It has always felt arbitrary. Why are there twenty-four hours in a day, seven days in a week, days ranging from 28 to 31 in a month? The standard that ruled which month gets 31 and which gets 30 or less seems rather random. Why are hours divided into 60 minutes, and minutes into 60 […]Read more "Reconfiguring Time : The French Republican Calendar"
Hot pot. It’s a very honest name for this wonderful Chinese dish. Enter a hot pot restaurant and you are served a big pot of boiling broth, and you can order from a range of ingredients that you can conveniently order as a set, or a-la-carte to match your taste. The ingredients include friendly choices […]Read more "Chongqing Huoguo – The Hottest of Hot Pot"
Gibberish 131 Sebastopol. The Clay-Animated Demise of Lieutenant Hollander has been on the screen for over 16 days. Its box office reception has been great, selling over three million in just four days. The tickets that have been sold during those four days contained a GPS tracker and a small microphone. The ticket devices have […]Read more "The Clay-Animated Demise of Lt. Hollander"
The advent of public art galleries and museums allowed us to freely view and appreciate art. The next great invention allowed us to browse the world’s art in the comfort of our homes. However, it also brought down the experience into an activity to the level of browsing an IKEA catalogue, without ever going to […]Read more "The Absence of Presence : Viewing Art through the Internet"
Gibberish 129 There is something strange that being awake at dawn brings out of you. Masters and incorrect sisters, the watches and clocks and the digital displays pointed to a time that was neither night nor morning. A mourning of the needles. Needless to say, it had not been so long since his eyes were […]Read more "Masters and Incorrect Sisters"
Gibberish 127 Hoist the colors. The late Robert Vanderveerd had one unseen memo in his breast pocket. The pages were as colorful as the flags that hung from the mast, a swing that fell a thousand fathoms deep. Hence, Henry was his friend whose trousers would never match the girth of his legs. Then there […]Read more "The Grief of Henry and Robert"
Gibberish 093 Rabbits and hares occupied most of the wartime hospitals. From a certain point of time, it had become obvious that it was going to end badly, if not horribly. However, most people were not aware of this predicament. They chose rather to spend their time in their holiday homes, doing away with what […]Read more "The Reality of a Rabbit-Hare Collision"