Thursday, December 17, 2009

Three laws: Arthur C Clarke & Issac Asimov

The readers of this blog already know my appreciation for the famous two (better to say "The two science fiction Gods"): Arthur C Clarke & Issac Asimov. Many a times I think after 100 years all of Clarke's work will become pure science and after 2000 years Asimov's fiction will become nothing but a shrewd detective story or thriller.

These two are also famous for their three rules about robotics and governing of science.

Asimov stated the three laws of Robotics. The oxford dictionary refers that he was the first to introduce the term Robotics for the first time back in 1941 in one of his stories named "Liar". Leave that; just read the three laws and then watch I,Robot::

1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.

2.  A robot must obey any orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.

3.  A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.

What about Clarke? I feel his laws just tell us there is no alternative that science conquers the impossible. Here it goes::

1. When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong.

2. The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.

3.  Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

Well, you keep on reading the rest of my blog. I have a Stephen King to finish...

Thursday, October 29, 2009

A dream Life!!

It’s tough to imagine the life that you really want. There are attractions everywhere, some will take away your attention, some will make you forget the thing that attracted you before. So it’s hard to decide what you want and it’s harder to stick to it.

I haven’t decided yet what my dream life would be.

But I have few thoughts.

One of them is quite recurring.

I imagine I am in a cradle beside the deep blue pacific ocean. I am writing long hand on my oversized notebook. That will be the draft for one of my many novels. I am entertaining thousands of people by my science, mystery novels and also with a few non-fictions. May be on my ear, I will wear a headphone and listen to Johann Sebastian Bach. I will smell the coconut trees on the beach shore, also the rhythm of the uncontrolled sea waves will make my heart warm. I will drink juice of a colorful fruit. My hand will keep on writing, i will keep on getting ideas from the people around me, from the little kids who will try to make sandcastles in the sand which will soon collapse. I will enjoy the life, I will smell it, I will close my eyes, i will sleep. Then I will see a dream. In my dream, I will dream again…

30 Ghosts on top of our head!!

Foundation may be the best science fiction series and Issac Asimov may be the best science fiction writer of all time, but there is no argument Arthur C. Clarke is a better writer when it comes to the point of scientific accuracy. Many scientists have stated his science fictions will not remain fiction after 100 years, they will become pure science. On top of that he has a killer writing style. Here is an extract from one of my most favorite books “2001: A Space Odyssey”:

Behind every man now alive stand thirty ghosts, for that is the ratio by which the dead outnumber the living. Since the dawn of time, roughly a hundred billion human beings have walked the planet Earth.
Now this is an interesting number, for by a curious coincidence there are approximately a hundred billion stars in our local universe, the Milky Way. So for every man who has ever lived, in this Universe there shines a star.
But every one of those stars is a sun, often far more brilliant and glorious than the small, nearby star we call the Sun. And many - perhaps most - of those alien suns have planets circling them. So almost certainly there is enough land in the sky to give every member of the human species, back to the first ape-man, his own private, world-sized heaven - or hell.

The Philosophy of Monster!!

Monster is a Japanese manga come novel come animation series which has got huge accolade from the general people and also the Pulitzer prize winner in literature, 2008 (source: Wikipedia). It is written by Naoki Urasawa who is regarded as the second God of manga (aka Comics) in Japan after Osamu Tezuka.

Here are two songs of Monster which were featured in Monster as the ending song.
It's your choice to think about the philosophy behind this two songs.
"And slowly you come to realize
It's all as it should be
You can only do so much
If you're game enough
You could put your trust in me
For the love of life
We could lose it all
But we will go down fighting"

There is another one:

"Yes, cherish what you know is true in this world
Please believe in the kindness of your eyes
Make it home to your land of harmony
Make it home to your land of purity
Make it home"

 

Crazy Dialogues!!

Here are some crazy dialogues I found out from TV shows and other random sources:

1.  Michael Scott: Don't drink and drive, you might spill the drink. (The Office)

2. Michael Scott: A cluttered desk is a cluttered mind. The way I see it, an empty desk is an empty mind.

3. Sheldon is a high IQ theoretical physicist. At one point his friend Leonard said, "Sheldon, you are insane!!" Sheldon replied, "No, I am not. My mother got me tested!!" (The Big Bang Theory)

4. "Who says "nothing" is impossible, I have been doing "nothing" for past 3 months". (original source: unknown, alternative source: my friend Sadaf)

5. "Nerd is the new cool!!" (I found it written on Alex Albrecht's t-shirt while watching DiggNation)

6. "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Fool me three times, shame on both of us". (Stephen King in his book "On Writing")

7. I have a black friend. One day when my friend was a little disappointed, his girlfriend, to make him happy, screamed out loudly, "You are the Obama of my heart".