Mirrors and fatherhood

For one of those gnostics, the visible universe was an illusion or (more precisely) a sophism. Mirrors and fatherhood are abominable because they multiply and disseminate that universe.

– Unnamed heresiarch of Uqbar

or

Mirrors and copulation are abominable, because they increase the number of men.

– Unnamed heresiarch of Uqbar

From Tlon, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius – a do-I-even-need-to-specify-short story in Labyrinths by Jorge Luis Borges. It has been over 8 years since I read the book – my personal copy packed in a box somewhere in Metuchen, NJ. I bought the book at Stockholm airport this week for a friend and couldn’t help reading it over my evening cuppa.

I certainly can’t gift the book to my friend now. On the bright side, I get to read Borges again. Ha!

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Back to bloging and CCS

It has been over a year and a half since I blogged. This is mainly because I had (have) been writing a lot for work – my thesis, papers, reports etc. – that I could not bring myself to indulge in yet another writing ‘project’. Even though the writing for work shows no sign of reducing, I figured it is about time I started blogging. This has been prompted by a few questions my friends and acquaintances have regarding my work and Carbon Capture and Storage in particular. I will try to present my views on CCS and industrial energy efficiency.

There are quite a few blogs out there on renewables etc., but hardly anything on CCS. Hopefully this blog will serve that purpose. This does not imply that the blog will preclude all other interests if mine.

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KuttiMe turns 2 today

Our Little One

KuttiMe, Ananya, Anu, Kurumbu Princess, whichever name you reply to…..

HAPPY BIRTHDAY LITTLE ANGEL.

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First Annual World Environment Poll Review

Global Market Insite Inc. (GMI), in a project initiated by Jon Dee of Planet Ark, conducted an internet-based survey on the attitude of people towards global warming. The 2007 World Environment Review polled 14,000 consumers in 14 countries around the world about their attitudes towards climate change. The results show that Indian care most about the environment with 53% of the 1,001 Indian indicating they are “Very Concerned” about climate change. Contrast this with Norway where 20% indicate they are “Very Concerned” about climate change with 59% choosing “Fairly Concerned”. You can get detailed results here.

These results make Neha laugh. It makes me shake my head in disgust. The truth is that these numbers presented as results from the poll are meaningless and have next to no value. This is statistics gone awry… again. I had earlier (in my other blog) written on how statistics is being used to defent any given view-point. Well, here’s another facet of it.

Norwegians, from my personal experience, care a lot about the environment. I must admit that quite a few of them have their facts all mixed up because of some pretty ordinary reporting in the newspapers. But the climate debate is alive and kicking here with atleast 2 (to the more common 4) pages devoted to covering this issue in most papers. The Norwegian results thus look OK to me with nearly 79% being concerned – a Norwegian would mostly never describe himself/herself as being “Very Concerned” about anything but lack of snow prior to their Påske skiferie (Easter Ski Vacation).

The questions also did not make much sense – particularly in the Norwegian case. One of the points were – “Noway is too reliant on foreign oil” with replies being 9% – “Strongly Agree”, 25% – “Agree”. Now, Norway is the third largest exporter of oil (after Russia and Saudi Arabia). Tell me once more why they would be too reliant on foreign oil????

It is half baked efforts such as these that cast environmentalists in bad light.

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About Convex Hull

Convex hull is my blog equivalent for the similar term in computational geometry, where I hope to bring my disparate and disjunctive thoughts together.

This is not a blog on computational geometry. I will occasionally blog on my research interests – systems engineering, energy, thermodynamics and optimization. In all probability, this blog will be on is on this and that (more on that and less on this) and nothing in particular.

I was earlier blogging at The Alterego Speaks… but over time found that even though my alterego had a lot to say the posts were few and far between. I hope to be more regular here and hence the new avatar.

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