Notes to Myself



Digital Entertainment: NetFlix, Youtube and “Shape of You”

Yesterday I saw a post on Twitter which compared profits of Netflix with Indian Hindi Film Industry (“Bollywood”) profits.

img_9311NetFlix started the US in 1997 as a “DVD by mail” service (similar to Blockbuster) and soon switched to online streaming of content and video-on-demand. It really picked up in last 8-10 years when broadband connectivity and internet speed increased multi-fold.

NetFlix is a great example of advent of “Digital Media” and how it can disrupt multiple things. In India, Reliance Jio is already creating a bold strategy of owning/controlling every bit of the “Digital” world – right from the backbone network (Jio) to content (Reliance owns TV18 Network which own multiple TV channels and online news etc). NetFlix has started (or popularized) phenomenon of exclusive Web Series; HBO and Amazon are also investing big money in producing exclusive web contents.

All this started with the Youtube phenomenon. When Google bought Youtube for $1 billion many felt that Google had wasted money by hugely overestimating Youtube’s value. But now, $1 billion seems like peanuts considering what Youtube has done to Digital revolution and thus increasing stronghold of Google.

This is somewhat like 1991 in India, when era of satellite TV channels began. Till then we had only Doordarshan – the state-owned TV channel and only fixed hours of show time (not 24×7). Thus, we had only so many hours of contents for viewing and only few could grab a part in those shows – and hence employment in TV industry was limited. Now, the TV industry is a bigger employer than Hindi or all regional movies put together. You have so many channels producing so many TV shows which give opportunities to hundreds of actors, technicians and related jobs.

Youtube (or any Digital Media platform) has shaken up Movie, TV industries in multiple ways. Firstly, even any unknown person can create new content and share with the world and directly compete with the “formal talent”. A great example of this is the dance and singing videos posted on Youtube by the upcoming or novice artists. And this leads to some amazing creative stuff and new ideas. Take example of “Shape of You” – the popular song by Ed Sheeran (age 27!). The official Youtube video of this song has received 3.3 billion hits! But you would be stunned if you check other creative improvisations or versions of this song by novice or lesser known artists. Here are two examples I liked a lot!

First is the Carnatic Mix version of Shape of You – this is the rendition of the song molded in a form of Indian classical music i.e. Carnatic Music (music of South India). They have added some Indian classical notes and created an amazing version. Do check it!

The second video is improvisation of the above Carnatic Mix version by adding Indian classical dance to it. The video is created by the dancing duo – Poonam and Priyanka – who have posted so many dance videos on their Youtube channel. Do check their Indian Classical dance on Shape of You (Carnatic Mix) version.

And the more you dig further the more amazed you would be to see how Youtube is unleashing creativity of people. One new trend I liked a lot and follow regularly on Youtube is the “Reaction” to Bollywood movie songs by foreigners. It is such a delight to see and listen to what the foreigners think about Indian film music, and culture. Here are a few good examples.

You can see that there are many Youtube channels who regularly post “Reaction” videos and have huge fan following.

And then there are some interesting videos which I wouldn’t have been able to watch without Youtube (or such Digital platform). Here are a few:

Aaj Jaane Ki Zidd Na Karo by Tanya Wells (UK)

  1. R. Rahman, “Jiya Jale” (Dil Se): Berklee Indian Ensemble (Cover)


Finding Chatur

I think many more new businesses or social enterprises would come up in coming years using the new Digital platforms – particularly in Entertainment industry and that is not a threat but a blessing for the conventional entertainment industry.


National Pi Day 2018

Today is National Pi Day (March 14th or 3/14). I had written a blog post on National Pi Day in 2009 which you can read here (the blog post was imported from my old blog and there seems to be some loss of content or distortion of metadata). I joined Twitter on 13th March 2009, just a day before the 2009 National Pi Day when I wrote that blog post. So I was hardly conversant with Twitter and hadn’t checked Pi Day messages. In fact Twitter itself was new at that time, so I doubt if there was much content around Pi Day.

