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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