Archive for the ‘Interesting’ Category

Day & Night

August 14, 2006

Day-Night

A friend of mine emailed me this picture of the earth taken during sunset (for that part of the world shown in dark) from the Columbia Space Shuttle on its last mission. I hope the picture is not tweaked or touched up. If not this is a true classic of the yin & yang of our Mother Earth. Night and day captured in one shot.

His email had these little tit-bits of information about the countries covered in the photo. I’ve copied it below.

“The top part of Africa is the Sahara Desert .

Note that the lights are already on in Holland, Paris, and Barcelona, and that’s it’s still daylight in Dublin, London, Lisbon, and Madrid ..

The sun is still shining on the Strait of Gibraltar .. The Mediterranean Sea is
already in darkness.

In the middle of the Atlantic Ocean you can see the Azores Islands; below them to the right are the Madeira Islands ; a bit below are the Canary Islands; and further South, close to the farthest western point of Africa, are the Cape Verde Islands.

Note that the Sahara is huge and can be seen clearly both during day time and night time.

To the left, on top, is Greenland , totally frozen.”

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Barrells

July 31, 2006

BW-Oracle

And Business Week’s Best Global Brand #29 makes barrells of code.

Cheat Sheet

July 31, 2006

BW-Google

This image (from Business Week online) of Google reminded me of the cheat sheets of our high-school days. We used to write these tit-bits of information on our hands, conceal it from the teachers and then peek at it for the answers during the school exams. Those were more innocent days. These days we peek into google for the answers to most of our queries. How times have changed!!

Adcenter v/s adCenter

July 28, 2006

Read in this New York Times article that Microsoft is launching its own search advertising technology called adCenter to take on Google’s Adwords. The name they chose is apparently the same as my alma mater – the VCU Adcenter. Is this a coincidence or what? The only difference being the capitalized ‘C’ in the Microsoft one.

The Adcenter has a blog here while the adCenter one is here.

When I did a Google search for the term ‘adcenter’ this was the result. The first three were for the new Microsoft one while the VCU Adcenter could only score fourth place.

iPod Generation – The Isolated Generation

July 21, 2006

Was reading this David Pogue article in the New York Times. This one point stood out for me and I’ve been thinking about it every now and then. This is what David wrote:

“In the iPod era, people isolated themselves in public more than ever — but at least the signature white earbuds let onlookers know what they were dealing with.”

This is an amazing and often scary observation of the state of the iPod generation which is multiplying in population by the day as more and more smaller and more compact mp3 players hit the market.

It’s scary to me because I personally have noticed the alienated souls with the white earbuds roaming around in their own worlds (in their minds!!) in crowded New York City subway trains and the ubiquitous shopping malls in Singapore. Are we really withdrawing ourselves from people and conversations to a world were we just shut our eyes and immerse ouselves in Eminem or Dire Straits or whoever we wish to fill our senses with. Or is it another form of escapism from the realities of everyday commute and travel.

I remember Rob Campbell (the brilliantly outspoken regional planning head at Y&R Singapore) telling me two months back in Singapore that most music listeners close their eyes when they listen to their most favorite track. A brilliant insight that Apple capitalized in their famously colorful silhoutte ads. But then again I wonder are those folks walking around with their iPods or iRivers really shutting their eyes from the everyday mundaneness of their lives.

Definitely something to ponder on for later…

Four Lads and a Coincidence

July 6, 2006

Beatles - Let It Be

Blur - Best of Blur

Gorillaz - Demon Days
Is this a coincidence or what? Or absolute album cover design plagiarism?

But I kind of like the three covers. They are brilliant in their own way for the era of music they depict. It sort of shows a musical as well as technological and design evolution of sorts. The Beatles from the swinging sixties era to Blur’s Britpop blurs to Gorillaz remix animation gung-ho. As a matter of fact I like all three covers for whatever reasons it may be. One instance where plagiarism or the magic of borrowed ideas does work.

Poetic Palindrome

June 27, 2006

Saw this absolutely brilliant palindromic poem on the blog of Cyril Paul. Don’t know if Cyril himself wrote it or if it’s the work of some other genius. He doesn’t mention who wrote it. But we both apparently share the same mother-tongue Malayalam (which incidently is the world’s only language that is a palindrome). Enjoy…

Entering the lonely house with my wife
I saw him for the first time
Peering furtively from behind a bush —
Blackness that moved,
A shape amid the shadows,
A momentary glimpse of gleaming eyes
Revealed in the ragged moon.
A closer look (he seemed to turn) might have
Put him to flight forever —
I dared not
(For reasons that I failed to understand),
Though I knew I should act at once.
I puzzled over it, hiding alone,
Watching the woman as she neared the gate.
He came, and I saw him crouching
Night after night.
Night after night
He came, and I saw him crouching,
Watching the woman as she neared the gate.
I puzzled over it, hiding alone —
Though I knew I should act at once,
For reasons that I failed to understand
I dared not
Put him to flight forever.
A closer look (he seemed to turn) might have
Revealed in the ragged moon.
A momentary glimpse of gleaming eyes
A shape amid the shadows,
Blackness that moved.
Peering furtively from behind a bush,
I saw him for the first time,
Entering the lonely house with my wife.

Brilliant. Ain’t it?

Spornography!!!

June 26, 2006

Was flipping through the channels on cable TV here in Chennai and one of the local language (Malayalam channel called Kairali) came up with an interesting concoction to describe the pictures of scantilly-clad sports fans and hot-shots of female tennis stars. They described it as 'spornography'. Sports and pornography combined to the likes of Kairali TV.

I happened to check the term out on Dictionary.com and it didn't turn up any results. A Google image for the same term brought up a single page for a UK fansite of the band The Cure.

Google v/s Michael Jordan

June 24, 2006

Found this brilliant analogy on Guy Kawasaki's blog on the 'Top Ten Lies of Venture Capitalists'. He comments that we all know about Google's amazing return on investment for the same reason we all know about Michael Jordan. Googles and Michael Jordans are the rarities of the world. They hardly ever happen. Like fairytale endings. Michael had a fairytale ending for the Chicago Bulls. We have yet to see how long the Google fairytale lasts.

Just Do It Nike-Style

April 9, 2006

Nike-Sex

Got to pick this absolutely awesome sticker at a Taipei (Taiwan) airport store. Quite an interesting Taiwanese juxtaposition of sex and brands through sticker graphics. There were couple of other interseting ones, but this was the one that caught my eye (and imagination 😉 )