Showing posts from June, 2016

Dream Theater – The Astonishing – live in New York City, 23rd April, 2016

This post was written for Top Five Records. You can read the original post here.


If you follow the concert reviews that I write for this blog (for example, this, or this, or this, or well, even this), you would notice my incurable – almost clinical obsession – with a rather particular genre of rock music – viz. progressive rock.

The one band that opened the floodgates of my obsession for this genre was Dream Theater. Of course, I had been listening to Pink Floyd before, not quite knowing that A Dark Side of the Moon was “prog”. Or that the Beatles’ Sergeant Pepper’s Heart Club Band had actually laid the foundation of the concept album – which has become central to prog music today. And of course, once the floodgates had opened, the usual prog suspects followed – from the 70s British scene right up to the progressive metal of today. But Dream Theater was that one band that really introduced me to the genre, made me aware of what the genre really entailed, and taught me how to apprec…

Hello, 3D printing

3D printing has been quite the rage in the past couple of years. And not surprisingly so.

Indeed, very few things can be cooler than feeding a 3D model into a software, interfacing that with the right hardware, and getting a real-life model of it, right there. A number of reputablesources have even claimed that it's going to change the world forever.

We shall see how it changes the world forever, if and when it ever does, but for now, I'm just here to talk about my first experience with a 3D printer. This was at our office at the Berkman Center For Internet and Society at Harvard University (where I'm interning this summer). And it's actually, really cool.

The ink, at least for this printer (and from my understanding, for most 3D printers today) was plastic. The type of plastic that you need, depends on the kind of thing that you are printing. Here's how a cartridge looks like.

The mechanics of 3D printing is extremely interesting. One might just think that you fe…

Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy: The Many Faces of Anonymous - a book review

In August 2010, The Washington Post ran a news report on the website 4chan and its role in fomenting massive disruptions on the internet using collective online action. That was a time when 4chan, then a seven year old website, built by a 15 year old kid, and managed decentrally by large numbers of anonymous users, had only begun to make its presence felt to the outside world. Back then, 4chan was known only by the more erudite of the Internet denizens. It was a shady place, where not too many people ventured into, even fewer returned to. The close-knit community of nameless strangers who flocked around the website, sharing messages, images, and videos, lived their own underground life - laughing at their own jokes (which were often tasteless), poking fun at the outside world, and throwing out a prank now and then. Interestingly, and as author Gabriella Coleman (2014) describes in her book, it also proved to be the breeding ground of one of the most enigmatic activist groups of all t…