Week 1533 : Frohes Neues Jahr

Continued from Day 10724


Day 10725
Monday, 31 December 2018

I watched Bandersnatch today. This is my first movie of its kind. The annoying thing is there is no time stamp, so unlike in choose-your-path books where I note down the page numbers so I can go back and read all endings, I cannot do that here. I have no time or patience to rewatch the whole thing all over again just to pick a different option. So I read about them and watched a spoiler-filled YouTube video instead.

Also, read this. But only after you have watched the movie. Because spoilers.

The ending I got was I took the toy back and chose to go with the mother on the 0845 train. I did not get to chop up the body of the dad, end up in prison and see the game do well. I also missed the scene of Colin’s daughter reviving the game. I did kill the dad one time using the ashtray but he just buried him in the yard and eventually went to prison for it. The Netflix part was fun too!

Bandersnatch is really well made though, technically. I would rate it an 8, maybe even a 9, just for the concept and execution. The actual plot is a little sketchy, and might lose a few points with viewers because it is sensitive, and also towards the end I had begun to get deja vu vibes of The Butterfly Effect and Mr. Nobody.

I did not have Netflix before, so I only just started watching Black Mirror. It works that there are only 19 episodes. I finished the 4th today. The first episode was depressing. But that set the tone of the shock factor for the following episodes, so I feel like I am kinda getting immune with each episode.

In other news, Konkani sees sharpest drop in speakers across country. This is sad to hear about. Konkani is a dying language and we are unable to do anything about it. It is officially my native language but I only use it anymore when I speak to my parents and sister.

For us, 1 January is just a formality. In our culture, the new year is the first day of the lunisolar calendar month of Chaitra, which is 9 April in 2019. But I love 1 January too, since the whole world celebrates. I will not be watching any fireworks this year. I want to start 2019 early and well.

Cricket, Karnataka vs Chhattisgarh, End of Day 2:
Karnataka (1st inning) 418 all out
Chhattisgarh (1st inning) 121/3
Chhattisgarh trail by 297 runs


Day 10726
Tuesday, 1 January 2019

Indian fashion in the 1980s. I don’t care because my mum is in her early 20s and she looks gorgeous. And I have clearly inherited my bad sense of fashion from my dad.

Spiderman to the people of London: Who am I?

Poora London: tu makda

#notmyjoke

Do you believe that just because somebody did/said something wrong in the past, it doesn’t mean they can’t advocate against it now? Maybe they grew? Or should they be written off as a hypocrite and let their past invalidate their current mindset?

Madi says, “I think it may be difficult for someone to take advice from that person without calling them a hypocrite, but I also think if said person openly acknowledges what they did and frames it as a way to explain why doing that will result in regret, I think they should speak up.”

I wholeheartedly agree. So here goes. I may have been guilty of male chauvinism, patronisation, racism and homophobia that may have offended some people in the past, that led to me refraining from voicing any sort of opinion in public whatsoever for all these years. I will admit it on record right here, on this day. I don’t need to be afraid anymore. I will also not blame my culture, upbringing, and lack of exposure for shaping my opinion the way it used to be, because that would still be, after all, an excuse. And ain’t no Novi givin’ no ‘xcuses. Yes, I was wrong. Yes, I used to be a douchebag. What you gonna do about it? I learnt, I grew, and like a true engineer who was born to solve problems, I am back to fix the world. Don’t believe me? Look at the logo of this blog in the top left corner of this page. Still don’t believe me? I don’t care. Watch me.

I ordered the green and yellow German books on Amazon. They will be arriving on Friday. I should be home to receive them.

Cricket, Karnataka vs Chhattisgarh, End of Day 3:
Karnataka (1st inning) 418 all out
Chhattisgarh (1st inning) 283 all out
Karnataka (2nd inning) 113/4
Karnataka lead by 248 runs


Day 10727
Wednesday, 2 January 2019

Here is an interesting anecdote for no reason at all:

Emperor Akbar had a temper which he was aware of, so to make sure he did not take rash decisions on an impulse, he had ordered his prime minister to only carry out an order if he said it three times, each a meal apart (at least 4 hours each). That way decisions that were made on impulse almost never passed the test. He’d have enough time to cool off, sometimes even sleep over it, and think over it rationally before it became law.