Anyways, since then I have been following National Pi Day messages on Twitter every year and also on other social media.

So this year I thought of posting a collection of few interesting messages related to “Pi”.

Prof.  Arthur Benjamin is a well known Maths professor who has combined Mathematics and Magic through his program Mathemagic. All mathematicians find “Pi” intriguing and they like to explore various aspects of Pi. Prof. Arthur has composed a nice song on Pi which I recently saw on Youtube. Here is the song:


Matt Parker is another Math enthusiast who has several interesting videos on Mathametics on Youtube channel Numberphile. As we know Pi is an irrational number. It doesn’t end and goes on and on. As of now researchers have found out up to 2.7 trillion digits of Pi. That is 2,000,000,000,000,000th digit of Pi!

Coming back to Mike Parker…he printed first million digits of Pi and laid down along a mile strip on airport! He also discussed interesting points about Pi. Here is the video:

A comment on this video summarized the exercise pretty well. It said “Completely unnecessary, but absolutely awesome!!

Here are some interesting messages on Pi and Pi Day.

Pi looks as “PIE” in mirror

Humorous take on Pi – the “irrational number”

Today’s Google Doodle and message on Twitter handle of Google India. There was speculation on what the text message means. One possibility could be the next Android version (version P) could be named “Pi”

Unfortunately today’s Pi Day began with the sad news of demise of great theoretical physicist Dr. Stephen Hawking. Interestingly enough Pi Day also happens to be birthday of another great theoretical physicist, Dr Albert Einstein (or as a funny tweet called him, [mc^2-instein] ). And many people on twitter talked about this coincidence.

Then as usual, there were several offers celebrating Pi Day and offering things for $3.14


Here is a funny dialog between the “imaginary” number “i” and “irrational” number “pi”

And lastly, here is a funny cartoon on Pi being the lonely number 🙂

Humor for #PiDay Pi Day.

Question: “What did the palindrome and math lover say when she was offered cake?” Answer: “I prefer pi.”

Indian genius mathematician Srinivas Ramanujan had special affinity for Ramanujan. Lot of his equations involved “Pi” in very elegant and artistic manner. Here are a couple of examples:


I have few more resources on magnificent “Pi”, but will save it for the next year…till then Happy Pi Day!


7 Geometry Puzzles

Pink shaded region in above square is what % of area of the square?

Hint: You do not have to know the side of the square to solve this.

Sridevi and Principle of “Fit For Purpose”

Popular Bollywood Actress and arguably the first female superstar of Hindi Cinema, Sridevi (Age 54) passed away in Dubai on Saturday.

Sridevi is the first Hindi film actress I remember from my childhood days. I remember “Kaate Nahin Katate…” from Mr. India which I watched in 1987 when I was 7 yr old. (Oops did I just reveal my age?). This was before I watched on screen Madhuri Dixit (Tezaab in 1988 and Tridev and Parinda in 1989). Technically Sridevi is the second actress I watched. I remember Mandakini from Ram Teri Ganga Maili posters (in 1985). But I didn’t watch the movie until much later. But Sridevi was the first actress I remember seeing on screen.

Anyways, to cut the story short, Sridevi passed away in a tragic way. Initially it was reported that the cause of her death was a massive cardiac arrest. Immediately the WhatsApp University Professors swung into action! There were many messages circulated on WhatsApp speculating the cause of cardiac arrest.

One of the common theme was that Sridevi had regularly undergone surgery and invasive treatment and was on Botox to maintain her as slim and trim actress, trying to defy her age and look younger. Several “experts” talked about the side-effects of such treatments and stressed that such a tragic event was bound to happen.

One other message, on a lighter note, said:

An interesting aspect to note: Boney Kapoor (Sridevi’s husband and film producer) who drinks, smokes and doesn’t follow diet outlived the fitness freak (Sridevi).

I couldn’t resist myself and replied:

Nothing can beat this extreme example. Khushwant Singh (99) outlived BKS Iyengar (96).

