Saturday, February 24, 2007

Serious about humour.

I have been known for my humour ( in both bad as well as good ways). I have hurt quite a people because of my humour, demeaned myself and many such things have happened. But what hurts me most that people think humour is easy. "Its easy to just say something stupid enough". Trust me, it's not. Over the years I have learned a lot of what humour can do to situations, relationships, meetings, speeches in both positive and negative ways. This piece of writing is dedicated to a serious thought to humour and going into the technicalities. Let me first try and take the reader (that is you...) through all the types of Humour that i know of:

  • Sarcasm: *

    noun [U]

    use of remarks which clearly mean the opposite of what they say, and
    which are made in order to hurt someone's feelings or to criticize
    something in an amusing way.
You look at me and you say "Looks like your are really sweating it out in the gym" Thats sarcasm. Can be effectively used in meetings, with colleagues to mean other than what you say. I prefer the way where your audience is also hearing what you are saying (which is not actually funny) but laugh when they "get" what you "want" to say. DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME.

  • Satire:*

    noun [C or U]

    a way of criticizing people or ideas in a humorous way, or a piece of writing or play which uses this style.
Yes! Mostly used in plays/films. You could call George Orwell's 'Animal farm', 'Yes Minister' on BBC as Satire. I dont generally criticize people. Ideas, I do and yup thats satire from me (very rarely although).

  • Black Humour:*

    noun [U]

    an amusing way of looking at or treating something that is serious or sad.
Not my forte. But some people are really good at it. I saw this Marathi play that was based on death and the rituals that follow. Superb black comedy. I try my hand unsuccessfully sometimes but people frown ..."thoda bhi seriousness nahi hei bande mein"

*dictionary meaning courtesy

Other than these I have some types of my own. They may be defined at other places but I haven't bothered searching.

  • Self deprecating humour: Now you are talking! This I can do and do in style. But this is risky game I have come to learn. people stop taking you seriously. People dumber than you think they are far superior than you just because they have never heard any one praising you. They know you as the butt of all jokes (that you yourself crack). You kinda start losing respect in other's eyes. You gotta perform so damn good in your work that you may be deprecated ONLY BY YOU. I have burnt my hands, but old habits die hard.
  • Regional humour: This is only if you know your audience well enough. These are something like jokes on sardarji, mallu, bengoli. Not everyone appreciates it. Don't crack such jokes in office or at work place unless you are sure that there is no one of the community or from that region in the audience or you are absolutely sure of the group's sense of humour.
  • Humour in uniform: These are jokes related to certain professions. Doctors, lawyers, accountants, Army Men, etc. Be cautious with this as well. Since these are related to a person's profession, it may show in the service you are getting. Army men generally take it in the right spirit and lawyers are the most dangerous lot.
  • Humour in relationship: Kids jokes, Grandpa/Granny jokes, husband/wife or marriage based jokes or even circumstantial humour based on these people. This is cool humour. Have hardly seen anyone mind it!
  • Humour@work: Best at workplace. The butt of the joke could be your boss, colleague, secretary, your organisation's performance, policies. Best thing about this type is that everyone appreciates it and can relate to it. Please avoid the theme of the joke to be ethnicity of any of the above 'butts' if you want to have a good working environment. Don't even bother to put this humour to work with your friends. They know nothing of your work, they wont be laughing at the joke, but at you.
There are further classifications in my mind about the delivery of humour as well. It could be enactment, mimicry, straight faced narration and narration with expressions. The timing and delivery make or break a humourous moment/story. I can confidently deliver all sorts of presentations but not all types of humours.

This has been a really serious post I guess (and I mean no sarcasm..)

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Monday, February 19, 2007

Who can replace the Big B

In KBC that is..."Who could have done a good job?" .( I love the way I have framed this also says a lot about my take on the current KBC host).

For my favourite alternative had been considered it seems...check out the link.

I would go with the chota B everywhere there is unavailability of the Big B. Not only because he is the son of Amitabh Bacchan, but because he has a personality of a cool, humourous and chilled out bloke. He would have to compete although on doing a good job with some people. Here is my list:

  • Javed Jafferi (humour+voice+i love him in takeshi's castle)
  • Harsha Bhogle (has a good vocab+very approachable personality ..more than the current host trying to portray himself)
  • Madhuri Dixit Nene (for the same reason as the Big B...thoda jyada ho gaya nahi?..but take it with a pinch of salt)
  • Kay Kay Menon (I dont know gut feeling)
My big time No Nos:

  • All Khans
  • Anyone from Karan Johar film
  • Anyone from the "K" Serial
  • Rekha...hehehe

By the way...I think even Syrus (Bakra wala) would have done a wonderful job.

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Thursday, February 08, 2007

Short sightedness with disasters

I thought I would be called an optimist for being shortsighted about disasters. But I guess its an important quality in good managers. They always sense what can go wrong in a project.

My mind now a days is dwindling on a big road less plateau. There are people who can always tell you what is going wrong, without knowing what is the right thing to do. How good is such a person? He will tell you everything that can go wrong before you are all charged up to take the big leap of faith. I absolutely agree that you should be taking a informed decision, knowing all the cons especially.

I would like to be such a person, who always knows whats wrong. But unfortunately, I haven't been bought up that way. I only give my opinion, and if there isn't any better solution I can give, I am game for an experiment.

But there is merit, when someone says "Its better not doing something than doing it wrongly and messing up further". May be its more to do with whether you are a thinker or a doer.

What do you think is the right thing to do?

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Friday, February 02, 2007

Display in the Brain

reality electromagnetic data storage transfer conversion into display see/hear electronic impulses brain decipher feel store

What happens when we watch a video from a website or on the television? What is the end to end process? Lets take a visual experience as an example.

There is something happening. The light that is bounced off the objects is stored as electromagnetic data. This data is then converted into digital form and transfered through the internet or television signals. The display device at our end converts this data into a visual experience, the light from this display device is then converted into electronic impulses by our eyes (retina or some part like that). These impulses then travel to some part of brain which deciphers it for us to feel and store.

To reduce the loss while converting from electromagnetic to digital, we have developed a technology for recording video in digital format. Why cant we record video in the same format as the one in which eyes do it? The cycle will then be something like:

reality transmit the brain decipher store

Reducing hand offs in this manner may help us enjoy experience beyond our current understanding. This can also be used in audio.

May be there is someone who has already worked it out and is reading this (hopefully) and smiling. Or may be I am the first one.

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