Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Mostly jobless

aaand we have the 7th sem drawing to a spectacular close! Phew, time sure does fly like an arrow (and fruit flies like a banana) , it looks like only yesterday that cries of ' Vive la libération !!' rented the air.


Mostly jobless was what 7th sem was (in hindsight, at least) and what the future threatens to be, given our eminent unemployability. Pota fished out this brilliant early Bill Watterson comic from wherever it is that Pota fishes out such things:


Tuesday, November 20, 2007


With the air (and the Name: fields of application forms of poor unsuspecting grad-schools) thick with such mouthfuls of tortuous verbosity as Anantagopalavenkatasubramaniam and Immadithirumalailakshmikumaran, I was reminded of this delightful old-school joke which Kiran related a long time ago:

During the after-birth ceremony, the newborn is named JalakreedasamasaktagopIvastrapaharaka (after one of Lord Krishna's exploits, of stealing clothes of gopikas when they were playing by the river). Someone quipped: "Poor kid, his father didn't name him. He sentenced him."


Update: I was curious to know what other versions of this joke were floating around the net, and after some googling came by this lovely, lovely post on new additions to the Kannada lexicon after the recent government imbroglio. The best:

(Yeddy is the media's chosen nick for Yeddyurappa, the (now former) 7-day ruler of Namma Cheluva Kannada Naadu )

Yeddy: The abominable show man. Now you see him as chief minister, now you don’t.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

(x,y) => (x+y, x+2y) mod 1

My suggestion for XKCD after getting mauled in today's exam:

Click...Click Click....Click...`Ok, now we do the measurement'. [open] MMMEOW!! [wild mutated half-dead shriek] [lightning-fast paw slash] [deathly silence]

Alt text: Today's Geiger counters don't make as much noise, and I will defend to death my claim that the exam is as probabilistic as the experiment (if not more).

Before I forget, the best 'All the best' line must be Pota's GTalk status yesterday: 'Tomorrow, may you all be curiosity personified!'. Why? Because curiosity killed the CAT! :P


The title is the core transformation relation of this jaw-droppingly amazing idea called Arnold's cat map.

Update: I found this lovely, lovely cartoon here :D