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Internet, due to its almost zero distribution costs, has brought the marginalized outliers to mainstream (according to conventional definitions). This Youtube video could eventually rival the Nielsen rating that the coolest show on MTV could pull tonight. Still, the video probably would never be on the "cool-hip" MTV. Why? Its too not-mainstream. Its too not-the-"average"-viewer. So what? Why let some rich-50yr MTV producer tell you what you want to watch.
For the curious, this phenomenon of zero distribution costs have been well documented in the popular LongTail.
The Octagon as it was fondly called, the 24hr computer lab at my alma mater, the Regional Engineering College at Trichy (RECT) campus was an wonderful place. RECTians gather over there to do programming, and well other less-serious stuff as well. Here is a snapshot of it in all glory. And it's slogan "Dare to Dream" was an inspirational one too.
Obviously, the one available for public would be the OSMs. Anyways, I am keeping my eyes open to see where and when I can actually download them. Here is the National Policy on Maps [pdf] and their guidelines [pdf].
Also, I accidently stumbled upon an excellent resource which contains info for almost all the cities/towns in the world. It is called Global Gazetteer. And it is simply awesome. Here's the info about Erode.
My friend has recently shown me about this excellent resource for free GIS maps of India. I have downloaded several of them. Expect some maps out on this blog soon.
Whenever life gets you down, Mrs Brown And things seem hard or tough And people are stupid obnoxious or daft And you feel that you've had quite enough...
Just remember that you're standing on a planet that's evolving And revolving at nine hundred miles per hour It's orbiting at nineteen miles per second, so it's reckoned The Sun that is the source of all our power The Sun, and you, and me, and all the stars that we can see Are travelling at a million miles per day In an outer spiral arm at forty thousand miles per hour In the galaxy we call the Milky Way
The galaxy itself contains a hundred billion stars It's a hundred thousand light years side to side It bulges in the middle, sixteen thousand light years thick But out by us it's just three thousand light years wide We're thirty thousand light years from Galactic Central Point We go 'round every two hundred million years And our galaxy is only one of millions and billions In this amazing and expanding universe
The universe itself keeps on expanding and expanding In all of the directions it can whiz The fastest it can go The speed of light, you know Twelve million miles a minute, and that's the fastest speed there is So, remember when you're feeling down and insecure How amazingly unlikely is your birth And hope that there's intelligent life somewhere out in space 'Cause it's bugger all down here on Earth
Though I was born in Chennai (Madras), I spent my entire life till my highschool in a town called Erode, some 400km southwest of Chennai. I did my schooling till grade 3 at Kalaimagal Kalvi Nilayam (KKN) and from grade 4 to 12 at Sengunthar Matriculation Hr. Sec. School (SMHSS). It had it's cool times, good times and some bad times, lousy times and weird moments. I recently went to Erode after some 7 year hiatus. I got to meet my school friends and my childhood friends and it was blast and a touching moment of my recent trip to India. And it was cool. And so here I am, presenting you with maps of Erode.
If you are not that familiar with Erode, might I suggest you to get the general scheme of things from my post on Maps of Tamilnadu and Southern India. Erode is like in the center of Tamilnadu, the southern most state of the Indian subcontinent.
In this method, you would have to try only a maximum of 100 combinations, and if you had some sense of what numbers you might have had on your original lock, it is even easier. The most suprising thing is that all the codes are either odd or even digits (from 0 to 39).
All Master lock have the same pattern of the codes: The lock has a dial with 40 calibration marks numbered 0 to 39. A combination consists of 3 of these numbers, for example: 15-25-7. To open the lock, the following steps are taken:
turn the dial clockwise 2 full turns
stop at the first number of the combination
turn the dial counter-clockwise 1 full turn
continue turning counter-clockwise until the 2nd number is reached
turn the dial clockwise again until the 3rd number is reached
I just had to say this: In this world, after all said and done, the truth of the matter is that you are the only person who you can truly depend upon. It's not to say that you are not loved or cared for or looked upon. It just is. And that is when you realize that you are not a kid, but a grown-up.
Sophocles has said it the best when he said, "The keenest sorrow is to recognize ourselves as the sole cause of all our adversities." And when you stop blaming others and giving excuses and truly look inside into you, you would see the courage to stand within and trust our own instincts. I wish I could remember these as long as I live.
We all know the disaster caused by the earthquake that hit the Kashmir [more on wikipedia]. Here's an email that received and wanted to put it out on the web for fellow bloggers:
Association for India's Development is deeply moved by the loss of life caused by the South Asian Earthquake that affected parts of Jammu and Kashmir. AID appeals to all its chapters, volunteers, donors and the community to come forward and SUPPORT the relief and reconstruction efforts in the communities affected by the earthquake. AID US has already transferred $15000 for immediate relief and is partnering with various organizations.
