Friday, December 25, 2009

you want fries with that?

I for one can't wait for this technology to become as ubiquitous as the cellphone. And it will happen, if only because all the nerds designing this just want to go one up on the jocks.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Neuroscientists teaching math

Makes one wonder, doesn't it about all the potential squandered away. If only enough of us got this kind of focus.

Anti-China communism

This is mostly about the Vietnamese reaction to cheap Chinese labour being imported by Chinese contractors. Honestly, i was very surprised myself when the Indian govt announced that it was limiting work visas for Chinese nationals. My first reaction was 'why would a Chinaman want to come to India'? Other than to read in ancient libraries, i.e.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

An Empirical Analysis of Street-Level Prostitution

A brilliant paper by Steven D. Levitt and Sudhir Alladi Venkatesh brings out some interesting facts.

"the willingness to absorb enormous risk for a small pecuniary reward, and the blurred lines between good and evil, where police extort sex and pimps pay efficiency wages."

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Aa ante ... etc

this indecipherable song is strongly associated in my head with the mayhem that is the Ganesh festival in Maharashtra, you've been warned

Saturday, May 23, 2009


This one is poignant.
A human failing to overstretch, an unnecessary desire for the ephemeral, and the seeker falls by the wayside while the prize flies away. Could have been a motion picture.

Voodoo Sacrifice

Awesome video, truly worth a watch.
Hard to question award, considering the overall story, theme, content and quality.
I could go on, but i'd rather you really watch this.

Friday, May 15, 2009

the man's a genius

and you've got to love the custom of currency being showered on him.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Friday, April 17, 2009

War Games!

So West Point graduates are going to have to train on PlayStations now.

This is scary.

A desired future

Some people should be scared, very scared.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

the future of the phone

Its a long video, but it actually gets more interesting as it goes on and even ends really well. If you have the patience to get there, it'll be worth your while. Cheers!

Friday, March 20, 2009

indian ocean

many a drunk evening in college was spent singing along to this

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Roti with Chicken Curry

1/2 kg chicken breast (marinated in curd and spices for 3 hours)
1 onion
3 cloves garlic
3 cardamom pods
spices (season to taste)
1 can tomato paste
1 tsp sugar
1/2 glass milk
3 rotis

Cobra would have been perfect, but the case of Heineken's still there.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Shepherd's Pie

1/2 kg beef mince
4 potatoes (mashed)
3 carrots
1 onion
250g peas
250g corn
2 tbsp worcestorshire sauce
1/2 cup broth
salt, pepper and butter

the only bit missing was some Guinness, so Heineken would have to do.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

I totally want one of these

I'd be comfortable, warm and look like Obi-wan too. Could there be a better way to lounge?

Monday, February 09, 2009

Give the dog a bone

or the hope of some. I wonder why all and sundry seem so interested in Pak's latest dismissal of some 'dossier' put together by a few Indian mandarins. Its basically a question of realigning their goals.

We recognise that country's broke or is getting there soon enough. Why not offer them a performance linked bonus? The top income tax bracket in India is 33%; I suggest we offer them the top 3%, provided there are no terrorist attacks by their co-religious fundamentalists on Indian soil during the financial year.

Personally, i don't see how bad it could be. Currently I pay taxes and receive crappy government service and worse roads. Giving Zardari and gang a few financial incentives in addition to the largesse from the Pentagon may or may not change the situation; can't be much worse than it is now. For the Pakis, it'll be like getting paid twice from two masters for doing essentially the same job.

Monday, February 02, 2009

Eye off the ball

The wife was in town all of last month, hence the quiet on the blog and the absence of spread analysis. But the break seems to have done some good, took a 100 punt on the angels of anfield at 2.5 to beat the residents of stamford bridge. The pay-off cancelled out all previous losses for the season. God bless the Spaniard.

The weekend could have been better with the correct call of the Super Bowl winners but laziness to workout the right spreads was a refresher course in opportunity cost.

Am betting against the grain for tomorrow and have 10 down on the Lankans beating Dhoni's men at 2.2.