Brain Glitch

Wow, its been a long time since I updated this blog.  I even forgot the password. I just want to start writing again, it keeps my head clear and my thoughts organized.

So I just started a Udacity  class  on  Interactive 3D graphics. It covers WebGL and they provided a cool list of optical illusions. It’s so crazy that our brain can play tricks on what we see, makes me wonder about the awesome complexity of the brain and eye.  Here are the links, check them out.

cinema dilemma, Science-Fiction

The Promise of Prometheus

Been a long time since I last updated this blog so its time I get back to writing. Recently watched Prometheus, a movie directed by Ridley Scott and  was released on June 8. There were a lot of high expectations due it being a kind of prequel to the cult series “Alien” and it was a long time since a good  sci-fi movie came out so I was pumped up to watch this one.  So my first impressions are that it is completely different from the “alien” movies. The tone and narrative is completely different. In the older “alien” movies, the narrative is about survival from an alien life form, the settings back then were underlit space ships and claustrophobia along with a strong female lead who survives aganist all the odds. But in Prometheus, the intent is not to scare but to explore new ideas. The tone was different, meditative I must say and there are no claustrophobic interiors but the audience are shown a far more scary alien world inhabited by some species which have long become extinct. There are metaphysical overtones which stress on the orign of humans on planet earth and the concept of creation is explored. But apart from all the gorgeous visuals and good intentions, It is lacking in some core areas which would have made it a great film. The film is riddled with plot holes and irrational characterization. apart from Fassbender who plays an android, all the other cast were mediocre. There were plenty of cardboard chracters whose sole purpose was to die in the hands of aliens. A lack of detail is a bane in any sci-fi movie because the small things are what makes a fictional universe seem real and gripping.

But Prometheus is still an excellent sci-fi movie. Why? because it is intelligent and its slow pace settles us into a moody atmosphere where you are left thinking about humanity and its origins. Maybe I am exaggerating but almost everyone left the cinema theater in a kind of contemplative mood. I think this is the power of sci-fi, to make us think about larger issues in our present through a fictional future setting. If we can look past the errors, what we get is an amazing fictional story of the evolution of human beings and its nemesis. So to conclude this rant, first throw the hype in the dustbin and then watch Prometheus.

Science, Serious Sambar


where do we come from?

why do we exist?

These are some questions that have occupied many great men throughout history. When Darwin published his “Origin of Species” the first question has finally got an answer. His thesis of natural selection and evolution has set the stage for unraveling of one of the greatest mysteries of humanity i.e. how did we come into existence. Now it is clear that humans, chimpanzees and gorillas and other apes have evolved from a common ancestor. The idea that human beings like other animals are shaped by the geological conditions and pure chance was a blasphemy to many god-fearing scientists of that time and it is still now. The theological view that god created humans separate from other animals and has bestowed us with intelligence is complete bullshit. This complete mystification of our roots has enabled the elite classes to rule over their subjects through fear and gained legitimacy to their rule. But science has laid out a correct methodology to understand the world around us and the same evolutionary medicine is used to understand multiple diseases and their prevention, it is time the facts are heard but is anyone ready to listen? Present times have one advantage over the older periods, the easy flow of information but it has become an information chaos with overloading of information and things which matter are hardly heard over the loud sirens of advertisements and popular media. But nevertheless human knowledge has progressed at a phenomenal rate.

                                           As for the second question: Why did we exist?  there is no single correct answer but my opinion is that human existence is just a random event, a branch in the great evolutionary web of life,  here i am not being nihilistic, human existence has no grand inherent purpose to fulfill, just survival. I would also deny the notion that “it is the survival of the fittest”, often this idea is applied to society in a rather vulgar way and used to justify all the inequalities happening around us. It was never the survival of the strongest but it is the survival of the most adaptable to change and our society is not an analogy to nature and laws of natural science cannot be applied here. To conclude this random rant, there is a lot going around us and we grow only when we study the world around us and apply it through practice. So learning about evolution is necessary for everyone in order to correctly comprehend reality and dispel the ancient superstition called Religion.


