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We, the Media;
Son of CSF.
Now and then, when Hurree needs a holiday, i pinch-hit at Kitabkhana.
We endorse, approve of, and throughly adore:
Other Thieves of our Time
D Mervin Ffingir writes, and having writ, moves on:
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
No status messages with nothing to say
A nonsense rhyme instead, a bit of play
One guaranteed grin (for me) every day
Monday, March 30, 2009
Said the happy katydid:
"A week of poetry we did"
"Er, weak (kof) poetry, you did"
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Sunday is a day of rest
but not for this poet pest
ever hopeful in his quest
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Saturday, there won't be many
Joining in the cacophony
But we must (giddyap pony!)
Friday, March 27, 2009
But Ugadi is another day
That's Gudi Padwa in Maharastre
If you won't write, I will, yea
Yesterday's verse got little traction
the status message poetry faction
was completely out of action
woe is me
..have you seen the cost of registering for the TEDIndia conference?
That's Rs 120,984.80.*
For four days.
It includes housing (they don't say where), food and an airport pick-up-and-drop. It's happening at the Infosys campus, so we guess that's where attendees will be staying. But even if not, and let's assume that they don't have sponsors (they do), a top-end hotel room in Mysore costs in the neighbourhood of Rs 4000, if memory serves us right. You'd be hard-put to spend more than 2k on khana-peena a day. So, stretch that a bit—a massage, a guided tour—and it's like 8k a day. Add in a couple of grand to get in from Bangalore airport in luxury. That's like 35k. What on god's green earth is the rest of that dosh for?
Sure, they're going to have a rocking line-up of speakers, if their record is anything to go by. And sure, they're financing fellowships and suchlike, and chances are that a TED Fellow is likely to change the world and all that. And sure, there's a great agenda:
* Which local innovations are destined for global impact?
A lakh twenty one.
Are they effing insane?
There's a recession going on. This is the developing world. The bit they called the Third World before they got all PC, like. You can live off that much money for several months, including house rent, in most cities in India. Heck, you could become a local aristocrat with that much money in some parts of the country.
Who's going to be able to pay to get in? Loaded westerners who will probably go off, pre- or post-TED to do a bit of palace tourism and maybe some Slumdogging in Dharavi for colour. Malodourously plutocratic Indians who will happily pay up to be seen there.
And most of the folks who are actually doing their bit towards making a better future, people who would benefit from the atmosphere, the contacts and the experience; for them, it could just as well have stayed in Monterey.
Yes, we know that a lot of the people who will be invited to present will benefit, and they deserve it. Yes, we'll get to see the presentations on the TED site eventually.
But we have to say that the pedestal we had TED on is looking kinda clayey.
Yes, we're bitter.
* As per today's exchange rate on XE Universal Currency Converter.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
'Tis Thursday, and the pressure mounts
The buzz goes 'round the po'try founts:
"Will he? Gawd, I hope he won't!"
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
It's Wednesday, the pressure builds
Words must flow from the dogg'rel mills
I think I'd better take my pills
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Tuesday's here, and I'm feeling better
Caffeinated, in fine fetter
Still not quite your bright go-getter
Maybe I should write a letter
Monday, March 23, 2009
It's Monday and the joints are creaking
Strong, hot coffee one is seeking
Until one gets it one is not speaking
Friday, March 20, 2009
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Lawdy, lawdy, lawdy.
Competition for "If you come today" at last!
"[Israeli arms maker] Rafael produced a sitar-heavy twist on Rick Astley's love letter to Satan, "Together Forever," complete with a new chorus." (Wired's Danger Room blog.)
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Ah, the memories.
How many songs do you know that use the word "efficacious" without missing a beat?
[Via Ratna Rajaiah's Facebook feed]
Friday, March 13, 2009
We are feeling all seerish today.
So we predict that Google will soon have an attempted Twitter-killer out.
It will run with Gtalk. People already use Gtalk status messages to communicate with friends. Makes sense to piggy-back on that, yes? So, you will be able to separately subscribe to my status messages without seeing my online status or being able to chat with me.
They'll call it G-spot.
Well, okay, maybe not.
But for the rest, remember, you read it here first. And anyone from Google who sees this, we'd like some shares, please. Thank you.
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