Look at it; nothing to see.
Call it colorless.
Listen to it: nothing to hear.
Call it soundless.
Reach for it: nothing to hold.
Call it intangible.
it merges into oneness,
not bright above,
not dark below.
Never, oh! never
can it be named.
It reverts, it returns
Call it the form of the unformed,
the image of no image.
Call it unthinkable thought.
Face it: no face.
Follow it: no end.
Holding fast to the old Way,
we can live in the present.
Mindful of the ancient beginnings,
we hold the threat of the Tao.
Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Thursday, January 25, 2007
By A.H. Rajani at 1/25/2007 02:25:00 AM
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
- Despite what John Mellencamp might say, a Chevy Silverado played no part in Rosa Parks' act of civil disobedience.
- That I really do have to put Mercury on my list (because the giant woman from the commercial said so).
- Zoom, Zoom, Transmission?
- I actually do jazz it up with Zatarran's from time to time.
- Skynyrd's original song title was "Sweet Home Kentucky Fried Chicken."
- Clinical trials suggest that 94% of patients administered a placebo still claimed they were cuckoo for Coco-Puffs.
- Boeing or Airbus should be asking for royalties on Southwest's "[Ding]" campaign.
- The first thing that Brown can do for me is leave my goddamn package at the front door and stop re-attempting delivery at 3:15 the next afternoon.
- That there are allegedly 23 flavors within Dr. Pepper is non-responsive to the question of why none of them taste like good soda.
- "Accelerating" my life is probably not a good idea when suggested by the U.S. Navy.
By A.H. Rajani at 1/23/2007 05:33:00 PM
Sunday, January 21, 2007
By A.H. Rajani at 1/21/2007 02:54:00 PM
Saturday, January 20, 2007
Two minutes before the game started, I called that it was going to go into overtime.
Two minutes before overtime started, I called Cleveland by two.
By A.H. Rajani at 1/20/2007 11:28:00 PM
Thursday, January 18, 2007
I understand full well that this violates my sixth new year's resolution, but I can't help it.
By A.H. Rajani at 1/18/2007 03:20:00 AM
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
- Film Director
- Freelance Journalist (world news and culture)
- Movie Critic
- Journalist (technology and consumer electronics)
- IT Specialist
- Literary Critic (fiction and short stories)
- Digital Graphics (non-animation)
- Industrial Design / Architecture (non-residential)
- Homicide Detective / Forensics
By A.H. Rajani at 1/16/2007 01:56:00 AM
Friday, January 12, 2007
The first thing I notice is that Berkeley has these awful parking kiosks where you have to put in money and purchase a label that has the time printed on it. What's awful is that all of these kiosks are five minutes behind, so that if it's really 1:00pm and you pay for an hour of parking, the ticket that comes out will invariably say 1:55pm (because the meter thinks its 12:55pm). And I'm sure that my meter maid's watch will invariably be five minutes too FAST.
Anyway, I took all of this into account this afternoon when I parked near campus and I even chose to get back to my car an extra ten minutes early. And what do you know, as I'm walking to my car, I see an Urkel-like parking enforcement rickshaw whiz by and stop next to my car. The cop looked out of his window and then looked at his watch, turned on his hazard lights, and started writing the ticket.
I got next to my car and looked at the ticket, which said 1:24pm. I looked at my watch and then at my cellphone, which both said 1:16pm! I looked at the clock on the kiosk, which was next to my car, and that said 1:11pm. I went up to the meter maid and said, "Hey, I still have time left on this meter. Why are you writing a ticket?" The guy didn't even look over and ignored me.
I just turned around and got into my car and turned on the engine. He suddenly looked over out of his window as if he didn't recognize me there at all. I looked him straight in the eye and then I saw him crumple up the ticket in his hand and drive off. He didn't even say a word.
By A.H. Rajani at 1/12/2007 09:14:00 PM
Thursday, January 11, 2007
By A.H. Rajani at 1/11/2007 10:26:00 PM
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
While CES is going on full steam in Las Vegas, practically everyone in the Bay-Area, as usual, is going ga-ga over anything that Steve Jobs releases. Apart from the completely lame and three-year too late AppleTV, Apple's new ridiculously expensive "iPhone" has created some news, both good and bad.
As I listen to the masses prostrate to Jobs, I've learned a very good lesson: Apple doesn't deserve the benefit of the doubt under any circumstances.
It turns out that Apple doesn't even own the trademark "iPhone," in the United States, but chose to release the product anyway. Linksys actually created a line of VoiP-based phones called the "iPhone" a little while back. And this comes as no surprise to Apple, either. In fact, Apple has been negotiating with Linksys (owned by Cisco) to license its "iPhone" trademark and these negotiations have been going on for TWO YEARS. They had been negotiating, a Cisco spokesman said, as late as last Monday night.
So, what did Apple do? It broke off all negotiations, didn't send Cisco a signed agreement, and decided to use the mark anyway. In response to a lawsuit filed in federal court by Cisco, Apple now says that it doesn't need permission to use the mark.
Now let's be clear. There is a legal issue here (whether Apple is legally allowed to use the "iPhone" mark without permission for its smartphone without infringing Cisco's rights), the answer to which is basically irrelevant. Regardless of whether Apple wins on this pure legal issue in Federal Court, Apple has proven itself as a company not worthy of my respect.
Nor does it really matter how clean Cisco's hands are. Many speculated that Linksys released its own line of iPhones a year ago because it heard a lot of talk about Apple releasing its own phone product. Thus, releasing its own product in anticipation of Apple's release gave Linksys an instant seat at the bargaining table for license money or--more specifically--a piece of the Apple iPhone revenue.
Apple might win this case, but it has and will continue to lose a whole lot of credibility and business goodwill. It is too high of a price to pay. The problem here is that Apple can't effectively paint Cisco as an opportunistic rentseeker, especially not when Apple itself was asking Linksys for permission (seemingly not in good faith) to use the mark for the last two years, only to turn around at the last minute and launch its product.
A circumstantial musing: if Apple is really so intent on keeping the 'i' in front of its product offerings (like iLife, iMac, and iPod), then why didn't it name its new lame TV product "iTV" instead of AppleTV? Or, why didn't it call its phone the ApplePhone?
By A.H. Rajani at 1/10/2007 11:52:00 PM
Monday, January 08, 2007
- Master low-light photography
- Purchase more buttoned-down shirts at Target
- Figure out whether I need a Roth IRA
- Dare to buy frozen Mahi-Mahi at Trader Joes
- Curb appetite for consumer electronics
- Wear fewer t-shirts with clever sayings
- More Kafka
- Implement sorbet-only diet
- Take a roadtrip through California
- Stop being angry that I don't use my gym membership and instead be content that $10.00 per semester is a bargain
- Once again become Iron Chef America
- Be more skeptical about Google
- Go to the movies more than once a semester
- More traveling to India and Pakistan // Less Campylobacter and Giardia
- Eventually stop watching reruns of Everybody Loves Raymond
By A.H. Rajani at 1/08/2007 02:13:00 PM
By A.H. Rajani at 1/08/2007 02:15:00 AM