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Archives for July, 2008

Who was Shakespeare

Mark Twain sez, It is surmised by the biographers that the young Shakespeare got his vast knowledge of the law and his familiar and accurate acquaintance with the manners and customs and shop-talk of lawyers through being for a time the CLERK OF A STRATFORD COURT: just as a bright lad like me, reared in…

39 Steps to a good story

From an old bookmark. Still fresh. Some of my picks: 6) Long plot explanations aren’t going to get it. Like, when something neat (horrible?) happened to one of the characters a real long time ago, and you really really want to tell us about it, you know? Don’t. 12) We can’t care about sand mutants;…

A Blog for Darfur

Dark circles under the eyes

From New Scientist … rings are often a sign of being chronically worn out, stressed and run-down – tiredness rather than sleepiness. Tired people don’t just need more sleep, but a better and more agreeable lifestyle. This is easier said than done, of course. They may even find that they have difficulty sleeping despite their…

UK Job Offer Scam targeting Indians

Someone known to me in India recently had an interview with a large mobile company in the UK. He was offered a job (via email) and he accepted. He then received an email from what appeared to be the UK Visa Office (thoroughly bogus). The email is below (with personal info masked). If you visit…

Humans – they don’t like errant Silverfish, dear; Oh, they snap the page shut, when you read Shakespeare! –Published at TheScian.com

On Flounder Fish and Software

There are numerous occasions when one has to consider the lifetime of the software one is using or developing (or maintaining, that awful dark side of software). Fortunately or unfortunately, business considerations (budget, in other words) dictate what problems get solved and what’s left ugly or forgotten, and how existing software gets repackaged into grotesque…

The Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings

A gathering of Nobel Laureates in Germany. Read more at the Sb editors blog. There’s also a event blog called Lindau Bangladesh run by three young researchers from Bangladesh who are participating.

Thomas Bertie, 34, male, has given birth to his child normally. Many men with imagination might wonder at times (like me, not admitting to anyone, perhaps, but wonder) about how it would be like to be pregnant – just as an imaginative woman might wonder how men manage with erections in public and dangling balls…

Biological Ironies

I was watching David Byrne + Daniel Levitin at The Seed Salon yesterday evening and heard Daniel Levitin (the professor dude) talk about how ironic that the brain, which receives sensory inputs from all over the body, does not itself have sensory nerves. He further added helpfully that you would not know if your brain…