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Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Perhaps you should send ManCom links to these three posts by that scholar and gentleman, JP, over at Confused of Calcutta.
Friday, July 20, 2007
OK Tata Byebye is hosting a travel photography contest.
Caveat: you need to register on the site to participate.
Disclosure: For reasons best known to them (wethinks they think we are a Popular Blogger. heh), we have been asked to help judge the contest (and in a swollen-headed moment, we consented), and the organisers asked us to help spread the word.
See ya. Erm. Sorry. Oktatabyebye.
Thursday, July 19, 2007
Offer helpful advice.
This post gets us the most Google love on a consistent basis. From the traffic logs, there are apparently many people who either want to learn how to hack a yahoo password, or want to know how to get back a hacked password. Every now and then, a comment pops up for moderation. This one appeared a week or so ago.
Heres away to hack a yahoo acount step by stepWe're breaking this up into two lines to preserve the column width
forgotpass?secretque=TRUE&username=VICTIM_USERNAME&instructions continue, undedited.
This truly ingenious. You set up a Yahoo account (email@example.com natch; or something similar), write out some seemingly well-intentioned advice, and wait for the mugs who want to hack into some chica's account to come along and do the hard work of setting up new yahoo accounts and then send you the user name and password to add to your set of anonymous spamming accounts. Even better, of course, if said mugs were to use their existing accounts to do this. You get a free set of the mug's friends' addresses!
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Tomorrow, around 10:15am US East Coast Time, 7:45pm IST, we shall be making a 'remote presentation' to a bunch of US Government folks.
We shall be talking about our TsunamiHelp experience, as part of Collaborative Expedition Workshop #63. Our bit lasts about 45 minutes, and is part of a session called "Potentials and Realities: Opportunities and Challenges of Virtual Organizing for Humanitarian Response."
The page linked to has the schedule, and other speakers, as well as instructions on how to access the conference. We shall mainly riff on the stuff we covered in our Sarai essay (PDF), and answer questions the other participants may have.
Saturday, July 14, 2007
(You folks on the feed-readers will have to come on over to see the video. Sorry.)
And here's the bit that makes us go *toc toc* "These Americans are crazy!" The blended iPhone, which would have cost US$500 brand new, is up for sale on ebay. That's not all. The top bid, as of this posting, stands at US$ 1,058.33.
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
We sent around the Guardian's Great Escape links, which feature various writers on the topic of the books they read while travelling. (Part 1, Part 2; and note that the links on the Guardian's page are bad - someone forgot t include the '.co.uk' bit, which we didn't notice until Divya pointed out the error.) Weighing in: Bill Bryson ("I read the Archer as well, of course, and am not too proud to say that I was grateful for it, too. In fact, after Pnin and the telephone directory, it was one of my favourite reads of the trip."), Kiran Desai, Dave Eggers, Pico Iyer, Ian McEwan, Jan Morris, DBC Pierre, Ian Rankin, Paul Theroux, and many others.
Naturally, we began thinking of books we have read while on the road. And found that none really came to mind. We tend to buy magazines when we travel, because we usually wind up looking out of windows, people-watching, sketching or writing when we travel. This despite packing in several books on each trip.
But perhaps your mileage (heh) varies. Care to leave a note?
This ad ran in 1997. I remember my then creative director sticking his head into my room, a DVD in hand, saying "You have to hear this." It was the disc that came with the latest D&AD Annual, and my PC was the only one with the software to play it (yes, yes, so very last century).
I loved it then for the fusion element—it brings together such an amazing range of musicians—and its simple brilliance as an ad; it's entertaining, and it delivers its message ("Whatever your musical taste, it is catered to by BBC Radio and Television") in no uncertain terms. Of course, the length (it's a full four minutes) wasn't a problem since the advertiser was running it on its own media. Heh.
The complete story from the YouTube page:
In 1997, the song "Perfect Day" by Lou Reed was featured by the BBC in a lengthy corporate advertisement of its own music coverage. The trailer was shown on BBC channels and in cinemas and won both awards and praise from commentators. This version was eventually released as a charity single in November of that year for Children In Need. The charity version features a host of well-known singers and performers, with Reed himself opening and closing the song, and was the UK's number one single for two weeks, selling over a million copies.Right then. Here's your homework. Name all the singers and musicians.
Lou Reed singing Perfect Day
Lou Reed singing Perfect Day with Luciano Pavarotti
Friday, July 06, 2007
The good folk of JWT-NY mailed to say they had put up another poem in their series of Billy Collins Animated Poetry. So here it is.
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