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Friday, April 27, 2007

Guttin' tag

Pesky, pesky, pesky.

1. Pick out a scar you have, and explain how you got it.
This long scabby thing running down the front of my shin -- caused by a perfect sliding tackle which unfortunately happened to be executed at a point where some bricks were showing through the grass. Don't ask why. Great tackle, great scar. Actually, it was so long ago that I don't even remember which leg it's on. But it still hurts though. On winter nights. In Prague.

2. What is on the walls in your room?
Room? Which room?
In my office I have a bunch of pictures I've taken, plus a couple of Absolut ads relevant to my research (self-control) and interests (Miles), plus on a shelf I have some of the cooler stimuli from one of my experiments, and an *extremely* cool can of Campbell's soup on which is stuck a picture of ~ hold your breath ~ a Warhol painting of a can of Campbell's soup. (Not my idea, though -- this can was one of a set of ten created by a man I was happy to have on my committee and am proud to look forward to as a colleague come summer.)

3. What does your phone look like?
It looks like it needs a battery.

4. What music do you listen to?
Good music.

5. What is your current desktop picture?
A pen and ink impressionist sketch of Durga and the train, the scene from Pather Panchali.

6. What do you want more than anything right now?
This madness to end.

7. Do you believe in gay marriage?
Yes. I go down on my knees and pray to it every morning, and before stressful events like exams and interviews and when Ajit Agarkar comes on to bowl.

8. What time were you born?
On the seventh hour of the seventh day.

9. Are your parents still together?
They're not quite all together, and I've suspected that for a while now. Thanks for asking.

10. What are you listening to?
At home, Graceland and The Rhythm of the Saints (Paul Simon phase, possible post coming), Rabbi - Rabbi Shergill's eponymous album (for my Jewish kick, you know?), Dekhte Dekhte by Bhoomi, and the Dagar Brothers. At work, GD 5/8/77, an event that should have changed the world (indeed a whole fortnight of wonderful 30th anniversaries coming up!) and WBGO streaming -- nothing adventurous.

11. Do you get scared of the dark?
No racist questions, please. This is an equal-opportunity blog.

12. The last person to make you cry?
The guy in my 2 o'clock section. The one who walked into my office for career counselling back in the second week of the semester. The one who yesterday showed me his draft questionnaire *two weeks* late and done *all wrong* despite my having gone through the whole process *twice* in class, posted two different handouts in two different formats online, both showing the "RIGHT WAY" and the "WRONG WAY" to do this, despite this being a *key* part of the course, despite the fact that he's wasted over four hours of my time already whining about how it's hard for him to "think the same way as the book" and so he's worried about his grade since "Hong Kong students are so competitive". And then had the nerve to argue about why his "method" made more sense. Well, if you really are so concerned about your grade, buddy, QUIT WASTING MY TIME AND FOLLOW THE GODDAMN INSTRUCTIONS. And next time, don't try to defend something that I've spent an hour dissecting as being plain WRONG. Sheesh.

(Hmm. Maybe doing this tag wasn't such a bad idea after all.)

13. What is your favorite perfume?
Barbecue, Laphroaig

14. What kind of hair/eye colour do you like on the opposite sex?
Sorry, don't like Holi.

15. Do you like pain killers?
Depends -- legal?

16. Are you too shy to ask someone out?
Not really, although I've never had to do it. A little tough sarcasm in the first week of class goes an awful long way, especially with latecomers.

17. Favorite pizza topping?
Vodka golgappas.

18. If you could eat anything right now, what would it be?
Dan-dan mian from Crystal Jade.

19. Who was the last person you made mad?
That's tautological, I'm married.

20. Is anyone in love with you?
You mean madly?


Blogger Revealed said...

Hahahaha :). Nice to know it's an equal op blog. Otherwise I'd have had to stop wasting my time here and then where would I have wasted it?

Also, looking forward to Paul Simon post.

Also, it's *always*a good idea to do something *I* ask you to :D

4/27/2007 2:04 AM  
Blogger km said...

Awright, send me a link to that desktop picture. I don't mind looking at that goddamn scene for the rest of my life.

/"gay marriage" and "go down on my knees"? Very Freudian.

//I've tasted Vodka "cham-cham". It was not all that it was made out to be. It was freaking delicious.

4/27/2007 2:58 AM  
Blogger sudo phish said...

har di har! Was that a real tag or did u make the questions up you cheat! I think I just became a believer ...

4/27/2007 3:57 AM  
Blogger Renovatio said...

Equal Opportunity indeed...

4/27/2007 4:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe you should start a tag asking people if they know Pythagoras┬┤ theorem.

4/27/2007 6:11 AM  
Blogger MockTurtle said...

