Archive - Jun 2005


June 19th

back from the blogout

Had a really nice time this weekend at the Blogout at Honnemardu , will write about it later, after I do something about the 238 emails in my inbox. People who went for the trip:

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June 17th

Superheros and creativity


Have you ever noticed how in superhero stories, the villains are always laying these grand, intricate plans, and the heros are always trying to sabotage them?

Superheros don’t actually do anything cool, they just stop uncool things from happening.

It’s not clear whether it’s creativity or organizational skills they lack.

In any case, you’ve got to hand it to the bad guys for taking the initiative.

Hmm. Some corroboratory evidence: Clark Kent – reporter, Peter Parker – photographer, Bart Hill – lawyer. Why are there no dotcom-superheros? Stuff like:

SuperWiner: “One more step and I blow you away with my self built RapidStrikeShooter 0.91 gun!”

PyraMan: “Do not move, or I’ll invalidate your session and your post will be lost forever!”

PowerPage and the BrinMaster: (fast action sequence, villain’s weapons now in PowerPage’s hands.) “Looking for something?”

No, I’m not going to apologize for the jokes.

on the importance of timepass

A friend said this, I somehow think this is a nontrivial sentence:

“I am not looking for quality here. I am looking for passing time.”

Another quote from one of the Brit ads on Virgin Radio, which could be such an apt slogan for a search engine company:

“Why go anywhere else? Search Me!”

Creepy Coincidence?

Just when the company mailing list was discussing in-office cellphone ethics, the PA(Public Addressal) system suddenly began playing RadioCity 91FM. And then turned up the volume.


The Impending Book Tag Post

For those who’re waiting for me to publish my book tag post (in response to theory stuntman Satyen Kale post; I will be posting it as soon as Mr. Kale actually writes another weblog post.

This post was brought to you by Cynics Incorporated™, the world’s leading believers in the obvious fact that Satyen Kale cannot maintain a public blog.

June 16th

maybe i don't know who you are

I’m sorry I don’t know who you are
or where you’re from, or what you do.
Maybe its because of my bad memory
or maybe you met my other personality?


nice song

From MonoPuff “Don’t I have the right”, (via Aaron):

You sure weren’t rich
Didn’t live in the city
Didn’t whisper sweet nothings
Never told me I’m pretty

You sure weren’t perfect
What’s perfect these days?
But you left me
Now I’m destroyed

You cheated at cards
And lied when you hung out
In bars making time
With those girls you called old pals

I cried when you left me,
Now I’m wondering when
You’ll make it all up to me?

Don’t I have the right
To be over you yet?
I’ve tried pretending
I tried to forget

Though it’s past three AM
I would still let you in
‘cause I can’t go on dreaming alone

I work at my desk
And stare at the letter
And think of the first one
That you never answered

Pour milk in my coffee
And watch it explode
And know that you’re doing the same

Don’t I have the right
To be over this fling?
You once said you loved me
We talked about rings
I would try someone new
If that someone would love me
The way you did

Don’t I have the right to be loved?
To be loved
To be loved


sounds under my head

If you take your headphones off your head and let them hang around your head with the speakers on your neck / chest; it feels as if the song is coming from under the head; which is an incredibly weird feeling.


June 14th

address filters for mailing lists

I’ve often had the need to address only a subset of people on a mailing list. For example, the devel mailing list of an open source project can have many independent subprojects, so why not allow Gmail-esque “” filters, where the LABEL can be any word to indicate subset information. Then, people can specify to the mailing list to either allow only emails with that LABEL word(or a set of terms), or to ignore emails with that term. So all you would need to do is reply to the mail whose label you want to ignore by appending a “SYSTEM:IGNORE” to the subject or something like that.

It would be really cool if someone can come up with a nice way to fit this into mailman or some other MLM as a proof of concept. The ignore emails with this label command is quite feasible and user friendly, IMHO.


indian summer

Currently listening to Antaragni cover of “Summer of 69”. It’s a very nicely done indianized version of the evergreen anthem. I had first heard it as the soundtrack for a promo for Manipal University, then had to hunt around for the track. If only their website wasn’t in Flash, I really wanted to listen to more of them.