Archives: February 2016

FU MANCHU WHO? A PRIMER TO THE ARCHETYPICAL VILLAN

Dr. Fu Manchu is a fictional character introduced by British author Sax Rohmer during the first half of the twentieth century. He is regarded as the archetype evil criminal genius. In the books, Fu Manchu disdains guns or explosives and instead prefers dacoits, low-life and agents armed with knives, or using “pythons and cobras … fungi and my tiny...

TELL ME YOUR BROWSER, AND I WILL TELL YOU HOW HARDWORKING YOU ARE

Michael Housman, an economist, was tracking data on customer service reps and call centre employees, when he discovered that employees who use Chrome or Firefox actually outperformed those who used Internet Explorer and Safari. They also stayed in their jobs for longer.  Why so? The answer lay in how the...

SEA SHEPPARD USES DRONE TO RECORD A BEAUTIFUL BABY BLUE

The Sea Sheppard Conservation Society, an activist non-profit organisation that fights to protect the oceans, shot this lovely and rare (though short) video of a blue whale and her calf in January. The society’s ship ‘Steve Irwin’, currently travelling the seas to deter poachers, came across the whales in the...

SMOKE ON THE WATER IS BASED ON A TRUE STORY

SOTW, by the band Deep Purple, is famous primarily for its guitar intro, a riff that cemented Ritchie Blackmore’s place in the list of greats even if he never touched the instrument again. The name of the song is credited to Roger Glover, the band’s bassist. Its lyrics tell a true...

HITLER’S ECONOMIC ‘MIRACLE’ WAS ACTUALLY A MIRAGE

Adolf Hitler’s steadying and subsequent ‘strengthening’ of the German economy (the ‘miracle’) elicits warm mention among some Indians, who recount the line about how Hitler made German trains run on time to believe our country needs discipline (surprisingly, none of these people ever enlist in the armed forces and discipline...

mm bakre
Hello! Welcome to my blog.