Recommended reading:

Evolution-Carl Zimmer

The Origin of Species-Darwin

Evolutionary History-wikipedia

Science, Serious Sambar

A new world view

The superficial looks do not matter anymore, now its all about the interconnected intricacies of an object. From the minute to the magnificent everything is interesting, everything needs to be researched, understood. Is this some kind of odd fetish for information overload or a path to true enlightenment, well we might find out if we keep looking. Solitude is a requirement for the journey but it pains to realize that there is no way to share what we see, learn and understand but never lose hope, its precious.  Friends and family are far off somewhere in the distant reality called “normal life” but my mind keeps drifting away from one region to another only to find more mystery and excitement, curiosity keeps me alive.

Introduction to Marxism, as a science to explain about the society is my best find ever. Now there are no abstract, supernatural forces for human development but a historical process which can be studied and applied to change the society for better  or worse (frankly I donot know). My study hasn’t even started yet but I feel there is more clarity. Just as Marxism is eye-opening, the thought of Darwin and Freud were a revolution to my hazy thoughts about the natural world and human mind.

Will post with better clarity in the future….but for now this is all I can present


Being RED, Serious Sambar

Seize the moment

“Injustice”…… This is something I thought I knew, that the world is an unfair place to live in and etc etc. But after reading a lot of stuff on war, poverty and exploitation, I came to know that this cruelty is something manufactured by us. We live in a society which takes day to day violence for granted, poverty as a chance of fate and war as the just vs unjust. The papers keep repeating the stories of Famine in Africa and the Miss universe competition in the same page, are these two things a part of the same global story line, where all things are supposed to just happen? There are  a lot of questions but the answers are usually buried in layer after layer of misinformation and propaganda. I want to know why we stopped thinking of another world?

Is another world possible? A society where all men are treated equal, where cooperation is given a chance instead of competition. I do not know for certain but  every single day I dream of that world. Yet nothing changes, everything is static. It seems as if the world stopped its eternal motion until a bolt of lightning struck this interlude, It’s the lightning of revolt, its thunders echoing the song of millions proclaiming that they are Free! This is my dream slowly unfolding in the theatre of history. It is not my dream anymore it is our dream now, which wishes to fulfilled at any moment.

It is an innocent wish but which seems like a radical nightmare to all those multitudes of people who benefit from this unfair world. They shun us, they try to strangle our voices but these acts only make us more determined to act. It is time to act, strive for a change and after witnessing revolt after revolt of millions of  masses from Arabs to the Nepalese, I have nothing to fear because “They are few and we are many” and we are joined together in space and time by all those countless  revolutions, all those acts of revolt and progress comes back to this moment, fragile yet unwilling to yield and…

In return we shout “SEIZE THE MOMENT”.


UN LUN DUN: book review

Un lun dun

The name  “Un Lun Dun” cant get any weirder, how do you spell this? The book is even more weirder, I mean eccentric which is a good thing because after reading the high fantasy genre for a long long time, this eccentricity was a creative break from all the mainstream boredom. The book varies a lot from the high fantasy (Tolkien,Jordan) because it is set in a modern urban setting with female leads without all that heroic embarrassment you’d expect in a high fantasy adventure. This book belongs to the new “weird fantasy” genre.

So what is Un Lun Dun? It is a parallel verse to London with its own inhabitants and culture.  It is a world brimming with oddly dressed people and ordinary stuff  like umbrellas and windows with life in them. The plot starts with two young female Londoners ,zanna and deeba who are pulled into Unlundun to fulfill a prophecy of saving the city. Zanna is a British girl who is unwilling to take up the challenge and she is joined by her Indian origin friend Deeba.

 Both have  been thrown into this crazy city to fight against “The Smog”, the antagonist.It is a cloud of  smoke and fog which can think and plot evil plans to take over Unlundun. Along with a few inhabitants and a bus driver these heroines are the only hope to save unlundun from the smog and its partners. The twists are “twisty” and the pace is quick. This book is filled with weird creatures, Who wouldve heard of the “Binja”- The loyal ninja trashbins sworn to protect the city and” Unbrellas” – damaged umbrellas from london which become alive in Unlundun or the dangerous “Black Windows”- which are eight legged windows which can swallow any unlucky victims. The author has created a really eccentric city to get lost in.

China Mieville  has done a great job of really defining “WEIRD”. The word play is funny and every chapter is quick. After reading this book we find that WEIRD IS GOOD. I would really recommend this book to any Fantasy fan who is fed up of all the” Potter,LOTR and WOT” novels and seek to find something new and interesting. Just waiting to get hold of other Mieville’s novels which I am told are even more amazing and definitely more weirder.