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Life, liberty and … July 19, 2007

Posted by Sharath Rao in CMU, movies.

I watched the “Pursuit of happyness” this evening. It was an open air setting, the city of Pittsburgh sponsors free movies in parks every summer ( read more here ) and it kinda looked like this.

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Movie was kinda okay and given thats about the 10th movie of any kind I have seen in the past 2 years, I don’t have too much to compare it with. For the same reason I am now judging the movie in a different way – was the time watching the movie better spent elsewhere ? Or in other words, did the movie bring more enjoyment/satisfaction/inspiration/break than my average Wednesday evening ?

Answer : Yes.

Twice in the movie he talks about the Declaration of Independence that the 3rd president of America Thomas Jefferson supposedly drafted. Thats ofcourse where the movie name comes from. He talks about how happyness/happiness has to be pursued n all that. The way I understood it was that man has the “right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” – i.e. right to life, right to liberty and right to pursuit of happiness and NOT right to happiness. šŸ™‚ . I may generally not be a happy person but protect my right to go after it uuh šŸ˜€

Quite a few times during the movie I thought things were moving too slow. Or maybe be just I have lost touch with this whole medium. The thing about movies/videos is that rate of information you get is pretty much pre-determined (and denser, but more redundant). Its hard to meaningfully fast forward and sometimes impossible to ( if you are watching in a group for example ). With a book though its different and skimming and sampling is much easier. But of course when video and imagery does engage, it does better than books might. As we know there is so much a graph can convey that a table full of numbers or a couple of paragraphs cannot.

P.S : As I write this post – the word “happyness” is being flagged as a spelling error whereas it clearly is not. Few years down the line we might get to sufficiently intelligent spell-checkers that from the context derive that we are talking about a proper noun here.



1. Abhinav - July 19, 2007

Gosh. 10 movies in 2 years? Ok that explains why you were in Carnegie Mellon:)

And yes, stop changing the blog layout so much! It’s just not cool! Haha..BTW, the “Just been reading” feature rocks:) Really interesting links. So how has job hunting been going?

2. Sharath Rao - July 23, 2007

glad that feature help šŸ™‚ …and a post on my movie/book habits one of these days..

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