Wednesday, November 17, 2010

A Brief History of Time

A Brief History of Time:
"A Brief History of Time" - A brilliant book by a brilliant Man. Stephen Hawking beautifully explains the evolution of Science about the evolution of Universe, starting from Ptolemy's Earth centered model, Newton's apple story, Einstein's twin paradox to his own views of "Black hole is not so black".

This is my second attempt at reading this book. The first time, when I (tried to) read it a year back, it went super cool until the third chapter. But, when the quantum theory kicked in in fourth chapter, I started losing interest in reading, because I was not good enough to grasp all those amazing but complex concepts and so I quitted reading the book.

Hubble Deep field - Wiki Link
(Our deepest view of our Universe, both in space and time)

Knowledge Hunt:
Since then, there was a burning desire deep inside my mind that I should someday complete reading this book and understand it fully. So, I started reading the book again last month. And here I am, completed reading it :D But still, I didnt get half of the book, starting from the 6th chapter, "Black Holes". The chapters "Arrow of Time" and "Unification of Physics", I just skimmed through them and didnt understand even 1% of them.

My thirst for understanding of our Universe is quenched a little now. Thanks a lot to "A Brief History of Time" and its author, the great scientist, Mr. Stephen Hawking. I planned on reading this book again after a couple of years, to see if I could get something more out of it. Also, I decided to start reading Science books from now, especially books of the legend, Carl Sagan.

PS: "A Brief History of Time" is the second book that I have read, whereas the first one is "Chariots of Gods".

"... if we do discover a complete theory, it should in time be understandable in broad principle by everyone, not just a few scientists. Then we shall all, philosophers, scientists, and just ordinary people, be able to take part in the discussion of the question of why it is that we and the universe exist. If we find the answer to that, it would be the ultimate triumph of human reason - for then we would know the mind of God".

God does not play dice.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

The human whose name is written in this note shall die.

Japanese Animes rocks and this is yet another proof of it. Death Note is a brilliant crime investigation anime with a twisting plot. I watched it a few months back, and was thinking all these days to post about it, and today its done :-)

SPOILER ALERT: Following texts might reveal important twists in the story

The story revolves around an abnormally brilliant japanese student, Light Yagami(aka Kira), who finds a notebook (DeathNote) that poses the power to kill people. Light Yagami is tired of this corrupted world, where there is no justice. I have to say here that Light Yagami's sense of justice matches exactly mine and I started searching for Death Note myself after watching this anime :P

So, with the Death Note he is trying to create a perfect new world, by eliminating all those people who dont live a honest life. But he is cornered and threatened by the world's greatest detective, L. The anime beautifully explains the battle between those greatest minds on earth.

He is the best character in this anime with the aliases Hideki Ryuga, Ryuzaki and many more. But no one knows his original name. L is the representation of Justice, symbol of Intelligence and a brilliant character. He easily became one of my favorite anime character.

About the death of L, though its logically perfect for L to die at such situation, I couldn't stand it. Even I started to hate watching the episodes after the death of L, but I finished watching it for the sake of finishing it.

Ryuk is the Shinigami who dropped the Death Note in human world and came after it to the human world for some fun. He is a very expressive character and funny character. I like him too.

The BGM and the Title song was perfect and complemented the visuals well. Over all Death Note is a short and sweet, twisty amazing anime, that no anime fans should miss.

Some of my favourite quotes from Death Note (listing out only a few, as I forgot many):
  • All humans, without exception, will eventually die.
  • Those who oppose that god, they are the ones who are truly evil!
  • Justice will prevail no matter what.
  • Kira is childish and he hates losing. I'm also childish and hate to lose. That's how I know.
  • I'm pleased to meet you at last, L Number Two.
  • Humans are so... interesting ...

Some Hilarious Dialogues:
Light: What was it?
L: Matsuda's acting stupid again.
Light: Well, that is his speciality.
Matsuda: I can hear you, you know...

Matsuda: I wonder, is it about ten million dollars?
Ryuk: How many apples could I buy with that?

Matsuda: Ryuuzaki, is there anything else I can do to help? Besides the manager job?
L: You want to be useful?
Matsuda: Yes!
L: Then go get me some coffee.

<--- Well, it was fun while it lasted --->

Monday, November 8, 2010

A Week with Sinhalese

Last week was full of fun with my relatives from Sri Lanka, who came to visit India. The visitors were my aunt, Devi and her daughter, Bawani.

I had plans on what places should I take them, which included Vandaloor Zoo, Mahabalipuram, Queensland Theme Park and a few more. Since they planned to stay only a week, it was not possible to take them to my native, Pudukottai. Also, since I cant afford to take leave from Office, I had only evenings and weekends to spend time with them.

On the 2nd day of their arrival, I took them to T.Nagar to purchase a few things, where I learned their obsession for Shopping. But they had pretty good reasons like there are no shopping places in Sri Lanka as it is in India, especially T.Nagar and the costs are damn so high in Sri Lanka. They decided to shop things for all their money and so I took them to M.C. Road, Paris to buy things even cheaper. They went for shopping daily and so visit to few of the planned places were cancelled.

Despite all the time spent on shopping, we managed to go to Queensland, Marina Beach and a film. Last week was quite a good time for both myself and my mom. They went back to Sri Lanka last saturday with the promise that they will come back by the end of next month :-)

Hope they keep up their promise... and thanks to them for the wonderful moments with us.

- Saiyasodharan