Robin Hood, green tights and other mishaps

So as I said in my last post, I popped the DVD of “Robin Hood” into the player.  What happened next? If you are thinking that lightning struck, or the DVD player crashed and burned, or that it simply failed to work – having atrophied from disuse,  well, all these look likely scenarios, and could…

Barkha Dutt journalism, CNN version

Journalists, it seems to me, sometimes tend to get so caught up in what they are reporting that they don’t realize what they are doing.  One example is of course the reporting during the Mumbai 26/11 terrorist attacks, we ‘ve all heard how some of the things the reporters were saying could have possibly even…

Why I never write movie reviews

You might have wondered why I never post any movie reviews.  Of course, its more likely that you may not have wondered anything like that, since this is not a movie blog.   In fact, you might wonder now whether you were supposed to wonder about it, and wonder why I am bringing this up. Rest…

Pilots shouldn’t pray, but passengers?

Pilots shouldn’t pray. That’s what an Italian court thinks.  Pilots would do better, they think, to actually try to land planes instead of praying to God. You can see they don’t believe God Lands Planes.  I guess it’s not mentioned in any religious text. But when you have mechanics who install wrong fuel gauges, and…

Insomniac Owls, Tired Weightlifters and.. Spring?

“Why is it dangerous to go out in the garden in spring”? asks a riddle I read a long time ago. “Because” the answer goes, “in spring the grass has blades, the flowers have pistils, the leaves shoot, the cowslips about and the bullrush is out”. There are no cows or bulls rushing around here,…

Don’t blame AIG for the bonus payouts

I don’t understand why so many people who should know better are demanding that AIG stop paying out $165 million in bonuses.  In particular, I am rather disapointed that President Obama chose to speak out more like a grand-standing politician than view the issue with the perspective of the lawyer that he is (or was).…

Why there is no Tamil Firefox version

Why does Firefox dislike Tamil? As I write this post, I am downloading Firefox 3.1 beta 3.  The download seems to be taking a lot of time, so I scrolled down to check out the list of Indian languages I could download it in.   Not that I plan to download it in any of…