One reaction is on Desicritics.org - Just Don't Say "Don't Be Evil" and another Damn Ethics, We Do Business. Finally, from Blogcritics.org, Google Does Evil
And the cartoon below.
On Friday, David showed me how monkeys open bananas. They pinch them on the other end. Boy, it's a lot easier.
...I realized that every dream ended with this bland, ordinary existence, where a prince would one day become a man who boiled orange peels for his family.
... it occurred to me that there
is no such thing as blogging. There is no such thing as a blogger.
Blogging is just writing -- writing using a particularly efficient type
of publishing technology. Even though I tend to first use Microsoft
Word on the way to being published, I am not, say, a Worder or Wordder.
It’s just software, people! The underlying creative/media function
remains exactly the same.
We were treated today to what I can only think of as a uniquely American experience: A white former future president, a son of privilege, summoning up the words and life of a black minister who rocked this country to its roots with his dream 40 years ago, both of whom referred back more than a century to a rural lawyer who took on the burden of the presidency when this nation's indivisibility and very survival were in doubt.I also watched Amistad today.
I'm coming to think it takes outsiders to change the world. And that we need to pay attention to these outsiders who have a gift for speech.
1) Never go to another Woody Allen movie.
He's well past that cringing stage we had at the late films of Billy
Wilder and Blake Edwards, into a mania that resembles a moth slamming
repeatedly into the naked light bulb he wrote about all those decades
5) Enjoy the success of others.
Think it's easy? Go ahead. You try it.10) Not to panic.Ever since a certain brilliantly clear autumn day back in 2001, I
have tended to view every development in human events as a portend of
"As the executive acts outside its constitutionally prescribed role and is able to control access to information that would expose its actions, it becomes increasingly difficult for the other branches to police it. Once that ability is lost, democracy itself is threatened and we become a government of men and not laws."Justice V R Krishna Iyer, writing on the Indian Emergency,
Detective Richard Fell is transferred over the bridge from the big city to Snowtown, a feral district whose police roster numbers three-and-a-half people (one detective has no legs). Dumped in this collapsing urban trashzone, Richard Fell is starting all over again. In a place where nothing seems to make any sense, Fell clings to the one thing he knows to be true: Everybody's hiding something. Even him.
Born in 1927, Kunwar Narain has been a stalwart presence in the field of Hindi poetry for five decades. Since his first book, Chakravyooh, in 1956, this Delhi-based poet has published five books of poetry, one collection of short fiction, a long narrative poem, three works of literary criticism and several translations of the poetry of writers such as Cavafy, Borges, Mallarme, Walcott, among others.
Description of the Missing OneAnother poem will suffice to demonstrate his fine work (all poems from poetryinternational.org, and copyright the poet, Trans from Hindi)Wheat-coloured, a peasant’s ways,
height not under five feet,
talks like he’s never known grief.Stammering,
if you ask his age, he’ll tell you –
several thousand years, give or take a few . . .
seems crazy, but isn’t.
Has fallen off high places more than once,
and got all broken up, so
looks glued together,
like the map of India.
A Shop That Sells Peace
He sells peace in the neighbourhood.
is right next to my house.
I pay him a hundred rupees a month
for not playing the loudspeaker
two hours before sunrise.
He knows that I am
one of those unfortunate people
who cannot live
that in the days to come
peace will be even scarcer
than clean water and clean air.
He knows that
the age of revolutions is over
and in order to fill his stomach
he must sell
I am grateful to him.
In a country like India
where prices have skyrocketed
a hundred rupees a month
for two hours of peace
is not expensive.
The World Barista Championship rules, for example, define a traditional cappuccino as a "five- to six-ounce beverage." This is also the size of cappuccino served by many continental cafés. Within reason, the shorter the cappuccino, the better.
The problem with large cappuccinos is that it's impossible to make the fine-bubbled milk froth ("microfoam," in the lingo) in large quantities, no matter how skilled the barista.
"The more market power firms have, the less attractive they make the cheaper products."The Starbucks fix is addictive, and costly, but only if you're thinking about the price. My favorite Starbucks coffee is the Starbucks misto, better known as the cafe au lait a tall shot of espresso and steamed milk, another item not on the menu that's divine. My wife can't do without her fix of extra-hot Tazo chai - almost the taste of masala chai, desi-style. When I was in China, we searched out avidly for branches of Xing Ba Ke, the Chinese version of Starbucks. Now, one drives 5-6 miles every other day to use the closest Starbucks drive-through.