For the uninitiated, Khushwant Singh was a famous Indian writer, journalist who routinely indulged in wine and women, never exercised, led a life full of (so called) vices and yet lived till age of 99 years. On the other hand, BKS Iyengar was a Yoga guru who practiced Yoga till his death and spread Yoga all over the world. And yet he lived only till age of 96.

And immediately I got the response which I had expected. In fact, I had framed the point such that I would get this reaction so that I could build upon it.

One friend said: But look at the Quality of life. Iyengar Sir was so fit even in his 80’s and 90’s. Khushwant Singh could barely walk in that age. So Iyengar lived a richer and better-quality life.

That gave me the opportunity I was looking for – to preach one of the key principles I like: “Fit for Purpose“.

Fit for Purpose is one of the core principles of Six Sigma or Lean philosophy. It also forms the backbone of Quality.

How does one say that Iyengar’s life was of better quality than Khushwant Singh’s? Yes, his fitness level was far better, but what was the purpose for which they used their bodies? Khushwant Singh was not a Milkha Singh who would run 100 m race, nor was he a Jagjit Singh, who would sing for hours at a concert (and hence needed to maintain his vocal chords and throat). Khushwant Singh was a writer and a journalist – which meant that he had to have a sound mind, alert brain, working eyesight and decent hand eye coordination. But among all these, sound mind and alert brain were the key. And Khushwant Singh had both, till very end of his life.

People often rate physical fitness far more than needed. I am not saying physical fitness is not necessary. It is very much required; but only to suit the purpose. Because the incremental effort and resources needed for achieving that extra bit of fitness is wasteful; and at times it is harmful too. For example, a software engineer, sitting for 8 hours in office needs to be fit. He should exercise to keep himself fit. But he doesn’t have to develop 6-pack abs. I have often seen that youngsters these days don’t understand this basic concept of “Fit for Purpose” and they take supplements, pursue extreme diet, exercise far beyond capacity to “look fit” (i.e. muscles and 6-pack abs).

But are they really fit? Many youngsters who appear fit from outside die of sudden cardiac arrest, or commit suicide or cannot handle mental stress. So their body could be fit, but their minds aren’t. Is that the sign of fitness? In fact, many a times even their body is not fit. Muscle does not equal to fitness. Flexibility, strength, durability, sustainability etc are all characteristics of fitness. But people succumb to only one definition of fitness – muscular and toned body. The same is true in case of women – and then they join the race of being fit, as per the social norms. They follow diet which isn’t natural to them, use cosmetic surgery, use all sorts of therapy to “look young”. But what about “feeling young”. What about developing a sound and agile mind?

I think “Fit for Purpose” is a very profound mantra which can be applied in almost all spheres of life. At common minimum, all people should aspire to live a long healthy, disease-free and productive life. And that requires a body and mind which fits that purpose. Post that, depending on your profession or your goal you would need additional fitness, which you not only want to achieve but also maintain.

“Maintain” part is important. Acquire a fitness level which can be maintained steadily. And do not focus only on Body. Focus equally on Mind. In fact, for most people who work in usual professions, soundness of Mind is more important than that fitness of Body.

Always remember: Fit for Purpose!

Know your purpose, your goal or your role; and see what fits it. Don’t go by someone else’s notion or opinion.

This is true not only about the body/mind but even for how you lead your life.tub.

Was Sridevi leading a life which was fit for her purpose? Or was she overtly obsessed with fitness and indulging in wrong/risky means to remain fit? We would never know…

The latest news on the cause of her death suggests that she was drunk and she accidentally drowned herself in the bath. It is also speculated that she was depressed or was unhappy and hence not “mentally fit”. So the pendulum of speculation has swung from one kind of fitness (Botox and surgery stories) to the other (“mentally unfit”, depressed). Good for TRPs…bad for family and close relatives involved.

Anyways, hope the people see fitness in right perspective and do what is fit for themselves, not influenced by someone else’s notion of it.

P.S: The second profound principle I like is “Right First Time”. Will write about it some other time.


