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  • Harshad Joshi 6:25 pm on August 20, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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  • Harshad Joshi 6:07 pm on March 28, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Today’s meme – true story 

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  • Harshad Joshi 8:23 am on March 14, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Today’s meme 

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    le story of every liberal in college 😉

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  • Harshad Joshi 7:48 am on March 13, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Meme for today 

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  • Harshad Joshi 2:35 pm on January 17, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Hello honey bunny 

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    • Maggie 8:34 pm on February 24, 2013 Permalink | Reply

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  • Harshad Joshi 3:12 pm on December 23, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

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    Fail! 

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  • Harshad Joshi 12:34 pm on October 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Unwritten letters (my love story, my beliefs, my space, etc) 

     
  • Harshad Joshi 10:57 am on August 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    A sneek peek 

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    Thats the first preview of India Force Linux Desktop. Stay Tuned…

     
  • Harshad Joshi 12:11 pm on December 29, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 2008, 2009, Aesops Fables, , Obama, Outsourcing, Panchatantra, Recession, , , Wise words, Wordpress   

    The end brings a new beginning 

    The end was actually hiding a new beginning in its sphere;

    darkness became the light,

    the wind turned into the smell of fear…

    2008 will end soon. Thank you to everyone who supported me. I had promised, even if this blog might stop for a while, the journey still continues…Some of you mailed me, some of you called me, I thank you. I wont pretend, but your words helped me a lot..

    I cannot make you wait for too long..

    You can now find me on Twitter – http://twitter.com/sevenlives

    House on a tree..the zen way

    This is a new venture by me into realms of unknown. I have tried to be honest while writing the Haiku, an art that is obscure, difficult to master, yet at the same time offers simple advice to the reader, the Zen way. At the same time, you can find humour, sarcasism, philosophy, rhythm a blend of everything…As a kid, I read a lot of Aesops Fables, Panchatantra, Indian legends, so expect to find the wise sages, the lonely Hermits, the houseless woods, speaking tigers, poisonous snakes, dangerous scorpions, smiling babies, everything that we encounter in our dreams and real life 🙂 .Sometimes you might not actually feel like reading a stereotype Haiku, but i have tried to preserve the ‘3 line rule’ , short is sweet..It offers me several advantages –

    1. It requires less time to write

    2. It helps to deliver the right message in right time

    3. Offers you lot of flexibility in reading, you dont need to be holed up forever in front of pc all the time..

    What more I can say now? Its time you can go and read it. Mind you, its Twitter, microblogging has got some limitations, the Haikus I wrote still maintain a rough edge, but I havent tried to hide the naiveness, maybe it will help to end the learning phase a little more fast..Twitter cannot substitute WordPress, but for the timebeing, it serves well..

    This is the sample of what you can expect

    People understand Tao

    People understand Zen

    Lying is a bad habit..

    This Haiku is obviously meant to target all marketting mongers. They are all of the same catagory, they try to sell you anything making it appear useful, however you bring it, you realize, its a waste of resources. We all need to be careful. Dont invest into something that appears glamorous, glosy. Too much of shine can be harmful. Your money/time/resources are precious, use them wisely and dont succumb to any pressure. In todays age, where recession looms ahead, job cuts are round the corner, we need to make sure we act wisely.

    Or

    Peace and goodwill

    they are everlasting desires

    Weak people have got no options…


    Todays tough age demands more out of us. No one can afford to be weak and request help all the time. Its apparant that a weakling is a burdan in any society. Unless you are strong, you are firm, you will always stay at the mercy of others, thus making your life miserable and weak. A weak person always desires peaec, but he is unable to fight for it, thus living forever in grief..A lesson we learn from Indias IT sectors debacle – Depend on US for yor jobs, you will always be at the perils of anti outsourcing voices. Obama isent a good man who will work in your favour, making life easy for you. The time isent the same now. Its time to get tough and act accordingly..Develop your own technology and then sell it. Sooner or later the world will be at your feet.

    Ok, thats enough for now.

    With all your blessings and compliments,

    I will be there again…

    See you on Twitter.

    Harshad Joshi.

     
    • Mahendra 4:19 am on December 30, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      “A weak person always desires peaec, but he is unable to fight for it, thus living forever in grief.”

      Well said!
      I am totally in agreement with above.
      Besides IT, we in the engineering industry are also experiencing slow down . The Infrastructure business which was the flag ship business group of the company, is lying low. Customer who have once placed the orders, are not in position to take deliveries due to cash crunch. Infrastructure business in mostly dependent upon the World Bank Finance . When this source dries down, the going gets tough.

      With all the Odds of 26/11 reminds me of this poem:-

      Still I Rise —–

      You may write me down in history
      With your bitter, twisted lies,
      You may trod me in the very dirt
      But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

      Does my sassiness upset you?
      Why are you beset with gloom?
      ‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells
      Pumping in my living room.

      Just like moons and like suns,
      With the certainty of tides,
      Just like hopes springing high,
      Still I’ll rise.

      Did you want to see me broken?
      Bowed head and lowered eyes?
      Shoulders falling down like teardrops.
      Weakened by my soulful cries.

      Does my haughtiness offend you?
      Don’t you take it awful hard
      ‘Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines
      Diggin’ in my own back yard.

      You may shoot me with your words,
      You may cut me with your eyes,
      You may kill me with your hatefulness,
      But still, like air, I’ll rise.

      Does my sexiness upset you?
      Does it come as a surprise
      That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
      At the meeting of my thighs?

      Out of the huts of history’s shame
      I rise
      Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
      I rise
      I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
      Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
      Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
      I rise
      Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
      I rise
      Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
      I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
      I rise
      I rise
      I rise.

      Wish you all happy new year…

    • Harshad Khandare 6:44 am on June 28, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      My Dream home.. Tree House..

  • Harshad Joshi 6:34 am on November 17, 2008 Permalink | Reply
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    Bored..!!! 

    bored_man

    This place is awefully boring, not to mention that the weather too is conducive to get hell bored and this is one of those days when boredom is exceedingly taking over creativity, joy and expressions. A monotonous life causes extreme boredom. 

    Darn..!!

    Kill boredom..!! Wish I could have a hearty laugh…

    I hope now I am feeling something better..

     
  • Harshad Joshi 4:48 pm on October 23, 2008 Permalink | Reply
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    a strategy to write perfect comments – a small howto 

    I love this cartoon.. In may early blogging days(2006), this was the trick I used to do trying to fetch some traffic on my humble blog(http://agneya2.blogspot.com)  😉

     
  • Harshad Joshi 7:08 am on October 7, 2008 Permalink | Reply
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    School Days 

    I remember, one day, I was caught eating salted peanuts in middle of class.  The teacher not only confiscated my delicious, crispy peanuts, but threw me out of the class. I dont know what happened to those tiny handful of khau. The wicked teacher ate them all, or she threw them into dust bin, I dont know. I miss that taste, I miss the feeling of adventure we used to experience while trying to attempt eating in class when teacher was teaching..it was a way of keeping ourselves awake after the long recess..

    However, this isent the greatest adventure I had..

    It was summer of 97, and the weather was hot, and for some fancy reasons, the goy sitting in front of me decided that he no longer needed to wear his brown school shoes..he gleefully removed them, and I think he enjoyed fresh air coming to his feet. But for the rest of us, it was punishment. the smell of sweat from his socks was creating high nuisance…So, I decided to play a prank. I reached for one of his shoe. Carefully, I took it away, and passed it to the boy sitting in next row. Fortunately he got an idea what I was upto, he winked as if asking ‘Who?’ I winked back pointing to Chinmay, yes, his name was Chinamy..My intention was only to hide the shoe and let Chinmay hunt for it..but this guy had more funny idea…he passed it along to the next row…and the shoe found itself dislocated somewhere in 6th row. Mind you, I used to sit in 1st row..

    In all that process, the teacher suddenly asked Chinmay to answer a question(Chinmay was dozing at that time) Naturally, he was clueless, he stood at his place dumbstuck. The teacher ordered him to walk off the class..It was sort of regular routine for him. Nonchantly, he put on one shoe, and this was when trouble struck…He was unable to locate one of his shoe, and the teacher was unable to understand what was taking so long..She screamed…”Chinmay..!!!” I could watch Chinmays face…those expressions said it all..I mean its so worse, you want to walk off a boring lecture but someone pesky has hidden your shoe, and at that point of time, even I didnt know where his shoe had travelled…He just managed to mumble…”..Mah shoe…e….”, “Shoes…”. Meanwhile, the rest of class realized the grave situation and within seconds, Chinmays shoe arrived at his place using the shortest path first algorithm..Chinmay realized who was the villian behind the scene..He looked at me and said,’ You just wait today after school’

    The next day, Chinmay’s parent approached the school teacher, and coz of that, I got transferred from 1st row, 2nd last bench to third row, third bench, directly in front of teacher..only for one week.. 🙂  My height was a proving problem for girls sitting on fourth bench..I came back on my original place..

    Meanwhile, I am still wondering whar saved me from getting thrashed from Chinamy and his goons, plain good luck perheps.. 😀

     
    • R.V.Ramani 2:56 am on August 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      What mischief are you onto now? Good writing with talented humour.

    • CHINMAY NANAWARE 5:30 am on April 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      mes remembers me of my all days i irritated all teachers

    • CHINMAY NANAWARE 5:31 am on April 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      mes remembers me of my all days i irritated all teachers in my 8d

  • Harshad Joshi 3:15 am on September 10, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Atom, प्रलय, Big Bang Theory, , , Large Hadron Collider, , Particle Physics, Physics, Quantam Mechanics, Quarks, , Stephen Hawkings, The String Theory   

    The LHC, CERN,the Earth,and me 

    The LHC or Large Hadron Collider was supposed to fire a huge beam smashing atoms, colliding quarks, and whatnot, that was capable of turning Earth into a black hole @ 1:30 PM IST.

    Its 2:08 PM IST, I am observing that I am alive, the people next to me are alive, the computers working properly, there is no power cut, the TV’s on, there has been no earth quake reported, my mobile network is operational, theres traffic on road..people are moving around, they seem perfectly all right ..All these things prove that Earth has been spared from becoming a black hole. I dont now if the scientists @ CERN got what they were finding, but I am pretty sure that the world wont end that easily, especially with me having a lot of desires left to be satisfied 😉

    Theres no प्रलय, heres no Doom’s day, theres no Apocalypse, Judgement Day has been postponed. 😛

    Rejoice Dudes, we have got yet another day to live..make the most out of it, who knows what those crazy scientist might be upto now..However, i cant help thinking. Bing Bang, Universe is great, but we have got so many problems like hunger, poverty, unemployment, racism, corruption, religious controversies, why cant someone try to solve them, I bet they are more challenging then Big Bang.. 😉

    Hey…to know what CERN’s to, watch this live webcast from this site.All I can see is few people walking here and there..

    Update on 10 Sept 9:30 PM IST

    This news of earth being turned into a black hole was potrayed so cinematically by some Indian news channels that one 16 year old girl in Indore commited suicide when she saw that the world was going to end soo..The Indian TV media once again proved they are the biggest assholes in some aspects..No maturity, no sense, no originality..Mongrels…Crap heded blistering barnacles..

     
    • debmalyasinha 8:12 am on September 10, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Hey… Engineers and Physicists at CERN had cleared the fact that all rumours regarding creating microscopic black holes are all crap… So, Why take chap?:D enjoy dude…:D

    • limey 8:31 am on September 10, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      They are only turning it on today. The colliding won’t actually happen for a few weeks yet so why people were getting all worried about today strikes me as being rather amusing.

    • dreiund20 8:40 am on September 10, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      There are no collisions planned today, so no chance of creating a black hole right now. Rejoiced to soon 😉

      But to be honest: i don’t think anybody has to be afraid of black holes – that’s just…bullshit 🙂

    • Brett Henebery 8:45 am on September 10, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Harshad,

      CERN did indeed switch on the LHC, but only to warm up the machines and do some preliminary tests. They haven’t even began colliding the atoms yet. The first collisions take place in the second week of October this year.

      If such a devestating cataclysm were to take place we wouldn’t know until 2012 when it reaches maximum performance and any hypothetical ‘mini black holes’ have had a chance to accrue and form a quasar inside the planet (which would be apocalyptic to say the least).

      Having said that, no one can say for certain exactly what will happen once the LHC is colliding beams in ernest. Even CERN themselves admit that they can’t predict exactly what will happen and what chain of events will transpire. That’s a tad worrying. After all, nothing of this scale has ever been tested. Until now anyway.

      There is a miniscule and remote chance that in four years, if Dr Otto Rossler and former nuclear physicist Walter Wagner are right, the earth will be experiencing some major negative changes. God forbid that happens.

      2012 is a significant year for many reasons, (see the Mayan Long Count Calander and the Grand Allignment). I just hope that the LHC doesn’t make it a tragic hat trick for us.

      Personally, I’m optimistic. The chance of tragedy is there. But it’s very small.

      • Harshad Joshi 1:14 am on November 28, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I think you were talking about a film named 2012, man, watch it, nice and cool computer effects. Is this what the future is?? But that film has no mentions of LHC, or did I miss it 😉

    • federico federici 8:55 am on September 10, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Hello world! – said my PC as I switched it on few minutes ago.
      Oh, I see that the world still works!
      For sure something went wrong in their LHC experiment…

    • kenjara 8:56 am on September 10, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Its worth noting that the main collision experiment wont take place till around christmas. It will still not destroy the Earth though.

    • ibofightback 9:01 am on September 10, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      I thought all they were doing this time was firing one beam, and the micro-black holes that will swallow the world (not) from colliding two beams aren’t due for a few weeks?

      geez … reading around the ‘net, it appears virtually none of the MSM is bothering with that slight (not) difference either …

      So have some patience, still some time to plan for doomsday! 🙂

    • Gonçalo R. 9:21 am on September 10, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      In the telegraph.co.uk news it says that ‘The first collisions are expected in around 30 days.’

      So I don’t know if we’re safe already… but I hope so 😉

      At least, today we seem to be all right.

    • phr0ggi 9:27 am on September 10, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      “All I can see is few people walking here and there..”
      LOL. It’s when all you can see are the silhouettes of people running here and there (backlit by flames a la “Towering Inferno”), that you should maybe worry…

    • zenbiscuit 9:30 am on September 10, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Ahh, guess we’ll all have to live to die another day…

    • enggprasad 10:01 am on September 10, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Hi, you have written the article quite in funny way. And even then it spills the truth. Nothing has happened as of yet. So we can say “Earth is Safe”.

      I agree with you that why people, scientist, politicians run behind the “MRUGAJALA”?? As you rightly said, there are various issues like Hunger, Corruption, Racism, Poverty, Unemployment etc etc. Why can’t India and in turn World look for that. They are definitely challenging than Big Bang. No problem, World should go on exploring Earth, Universe and Environment but after it solves the problem within.

      Prasad Kulkarni

    • Harshad Joshi 10:49 am on September 10, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      On my rivers of belief
      If you understand, or if you dont…
      If you believe or you doubt…
      There is universal justice…

      The eyes of Truth…are always watching you….

      If you can read this, hey..you are alive, so am I, so is everyone..We live another day….

      We dont know what fate/destiny Karma has planned for us…We must start living a new day we have got. No matter what your faith is, no matter what your religion is…

      Remember – The only truth that prevails is your desires. The desires to make your life worthy of living. Share your joy, reduce someones sadeness, change the mantra of living a life, we all will be in a bliss..

      Hari Om taatsat…

    • seekingsalvation 1:35 pm on September 10, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      A fair bit of science is using observations to extrapolate towards some sort of conclusion; and I concur with your observation that we are all very much alive.

      Hopefully this will continue to be true for a long, long time.
      I enjoyed the way you put things
      Have a good day
      Salv.

    • Spyros 5:07 pm on September 16, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      There is just no chance at all that CERN destroys the world. See the safety reports in http://www.arxiv.org

      2 comments

      1) Mini black holes are quantum objects described by quantum gravity. Since we don’t know how to do quantum gravity we cannot calculate any probabilities (for creation, decay etc) except for the case that we use classical theories (general relativity). These give an absolutely negligible probability for a BH to be created. I wish that LHC creates one however. This way we might get a hint on how to construct quantum gravity.

      2) If you could stand next to a mini BH you would feel no gravitational force (its field is extremely weak on macroscopic scales).

      3) BH do not devour everything that stands in their way. They are black simply because if you cross the event horizon there is no possible way to get out. But in order to fall into a BH you need to have a trajectory that crosses its event horizon. If we replaced the sun with a BH nothing would happen. Well, there would be no light and planets would revolve at faster speeds (those closer to the BH would have complex rosette trajectories).

    • Spyros 5:08 pm on September 16, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Sorry. Although i am a physicist, i am not so good at elementary mathematics. Those were 3 comments… 🙂

    • sunnysideofliving 2:01 pm on September 21, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Wow! Look at all the people interesting in seeing the Dooms Day!!

      Much ado about nothing as usual…….. wot a pity….all that money…… 😦

    • sunnysideofliving 2:05 pm on September 21, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Luv ur blogs…adding to my blog roll…hope u don mind…

    • Joe Nahhas 11:10 am on January 28, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      LHC is garbage: Not me oE=mc²/2
      2009 is the end of Einstein’s space-jail of time and Fraud symbol E=mc²
      Joenahhas1958@yahoo.com
      Time is not a structure like space to allow space-to time-back to space jumping claimed by Physicists regardless of what physicists have to say about it because Physics is a business and not necessarily science or scientific and like every business it comes with fraud and fraud is Einstein’s space-time (x, y, z, it) continuum that led to fraud symbol E=mc² and yes I am saying that 109 years of Nobel prize winners physics and physicists are all wrong and space-time physics is based on scientific fraud. When “results” expected and “No” discovery, Physicists rigged Physics for grant money since the start of the industrial revolution. Physics today is at least 51 % fraud!
      r ——————>>Exp (ì w t) ———->> S=r Exp (ì wt) Nahhas’ Equation
      Orbit——–>> Orbit light sensing——>> Visual Orbit; Exp = Exponential
      Particle —->> light sensing of moving objects———— >> Wave
      Newton———>>light sensing———->> Quantum
      Quantum = Newton x Visual Effects
      Quantum – Newton = Relativistic = Optical Illusions
      E (Energy by definition) = mv²/2 = mc²/2; if v = c
      m = mass; v= speed; c= light speed; w= angular velocity; t= time
      S = r Exp (ì w t) = r [cos (wt) + ì sin (wt)] Visual effects
      P = visual velocity = change of visual location
      P = d S/d t = v Exp (ì w t) + ì w r Exp (ì w t)
      = (v + ì w r) Exp (ì w t) = v (1 + ì) Exp (ì w t) = visual speed; v = wr
      E (visual energy= what you see in lab) = m p²/2; replace v by p in E = mv²/2
      = m p²/2 = m v²/2 (1 + ì) ² Exp (2ì wt)
      = mv²/2 (2ì) [cosine (2wt) + ì sine (2wt)]
      =ì mv² [1 – 2 sine² (wt) + 2 ì sine (wt) cosine (wt)];v = speed; c = light speed
      wt = π/2
      E (visual) = ìmv² (1 – 2 + 0)
      E (visual) = -ì mc² ≡ mc² (absolute value;-ì = negative complex unit) If v = c
      w t = π/4
      E (visual) = imv² [1-1 +ỉ] =-mc²; v = c
      wt =-π/4+ỉln2/2; 2ỉ wt=-ỉπ/2 – ln2
      Exp (2i wt) = Exp [-ỉπ/2] Exp [ln(1/2)]=[-ỉ (1/2)]
      E (visual) = imv² (-ỉ/2) =1/2mc² v = c
      Conclusion: E = mc² is the visual Illusion of E = mc²/2 joenahhas1958@yahoo.com. All rights reserved.
      PS: In case of E=mc² claims to be rest energy claims then
      E=1/2m (m v + m’ r) ² = (1/2m) (m’ r) ²; v = 0
      E = (1/2m) (mc) ²; m’ r =mc
      E=mc²/2
      n that

      • Harshad Joshi 6:25 am on November 28, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Einstein would have been proud of your scientific analytic skills, too bad he died decades ago leaving this world at the mercy of evil scientists planning to blow up the earth.. 😐

    • the_blob_inc@msn.com 5:20 pm on November 27, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      the lhc at this point in time is a very bad idea, there are far to many unknowns.

      when they were testing the fist a-bomb they though it might light
      the atmosphere on fire, sure it may have not happened in the end but they had to do it because lives were at stake and they had to end a long drawn out war. failure was not an option!

      but there is no justifiable reason why we should chance fate a second time over such a small thing.

      at this point in history there are more important things, i feel they should postpone the testing for a decade or so and devote those $$$
      bones to some thing better like mining asteroids and or developing practical solutions for space flight.
      like idk a space shuttle the common man could afford to buy, maintain and operate.

      the simple fact of the matter is that these tests have no real world use/applications at the moment.
      more over we already have the scientific/technological capability of achieving such feat’s as space flight with out the lhc.

      to conclude my rant i ask what is the lhc going to do for me “the common man”? I’ll tell you, “possibly” kill me and every one else, and a whole lota nothing!

      and for what to satisfy the curiosity of some egg head whom does not care about my thoughts
      ideals and more over my genius!

      fool’s, I’ll bet if it was put to a world wide democratic vote today they would be shut down tomorrow!

      the end does not justify the means no manner how you dice it what so ever.

