June 2, 2020

Layers of a city

I stumbled upon a podcast episode discussion the making of the movie Saint Jack in late 1970s Singapore. Skip to around 9 minutes.

The Plot Thickens: Bogdanovich, The Misunderstood

Travel Singapore
May 3, 2020

The canary in the black ink

What book is this (I have not blocked the title, this is the way it appears in the bookshop)? Usually, this time of the year, I am in Rangoon. This book cover brings back memories of the 1990s Burma; sometimes, we would see magazines or newspapers with such blocked out articles or pages thanks to last minute visits by the censors. Either the editor could not find a harmless replacement article, or it was some brave editor who let the blocked section go. It was akin to the Canary In The Coal Mine” that sent a signal that some controversial incident had taken place.

1984

Still, looking for the book? Clue: The author worked as a police chief in colonial Burma.

Burma
March 4, 2020

An iOS Shortcut for your library’s Overdrive search

Some public libraries now offer digital books via a service called Overdrive. Often when I am reading an article, I want to search for the name of the book or author to see if there is anything in the Overdrive collection related to the text. I made an iOS shortcut that lets me search for a book from a highlighted text on a web page.

Select the text that you want to search Search Overdrive

Select Share to open the Share menu. Select the shortcut to run. Search Overdrive

The Shortcut searches for the selected text on Overdrive search engine Search Overdrive

Video demo

On the topic of Overdrive, I got a new Kobo.

I like e-Ink readers. I have used a couple of Kindles over the years. Kindle is economical for me as I buy e-books from the Indian Kindle store, which has perhaps the cheapest ebooks anywhere. But Kindle does not work with Overdrive based library digital book systems (outside of the US). Hence, Kobo. Another positive is the integration with Pocket, a read-later app.

Trying Kobo reader with Overdrive

tech
March 2, 2020

The Insight: Genetics and (pre)history of Southeast Asia

Razib and Spencer talk all things genetic and prehistorical Southeast Asia!

Link: The Insight: Genetics and (pre)history of Southeast Asia

Links
February 22, 2020

More sleep and better learning

I have been arguing this for a long time.

Later school start times are associated with more sleep and better performance in high school students.

https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/4/12/eaau6200

Education
February 18, 2020

Tibetan stuff in Saigon

We were exploring some alleys and stumbled upon a shop run by a Vietnamese-Tibetan couple. They sell Incense and other religious goods from Tibet and Nepal. The kind owners offered us Tibetan tea. It reminded me of my time in Sichuan when I used to stay next to a Tibetan restaurant. https://ofgettinglost.blot.im/tibetan-food-in-chengdu

Tibetan shop in Saigon

Tibetan shop in Saigon

Travel Vietnam