Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Bill Gates, Microsoft... Tribute??.;)

Now Vista is coming...
to buy upgrade window Vista ?

Indi-list : an Idea that needs more hands

Indi-list : an Idea that needs more hands

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

"miserable failure" and Bush.. delinked

After just over two years, Google has finally defused the "Google Bomb" that has returned US President George W. Bush while searching for "Miserable Failure"

more @ http://searchengineland.com/070125-230048.php

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Komagata Maru.. Passage from India

Recently saw this documentary film "Passage from India"

In his small village in the Punjab, Bagga Singh heard fabulous stories of Canadian land waiting to be settled. In 1913, Singh made it to Canada through the United States, circumventing strict immigration laws which sought to keep Asians like him out. He found work labouring in the lumber mills of British Columbia. Two generations later, Bagga Singh's granddaughter, Belle Puri, is a well-known CBC television journalist in Vancouver. The film follows Belle as she draws upon family stories and tries to understand what life would have been like for her grandfather.

Filmmaker Ali Kazimi, himself an immigrant from India, parallels the history of the Indian community in Canada with his own journey. Kazimi skillfully mines anecdotes from two 'old-timer' immigrants, Kuldeep Bains and Jack Uppal. Canadians will be surprised to learn that Indians were denied the right to vote until 1947. Indian Canadians organized and lobbied for inclusion and helped make Canada a more just nation. That they and their descendants, like Belle Puri, continue to feel a deep attachment and love for Canada, is a testament to the worth of this country.

Passage from India is an enduring testimony to the hard work of thousands of Indians like Bagga Singh. Filmmaker Ali Kazimi faithfully and passionately documents the history of the Singh family and eloquently articulates the hopes, struggles and desires of all Canadians whose roots lie in India.

for those poor souls, who dont know about Komagata Maru - Click here

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

High IQ is not equal to Intelligent...

Learning begins with an appreciation of our differences and realities. Everyone has heard of IQ tests, and many assume that they are the best way of assessing intelligence. It now emerges that this is a very narrow test indeed, so its persistence is highly misleading. We need to unlearn about IQ importance.

Howard Gardner writes of multiple intelligences, arguing that we have at least seven different ways of knowing the world. Instead of merely the logico-mathematical intelligence that is measured in standard IQ tests, Gardner talks about other, equally valid intelligences. They are language, spatial representation, musical thinking, kinesthetic intelligence, interpersonal and intra-personal intelligences. In a world obsessed with the standard IQ model, we run the risk of demotivating intelligent people who fail a limited and fairly arbitrary but ubiquitous test. Furthermore, those who pass may be given undue accolades, and be closed to further learning.

We all use our very different ways of relating to the world when solving the problems that we have; in other words, we all have different approaches to solving problems. It is also now widely recognized that we have different learning styles , learning modalities (visual, auditory and kinesthetic) and creativity styles.

unless we use different approaches when engaging different people(E.I), we may not hardly be heard, let alone hope to communicate in any meaningful way. Everyone has strengths in one or more of these seven areas, which combine to become part of that person's individual reality. If we find that we cannot easily understand or like someone, by speaking to another of their `selves' we can find talents and gifts we little suspected. This is true empathy; consciously learning about their world and dealing in their reality.

if interested: Emotional Intelligence

LibraryThing... book review directory

I wasn't a book person and whenever I thought, its good habit to take-up, I just couldn't go beyond - newspaper, news articles, Tintin, Asterix, Spiderman,.. and some 'talk-of-the-time' books.

when moved out of India and having some time to kill - took me to books, to blogs and blogs on book reviews. Ever since, I took every opportunity to get hooked to book review club, community, websites.

