Tuesday, July 19, 2005

India going more Nuclear

Dubya and Singh have talked about giving more nuclear technology to meet increasing demands of power in India. It sounds good in the first hearing. But how good is it? Well, India is definitely gonna dig out far fewer amounts of coal and thus emit much lesser greenhouse gases. But then you have the problems of disposing the nuclear waste. On a bigger picture, I think the more you have, the more you tend to consume it. People hop in to buy more gadgets and 'utilities' with the availability of power. But more buying means more depletion and more pollution.

Vijay Vaitheeswaran of The Economist says that Centralized Power Generation is a bad idea and it should be decentralized by giving it away to markets. You'll be much more frugal when you have to generate your power in the backyard using sun, wind or whatever.

Saturday, July 09, 2005

London 2012 and boom come the attacks!

What if someother city had won the 2012 Olympics? Did the terrorists plan to blow stuff in the winner city OR was London the only target?

The best words came from Tony Blair. He said...Our resolve to live the way we live is stronger than their resolve to shake it...or something on those lines.

One of the best reports on the whole attacks are from Wikipedia, apart from the BBC. Smartmobs, afterall!

Thursday, July 07, 2005

10 years of growth and still a toddler.

Amazon.com is celebrating 10 years of its existence. Here is their first homepage. Today's homepage is hell a lot better! Amazon.com has been consistently improving its user experience and converting them into customers quite successfully. They have been constantly realigning their technology to suit their business goals of allowing more sellers and buyers. Netflix is another great example I can think of that create a good experience.

The web has matured by leaps and bounds on the user experience front. Yet it is still a toddler. A lot more can be done to help businesses and design. We'll see much better experiences and designs in the coming years.

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Why is life worth living?

As Woody Allen puts it, in the movie Manhattan:
Why is life worth living? It’s a very good question. Well, there are certain things I guess that make it worthwhile. Like what? For me, I would say, what, Groucho Marx, to name one thing … and Willie Mays … the 2nd movement of the Jupiter Symphony … Louis Armstrong’s recording of Potato Head Blues … Swedish movies, naturally … Sentimental Education by Flaubert … Marlon Brando, Frank Sinatra … those incredible apples and pears by Cezanne … the crabs at Sam Wo’s … uh … Tracy’s face …