Archive - Jun 2005

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June 13th

Beer Church Rwanda

Beer Church:

Beer Church is as much an idea as it is an organization. It is based on our philosophy that people are basically good and want to help make the world a better place. The trick is to provide a way for them to do that. People like to drink beer, socialize and generally have a good time. In our human society, beer is a conduit, or catalyst, for making that happen. Find the people where they are. Have a party that benefits something worthy. As a unified association of beer drinkers our potential to affect positive social change is enormous. Be kind and giving, love one another, care about one another, and help one another. Use beer as a way to do those things. That’s what Beer Church wants to do.

Also be sure to check out their mullet haiku page.

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June 13th

Du hast mich gefragt!

According to this page, this is what the Matrix Reloaded song “Du Hast” by Rammstein means:

You
You have
You have me
You
You have
You have me
You have asked me
You have asked me
You have asked me
And I did not say anything
Will uou until death does sever
Be upright to her forever
No
Will you ’til death be her rider
Her lover too, to stay inside her
No

Pretty kühl, I guess.

update: The Du hasst page on Everything2 provides a pretty convincing critique.

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tutti frutti bits of soap

Rashmi writes about the tutti-frutti green bits in the Liril Soap. I’ve noticed the rose scented Lux soap that Aishwarya Rai sells also has these bits in pink. I accept that it’s a great example of the advances in soap manufacturing technology, considering that the bits must have a different weight as compared to the soap, so having them randomly but homogenously embedded is a pretty big deal; but it looks a little cheesy to me, you know. Like cheap gaudy gold jewellery made of badly finished plastic. I’m sorry HLL, I prefer my soap to look like soap, not like candy.

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how blogs work

Anita had written about our experience at the Satch Concert and the bad service we got at Millers46 that night. Millers46 owner Jude read that post, and then replied. Considering the fact that the post is (as of now) the #6 search result for Millers 46, this makes very good business sense.

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satriani squiggly

Thanks to Suman, I am now in possession of a piece of paper with something that looks like a two year old’s adventure with a black felt pen. I was worried if it really is Joe Satriani’s autograph, but this image kinda confirms that I have the real thing.

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June 11th

textile rant

I wish Textile had a simple way to use é in words… ya know, like everytime I need to write café, I need to copy paste it from somewhere, which is trifle inconvenient. Btw, I have resumed talking to myself via blog; hence posts will be more frequent again.

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tracking contextual advertising

Just added some ads to the website using kbahey’s module. It’s more like an attempt to keep track of the state-of-art in contextual advertising, preliminary observations:

* Using the search box will give you ads relevant to your search query. Try searching for prescription drugs.
* It seems they know that my website is more popular for it’s weblog, so I have blog ads by default.
* I sometimes see an India ad. Geo-IP type things? How legal is this?
* They’re also relevant to the search terms people use to come to my website.

I wonder if they grok the pages I link to and bias the ads based on the content there? Imho, if the content of advertising matches the content linked to, that’ll be pretty cool, and helpful to both me and the advertiser.

Another idea, why can’t craigslist do contextual adverts? For example, I can write about Cafe’ Mondegar, and I should be able to show up a classified for a flat available in Colaba. In other words, merge the idea of community classifieds with contextual advertising. Comprende’?

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June 10th

Kalsey Consulting Group acquires BlogSnob

Bye Bye BlogSnob! My first project to be acquired. Here’s the official press release.

Using Telnet to send mail by SMTP

This article tells you about the basic command set of SMTP that you could use to send email through Telnet.

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Making Programs Talk to each other using XML-RPC

The Internet has changed the way applications are built today. In the last few years, we have seen a sudden burst in Internet software – Instant Messengers, Online Gaming, etc; all based on the client-server architecture. With all this client server technology, we also have to ensure compatibility between languages, and operating systems. XML-RPC is one way to do this.