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After an eventful Diwali, finally reached mi-casa at roughly 12. Of course I had to run off with my grandparents for lunch.
On reaching Khan Market, the three of us wander the streets until surprise surprise- Who do we run into? Naman, Varun and Vismaya. After exchanging a few cursory hellos, all of us obviously eager to be elsewhere, I ran in the general direction of the Big Chill only to be told that the bastards had a 30 minute waiting list. So we staggered in the opposite direction to Kitchens, I of course was walking fast(imagine a duck waddling in indignation after another duck that stole its shred of bread that some creul, neglected kid threw into the pond only to find it wasn’t as intresting as he thought it would be… Anyway I digress.) trying to avoid running into anyone else. We reached Kitchens and for once the coast seemed clear. I like an idiot relaxed and tried to decide what to order when lo and behold- who should walk in but Sahil, The most pretentious, egotistical, pompous arse-hole I’ve ever had the misfortune to meet. (I don’t know what Shirin see’s in him). So we go through the entire meal trying to act like we don’t know the person on the next table until ofcourse while I got up to leave, at which point my nose betrayed me. I sneezed, He looked- Our eyes met. Then of course we had to pretend like we’d both sat there for 20 minutes and had been blind enough not to notice people inches away from us.

On a less painful note, I “Acquired” today and I have to say, it truly is amazing. The visuals, the design and above all, the concept. Spore is something so different it just blows your mind.
You start out with a little planet Which by default is called Infel. Being the narcissist that I am, I obviously called it Earth. Once on the planet, you start out as a micro-organism and choose your stream-herbivore or carnivore. Overcome by a strange sense of pacifism, I chose the herbivores and was rewarded with a pink blob that swam, ran away from munsters and made wierd gurgling noises. After munching away on tiny green things… I suppose they were plants, I finally got to a stage where I could “call” a mate. If anyone reading this doesn’t realize what followed, please just log off.Anyway, Surprise surprize, I could manipulate how the child would look and what features it had. This game is a genetic scientists wet dream.
(No it doesn’t have Pamela Anderson Semi-Nude, I meant a vocational wet dream, if such a thing exists). After a few minutes of tweaking, my mate ‘gave birth’ if you can call binary fission giving birth.
Another neat feature- the parents *magically* got modified as well. Sad that, I was looking forward to eating them.
After a lot more munching, I graduated to a land animal. Which was very similiar to the first stage, only main difference was, I could travel in packs and ooh look I had legs!.
So after a lot more munching, I got to the point where I could now create my own tribes. At this point, my KVPY exam prep called me.
Will get more later.
One irritating thing is that you have to ‘Impress’ members of another species to create allies. Still haven’t figured out how exactly to do that.
More Later-

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Hello non existent readers !,
This not so ending week, is Diwali, the so called festival of lights. Yet another reason for me to not hit the books.
Now, one of the drawbacks of it being Diwali, is that I am an asthmatic, So everytime the crackers roll around, I run to escape civilisation or end up a heaving, wheezing mess. This time with my mum in Denmark and Dad in Cochi, my leaving for the country-side was pretty improbable, hence I landed up at my grandparents house, my veins full of enough steroids to keep a russian wrestling team happy for a year.
One of the side effects is that I’m currently posting from a P3 with 128 Mb of RAM, so you’ll understand if I keep this short.
My iPod, has officially decided to roll over and die. Now it seems to require the full 4 hours of charge to give me about 30 minutes of uninteruppted music, that too only if I behave like a good boy and eat all my vegetables.
In other news, I have to meet the Sony people tomorrow to see if I can convince them to force over enough of the dearest to make Monica Sahini happy.
Finally called up Subway today (telepaths will know I’ve been wanting to for a while)
only to have the narcissistic bastards tell me they didn’t have a meatball sub or Oregano Bread. I have to admit for a moment I saw red. Is it wierd that I get angry when b******* who obviously couldn’t care less tell me they don’t have my favourite sandwhich? Ended up settling for a Tuna and a Teriyaki(The latter by the way should only be recommended to someone you wish to give indigestion. My math teacher being the obvious choice)Told them three times- No Tomatoes or Gerkins. Ofcourse they got it wrong.
Well to sign off, I wanted to share this-
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After a bit of googling, I managed to track down the infamous letter to Ronald Reagan that can be accused of single-handedly sparking off the Manhattan Project. Funny how a pacifist could cause all this destruction isn’t it? History really is a bad motorist.

Albert Einstein
Old Grove Rd.
Nassau Point
Peconic, Long Island

F.D. Roosevelt
President of the United States
White House
Washington, D.C.

August 2nd 1939

Sir:

Some recent work by E.Fermi and L. Szilard, which has been communicated to me in manuscript, leads me to expect that the element uranium may be turned into a new and important source of energy in the immediate future.

