Garden State

I would rate the movie Garden State a 6/10.

We watched Garden State some time ago. Hello, New Jersey!

The reviews I had read of the movie were pretty good. However, either it was Michelle not feeling well that weekend or the movie wasn’t impressive. We never got into it. I would rate it a 6/10.

Cloudland Canyon

A couple of months ago, Captain Arrrgh, another friend and I went to Cloudland Canyon State Park. Here are some photos from that trip.

A couple of months ago, Captain Arrrgh, another friend and I went to Cloudland Canyon State Park. We hiked down to the waterfalls there but our hike around the canyon rim had to be abandoned. Here are some photos from that trip.

Canyon View
Canyon View
Canyon View
Waterfall 1
Waterfall 1
Waterfall 2
Captain Arrrgh caught redhanded
Mountains view
Blossoming on a tree
 

Cloudland Canyon Panorama

The last photograph is a panorama of the canyon assembled from five images.

مزید اقبال

آجکل میں اقبال کی شاعری پھر سے پڑھ رہا ہوں۔ اسی لئے آپ کو بھی اقبال کی نظمیں برداشت کرنی پڑ رہی ہیں۔

آجکل میں اقبال کی شاعری پھر سے پڑھ رہا ہوں۔ اسی لئے آپ کو بھی اقبال کی نظمیں برداشت کرنی پڑ رہی ہیں۔

زمانہ آیا ہے بے حجابی کا، عام دیدار یار ہو گا
سکوت تھا پردہ دار جس کا، وہ راز اب آشکار ہو گا
گزر گیا اب وہ دور ساقی کہ چھپ کے پیتے تھے پینے والے
بنے گا سارا جہاں مے خانہ، ہر کوئی بادہ خوار ہو گا
کبھی جو آوارہ جنوں تھے، وہ بستیوں میں پھر آ بسیں گے
برہنہ پائی وہی رہے گی مگر نیا خارزار ہو گا

آپ کا کیا خیال ہے یہ اشعار کس بارے میں ہیں؟

House of Sand and Fog

House of Sand and Fog was a sorta good movie. I would rate it 7/10.

House of Sand and Fog was a sorta good movie. I would rate it 7/10. Ben Kingsley was good as an Iranian expat.

However, it was depressing and Amber doesn’t like depressing movies, which means I have to console her after watching such movies. It’s not a task I relish especially since I can usually be found laughing at the tragic scenes in a movie.

Consistency and Moral Taboos

An interesting quiz about taboos, personal morality and harm. My results show me as more morally permissive and more of a believer in universal morality.

Here are my results on an interesting quiz about taboos and personal morality.

Your Moralising Quotient is: 0.20.
Your Interference Factor is: 0.20.
Your Universalising Factor is: 1.00.

This page compares my results to those of the average test-taker.

Your Moralising Quotient of 0.20 compares to an average Moralising Quotient of 0.43. This means that as far as the events depicted in the scenarios featured in this activity are concerned you are more permissive than average.

Your Interference Factor of 0.20 compares to an average Interference Factor of 0.30. This means that as far as the events depicted in the scenarios featured in this activity are concerned you are less likely to recommend societal interference in matters of moral wrongdoing, in the form of prevention or punishment, than average.

Your Universalising Factor of 1.00 compares to an average Universalising Factor of 0.61. This means you are more likely than average to see moral wrongdoing in universal terms – that is, without regard to prevailing cultural norms and social conventions (at least as far as the events depicted in the scenarios featured in this activity are concerned).

As I expected, I am more permissive than average, but I also strongly believe in the universality of morality.

Via Foreign Dispatches.

Infiniti G35 Coupe

We test drove the 6-speed Infiniti G35 Coupe in our search for a car. It is an amazing car with luxury and performance.

Continuing with our car search, we checked out the Infiniti G35 Coupe.

Infiniti G35 Coupe

Here are some pertinent facts:

Power 298 hp 222 kW
Torque 260 lb-ft 353 N-m
Curb Weight to Power Ratio 11.79 lb/hp 7.17 kg/kW

First of all, the G35 Coupe has great looks. It looks similar to the Nissan 350Z and that is why I prefer the coupe over the sedan. It is also roomier than the RX-8 and has more of a luxury feeling. The back seats have more room in all dimensions except for the head due to the curving roof of the car. However, if instead of sitting erect, I slid down a little, I was quite comfortable in the back seat of a G35.

We test drove the 6-speed manual transmission and my impressions are from that car.

As you can see above, there is no lack of power in a G35 and there is lots of it at all engine speeds. It also sounds great when you accelerate. The ride is a little stiffer than RX-8 but still not uncomfortable. It does feel a bit less nimble in its handling than some smaller sports cars but that is ok considering its size and weight.

The stick-shift G35 comes with Y-rated 19 inch summer tires. This might not be a problem in Atlanta, but if we move somewhere where it snows, we will need to get snow tires for the winter which would cost a bunch of money.

Overall, the G35 feels really good. It is a good compromise between comfort, luxury and performance.

See also Edmunds’ road tests of the G35 Coupe.

An Atlanta Suburb I Wasn’t Aware Of

Georgraphy isn’t the strong suit of some people. It seems there is a city in Georgia I wasn’t aware of.

Like Eric says, read carefully, and look at the map. I have already given you a hint in the title.