Music: Nevermind by Leonard Cohen


Last night, uncle wanted to watch season 2 of True Detective and I was in 2 minds about watching it. I had watched the first season and liked it. However, the moment the opening song of the series started, I was hooked and joined Uncle to watch it. I like how they choose scene appropriate songs in this series – in terms of music and lyrics. They are ominous and creepy all at the same time which is how the TV series is.

Here is the song from season 2 –

Their opening song from season was equally creepy.

News: Gay marriage declared legal across US


Uncle told me the news  that gay marriage was legalised all over the USA by the supreme court just before we went to sleep.

I checked the news and FB next day and my news feed was full of the same news and many people changing their profile pictures to celebrate the news. Hmm…I wonder how many people really know or care about it instead of just following the trend for changing the profile pic just like ALS ice bucket challenge? Of course, there will always be negative Nellies spouting their wisdom. One more country is better than one less country right?! Every step towards progress has to be celebrated because we are better off today than yesterday.

In case you are wondering (or new to the blog) I am glad that they have finally legalised it because love rules :) Also, I believe sexuality can largely be genetic and I do not believe people should be punished for their genes. I mean, how many of us spent time deciding we will be attracted only to the opposite gender?

To be honest, even the cynical me was touched to see photos of so many happy couples overjoyed at the ruling.  Couples who waited decades for their relationships to be legal.

I am hoping it will happen soon in India as well. 

News: FDA Sets 2018 Deadline to Rid Foods of Trans Fats


I am quite glad to hear the news that FDA wants all the companies to remove trans-fats from the food by 2018.  It took them so many years to admit that trans-fats were bad and I am glad that they are moving towards removing it from our foods.

Can you imagine that they were telling us to do the opposite and consume trans-fats several decades ago. That’s how margarine and other low fat spreads emerged.

Indians would definitely remember Dalda. 

I find it interesting how food trends change just like fashion. Earlier fat was the enemy, now sugar is the root of all evil. I wonder where all these health bloggers/food coaches were when we were fighting fats in food? I don’t trust any food trends anymore because we do not know when they may be proved completely wrong.

Much ado about a clock


I am the sort of person who needs to have a wall clock in my room. The clock should be minimalist, with 12 numbers, not too small and no ugly designs or colours. I do not like clocks with pendulums or musical clocks. Basically, I know what I want in the clock department and I know it when I see it.

One slow afternoon as life was ticking along peacefully; Uncle was annoyed by my clock and removed its battery!

Why? The ticking sound of the clock.

I never had any problem with the ticking of the clock and even found it meditative when the room was silent. On the other hand, he felt it was like a time bomb waiting to explode like a drill in his head (edited because he corrected me upon reading this post). He couldn’t sit or focus or fall asleep when the clock was ticking like that. My room did not have a functional clock and I did not like that. It was a matter of days before I went looking for a silent clock.

Luckily, I found one and bought it. Life ticked along for 2 years. Last year, the clock stopped working. I purchased another silent clock from our neighbourhood store. The new clock also did not work well in a matter of few months and I was so annoyed. The hand of the new clock moved when laid horizontally but stopped the moment I hung it vertically on the wall. What kind of a weird clock problem is that?!

Uncle’s theory was that none of the clocks I bought lasted long because they were some cheap no-brand crap which was true in a way. I started looking around for a good brand of clocks. We decided to get a Seiko/Casio clock because they were trusted brands and their clocks are known to last a long time.

Day 1 without clock

When I started searching for a branded clock, I realised how few clock stores are around in comparison to watch stores. Every mall has at least one watch store but not a clock store. I found a clock store near my house with Seiko clocks but they have only 2 silent clocks and they were not nice. On top of that they cost about $75 which was too much in our opinion.

Day 2 without clock

I checked the mall near my office and they had silent clocks from a brand called Rhythm only and I had never heard of that brand (It is a Japanese brand). No success finding a clock.

Day 3 without clock

I did not have a functional clock for 3 days and I was getting nervous. I couldn’t stop thinking of clocks and where to find them.

Uncle – Why is it so hard to find a clock?

Me – It is hard to find a clock that meets our requirements. Ikea has a clock for $2. Daiso has a clock for $2. They go tick-tock. Clocks are easy to find but not the silent ones. Clocks are not cool. Many don’t really care what kind of a clock they have as long as it works unlike us.

I wanted to go to another market area for clocks. We went to look for a clock and found out that the store I had previously bought a clock from, no longer existed. I was crushed. We were looking around when we found another clock store. The store had been around that area for past 30 years. So, they sounded like they were going to be around in the future. And they had Seiko clocks. Many silent models. And under $50. I was over the moon. 

We got a clock and it now hangs on the wall and my life has ticked back to normalcy. I smile when I see the clock in the morning :)

 

Seiko Silent Clock
The clock on the wall

This clock is also in a way a metaphor for compromise in relationships. Compromise does not mean giving up who you are or what you like. And it goes both ways. So, stop teaching girls to adjust, instead teach people to compromise.

News: Nobel laureates and sexism


This month seems to be bringing sexist scientists into the limelight. Last week was a scientist advising PhD students to put up with her prof staring at her breasts and now we have a scientist telling that men and women should not work in the same lab!

“Let me tell you about my trouble with girls … three things happen when they are in the lab … You fall in love with them, they fall in love with you and when you criticise them, they cry.”

How about what 3 other things that can happen when they are in the lab? “They graduate with a PhD…. They hate you and are glad to leave your lab….They become scientists and do not take shit anymore.”

Read more here – link.

Luckily the outrage has forced him to apologize and resign

Edited to add – Nobel Prize-Winning Scientist Says He Was Forced to Resign

News: Scientist advises student to put up with leering


I read this article and I could not believe somebody gave that advice on ‘Science’ or maybe I can. Scientists are equally sexist and participate in patriarchy as much as we like to believe they do not. Science later removed the article.

Excerpts from the article – 

“Dear Alice,

Q: I’ve just joined a new lab for my second postdoc. It’s a good lab. I’m happy with my project. I think it could really lead to some good results. My adviser is a good scientist, and he seems like a nice guy. Here’s the problem: Whenever we meet in his office, I catch him trying to look down my shirt. Not that this matters, but he’s married. “

“Dear Bothered,

A: Your adviser may not even be aware of what he is doing.

As long as your adviser does not move on to other advances, I suggest you put up with it, with good humor if you can.

Alice Huang; PhD

Science removed this article but Bloomberg still has it. Read more at link.