an oldie but a goodie…
(you decide – click on the image to read)
from The Japan Times, 24.4.2015, these two drone pics, the first the radioactive visitor to Abe’s roof, the second a battle ready stealth killer. Then two different drones, the cartoon one involving, well, subtle cultural appropriation I guess, very subtle, both really. Varieties of droning on, and this without even mentioning the Wagner prelude (Das Rheingold). The constant C major of ‘Tomorrow Never Knows’ is less ominous than the Eb of Wagner, but any sound of drones should have you running for cover. In the JT, the cute little one gets front page (it is radioactive apparently, so not that cute), and the big super deadly looking one was buried on page eight. There was also a story about drones being used to smuggle contraband into prisons, which was a nice touch – on page 12.
and additionally, this little film on drones and surveillance society starts with quotes from kwark:
I’ve been reading his Bazaar book this last few weeks (its long, and its in a library I where I have reading but not borrowing rights). It is very much on topic for my research in Serampore, even if I am not a huge fan of his history style, its certainly way better than the sort of Brit historian you see on the telly (on a spectrum where Bayly is closer to Hobsbawn while Niall Fergusan is closer to Portillo).
Bayly’s books include; *The Local Roots of Indian Politics. Allahabad 1880-1920 (1975)
*Rulers, Townsmen and Bazaars. North Indian Society in the Age of British Expansion, 1780-1870 (1983)
*Indian Society and the Making of the British Empire (1988)
*Imperial Meridian. The British Empire and the World, 1780-1830 (1989)
*Empire and Information. Intelligence gathering and social communication in India 1780-1870 (1996)
*The Origins of Nationality in South Asia (1997)
*The Birth of the Modern World. Global Connections and Comparisons 1780-1914 (2004)
*Forgotten Armies. The Fall of British Asia 1941-45 with Dr Tim Harper (2004)
*Forgotten Wars: revolution and the end of empire in British Asia, 1945-55 with Dr Tim Harper (2008).
*Recovering Liberties. Indian thought in the age of liberalism and empire (2011)
Click on the pic for a short obit and a link to one of his talks