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The Pope wants no condoms

The Pope has said while in Africa that condoms may increase AIDS problems. What? He is so insulated from science that even the most basic application of science to our problems eludes his comprehension. Who the fuck advises the Pope? (besides the Bible, that is. If it is just the Bible, we have gotten to…

Business that requires direct customer service, that’s where. If the post’s heading attracted you, you should give this HN thread about Google Checkout woes a read. As many on the thread point out, there is a upper bound you hit when optimizing customer service against efficiency. After a stage, the more you serve, the less…

Great User Interface Hacks

It’s TED day at this blog. Here are two videos I watched lately. Viva la User Interface revolution! Johnny Lee’s Wii Hacks at TED Pranav Mistry’s Sixth Sense

TEDIndia Conference: “The Future Beckons” has been announced. It will take place November 4-7, 2009, in Mysore, India. More here. iAccelerator 2009 startup incubator at IIM Ahmedabad is now accepting applications. They help first time technology entrepreneurs. Go here and get started.

Where there is nothing

Where there is nothing, there is no thing as there. That’s the usual response to ‘what’s outside the universe’. Evidently, this stands at the very edge of meaning: meaning in the scientific sense, meaning derived from being able to observe and measure some thing. This response would satisfy those engaged in scientific observations and measurements.…

The Baa-Vinci Project

Ladies and lads, Extreme Sheep LED Art, a.k.a Welsh herd hacking and The Baa-Vinci Project. via

Quintilian on Style

1. grandeur, not excess 2. sublimity, not harshness 3. strength, not rashness 4. severity, not grimness 5. gravity, not dullness 6. joy, not abandon 7. pleasantness, not decadence 8. greatness, not pomposity I like 1, 6 and 8. They make my sensibilities feel warm and fuzzy, like a campfire that is neither too close not…

Twenty years ago this month

Twenty years ago this month, something happened at CERN that would change the world forever: Tim Berners-Lee handed a document to his supervisor Mike Sendall entitled “Information Management : a Proposal”. “Vague, but exciting” is how Mike described it, and he gave Tim the nod to take his proposal forward. The following year, the World…

Bioware wishlist

Here’s a list of things I want to be able to buy in the near future: Better eyes. Check this news at beebs on a man with bionic eyes. I am very hopeful. Spectacles suck, contact lenses suck. I want a pair of bionic eyes. Better memory. No news on this. Cognitive enhancement drugs will…