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Archives for July, 2008

Looking Through The Glass

Read an article about Glass at NY Times. It seems to have coalesced some scattered thoughts between my ears (the word coagulated probably fits too, you decide). Some weeks back I was looking through the window at the sky. An airplane was gliding slowly across my field of vision from right to left. When it…

Orwell Diaries

Orwell is a hero of mine, and of many. This news at the BBC caught my eyes. His diary entries are to be published on a special blog – one entry at a time by The Orwell Prize. “From 9th August 2008, you will be able to gather your own impression of Orwell’s face from…

The suffocating Vedic flatulence

I’d love to see us stop the suffocating Vedic flatulence. Among my country men and women, there’s a tendency to inflate the past beyond reasonable limits. If someone can draw a thread from Vedic literature, Vedic mathematics, Vedic astronomy, Vedic quantum mechanics and Vedic levitation it’s considered a mark of distinction – or so it…

Invites for Dropbox

I have a few invites to give away for Dropbox (private beta). Leave a comment with your email if you want one (first-come first-served). I have been using it for a week now to keep my notes, pictures, etc synchronized between two computers. Very fast and unobtrusive. Recommended.

The most essential gift for a good writer is a built-in, shockproof shit detector. This is the writer’s radar and all great writers have had it. –Ernest Hemingway

Your ignorance is an asset

How well Benjamin Cohen Rachel Carr captures the sentiment! If I could write half as well….

WALL-E Movie – Short Review

Last Saturday, we went to see WALL-E with our 4 year old niece. It’s the story of an ordinary cleaning robot (WALL-E stands for Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth-Class) that, well, keeps cleaning a city on earth long after humans have left earth. Humans left earth because they had turned it into a garbage heap.…

Driving is a Religious Experience

Driving: It’s half a ton of steel strapped under your bum and barreling down the road at breakneck speed. This is as crazy as it gets. Driving is, of course, a religious experience. What else could it be! It’s nuts and people love it. A reasoning head would not place itself inside a steel cage…

Priya Shetty writes at New Scientist. Why? For a start, research published in international journals might not be relevant to the needs of individual countries. For example, academics specialising in mental health, such as Vikram Patel at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, have argued that India’s cash-strapped mental health services should offer…

Astraddle an ever expanding saddle

Our eyes prefer to suppose That a habitable place Has a geocentric view, That architects enclose A quiet Euclidian space: Exploded myths – but who Could feel at home astraddle An ever expanding saddle? -From W. H. Auden’s After Reading a Child’s Guide to Modern Physics Very cool. The saddle, if you are unaware, is…