Donations can be sent online from here. [ https://www.aidindia.org/aidadmin/aux/RandRinKashmir2005Donate.jsp ]
Follow all their relief activities on the AIDIndia Blog. Please donate, as every dollar counts. Thanks for reading.
One of my best friends, Raja, had sent me this wonderful inspirational powerpoint a while ago. And it was sitting on my computer for the past two years, before I found a way to convert them to an image to post on this blog.
Ofcourse, it is a bit idealistic. But don't let that romantic visionary in your heart squashed by that rational fellow in your head. Hang loose ;)
To be honest, I have had that "man" in the neighbourhood. Infact he was the landlord of the housing complex that I spent most of my years on. And he used to yell at us not to play anywhere with the ball. Me and my neighbours use to play cricket as well as running games etc. And also, he use to just stare at us menancingly, and ugh!! How i hated him for spoiling all the fun. And that too, when we were so little and just hanging around. Just blogging this to see as I long, not to be like him !!
Petiness, simply doesn't capture the rage that I feel right now. But, since the disaster of the earthquake that hit the Kashmir [more on wikipedia], politicians are playing the game of not allowing Indian soliders into the politically sensitive borders of the two nations. And it sickens my heart. I know, it is not an easy thing. considering the mutual lack-of-faith and constant finger pointing. But comeon, sometimes, we just don't place the value of life on premium. Background on Kashmir.
I got an iPod and wanted to fill my 20 gigs and was wondering where on earth can i find tamil desi songs? A google search led me to this excellent site, Coolgoose that has a huge collection of tamil songs and comedy dramas along with several hindi and folk songs. And it is free with good download speeds. So, click to download tamil songs.
Check out this nice query, [flower * classes] and it fills in the blanks like, flower arranging classes, flower designing classes, flower arrangement courses etc, (get the drift?) and also it does search for variants like courses, course, and lessons.
Notice that it doesn't do stemming on flower. But lo and behold, the synonym tilde operator. Try [~flower * classes] and it does stemming on flower like flowering and floral too.
Wow. It is truly beyond just text matching now. It's a powerful understanding the meaning of the word search. Try it out !!
On that wonderful dusk with sun Losing his game to the king of Night. Red cloids, the only remenants of the sun's army, dancing in joy. Not knowing, he will soon be a prey under Night's swords.
Down, under the wonderful horizon of sky's colorful empire, lies once upon Great kingdon, now nothing - Ulberia. People were, like trees of Great sahara. Avast on the field encircling citadel, as if someting is there to guard?
In the old ampitheater nearby, lies evening markets with rush-free stores, as if a bird in the mid hot noon. Unknown faces, unknown dimensions, unknown buys, unknown sells. Who is known to who?
Farby, a nimble footed old lady, like a tall palm with dry leaves to decorate. She was selling a juice made of dates Soaked in carmel milk by name "orswanka". You can call it by any name. Costs 8 kzarjans. Tall artistic cup full of it would make you take no-food for a day. Home-made, yet with care and love. She was given title - "juckey" meaning "Life-saver". Hadn't she had saved the life of "Furzer" - the cheiftan here by her "orswanka". You will call here a witch for her appearance.
But, a kind gentle hearted witch. a possible correction you will make on hearing this: A poor lad accused of civic crime, was made to fast for a month. Days gone, but worse for him, nearing his final hours,, dying of starvation: providing him "orswanka", she had given him a life, Indeed! Equals the rank of God, as a creator of Life! Thank god for being a human in the jungle of animated homosapians. But, (she was) put to death on a horror day.
what knits the old woman - the juckey with this lad? Neither blood nor her friend nor a well wisher. An unknown stranger: Ofcourse what binds them? Unknown binds unknown! Miracle!
It it the feeling of humanity or love or brotherhoodisn Call it as you like! that binds all, well & forever. Is, love rules the blue world as we are by money, nonsensed fake fame & emptive ego? The choice is let up to you?
Time can change Orswanka may be french champagne, Juckey may be Mother Teresa Jungle may be a metropolitan Furzer may be Furher Hitler But, Humanity survives as Earth survives forever!
Yup. It's that easy. I had wandered the lonely road of installing tons of fonts and messing with browser setting, keyboard layout and drivers etc.., just to type and communicate in Tamil. Finally, Unicode came to rescue. And it is pretty much supported on any computer. [Hint: You can type emails in Tamil and others can read it without installing or adjusting anything. Just like in English.]
