Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Music Links

A cool video clip where all the four members of Pink Floyd talk about their Dark Side of the Moon album (courtesy brain-damage.co.uk). It's been nearly 25 years since John Lennon was murdered (Dec 8th, 1980). Here is a nice article about the legend that was John Lennon. Also here's an insightful interview of U2's Bono.

Saturday, November 26, 2005

O God, where at thou?

What is God? Does there exist an all powerful entity, who controls everything that happens? What came first - Man or God?

Well, look around you. Do you see anything in your immediate vicinity that seems to be divinely controlled? Does anything that you hear in the news seem to be a doing of a superbeing? Or is it just human activities influenced by the laws of nature acting the way they should act. Most so called "miracles" are either coincidences or flukes. Somewhere on the edges of a (0,1) range of mathematical probabilities for all possible occurrences. There can never be a 0 nor a perfect 1. Most of our everyday events lie in the middle of this range & so are not attributed as miracles.

So does this mean that there is no such thing as god, is there no superbeing influencing our lives? But as Carl Sagan has said "Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence".

So if there exists a superbeing, what exactly does he do? Does he go about sowing seeds of life on different planets and then watches them grow into thinking beings? Or does he create universes as points in a hyperdimensional plane and allows them to wax & wane. Does this superbeing have his own theories of god? Are there multiple levels of superbeings, each god having his own god. If so, who's the ultimate god? And who created that ultimate god? Was it just chance, some random occurrence?

I like to think the inherent randomness in everything, the chaos, as superpowerful, as god. It is what creates all our miracles and all our mundane. It is what drives evolution, thus it is what drives life as we know it. It is what leaves questions unanswered, which compels us to think, which drives us to progress.

All said and done, I like to imagine some being on some planet far, far away searching for this own god, making theories no one of us can even imagine............

P.S. Comments, opinions, counterarguments welcome.

Sunday, November 20, 2005

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Australian Pink Floyd (Clips uploaded....)

Went for an Aussie Pink Floyd concert at Seattle Center yesterday. It is a Pink Floyd tribute band acclaimed for their honest reproductions of Pink Floyd numbers.

They started off with Breathe, then played a lot of PF numbers ending with Run Like Hell. They even played some relatively less popular songs like Fletcher Memorial Home and Have a Cigar, which was good. Here is the list of songs they played (though not in the original order. I may have missed a couple):
  • breathe
  • time
  • money
  • astronomy domine
  • us and them
  • learning to fly
  • shine on...
  • wish u were
  • pigs (3 different ones)
  • another brick in the wall
  • comfortably numb
  • have a cigar
  • fletcher memorial
  • brain damage
  • run like hell

They had visual effects like the circular visual display showing weird (read subtle :) ) videos and they also had props like the inflatable pig and the inflatable rabbit, like the original PF. All in all a pretty amazing experience, the closest you can get to hearing the actual Pink Floyd in concert. Wondering if any Pink Floyd tribute band can perform Careful with that axe, Eugene. Now that would be a real tribute band.

Here's the link to the pictures, and I took some clips from my camera which are here, here, here and here. (I was sitting at the right side of the auditorium so the view is real crappy :( ).

Saturday, November 12, 2005

Total cricket???

India thrashed Sri Lanka 6-1 in cricket, one of the most comprehensive series victories for the Indian team in the recent past. Also one of the very few series I was able to watch live in the past 2 years.

What was noticable was the amount of experimentation that the coach Greg Chappell did. The batting lineup was different for every match. For e.g. we had 5 different players coming in at no. 3 - Pathan, JP Yadav, Dhoni, Yuvraj and Sehwag. The question is - Is this experimentation a means of finding the best player for a spot, or Is there some sort of a permenance to this unpredictability.

Isn't this akin to 'total football'? Total football was a strategy implemented by the Dutch football (soccer) team in the 70s in which every player was capable of playing (and played) in every position on the field (barring the goalie :) ). It was a huge success, as the team reached unprecedented heights, reaching the World Cup finals twice consecutively in 74 & 78 (they never reached the finals before or after that).

'Total cricket' would be something very refreshing, something which the stale game of One day cricket desperately needs....

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Soft’war’s??

With Yahoo releasing the new Yahoo maps, it seems like a three horse race for the dominance of the web. Microsoft vs. Yahoo vs. Google. All 3 are developing similar applications looking for more and more people to use their products. Here are my preferences in various categories they are feuding:

1. Search Engines: Google wins hands down. Both MSN & Yahoo claim to be developing “Google-beaters”.
2. Maps/Local Search: The new Yahoo Maps (Beta) is just kickass. But I couldn’t find where the satellite map is. Anyways it’s bye bye Google Maps for the time being. MSN Virtual Earth comes a distant third.
3. Email: Gmail seems to be the best right now. (I still use Yahoo though :) ). But from what I have heard both the new Windows Live Mail and the new Yahoo mail (both almost ready) are far more better. Look out for them very very soon.
4. Instant Messenger/Chat Client: MSN messenger is the one I use the most. MSN & Yahoo are going to collaborate for a common IM mid-2006. Then what is Windows Live Messenger? I’ve never used Google Talk so can’t really comment.
5. Windows Live seems to be much sleeker than either My Yahoo or Google Reader in the race for the best start-page/RSS aggregator. But we’ll have to wait and see how it shapes up when it goes fully functional.

There are rumors about Google Office and how cool that is gonna be. Also both Google & Microsoft are serious about the book search. So the question is fairly unresolved. WHO WILL WIN THE WEB?

BTW, LIVE is opposite of EVIL. Hence Microsoft = Google. ;)

That’s my geeky post for the day. Adios…..