XKCD and the Spoken Word

September 19, 2011

Can you find the fatal flaw in this XKCD cartoon? It doesn’t work as a conversation! If “10” is treated as binary, it would be spoken as “TWO” and if it is treated as decimal, it would be spoken as “TEN”. If you use “ONE‐ZERO”, the reply question would be (instead of “…4?”) either “What […]

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2010 — Best and Worst Books I Read

February 22, 2011

So, here are the books I read and liked or hated last year. Some of these may have been published in previous years. And if you are interested, you can take a peek at the lists from 2009, 2008 and 2007. My book reading count is down to 75 this year and that includes a […]

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2009 — The Best and Worst Books I Read

January 3, 2010

As I did last year and the year before that, I am here again with the list of best and worst books I read in 2009. To be clear, these are the books I read, not the books published in 2009. This year, I read over 90 books: Includes a high percentage of fiction, but does […]

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Book Shelves

August 24, 2009

Rands has a great essay on why he loves books and about how he stalks the books in the house of a new acquaintance. It brought back some fond childhood memories when I would raid the comic books at the houses of my friends: Tintin, Asterix, Amar Chitra Katha, Archie and so on. Even today, […]

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Lying about Reading Books

March 6, 2009

Apparently, 65% of Britons interviewed in a survey admitted to lying about reading the following books: (What I have read is in bold) 1984, by George Orwell (42%): Partly read and dropped War and Peace, by Leo Tolstoy (31%) Ulysses, by James Joyce (25%) The Bible (24%): Partly read (The Old Testament, and the 4 […]

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