Posts from April 2003

Me Tarzan, You Norm

Me Tarzan, You Norm
: Norman Mailer says the real reason we went to war was to boost the ego of white American males:

The key question remains

The prince and the pundit

The prince and the pundit
: Prince Charles on nanotechnology:

The prince has raised the spectre of the “grey goo” catastrophe in which sub-microscopic machines designed to share intelligence and replicate themselves take over and devour the planet.

I eagerly await Glenn Reynolds‘ response.

Persian v. Arab weblogs

Persian v. Arab weblogs
: Nima Arian (a commenter, below) points me to a post by Salam Pax expressing his jealousy over Iranian/Persian weblogs:

I am really jealous.

The First Persian Top Weblogs Competition

this blog won the second prize for blog design it has a a picture of an oriental tea glass. istikan chai dear?

when are we arabs going to have something like that? and why have persians taken to blogging so easily than arabs? why isn’t there a single arabic weblog? why?why?why?

Salam’s own will, I hope, be the first of many.

And Kurds and Turks and Jordanians and Palestinians and Saudis and on and on…

The World Trade Center Memorial

The World Trade Center Memorial
: The competition for design of the World Trade Center Memorial has opened. Find the rules here.

Designers must summarize their entire concept for the 4.7-acre site on one 30-by-40-inch presentation board, meaning that only high-concept (read: starkly simple) ideas can possibly win.

I am working on mine.

Rebirth: Iraq v. Japan

Rebirth: Iraq v. Japan
: Astigma, a Persian blog, sees parallels between Japan post WWII and Iraq post Gulf II. Japan developed technological prowess fast not by reinventing wheels but by reverse engineering existing technology. So, says Astigma, should Iraq reverse engineer democracy elsewhere in the world to succeed quickly. That is exactly the kind of help we need to give Iraq. To use another modern bizbuzzword, we need to implement best practices.