What are “V” upto ??

May 24, 2006

The opening dialogue by the mysterious 'V' in the movie 'V for Vendetta'

V

 Voilà! In view, a humble vaudevillian veteran, cast vicariously as both victim and villain by the vicissitudes of fate. This visage, no mere veneer of vanity, is a vestige of the vox populi, now vacant, vanished. However, this valorous visitation of a bygone vexation stands vivified, and has vowed to vanquish these venal and virulent vermin vanguarding vice and vouchsafing the violently vicious and voracious violation of volition. The only verdict is vengeance; a vendetta held as a votive, not in vain, for the value and veracity of such shall one day vindicate the vigilant and the virtuous. Verily, this vichyssoise of verbiage veers most verbose, so let me simply add that it's my very good honor to meet you and you may call me V.

(P.S. – In English this means–

Behold! Before you is a humble stage performer, cast, against his will, by the whims of fate, to the roles of both victim and villain. The face you see now is not just some meaningless costume. It is a remnant of the People's Voice, which has since gone and disappeared. However, this past annoyance stands courageously reborn and has sworn to conquer the evil and corrupt, who promote greed and the violent suppression of free will. The only choice is vengeance; a personal war held as a candle to the darkness, but not in vain, for the importance and self-evidence of this quest shall exonerate the watchful and the righteous. But in truth, this thick soup of words has become too excessive. So, let me simply finish by saying that it's my very good honor to meet you, and you may call me V.)

Source: Wikiquote

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Statistics and “Girls faring better than boys”

May 18, 2006

I remember an Asterix comic I read very long back. One of the characters quipped about chief Vitalstatistix's use of statistics during their village elections- "With statistics you can prove anything". I couldn't agree with it more.

 I myself have had Statistics as an elective during my +2 education, and found it a very interesting subject. The beauty about statistics was that it was an exact science. You had to follow a certain set of fixed rules, and you reached a conclusion. No chances for any subjectivity. However, in the preface of my textbook were the most important instructions to be followed while you deal with statistics – " Always interpret the results carefully ". A famous quote, variously attributed, is: "There are three types of lies – lies, damn lies, and statistics." The fact is that statistics has been used to mislead the general public in one too many cases. A simple example to show how statistics can be interpreted differently for the same results…

 Its a well known fact that in developed countries, the female population is always a certain percentage higher than the male population, ie the male:female ratio is 1:1.xx. Now what can we infer from that?

Inference 1 (incorrect): In developed countries there is a higher likelihood of female births (??)

Inference 2 (correct): Females have a higher life expectancy than males. In the absence of female foeticide, infanticide, it is evident that females will occupy a higher part of the country's population.

So we can see that we should always be careful with statistics. But there is still one all-too-famous statistical result in our country that I feel is grossly misrepresented. I fail to understand why directors of the country's highest educational bodies cannot be more careful in stating such results in press conferences.

Every year in April-May you will have all the newspapers and TV channels shouting in your face–

"XYZ Results Out. Girls Fare Better Than Boys"

"Girls Outdo Boys In Class 12 Board Exams"

Consider the following link. Now don't get me wrong and start shouting MCP ! MCP ! I have nothing against girls beating boys to the top. In fact I have nothing against girls being on top of boys. But I sincerely feel that this statistic is interpreted incorrectly.

 The reason is that even today all girls are not sent to schools to study. Whereas there is this unwritten law of preference to boys, that boys will be doing all the work and girls will be doing the household chores. This still exists in many parts of India. So the result is that, if any girl does not have any interest in studying, she may drop out of school. But with boys, even if studies are the last thing on a boy's mind, he will be forced to mug up books in school. So we see that boys who DO NOT want to study are forced to study, and they make the ratio of successful boys poorer than girls, some of whom don't have to study if they don't want to. Consider the link I gave earlier again. In class X results, the pass percentage of girls and boys is almost the same (95-96%), whereas in XII, surprisingly there is a big gap (girls-95%, boys 91%). Now what should we infer?? That boys study well only upto Class X, and lose their touch thereafter?? No, its because a lot of girls who are not interested (and who show no promise) can safely pull out after Std X, and so the percentage of girls increase. The article itself mentions "..girls had done better than boys despite the fact that fewer girls had sat for the exams: The ratio was 44 girls to 56 boys.."  I was puzzled about 'despite'… it should have been 'because' 🙂

All said and done, I'm curious why learned people like Ms Rita Wilson always make such comments year after year. Maybe it caters to the government's claims of uplifting women in the country. Now we don't need statistics to infer that 😉

I wonder who's the topper… a girl or a boy??


Its a late goodbye…

December 28, 2005

I was just listening through an old playlist of mine… when I came across this song.. I loved it when I first heard it and had a lot of trouble hearing it again…  Actually I was blazing gunfire while playing Max Payne 2… Somehow managed to complete the last level. I have a habit (unlike many others) to go through the end game credits (makes me savour the moment :)). The song was background score for the game credits. I liked it so much that I played the last level again to hear it… The song was by a group called Poets of the Fall, it was titled Late Goodbye. At it seemed apt to hear it as we said goodbye to the year (i know this is a overused cliche).. The lyrics of the song went like…

 

In our headlights staring,
bleak beer cans deer’s eyes
On the asphalt underneath
our crushed plans and my lies
Lonely street signs power lines
they keep on flashing flashing by
And we keep driving into the night
it’s a late goodbye
such a late goodbye
Your breath hot upon my cheek
and we crossed that line
You made me strong when I was feeling weak
and we crossed that one time
Screaming stop signs staring wild
eyes keep on flashing flashing by
And we keep driving into the night
it’s a late goodbye such a late goodbye
And we keep driving into the night
it’s a late goodbye

The devil grins from ear to ear
when he sees the hand he’s dealt us
points at your flaming hair
and then we’re playin’ hide and seek
I can’t breathe easy here
‘less our trail’s gone cold behind us
’til then the John mirror you stare at yourself grown old and weak
We keep driving into the night
it’s a late goodbye such a late goodbye
And we keep driving into the night
it’s a late goodbye such a late goodbye
And we keep driving into the night…

 So guys who’ve played Payne 2, listen to it.. Its really good..

(BTW, I figured a way to grab the song to mp3… so that i won’t have to play the goddamn last level and kill Vlad everytime I want to listen to it 😉 )


So here we go…

December 27, 2005

Finally!!! After ages of browsing other’s blogs, and many attempts to start mine (they almost always never went beyond the signup page), I’ve decided to take the first step. I’ve put up my blog… God only knows how much literary skills I’m born with…. But atleast I should try. So here is my humble effort… And hopefully I’ll be able to make my next post in the near future 🙂