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TIFR Visit etc.

March 26, 2010

So I went to the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research courtesy two friends, but mainly because of Deepti Ramachandran, who is part of the biotech department and is kind of cool and is involved in research related to aging and stuff. I didn’t get much information because she wasn’t telling much, but another friend of her’s, a guy named Ashim was very helpful and provided me with some fascinating insights into the kind of work they do.

But first, I must tell you how cool TIFR was. It was cooler than you can ever imagine. There was so much lovely stuff, like mechanised centrifuges, dangerous chemicals and cell cultures as well as sterile stations for working on cell cultures and it was all terribly shiny. I am fascinated by labs and lab equipment because there is so much stuff that you can possibly do there and maybe discover something or blow something up or invent a new smell or a life-form or just generally have fun, you know. It isn’t really as if I even care, you know? I HAD FUN THERE AND I LEARNT A LOT OF STUFF AND IT IS AWESOME

Okay. Now, coming back to the research, it is really well explained on the project website. I thought I’ll write about it, but it is much better explained there. I should mention, though, they have two really cool tractor beam microscopes they use to conduct this research. I have forgotten what those microscopes are called, but they have these lasers which work like tractor beams and can trap cells or proteins and move them in any way they want to. It is really really cool. TIFR is awesome.

Also, I generated my own geek code. I don’t think I am a true geek, but whatever, I thought it was fun to generate the code.

This is my code:

GO/MC/MU>FA/L/PA/P/S/SS/TW/! d->--- s: a-->? C++>++++ U?>+ P L>+++ E?
W++>+++$ N>---*$ o? K+ w O? M->+ V? PS+ PE Y+ PGP? t+ 5? X+ R>+++ tv--
b++>++++$ DI+ D+ G e*++>++++ h>++$ r- z>+++++$


March 22, 2010

Organized religion, as we all know, is evil. You do not agree with me if you are part of an organized religion. I respect that. We all commit crimes. Some of us believe in religion, which I think, at times is commendable, because you’re at least true to a single set of ideas which you won’t ever change and if you do change them, you will do so knowing full well that you will suffer an extreme horrible fate. Unfortunately, the same religious philosophy can also convince you into thinking that you will be rewarded with 35328509 vestal virgins, nice gardens and a bunch of grapes if you blow yourself up near some ‘enemies’ of your all powerful, yet incredibly stupid/crippled god.


Because if he/she were smart, he/she would totally have programmed people to never have any other religion. And don’t throw any bull-shit about free will and choosing what path to walk on or whatever. Because every other time, god conviniently has a plan.

So now you know this guy isn't god for sure

But people think this guy totally is. And I’m not sure that is such a good thing. I mean he’s good with all the batting and stuff, you know and the 200 run thing and all that but statements like “he is god” are bad. I mean you shouldn’t insult the man. I’m just being mean to theists because I am mean and stuff. Don’t feel bad about it. You can always say its because god made me this way, you know. I, sadly can’t say that, but if it makes you feel any better, I’ll agree with you.

WOW I’m bored. WOW.

And you know what else? You don’t. You never will. Because I won’t tell you. Nyah-nyah-nyah-nyah-nyah.



I think I’m done being mean for today. Tomorrow I will be mean again. Or maybe not. You’ll never know. I am leaving you with this cliff-hanger because I am evil. Hah. Okayseeyabye.

The Colour of Iron – A story from my past :P

March 21, 2010

I was thinking about the stupidity of life and the universe and everything. Nothing seems to have too much of a point.

Points reminded me of pencils and sharpeners. I told a friend of mine a story from my Dark Past. My friend was of the opinion that I should put it up on my blog. Hence, it is here.

Not a photo I took. For illustrative purposes only. So pretty, though!

