Thursday, July 28

Tempus/ Timescapes/ Journeys

****** point of origin******
[updated 29/07/05]
Charm Quark

Gallus Gallus

Kali Yuga

Roraima

Sangam (changam)

Sun Tzu

Von Neumann

Polaris

Axon

Fugue (psychogenesis)

* The 10 words listed above are directly linked to our lives. Some are more common than the others. Certain names have revolutionized civilizations. Others have spearheaded modern technology. A couple are linked to important physiological and psychological systems of our body. The others are important in science, culture, geography and also religion.
* The point of this experiment is to accertain how much the readers know and understand of this words. Its a brain teaser but not an easy one. No tricks here, but some words have various meanings. Dont google it or try to find answers on the net. Just write what you comes to the mind when you read each word. I will reveal the explanations next week. Good Luck! Invite your friends and take the test of your life time!!!

********** a poetic interlude***********
The Teahouse of the July Moon

some days in the month of July,
swallows roams the eastern fields,
secluded towns uncover romantic dreams,
silent hills as far as the eyes can see,
stratus clouds carving the western sky,
shades of yellow bathing the land,
sound of happy children echoing far,
silver tea pots on round wooden tables,
slowly the giant moon floats up,
strange mixture of evening smell arise,
sweet cakes drowning beautiful ladies,
silky ribbons dancing in the wind,
streetlights comes alive one by one,
southern train arriving on the rusty track,
Simple humans filling the corridors,
sculptures on fountains gazing warily,
steaming tea and mouthfuls of cakes,
Saigon ladies serving hot soups,
sailors stroll from nearby port,
Sagittarius stars sailing in analog skies,
spirit of the night God in the air,
Siberian birds on the roof in transit,
summer warmth hugs the teahouse,
singing of the July moon.
-Gp 2005- 28/07/05

* its very hard to express or describe a certain place in poetry. Poets have to either dissect every detail of the place, of potray its existence in its surrounding. I don't know how I fared. But I liked writing it. Comments are welcome.
* title inspired from a Marlon Brando movie "The Teahouse of the August Moon" (1956). The original version is an award winning play written by John Patrick II.
********** snap! **********
Over-Read: Discover Magazine (June,05) -'Work, Friends, Sleep. Pick two' - the mantra of MIT students, you pick any two, and loose the third!
Over-Heard: StarMovies (Rocky)- Stallone says " Gaps. You got gaps, I got gaps, everyone got gaps" , when asked by the brother of his girlfriend on why he wants her, and he answers its to fill gaps in his life.
******** roll credits! *******
P/S:
*The blog of the post for today is "The Tsunami Blog" created during the Dec 26 2004 Tsunami Tragedy. Contributors helped post messages and missing person information, making this one of the best internet resources during the tragedy. The blog continues to provide up to date information on earth quakes and tsunami in the region.
* Happy weekend to everyone, this will be my last post for the week. Am sending my bike for extensive surgery. Depending on the outcome, Ill only be able to return next Monday or Tuesday.

Tuesday, July 26

Rain, Book 2

(source/ copyright: NATGEO Photography,
Second Beach, Washington,1997 by James C. Richardson )

Rain at night

Tonight, as the rain cascades,
Beautiful memories resonates,
Tonight, a raindrop mistakes,
Lamps for fireflies and human days
**** chapter 1****
Gazing at the far horizon,
Where the rain meets the stars and night,
Mesmerizing twinkles of light,
Reflecting on symmetrical raindrops,
Cascading in divine harmony,
Visible only to the eyes of lovers
Rain in the forest

These tiny sparkling raindrops,
Slowly caressing green leaves,
Seconds after seconds whole trees,
In cold, wet, sensual bonds
****chapter 2****
Lying on my warm bed,
Cold thick air blanketing me,
Tiny cells on eternal war,
Against this cool cold invasion,
Minute upon minute I journey,
Into a thousand philosophical rage
Rain and life

Slow cascades in dancing motion,
Drowning paths and life in commotion,
In relative time and natural dedication,
The earth and its souls in watery sensation
****chapter 3****
Walking on the thin cold line,
Wishing this sensation not to stop,
Humans, some creatures and plants,
In mysterious hegemony over space and time,
Dreaming, chanting and making love,
Boundaries non existence until tomorrows light

Rain meets sunlight

Men and women in the eternal night,
Cascading rain all time in flight,
From mountain ends creeps sun light,
Magically the diamond rain still in sight
-Gp 2005- 26/07/05


* the top photo was take from the National Geographic Photography page, hosting some of the most stunning photo's ever take.

* Blog of the post for this post is: Chromasia.com. Its a photoblog featuring excellent photo's. If youre a photography geek, dont miss this site.