      (after all its not like the lhc is going any where;)

      • Harshad Joshi 1:09 am on November 28, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I think Earth Defence Forces have detected an alien attack and hence they have designed a killer machine to prevent defeat in an inter galactic war…wow, we are now going to see star wars for real..

        LHC is the havoc machine, a weapon to be used in case of an alien invasion 😛

    • the_blob_inc@msn.com 4:23 am on November 28, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      i wonder what would happen if the lhc was fired up and then all the sudden the sun let out a giant solar flair?

      after all our sun has an solar cycle of about 11 years between its major amounts of solar activity.

      i remember back in 1999 and 2000 they were all worried over y2k and also over that nastier solar cycle thing.

      which may i add will be at its height on dec 21 2012.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_cycle

      either way i think the test should be postponed until a time between our suns solar cycle.

      sure it would take them 15-20 more years or so to do all the tests they want to do but “safety first” that’s what i always say.

      as far as i have read the lhc only has a life expectancy of 10 years, during that time it will be upgraded once.

      but for them to do testing in 2009-2011 then stop for 5 years and then resume for 3-4 years, would be way more safer.

      • Harshad Joshi 6:20 am on November 28, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Relax, enjoy life to the fullest till the last day comes. Trust me, the LHC will fail once again because no one knows how to operate it. The scientist are crazy people with lot of time and money to waste.

        PS – Get married *now* if you are single. Who knows if LHC disaster may take place, there will be mutations of all kinds.. 😉

        😀

    • the_blob_inc@msn.com 7:25 am on November 28, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      idk the main and only problem with the lhc that ppl should be worried about is the unknown side effects if such a device.

      no only to us but our solar system in general, it doesn’t take much research on the internet to find out that such things can go terribly wrong.

      although the lhc is only a 10 year project, the simple fact of the manner is that if such an device were in operation for say 40 years there is some where between a 40-75% chance of catastrophic failure resulting in alot of the side effect’s that many have dismissed as being false misinformation.

      be it mini black holes, strangelets, mono-polar particles, i would have to say they are the least of our worries.

      after all are we ready for the information and research that would be generated by the lhc, what are the consequences of this information?

      after the discovery of nuclear fission mankind had the ability to fully destroy its self, this in effect caused fear and panic and later led to the cold war, a struggle which led to the economic failure of communism in the ussr resulting in much poverty.

      with great power comes great responsibility, that being said what makes these scientists the right people for this task?

      what gives them the right to put our lives at stake even if the chances is only like .000000000000000000000000000001% especially when nobody can say for certain what will or wont happen.

      i dont wana go on spouting out all this doom’s day jargon and referring to prophecy but even though i dont believe in that crap that does not mean im not going to at least try to avoid such things.

      i think that those people responsible for the lhc are being very ignorant of peoples believes customs and ideals, if the lhc were built in canada here it would have been shut down already due to lobbying and petitioning, and more over for being a violation of the Canadian charter of rights and freedom’s (due in part to its timing in accordance with the dec 21 2012 thing).

      figure that, if i believed in the mayan religion and customs (ha minus the human sacrifice of course) according to the c c r f they would be violating my rights and i could sue them.

      • Harshad Joshi 9:14 am on November 28, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Dont wory mate, nothings doom gonna happen, and if it does, then it will be for us all.

        So, till then, live this day, die on another one..

        And according to my knowledge, LHC is locate somewhere in swiss/france borders underground tunnel. What has canada to do with it? :-O

        • the_blob_inc@msn.com 10:32 am on November 28, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          well first of all i just don’t want some fool machine messing up the earths geomagnetic field or for that manner disrupting the sun or some stupid thing like that.

          it may be in France/Switzerland but it is still on earth.

          i more or less just dont want them to do testing during the sun’s solar maximum.

          http://indigosociety.com/earth-not-risk-lhc-large-hadron-collider-t7791/#post546661

          aka 2011 and on to 2015 or so and from 2020 to 2025, if they could not mess around with it then that would just be swell.

          idk if it only effected them i wouldn’t care, i would happily go along with it until they killed them selves just so i could say i told you so.

          but this thing is so big that if some thing go’s wrong it wont only effect them, our collective asses are on the line.

          i think what will happen is a computational error due to emi/emp from a massive solar storm, this in turn will cause catastrophic failure.

          • Harshad Joshi 11:00 am on November 28, 2009 Permalink | Reply

            “i think what will happen is a computational error due to emi/emp from a massive solar storm, this in turn will cause catastrophic failure.”

            Dont worry mate, I hear EU uses Linux and not MS Windows. So there wont be any calc errors.

            But I respect your views.

            • the_blob_inc@msn.com 11:07 am on November 28, 2009 Permalink | Reply

              it wont be software , it will be a hardware thing.

              i’ll bet the entire facility is automated.

              every door every window and even down to the very relays and contractors they use to control the sophisticated equipment in the lhc.

              at that point it wont manner what operating system they use, in the end it will just be a simple error caused by the very thing that breathes life into our fair planet.

      • Harshad Joshi 9:17 am on November 28, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        To be honest, I dont know what to react on LHC, its beyond my control to say ‘shut if off’ 😉

  • Harshad Joshi 7:22 am on August 20, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Moral Police, Problems, , Taliban   

    Unexpected problems?? 

    The best way to avoid problems, is to avoid them.

    Look around, you will get to see people who are perfect, they just dont seem to have any kind of conflicts, or any issues, they get well with any situation, any kind of people, they appear so natural, so flawles, sometimes we call them as happy go lucky, but sadely,the moment we try to act like them, we are in deep deep trouble..Heaven sake dont try to copy someone because it appears attractive or seems so perfect and so right for them. Once you are in a problem, dont crib over you getting caught in there when someone else was deserving it, just accept the fact that you werent smart enough to get out of it.

    Last week, an errant rave party convict started screaming at me explaining that the rave party was good, he was innocent, and things like that..Actually, I didnt bother anything, but I realized, that he, along with his physiotherapist sister were facing problems, just like I described above. For them, rave party wasent the problem. The problem was, they found their names in the list of convicted people I had put up almost year ago..I imply said- If all that you are fgetting problamatic over seeing your name, the best solution was not to attend the party where you knew drugs were distributed freely…Maybe thats was their fasination, who cares?? That called me a moral brigadeer, a moral police(Hey, what does it mean?), he also called me a Talibani (rofl)..

    Anyway, all I can say is – ‘Dont ever get into trouble, and if at all you do, just accept it as fate.’

     
  • Harshad Joshi 12:32 pm on August 8, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , George Bush Jokes, , ,   

    Beijing Olympics 2008 kicks off 

    Beijing Olympics 2008

    The Beijing Olympics 2008 ceremony has kicked off and officially, for next 20 days, we are going to see an exciting series of old records broken, new records being set. Top leaders from almost 80 countries are visiting Beijing for this extravaganza. Here’s a joke thats being passed here in India.

    Dubya, the George Bush Jr, who is enjoying his few days as American President, is visiting China as a guest at the Beijing Olympics ceremony, where he is supposed to deliver a small speech.

    He’s handed over a speech letter by his secretary. Dubya goes through it, and begins…

    “O…O……O….O…”

    The secretary says ‘ Sir, plese turn the page, thats not ‘O’. Thats the official Olympic logo. Your speech’s on the next page..’

     
  • Harshad Joshi 7:02 am on July 26, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Achievements, , , Yahoo! Answers   

    What is the greatest achievement of one’s life?? 

    Best Answer – Chosen by Voters

    The sense of achievement is different for various people
    Example
    1. For a mother – To hear the first word from her child
    2. For a father – The feeling of becoming a ‘father’
    3. For a Old person – When his great grand sons hugs him and says “How are you?”
    4. For a artist – The joy and thril in creating a master peice
    5. For 99% of us – Getting money, marry good looking girl we always like, keep mom and dad happy, bring up a child, help him to grow, expect good from him, and so on…..

    We can go for many pages, but I am feeling sleepy right now.

    Good night

    Before I sleep, a little prayer towards God.

    Oh God….
    Thank thee for the wonderful things that you gave me today.
    Thank thee for yet another beautiful day.
    Thank thee for showing me the right direction
    Thank thee for the beautiful moon and stars in the limitless sky..
    Thank thee for the first tones of Freedom…

    Bless me and my friends at Yahoo! Answers today.
    Help them to get the right solution to their answers
    Protect the Good…
    Help me to avoid the Bad…
    Good night God..
    Tommorow will be the light..
    A dream of dolphin…

    (Isent there too much of thee? 😉

    May you achieve whatever you desire in life, provided its going to be useful to mankind.
    Then, you might tell whats the greatest achievement of ones life..
    HariOm tatsat..

    Good night..

    • 2 years ago

    Source(s):

    At that time, I was hooked on to Yahoo! Answers, but now it seemingly looks boring..Now found a new toy – Twitter..
     
  • Harshad Joshi 5:25 pm on July 17, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: feedparser.py, Google News, Mark Pilgrim,   

    How to write a kludgy news crawler in Python and challenge Google News to its limits 

    A kludge (or, alternatively, kluge) is a clumsy or inelegant solution to a problem or difficulty. In engineering, a kludge is a workaround, typically using unrelated parts cobbled together. Especially in computer programs, a kludge is often used to fix an unanticipated problem in an earlier kludge; this is essentially a kind of cruft.

    I was searching data on my old disk and I found some interesting code I had written(rather abandoned) an year and half ago. At that time, I was very fascinated by the concept of Google News, which scanned and gathered news from almost 450 sources and mash up them together on one single page.  Mnay sources, one destination. Needless to say, Google created a smash hit product.Life appeared easy, all of sudden.

    Given my nature, it wasent surprising  that I desired to write the next Google News Killer app. It began at night…around 10:30 to be precise. I was determined to finish the program in a nights time. Python was my original (and only) choice that seemed suitable for me to create the next biig thing. Googling around I found that a module feedparser.py makes parsing RSS feeds easy(so to say). However, there was a problem – At that time, I had no clue of what XML meant. That was only the beginning. Later, I also discovered that I had extremely limited knowledge of HTML..Then I realized that my Python basics were giving me plenty of surprises…

    Bah..it looked so bad, here I was trying to write a good program, and there were tonnes of difficulties in first path itself. However, determination took over desperation, and after tweaking and pondering for well over 46 minutes, I was able to produce an extremely kludgy , extremely basic, extremely primitive Google News Killer – Wow…..the feeling was so good.  Imagine – writing something out of scratch, and that too without any help(ok, I took help from Mark Pilgrims feedparser.py and python.org) I chose to call it News Crawler.

    Get the python file by clicking the link – check-news Dont forget to rename it the file to check-news.py and also, make sure that identions are proper.

    Now something about the code.

    1. As I said earlier – the code is extremely dumb, extremely kludgy, extremely primitive, extremly basic and theres lot of shoddiness in there. Dont laugh at it even if it appears funny.

    2. The code has heard nothing of security, and is meant to run under controlled environment.

    3. It dosent make use of any SQL database backend, but is wise enough to store the RSS feeds on HDD before dissecting them,and extracting useful content.

    4. It expects that the XML files are in Unicode format. Some rouge sites make use of shabby encoding, which raises an exception in the program.

    5. I havent added any exception handling, just laziness, nothing more.

    6. For reference, I have shown how we can incorporate Slashdot and Reddit feeds on single page. You can add in your favourite feed.

    ToDo

    1. Make use of a good HTML templeting system.

    2. Solve the problem of unicode.

    3. Add error checking and improve its utility by making use of Pythons object oriented features.

    4. Add a SQL backend system for storing the parsed RSS data. To be honest, its the toughest job to do.

    5. Post up a nice powerpoint presentation describing the system. 🙂

    5. PS – I will definately not do anything of above unless someone seriously decides to fund me.

    After a long time I am back to programming world, I got so busy with other things that I had to abandon my dream project, but who knows, someday it may come true..  😉

     
    • Sandy 6:58 pm on July 20, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      hi, I was trying to perform a similar act when I bumped into ur blog. Unfortunately I am nbot able to download your .py script. Can you please email it to me

      san.grad@gmail.com is the Id.

      Thaks in Advance.

    • lobiga 6:24 pm on March 30, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Hey
      cann you send me the source pls .

  • Harshad Joshi 1:43 pm on July 13, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: ,   

    After 6 beers? 

    What happens before and after 6 beers?

    What happens before and after 6 beers?

    Is this what it happens after 6 beers? 🙂

     
  • Harshad Joshi 8:50 am on July 9, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Dilemma, , , Myspace, People   

    The New Age dilemma 

    • S: (n) dilemma, quandary (state of uncertainty or perplexity especially as requiring a choice between equally unfavorable options)

    I have discovered a new ego bruising experience. If you are a single individual, and having lot of virtual girl friends on social networking tools like Orkut, then you might have noticed that whenever the girls status changes to ‘commited’ there is something, a sort of silent tiing that goes across the mind..It isent exactly pain or unhappiness, its something mix of surprise, shock, bruised ego and just like that…

    No actual reason why this happens, but fair enough, so many times I have preached to people – Digital Social Networks esp Orkut are a fun, playway mirror of our daily lives, but the real problem arises when we start relating those tools with our real life and begin attaching our emotions and expectations to our virtual meetings. A timepass turns trouble for some. Should Orkut/Facebook/Myspace be avoided? Or is it the beginning of a new age desperation? Boy…this things tough to comprehend…Web 2.0 has binded people togather on a common platform but no ones ever thinking of the trouble that is following us..Wake up…Welcome to the new age dilemma.

     
  • Harshad Joshi 7:25 am on July 2, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , Slambook, Teen Age   

    Slambook 

    Slambook….after so many years, I remember this…I never got a chance to be in someones slambook, but it was something very hot in my school days. Usually, it was as self decorated book having different sections like we have on Orkut, except that we had to manually fill it in our own handwriting. Bad handwriting wasent allowed and the system was ultra secret. It was meant to be an exclusive girl-to-girl communication system. Boys werent allowed nearby, but I confess that I had once stolen a slambook out of pure curiosity, just to get details of what happens in there. It was luck, but peeping in someones property is equivalent of stealing…Later I meekly returned that book, the girl was shocked..!! She said – ‘Did you read this??’ I said – ‘No, why should I?’ I lied, I know, but I read everything, everything that was supposed to be a secret away from most of boys reach.

    Some interesting stuff I remember was

    1. The address and phone number – Every girl jotted down her phone number and postal address. In those days cellular phones were non existant and pagers were ultra cool. It was of no great use to me, I did not have a landline number, and the line I used for speaking would be heavily monitored. Besides, I was too lazy to move around on a cranky bicycle hunting for the girls address.

    2. Likes – It was default that a girl likes ice cream and black forest. For a long time, I didnt know what black forest meant until someone fed me a delicious combination of chocolate, cake, coffee, ice cream, then I realized its a yummy thing…and since then, its my favourite till date.

    3. Favourite colour – Insignificant detail, but pink was common..We dont have this on Orkut 😛

    4. Favourite film – Most of them mentioned Hollywood stuff. I wasent permitted to see any Hollywood film(officially) till I  became 18. Unofficially, I watched many Hollywood movies, and my parents dont know that 😉 Never knew why girls liked Tom Cruise. I liked his mission impossible 2 movie, because I was facinated by the bikes in it, not the heroine.

    5. Every girl tried to decorate her slam content as good as possible. (I recall, my drawing belonged to the genre of Mr Pablo Picasso. Ultra Modern, abstract, and complex, my teacher once mocked me that you will be the next Picasso of India.She was rude..I didnt like that joke)

    Today, I am riding on the messeges sent by Gods of Technology, as if I am from other galaxy, or an Almighty, but innocence is what I want. Those were the best days of my life…Sweet and innocent. Free from complexities of all this world..Todays kids arent so lucky..They have got everything, but the charm of a naive and raw life is unknown to them..Today we have got Orkut, Facebook, Myspace, theres even one online virtual site, but that beautiful handwritten slambook remains an eluded teen age dream…nostologia peheps..

     
    • cia 6:37 pm on July 2, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Slambook!!!!!!!
      Wow….its so nice you wrote about it….brings back all those memories of school days….went roaming about in class asking ppl to fill it out….
      The funniest thing is, i fancied the slam thing so much, that i had 2 slambooks…one in 7th n one in 10th…and i still have them….crazy times =)

  • Harshad Joshi 2:36 pm on June 22, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Friendship, , , Jilted Love, , , ,   

    Good Grief 

    This heartbreak hangover has continued for fairly long time, I mean its more then a week I havent been able to pick my spirits up. In one point of view, everything appears as a dead end, especially in this fast globalized ultramodern age, with so much technology and gadgets around, who would bother to wait and listen? Its such a fast paced world. Friendship made and broken in seconds, split seconds without batting an eyelid, On the other hand, the mind, the frenziness of emotions and feelings tell an otherwise story. Whom to really care for? Inspite of technology, the communication and understanding gap still prevails between people. This comes to notice specifically when one apologizes to a girl by making use of email/sms/chat combo. Even a guy advised me to meet her and sort it out. Boy, I had that courage and might, then probably I wouldent even have these bad feelings get into my way. This is Karma, we attach our emotions with so many people really without knowing the consequence of what will happen in future. Some blokes I know are pretty calculated individuals, they do not allow emotions to get in their way, call it a professional approach of sort.

    This incident taught me many things.

    1. No matter how much rich your dad is, a gurl will first look at you and your capabilities. Atleast the one who analyses you for a long time dosent get impressed by the prizes you won, she looks at the job and the yearly package. No other impression ever works.. 😦

    2. Surrounded by technology, we might get a feel of being a technocrat or whatever, but primitive feelings like emotions, rage, jealousy still exist. By no means we can avoid it. The forms and definations of ego might have changed, but it still continues to hurt as hell.

    3. Love hurts. In every age Love hurts. It has hurted me a lot. I dont know if I am mature enough to understand its true meaning, but the seen consequence makes me wonder – I am freaky enough to be loved?I am an equally loved and hated guy, I remember most of those occasions when I was hated..

    Gosh darn those status lines on my Gtalk – Love and Hate are one and all, sacrifice soon turns to revenge..

    A girl may not find these lines romantic enough, especially when shes commited to someone else. She will take it as an ominous sign of flirting, and bang, thats the end of all relations..no amount of apologies work, meeting is impossible, no truce…no peace, direct attack…what else??

    4. If you have been hurt before in relations, its wisdom to avoid complications in first place itself. If any jilted lover is reading this, I would advise – Avoid relations that do not exist. Example – A fragile relation that occured during a meeting over in social networking tools like MySpace, Orkut, FaceBook etc. These relations are never serious, they do not have any name, Modern pundits call it cyber relations, I dont have any good name for it. I mean its crazy concept to even think of attaching a name and emotions to a thing that exists in electronic world. Its true that sentimental fools like me are fond of attaching their feelings to the most ridiculous and insignificant things that exist in this world, its difficult at times. Here, every occasional hi, hello is a symbol of friendship, and every relation is apparantly a permanant one. Madness in all respect….I am a mad person who has got a provan track record of being in madly with love with girls I know I would never get to see, to touch, to talk and so on…This is my flaw, and I seriously need to get over it. My ex girl friend said that she avoided me because I did not had a ‘pure’ friendship with her. If I know that saying hello to her in wee hours of morning can spell as disaster I am suffering from, I would have avoided it. I am going to avoid it all togather throughout my life. Never send a girl an sms that can spoil your party. Controversies are never comfortable…

    5. Even if sacrifice may turn to revenge, you may not see the face who would say ‘I love you, I will kill you, but I will love you forever’ (Sobs…Sobs…..Tears…Sniff) I didnt 😦 Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaa…….

    I will update this if my girl replies back to me, else think this as the end of this post (and my spoilt relation as well ) Hey Girl, dont mind, I will still continue loving you..Pure love knows no limits   😦   (Sic..Snifff…)

     
    • Adi Crazy 6:50 am on June 23, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      🙂 Damn right you are. Agree with most of it.
      Did your girl reply?

    • Harshad Joshi 7:06 am on June 23, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      @ Adi

      Hi Adi. I met her. I apologized using all the words I knew till today, but she didnt like my new role of a jilted lover. I asked her if our relations would be right as they were earlier, she indirectly said ‘No.’ If this wasent enough, as per expectations, she informed me that shes getting married soon…I could do nothing more but nevertheless, I congratulated her. That was the only option I had, nothing more we can do. Relations are a crazy thing.

      Age of Lonliness is bad enough, and someone telling you that you are lonly is more bad then ever….

    • fennychandra 3:50 am on June 26, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      I can’t agree more. Love hurts. Avoid relations that do not exist. Example – A fragile relation that occured during a meeting over in social networking tools like MySpace, Orkut, FaceBook etc. My last messy relationship started from Skype. And here I am now with my grief. *sob sob*
      Cheer up dude!

    • The Big K 7:18 am on July 17, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Hmm. Look, some girls are idiots. Maybe your loved one was an idiot? 😀 . Be passionate about something in life and excuse people who have hurt you.

      Don’t keep on babbling about love all over you blog. Enjoy!

    • Harshad Joshi 11:52 am on July 17, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      @ The Biiig K

      Yeah, I ended that ‘heartbreak hangover’, everything seems fine now.. 🙂

  • Harshad Joshi 6:52 am on September 15, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    Farty Fish 

    Its no use to whistle, I can see bubbles arising from your bottom..this is what a fish will comment when he encounters another fish farting..Do fish really fart?

    “Its no use whistling – I can see the bubbles coming up from the bottom.. “

    This is an advantage, as well as disadvantage..Maybe we would like to try this on farty souls..

