Thursday, July 2, 2009

Important first step

Even though this will probably not hold in the long run, the Delhi High Court's decision to rule that consensual gay sex is not criminal is a very important first step in bringing India into the 21st century in terms of civil rights. I am happy.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Good one

I like it! John Hodgman at the White House Radio and TV correspondents dinner...

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Credit Crisis visualized

I liked this...clear and concise.





The associated web site is here.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Instant News

In the beginning of the Wikipedia era, I was careful to judge the reliability of the stuff I read there by looking at the attribution, and when an attribution was absent, do some googling of my own and when that fails, take that information with big pinch of salt. But over the past few years, I do this a lot less. This story is an interesting wake up call!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Today on CNN

Today, my day started earlier than normal. The reason being that the only way I will be able to get any physics done this week is to do it before the rest of the world wakes up [1]. So, I got hungry for lunch early and hence went for my pre-lunch treadmill run early as well. I run in front of a TV that is tuned to CNN headline news.

Today due to the odd time I ended up watching something called “Showbiz tonight” where I learn t such earth-shattering things as the fact that Kristie Alley apologized on Oprah for being fat, the bay watch dude David something got drunk (with some statement like “this gives him the opportunity to lead America by example toward taking responsibility for one’s addictions”) and some dogfighter guy whose name I did not catch is going to join PETA or something. I just have to say WTF? [2]

[1] I am part of the organizing committee of a conference that starts in a couple of weeks and I have been doing such interesting things as arranging for food, getting stationery, juggling schedules and so on…

[2] If you feel like it you can watch the videos of the first two stories here and here. Did not catch enough of the third story for a quick google.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Time 100


Under the list of artists and entertainers, my man A. R. Rahman was there. I was happy. Then I looked at the list more carefully and saw that the likes of Rush Limbaugh were there on it as well. Now I am not so happy…kind of like grouping a genius and a “geniass” under one heading…

Friday, April 10, 2009

Asians need simple names

This story makes no sense at all...But we immigrants must try and comply right? So....

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Rebirth

This blog had been in a coma. It was not dead. Now it is regaining consciousness. Go web2.0!

The reason for the silence was that I was in a transition point in my life. I have been a post-doc for a while now and had to make the transition to getting a real job, in my case that of an Assistant Professor. I was running around making applications, and then interviewing and then agonizing till the offers started showing up then agonizing after that to pick among the different ones I had.

Now the decision is made. I am at peace. And I thought I will celebrate the peace by reactivating all of the other things in life that had been in limbo. If you are one of the people that still has this blog on your feed reader, thanks for not deleting it yet.