Monthly Archives: November 2008


“Numbers” by Kraftwerk, inspired “Planet Rock” by Afrika Bambaataa. Bambaataa internalized the drum pattern on “Numbers” so much that he ended up creating the music on this fantastic Nike commercial based on it.

Why did the hippies want the hipster to apologize?



Bizet’s Carmen.

Today’s question: This song inspired another very popular song, which in turn inspired the sounds on something which was all the rage a few years back. (Listen to it through the flash widget here or by downloading the file directly from this link.) Details?

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Article about QFI

There has been an article published about the Quiz Foundation of India, (Chennai) in today’s Times Of India. Click here to access the e-paper. You can find the article on Page 4, in the top right corner.

Thanks to Shalini Umachandran for a nice and detailed article. Also, the true angst brewing within the QFI all through its existence finally comes out in the last paragraph. Check it out!


Hansa Wadkar, Smitha Patil playing her in Shyam Benegal’s Bhumika.

Three black reinventions of what?


Albert Einstein’s desk in Princeton.

Real life, meet reel life. Explain.


The GE Building in New York sometimes referred to as 30 Rock, a reference to its address at 30 Rockefeller Plaza. The famous photo Lunchtime atop a Skyscraper was taken here when the building was under construction in 1932.

This guy probably lived by a tenet that equated an empty desk with an empty mind. Who?



Albert Calmette and Camille Guérin who lend their names to Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (or Bacille Calmette-Guérin, BCG) the vaccine against tuberculosis.