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Archives for May, 2009

Optimistic and totally without hope

Warning: Artsy-fartsy post. Read this article on Francis Bacon, a unique artist. His painting of the head in a cube (that’s Pope X) kept me disturbed for many days and nights. Later in life, Bacon hated having painted this, saying it was a mistake to engage with Velázquez’s original. That could be true within the…

How can you see hummingbirds, roses, orchids and not believe in Lord’s splendor? But, if you’re going to look at those things, you should look at other things, too. Think of an African boy with a parasitic worm boring into his eye. If you tell me God not only created but cares for us all,…

Much ado about The Universe

. So, Mark Vernon wants us hard-nosed realists to feel warm and fuzzy. From this BBC post: A prize-winning quantum physicist says a spiritual reality is veiled from us, and science offers a glimpse behind that veil. So how do scientists investigating the fundamental nature of the universe assess any role of God, asks Mark…

Confused about Allah

This news at the beebs. A Catholic church in Malaysia which prays to Allah has prompted a court case over who can use the word. Muslim leaders say Islam should be the only faith to use it, saying its use in other faiths could lead to confusion and conversions. The medieval argument to own god’s…

Seamus Heaney Interview

The 1995 Literature Nobel Laureate speaks of the poem Digging.

Matter Displacement Detector, ahoy!

A few days back, I happened to watch a few scenes of an old Star Trek episode. There was the usual fare of beam-me-ups, tea materializer, mother levitator, etc. And then there was the Matter Displacement Detector. That piqued my interest. This device allows the Star Trek crew to check if there was someone at…

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Random things on Sports and Stuff

Watched this delightful interview by Gabby Logan with Agassi and Graf, two of my favorite tennis players when I was young. It was more than just two former professional tennis players talking. Very smart and very self-aware. I’ve grown fond of this couple even more now. The greatest sports piece ever written. Foster Wallace on…

MP expenses scandal in UK

One of the occasional political posts. You’re probably full of this news already, if you live in the UK. It on the TV for 24 hrs. Anyway, let me unload before my head explodes. The motherload. There’s an article in guardian that’s worth a read to understand how deeply fucked-up many MPs heads are. The…

Layman: What are the strings in String Theory made of? Physicist: Well, they are not made of anything. They are fundamental. Layman: Like how sometime back protons were fundamental, and then how quarks were fundamental? Physicist: You see, physics usually advances gradually, building upon our earlier understanding. Sometimes, we have breakthroughs: times such as when…