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Archives for April, 2008

Global food crisis

Speigel Online. Check this graphic.

Book podcasts

Two book podcasts I listen to regularly. CBC Writers & Company Eleanor Wachtel is probably the finest interviewer of writers out there. Give a listen to her recent interviews. In one of the episodes, Orhan Pamuk is interviewed and what he said about V S Naipaul is still on my mind. Naipaul, Pamuk says, sought…

Crisis of lifestyle and character

The real crisis behind climate crisis. A NY Times article: Thirty years ago, Wendell Berry, the Kentucky farmer and writer, put forward a blunt analysis of precisely this mentality. He argued that the environmental crisis of the 1970s — an era innocent of climate change; what we would give to have back that environmental crisis!…

Laughing out loud

Yesterday evening our three year old niece was playing with our four month old daughter Nidhi. She (niece) would leap towards Nidhi and shout. At first, Nidhi seemed slightly fearful of this leaping figure. At around the third try, Nidhi started laughing loudly to everyone’s surprise. Our niece, encouraged by the success of her antics,…

Big whorls have little whorls, Which feed on their velocity, And little whorls have lesser whorls, And so on to viscosity –Lewis Richardson Poem quoted at Arunn’s post on turbulence (in Tamil). Your southside smooth ride into turbulence.

A question about Matter

Consider a pebble in space. Assume it is very lucky in that it never gets hit by anything in space, neither does it fall into a star, planet or meet with any such physically violent end. How long will it last as a pebble (i.e. retain it’s shape)? In other words, how long would atoms…

Goodbye to John Archibald Wheeler

A very personal tribute at Cosmic Variance by Daniel Holz.

The Beagle Project, bloggers and beer

A few blogging folks in and around London met on Wednesday on Bora’s visit for a tour of the Darwin Center. It was great fun, especially the later part when I started shaking all over (only partly aided by two mugs of beer. I forgot to take my coat and we stood out of the…

Why we read blogs

We read blogs to read why we read blogs. Checkout an Ars post on a HCI (Human Computer Interface) study on blog reading.

Bagpipe Music

A few lines from the poem by Louis MacNeice. It’s no go the Government grants, it’s no go the elections, Sit on your arse for fifty years and hang your hat on a pension. It’s no go my honey love, it’s no go my poppet; Work your hands from day to day, the winds will…