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The meaning of the phrase “it turns out”

I was listening to The Salmon of Doubt, the posthumously published book with material collected from the computer used by Douglas Adams. Douglas Adams: what a brilliant, witty and fabulously engaging man! His sharp and hilarious analysis of the phrase “it turns out” is a great Adamsian moment: “..am I alone in finding the expression…

Next few weeks

Day before yesterday we locked ourselves out of our home. We left the key in the keyhole on the inside and closed the door on our way out. When we came back, our spare key refused to go help because the keyhole was being occupied. Damn keys! Can’t they all get along! After some minutes…

The grammar of “its” vs “it’s”

I made an error – corrected hastily before anyone could notice – in the last post that Ramya (wife, proof reader, grammar nazi) noticed, and then proceeded to give me a grave and admonishing look. So, here’s the rule for when to use “it’s” and when to use “its”: Use “it’s” when you can use…

It’s big! Way too big!

If there’s a comet that should contain its enthusiasm, it’s this. Such a large ego in so little a package, like a baby wearing adult’s shirt and gaily roaming around the house! From the linked page: Formerly, the Sun was the largest object in the Solar System. Now, comet 17P/Holmes holds that distinction. Spectacular outbursting…

What happened to the science fiction contest?

RustyNeurons fired (previous post comment) a timely reminder. Ah. Prompted by my empty purse, I had deliberately forgotten ;-). Here’s the update: I have read all the stories and have written out detailed comments for three stories (one placed at first, two at second). I have also planned to write out comments for a few…

OLPC – G1 G1

Give one. Get One. Update: Buy it from around the world.

The business of religion

Ladies and gentlemen, on this depressing monday morning of overcast skies and sullen dew drops, I present to your ungodly eyes a technology offering found at the beebs. A n Islamic car. The Malaysian carmaker Proton has announced plans to develop an “Islamic car”, designed for Muslim motorists. Proton is planning on teaming up with…

Larry Lessig at TED

A moving and passionate presentation. Watch and learn. [link via Abi] A few lines I noted down to think about: ACCESS TO CULTURE, NEUTRAL PLATFORM TO SHARE BOTH FREE AND NON-FREE CONTENT WE MUST LEGALIZE WHAT IT IS TO BE YOUNG, LET THE KIDS PLAY THIS AGE OF PROHIBITIONS IS CORROSIVE TO KIDS, IT IS…

Free speech in India

Well, forget about it. You haven’t got it, whether you tried exercising it or not. Police in India wrongfully arrested and detained a Bangalore man for 50 days after internet service provider Airtel mis-identified him as the person who posted images on Orkut that insulted a revered historical figure. Lakshmana Kailash K., a 26-year-old techie,…

Tagging schoolkids in UK

Register reports of a pilot program to monitor kids using RFID in Doncaster. The boss of the firm that did the pilot sez “The system saves valuable lesson time, often wasted in registration and monitoring, while ensuring parents of their children’s security. And there’s the additional benefit of reduced costs in replacing school uniforms that…