I found LibraryThing to be interest website for this. "Its MySpace for books or Facebook for books. LibraryThing is an online service to help people catalog their books easily. You can access your catalog from anywhere—even on your mobile phone. Because everyone catalogs together, LibraryThing also connects people with the same books, comes up with suggestions for what to read next, and so forth. LibraryThing is a full-powered cataloging application, searching the Library of Congress, all five national Amazon sites, and more than 60 world libraries. You can edit your information, search and sort it, "tag" books with your own subjects, or use the Library of Congress and Dewey systems to organize your collection."

for all book review bloggers..may we can compile book review blog directory.!? appreciate your thoughts & blog urls.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Thousand Hands Guan Yin dance

I found this video recently and googled for information. Its worth taking 5mins to watch this dance.

The bewitching performance of Thousand-hand Bodhisattva dance performed at the 2005 CCTV Spring Festival Gala by 21 hearing impaired girls and boys with the China Disabled People's Performing Art Troupe (CDPPAT) in Beijing caused a nationwide sensation. The movements were of breathtaking precision. The marvelous choreography, lavish costumes and perfect lighting were a thrilling experience. amazing accuracy of the 21 dancers' "thousand hands" gesticulating as if they belonged to one body. The dance was led by Tai lihua and choreographed and directed by Zhang Jigang. On September 28, 2004 at the Closing Ceremony of the 2004 Athens Paralympic Games the eight-minute debut of Thousand-hand Bodhisattva as a "theme song" wonderfully shocked the whole world.

Guan Yin is the bodhisattva of compassion, revered by Buddhists as the Goddess of Mercy. Her name is short for Guan Shi Yin. Guan means to observe, watch, or monitor; Shi means the world; Yin means sounds, specifically sounds of those who suffer. Thus, Guan Yin is a compassionate being who watches for, and responds to, the people in the world who cry out for help.

Friday, January 12, 2007

Gandhi Videos...

In fall 2004 Telecom Italia released a commercial using Gandhiji's feature and exerpts of his speech at the Inter-Asian Relations Conference, New Delhi, 1947. The message of the one-minute video clip - that is broadcasted internationally.

The commercial was helped designing by Gandhiji Serve Foundation and has won Europe's premier creative award, the Epica Award 2004. [ Click here to read about theme and creation ]

I dont remember this getting any attention from Indian Media, or Indian Government. But today some stupid person made a pole dance dressing like Gandhiji - that's given somuch attention and debate.

I sincer wish - collectively we grow-up to appreciate Good things and Ignore stupid things...

Thursday, January 11, 2007

my Perfect world...

bright shining lights, smiling faces, laughter, music

peace and love, timeless space,
deep midnight conversation, meaningless chat

my friends close by, to need and be needed,
to help and be helped, to listen

yes, my perfect world exists in me
you're welcome to visit, to stay,
pull up a chair and
together we can see it through

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

iPhone.. iam already a fan

Debate started about iPhone - will it make enough difference in market where already mobile with mp3 & internet are available??

I believe - the way mp3 players were revolutionized by iPod, iPhone will revolutionize mobile device.

If you don't believe me, take look at iPhone demo video :

are you convinced? post your thoughts

Monday, January 08, 2007

Brain Photo: while we are thinking...

My brain tells me something but my heart say the different. almost every one would have had those moments (heart vs brain). Sometimes we are forced to make a decision and we feel ourselves to be pulled in opposite directions by reason and emotion.

Now, with the help of functional magnetic-resonance imaging (or fMRI), we can see what happends in brain in such decision making process/thinking. It measure level of oxygen in the blood and indicates which parts of brain are most active while feeling love, for food, making choices.

when processing a difficult and personal moral dilemma, we really are of two minds. study shows that if the dilemma is not so personal, the reasoning part of the brain is dominants.When a dispute exists between two sides, region called the anterior cingulate cortex, believed to be involved in mediating conflict and was highly active in brains struggling with the crying baby scenario

So does the heart rule the head? Answer: Sometimes. But the head doesn't give in without a fight.

perhaps interesting is next steps would be - which is stronger: emotions or logic? and questions about moral sense, do we learn what is right and wrong as we grow up?

very interesting.. will follow-up and post more on this.

Innovation by the masses...

Now, you can comments and contribute on to be published book...

