Thursday, January 22, 2009

The other side of crazy

I was watching a programme the other day. Basically a bunch of comics sitting round a table and later doing a 5 min set each. Even when these guys were just seated, chatting away in unscripted fashion, I couldn't help but wonder how they did it. The comeback lines were just amazing. These guys minds must work at the speed of light almost. Their neurons must be made up of some special stuff. How do they think up stuff. Which reminds me. There's this one chic I know who is pretty mind blowing. Witty as hell.

Anyway. They say that genius is the other side of crazy. Or something like that. Which is what makes crazy so appealing for me. Crazy that doesn't involve grandiose delusions and such. A lot of exceptional fellows tend not to conform to what is considered norm. Those campus lecturers [those who actually knew their stuff] were certainly a bit off. Uncle Mjomba trying to illustrate some three dimensional concept on the board. WOO going on about that computer architecture stuff, all the while knowing that nobody in class has a clue. And chuckling to himself about it. Getao and all those strange things she used to teach. How many trees between here and the main academic block you asked? Huh?

I'm not sure if it's a requirement. That to be exceptional you must be mad in india. Whatever the case. I like crazy. If only because I believe on the other side is genius. Some admirable stuff that I can only envy. Because normal is boring. And I'm pretty boring.

2 Comments:

Blogger matejivu said...

when you mentioned mjomba, i asked myself, why did he have so much wit and yet appear so disorganized and his hair unkempt?
Since i went back to school, i also note that some very sharp minds spend their lecturing time murmuring jargon to huge classes of over 150 students. No matter how many times you keep appealing " i can't hear!", they are undeterred in their murmuring. then the seemingly sharpest of all look like crap. as kamikaze would say boiled crap.

Thursday, January 22, 2009 9:46:00 PM  
Blogger googler said...

i totally forgot about mjomba, my goodness, i thought he was brilliant and with all his oddity definitely fitted the perfect description of 'mad scientist'. Who remembers the conspiracy theorist who had done like 5 different degrees and believed that we were all being watched as subjects of some major experiment? can't remember his name now, he taught a math module, he was another one who belonged in the crazy bin...but like you say, there's a thin line between crazy and genius, and something about either side is really fascinating.

Friday, January 23, 2009 6:53:00 PM  

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