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Indian epic Ramayana as comic
Avi Solomon says, "Ramayana, the classic indian epic is online in 'graphic novel' form! (Link). This is part of the 'Amar Chitra Katha' series concieved by Anant Pai who was the pioneer in using comics to reintroduce India's mythological and historical treasures to it's alienated youth. More on Anant Pai (Link), and 'Amar Chitra Katha' website (Link)
BoingBoing reader Suresh Venkat says, "Many Indians of a certain age (myself included) grew up devouring Amar Chitra Katha (I had huge piles of them in my house, and in all probability still do at my parent's place in India). I didn't realize that they count as "graphic novels." I guess I was on the cutting edge even then. :) "
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The Fastest Growing Industry in India?
Adam Crouch over at The Raw Prawn got
V.I.P. tickets to the Clinton Library opening
in Little Rock today. Slide over to his website
to find out what it was like on the ground.
Also visit: clintonfoundation.org
Article | Pictures
Lot of cocaine; lot of squid
The legendary squid
Google Alert for: peru
in my Inbox this morning, I was amazed and hoping for a picture of a giant squid that was big enough to put 700kg of cocaine into. There was no picture of squid in the article (just the drug bust pic on the left), but there was this: "Police seized the drugs hidden in a container of 25 tons of giant squid about to leave Paita (Piura) for Mexico." My first thought was: How out of it would the police have to be to see a 25 ton giant squid and be like 'Yeah that seems about right, carry on'.
I was curious, so I did some searching and found The Search for the Giant Squid at Amazon. According to the book, giant squid are exceedingly rare and no man has ever seen a healthy one, but they can grow up to sixty feet in length and up to a ton in weight. They finally find some and they stuff them full of cocaine?
But then I found a book review of The Search for the Giant Squid, which says the giant squid in the book "is not the delicious Loligo opalescens that graces the tables of San Francisco restaurants as fried calamari. Nor is it the 'giant' (1-2 meters long) voracious Humboldt squid, Dosidicus giagas, that lives off Peru."
Disappointing - 1 to 2 meters long is big for a squid but hardly the stuff of legend. Maybe you can get lucky and find the real legendary squid in the virtual ocean; I don't really care that much.
The most popular Google News query in October
was "Camilo Mejia".
Camilo Mejia spent six months in combat in Iraq,
then returned for a 2-week furlough to the US.
Citing moral reasons, the legality of the war and
the conduct of US troops towards Iraqi civilians
and prisoners, he refused to return to Iraq as
ordered. Mejia is currently serving a one-year
prison sentence for desertion.
The second most popular Google News query in
October was "Ashlee Simpson".
51% Bush, 48% Kerry
Coin Toss Determines Winner in Florida City Council Race | article
Said loser Richard Flynn, who incorrectly called heads,
"I would just as soon shoot an eight-ball or shoot balls
from the foul line or have a game of hearts."
Iverson Answers the Call Against the Pacers | article
Iverson hit the first buzzer-beating shot of his career
today after going 4-for-22 in the rest of the game.
Said coach Jim O'Brien, "His shots didn't fall until the
last one, and who cares about the others?"
O'Brien took the Celtics to the playoffs in the 2000-2001,
2001-2002, and 2002-2003 seasons after Rick Pitino left
them for dead in January 2001 (the middle of the 2000-2001
season). The Celtics were crap in the couple of seasons
before O'Brien became head coach and have been crap since
he left, but he managed to coach some pretty sorry talent
(with the notable exception of Paul Pierce) to a couple of
O'Brien's known for his star-friendly coaching ways
(Boston had Pierce and Walker) and I'm looking forward
to Iverson going off for a winning team this year.
Winamp Kicks the (Llama's) Bucket | article | article2
AOL acquired Nullsoft in 1999 for around $100 million,
but the young team of Winamp developers never fully
assimilated into AOL's strict corporate culture. Now the
last members of the original Winamp team have said
goodbye to AOL and the door has all but shut on the
Back in the day (1999 or so), when I was living in Terra,
I had 1000+ songs on my computer, all shared on the
dorm server and organized by Atlanta radio station - I
had 99X, 96 Rock, Hot 97.5, etc. And of course for dorm
parties you didn't need a stereo - just cheap beer and a
laptop; well I guess that's probably still true.
For me it was all about AllAdvantage , Napster, and
Winamp in 1999. At night, I used to sleep in my bed with
my then-gf Ana, listen to MP3s, and have my automatic
mouse mover make me some easy overnight cash.
My favorite Winamp moments came a few years later,
though, when I made the "Weed and Coke" ATL mix
tape featuring such classics as My Baby Daddy,
Straight from the Dec, and some early Outkast. I also
mixed Allen Iverson's "Practice?!" tirade with a hip-hop
backbeat that I'll post here as soon as I get some online
space for it.
The article has another interesting tidbit that I didn't
know: the makers of Winamp also released Gnutella,
which was the first big peer-to-peer trading service after
Napster. Gnutella didn't use a central server so it wasn't
as easy to shut down as Napster.
Weird (Al) News: The Onion article inspires real change
An article from today's Onion, ostensibly from a die-hard
Weird Al fan who was banned from Wikipedia for flaming,
called for major changes in the Weird Al Wikipedia entry.
The Onion is known for fake news, taking the real news
a bit further - its Top Story this week quoted Karl Rove
as telling the working poor that voted for Bush "You
have acted beyond the call of duty—or, for that matter,
But the changes prescribed for the Weird Al Wikipedia
entry really needed to be made, and they were. Within
hours of the Onion's article going online, the Wikipedia
entry was under heavy construction and discussion,
with users adding information about Weird Al's directorial
experience, his album's B-sides which have been traded
on the Internet, and the recurring characters on his
short-lived TV show.
btw, how nerdy am I for writing a completely serious blog
post about Wikipedia, The Onion, and Weird Al? I'm
actually listening to a chapter from Lawrence Lessig's
e-book right now because it came up on random on my
playlist. OK, I'll stop now, I'm scaring the children.
Crime, Terror Solved!
According to Attorney General Ashcroft's resignation letter,
"The objective of securing the safety of Americans from crime
and terror has been achieved." Sweet!
Speaking of leaving the fold, Hungary, Spain, Poland, the
Netherlands, Thailand, the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua,
Honduras, the Philippines, Norway, and New Zealand have
removed or are in the process of removing their troops from
Which best represents American politics right now?
courtesy Chris Nolff
Gen. Wesley Clark
Last Election-Related Political Post
With Bush's victory over John Kerry, who will be
the national face of the Democratic Party? Will
we continue to hang onto the '90s and the Clintons?
Will General Wesley Clark, a new member of the
Democratic Party, continue to play a role? Who's
left? Barack Obama, Harold Ford, John Edwards, and
Joe Trippi (yes, Joe Trippi).
It looks bleak, but liberal-minded people cannot be
happy with the way this is going and progressive
leaders will have to emerge.
Some likely themes/ideas of this
second Bush term:
* Trickle-down economics
* Blurring line between church and state
* Abolishment of Roe v. Wade
* Stacking the court
* War on Terror
* Baghdad Burning
* Regime Change
* No-bid contracts
* Rising cost of education, health care
* Ballooning Debt, Cheapening Dollar
* Privatizing Social Security
* Eroding civil liberties