We Think: "Google is paying close on £900m for Youtube, a profitless business little more than a year old. Wikipedia continues to draw more traffic than much more established media brands, employing hundreds more people. Open source programmes such as Linux insistently chip away at corporate providers of proprietary software. Immersive multi user computer games, such as Second Life, which depend on high levels of user participation and creativity are booming. Craigslist a self help approach to searching for jobs and other useful stuff is eating into the ad revenues of newspapers. Youth magazines such as Smash Hits have been overwhelmed by the rise of social networking sites such as MySpace and Bebo. What is going on?

We-Think: the power of mass creativity is about what the rise of the likes of Wikipedia and Youtube, Linux and Craigslist means for the way we organise ourselves, not just in digital businesses but in schools and hospitals, cities and mainstream corporations. My argument is that these new forms of mass, creative collaboration announce the arrival of a society in which participation will be the key organising idea rather than consumption and work. People want to be players not just spectators, part of the action, not on the sidelines.

With the support of Profile, my publisher, I am releasing the book prior to formal publication next year so that people can comment upon the text, add to it, disagree with it. I hope this open approach to peer review is in itself an experiment in collaborative creativity and will help to create new ways for people to write books and share ideas.

All comments people make will be acknowledged in the text, through footnotes or in the acknowledgements of the published book in 2007.

full book @ http://www.wethinkthebook.net/cms/site/docs/charles%20full%20draft.pdf

comments @ http://www.wethinkthebook.net/book.aspx?cid=17

Friday, January 05, 2007

Indian Blogger Network.. an Idea that need hands...

interesting thought from Reshma Ananda and iam up for translating this idea into big & better network of bloggers.

Reshma says:
"The objective was to discover new / less known blogs and give those their due / chance to be heard or seen. The exercise was simple, yet powerful. The list which started at 5, has grown to almost 200 and it has not even been a month, not to forget all the blogs that grew in ranking as a consequence.

Here is another attempt at collaborating and spreading some of that link love

I have started the list with a few blogs which you will find at the end of my post, I have restricted myself to Indian blogs / bloggers. All you need to do is :

1. Copy and paste the list of blogs into your new post,
2. Add to that list any additional blogs that you think need more air time. You can add as few or as many (good) blogs as you like
3. If blogs you wanted to add are already on the list / you can't think of any, that is fine too. just be a kind soul and repost the list you find :)
4. Add these instructions in your post so the next blogger does the same thing.

The cumulative effect of the list growing from post - to - post will lead to your discovering new blogs that you hadn't seen before and some of those good blogs will get the link love they deserve.

The honour rule: is the you don't add your own blog to the list. If someone thinks you should be on the list, you will !

Help us keep track of the list.
Just so that we know where and how the list is growing, if you use tags please include the tag indi-list in your post or send in a mail with your post link.
We hope the list lives and grows for a long time to come and will attempt to maintain a list of blogs on the indi-list at Blogchaat.

And with that the indi-list is born:
Engage Energize Evolve
On borrowed Time
Urban Junkie
DiagonallyParked in a parallel universe
my addition - few indian blogs that interested me in recent past:

Happy 2007

My heartfelt appreciation goes out to all of you who have taken the time and trouble to send me "forwards" over the past 12 months.

I want to wish each and every one of you a very Merry Christmas and a very prosperous New Year.

Thank you for making me feel safe, secure, blessed, and wealthy.

Thanks for all those who informed me that Bill Gates is giving away his fortune, I am still waiting to receive my share.

Thanks for all those Nigerians and Sumatrans who trusted me enough to ask my help in recovering their $100 million stashed in Swiss banks, in return for a 30% commission.

Because of your concern, I no longer drink Coca Cola because it can remove toilet stains and may eat my guts out as well.

I no longer use Saran wrap in the microwave, because it causes cancer.

I no longer answer the phone because someone will ask me to dial a number for which I will get a phone bill with calls to Jamaica, Uganda, Singapore, and Uzbekistan.

I no longer eat KFC, because their "chickens" are actually horrible mutant freaks with no eyes or feathers.