Friday, July 22

Scriptures of Life, Chapter I and II

Scriptures of Life, Chapter 1

Of Life

Along the trails of time,
Among flesh and blood,
Appear divine sparks of life,
And new souls unfold.

Of Living

You and I in the cold,
Impatient through the years,
All along the world muted,
There we were spotting stars.

Of Love

Sometimes in the evening,
During those warm years,
We crossed path dreaming,
Unknowingly finding tears.

Of Death

Walking along paths and valleys,
Clinging anxiously to destiny,
One part of soul willingly flies,
To the courtroom of Gods for eternity.

-Gp 2005-

* Painting a general picture of the scenes of life. Chapter 1 of this series features Life, Living, Love and Death.
* The first scripture; Of Life, describes souls/ humans being born into the world, all the time through the magical touches of God. The 2nd scripture; Of Living, pictures the challenges of growing up, exploring and living while the earth stands still for the human lifetime is insignificant in cosmic terms.
* The 3rd scripture; Of Love, tells the story of falling in love and finding the soul mate in between sadness and happiness. The final chapter; Of Death, tells of the time we have to depart the world to answer the Gods.

****** book ii ******

Scriptures of Life, Chapter 1

Of Love

Sometimes in the evening,
studying rusty leaves drifting,
countless pairs of eyes admiring,
several special ones embracing

Unspoken days and nights,
during those warm years,
walking across backyard fields,
to the edge of exciting memories

Shy glances momentarily touching,
symphony of bamboos echoing,
we crossed path dreaming,
of eastern skies and silent song(s)

Ages journey on light speeds,
tracing marks on souls and names,
you and I whisper hopes,
unknowingly finding tears

- Gp 2005- 20/07/05

* This is the continuation of the original Scriptures of Life, Chapter 1 (link) series. IÂ’ve taken one verse of the series (-of Love-) and transformed it into a full poem of free verses.
---> the original poem

Of Love (Book 1)
Sometimes in the evening,
During those warm years,
We crossed path dreaming,
Unknowingly finding tears.

* In detail, this poem portrays what we want from our lives, how we want to experience love, idealizing the concept of love. In poetry we can experiment on styles that describe perfect emotions, surroundings and lives. I try to describe a relation that doesn't need to touch or mingle, and if seen from different abstract views, live separately of each other for eternity. This is romanticism of love, creating a perfect mood that stays away from physically hurting a character. And in another instance, creating a situation that can exist in real life. (they do meet, but the mordoesn'tesnt clash, something like loving and living in a divine dream, in this highly abstract 2D world :-))

* At a glance, the four verses of the poem describe stages in time of two people meeting and falling in love. Of finding the special person, of the days of admiration of both lovers, hopes of living together and fear of the future. Viewed separately, each verse will relate to different readers.

* I particularly like the last verse, of how after years of warm memories, they finally meet brought together by time. And speaking for the first time, they realize how they missed each other much. This is true love, love that brings tears, not because of pain but of souls touching and of respect.
P/s:
*
My Blog of the Post today is "Scientific Thoughts". If youre a science junkie, or just want to read the latest science stories, please head to this blog.
* The weekends are here again, and without a trace another week is gone, izzit me or is the world moving too fast too furious to the future!? Last weekend I was in Sp, last month was on my semester holidays and it feels like the year just dawned a few months back. Maybe its the anticipation of tommorow, the yearning for some break, a better life, better person. Sometimes when we do stuff we like, at the end of the day, we wont know time passing by, but that relates directly to the gratification we get in completing the work. What if were just idle and life passes by?
* Read this in NewScientist ; 'Hear nor Evil, See no Evil, Speak no Evil; and you'll never write that best selling novel'. How true.
* Read this on a car windshield on my way to uni; "One ounce of work is worth a ton of theory". Not true! A ton of theory paves the way to the perfect kind of job to do. Planning is the safest method to complete a job.
* On the same short sojourn, the road was blocked for a Chinese funeral procession. I used to be afraid of funerals. When I was a kid, I wont walk/ ride past a house/ funeral home. Ill just try and find the road that avoids the house the farthest possible. Especially Chinese funerals because they have huge coffins and if the person is old they keep the body/ coffin at home for a week or so. But later on we get to understand the respect and cultural significance of having an elaborate funeral as such. And there was this music band playing along the track to the cemetery. Its a fitting farewell I guess, hopefully the person was listening, god bless her soul. They were playing Auld Land Syne. Now, who has'nt heard of it. Its one of the greatest poems ever written (a Scottish poem by the great Robert Burns ). Reminds me of the band that kept playing when Titanic sank. (bold words are linked)
* Wrote this of request from JVC in his latest post;
Paradise Sunset
In front of me I see light,
From far darkness inflight,
In front of me liberty insight,
Whats dreams may come tonight.
* Have a great weekend guys. Enjoy life, make people happy, share, give, eat and ...err sleep?