Certain aspects of the situation which has arisen seem to call for watchfulness and, if necessary, quick action on the part of the Administration. I believe therefore that it is my duty to bring to your attention the following facts and recommendations:

In the course of the last four months it has been made probable through the work of Joliot in France as well as Fermi and Szilard in America – that it may become possible to set up a nuclear chain reaction in a large mass of uranium, by which vast amounts of power and large quantities of new radium-like elements would be generated. Now it appears almost certain that this could be achieved in the immediate future.

This new phenomenon would also lead to the construction of bombs, and it is conceivable – though much less certain – that extremely powerful bombs of a new type may thus be constructed. A single bomb of this type, carried by boat and exploded in a port, might very well destroy the whole port together with some of the surrounding territory. However, such bombs might very well prove to be too heavy for transportation by air.

The United States has only very poor ores of uranium in moderate quantities. There is some good ore in Canada and the former Czechoslovakia, while the most important source of uranium is Belgian Congo.

In view of the situation you may think it desirable to have more permanent contact maintained between the Administration and the group of physicists working on chain reactions in America. One possible way of achieving this might be for you to entrust with this task a person who has your confidence and who could perhaps serve in an unofficial capacity. His task might comprise the following:

a) to approach Government Departments, keep them informed of the further development, and put forward recommendations for Government action, giving particular attention to the problem of securing a supply of uranium ore for the United States;

b) to speed up the experimental work,which is at present being carried on within the limits of the budgets of University laboratories, by providing funds, if such funds be required, through his contacts with private persons who are willing to make contributions for this cause, and perhaps also by obtaining the co-operation of industrial laboratories which have the necessary equipment.

I understand that Germany has actually stopped the sale of uranium from the Czechoslovakian mines which she has taken over. That she should have taken such early action might perhaps be understood on the ground that the son of the German Under-Secretary of State, von Weizsäcker, is attached to the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Institut in Berlin where some of the American work on uranium is now being repeated.

Yours very truly,

Albert Einstein

Finally went to Nehru Place with a few things in mind
1. Check out Mp3 Players since my 30 gig Ipod is getting a little old.
2. Check out Portable HDD’s
3. Buy a Pendrive

After a bit of searching, I made my way to Purple Computers in Deepali Building(the only one of the 5 mentions on the iRiver website to actually stock iRiver Players) where I had to put up with a bored, obnoxious, arrogant bastard who was the only person in Delhi to keep Cowon D2’s and knew it. Anyway, I talked to him, and it seemed that the iRiver X20(which is a pretty cool piece of hardware) was 11,500 INR (WAYYYY outta my budget). The next thing he had to show me was the Cowon D2 which he swore was 12,00 though with a little bit of haggling got him down to 9,500. He also offered me the Cowon iAudio 7 for 6,750. Walked away feeling slightly cheated, but very helpless.
Then with a little help from my friend Varun, I roamed around Bajaj house looking for a store called Cost to Cost. Thanks to a wierdo in a white shirt, I was halfway out of Nehru Place until I realized Cost to Cost wasn’t in the general direction of the parking lot. Called Varun to re-check location. Obtained a yet another useless set of instructions and finally made my way to Meghdoot Building (Which one had to cross to get to bajaj building from deepali building anyway) and Lo and Behold, there was the store, in all its beauty. Feeling like a 10-year old in a candy store(Who am I kidding, a 16-year old acts just like a 10 year old in a candy store. ) I walked in and asked for a 4-gig pendrive and a 80 gig portable Hdd.
Picked up the Transcend V10 for 400 INR and found out that a 120 gig HDD cost only 2,400 INR.
walked out clutching my pendrive thinking that i like a good little baniya had gotten a great bargain. Just as I left I saw a tiny kid with a sign that said Transcend 4gb pendrive-rs 350.

Oh well.

Finally downloaded Flashget today- using it to download the Hardy Heron. Seems to have actually slowed down my speeds.

Eppur Si Muove-Galileo Galilei
In the 17th century to disagree with Ptolemy’s earth-centric model of the solar system which incidentally was backed by the Church, The G-man himself was put on trial for heresy for his book Dialogue concerning the Two Chief World Systems. (Yes you have heard it before, remember D3 from Angels and Demons? this was the first Dialogo) He was forced to recant and made the following abjuration

“Desiring to remove from the minds of your Eminences, and of all faithful Christians, this strong suspicion, resonable concieved against me, with sincere heart and unfeigned faith I abjure, curse and detest the aforesaid errors and heresies, and generally every other error and sect whatsoever contrary to the Holy Church; and I swear that in the future I will never again say or assert verbally or in writing, anything that might furnish occasion for a similiar suspicion regarding me…

I, the said Galileo Galilei, have abjured, sworn, promised and bound myself as said above; and in witness of the truth thereof I have with my own hand subscribed the present document of my abjuration and I recited it word for word at Rome, in the Convent of Minerva, this twenty-second day of June 1633.

I Galileo Galilei have abjured as above with my own hand.”

Legend has it that as he got off his knees he muttered “Eppur Si muove” (Yet it moves) proving that he wasn’t a complete sell out.