Thursday, November 29, 2007

Strictly a Fan

I never did get into Strictly Come Dancing when it was launched a few years back - but now I am a totally devoted fan (of two years). I like ballroom, although this isn't strictly ballroom but it has enough ballroom in it to keep me happy. I thought I'd share two of my favourite dances (I have many). I'm very partial to the Latin dances it seems...

Here's Mark Ramprakrash, the Cricketer and Matt DiAngelo, the Eastender.

The Argentine Tango




The Paso Doble

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Finite Simple Group (of Order Two)

This is hilarious and completely geniusesque!! Sadly, this may mostly appeal to mathematicians but even if you don't get the mathness of it, it is still a great tune! :)

Enjoy!



Update: After having listened to it quite a few times I have to say I find it rather romantic. Yes, romantic...

Finite Simple Group (of Order Two)
by The Klein Four Group

The path of love is never smooth
But mine's continuous for you
You're the upper bound in the chains of my heart
You're my Axiom of Choice, you know it's true

But lately our relation's not so well-defined
And I just can't function without you
I'll prove my proposition and I'm sure you'll find
We're a finite simple group of order two

I'm losing my identity
I'm getting tensor every day
And without loss of generality
I will assume that you feel the same way

Since every time I see you, you just quotient out
The faithful image that I map into
But when we're one-to-one you'll see what I'm about
'Cause we're a finite simple group of order two

Our equivalence was stable,
A principal love bundle sitting deep inside
But then you drove a wedge between our two-forms
Now everything is so complexified

When we first met, we simply connected
My heart was open but too dense
Our system was already directed
To have a finite limit, in some sense

I'm living in the kernel of a rank-one map
From my domain, its image looks so blue,
'Cause all I see are zeroes, it's a cruel trap
But we're a finite simple group of order two

I'm not the smoothest operator in my class,
But we're a mirror pair, me and you,
So let's apply forgetful functors to the past
And be a finite simple group, a finite simple group,
Let's be a finite simple group of order two
(Oughter: "Why not three?")

I've proved my proposition now, as you can see,
So let's both be associative and free
And by corollary, this shows you and I to be
Purely inseparable. Q. E. D.

Sunday, November 04, 2007

shomaj tomaj

This is my vain attempt in covering the politics of Bangladesh. I don't even have time for this blog never mind another. But, now that I have set it up it may give me the incentive to do something on it. I just need to figure out how to extend the days by a few hours; Bernad's watch would come in handy...

'Shomaj' means society in Bengali, 'Tomaj' is just a word that rhymes with 'Shomaj' to give it some emphasis, something that we do a lot in the Bengali (and other Southasian) language(s). This could also mean 'Society and etc.' which is what this blog is largely about, because politics isn't just restricted to the happenings of the parliament but society at large, our every action/thought is a political act. As Aristotle says, we are all political animals by definition...

Do check it out, not much on it at the moment, but hopefully soon! (Will try and not do a: http://www.bnpbd.com/)

Link: shomaj tomaj

Thursday, November 01, 2007

The Islamicist's journey comes to an end...

He's finished the deed, used all the food analogies (one could think of) and is now promoting it on the web space...

I enjoyed most parts of the blog (story/journey), although there were times when I thought "{raised eyebrow motion} hmm...?" Some things didn't sit well with me (and some were not funny), but all in all it did make me laugh. The food linkages were hilarious and very clever I thought. Here's a quote:
"The cakes of the West are symbols of their hatred. The croissant is an Islamophobic crescent, referring to the Crusades. And the Victoria sponge is named after a Queen who ruled the British Empire which helped destroy the Caliphate! Even the Rich Tea biscuit is a veiled insult, a symbol of the rich exploiting the poor tea-pickers of the subcontinent."
The final post, 'The End: Let this learn us all' was published today along with two other penultimate ones. The series is in 15 parts and it makes a good light hearted read, if anything. Although, some may say it's a bit too cynical and that we don't need such 'humour' infiltrating the Muslim platform but, why not? - if anything satire makes good for reflective thinking right? Right...

Also, I do wonder how many will actually understand the underlying tone of the "story" if they've had no exposure to HT or Ed Hussain? Will they get it? And I'm not even sure if the writer indented to come out from these angles, I am only speculating. It would be interesting to know the writer's, or rather the Islamicist's objectives? (Maybe we'll get a reply?)

And also, I do wonder what Mr. Ed (and others like him) think of it...

Read the whole series here.