Elizabeth Kubler Ross
Today Google celebrates Shakuntala Devi’s 84th birthday. She was popularly known as the “Human Computer”, was a child prodigy, and mental calculator. She passed away on April 21 2013, she was 83 years old. Her achievements include:
- In 1977 in the USA she competed with a computer to see who could calculate the cube root of 188,132,517 faster (she won). That same year, at the Southern Methodist University she was asked to give the 23rd root of a 201-digit number; she answered in 50 seconds. Her answer—546,372,891—was confirmed by calculations done at the U.S. Bureau of Standards by the Univac 1101 computer, for which a special program had to be written to perform such a large calculation.
- On June 18, 1980, she demonstrated the multiplication of two 13-digit numbers 7,686,369,774,870 × 2,465,099,745,779 picked at random by the Computer Department of Imperial College, London. She correctly answered 18,947,668,177,995,426,462,773,730 in 28 seconds. This event is mentioned in the 1982 Guinness Book of Records.
Happy birthday Shakuntala!
As if that wasn’t awesome enough, she also (in 1977) wrote The World of Homosexuals, the first study of homosexuality in India. The book, considered “pioneering”, features interviews with two young Indian homosexual men, a male couple in Canada seeking legal marriage, a temple priest who explains his views on homosexuality, and a review of the existing literature on homosexuality. It ends with a call for decriminalising homosexuality, and “full and complete acceptance — not tolerance and not sympathy.”
The book was largely ignored because she was famous for her mathematical wizardry, so nothing of substantial import in the field of homosexuality was expected from her. Also the cultural situation in India was inhospitable for an open and elaborate discussion on this issue.
Happy Belated Birthday my childhood heroine and inspiration!
What if, in another universe, I deserve you?
Hear me out. There’s this philosopher from the 1890s named William James, and he coined this theory about “the multiverse” which suggests that a hypothetical set of multiple universes comprises everything that can possibly exist simultaneously.
Are you following? The entirety of space, time, matter and energy is all happening at once in different timelines: It’s the idea of parallel universes. Right? So okay, let’s presume the multiverse is real.
Well then, maybe somewhere in those infinite universes is one, or several, where I deserve you.
Maybe there’s a universe out there — happening now — where we end up together and when I close my eyes at night, I’m not dreaming the way a normal person would. Instead I’m seeing flashes of our lives in the multiverse. They’re not simple dreams because I miss you, right? They’re scientific, anachronistic visions.
In this universe, I don’t want a family, but maybe in another, I’m more of the type to settle down. Maybe there’s a universe where you hold my hand while I give birth to our daughter in a white hospital room with pink flowers and fuzzy teddy bears on the window sill. Where we take family vacations and pose for dorky pictures in our neon bathing suits on the sands of a Florida beach. Where we curl up to watch a cheesy movie at the end of a long day in our big, green, suburban house once the kids have fallen asleep.
Maybe there’s a universe where we are middle-aged and taking our child to college and bickering over where to put her dresser or what posters she should hang up. Where you kiss her on the forehead ‘goodbye’ and we drive home in contented, proud silence, your fingers grazing my knuckles, our wedding rings glistening. Where we both have gray hair and we laugh and smile and hug and drink lemonade on the porch.
Maybe there’s a universe where that’s the life I want. Where I don’t second guess everything and I’m not afraid of commitment and of the future and of love. Maybe there’s a universe without all the noise in my head and the pride that makes me so fiercely independent and the coldness in my heart that I can turn on and off like a security fence.
Maybe there’s a universe where I’m the right person for you. Where I adore every nice thing you did for me without starting to resent you. A universe where you actually end up with someone who appreciates you. Where no one becomes a doormat. Where both of us can shed our baggage and curiosity and issues. A universe where we’re happy — without wondering if that happiness is some messed-up Jenga game ready to topple at the slightest quiver. A universe where we’re comfortable and sure, and we have cats.
Maybe there’s a universe where we fall asleep next to each other every night like spoons, like two innocent bunnies — my face buried in your neck, hugging your warmth — and we both don’t want anything or anybody else. Where we don’t want more, we just want each other.
Maybe there’s a universe where I don’t covet so much all the time and where I’m content and where I don’t wonder about picking up and moving to Japan without saying anything to anyone and where at this very juncture, I can just know I’ll always want to come home and cook dinner with you.
If you think of it all this way, then it’s like neither of us did anything wrong.
You just found me in the wrong universe. That’s all. This is, as they say, the darkest timeline. Everywhere else, nay, “everywhen” else — us in the Civil War, us in Ancient Egypt, us in the swinging ’60s — we are happy.
If this theory holds, well, by the law of averages, there had to be one universe — just this one — where we don’t end up together. Here and now just happens to be it. If you think of it this way, nothing is our fault.
So see, that explains everything. We’re not together anymore because of the multiverse.