The AFC Asian Cup starts this week. Excited! India has qualified for the 4th time in 62 years. They previously qualified in 1964, 1984 and 2011.

The teams:
Group A: 🇦🇪 United Arab Emirates, 🇹🇭 Thailand, 🇮🇳 India, 🇧🇭 Bahrain
Group B: 🇦🇺 Australia, 🇸🇾 Syria, 🇵🇸 Palestine, 🇯🇴 Jordan
Group C: 🇰🇷 South Korea, 🇨🇳 China, 🇰🇬 Kyrgyzstan, 🇵🇭 Philippines
Group D: 🇮🇷 Iran, 🇮🇶 Iraq, 🇻🇳 Vietnam, 🇾🇪 Yemen
Group E: 🇸🇦 Saudi Arabia, 🇶🇦 Qatar, 🇱🇧 Lebanon, 🇰🇵 North Korea
Group F: 🇯🇵 Japan, 🇺🇿 Uzbekistan, 🇴🇲 Oman, 🇹🇲 Turkmenistan

Don’t ask why Australia is playing in the Asian Cup. They’re weird. Having said that, India has a real chance of progressing to the next stage.

Do you believe you have to be the best at everything, or is it okay to be mediocre as long as you’re enjoying it? Do you aim for the high score every time or do you simply play because you love the game?

I watched the 5th episode of Black Mirror today. I was wrong about Black Mirror. There is no “getting immune” to it. Every episode hits you just as hard.

I earned my 10th subscriber on my blog today. 8 years, 164 posts, 140268 words, 26 likes, 10 subscribers. Thank you, Simple Ula, whoever you are. 🙂

Cricket, Karnataka vs Chhattisgarh:
Karnataka (1st inning) 418 all out
Chhattisgarh (1st inning) 283 all out
Karnataka (2nd inning) 219/7 declared
Chhattisgarh (2nd inning) 156 all out
Karnataka win by 198 runs


Day 10728
Thursday, 3 January 2019

I went on a rant against forced religion today. You can read it here.

Cricket, 🇦🇺 Australia vs India 🇮🇳, End of Day 1:
India (1st inning) 303/4
India lead by 303 runs

Cricket, 🇿🇦 South Africa vs Pakistan 🇵🇰, End of Day 1:
Pakistan (1st inning) 177 all out
South Africa (1st inning) 123/2
South Africa trail by 54 runs

Cricket:
🇳🇿 New Zealand beat Sri Lanka 🇱🇰


Day 10729
Friday, 4 January 2019

The Monkey from Kishkindha

This is legit my most sketched drawing during childhood, after the scenery, of course. The Ramayana book we had, had this picture on the back of the cover. I used to sketch this as a kid every time we had a guest over at a house and present it to them. If you are wondering why he is carrying a mountain, here’s the legend:

When Ravana’s son Indrajit hurls a powerful weapon at Lakshmana, Lakshmana is badly wounded and is nearly killed. Hanuman is called upon to fetch the Sanjeevani herb from Mount Dronagiri in the Himalayas. Upon reaching Dronagiri, Hanuman cannot identify the herb and lifts the whole mountain and brings it to the battlefield.

If you are given two minutes to draw something, what would you guys make? This is what I would most likely do:

The 2-Minute Scenery

Women are so fussy about their bras. My ex-girlfriend got mad and would never let me touch it. She thought I would ruin the elasticity. She would insist on taking it off herself. Any more details would be tmi/overkill. It was a long time ago. In fact, I don’t remember the details. I dumped her for another girl who broke up with me after graduation. Everybody (especially me) was a douchebag in their college days. Lessons learnt. I haven’t been in a relationship in 8 years. At this point, I don’t even notice the lack of it.

Cricket, 🇦🇺 Australia vs India 🇮🇳, End of Day 2:
India (1st inning) 622/7 declared
Australia (1st inning) 24/0
Australia trail by 598 runs

622 is their 21st highest score ever (India’s highest ever score is 759 against England in 2016), fourth highest against Australia, and second highest in Sydney. No way India is losing from here in the next 3 days.

