Daily Archives: April 25, 2008

Foreigners flee South Korea

SURELY SOME MISTAKE. According to the Seoul Times, foreigners are unwelcome now and are fleeing the ville, after being, er, vilified.

There are riots going on, as we speak.

We’ve been to South Korea. Surely something must have gone very very wrong.  Here are a few links. One here, one here and one here. Sheesh!

Galileo Galilei was such a guy!

THE MAN who was forced by the INQuisition to renounce what he knew and had seen with his own eyes is now honoured in Florence – thank God for Galileo Galilei and for clear skies.

This image – now below –  is on the the outside of the house that he lived in way back when, and definitely shows he must have really been a feisty old geezer.

He was under house arrest, by command. Giordano Bruno, however,  declined to repent and so when he was being killed by the INQuisition, they stuck a wedge of wood into his mouth so he could not utter his profanities.

Bruno proclaimed the universe was infinite with gazillions of stars. So he burned and burned and burned and burned again. He was a neo-Platonist, so we suspect that condemned him. That and his feisty nature, we guess. Apparently even Kepler wasn’t keen on Bruno’s idea of the harmony of the spheres, even though Kepler and Newton after him were died in the wool astrologers.

Florence! The name rings bells. So here’s another photograph we took of the Olde Place, filled with the spirit of Renaissance philosophy and to heck with the Olde Monke Savonarola and his totally daft “Bonfire of the Vanities”!

We managed to reach the Uffizi from the top of the slopes. There we were lucky enough to see Botticelli’s “Primevara” (Spring), which thankfully he did not have to fling into the very famous “Bonfire of the Vanities”. We burst into tears spontaneously to see the real thing. His “Birth of Venus” is more famous,  and was in the same room, but without “Primavera”, there never would have been a Renaissance, IMHO.


Intel trip clashes with AMD trip

IT’S THE CLASH OF two PR  titans. No sooner had AMD invited a heap of hacks to go visit Dresden, than Intel has invited a heap of hacks to go visit Munich.

The AMD trip is on the 15th of May, while the Intel trip is, apparently on the 14th of May. I will be in Bangalore (Bengaluru) so can go on neither, even if I’d been invited to either. German hacks can probably do both, given the speed of the ICE trains in the country.

The fact the two trips collide is, of course, entirely coincidental. You’d think, in a way, that Chipzilla and Chimpzilla were collaborating. But that would, of course, fly in the face of conventional wisdom. They have to love each other, let’s face it.

The interesting thing is which hacks decide on Tweedledum dum dum, and which on TweedleAMD. Are hacks on the side of the underdog again?  

Colonel Bailey in dungeon, Mad Mike goes to Bengaluru

TIPU SULTAN is very much of a hero in Karnataka. He inflicted a crushing defeat on the British and the Colonel Bailey mentioned in the sign above (which is now below the sign) got thrown into a dungeon, below even the Bailey below.


But yours truly, I very much hope, won’t end up in a dungeon when I fry out to Bangalore on May Day.

I can’t pretend that I’ll get a sign put up on Airport Road, like this one for Sonia Gandhiji, when she visited the pleasant city a little while ago. If you’re a pedestrian crossing Airport Road, you really take your life into your hands. I’m looking forward to being in the Silicon City yet again. Luckily the new airport hasn’t opened yet – it’s miles from where I’m going.  


Dell confirms it’s a friend of the channel

WE REPORTED in mid-March that Dell was attempting to emulate HP’s success in implementing a channel strategy in India.

Now it has rolled out those plans, according to DQ Channels, an Indian web site. Dell’s cunning plan is called Partner Direct and will aim to recruit resellers to sell its products in what it quaintly describes as tier one and tier two cities in the sub-continent.

There’s more, here.