Archive for July, 2005

Mumbai Monsoon

Thursday, July 28th, 2005

On Tuesday, Bombay received the heaviest rainfall it has ever got this century. More than 90 cm (36 inches) of rain fell in less than 24 hours. To put that figure into perspective, that is a little more than the amount of rainfall Chicago receives in a year. There were massive floods all over the [...]

The Long Tail

Thursday, July 21st, 2005

The Long Tail is about how our economy and culture is shifting from mass markets to million of niches. This fascinating Wired article written by Chris Anderson, editor-in-chief of Wired, in October 2004, is now becoming a book. The article (and the forthcoming book) is about the effect of the technologies that have made it [...]

World Heritage Sites

Thursday, July 21st, 2005

UNESCO has designated more than 800 natural and cultural properties worldwide as World Heritage sites. I decided to see what the other properties were like after visiting one of them last week and being filled with a sense of wonder of what the world has to offer. Here are some of the websites I found [...]

Mammoth Caves

Wednesday, July 20th, 2005

I just got back from a trip with Hemanshu to visit the Mammoth Caves National Park in Kentucky. In addition to being a U.S. National Park it is also a World Heritage Site. There are three main cave systems in this area, the Fisher Ridge Cave System, the Martin Ridge Cave System and the Mammoth [...]

Google Moon

Wednesday, July 20th, 2005

Google has started google moon maps. It is cute and the FAQ is quite funny. Google will fully integrate Google Local search capabilities into Google Moon, which will allow our users to quickly find lunar business addresses, numbers and hours of operation, among other valuable forms of Moon-oriented local information. UPDATE: Remember to zoom in [...]

Holiday

Thursday, July 14th, 2005

After a disastrous trip to Indiana dunes a couple of weeks ago, I have decided to visit my rabbitty friend Hemanshu in Champaign, IL. Over the weekend we are going to rent a car and drive down to to the Mammoth caves in Kentucky. This national park has more than 360 miles of underground caves [...]

London bomb blasts

Thursday, July 7th, 2005

Since I do not have a television set and no radio or newspapers, all the information I get comes through the web. You can see what BBC news is reporting about it http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/in_depth/uk/2005/london_explosions/default.stm. You can see what most of the traditional news media outlets are saying about it at Yahoo or Google News. What is [...]

Deep Impact

Monday, July 4th, 2005

Deep Impact is going to hit comet Temple – 1 in an hour or so. I was tempted to gaze up at the heavens using the telescope on top of Ryerson, however I was not convinced that I would see anything. So instead of using the telescope like Carl Sagan did back in the 50′s, [...]