Procrastiblog

August 19, 2006

20:12 IST, 19 August 2006

Filed under: India — Chris @ 9:21 pm

There’s this project on Flickr to have lots of people submit photos they took at exactly 2:42pm GMT, 19 August 2006. At the appointed hour (as ajudged by my insanely accurate timepiece), Carolyn and I were stuck in traffic coming back from Koramangala. I’m not sure what the exact rules are wrt sub-minute accuracy and what-not, but I now have three candidate pictures for submission. Let’s take a vote!

The auto driver next to us (not our auto driver!), who thought we were two completely insane tourists:
12 IST (Auto driver)

Carloyn, centered and washed out by the flash, with a hint of another auto driver giving us the skunk eye:
12 IST (Carolyn)

Carolyn, off-kilter and trying to simultaneously take a picture of me:
12 IST (Carolyn, reflexivity)

Vote in comments.

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Day Report

Filed under: India — Chris @ 9:08 pm

Vijay invited us to visit his Dad’s business, which is AFAIK to train pilots, build specialty aircraft, and sell aviation novelties.
I didn’t even realize it was Vijay’s family business until we were already there and he said, “Do you want anything? Just take it.”

Vijay and His Dad (in Plaque Form)

After a while I got bored and decided to just annoy Deb.

Deb

Later, we went to Cunningham Rd and had a disappointing meal.

Disappointing appetizers

What a day!

High Quality Women

Filed under: Not Tech — Chris @ 10:10 am

This is classic. And more here. Via Becks.

May I suggest a conservative over-approximation for Ms. Mackey Paisley Passey that avoids the arrogance charge? “I do not accept romantic propositions that I receive from strangers via email or blog comments. Thanks but no thanks.” Wasn’t that easy?

[UPDATE 8/20/2006] As Ms. Wei points out in comments there’s more fun here. Executive summary: ugly people beat their girlfriends and poor people are immoral. You go girl!

The Taj Mahal is Deviationist

Filed under: India — Chris @ 7:54 am

Sitting in front of the Taj Mahal (which, for my American readers, was built by the Muslim Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as a memorial to his wife, incorporates verses of the Qu’ran into its design, and has an on-site mosque), I remember asking Hilleary what Osama bin Laden would think of it. The pinnacle of Muslim civilization’s accomplishments or an impious despot’s folly?

She said she had no idea and that predicting Osama bin Laden’s thought patterns is not an activity that interests her.

I think this helps answer my question. (Although, it is not clear how legitimate this threat is or how well it ties in with the Islamo-whatsist world-view.)

1 Bottle Whiskey == 0 Bottles Beer

Filed under: India — Chris @ 7:35 am

Gilbird just handed me a bill of Rs 120 for 2 bottles of beer. So they weren’t intended as repayment for the Jack Daniel’s.

I spoke with Lepakshi on the phone and asked why I had received the beer. He said I received it because I had asked for it. But I hadn’t. Gilbird says he was pulled away from his other work to go on an emergency beer run on my behalf.

This is all very strange, no? But I like beer. I even told Gilbird I am willing to pay for it (it’s a fair price and I am glad to drink it), but he refused to take the money. He wants to get to the bottom of this. Good luck, man! I give up!

[UPDATE 9/4/2006] I paid for the beer before I left (at least I tried to). And Gilbird quit.

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