Somewhere in between “Cest la vie”, “Whattya gonna do?” and “Shit happens” falls my new zen koan “Snakes on a Plane”.
WIFE: “Honey you stepped in dog poop again. ”
ME: “Snakes on a Plane…”
DOCTOR: “Your cholesterol is 290. Perhaps you want to mix in a walk once in a while.”
ME: “Snakes on a Plane…”
WIFE: “Honey while you were on your cholesterol walk you stepped in dog poop again.”
You get the picture.
I wonder how long it would be before it attains “Shit happens” fame. 🙂
As the Chair Dr. Jay Gunasekera mentioned at the onset, it was a truly international conference. There were researchers from over 40 countries in the fields of Materials Processing and Technology. Though I did not actually meet the authors of the papers that I had “dissected”, it was quite an impressive crowd. Most of them were from academia though the Plenary talks were given by Mr. Robert Noel and Mr. George Mochnal. There were quite a few people missing which led to greater time slots for each speaker. I guess the main reason was difficulty in getting visas etc.
I did spend some time during each talk trying to place their accents. It was quite remarkable, for example, I found out that the Polish usually speak English by writing it down on a piece of paper and then reading that aloud! 🙂 Most Europeans are so expressive, hand gestures, eyebrows flying about; it was comic at times. My brethren Asians were as always, overly apologetic for taking up breathing space so to speak. Non-Indian Asians have such great dressing sense, and what amazing hairdos! I dont know about being the frontiers of technology (they did have the best laser pointers!) but they have undoubtedly surpassed the rest of the world in fashion. I mean if these countries produce graduate students with such good taste what about the rest of the demographic! 🙂 I am exaggerating of course, but there is some grain of truth in all this.
My daily diet of browsing includes MediaMatters among other news outlets. Off late, Ann Coulter seems to be the most “entertaining” of the bunch surpassing “papa bear” O’reilly.
There was this pie-throwing incident some time back. Apparently, some kids at University of Arizona attempted to pie Ann Coulter while she was going about her liberal-bashing routine. They call themselves Al Pieda. Later while being charged, they stated with profundity, “we were throwing the pies at her ideas not at her” ! 🙂 (Check out this and this)
Needless to say, this incident fueled a chain-reaction of interviews on cable news networks, its all quite fascinating really! 🙂