Fountainhead Characters on SCJP Exam

[I'm scared of The Fountainhead's fans. Everything anyone ever says about the book is WRONG, except their own interpretation of course. The more knuckleheaded they are, the more I fear them trying to ambush me in the nearby bakery with a club or something. Now this little thingy might be just the thing to give em that incentive. But so what?]

A friend and I were discussing the SCJP exam and apparently folks these days are mugging up previous questions to get 96-98%. One thing then lead to another and here's what we (sorta) agreed on (ok it was mostly me) what the characters from The Fountainhead might have to say about it

Roark: SCJP? Wazzat???

Wynand: SCJP? F** that. I'm starting my own exam.. And YOU (Who me?) are going to be the 1st one to pass it you hear me?

Keating (snicker snicker): I'm going to mug all the questions to get 98%. And THEN I'm going to understand EVERYTHING so that I can make the remaining 2% as well. Muhahaha! I'm awesome!!

Toohey(evil laugh): I'm gonna get 96% by mugging, then pretend I'm of a lower caste. I'll then stand for election claiming to be very intelligent and deserving and then become mayor of this city! MUHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

--X--X--X--

Another part of the convo actually had this bit of conversation in it:
You know what
I'm back in college
some c*** suckers are sucking up
to the incharge
and I'm trying to convince them
that he's a fake
and they suck up even harder
then I call them
and say look
and suddenly there's a computer screen
and I compile the incharge
and he has errors
now they're thinking,
maybe I'm right.

So yea,

Lord Vinayaka

My favourite God has to be Lord Vinayaka (Ganesha). The second child of Lord Shiva, he was originally created to guard his consort Parvati while she bathed but ended up almost defeating the Lord himself in battle before having his head severed. He was then revived with the head of an elephant and so began his story.

Lord Ganesha is one of the more smarter and playful ones among the Hindu Gods. A famous story about him is when his brother Muruga got fooled into traversing the whole universe at the behest of his parents but the cheeky Ganesha simply went around his parents stating that his parents were indeed the universe itself! Finally someone who doesn't spend all his time meditating, saving the universe or gets himself fooled into giving boons to ill meaning Rakshasas (Demons)

Now comes the most interesting part of Lord Vinayaka. He's fat. Yes, he's fat and I always wondered why. Almost every other Hindu god is portrayed as a warrior (I even saw an image of Lord Krishna on sale near the ISKON temple sporting a six pack!) with grand weapons and all the other paraphernalia but Lord Vinayaka is always shown with a bowl full of laddus! (Sure his stomach is supposed to 'symbolise' a vast hoard of knowledge and the laddus are supposed to be knowledge to be assimilated........ yea........ok..... ) .

He's also the God who doesn't demand too much from you. All he asks of his devotees is to tell him a friendly 'Hi' before starting something new and ask for his blessing and doesn't bother you thereafter. Oh and did you know that he also protects street corners from ghosts? Hence the little Ganesha idols at the end of every street end.

All in all, its Lord Ganesh FTW if there ever was a "Who's your favourite God?" poll.

Probability In Everyday Life

A few friends and I were discussing palmistry when the following bit of conversation happened

Friend 1: Macha, show me your hand again.. oh you have a simian crease!


Me: Hahaha, doesn't Simian mean monkey or something??

Friend 2: Best monkey man! But wtf? I can't believe we are discussing this stuff. How can you believe in this garbage?

Friend 3: But you know chicks like such stuff..

Friend 2 (with almost 0 reaction time): Does your Mom also like it?

(Silence)

Friend 1: Simian creases are damn rare da.

Friend 3: Balls. I know many people who have it. My dad and uncle have them. Its not rare at all...

I later found out that only about 3% of the population have them. What that lead me to understand is that Friend 3 might have a misconceived notion about something simply because he was exposed to outliers i.e. 2 people close to him having the simian crease without even knowing it.

I wonder how many wrong notions I have.. Hmmm...

Cheeky Tanjore Rock Artists

Every time I try my hand at some form of 'art', I'm always tempted to leave behind some Easter eggs. Be it some hidden message(there are quite a few on this blog if you look hard enough!) , random bits of code, an out-of-place diagram, anything.

Then one day while watching a documentary on the great Tanjore (Thanjavur) Temples I realised I wasn't alone.

The below is a picture of a embossed saint meditating
This appears quite prominently on the rock surface where it is found. Simple enough.

The below is a picture of a Cat meditating, with some mice looking up to it which appears at the bottom of the rock surface and is of a smaller size than the saint
Now we all know what will happen when the cat stops meditating, its definitely going to be hungry!
Talk about the warning of following a holy man blindly!!

What really amazes me is that both these rock carvings are found on the same wall in Tanjavur. Now we can never be certain if this was sneaked in or was officially authorised. Nonetheless these sculptures sure had a way of getting their point across.

Respect _/\_