And it's easy to type in Tamil too.
Why? Because there is a phonetic keyboard maping. So, if you type in English, it turns into tamil (type amma in keyboard -> you will see அம்மா on the screen). Just like that.
What? See the Keyboard Map below? Yup. You don't need to remember anything. This is more for reference. Like,
அ - a
க் - k, g
ஜ் - j
ஆ - aa, A
ங் - ng
ஷ் - sh, ch, Z
இ - i
ச் - c, s
ஸ் - S
ஈ - ii, I
ஞ் - nj, X
ஹ் - h
உ - u
ட் - t, d
க்ஷ் - ksh, kch, kZ
ஊ - uu, U
ண் - N
ஸ்ரீ - sr
எ - e
த் - th, dh, T
ஏ - ee, E
ந் - w, n-
ஐ - ai
ப் - p, b
ஒ - o
ம் - m
ஓ - oo, O
ய் - y
ஔ - au, oLa
ர் - r
ஃ - q
ல் - l
வ் - v
ழ் - z
ள் - L
ற் - R
ன் - n
And bingo!! You can type, and read tamil in any application (word, email, webpages, etc). Just like that. உங்களுக்கும் பிடிக்கும் என்று நினைக்கிறேன். Or you can do cute google searches in தமிழ் like this or this or that.
Q: What do these green and red blocks represent on a world map? hmm,, think a second.. What is common between India, Australia and Japan, that is not shared by Canada or Germany.. A: If you are really curious and need to know the answer, check out here
During my recent roadtrip, I ran into this scary looking bridge. It was purely exhilrating and a nerve wrecking moment to drive my Honda over there. The magical view of the ocean and the thin bridge that spans miles, and miles. It was an intense experience. You gotta get there to drive and live. Whoa!
I stumbled upon this excellent picture book with inspiring quotes, when I was on Barnes & Noble store [and i bought it there!]. Pictures of sunny sunflowers in all their might... I just love this book. Whenever I get a chance, I look at it,.,. And it brings me a broad smile and happy feelings.. One of it's excellent quote is,
"Don't hurry, don't WORRY. You're only here for a short visit. So be sure to stop and smell the flowers" - Walter C. Hagen, American Golfer.
It is on Amazon or Froogle [ISBN: 0762416351]. You can also see the whole book (on Search Inside) on Amazon.
As the clock turns over 12, it's April Fool's Day again. Just that is not particularly interesting. But, consider, Google introducedGmail that day, a year before !!. And in a stroke of genius marketing over 1GB and limited availability, Google created a never-seen-before buzz over an email (!) provider. Also, GOOG sky-rocketed it's pre-IPO evaluation.
I sure bet, several internet marketing managers would be salivating for this exact moment now, to pull of a Gmailesque stunt over the bloggers by introducing some cool geeky product [Do I hear Yahoo?]. Maybe Google might do something wicked cool. Maybe not. Eitherway it gonna be a news. A Flash news on ya radar tommorow.
A while ago, using the remote satellites, a clever scientist showed the impacts of urbanization using the city lights emitted at night. The result: a beautiful image of the earth as seen at night, if you are revolving around it.
Ahh... The smell of a clean boot on the stinky Windows..
If you are like me, you constantly twitching windows config settings and cleaning up temp files and regedits and stuff. And still stuck in Windows, because you are too poor to buy Macs or you are too addicted to better graphic themes than GNOME, I came across this excellent articles on Clean Boot. Seriously, one of the best I came across yet.
In india, maps are regulated (as a part of defense measure [doh!]). Survey of India, restricts it [More here]. As a result, maps of india are so limited except for outline maps and you pretty much get to see that and only that in atlas of india. How sad. I lived in india (tamilnadu) for 20 years and i haven't really saw a detailed india map. Anyways, thanks to microsoft mappoint, i finally get to put some maps online. [All copyrights to whoever made it], [click for bigger maps of increasing sizes]
The URLs from expedia are like: http://www.expedia.com/pub/agent.dll?qscr=mmvw&lmap=2&xofs=-1368&yofs=-2391&clvl=6
And the map alone is like, http://www.expedia.com/pub/agent.dll?qscr=mrdt&ID=3XNsF.&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;CenP=23,84&Lang=WLD0409&Alti=500&Size=996,808&Offs=-1368,-2392 where, CenP is centroid (x,y), Alti is probably zoom, size is the size of the image (it takes [656 x 532], [996 x 808], [1228 x 996], [1816 x 1514]) and Offset is probably offset mapping, of which i have no idea.
