Friday, 8 October 2010

Jane Goodall & Chimps: 50 years of Research and inspiration!

October 2010 issue of National Geographic is a special issue marking 50 years of Jane Goodall's research career. Watch some great footage of Chimps at Gombe in this short video.

Article : "Fifty years at Gombe" Don't miss this photo Gallery.

Saturday, 14 November 2009

Main toh hil gayaa

I had skipped my prescribed medicines for 2 days. Being lazy & busy I had not found time to purchase the medicine. After attending a very lengthy meeting I had just finished eating some snacks and was at my desk trying to finish the backlog for the week. Then I felt few mild shocks / tremors; my fingers resting on keyboard were shaking a bit. I inquired with 2 of my colleagues whether they felt something unusual ? They both said "No". That made me worried, thinking that either I was too tired or something was wrong with me. But after a few minutes a colleague came to me saying that there is flash news about a minor earth quake. For a change, I was really relieved to know that I was not hallucinating but was more alert than my colleagues!

Thursday, 15 October 2009

Climate Change. ( Blog Action day 2009 )

Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody ever does anything about it - Mark Twain

Now everybody talks about the Climate change, Global warming, Ozone depletion, ...
And we ordinary folks say it is a Global problem, what me a solitary powerless soul can do about it ?

Here is a simple real life story.

Abid Surti is a famous artist, cartoonist, writer. He writes in Gujrati & Hindi. His cartoon strip (in Dharmayug) on the character Dhabooji had a huge fan following.
Abid Surti who is now 70+ years old lives in the Meera Road suburb of Mumbai. He once read a Newspaper article about dripping taps ( faucets ). As per the article, the estimate of water wastage per tap is 1000 liters per month. Abid Surti decided to do something about it. He along with a couple of friends started a very simple program. They hired a plumber and started fixing dripping faucets free of charge. They only work on Sundays ( and only for 5 hours, not full day.) But the amount of water saved by them is really staggering.

I salute Abid Surti and his friends for their contribution.

So friends just look around, don't wait for World Leaders, politicians, ... etc to solve the problem. Find out what you can do and Act!

A Blog action day 2009 post.

Saturday, 10 October 2009

Greatest Show on Earth

Greatest Show on Earth - the evidence for Evolution is the latest book by Richard Dawkins.

And here is a review.

Here is an interesting link on History of Evolutionary Thought.

Friday, 21 August 2009

Two Birthdays!

1. Debain is 15 years old.
2. Unix is 40 years old.

Wishing Many Happy returns of the day!

It seems "Ubuntu" is likely to overtake "Linux" as a search term according to Google trends!

Tuesday, 14 July 2009

A titan passes away

Veteran marathi actor Nilu Phule died yesterday. He was 79 years old. I was writing a blog on James Randi yesterday and was thinking about the state of skeptic initiatives in Maharashtra. Nilu Phule along with Dr Shriram Lagoo have done a great amount of work and had spent a lot of their precious time in support of Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti (MANS), an organisation which is spearheading the battle against superstitions in Maharashtra. Nilu Phule had become a legend in his own life time by his amazing acting prowess but I admire him more for his firm, life-long commitment to social causes. Nilu Phule ( Actual Name : Nilkanth Krushnaji Phule ) had very humble beginings, starting his life as a gardner. He had also participated in the Goa Mukti Andolan i.e. the movement for Goa's freedom from the Portuguese rule. He had also openly supported Muslim Satyashodhak Mandal. He was follower of the veteran socialist leader Dr Ram Manohar Lohiya and remained a firm supporter of democratic socialism throughout his life. He was a member of art troupe of Rashtra Seva Dal. From here his journey to theater and movies started.
Dr Narendra Dabholkar has paid rich tributes and narrated a lot of lesser know contributions in an article in Sakaal. Nilu Phule was also a great follower of Mahatma Jyotiba Phule's ideals and was a supporter of policy of positive discrimination to reduce social inequality.

Finally from Dr Jabbar Patel's article

Surprisingly, when I searched on wikipedia, the only entry available was in Duch!

1. Loksatta editorial
2. Photos
3. Tribute by Dr Jabbar Patel
4. Tribute by Lalan Sarang
5. Maharashtra Times editorial.
6. A last wish remained unfulfilled
7. "He was a most down to earth, humble human, a quality quite rare when you equate it with the talent that he possessed." - Amitabh Bachchan on Nilu Phule.

Tuesday, 7 July 2009

Playing for change

Peace through music. Playing for Change is a multimedia movement created to inspire, connect, and bring peace to the world through music.