Thursday, December 19, 2002


-> I started reading a book called Deep Time by David Darling on the theme - travel of a particle from the beginning of the Universe to its end and further. After A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking, I am somehow finding this book not very interesting, am flitting from reading a few pages and then not feeling like continuing again - this cycle repeating again and again and again.

-> India has its latest and fastest supercomputer PARAM Padma at 1 teraflops(floating point operations per second). The fastest in the world right now is the Earth Simulator at Japan - 36 teraflops. MORE

-> I am yet to read (buy?) Prey by Michael Crichton but this the first book that I have had an overdose of reviews and critciisms and praises before actually reading the book - call it commercialization or brand marketing - brands do sell in this world and the marketing strategy in this case inline with modern day practice is to gain from Crichton's popularity - create the hype early and spread it faster than the nanobots eh ! Or is it that this time I am more personally involved into the internet way of seeing things - before they are out or you get a copy? I was reading the Amazon and B&N customers reviews - apart from that, a dozen or more reviews more from here, there everywhere...
-> A good blog on emerging technology and their impact - (Rajesh Jain's Weblog on Emerging Technologies, Enterprises and Markets) - from there an interesting quote on weblogs : (read for much more)

What started off as the publishing of personal diaries and journals now promises to be the anchor for the creation of knowledge sharing systems among enterprises and communities of practice. Weblogs mirror thinking � be it of an individual or a collective. They are transforming the web from read-only to a two-way, read-and-write web, creating for a much richer flow of ideas that bypasses traditional media

-> Eradicated from the planet in 1979 in one of the great triumphs of modern science, the smallpox virus now resides, officially, in only two high-security freezers-at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta and in Siberia, at a Russian virology institute called Vector. Some experts believe that military strains of smallpox have been developed and tested in special weapons-test chambers at the Institute of Molecular Biology in Koltsovo, Russia. An international black market for smallpox strains has developed. Most people on earth have no immunity to smallpox, even those who have had shots, because the vaccine wears off after 10 to 20 years. Preston's book on the same lines - Richard Preston

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