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Archives for April, 2009

Annihilation

It happens when matter meets anti-matter. That there is such a thing called anti-matter never ceases to amaze me. Paul Dirac, when he arrived at the famous equation for electron-, realized that the equation predicted two particles: one was the electron and the other a as yet unknown particle which he called the positron. Great…

Links: World Digital Library, Susan Boyle

World Digital Library, the UN project to provide digital access to cultural heritage of our world. The search interface is quite interesting. Give it a go. Susan Boyle. For a few minutes, I forgot my distaste for gawdy talent shows and delighted in Possibilities. The unlikely and heart-warming realization of a middle aged woman’s dream.

J G Ballard

The accomplished author died a few days ago at 78. This, at Guardian: [As a] science fiction author [he] “wasn’t interested in the far future, spaceships and all that”, he explained; rather he was interested in “the evolving world, the world of hidden persuaders, of the communications landscape developing, of mass tourism, of the vast…

Poem: Digging by Seamus Heaney

From his collection Death of a Naturalist. A wonderful collection of short poems. This particular poem’s theme and language resonates across cultures and continents. It triggered memories of my time with my grandfather on the land picking cotton and onion, cutting grass and sugarcane, wading through the wet clay of paddy fields, sleeping under coconut…

More of Mr Blair’s Faith ramblings

This at the BBC. So, when he was 10, Blair’s father fell seriously ill. Blair prays for his atheist father with his headmaster. “I said to him ‘Before we pray, I should tell you that my father, he doesn’t believe in God. “And I always remember the headmaster saying to me ‘Well, that doesn’t matter…

An interesting article by Nicholas Kulish on something very german: Rules. What the Germans call Ordnung (the usual translation is “order,” but it is a much broader concept) is the unwritten road map of one society’s concerted effort to permanently banish the instability and violence that have marked its history. That sense of insecurity includes…

Would you please piss-off. -Dawkins. Dawkins responds to Mr Blair, who wrote: The 21st century will be poorer in spirit and ambition, less focused on social justice, less sensitive to conscience and the common good, without a full and proper recognition of the role that the great faiths can and do play. I hope my…

First published around this time in 1869 in The Atlantic. Stirs me whenever I read it. Some parts of the poem: Pround music of the storm! Blast that careers so free, whistling across the prairies! Strong hum of forest tree-tops! Wind of the mountains! Personified dim shapes! you hidden orchestras! You serenades of phantoms, with…