Sunday, January 22, 2006

More sports stuff...

The Seattle Seahawks killed the Carolina Panthers 34-14 to win the NFC championship game. Now history and Superbowl XL await. Standing in the way are the giant killing Pittsburgh Steelers....

Australian Open is underway at Melbourne. As always Federer is on a roll. And none of his main competitors remain. Nadal & Safin backed out due to injury, while Roddick & Hewitt crashed out. Now I can see just two tough matches for Federer: the next one against Tommy Haas, who is capable of pulling up some surprises; and David Nalbandian, who is one of the only three guys to defeat Federer in 2005 (in the season-ending Masters).

On the other hand the women's draw is pretty open. Any one among Davenport, Henin-Hardenne, Clijsters, Sharapova can come through and win. Go Maria!!! Or will it be the "Swiss Miss" Martina Hingis who's making a comeback? Hmm, unlikely, but if it happens it would be like a dream comeback for her.

Skiing is fun!!! I tried it today and WOW!!! If you are up for some thrill, you should definitely try it. But be prepared to take a fall or two along the way :).

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Courageous fellas

It's a bit dated.... But you gotta admire Rahul Dravid for leading from the front opening the innings against Pak in the 1st test. According to India Uncut:
Turns out [Rahul Saurav] were arguing about the opening position, but not in the ways earlier speculated. Ganguly was upset because he was apparently told only on the morning of the match that he would have to open, and he said that he should have been told about it and given time to prepare. Dravid then apparently offered to open himself. And so on.
Now that's something.....

Also showing great courage was Graeme Smith in the last test against Aussies. SA were down 1-0 in the series when he set the Aussies 287 to win in 76 overs in the last innings of the last test. Now of course his decision to declare at that point looked stupid after the Aussies ambled to another victory. But I think 1-0 is as bad as 2-0. A loss is a loss. A 1-1 result would have proved a lot of things about the character of the SA team and I thought it was an extremely brave decision, a decision deserving respect as opposed to the ridicule it eventually received.

And congrats to Nandan for winning the Indibloggies award for the best Marathi blog for his blog Marathi Sahitya. Now I can brag that I have a friend who is an A list, award winning blogger. :)

Monday, January 16, 2006

My car

Finally picked up my new Prius today. Too cool!!! Time to save the world is here.

Sunday, January 08, 2006

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Free will..... or the lack of it

What do you mean when you say that you have free will? That you did something out of your own volition. Are we capable of independent thought?

From childhood we are influenced by a number of factors. By our parents, by our friends, by our sphere of such influencers. All the decisions we take all through our life are influenced by these influencers.

So the question is: How much of the decisions we make, are our own? How much is free will? Or is there any? Does the concept of free will only exist in our minds so that we can feel good about ourselves? Do we have any individuality of our own? Or are we a sum of individualities we have learned through our lives, each of such individualities also a sum of some other individualities, ours being one of them.

Why do most people in the world follow the religion of their parents? Why are people willing to follow the leaders of their nations, ready to kill other people to defend their "country"? Why do we take similar decisions that our influencers took and then say that it was "my own" decision? Think about all the beliefs you have ever held in life. Aren't these beliefs that of your influencers rather then your own? Where is your free will? How much difference really exist between you and the people you call 'blind followers'?

Sunday, January 01, 2006

A few pics

A few snaps from my California/Arizona/Nevada trip here. For those of you who are tech-savvy, here are the feeds for my pics: RSS, Atom. (Courtesy zoto.com)