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startling: The Legacy of Genghis Khan

"In American terms, the accomplishment of Genghis Khan might be understood if the United States, instead of being created by a group of educated merchants or wealthy planters, had been founded by one of its illiterate slaves, who, by the sheer force of personality, charisma, and determination, liberated America from foreign rule, united the people, created an alphabet, wrote the constitution, established universal religious freedom, invented a new system of warfare, marched an army from Canada to Brazil, and opened roads of commerce in a free-trade zone that stretched across the continents. On every level and from any perspective, the scale and scope of Genghis Khan's accomplishments challenge the limits of imagination and tax the resources of scholarly explanation."

http://www.delanceyplace.com/view-archives.php?p=2832
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Spiritual Chimps and Other Animals

Saw this in the Sunday ToI yesterday:
| A video of a chimpanzee dancing and contemplating life by a waterfall in Tanzania's Gombe National Park has started a debate.
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An old favorite: Beware of the Dog

An RAF pilot is shot down in WW2; he loses his legs but keeps his wits.

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He said, "None of the soap is very good now and, of course, with hard water it's hopeless." As he said it he remembered something. He remembered the baths which he used to take at school in Brighton, in the long stone-floored bathroom which had four baths in a room. He remembered how the water was so soft that you had to take a shower afterwards to get all the soap off your body, and he remembered how the foam used to float on the surface of the water, so that you could not see your legs underneath. He remembered that sometimes they were given calcium tablets because the school doctor used to say that soft water was bad for the teeth.

"In Brighton," he said, "the water isn't . . ."

He did not finish the sentence. Something had occurred to him; something so fantastic and absurd that for a moment he felt like telling the nurse about it and having a good laugh.
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http://www.classicshorts.com/stories/botd.html
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From On Translating Kafka’s "The Metamorphosis":
http://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/on-translating-kafkas-the-metamorphosis
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The epithet ungeheueres Ungeziefer in the opening sentence poses one of the greatest challenges to the translator. Both the adjective ungeheuer (meaning “monstrous” or “huge”) and the noun Ungeziefer are negations— virtual nonentities—prefixed by un. Ungeziefer comes from the Middle High German ungezibere, a negation of the Old High German zebar (related to the Old English ti’ber), meaning “sacrifice” or “sacrificial animal.” An ungezibere, then, is an unclean animal unfit for sacrifice, and Ungeziefer describes the class of nasty creepy-crawly things. The word in German suggests primarily six-legged critters, though it otherwise resembles the English word “vermin” (which refers primarily to rodents). Ungeziefer is also used informally as the equivalent of “bug,” though the connotation is “dirty, nasty bug”—you wouldn’t apply the word to cute, helpful creatures like ladybugs. In my translation, Gregor is transformed into “some sort of monstrous insect” with “some sort of” added to blur the borders of the somewhat too specific “insect”; I think Kafka wanted us to see Gregor’s new body and condition with the same hazy focus with which Gregor himself discovers them.
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Representatives from eight newspaper groups, including the FT, heard some of the search company’s top executives promise a complete rethink of Google’s approach to news. According to three people familiar with the meeting, they included Sundar Pichai, Google’s product chief, Amit Singhal, a top search engineer, Sridhar Ramaswamy, Google’s most senior advertising executive and Susan Wojcicki, head of YouTube.

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The internet era has not been kind to newspaper publishers. It has almost killed classified advertising, accelerated a decline in circulation and directed eyeballs towards a seemingly infinite supply of blogs, videos and websites. But after more
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A corpse in the hands of the washerman!

That last bit in the image is reflected stunningly in this experience of Frank Humphreys: (Ramana Periya Puranam, page 67, top)
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For half an hour, I looked into the Maharshi's eyes which never changed their expression of deep contemplation. I began to realize somewhat that the body is the temple of the Holy Ghost. I could feel that this master's body was not the man; it was the instrument of God, merely a sitting, motionless corpse, from which God was radiating terrifically.
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My pleasure, Sir.  This is what i got in the mail an hour ago:
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We have set up a tiny creation of our own, in the form of our individual material existence, having layers after layers of grossness and opacity. What is now to be done is to shatter off these layers of opacity one by one and assume the absolute state as we had at the time of creation. This is all the gist of the philosophy of our system, Sahaj Marg. We are, so to say, to dissolve this creation of our making, or to unfold ourselves. The easiest and surest means to achieve this end is to surrender yourself to the great Master in true sense and become a 'living dead' yourself.
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fUnusual: The ear of the African elephant resembles Africa, while that of the Indian elephant India.

http://shastrix.blogspot.in/2007/03/elephantine-connections.html
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Logical to Physical to Fossil

One of the best things that i have learned from the Sadguru is to see things in their pristine state.  Folks have quoted the Bhagavad Gita as the justification for the scourge of the caste system. IMHO, Lord Krishna was referring to a logical idea (that some folks are better at some things and accordingly should do them), which conveniently became cast in iron and a noose around folks. I suspect that one of the reasons for the migration to cities is to get rid of this yoke.
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One-line proof that the Day of the week (DotW) of the IDs of both US and India are the same.
 
DotW(7/4) = DotW(4/4) = DotW(8/8) = DotW(15/8)

using the following:

* July and April have the same calendar each and every year (if you ignore the 31 in July).
* DotW (4/4) = DotW (6/6) = DotW (8/8) = DotW(10/10) = DotW(12/12), each and every year.

http://shastrix.blogspot.in/2006/10/unusual-thing-about-calendar.html
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So, August 15th is a saturday this year.. No long weekend!
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Sri Ramakrishna on how caste can be abolished
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Ideal base for your OFC (3.4km away) and Visa interviews (2.2km away)
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reviewed a month ago
A lovely temple in a very happy neighborhood
Public - 5 months ago
reviewed 5 months ago
Very nice place, with wide open roads within and lovely trees. The back entrance, which opens to the Regent Club, can be used only by residents and not by visitors (gMaps indicated that this could be used).
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Neat place for a quick bite. My favored destination for meeting up folks on Sunday over an omelet and some coffee. The Wi-Fi facility there tempts me to lug my Chromebook along and spend some more time :-) However, serving vegetarian and non-vegetarian stuff from the same kitchen has its drawbacks. Looks like i caught a stomach bug after lunch on Sunday, March 23, 2014, and it knocked me out for the whole of Monday.
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reviewed a year ago
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Totally superlative food, ambience, and dancing, with reservations for the sunset starting from 5 PM. Even though we were staying there, we had to make reservations! The rooms were functional, but value for money.
Public - 8 months ago
reviewed 8 months ago
Find it very convenient as it's much closer than the Big Daddy—Narayana Hrudayalaya—on Hosur Road. Very clean and spacious, with the latest equipment. Doctors and coordinators are quite pleasant and, due to the lesser rush, you get much better attention.
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reviewed a year ago
Very nice ambience and food, though a trifle expensive. Looks like they are charging the Service Tax and VAT on the (Bill + 10% Service Charge), which i think has been in the news sometime back. The difference wasn't much (INR 42), and they more than made up with the freebies (starter and dessert), but this is just for the record.
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