The four circles represent cinder paths. The four cyclists started at noon. Each person rode round a different circle, one at the rate of six miles an hour, another at the rate of nine miles an hour, another at the rate of twelve miles an hour, and the fourth at the rate of fifteen miles an hour. They agreed to ride until all met at the center, from which they started, for the fourth time. The distance round each circle was exactly one-third of a mile. When did they finish their ride?

Cyclists Puzzle

Chess, Performance and Fine Line Between Trolling and Sportsmanship

Magnus Carlsen won the prestigious Tata Steel Chess Tournament (formerly Corus Steel Chess Tournament) yesterday after defeating the joint Top position and GM from Netherlands Anish Giri (of Indian origin) in a Tie-break match.

Carlsen won this tournament for the record sixth time and some people have already started calling him “Roger Federer of Chess“!

However what was more interesting was Anish Giri’s continued Twitter banter with Magnus Carlsen – which forms the topic of this blog. Anish Giri is one of very few top chess players who are active on Twitter. Furthermore he is one of very few sports-persons who indulge in sarcastic, witty, sometimes controversial and rude comments on Twitter. Here is what Giri tweeted after his defeat in the Tie-break.


Giri was leading the tournament all along till last round. When Giri was asked after 11th round (with 2 more to go and when he was the sole leader) about a possible tie-break he dismissed the question saying that it was too premature to think about tie-break since he was clearly the leader at that point. But the way he expressed it was very interesting! He said it was “like marrying and skipping your wedding night”.

So when when Carlsen caught up with him for the shared top spot and the tie-break actually happened, Chessbase reported it with the headline: Tata Steel Chess: “Tomorrow is the wedding night

Since there had to be only one winner, they played a tie-break which Giri lost. So one can say that Giri’s tweet was as a sore loser and filled with sarcasm, or it was probably by an outspoken person who likes playful exchanges.

If you have followed Anish Giri on Twitter you would think that it is the latter. Here are more examples.


“One tweet in a row…” 🙂

Or check this sarcastic tweet by Giri when Carlsen recently blundered and lost a piece and the game. A rare blunder by Carlsen. But this backhanded compliment was for the Carlsen’s fans across the world who often say that he is so much ahead of his peers that he can give away a piece against the strong players and still win!


Here is one more after Young Indian GM Vidit Gujarathi won the Challenger section of Tata Steel Chess Tournament and qualified for next year’s Main category. Giri came up with a pun on “we did it”.


Sometime back he took a crack on Carlsen (without naming him) who supposedly left early for preparation and didn’t wait till dessert. Giri brilliant used the chess lingo and asked if it was a “blunder or a sacrifice”?


Then he teased Carlsen who played against Giri and “just managed” a draw.


And going back ever further, he teased Carlsen by an intelligent remark on “Larsen”!


Bent Larsen was a Danish chess grandmaster known for his imaginative and unorthodox style. There is also a Larsen opening named against him. But the positive influence Giri was referring to was Magnus’ girlfriend Synne Cristian Larsen who was also present at the Isle of Man chess tournament!

Giri regularly comments on some of his rivals in a friendly manner but he comments on Carlsen more often!

But he does not shy away from commenting on himself. After he lost a game quickly and badly in a recent chess tournament , just before the rest-day, he tweeted this – posting photo of “an undeserved” mango lassi (undeserved because he lost the game)


Giri is frank enough to crack jokes at himself and post this as his New Year Resolution.


If you look at comments on his tweets, many people criticize him (mildly to harshly, depending on whether they are Carlsen fans) for being too outspoken, punching above the weight (One comment said: “Carlsen is #1 in the world. You are #15. So shut up”) or engaging in cheap tactics to distract opponents or irritate them.

This got me thinking about the bigger question. What is that thin line between trolling and showing sportsmanship and playful teasing? And is it related to your performance and your overall stature (and that of your target too).