I am very proud and excited to announce the impending launch of
Desicritics.org, which will be the first Blogcritics.org "franchise" site and will cover media, popular culture, politics, sports and much more with a South Asian focus.
Desicritics.org will be led by Blogcritics.org editor Aaman Lamba, whose perspective, knowledge and experience wonderfully transcend the Western and South Asian milieus.
Desicritics.org will be an English-language online magazine where South Asian bloggers, writers from the diaspora and those simply with an interest in South Asia, can create news, commentary, reviews, and interview content as the basis of a global community where writers and readers alike can interact, inform, discuss, dispute, make purchases, etc. - much as they do now on Blogcritics.org.
The colloquial term for people from South Asia is "desi." This has rich connotations and familiarity for South Asians. In an article about the South Asian party scene in the Big Apple, New York Times reporter Somini Sengupta described the word as a "Hindi version of homeboy or homegirl" (NYT, 6/30/96: "To Be Young, Indian and Hip").
The wave of globalization has increased the visibility and importance of regions like South Asia, but at the same time, the cultural milieu is poorly understood globally and the facts on the ground remain abstract for many. Thus, the insight into the South Asian dynamic afforded by Desicritics.org will be of vital interest across the planet.
We expect to launch on January 26, 2006, with over 50 writers and bloggers of note from the worldwide South Asian blogosphere. Thank you for joining us on this very exciting ride!
The tragic death of 12 workers in a West Virginia mine put the US television and print media in a critical spotlight, following initial reports that the miners had been found alive.
A foggy cocktail of miscommunication and looming deadlines resulted in the morning editions of many major newspapers trumpeting the miners' survival as a "miracle" on their front pages.
Other bloggers acknowledged that the media, including Internet-based information gatherers, had been left with a "black eye."
"They rushed to print/e-publish the news -- myself included," admitted Aaman Lamba on blogcritics.org.
"The need and desire to communicate good news very likely obscured good judgment at various levels," Lamba added.
A new five-year plan: Bloggers are also by and large glad Russia and Ukraine reached a five-year deal on natural gas exported to the former Soviet satellite after pipelines to Kiev had been shut down by the Kremlin on Jan. 1. They're casting the Russian gas monopoly Gazprom as the chief villain in the dispute.
One Eyed Cat at the Ukrainian reform-minded Orange Revolution analyzes the energy fracas, with Russian President Vladimir Putin appearing ever more the paper tiger: "Russia is dangerous due to its weakness. They have shown their true face to the west. Western democracies promptly slapped them down. Ukraine, however, is not a free country. The need for reforms is great. The need for energy diversification is now acute. Make no mistake about this, however, Russia declared war on Ukraine and lost."
Aaman Lamba at the multi-interest news roundup site Blogcritics.org isn't so sure. "What was probably overlooked in the battle of the giants was that Gazprom cut off supplies to smaller Moldova as well, demanding a price of $150 per 1000 cubic meters," he observes. "In 2004, Gazprom cut supplies by a day to Belarus, affecting Poland and Germany. Russia may have damaged its reputation as an energy supplier and a fair player in the global community, but in a seller's market, it may be the short-term winner."
Historically, large-scale mine disasters have stirred the fires of reform and provided the impetus for legislation to provide the miner with a safer working place.A celebrated song of the Bee Gees brings home some of the thoughts miners might endure in their tense times underground when things go wrong.
Thus, it happened in 1907 when the Fairmont Coal Company's mine at Monongah, West Virginia exploded killing 362 men and boys. Congress reacted to the disaster at Monongah by passing and toughening mining laws.
In 1910, following a decade in which the number of coal mine fatalities exceeded 2,000 annually, Congress established the Bureau of Mines as a new agency in the Department of the Interior. The Bureau was charged with the responsibility to conduct research and to reduce accidents in the coal mining industry.
Have you seen my wife, Mr. Jones?
Do you know what it's like on the outside?
Don't go talking too loud, you'll cause a landslide, Mr. Jones.
I keep straining my ears to hear a sound.
Maybe someone is digging underground,
or have they given up and all gone home to bed,
thinking those who once existed must be dead.
