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Holi Poster

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One of the joys of being of Indian origin are the colorful festivals we get to celebrate. This year, Divya Mahajan informed us of there was a Holi festival being organized by ISKON in Edison. Knowing the reputation of Hare Krishna devotees we expected to see a very colorful Holi celebration. Unfortunately, when we arrived a rather sedate religious ceremony was going on, which was terribly disappointing to Jaya.

Being the Joshi girl that she is, Jaya expressed her dissatisfaction about the ceremony to one of the organizers and demanded colors. Fortunately, the organizers had anticipated that there might be a demand for colors, and soon enough a tray full of colors was produced. What ensued thereafter was a riot of colors, more along the lines of how Holi is celebrated in India. Here is one of the pictures, which I sized up to 20x30 size and printed as a poster. I am thinking that perhaps I should hang this poster on my office wall. What do you think?

Responding to Washington Post Blog Post on NPR and Economist

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Ezra Klein over at Washington Post wrote this article about the market share growth of NPR shown in the chart below and then tries to draw some conclusions about the growth of NPR and Economists, reported in two separate articles.

Graph courtesy Jon Peltier Reading this simplistic analysis I was struck by the irony that this was happening in a post analyzing the reasons behind the decline of American media!

First let us just talk about the way Ezra's article quotes the NPR numbers. He takes the graph from a blog post, which is taken from another blog post, which is a post about data presentation in an article published in Fast company. Ezra doesn't even bother to attribute the graph to Jon Peltier who was making an entirely different point with this graph (shown in this article)

Then, Ezra decides to compare growth of NPR with growth of Economist, which was written up in another blog doing a small bit piece on the original article published in Folio. Looking carefully at t…

Photo of the day: Jiya

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Making rounds of Internet

The Washington Post's Mensa Invitational once again asked readers to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding, subtracting or changing one letter, and supply a new definition. Here are this year's winners. Read them carefully. Each is an artificial word with only one letter altered from a real word. Some are terrifically innovative:
1. Intaxication: Euphoria at getting a tax return, which lasts until you realize it was your money to start with.
2. Reintardation: Coming back to life as a hillbilly.
3. Bozone (n.): The substance surrounding stupid people, that stops bright ideas from penetrating. The Bozone layer, unfortunately, shows little sign of breaking down in the near future.
4. Cashtration (n.): The act of buying a house, which renders the subject financially impotent for an indefinite period of time.
5. Giraffiti: Vandalism spray-painted very, very high.
6. Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get …