Friday, February 25
Blogs in javaconnect
Here's a bit of it:
"Yeah? Why not create a blog on what ails the Indian cricket team?"
Why not indeed. You want it - go get it. That's what blogging is all about.
Followed the cold coffee up with Scorcese's The Aviator at Sathyam. Best presentation I saw in all my time in Chennai. Do watch it (that is if you have not been hiding under an unusually heavy rock like me till now).
Wednesday, February 23
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Kottke to blog on
Quitting my job to run kottke.org full-time is possibly the dumbest economic decision I’ve ever made in my life.
Guardian’s Online Blog takes a safely cynical view of Kottke’s decision. While Ev is all GO! for it.
Quitting a job for creative pursuits is not something I would disapprove of. For those of us without jobs, it is something we can only approve of. In spite of the misery of joblessness creeping in from all sides, this is what Yahoo! emailed me this morning.
You silver-tongued devil, you! As if your already indisputable way with logic weren’t enough, you’ve suddenly been additionally gifted with the ability to charm the socks off of any audience member. Is that fair?
No seriously! Is that fair?
Tuesday, February 22
Actually, I may write here in the meantime too. You know me!
Monday, February 21
They don't make love stories as they used to anymore!
Sunday, February 20
Google is scanning
California-based Google Inc. said last December it would scan millions of books and periodicals into its popular search engine over the next few years.
Its partners in the project are Harvard University, Stanford University, Oxford University, the University of Michigan and the New York Public Library.
Google says the project will promote knowledge by making it more easily and more widely accessible. It aims to make money by attracting people to its Web site and to its advertisements.
Tags: Ideas, Web.
Saturday, February 19
The DC Universe
Check out Kid Flash for example. Also, don't miss the new Super Boy and Robin.
Tags: Comics, Books.
Funnily, the first time I tried, typing vmblog yielded some other site as the number one result on Google. It was a non-english company website. I checked and found that the vmblog.com URL is now parked on GoDaddy.
The reason why Firefox seems to love me may have something to do with Google's being its default primary search engine. The Firefox Start page is powered by Google. Resembles the rounders template of Blogger.
Whoever saves one life, saves the world entire.
I have a strong feeling that I would be humming the theme for the next week and even a couple of days into the next. Unless something new presents itself to my sensitive ears of course.
Tags: Movies, Quotes.
Friday, February 18
Gmail is out! (Almost)
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Luck to Google!
Thursday, February 17
Then, glee at the Firefox start page which is the browser's default home page. Then, logging into blogger to blog all this. Then, this.
Tags: Firefox, Browser.
The difference is conceptual. The Internet is not a library. At least not the kind of library we are used to. If it is a library then perhaps it is one where you are allowed to disagree with the librarian loudly. You are allowed to scribble on the walls of the library and in some cases even write on the books if you find a typo (wiki).
Every click you make adds to the Internet. There is something very natural about the web. Like replenishable natural resources. Something very conducive to the human spirit. The Monalisa is not unique. You can copy it and send it to as many people as possible. Each copy would be as real as the original. As long as you mention the old man's name, I don't think Da Vinci would mind either.
I am currently in the middle of Lawrence Lessig's The Future of Ideas: The Fate of Commons in a connected world. The book is awe inspiring in its scope and frightening at times.
There is this line we all tread. On one side is the consumerist. On the other side are those who pay for his sins. He tells us that order is impossible without control. We agree, and then wonder why it must be he who exercises that control.
Tags: Internet, Web, Blogs, Information, Books.
Past the Tsunami
As of now, the tsunami has spilled over into life. You no longer go to beaches and fishermen's villages to see its 'impact'. Its all around you. It won't be dead for a long time to come.
Tuesday, February 15
Blogger.com reloaded its comment system, perhaps I will test it out for a bit.
Tuesday, February 8
Cricket and the Dork Side
All this doesn't even bring me close to the halfway score. But its better than starting at the top of a steep slide.Ahem! Back to the promise. Honestly, it was not even a promise. Forget solemnity and serious crap like that. It so happened, that one bedraggled soul revealed her ignorance with the sport called Cricket and got a somewhat more enlightened one started into what was soon to become a horridly detailed view of the thing. As fact after funny fact made its way into my skull against the guard I had put in place years ago, my mind travelled back to the days when Sunday morning was heaven.
My knowledge levels in all matters cricket have never been anyone's envy. Yet, owing to a father neck deep into it and the avrage smalltownish cricket-doped environs, I did stand in for impromptu crickety sessions (so called because games then were referred to as bat-ball games).I devotedly followed the Sunday morning line-up of cartoon shows on Doordarshan. There were Disney's Aladdin and Batman among others. I missed special art classes, family events, social gatherings for my bit of heaven. I even avoided friends who were inconsiderate enough to drop in. Sometimes when under the strict gaze of ma, I had to meet them, I tried and converted them.
The promise? Yes, getting to it. It's simple really, there were only two things that ever kept me from Sundaying. One was Math (pending homework, that came to the notice of dad), or Cricket. I could never (still can't) fathom the extent of insensibility that Doordarshan suffered from to be able to scrape an entire Sunday for a bunch of... Gasp!I made a Bruce Wayne kind of vow (in my sub-conscious thank you!) to be uncricketical for life. I don't get it and I don't like it. I thought this might be a good time to remind myself. The dork side is where I belong.
Wednesday, February 2
The introduction where young Gates is mock-knighted by his grandfather was extremely cool (my opinion).My first impressions didn't desert me this time. National Treasure maintains the pace throughout, with minor exceptions. Diane Kruger was a major distraction. That she sent the entire row behind me groaning, wasn't a bother (I was drooling too). I am just. Justin Bartha gave a superb performance as Riley Poole.Would like to have a proper and educated sounding end to this but can't. The movie didn't exactly rock. But go for it if you dig treasure hunt tales like Indiana Jones.
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