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oh dang didly doo!

Google buys Pyra! This is major. Ev, Jason and the gang rollerblading in the GooglePlex... hmm.

Everyone seems to be wondering why this happened - as in, what use is a content hosting service to a search company?
A lot of people are saying that there's going to be a "Blogs" tab now, beside the News and other tabs. Some people are also wondering if Blogspot sites will get a better pagerank.

But why buy Pyra? Why not just get 20 people to build Blogger in a month? Here's what I think: It's all about the data™. In Page and Brin's paper - The Anatomy of a Large-Scale Hypertextual Web Search Engine - the base assumption was that the WWW is a huge interlinked connection of information. And you know what's incredibly funny? The Blogosphere is just that - a small scale WWW.

hip hip hurray!

Happy Birthday to me, Happy Birthday to me, Happy Birthday to me, dear Arnab, Happy Birthday to me!!

yea! I'm 20!

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i.tenary

I blew up the TV today. Well, ok, so it wasn't exactly a massive explosion that sent me hurtling through the air waving my hands and feet. I pressed the power button, and there was this spark inside, not unlike that of a fuse blowing up. All I did was press the button that says 'on'. And it's not switching on anymore. Hmm. Have to break this news to my parents. I wonder how my dad (world cup and news) and mom (soaps) are going to take it.

Anyway, my birthday is in three days, that is the 14th of February. I am sure everybody is getting ready with their gigantic gifts and stuff that I had hinted in my previous posts. I really love you all.

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dee lay

Sorry for the sudden drop in frequency of weblog posts. Life has never been more event-packed, and there's so much stuff that I'd probably have to write out 3-4 huge entries to tell you about it. So that's what I'm going to do. The reader is requested to wait till then.

While you're waiting, what you can do is look for a good gift to get me on my twentieth birthday. I mean, it's 7 days away - don't you think a guy moving out of his fun-filled teenage years needs some things to help him in this cruel Real World? Maybe the new Mercedes S Class... or a Gold plated Nokia Communicator...

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columbia breaks up

The Columbia, NASA's oldest shuttle broke up during the landing phase. The astronauts on board the shuttle were:
Rick D. Husband, William C. McCool, Michael P. Anderson, David M. Brown, Kalpana Chawla, Laurel Blair Salton Clark, Ilan Ramon.

Ilan, an elite combat pilot was the first Israeli in space. My condolences to the the friends and families of the astronauts, and to the people in the US, Israel, and India. More information at

stop. redesign.

This entry in Douglas Bowman's weblog is about how Douglas observes a fascinating optical illusion. This entry in my weblog is about how Douglas describes this entire experience in a single fascinating hundred and eighty eight word sentence.

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pee arr

Kiruba and Codey point to this interview about PR & Blogging. Though the article is meant for large companies with minimum online presence, even small projects can become PR successes using blogs. I've made so many friends on the net by just searching and reading rants/reviews about blogsnob and then commenting on the blogposts.

Also, I think blogging teaches you how to communicate more effectively and cleanly. For instance, we got this email some time ago from an AdSystem customer:

This program doesn't appear to do what we need... Can you please let me know if this program will do what we want and if not, how to get a refund.

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blogsnobloggies

Blogsnob's been nominated for the Bloggies... You can vote for it by going to the Bloggies Site in the the "Best Webring" category. Spread the word around, will ya? Thanks.

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25 days to go

My Haypi Budday is coming up in 25 days (yes, go ahead, call me cupid). So I hope all my dear readers are all gearing up to buy me that Tablet PC I wanted... Also that Ford Ikon nXt they're showing on TV... Oh, I also need a new desktop - um, let's see... Dual P4, 1G RAM & Scanner? Of course, what's a 20th birthday without a grand surprise party thrown by friends at the Oberoi?

Yes, people, I turn twenty this year. Now I'm what they call Old. Sorry, world, I refuse to grow up. To quote Bryan Adams here:

18 TILL I DIE!!!

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Prava See Ya

All this humdrum about Non Resident Indians being so successful makes me want to scream. So many people are talking about how this Indian is the CEO of that company, etc. So? Big Deal!!

I agree with something Lord Swaraj Paul said recently - We are one sixth of the world's population. Read it again. One Sixth. That's like, one, two, three, four, five, Bhaijan. Seven, Eight, Nine, Ten, Eleven, Behenji.

By this rule, every one in six successful people should be Indian. So every one in six times you read a book, it should be an Indian work. Every sixth software you use, should be Indian. Hell, every sixth model you think of in your dreams should also be Indian.

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