March 31, 2005
jest for pun (March'05)
March '05 BlogThoughts
Every calendar's days are numbered.
March 30, 2005
Anita Jain: Is Arranged Marriage Really Any Worse Than Craigslist?
Read the MOST POPULAR article from NewYorkmetro.com
(posted here with Author's permission)
Recently, i was cc’d on an e-mail addressed to my father. It read, “We liked the girl’s profile. The boy is in good state job in Mississippi and cannot come to New York. The girl must relocate to Mississippi.” The message was signed by Mr. Ramesh Gupta, “the boy’s father.”
That wasn’t as bad as the time I logged on to my computer at home in Fort Greene and got a message that asked, forgoing any preamble, what the date, time, and location of my birth were. Presumably sent to determine how astrologically harmonious a match with a Hindu suitor I’d be, the e-mail was dismayingly abrupt. But I did take heart in the fact that it was addressed only to me.
I’ve been fielding such messages—or, rather, my father has—more and more these days, having crossed the unmarriageable threshold for an Indian woman, 30, two years ago. My parents, in a very earnest bid to secure my eternal happiness, have been trying to marry me off to, well, just about anyone lately. In my childhood home near Sacramento, my father is up at night on arranged-marriage Websites. And the result—strange e-mails from boys’ fathers and stranger dates with those boys themselves—has become so much a part of my dating life that I’ve lost sight of how bizarre it once seemed.
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Anita Jain is currently Technology and telecommunications reporter for Crain's New York Business
March 29, 2005
Your body as data
March 28, 2005
bored in class
[Illustrated Notes from Computer Science:] [Tom Murphy VII] gets [more] [bored] [in] [class] [than] [you]. And thanks to his [free] [fonts], your boredom can look just as snazzy. (Previous Tom7-related action [here]. This guy [keeps] [busy]. I blame the [80/20 rule].)
March 27, 2005
Why some see colours in numbers
US scientists say they can explain why some people 'see' colours when they look at numbers and letters.
As many as one in 2,000 people has an extraordinary condition in which the five senses intermingle, called synaesthesia.
Some see colours when they hear music or words. Others 'taste' words.
The study in Neuron tracked the brain activity of people with the most common form and found peaks in areas involved with perceiving shapes and colours.
The University of California San Diego team said their findings lend support to the idea that the condition is due to cross-activation between adjacent areas of the brain involved with processing different sensory information.
This cross-wiring might develop, they believe, by a failure of the "pruning" of nerve connections between the areas as the brain develops while still in the womb.
March 26, 2005
another one for all my Indian friends
Software Ke Phool
Guru Dutt is reborn and sets up a Software firm. He makes a film, called 'Software ke phool'. Sahir Sahab likewise revises his old song for the new venture.
It goes like:
yeh document, yeh meetings, yeh features ki duniya,
yeh insaan ke dushman, cursors ki duniya
yeh deadlines ke bhooke, management ki duniya;
yeh Product agar ban bhi jaaye to kya hai?
yahaan ek khilona hai programmer ki hasti
yeh basti hai murda bug-fixers ki basti
yahaan par to raises hai, inflation se sasti
yeh Review agar ho bhi jaaye to kya hai?
har ek keyboard ghayal, har ek login pyaasi
excel mein uljhan, winword mein udaasi,
yeh office hai ya aalame microsoft ki
yeh Release agar ho bhi jaaye to kya hai?
jalaa do ise, phoonk daalo yeh monitor mere saamne se
hataa daalo yeh modem tumhaara hai tumhi sambhaalo
yeh computer yeh Product agar chal bhi jaaye to kya hai?
March 25, 2005
Protect Yourself from Tom DeLay With a Living Will
There are many lessons to learn from the unprecedented intervention by Congress (as led by Rep. Tom DeLay) into the tragic situation of Terri Schiavo.
The first is that the current Congress will intervene in the most private of family matters if it sees political advantage in doing so.
As a result, the only way to ensure that your own views are respected in similar settings is to have an advanced healthcare directive or living will. Working Assets does not provide legal advice. However, many have found helpful the information on these subjects provided by The American Bar Association. and the Living Will Registry
The second lesson is that there is no limit to the sheer audacity and hypocrisy of Rep. DeLay and his followers in this unprecedented intervention, only days after voting to slash billions of dollars from the health program which provides for millions of Americans and which itself saves thousands of lives.
We urge you to demand that your representative save lives by restoring cuts to the critical Medicaid program.
**Please forward this to your friends and help spread the word about this important campaign!
Thank you for working to build a better world,
March 24, 2005
Don’t you know you’re gonna to shock the monkey
Greasemonkey is a Firefox extension that allows users to create scripts that alter the display of existing web pages. Like removing ads from google pages. I learned about the google script from boingboing. Oh, here's a script to remove the ads from there. Greasemonkey has a lot of uses, but has adblocking gone too far?
March 23, 2005
First Annual Northeast Desi Blogger Meet
If you’re a bloghead and you’re Desi, then nothing should keep you away from the First Annual Northeast Desi Blogger Meet. This is the social occasion of the year for those of us who are really with it. It’s in New York (after all!) and it’s on April the second. Oh, yes, there will be a [Fun-filled] [Tiffinbox] full of [Random] goodies, with [Literary] [Stories] about [Movies] and some [Thought-provoking], controversial, [Geeky] and sometimes [Idiotic] and funny [Lectures]. So get your [Deeshaa] over to Bay Leaf and join the crew for a [Fair and Balanced View…] with some [Yelling] which might be a little [Inside-Out]. With such a fine [Potpourri] you will end up smelling like roses and having a blast.
So please join us
Date: April 2
Place: New York
Venue: Bay Leaf
Please ping Prashant Kothari (prashantkothari-at-stringinfo.com) or Kaushik/ Seshu/ Reuben or email [tiffinbox at pipalproductions dot com] your name and blog URL. Subject line, BAY LEAF.