Voices in my headWed, 28th Nov '07, 11:15 am::

Usually within the first 4-6 hours of every single day, I get songs and phrases stuck in my head. I keep repeating these phrases over and over, almost chanting subconsciously. I hate it. I am absolutely sick of it but I don't know what I can do to avoid it. It's always something short and not too annoying by itself but constant repetition makes it unbearable.

Today's phrase-stuck-in-my-head is "to shreds you say" from a Futurama episode:

    [the Professor is on the phone]
    Professor Hubert Farnsworth: Oh how awful. Did he at least die peacefully?
    Professor Hubert Farnsworth: To shreds you say, tsk tsk tsk. Well, how's his wife holding up?
    Professor Hubert Farnsworth: To shreds you say.

Normally things get unstuck after noon regardless of when I have lunch or if I have breakfast. I don't know why this happens but it gets on my nerves.

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Sat, 24th Nov '07, 6:10 pm::

I just dropped off Laura at the airport. On Thursday, we went to Tay's parents' house for Thanksgiving Dinner and had a blast playing board games and learning the dark side of the Wii. We just stayed at home watching TV most of Friday and went out for veggie sushi in the evening. Today we made some yummy lunch and finished the leftover pumpkin pie from Thanksgiving. We went to a lot of different places over this past week (here's some pics) and spent the rest of the time watching tons of movies and TV shows. I'm going to miss her. Oh well.

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Wed, 21st Nov '07, 9:30 pm::

Laura and I went to some gorgeous places last couple of days. Yesterday afternoon we walked through the Florida Botanical Gardens and spent all of today on Sanibel & Captiva Islands - about four hours walking along the nature trails through J. N. Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge. Tomorrow we're going to Tay's parents' house for Thanksgiving Dinner. It's movie time now.

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Tue, 20th Nov '07, 12:15 pm::

Laura flew in from Washington on Saturday. We've been hopping around town in the evenings and catching some good movies late into the nights. We're packing cheese sandwiches to go on one of those picnic things that normal people go on. I might introduce her to veggie sushi. I'm going to miss her after she leaves on Saturday.

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Wed, 14th Nov '07, 8:20 am::

If pictures of cats with bad grammar amuse you, you may like something I made last night: 2008 LOLCalendar. If you have no clue what this means, just pretend like you didn't read the previous line.

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Wed, 14th Nov '07, 8:15 am::

This week's going to be a lot of fun. Scott and Anthony (of HypeMachine fame) are coming to town. Tay is picking them up from Tampa and they'll probably barge into my work around 4pm tomorrow. I'm pretty excited about the weekend too - my friend from Washington is flying in. Hopefully lots of fun will ensue in the upcoming days.

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Fri, 9th Nov '07, 8:10 am::

Internet is a weird place. As of writing this, my 'blog gets more traffic than the official presidential campaign website of 9/11 Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

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Random notes from my school report cardsSun, 4th Nov '07, 1:15 pm::

I'm filling out the application for the Masters of Science in Innovation Management program at University of Tampa, starting September 2008. It's a long process and I have to get many documents in order before I submit the application. I ran across my old file of school report cards (all the way from nursery to high school) and it's pretty interesting to read what my teachers and mentors said when I was a little kid in India. Here are some of the more interesting random bits I found:

  • Jun 25, 1984 - Nursery: "Intelligent, but careless." A in Reading and Parts of the body, E (average) in Drawing and Coloring and Hand Work.
  • Dec 23, 1986 - Pre-Primary III: "Punctuality - often comes late. Went to zoo and enjoyed himself. Behavior - tends to be mischievous at times." A in Spelling, C in Hand Writing (thank god for computers!).
  • Jun 6, 1988 - 2nd Grade: "Very intelligent child; very exact, perfect and quick in his work; very cooperative and helpful to others; handwriting needs improvement." 50/50 in Number Work.
  • Apr 28, 1990 - 3rd Grade: "Grasping power is very good, tends to be careless, speech training required." Won 1st prize in Three-legged Race. A in Spelling, Science, General Knowledge, and Number Work.
  • Apr 15, 1991 - 4th Grade: "Intelligent but tends to be selfish and not friendly or helpful." Punctuality: C, Perseverance: A.
  • Apr 17, 1993 - 6th Grade: "Sincere and obedient boy; Class Rank - 1st; Result - Satisfactory" (I don't think my class teacher liked me much.)
  • May 12, 1994 - 7th Grade: "Outstanding in Volleyball; Class Rank - 1st." Weight: 51kgs / 112 lbs.
  • Apr 21, 1995 - 8th Grade: "Promising student; takes interest in all games but must try to excel in one; good in rifle shooting; sober and well behaved boy." Height: 5'8 (same as today).
  • May 15 1997 - 10th Grade: "Can do better; work harder; improve the quality of answers." Highest score in Language: 185/300, Social Studies: 159/200. Poor in Math: 59/100 (stupid Algebra!)

After 10th grade, personalized report cards gave way to computer printouts of standardized test results with percentile scores. TOEFL: 99%-ile, SAT: 95%-ile, GRE: 80%-ile, 4 years of college GPA: 3.9. If my work gave out report cards with little notes, I think it would still say: "Punctuality - always comes late. Takes long lunches. Must stop wearing free T-shirts and torn jeans to meetings with prospective business partners."

I also have to update my resume for the Masters application. Here's hoping I make the cut.

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Sat, 3rd Nov '07, 11:55 pm::

Today marks my sixth year of 'blogging on this site :)

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Sat, 3rd Nov '07, 11:50 pm::

I went to the Palladium Theatre downtown St. Petersburg tonight with Heather and her friends to see Jazz Masterwork Series. Overall it was a good experience though as I'm very picky with my Jazz music, I kept hoping they'd play more old Ragtime and Blues themed works instead of Disney-style orchestral pieces. I think I need to go to more jazz clubs.

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