    😀

     
    • roger 11:11 am on April 27, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      this is funny. i larfed

  • Harshad Joshi 2:56 pm on July 10, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    320 GB of terrorism – Exploring a terrorists hard disk 

    Appearances are deceiving. A meek looking and soft spoken individual turned out be an ace terrorist in the making, can one believe this fact easily? Nope..

    Todays paper had a news that explored the 320 GB ‘terrorist’ hard disk. The detailed stats are,

    1. The disk contained well over 12000 files,

    2. 5000 e-mails,

    3. Videos of Osama bin Laden(the head honcho of a well known terrorist firm)

    4. Jehadi messages with phone numbers

    5. Car bomb design !!!

    Incredible, there was no mention of if illegal mp3 files, p0rn videos, pirated software was present, nor the computer brand or OS..Pondering over that, a new concept stuck my mind..Google and major search engines can impress people by marking terrorist sites as ‘Caution : This site contents are not meant for cultured and civilized people‘, this warning will prevent people from visiting those sites, as it is Google maintains a list of spam and malware web pages, it will add a more feature to its popular search engine..Watch this incredible image for more details

    Google Search Engine from the future searching for corporate espionage, terrorists and more

    So, next time you want to befriend someone, please ask them for their hard disk for a detailed analysis, persistent storage sometimes can answer forbidden questions.

     
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  • Harshad Joshi 11:16 am on April 7, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    Magnetic Media 

    One of the most common ways to transport data from one computer to another is to write them onto magnetic tape or removable media (e.g., recordable DVDs), physically transport the tape or disks to the destination machine, and read them back in again. Although this method is not as sophisticated as using a geosynchronous communication satellite, it is often more cost effective, especially for applications in which high bandwidth or cost per bit transported is the key factor.

    A simple calculation will make this point clear. An industry standard Ultrium tape can hold 200 gigabytes. A box 60 x 60 x 60 cm can hold about 1000 of these tapes, for a total capacity of 200 terabytes, or 1600 terabits (1.6 petabits). A box of tapes can be delivered anywhere in the United States in 24 hours by Federal Express and other companies. The effective bandwidth of this transmission is 1600 terabits/86,400 sec, or 19 Gbps. If the destination is only an hour away by road, the bandwidth is increased to over 400 Gbps. No computer network can even approach this.

    For a bank with many gigabytes of data to be backed up daily on a second machine (so the bank can continue to function even in the face of a major flood or earthquake), it is likely that no other transmission technology can even begin to approach magnetic tape for performance. Of course, networks are getting faster, but tape densities are increasing, too.

    If we now look at cost, we get a similar picture. The cost of an Ultrium tape is around $40 when bought in bulk. A tape can be reused at least ten times, so the tape cost is maybe $4000 per box per usage. Add to this another $1000 for shipping (probably much less), and we have a cost of roughly $5000 to ship 200 TB. This amounts to shipping a gigabyte for under 3 cents. No network can beat that. The moral of the story is:

    Never underestimate the bandwidth of a station wagon full of tapes hurtling down the highway.

     
    • Desktopjunk 6:53 pm on April 22, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks, always good posts on your blog!

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  • Harshad Joshi 9:19 am on March 7, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    The Digital (Anti)Social Networks 

    Digital (Anti) Social Networks

    Tired of getting friend requests from MySpace, TagWorld, Friendster, TypePad, Skype, AIM, Yahoo!, Chia Friend, LinkedIn, MSN, TextAmerica, Upcoming, Digg, Google, 30 Boxes, Second Life, Plaxo, Zooomr, ICQ, Flickr, LiveJournal, Dogster, dodgeball, Backwash, BuddyBridge, FriendFan, Classmates, Buzznet, ReferNet… not to mention Friend Surfer, friendsand, Friends of Friends, friendsbay.de, Friends of Friends, Friends Reunited, Friendoo, Friendset, Friendsync, Friendity, Friendzy… and a million others… Tyrone J. Walrustitty put the following text on his Geocities homepage:

    Dear “Friend,” I don’t want to join [insert Web site name here]. I hate social networks. Hate ‘em! I’m tired of you sending these damn invitations to me. If you do it again, I’m going to stop being your friend – because inviting me to yet another social network that doesn’t interest me simply isn’t a very friendly thing to do. If I’m already on the social networks that you’re already on, I have no problem in connecting with you there. As it stands, however, my tolerance for social networks is turning me anti-social. If I add one more social network to my social network network, I’m truly going to go social on yo’ ass.

    Based on this simple idea, Tyrone launched Hermitster, raised $8.2 billion in funding, and sold the property to Rupert Murderock for well over a trillion dollars.

    Umm…after observing the bad effects of tools like Orkut, Myspace, Ryze(Does it exist ?), I guess its time now to quit the ‘digital’ social networking tools…

    Image Coutesy – BLAUGH, the (un)official comic of blogosphere.

     
  • Harshad Joshi 1:52 pm on February 12, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    Dont mess up with the kids. 

    Small kids, children are Gods most awesome creations. They posses an excellant mind that watches everything all around with great curiosity and innocence. We oft take some things for granted, but its a fact – Kids are the smartest bunch of individuals, who can take you by surprise, almost at the time when you least expect.

    A few facts will clear up the concept.

    7 reasons not to mess with children.

    1. A little girl was talking to her teacher about whales.

    The teacher said it was physically impossible for a whale to swallow a human because even though it was a very large mammal its throat was very small.

    The little girl stated that Jonah was swallowed by a whale.

    Irritated, the teacher reiterated that a whale could not swallow a human; it was physically impossible.

    The little girl said, “When I get to heaven I will ask Jonah”.

    The teacher asked, “What if Jonah went to hell?”

    The little girl replied, “Then you ask him”.

    2 . A Kindergarten teacher was observing her classroom of children while they were drawing. She would occasionally walk around to see each child’s work.

    As she got to one little girl who was working diligently, she asked what the drawing was.

    The girl replied, “I’m drawing God.”

    The teacher paused and said, “But no one knows what God looks like.”

    Without missing a beat, or looking up from her drawing, the girl: replied, “They will in a minute.”

    3. A Sunday school teacher was discussing the Ten Commandments with her five and six year olds.

    After explaining the commandment to “honor” thy Father and thy Mother, she asked, “Is there a commandment that teaches us how to treat our brothers and sisters?”

    Without missing a beat one little boy (the oldest of a family) answered, “Thou shall not kill.”

    4. One day a little girl was sitting and watching her mother do the dishes at the kitchen sink. She suddenly noticed that her mother had several strands of white hair sticking out in contrast on her brunette head.
    She looked at her mother and inquisitively asked, “Why are some of your hairs white, Mom?”

    Her mother replied, “Well, every time that you do something wrong and make me cry or unhappy, one of my hairs turns white.”

    The little girl thought about this revelation for a while and then said, “Momma, how come ALL of grandma’s hairs are white?”

    5. The children had all been photographed, and the teacher was trying to persuade them each to buy a copy of the group picture.

    “Just think how nice it will be to look at it when you are all grown up and say, ‘There’s Jennifer, she’s a lawyer,’ or ‘That’s Michael, He’s a doctor.’

    A small voice at the back of the room rang out, “And there’s the teacher, she’s dead.”

    6. A teacher was giving a lesson on the circulation of the blood. Trying to make the matter clearer, she said, “Now, class, if I stood on my head, the blood, as you know, would run into it, and I would turn red in the face.”
    “Yes,” the class said.

    “Then why is it that while I am standing upright in the ordinary position the blood doesn’t run into my feet?”

    A little fellow shouted, “Cause your feet ain’t empty.”

    7. The children were lined up in the cafeteria of a Catholic elementary school for lunch. At the head of the table was a large pile of apples. The nun made a note, and posted on the apple tray: “Take only ONE. God is watching.”

    Moving further along the lunch line, at the other end of the table was a large pile of chocolate chip cookies.

    A child had written a note, “Take all you want. God is watching the apples.”

    Courtesy – Mailing lists on Orkut

     
    • John 11:09 am on February 22, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      CooooooooooooooooooooooL and Trueeeeeeeeeeeeee Toooooooooooooooo

  • Harshad Joshi 3:05 pm on January 19, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    1 year of blogging 

    Gosh..Its my blogs 1st birthday today. Happy birthday little blog. 😛

     
  • Harshad Joshi 4:52 pm on January 5, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    100 things we didn’t know last year(2006) 

    This is the (unexhaustive) list of 100 things that most of us ignored or didnt notice in 2006.Depends

    1. Pele has always hated his nickname, which he says sounds like “baby-talk in Portuguese”.
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    2. There are 200 million blogs which are no longer being updated, say technology analysts.
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    3. Urban birds have developed a short, fast “rap style” of singing, different from their rural counterparts.
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    4. Bristol is the least anti-social place in England, says the National Audit Office.
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    5. Standard-sized condoms are too big for most Indian men.
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    6. The late Alan “Fluff” Freeman, famous as a DJ, had trained as an opera singer.
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    7. The lion costume in the film Wizard of Oz was made from real lions.
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    8. There are 6.5 million sets of fingerprints on file in the UK.
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    9. Fathers tend to determine the height of their child, mothers their weight.
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    10. Panspermia is the idea that life on Earth originated on another planet.
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    11. An infestation of head lice is called pediculosis.
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    12. The Pope’s been known to wear red Prada shoes.
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    13. The fastest supercomputer in the UK can make 15.4 trillion calculations per second.
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    14. Online shoppers will only wait an average of four seconds for an internet page to load before giving up.
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    15. Donald Rumsfeld was both the youngest and the oldest defence secretary in US history.
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    16. Spending on Halloween has risen 10-fold – from £12m to £120m in the UK, in five years.
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    17. Coco Chanel started the trend for sun tans in 1923 when she got accidentally burnt on a cruise.
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    18. Up to 25% of hospital keyboards carry the MRSA infection.
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    19. The UK population grew at a rate of 500 per day last year as immigration out-stripped emigration.
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    20. Sex workers in Roman times charged the equivalent price of eight glasses of red wine.
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    21. English is now the only “traditional” academic subject in the top 10 most popular university courses.
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    22. The number of people committing suicide in the UK has fallen to its lowest recorded level.
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    23. More than one in eight people in the United States show signs of addiction to the internet, says a study.
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    24. One third of all the cod fished in the world is consumed in the UK.
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    25. In Kingston upon Thames, men on average live to be 78. In Kingston-upon-Hull it is 73.
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    26. Each person sends an average of 55 greetings cards per year.
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    27. Just one cow gives off enough harmful methane gas in a single day to fill around 400 litre bottles.
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    28. More than 90% of plane crashes have survivors.
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    29. Tony Blair’s favourite meal to cook is spaghetti bolognaise.
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    30. The brain is soft and gelatinous – its consistency is something between jelly and cooked pasta.
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    31. The Mona Lisa used to hang on the wall of Napoleon’s bedroom.
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    32. Barbie’s full name is Barbie Millicent Roberts.
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    33. Eating a packet of crisps a day is equivalent to drinking five litres of cooking oil a year.
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    34. Plant seeds that have been stored for more than 200 years can be coaxed into new life.
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    35. There were no numbers in the very first UK phone directory, only names and addresses. Operators would connect callers.
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    36. The InterCity 125 train was designed by the same man who came up with the angle-poise lamp and Kenwood Chef mixer.
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    37. Pavements are tested using an 80 square metre artificial pavement at a research centre called Pamela (the Pedestrian Accessibility and Movement Environment Laboratory).
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    38. A common American poplar has twice as many genes as a human being.
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    39. The world’s fastest supercomputer will have its speed measured in “petaflops”, which represent 1,000 trillion calculations per second. More details

    40. The medical name for the part of the brain associated with teenage sulking is “superior temporal sulcus”.
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    41. Some Royal Mail stamps, which of course carry the Queen’s image, are printed in Holland.
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    42. Helen Mirren was born Ilyena Lydia Mironov, the daughter of a Russian-born violinist with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
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    43. There is only one cheddar cheese maker in Cheddar, even though cheddar is the most popular hard cheese in the English-speaking world.
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    44. For every 10 successful attempts to climb Mount Everest there is one fatality.
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    45. Cows can have regional accents, says a professor of phonetics, after studying cattle in Somerset
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    46. Involuntary bad language, a symptom affecting about one in 10 people with Tourette’s syndrome, is called “coprolalia”.
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    47. Watching television can act as a natural painkiller for children, say researchers from the University of Siena.
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    48. Allotment plots come in the standard measure of 10 poles – a pole is the length of the back of the plough to the nose of the ox.
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    49. When filming summer scenes in winter, actors suck on ice cubes just before the camera rolls – it cools their mouths so their breath doesn’t condense in the cold air.
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    50. There are 60 Acacia Avenues in the UK.
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    51. Gritters come out in hot weather too – to spread rock dust, which stops roads melting.
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    52. Forty-eight percent of the population is ex-directory.
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    53. Red Buttons – real name Aaron Chwatt – took his surname from the nickname for hotel porters, a job he did in his teens.
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    54. The CND symbol incorporates the semaphore letters for N and D for nuclear and disarmament.
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    55. While 53% of households have access to a garage, only 24% use them for parking cars.
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    56. Mortgage borrowing now accounts for 42% of take-home salary.
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    57. The word “time” is the most common noun in the English language, according to the latest Oxford dictionary.
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    58. Forty-one percent of English women have punched or kicked their partners, according to a study.
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    59. Dogs with harelips can end up with two noses.
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    60. The clitoris derives its name from the ancient Greek word kleitoris, meaning “little hill”.
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    61. A domestic cat can frighten a black bear to climb a tree.
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    62. Thirty-four percent of the UK has a surname that is ranked as “posher” than the Royal Family’s given name, Windsor.
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    63. The Downing St garden is actually a Royal Park.
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    64. Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobiacs is the term for people who fear the number 666.
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    65. The more panels a football has – and therefore the more seams – the easier it is to control in the air.
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    66. One in four smokers use roll-ups.
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    67. Music can help reduce chronic pain by more than 20% and can alleviate depression by up to 25%.
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    68. The egg came first.
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    69. Humans were first infected with the HIV virus in the 1930s.
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    70. Sir Paul McCartney is only the second richest music millionaire in the UK – Clive Calder, is top.
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    71. Publishers have coined the term “Brownsploitation” for the rash of books that have sprung up in the wake of Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code blockbuster.
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    72. Modern teenagers are better behaved than their counterparts of 20 years ago, showing “less problematic behaviour” involving sex, drugs and drink.
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    73. George Bush’s personal highlight of his presidency is catching a 7.5lb (3.4kg) perch.
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    74. Britain is still paying off debts that predate the Napoleonic wars because it’s cheaper to do so than buy back the bonds on which they are based.
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    75. Five billion apples are eaten a year in the UK.
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    76. In Bhutan government policy is based on Gross National Happiness; thus most street advertising is banned, as are tobacco and plastic bags.
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    77. Metal detector enthusiasts are referred to as “detectorists”; there are about 30,000 in the UK.
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    78. The Labour Party spent £299.63 on Star Trek outfits for the last election, while the Tories shelled out £1,269 to import groundhog costumes.
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    79. The best-value consumer purchase in terms of the price and usage is an electric kettle.
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    80. Camel’s milk, which is widely drunk in Arab countries, has 10 times more iron than cow’s milk.
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    81. Iceland has the highest concentration of broadband users in the world.
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    82. There are 2.5 million rodent-owning households in Britain, according to the Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association.
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    83. Rainfall on the roof and gutters of a three-bed detached house can amount to 120,000 litres each year.
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    84. Thinking about your muscles can make you stronger.
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    85. The age limit for marriage in France was, until recently, 15 for girls, but 18 for boys. The age for girls was raised to 18 in 2006.
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    86. Six million people use TV subtitles, despite having no hearing impairment.
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    87. Goths, those pasty-faced teenagers who revel in black clothing, are likely to become doctors, lawyers and architects.
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    88. Nelson Mandela used to steal pigs as a child.
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    89. There are an average of 4.4 sparrows in each British garden. In 1979, there were 10 per garden.
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    90. The Himalayas cover one-tenth of the Earth’s surface.
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    91. Lord Levy, recruited by Tony Blair to raise money for the Labour party, made his own fortune managing Alvin Stardust, among others.
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    92. In a fight between a polar bear and a lion, the polar bear would win.
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    93. If left alone, 70% of birthmarks gradually fade away.
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    94. There are two million cars and trucks in Brazil which run on alcohol.
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    95. US Secret Service sniffer dogs are put up in five-star hotels during overseas presidential visits.
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    96. Flushing a toilet costs, on average, 1.5p.
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    97. Tufty the road safety squirrel had a surname. It was Fluffytail.
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    98. A “lost world” exists in the Indonesian jungle that is home to dozens of hitherto unknown animal and plant species.
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    99. The term “misfeasance” means to carry out a legal act illegally.
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    100. In the 1960s, the CIA used to watch Mission Impossible to get ideas about spying.
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    All these above 100 things are captured by the BBC UK, and I found this when I was randomly surfing for nothing. Call it a waste of time or a worthy utilization of bandwidth..whatever. But thats not enough according to me as most of these things are UK oriented. Would love to hear some things that really I didnt know.

     
    • Will Ma 4:08 am on January 10, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Interesting though I just glance and do not read all of them. Would be glad to know, as you said, while your updating the list about the US.

  • Harshad Joshi 5:31 am on December 21, 2006 Permalink | Reply  

    Shahrukh Gandhi 

    Shahrukh Khan as Gandhiji

    Todays breaking news – Shahrukh Khan is gonna potray Mahatma Gandhi in Bollywoods biggest film till today…!! We will hear the patent king khan style – Q…Q…Q…quit India

    PS – Its fun.. 😀

     
    • kaushik 8:38 am on December 21, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      nice one.

    • Hiren 3:36 pm on December 21, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      That’s news Indeed. What will he say after being shot- Hey R R R Ram

    • Nita 1:37 pm on December 23, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      For a split second I thought this was ‘Harshad Joshi.’ I sure did a double take! 🙂

  • Harshad Joshi 6:50 am on December 19, 2006 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: TIMES   

    Party – I am the Times person of the year. 

    I am pleased to be selected as the person of the year – 2006 by the world famous Times Magazine. Read it as ‘face of the year‘ or ‘mug of the year‘, or ‘eyes of the year‘ because, the moment you look at the front cover, you notice that a strange pair of eyes stare at you. Lo..interestingly, they belong to you. I think that proof is enough to get convinced that you have been selected as the person of the year for 2006.

    Interesting deal. I suspect that there were either too many contenders for this post(ranging from my grumpy professor, Dubya Bush, our local news paper agent to Osama, Osamas cook, the toilet cleaner of UN generel assembly or the pet dog of Zambias chief district magistrate. Depends.) or probably Times thought that now is the time to accept that Web 2.0 is far more superior then conventional paperback or web 1.0 web contents, in terms of public feedback and flexibility, and more importantly – Trust.

    Yet another example of marketing strategy overtaking technology. Prior of getting selected as Person of the Year, I didnt know that a thing like Times exist 😉 . I accept that its a part of my ignorance towards paper media, but still..Times sales might have doubled or tripled once they announced this historic decision. Maybe its ‘time’ that others too take a notice of this.

    Meanwhile – Long live Web 2.0 !!!

     
  • Harshad Joshi 2:15 pm on November 5, 2006 Permalink | Reply  

    Google’giri’ 

    Googlegiri is a new term which is used to symbolize an act of unexpected  fiasco of an overhyped incident arising mainly due to a lot of backfiring. This word was recently coined during the excessive wait of Google Wordmasters 2006 result, courtesy of Harshad Joshi and his colluges. Used largely in geek and nerd community, it can also be extended into common public. Its somewhat analogous to term ‘Gandhigiri’, which also became a sort of hype when the latest version of a  film called Munnabhai was released, although the terms and the meanings are totally unrelated.

    Googlegiri (c) Harshad Joshi 2006, but can be freely used by anyone in any local language. No need to preserve this notice while speaking, but while using it in public media, a refrence wont do any harm 😉

     
    • Vandita 9:19 am on November 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      I think all attempts to know the results of Word Masters Challenge have gone awry…thanks to Google guys who googlied the entire episode with much pomp and show.

      As somebody had posted in wordpress, the results can be expected by 7th Nov, not many hours to go. So untill that time, we can all share the principles of Google’Giri as coined by Harshad…

    • Harshad Joshi 10:17 am on November 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Only 24 hours to go. Who knows maybe the winners couriers might be already on the way??

    • Hiren 2:49 pm on November 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Interesting. Can’t help what yahoogiri would stand for. The recent trader riots and damage have proved that Gandhigiri was a pssing fad. At least yahoo and google would have more longevity.

  • Harshad Joshi 12:44 pm on November 3, 2006 Permalink | Reply  

    Google Co-op Search Engine 

    I think I am a little late on this topic,but anyway…

    This is my new Google Co-op Search Engine over here.

    Feel free to experiment, but note that it dosent index thousand/million/billion pages. However, it does incorporate nice links and good content for technology/food/linux/Web 2.0 fans and users. And following Googles method, its currently in beta.

    Direct link to Semantic Space – http://www.google.com/coop/cse?cx=004747769890504554559%3Anckzlkyfnc0

    There is one Rollyo also, but I think that its less technical.

     
  • Harshad Joshi 4:33 pm on October 25, 2006 Permalink | Reply  

    Google Wordmasters, Pune – An insiders story(part 2) 

    Gosh..only 5 more days to go and the winner of Google Wordmasters 2K6 will be announced on 30 October 2006. Theres a lot of excitment amongs almost 3000 participants across 10 cities of India. Whoa..who will be the lucky one to take the cream cake. Who will lead from the front?

