December 29, 2004

Keeping busy

I’ve been keeping remarkably busy the last few days. And I thought the holidays would be dull. Warning: long, dull post ahead.

First off, I finished reading Picture This almost a week ago. Spent the next two days thinking I’ll put up a review here. But for the life of me, I could not decide whether I liked to book or hated it. I’ll probably like it if I digest it a little. It’s more of a history lesson than a book, and I don’t care about history as much as other things.

So I’ll just try to describe it in a paragraph. The book begins with Rembrandt painting his famous picture (I guess, I don’t know anything about art) Aristotle contemplating a bust of Homer. As he paints, Aristotle comes alive. When Rembrandt completes an ear, he can hear; when he completes the eyes, he can see. Heller keeps jumping back & forth in time, from the Dutch glory days to ancient Greece. And most of the book is devoted to the time of Socrates & Plato.

Of course, I don’t know whether anything Heller writes is true, and don’t think I want to verify the facts anyway. We keep going to the subject of conflict/war and what not. And I can’t make up my mind about the book.

Then I’ve been getting acquainted with Python a little, again. Dive into Python is the best book to do so. I’ve also been reading Anna Karenina for the last few days. Should finish in a couple more.

Other than that, I’ve been trying to get my Ganpatipule photos scanned (no luck yet); and arranging for a few friends to watch a movie together (again no luck yet).

And the usual, trying to come up with the next big thing™, thinking about life in general… You know, the everyday stuff.

I’m forgetting listening to previous episodes of In Our Time. Available in crappy Read Media, but worth listening. Mostly listening to the science archives right now, will get to the other sections later. 40 minutes to an episode, and most of them are really good. A few episodes of note:

  • Pi — the number that doesn’t add up #
  • The Second Law of Thermodynamics — the most important thing you will ever know #
  • Schrodinger’s Cat — Quantum Mechanics #
  • The Odyssey — Homer’s epic tale of Odysseus’ return home #

Probably forgetting a few things, but that’s about it.

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