Thinking about cricket and open data and platforms


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Some of you have been conversing with me, not only via this blog, but also intermittently via other channels, principally facebook and twitter. Blogs are conversations about the provisional, and I learn from your comments and pointers. By now you’re used to my whims and vagaries. You know I try and write about information using … Continue reading "Thinking about cricket and open data and platforms"

On platforms and sustainability


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A few years ago, I read this disturbing Rip van Winkle post by Hossein Derakhshan. He’d been incarcerated for six years, and wrote about how the Web he’d left had changed while he was away. One phrase stood out for me. A departure from a books-internet to a television-internet. It resonated. Deeply. I’ve believed in … Continue reading "On platforms and sustainability"

of graveyards and golf courses: A perspective on perspective


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When I was a child, I loved seeing photographs of everyday things from not-everyday perspectives. I think the first such thing I remember marvelling about was what a human hair looked like under a powerful microscope. It looked a bit like this image from “Long Hair Community” via Google: I’m still fascinated by such out-of-normal-perspective … Continue reading "of graveyards and golf courses: A perspective on perspective"

There’s something happening here


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There’s something happening here What it is ain’t exactly clear There’s a man with a gun over there Telling me I got to beware I think it’s time we stop, children, what’s that sound Everybody look what’s going down There’s battle lines being drawn Nobody’s right if everybody’s wrong Young people speaking their minds Getting … Continue reading "There’s something happening here"

Highs and lows


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Yup, it’s another cricket statistics post. Continue at your peril. Last week England lost a Test match (the 5th Test in Chennai) by an innings, after scoring 477 in the 1st innings, that too after winning the toss and choosing to bat first. The defeat followed on the heels of a similar defeat in the previous Test … Continue reading "Highs and lows"

Joi Bangla


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    Growing up in Calcutta was an interesting experience. I was there from late 1957 to late 1980. Twenty-three whole years and a little bit more. Never lived anywhere else during that time, though I visited most of the usual places, not just the Delhi, Bombay, Madras “presidencies”, not just the Bangalore, Hyderabad, Lucknow, … Continue reading "Joi Bangla"

The stories behind the numbers


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I went to a Jesuit school and college in Calcutta; I was with them from 1966 to 1979. Wonderful times, times I look back upon with joy. By the time I was in my early teens, I’d heard the story of Pheidippides many times. The literary/historical rites of passage embedded in Jesuit education in India. … Continue reading "The stories behind the numbers"

Let no such man be trusted. Mark the music. [Take two]


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The man that hath no music in himself, Nor is not mov’d with concord of sweet sounds, Is fit for treasons, stratagems, and spoils; The motions of his spirit are dull as night, And his affections dark as Erebus. Let no such man be trusted. Mark the music. William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice It … Continue reading "Let no such man be trusted. Mark the music. [Take two]"