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Archives for June, 2010

Binge drinking makes you an idiot

A New Scientist note (points to PNAS paper): Post-mortems of binge-drinking adolescent monkeys have produced the best evidence yet that heavy drinking at an early age can do lasting damage to the brain. The worst damage was to stem cells destined to become neurons in the hippocampus, the brain area responsible for memory and spatial…

The world beneath our feet

Over the weekend dug and tilled a patch of land in the garden to plant some herbs. It took an hour and the effort was rewarded with a rich harvest of pebbles, worms and roots of various sizes that ran underground like highways carrying nutrients to far away places (one can imagine trees as cities…

Tinkering with Potato Fries

A fabulous article on potato fries at Serious Eats. For the sheer depth and mad commitment, this is surely one of the best food hacking I have come across so far this year.

Feeling grumpy ‘is good for you’?

A report on BBC on a psychology study done in Australia. The University of New South Wales researcher says a grumpy person can cope with more demanding situations than a happy one because of the way the brain “promotes information processing strategies”. Information processing strategies! That rings the bullshit bell in my grumpy head, loudly…

Watching French Open

Watched the match between Soderling and Federer. Soderling is a brute, and he played a brilliant game. Distastefully aggressive play that never let Federer in the game. A quick tech note that may be of some interest to geeks. I am at a place where there is no TV and no broadband internet. I carry…