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Archives for March, 2008

W H Auden

Tommy did as his mother told him Till his soul had split: One half thought of angels And the other half of shit. One of his short poems from ‘As I walked Out One Evening’. Beautifully rhymed, talking of shit and uplifting all the same. Another poem I’d like to share: Miss Gee. Deftly written,…

Former NASSCOM president Kiran Karnik writes in Economic Times: …cost-efficient technologies that fit the socio-cultural milieu are yet awaited. These examples point to a pressing need and an exciting challenge, representing a unique three dimensional convergence of technological capability, economic opportunity and societal need. The time is now ripe for this convergence: the growth of…

A simple Firefox Tip

Press the ‘F11′ key to toggle to fullscreen mode. Works for IE too. [More]

Ursula K. Le Guin’s Interview

She is one of the writers I admire for her uncompromising and thoroughly researched exploration of possibilities – especially of race, gender and political philosophies. Ursula Le Guin’s novel The Dispossessed has in many ways clarified my personal questions on anarchism and gave a vocabulary to build my thoughts on. It is great to see…

Was a poet ever kept in house arrest? Taslima Nasreen Was a poet ever kept in house arrest? May be she has been a subject of politicking True she caused clashes once in a while May be an arson, too. But no, a poet was never taken to safe custody. This India, this civilization, this…

Arthur C Clarke

Arthur C Clarke is no more. What a life he has lived! Like the many millions who have read him, I was inspired by his visions of future in my young years. If you have not read him, I recommend the novel that I devoured many times in my early years: The City and the…

Fearful symmetry

The Tiger is the poem where the immortal line ‘fearful symmetry’ appears. It is a wonderful and famous poem by William Blake ( 1757-1827) from Songs of Innocence and of Experience that talks about Evolution without talking about Evolution. Blake expresses subtle thoughts on Creation and God through these poems. I am not well read…

Video of Big Dog robot

Boston Dynamics’ DARPA funded robot. Watch how it regains balance after being kicked and on slippery ice patches. Stunning! Via Gizmodo

Praying over WiMax

Tata’s are paving the way for WiMax networks in India (WiMax is an alternative to cable and DSL. See). Like the televison and mobile phone networks, India is poised to leapfrog over old technologies and land right into the future of high speed wireless networks. It is fantastic. India’s developmental model is unique. While we…

Professor WALTER H. G. LEWIN. He is da man! Such joy! [via reddit] More