Archive for the ‘Fun stuff’ Category

On curd (and other allied) rice(s)!

April 2, 2016

S Arvind in the Hindu on curd rice! The only part that is missing is the sangm poetry which proves that we have also been cooking mor-kuzhambu for at least 1500 years!

முளிதயிர் பிசைந்த காந்தள்மெல்விரல்
கழுவுறு கலிங்கம் கழாஅது உடீஇ
குவளையுண்கண் குய்ப்புகை தழும்பத்
தான் துழன்று அட்ட தீம் புளிப்பாகர்
இனிதெனக் கணவன் உன்ணலின் முக நண்ணியதே

The real wizardry of Potter

September 14, 2011

I will leave you with the teaser from the piece How Google translate works:

A good number of English-language detective novels, for example, have probably been translated into both Icelandic and Farsi. They thus provide ample material for finding matches between sentences in the two foreign languages; whereas Persian classics translated into Icelandic are surely far fewer, even including those works that have themselves made the journey by way of a pivot such as French or German. This means that John Grisham makes a bigger contribution to the quality of GT’s Icelandic-Farsi translation device than Rumi or Halldór Laxness ever will. And the real wizardry of Harry Potter may well lie in his hidden power to support translation from Hebrew into Chinese.

As usual, I have Jenny to thank for the interesting link of the day!

Kitchen experiment: Appalam edition

August 25, 2011

Long time readers of this blog know of a kitchen sink experiment I did nearly four years ago. Thanks to an email alert from my colleague and friend Shirish Waghulde, I learnt about another cool kitchen experiment today — the  diagnostics of microwave ovens using appalams as sensors. You will soon see photos in this blog of diagnostics of the microwave oven in our kitchen!