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India: Day 1, Noms #2

I can see that I’m going to have to do a lot of walking to keep off the poundage here. My hosts are making really lovely meals, and Mr. Das has provided mass quantities of sweets. Just before bed, as I’m deeply jet-lagged, I’ll show my dinner and Mr. Das’s postprandial sweets (see two posts […]

Should I join Patheos?

The people who run Patheos and its atheist channel have asked me to join that channel. I haven’t made any decision, nor am I yet even leaning one way or another. I thought, then, that I’d ask the readers how they feel about this, both to see if people might abscond (I don’t want to […]

First noms in India

It’s appropriate that my first post from India (and posting will be light after I leave Delhi on Wednesday morning) is on food: in particular, my first meal in Delhi. Here is a lovely lunch that my hosts prepared. Here we have, clockwise from bottom left, potatoes and onions, eggplant and chilis, kebabs with shredded chicken, […]

Monday: Hili dialogue

Good morning, and happy Monday! Today there is a special Hili dialogue accompanied by this note from Malgorzata: “In Poland, there is special cause for celebration today. The website “Listy” was born 15 December 2013, and on that day Hili became its official Editor-in-Chief. Today, then, is the first anniversary of the site, and she is very proud of […]

Come on down!

The latest Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal by Zach Weiner purports to show a deep flaw in creationism. But creationists already have an answer to this; I’ll leave it to you to give it in the comments (there’s also a wording problem in the first panel): h/t: jsp

I have landed

Every international flight I’ve ever taken to India lands between 1 and 5 a.m., and this was no different: 1:05.  I’m now ensconced at my friends’ house at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi, and it’s 3:30 a.m.  All I can write tonight is something that every inveterate traveler knows: the second you step off the […]

Grape plasma

Who would have thought that you could microwave a cut grape for just a few seconds, and produce a glowing plasma in your microwave. Have a look at this instructional video (NOTE: I am not telling you to try this at home, but if you do, report back.) The explanation, from Now I Know: The […]

Open thread

This is the ghost of Professor Ceiling Cat, summoned forth by his minions to create a forum for discussion.  In the thread below you can talk about whatever you want. One suggestion, which is mine, is this: in my post on Friday, I asked readers to tell me why, in the absence of data, they […]

Readers’ wildlife photographs

. . . and I use the term loosely. But, as Maru says, I do my best, and this is the best I can do when I’m jet-lagged. Reader George sends a photo of urban wildlife: Here’s a photo of my cats watching a squirrel eat a slice of apple.

Sunday: Hili dialogue

Greetings from Schiphol Airport, where it’s early morning and Professor Ceiling Cat has a 4 hour layover before the 7-hour flight to New Delhi. And I have just received the latest Hili dialogue, which is below. As several readers commented, Schiphol is now a generic international airport, complete with Starbucks and McDonald’s.  Yes, you can […]


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