Wednesday, February 29, 2012

On Santoku Blades

I recently decided to spend a bit of money on a cooking item. Granted, it was on sale...

And so I invested in a Santoku kitchen knife.
The bottom line: get one of those! It works so much better than the cheap dollar store knife, and it does most of the jobs in the kitchen well!

Monday, February 20, 2012

BabyPlus - How Science can be created on demand

Recently, I have stumbled on the mega-claims of something called BabyPlus, which is a glorified MP3 player for pregnant women to put on their bellies, with the objective of stimulating the child's brain development.

Sounds great. That inventor must be a real genius too... right? Er, not quite. The only Brent Logan who wrote a PhD thesis I could look up did so in 2001, much after this invention.

So I googled a bit more, and what do I find? A full debunk. A good read.
The killer thing for me? Double-citing both the paper published a the conference and the conference presentation itself. It doesn't get sloppier than this.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Agneepath

Agneepath is the remake of the 1990 movie of the same name, a major hit starring Amitabh Bachchan.
This one is starring Hrithik Roshan and won't be the major hit this time. I seriously felt we could chop the cheapo love story and another 30 minutes of the movie and we'd be better off.
The first half is great, and the machiavelic plot of the main character is engaging. But it falls flat at some point, probably around the point that the villain discovers the hero has a sister, etc. Sort of a gaping gap in the story that just distracts.

Oh, and for those of us who don't know Hinduism much, the title refers to a mantra (recited in the movie). It means 'the path of fire', and it means destroying evil.
And if you don't know the Ramayana at all, I suggest you do your crasher course before seeing it, maybe watching "Sita Sings the Blues"

On Being a Sunday School Teacher

I haven't updated for a while... sorry about that.

I was asked to help with the kid's class at church (known as Sunday School for some, or KKC for others), and I'm helping with older kids.

And oh boy!

I NEVER thought that taking care of 6 kids would be hard. Spending so much time on discipline is mind-blowing.

"Stop playing with the scissors and listen to your friend talking"
"If you're nice, you can draw something"
"Everybody else has finished, and you're not done yet... Can you please focus?"
"Who understands this passage? So, who was listening? So who will read it again?"

And so on and so forth.

I knew God would use this experience to teach me something. I am not sure what that is, but I'm sure it involves not loosing my sanity. ;)