The Scientific Indian

Archives for January, 2008

On Barbers

Sunil reminds us of the pleasures of haircuts. When I first shaved my head hair off (2001 or thereabouts, when my hair retreated rapidly from the forehead and met the nape), I had recurring dreams in which I would get astonishingly hep haircuts by world’s best hair artists. Slowly my brain descended into hairless reality…

MySpace, Not Yours

You an atheist? Well, we at MySpace are all retards and don’t want around us no smarties who use their own brain to think for themselves. Tuck-in your atheist tail and tow the line or MySpace Monster will eat your balls (follow the link to read points 7 and 8, that’s how we feast on…

A house in Dharavi

Dilip D’Souza at Washington Post. [via sqattercity] Because housing is so expensive, about two-thirds of Mumbai’s population live in slums or on the streets. This has been true for decades and remains true in ready-for-boom-time India. Indian politicians have concocted countless schemes over the years to “redevelop” slums, which they consider eyesores. For a variety…

PRIMO

A poignant, sensitive performance by Antony Sher as Primo Levi. On BBC 4. You can watch it in iPlayer if you live in the UK.

Eye-Fi, a nifty Camera Gadget

Eye-Fi. A memory card for cameras with built-in wifi connectivity.

Xenophobia

The bane of immigrants. Reader’s comments at Spiegel following an opinion piece that was critical of germans. Quite rightly, a lot of readers point out that Germany is not special in its Xenophobia. Every country is so to varying degrees. Integration, as always, is hardsell, especially when we are biologically wired to be suspicious of…

Nicholas Carr has an insightful post that points to a fascinating study of online user behavior while they are looking for information and researching some subject, done by British Library (the research study, 35 pages PDF, well organized and well worth your time). …In one sense, the process of information retrieval seems to have become…

A serious look at the Scientology

By a former insider at /. [via reddit]

Clive Thompson in a WIRED essay: … If you want to read books that tackle profound philosophical questions, then the best — and perhaps only — place to turn these days is sci-fi. Science fiction is the last great literature of ideas. From where I sit, traditional “literary fiction” has dropped the ball. I studied…

Arthur C Clarke: 90th Birthday Reflections

One of the greatest living science fiction authors. His Childhood’s end and The City and the Stars were a great influence on me many years ago.