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Archives for June, 2008

Federer

Watching Federer’s match with Hewitt. Here’s an old rally to regale your spirits. [Warning! Video has loud music] An old tribute to Federer, still eloquent. Beauty is not the goal of competitive sports, but high-level sports are a prime venue for the expression of human beauty. The relation is roughly that of courage to war.…

A is for Apple, B is for butt …

Alphabutt by Kimya Dawson. Via All Songs Considered.

To Get Rich is Glorious

Over the long run income is more powerful than any ideology or religion in shaping lives. No God has commanded worshippers to their pious duties more forcefully than income as it subtly directs the fabric of our lives. -Gregory Clark in A Brief Economic History of the World.

Statistics page at Gov. of India Directory website. I should not have dared to check the treasures that the NIC (Government’s IT arm) has hidden away at the government websites. I dared and my brain just exploded. If you are fearless, I offer you this: check the footer at the website with the NIC disclaimer.…

Sport quote

I never play cricket. It requires one to assume such indecent postures. – Oscar Wilde.

Taxi cab number 1729

“I remember once going to see him when he was lying ill at Putney. I had ridden in taxi cab number 1729 and remarked that the number seemed to me rather a dull one, and that I hoped it was not an unfavorable omen. “No,” he replied, “it is a very interesting number; it is…

Charming monkeys?

At the Beebs: A group of Indians are planning to present a statue of the revered Indian monkey God, Hanuman, to Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama. The group decided to order the idol after they read a magazine report saying that Mr Obama carried a good luck ‘monkey king’ charm. Let me paraphrase: Primates present…

Add emoticons to your emails!

I was looking for some information on the intertubes and google dropped me onto a website that it thought would help. I found a large block of ad content on the site that said “Add emoticons to your emails!” with a collection of the ever-stupid animated gif images that wink, grin, clap, and do all…

Brain doping

Modern day living is now a highly competitive sport. The field events are well established: catching a bus driven by a cynical driver, getting a promotion at job, getting good grades in college, getting a grant for research, getting your research paper published, etc. Where there is extreme competition, there is room for the use…

Software Technology Dump

reddit open-sourced! Firefox 3. Get it. Then go check the counter! iPlayer for UK. Zattoo for Europe. For US? Try Hulu. (to watch outside US, you want this).