How simple the things can be?

Here is an interesting read from Wired. The link mentions various patents registered against the name of celebrities. I find this quite interesting for two reasons. First, all of these patents are filed by people who are not scientists. Rather these are the people who were musicians, cameraman, performers and other creative professionals. This asks us to extend our thought of seeing things so narrowly- a kind of skepticism that we had acquired in an age of specialization. Second, all of these patents are so lucidly illustrated or explained that it kind of highlights the simplicity of thought. It also gives one an idea that patents could also be about very simple ideas provided they are novel, illustrative and communicable.

Credits: Wired Dot Com


Experiencing music

Just an hour before I was in a friend’s room. His name is Johnson, an intensely passionate person with an interest in automobile and mobility design. He was playing certain numbers from Pink Floyd, Strings and Porcupine Tree on his acoustic guitar. He played really well.

After experiencing every such performance I get moved with the power of music. It is one unique trait which has always made me respect the subjective part of human beings. One closes his eyes, his fingers strike the chords and his mind weaves a complex pattern of rhythm and beats. How amazing and awesome is this as a spectacle! It transforms the space and the time where someone performs and someone listens. One looses track of gross details instead start sensing a flow in the environment. There are simply the notes all around, arranged carefully on a time line to constitute this flow. Thanks Johnson!

Woody Allen – Attempting (not) to glorify the popular notion of a hero on a screen


Recently I had a chance to watch three different movies by Woody Allen- Annie Hall, Manhattan Murder Mystery and Whatever Works. In the first two movies he had acted as well. After watching these movies I have no reservation in admitting that I really liked his treatment of the stories. He sort of demystifies the idea of a hero on the screen. In Manhattan Murder Mystery, he plays the character of a guy who is full of anxiety, someone who refrains from being adventurous. On the contrary the wife of this character is full of adventure and dare. She is the one who would try revealing truth behind a murder. She is the one who would walk a mile extra than her husband to try out a spy plan. In any such situation, the character which Woody Allen plays had no option other than to follow his wife. But he does so with great anxiety, often to an extent of breaking the silence and breaking up the articles.

One other thing which I would like to make a mention of is his attempt to break the frame and talk to the audience. One can see him talking to the viewer of his movie when he is having dinner at his girlfriend’s house in AnnieĀ  Hall. His does this more often as a director in Whatever Works. I guess as a strategy this works very well in case of movies where the characters are constantly engaged in talks and discussion amongst themselves. A viewer, if ever, feels disinterested has something to grab whenever one of the characters disengages with the inner world of cinema and talks to him. Frankly I felt the same in the initial time. But suddenly with one of the character talking to you, enables the viewer to reorient himself. Isn’t it amazing!

Origins of the tune “Twinkle twinkle little star”

Got to know that “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” is originally composed by Mozart. The lyrics that he chose were from a different song called “Ah Vous Dirais-Je, Maman”. It reads as following:

Ah vous dirais-je, maman
Ce qui cause mon tourment
Papa veut que je demande
De la soupe et de la viande
Moi, je dis que les bonbons
Valent mieux que les mignons
Ah vous dirais-je, maman
Ce qui cause mon tourment
Papa veut que je raisonne
Comme une grande personne
Moi, je dis que les bonbons
Valent mieux que la raison.

And it’s English translation is like this:
Ah let me tell you mommy
Whats the cause of my torment
Papa wants me to ask for Soup and meat
But I say that candy is better than all of that!
Ah let me tell you mommy
Whats the cause of my torment
Papa wants me to think like a grown up
But I say that candy Is better than reason(wisdom).

Credits: Bruce Balentine


Numb from abhishek shrivastava on Vimeo.

This sound piece tries to question the relevance of an information like news in a much communicated environment like ours. What happens when news passes through the minds of each of us with different contextual backgrounds. How do we perceive and relate to news? Is the actual message retained?

Trying to bring this feeling amongst the audience of this piece.