Sashimani Devi, last human consort of the god Jagannathdied on March 19th, [2015,] aged 92.

TO ITS earliest European witnesses the main festival of the cult of Jagannath, in the city of Puri in eastern India, was simply a bloodbath. On a huge cart with 16 wheels the black-faced god, a mere stump of wood with round, staring eyes, was rolled through the main avenue while fanatical devotees cast themselves before it, hoping to free themselves from rebirth by being crushed alive. From this scene came the English word juggernaut, an implacable and monstrous machine that, once set in motion, cannot be stopped.




Wood used in Jagannath’s chariot vanishing fast from Odisha’s jungles   …   Jagannath Temple needs 1,135 logs of about 400 cubic metres to build three chariots every year.  …  Used chariots are dismantled and the wood supplied as fuel to the temple’s kitchen that caters to 35,000-40,000 people every day.


Pick Up the Pieces (Gomez)


THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD (Ernest Hemingway)   (From:   “The First Forty Nine Stories“)


Northern Sask. crime rate highest of northern regions:  StatsCan   …   According to a report the federal statistics agency published Tuesday [May 5, 2015], there were 54,978 crimes reported per 100,000 people in northern Saskatchewan.  [Question:  How many people reside in northern Saskatchewan?]


Saskatchewan (Red Box, covering Buffy Ste. Marie)


The end of Moore’s law   …   Intel reckons that the transistors it now produces run 90,000 times more efficiently and are 60,000 times cheaper than the first one it produced in 1971. Were a car that uses 15 litres of petrol per 100km and costs $15,000 to improve its performance in similar fashion, it would consume less than two tenths of a millilitre of petrol per 100km and cost a quarter.  [Note to Intel:  Please start building cars.]


The emergence of modern sea ice cover in the Arctic Ocean, 2.6 million years ago   …   The extent of the Arctic Ocean sea ice cover was established 2.6 million years ago, according to a new paper published in Nature Communications. ‘We have not seen an ice free period in the Arctic Ocean for 2.6 million years. However, we may see it in our lifetime,’ says the main author, marine geologist Jochen Knies.