Tuesday, 28 August 2007

El Ekse I'm on TV

I don't watch much TV these days and there are many reasons for that, XBOX being a major one. Another major reason I don't watch TV though is due to the stupidity on the screen that is reality TV. The worst TV show I have ever had the misfortune to watch was My Super Sweet 16, followed closely by The Simple Life (or whatever that Paris Hilton one was called). My Super Sweet 16 is basically about this ridiculously rich brat throwing tantrums to have the best party in their town, but you feel like your soul has been sucked out watching it. Recently there seems to be many reality shows going on at once, Survivor Malaysia, Survivor Somewhere Else, Idols, Girls from Playboy Mansion and ... oh Amazing Race just ended. Also they show Cheaters all the time on the Reality channel for Hamza, he seems to like that program.

So due to my tea drinking and supper eating times conflicting with reality TV show times, I have been subjected to a few. I quite like Amazing Race in fact, because I suppose like most people I would love to travel around the world. A favorite pastime of ours these days is to watch the Idols auditions on the Idols channel and marvel at the complete ineptitude of the contestants.

A few moments highlighting stupidity I have seen on reality shows:

The first is from the Survivor South Africa: Malaysia where they have an Indian guy from Phoenix taking part. He is massive, one of those guys with more muscle than brain. So they have interviews with each of the contestants discussing why they entered and how they plan on winning etc. When they interview this guy, Nischal I think it was, they had subtitles for him translating stuff like 'El Ekse Im on TV, Uuuuunnniiiteedd' to 'I am so proud to be on Survivor'. He didn't go very far, he ended up on Exile island from the start and I decided to stop watching.

The second is from The Amazing Race (the last season I think), one of the only reality shows I like, but you still get those irritating teams. This conversation took place when these 2 teams met each other at the airport.
Ray: Hi, my name is Ray ... like the sun.
Lake: Hi Ray, my name is Lake ... like the ocean.

Finally the third comes from Survivor : The American one. Billy, I think it was, is on the verge of being voted out at tribal council so he says he didn't come to the show for the million dollars, he came to find love. He met this girl in the past immunity challenge and they mouthed the words 'I love you' to each other, love at first sight and all that. I would like to see the reunion show just for this awkward moment.

Till next time in Waseem world

Wednesday, 22 August 2007

A truth or lie has to be spoken

You are in a hallway with two doors. One leads to hell, one leads to heaven. There is a guard standing by each door. One of the guards always tells the truth and the other one always lies. You have only one question to ask, what will it be? (assuming you want to go to heaven)

There is an answer to this riddle available on net, but Hamza and I found it to be debatable. So let us see what the great blogging minds can come up with.

(Bonus points if you can guess where the post title is from)

Till next time in Waseem world

Friday, 17 August 2007

What if Gandhi was one of us

Continuing in the trend of lame Gandhi jokes started on MJs blog, I adapted the lyrics of this Joan Osbourne song called What if God was one of us to be Gandhi-centric when I really should be doing work instead.

If Gandhi had a cell, would it be a Nokia
And would you add him to Mxit
If he gave you his number
What would you ask if you had just one question

And yeah yeah Gandhi is great yeah yeah Gandhi is good
yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah

What if Gandhi was one of us
Just a slob like one of us
Just a stranger on the train
Trying to make his way home

If Gandhi had facebook what would his profile pic look like
And would you want to see his friends
If seeing meant that you would have to be his friend
And friends with Jesus and the saints and all the prophets

And yeah yeah Gandhi is great yeah yeah Gandhi is good
yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah

What if Gandhi was one of us
Just a slob like one of us
Just a stranger on the train
Trying to make his way home
He's trying to make his way home
Back up to India all alone
Nobody calling on the phone
Except for Jinnah maybe in Pakistan

Original Joan Osbourne song lyrics

Till next time in Waseem world

Tuesday, 7 August 2007

Three Libras

When I read books, I am often carried away to the story itself, sometimes even as if I am living the story through the main character. So too when I listen to music, I imagine the music video in my head, once I know the lyrics well enough. I don't watch many music videos (on MTV), due to the lack of rock videos and I have a very low threshold for ass shaking in my face. So generally the only music video I know is the one I make up. Sometimes I get to see the actual video and it is like, you know when after you read a book and you watch a movie based on the book, and you think WTF Hermione is not so pretty, or what bus knocked Ginny. So I have no real experience on actual videos but in a sense I have been making them for years. The videos need repeated listening to attain clarity, this is one I've thought up recently for the song Three Libras by A Perfect Circle, Maynard Keenan's side project. First the lyrics, then my understanding of the song and finally my video concept.

