Time Heals All Wounds.. And Then Kills the Patient
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Sun Aug 3 14:09:49 2003
Those Indian Dancers..

Last night ended up rather differently than I espected.. Some people got together around Coffee Tree, but instead of actually going somewhere, we stayed there, and talked philosophy and history of religion for awhile. Then most people left, and around midnight, three of us went out for Indian Food. I didn't know that there still would be a place open.. So there I was, after midnight, having Saag Paneer and good conversations, on Atwood Street. There were bizarre Indian music videos playing continually, and it struck me that their kind of 'sexy dancing' is rather different than the kind of 'sexy dancing' we have on MTV around here. Christina Aguilera's Dirrty song is kind of an exaggerated representative of the local kind.. I'm not sure how to articulate the differences, but it is interesting, and it's not intuitive at all that either is more sexy than the other.

One of the people in the group that went out for indian food was actually someone who had moved recently to China. He showed us a bit of how the Mandarin writing system works, although he stressed that he was nowhere near native proficiency. I got the impression he likes China a lot, and that he's not likely to move back. It's amusing to me that some statements that I had made, back in high school, about the Chinese writing system, were wrong. I assume that I got bad information, although it's possible that I just interpolated, and introduced error from there, from what I learned in Japanese class.

Listening to some music... Watershed seems to be all about when life doesn't turn out how you expected, and living with failed ambitions. Anything box is more about opening yourself up emotionally. The Toad the Wet Sprocket CD I have seems to be about dealing with being hurt.

Oh, yeah, someone posted a physics paper that deals with time, suggesting that there are no discrete moments in time. The author makes a big deal about how this solves Zeno's paradox. Either I'm missing something, or Zeno's paradox was solved by calculus. His paper strikes me as being mostly philosophy, and not of particular interest to science. But then again, maybe the abstract was too simplifying. *shrug*