June 23rd, 2004


Deboned Tofu

UPS pretty much wasted most of my day yesterday. They finally came some timeafter they were supposed to stop making deliveries.. but on the upside, Ido have my new Cellphone, and after about half an hour, I had all thephone numbers and preferences copied. I also now have a car-based charger,which is pretty handy. As I was copying the numbers, I was thinking how wealways leave little cookie-crumbs of information whenever we do something..For example, I transferred the phone numbers in alphabetical order, butentries also have numbers corrisponding to when they were entered. I changedthe name of the entry that was HOME to PARENTS, and this change, and thecorrisponding change in perspective since I originally got the originalphone, could be deduced from the disparity between the ordering of the newnames and the numbering of the new names, and in fact, the original namecould be reasonably inferred from that. I imagine, if we were to invite themost careful inspectors into our lives, they might be very good at noticingthese very small things, learning from my phone that over the three yearssince I got my original phone I've moved from thinking of my parents placeas being some sort of a home base to no longer thinking that way. It wouldactually be interesting to hear said inspectors' report, and their reasoningbehind conclusions.

One of my sisters is likely coming to visit this weekend. Frank and Yui arefinally leaving the family, to a good new set of parents.

Last night, while rock climbing, I found that I can actually do a number offull-extension pull-ups (not in a row), although it's rather tiring for me.Still, this is a good thing. I also found that, because of an oops thathappened 2 climbs ago while I was being lowered from a climb, I now appearto have fear reactions to the lowering part. It sucks, and it's also reallyweird being able to analyze it. I always had an intuition, perhaps from readingtoo much Freud, that understanding the nature of a fear would be sufficient,for me, to eliminate it. Not the case.. It's funny how the 'natural' view wehave of self can be so wrong sometimes..


Open Restaurants

I just got back from lunch, having tried the Indica Indian Bistroat 257 North Craig. It was a fine example of the way more restaurantsshould be managed. Relative to CMU campus, it's a moderate hike, almostas far as India Garden. Set in what presumably was a house at some point,the atmosphere is very open, with very little dividing the waiters and thediners. They had a buffet, but I went instead with Paneer Kadai. The foodwas very good, although the sides wern't as described on the menu. The sauceon the meal was incredibly tasty, and I surprisingly didn't mind the peppersand onions that accompanied the Paneer chunks. Because of the layout of theroom, the waiters were able to tell precisely when my water needed refillingor when I had finished with each part, which was very nice. The place wasa bit upscale -- I'm glad I wore one of my decent jackets there. Menu selectionwasn't as wide as I've seen at other Indian places (17 entrees), but therewas ample variety, I suspect, for most people. Prices were higher than Inormally like to pay for a meal, so I won't be going there every day, but Idefinitely will be going there as an occasional treat. It's a good place.

While walking back, I read the following interesting paragraph from Trotsky'sbook..

The destiny of the state-appropriated means of production will be decided in thelong run according as these differences in personal existence evolve in onedirection or the other. If a ship is declared collective property, but thepassengers continue to be devided into first, second, and third class, it isclear that, for the third-class passengers, differences in the conditions oflife will have infinitely more importance than the juridical change inproprietorship. The first-class passengers, on the other hand, will propound,together with their coffee and cigars, the thought that collective ownereshipis everything and a comfortable cabin nothing at all. Antagonisms growing outof this may will explode the unstable collective.