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February 26th, 2017

Intellectually, rationally, I have a very tough time understanding how trump could have campaigned telling workers that he will bring back their old jobs.  It is beyond my imagination and understanding.  It is a crime to intentionally mislead gullible and helpless people by promising a future that simply cannot ha

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February 25th, 2017

Right from when I was a kid, I have always believed that there is something in people in India that makes us feel it is normal to go far away from the places where we were born and raised.  Maybe the stories of my grandfather wer

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February 24th, 2017

The weather outside has been quite dynamic and dramatic these past couple of days.  One moment, the dark sky gives me an idea of what the last hours of Pompeii might have looked like, and then it is rain and hail and ice the next. Yes, ice falling from the sky.  They fall kind of eerily

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February 22nd, 2017

A few months ago, the New Yorker had an essay on the presidential elections in Iceland.  I know, the most followed news item ever! ;)  I loved that essay.  It was an awesome read.  It was so neat that the country was so laid back about its candidates and the elections.  But more than the elec

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February 21st, 2017

A few years ago, when a local organization filed a lawsuit against the federal government and the fossil fuel industry under the public trust doctrine, I didn't think that anything will be accomplished.  But, much to my surprise, the courts are siding with them.  Their

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February 20th, 2017

My class freaked out when we got to discussing the economic geography of the future that will be highly automated.  Well, these are the latest class to get all worried; I have been doing it to students for a few years now.  Because, it has been an open secret that automation has been replacing humans at various jo

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February 19th, 2017

I don't recognize my country :(

This president yells and tweets that he inherited a mess.  I suppose I have been living in a fake world all these years.  I thought Obama inherited a mess.  A mess that was so awful that The Onion had quite a headline to report on his election back in 2008: 

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I was in graduate school when I watched Guess Who's Coming to Dinner on television.I. Was. Blown. Away.When Spencer Tracy delivered those lines at the end, I was all teary-eyed.Movies, like theatre and fiction, have taught me a lot about life. About humans. About what it means

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February 18th, 2017

I grew up in a context in which we listened to a lot of music.  At home, it was a whole bunch of classical stuff.  And devotional too.  Then there were film songs that we listened to--Tamil and Hindi.  And then the pop music from the West.  The

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February 17th, 2017

My daughter was in high school when quite a bit of science-related stuff happened all around for her to get that much more excited about biology and chemistry.  Along with her class, she wrote to Al Gore, who was then the vice president, relaying her worries about global warming and the future that she would inherit. &

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February 16th, 2017

Chitler is ok, but Xitler is not!

Even before Narendra Modi became India's prime minister, I had started blogging opposing him.  Come to think of it, that experience alone should have warned me that the election of Trump as the US President was a sure thing--I back the wrong horses all the time! ;)As my anti-Modi stand hardened, a high scho

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February 15th, 2017

I feel like I am missing something in my daily life if I don't do my random readings.  Am I addicted to reading and thinking?  Should I check myself into an institution? Oh, wait, I am already at one--a higher education institution ;)A joy in reading is that wonderful nuggets appear from no

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February 14th, 2017

Remember this post on how the foreign aid that the US gives is sinking it deeper and deeper into the gazillion dollar debt?Go ahead, take a minute to read that and come back.You

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February 13th, 2017

Chew on this!

When I cook, I like the veggies in the dishes to have a little bit of crunch, bite, body left in them. I don't like them overcooked and uber-soft.  To borrow from another culture and language, al dente!A couple of years ago, when in India, I was helping my sister in the kitchen.  I reached to tu

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February 12th, 2017

Alright. Quick reflex answer needed. No deep thinking before responding. Ok?Answer with a yes or a no.Do you think that people who are convinced that humans descended/evolved from apes will, by and large, subscribe to ideas that any one human "race" is superior to another?Or, to put it di

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TL;DR - launch the Safari To Go app from the ACM Safari page.One benefit of the ACM is access to a nice subset of O'Reilly's Safari library.  One can read the content on the website.  O'Reilly has an Android app f

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I remember how after the events of 9/11, the thoughts, words, and actions everywhere and every time were all related to 9/11.  It seemed like there was nothing else.It is a similar effect now.  Everywhere I go to read anything, it is all about this current president.  I wish it were not the case.

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February 11th, 2017

When discussing alternatives to carbon, students suggested--and correctly--that alternatives are either expensive or cannot serve the huge demand.  The class seemed pretty confident that the way forward is to aggressi

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