August 3rd, 2003

Semiformalishmaybe

Those Indian Dancers..

Last night ended up rather differently than I espected..Some people got together around Coffee Tree, but instead of actuallygoing somewhere, we stayed there, and talked philosophy and historyof religion for awhile. Then most people left, and around midnight,three of us went out for Indian Food. I didn't know that there stillwould be a place open.. So there I was, after midnight, having Saag Paneerand good conversations, on Atwood Street. There were bizarre Indian musicvideos playing continually, and it struck me that their kind of 'sexy dancing'is rather different than the kind of 'sexy dancing' we have on MTV around here.Christina Aguilera's Dirrty song is kind of an exaggerated representativeof the local kind.. I'm not sure how to articulate the differences, but it isinteresting, and it's not intuitive at all that either is more sexy than theother.

One of the people in the group that went out for indian food was actuallysomeone who had moved recently to China. He showed us a bit of how theMandarin writing system works, although he stressed that he was nowherenear native proficiency. I got the impression he likes China a lot, andthat he's not likely to move back. It's amusing to me that some statementsthat I had made, back in high school, about the Chinese writing system, werewrong. I assume that I got bad information, although it's possible that I justinterpolated, and introduced error from there, from what I learned inJapanese class.

Listening to some music...Watershed seems to be all about when life doesn't turn out how you expected,and living with failed ambitions. Anything box is more about opening yourselfup emotionally. The Toad the Wet Sprocket CD I have seems to be aboutdealing with being hurt.

Oh, yeah, someone posted a physics paper that deals with time, suggestingthat there are no discrete moments in time. The author makes a big deal abouthow this solves Zeno's paradox. Either I'm missing something, or Zeno's paradoxwas solved by calculus. His paper strikes me as being mostly philosophy, andnot of particular interest to science. But then again, maybe the abstract wastoo simplifying. *shrug*