The Scientific Indian

Archives for January, 2007

We all are in the gutter

We all are in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars. -Oscar Wilde

Religion and Foreheads

A discussion at Dr.Katte’s blog that is worth your time. It may not make much sense to you if you are not aware of the religious marking that hindus, particularly those in south India wear (not all). I applaud both Dr.Katte and the student for conducting the discussion openly. Marking oneself ritualistically is not something…

More User Interface Eye Candy

From Peceptive Pixel. The technology is now part of Apple and iPhone uses it.Some background.

Indibloggies 2006 Nominations

I’ll jury around the SciTech and humor category. Nominate away. If there is any particular blog you liked and want to personally recommend (with a personal note), don’t hesitate to email me after tagging it in delicious.

What is self

An Edge essay by V S Ramachandran on What is self? It has recently been shown that if a conscious awake human patient has his parietal lobe stimulated during neurosurgery, he will sometimes have an “out of body” experience — as if he was a detached entity watching his own body from up near the…

Newspapers and me

I and the wife were having coffee on Saturday. For the past two weekends I have been buying the weekend newspaper and not reading it. Ramya mentioned this and reminded me not to bother this time. Like most men above the age of thirty, I like news – a lot. But newspapers do not seem…

Bumptop – Desktop User Interface

Here’s some serious fun with the desktop metaphor. Bumptop is a Desktop UI. [via] The Tube video below. Nifty.

Six years since Gujarat Earthquake

Life goes on but what a loss.(thanks Ramya) I was in Bhuj after the quake. We passed through village after village and saw not a single structure standing. It was devastation on a scale I’ve never seen before. One of my friend said that it was like a curse. If you were a believer that…

Why read philosophy

Sometime back I couldn’t even spell philosophy correctly. And now, I not only read it but tell you why I read it. How I change! Well, read on. As a child I grew up in a small town in the south of India. That meant I had very little access or exposure to the finer…

Listening to “Vocalise” by Joshua Bell