Archive - Oct 2003


October 21st

towards the holy grail

Google now supports inline as well as explicit query definitions. Definitions are one of the more reliable areas in information extraction, but it's still cool to see this done on such a large scale. Perhaps Google will achieve its dream in a few years after all?


October 19th

two cool

Font identification systems: MyFont's WhatTheFont? uses glyph based image recognition to match fonts to it's library. Identifont uses a typographic feature based wizard to narrow down fonts from its heirarchical font database.


October 17th


MSNSearch tells the world that I'm the seventh most important singlegirl around:

7. arnab's world :: weblog
... Sex&SingleGirl. I am a neurotic sex goddess ...

Others disagree. Talk about a twisted sense of perception.

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October 15th

bye bye baby

BlogSnob now belongs to Adam Kalsey. Here's the joint press
. I've written about my atempts to streamline my workload before
- this acquisition is a step in that direction.

During my summer holidays, I spent some time scouting for someone to take over
the reins of the service; and Adam fitted the bill perfectly. He's got quite
a few things planned for the service; first of which will be the integration
of the existing Kalsey TextAd Exchange into BlogSnob. For the users, it's basically
a change of management, and enhanced prospects of getting to see new features,
and other cool things in the service.

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October 13th


The C++ Style Sweet Spot: A Conversation with Bjarne Stroustrup. There's a pretty interesting maxim about C++ coding here - the invariant rule. Definitely worth a quick read.



Unbeatable money making invention idea: Selling Pluggable plastic bags for $14.99 a piece.


October 8th

second post

My second music blog post is a cover version(422kb) of the first 30 seconds of Silk Route's Wind, a song that featured in the [v] Jammin' TV series. I don't think this song ever made it to any album as such, and hence doesn't get played on TV or radio anymore. However, Silk Route does perform this song usually as their opener for live acts, and the haunting melody in the prelude provides an awesome "lull before the storm" effect to the entire show.



I'm trying something new here, so please bear with me and listen up:

I realized I can compress some audio (like flute and voice) to pretty small sizes, so it's feasible to actually blog in audio. So here's Arnab's Music Blog, the first post (51.1kb). It's a 50-second piece of completely nonsensical flute playing - I couldn't figure out what to play. But hey, it's a start. Comments appreciated!

statutary note: I take no responsiblility to any mental, physical or psychiatric harm caused to you by my flu

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My country's Prime Minister is the eighth most influential agenda setter in the IT world today. Go Figure.

There's only one other Indian in the list, which is a disappointment. According to my 1/6th rule, atleast a sixth of the list should have been of Indian origin. That's a minimum of eight people. I look forward to the day that happens.

come to kamariya

Aasma, the new [v] popstars have a second video on air. Titled Come to kamariya / Chandu ke Chacha, this dance/club number has its lyrics derived from the tongue-twister that featured in Karan Johar's Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham. It's more or less a please-leave-your-brains-outside-the-hall kind of a song, but a good one nonetheless.