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Archives for June, 2007

The Land of Vibrating Condoms

India, it is, informs beebs. The condom ring, powered by a small battery, vibrates apparently. As expected, the moral police would have no vibrations anywhere near their genital regions and are protesting at this atrocity. Given the number of AIDS cases in India (around 5 million, official figures are lower), condoms need all the attention…

Scientific Curiosity is a science blog that I chanced upon via India Blogs 1.0. As always I started looking through the posts to find one that had science and sex in it (Don’t look at me like that. Isn’t sexy posts the reason why you read my blog?). And, sure, I found one: Haig hypothesis.…

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

A timely review of One Hundred Years of Solitude, the novel that is keeping me awake for the past few nights. I’d have to leave it there and say no more: cannot do justice to the novel in a blog post, neither do I believe I have the maturity and understanding for it.

Nationalism

An old friend of mine forwarded an email with a picture of someone named Mataji Nirmala Devi who had the Indian flag at her feet. She is apparently a spiritual leader. Anyway, the email was the collective nationalistic scream of Indians (atleast the ones who have email access and occupy themselves with forwarded messages). “It…

Naming a girl child: Don’t screw it up

You be careful when you name your girl child. It may affect what she turns into, Zuska notes. You may notice many Indian names for girls end with ‘a’ (rhymes with ‘yaaa’, Ramya, Priya…). That goes back to Manu Smriti, the tribal codebook of a bunch of pretentious ancient men, which says a girl’s name…

What’s with the Sun?

Looks like the Sun has a cold and is oozing plasma. Saw the video via APOD: “The Sun’s photosphere has thousands of bumps called granules and usually a few dark depressions called sunspots. The above time-lapse movie centered on Sunspot 875 was taken last year by the Vacuum Tower Telescope in the Canary Islands of…

Green Shoes. Green Tap Shoes.

First the bass guitarist walked onto the stage and started strumming, next was the man on piano, and then the man on drums. Amidst the soft music and dim lights walked another man onto the stage. He didn’t play any musical instrument. He was the instrument. He wore grey pants, a yellow shirt left unbuttoned,…

Links

Abi quotes from Indian Express It’s official: a vast majority of our colleges are mediocre. Lakshmi at nonoscience talks about the problems underlying Science Writing

Blow it out and let the new fire ride the smoke stream baby! Don’t see nothing? Watch carefully a few times and let your eyes adjust for the dark. Took this video almost two years ago while I was in Atlanta. I was trying to put together a list of simple science videos for TheScian.com.…

Hey, come back here! I assure you, I am not blogging from the toilet. Just watched Colbert have a very panguttaral (as opposed to cerebral) conversation with Dr Gershon, author of The Second Brain which says how our gut can really do the brain in – with a bloody diarrhea, as the doctor explained. Via…