September 28, 2005

Asleep copy editor

Celebrity or humour: This article in the Economic Times is my candidate for today's "Copy Editor asleep at the wheel" award for the pathetic spelling and grammar.

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Giant squid spotted

First Live Giant Squid Photographed, says National Geographic. Be careful though, those things have giant dicks.

Posted by madman at 02:03 PM | Comments (0)

Flawed study

Societies worse off 'when they have God on their side', says a study. As much as I'd like to believe it, this study's methods article's conclusions are flawed. They've not followed the old "correlation does not prove causation" rule.

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September 23, 2005

India is the leader in something after all!

India leads South Asia in red tape. As a businessman who was experienced this first-hand, I am not surprised in the least.

Posted by madman at 09:05 PM | Comments (0)

September 21, 2005

Biased tests

OkCupid! Politics Test is an example of how asking loaded questions can get you misleading answers.

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September 20, 2005

IEB has a new look

The Indian Economy Blog has got a new look with some assistance from yours truly. Go visit.

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September 18, 2005

Mad... MadMan

The structure of a James Bond movie.

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September 17, 2005

What does the Karnataka CM do when IT companies make noise about failing infrastructure in the city?

What does the Karnataka Chief Minister do when IT companies make noise about failing infrastructure in the city? Simple: talk about how they are not employing enough Kannadigas. Can we have a round of applause for this nonsense please?

Posted by madman at 12:57 PM | Comments (0)

Best of the what?

BusinessWeek's: "Best of the Web" survey results are online. What are your favourite sites?

Posted by madman at 11:44 AM | Comments (0)

The British docs want to outlaw knives

Doctors in UK are calling for a ban on kitchen knives. Thank goodness I don't live there. I have an array of big, sharp knives, and I'm skilled at using them.

Posted by madman at 11:17 AM | Comments (0)

September 16, 2005

God's wonderful creations

Tongue-eating bug found in fish: "A gross creature which gobbles up a fish's tongue and then replaces it with its own body has been found in Britain for the first time."

Posted by madman at 05:19 PM | Comments (0)

September 14, 2005

Shiv Sena Chinese style

The Chinese version of the Shiv Sena? The city of Kunming is "forcing developers to change the names of those properties and others deemed too foreign sounding, saying they debase traditional culture."

Posted by madman at 02:15 PM | Comments (0)

September 13, 2005

Useless government departments

The Indian government has a lot of useless departments, including a "rat-catching" department in Delhi, which hasn't caught a single rat in ten years.

Posted by madman at 04:04 PM | Comments (0)

September 12, 2005

Ebay buys Skype

EBay to acquire Skype Technologies. I don't get it. Why?

Posted by madman at 05:48 PM | Comments (0)

In the name of science

In the interest of science, the ArsTechnica crew decide to put the iPod Nano to a torture test and find out its breaking point. Would you believe it survived being run over by a car?

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Those poor people

What do you do when the government gives you a $2000 debit card to purchase essential supplies because Katrina screwed your life? Why, buy $800 designer handbags, of course!

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September 08, 2005

iPod Nano

Whoa, check out the Apple iPod nano! (Link via Adel)

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September 06, 2005

Winning arguments

How to win arguments, Dave Barry style.

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Weirdly coloured food

Strangely-colored fruits and veggies is an interesting thread on Ask Metafilter.

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September 05, 2005

Not much for science

20% of Americans believe that the sun goes around the earth, says the NY Times. Pretty sad, that.

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September 04, 2005

Mighty Mouse to the rescue!

Scientists have created a “miracle mouse” that can regenerate amputated limbs or badly damaged organs, making it able to recover from injuries that would kill or permanently disable normal animals.

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Panda's Thumb

The Panda's Thumb is a blog devoted to fighting the batty ideas of "intelligent design" and other anti-evolution philosophies.

Posted by madman at 02:16 AM | Comments (0)

September 03, 2005

When hell freezes over

Sania has a chance against Sharapova, says her coach. Yeah right, dude!

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Homeopathy - Bogus cures

Homeopathy: The Ultimate Fake is a scientific explanation of why homeopathy is bullshit.

Posted by madman at 02:29 AM | Comments (0)

September 02, 2005

More email bull

The Freakonomics blog has a good explanation of why not buying petrol for one day isn't going to change one damn thing.

Posted by madman at 04:52 AM | Comments (0)

Bravery and courage

Still going... | MetaFilter: While people flee from the rage of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, one hosting company refuses to leave and bravely holds its ground.

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What bull

Delhi High Court issues notices to Mangal Pandey team, apparently because his descendants object to the wrongful portrayal of him in the movies. Damn it, the man died in 1857. There's no way anyone should have any locus standi in the matter a century and a half afterwards. The court should not even bother with it.

Posted by madman at 01:47 AM | Comments (0)

September 01, 2005

Beauty or the Beast?

What the hell is Venus Williams doing in a Hindustan Times feature titled "Beauties at Flushing Meadows"? She's a gorilla look-alike!

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The Desi version of Instapundit

DesiPundit is a daily collection of links from around the Indian blogosphere. Do visit and check them out.

Posted by madman at 01:55 PM | Comments (1)

Are you a real atheist?

The Raving Atheist has a test to check if you're a real atheist or not. Looks like I am.

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Tripe

Want to meet Sania, Myskina? is the headline of this Rediff "report". Looks like Rediff too has decided to play the Times of India "content for sale" game.

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