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I Saw Hamilton. (The Musical, Not the Shitty City)

Well, I’m in Chicago. I’ve been through O’Hare airport many many times. Once, a decade ago, I had an unplanned overnight stay here when I was en route to Memphis to give a presentation; but I didn’t have a real chance to see the city then. (more…)

Arrival in Ahmedabad… Again

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged about my travels. Perhaps it’s time to start again?

I’ve just completed a whirlwind tour of England’s north, a bit of Switzerland, and Venice, Italy. With a 24-hour turnaround, I’m now back in India, where I am once more participating in the summer institute of the Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar campus, in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. You may recall (but probably won’t) that I was one of the instructors in 2015, as well. (more…)

Does Processed Meat Really Cause Cancer?

bacon

(A much shorter version of this article has been published in The Huffington Post)

You’ve probably heard by now the WHO’s announcement that human consumption of processed meat is well associated with some kinds of cancer, most significantly colorectal cancer. I’ve seen a lot of reaction to this announcement, almost none of it moderate, balanced or thoughtful. At one end of the continuum, vegans are basking in their smug “Told ya so!” stance. Whereas, at the other end, carnivores (and, presumably, pork industry lobbyists) cling to any perceived holes in the science, and decry the usurpation of the WHO by PETA-style activism. (more…)

Beaten by the Bahn

Awake for 24 hours, and spent the night in the Leipzig airport

Awake for 24 hours, and spent the night in the Leipzig airport

This past week I have sung the praises of the well organized and efficient nation of Germany. Allow me to retreat from this narrative for a moment.

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