    Wow..its tense moments for some of us, except for the Winner who at the back of his mind might be thinking – ‘Oh, it was too easy. Just a presence of mind and some luck. Thats all. You do require some skill…but taking 2999 people at a time,God must be crazy..But its a sort of feat and an achievment. ‘

    And those who know that they are not gonna win might be thinking on somewhat these lines – ‘Many people have got truck loads of skills, but unfortunately, its the winner who takes it all at the end. God must been feeling crazy while designing this system, but probably even he didnt had any other option.Hmph…Better luck next time..’

    Let me tell that winning is an astonishing experience. Some feel it like adreline pumping through blood, while some feel it as the tight hug of sweetheart – up, close and personal.

    Whatever it may be, I bet that the entire 3000 blokes want to win..Lets enjoy this waiting till 30th.

     
    • Aastha S. 6:18 am on October 30, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Its October 30th and no news from google! I can hardly wait to hear about the winners…. especially curous about the age/city demographics of the 10 they pick 🙂
      Good Luck to all!

    • Ranjani S 5:32 am on October 31, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Now its the 31st and there is still no news about the winners. Does anyone know when exactly the results would be declared? Can’t wait to know about it.

    • Harshad Joshi 12:17 pm on October 31, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      The winners know it already.. 😉

    • Salim 7:11 pm on October 31, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      anybody has got ANY information about the winners? I am dying of curiosity !!!

    • Salim 7:11 pm on October 31, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      anybody has got ANY information about the winners? I am dying of curiosity !!! pls someobody let me know on salim.sakir@gmail.com

    • Hari Menon 5:57 am on November 1, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Salim, don’t die. It’s probably Google’s way of maintaining suspense. Of course it could simply be incompetence, but I prefer to believe the former!

    • Ranjani S 8:07 am on November 1, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Well, if winners do know about it, could they be kind enough to let the others know how they got to know the results?

    • Salim 6:25 pm on November 1, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Hari bhai, thanks for your advice… but its november 1st for gods sake… and still no news !

    • niceguy 5:50 pm on November 2, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      I got a mail frm them sayin my write-up appears in top 25.. nothin else.. corresponded but no response.. asked bout employment.. they say they’ll get in touch if needed..

    • Harshad Joshi 6:02 pm on November 2, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Mail me that message so that I can believe.

    • Kartik Kannan 8:18 pm on November 2, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      ” Let me tell that winning is an astonishing experience. Some feel it like adreline pumping through blood, while some feel it as the tight hug of sweetheart – up, close and personal ”

      It did feel that way this evening.I got a mail saying that I was the runner up.but wait let me confirm it in a couple of days, by going and confirming it with google and I will comment on your blog with the details and the proof as u have asked 🙂

    • Ambi 3:42 pm on November 3, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Any news yet?

    • suraj 12:22 am on November 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Mr K.Kannan,

      I checked out your blog. Really liked the piece “Whose Bride is it Anyway ?” Find it completely credible & rib tickling because once I too committed a similar social faux pas.

      Did you contact Google India & confirm your runner up status at the Google Wordmasters 2006 ? If possible post the piece you wrote for them on your blog or Harshad’s or email it to me. I would like to see the kind of writing which has made the grade.

  • Harshad Joshi 1:22 pm on October 11, 2006 Permalink | Reply  

    What is your “Blog Cheesiness Factor” ? Mine is -48. 

    Warning: reading this post is most certainly a waste of your time, and if you decide to compute your “Blog Cheesiness Factor” that I just made up, don’t complain that this was a complete waste of time. As a Friday night blogging topic, I’m just granting myself the excuse that it’s been a long week, and that it is OK.

    Last night I was reading one of issues of Might Magazine, specifically Might #7: the Cheese Issue, and I realized that blogs didn’t really exist then, but there’s a lot of Blog Cheese out there. You know, the tired cliches, tackiness, presumption, bragging, self-indulgence or just proving you have your head so far up your ass your blog is technically a travel blog.
    Just off the top of my head (and I’ve been guilty of so many of these so I’m not making fun of anyone, seriously. Seriously, if you see yourself here, you see me and pretty much every other blogger – I used my own site for inspiration!).
    Most of these are just cliches…

    Because some of those “cheesy thingies” are classic, I decided to compute a “Blog Cheesiness Factor” for my two blogs. The BCF is defined as Sum (cheesy things you do on your blogs) – Sum (cheesy things you have not done on your blogs). Going through that profond self examination requires a good 15 minutes and complete honesty. Don’t say that you did do something you didn’t do, and vice versa. Oh, and things in this list you did in the last five minutes don’t count.

    Things I do/did:

    * Linking to the people you hung out with last night.

    • Linking to the famous people you hung out with last night.
    • Photos of you and your friends having fun last night.
    • Photos of you having fun with famous people last night.
    • Blogging drunk.
    • Taking someone off your blogroll because they piss you off.
    • Introducing people at a party by their blog name. Am appealling on this one, it is their identity!
    • Having your picture on your index page.
    • Posting pictures you took of people without asking their permission.
    • Blogging about your kid.
    • Being “recognized.”
    • Having stupid commenters.
    • Having sycophantic commenters. See above.
    • Having, going to, or blogging about any sort of “blogger get-together”, “blogger party” or “blogger bash.”
    • Having a “guest blogger.”
    • Friendster. Dodgeball. Flickr. Myspace. Buzznet. LinkedIn. Tribe. Ryze. bla-bla-blah
    • Linking to your own press.
    • Plugging your friend’s stuff. I plug if it is good, and disclose the relationship.
    • Blogging about search terms that brought people to your site.
    • Starting a post with, “Everyone in the blogosphere has been buzzing about…”
    • Saying “blogosphere.” Ever. Even ironically.
    • Referring to any blogger as “famous.”
    • Posting pictures that you’ve taken of your TV. One of my first test pictures on my Photoblog, does that count ?

    * Blogging about weight gain / weight loss / gym membership / ice-cream binges.
    And, finally…

    • Blogging about blogging.

    Plus my personal additions:

    • Reading your ego-feeds first.
    • Checking your blog/feed/referrer traffic more than once a day.
    • Blogging posts like “I love my XXXX”, XXXX being any electronic, kitchen, gardening or automobile gear.
    • Having a feeling of deep loneliness when your traffic is 50% below average.
    • Mentally setting an expectation as to when the first comment on a post or picture will be posted.
    • Desperately trying to find something to blog about, just because you have not for a while and your traffic has been in constant decline for the past X weeks.
    • Actually wasting my time calculating my BCF.
    • Not only wasting my time calculating my BCF, AND blogging about it.
    • NEW: Posting way too late/tired, and going “WTF did I mean/write/disclose ?” the next morning.

Note that as a photoblogger, many of these “sins” come with the territory. When you meet someone well known , you take pictures, and you… link to them. Likewise, when you meet a bunch on bloggers or photobloggers, you agree on a common tag and you upload!

Things I have not done (yet):

* Posting solely to wish a friend happy birthday.

  • Linking to something on another site and bragging that you “helped.”
  • Blogging about the stupid ideas you got when you smoked pot and watched reality TV last night.
  • Having a regular feature on your blog about the ideas you get when you smoke pot.
  • Blogging about George W.Bush.
  • Blogging about the epiphany you had last night about yourself and your life.
  • Posting your results from online personality tests.
  • Participating in any blogging “meme” (“Write down the first three venereal diseases that pop into your head.”)
  • Using the word “meme.”
  • Blogging about how it’s been so long since you’ve dated/had sex and how you don’t care.
  • Blogging about natural disasters and pointing out how terrible they are for the people involved.
  • Blogging about Coachella.
  • Going to Coachella.
  • Going to a “secret show” and blogging about it the next day. (“It was so hard to keep the secret, but Julian made me pinkie-swear.”)
  • Blog “feuds.”
  • Having an anonymous blog.
  • “Coming out” from your anonymous blog.
  • Going on “hiatus.”
  • Coming back from “hiatus.”
  • The use, ever, of the term “guest list.”
  • Blogging about your trip to (Prague, Costa Rica, Iceland.)
  • Having a blog that never links to anything except your friends blogs that don’t link to anything except their friend’s blogs, etc.
  • Posting anything that requires a “jump.”
  • Posting a year-end best-of list.
  • Apologizing for not posting your year-end best-of list sooner.
  • Apologizing for not blogging for a while.
  • Apologizing for not blogging for a while because “things have been crazy – I can’t talk about it yet but suffice it to say, I’ve already mentally spent the advance money, lol!”
  • Talking about how much you love Tivo/DVR.
  • Calling Tivo/DVR “My new boyfriend.”
  • Putting your iPOD on random and posting the songs it plays.
  • Posting anything about your iPOD.
  • Posting about things you’ve recently purchased.
  • Posting about things you’ve recently received. (“Random House sent me a copy of the new David Foster Wallace…”)
  • Blogging about hipsters or the LES.
  • Inventing a nickname for your significant other that you use only on your blog. (“Last night, The Asspounder and I had dinner at a cute little place in the West Village…”)
  • Inventing nicknames for all your friends on your blog. (“Last night, GirlySue, Desperatina, and the rest of the Tribe went out for decadent deserts to commisserate about how there are no good men out there.”)
  • Blogging about the restaurants and bars you frequent.
  • Blogging from a restaurant or bar.
  • Blogging about your dates.
  • Blogging about your sexual tastes/prowess/activities of the last evening.
  • Posting IM conversations.
  • Making fun of how the New York Times is always behind on every trend.
  • Having advertisers.
  • Not having advertisers for a spelled-out reason (ie, any other reason than just being lazy, not caring.)
  • Blogging about how much traffic you’ve gotten since you received a link from a much bigger blog.
  • Blogging about how much traffic you’ve gotten since you received a link from a much bigger blog, and saying “Welcome (much bigger blog) readers!”
  • Writing to someone to ask if you can link to them.
  • Blogging drunk about how you shouldn’t/never blog drunk.
  • “Cryptic” blogging to seem mysterious.
  • “Cryptic” blogging to send a secret message to someone.
  • “Cryptic” blogging to seem cool. (“I can’t really say anything about this right now, but big important things are happening to someone we all know.”)
  • Having entries in your cellphone like “Mark Whatevs” and “Foxy Jess”
  • Having a “pictures of me” page.
  • Having a “pictures of me” page where all the pictures are clearly self-portraits.
  • Saying “I was approached by _______ who wanted me to post about _______”
  • Blogging about your breakup.
  • Blogging about your engagement.
  • Blogging about being “recognized.”
  • Blogging about compliments you’ve gotten.
  • Mentioning the amount of traffic you get.
  • Mentioning the exact number of readers you have per day.
  • Taking down all comments that aren’t gushing about how wonderful you are.
  • Blogging about how work sucks.
  • Blogging about your pet.
  • Blogging about the blogging award you got/were nominated for.
  • Blogging about how drunk you got last night.
  • Taking down all comments that aren’t gushing about how wonderful you are.
  • Blogging about how work sucks.
  • Blogging about your pet.
  • Blogging about the blogging award you got/were nominated for.
  • Blogging about how drunk you got last night.
  • Having a wishlist or asking for donations.
  • Writing “I’ve been listening to (hip band’s new album) for weeks and it’s so great, it comes out today and you should pick it up.”
  • Not linking to your own press, but referring “cryptically” to it and mentioning how everyone else is linking to it and musing about how you “don’t see what the big deal is.”
  • Accusing someone of stealing an idea from your blog even if it’s the most commonplace, obvious joke about a situation that can be made.
  • Blogging in the first-person plural.
  • Posting song lyrics.
  • Blogging previews. (“I’m going to watch “PoweRGirls” tonight; check back here tomorrow and I’ll tell you what I thought about it.”)
  • Plugging your friend’s stuff that sucks, and not specifically saying it’s good. “You should all buy my friend’s band Mouthfeel’s new record.”
  • Posting about an event instead of going to it. (“Unfortunately I can’t make it, but you should all go see my friend read from his book about growing up in the suburbs.”).
  • Blogging about your bad mood/bad day/general ennui.
  • Confronting someone at a party because they don’t link to you.

So where does that leave us: 34 – 82 = -48.

What does that mean ? Nothing, besides that I have done less “sins” than I potentially could have!

I did tell you it was a waste of time, didn’t I.

Tip: to avoid a painful counting exercise, copy each list separately and paste them in your favorite spreadsheet, it will do the Math for you.

This is the first blog post that I had read and after reading this, I decided that I need to write my own blog. The original link is here.
So, now you know.. 🙂

 
  • Harshad Joshi 2:54 pm on October 1, 2006 Permalink | Reply  

    Google Wordmasters, Pune – An insiders story(part 1) 

    In this post, I am about to present before you one of my worst ever documented literature in English language. And unfortunately it was at Google Wordmasters on 30 Sept 2006.

    “I know that it sounds a little weird to when I call Google as my best Gini. It also sounds absurd concept to imagine Google, an out-of-the-box web phenomena as my personal manager. But its true^. Each Before using Google each time I try my luck at blogging. I get to read comments like ‘Can you ever analyse the validity and relevance of what you post?’. I put my thinking hat and carefully went through the comment. My observation was that – People get more readers when they make use of Google services. The best amongst them is ‘Google Alert’. With its insquisite method of alerting each time an event occurs. So I registerd myself on Google Alert and found that now it is impossible for me to loose the track of any news or the web (?).I also found that the more you experiment with Google, the more energy you utilize in smart thinking, you can have an insquisite topic and content at your hand.

    Now this is the secret that will help you to create a smash hit blog post. Definately (?) I also like the way Gmail Notifier^^ informs me like ‘Eureka’ its found.

    All right – Now you know how to write a blog. Get practical. Get in the right direction, use Google. It makes no horse-sense of slogging with no use. Give up your old ideas. Accept the new standard. I have a right to say this because I have gone through the experiment of blogging.

    Good Luck”

    (Let the OCR scanning this doc at Google not crash due to my illegible handwriting. Let the judge not rip his/her hair at the end of reading this.)
    ^ – I an not praising Google. I just had to form a sentence for the heck of it.

    ^^ – Geez, I was just trying to impress Google that I know its little tool. But I forgot that the judge will be an expert in English and not in Google services. No need to tell that it was a waste. BTW, no one uses this one as we have a little GTalk, which not only alerts us about a new mail, but also lets us share files. folders. data. voice etc. Someday, it will transfer video too..

    FYI – The words that are marked as bold were the keywords that we had to include in the writeup, no matter we liked them or not. There were some 20 of them and because all of them were selected randomly by a computer, there was no hint of making any sense out of it.

    Disclaimer – 1. Dont complain if you are ro,fl. This was my very rough draft scribbled at Pune Wordmasters 2006. The final version of this is (was) much better(!).

    2. Dont send me comments or mails regarding the bad grammar. I know that already. Any mail/comment in this regard will be found deleted in my trash box.

    *You can also take it as an informal HOWTO of ‘How to create blog topics from nowhere using Google’(barring the irrelevant claims and bad grammar).

     
    • Mitul 6:22 am on October 2, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Hi,
      This is Mitul Bhavsar.
      I visited Google WordMaster competition and it really rocks. It has been taken by Google India. Their employees came from their different branches and took a test of competitors.
      They also gave us a nice goodie bag contained a writing pad, a pen and a keychain (google branded). I expected some coffee and junk food which could leave a good impression but didn’t get them though. 🙂
      Any way, overall it was a nice experience.
      Thanks Google…
      Mitul

    • Manjit Singh 3:02 pm on October 2, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      I also visited (Participated) in GWM contest at New Delhi.
      It was quite challenging but There were no Desks, We were expected to write on sheet supported by Goodie Bag/NotePad sitting on an auditorium seat !!!

      Contest included – 20 random Words…
      You must Use all of them in your little piece between 150-200 words !!! The piece should be accurate from both gramatical angle as well as logical…

      Somehow I got my Q Paper almost 5-6 Minutes into the contest, since the volunteer simply was not coming my way, hence In about 40 Minutes, foloowing was what I could put togather !!!

      ——————————-
      Words Chosen from Given Option
      ——————————-
      Rethink, Humane, Meditation, Viewpoint, Soothe, Accept, Hurt, Professional, Motive, Adamant, Einstein, Control, Democratic, Anger-Management (this was togather), goodness, nerves, Adverse, Boss, Insight, Difference
      ——————————-
      My Piece without a Spell Checker 8>0
      ——————————-
      Serving with an NGO, for upliftment of Homeless Children, I am forced to rethink if our approach is really humane?

      It all started when I suggested for Meditation for our inmates, to soothe their nerves and adjust to the adverse conditions. However, my boss had different opinions about controlling the problem, which includes usage of violence too.

      In a Democratic Setup, Everyone is allowed to present their viewpoint; it is entirely up to the other person to either accept it or reject it. Now, not only has he scrapped my idea, He has started spreading bad words about my capabilities. I am really hurt by his unprofessional motives, He is adamant to create differences between me and my co-workers.

      Without having any insight on the matter, or even evaluating the effects of overall goodness it will create, He has become an Authority on Anger Management. I am no Einstein but I know how to study human behavior and make them better people.

      Total 163 Words

    • Harshad Joshi 5:18 pm on October 2, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      #Mitul.
      I liked your straight Gujrati-to-English translation. Esp that ‘Junk Food’ 😉

      Thanks man. I had a hearty laugh after many days. 😀

    • Harshad Joshi 5:28 pm on October 2, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Mr Manjit Singh.

      Thank You for that detailed information you provided. I liked that story of yours, but found that some links were missing..Some irrelevance is there, but I can agree that sitting in an auditorium and writin with no support desk can definately make us write crazy things. Thats my feeling too…

      On top of that it was ages ago that I had written an essay on a piece of paper. I do write blogs, and I have tools for correcting my spellings, grammar, etc but this was truly something differant. Manual writing can be lil’ awkward if you are lacking in practice.

      I dont know about others, but whoever will win this compitition, will definately be a creative, smart and extraordinarily talented writer.

    • Mitul 7:12 am on October 18, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      #Harshad, I am glad that I made someone laugh.

      How about you? I guess, you would be in a same IT profession too.

    • Harshad Joshi 11:35 am on October 18, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @Mitul

      I am a human first. Rest all attributes like engineer, bloger, programmer dont make any difference, although many people know me through them.

      But I would be very happy if all start recognizing each other as ‘Human’.

      Cheers.. 😀

    • ALI KIRMANI 7:15 am on October 22, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      I participated in the wordmasters competetion, and must say it was pretty good. ofcourse i werent able to time my self properly…that way i messed up my hand writing in the end……..lets c……..

    • Kaushal Karkhanis 9:16 pm on October 22, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Really liked how you used all those words Harshad!

      I chose the other set.

    • Rajesh Kumar 9:23 am on October 30, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Does anyone know the winners yet?

    • Sreekanth 1:46 am on October 31, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Hai Mitul,

      Yours truly also attended the Google contest. My essay went almost along the same lines (but I think urs was better than mine, though i would not accept it 🙂 ). I really feel sorry for the human who will read my suprahuman (pun intended) essay.

      I wish to add one more wish regarding my essay………

      Let the OCR scanning this doc at Google not crash due to my illegible handwriting. Let the judge not rip his/her hair at the end of reading this
      All in all that was a great effort by Google.

      Let any Googler not find my address if they so wish

      It was great reading u r essay and especially u r COMMENTS on it…

    • Kunal 12:11 pm on October 31, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      It’s 31st and still ‘googling’ to find winners…

    • maits 12:52 pm on October 31, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      heard a guy called s.k declare himself winner on some site. said he won a maruti swift. the way he presented it, makes one wonder what standards google is falling to. oh well… the same old sour grapes story i s’pose…

    • Harshad Joshi 1:03 pm on October 31, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @Maits

      You are right. This is what made me bother and I published that comment. It was bad grammar and bad lingo.

    • Natasha 11:26 am on November 1, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve missed a few points in replicating my essay but it goes something like this…When ar ethe winners gonna be out?

      The 20 words-
      Analyze practical imagine inquisitive horse-sense weird absurd change direction luck observation energy know give up Eureka Experiment impossible create out-of-the-box phenomena

      ‘If you were to analyze, the most number of inventions have occurred in the recent millennium. It’s no longer any practical necessity, but simply a keenness to imagine, to be inquisitive, to hazard an experiment… that leads an enterpriser towards a Eureka moment.

      Nothing seems impossible to create anymore. Going by trends, the more out-of-the-box the ideas, the higher the chance of them growing into phenomena. Just think silicon implants!

      Does it take rudimentary horse-sense to surface a groundbreaking idea on human behavior? Perhaps a weird sense of the absurd to conceive something that would change the direction of technology? Or just plain luck coupled with keen observation and energy to change fortunes.

      I know for sure this age is ripe for the wannabe inventor. You can’t give up unless you’ve triggered every spark of ingenuity inside of you. So go ahead, think innovation. Think Google.’

    • Kaushal Karkhanis 1:06 pm on November 1, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Wow! Natasha – your essay is phenomenally awesome! If you’re not a winner with that, I dont know what *does* it take to become one!

      Cheers n all the best to u, Harshad n everyone else. And it’s quite sad we’re till in the dark about the results

    • leon 4:04 am on November 3, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Was curious about the results. Loved natasha’s post. Well written and one does not feel the mandatory 20 words were forced into the essay.
      Seems like we have a winner 🙂

    • Mitul 4:16 am on November 3, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      By the way, when the result will be declared? If it has been declared already, who is a winner?