KM beat me to the down on my knees observation, but there's a group called "the Dagar Brothers"?
They should be glad they're not based in Bangalore.

4/27/2007 7:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow, that cornell show must be one of the best aud recordings at lma. listening to this one after *ages* - phil is so phat. :D

4/27/2007 10:04 AM  
Anonymous scout said...

Hahaha. My reaction while reading the post:

read. giggle. read some more. giggle some more. read. giggle. and then came the question:
15. Do you like pain killers?
Depends -- legal?
after that, it was just a "clutch table while i try and wipe the tears off my face."

something funny about professors doing drugs on the sly.

don't kill me. and i never promised that i wont tag you again. what blatant jhooth.

4/27/2007 10:16 AM  
Blogger Tabula Rasa said...

for you, it's *more* than equal opportunity.

i was waiting to see who'd catch that :-D

nothing like a tag for dragging you out, is there? i think you have a 100% record of commenting on my tags -- once a year or something! just for that, feel free to count yourself tagged.

apologies if you're feeling neglected.

anonymous (6:11 am):
heh! why don't you start it by fwding around the link to the previous post.

ouch. you kannads.

anonymous (10:04 am):
exactly! i'd justify our existence on this planet by pointing to that show -- moment after magical moment.

thanks much. We Aim To Edify. (and now you know why some classes go off better than others -- the market is unregulated so supply is variable.)

oh, and you never "promised", you "said". are you going to start drawing these womanly distinctions?

4/27/2007 10:26 AM  
Blogger Revealed said...

"womanly distinctions"! Sexist! And you say it's Equal Op! Tch.

4/27/2007 11:57 AM  
Blogger Tabula Rasa said...

of course it's equal op. what part of "equal" and "op" is it not?

4/27/2007 12:02 PM  
Blogger Vivek Kumar said...

Q. What was the last thing to make me laugh?
A. The answer to No. 11 in this post! :)

4/27/2007 9:49 PM  
Blogger Szerelem said...

hmmmm so profs crib about students just as much as students crib about profs eh?

4/27/2007 10:27 PM  
Blogger Tabula Rasa said...

hah! hope you've moved on to better things :-D

you better believe it -- there's whole websites worth of support groups out there.

4/28/2007 12:46 AM  
Blogger Revealed said...

*is appalled at this blatant questioning of her accusations and wonders how come the 'fessor doesn't know that such accusations can *never* be questioned cos that is the cornerstone with which democracy is cornered*

4/28/2007 1:35 AM  
Blogger Tabula Rasa said...

... and put your left leg in and put your right leg out ...

4/28/2007 10:28 PM  
Blogger progga said...

TR, I demand to see the post on Paul Simon. Now now now gimme gimme gimme.
Very funny post, btw. (this one, not the one to come, in case I didn't make that clear.)

5/01/2007 10:56 PM  
Blogger Tabula Rasa said...

arre babe re. okay okay, i'll try and do it this week. (one can't just dash such weighty things off, you know.)

thanks for the postscripts. both of them :-D

5/01/2007 11:22 PM  
Anonymous The Drinker said...

Great responses. I too enjoy vodka golgoppas. And I believe in magic, in a young girl's heart, which is why I'm often found gazing in that direction.

(Agarkar coming on to bowl elicits many responses - like "what if they'd had gay marriage when his father was casting around ...?")

By the way, further to much angst on old blog about career, future, and other frivolities this time last year, Mr Drinker applied and has been accepted for M.Phil. in Economic and Social History (one term taught, two terms writing about zamindari in India and Pakistan and you know, hanging) at some university in England beginning with word "Cam", ending with word "ridge" with a "b" somewhere in there too.

To start October 2007. Not sure I want to be a historian, though, but thinking it might open other doors. And if not, back to being lawyer.

Hope all else is well with you. I'd drop you a line, but feel like I have, and beseech you to write to gmail with thoughts. (My gmail, that is - not much use in just writing to gmail, probably. And your thoughts, if you have any.)

Jai jai gay marriage.

5/02/2007 7:57 PM  
Blogger Tabula Rasa said...


good news about the cam--ridge thing. like i said over email, go for it.

5/02/2007 11:26 PM  
Blogger Heh Heh said...

you coming back to the alma mater to teach?

5/03/2007 12:41 AM  
Blogger Tabula Rasa said...

no, not really. although i stop by once in a while to stir a few people up. will you be around june 1 or so?

wrt your question as well as your most recent post, the place i'm moving is this hairy little town whose name rhymes with "ban barber".

5/03/2007 9:37 AM  
Anonymous chandni said...


7/16/2007 3:26 PM  
Blogger Tabula Rasa said...

as they say, thankyousametoyou :-)

7/22/2007 1:05 AM  

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