If Giri is not performing well consistently then his tweets would be seen in bad light – as if he is a sore loser or incapable of beating opponents on board and hence venting it out on social media. If he is performing well, then it would be seen in more friendly way. Or may be not. It would be perceived as arrogance. But it is not about performance. You cannot change your personality, your attitude towards life completely based on whether you are doing well or having a lean phase.

It is really tricky to be on the right side of that fine line. So I think one should do it if it goes with the personality and it comes out as a part of who you are. If one tries to mimic someone else or create a facade it would not last long.

Closer to home, Virendra Sehwag is one such player who likes to tease, attack, fight on Twitter and he does it naturally. It is part of who he is. And his batting style reflected the same. So unless you stoop too low and hit below the belt I think it is OK to do such things.

Chess definitely needs people like Giri to break perception of being a too serious game with no smiles and no fun.

Three Puzzles on “2018”

Here are three puzzles related to “2018”. Interesting ones with varying difficulty. Do try and post answers

On Calendar


Year end is about holidays and New Year wishes. But it is also about Calendars. I don’t know about others but I like to “read” new calendar, immediately check few dates or events, festivals!

I remember having written a couple of blog posts about Calendar. One, written in 2007, was a light take on Calendar – Calendar विषयी थोडेसे… (It’s in Marathi)

The other was written in 2010 about the mathematics behind the Calendar, or how to calculate day of any date. I was not able to find it in Archive – probably it got lost when I imported my old blog into this domain. So posting it here again. It was written on 13th February 2010:

Few years ago I was learning a programming language and was given an assignment to display calendar and tell day of date .

