Archive for December, 2006

Random Mutterings

Wednesday, December 27th, 2006

Just heard a spectacular rendition of Hey Joe by Michael Pitt and the Twins of Evil. It’s off the soundtrack of The Dreamers, a steamy French/American film by Bernardo Bertolucci. Can’t find the damn song anywhere though :( The Dreamers centers around 3 beautiful people coming of age, and just coming a lot, and is set in 1968 Paris, during a tumultuous time of political upheaval and sexual experimentation. The film is a visual treat and occasionally intelligent, but prudes should stay away.

2006 will mark the end of social networking on the Web. 2007 will usher in the era of post social networking and ever more obscene sums of money will be thrown at 22 year olds – until the Web 2.0 bubble bursts …

Microsoft put up a special edition, orange Zune on eBay with an opening price of 750 dollars. Nobody bid.

Am currently reading Letter to a Christian Nation by Sam Harris. He’s cogent, articulate, smart, witty … (and married). If you’re tip-toeing around coming out of the closet (the GOD closet), this is the book to read. Actually, irrespective of your position on faith, religion, and God, Letter to a Christian Nation is a must-read.

Al Jazeera’s English news channel is awesome. Their tagline is Setting the News Agenda – which is so much more meaningful than Be the First to Know. “Al Jazeera English is destined to be the English-language channel of reference for Middle Eastern events, balancing the current typical information flow by reporting from the developing world back to the West and from the southern to the northern hemisphere. The channel gives voice to untold stories, promotes debate, and challenges established perceptions.” ROCK ON!

The lineup of speakers for TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) 2007 has been announced. As the conference is unaffordable, at US$ 4,500, and is completely sold out, wait for the videos to be unleashed. It’s an absolutely fantastic show. This year’s speakers include Alan Kay, Bill Clinton, Edward DeBono, Isabel Allende, Jeff Skoll, John Doerr, John Maeda, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Lawrence Lessig, Paul Simon, Richard Branson, Steven Pinker, Tracy Chapman, and Will Wright (the man behind the ground-breaking video game, Spore). There are loads of other amazing folk – evolutionary biologists, slam poets, humorists, composers, illustrators, designers, Nobel Laureates, photojournalists, nanotechnologists, cave explorers … AAAAAAAOOOOOOOOOO!!!

In January, New York retailer Saks Fifth Avenue, will unveil a new identity with more variations than there are electrons in the known universe.
The Process - as described by Michael Beirut of Pentagram

Kaafir shavad aan kas kay ba inkaar baraamad
Mardood-e-jahaan shud

But for how long?