leave immediately.
  • I am new to Mumbai. That makes me a guest, and you are thus the host. Guests don't pay for lunch. Or dinner. Hope you catch my thrift drift.
  • If you're an extremely boring person, I will seem like a very good listener to you. In reality, I'll be thinking about recursive activation spread functions or things like that.
  • I'm also a very sweet, fun and friendly person. I might sound presumptuous here, but I'm not, you low life!

Disclaimer: In case I've met you recently, these facts have absolutely nothing to do with you. Seriously. They are based on things I thought up while riding on the FourTwentyTwo this morning, and on irritating people I met long back.

Next post: Arnab's guide for media people.


July 9th

ooh shiny!

I got myself one of these:

Cool, na? :)


July 1st

first day of the rest of my life

Greetings to all my dear readers from the awesome (and now quite humid) city of Mumbai! I don't have much time right now, but here are a few points I'd like to out down as a personal note-to-self:

  • Never, ever, ever transport 17 inch monitors via passenger train
  • After detaching your hard disk and keeping it safely in your sling bag, remember to alter your behaviour of throwing the bag into chairs / other places to sit.
  • When someone at the station asks you "What's in the box?", it is not required to be a wiseass and answer "Nothing much, just a bomb".
  • And don't be a wiseass especially if the person asking has a Government of India identity card in his pocket.

Yeah, that's about it for now.

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