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On platforms and sustainability

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 22:54:41 +0000

A few years ago, I read this disturbing Rip van Winkle post by Hossein Derakhshan. He’d been incarcerated for six years, and wrote about how the Web he’d left had changed while he was away. One phrase stood out for me. A departure from a books-internet to a television-internet. It resonated. Deeply. I’ve believed in … Continue reading "On platforms and sustainability"

of graveyards and golf courses: A perspective on perspective

Sun, 09 Jul 2017 08:11:02 +0000

When I was a child, I loved seeing photographs of everyday things from not-everyday perspectives. I think the first such thing I remember marvelling about was what a human hair looked like under a powerful microscope. It looked a bit like this image from “Long Hair Community” via Google: I’m still fascinated by such out-of-normal-perspective … Continue reading "of graveyards and golf courses: A perspective on perspective"

Making new mistakes

Sat, 08 Jul 2017 21:41:54 +0000

This is part of a map of Calcutta published in 1842. It’s the city I was born in, the city I grew up in, the city that was my home for the first twenty-three years of my life. A city I remember with fond memories and one I visit with joy in my heart. [Incidentally, … Continue reading "Making new mistakes"

musing about mise-en-place

Sun, 07 May 2017 21:02:24 +0000

If you know me well then you know I love to cook. When I cook, one of the things I do is based on what professional chefs call mise en place. Take yesterday for example. I was cooking a ragu for the family; it wasn’t gramigna alla salsiccia, my usual favourite, because I couldn’t get the … Continue reading "musing about mise-en-place"

There’s something happening here

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 08:39:52 +0000

There’s something happening here What it is ain’t exactly clear There’s a man with a gun over there Telling me I got to beware I think it’s time we stop, children, what’s that sound Everybody look what’s going down There’s battle lines being drawn Nobody’s right if everybody’s wrong Young people speaking their minds Getting … Continue reading "There’s something happening here"

Thinking about cooking and about getting things done

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 21:57:08 +0000

I love cooking. One of my signature dishes is “spag bol“. Except the pasta I use is not spaghetti. And the sauce I make is not what most people would consider to be bolognese. Think of it as the Trigger’s Broom of cooking. If I wanted to be precise I would call the  dish gramigna alla … Continue reading "Thinking about cooking and about getting things done"

Oh frabjous day

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 14:28:15 +0000

  Today may turn out to be a very important day in the world of Test cricket. Regular readers will know that I am no fan of the Decision Review System (DRS). While I’m all for sensible use of technology in sport, I cannot abide the way “Umpire’s Call” is designed to work. It’s an … Continue reading "Oh frabjous day"

Another unGoogleable question

Sat, 28 Jan 2017 22:16:11 +0000

Note: I have posted unGoogleable questions before. Hence the “Another”. I’ve posted links to seven songs below. In a particular sequence. The sequence matters. There is a link between each song and the song that follows it; those links are broken if the sequence is changed. I have not been able to continue the sequence, though … Continue reading "Another unGoogleable question"

Tumbleweed connections

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 21:10:25 +0000

I must have been 13, maybe 14. In Calcutta. I’d never lived anywhere else, something that wouldn’t change for a decade or so. I was sitting in a friend’s house, listening to a “new” album by someone whose music I’d only recently discovered. Elton John. The new album was called Tumbleweed Connection. The song I … Continue reading "Tumbleweed connections"

Thinking lazily about notifications and alerts: Part 3

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 21:28:28 +0000

[Note to readers: For those coming into this cold, I wrote Part 1 and Part 2 early in January; this one, Part 3, will be followed by a handful more in weeks to come]. I think of sensors this way: every piece of equipment capable of sensing something and sending me information about that something … Continue reading "Thinking lazily about notifications and alerts: Part 3"