Threw you the obvious and you flew
with it on your back, a name in your recollection,
thrown down among a million same.
Difficult not to feel a little bit disappointed
and passed over
when I’ve looked right through
to see you naked and oblivious
and you don't see me, but i threw you the obvious
just to see if there's more behind the eyes
of a fallen angel,
the eyes of a tragedy.
Here i am expecting just a little bit
too much from the wounded.
But i see through it all
and see you.
So i threw you the obvious
to see what occurs behind the eyes of a fallen angel,
eyes of a tragedy.
Oh well. Apparently nothing.
You don't see me.
You don't see me at all.

A Perfect Circle - Three Libras

As far as I can make out the song it is about unrequited love but beyond that the person you 'love' not even knowing that you exist. Now me personally I think the word love is bandied about way too much. Like you can't love someone if you can think about cheating on them, you are just passing time but thats a topic for another day. So this guy feels like he doesn't exist to her despite his best efforts, thats basically the gist of the song in my opinion.

My video idea is a lot like the movie Ghost, (the one where Patrick Swayze dies and turns into a ghost) without Whoopi Goldberg and the relatively happy ending. The video would be about this guy who is invisible but only to this girl, so cut to a scene of him talking to some people then he spots the girl and tries to get her attention but she just walks through him, probably during the 'You don't see me at all' part. Another scene would be, perhaps during the 'eyes of a fallen angel' part, of her sitting and crying and he standing behind her stroking her hair, but she is oblivious to it. The 'naked and oblivious' part would be her standing in front of a mirror naked, with his arms wrapped around her, his reflection not showing in the mirror. Ok thats about all I have.

Till next time in Waseem world

Thursday, 2 August 2007

Mmm ... new post

The Simpsons has always been my favorite TV series, and when a season is actually showing, one of the few programs I actually watch. I used to wait from week to week for Thursdays 18:30 for that trademark opening tune, and couldn't wait for those witty words Bart used to write on the board or which unique way they would sit on the couch this week. I used to curse the commercial breaks and the half-an-hour only shows. I wouldn't say I'm their biggest fan, I don't go around dressed in blue shorts and an orange t-shirt, or spurt out weird Simpson trivia at inopportune moments, but I have always tried to catch every episode that I could. I think most of the common day animated series (Family Guy, South Park etc.) have been inspired by The Simpsons and had their pathways to success paved already.

Funnily enough though I was bit apprehensive over watching the movie. The Family Guy movie was basically 2 episodes held together by a thread, which I assume was supposed to be a plot device. The South Park movie was little more than an excuse to swear a bunch of people (I actually like South Park despite it's crassness). So I went into the movie with very low expectations. I think thats the key to enjoying a movie, the more expectations you place on it, the more likely it will disappoint, so go into movies with an open mind. I think the creators knew what they were getting into when they made the movie, probably the reason it took them so long to make. It wasn't like a long episode or an excuse for a movie, it actually had a good plot and was quite entertaining.

The thing I enjoy most about Simpsons is that its a very intelligent look at dumb people, its littered with funny quotes, classics like Homer's 'Doh' and Nelson's 'Ha Ha'. Here are some of my favorite Simpson quotes I compiled with the help of WikiQuote.

Ralph: Me fail English? That’s unpossible.(One of my favorite characters always good for a laugh)
Ralph: Hi, Principal Skinner. Hi, Super Nintendo Chalmers.
Ralph: Why can't you be friends like me and Mr. Finger. (Pokes himself in the eye) Ow! You've betrayed me for the last time. (Gets a pair of scissors.)

Chief Wiggum: Uh, no, you got the wrong number. This is 9-1…2.
Chief Wiggum: They only come out in the night. Or in this case, the day.

Comic Book Guy:There is no emoticon for what I am feeling!

Mr. Burns: I don’t like being outdoors, Smithers. For one thing, there’s too many fat children.

Homer: Books are useless! I only ever read one book, “To Kill A Mockingbird,” and it gave me absolutely no insight on how to kill mockingbirds! Sure it taught me not to judge a man by the color of his skin…but what good does *that* do me?
Homer: Save me, Jeebus.
Homer: I’m normally not a praying man, but if you’re up there, please save me, Superman.

Billy Corgan: “Billy Corgan, ‘Smashing Pumpkins’.”
Homer Simpson: “Homer Simpson, smiling politely.”

MARGE: Have you noticed something different about Bart?
HOMER: New glasses?
MARGE: No. He looks like something may be troubling him.
HOMER: Probably misses his old glasses.
MARGE: I’d think that we should get more involved in his activities, but then I’d be afraid of smothering him.
HOMER: Yeah, and then they’d give us the chair.
MARGE: That’s not what I meant.
HOMER: It was Marge, admit it.

Ok there are tons more, its hard to choose, so thats all I have for now.

Till next time in Waseem world