Random rule of blogging……
…that I just made up: when you don’t have anything substantial to blog about or not enough time – just link. (Actually, there might be a modicum of thruth in this). Here are some intersting (to me) stuff I have been following.
For the past two to three weeks, the US news media has been blasting us with gasoline price news stories. For pure unintended hilarity, the local news are the best (better than even The Daily Show). In their best imitation of the ‘doomsday is near’ scenario, the reports keep talking about how everybody is gravely concerned with the rising prices. The sections that particualrly crack me up are when they ask a guy filling up his Humvee how he’s been affected by gas prices. Oh the irony!. Rising gas prices have of course made all Americans vow to drive sparingly, carpool regulalrly, limit highway speeds to 55 milesperhour and sell their gass guzzling SUVs to buy Prius en masse (ok I made all that up). But apparently all it takes to reduce gas prices is a
Turns out, as details are emerging, that the letter is not exactly dripping with sweetness and honey. Ahmadinejad is not receiving an invitation to Crawford anytime soon.
Gasoline prices takes us to political populism. With an eye firmly on the elections coming up later this year, some Republican Senators wanted to introduce an inane bill that would provide all tax-payers with a $100 check, as relief for gas prices. Lets see – for the Humvee guy – that equals about a quarter tank of gas ? Meanwhile in India, where such popular measures have included in the past, free rice, free electricity, free condoms etc, things are going hi-tech in keeping with modern times. Jayalalitha, the grandmom of electoral tomfooleries, is now offering free computers. (link via India Uncut)
Amardeep Singh points out an excellent article and writes an engaging post on early Bengali sci-fi literature. From the comments section, I further discovered this superb post by Dipanjan, on the childhood pursuit of Bengali lietrature – especially Satyajit Ray’s Feluda. Having grown up with the veritable treasure trove of Bengali children’s literature, all this was quite nostalgia inducing.
1. Maybe Subway and the state tourism boards can come together and do a joint promotion with these two guys.
2. For the records, I am not trying to be critical of the $100 project – I think its a good aim. Just exhibiting my utter lack of wit.