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Why we read blogs

We read blogs to read why we read blogs. Checkout an Ars post on a HCI (Human Computer Interface) study on blog reading.

Bagpipe Music

A few lines from the poem by Louis MacNeice. It’s no go the Government grants, it’s no go the elections, Sit on your arse for fifty years and hang your hat on a pension. It’s no go my honey love, it’s no go my poppet; Work your hands from day to day, the winds will…

Why 42

A discussion about why 42 is the answer to everything at the BBC: …The answer can be interpreted in two ways. One is that it is a bad joke, implying that there simply is no answer, no meaning, no sense in the universe, and you would be no worse off if you jumped into the…

A house in Dharavi

Dilip D’Souza at Washington Post. [via sqattercity] Because housing is so expensive, about two-thirds of Mumbai’s population live in slums or on the streets. This has been true for decades and remains true in ready-for-boom-time India. Indian politicians have concocted countless schemes over the years to “redevelop” slums, which they consider eyesores. For a variety…

Folk-art paper cut-out for 2010 World Expo

Concept design of the Polish Pavilion for 2010 World Expo in Shanghai. Via Geoff Manaugh’s fantastic BLDGBLOG, one of my favorite places on the internets.

Tom Hodgkinson writes in The Guardian: I despise Facebook. This enormously successful American business describes itself as “a social utility that connects you with the people around you”. But hang on. Why on God’s earth would I need a computer to connect with the people around me? Why should my relationships be mediated through the…

Severe famines killed many millions in India between 1700 and 1900. [Chronology at Wikipedia]. Nobel prize winning economist Amartya Sen’s work on endemic deprivation stems from his experiences of the Bengal famine as a child. Photograph of a South India family in 1878 by W.W. Hooper, a Colonel in British army who took many photographs…

Tata’s Nano, world’s cheapest car

It has been unveiled. More at Rediff. NDTV Video coverage.

From The Independent: Three Florida fruit-pickers, held captive and brutalised by their employer for more than a year, finally broke free of their bonds by punching their way through the ventilator hatch of the van in which they were imprisoned. Once outside, they dashed for freedom. When they found sanctuary one recent Sunday morning, all…

Thou churlish crook-pated boar-pig!

Hence rotten thing! Or I shall shake thy bones out of thy garments.