Change of scene

Dear Readers,

I am now active on armeenkapadia.com

I may not be writing here too often.

See you there!

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“There is nothing more uncommon than common sense.” Frank Lloyd Wright

Tata vs Turtles

The Tatas, one of India’s oldest and largest multinationals are planning to build (already started preparations for building) a port at Dhamra, Orissa, India. This spot is one of the very few nesting places of the very rare Oliver Ridley turtles, and if the port is completed that will be the end of them. There are other things you can do to help save the turtles. You can read about them here on the Greenpeace site.

Please take some action, however small. The port can be built anywhere. We can’t make new turtles. If the huge corporates don’t start realising the consequences of their actions, and taking responsibility of them, many eco-systems will be ruined forever. There is still time to stop them.

You can put this same ad on your blog or site to help spread awareness. And here is more on the whole story so far.

Why does it always have to be this way? Why is the price of so-called ‘progress’ so heavy? Maybe we need to redefine progress.

Design cycle

Here is a diagram, that is my understanding, till date, of the basic process of design. It could be anything from designing an airport, to makingĀ  a dress.

design_cycle

Random thoughts

Note to myself: Think big. But pay a hell of a lot of attention to detail. Hundreds of tiny details make the big picture.

You have to see a silent film to appreciate the strength of silence and sound both.

Quote

“I told the doctor I broke my leg in two places. He told me to quit going to those places.” – Henny Youngman

Reflectors

truck

I saw a truck last night which had a compact disc stuck on the back as a reflector, and it was working pretty well gleaming there in the dark. A whole line of them stuck there would work brilliantly in dazzling the driver behind you. The masses in India are really innovative in the way they use and re-use and re-re-use things. This is because of poverty most of the time, but also due to a deeply ingrained philosophy that it is wrong to waste anything. Waste not, want not. We should learn from them. The traditional Indian village was largely self-sufficient, with little need to import things from neighbouring towns, and little waste. Lets hope we don’t lose this way of life and hopelessly go down the ‘we want more’ road.

A fellow student who went on an exchange programme to Italy was presenting her work and told us of how in Italy, bad looking vegetables are often thrown out during the long and complex sifting that vegeables go through there. The vegetable is actually edible, but is just a not so red (or green), maybe bruised, or unshapely. If that isn’t the most shockingly wasteful thing I have heard of, then I don’t know what is. If they just sent all those vegetables to India, a lot of us would gladly eat them.