On Physics and Hinduism

Image courtesy, Be good stewards of mother earth.
Image courtesy, Be good stewards of mother earth.

At the entrance to the Centre for European Nuclear Research (CERN) stands a 2 metre tall statue of the Hindu deity, Nataraja (see above). To the unaware, it looks like something out of place: something that does not belong in one of the world’s largest scientific research institutions. But it is only one instance of the compatibility between physics and Hinduism.

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OS X Yosemite: thoughts

I have often complained that Apple’s lack of innovation is showing lately, and it is hard to argue with that: the company’s last trademark introduction was the first iPad back in 2010 — if you count the Newton MessagePad 100 as their first tablet, then their last introduction would be 2008’s original MacBook Air. From then on, everything was a fuzzy, confused release of hardware and software that consistently failed to impress.

It took them till June 2014 to give any further promising signs, but it is here at last — as far as software goes. OS X Yosemite, the eleventh iteration of OS X, brings in the concept of continuity to the iEcosystem, in effect strengthening Apple’s core business strategy — to craft an experience for its users.

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O’er vales and hills

Between my undergraduate college and postgraduate school now, I spent four months looking for a reason not to pursue physics. I found none. Physics has a logic to it, and an emotion few are lucky to see; once you are acquainted with it, it is hard to find anything else more satisfying than looking around you and being able to trace why something is the way it is, all the way back to around 13 billion years ago.

As I pen this, I sit with a cup of coffee, over two-thousand metres high on the edge of a balcony in a stoneclad house overlooking a deep valley embraced by several lush, green tropical mountains.

And it is not physics that I am thinking of.

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On the origin of specials

Apparently, cheap marketing tricks do work. Our world is filled with mad men telling us we need things, and us nodding in agreement. And our sense of wanting to need is extremely sensitive: all we look for is the slightest sign of concurrence — which is what every single advertisement is built around. Ads give us a faux need.

On the one hand, we could do away with everything, as our needs are few. The Big Bang Theory sitcom’s Sheldon Cooper (awkward as it seems to quote him) puts forth this idea quite well. But this outlook is rather harsh. It is time to define a new category; a sweet-spot between needs and wants. Benefits, if you will.

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iPad in the classroom: aid, distraction or disaster?

As somebody who is fairly tech-savvy, I am surrounded by people who will take a stand against technology at a moment’s notice. This is especially true when technology seems to be successfully replacing more conventional methods — some even environmentally harmful, such as paper.

When the issue of using technology comes up, though, I would myself strongly back a minimum age requirement. I never had my phone until I was 17 or so. I think that 15-16 years is a good limit, not because of elitist adult thinking, but mostly because the Internet, to the unaware, can quickly become one of those forbidden dark alleys no ten-year-old is sent into at night. Or worse.

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Book review: The girl with the dragon tattoo

It is not often that I review books; if I reviewed every book I read, I would probably be too busy reading and writing every waking moment of my day. That said, the fact that I wanted to take time to speak about swede, Stieg Larsson’s, longtime bestseller speaks volumes about the book.

This review may contain mild spoilers, but nothing to irreversibly dent your reading suspense, so you should find it safe to go on.

First of all, (off the top of my head) I must say that I found the title rather misleading. This book is about a lot of things — including Lisbeth Salander, Mr Larsson’s masterful creation of a goth hacker dwelling in the tech underworld, confused and careless about everything in her life — but Salander, the titular girl with the dragon tattoo, is no bigger a player in it than any other.

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iPad Air

I seem to have grown a closeness with all gadgets Air. After recently buying a MacBook Air, I gifted myself an iPad Air for my birthday recently.

silver iPad air
The silver iPad Air

The iPad Air is a beautiful device and I picked the white bezel (my first white device) based on my usage: I read more, and the walls in my house are white. Jokes apart, reading with a white bezel, in spite of the black vertical strip outlining the screen (which bothers some people), is simply a much better experience than a black screen.

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