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Dean Kirkland

every profession is a conspiracy against the laity

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Something happened a couple of nights ago, and I ended up watching almost two hours of opera arias and classical music, thanks to YouTube.  As I was wrapping up the show that I curated for myself, I remembered a piece that I came to know when my daughter was taking voice lessons two decades ago.I searched f

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If you don't know what the mushroom and toad are that I am trying my best to forget, well, you are one lucky person on this planet!Until two years ago, many of us had rich lives with plenty to read and watch, and talk about.  And then he happened.  And has sucked the oxygen out of everything else.

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The bottom-line first: "the central question about storms in the Asia-Pacific is who pays for the damage." Although China is now the world’s biggest emitt

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It was a tad cold on campus because I was in my short-sleeves.  I cursed myself for my sartorial decision.  But then it is not easy to get over the habits of the glorious summer.  Hey, at least I was not in my sandals. I stepped outside to admire the cosmic blue sky with white clouds, against

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“How many will pass away and how many will be born? Who will live and who will die?”I had no idea of that couplet until I read this opinion piece in the NY Times.  It is a part of Yom Kippur prayers.  A day in which we remind oursel

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Listening to the South Indian classical music--carnatic music--was a serious passion among most elders in the extended family.  Appreciation of the music came quite naturally to me and I was beginning to get really good in recognizing the ragas even from the first couple of notes.  It was wonderful until ..

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One of the long-running topics in this blog is about how girls, who have been discriminated against historically all through the world, are now rapidly redefining what it means to be woman, and about boys whose worlds appear to be shrinking.Now, don't jump up and aim for my jugular immediately as a reflex. 

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It is not the meteorology in which I am interested.All these are natural events.  And, yes, human activities warming up the world have added power to them.But, a natural event by itself is merely a natural event.  It is the equivalent of the old philosophical question on whether a tree fall

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An edited re-post, remembering my grandmother on the anniversary of her death.************************************************************She died 38 years ago.  The cosmos handed her an extremely raw deal.  Misfortunes

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English as the second language gave us plenty to laugh about.  Especially in school, where some teachers were more at ease in the local vernacular.Our physical training (PT) master was one of those.  As school kids, most of us did not know any better than to make fun of him. In my middle-age, as I look

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Because of our traditions, we've kept our balance for many, many years

Manahatta was one of the plays that we watched in Ashland this past June.  It was not in the top-tier of plays that I have enjoyed there over the years.  It certainly had an innovative storytelling by showing the

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Six years ago, I blogged about the falling Indian rupee, which had reached "an all-time low of 55.03 against the dollar."I am not an economist nor a finance person.  Common sense and critical thinki

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"Oh hello!!!" shrieked the woman on the bicycle as her companion bicyclist rode silently.Why do girls and women shriek like that?  Do they go to some special classes, when they are three years old, where they are told: "You are women.  There'll be plenty of occasions when you have to shriek like mad.&n

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I agree with the idea of rule of law.  But, I don't believe in the rule of law as it is.  What if, as Dickens described it, the law is an ass?Think about this: Slavery was legal for a long time.  Yes, slavery was legal.  The Constitution as it was framed did not even consider blacks to be ful

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A couple of months ago, my father commented that I am the only one who is not on WhatsApp.  Which is true.  I have never had a WhatsApp account.  I have blogged a lot about it though ;)A few years ago, Tunku Varadarajan, who used to write for the Wall Street Journal when it was a respectable publi

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A young woman we know graduated last June, and is excited about the job that she has been offered in San Francisco.  General Malaise that I am, I had to make sure I would not blurt anything bad.  For once, thankfully, I

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Fun fact first: Asia is home to about 60% of the world's population.  About 4.5 billion people.Fun question: Can you generalize 4.5 billion with a word "Asian"?Fun answer: Yes, but only here in the US!Here in the US, one can easily shock most people by referring to, say, Iranians or

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Consider this:a Shia Muslim, but “married a Sunni king who had a Hindu mother and both Hindu and Muslim wives and concubines.”

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I have always appreciated the two-word phrase that M used to describe me: Gregarious hermit.From my school days, I have always been that way.  Very few friends, and not open to many.  The older I got, the more difficult it became--

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In between everything else, I tweeted out a reply to one of the leading historians in India: Sure. But it was #vajpayee who made

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In one of the conversations in the old country, a member of the extended family criticized "those Americans."I cleared my throat. "Ahem," I started with a smile. "I am an American."In that context, I was an invisible man!Here in the US too,

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Make America great again

It was a provincial life that I led in India.People typically interacted within their own tribes, and our family was no exception to this unwritten rule.  Thus, I didn't know about humans in other tribes--their foods, their music, their arts, ... Even the books that I read barely gave me any understanding i

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I wish John Oliver would devote one of his shows to Afghanistan.  You know, the country that the Soviet Union fucked up for a while, after which the Taliban screwed for a while, and finally leaving it to the US to have some jolly good fun. Yes, that Afghanistan!As I noted in

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White supremacists don't like it when football players bring to our attention the injustices in society through their protests during the national anthem.  Just shut up and play ball, is what they say.As long as the white supremacists are entertained, well-

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In November of 2006--yes, twelve years ago--a faculty "colleague" emailed me, in which he wrote:I did lack a bit of courtesy; however, if you are going to exist in an administrative/director position at any level

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Of the gazillion social media that one can now spend time on, the only one that I use is Twitter.  The best part of twitter is this--I don't have to be friends with anybody. I don't have to follow anybody. I can be my own, and yet keep track of whatever it is t

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There aren't many GOP leaders that I liked.  Well, not that many Democratic folks either.  But, at least there are moments of a person that I have liked.John McCain was one of those who I liked at least a little bit, despite the many, many contexts in which I found him to be nothing more than yet-anoth

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I learnt early on in life that it is only a bad carpenter who blames his tools.  In Tamil, there is a horrible equivalent: ஆட தெரியாத தேவடியா மேடை சரியில்ல என்று சொன்னாளாம்  Horrible because, forget it; I want t

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In an email to my colleagues, in which I shared with them an informative video, I wrote:People pushing STEM while systematically marginalizing the humanities and the social sciences need to understand such a big picture, which is what the idea of l

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We screwed up, bit by byte!

First, I present to you two cover images--of two authoritative publications:

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