Sunday, October 22, 2006

The book of life

In the beginning were the replicators. Their sole purpose of existence was to make copies of themselves. Survival was tough. The environment, the primordial soup was harsh.

As time went by, the replicators became more and more efficient. Some of them roped in the elements and developed effective ways of prolonged survival. Some others found strength in unity and formed extensive colonies of similar replicators. The colonies evolved into complex survival machines. The replicators controlled everything that went on in these survival machines. Survival was easy for the ones better designed, others slowly died out.

The quest for perfection continued. The replicators became sufficiently ingenious to build the most complex machine ever built. They built the "Brain". Deeply embedded in the survival machines, the brain created a process called "thought". Thought was a complex process, which lead to formation of other forms of replicators, such as the memes. They made the machines ignore their real masters, the replicators and made them worship the new ones, the memes and their derivatives. Chaos reigned. The machines misconstrued it as Order......

Saturday, October 21, 2006

While my guitar gently weeps

Check out this amazing ukulele (not guitar) rendition of George Harrison/Beatles' classic While my guitar gently weeps. Makes you wanna weep and all.

Monday, October 09, 2006

The pleasure of finding things out

Here is an excellent interview with Richard Feynman (previously posted about him here), one of the great physicists and characters of the 20th century. This seems to be one of the interviews which lead to that magnificent book: Surely You're Joking, Mr Feynman (which is high among my Librarything top rated books). The book is not too scientific, but is rather cheerful and humorous for the most part. A must read!!!

Anyways, I digress. Check this video out. Especially interesting are his views after the A-bomb explosions at Hiroshima & Nagasaki, the bombs which he helped develop.