Yes, we do share common ancestors with the other primates. Playing and having fun is part of our common heritage. http://video.google.com/googleplayer.swf?docId=8811551493740102634 NOTE: That "monkey" actually is an ape: I am guessing a Lar Gibbon.
We all know that the government of India is secular because they proclaim it as so. Therefore it must be so. Secularism by assertion. So also we know that in India freedom of expression is a right -- as long as what is expressed is in line with the ruling coalition's preferences. Ventatesh Rangarajan pointed … Continue reading Censoring by Government of India
One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) is not going to happen in India. The Human Resources Development (HRD) ministry of the government of India recently decided to just say no to the $100 laptop that Prof Negroponte of MIT Media Lab has been furiously peddling. He wanted the government to buy, oh, about 1,000,000 of those … Continue reading OLPC — Rest in Peace
The other day an old school friend of mine Ajay (not his real name) came to meet me when I was visiting Nagpur. Talk came around to how his son was doing. Ajay said that the kid was doing well, finally. "Why," I asked, "what was the matter?" "He was not doing well at all … Continue reading Wonders will never cease
Words can never describe the sheer lunacy of the response. Hence the cartoon. Thanks, India-Forum.com, for the straight talk.
Crazyfinger writes to inform us all of a blogpost contest. The prize is a copy of Stephen Miller's new book "Conversation: A History of a Declining Art". Check it out. [My apologies to Crazyfinger for the delay in carrying this announcement. Due to time constraints, I was unable to get to updating the blog.]
Brad DeLong over at UC Berkeley writes a mean blog, Brad DeLong's Semi-Daily Journal, from his office at Evans Hall with a view of the campus and the Golden Gate Bridge off to the west. He considers the academic enviroment he lives in to be a paradise. But he says that he has found paradise … Continue reading In Praise of Blogging