Archive - 2003

May 14th

westward ho!

Good news: After my exams, I shall be spending a fornight in Mumbai, where I'm going to attend a course at IIT Powai about UNL. Really looking forward to meeting all the blog people... there's quite a bunch there!

So in case there's any trainee assassins who'd like to practice a bit of sharpshooting on the 1st of June, I'm the dark-skinned, (now) fat guy getting off the airplane at Santa Cruz Airport.

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The blood tests say that I'm normal and not suffering from subliminal haematoma. Well, medicines haven't worked well - I'm still leaking sporadically, so I've got to find a way to stop. Can't have blood spewed all over my exam answer sheets, can I?

Come to think of it, maybe the examiner will get freaked out thinking it's a psycho-killer's paper ("Gimme da marks, whench, or I'll yank yer guts out!"), and give me more marks?


May 10th

attack of the clones

We had the Daypop 40, and Blogdex, and then PopDex came along. You thought it was over, and people would be content with all this, right?

Wrong. Welcome to BlogPulse - Automated Trend Discovery for Weblogs:

BlogPulse Key Phrases and BlogPulse Key People are mined daily from new entries in over 40,000 weblogs using machine learning algorithms and natural language processing techniques. BlogPulse Top Links are the most popular links appearing in weblogs today.

And guess what? This is a project by Intelliseek, a company with investors like Nokia, Lycos, Ford and Chrysalis. [note to self: start a blog company, that's where the money really is.]


Did you know that in IE (I'm using 6) even the scroll bars have context menus? I accidentally right-clicked the scrollbar, and it had options like Scroll Here, Top and Bottom. I don't know how many people would use it, but I think it's neat.


May 8th

where do you want to go today?

Why of course, to the iLoo!!



No, I'm not dead yet. I'm just a little occupied with gathering enough will power to get myself to study, so we'll have to wait for the doctor episode a while.


May 2nd


That's it - I'm sick of it. It's been over a week now, and I've had enough of this frequent nose bleeding. Almost everyday. I've decided, enough of procrastination, time to go visit the Doctor. So wish me luck people, let's hope it's just a dry nose and not just Brain Cancer or Terminal Subliminal Haematoma or something like that. I ain't dying before a Ph.D.


May 1st


The Indian Ocean people sent this out:

Indian Ocean's new album "JHINI" is being released at RGs (Next to Qutab Minar) New Delhi, on May 2 at 8:00 p.m. The band will play a concert including most of the new tracks on the album. If all goes according to schedule, a video shot on "Jhini" will also be screened at the release. Tickets are available at the gate.


round and round

This flash explanation by Dean Allen has made me fall in love with fibonacci numbers all over again.


April 30th

usability news

A Heuristic Evaluation of the Usability of Infants:

Consistency and Standards: Most infants have similar requirements and error messages, and the same troubleshooting procedures work for a variety of infants. Cuteness is also an infant standard, ensuring that users continue to put up with the many user interface difficulties.

A retrospective on the Xerox Star Information System. If there ever was a single software that shaped the way human interaction would be handled on computers, it was this.

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