      I am not able to see any updates here: http://www.google.co.in/wordmasters

      Google must update this page by displaying results of all states. They do everything before the contest to gather crowd and do nothing then after 🙂 Is it due to GoogleINDIA? (lazy indian googlers).

    • Mitul 4:17 am on November 3, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      GUYS… stop being after a name, NATASHA. First get to know whether that person is “HE” or “SHE” (hope you get what name seems to be). Run.. else you will all miss the train. Hehehe…

    • Mitul 4:20 am on November 3, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      #Hey harshad,
      Tera blog to chal pada yaar…

      Good luck man.

    • Harshad Joshi 4:25 am on November 3, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      ..!!!…???

    • Harshad Joshi 5:12 am on November 3, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @ All

      Please dont send false hoax mails to any of your friends in regards to Google Wordmasters 2006.

      There are two reasons for that
      1. Its illegal.
      2. Its unethical and shows idiotic mentality.

      If anyone has been receiving false, illegimate or hoax mails, please mention it here.

    • chiren 11:44 am on November 5, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      hi guys ….
      I liked Natasha’s piece very well! Great Going! Harshad’s was a little heady!Not written in a proper frame of mind??
      Here is mine!
      Innovativey yours …….
      To create new innovations ,one needs to be innovative ,in mind and spirit.This also means that one has to wear a fresh thinking hat and come out with out of the box ,yet
      practical solutions to issues.
      The ideas may look absurd or weird at the outset.To analyze and experiment with these ideas ,one need to be inquisitive and practical as well!Imagine ,the joy of the ancient-day scientist ,Archemedes ,when he screamed Eureka and apparently ran naked along the street! He struck luck, while in the bath!His observation of water overflowing from the tub, upon his dipping into the same,gave him a direction to the phenomena of displacement of matter!
      It may well be a horse-sense that gives the enrgy to know the unknown.It could also seem impossible to innovate.
      To give up an idea is easy.To sustain the enrgy and surpass the impossible,therein lies the spirit of innovations.
      Some of the most popular innovations of our times,be it the mobile phone,” email on the move” or thumnail storage drives ,they all say it aloud – B Innovative!

    • avinash 12:47 pm on November 8, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      does any one knows who is the winner?

    • Cypeunevy 6:56 pm on October 28, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      hmm interesting site. Are you interested in my eligible gall Do you want a joke? 🙂 Why is a bell obedient? It rings only when it is TOLLED!

  • Harshad Joshi 2:38 pm on September 30, 2006 Permalink | Reply  

    Google Wordmasters, Pune 

    Today I went to the (much advertised and much hyped) Google Wordmaster competition held to find Indias most creative writer (!).

    The competition was very simple(Google says it, not me). Two options were given, each having 20 words. We had to choose one of those two and had to write a paragraph/essay/story/dialogue/poem/whatever incorporating those 20 words. The best part was that you had to write it on only one ruled paper provided by courtesy of Google. The hall was filled almost completely as more people turned out to attend the Google event. On top of that, it was great to see that the AC was not working. I had a nice sweat and probably this was the compensatition of missing todays workout. (How can people survice without an AC or cooler or fan? No questions to be asked. )

    I am tempted to provide you with one of my worst ever written literature, but after seeing the response to this post.Click this link to find what I wrote at Google WM, Pune.

    Meanwhile, curious cats can view the photocopy of Google’s paper* here. (Beware though, the image is scanned in a real life size for optimum viewing.Paper and its contents are (c) Google India 2006)

    Todays advice – Dont fall prey to any competition, even if the sponsers name is Google. Those who are curious, wait for 30 Oct 2006 to see the winners of this great Google Wordmasters bash 2006…

    * All content(including the nonsense concept) (c) 2006 Google India .

    [INCOMPLETE]

    Please go through this link too.

     
    • Hiren 4:09 pm on September 30, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      I went to Delhi’s googlemaster at 11am. It had participants for all age groups and was interesting in that sense. The AC was working. At least somebody is trying to spot creative writers. Its a good intiative. They told us its going to be held in 8 cities. Should be an interesting outcome.

      I wonder why they leave poetry out of a ll this. That is supposed to be the ultimate in creative writing.

    • Harshad Joshi 4:21 pm on September 30, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      The Google blokes we had were quite liberal. One elder wanted to write a poem out of those words, and he was promptly allowed to do so. I was wondering how he would manage that act of composing a peom using those 20 words…
      Needless to say, I was at my wits( and patience) end.
      Pl check that paper we had. I think it was the same all over the India. Anyway, I wasent able to write anything logical or sensible. I was unhappy. I didnt like it. No AC/No assistance + a paper I didnt like.

    • mayuresh 8:06 am on October 1, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      interesting. do post your entry. it wud be good to see what u managed even in such trying circumstances.

    • Harshad Joshi 9:15 am on October 1, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @Mayuresh
      Yes I will definately blog about it.
      It was a lesson for Google and for me as well. Its always good to document events that have a potential to change a paradigm in a way of thinking. 🙂

    • Salim 2:38 am on October 3, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Hi,
      I went to the Kolkata event on Sept 30. The hall (Xaviers auditorium) was full. There was a cute chick from google {I think Shruti and I hope google doesnt see this 😉 } and a guy Malan who managed the stage. I was horrible at time management and spent most of my time writing the draft, and was left with just 10 min to copy to the actual paper. I never knew writing with a pen took soooo long and almost became illegible in the last portion {most probably they’re goin to disqualify coz of my bad writing 😦 }

      I will have to be content with the goody bag and google stuff they gave away.

      Guys do let us know if anybody wins !!!!

    • Harshad Joshi 4:20 am on October 3, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Hmm..The Google Goodie bag was made up of paper but it wasent mentioned whether it was a handmade, recyclable or reused/recycled paper. A plastic coating on it would have made the bag more durable and would also have served as a sweet memory of Google Wordmasters.. 😀
      Dear Google, next time you give us paper, please see to it that no environment is harmed. Instead of plain paper, Google Writely would have been more good. We could have appeared for online.

    • John Mathew 7:36 am on October 3, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Google Wordmasters 2006 – an experience

      Google Wordmasters was conducted across 10 cities in 10 cities across the country. I was one of the lucky 3000 who participated in the contest.
      Here’s the experience from a man who experienced it.
      I was a participant at Ahmedabad centre. At first the misconception (not only to me but to a lot of participants) was that only 300 out of the whole country would be there. So I expected around 20-30 from Ahmedabad as this was a city with the least IT savvy people compared to the other cities but to my awe, as soon as I saw around 250 people standing in the registration line, I knew I was wrong.
      Hence, the conclusion was there were gonna be 2999 competiors for me !!
      As I reached there, I was given a registration number at the desk and then we were led to an air conditioned auditorium. The venue was nice but still a lot of doubts here and there.
      We could see a couple of youths in Google Tshirts making people envious bout them. They were working actively on the event. The head of Google from Hyderabad, Sonia Flynn, was there. She gave amazing guidelines to the restless participants who wanted to clear each and every doubt in mind (of course, which was needed guys!!)
      Sonia gave a small but nice presentation on GOOGLE and also about Wordmasters 06’.
      But the funny thing, was the funny questions coming from the crowd like “Can I use smileys?” “What’s the least amount of words we can write a passage on?” “Can I use French words?” etc.
      Sonia was amused by the questions but managed to answer.
      They gave a printed paper on which there were 2 sets of words each of a set of 20. Parcipants had to choose one of the sets and write a passage. Conditions were no one can write a passage of more than 200 words, all 20 words have to appear once in the passage and time was 1 hour inclusive of 45 min of writing, 10 min of verifying and 5 min for final check.
      I had studied what the competition was before many days and so was prepared but I was not sure of getting success owing to the poor English levels of Gujarat compared to the other cities, but the competition was not much dependant on the language. It was on smart use of the time to finish a creative passage with given constraints.

      The words were simple, except a few. But for me it was stressful as I wrote the passage the first time in rough in very bad handwriting to get the theme, then a second time to get it more clear, then a 3rd time to see if its all correct grammatically and also if it contains all 20 words and finally the 4th time on the actual answer sheet they had given. I found that I had written 205 words. So cut off some unnecessary words here and there. Finally I ended up at 193 words.
      We submitted it and that’s it.
      They gave goody bags to all, containing a big notepad, a pen, a keychain all with Google logos.
      Everyone’s waiting for a call from The Google HR team. But they would call only 10 and out of 10, 3 would be winners. They would get cash prizes, a distance learning course from some top foreign university and a tour to Hyderabad Google office.
      Well, I had gone because I love that brand. I admire the way it’s come up and I admire the revolutionary products they come up with. Great going GOOGLE!!
      Everyone’s waiting for 30th October 2006 !!!

    • Harshad Joshi 8:48 am on October 3, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Wow…You seem to be the fortunate ones having an AC.. 🙂
      Sadely mnay of us werent. 😦
      Yup. Many common people from all around attended this event. Its simply because Google is successful in making an impression of a world class global superbrand(which incidently it is) in mind of common people, who have little connection with technology, but are potentially biggest consumers. These are the people who will purchase large commodities and will have a role to play in deciding the market stategy. Google needs that more people should know about it.
      Thats it. Google clearly has a solid plan to capture the biggest consumer market in this world. Its only a matter of time before we come to know the real stategy.
      Its going to be unfold soon…
      I am waiting Google…

    • Bala 9:19 am on October 3, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      I was at the google contest venue at a’bad. I agree with most of what John Mathew says, except that the calls from google HR are supposed to be independent of the contest results. i liked the presentation on google itself, which was a nice brief one.

      There were people who hoped to write in english, creatively no less, but failed to understand simple instructions like switching off their cellphones!

      It was a good concept for a contest and it was encouraging to see the turnout, especially the number of older people. I was also deceived into believing that i was one of the early 300 registrants. google needs to clear that up in future. overall a nice experience. lets see what 30/10 brings.

    • Harshad Joshi 1:25 pm on October 3, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Yes you are right.
      Many people did forget to switch off their mobiles. Even I was amongst them 😉
      Google WM was indeed a unique and challenging experience.

    • Raj Kumar Hansdah 7:10 am on October 4, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      I was @ Kolkata. My GOOGLE goodie bag did not contain the key chain. Lets hear from other participants at the venue (I wasn’t too curious to look inside theirs )

      It was great FUN, especially the doubts raised by the participants ! I felt I was back in my school English class, having regressed (or grown) to Harry’s age.

      About the Essay, I was so focussed on my piece, that I managed to do it in a CRISP, concise 110 words. Then, later I tried to expand it to at least 150 by APPENDING some sentences. Before I coul finish the latter task, the warning bell had rung, and I started jotting down hurriedly on the fair sheet, whatever I had scribbled on the draft.

      The ultimate result would be for the GOOGLERS to judge; but who dares stops me from dreaming that I won… by a wide margin….
      Thats it folks, do share your experiences…..t

    • Harshad Joshi 7:54 am on October 4, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      The goodie bag was a hit..

      Google strategy worked.. 🙂

    • Salim 3:18 am on October 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Yup Harshad, the goody bag was a nice strategy by google to get its brand even more noticeable. Mr. Hansdoh, my bag did NOT contain the keychain as well, so u r not alone 🙂

    • Salim 3:22 am on October 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      One more thing… the deadline of 45 minutes was not adhered to strictly as when I submitted my paper at the end of 45 mins, there were still people scribbing away merrily for a good 10 mins more with some lame warnings from the google staff. Cheating cheating… boo hoo hooo… 😦

    • Harshad Joshi 4:37 am on October 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Hey, it wasent SSC/HSC board exam and their poorly paid staff. It was Google. Expect them to be linient.. 😀

    • Raj Kumar Hansdah 8:21 pm on October 10, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks ppl for all ur responses.
      So, I wasn’t the only one bereft og Google key chain !
      And yeah, it did bug me v. much to see many participants at the back seats merrily scribbling away for at least 10 minutes after the end of session. Actually the Googlers were blocked by curious participants quizzing them about results, prizes etc.; thus preventing them from collecting the papers.
      I wish the papers of late submitters be cancelled or penalized.
      Lets wait till Oct. 30th !!

    • Harshad Joshi 3:48 am on October 11, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      I bet that the LLB’s(Lords of the Last Bench) will not win the prize. Winners dont need extra time to finish their papers. 🙂

      The winner will be definately an exceptional and good writer. Of course, Google is going to have a lot of tough time in deciding the winner, because there is no shortage of good writers here.. 😀

      So, lets wait for 30 October 2006, the day when Google shows us who the ‘real’ Wordmaster is..
      (Waiting to be there…)

    • Deepa 7:32 am on October 18, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      I too took the wordmasters challenge. With all the hype with which the Google conducted this event they could have organised it more professionallly. Do not know how reliable thier selection process will be. I noticed in Chennai, that there were many in the age group of above 50 and 60. If they turn up as winners will Google recruit them?!

    • Harshad Joshi 8:13 am on October 18, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @Deepa

      Oops, it seems those blokes might have forgotten to tell you this that Google Wordmasters 2006 and Google recruitment have got no relation with each other.

      Simply said – Winning Wordmaster dosent mean that Google is gonna employ you. To get into Google, one needs qualifications that Google is searching for. Thats it.

      But unfortunately, many people misunderstood the Wordmaster challenge as a way to get into Google.

      Sigh…if that was the way things turn, I would have been a king by now.. 😉

      Anyway, 30 oct 2006 isent too far…Lets wait and watch..

    • dilettante 9:21 am on October 18, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      I was at the A’bad venue, but am from Baroda.
      I came to check the scene out. I teach creative writing (in English), and wondered how good a scope there is to pursue this field- is there enough interest in people to learn how to write professionally.

      Judging by the numbers at the A’bad venue- there are quite a few wannabes.

    • Harshad Joshi 11:36 am on October 18, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @dilettante
      This isent a marketting or bussiness blog. 😉

      Anyway, nice to know you.

    • dilettante 5:01 pm on October 18, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      hi! harshad..
      first off, sorry, but i didnt have the marketing angle in mind. We end up teaching creative writing for free mostly.
      We help kids and teens/ adult who cant find teachers , or cant afford books or tuitions on the subject- with their passion for writing and poetry.

      we also help like minded people to help kids in their area.
      I just stumbled on this blog and asked instinctively, without explaining my intentions.
      once again my apologies. tc. good site.

    • Harshad Joshi 5:52 pm on October 18, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @dilettante

      Hey..theres no need to apologize..

      I had to edit your comments, because of our policy. Its very simple one – We just edit some part of comments, which can possibley divulge personal information like email address, work address or details, personal or political views etc. By doing this, we prevent email spammers/leechers and malicious minded blokes who sniff round the web for data. Unfortunately, as of now, this is the only method that works well. 😦

      And Akismet too..

      Similarly, there are some guys who make use of this facility to market their personal site or blog. Unless we are sure of what content that site has, we dont provide a link to it. 😀

      So, its necessary to do all these things to enable readers a rich experience with the right content, without any possible distraction. No ads, no personal info required. Thats what makes us the user preferred option.. 🙂

    • neha sathaye 5:14 am on October 25, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      wow…..what an experience!
      i would like to congratulate the google team for carrying forward a competition of this sort!

      my experience was quite a thrilling one…..
      i was not in town a day before the competition and landed the city the same day, and while heading the destination realised tht had no pen to write……. “can you beat it, a writer going without a pen to write volumes”

      that was the day i realised that there are few shops in the city that sell pens…..god gracious, i was on time….
      after all that rush….google gave me a good goody bag…..which had something that made me smile…..it had “a BIG BOLD pen”…..ha ha what more i could have asked for?

      an experience with excitement to the fullest, i would be extremely thankful to google for a platform to the writers in india…..we need such recognition!
      and would be more thankful if my dream to win the winners place would come true…….

      “Dare to Dream Big to Live Big”

    • Narcissa 1:08 pm on October 29, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Does anyone, anyone at all, know if derivatives were allowed? I mean tenses and forms of the words given… because when I asked at the venue, I was told they were. And then I come across this blogger who says they were strictly forbidden.

    • Harshad Joshi 1:35 pm on October 29, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @Narcissa
      With less then 24 hours left for the announcement of Google Wordmasters 2006 champ, I guess this question and any answer to it would be insignificant. 😉

    • Raj Kumar Hansdah 6:09 pm on October 29, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      waitiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiing for the results….

    • dilettante 7:47 pm on October 29, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @RAJ KUMAR H
      yeahhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!! results tonight! …………..

      i was just comparing the ‘angst’ we are going thro compared to the Lil CHAMPS contest yesterday.
      those kids and mostly the parents) would know what ‘results’ mean.
      of course,,, exams are the benchmark in nailbiting waits- but that contest beats anything we’ve been thro to a pulp, and how.

      still .. may the besst googler win. (i wonder if those having gmail Ids will have any kind of bearing on the contest…. oh dont you wish now you’d have taken up on that invite.)
      see you after the results for the inevitable bitching.

    • amit 6:07 am on October 30, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      what time are the results coming out
      what website

    • charuta 6:30 am on October 30, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Hi! please anyone who features in the Google results, do leave a message on this page!

      Waiting for the results!

    • ravi 9:04 am on October 30, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      “Everything was over long back” “Whatever has to happen will happen” You won’t win because you are good. You will win coz someone else is not better than you, and all the someone elses are waiting too, so just relax. If u win, ull know only when ur supposed to know. Dont be anxious. Anxiety is an enemy of creativity.

    • Harshad Joshi 9:34 am on October 30, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Huh..what was that?

      Hey dudes, dont worry. Google will mail you if you are the winner.

    • Jyoti 9:40 am on October 30, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      What are the results of google wordmasters???? I have searched it through google but unable to find!!!! Anyone can help???

    • Arshiya 10:33 am on October 30, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Hi..if anyone knows, has google declared the results?

    • Sayan 1:15 pm on October 30, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Hi,
      Any Idea of the results? Have tried my best but no info as yet.

    • Harshad Joshi 2:49 pm on October 30, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      😀

    • Pooky 3:19 pm on October 30, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Hi,
      It’s now night of the 30th and still no results. They should at least tell you that you didn’t win, because the anxiety is driving me NUTS!! Will the winner please tell me that I’m not it. Also, please leave an address (so that I can tear him to bits).

    • Harshad Joshi 3:32 pm on October 30, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      The name of the winners may be obtained by sending a self-addressed stamped envelope to: Google India Pvt. Ltd., Prestige Sigma, No.3, Vittal Mallya Road, Bangalore 560001.

      😉

    • S.K. 5:58 pm on October 30, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Hey Guyz!

      BINGO! I knew that I can do it and I have actually done it!!! Oh boyz, I am top of this world…. But just to let you all know, google have not hired me yet… It has just gifted me a maruti SWIFT!!!

      Thanks for all your appreciations and wishes…

      For those who didn’t win, better luck next time!

      S.K.

    • Sayan 6:16 pm on October 30, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Hey Dude,
      Congrats ! Can u share with us the mode of communication that Google preferred to reveal this secret?

    • amit 9:34 pm on October 30, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      dude SK, congrats.
      how did u get to know?

    • Allan D'Souza 4:55 am on October 31, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      It was a great contest! Briallintly contrived by a bunch of whiz kids, I must say. Proud to have been a participant. But when are the results due? It’s already way past 30th Oct?

    • Allan D'Souza 4:56 am on October 31, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      It was a brilliant contes, I must say. Brilliantly contrived by a bunch of whiz kids. But when are the results due? It’s already way past the deadline. I though all participants were gonna be informed via email?

    • Arshiya 5:05 am on October 31, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Hey SK congratulations!!! How did u get to know about the result. Did the google guys call u

    • Afterjoseph 6:52 am on October 31, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Can anyone else confirm this? Is there news regarding winners from any other city?

    • Hari Menon 8:34 am on October 31, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      [Narcissa:] Does anyone, anyone at all, know if derivatives were allowed?

      At the Bombay venue, this was asked by someone, and the organisers’ response (after a bit of confusion) was: yes, derivatives of words are permitted. So I went ahead and used a few. It was a risk though — you know how clueless organisers can be.

      As for “SK”, the purported winner of the Swift, I find it strange that such a marvellous prize went unannounced in the media. Don’t tell me Google’s PR team is this bad? 😉

    • maits 12:58 pm on October 31, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      it may seem like the sour grapes whine (not ‘wine’)… but i sure hope this guy s.k’s essay wasnt as badly written as his comment here. if otherwise, you can only shake your head over google’s falling standards. sigh….

    • Harshad Joshi 1:03 pm on October 31, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      I wanna read that esay.

    • Narcissa 1:09 pm on October 31, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      S.K.’s comment is full of grammatical inaccuracies. Does anyone know where Google has put up the results for the Wordmasters challenge?

    • Sayan 1:51 pm on October 31, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Everyone,

      Any Idea of which corner of the earth are the results located ? Trust me, Google is only good in the virtual world. I am sure it “sucks” in reality. Sorry to use the word Harshad, but its really frustrating to be a part of this events….esp. after spending so much energy and time in creation….when u don’t know the result….I am sure you would agree with me.

      All the Best Everyone

    • Harshad Joshi 2:34 pm on October 31, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @Sayan

      Hey dude..never feel sorry to use the word Harshad 😉

      Harshad means ‘The giver of joy’ aka ‘The Remover of Sorrow’. So, never worry about any difficult situation in life. There is always a Harshad around you, who can always help you in any kind of situation.

      Just try finding him once 😀

    • Harshad Joshi 2:36 pm on October 31, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      BTW, the results are located in Google India HQ, Bangalore. Its address can be located somewhere in the comments section.

