Paying attention

I’m positive that more people would pay attention to in-flight safety instructions if more instructors dressed up in only body paint. Can’t wait to fly Air New Zealand now. Whenever that happens!

Please confirm date of death

Facebook definitely does some daft stuff. Actually, it’s not so much Facebook’s fault as the app developers. Who in God’s name is going to confirm this:

Facebook Apps -- the stupidest?
Facebook Apps -- the stupidest?

If you are really my friend, you will confirm this after I’m gone. Now there’s two good wishes in that!

So much for advertising

It can’t be difficult to ensure that your ad and the place where the ad connects say the same thing. Check this out:

Facebook ad vs. Linked Page


fday-zblogAnd then there’s the link to which this ad goes (lest the content on the page be changed, here’s a screenshot):

I already have a friend who’s confused about when Father’s Day is. And this isn’t helping!

So one question: Did you spot the difference?

Personal versus private

I know what that headline sounds like. But I don’t mean to get snobbish. However, after reading Rajesh’s post about the need to divide personal and private presences online, I couldn’t agree more. Of course, I am not implying that I have as visible a public persona as Rajesh’s. I am mainly referring to the reasons behind doing something like this.

Friend requests on Facebook, LinkedIn, Orkut (which I visit about once a month now) and other such sites are starting to go the SPAM way. With about two new request at least every day, I would have felt happy had some long lost friends found me or a good business opportunity arisen. But as Rajesh points out, there is a place and a time for everything. Thanks to the Internet, time doesn’t matter, but place still does. Continue reading “Personal versus private”

Slumdog Millionaire — mandatory post!

Dev Patel and Anil Kapoor in a still from Slumdog Millionaire
Dev Patel and Anil Kapoor in a still from Slumdog Millionaire

So everyone, their uncle and his dog have had something to say about Slumdog Millionaire (SM). And not without reason. It is by far the most globally acclaimed Indian-subject film in a long time. And I say Indian subject since contrary to others’ views, I do not believe that SM is an Indian film at all. However, I do believe that with the amount of Indians involved, it is not unusual to feel the excessive affinity that we are currently experiencing.

I haven’t seen the movie yet. I will rush to the preview show tomorrow night if I can get the tickets. But I have been watching some rushes and trailers and I cannot understand what the brouhaha is all about. Especially this dude — some Nirpal Dhaliwal (hu?) — who seems to insist that no Indian could have made a film like SM. Obviously he hasn’t seen Salaam Bombay or the likes as Gaurav rightly points out. What’s he on? And who’s he?

Continue reading “Slumdog Millionaire — mandatory post!”

Book review: True Dummy

True Dummy
True Dummy

Indian authors excite me. After years of searching for good Indian authors whose writing one could relate to, it has been a great ride for the last few years to find young authors with new stories to tell. So everytime I pick up a book, I try to find the early work of an author. It’s usually not jaded or typecast by himself/herself.

So when the opportunity arose to read Ashish Jaiswal’s debut novel “True Dummy“, I wasn’t going to pass. With no idea of the story line and little expectation (as I always maintain from debutante authors), I took the book along on a a trip. With about three hours to kill at the airport in the evening, I figured this was as good a time as any to start. Continue reading “Book review: True Dummy”

Picasa: My online photo storage solution

 Right. So after much looking around, I have settled on my choice for the online photo repository for my photos. 

It was a close battle between Flickr and Picasa with of course the option of hosting all the work here itself. But the hosting would have been too costly. And Flickr is getting a little too snobbish (only 3 sets still?).

So Picasa it is. And the clincher was the recently launched Picasa for Mac Desktop Application.

The syncing between the desktop and online spaces is brilliantly seamless. And it syncs. So any edits also get updates. Plus, I can create albums from the desktop app itself and embed photos (like the one here). To be fair, Flickr Uploadr also allowed these, but then it was much slower and not nearly as elaborate at Picasa for Mac.

Add to this the fact that most people I know have a Google ID handy more than a Yahoo! one (tsk), it made more sense to have protected photos on a Google site.

So chalk one more for Google. And this is proof that all is indeed not well with Flickr.