Wednesday, March 19, 2008

RIP Arthur C. Clarke

One of my favorite science fiction authors, Arthur C. Clarke passed away yesterday. Back in my school days, his book 2001: A Space Odyssey (the book, not the movie) was probably the first book which had a major impact on me, challenging my preconceived notions about the universe, god, religion etc. It also got me hooked on science fiction books: the smart ones (Clarke, Asimov, Niven etc.), not the Star Wars/Star Trek types. I believe good science fiction is probably the only genre which lets you 'stretch your imagination' beyond what you thought was possible.

I leave you with a video he broadcasted on his 90th birthday, just 3 months ago, in which he talks about the past, present and especially the future. Great stuff.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

The Ring, meet Youtube

Another one from xkcd. Click to expand:

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

I am not running for vice-president

I hate politicians and their doublespeak and false promises. Unfortunately, they are a necessary evil in today's world. I couldn't help posting this brilliant reply by Barack Obama to some cheap tactics Hillary Clinton employed to get one-up with the voters.

First seen here