Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Monkey trail

Via Amit Verma's blog, a really funny/entertaining/interesting few lines from a book called Thinkertoys

Imagine a cage containing five monkeys. Inside the cage, hang a banana on a string and place a set of stairs under it. Before long, a monkey will go to the stairs and start to climb toward the banana. As soon as he touches the stair, spray all the monkeys with ice-cold water. After a while, another monkey makes an attempt with the same result - all the monkeys are sprayed with ice-cold water. Pretty soon, when another monkey tries to climb the stairs, the other monkeys will try to prevent it.

Now, turn off the cold water. Remove one monkey from the cage and replace it with a new one. The new monkey sees the banana and will want to climb the stairs. To his surprise, all of the other monkeys attack him. After another attempt and attack, he knows that if he tries to climb the stairs he will be assaulted.

Next, remove another of the original monkeys and replace it with a new one. The newcomer goes to the stairs and is attacked. The previous newcomer takes part in the punishment with enthusiasm.

Again, replace a third monkey with new one. The new one goes to the stairs and is attacked. Two of the four monkeys that beat him have no idea why they were not permitted to climb the stairs, or why they are participating in the beating of the newest monkey.

After replacing the fourth and fifth monkeys with new ones, all the monkeys that have been sprayed with ice-cold water have been replaced. Nevertheless, no monkey ever again approaches the stairs. Why not? Because as far as they know that’s the way it’s always been around here.

So learning by repetition is not always a winning strategy?

Monday, January 11, 2010

Friday, January 08, 2010

New fav movie

My memory is kind of on a self-granted vacation and I cant for the life of me remember where I heard/read the interesting reviews for this one, but man o man, this is one helluva ride.

Its like Kill Bill on a heady cocktail of acid, meth, coke and steroids.


Its a Japanese movie, where the Japs have gone pretty much nutso (theres a super crazy anti-harakiri ad campaign that should be played over and over again), shit funny gore (be ready for plenty of it), some super thrill-based-horror, a leading lady who likes to cut her wrists, often in manic frenzy , a new breed of criminals called the "Engineers" who have some bizzaro but novel mutation whereby their wounds turn into deadly weapons,

a villain (a bioscientist), a serial killer who murders women with an array of razor sharp suction pumps before hacking them up into tiny pieces and neatly storing them in a carton with not a drop of blood spilled at the crime scene.

The movie is quite novel, extremely fast paced (goes ape-shit berserk at times) and rates very very high on the gore meter. Apart from Antichrist this is definitely one of the more bizzaro movie I've seen in my lifetime. The only thing disappointing about TGP is its pathetic and downright sloppy back ground score.

Ratings: A
Warning: If you have a girl in your life who is squeamish, lock her up in the attic, grab some popcorns, turn up the volume and enjoy TGP.


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Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Resolution 010

Go pro by 2014.