Father McKenzie, Writing the words of a sermon that no one will hear, No one comes near, Look at him working.. Music fans will recognize these lyrics from the threnody “Eleanor Rigby”, one of The Beatles’ most haunting tunes. An oblique elegy to the mysterious namesake, the song is a poignant paean to loneliness, anonymity and death. Is it then any wonder that in the age of Covid19 when we are afraid of even our shadow (unless it has washed its hand in soap and water for the prescribed two happy-birthdays rendition length) this song could be perceived as a … Continue reading Z for Zavala, Ignacio Fr.
Nope, no click-bait here: Yocto is very much a real word with a real meaning. So if you read no further, at least you can walk away better armed and prepared to score handsomely in your next Scrabble game when … Continue reading Y for Yocto
Artificial Intelligence seems to be taking over the world. From #FakeNews to Machine Learning, it seems like the day is nigh when algorithms and robots will do most of the thinking and working for us, leaving us to do…exactly what … Continue reading X=X+1 The Master Algorithm of Procrastination, and Hope!
In some ways I can relate to those born almost a hundred years ago. That generation found themselves traveling by horse-and-buggy (or bullock/camel cart, depending on the continent!), watched in amazement as the automobile , and then the airplane were … Continue reading W for Write Me a Letter
The winged lion in golden yellow at the center of the red flag is resting its paw on an open book. Pax tibi Marce evangelista meus – Peace to you, Mark, my evangelist – says the inscription on the book. … Continue reading V for Venice
The U7 train in Frankfurt runs from Hausen to Enkheim, a journey perhaps as nondescript, as unremarkable, as any of the hundreds of commuter lines that form the lifeblood of major metro cities around the world. But any trip is only as interesting as you allow it to be, and the U7 traverses through diverse neighborhoods that stamp their distinctive personas on the people entering and exiting the train. The Hauptbahnhof, or main station, is the only point where it is hard to make a distinction as it forces co-mingling of commuters, tourists, students and casual travelers on their way to and … Continue reading U for U7, Nach Enkheim
Tomorrow, she will talk to him and explain that it was all a big misunderstanding. Right now, she was too exhausted to think any more, simply tired and ready to go to sleep. It was a mistake anyway to try and pack in a meeting with him at the end of such a long day today. Today had actually started yesterday, when she boarded the long transatlantic flight. She never understood why people referred to the New York – London trip as “hopping across the pond”. It must be shallow bravado among the so-called road warriors. The uncomfortable seven hour … Continue reading T for Tomorrow