Wednesday, July 20

Funky Town!


Was back in SP for the weekend. I miss my hometown more now, than when I was in my freshmen years. What can I say about my hometown, its the greatest place on earth! I bet everyone feels the same for their hometowns. Atleast until its destroyed by the overzealous local governments who want to build more and more condos and factories! And since Maran (Umai Padam) is on a break, I went on a road trip photo shoot. Check out my webshots gallery for all the pics. The above pic is of the Sungai Petani Clock tower, the structure built in 1936, and is one of only 5 surviving prewar clock towers in Malaysia. The other that I know of is the Teluk Intan leaning tower. Please buzz me if anyone knows the others.

Some links:
Jeffs SP Photoblog entry
Business SP
Funkytown.com - the official funkytown website from the creators of the hit song.


********* take 2**********
Today is the Apollo 11 moon landing anniversary. And Google has something special for everyone; Google Moon.
********** take 3***********
Listened to TIS (Thiruvasagam in Symphony) yesterday, bought the special edition CD pack from Veenai Malaysia for RM35 (~350 rupees). I feel like listening to it over and over again. Will review soon.

P/s:
-Free music download at Daymoon is still up.
-Indian musicians wanted for international collaboration. Plz read previous posts for more info.
-If there is anyone interested to translate my poems in Tamil please email, Ill be grateful. Planning to come out with my Tamil/English poetry book.
- A Survey by NOP world found that Indians are the worlds biggest readers! Me feel proud. Here's a BBC article.
-Was surfing the net anf found this! THE INDIAN RAILWAY FAN CLUB! Love the photos!

Thursday, July 14

Rain, Book 1

(photo source: Steve Johnston; bio)

Yep, its raining again. And here I am, stuck in my lab, again. Next time maybe I'll bring my sleeping bag. I wonder what happened to the real monsoon season, the one that was taught at school. The earths climate is so screwed up these decades that we cant predict anything. In years to come, expect more heavy rain, colder days and storms.

************ a poetic interlude **************
Rain of Love and Sunshine

Dark sunshine far in front,
Reflection of maxims,
And occasional angels,
In the fields of golden dreams,
Tiny firefly dancing the night away,
Dawn not insight for hours to come,
Caterpillars savor their final feast,
Jade leaves morphing to yellow in decades,
Wild flowers on the forest floor peeking,
Rainbow stars on their way to death,
Clouds of mist, ice and baby rain,
In the night sky standing tranquil,
Wind not blowing here but in far away lands,
Junks on high seas fighting waves,
On which metallic giants walk and dig,
Frescoes and frenzy music in cities awake,
Streetlight bathing the sleeping dog,
Mothers waiting for their child,
Reflecting on the moon seducing falsely,
Many men and women sin tonight,
Brothers and sisters with tears for reasons,
Tomorrow there might be death or birth,
The earth drifting not knowing of me,
Elements working on their future fate,
Everyone and everything ignoring me,
Why should I cry for something of Love?
That I never had, that's gone.

-Gp 2005- 14/07/05
****************** back ***********************
Talking about love and rain. When both 'falls' together something magical happens, that you cant explain. That feeling deep inside you, of something swelling up from the bottom of the heart to the head. Everything you see and hear sounds beautiful. Love. Being 25 and not being in love feels so strange. Life is dark and lonely. Watching others in love bringspainfull feelings more that happiness. Do I need love? Should I be looking for love? How long more do I need to wait for it to come? Comments are welcome.
- Gp 2005-
P/s:
* Have a nice weekend to everyone (wishing early in case Idon'tt get net timetomorroww)
* Fred is still looking for Indian musicians to participate in various music projects. The free download is still available at the DAYMOON site.
* MASAT join panenge.
*
Umai Padam is a cool photo-blog from a fellow Malaysian Indian; Maran. Surf and be inspired. (starting from this post, I'll review/link one Indian blog each time)

Monday, July 11

I don't believe in mathematics. - Albert Einstein!


Arrrggggghhhhhhhhhh Bloggers Block! I don't know how to start this post. Just spent 2 hours searching for a good title! And ofcourse, this title has nothing to do whit this post.

* The new semester just started and yes, this is my 6th semester! I should have finished a year ago! what the hell am I still doing here!

* I could be the only Research student in the world to have a research grant approved AFTER I finished my project! God Knows! Anyway, I really owe my life to my long time supervisor and collaborator, Dr. Geri Gopir of the physics department. He was there to motivate and help me the many time I nearly gave up and packed my bags. All those years of instant noodles and bread for meals, I'm thankful to God for this. Hopefully under him, the theoretical physics collaboration will stay alive forever here. And a big thank you to ANGKASA for awarding me the grant. Now, WHERE IS MY MONEY!!! I've been waiting for ages!

