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I've been reading the Silappathikaram in the original Tamil and it's a tough journey but so fulfilling too. I've been jumping back and forth through the text because the poetry is just... Spellbinding.
One line from the end of the epic is perhaps the best line written in any language anywhere.

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Sunday evening set 💯

Great topic with some brilliant people I admire as speakers 💙

Set reminders now y'all.

#TamilSpaces #தமிழ்Spaces

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"The fundamental cause of the trouble is that in the modern world the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt."

-- Bertrand Russell

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Do you work in the Indian IT sector? Does your work involve writing code or reviewing it? Do you know how the government's policies and rules affect your work?
Please do take our survey on the IT rules and its impact on your work.

surveymonkey.com/r/ITRulesSurv

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Do you work in the Indian IT sector? Does your work involve writing code or reviewing it? Do you know how the government's policies and rules affect your work?
Please do take our survey on the IT rules and its impact on your work.

surveymonkey.com/r/ITRulesSurv

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There is some socmed judgement-vileness-troll behaviour which the TERFS, and others on that spectrum call "cancel culture". There _may_ be some "truth" behind what CNA says in that last bit of her otherwise stupid blog post. But the thing is, the trolls she unleashes on others are much more in number than the other side, and therefore it is she who participates in Cancel culture.
In any case, "transwomen are transwomen" is fucking nonsense terf language and I have no sympathy for her.

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We went from the Turing Test, where a computer tries to convince a human that it is not a computer but a real person, to Captchas, where humans try to convince a computer they're a real person, not a computer.

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Governments, if they endure, always tend increasingly toward aristocratic forms. No government in history has been known to evade this pattern. And as the aristocracy develops, government tends more and more to act exclusively in the interests of the ruling class - whether that class be hereditary royalty, oligarchs of financial empires, or entrenched bureaucracy.
- Politics as Repeat Phenomenon: Bene Gesserit Training Manual

Frank Herbert, Children of Dune (Dune Chronicles #3)

surveymonkey.com/r/ITRulesSurv

Are you a developer working in the Indian IT sector? Do you keep track of policy and laws that might affect you?
Can I ask you to spend about 10 mins to take this survey about the IT Rules 2021

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“An authoritarian party, which aims at capturing power to impose its ideas, has an interest in the people remaining an amorphous mass, unable to act for themselves and therefore always easily dominated... But we anarchists do not want to emancipate the people; we want the people to emancipate themselves.”
- ibid

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Pretty sure the biggest cause of stress in this country is the news alert that says "PM to address nation at such and such time."

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Huh. It worked. 🙂

"The team behind NASA’s InSight Mars lander has come up with an innovative way to boost the spacecraft’s energy at a time when its power levels have been falling. The lander’s robotic arm trickled sand near one solar panel, helping the wind to carry off some of the panel’s dust. The result was a gain of about 30 watt-hours of energy per sol, or Martian day."

jpl.nasa.gov/news/nasas-insigh

#Mars #InSight #Power

Dose 1 of covishield done. Arm is a bit sore, otherwise no major side effects. 33% (maybe 45%) safe, given both Amma and I recovered from mild Covid in March. Now to wait for the government to play with our lives on the next dose.

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They're now considering cancelling the second dose for Covishield entirely. If you think you have a better head and will get it anyway, well no. You're fucked. There is no privilege bubble to hide within. ndtv.com/india-news/coronaviru

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