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Archives for December, 2009

Avatar movie review

First the name. Avatar–if you play computer games, you may know this very well–is a character you use inside an unreal world. The word Avatar has its origins in Indian mythology. An Avatar (ava-tara in Sanskrit) is god’s visit to earth to fix something that is broken. Vishnu, one of the three gods who protects…

Google Maps India does it right

See here for more. In other news: I’ve gone quiet over the past weeks due to complete absorption in a few personal projects (TheScian SF Book is one of them). Regular blogging should resume next year. Seeing Avatar movie tomorrow (3D). There would probably be a weekend post if the movie is very good (or…

Two minds to choose from

A passionate and poetic talk by Brain researcher Jill Bolte Taylor about the nature of our brain and what it entails. She describes her very own perception of a stroke she had. Quite extraordinary. Here’s an old post about split brain for some more background.

Bhopal

Suketu Mehta writes of greed and irresponsibility over Bhopal. : Union Carbide and Dow were allowed to get away with it because of the international legal structures that protect multinationals from liability. Union Carbide sold its Indian subsidiary and pulled out of India. Warren Anderson, the Union Carbide chief executive at the time of the…

SF Contest stories are online

at TheScian.com. Enjoy. The authors would be glad to see your comments and–am sure–would happily respond. The stories are a break from the past. They are uncompromising, and hence, I hope, will give the reader the rare satisfaction of a thoughtful discussion, rather than superficial entertainment. TheScian SF book is in the works. More illustrations…