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Signed-off with an apt message.

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…

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…

Small Finger of a Lady Singer

A little poem I wrote for the little ones (5 year old niece Nethra and 2 1/2 year old daughter Nidhi). Small Finger of a Lady Singer I am the small finger Of a lovely lady singer. When her voice goes south She puts me in her mouth Or strikes up a pose And puts…

I am out of Facebook

The name Facebook comes from college yearbooks where photos of classmates are stuck and things are scribbled on. The scribblings are some(many?)times deeply regretted later in life. As most of you who read this may already know, Zuckerberg who started Facebook is young and reckless (not unusual in itself, but his success with Facebook is).…

Science and Literature

Trying to place science and literature in their proper places in my head. The story so far… If Science is an undertaking to find Absolute Truths, then what is Literature with a dominant scientific theme (like Ian McEwan’s Solar or E. O. Wilson’s Anthill)? Literature can’t take the place of science in leading us to…

Heartbeats

Crab Nebula Caesium-133 atom has 551,557,906,200 heartbeats per minute Humans have 70 heartbeats per minute Sun has 1 heartbeat every 11 years Crab Nebula pulsar has 1812 heartbeats per minute Wondering what’s the purpose of all this time keeping.

Poems by E. E Cummings

Self portrait The american poet E. E. Cummings’ poems usually have mashed-up capitalization, punctuation and are constructed on the page with words as visual art. Consider the below poems where he presents his (typical early 20th century) views on science and technology as having a rather callous effect on earth. His expression of that sentiment…

A fascinating presentation. The logical conclusion of a world singing to the tune of commerce. Life as a game. A gloriusly simplified abstraction over the complexities of real life. What’s gonna stop it? You and me? Cue in uproarious laughter. Well, Mr. Schell does throw in a bit of optimism in the end. If we…

No Apple computers for me

I had been a apple computer user for the past 5 years and immensely enjoyed the hardware and the software. But, all good things come at a price. Apple’s price for a polished user experience has lately turned out to be user freedom. The inability to take out and use the content stored in apple’s…