Answer Yourself! A blog by Sukhpreet Singh

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31st October 2007

To understand everything is to forgive everything – Halloween Joke

I came across one of the funniest joke on Halloween on comedycentral.com. It goes something like this:

A man and his wife were invited to a swanky masked Halloween Party. The wife got a terrible headache and told her husband to go to the party alone. He, being a devoted husband, protested, but she argued and said she was going to take some aspirin and go to bed, and there was no need of his good time being spoiled by not going. So he took his costume and away he went.
The wife, after sleeping soundly for one hour, awakened without pain, and as it was still early, she decided to go to the party after all. In as much as her husband did not know what her costume was, she thought she would have some fun by watching her husband to see how he acted when she was not with him.Halloween

She joined the party and soon spotted her husband cavorting around on the dance floor, dancing with every nice girl he could, and copping a little feel here and a little kiss there. His wife gulped couple of shots and moved on up to him. And being a rather seductive woman herself, she was able to get her husband to leave his partner high and dry and devote his time to the new stuff that had just arrived.

She let him go as far as he wished; naturally, since he was her husband. Finally he whispered a little proposition in her ear and she agreed, so off they went to one of the cars and had a little romp.

Just before unmasking at midnight, she slipped away and went home and put the costume away and got into bed, wondering what kind of explanation he would make for his behavior. She was sitting up reading when he came in and asked what kind of a time he had.

He said, “Oh, the same old thing. You know I never have a good time when you’re not there.”

Then she asked, “Did you dance much?”

He replied, “I’ll tell you, I never even danced one dance. When I got there, I met Pete, Bill Brown and some other guys, so we went into the den and played poker all evening. But I’ll tell you… the guy I loaned my costume to sure had a real good time!”

For two minutes, I could not stop laughing. And then I did what no one should do – I analyzed the joke. Two questions came up in my mind:

1) Did the wife commit adultery? What should she do next?

2) If the wife tells the husband what actually happened, how should he take it?

My take on the situation:

I don’t think it was adultery even though it was voluntary. It was a stupid mistake of getting drunk, and taking even stupider (if such word exists) action. She should muster courage and tell her husband the truth. Because she wouldn’t want to be in a situation where her husband discovers it later and will have to say “I’m not upset that you lied to me, I’m upset that from now on I can’t believe you” (Friedrich Nietzsche )

On the other hand, the husband should try to put himself in her shoes and understand the situation. Buddha said, “To understand everything is to forgive everything”. This will help him to forgive her and bring more strength, trust and peace to the relationship.

I know its easier said than done. I would like to find how you think the husband and wife mentioned above should handle such a situation?

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12th October 2007

Don’t you wish there were a knob on the TV to turn up the intelligence?

Watching TVI am not a big proponent of watching too much TV for entertainment. I believe watching 5-6 hrs./week for entertainment should be good enough. Now if your kids watch too much TV thats even worse. Here are a few stats that i picked up from this website:

According to the A.C. Nielsen Co., the average American watches more than 4 hours of TV each day (or 28 hours/week, or 2 months of nonstop TV-watching per year). In a 65-year life, that person will have spent 9 years glued to the tube.

I. FAMILY LIFE
1) Percentage of households that possess at least one television: 99
2) Percentage of U.S. homes with three or more TV sets: 66
3) Number of hours per day that TV is on in an average U.S. home: 6 hours, 47 minutes

4) Number of hours of TV watched annually by Americans: 250 billion
5) Value of that time assuming an average wage of $5/hour: S1.25 trillion

II CHILDREN
6) Number of minutes per week that parents spend in meaningful conversation with their children: 3.5
7) Number of minutes per week that the average child watches television: 1,680
8 ) Hours per year the average American youth spends in school: 900 hours
9) Hours per year the average American youth watches television: 1500

III VIOLENCE
10) Number of murders seen on TV by the time an average child finishes elementary school: 8,000
11) Number of violent acts seen on TV by age 18: 200,000
12) Percentage of Americans who believe TV violence helps precipitate real life mayhem: 79

This quote best sums up the relation between intelligence and TV :
Don’t you wish there were a knob on the TV to turn up the intelligence? There’s one marked ‘Brightness,’ but it doesn’t work.” – Gallagher

On an average, how much TV do you watch per day?

  • 1 – 2 hrs (41%, 15 Votes)
  • 2 – 4 hrs (19%, 7 Votes)
  • I don’t watch TV at all (16%, 6 Votes)
  • Less than 1 hr (16%, 6 Votes)
  • 4 or more hrs (8%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 37

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9th October 2007

How much would you pay for a free music album?

In my previous post, i had discussed about how would you compete with free. Here is a perfect example of a music bandcheckoutscreen-radiohead.jpg that found a way to add more value to its listeners and let each listener (or fan) decide how much they want to pay for that “value”.

Recently, Radiohead announced that they will let anyone download their latest album – “In Rainbows” from their websiteitsuptoyou.jpg for any price the listener decides to pay. Is that cool or what? In traditional setup, musicians have never made money on record sales. Most of it went to the labels. So artists like Radiohead and Prince, who gave away his newest album (3121) for free inside of a newspaper, are at the front of new wave.

What are the benefits of this new model?

1) Its easy to distribute music and so low overhead costs.
2) Band gets to keep more and more profit.
3) Its easy for fans to download music. They will prefer to download the album from original source rather than some unreliable peer-to-peer network.
4) By giving the choice of having their music for free, bands would generate good will for themselves.
5) All in all there is no loss for a band to go for this model.

Its interesting to point out that an artist only makes about $1.25 USD per each $16.98 retail album and record companies receive approximately $10.00 from that CD. I’m sure many will opt to pay at least $1 and loyal fans would pay more for the album. It’s possible that Radiohead will make more money selling “In Rainbows” directly to consumers than they would have otherwise.

The new model that Radiohead has chosen is great for everyone except for Label Industry. By embracing this model the best band in the world is telling Label Industry “We don’t really need you and we are going on our own.”

I am not a big fan of Radiohead, but just to checkout their new album, I’ll pay about $3 for their album. I am a big fan of Bob Dylan and so if he does something similar, I would not mind paying $8-10 for an entire album.

How much would you pay for a downloadable album from your favourite band?

  • $3 to $5 (40%, 2 Votes)
  • $5 to $10 (40%, 2 Votes)
  • more than $10 (20%, 1 Votes)
  • less than equal to $1 (<=$1) (0%, 0 Votes)
  • $1 to $3 (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 5

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  • On an average, how much TV do you watch per day?

    • 1 - 2 hrs (41%, 15 Votes)
    • 2 - 4 hrs (19%, 7 Votes)
    • I don't watch TV at all (16%, 6 Votes)
    • Less than 1 hr (16%, 6 Votes)
    • 4 or more hrs (8%, 3 Votes)

    Total Voters: 37

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