Essay: On the future of reading and writing under the shadow of the pandemic by Saikat Majumdar

The pandemic ironizes our lives. Just as it turns into alien reality before our eyes, we long for the unattainable Other. Art is after all, the impossible-to-resolve tension between the alien and the familiar. We long to empathize with everything we recognize from our own lives – the emotion of that familiar anxiety, the character […]

Slack is finally resetting passwords 4 years after a big data breach

Some four years after Slack suffered a data breach, the company has decided to reset the passwords of users it believes were affected. This issue only applies to people who created Slack accounts before March 2015 and then never changed their passwords and don’t have to access Slack through their office’s single-sign-on (SSO) provider. Basically, […]

Ten years on, the case for invading Iraq is still valid

Russians and Iranians are not alone in noticing the reactionary strain in western “progressive” thinking. The forlorn figure of John Kerry had to beg Syrian opposition leaders to meet him, only to prove to them that their initial instinct to stay away was well-founded. While Iran, Russia and Hezbollah engage in illiberal intervention on Assad’s […]

A 17-year-old’s business made millions on Amazon. Now it’s pivoting to masks

With an array of varied machines for dye sublimation, signmaking, and laser printing coupled with printing presses repurposed for box cutting, heat presses, sewing machines, and other tools, the company can also hatch new products almost instantly. On a recent pre-pandemic visit, Darcy Burner showed me a security-camera warning sign she designed in the morning […]

Amitabh Bachchan says Amar Akbar Anthony did Baahubali 2 business as film completes 43 years, shares throwback pics

Sharing the picture on Instagram, Amitabh wrote, “SHWETA and Abhishek visit me on set of Amar Akbar Anthony .. shooting song ‘My name is Anthony Gonsalves’ .. at Holiday Inn Ball Room .. this pic on the beach front .. 43 YEARS of AAA , today .. !!!”

Interview: Sainz ready for big time after school of hard knocks

“After nearly 40 races in F1, I found the way. I didn’t know how to overtake people when we were 20km/h down, like we are in some places, so to find spaces where you never thought they would be, or you use the battery, plus DRS, and maybe a bit the tyre in that corner, […]

Some international air services likely to be reopened

Data from the CAAV indicated that in May, a mere 2.88 million passengers traveled through local airports, plunging by 70% year-on-year. However, compared with the April figure of 188,000 travelers, this month has seen a significant increase in the number of passengers passing though local airports, supported by the efficiency of Covid-19 infection prevention and […]

Emotional Contagion From the Heart Between Humans and Dogs

All in all, this study showed that emotional contagion indicated by various measures of HRV “can be transferred from the owner to the dogs, and the efficacy of the emotional contagion was depending (sic) of the duration of the time-sharing with dog and owners.”1 In addition, female dogs were more sensitive than males to the stress […]

Seafood industry braces up for post-COVID blue economies

“The world is awakening to a new world order after this crisis, and we will feel the repercussions for a long time, both in terms of economic uncertainty and in our everyday choices. But the world will move on, we still have a mountain to climb when it comes to tackling climate change and food […]