* Since I'm back into research mode, my blog would have a more scientific flavour with some postings on photography, poetry and music. Humanity + The Universe.

* Will science standalone/ standaway from mathematics. I really believe mathematics are overrated. Comments are welcome humans!

* My science group need more members and some good topics, so guys, anyone interested, please join the CosmicCode group.

* The free music download is still available @ DAYMOON.
----> Some Updates from Fred, below:
[[Studio Log
If you're interested in Fred's studio diary, well, here you are!

12 July 2005
Ghost Particle Project
Three more songs will be added next week:

Separation and/or Difference - written by Paulo Chagas (Mispel Bellyful, Miosótis), performed by Paulo Chagas and myself. A rather peculiar track with a sixties Istambul feeling to it - Paulo with gel in his hair, riding a Vespa along the Bosporus maybe.

Evening Sun - written by Álvaro Silveira (Miosótis), performed by Álvaro, Paulo and myself. I'm still working on the final mix. Gorgeous groove, I had a great time tracking the bass and electric guitars for this.

Anthem of Dust - written by me, vocals by Michael Dorp (of German prog band Flying Circus), acoustic drums and electric bass by Mark Guertin (Daymoon), keyboards, flute and guitars by myself.]]

* Fred and the Daymoon guys are seeking collaboration opportunities with Indian musicians who plays classical Indian instruments. Please email me, or refer to the DAYMOON website for details. All the project, are initially, for a non-profit cause. If, by some cosmic intervention, in the future we become super-rich, then everyone will get paid. Thank you.
---> Requirements: capability to record music on a computer and exchange sound files via the Internet.

* Slurpee, the famous 7-11 blended ice drink celebrates 40 years today!

* Do you guys love tv-ads? A52 is one of the best tv-ad makers in the world.

* Finally, JPM won a race! Its a great weekend for McLaren at Silverstone. Kimi secured the 3rd place. Alonso finished 2nd while his team mate finished 4th. Talking about McLaren, I believe many would not know about this place: MTC , (pic top)

* I stuck in my lab now 'coz its raining!!! (im in Bangi now, Kajang is just 5 minutes away, I live in Kajang). I wish I had a car. Normally I would just ride home in the rain, but I have some expensive library books in my bag. I'm getting hungry. Its one of those days...

-Gp 2005-

A question that sometimes drives me hazy: am I or are the others crazy?
- Albert Einstein

Monday, July 4

Live 8 / Thiruvasagam Magic

And on this day of summer,
during the years of dark winter,
we stood there in sunlight,
and cold dark nights,
we sang and we danced,
we shouted and cried,
we called for the king men,
to stop their evil grip,
we cried to the king men,
stop a second and look here,
we begged to the king men,
please save our brothers and sister,
please be human,
then we joined hands,
and we marched,
to the garden of heaven,
and when that one day comes,
when we get there,
we will be one,
Humans,
with one goal,
Love.

My musical weekend. Started of with the Live 8 concert. Managed to watch about 9 hours of it. Its an amazing production. And the best of all, nearly 3 billion people watched it live, online, at home, on air and everywhere. 10 cities staged concerts around the world while in Philly alone, nearlly 1 million fans were reported.. If this message is not enough for the G8 to amend the zero poverty plan by eliminating the debts of African countries, then nothing else will do.
Kudos to Astro for the special Channel 88 (Live 8) just for this effort. The concert is to be repeated twice for the full length of 11 hours each. Its amazing how this group of the best musicians from around the world got together for free to realize a dream 20 years in the making. The original Live Aid concert was staged back in 1985 and managed to collect millions to help Africans fight famine and poverty. Today the problem is worst than ever in Africa and its time again for us to get together to save them, and show them the way to human development to the par of the rest of the world. Thank you;

LONDON - PARIS - BERLIN - ROME - PHILADELPHIA - BARRIE - TOKYO - JOHANNESBURG - MOSCOW - EDEN PROJECT
Links: Wiki Entry
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Thiruvasagam in Symphony
Thiruvasagam in Symphony is a giant effort by Tamil Maiyam with Maestro Illayaraja and scores of Western composers to create a oratorio of the Thiruvasagam verses. Since I could not source the album here in Malaysia, yet. So I listened to the composition on the net. Hope the 'hardcore fans' would not go to the length of pirating this one. Its for a good cause and please help safeguard our language and culture folks. Don't Pirate TIS!!!
All said, TIS is a excellent effort, among the best ever. The 6 songs/ compositions vary greatly and you would not stop listening to it. Its just great. The western/ eastern fusion are seamless. Ill post more once I purchase the album.
-Gp 2005-