    • Sayan 2:56 pm on October 31, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      That was quite motivating.

    • S.K. 6:34 pm on October 31, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Hey guyz! just take a chill pill…i was kidding…just wanted to add some more volumes to the curiosity among the blog readers. btw, i am not that lucky to top around 3000 contestants in India (Read: lucky)…as I believe that anyone’s potential can’t be measured with just a 45 mins of hassled competition organized by confused nerds of Google…

      hey Harshad, thanks for your mail dude…:)….neways, i am also one those curious ‘janta’, who wants to know the actual results of Wordmaster…ANYBODY THERE??? cheerz!

    • Pallavi 7:11 pm on October 31, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      hey everybody,
      i was wondering how the results will be out… does anybody know whether the google ppl have told the non winners that the results are ….. whatever?
      because i did not get any mail in my mail box

      BTW…. the comments here are very good 🙂

    • amit 12:30 am on November 1, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Ok, friends, Googlers, countrymen, since Google hasn’t been able to decide, what do you think of the following essay? I think, in all modesty, that this would be better than Ass Kay’s.

      It is absurd and weird that men are better than horses because of their horse sense. What if the horses imagine an impossible scene of making men ‘had been; what if they put on their thinking hats, and go inside a box to analyze phenomena, to experiment, to create? Their inquisitive faculties, incisive observations, and horse power and energy might just rein in all the luck, and give them the right direction. You never know! When they come out of the box, they might just say ‘ Eureka’! Archimedes had discovered the principle of floating, they might discover principles of emoting, doting, gloating all of which are vanishing from the human race. Swift had written about this in Gulliver’s Travels . Hyounyms were master horses, Yahoos were slave men. You don’t think it’s practical? Did anyone think that a djinn called Google would be possible? Now we know why Google overrides Yahoo. The horse power may cause men-o-pause. It’s time to give up?

      Time to think out of the box?
      What do you think of this innovation?
      I think it rocks.
      I have put on all my thinking hats and socks!

    • Pooky 3:33 am on November 1, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      I’m back people.
      I find it hard to believe that this S.K character has actually won. Maybe he didn’t reveal much because of my last threat (heh heh), or maybe he’s just pulling our legs.
      In any case, I always expected that GOOGLE, the God of the Internet (or at least one of the candidates for that post), would publish the resuts ONLINE, instead of having ME send a SELF-ADDRESSED ENVELOPE to their office in Bangalore. No wonder they call it BANG-A-LORE, what with all that story of smokes and mirrors in the package.

      By the way, if any winner is worried, then for their info I’m from M.P. So it’s unlikely that I can harm them in any other city.

    • maits 4:00 am on November 1, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      hey amit, that was one ear-to-ear stretcher of an essay you wrote. you can obviously think on your feet. google or no google, i wanna congratulate you for your fine writing. if you make it, i’m sure the best man will have won!

    • amit 4:11 am on November 1, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      thanks a ton, maits
      it’s always gratifying for a writer to get such encouragement

    • sandy 4:42 am on November 1, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Hey, some interesting comments. Hard to believe that Google would keep the results so hush-hush

    • sandy 5:04 am on November 1, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Guys, this is the rough draft I wrote for the contest. I’m sure it’s nowhere near the best, but please send your comments on whether you like it or not. Please be candid.

      Angry? Who me?

      Pradip was angry. He faced a dilemma is his professional life. He was finding it difficult to adjust. He loathed his overbearing boss, who he thought had an ulterior motive to destroy his career. He understood that disagreements were meant to be democratic, but his boss’s view’s differed so very drastically with his! He understood that he had to control his temper, not be adamant, but adjust. He was hurt by his constant accusations of slackness. He felt he needed a rethink on his future, an insight, for he felt that his boss’s motives had been suspicious, at best. He would have liked someone with an innate goodness of nature and penchant for adherence to human values.

      Pradip tried to calm his nerves. Maybe he would practise meditation, which was the suggestion of his anger management therapist. Suddenly he laughed out loud. He was always struck by how much his therapist looked like Einstein, with his silver goatee, frizzled hair and white cloak.

      The sound of the chiming clock woke Pradip up from his reverie. Lata, his wife, came over and kissed him. Instantly, he was transformed. His taut nerves loosened. Her mere presence lifted the nebulous cloud that had formed in his mind. He was under control and confident of success. Taking a deep breath, he marched out into the sunshine, for his office.

    • maits 6:07 am on November 1, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      you deserve every bit of it amit. beauty, like contact lens lies in the eyes of the beholder. but for this once, it lay in your essay. thats a good thing because this way you dont run the risk of catching conjectivitis. i’m glad my earlier comment didnt turn out to be the sour grapes ‘whine’…. would have to take a sip outs the sour grapes ‘wine’ otherwise. lage raho, is all i can say. where theres a will, theres property. who knows your name might be in it too….

    • Superstar 7:47 am on November 1, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Dear Hari,
      I was the one who asked at the Mumbai venue about the use of derivatives. They clearly answered finally that they were allowed. I had a good laugh at SK’s teaser about winning a Swift. If wishes were horses……..

      No offence meant, but Amit’s essay did not excite me at all. Half of the essay did not make good sense. It seemed that the key words were forced into the writing. In a winner’s essay, the use of the 20 key words should go with the natural flow of the writing and they should not even be noticed.

      This said, it is very strange that Google has not yet declared the three winners anywhere. If anyone knows anything about the winners, pls post it here.

      Cheers!
      Superstar

    • Ranjani S 7:49 am on November 1, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Well, Am I relieved to know that SK was only pulling a prank. Well, folks, since there seems to be no other way to find out the results, I found myself marching to the Post Office (I admit, I am doing this after a very long time indeed !!) and have sent in a snail mail to the guys at Google alongwith a stamped self-addressed envelope (I didn’t realize stamps and envelopes are so costly)

    • amit 8:03 am on November 1, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      pun is fun isn’t it?
      am a compulsive punner too…
      what’s your name

    • neha sathaye 10:39 am on November 1, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      can google pls reveal the secret to the janta…………..
      its high time they send a mail………………………..
      i request the google team to inform all the 3000 contestants the results….and not the winners only……
      otherwise the restof the contestants live their entire life with that one single hope……….

      do make it fast!

    • Piali 11:27 am on November 1, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Angry? Who me!
      I was trying my best to control my nerves. Few minutes back, my Doctor a competent professional, pronounced that my lungs were severely damaged. I had to adjust, my life around the oxygen cylinder – my lifeline. My vehement disagreement was futile. Extreme shortness of breath bound me to a wheelchair. I was wallowed in anger – raging and fuming. On a moment of sheer depression, my friend suggested me to start meditation. The motive was to rethink over my condition and to bring out the best in it. And then started a real ‘fairy tale’. I felt to be the boss of my own life My hurt feelings were washed with a sense of serenity. My insight to life deepened. No more was the adamant youth, when people confronted me but tried to accept that in a democratic country, differences of viewpoints are obvious. The famous formula of Einstein, E=mc2 had a new meaning for me, where ‘c’ referred to my Inner Light – Light of the Soul. It nurtured the aspects of goodness latent in me.
      It taught me the ultimate lesson – to be a human being, I had to be humane towards one and all. That is the best form of anger management for me.

      Words – 196
      (it is a real life situation for me. Meditation did help me overcome the helpless feeling over my disease. My doctors had given me up. And toady with I am recovering with a hand in hand working of conventional medicine and a unique no-drug, no-touch Energy Therapy called Pranic Healing)
      anyone interested to know about it may contact me.
      when i saw the words, i just felt it was one more avenue for me to reach out and share my expreince

    • maits 11:33 am on November 1, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      people i smell battle… ‘superstar’ honey, amit’s writing makes good sense to sensible people (gwarsh… what am i doin? fighting it out for somebody i did not know existed, until today!). anyway amit, if you are looking at this, ” your essay being good falls in no grey area, rest assured. but the cells that went in its making can be imagined to be as grey as they come. as for ‘superstar’, let him eat cake…..”

    • Hari Menon 12:15 pm on November 1, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      [@ Ranjini:]
      I’d recommend that you don’t waste any more money. 🙂 I spent half a day and around Rs 50 on participating, and I’m not willing to invest any more effort or time. I’m sure there are others who spent far more than I did — I didn’t have to travel very far to reach the Bombay venue.

      [@ Superstar:]
      I’m trying to remember what you looked like, but to no avail. 🙂 I also recall someone else asking about the use of prepositions and conjunctions (of, but etc) and the organisers’ response was that these won’t be taken into consideration when determining the word count. I ignored them because the question paper clearly said participants will be penalised for getting the word count wrong. Who’s to know if “because” or “before” will be counted or not? So I included *all* words in my word count.

      [@ maits:]
      Amit’s essay was decent, but it had many factual errors. “Rein in all the luck” would mean stop luck, which was not what he intended. Archimedes propounded the principle of flotation, not floating.”Doting, gloating and emoting” aren’t vanishing from the human race — indeed, humans are getting better at these things! He also misspelt “Houyhnhnm”, and the “men-o-pause” joke seemed far-fetched. These minor things don’t matter in a blog post, but you can be sure Google will notice!

    • Superstar 3:39 pm on November 1, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Hari,I’m the one who asked the most questions at the Mumbai venue……..some of them even embarrassed the organisers for the many flaws in their stated rules of the competition. 😉

      Cheers & good luck to all!
      Superstar

      PS: Still no winners declared??

    • Harshad Joshi 4:03 pm on November 1, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @Superstar

      Hey, this isent the place to argue or show supremacy. Please find some other suitable venue to settle your scores.

    • Sayan 6:00 pm on November 1, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Everyone,

      I would advice everyone to stop predicting and instead, try and find the results and let the entire community know.

      Arguements won’t lead us anywhere Guyz !!!!

    • Harshad Joshi 6:35 pm on November 1, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @Sayan
      Yeah. The bi*chy a**holes have been blocked forever. 🙂

    • Hari Menon 6:54 pm on November 1, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Amit posted his essay and asked readers what they thought of it. And some people gave their honest opinion. How can that be considered “argument” or “showing supremacy”? In other words: if you ask for an opinion, be prepared to accept criticism along with praise. I don’t see Amit complaining, so he’s perhaps mature enough to realise this fact.

    • Harshad Joshi 7:11 pm on November 1, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @Hari
      Hmm..some commenters are a lot immature with an idiotic approach. Please dont mind them..

      Let me tell ya – Writing is a very difficult job, and I guess, checking it is even more difficult. Perheps due to our great talents, the Googles ‘respected’ writers might be having a tough time out there to decide the best writer. 🙂

    • Pooky 3:38 am on November 2, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      This is getting really annoying.
      I DO NOT intend to send them a self addressed post card.
      Some one should talk to one of their representatives and tell them what we all think of them. Google is simply jumping into the fire by ill treating so many of it’s fans. Have they no idea how many people participated not because of their writing skills but because of their crush on google? (Believe, me I’m not one of them).
      I honestly think that I can win. But, there are a lot of people out there, and so I may lose. But in any case, I should be respected as a writer and be informed of the outcome. ASAP.

    • maits 4:18 am on November 2, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      well folks, is no news good news?

    • ravi 4:24 am on November 2, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Zabardast Dhokha!! get back to work guyz..

    • Manjit Singh 5:17 am on November 2, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Results? Reeesulttts? Where are You? Come on out, Result…We are waiting for you.

      Well It seems the Result for GWM has gone and hid itself in some nook or cronny !!!

      Now it is over 3 days past the result’s deadline and yet the result is not out.

      How can Google goof-up, it is simply not expected from the leader, naaa God of the Web !!!

    • Harshad Joshi 5:38 am on November 2, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @Ravi

      Yes. You are right. Its always better to get back to work.

    • Piali 5:45 am on November 2, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Ya Harshad , we all are back to work. but it is unexpected of a leader to act this way. every participant has the right to know the winner and runners up. what makes the results so unavailable? at least we expect to see their essays posted, marvel at their writing skill and congratulate them. and it is not the only contest held by Google. The results of Code jam are out on the net. Why so much secrecy on this one particularly ??

    • ravi 7:16 am on November 2, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      im thinking…. is there some clause in the Rights to Information Act where we can sue them for delaying information…. and after we get the money… Ill take a 50% cut for proposing the idea, Harshad 20%, and the best eight comments can share the rest. The ten of us can then tour the area where that RTI booster, Arvind Kejriwal, (Ramon Magsaysay award) lives, and we can also do a distance learning course in “Lawsuits and Legal Proceedings against Errring Companies.” Then, we can hope to get recruited by some big law firm where we can make money out of screwing people instead of waiting to make money and then screwing in Google.

    • Harshad Joshi 7:45 am on November 2, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @Ravi

      Lemme tell ya dude…that is one of the best comments.. Muhahahahaha.. 😀

    • maits 8:23 am on November 2, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @Ravi
      yeah ravi, i second harshad. if there were to be a competion to judge the best satirical comment, you would win handsdown.

    • Scooby-Doo 9:11 am on November 2, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Google has succeeded in turning me into a crazed,hyper, compulsive-obsessive woman! No results…and it’s November 2nd already! Waaaaahhh!!! Where are the results?? And yes, I wouldn’t mind turning to the courts now…I’ll get double compensation for a) zabardast dhokebaazi by an MNC and b) a hitherto perfect human being destroyed by terror tactics of top-dog companies.
      Pleeez friends, do leave a note if and when u come to know of the results!!
      Bye!

    • Piali 1:20 pm on November 2, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Is the result really out?
      if yes, then why isn’t a single winner coming up to share the wonderful news? has they been prohibited by google from doing so?
      if yes, wat binds them to follow such dictate?
      if no, then is it not the least courstesy for googles to inform the delay about result?
      Lord,
      May the brilliant employees of Google be blessed with the understanding that the contestants are also human beings and they deserve to be treated with respect and not left hanging indefinitely.

      let us all pray together 🙂

    • ravi 2:43 pm on November 2, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Hey….

      Does their aim “to FIND and REWARD” mean the same as “to RECOGNIZE and REWARD” or FIND means just FIND??

      BTW, when did they ever mention that there is gonna be a public announcement ???

      My guess is that the winners have already been informed.

    • Harshad Joshi 2:48 pm on November 2, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Who cares??

      Hmm..I think the winners might have been notified. But fearing the controversy of results, I think Google is maintaining silence. Or maybe Google wants to announce more winners..!!

    • Pooky 4:50 pm on November 2, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      I don’t think much of the possibility of more winners. However, at the Indore center, the Google employees delibirately avoided the questions asked about the announcement details. I’m guessing that this was all thought out.

      This leads to another possibility: that there are NO winners. Google may have hoodwinked all of us. After all, this forum is the first result when you Google “google wordmaster result”, so anybody can find it. Also, if winners actually have been forbidden to speak of their credit, they can very well use a pseudoname (like the one I’m using) and announce.

      I’m more inclined to think that there have been no announcements yet; otherwise we would have heard of it. Or, that there aren’t going to be ANY winners, and Google has our writing. We do not have any rights to it (I don’t even have a copy of mine).

      Moreover, we did not pay anything to participate. What possible benefit could Google have by organizing this contest. Face it people, Google is a commercial giant, not a sympathizing NGO that’s out to work for the slums. What is it’s hidden motive, and it’s final destination?

    • ALI KIRMANI 5:09 pm on November 2, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Has anyone out here tried posting a letter to the given address. I jus did it, lets c. I will notify u guys if i get a reply frm the google guys. newey the big deal is tht google is a internet giant, and when the results are out they will be on the net before anywhere. I had participated in the comp. at Delhi, and believe me somthin was missin, missin as in the whole event seemed a bit ill managed. me wonderin why the guys not putting up the results, may they wanna avoid any controversies.

    • Harshad Joshi 5:51 pm on November 2, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Chill out dudes. Life is more exciting and awesome. Lets not waste time on Google Wordmasters. Maybe even they might be goo’f’led on seeing a great response, maybe they got less then what they had expected.

      Actually, if you carefully observe Googles recent paradigms, then you will find that they have invested a lot in Artificial Intelligence, Neural Networks, Machine Design and digitization of large databases. Maybe its one of Google Labs project that searches and indexes human handwritings. It can be a project to decipher human handwriting or some fuzzy system to identify patterns..anything might be possible..for completion of this project, they might be needing large samples of different handwritings and topics from people of different backgrounds. So they might have arranged this compitition.

      The other motive was to reach a large number of ‘non-technical’ users. I observed at Google WM Pune that a large number of participants were MBA, B Com or non engineer graduates. I think they might have well reached their targets. Also, some have speculated that Google is unveiling its new Adsense technology and it needs people who can recognize the monetery value of words.

      And err..if nothing happens of what I mentioned above, forget that I had said anything. 😉

    • Pooky 3:24 am on November 3, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Not to be over-paranoid here, but I think that you may have something there, Harshad. The idea of Google indexing all of our handwritings is not too far-fetched, as it would seem that the ultimate goal of Google is world domination.
      If it records our Google Searches, and saves and indexes that result, along with all of our gmails, and chats, and net habits, indexing our real life handwritings would be the next logical step.

      Maybe we should have another forum for discussing the pros and cons of a commercial giant knowing everything about your life.

    • ravi 9:14 am on November 3, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      yaaawwwnn…. im not so keen on winning ‘their’ contest anymore. Ill just take the prize if it comes.

      .. and ya..wats up with this envelope thing folks??? GOOGLE cant put up some 30 words of information on a webpage???? WHAATHAAFFCKKKK. (therez never been an occasion when Ive said WTF with so much disbelief/disgust…. so much disbelief/disgust that the inside of my lower lip is bleeding after saying it.)

    • Manjit Singh 1:59 pm on November 3, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Well Said, Amit !!!

      Is it really Google or is it some third agency, who had cornered the contract to evaluate the writings? and then unable to excute the same.

      There is a sense of Deja Vu, remember what happens in Meerut? 13-14 yrs old, Fifth standard students checking PG Papers?

      Who is to say about the actual picture, Google is not forthcoming with the truth.

    • Harshad Joshi 6:12 pm on November 3, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Hey..thats curious. Today I called on the number from which Google had contacted me and lo..the office boy took the call and told that only he and his boss work there. Whoa..did Google outsource its management job to a company having only two employees..!!

      Dangerous..this is dangerous.

    • dilettante 6:26 pm on November 3, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      hmmm, apparently the contest is garnering more ill will than good will. This is a case of backfiring ideas.
      As it is I have become upset with Google because they hold up Opera’s operations when it comes to accessing gmail.
      This is the only result (the winners) that does not show up on a google search.
      pray hope that they havent fininshed correcting, and one of us may still get that call.
      heh heh.
      but the point made earlier is very valid. how come they didnt put out the names at a place. Even if it is delayed , why not say that.

      something is fishy in Denmark.
      Harshad keep up the sleuthing, i’ll provide backup.
      You look up the back alley i’ll make some calls to bangalore.
      The rest of you – make a large circle. and move in when you get the signal.

    • ravi 5:16 am on November 4, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @ dilletante
      “….the rest of you – make a large circle. and move in when you get the signal…”

      LOL dilletante…. i just burst out laughing at this…. Burst out just like that guy at the contest in Bangalore….when the organizers said that 10 winners would get a tour of the google office, he asked “which office (sounding which country)” and they said “Hyderabad.” Dude din notice the “ONE DAY TOUR” i suppose.

      BTW, i called the bangalore office. They said they have no information whatsoever and asked me to contact Google Hyde office…I called them and they said they have no information too. Whoaaaaaa…….

    • Harshad Joshi 5:31 am on November 4, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      OK – here is another phone number. Not of Google India, but of the particular company that had arranged the event for Google Wordmasters in Pune.

      +912024458380

      Even these blokes are unaware of this matter.

    • Pooky 2:35 pm on November 4, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Anyone got a reply from their postal yet?
      The T&C say that the winer’ll be informed within a week of declaration. That leaves 3 days to go.

    • amit 6:23 pm on November 4, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      rum tum trumpledum bacon fat and strumpledum …old saint mumpledum …pull his tail and strumpledum…and old doggerel in the play saint joan…we seem have been pulled in a pool of circular circumspections, which is why i had posted my stuff
      there are people who liked it and some whose supremacy didn’t quite let them…
      about my essay…well as the last 4 lines suggest…it’s not about whether archimedes discovered floating or flotation…anyone with li’l brains can figure that out…or the spelling of the H word which I still don’t know even after coming across it many times…it’s about innovation. i am not giving any information. it’s word play….it’s to show how ideas can be twisted an dhow writing can be fun…how words can be played around with and an engaging structure arrived at. i am no techno or info geek and if i were to define myself….well i’d always resist definitions…it’d be against the convention of structures of incumbent knowledge systems. makes sense? if not, consider it another essay that i revelled in…
      anyways, one good thing that happened was that people posted their stuff instead of whining “where are the results” …so we got to read some stuff…and we also smelt ….or felt…
      might be google is going to make a film script out of this blog
      he he
      cheers people

    • amit 6:25 pm on November 4, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      now dont’t say i don’t know the spelling of how which has been spelt has dhow. he he

    • amit 6:26 pm on November 4, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      and a dont’t to top that

    • Harshad Joshi 6:58 pm on November 4, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      So, finally I can predict that the results will be out on or around 7 nov 2006, ie only a couple of days from now. We waited eagerly for a month, lets wait for some more hours..48 maybe.

    • Harshad Joshi 7:09 pm on November 4, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Hmm…is the winner somewhere on these posts??

