Heat, weddings and proposals

Two days into my India visit, I am still fighting jet lag, heat and the inevitable attacks on my waistline.  This time around, managing jet lag and the heat seems much easier, while the attacks on my waistline have been particularly aggressive. My schedule  for the last few days has  looked like this: Day 1: …

All for a photo – risks some people take

What is it about a camera lens that makes otherwise sensible people behave completely irrationally when they stare at it? Take these people I saw last week at the Everglades :  That little gray thing that he is posing in  front of ? It’s an adult alligator.  Here is a closer look of the other…

Making sense of abstract art

I never took any art appreciation courses in school, and perhaps that’s why I can never understand the finer points of modern abstract art.  No one would need a course to appreciate the Mona Lisa or Monet’s Water Lilies.  Even Fauvism and Expressionism are intelligible to me.  But what exactly are these abstract artists painting? …

From snowstorms to Condo Central

As much as I love snow, and  as much as my garden looks like a winter wonderland, there are only so many snowstorms one can take.  This year the snow Gods seem to have been a little over-enthusiastic in spreading the bounty.  I wish they would be enthusiastic elsewhere, like, say, the Sahara, but apparently,…

Bye, bye Moon. NASA cannot reach you

So the rumors  that have been swirling around the Internet for the last few days are true – Obama’s budget proposal does scrap NASA’s  Constellation progam – or in other words, NASA’s planned missions to the Moon and Mars.  The Ares rockets will be scrapped, and the space shuttle program only has five more flights…