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The perversity of religion

I have been wondering. Do all religious explanations of Creation of the world necessarily involve narcissism and incest? If everything comes from god, Creation is an act of incest beginning with god’s own self. Is that why Thomas Aquinas and St Augustine invoke god’s dignity in disallowing sexual conception of Christ? If logic leads to…

Today’s Technology Dump

Latest TWiT episode has Brewster Kahle speaking of archive.org and more. He is extremely persuasive. Must listen. Zattoo, a new IPTV service that serves free TV on the computer (low resolution, like youtube, but uses p2p like BBC’s iPlayer) in Europe and hopes to make money by sticking ads while users switch channels. It’ll probably…

A Christmas Carol

I recently read John Irving’s Trying to save Piggy Sneed, a collection of essays and a few short stories. It’s a good book to pick up if you haven’t read Irving yet. Briefly, Irving’s The World according to Garp is one of the craziest and astonishing book (my current read). You may know one of…

Frogs with Claws

[Image Credit: David C. Blackburn] Who would have thought! However, the frogs have to really kick hard to unclaw – the claw comes out by piercing the frog’s skin. A half-baked defense mechanism is what I think this is. Maybe in another hundred years – and if we keep pushing their habitats to the margins…

is bullshit, asserts RealClimate.

Announcement at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: SEATTLE — In recognition of its groundbreaking work to prevent debilitating blindness and provide affordable, world-class eye care to the poor, the Aravind Eye Care System, based in Tamil Nadu, India, has won the 2008 Gates Award for Global Health. The $1 million Gates Award–the world’s largest…

Scifi links

Some that I visited recently. scifi.reddit io9 feministsf.org Helix

Lilies that fester

They that have power to hurt and will do none, That do not do the thing they most do show, Who, moving others, are themselves as stone, Unmoved, cold, and to temptation slow, They rightly do inherit heaven’s graces And husband nature’s riches from expense; They are the lords and owners of their faces, Others…

OLPC

So, it’s gonna get MickeySoft (that’s a Wolf in Mickey make-up, run children, run). As, one Slashdot commenter put it, “This is like McDonalds bullying and lobbying to make the BigMac the preferred choice for UN’s world food programme, and succeeding.” Give a read to Ivan Krstić’s remarkably insightful and properly angry account.