Archive for September 7th, 2006

Grass on memory!

September 7, 2006

Memory tends to sanitize the past and simplify complicated things in order to make them fit into a logical narrative.

Guenter Grass in a recent interview in Der Spiegel

Link via Literary Saloon

Strong recommendation!

September 7, 2006

Here is a recommendation for George Eliot’s Middlemarch; here is the Virginia Woolf’s recommendation that the piece refers to. And, here are the Gutenberg online and audio editions. Have fun!

Monsoon prediction!

September 7, 2006

According to Nature news,

It is notoriously difficult to predict failures in the all-important Indian monsoon, on which the country’s agriculture depends. Now researchers think they have made this task a little easier.

Drought years have been specifically linked to a warming of the western side of the Pacific during an El Niño event. The link makes prediction easier, but also brings bad news: climate trends suggest that this kind of warming will become more common in the future.

For those of you, who have heard Prof. J Srinivasan of CAOS, IISc, this might not be news, though. Also, towards the end, there is this line:

Aerosols including soot, for example, can block sunlight over industrially polluted areas such as Southeast Asia, which in turn cuts down on water evaporation and rainfall.

However, this conclusion is suspect according to J Srinivasan and Sulochana Gadgil (pdf file). Wikipedia also says that this conclusion

is not universally accepted and is very difficult to test.

Not just the news, but the feel too!

September 7, 2006

This is the second time I am forced to read The Hindu (for an extended period) on the net; I always miss the feel of the paper — sometimes, I imagine how the news might have appeared on the newsprint. Not anymore — apparently, from the 10th of this month, we will be able to get the Madras edition of the Hindu online. And the Hyderabad and Delhi editions too — hope, Bangalore will not be far behind.

A time to remember

September 7, 2006

Steve Irwin and his words.

Evolution: A Digital library!

September 7, 2006

Here is a digital library with four chronological sections:

  1. Natural history before Darwin
  2. Darwin
  3. Evolutionary science since Darwin
  4. The cultural wake of evolution

The introduction to the site says:

The goal of this undertaking is to make the full literature of evolution available online within a historically and topically coherent structure. The work of Charles Robert Darwin is our pivot, but our framework includes the 17th century to the present and encompasses the history of evolution as a scientific theory with deep roots and broad cultural consequences.

Not only a must-visit site, but a site to be bookmarked and enjoyed. Link via Librarians’ Internet Index.

Psychoanalysis? Freud was making it up!

September 7, 2006

Here is a review of the book Follies of the wise, which, according to the reviewer, among others, should also be read by those who are

still harbouring the delusion that Freud was an important thinker.

I guess he is not the first literary critic to denounce Freud; I have read similar sounding stuff from Harold Bloom. Take a look at the review; it might even tempt you to read the book.  Link via ALDaily.