Tuesday, August 30, 2011

A random post about nothing in particular

How to earn a million dollars in a month....
No, the above statement has nothing to do with what I am about to write (in a way I am trolling).  The question is why am I doing this.  Well, just for the sake of it.  Or in words of Eric Cartman, I am because I can.  This is my blog and I can do whatever god damn I wish to.  But saying that would be rude.  So let's say I did it just for the sake of it.  Why is it necessary to be a conformist and abide by the unwritten law that the blog title should reflect what the post is about?
Hmm....It won't make sense if it doesn't.  I mean someone would come here to know how to earn a million dollars, and then get pissed off for what drivel I scribbling.
So, then, what is it that I am going to talk about?  Let's just say, trolling the Brain.  It's funny how our brain plays tricks with us.  Though we are conscious beings, most of our behavior and decisions are beyond our control.  You may feel shitty sometimes for no apparent reason.  It's been proven, scientifically.  All the yoga, meditation, psychiatry etc. is aimed at understanding how this piece of 1300 odd gram flesh works; having >120 billion neurons (more than the number of stars in the known universe) and >1000 trillion synapses, more than the number of particles in the entire solar system.  Whoa, that's some statistic.  But those are just numbers.  And  I am going to avoid hard core science here.

Back to square one, what the heck am I going to discuss here?
Recently, I observed a strange thing about myself (let's say one of the many).  Whenever I am about to throw any garbage into a chute or a bin, I get a queer feeling that I am about to mistakenly throw away something important along with the garbage.  Like my cell phone or wallet.  I usually hesitate for a moment before I let it go and it's spontaneous.  It happens every single time, even when there is no forethought about anything related.  That made me wonder, what's wrong with me?  Once, I was conscious beforehand of the impending feeling, even then it struck me and I hesitated before sliding the garbage bag down the chute. I then started looking for other atypical phenomena, within myself or others.  Doing some online search exposed me to a plethora of related literature. 

Strangest of these was the Tourette's syndrome.  It's genetic and the person with this syndrome gets tics.  For example, one person gets tics that makes him open and close his jaws in quick succession and make noises.  This is absolutely fascinatingly terrible. Here's a video of that guy in his own words.  Just how much our brain is uncontrollable is demonstrated here.  But that's too extreme an example.  Let's come down to something simpler, and probably funnier.  I came across this meme recently.  It's amazing how sometimes I do this.  It's like a race against the microwave.  Memes are powerful examples of how the society at large thinks.  This TED presentation about memes explains it quite nicely.

OK, now I am babbling about memes.  What are they?  A simple definition is 'An element of a culture or behavior that may be passed from one individual to another by non-genetic means, especially imitation.'
So net surfers find/get/create a funny pic/video etc. and then embellish it with different jokes etc. and it could be totally independent of the context of the pic/video etc.  What's the use of it?  Fun, that's it.  One of the most famous memes last year was the inception meme.  This for example, or this. Memes are too subjective sometimes.  Unless the context is known, there's no fun.  This for example.  Do check out some other memes, there are millions online.  Have fun with them, or even create one of your own here.


Let me end with that, else there's no bound to how big this post could go.  And as far as getting millionaire is concerned, I would be damned if I knew.  So long.
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