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Month: December 2011

From Egypt to North Korea

Transition is ongoing in North Korea, following the death of Kim Jong-Il two weeks ago. It is rather fascinating to watch official ceremonies unfurl, as this is one of the few times when a Stalinist country goes into full display mode. For comparison, footage from Stalin’s funeral (1953), first raw,…

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The People Below

Finally done with version 3.0 of “The People Below”, a steampunk novella. Now on to the next (and hopefully final) phase — pestering people to find a few readers, and then pestering them to get comments and suggestions back. Let’s spread the love… 😉 Happy holidays to all!

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Mathematics and Politics

Amusing view from Plato on how to train politicians: We must endeavour to persuade those who are prescribed to be the principal men of our State to go and learn arithmetic, not as amateurs, but they must carry on the study until they see the nature of numbers with the…