Violation of Free Speech – the Mozilla CEO resignation

Much has been said about how the termination of the recently-appointed Mozilla CEO was in violation of his free speech rights. Many complained that this would have a chilling effect on people’s free speech rights and make them hesitant to donate to or voice their support for their causes. But was it really?

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Apple is not here to entertain you

The mindset of the financial industry. If I told you that your company was going to be comfortably profitable for the next 20 years, you’d probably feel re...

The Woman Behind Apple’s First Icons

Susan Kare “was the type of kid who always loved art.” As a child, she lost herself in drawings, paintings, and crafts; as a young woman, she dove into art...

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Was Robert Hooke really the greatest asshole in the history of science?

Robert Hooke discovered the cell, established experimentation as crucial to scientific research, and did pioneering work in optics, gravitation, paleontolo...

Moral Line of No Return

Has India become so desperate for rapid economic growth, so blinded by the promise of prosperity, that she has forgotten basic humanity? It seems that, in ...

The Internet is fucked

American politicians love to stand on the edges of important problems by insisting that the market will find a solution. And that’s mostly right; we don’t ...

5 reasons why you shouldn’t work too hard

The image that stands out most in my mind during the broadcast of the 2014 Winter Olympics? The Cadillac commercial with a boxy, middle-aged white guy in a...

Voicing your Displeasure

Long-time readers of this blog are aware that I have a speech impediment that I don’t try to conceal. Even if I did try, it would be in vain. Since coming over to the U.S. I have rarely faced any ridicule or discrimination from strangers. Obviously, people who know me are more empathetic. India was more merciless but that’s in the past. But a recent incident brought back memories.

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Do You Tip for Counter Service or Take-Out?

Last week, an Austin-based food critic asked a question on Twitter regarding tipping for counter service i.e. places that don’t serve you individually but you’ve to pick up food from a counter. The replies to his tweets were interesting but I had a different reply than most of his followers.

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Killing the SLR

Hardly a week goes by before someone declares the beloved SLR to be dead; more often than not, at the hands of the ubiquitous smartphone cameras. While I’m a firm believer in the adage – the best camera is the one you have – I still stop short at saying that its the best camera all the time. Even though I shoot most of my photos these days with an iPhone 5S, I still rely on my recently upgraded Nikon D7100 to shoot the memorable photos that will last me a lifetime. Smartphone cameras have been improving at a tremendous pace and the iPhone 5S now packs a device nearly as good as a regular point-and-shoot. However, there are two reasons I believe that the SLR is still not dead.

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Brown Traitors

The Devyani Khobragade incident is almost forgotten now and people have moved on to outraging about other things. But I’ve always wondered what about the incident prompted such visceral reactions from folks in India. The tweet above by actress and now-avid Twitterer/activist, Gul Panag unwittingly encapsulates why the issue made Indians reflexively hate the United States.

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