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"

Thinking about cooking and about getting things done


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I love cooking. One of my signature dishes is “spag bol“. Except the pasta I use is not spaghetti. And the sauce I make is not what most people would consider to be bolognese. Think of it as the Trigger’s Broom of cooking. If I wanted to be precise I would call the  dish gramigna alla … Continue reading "Thinking about cooking and about getting things done"

Another unGoogleable question


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Note: I have posted unGoogleable questions before. Hence the “Another”. I’ve posted links to seven songs below. In a particular sequence. The sequence matters. There is a link between each song and the song that follows it; those links are broken if the sequence is changed. I have not been able to continue the sequence, though … Continue reading "Another unGoogleable question"

Tumbleweed connections


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I must have been 13, maybe 14. In Calcutta. I’d never lived anywhere else, something that wouldn’t change for a decade or so. I was sitting in a friend’s house, listening to a “new” album by someone whose music I’d only recently discovered. Elton John. The new album was called Tumbleweed Connection. The song I … Continue reading "Tumbleweed connections"

Thinking lazily about notifications and alerts: Part 3


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[Note to readers: For those coming into this cold, I wrote Part 1 and Part 2 early in January; this one, Part 3, will be followed by a handful more in weeks to come]. I think of sensors this way: every piece of equipment capable of sensing something and sending me information about that something … Continue reading "Thinking lazily about notifications and alerts: Part 3"

… and crime travel


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I didn’t have a passport until I was approaching my 23rd birthday. But that didn’t stop me from travelling far and wide. Calcutta was a truly cosmopolitan city in those days; people from many cultures would pass through. While one generation of people, rooted in empire, left to find those roots, another, younger generation came … Continue reading "… and crime travel"

Time travel


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On any given day I get sent maybe 20-25 messages through one communications channel or other, with links to new sites or apps. Most of them are of no value to me at all. Maybe I’m growing old. A friend sent me a link today; I can usually rely on him to send me interesting things, … Continue reading "Time travel"

Thinking lazily about notifications and alerts: Part 2


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This is the second in a series on notifications and alerts, building on what I started sharing earlier today, as promised. First, a musical interlude. Someone’s knocking at the door, somebody’s ringing the bell/ Do me a favour/Open the door/And let them in. Mum, the kettle’s boiling/Daddy, what’s the time/Sis, look what you’re doing/Can’t you … Continue reading "Thinking lazily about notifications and alerts: Part 2"

Thinking lazily about notifications and alerts


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There are some things  that I can sense for myself. I can see something, hear something, touch something, smell something, taste something, provided it happens within the range of the sense needing to be used. With the necessary training, I may be able to add granularity to what I sense. Some people can gauge distance with … Continue reading "Thinking lazily about notifications and alerts"

Thinking about transfers and value


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Happy New Year. It’s that time of year again, when the English Premier League is at its precise halfway point, and the experts start looking forward to the end of the season and speculate on winners and losers. Since the 2002-03 season, it’s also the time of year for the winter “transfer window”, a late Christmas … Continue reading "Thinking about transfers and value"