Archive

Archive for the ‘Uncategorized’ Category

Period of silence

April 29, 2012 Leave a comment

I have been quiet for a while — the silence is entirely self-imposed. It is not that I can find nothing to write about, in fact quite the opposite — there is way too much to write about at the moment, from the claims of `evidence for the Higgs particle’ that appeared right after my previous post, to the far-out loony political drama being played out by the Mamata government. But even today I am not writing a post, only an excuse for not writing posts. Perhaps I will write something once things settle down a bit more and I can say something cogently and briefly without losing either my composure or the plot.

Categories: Uncategorized

All are culpable

September 27, 2010 1 comment

Shobhaa De writes in a piece in the Asian Age what everyone must be thinking. India has been shamed by the corruption, the daylight robbery, in the Commonwealth Games. And the only way to make up is to quickly identify the guilty, and punish them. While she says that Kalmadi was not working alone and `everybody knows who the looters are’, she does not hint who they may be. And she absolves both Manmohan Singh and Sheila Dixit of culpability, saying only that they should have known what was  going on.

I think there should be a investigation as quickly as possible, as that is the only way to absolve Mr. Singh and Ms. Dixit of suspicion of graft. And arresting the CEOs and owners of all the companies which produced substandard buildings, bridges, and furniture should bring out the path taken by the stolen money.

Google and Youtube hacked

July 16, 2010 1 comment

A couple of hours ago, i.e. around 9pm IST, both youtube.com and google.com were hacked. I have saved the screenshots, will upload them tomorrow.

Update: As promised, here are the screenshots. On second thought, maybe it is only my local ISP or some Indian gateway which has been attacked. I am guessing this since the links led to Indian companies. If so, I am impressed. This is a fairly large scale hacking operation — didn’t know there were enough Indian hackers, good enough and brave enough, to do something like this.

Categories: Uncategorized

Gas trouble

November 18, 2009 Leave a comment

My gas cylinder ran out today. I am one of the few lucky Indians with a subscription to a second cylinder, so I could attach a full one. It made me think.

Our government cannot ensure an uninterrupted supply of cooking gas to all citizens. It makes a small amount of kerosene available through the public distribution system, which reaches only a fraction of the citizens. Even then the one liter of kerosene they get in a week, if they get it at all, is not enough to cook a meal for the week. So how does the government expect the citizens to cook? Or does it expect a (large) fraction of the population to remain badly fed?

And all this while the biggest subsidy on natural gas is being fought over by two brothers in a courtroom drama fit for prime time.

Categories: Uncategorized Tags: ,

Google scholar

November 18, 2009 Leave a comment

Is it just me, or has anyone else noticed that Google Scholar has now discarded most duplicate citations?

Categories: Uncategorized

Attribution

July 27, 2009 Leave a comment

It seems that some website called phasing.org has republished two of my articles, one on multiverses and Dyson spheres, and the other on impact factor.

I don’t mind their copy-pasting my views — the more people see it, the more fun. But why don’t they want to attribute it? Surely it doesn’t take too much effort to include a link to the original blog post?

Categories: Uncategorized

Ramdev and Hinduism

July 17, 2009 1 comment

When the Delhi High Court struck down Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code and said that homosexuality could not be classified as a crime, Ramdev, a class-eight pass Yoga teacher who projects himself as a Yogi, an ascetic of the ancient mould, was irked no end. He has vowed to move the Supreme Court against this judgment, claiming that homosexuality is banned in Hinduism.

Well, I haven’t seen explicit proscriptions against homosexuals anywhere in the Mahabharat. Maybe I need to look harder. But there is something else I have seen there. Hinduism says that any man who does not have a son consigns himself and all his paternal ancestors to the fires of a Hell called Put. Which is what Ramdev has done.

All the yogis of ancient India had sons, at least according to the Mahabharat. Ramdev should have one before he issues edicts. Adoption does not count.

Categories: Uncategorized