I leave for Bangalore in a few hours. My flight is at 7:15p on Sunday, 19th December. I return on the 8th of January. It’ll be a nice break after a very harrowing term in more ways than one.

I’m not sure if I’ll have the time to post from there, but if interesting things happen, I sure will try.

A Man and His Dog

This photograph CO Thiago, from the STF at Dpreview.com. The original image can be found here

A Man and His Dog
A wagging tail.
A sagging belly.

Always active and lively.
Mostly listless and lethargic.

Barking twenty four-seven.
Sleeping, almost twenty four-seven.

Excited to see his master.
Still waiting to see his Master.

Looks forward to his best years with anticipation.
Looks back and wonders if those years were his best.

Happy to be in his company.
Happy to be in his company.

Crossing the Street at 32nd and Market

White people, Black people,
Indian people, Chinese people.
Blond, Brunette and Redheads,
Close cropped, let loose, tied up.
Some with a smoke,
Others on the phone,
Looking down at the street,
Or up at the sun.
Only a few talk
To a fellow by their side.

What are they thinking
As they try to beat the street-light?
Is it about last nights events?
The movie he watched with a room mate?
Or the fight he had at a bar?
Maybe he is thinking of the the
Person he was rejected by?
Or the person he didn’t
Have the nerve to ask out?

Maybe she is reminded of
A father she lost?
Or perhaps she is
contemplating the next days exam?
Will she get that much needed A?
How big will her next paycheck be?
Where will it be spent?
Will she have any left over to save?
Will she go to that party tonight?
And maybe meet that special someone?

So many thoughts can be seen
Just be looking a person in the face.
I want to know
I want to understand
I want to feel

Getting good at stuff

A feature I’ve noticed in my everyday life for years, but never had reason or inclination to think much about it: Anything I take up with even a half-serious mindset, I get good at. By good, I mean definitely above average. Examples of this: Table Tennis, Golf, Squash, Cricket, Photography, academics, other random interests like playing the guitar, playing video games, or even just learning something new…I can’t come up with any more concrete examples, but this extends to almost anything I take up.

I can do it better…much better than the Average Joe. But I can’t seem to break that barrier from good to excellent. I know at least one person who is much better than me in everything I want to do. I being the competitive kind, try really hard (okay, this is relative) to become ‘really very good’ at it. But I can’t. This tends to get me slightly demotivated and I end up giving up whatever the interest is. It’s happened to me for so many things that I can’t care to list them here.

“Jack of all trades but Ace of none” is what I call myself. I’ve always wanted to be a “Jack of all trades but Ace of one.” I wonder if (and when) I’ll find that one thing. I hope it is soon.

Why is there always a price tag attached?

The SonyEricsson P910 seems like a dream phone. It has everything that I could want in a single portable device. This includes adding up to 1 GB memory stick and using it as a portable MP3/media player. That is something I’ve been touting for a long time. Who wants to carry around a phone, MP3 players and a PDA. I don’t have deep pockets (literally and figuratively). It does include a camera…something that I don’t much care for. I do however wish they included WiFi capability with this phone. I think that would make it a killer device. It seems fairly small and light, even with the integrated keyboard. It is, however 1 inch thick, something that is a little more than I’m comfortable with.

I am however contemplating the lack of Windows support with this phone. It would be nice to have Windows Media Player 10, and other MS specific apps such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint and a feature reduced Outlook. Once again, I reiterate the need to include WiFi. The phone that Jojo just bought, the HP iPaq 6315 from T-mobile has WiFi and I’ve used it on Dragonfly. It works pretty well.

But the ultimate dream machine? A PDA sized device, with a 40-60gb HDD and all the functionality of a Microsoft(??) PC. Oh yeah, it ought to include a phone. And want this portable delight to become something your more used to at home? Just drop it into a cradle on your desk, that would connect it to a LCD monitor, printer, speakers, web cam, mouse and keyboard. And with an array of extra USB/Firewire ports on the cradle, all further needs like a CD/DVD burner or drive, extra external HDD’s and perhaps an external video card can be attached to provide complete PC functionality.

The idea is there…now come on Microsoft, HP, Apple, Sony, IBM, or someone steal it from me and manufacture it for under 200grams. I swear I’ll be your first buyer, whatever the price. Okay maybe not whatever the price, seeing as how the P910 is $799 and that is about $700 more than I can afford. But hey, maybe by the time such a device is available I’ll have a job and will be able to afford it.

*Sigh* Now that is 5:50 AM, and perhaps time to sleep, I’ll go dream about having lots of money and this miracle PDA.