Monthly Archives: January 2014


The conversation has been mostly around economic (income and wealth) inequality – which is significant and probably the most obvious. But probably not any less important are inequalities that prohibit individuals from exercising their freedom. Inequality in the areas of:

  • Education, specially higher education
  • Basic Services
  • Upward Mobility Opportunity – which of course is depended on education and many other factors

– manzoor


Stuck in Love

It’s about writer / writing, coming of age, love, divorce etc. It’s really kinda hard to not like, but the movie is pretty weak – unfortunately. I had just finished watching Downfall, it was about 6:30 in the morning and I was not about to go back to bed. So I started to flip around (on Netflix) and found this. I wasn’t expecting much but I just needed something to watch that was NOT yet another recorded episode of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives or Big Bang Theory.

BTW, even since I first noticed Lily Collins on The Blind Side, I knew she reminded me someone – Jennifer Connelly.

– manzoor

Art Appreciation

I just read the Washington Post article about Joshua Bell playing incognito in L’ENFANT PLAZA STATION back in 2007. The article talks about how he performed six classical pieces for about 45 minutes and during that time more than a thousand people walked by – for the most part without recognizing or appreciating. At the same time just three earlier he had played in front of a sold out crowd at the Boston Symphony Hall and then again in a couple of weeks at standing audience at the Music Center at Strathmore.

I suppose the article was focusing on the passerby not appreciating the art that was being presented without the proper / usual packaging, but what about the people who were appreciating at the shows before and after the stunt at the metro station? Were they appreciating the “art” or the packing that it was being presented in?

Is art only as good as it is recognized to be?

– manzoor

Snow / Ice in Austin

The temps went from being as high as 81F on Tuesday to 39F for the high on Friday. The overnight low of mid 20s caused a lot of the roads to be covered in sleet. Schools were initially going to be opening 2 hours later but eventually closed all together. Don’t believe any of the offices were actually closed but most allowed their employees to come in later or work from home.

Interestingly enough the weekend looks to be very nice with clear sky and highs in the upper 60s and low 70s.

Early part of next week looks to be pretty bad – again 😦 With highs in the 40s.

– manzoor