Was reading over at a forum and found this.. a few (not many.. around 25) excellent pictures as greeting cards.. for free.. and not cluttered.. i send a quick hello to my sweet heart... Nice words dont hurt. do they? so send them one and make someone smile :)
Evildoer Knowingly Came Clean on WMD’s, President Charges
Just hours after confirming that the search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq was over, President George W. Bush leveled his harshest charge ever at Saddam Hussein, accusing the former Iraqi dictator of “knowingly telling the truth” about not possessing WMD in the months leading up to the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq.
“After years of lying about his weapons, Saddam Hussein willfully decided to tell the truth about them,” Mr. Bush said. “His treachery knows no bounds.”
After Mr. Bush excoriated Saddam for his “wanton truth-telling,” he added that “thanks to the work of our coalition, Mr. Saddam Hussein will never be free to tell the truth again.”
Actually i started this blog to put some emphasis on happy thinking.. It is all too easy to feel down on ourselves and keep being passive. So, to buck that trend, here goes some happy thoughts to cheer up the day !!!
"Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony." - Mahatma Gandhi
Smiling is infectious; you catch it like the flu. When someone smiled at me today, I started smiling too. I passed around the corner and someone say my grin when he smiled I realized I'd passed it on to him. I thought about that smile then I realized it's worth. A single smile, just like mine could travel round the earth. So, if you feel a smile begin, don't leave it undetected. Let's start an epidemic quick, and get the world infected! Keep the smile going by sending this on a friend.
Everyone needs a SMILE. Viji R.
(II B.E. C.S.E.)
Did you know that left handed people can buy pens with special nibs which are out a certain way to make writing easier ?
You know that English has 26 alphabets but did you know that Singhalese has 54, it is having the maximum number of characters and the shortest is Hawaiian, it has only 12 characters
Every one knows that Dolphins are intelligent, but do you know how much intelligent?They can detect a shirt button at the bottom of a tank, even when blind folded.
The Correspondent of Erode Sengunthar Engineering College. Udyog Rattan Thiru. J. Sudhanandhen wanted to have a dynamic web site to have an efficient and hassle free interaction with the students, staff, parents and general public. In order to make it the best, the web site has been planned and designed in a dynamic way. According to his vision and aspirations, the Dynamic Web Site has been launched with user friendly features.
In order to keep updating the functions, facilities and information of the Web Site, the Correspondent has nominated a team of webmasters, consisting of the following:
Webmasters Mr. V.Venkatachalam Assistant Professor & HOD / CSE Mr. G. Sivakumar Lecturer / CSE
Prince of Persia [Original] - The Mother Lode Game..
I remember playing the Prince of Persia game when i was a kid. And it was a major revelation of the DOS games.. And it rocked !! For the unknown, the complete Prince of Persia Links [Wikipedia], [DMOZ directory], [A fanpage] . An excerpt from Wikipedia:
As the title suggests, The game is set in Persia. The sultan is away at war, and the evil vizier Jaffar plans to seize the throne for himself. Jaffar has imprisoned the princess and given her one hour to make her decision: marry him, or die. The player assumes the role of an adventurer, the princess's true love; he must escape from prison and rescue her before the hour is up, defeating the vizier and earning the princedom of Persia.
Here it is: The Original Prince of Persia [369KB, ZIP Archive]. It is IBM PC compatible (aka. pretty much works on every version of windows etc..).
Well, as anybody from india who is living in usa can attribute, the ethinic troubles of describing yourself is quite a hassle. If you say, you are an "indian", it would very well represent American Indians (a.k.a Native Americans). If you say, you are an "East Indian", it historically represents pretty much everything that British used to occupy.. (incl. a whole bunch of nations).
And it's been a wait.. and a long one.. will it be worth the wait.. today, the spongebob movie is released everywhere. And i have tickets for the tonight's show. Ever since, it splashed on tv, it's been a cultural phenomenon, altered lives, gave kids a whole new meaning for the world -"cool". And is slowly absorbing the cultural conciousness of the national.
It's been a long wait.. And i can't wait to see it.. Go Spongebob !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
NY Times movie review/info: [Link]
Rotten Tomatoes reviews are here..[Link]
IMDB movie review: [Link]
And the movie (i gotta poll my reviews tonight!)... And take a stab at this movie.. there's quite a chance that you would like it.. (atleast the chances are better than being blissfully happy everafter !!)
Roger Federer, to me, is an embodiment of all the good things that you associate with a sportsman, and tennis in particular. I am creating a bookmark of Roger Federer 101. There are not that many websites that devote attention to Federer in English :(
Know your Federer !!
Best place to start: Roger Federer Homepage [Link]