Archive - 2007

October 5th

useless worrying

I spent all of last night worrying in my sleep about the 500$ that I had deposited into the bank, but was not showing up in my online account summary. “What could go wrong?”, I thought.

I go to bed, with this idea that “Oh well, it must take some time for the account to get the data, so when I check my account tomorrow morning, the money will be there.”

It’s 1 am now, and I’m now thinking in my sleep, “No you idiot, I gave them cash, not a check. Even checks are instant transfer these days. Cash should show up immediately!”

A while later, I decide that I can just go to the bank tomorrow morning, and sort this out in person. But wait, what do I tell them? My memory now rewinds and plays the moment when the cashier asked me if I wanted a receipt for the transaction, and I coolly say “No thanks”.

No receipt, no proof, no cash.

From there on till around 5am, I’m mostly trying to replay the sequence in my head, how I went there and gave them the money, and they put it in my account. Hmm. What if they put it in the wrong account? I often tend to mumble, and maybe in my mumbling Indian accent, I sounded like I was giving them some other account number?

Or maybe it was the feds… did my cash get “seized for review” or something — I cashed those dollars at a New York bank — you should never trust these New York banks!

Grr, it’s six o clock. Might as well wake up and get some work done. Check account — nope, no money still.

Hmm. Maybe…

I pick up my wallet and look though it. Right there, in one corner, is a folded bunch of 5 benjamins. I guess I never deposited the money after all.

Damn you fake memories.


October 4th

good ol' summer workplace

From cnet’s article about the nyc office:

The entire expanse is “geographically oriented” to match the island of Manhattan, so there are conference rooms named after subway stops and landmarks. Also spotted: pitchers of banana nut hemp smoothies, an inflatable kiddie pool full of plastic balls in the “game room” alongside massage chairs and Dance Dance Revolution mats, and “yield” signs to prevent Razor scooter crashes in the hallway.

Glad to know my handiwork is appreciated by the press.


scientific dating

Dating never got this geeky. The stats page is even more awesome.


toys i have bought lately

I’ve been shopping around lately, and here’s two of them.

This thin little watch — the Swatch Skin. It’s less than 4mm thick, and light as a feather. A huge change from my heavy-ish metal watches, and is great for daily wear.

My second acquisition is the iphone. It’s the ultimate geek toy of today. It’s really a marvel of engineering and design. I have seen more superior devices such as the Nokia N95, which trumps the iPhone in every way, but the phone has a certain sense of completeness which makes it a completely different product. Also, the fact that it’s a web-capable BSD Unix terminal makes it the perfect swiss-army-knife for most of my activities. IT’s a little clunky though, if you’re used to throwing around a RAZR, like me. But overall, I’m completely satisfied.


October 2nd

Simulation software

IBM’s CoScripter is a firefox extension that reminds me of the vnc-based Eggplant. Ideally, I would like to have CoScripter export the walk-through as independent .js files, allowing me to embed them into help pages for webapps. This way, I can build more easy-to-use web apps!


status update

Greetings beloved readers! I am finally back in Ann Arbor, returning to grad school and a sane life. Regular commentary resumes henceforth!


September 16th

Anyone Else But You

Found this song by the Moldy Peaches in the trailer of the upcoming movie “Juno”:

(ignore the video, just pay attention to the audio : lyrics here)

Of course, the title requires some Predicate Calculusizing. Remember, kids, everyone = universal quantifier; anyone = existential quantifier.

I don’t see what anyone can see, in anyone else But you


I !(see what anyone (can see, in (!anyone – you)))


I !(see what anyone (can see, in (everyone – you)))


I (see what everyone !(can see, in (!you)))


I (see what everyone (can !see, in !(!you)))


I (see what everyone (can !see, in (you)))


I see what everyone can’t see in you.


August 30th

more funny

We need more of this in the world:

Saturday May 26th the VNN Vanguard Nazi/KKK group attempted to host a hate rally to try to take advantage of the brutal murder of a white couple for media and recruitment purposes.

Unfortunately for them the 100th ARA (Anti Racist Action) clown block came and handed them their asses by making them appear like the asses they were.

Alex Linder the founder of VNN and the lead organizer of the rally kicked off events by rushing the clowns in a fit of rage, and was promptly arrested by 4 Knoxville police officers who dropped him to the ground when he resisted and dragged him off past the red shiny shoes of the clowns.

“White Power!” the Nazi’s shouted, “White Flour?” the clowns yelled back running in circles throwing flour in the air and raising separate letters which spelt “White Flour”.

“White Power!” the Nazi’s angrily shouted once more, “White flowers?” the clowns cheers and threw white flowers in the air and danced about merrily.

“White Power!” the Nazi’s tried once again in a doomed and somewhat funny attempt to clarify their message, “ohhhhhh!” the clowns yelled “Tight Shower!” and held a solar shower in the air and all tried to crowd under to get clean as per the Klan’s directions.

At this point several of the Nazi’s and Klan members began clutching their hearts as if they were about to have a heart attack. Their beady eyes bulged, and the veins in their tiny narrow foreheads beat in rage. One last time they screamed “White Power!”

The clown women thought they finally understood what the Klan was trying to say. “Ohhhhh…” the women clowns said. “Now we understand…”, “WIFE POWER!”


August 28th

this is how you do it

George Holtz — Age 17. Hacks iPhone to unlock hardware. Trades in unlocked phone to for 3 more phones and a sports car. Begins college at RIT, where he will be consulting part time with cell phone companies.

Something tells me this kid is going to be one of the more popular nerds in school.


August 27th

camera obscura

Watched Camera Obscura perform at South Street Seaport. Melodic songs in front of docked ships and sailboats swaying in the background… Totally awesome.