Wednesday, August 29, 2007

 

Fifty eighth night: Montreal

Today was my last day working for maplesoft :-) Tomorrow we are going to visit Montreal. We will stay the night at Abolfazl's place.


Wednesday, August 22, 2007

 

Fifty seventh night: movies

I have seen a lot of movies since last year (at least 1 per day on average!). I was wondering the other day about which movies I like best. I came up with the following list today (in no particular order):

The Shawshank Redemption
12 Angry Men
To kill a mocking bird
Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi
It's a wonderful life
Pulp fiction
Casablanca
Leon
The Usual Supects

I have felt a great deal of emotions watching all these movies. I strongly recommend each and everyone of them to anyone.

Also among the "movie characters", I really love the followings (these are the ones which just popped up in my mind):

1- Col. Dax in "Paths of Glory": Played beautifully by Kirk Douglas.
2- Raymond in "Rain Man": Played by Dustin Hoffman. I am really speechless about his play in this movie.
3- Juror #8 (!) in "12 Angry Men": Played by Henry Fonda.
4- Atticus in "To Kill a Mocking Bird": Played by Gregory Peck.
5- Andy Dufresne in "The Shawshank Redemption": Played by Tim Robbins.
6- Paul Edgecomb in "The Green Mile": Played by Tom Hanks.
7- Oskar Schindler in "Schindler's List": Played by Liam Neeson.


Some random things:

The saddest movie ever: Requiem for a Dream.
The best narrator (by far!): Morgan Freeman.

*** These are from Maryam:
Best Movies (ordered):
1- Casablanca.
2- Shawshank Redemption.
3- Gone With the Wind.
4- It's a Wonderful Life.
5- Usual Suspects.
6- Leon.
7- It happened One Night.
8- The Sound of Music.
9- Gladiator.
10- "
Fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain, Le".

Characters:
1- George Bailey in "Its a Wonderful Life": Played by James Stewart.
2- Atticus in "To Kill a Mocking Bird": Played by Gregory Peck.

P.S.:
Best scenes: (no particular order)

1- "To Kill a Mocking Bird": There is a scene after Atticus has lost the case in the court (injustice of course!) and when he is walking out everybody stands up:

Reverend: Jean Louise. Jean Louise, stand up. Your father's passing.
(I can hardly keep myself not to cry each time I see this part!)

2-"It's a Wonderful Life": There is a scene where George returns, the crowd is waiting for him:
Harry: "A toast to my big brother George: The richest man in town"

3-"Schindler's List": Very touching:
Oskar Schindler: "I could have got more out. I could have got more. I don't know. If I'd just... I could have got more."

Maryam added:
"Spartacus": The scene where everybody stands up and says "I'm Spartacus".



Tuesday, August 21, 2007

 

Fifiy sixth night: Canada Oh Canada

Three years ago (August 21, 2004), we left Iran for Canada. Three years! Unbelievable...

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

 

Fifty fifth night: So Happy Together :)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zixg-vIQBLM

Friday, August 10, 2007

 

Fifty forth night: funny conversation

Me: I was wondering if I could work tomorrow (Saturday) and take Monday off. I need to apply for a visa at consulate general of Netherlands in Toronto.

My supervisor (he is from Germany and he is such a nice guy!): OK. I'm just curious, why do you want to move to Netherlands?

Me: I don't!

Jurgen: Then why do you need a visa?

Me: I want to stay in Amsterdam for a couple of days on my way back to Vancouver.

Jurgen: And for that, you need a visa?! (he was so confused at this moment).

Me: Yes.

Jurgen: Why?!?!?

Me: Because of my nationality.

Jurgen: Oh!! OK.

Thursday, August 09, 2007

 

Fifty third night: Job offer!

Today, I was informally offered a job for after my graduation, but that's not gonna happen soon (at least not for the next few years) :D

Some random facts:
1- Waterloo sucks.
2- I go to bed at 10:30 ~ 11:00 PM --> Working sucks.
3- Waterloo sucks.
4- Will visit Iran in less than a month --> Life is great.
5- Did I mention that Waterloo sucks?
6- We miss our friends back in Vancouver.
7- I was told that something good is gonna happen when we return to Vancouver!

P.S. I have received an e-mail from Soroush!! what are the odds of that? (my math instincts just told me that I should write: "what is the probability of that?" :D :P).

P.P.S. Random facts continued:

8- I have seen more movies during last year then the first 24 years of my life all together!
9- I have lost [censored] pounds! (knock on wood!)

And finally something I recently experienced:

Erich Kaltofen is like the idol in the area of symbolic computation and computer algebra. Just take a look at his publication list. For god's sake, the man has published 137 papers! I have had the pleasure (!) of meeting him in three conferences (ACA'05, SNC and PASCO'07 and ISSAC'07). Before my talk at ISSAC'07, my supervisor (who is a good friend of him) told me to give a reference to one of his works (again, he has 137 publications. I am sure whatever your area of research is, you can give a reference to one of his papers!) so that he doesn't ask me mean questions after my presentation and it worked, because he didn't ask any questions! He literally told a Japanese guy that his work is trash (at SNC'07).


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