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Archives for January, 2009

I am fascinated by the question: Who was Shakespeare. I take it as an expression of awe and wonder at a genius who kept almost all of his personal life hidden. It is also an opportunity to know about the historical backdrop in which many of his plays are set. The question will never be…

LHC and blackholes

[text updated] Questions about the validity of previously calculated blackhole creation probabilities at LHC are discussed in this New Scientist article. The conclusion? We don’t have a clue of what the range of probabilities are. It is however still small compared to, say, getting hit by a car or dying in a plane crash. Questions…

iPoop

Here’s a gift idea that I shall dub iPoop.

Whereabouts and other updates

I’ll be back in the UK tomorrow. There is quite a lot of material that I have accumulated in the many weeks here: interviews with scientists, social entrepreneurs, ideas for articles, stories and more. I’ll start publishing them in the coming weeks and months. I’ve had discussions with a few publishers for TheScian Stories book…

Books recently read

Read these in the past two months. I don’t know if I’ll get to review them properly. Still, wanted to share a few words about them while the mind is drunk with a heady concoction of ideas and stories. Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh First of the trilogy. Exceptional. There’s original research on the…

Inaugural Poem: Praise song for the day

Elizabeth Alexander’s poem on the inauguration of Mr Obama as President captured America at the cusp of a new day. It is plain and simple, like a Whitman poem. Someone is trying to make music somewhere with a pair of wooden spoons on an oil drum with cello, boom box, harmonica, voice. A woman and…

A story that I enjoyed very much. Touchstone is one of the two selected stories of the Scifi Contest. Ramanand, you may know, won the 2007 contest last year. With this we’ve exhausted all the publishable stories. The Scientific Indian Stories book is in the works. I will make another announcement shortly so authors can…

Read ‘Origin of Species’ with John

One chapter at a time over at Blogging the Origin. John’s writing is a delight to read. Head over and enjoy his short stay (he’ll be gone when he’s done with the book. oh shame).

The history of Congo (and Africa, in general) is one of unbroken plundering by the outside world. And, history repeats more keenly in African than anywhere else. More than 5 million people have been murdered, women and children have been raped, families destroyed and unspeakable atrocities have been committed in Congo in the past decade…

The 58th edition of Four Stone Hearth, the anthro blog carnival is up. One linked post at Ethblography by Fran, an anthropologist, asserts that twittering means nothing: Like Wikipedia, then, it is for this reason that Twitter gets under my skin in a most uncomfortable way. It doesn’t mean anything. It is genuinely uninformative, ego-centric…