When I was about six or so, I had a bench partner who used to sharpen her wax crayons. She used to collect the shavings in a box, possibly because she was environment conscious. I used to draw people with big hats in books and claim they were Mexican cow-boys. I was a slightly sub-normal child. One day with the True Spirit of Inquiry in my heart, I asked my bench partner why she used to collect the wax shavings in that box of hers. The box, I should mention, looked very much like a standard transparent ‘tiffin’ box. She was probably irritated at how stupid I was or just irritated and I have no idea why, but she told me, with what I now recall as a sneer on her face “Because they have a lot of iron in them and iron makes you strong.” I was hooked. I wanted to be stronger than the strongest, of course. I started eating wax crayon shavings whenever I could, after that day, until one day, probably a couple of months after I started, they caught me. My bench partner, of course, went on to become a Strong Sportswoman-types girl. I stayed small and thin and pale. They should have let me eat shavings.

Le Boredom

March 21, 2010

Since I don’t want to really study for my on-going college preliminary exams which don’t really matter, but still give me added attendance and therefore allow me to write my finals and also prepare me slightly for my finals which will start from the 8th of April, I waste time doing brilliantly random stuff that has no meaning.

Stuff like this:


For further reference please listen to this song:

Iggy Pop and the Stooges were pretty awesome. Okaybyefornow!


March 14, 2010

I had the malaria recently. I got bored. So I wrote a song about it. Then I recorded it. It is a momentous occasion for me, since I have never ever recorded my voice ever.  I am posting it here. All rights reserved by me, Vishad Sharma.

I do apologise for the weird accent at the start. :D okaylaterfolks!! :D

Listen to it from here!

Whatever happened to Goldspot?

March 14, 2010

So I was wondering whatever happened to Goldspot. Not the drink, we all know the drink went away :( The band Goldspot. There is absolutely no news from them. They were kind of decent and fun to listen to. Most people might remember them for:

They also performed in India, for the first time at the One Tree Festival in 2008. They were pretty good and for a bit, did infuse some enthusiasm in the audience which was generally kind of boring-ish and yuppie and 30-ish. There was, though, an old man who went crazy during the Robert Cray performance. He was super-cool and dressed in a denim jacket and torn jeans (the old man, not Robert Cray). Generally, these Indian people who go to non-metal concerts are just kind of horribly boring, they are either show-offs or they are too conscious or it is both. I should know, since I am one of them.

Either way. Coming back to Goldspot, they have a new album! And it is nice!

Moving on, today is the 14th of March and it is a fun fun day.

a) It is Pi Day. And whether you want to celebrate it today or not, you should always try and have pie today. You should always try and have pie everyday. Mmmm pie!

b) It is the birthday of  THISMANWHOSYOURDADDYANDISSUPERCOOL. Respect. Fo’ real.

He's your daddy because of relativity. Geddit geddit? He didn't like the joke either

Iz all for now homies. Keep it real

Ash nazg

March 12, 2010

There are more than a few people in the world who understand the beauty of Middle-Earth. JRR Tolkien is a not just a writer, he is a Creator. I don’t think there are many things in the universe that can rival the awesomeness of it.

I have only been re-reading the Lord of the Rings because it is beautiful and I find that it becomes beautifuller all the time. There is so much poetry in the writing. And it is so beautifully lyrical. I mean look at the Ring Inscription:

Ash nazg durbatulûk, ash nazg gimbatul, Ash nazg thrakatulûk agh burzum-ishi krimpatul

One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them

They rhyme beautifully in both languages and it is so beautiful it brings tears to my eyes because it is so beautiful. And so lovely and beautiful. And so beautiful and lovely. It is like the smell of the rain or something.

And you know what is creepy? I started reading like a couple of months ago, and now I reach the part about the ring (I read slowly because I read many books at a time) and xkcd came out with a comic about the Ring. And the Big Bang Theory came out with an episode about the Ring. Strange? Very. It’s like I’m in the Twilight Zone. Very creepy.

But maybe there is a point to it all, maybe the universe is telling me that I should go and find my preciousssss

Notice how I have started to resemble Gollum?


(I only just noticed that the post was titled ‘Ash nagz’. IAPOLOGISEPEOPLEZOKNOWBYE)

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