Cricket, 🇿🇦 South Africa vs Pakistan 🇵🇰, End of Day 2:
Pakistan (1st inning) 177 all out
South Africa (1st inning) 382/6
South Africa lead by 205 runs


Day 10730
Saturday, 5 January 2019

I finished watching first and second episodes of season three. Black Mirror has convinced me that our future is messed up. There were some Inception like elements in the second, but because I did not see it coming, that was the steal.

Most regular domestic flights are Airbus A320s these days because nearly all domestic airlines own only those. It is rare to get to travel in a Boeing inside India anymore. It is the opposite in America. I hear people on the Pacific coast are very particular about their Seattle-based aircraft manufacturer. I believe the phrase is, “If it’s not Boeing, I’m not going.”

Ari asks, “How shall we fly when we run out of dinosaur juice?”

Yeah, about that. I have no idea how far they are with alternative propulsion. If and when we run out of dinosaur juice, at current progress, expect air travel to get insanely expensive, because electric, solar or whatever else they use cannot carry the payload over distance like aviation fuel. Actually, that concerns me too. And also astonishes me. I read that the Boeing 747 burns 10-11 tonnes of fuel an hour, which is approximately 4 litres per second. The amount of flights that operate daily around the world, the numbers are mind-boggling. Why haven’t we run out already? How many dinosaurs did we have?! (I’m joking, I know there were plants and trees, don’t get cheeky in the comments section)

Cricket, 🇦🇺 Australia vs India 🇮🇳, End of Day 3:
India (1st inning) 622/7 declared
Australia (1st inning) 236/6
Australia trail by 386 runs

Cricket, 🇿🇦 South Africa vs Pakistan 🇵🇰, End of Day 3:
Pakistan (1st inning) 177 all out
South Africa (1st inning) 431 all out
Pakistan (2nd inning) 294 all out
South Africa require 41 runs to win

Cricket:
🇳🇿 New Zealand beat Sri Lanka 🇱🇰
🇿🇼 Zimbabwe beat Namibia 🇳🇦

The Asian Cup kicked off today!

Football, AFC Asian Cup:
🇦🇪 United Arab Emirates drew Bahrain 🇧🇭, 1-1


Day 10731
Sunday, 6 January 2019

I have a new favourite Black Mirror episode- Shut Up And Dance (S03E03). They are all so close though. The quality is top notch throughout. My least favourite episode, if at all, would have to be Fifteen Million Merits (S01E02). It is the least messed up, and that is saying something. Also, I have only watched 10 so far. I still have 9 to go.

Read about how China’s unconventional war is inflicting greater damage on India. Also, Donald Trump mocks Indian prime minister for building library in Afghanistan. At least we are not building walls, Mr. Trump. It is a pity when the US international affairs office has to release a statement to clarify that, “there is a difference between remarks and the official policy of a country”, which basically means we’re not responsible for whatever our President may say or tweet.

Besides, don’t believe him. India also built hospitals, roads and dams. The US has 14,000 troops stationed. They are doing their part in nation rebuilding, India is doing theirs. It is a collective effort. Unfortunately, the President of the USA does not get it.

San Junipero (S03E04) is the most beautiful episode so far. Interesting, but I wouldn’t call it messed up. I loved it!

The Prison of My Mind

“Procrastivation”, says kt.

Cricket, 🇦🇺 Australia vs India 🇮🇳, End of Day 4:
India (1st inning) 622/7 declared
Australia (1st inning) 300 all out
Australia (2nd inning) 6/0
Australia trail by 316 runs

Cricket, 🇿🇦 South Africa vs Pakistan 🇵🇰:
Pakistan (1st inning) 177 all out
South Africa (1st inning) 431 all out
Pakistan (2nd inning) 294 all out
South Africa (2nd inning) 43/1
South Africa win by 9 wickets

Cricket:
🇿🇼 Zimbabwe beat Namibia 🇳🇦

Football, AFC Asian Cup:
🇯🇴 Jordan beat Australia 🇦🇺, 1-0
🇮🇳 India beat Thailand 🇹🇭, 4-1
🇸🇾 Syria drew Palestine 🇵🇸, 0-0


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