Friday, April 21, 2006

It touched

psycho analysis of a blog

Glad I am that no longer do I host Google Ads on this blog. On one forwarded email (a joke at that!), Google showed this ad:

Find Out Where Your Ex Is. Safe, Secure & Confidential!

Glad I am that google is not doing a psycho-analysis of this blog and is not making any helpful suggestions.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

surviving work

Sometimes you just want to avoid work...

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Found her!

It is with great pleasure that I announce that I have eventually found her! Had spent many a nights wondering how would I want her to be, where she was, when would I find her, who she was. Some time back I used to think I knew the answer to all these questions. But at some point I lost interest. Yes - call me an asshole - I just lost interest. I would not say I missed her, but I missed the emotion her thought evoked in me.

For most of my post-adoloscent years Madhubala was my favorite on screen persona. She was beautiful and I was enamored by her charms. Her naughty eyes, her disarming smile. Look at all scrap books I have signed in years 1996-2001 - she was my favorite actress.

And then one day I stopped having a favorite actress. That question was either left unanswered or a name was chosen at random to appease the curious - Kajol, Juhi, Sushmita, Julia Roberts, Keira Knightley....

Enter her. Couple of days back I was watching To Catch a Thief and I found her - Grace Kelly - The Goddess of charm, The Princess of Monaco and The Queen of many a hearts.

Her role in this movie demanded the grace of a lady and unabashedness of the woman desperate for love. She was introduced as this propah lady that her debauched mother commented: "Sorry I ever sent her to finishing school. I think they finished her there." Cary Grant was working his charms on her mother and the daughter seemed to have a very condescending attitude. Until he dropped her mother to her hotel room. In 5 seconds Grace Kelly changes gears, surprises Cary Grant and shocks the audience by giving him one of the most talked about kisses of the 50s!

She flirts with him for a while. Sample this:
Grace Kelly: I have a feeling that tonight you're going to see one of the Riviera's most fascinating sights. [pause] I was talking about the fireworks!

And eventually caves in as the vulnerable woman desperate for the only man she knew who was worthy of her love.

She just rocked in the movie!

I had loved her in Rear Window and thought that she had breathed life into an otherwise average High Society, but after this movie she is surely the favorite!

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

The 48 Laws of Power

Admittedly I am not too bright when it comes to politics/power struggles, but do find it amusing (for lack of a better word) when I see people manipulating scenarios or people for power.

Here are The Laws of Power.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Das Experiment

So I saw Das Experiment tonight. A makeshift prison is created in a research lab and 20 guys are hired for the roles of prisoners and guards in this 2 week study of psychology of prison life. The movie is about how these normal people started playing their roles to perfection and how this experiment went haywire. I thought it was a pretty interesting movie. The acting was good, it was fast paced, music was really good and I was at the edge of my seat most of the time, miserably failing at second-guessing the script. The concept was novel, although (I felt) very contrived.

As I usually do after watching an interesting movie, I logged onto read it up on IMDB. And I was shocked!

This novel albeit contrived movie was based on real life events. (I say reality is the most contrived illusion). From the official website of The Stanford Prison Experiment:

Our planned two-week investigation into the psychology of prison life had to be ended prematurely after only six days because of what the situation was doing to the college students who participated. In only a few days, our guards became sadistic and our prisoners became depressed and showed signs of extreme stress.

The torture tactics employed by the guards, the miserable state of the prisoners...all that I felt was a hyperbole in the movie happened in a real life experiment! Imagine going to work tomorrow and finding Agent Smith is there to arrest Mr. Anderson. It was that shocking!

Not really a movie I would highly rate, it sure was interesting enough to inspire this blog post.

The Professional Superhero

Action Item Man

You need to sit in some of those meetings to really appreciate this. It aint no exaggeration!

Adorns my office window now...