Instead of using library function I wrote the logic to come up with the day of that date. I had worked it out long back when I was in school – when I had read about Shakuntala Devi. I was fascinated by how to do mathematical calculation in head so quickly, or tell day of any past or future date. For mathematical calculations I read some books on Vedic Maths and learnt few things. As for date, I worked it out purely on my own. Don’t know if that is how those people do it or is there some other/better way. But this method works fine. And its very easy to do, once you understand how calendar works.
Let me explain how.
First few basics about Calendar:
  1. There are 365 days in a normal year and 366 in a Leap year.
  2. If the year is divisible by 4 (but not by 100) then the year is a Leap year e.g. 1988, 1876, 2024 etc.
  3. If the year is divisible by 100 and also by 400 then the year is a Leap year. e.g. 2000, 1600, 2400.
  4. If the year is divisible by 100 but not by 400, then the year is NOT a Leap year. e.g. 1800, 1900, 1700, 2100 etc.
Now with these basics we can go ahead to discuss the logic:
Let’s understand the concept of ‘odd day’.
The weekdays are Sunday through Saturday. And then the cycle repeats continuously. So if there are exactly 4 weeks then thee is no ‘odd day’ i.e. extra day. In a 30-day month there are 4 complete weeks and 2 ‘odd days’ (i.e. extra days). In a 31-day month, there are In a leap month (February of a Leap year) there is one odd day.
So lets first see how many odd days are there in each month. (All you have to do is take modulus of 7 for each month…)
  • January – 3
  • February – 0
  • February in a Leap year – 1
  • March – 3
  • April – 2
  • May – 3
  • June – 2
  • July – 3
  • August – 3
  • September – 2
  • October – 3
  • November – 2
  • December – 3
In a normal year there are 365 days i.e. 52 weeks and 1 odd day. In case of a Leap year there are 2 odd days.
So now we are good to find day of any date. But before that, to make life easy we need a a reference day (it’s not mandatory but beneficial).
1st January 1900 was Monday
1st January 2000 was Saturday
Note: For any day in 20th and 21st century these 2 reference days respectively are enough)
Lets work out some examples:
Example 1. 15th Aug 1947 (India’s Independence Day)
Reference Date: 1st January 1900 was Monday i.e. Day ZERO
Step 1: 46 completed years since 1900. i.e. 46 odd days (1 odd day per year, not counting leap years). This is further equivalent to 7 weeks and 4 odd days
Step 2: There were 11 Leap years between 1900 and 1946 (i.e. 1946-1900 MOD 7). So 11 more odd days. i.e 1 week and 4 odd days
Step 3: Odd days for Year 1947 (till July 1947) are 16 (3+0+3+2+3+2+3) i.e. 2 weeks and 2 odd days
Step 4: As on Aug 15, there was 1 odd day
Adding odd day for Steps 1 through 4 we get 4+4+2+1 = 11 odd days i.e. further equal to 4 odd days.
Since reference day 1st January 1900 was Monday, counting 4 days from that day we get Friday.
So 15th August 1947 was Friday!
Example 2. 11th September 2001 (World Trade Center Attack)
Reference: 1st January 2000 was Saturday
Step 1: 0 completed year since 2000. So 0 odd days
Step 2: 1 Leap year since 2000. So 1 odd days
Step 3: Odd days till August 2001 (3+0+3+2+3+2+3+3) are 19 i.e. 2 weeks and 5 odd days
Step 4: As on September 11, there were 4 odd days
Adding odd day for Steps 1 through 4 we get 0+1+5+4 = 10 i.e. 3 odd days.
Since reference day 1st January 2000 was Saturday, counting 3 days from that day we get Tuesday.
So 11th September 2001 was Tuesday!
Example 3. 26th November 2008 (Mumbai Attack)
Reference: 1st January 2000 was Saturday
Step 1: 7 completed years since 2000. i.e. 7 days. So 0 odd days
Step 2: 2 Leap years since 2000. So 2 odd days
Step 3: Odd days till October 2001 (3+1+3+2+3+2+3+3+2+3) are 25 i.e. 3 weeks and 4 odd days
Step 4: As on November 26, there were 5 odd days
Adding odd day for Steps 1 through 4 we get 0+2+4+5 = 11 i.e. 4 odd days.
Since reference day 1st January 2000 was Saturday, counting 4 days from that day we get Wednesday.
So 11th September 2001 was Wednesday!
Example 4: 25th June 1983 (India’s World Cup Cricket Win)
Reference Date: 1st January 1900 was Monday i.e. Day ZERO
Step 1: 82 completed years since 1900. i.e. 82 odd days –> 5 odd days
Step 2: There were 20 Leap years between 1900 and 1982. So 20 more odd days. i.e 2 week and 6 odd days
Step 3: Odd days for Year 1983 (till May 1983) are 11 (3+0+3+2+3) i.e. 4 odd days
Step 4: As on June 25, there were 4 odd days
Adding odd day for Steps 1 through 4 we get 5+6+4+4 = 19 odd days i.e. further equal to 5 odd days.
Since reference day 1st January 1900 was Monday, counting 5 days from that day we get Saturday.
So 15th August 1947 was Saturday!
Example 5: Today i.e. 13th February 2010
Reference: 1st January 2000 was Saturday
Step 1: 10 completed years since 2000. i.e. 10 days. So 3 odd days
Step 2: 3 Leap years since 2000. So 3 odd days
Step 3: Odd days till January 2010 are 3 i.e. 3 odd days
Step 4: As on February 13, there were 6 odd days
Adding odd day for Steps 1 through 4 we get 3+3+3+6 = 15 i.e. 1 odd day.
Since reference day 1st January 2000 was Saturday, counting 1 day from that day we get Sunday.
Yes, today is Sunday! 🙂


Let’s update this for today’s date i.e. 27th December 2017.

Reference: 1st January 2000 was Saturday
Step 1: 16 completed years since 2000. i.e. 16 days. So 2 odd days
Step 2: 5 Leap years since 2000. So 5 odd days
Step 3: Odd days till end of November 2017 are 26 i.e. 5 odd days (26 mod 7)
Step 4: As on December 27, there were 6 odd days (27 mod 7)
Adding odd day for Steps 1 through 4 we get 2+5+5+6 = 18 i.e. 4 odd days.
Since reference day 1st January 2000 was Saturday, counting 0th day from that day we get Wednesday.
Yes, today is Wednesday! 🙂


The reason I remembered this blog post was this very interesting video: A Tale of Two Calendars
I will write about this in subsequent blog. Meanwhile, do watch this video. Also do some exercises about finding the day given a date…hope you find it entertaining and useful!

