Sunday, December 28, 2008

Looking forward,looking back

I was reading a few blogs i had got hooked onto,randomly of course and the amazing thing was most of them had kept their blogs for a very long time(for a few years atleast!).And i,as usual,got set into the contemplative mood that about how time will move on real fast and in no time,i will be out on my own two feet!It just feels like yesterday when i finished school and heck,i remember my first day at college and time has moved on in a flash and iam in the middle of my third year of college(the penultimate year for undergraduate engineering in India)!In no time at all,my undergraduate education will be over and i have to move on to the next thing.Change is definitely something that iam bound for,like everyone else on this planet.Sometimes,i wish that life was like a newspaper comic strip(like Calvin and Hobbes,for eg.) in which change never happens and the characters are virtually stuck for ever(or till subscription is cancelled) in their ages but as i realized,life is more like a sitcom or a series with a beginning and an end,with change being a constant companion.In the 19 years till now,things have changed but the essential picture still remains the same.Omnia Mutantur,Nihil Interit,one might say and it is indeed a true realization.I laugh when i think of the trivial,very unimportant things i used to worry about when i was a kid and i shall be laughing at the things i worry about now,in the future.The new year is about to start in a few more days and it shall bring with it,its own tribulations and little joys,the ones which shall matter most,finally.One's experiences are what makes each of us unique and im thankful about the way my life is going on.
More importantly,Other people matter and no one can be a true recluse and iam thankful for having,as friends,the best people possible.I wish everyone a very Happy and 'Happening' New year and raise a toast in celebration of this meandering path called life on which we all trod on.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Transporter 3:Review

Here's a toast to the fact that Hollywood is finally opening up to the concept of a 'Masala' movie/Mass movie,because that's what transporter 3 finally was-An Hollywood equivalent of a 'Masala' flick,complete with 'punch' dialogues(not bad,but they should consider hiring our captain Vijaykanth's personal scriptwriter. .),The lead pair falling for each other in a sugary sort of way and of course,the fights.

As a matter of fact,i expected a song and dance sequence Ala the 'duet' song sequences that we are so used to here which fortunately or unfortunately,did not happen.around 10 minutes into the movie,we are shown a confrontation between the hero and one of the goons as a 'flashback' sequence.I have already posted about it on a previous post so it will be redundant to post it again.The background score too was a mixture of good old tamil kuthu and a bit of orchestrated hip-hop and the usual 'action' score found in Hollywood(Now,that's what i call fusion!).The theatre was also filled with claps and whistles,adding on to the experience of a 'masala' movie.

The female lead,Valentina Vasilev was a bit of a letdown though. :(

Overall,the movie was not bad but there was nothing new in it,especially for us Indians who have grown up watching numerous 'mass' enterntainers.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Back for good?

Im posting here after ages!The thing is actually,i dont ever feel like posting regularly,though i claim to the world that iam a blogger. . :).Me back home for study holidays.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

The world through looney-eyed glasses. .

Stress is bad,they say.Stress can kill,they say too.And what has this got to do with what iamk going to write here?pretty much nothing except probably the fact that iam slowly slipping into a deep dark gorge of insanity,probably due to stress anddddd a lot of other things,which iam not really sure about.Nothing feels the same anymore at all,it feels like there's something wrong with the world. . i kina feel like bugs bunny in that old cartoon clip in which the artist keeps adding and removing stuff from the visible environment that bugs lives etc.And i know the whole mood of this post is a bit melodramatic and that's not without reason too-that's how iv been for quite some time now.and add that to the feeling of emptiness and a bit of paranoia i seem to have about how everyone seems to be edging on me,im becoming mad,if iam not already. . .

Sunday, January 13, 2008

The science of looking good.

This post ought to have been a part of the science and technology tab but i have put it up here because i thought any person would be interested in the topic so iam putting it up here,in the general blog section.
Physical attractiveness has an important biological significance and to an extent,social significance.there was a small article in The Hindu some months ago,about a survey on the importance of beauty in their perception of people and it was found that people generally open up better to people who are conventionally beautiful than those who are not(though of course,the definition of beauty differs across cultures and people).
What constitute physical attractiveness is an interesting:
For men,a 'v' torso or atleast a proportionate torso,a slim waist and being tall constitute the main factors.Also,the face is expected to be slightly longer than the 'usual'.Also,a broad forehead and a broad jaw are generally thought to be symbols of masculinity.The importance of other secondary characteristics like the colour of the skin and the amount of muscle on the arms vary with people,though from what i have observed,in india atleast,people tend to prefer a fair complexion and muscular arms.Also,women seem to prefer an erect posture
in men.
Men dont have a universal set of protocol about women though.Different men seem to have a different idea on the attractiveness of women.While some men prefer thin females with a slim waist,others prefer plump females,though the waist to hip ratio seems to be a universal factor.Men also seem to prefer a female shorter than themselves and here,in india,a lighter skin tone though not too fair.

Essentially,people seek out mates who seem to be of better reproductive health.

I remember seeing a programme aired on discovery channel a few years ago which dealt with the same topic.It was shown that people prefer mates who are similar to,have similar kind of features.This is probably a evolutionary necessity to preserve one's features over generations.

'Cuteness' is another important factor which seems to be universal rather than culture-dependent,thus hinting at a common physiological reason.People and animals or anthropomorphic characters generally considered cute seem to have a larger head to body ratio,with larger facial features.This feature is seen in most of the young ones of different animals and so is a biological failsafe which ensured that the young ones of various species are cared for.

Humans also seem to have other criterion for judgement of looks such as clothes worn ,manner and like-mindedness etc.sometimes,trinkets and jewels are found to accentuate beauty.this behaviour is also seen among many animals during the mating season when some adorn themselves with items for ornamental purposes,such as leaves,shells etc.Clothes may affect the physical attractivenss of a person because they can accentuate and highlight the different characteristics by means of visual illusions.For example,vertical stripes will make a person look taller and horizontal stripes will accentuate the breadth of the torso,especially the chest.Here,in India,Full-sleeved shirts are generally worn by thinner people and half-sleeves by plumper people and this maybe because they seem to add proportion to the body.The colour of clothes worn are also important,though they vary with cultures.certain cultures seem to prefer duller shades while others seem to prefer brighter shades.

The way one talks also seems to be a criterion and this is significant because till now,humans are the only species that seem to have the concept of languages and the only species to invent them,probably.The way one talks may be a subconscious indicator of how he/she has adapted to using a recent development and hence,an indicator of stronger genes.Intelligence also seems to be a important criterion,and from the evolutionary point of view,is significant,i suppose.

And when i analyze myself,i dont seem to fit in anywhere here,lol. . .