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Sound bites

Life is a series of “who has the better soundbite?” pissing contests. — he (she?) who shall not be named, on Facebook

Here’s a list of my favorite “soundbites” from the week past.

…To “succeed” I really did have to quit pursuing success, and quit blaming myself for failing…

Robert Wright, author of The Moral Animal (which I have only heard effusive praise for, but have not read), talks about his Vipassana experience on the Happy Days blog at NY Times.

Taraste hue uske hathon ne || Teri kalayi ko yun chhua hai || Jaise uski dhadkan pooch rahi ho || Bhaiya time kya hua hai

From the fecund mind of a friend who they call GPD on Facebook

Bhakarwadi was invented by Gujaratis, but Maharashtrians make it better. (citation needed)

Another random claim (along the lines of Mumbai was founded by Maharashtrians but Gujaratis made it what it is)by Bongo-Mandongo

Finally, an actual Sound Bite that I am hooked on from Dev D.

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  1. August 20, 2009 at 11:36 am

    What is the difference between a “soundbite” and an actual Sound Bite?

    • August 20, 2009 at 11:45 am

      A “soundbite” is a quote written out, a Sound Bite is seeing/hearing someone say something, like on video. 😀

      • August 20, 2009 at 11:49 am

        I see 🙂

        After understanding (some of) memetics, I do not think this way intuitively.

        Thanks for clarifying.

        • August 20, 2009 at 11:55 am

          I just invented that difference last night! Not that it really exists or matters.

          But what does memetics have to do with your asking that question?

  2. August 20, 2009 at 11:57 am

    Your distinction between soundbite and Sound Bite does not matter (to the meme). It just infects minds and makes you emit them.

    • August 20, 2009 at 11:59 am

      I dont think I understand! Pray elaborate. Do you mean to say, the “soundbite” pissing contest meme is independent of medium?

      • August 20, 2009 at 12:01 pm

        I am not sure what you mean by “independent of medium”. I suppose you can say that. The meme is the substrate. All these mediums are the levers for the meme to propagate itself.

        • August 20, 2009 at 12:03 pm

          Let us say a virus is air borne and water borne. Is the virus independent of medium? It does make you cough though.

  3. August 20, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    “the “soundbite” pissing contest me”

    — you grossly misunderstand! The soundbite is the cough. The meme is the virus. A soundbite is a generic meme transfer mechanism. I am not talking about “the soundbite meme”

  4. satyanash
    August 20, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    The kalayi-soundbite is funny… and reminds me of 12th grade jox 😉

    And O Hellllo, whats with all this Gujarati-bashing memetic/hermetic/prophetic SoundBite?
    One thinks that it isn’t prudent for ‘an awoken’ one to sound statist (equivalent to racist… whatever!)


  5. madhuri
    August 31, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    nice song!

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