    • ravi 5:41 am on November 5, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Intezar mein hai jo mazaa, woh mulakat mein kahaan?
      jisnebhi isko likha, zara please tell me tu hain kahaan?
      Tumko bathadoon ki, han zaroor, mazaa hai intezar mein..,
      …agar intezar ek sundar google ho, aur ‘hum’ uski *** mein.

      .. someone wanna edit this???… and keep it decent guyz.

    • ravi 5:58 am on November 5, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      … .can someone edit this for me along the lines of intezar and extended-intezar???

    • Pooky 8:01 am on November 5, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      I sure hope that the winner is here. Guess who I’m voting for?

    • Harshad Joshi 12:12 pm on November 5, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @Pooky

      Is it me?? 😉

      Please vote for me….if the winner is to be decided by polls..

    • amit 4:23 pm on November 5, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      mr joshi you sure will win the web racketeer of the year award..he he

    • Harshad Joshi 6:13 pm on November 5, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Now thats what I can call a ‘jerk’.

      Muhahahahaha 😀

    • amit 7:15 pm on November 5, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      was that a knee-jerk reaction?

    • punny 5:09 am on November 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      no point hiding the fact. none at all hiding behind the ‘who me?’ facade. this google fiasco has reduced us all to a bunch of angry young/old (owing to the no-age-bar) men and women. it has infected us with a kind of opressive compulsive disorder that makes us stare hopelessly hopefully at our inboxes for hours on end. (in my case- with breaks to look over my shoulder suspecting the boss’s eyes to be on me, and my lack of work).
      if not sue it, i atleast hope to sew together my shattered hopes and dreams…

    • punny 5:10 am on November 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      i meant age-no-bar. owe this to google too!

    • sandy 5:10 am on November 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Harshad, Manjit, Ravi, Amit

      Guys, i enjoyed every one of the writings posted here. Great blog. Great fun. Great writing talent. And as for my essay, i didnt get any feedback, but if anyone has read it, thanks pal. Harshad, I was thinking whether everyone could send other samples of their writings to be read and commented upon, without malice. What do u think?

    • punny 5:11 am on November 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      and the title was ‘angry? yes me!

    • Harshad Joshi 5:18 am on November 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @Sandy

      Yeah, definately your idea is great. Feel free to post what you guys wrote at Google Wordmasters 2006, I bet you will get an unbiased feedback..without much delay..

      😉

    • Sarita 5:27 am on November 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Hey people,

      I have been reading the comments from 30th oct…v.interesting! I participated from bangalore and what a hyped up event this was….indeed very surprising that there is no winner yet…have we all been had?!!! and yes, harshad, google had outsourced this event to some crazy stupid event mgt co. i had not even got a confirmatory email from them for participation, but got some idiotic missed calls on my cell from the event mgt guys. when i called them back to check out, they asked me what i wanted…imagine i get a missed call from them and they ask me why they gave me missed calls!!! anyway, i got an sms the evening before the event and that’s all how i landed there. what shitty mgt! and to think that some 3000 of us have all been fooled!!! hahaha…do they have a good sense of humour or what!

      anyway, whether the results are out or not, reading the comments here are good fun, and i now log in more out of interest in them! And Amit, i really liked your piece of work….i am a punner too. it’s good fun.

      curiousity may have killed the cat, but we are no cats and still alive n kicking, waiting for the results…….

    • sandy 5:37 am on November 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      As I told before, all the essays posted here are eminently readable, which is what ultimately what counts. Harshad, Amit, Piali…. all of you wrote well. The line of thinking was different, styles and techniques were all different. All of you who went to google thought you could write something worth a second look, and I think you all suceeded. The difference in thought processes really amazed me, there are so many ways to approach the same topic. And I think you should all continue writing, even if engaged in different professions ( if the writing bug hasn’t consumed you yet like is has me).

    • Harshad Joshi 5:38 am on November 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Basically, this entire event was arranged to give the very young Google India team an experience of real life situations and real life management. Prior to this competition, several mock competitions were conducted at Google Hyderabad. I got this info from an MBA bloke who was with me at GWM, Pune. He was doing his intership with a company situated at baner. This company probably had taken a job to provide online and offline ads to Google. Carefully observe Google ads esp on Orkuts Indian communities – We are getting ads in tamil and Gujrati and Hindi.

      If you had closely observed, the maximum age of the Google employee was approx 25. So, please be a little linient on them It was probably their first try at conducting such kind of event. Remember – Management in Indian environment is very difficult, because we have got all sorts of people from diverse backgrounds. Its very difficult for foreign companies to adjust to Indian conditions.

    • Harshad Joshi 5:41 am on November 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks Sandy.. 🙂

    • amit 6:06 am on November 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      I wonder if 30th September set our imaginations on fire as much as post-30th. Julius Caesar dead is more powerful than Julius Caesar alive. The conspiracy theorists of the 1980s America have had a run for their money I am sure…idiom database, cultural interpellation…nice theories. But i guess their system of outsourcing has simply backfired and Google time has become Indian Stretchable Time.
      @Sarita: Thanks a ton for the encouragement. and obviously you and i know punny is different from a different world of the puny.
      @sandy: i guess you’ve made a very good point about how different thought processes interepret the same moot idea. Thanks
      @Mr Joshi. You’ve got your award. This is the most happening blog these days.

    • Manjit Singh 6:17 am on November 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      So, My Hunch seems to be correct after all?

      I strongly feel that the much publicized event was actually an exercise to test the waters, maybe to retain people for some superBlog or to present relevant, human edited content – in the lines of askme.com, about.com, wikipedia.com et al.

      It was totally outsourced job and the 3rd agency goofed up.

      The Proofs of Goof-ups are many-
      1. The invitations for the test were not very effectively communicated.

      2. It was presented basically as an intro to Google’s various ventures and not actually as a contest attracting Talent.

      3. Arrangements for the test involving people to generate IT Bytes using language were pathetic, to say the least. I am sure many people must have felt uneasy using pen paper, instead of a PC (at least I Did).

      4. India is not very high on the Google’s agenda, then why this contest was held here only?

      5. At some places, Contestants were given 60 Minutes and elsewhere just 45 Minutes. They organizers did not even have a clear-cut policy?

      6. Even the Logo on Goodies Bag was somewhat different, meaning it was second grade job conceived, and executed locally, by equally proficient dumbos.

    • Harshad Joshi 7:26 am on November 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @Amit
      Hey thanks dude, I will take it as a compliment.
      But even me is amongst those 3000 guys fighting (and searching hard) to reach the top 😉

    • Harshad Joshi 7:29 am on November 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @Mr Manjit Singh
      I found problems only with the Google Goody bag – It was made of pure cardboard with no mentions of a recycle logo. I guess it was a handmade tool and was meant to be thrown as soon as possible.

      Other then that, there was no way that I could replace my original Yamaha key chain with a weak plastic one by Google. Lets face it – Yamaha is a more trusted brand with a great deal of funky products, including my bike.. 🙂

    • Ranjani S 8:23 am on November 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Intezaar yoon hi hum kartey rahe,
      Google results ki raah dekhtey rahe,
      Blog pe blog Harshad banata gaya,
      aur hum sab usmein likhtey gaye.

      Na results aaye na winners dikhey
      aur na janey kitney blogs baney,
      “Google Wordmasters” ki jagah ab hum log
      ‘Harshad blog’ search karney lagey.

    • punny 8:38 am on November 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @amit
      you are right amit- though i dont claim to be a Brobdingnag, i’m not exactly puny either ;)…

    • amit 8:46 am on November 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      is there no one from bangalore on this blog who can enlighten us?

    • Harshad Joshi 10:16 am on November 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      I had found someone at Google Hyderabad, but she hasent replied as of now.

    • ravi 10:18 am on November 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @ Sandy

      dear…
      of course we read it and here are my comments.

      1. The plot was fantastic 100/100.
      2. Grammar was almost flawless 98/100.
      3. Tone and sequence of theme(whatever you understand by that) 99/100.
      4. Creativity 98/100.
      5. Logic and relevance/usage of words …. mmmmm 90/100

      .. its a fine example of how, like someone here said, the keywords should be in a flow and shudnt look like they’ve been forced into the writing….. if that were to be a parameter in the judging process, ud certainly score full points..

      “He was always struck by how much his therapist looked like Einstein, with his silver goatee, frizzled hair and white cloak.” Im finding it hard to link why Pradip laughed out loud when his therapist told him to meditate. Anyways, its not all that irrelevant. And I guess every entry is definitely going to have a certain degree of irrelevance (except mine, coz im going to win this ******* contest). I wouldnt be surprised to meet you on the tour…

      Overall, I would say it was pretty neat work. You can certainly write a book that I would’nt hesitate to buy if I wanted to.

    • Harshad Joshi 10:18 am on November 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @Ranjani
      I am flattered.. 😀

      Hmm..so its now clear to me who had typed those queries on Google..

    • Hari Menon 10:22 am on November 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Harshad, maybe you should gently remind your Hyderabad contact that journalists are slowly beginning to express an interest in running a small feature on Google’s goof-up? It’s not really a lie, because I was a journalist for six years. 😀

    • Harshad Joshi 10:29 am on November 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @Hari

      Wow thats great..actually, this whole compitition was targetted primarily towards professionals like jounalists, graduates from mass communication, marketting background etc.

      This explains the major reason why engineers like me promptly called it a biiig show off…I was visibely upset the moment I came to know what it was all about. Not that I am a bad writer, but I was expecting something else.. 😦

    • Harshad Joshi 10:32 am on November 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      All journalists and readers over here – Please voice your opinions without fear. This is the only place where free speech and liberty is practiced without any baising or favour.. 😀

    • ravi 10:52 am on November 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @ RANJANI S

      LOL Ranjani… sexxxxy one… tx for taking the cue… Filllllls the heart.

      ..true Ranjani, I suppose we are forming a small community here thats gonna stick around for a long time …wat say u Harshad…

      Im beginning to like this community better than my “friends.”

      No prejudice. No facial features. No color of skin. No size of boobs. No information on financial status. No information on marital status. No information on availability for sex. Pure mind. I like this place.

    • Ranjani S 12:51 pm on November 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Queries ? What queries? Bhai, all we need are results, winners, any news from the Google guys about what they got out of 30th September and yes, the sooner the better…

    • Harshad Joshi 12:56 pm on November 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Relax..too much desperation causes a loss of focus, which may definately affect our daily work.

    • Harshad Joshi 12:57 pm on November 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      The winner knows it all..

    • Hari Menon 1:12 pm on November 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      To be precise, no news is no good.

    • Ranjani S 1:14 pm on November 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Harshad, DO YOU KNOW ANYTHING or EVERYTHING of the results?

    • ravi 3:20 pm on November 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Despite your disagreement, it is my viewpoint that we should be professional, set aside our differences, adjust and rethink our approach on how to control and accept with goodness the hurt caused by the adamant denial of our democratic rights by the now formerly humane boss who organized the GWM contest; and not worry about meditation, soothing the nerves, or anger management, because even Einstein with all his insight would not have been able to decipher his motive.

    • ravi 3:46 pm on November 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Despite your disagreement, it is my viewpoint that we should be professional, set aside our differences, adjust and rethink our approach on how to control and accept with goodness the hurt caused by the adamant denial of our democratic rights by the now formerly humane boss who organized the GWM contest; and not worry about meditation for soothing the nerves or anger management, because even Einstein with all his insight would not have been able to decipher his motive.

    • sandy 7:26 pm on November 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @Ravi

      Ha, ha, that last comment was well put! As for your comments on my piece, its immensely gratifying. I’ve just written five pages of a screenplay after reading it. But what about your piece? Do let us share.

      As for the competition, it all depends on Google’s sincerity. We might have got it all wrong, for I seem to remember the Googlers telling us that the results would be out ‘around’ 30th, and not ‘on’ the 30th. Of course, I must be wrong, because all of you knew otherwise. In that case, there are two plausible scenarios. One, Google is indifferent and thus callous, as suggested. Two,they are terribly serious and quality conscious and want to be sure of the mettle of the winners. As you know, in literature, assessment of good writing is subjective. Let’s hope the latter is true and we get ten worthy winners.

    • sandy 7:30 pm on November 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @Ravi

      You are right. Pradip laughed out loud because his therapist’s Einstein-ish look came to his mind. But the way I put it makes it quite confusing. Thanks for pointing that out.

    • Ranjani S 4:53 am on November 7, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      I called twice on the number provided by Harshad. Its this company called Merittrac, that conducts tests and exams for different companies. But whoever picks up the phone after being queried on the GWM result date says, ” the concerned person is not there” or “the concerned person is on leave” “I have no idea about who the concerned person is”.

      Why so much hush-hush on this? Even the Doodle for Google results have been announced a day earlier than scheduled.

    • punny 5:15 am on November 7, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      i’ve lost hope – not about winning; thats been dead and buried a long while now, but of atleast discovering who the lucky three are-altogether. i just visit this forum once in a while to see others’ subtle (and some not-so-subtle’) comments as a mildly amusing distraction. so what if my company has blocked personal emails and messenger services, have met a good deal of interesting people here. thats a pat on the back for you harshad. keep up the good work…

    • punny 5:40 am on November 7, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      come on, come all… ye shunned, ye spurned, sanghattan mein shakti hai! lets form a community. lets have a president and a secretary. lets have monthly meets and eats as excuses to display our jewellery and gaudy clothes and carefully memorized technical details of the latest automobiles we have acquired. lets arrange blood donation camps and google-hate themed poetry competitions for school children and give out pencil boxes as prizes. what can be a nobler way to serve the nation?

    • Harshad Joshi 6:20 am on November 7, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @Ranjani
      A couple of days ago, even I had called them, and surprising, the office boy picked up the phone and said that only two people work there and the boss was on leave.

      Let me tell you – Its a big lie and its also a sign of unprofessionalism.

      I had received a call from this same very company conforming my entry to GWM 2K6, and a voice was that of someone claiming to have a name Pallavi.

      This bogus answers is just to avoid peoples calls, and misgude them.

    • Harshad Joshi 6:22 am on November 7, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @Puny
      Thanks dude. Dont lose hope. There are endless ways to beat your enemy if you have a right tool.

      Just boycott Google Search and use Ask.com or Yahoo! search for a few days. Similarly, inform all your friends about this. Google will definately learn its lessons the way it deserves.

    • Ranjani S 6:24 am on November 7, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @ Harshad

      Yes, I had got a call from this Pallavi a day before the contest besides two emails sent earlier. This company is a big one with presence in some eight cities across India and a list of clients worth looking at.

      Take a look at their website http://www.merittrac.com

    • Harshad Joshi 6:26 am on November 7, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Update Alert
      Right now I called Google Online India Private Limited on number – +912255078700 and a person named Sumant advised me to call a number +912267078629 after 12:30 pm.
      Now for all those who want to convey Google their love, hatred, emotions, boos, shouts, this is the number that can help you. Call it and accordingly tell what your experience was . This person probably knows all the result details.
      The postal address is
      Google Online India
      Office No.211, Level 2,
      Raheja Centre Point
      294 CST Road,
      Near Mumbai University
      Off Bandra Kurla Complex, Kalina
      Santacruz (East),
      Mumbai 400 098
      phone +91-22 55078700
      fax +91-22 55078711

    • Harshad Joshi 6:32 am on November 7, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @Ranjani
      My wild guess is that the eminent writers are nobody but the blokes working for this Merittrac thing.

      Now we have got two targets – One is Google India and the other is Merittrac.

    • Ranjani S 6:35 am on November 7, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Chalo sab,
      saade baara ke liye tayaar ho jaao,
      phone utao,
      number ghoomao,
      kaun hai winner,
      pata lagao…

      aur nahi pata chale toh,
      phir se blog par aao,
      Harshad ko sab bataao,
      aur thoda Google ko bala boora sunaao

    • punny 6:50 am on November 7, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @harshad
      i repeat, i may not be a Brobdingnag, but i’m not exactly ‘puny’ either.
      @rajani
      lead kindly light honey…. make mincemeat of the google people. lets hear what you have to say after that

    • punny 6:51 am on November 7, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      sorry, i meant ‘ranjani’

    • Ranjani S 7:01 am on November 7, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Hey guys, I just called up on the Google India number that Harshad gave.
      spoke to this lady called Marianne (not sure about the name, the voice had an accent), She heads marketing for Google India.

      The important point is she said the results will be announced to the media on Wed or Thurs and will be notified to all the participants via email.

    • Manjit Singh 7:07 am on November 7, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      I kept telling you people that Google has outsourced the whole gimmick to some two bit outfit.

      Nice Kavita, Ranjani !!!

      Turbans off t’you (I am a Surd, Hence not Hat but Turban)

    • Arshiya 7:14 am on November 7, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Guys..jus had a word with a guy named Deep at the no 02267078629.
      The results will be declared on Thursday, the 9th. The mode will be press release + a personal email. Confirmed info….so hold ur breath!!

    • sandy 8:45 am on November 7, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @rajani, harshad, punny, amit, ravi

      It is disappointing to note Google’s slipshod arrangements. That they have outsourced to Merittrac is not such a big issue, but the followup is abysmal. If Merittrac hosted the event, they could have posted a commentary on their website. And if we take the ’eminent writers’, I must say it was always a stunt. I don’t know any eminent writers personally, but I presume they have to write a lot and don’t have the time or the inclination to hobnob with Google and check 200-word essays, even in their spare time with Googlers waving wads of notes at them. Realistically, I have no problem with the ’eminent writers’ of Merittrac assessing the writings, provided they come up with a result.

      Meanwhile, I read somewhere on this blog that the results might come out on 7th, is that on? Harshad, do you know anything about this?

    • ravi 9:32 am on November 7, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @ punny

      “…lets have monthly meets and eats as excuses to display our jewellery and gaudy clothes and carefully memorized technical details of the latest automobiles we have acquired….”

      LOL punny… precisely how it stinks in my part of the world too.

    • ravi 9:37 am on November 7, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @ Sandy

      geeeee Sandy….. nice to know……… Just analyze this quote for their two meanings “Our achievements are limited only by our imagination”

      just keep em’ flowing…..

    • ravi 9:40 am on November 7, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @ Sandy

      geeeee Sandy….. nice to know………

      “Our achievements are limited only by our imagination”

      just keep em’ flowing…..

    • Hari Menon 10:18 am on November 7, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      I wrote to two interesting email addresses that I found on MeritTrac’s web site. I didn’t enquire about the results; it was simply to confirm their role in organising the contest.

      One ID was info@merittrac.com and the other was maz@merittrac.com (the MeritTrac Assessment Zone).

      I got the following response in a matter of minutes:

      —————————-
      “Hi. This is the qmail-send program at mail.xxx.net. I’m afraid I wasn’t able to deliver your message to the following addresses. This is a permanent error; I’ve given up. Sorry it didn’t work out.
      : vdeliver: Invalid or unknown virtual user ‘info’
      : vcheckquota: Message would exceed virtual user’s disk quota.”
      —————————-

      So much for that. Any luck contacting them on the phone? Their contact details are here.

    • Hari Menon 11:12 am on November 7, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Here’s a small breakthrough: the person in charge of marketing operations at MeritTrac has responded with the following: “Let me assure you that I will personally look into this issue. I will check with my team internally and also speak with google and revert to you by tomorrow positively.”

      Let’s ease off now, guys, and give them a fair chance.

    • Harshad Joshi 11:27 am on November 7, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @Hari

      They could have done it well before this day.

    • Harshad Joshi 11:41 am on November 7, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      My bet – The results are sure to raise a huge controversy..

    • punny 11:50 am on November 7, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @hari
      how about posting those emails you sent to those people on this forum. should be fun like those grin jerkers of posts on your LJ blog. we probably have a winner in our midst. for the likes of you however, “to be precise good news is no news” perhaps 🙂

    • Hari Menon 11:58 am on November 7, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      > The results are sure to raise a huge controversy..

      Not if the winner is among those who posted here, I hope. 🙂

      Speaking for myself, I see no reasons for any controversy regarding the results. There are two main reasons for this: (a) it’s difficult to judge someone’s creative ability by means of a 45-minute test; and (b) it’s very unlikely that any of us would know the winners personally (even if they are on this forum), so how can we say if they’re deserving or not?

    • ravi 12:03 pm on November 7, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      May I caution us not to expect the expected but to just accept unexpectedly the unexpected unaccepted results?

    • Ranjani S 12:48 pm on November 7, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @ Hari

      When I called up the MeritTrac Pune office this morning, someone told me that one Rohit was the concerned person and he is on leave for a week. Hari Bhai, ek aur week……..?!

    • ravi 2:13 pm on November 7, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you.

    • ravi 2:23 pm on November 7, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Im not going to make another comment until the results are out and Im declared the winner.

    • ravi 2:57 pm on November 7, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      LOL, im thinking how I’ll react when they announce the contest for Google wordmasters 2007.

    • Ranjani S 3:54 am on November 8, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @ Ravi

      I am sure if you win the 2006 contest, you will be one of the “eminent” writers who will be dumped with the contest papers of the 2007 contest.

    • sandy 4:15 am on November 8, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @ hari

      “Speaking for myself, I see no reasons for any controversy regarding the results. There are two main reasons for this: (a) it’s difficult to judge someone’s creative ability by means of a 45-minute test; and (b) it’s very unlikely that any of us would know the winners personally (even if they are on this forum), so how can we say if they’re deserving or not?”

      How right you are! On top of that, I don’t think any self-respecting writer would become disheartened or even acknowledge a superior based on such a sketchy judgement of his capabilities.

