plenty of polio in india
9 May 2005
Lately lots of articles about finding some people in Indonesia with polio, but I saw plenty of people in Bihar India with polio. According to FT magazine, it strikes primarily middle class people, the theory being that "low-level infection in societies with poorer hygiene provided immunity at a young age." Strange. One kid I was talking to : spoke good english and told me his parents were dead (or gone somewhere) and his sister had dropped him off in Bodh Gaya so he could beg. He lived in the base of a tree planter.
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- symmetry; the central channel
[Mark Mothersbaugh](http://www.mutato.com/beautifulmutants/html/gallery/mharper.html) (devo) did a beautiful art show of antique photos that he transforms by digitally making them symmetrical. Seeing a symmetrical face is very strange. His [attached article](http://www.mutato.com/beautifulmutants/statement.html) is well worth reading too. Rorsarch. A study of dancers (in Jamaica) showed that women were attracted to men who showed symmetry in their moves. [BBC](http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/4550000.stm) A recent study said that many people still don't really understand how mirrors work. A robot in Japan now has "mirror image cognition" and can ...
- web2.0, hype and cynicism, pump and dump, craving and aversion
One of the amazing things I experienced while being in India for 6 months was a complete lack of cynicism. They have evil and greed and stupidity, but cynicism just isn't there. People don't worry about hype cycles or being cool or reacting to (anybody's) success with an immediate pull back (waiting to see when the back lash comes). Coming back to NYC was a total shock. Friends don't make eye contact with each other. People seem to be hiding ...
- Kashmiri Saffron
Kashmiri saffron is darker and stronger than most kinds. I bought about a gram in Himachal Pradesh India for a dollar or two, quite cheap. So now I'm making saffron basmati rice, thinking about them sitting up there in trouble. Its bad. The world isn't responding to the earthquake in the same way as they did the Tsunami. Partly because the Tsunami happened in vacation land, and was physically very unusual and bizarre. Also because international people look down on ...
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