Cogito ergo sum

A couple of days ago I wrote a blog titled “I Teach. Therefore I Learn” which was a twist on a maxim by famous French philosopher and mathematician Renee Descartes (1596-1650) which says: Cogito ergo sum. (I think; therefore I am.)


In a Discourse on the Method, Renee Descartes questions the world and his surroundings by doubting and re-evaluation everything. By doing so, he aims to gain a fresh perspective without any preconceptions. Through the different parts of the discourse, Descartes questions the reality and incontrovertibility of his surroundings and comes to the conclusion in part 4 of, “I think, therefore I am.” He believes this is the only incontrovertible truth he can actually prove, the logic being that since he has the ability to recognize that other things may not be the true, he must exist to have the ability to do this in the first place. If he didn’t exist, then he would not recognize not doubt his surroundings. His maxim not only conveys his skepticism of the surrounding world but also explains the only truth he knows.

“I think; therefore I am” is such an intriguing quote that there are many layers to it. The deeper you peel, the more meaning and leading thoughts you can generate!

Though I like philosophy and serious thinking, I also like satire, humor, and, at times, even non-sense jokes! Some friends call me “the funny guy with a poker face”. Anyways, so what I found interesting was that how this famous quote by Descartes has been turned and twisted in some most hilarious and intelligent ways! I liked one, in particular, and used it as a tag line for my blog – “I Doubt. Therefore I Might Be?” It goes with my nature of being skeptical and suspicious about things and habit of questioning or debating everything! 🙂

Here are few more:

  • I think (too much); therefore I am (single)
  • I think (a lot); therefore I am confused
  • I didn’t think; therefore I am not
  • “I think I am, therefore, I am… I think.” ― George Carlin.
  • I rant, therefore I am. ~ Dennis Miller
  • I forget, therefore I was.
  • I drink therefore I am. ~ W. C. Fields
  • They think, therefore I am. ~ God
  • At times I think and at times I am. ~ Paul Valery
  • I think; therefore I am dangerous
  • I think; therefore I am…not here
  • I sink; therefore I swam – a song by John Law
  • I crave; therefore I blog
  • I forget; therefore…what was I saying?
  • I Bing; therefore I don’t Google


And there is an entire parody song written by The Comedian group. It is published on whose mission is “Making fun of music, one song at a time. Since the year 2000”!

Here is the song “I Think Therefore I Am”:

That French philosopher Descartes
Listened to his pounding heart
He thought a bit and he felt a spark
Tingle in his spine

‘Twas then he coined the line

From which
His fame be-gan

That pompous line —

“I think, there-fore I am!”

They walked along drinkin’ rum an’ coke
A little confused, they remembered jokes
And passed around a joint for tokes
In a roach-clip burnin’ bright

They drank whiskey through the night

The big ex-am

Then they cried —

“I drink, there-fore I cram!”

A hurricane someplace far off blew
As he was workin’ wind-jammer’s crew
As the tide bust through a big gust threw
His sailboat upside down

He dropped into the sea to drown

But he was a
Stubborn man

And he shouted out —

“I sink, there-fore I swam!”

(harmonica & guitar instrumental)

He walked up, her back was bare
He didn’t see hair anywhere
He told himself he’d charm her there
Push in-to her open thighs

Felt a gassiness inside

Blew wicked gust-ings from his can

Coughed and cried —

“I stink, there-fore I scram!”

He hears the ticking of the bomb
And works along with a careful aplomb
Shuts it down with a wonderful calm
‘Til the timer’s stopped its spin

Maybe it’s ticking loud again

He’s a
Worried man

His last thought —

“I think, there-fore I–” BLAM!!

People tell me
I’m a fool

To waste what I
Did learn in school

I still believe that this is cool
Writing parodies

I’ll write more of these

‘Cause I
Was born a man

Whose motto’s —

“I think, there-fore I can!”

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