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There comes a time when

Man can only have a certain quantity of hair, teeth and ideas. There comes a time when he necessarily loses his teeth, his hair and his ideas. -Voltaire.

Greatness at 28 billion pixels

Real High Definition as it is called [link]. Allows you to see Leonardo da Vinci’s genius at close range. At this range the canvas appears to be quite like human skin–the colors, shadows and cracks on the canvas, extraordinary. Looking at this, I had one of those moments inside my head when the separation between…

In cases of unclear legal grounds, a proper court judgement is one that leaves all parties mildly dissatisfied. The Ayodhya verdict may be one such judgement and that is a good thing.

The use of ‘like’ as filter while speaking

There much ado about like at Beebs after actress Thompson was, like, very upset by, like, words and such. This comment by a reader named Colin was very clever. Comparing “like” to “um” and “ah” as a filler/thought pause is okay, but there’s one major difference. The listener can easily filter out the “um” and…

The Pope visits UK

What does it mean to me? Mostly, I am annoyed. There are more annoyed people commenting at beebs. This is a state visit. If you are wondering which state the Pope hails from, it’s the state of Vatican and it’s a monarchy. The Pope is the monarch of Vatican. Seriously. What should we do in…

David Attenborough meets Richard Dawkins

Audio at The Guardian. Great fun listening to them talk so freely, especially the last minute when Attenborough shares a good laugh with Dawkins.

My young son asks me

So, I was taking a trip down memory lane (via a data backup CD created 8 years ago) and found this poem saved up for later reading. Not sure why I had this particular one saved. Anyho, here it is. My young son asks me Bertolt Brecht My young son asks me: Must I learn…

Some day, Google will google itself

Here’s the thing about Google Instant: it’s a rather nifty thing but that’s not what is important. What is crucial is the introduction of ‘a new kind of “conversational” search interaction’. So, now you can talk to the search engine. Microsoft tried this paradigm some years ago, I think, with some eminently forgettable avatar character…

The Healers of 9/11

A NY Times article on the remarkable and inspiring response of two women who lost their husbands in the September 11 attacks. The woman, Susan Retik, has pursued perhaps the most unexpected and inspiring American response to the 9/11 attacks. This anniversary of Sept. 11 feels a little ugly to me, with some planning to…

Pregnancy problems in older women

This recent research is a significant finding on what could be the cause and potential cures.