Archive for January 12th, 2018

The burden of free and cheap parking on India’s cities

January 12, 2018

I was just reading this piece on how so called Parking sharks charge Rs 10 for parking 2-wheelers in a Bangalore locality. Its is higher than. Rs 5 the government has mandated:

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Brief history of airport chapels in US..

January 12, 2018

Did not know that airports have chapels too.

Prof Wendy Cadge of Brandeis University gives us a tour:

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Sindhis: A Legacy of Enterprise

January 12, 2018

Another nice video by Live History India on history of Sindhis and their enterprise.

History of Tennis: Why Is scoring in the game so weirdly?

January 12, 2018

Interesting piece by Merrill Fabry:

All sports have their own vocabularies, the shorthand lingo to communicate intricacies of rules and how play proceeds. But usually the scoring can at least be counted on to be fairly straightforward. Not so much for tennis.

For the unfamiliar, tennis starts with both players at zero, called love: “Love-all.” One person scores: 15 to love. The server’s score is said first, the receiver’s second. The other now scores, and they’re tied at “15-all.” The next point is 30, then 40, and the following point wins that game. If they tie at 40 it’s called a deuce. From that tie the next person to get a point has the advantage, but generally has to win by two points — that is, to score twice in a row — to win the game. And it doesn’t stop there. Six of these games make a set, and the set must be won by two games or it goes to a tiebreaker. After the set is over, it repeats. To win the whole match requires either winning best of five sets or best of three sets, depending on the competition.

With the Australian Open set to begin on Monday, observers may once again ponder an inevitable question: Why count this way?

In short, we still do not know clearly why the scoring came to be this weird..


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