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The Big Bang Theory and Beatles Hypothesis
April 22, 2012, 00:01
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So, Big Bang Theory and Beatles.

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Have the Big Bang Theory creators been sneakily dropping Beatles references in the show, urging us to draw a connection between the greatest band in the world and this band of geeks?

Or am I making a contrived attempt to link the two together?

In any case, the more parallels I notice between them, the harder it is to not post this fangirl piece. So here goes.

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Case no 1. Howard Wolowitz / Ringo Starr
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What got me thinking about the resemblances between Big Bang Theory and Beatles in the first place! Howard is a dead ringer for Ringo Starr. He sports a moptop, has Ringo mannerisms, plays the drums (on Rock Band), and is the shortest in the group.

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He’s a tad creepier than Ringo, for sure, but the similarities are hard to overlook. Like Ringo, Howard’s always teased for his height and inferior paper qualifications to the other PhD-holding scientists. (Yea, and Ringo is sort of considered the lucky guy who just happened to be there at the right time to hitch the Beatles ride. But that’s baloney, of course. X-D)

What’s more, Sheldon christens Howard “the funny one” in their group of four, which is *coincidentally* also Ringo’s nickname from his fans (along with John Lennon “the smart Beatle”, George Harrison “the quiet Beatle”, and Paul McCartney “the cute Beatle”).

Which brings us to “the smart one” Dr Sheldon Cooper.

But before that, a commercial break!
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Case no 2. Sheldon Cooper / John Lennon
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Mind power!

No physical similarities between these two, apart from height. (John Lennon’s the tallest in Beatles; Sheldon dwarfs his friends like Gandalf with the hobbits.)

But there’s a definite link between them personality-wise. They are wiseasses, fully aware of their genius and riding superior over others. Both of them hold controversial opinions which they say outright without caring about what people think (albeit unwittingly by Sheldon, because he doesn’t understand social protocol).

Also, I remember this part in the show where Sheldon gets bossed around by his “Yoko Ono”, a random girl who pops up and takes over his life, restricting his funtime and estranging him from his friends. X-D
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She wanted to share credit for Sheldon’s new theorem (the Cooper-Nowitzki theorem, just like JohnandYoko which must be uttered in a single breath), but Sheldon refused. THANK GOD.

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Case no 3. Rajesh Koothrappali / George Harrison

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If Raj is Howard’s best friend and George is Ringo’s, then Raj ≈ George.

Strained? Not if you consider how (surprisingly) alike they are in some ways!

George was very spiritual and drawn to Indian culture and mysticism. He became a Hindu (Hare Krishna) in the 60s.

“Through Hinduism, I feel a better person.
I just get happier and happier.
I now feel that I am unlimited, and I am more in control…”
– George Harrison (1943-2001)

Not to mention that he is the “quiet Beatle”. And Raj, with his mutism around women, is the epitome of quiet.
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Case no 4. Leonard Hofstadter / Paul McCartney

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Which leaves Leonard and Paul McCartney.

Like Paul, Leonard is more normal and sociable among his friends (we’re comparing with Sheldon here!), and the most image-conscious. He isn’t entirely comfortable with his geek status (despising the “nerd” in his name), and wants to be well-liked and accepted outside his own community.
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So there you go, Fab Four of the geek world ;-)

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Green breeze, yawning cliffs
February 18, 2012, 03:46
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Lovely, raucous cover of Kids by my favourite female singer and favourite Taiwanese band! Who happen to be friends! (Zhang Xuan resembles Rui En so much that nowadays I get momentarily fuddled whenever I see Rui En on Ch8)

Original Kids ~ Minogue and Williams
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++// Just read an entertaining piece of old news about this American exchange student who accused NUS of having no academic freedom and its students of being afraid to publicly voice opinions about the political system (for fear of persecution).

He clearly hasn’t been talking enough to Singaporeans – if not he would have known that almost every Tom, Dick and Harry has something (by default, negative) to say about the government. Of course it’s exciting to paint a horror story out of “police state” Singapore to report to progressive Americans back home, but I find it sad that he had been here for 2 whole semesters, yet left with the exact same preconceived notions he came with. And it’s not that he did not receive any info suggesting otherwise, he just managed to skew it in a way that fit into the boxed-up view he preferred.

But reading the comment section of his op-ed made me happy – I was half-expecting locals to react to this one-sided nonsense with angry outpourings, but most of the responses (esp jedi_mudster’s) were much more balanced, carefully considered, and so well-written. So proud of you Singaporeans. (you showed em!!!!!)



If in sorrow, consult ? and take a break
January 29, 2012, 06:20
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Term has begun!!!!! Which makes me an unhappy person, because education in university is bundled with its fair share of mandatory social situations in unfamiliar environments (and with it being mandatory there’s no way you can cheerfully decline and have a ball at home instead chowing down unhealthy snacks). And it gets harder every time because with each passing year my familiar territory shrinks and I lose a bit more valuable knowledge of how to interact with people.

Back when I was severely disliking myself, I would pep myself up on how to behave outside, e.g. “smile more”, “be more involved! ENERGY!”, “don’t over-analyse things”, etc and even incarnate made-up roles such as Iron Maiden and Fluid Jackson. Maybe I’ll be a successful Fluid Jackson for the first 5 min that I step out of my house, but as you might expect it never quite pans out well if you’re planning to transmute into someone you’re not.

So I gave up (i.e. obligatory self-acceptance) and reached this current state of limbo. It’s been long so I wonder, is it ever possible for a bumbling, speech-deficient person on the extreme extreme end of introversion (and mental stupor) to make something good out of life? Life involves society, so it’s not possible to forever burrow into ideal inner kingdoms and play kid / passive observer to the outside. In movies, quiet and self-conscious characters are often endearing and get by admirably in their lives, which gives me tinny hope, but let’s not forget that my life stretches out a little longer than a movie, and nothing ever gets mercifully edited out like in reel life (not the agonizing lulls of conversation, nor unsavoury bits like repeated missteps and periodic cloudy episodes).

I guess everyone’ll need to find a coping mechanism for the portions that don’t get edited out, and I’ve been reflecting on my options. One of them is to stop speaking – like Elisabet did in Persona. I always find myself unable to respond in kind to enthusiastically-delivered news (like the girls in ANTM can do so well, or practically anyone), and am king at shooting a topic down with unbelievably well-timed awkward remarks and mood dampeners. Also, social talk comprises of too many things I don’t mean, at all, which are uttered just for the sake of saying something (I lay claim to the title of no substance talk). If someone criticizes ABCDEF, I am liable to follow suit even if I have no feelings towards said person / thing. Not a big deal, I guess, but isn’t it better to have just a pair of listening ears and no exasperating mouth to interfere?

But then again, forsaking voice is too heavy a price to pay as I won’t able to sing along to my favourite songs anymore and, say, call someone “PIG!” when I feel like it. Never mind, back to the drawing board…..tomorrow, after this brain gets remunerated for contributing so many words to this puny blog at such an unearthly hour.