Saturday, March 31, 2012

March 2012 - Links of the Month

Random posts that grabbed my attention:

India Design Forum - Design Within Reach -
"If India does not establish some brands soon, it will be too late since all the imports will just take over the country,” says Karim Rashid. “It was a shame that the hotel I stayed at in New Delhi had Italian lighting, Italian furniture, German sinks, German faucets, French products,”

Architecture in Osaka: When the Hanshin Expressway company and a building owner sat down to resolve a common problem they came up with a rather unusual solution!

TED  - How simple ideas lead to scientific discoveries -

TED - Nancy Duarte: The secret structure of great talks -

Courage under pressure: Ditching of plane in Lake Hudson

Book (eulogy) on MS Swaminathan: One Man's Quest for a Hunger-Free World

Falser Words Were Never Spoken - BRIAN MORTON, The New Yorker, August 29, 2011 - URL -

Conflict of Interest and the Cure for Cancer -

Obituary to a Music Director - 'Bombay Ravi' -
Aage bhi na Jaane tu (Waqt 1965) -

Nayak-2005-Suzuki-India Case Study - URL -

Henri’s Walk to Paris: Saul Bass’s Only Children’s Book, 1962, Resurfaced 50 Years Later --

New Delhi Railway Station Masterplan concept (If wishes were horses... :)  )

My Experiments with Self - A salary-man attempts to follow the footsteps of Gandhi-

Japan can learn from Israel -

Escape Delhi (river rafting etc) -

Devdutt - Getting Better and Better - Durga statues as a metaphor for presentation-preparation -

Harnessing Energy - an imaginative German advertisement -

Rana Hasan, ADB Papers -

Wave Clouds -

Glasswinged Butterfly -

Nahalal: Circular moshav (coop village) designed by RIchard kauffman -

Arial Photography -

Jonathan Haidt: Religion, evolution, and the ecstasy of self-transcendence -

Rushdie, Salman : Outside the Whale,Granta -

Common Bird Monitoring India (CMBI) -

Flying like a bird -

Delhi Dairy: Sorry, no Indian mobile = no Indian rail ticket -

Song - Roumor Has It - Mathai -
And the Original by Adele - Rumour has it (with lyrics) -

Electronic Market Research -

Writing Rules by Henry Miller, Elmore Leonard, Margaret Atwood, Neil Gaiman & George Orwell >>>

Jayati-Jayati Bharata Mata (brought back memories of K V Uppal!) -

Painting & Interpretation - Beijing 2008 -

Ghosh, Jayati (2012): Could Ecuador be the most radical and exciting place on Earth? The Guardian, UK, 19 Jan 2012, URL -


DEFENCE SCAMS - Clear and present danger, Josy Joseph | Mar 28, 2012, ToI -

Words from AWAD:

Def: Serene; harmonious; disciplined; well-balanced.
An Apollonian gasket is the name for a beautiful fractal composed of ever-shrinking, mutually tangent circles. It's named for a Greek mathematician, Apollonius of Perga, whose work on conic sections gave us the names of some more common mathematical objects: the ellipse, the hyperbola, and the parabola.

Def: Uninhibited; undisciplined; spontaneous; wild; orgiastic.

Def: adjective: Boldly creative; defiant; audacious. noun: A person who is boldly creative or defiantly original.
According to the ancient Greek poet Hesiod, Prometheus (meaning "forethought") had a brother, Epimetheus ("afterthought"). We all have afterthoughts, although perhaps none so dramatic as regret over Pandora, but there is no suitable adjective "Epimethean" in our vocabulary today.

Graffiti (gruh-FEE-tee)
noun: Words or drawing made on a wall or other surface in a public place.
Plural of Italian graffito (a scratching). Ultimately from the Indo-European root gerbh- (to scratch), which also gave us crab, crayfish, carve, crawl, grammar, anagram, program, graphite, and paraph. Earliest documented use: 1851.

Def: A thought experiment: an experiment carried out in imagination only.

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