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Goings on in Amersham

So, what’s keeping me from blogging? Two things really. Firstly, we moved to a new house over the weekend. It’s a bigger and better house. The move has taken all my time and has also put my back through a wringer. Secondly, I’ve got no internet at the new house. That’ll take a few more…

Back in Amersham

Am back in Amersham after a three week trip to India. The vacation (a misnomer) in India was wonderful. So wonderful it was that at one point my body gave up digesting in disgust. A few books I read during the vacation:- Temptations of the West by Pankaj Mishra – Very engaging autobiographical sort of…


Yours truly is travelling to his beloved country early morning today for three weeks (real early, am sleepless in amersham). Expect a short break at this blog for the next few days. I’ll make the odd post from Namakkal and provide you with a glimpse of the southern country with my newly minted Sony camera.…

Baby Armadillos

Spotted this in Flickr under science tag.

Let’s talk music and software for a moment. Shall we? This post is about the software I use at home to organize the audible bits I have accumulated and keep accumulating everyday. You must remember that I am not an expert on any of the software applications discussed below. If you have technical questions, try…

Religion is like

Religion is like Pornography sez PZ. Indeed, they both leave a nasty aftertaste. No amount of sugar coating can rectify what happens to be a fundamental perversion of the intellect. PZ is taking the offensive one step further. The offensive is necessary when you consider how entrenched religion is in our society and minds.

Climate Crisis – Al Gore at TED Talks

Al Gore at TED Talks. He mentions releasing the climate crisis presentation under an appropriate licensing term (he’s working with Lawrence Lessig) for young people to remix. Brilliant. A tremendously engaging talk with Gore relating hilarious stories in the first few minutes. via The World’s Fair.

The Nobel Prize in Physics 2006

The Nobel Prize in Physics 2006 has been awarded to John C. Mather and George F. Smoot “for their discovery of the blackbody form and anisotropy of the cosmic microwave background radiation”. I read Smoot’s Wrinkles in Time when I was doing undergraduation in Physics in Vivekananda college, Chennai. That’s when I learnt that the…

Are you in Chennai this week?

Then go checkout the Shaastra Festival at IIT where a lot of very smart people would be talking. Via nonoscience. If you are going, can you take a audio recorder or a camcorder with you and get us the fine moments of science from there?

I’m my own grandpa

Oh dear! I can’t get this out of my head [embedded audio. Via MF]. Want more? Try setting this to music.