Sunday, October 22, 2006

A new initiative..

Blogbharti - Voices from the Indian blogosphere

Recently launched (as in a couple of days ago) idea of Krish and Shivam.

Have a look and keep coming :) A lot of great links promised!!

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Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Quillpad

Well, I received a mail from Tachyon Technologies today asking me if I wanted a job. I didn't but I still checked out their site and their product - Quillpad!

This is really nice and makes typing in vernacular languages very easy! I tried out a few words in Hindi and it did manage to recognise some of them.

These were typed using this interface...

कुत्ते, मैं तुम्हारा ख़ून पी जाऊंगा!

मेरे पास मा हैं

जब तक रहेगा सामोसे में आलू, तब तक रहेगा पटना में लालू!

मैं तुम्हारे बच्चे की मा बनने वाली हूँ!

It has interfaces for other vernacular languages like kannada, tamil, telugu and malayalam too!

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Monday, October 16, 2006

The cartel and its members..

I learnt a new word today - cartellian. A collective for the libertarian bunch in the Indian blogosphere.

I read this pearl of wisdom from a member of this cartel.

I quote

I think Tejal should set an example for the rest of us in ‘depreviledging’ systems by opening access to her arsehole. Everyone from Thakurs to Dalits to whites to blacks to barnyard animals to illegal Bangladeshi immigrants should be able to enter it at will. I see no reason why everyone should be a have-not when it comes to anal sex with Tejal, especially when she herself has the ability to make everyone a have.


Besides being extremely offensive to women and ridiculing one of the most egregious crimes (violence against women) that exist today, do I even need to say what is wrong with this argument? He is comparing the argument for opening up _public_ institutes to that of access to something very private and personal to a person.

Now we all have rights over our private property and who gets access to it. Which is probably the reason why the cartel is the most insistent on privatisation... To shut off the access to the "undeserving".

Libertarianism and private property rights and privatisation. see how easily they all fit together.

But I am simplifying things, arn't I? And I do not get it, do I?

PS. Incredibly, this post went into draft mode!
I think I accidentally pressed the "save as draft" button when editing this post..

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Sunday, October 15, 2006

The sodomobile!!



Methinks we need one in this country!

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Friday, October 13, 2006

Surrealist Compliments...

"Garbage bins would be seventh with ivy to hold your face under a stone."

oO

Orhan Pamuk

This year's Nobel prize for literature goes to the turkish novelist who has been in the centre of controversy earlier this year.

After reading My Name is Red and recently, Snow, I strongly believed that this man would win the prize and it was just a matter of time. In fact, I finished Snow about a week ago and have been meaning to write a review of it ever since. I thought it was a great novel!

If you havn't heard of him or havn't read his books, then please do go to the nearest bookstore and buy a copy of his book. You wont be disappointed.

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Thursday, October 12, 2006

Is caste alive?

Answer

What did materazzi say to zidane??

"Since Foucault died, French philosophy has sucked." ??

LOL, If he really did say that.
ROFL, if this was really the reason that got Zidane so angry!

When do they get this book out in India....

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Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Catch up...

There are so many things to blog about and I havn't kept in touch. North Korea test a nuclear bomb. Kanshi Ram passes away. Schumacher's hopes get dashed in Japan.

But...

This I have got to blog about now..

Irom Sharmila is a marvel. The fact that she has not taken any food willingly for six years is something that continues to astound me. In Manipur, she is a legend and for all those who have come to know of her protest, she is an inspiration and a lesson in determination. But her struggle is not over.

She managed to somehow come to New Delhi, where she continues her bhookh hadtal.

You can support her or at least go meet her and maybe you would realise that there is an another side to the story. This is short notice but I hope this message reaches a lot of people --

URGENT CALL FOR ACTION

JOIN US:
Mass Demonstration against AFSPA, 1958
ITO, Delhi
Date: 11 October 2006 Time: 11:00 AM
(Bring your protest banners)

Call for action issued by various civil society groups. For more info:
email: msad_manipur@yahoo.com adissent@yahoo.co.in
Contacts: 9899925345 (Malem), 9312314339 (Rojesh), 9811352626 (Banerjit).


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Thursday, October 05, 2006

Triple Cs

Coffee, Cigarettes, and a long Chat. I met Kuffir yesterday. And we talked about a lot of things. He gave me a lot of history of the city I am in right now and some interesting anecdotes. He had a lot to say and I was content to listen... :)

I will mention just one of his observations here.
"You look older in your photograph"
He he...

We will meet again the next time I am in the city, hopefully...

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