I no longer worry about my soul, because at last count, I have 52343214 angels looking out for me in addition to all of you dear friends.

Thanks to you, I have learned that God only answers my prayers if I forward an e-mail to atleast 10 of my friends and make a wish within 10seconds.

I no longer have any savings, because I gave it to a sick girl who is about to die in the hospital (for the 1,387,258th time)... that will change once I receive the $15,000 that AOL are sending me for participating in their special e-mail program.

Yes, I want! to thank you so much for looking out for me that I will now return the favor!

If you don't send this damn post to at least 194120 people in the next 7 minutes, a large flock of pigeons with a wicked case of diarrhea will land on your head at 6:00 PM this afternoon.

Happy 2007

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Its me & I... is it EGO ??

today my yahoo page's Horoscopes section showed this: "It's time to elevate your sense of self, dear Virgo. You are just as good as anyone else, so why don't you believe it? The problem is that you are very sensitive about having an ego. Even though you are aware that we all have egos, you try to punish yourself for its existence! This is a noble endeavour, but this kind of zealous behaviour doesn't do you or anyone else any good. You'll never be perfect, and neither will anyone else. So what are you worrying about?"

that triggered an question.. is Ego means self-awareness? Osho, Ayn Rand, Aristotle all have there version/interruption and here's what I take - EGO is just a useful fiction. Use it, but don't be deceived by it. ego as an extension of Consciousness has accepted to cooperate and knows that it is Consciousness in manifestation, a 'working' and 'creative' and 'expressive' part of Consciousness in the world of duality.

Ego is like religion, it's all about what you do with it. keeping it restrained by humility, integrity, is good (ego without restraint = danger). I have seen some those with huge egos balanced by the right restraints can be very charismatic. Ego isn't really good or bad; it depends on how you use it. Your drive to achieve shouldn't just come from thinking you're the best in the world it can also come from a desire to constantly improve yourself. Funny thing is it is hard to see when your ego is controlling you in an irrational matter, you just kind of have to keep broadening your knowledge and in time you will see (some sooner than others).

Ego (a sense of self and self-worth. Pride in what you do) is Good but Egotism(inflated sense of one's worth) is Bad.

An ego is completely necessary, as without it you run the risk of losing the desire for self-preservation, as well as self-improvement. The trick is not to get absorbed in it, and be able to see yourself not only in relation and comparison to others, but also as a unique entity. This is why it is possible to be best without necessarily being first - Iam the best I can be, regardless of how I measure up to others.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Reamonn - Tonight..:: So beautiful and wild....

heard this song @ red96.3FM and loved it...

She never took the train alone she hated being on her own
She always took me by the hand and say she needs me
She never wanted love to fail she always hoped that it was real
She'd look me in the eyes and say believe me
But then night becomes the day and there's nothing left to say
If there's nothing left to say then something's wrong
Oh tonight you killed me with your smile
so beautiful and wild so beautiful
Oh tonight you killed me with your smile
so beautiful and wild so beautiful and wild
And as the hands would turn with time she'd always say hat she was my mine
She'd turn and lend a smile to say that she's gone
But in a whisper she'd arrive and dance into my life
Like a music melody like a lovers song
Oh tonight you killed me with your smile
so beautiful and wild so beautiful and wild
Oh tonight you killed me with your smile
so beautiful and wild so beautiful and wild
Through the darkest night comes the brightest light
And the light that shines is deep inside
It's who you are
Oh tonight you killed me with your smile
so beautiful and wild so beautiful
Oh tonight you killed me with your smile
so beautiful and wild so beautiful, beautiful
Oh tonight you killed me with your smile
so beautiful and wild so beautiful and wild
So beautiful and wild
So beautiful and wild....

St. Vassilis is the Greek version of Santa Claus...

St. Vassilis is the Greek version of Santa Claus, and technically speaking, he doesn't come until January 1st, which happens to be his name day.

Finally 2007 arrived, and in short order the vassilopita was cut, with great excitement..