Well, isn’t that comforting?
If you’re sad, do like I do and just think of the other ‘verses. The ones where I believe in love and where I don’t hate myself and where I never feel the need to kamikaze relationships. A universe where we can have nice things. It’s helpful, right?
Because you could have loved me forever. And maybe in another universe, I let you.
Water Sommelier Martin Riese unveils new water menu, representing twenty waters from ten countries (LOS ANGELES, CA; AUGUST 5, 2013)—Ray’s & Stark Bar, Patina Restaurant Group’s acclaimed restaurant and bar at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, launches LA’s most extensive Water Menu with 20 varietals of water from around the world on August 12, 2013. Ray’s & Stark Bar’s general manager, Martin Riese, conceptualized the menu to be the most extensive and globally-expansive of its kind in the city. Constructed to complement Executive Chef Kris Morningstar’s thoughtful, Mediterranean-inspired, and seasonal menu, staff will suggest water pairings similarly to how they would wine.
"This menu has been a long time in the making," Riese, the world’s foremost certified Water Sommelier from the German Mineral Water Association and author behind Die Welt des Wassers ("The World of Water"), says. "Water has a significant impact on the way we taste food, just as with wine and spirits. We are already accustomed to pairing food with wine or beer, but many people don’t know that water is just as important to the entire dining experience."
Apart from the more typical Fiji, S. Pellegrino, and Evian-type varieties, the Water Menu includes many mineral waters that are rarely found in the United States. Ray’s & Stark Bar presents the Water Menu in booklet-form, attributing an entire page for each varietal that is complete with tasting notes, mineral content, bottle price, and photos. The menu is organized by country, as Riese notes that terroir affects water in the same way that it affects wine, and thus, flavor profiles can be detected from country to country.
Guests can choose from carefully chosen waters spanning 10 countries, including Badoit from France, Vichy Catalan from Spain, and Riese’s own Beverly Hills 9OH2O. Though each water is available for sale by the bottle, Riese also offers guests a tasting menu for $12.
Ray’s & Stark Bar is located at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art on Wilshire Boulevard between Fairfax and Curson Avenues, and is open for lunch and dinner 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5 p.m.-10 p.m. every day except Wednesday, and brunch 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Guests can make reservations by calling (323) 857-6010.
About Ray’s & Stark Bar
Ray’s & Stark Bar is located in the BP Grand Entrance of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Ray’s & Stark Bar is named after Ray Stark, the late film producer and former LACMA Trustee. Executive Chef Kris Morningstar’s thoughtfully executed farm-to-table, seasonal menu has been developed with Patina Restaurant Group and Founder Joachim Splichal. The Mediterranean-inspired menu includes a host of dishes from the restaurant’s wood-burning oven and wood grill. A separate menu is served in the adjoining Stark Bar, and both locales offer seasonal cocktails, a California-centric wine list, and artisan beers and spirits. Ray’s & Stark Bar opened in Spring 2011. Ray’s and Stark Bar has been hailed by Esquire magazine as “one of the best new restaurants of 2011” and by the Los Angeles Times as “a feast for the senses.”
About Patina Restaurant Group
Patina Restaurant Group (www.patinagroup.com), a bi-coastal boutique company, is a leader in the premium segment of the restaurant industry with over fifty establishments. On the West Coast its portfolio includes the renowned Los Angeles Times’ four-starred and Michelin-starred Patina Restaurant in Walt Disney Concert Hall, Nick & Stef’s Steakhouse, Café Pinot at the Maguire Gardens, Catal and Ray’s & Stark Bar, honored by Esquire magazine as one of the “Best New Restaurants 2011.” Additional West Coast establishments include three restaurants in Anaheim’s Downtown Disney District®, Leatherby’s Cafe Rouge at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Pinot Brasserie in Las Vegas, and catering and food service in museums and cultural centers throughout California. On the East Coast, its portfolio features New York City’s world-famous Rockefeller Center Ice Rink, The Sea Grill, The Grand Tier Restaurant at the Metropolitan Opera, La Fonda Del Sol and and Lincoln, also honored by Esquire magazine as a 2011 Best New Restaurants and named “The Best New Restaurant in America” by GQ Magazine.
Since its inception in 1965, LACMA has been devoted to collecting works of art that span both history and geography—and represent Los Angeles’s uniquely diverse population. Today, the museum features particularly strong collections of Asian, Latin American, European, and American art, as well as a new contemporary museum on its campus, BCAM, and the new Lynda and Stewart Resnick Exhibition Pavilion. With this expanded space for contemporary art, innovative collaborations with artists, and an ongoing Transformation project, LACMA is creating a truly modern lens through which to view its rich encyclopedic collection.
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It is not power that corrupts, but fear. Fear of losing power corrupts those who wield it and fear of the scourge of power corrupts those who are subject to it.
Ernest knew what he was talking about…