• 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 […]
  • Bob Sinclar Live Today at Hard Rock Cafe, Mumbai

    Grammy Award-nominated producer and DJ Bob Sinclar will be performing live in Mumbai today at Hard Rock Café (Bombay Dyeing Mills Compound, Worli). The gig starts at 9.30 p.m. and the entry passes will set you back Rs. 3,000. The French DJ will also play live tomorrow in Bangalore (UB City Portico).
  • The Future of Online Music

    A rather interesting essay in The New Yorker by Sasha Frere-Jones about the state (and future) of online music — “No one knows what the future of the music business will look like, but the near future of listening to music looks a lot like 1960. People will listen, for free, to music that comes […]
  • Thrash Metal Legends Testament and Slayer to Play Live in India

    American thrash metal band Testament has confirmed that they will, indeed, be playing live in Bangalore, India, in October 2010, with none other than Slayer.
  • Why are Young Readers Drawn to Dystopian Fiction?

    An excerpt from a lovely essay in The New Yorker by Laura Miller — “But kids do read the books, and some of them will surely grow up to write dystopian tales of their own, incited by technologies or social trends we have yet to conceive. By then, reality TV and privacy on the Internet […]
  • Michael Learns to Rock Performs Live Today at Landmark, Mumbai

    Popular Danish band Michael Learns to Rock will perform live at Landmark book store (High Street Phoenix, Lower Parel) in Mumbai today. This performance is part of a three-city tour by the band (Bangalore, Delhi, and Mumbai) to promote their new album Eternity (EMI Music). Michael Learns to Rock has a huge audience in Asia, […]
  • Girls Now Reach Puberty by 10

    The Telegraph reports — “Scientists have found that the average age that breast development begins is now nine years and 10 months — almost a year earlier than a previous study in 1991. “They have yet to discover the reason behind the phenomenon but believe it could be linked to unhealthy lifestyles or exposure to […]
  • The Karate Kid: A Worthy Remake?

    Ken Denmead reviews The Karate Kid for Wired — “The Karate Kid (2010) is a worthy remake/update of the classic Karate Kid (1984). Jackie Chan is a joy in a surprisingly moving role, and Jaden Smith makes you root for him. The setting is used to great thematic and visual effect, and while everyone knows […]
  • Are Students a Burden on the Taxpayer?

    The Times reports — “What will happen to universities is going to be a big story over the next few months (and years). Will the cap on fees be lifted so that universities can charge what they want to (as Oxford Chancellor Chris Patten has asked) or will fees rise across the board, but be […]
  • How to Date (and Not Date) an Indian

    Andrea Miller writes in The Huffington Post about her experiences with dating Indian men, and provides some, um, advice, as to how non-Indians should go about it — “Ok, now that the stock for single Indians is up, you need to be on your game if you want to date one. If you are Indian, […]
  • Soccer vs Football

    Slate Magazine reports — “The 2010 FIFA World Cup kicks off on Friday, with the United States slated to play England this weekend. For the 10th time since 1950, citizens of the two countries will square off over a game they call by different names. Given that so much of the world favours ‘football’, why […]

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