The Last Days of Summer

History Channel

This past week, I was interviewed by a production team for a new show on the History Channel. This show is about how contributions from key cultures have historically helped to shape the modern world. I believe segments are being planned for the contributions of Germany, the UK, China, France, and India, at least for the first season.

Yours truly was the appointed talking head for the India episode. Some things I have some real expertise in, like mathematics, medical research, and statistics. Other things, like the Indian space program and the history of Indian trade, I have remarkable non-expert depth in. But some topics, like Bollywood music and Indian cuisine, I was really at my fringes, with respect to anything barely resembling expertise.

But I have faith in the team’s editing and research capacity to make me look like I sort of know what I’m talking about. 😉

Here are some pics from the shoot. I hope the team doesn’t mind me sharing their images!

I don’t know when the episode will air. But you’d better believe that I will crow it to the world!

Ortiz vs Lidell

It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of MMA.  I’m looking forward to the upcoming match between legends Tito Ortiz and Chuck Liddell… even though both men might be, shall we say, a little far too into their post-career careers.

Whatever. I will watch it.

But what is both entertaining and concerning is this video recently posted by Tito describing his workout schedule. Here is the exact quote:

“I train six days, actually six days a week. Five days a week, I’ll train three days a week. One of those days I will train two days of the week. So, six days a week I will be training.”

Let’s all just pretend that that means something.

Dogulus Prime

Dogulus Prime

This past week, I found myself watching my adopted four-legged son sleep, and thinking, “What a handsome young fellow he is.” And I was filled with a weird paternal pride for my dog.

Is that weird? If so, let it be weird. I love the little snot.

Here are some more videos of him, because he’s so cute:

(1) He falls asleep while watching The Good Wife:

(2) He gets a belly rub from a shoe horn:



Network Solutions is an internet registrar with whom one of my domains is registered. They keep sending me unwelcome marketing pitches. The most recent is this, a brilliant idea that because I am “deonandan” I might also want to buy a domain that sort of sounds like Deonandan….. “Nandankankou”. WTF?

Overly Complicated Breakfast

Yep, I take photos of my meals. Deal with it. Here are some recent entries…

Aug 22, 2018. Watermelon, mushroom salad, baba ganoush, hummus, veggie burger topped with veggie sauce, broccoli, and an open face peanut butter and pickle sandwich:

Aug 23, 2018. Bowl of cheerios with diced apple, berries, and cashews in soy milk; avocado, watermelon, mushroom salad, baba ganoush, and a peanut butter and pickle sandwich:

Aug 24, 2018. Avocado, watermelon, hummus, baba ganoush, sauteed spinach, vegan pizza.

Aug 26, 2018. Frosted wheaties in almond milk with a diced apple, and a butter tart:

Aug 27, 2018. Bowl of cheerios with mixed berries in soy milk, a PBJ sandwich, chopped up peach, and a side of broccoli:

Aug 28, 2018. Indian takeout! Channa masala, eggplant curry, dal, aloo gobi, saag paneer, and a side of mixed fruit (apple, peaches):

Aug 29, 2018. Middle Eastern food from some stripmall place; fries, salad, falafel, hummus, rice, and some mixed veggie thing:

Aug 30, 2018. Channa masala, basmati rice, pita, and baba ganoush:

Aug 31, 2018. My mother’s curried tofu, dal, mango chutney, and roti:


R.I.P. Lily Lachmine, 1920-2018

Lily Lachmine

These blog posts are irreverent and sometimes vile, I know. So please forgive the tonal shift as I acknowledge the death of my maternal grandmother, who passed away this past Friday. Lily Lachmine was born July 1, 1920, and died Aug 31, 2018, after having been made a single mother of 8 children (including one who died in infancy) at the age of 30. She supported them all through raw poverty by selling produce in an open-air market in Guyana. She moved to Canada in 1970, where she helped to raise 29 grandchildren and scores of great- and even great-great-grandchildren.

She was born just a few years after the invention of flight, yet lived to see the 21st century, when men have walked on the Moon and quantum teleportation is a reality. That’s quite a life.