Monday, January 23, 2006

Charlie Brown Goes to China

From last weekend at a street fair in Oakland downtown, a week before Chinese New Year.

According to Karl, "it's about being happy, innit?"

Wisdom of Karl Pilkington embodies enchanting philosophical depth delivered with such delicate precision and uncompromised humor. Here is one :
An infinite number of monkeys using an infinite number of typewriters for an infinite amount of time, could not produce the complete work of Shakespeare, unless they have read it.
I'm no a expert on radio/podcast programming, but I must say The Ricky Gervais Show on Guardian Unlimited (available on iTunes) is one of the funniest programming on radio. Much like the legendary Fawlty Towers and the more contemporary counterpart, The Office, the Ricky Gervais Show is a comedy classic. Karl's eccentric interests and theories are an unending source of laughter -- it's unfortunate that it's planned as only a 12-episode podcast. I think they're at episode 9 at this point. Enjoy.

Monday, January 09, 2006

Happy New Years : 2006

While it may have seemed that I had abandoned this chronicle of random tales and dropped off the face of this world, in actuality, I became occupied by the overwhelming task of trying to get out of my old job and start a new one. It's quite amazing how long this process can take -- beginning with frustration with the old place, followed by hope and determination to find something new, revisited by frustration of not being able to find something you like, sequenced by some encouraging prospects, cumbersome interviewing process and if you are lucky, finding a job that you can enjoy (at least for another few years, before starting over on this process again). I was lucky....even if it took a year. This happened in October. Also, in October, quite spontaneously we managed to adopt two kittens. I have never had any pets, not even a goldfish. So this is another new experience for me as I embark into this new year. Finally, in November, I managed to do something I've been wanting to for quite some time now -- a road trip through the Canyonlands. It was spectacular. A friend of mine and I, drove out to Bryce Canyon, Zion National Park, Grand Canyon, Monument Valley and back via Tioga Pass through Yosemite (on the last day before they shutdown this road for the Winter). That was the week before I started my new job. Since I noticed that quite a few of you really enjoyed reading some of the random scribbles on this blog, I will try to post more interesting stuff soon. In the meantime, HAPPY NEW YEARS to everyone... six days late, but better late than never. I have also updated a new photo gallery, so feel free to check it out and comment.