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30 – Sep – 2010

In Books, culture, Interview, marketing on September 30, 2010 at 6:18 AM
  1. Rethinking CAPTCHAs as advertising tool – People give their undivided attention to them, making them the perfect micro-location for advertising (plus additional revenues for publishers as well – 600 words – Marketing – AdAge
  2. Interview with Ernest Hemingway – Brilliant, last line gems in this one – 8000 words – Books Interview – Paris Review
  3. Interview with Kurt Vonnegut – 4 different interview stitched together with a final interview by the author with himself – 10000 words – Books Interview – Paris Review
  4. Acronyms and Initialism – The growth of acroyms and initialism in modern life – 2100 words – Culture – Economist
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20 Sep – 2010

In Books, Business, Interview, marketing, Psychology, Science on September 21, 2010 at 7:08 AM
  1. Writing about mediocrities, only drags you down to their level – A hostile review of the recent hit over the years – Freedom by Jonathan Franzer – 2600 words – Books – The Atlantic
  2. Influencers, marketing and pharma industry – Key opinion leaders or influencers or the thought leaders and their shady role in promoting new drugs and being the bell boy of big pharma cos – 3000 words – Business Marketing Psychology – Chronicle of Higher Education
  3. Teaching english to Tokyo underworld – where the teacher learnt more than the student – 1800 words – Culture – Blog
  4. Tete-a-tete with Attenborough and Dawkins -Interview with the two scientists, where they argue on wonder versus magic – 1700 words – Science Interview – Guardian

08 – Sep – 2010

In Books, Interview, Science on September 8, 2010 at 3:30 PM
  1. “You know, filling in the genitalia.” – Well, literally. Interview with the author on the rise, Gary Shteyngart, author of Super Sad True Love Story. Incidentally he also teaches a writing course in Univ. of Columbia called “The Hysterical Male” – 2700 words – Interview Books – FT (Also the book’s trailer)
  2. Curving soccer balls – Science explains why long distance soccer shots curve magically in the air – 500 words – Sports Science – SciAm
  3. Well, telecommuting is not so green – Do you think telecommuting is green? Hold your horses – 1000 words – Culture – Slate
  4. “The result is a pair of religious books curiously devoid of ancient lore and esoteric beliefs, history and holiness—curiously devoid of religion itself.” – Critique on the minimalism and thinness of “The Secret” mystery books – 4000 words – Books – New Yorker
  5. No dryers in China – Why the ordinary people don’t use cloth dryers (in washing machines etc) in China; clue – ingrained – 800 words – Culture – WaPo
  6. The Rise and rise and rise and fall of Saatchi & Saatchi – The story of S&S, its rise, branding and the fall of a big bad company – 3500 words – Culture – The Independent
  7. Long live the nose – A peek into the social history of perfumes, in which I got to know that Chanel 5 is 90 years old. Phew! – 2500 words – Culture – The Independent
  8. Saving the EU – Profile of the man who will save the EU if required and his organization, the European Financial Stability Facility – 1300 words – Foreign Policy – Der Spiegel
  9. Away from it, into it, and then away from it – An ex soldier’s account of doing it, the war I mean in it and away from it – 3000 words – Culture – NYT

01 – Sep – 2010

In Books, culture, Films, Interview, Language, Numbers on September 1, 2010 at 3:34 PM
  1. Visualizing a quintillion – In words and images, literally – 1000 words – Numbers – Blog
  2. Data Interpretation and Causality – On the linguistic studies, pointing at the differences in perception traced to differences in language. A good refresher on how not to interpret data – 2800 words –  Numbers Culture –  Language Log
  3. Addendum to 10000 hours rule – Nice caveat to the 10000 hours articulated especially well by Malcolm Gladwell. Determined focus on a single game (in larger cities) doesn’t pay – 1400 words – Culture Psychology – Wired
  4. “Language evolves, and even the name of a great author isn’t safe.” – Overabusing “Orwellian” – 800 words – Language – Good Mag
  5. An Intern and an author – An intern (who I envy) describes her “miss” adventure with an author – 1700 words – Books – The Millions
  6. After creating an emotion, work harder to sustain it” – Brilliant, long, last interview with French New Age director – Francois Truffaut – 9000 words – Films Interview – New Yorker
  7. The act of writing is a conscious act of humility”A recollection of sorts with the author Roberto Bolaño (whose name I have been hearing a lot lately – 2666, The savage detectives) – 1300 words – Interview Books – n+1 Mag

30 – Aug – 2010

In Agriculture, culture, Foreign Policy, Interview, marketing, Reflections on August 30, 2010 at 8:05 PM
  1. On Jonathan Franzen’s Novel – Freedom – Reflections on the author’s ability to comment on today’s society in a Tolstoyan way – 2400 words – Books – Slate
  2. Shekhar Kapur on Grassroot entrepreneurship in India – The director’s description of a routine interaction with the kid owners of a Blackberry repair shop and roadside vendor of Blackberry charger – 1300 words – Reflections – Blog
  3. Self-impact analysis of America’s Iraq effort –  5 effects of America’s Iraqi war on its society – 800 words – Foreign Policy – Slate
  4. The rise of Potash – Importance of Potash (used extensively in fertilizers) and the looming food crisis (China dependency fact – caters to 20%  population on 5% areable land) – 1300 words – Agriculture – FT
  5. Customer service is a cost centre – Why firms see customer service as a cost centre and why cost driven approach breeds acceptance of bad service – 950 words – Marketing – The New Yorker
  6. A great interview with Iran’s foreign min – A great interview where he stutters, avoids and deflects and generally beats about the bush – 2200 words – Interview – Spiegel
  7. The fall and fall of EU – The increase of nationalism in EU speculating towards the demise and dismantling of EU – 1300 words – Foreign affairs – WP
  8. Romancing the mathematician – Superb article on mathematicians and the recently concluded Intl. Congress of Mathematicians, Hyderabad, India – 2000 words – Culture – Open Mag