We do things differently now. The first thing we did was, we Googled "Watergate", and guess what? It didn't give us anything much. But we're fixing that fast. What we're doing is, we're mentioning "Republican" and "Watergate" and "bugging" on our blogs, and we're telling every other blogger we know to do the same, then we'll all link to each other's blogs like crazy. Pretty soon, when somebody Googles for Watergate, wham! The first hits they'll get will be ours, and they'll know that the Republicans bugged the place.
Bloggers persist no matter their contributions or quality, though most would have little to occupy their time were the mainstream media to disappear tomorrow. Some bloggers do their own reporting, but most rely on mainstream reporters to do the heavy lifting. Some bloggers also offer superb commentary, but most babble, buzz and blurt like caffeinated adolescents competing for the Ritalin generation's inevitable senior superlative: Most Obsessive-Compulsive
Each time I wander into blogdom, I'm reminded of the savage children stranded on an island in William Golding's "Lord of the Flies." Without adult supervision, they organize themselves into rival tribes, learn to hunt and kill, and eventually become murderous barbarians in the absence of a civilizing structure.
the interesting question is, if Aslan really is Jesus, does this mean that He’s fed up of being bullied by Dubya?Samit Basu's new book, "The Manticore's Secret" is out in India, and doing well, one hears. It is a sequel to "The Simoqin Prophecies"
Bush, who surged in the polls after all of the other candidates were killed by either coalition forces or insurgents in the final week leading up to the election, characterized his victory as the dawn of democracy in the Middle East, and proof that the system works.
"Her Majesty is happier still to announce that the new Duchess Of Cornwall possesses a strong carriage, healthy teeth, and an unimpeachable bloodline." Following the ceremony, the reclusive couple retreated to the Birkhall Estate near Balmoral Castle in Scotland, where they celebrated their new union by posing for photographs and going for a brisk trot in the courtyard.
"I can assure that no one—including myself, Dick Cheney, Karl Rove, 'Scooter' Libby, or Condi Rice—has been the recipient, or provider, of the kind of unnatural, depraved, and frankly gross sexual act that, not too long ago, disgraced this office in the eyes of the world." Bush was then joined on stage by Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) and Tom DeLay to cut a perfectly square, frostingless vanilla cake made especially for the occasion.
We do things differently now. The first thing we did was, we Googled "Watergate", and guess what? It didn't give us anything much. But we're fixing that fast. What we're doing is, we're mentioning "Republican" and "Watergate" and "bugging" on our blogs, and we're telling every other blogger we know to do the same, then we'll all link to each other's blogs like crazy. Pretty soon, when somebody Googles for Watergate, wham! The first hits they'll get will be ours, and they'll know that the Republicans bugged the place.He misses the likelihood of the source being traced down and exposed as coming from a fax machine in Middletown, Ohio, with a trail back to the Rove King. (Tip-off: Desipundit)
I ordered the vegetarian burrito, and he ordered the chicken. I saw
him very slightly raise his eyebrow at me and I knew he was thinking I
So our food was served and mine was twice as big as his. I saw the
shock and horror cross his face before he was able to collect and
console himself. I could tell what he was thinking too, that surely his
would be more flavorful.
It quoted Narnia spokeswoman Susan Aslan. ... Narnia's delegates "were tired of bullying by EU and US delegations and would be returning immediately to their state capital at Cair Parvel," Ms Aslan was reported as saying. "If this brings the Hong Kong talks to the knees we will be delighted,"The press release itself, which apparently came from Chinese Agency XFN, is no longer available via Google News, although it was picked up by numerous outlets. Perhaps LexisNexis might have an archive copy
Feel the force! It is strong! The writing force - methinks this muse is the most powerful, or is it Clio? Good luck, Cory.
So what am I going to be doing now that I don't have a day-job? Well
for starters, I'm going to be getting a full night's sleep every night.
I'm going to stop travelling three weeks a month. I'm going to join the
gym and get the hundred and a half household chores I've neglected
while working three full-time jobs for the past two years done. I'm
going to get a checkup and have my teeth x-rayed. All that overdue
stuff I've put off and put off and put off.
Most importantly, though: I'm going to write. More
blog posts, and longer ones. I have three novellas in the pipe. I'm
tripling the pace of work on Themepunks, my fourth novel, and plan to
have it in the can by early spring. I'm going to do a fix-up novel with
Charlie Stross, completing our "Huw" stories (Jury Service and Appeals
Court) and publishing them between covers. My podcast is going thrice
weekly. I've got articles in production for a bunch of magazines and