Suffering from BAD…and other afflictions

June 2, 2009

So a colleague and I came up with a new mental illness today… well actually she takes most of the credit. Given that we have to deal with some hectic characters at the university on a daily basis, we decided to give  this pathological behaviour a name. Its called BAD or Borderline Academic Disorder. I’m working on putting together a list of symptoms that go with it. But in the interim… heres a list of other (make believe) illnesses, with somewhat cool acronyms. Feel free to add on.

MOM – Mammary Obsessive Madness

RAT – Rubbish Attachment Tendency

FAT – Figure Analysis Trauma

SWAT – Sex With Attitude Temperament

Ok, I better stop before this list degenerates any further.

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On Reality Shows

October 25, 2008

So, click on any tv channel these days, and in all likelihood you will find a reality show that is currently on, has just finished, or is scheduled to start shortly. Whats the deal with reality shows anyways? Especially Big Brother ?  I could only bear to watch the first South Africa series, while it was still a novelty, before i went off the concept completely. I believe its big in the UK though.

If one has to analyse our fascination with these shows and their various themes (beauty / house makeovers, singing / dancing / acting contests, romance. adventure, corporate dramas (remember the Trump and his HAIR?), it clearly is all about escapism. It surely can’t be about intelligent engagement with the subject matter…and maybe at best its about picking up some tips on how to survive the ruthless world that we live in…corporate reality shows and the survivor series, are particularly useful for that sort of thing.

I have to concede though…I am somewhat hooked on reality music shows, especially SA RE GA MA PA…mostly because I enjoy Indian Music, and I wish I could sing like Lata ji. But never mind, if I was not blessed with melodious vocal chords, I can still appreciate good music. So I won’t diss the concept of reality shows entirely…. but watching some folk, stuck in a tank with really slimy slippery thingamajigs (as in Fear Factor), is not my idea of fun viewing.

Oh well, to each their own.


Of Bulls, Sharks and Alien beings…

October 24, 2008

Imagine if an alien being happened to visit planet earth this weekend…sort of like on a routine trip to gather further information about the planet, before the grand “alien” invasion can take place. Alien Invasion ? Ok, so I digress. Anyways, imagine this alien “person” deciding that maybe visiting this place called Durban is a good idea….err…no that’s actually eThekwini…which may have a name change soon, so lets call it the east coast of South Africa..unless they decide to rename SA  to Azania. I’m getting distracted again. Hmmm….lets worrry about that when / if, it happens.

So our alien friend has decided that Durbs it is…. and then double checks a whole bunch of things, before leaving home, like any responsible traveller should do. Weather, check….probably will be sunny, gear, check, clothes, check, food…hmmm…well maybe our alien friend…lets call him Zee (due to a lack of suitable inter-galactic names), will throw caution to the winds, and try out the local delicacies…less stuff to carry.

Of course Zee has to also find out what local events are happening …just so he (lets make Zee a he : )…can go and check out the local customs, happenings and so on, and take the information back to his superiors. So he gets on to the web (out in space they have a supa dupa one, that doesn’t take ages to download pages), and finds out whats happening in this part of the world. Hmmm…there’s like some cultural thing called Diwali being celebrated, check, and some other cultural event called the Bulls vs the Sharks. Intriguing. Further exploration reveals that bulls are warm blooded creatures, who are usually unceremoniously slaughtered by the humans and turned into culinary delicacies such as steak, ribs, burgers, etc. Sharks it turns out, are predatory, sea residing mammals, who are also slaughtered on occasion, and sometimes part of their bodies are made into watery broths called soup. 

So Zee wonders about what this event could possibly be, where these two seemingly incompatible creatures will be competing. He marks it down on his calender of absolutely must do things. 

Hmmm…i reckon he will be “pleasantly’ surprised.