Day One: Arrival

Searching For Street Art

After 15 hours of traveling, I finally made it to Melbourne! Luckily, I knocked out for the 12 hour flight from Los Angeles to New Zealand, and I spent the three hours between New Zealand and Melbourne catching up on my favorite shows. Side note — New Zealand looks beautiful, even outside of the airport window, and I hope to visit in the future.

The Melbourne airport was incredible — when I arrived, I was greeted with two walls painted with paper planes that led to a sign: “Welcome to Melbourne.”

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I feel like Melbourne is a city of art — most of the street shops I’ve encountered feel more home-made than like a franchise. Melbourne even supports local artists on their regional maps through commissioned artwork. Here’s my collection of maps by Emma Leonard:

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After moving in to my new home, I walked around North Melbourne. Without intending to, I…

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Altaf Hussain; Godfather of Karachi, resident of Edgware

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Yesterday I called upon the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police to arrest a British citizen for incitement to murder. It is an open and shut case. You can watch his lips move on television, broadcast from London, in the wake of the controversial election count in the giant port city of Karachi, Pakistan. Hussain openly threatened the young democracy protesters agitating for a re-run of the election there that he would have them cut them down with swords.

No-one should think this mere rhetoric, Hussain is already convicted in Pakistan for multiple murder extortion organised crime and terrorist offences. That’s why he lives in Edgware. In fact he is chief suspect in over 100 murder cases, including in England in the murder of one of his own leading comrades.

Five years ago I gave a speech in Parliament asking why the then New Labour government was not only tolerating the…

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Elections 2013 in Pakistan and my predictions of seats

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Pakistan is going through an election year and we would be having it on 11th May 2013 just a week later. I am following Pakistani politics for few years now and seat prediction given in this post is based on guess work.

Brief Background

Pakistan is a multi-ethnic and multi-cultural country. There are many factors on which voters decide their choice. These include region/province, language, ethnicity, urban/rural, religious/sectarian affiliation and Income level. There have been two main stream political parties having appeal and representation throughout Pakistan, i-e. Pakistan People’s Party, Pakistan Muslim league Nawaz and recently Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf has emerged due to hard work of cricketer turned politician Imran Khan.
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Election 2008

There are 272 directly contested national assembly seats, while 60 reserved seats for women and 10 for non-Muslims (minorities). PTI, JI and some other regional parties boycotted the 2008 elections (results given below)

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Scrivi qui i tuoi pensieri… (opzionale)

Io Non Faccio Niente

Posted on March 20, 2013

One of the big challenges facing journalists writing about science is to summarize a scientific subject accurately, clearly and succinctly. Sometimes one of the three requirements is sacrificed, and sadly, it is often the first one.

So here is my latest (but surely not last) attempt at an accurate, succinct, and maybe even clear summary of why the Higgs business matters so much…

from Matt Strassler’s blog

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