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  • Will India Be Ready to Host the Commonwealth Games?

    Time Magazine reports— “The rains that hit New Delhi last week were bad news for the 2010 Commonwealth Games, the biggest sporting spectacle ever to come to India. The event’s two shooting ranges, one of them inaugurated just 60 days ago, were extensively damaged in the downpour. A week earlier, the temporary roof of the […]
  • Happiness and Sadness Spread Just Like Disease

    Brandon Keim reports for Wired magazine — “There may be a literal truth underlying the common-sense intuition that happiness and sadness are contagious. “A new study on the spread of emotions through social networks shows that these feelings circulate in patterns analogous to what’s seen from epidemiological models of disease. “Earlier studies raised the possibility, […]
  • Mumbai: The Indian Writer’s New York

    The BBC’s Soutik Biswas reports — “Bangalore may be a kinetic technology hub teeming with expatriates and bright young Indians, Calcutta a decaying dowager brimming with a million stories, and Delhi the capital where power meets noir. “But cosmopolitan, energetic and chaotic Mumbai, where the rich live cheek-by-jowl with the poor, is the city where […]
  • Alan Moore, Hipster Priest

    Excellent interview with renowned writer Alan Moore (Watchmen, Swamp Thing, V for Vendetta, Lost Girls) on The Quietus — On his mistrust of the Internet: “I’m practically Amish when it comes down to it. I practically mistrust any technology that came after the buggy. What I tend to think is that the internet is fine […]
  • The Willpower Paradox

    Wray Herbert in the Scientific American Mind — “Willingness is a core concept of addiction recovery programs — and a paradoxical one. Twelve-step programs emphasize that addicts cannot will themselves into healthy sobriety — indeed, that ego and self-reliance are often a root cause of their problem. Yet recovering addicts must be willing. That is, […]
  • The Ladakh Confluence: No Second Coming?

    It is unlikely that the second edition of the Ladakh Confluence, which was scheduled for July 15-18, will be held this year, as a result of opposition from various local bodies in Ladakh due to the “drugs, western culture and rocking music” that are associated with the festival. The following are excerpts from a letter […]
  • Uncouth India: Why Are We Like This Only?

    Vijay Nambisan comments on uncouth India and the shambolic state of public health in the country — “Spitting in public has certainly increased since I was a child. Those were the great socialist days, when ‘public health’ had a meaning. The government invested in it. There were posters, films and mass education programmes about the […]
  • Trailer: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

    Trailers for the final Harry Potter movie, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, have started appearing on the Internet. View the trailer in HD below —
  • The Evolution of the World Cup Ball

    Click here to view a splendid interactive slideshow in The New York Times showcasing the evolution of balls used in football World Cups (1930-2010). The Evolution of the World Cup Ball (The New York Times).
  • Announcement: ‘Moonward’ Contest Winners

    As promised, the time has come to announce the winners of the ‘Moonward’ contest. Hearty congratulations to Titiksha Pandit (Pune), Nash Paul (Mumbai), Manasi Subramaniam (Chennai), Divya Joseph (Bangalore), and Indu Harikumar (Mumbai). The winners listed above will receive autographed copies of Moonward, a popular graphic novel by Appupen (Blaft Publications). The correct answer to […]
  • I’m a Mac, and I’ve Got a Dirty Secret

    Dan Nosowitz in Fast Company — “Tantalum, a refractory metal, is an exceedingly rare mineral, mostly mined in Australia. It’s used in the creation of tantalum capacitors, an extremely reliable sort of capacitor, which means you can find it in many of the most high-profile electronic devices, including those from Apple and Intel. Though the […]
  • Are Cell Phones the New Cigarettes?

    Maureen Dowd in The New York Times — “The great cosmic joke would be to find out definitively that the advances we thought were blessings — from the hormones women pump into their bodies all their lives to the fancy phones people wait in line for all night — are really time bombs. “Just as […]

The Tap #31

By Ramya Sriram