    • sandy 4:24 am on November 8, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @ hari

      But that brings us back to the same spot. If none acknowledges a superior writer, there’s bound to be some controversy, as Harshad pointed out. But that controversy will be in the minds of the participants, as I doubt Google will let the names of the winners out to the losers, unless someone specifically asks for it. I’d be pleasantly surprised if I’m wrong, however.

    • Harshad Joshi 4:30 am on November 8, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @Sandy
      We will come to know who the winner is.

    • Ranjani S 4:31 am on November 8, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @ Sandy

      When I called yesterday at the Google Online India office and spoke to this Marketing Head, I asked her specifically if only the winners would be notified. She said that all the participants would be informed about the results.

    • sandy 4:35 am on November 8, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Hey, Harshad, that would be great! But what’s the tentative date? Or are you in the dark as I am?

    • Harshad Joshi 4:41 am on November 8, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      There is no darkness, once you can see through the eyes of the Truth.

    • sandy 4:44 am on November 8, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @ranjani

      That’s great, mate! To me you are the ‘eyes of the truth’

      @harshad
      Well said!

    • Ranjani S 4:50 am on November 8, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @ Sandy,

      Yes, I am all eyes and ears to know about the results. I know I have done a decent job at the contest myself but am really keen to know who won. Their articles, I am sure, will be worth a dekko.

      @ Harshad,

      Your replies somehow give the impression that you are the Mr.Know-It-All.

    • Harshad Joshi 4:55 am on November 8, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      I know what I need to know, and precisely thats the reason why you are here.
      Apparantly, its my purpose to know.

    • Ranjani S 4:56 am on November 8, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @ Harshad

      ….??!!!

    • Harshad Joshi 5:02 am on November 8, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Its a famous dialog from the Matrix flick, but dont worry if you didnt get it. Its my favourite dialog and I try to use it as often as I can, but usually, my timing goes wrong.

      Muhahahaha… 😀

      Anyways. Lets get back to work. Today/Tomorow we will know the winner.

    • Ranjani S 5:04 am on November 8, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @ Harshad

      Bhalai ka toh zamana hi nahi raha….

    • ravi 8:43 am on November 8, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Im going to start two companies called Meritcrap and Meritrats to compete with Merittrac.

    • punny 8:53 am on November 8, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @Ravi
      dont! you have no chance of beating them at ratty crappiness. go into the hay corn and feed business, and practice voodoo on weekends…

    • ravi 9:19 am on November 8, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      The word ‘Google’ means 1 followed by hundred zeros.

      I hereby authorize the concerned authorities to change the meaning to “the one followed by 3000 zeros.”

    • ravi 9:35 am on November 8, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      …. or “a zero followed by 3000 1s??”

    • ravi 2:39 pm on November 8, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Since the 3 winners would have already been notified and its not any of us, now we can only hope to be one among the 7 ehh???

      mmmmmmmmmm.. ok

    • sayan 2:45 pm on November 8, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Hey Harshad,

      Is it confirmed that the results will be revealed tomorrow(09/11/06) through press and personal emails?

    • sayan 2:46 pm on November 8, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Everyone,

      Is it confirmed that the results will be revealed tomorrow(09/11/06) through press and personal emails?

    • Harshad Joshi 2:50 pm on November 8, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      I am keeping my fingers crossed. This news was confirmed from Google Mumbai, but its better to wait for tommorow.

      BTW, the winner might have been notified today itself. So guys, please keep an eye on your inbox.

      Ciao

    • ravi 2:59 pm on November 8, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Results on nine-eleven

    • ravi 3:30 pm on November 8, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @ Harshad

      >> “This news was confirmed from Google Mumbai”

      confirmed from google?????? hmmm

    • Harshad Joshi 3:52 pm on November 8, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      I hope it wont be destructive 😀

    • Tshering 5:44 am on November 9, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      “If at first you don’t succeed, find out if the loser gets anything.”
      –Bill Lyon

    • Ranjani S 5:59 am on November 9, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Anyone, any news yet…?

    • Hari Menon 6:16 am on November 9, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      For all we know, MeritTrac could have handed in the results long ago but Google India could be waiting for an opportune moment to reveal all. I know the delay is frustrating, guys, but let’s show some restraint. There’s no point blaming MeritTrac or anybody else unless we know the facts.

    • amit 7:14 am on November 9, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      where are the results people

    • punny 7:55 am on November 9, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      well? any news as yet? i managed to sneak out of a meeting to have a look at the forum. dissappointed not to find any updates…:(

    • ravi 9:09 am on November 9, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      hey, is this some bakra kinda thing??

    • ravi 9:52 am on November 9, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      If the results were supposed to be announced today, would’nt that task be at least on the top 5 things to do for the day, if not the first thing to do. So what would take them until evening…???? a certain planetary alignment???

    • Tshering 11:05 am on November 9, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Vamsi Krishna Nakkina wins Google Wordmasters creative writing contest
      http://www.alootechie.com/News/1676.asp

    • afterjoseph 12:04 pm on November 9, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Okay, this link provides the answers:

      http://www.alootechie.com/News/1676.asp

      What I am surprised at is the fact that the 10 ‘winners’ are not from each center – I thought there would be a winner for every 300 participants… no such luck. Bangalore (3), Hyderabad (3), Mumbai (2), Delhi (1) and Indore (1) is how the story goes. All the best to the winners 🙂

    • ravi 12:14 pm on November 9, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      allllrite… so Vamsikrishna from hyderabad has won….. congratulations man.. and congratulations to Nalini from Bangalore and Amritha from Delhi, and all the other winners.

      .. and all of u here in this blog, it was great fun being here (except for the intezar part).
      The contest was a great opportunity to pit our talents against others in the most unbiased environment. Lets get back and give our best in whatever we are doing in our “oh so biased” environments. All the best everybody. My love to all and again my love to all, i have and will never have anything else to give to anyone.

    • Harshad Joshi 1:27 pm on November 9, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Well, its the end of everything, I hope…!!!

    • Harshad Joshi 2:09 pm on November 9, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      My apologies for the delays, I was away from my reliable network, and so, inspite reading your comments, I couldent do much. Sorry, but moblogging using the moto razr is a bit of uncomfort.

      PS – There was no hoax. Today we got the results I think.

    • Sayan 2:19 pm on November 9, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Congratulations to the winners !!!! For everybody else, like me….There is always a better chance next time.
      So….don’y be upset….and take this positively.

    • Harshad Joshi 7:04 pm on November 9, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      But inspite of all this, I am not feeling it right.

      I had a firey talk today to someone called as Maya from Google Mumbai this morning, and she had told me to contact Google Hyderabad, telling that she had no more details.

      Further, she had also told that Google would announce this news to media and press and also email participants about it. I havent received a mail as yet and so is the same about everyone. Now, that Aloo tech isent that unreliable, but they have a disclaimer on their site which warns us about presence of some rumours in the news.

      My point is that we should not feel that this matter is over. We should keep an eye on every probableprogress in this event. I wonder – Why did Google feel the need to give the news to a third party site? It has its own sites. Note – All official Google events news are mentioned on Googles official pages. Example of this is Google Doodle held in UK. This is the link to that page –

      http://www.google.co.uk/doodle4google/rosssmele/index.html

      There are two possibilities –
      1. The results might have leaked out from Merittrack or come concerned company who had checked the papers. Similarly, there is no mention of who checked and assessed the papers?

      2. Google got what it wanted. Free publicity at the cost of common users. This strategy works great sometimes.

      I will believe this news to be 100% true when I see faces of those blokes, I get to read what they have scribbled and I find this news on leading media sites.

      Till then, there is no peace. The answers to our questions loom large ahead, we need to find it.

    • sandy 8:00 pm on November 9, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      I cannot imagine a company coming out with a full page ad for a competition and then announcing results on the sly. I was always apprehensive about Google informing all participants of the results, but the results in national dailies would surely have been a huge mileage for the company, as would have been the prizes. If this was supposed to be some adolescent fancy, then it’s very unfortunate for all participants.

    • sandy 3:52 am on November 10, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      I read the names of the winners in a Google press release, so it’s authentic, Harshad. We won’t ever come to know what they wrote, though. Because that would be controversial, as I mentioned before, assessment of literature is very subjective. Warm congratulations to the winners!

    • Pooky 4:44 am on November 10, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Hi everybody. I suppose that this is the end of this forum, although I will return to write further about Google and it’s interactions. And I will also be glad to share my experiences of Hyderabad with you.

      I am Terence Tuhinanshu of Indore, one of the top 10. As of yet, no communication (neither electronic nor postal) has reached me from Google. Although I suppose that the list is correct (I wrote something pretty darn good), we don’t know for certain right now.

      You have all been good friends in my time of trying patience and testing confidence. I would like to thank Harshad for allowing so many of us to come together and interact so well.

      Love
      Terence (Pooky)

    • Harshad Joshi 4:56 am on November 10, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Whoa..so Pooky was the winner who was with us from the very beginning. A question though – Are you a girl or a boy?? I never heard this name before. Sounds like a tibetian or japanese origin 😀

      We would all like to read what you wrote at the (ill-fated) GWM 2006.

    • Harshad Joshi 5:09 am on November 10, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      1. Pooky Says:

      November 2nd, 2006 at 3:38 am

      This is getting really annoying.
      I DO NOT intend to send them a self addressed post card.
      Some one should talk to one of their representatives and tell them what we all think of them. Google is simply jumping into the fire by ill treating so many of it’s fans. Have they no idea how many people participated not because of their writing skills but because of their crush on google? (Believe, me I’m not one of them).
      I honestly think that I can win. But, there are a lot of people out there, and so I may lose. But in any case, I should be respected as a writer and be informed of the outcome. ASAP.

      This was a comment made by Pooky. Shows the confidence to win.. 😀

    • sandy 5:10 am on November 10, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @pooky

      Hey Pooky, congratulations! Let us read what u wrote at Wordmasters. Might be an education for all of us.

    • mayur 5:45 am on November 10, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      > [Pooky:] As of yet, no communication (neither electronic nor postal) has reached me from Google.

      you know what? I think someone at meritcrap read the discussion here, and and leaked the results to alootechie just to cover their ass! meritcrap wouldn’t have the power to announce the results in the authentic media, so they must have done this to escape allegations of incompetence (because google was taking too long to publish the results).

      this is NOT to dispute whether the winners were deserving or not (I’m sure they are); its just to investigate why the results had to be leaked in such a shady manner. after all, we have word from pooky himself that he received no communication from google! is this any way to go about things?

      I feel a proper investigation is called for. google india must be informed as well. Anybody know any journos? We can all chip in and give them feedback.

    • Ranjani S 7:31 am on November 10, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Hey all,

      there is something wrong somewhere!!!. I just called up the Google India office (10th Nov, 1.00pm in the afternoon) , spoke to this lady called Shijitha. She tells me that the Google Wordmasters results are going to be out only the coming Monday (13th Nov) or Tuesday (14th Nov). A mention about the results on some blog site, she emphatically said, Google has nothing on its official news or blog, so please do not take anything as true. Can someone find out what’s really going on?

    • Tshering 9:42 am on November 10, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      “Curiouser and curiouser!” Cried Alice (she was so much surprised, that for the moment she quite forgot how to speak good English).

      — How true!

    • dilettante 10:02 am on November 10, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      hoo boy

      @rajani.. wow. . i sweated out reading thro all the posts.. and now this. you say this will go on and on?

      @ Harshad- i am also not happy, if they are not competent to manage the contest and garner such adverse publicity, who are to say they are comp. enough to judge writers of our ilk. (heh heh! yeah I’m pissed at not winning, how’d u know?)

      @ pooky- you are clairvoyantly spooky but, how did you receive info that you are the winner?

      @ ravi- thanks for laughing at my comment. it made it all worthwhile.

      @ the rest of u- we are all winners here. (yeah sure)

      keep the blog going guys, maybe we can change it from being a google bashing site to a site that promotes writing. Writing for the sake of it. Prizes not withstanding.

    • punny 10:12 am on November 10, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      come on people, grow up. stop hanging on to dear hope when there isnt any.

    • dilettante 10:50 am on November 10, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      new grouse (read bitching).
      i didnt think it was relevant earlier, but now with imcompetencies accumilating, i feel the need to share one more howler on the part of google.
      This happened at the Ahmedabad venue.
      As the contest started, a participant asked the meaning of the word ‘horse sense’- a keyword.
      One of the google staffers said it meant ‘stupid / idiotic sense, or Dumb.’ I dont remember the exact word, but this was the gist. Immediately a guy nearby said., no its quite the opposite and said it meant common sense. But the guy from google argued to the contrary and said he was sure.
      Now at moments like these, any one could have lost his faith. Its not a day to day word in India. Many people may have taken the wrong meaning into account.
      Small bitch, but now I think it all filts into the larger scheme of things.

    • mayur 12:27 pm on November 10, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      ranjani, read my comment above (the first paragraph in particular). I bet my last ounce of horse sense that the aloo tikki announcement was stage managed by someone at meritcrap — they were clearly passing the buck to google india for not announcng the results on time.

    • Harshad Joshi 12:36 pm on November 10, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Hey, this aint a Google bashing blog 🙂

      Its just a plain and simple place where I usually write useful things..

    • Harshad Joshi 12:38 pm on November 10, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Please do not believe in rumours and hoaxes. Google will definately announce the winners in a great style. And I am also hoping that they gift all participants with a more durable Google goody bag with lots of useful goodies in it.

      Muhahahaha 😀

    • Ranjani S 12:50 pm on November 10, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @ dilettante

      Its just that I thought I must find out from a more reliable source than a website that sounds more like a recipe making one.

      @ all

      I have only been sleuthing around, finding out about Merittrac from the number Harshad gave and then following up with Google India and then following up some more over the results and putting the info on these blogs.

      I have had more fun writing in these blogs than at the contest. I am thinking, I could start on a career in Investigative Journalism.

      Still, keep writing folks, and if not Google Bashing, like Harshad says, just plain writing for the sake of writing,like dilettante says.

    • ravi 1:17 pm on November 10, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      1. How would Merittrac know what the prizes are?
      2. Whats this google press release Sandyz talking about?
      3. If someone stage managed this, is pooky pooking to us?? how would they get his/her name.
      4. Ranjani confirms that someone told her the results dbe out on monday or tuesday 14th, but that doesn mean that these are not the winners.
      5. Has someone from Meritcrap (ya mayur, lets be adamant like you about their renaming for whatever reason) made a “deal”??
      6. Im sure Google is gonna beat that aloo out of this alootechi guyz.

    • sandy 6:32 pm on November 10, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @ravi, ranjani s, harshad, dilettante, mayur

      Folks, this is too much crap, and check this address for me, if I was gullible enough to take this: http://press-releases.techwhack.com/5378/google-announces-winners-of-wordmasters-2006.

      If the results are not yet out, then let me tell the pranksters my idea of wholesome fun. They should spread their sweet buttcheeks for me to administer the hot iron rod. I’m also thinking ball and chains, guys. And even if the results are out, this sure is a funny way for Google to go.

      All of us guys were serious about the affair, and this is humiliating.

    • Pooky 4:28 am on November 11, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Google has finally contacted me. They said :

      “Hi Terence,
      CONGRATULATIONS!!!
      We are immensely excited to let you know that your essay has been chosen among the top ten essays of the Google Wordmasters challenge 2006!
      The winners of the contest are:
      Rank Name
      I Vamsi Krishna Nakkina
      II Karunguzhi Nalini
      III Amrita Singh
      There is lot of excitement in store for you and we will come back with further details!
      Warm Regards
      The Google Team”

      For anyone who’s wondering, Terence is a an English name of Roman descent, and doesn’t mean anything: it’s a name. The first Terence was a Roman playwrite (somewhere around 0000 AD), and all other Terence’s are supposed to be his descendants.
      Tuhinanshu, on the other hand, is pure Sanskrit. Tuhin means ‘dew’, while anshu mean ‘moon’. Tuhinanshu is the moon as seen through the dew-mist, very blurred and deceptive, but detectable and beautiful nevertheless.

      And friends, I am sorry that I cannot share the essay with you. It’s not because of any non-disclosure condition that Google is forcing on me, it’s because I don’t remember exactly what I wrote. The beauty of all my work is it’s mortality. If I write something good, and remember it as one of my great achievements, then I won’t ever write anything better than that. I’m not prepared for that, not right now.

      And Harshad, I am a man, and my age is 19. I was probably the youngest participant at Indore, and might be the youngest winner.

    • Harshad Joshi 4:34 am on November 11, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Dont mind..its always great feeling when you win.

      Enjoy your success. Thats the least I can say.

    • Ranjani S 6:30 am on November 11, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Okkeeeeeeeeee
      so its Pooky
      who is among the top ten !!!
      and the rest now be content
      with the Google bag and pen.

      and while Terence has ‘lot of excitement in store’
      We expect he shall of course let us know more,

      For he is from the ten who have passed the test…

      and not Sandy nor Punny,
      although this has been funny,
      not Ravi nor Ranjani,
      not Dilettante nor Harshad Joshi,
      are among the writers best,
      and just fall among the rest.

      but let us all go on further
      no tension and no stress
      and just keep writing
      to Harshad on his blog WordPress !!!

    • ravi 2:42 pm on November 11, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @ Ranjani

      nice one dear…

    • punny 8:31 am on November 13, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @ranjani,
      flattered that my name came in handy in your little rhyme. wish it had featured in the google winners list as well…. sigh, some people have all the rotten luck

    • Indian Webmasters 12:37 pm on November 27, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Gotta agree with Harshad 🙂

    • Pooky 6:04 am on December 11, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Dear Everyone,
      It seems to have grown quiet here since I’ve left. Well, I’d like to inform you all that the Awards Ceremony was on 8th Dec at Hyderabad, and I couldn’t attend because I was busy with my examinations. So, except for my name popping up on a bunch of second-rate news sites for about a week, I’m really not all that different from you people.
      Well, better luck next time I suppose!

      Terence

    • Harshad Joshi 6:35 am on December 11, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Yeah..all was quite and many had forgotten of this incident. But still, even that prize distribution thing didnt receive any focus from the techno news sites…

      Now I dont think that anyone will bothered about Google the next time…

  • Harshad Joshi 7:40 pm on June 19, 2006 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Mona Lisa   

    Gags and Laughs 

    Hilarious...Funny.

    Just keep on looking in the eyes of beautiful Mona Lisa.

    You will be happy to know…. 😉

     
    • nikhil ronald 4:53 am on October 5, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      i am happy

      i want this animetions……………..

  • Harshad Joshi 2:16 pm on February 16, 2006 Permalink | Reply
    Tags:   

    Dance and Joy 

    Laurel and Hardy making merry

     
  • Harshad Joshi 5:54 pm on February 3, 2006 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Hal Roach,   

    Laurel and Hardy 

    The funniest, cleverest one-liner you could ever think up will never be as funny as a bucket landing on someone's head. Harshad JoshiLaurel & Hardy are one of the greatest comedy duos in cinema history. Even looking at them is enough to make you smile. Oliver Hardy was a larger than life American with a comically small moustache. Stan Laurel was the child-like beanpole of an Englishman perpetually bemused by life. Together, their relationship and the comic situations that they found themselves in, were the subject of countless films. Between 1927 and 1952, they made the world laugh and jumped successfully from the silent era into the ‘talkies’.

    Stan Laurel
    Born in 1890 to a theatrical father, Arthur Stanley Jefferson grew up in Ulverston in Lancashire. After leaving school he did odd jobs around the theatres and music halls until he landed a part in a play and his talent became immediately obvious. He spent many years as an understudy to Charlie Chaplin and they arrived together in America with a touring production of a show that eventually became known as A Night in An English Music Hall. Unlike his future partner or Chaplin, Stan rarely made ventures into film and spent most of his time performing in vaudeville theatres.

    In 1924, he joined the Hal Roach film company as a scriptwriter and two years later stepped in after one of the stars of Get ‘Em Young was injured. That star was Oliver Hardy. On the strength of his performance, Stan was encouraged to create a part for himself in the upcoming feature Slipping Wives. It was immediately obvious to everyone on the film set that the time Laurel and Hardy were on stage together was pure comedic gold. They were paired together so frequently that they became comedy partners.

    Stan was married four times and had one daughter Lois Jr, born in 1927. The 1930s saw him perpetually unhappy at home and found reasons not to be there. Already a workaholic, he threw himself further into the workings of the studio or indulged in his favourite pastime of salmon fishing. He also bred ducks.

    Oliver Hardy
    Born in 1892, Ollie started life as Norvell Hardy and did not start calling himself Oliver until his father died. He was brought up in Harlem, Georgia and went on to study law at Georgia State University. A gifted singer from an early age, he also studied at the Atlanta Conservatory. Fascinated by the medium of films he moved to Florida where he worked as a jobbing actor1 with various film companies including Gaumont and Pathé. In 1917 he appeared in a film called The Lucky Dog alongside Stan Laurel. They went their separate ways until Ollie joined the Hal Roach company and, after 11 features together, became an official double act.

    Oliver Hardy’s personal life was difficult to say the least. He was married three times and the first two times, to Madelyn Saloshin and Mytre Reeves, ended in divorce. The latter marriage was particularly unhappy as Reeves suffered from addictions and depression, which Oliver found difficult to deal with. His last marriage, however, was a true love match. He met Lucille Jones on the set of The Flying Deuces and married her in 1940. The marriage lasted until he died of a stroke in 1957.

    (This info is taken from http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/h2g2/A733763 – Harshad Joshi)

     
    • amanda 8:13 pm on January 15, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      very nice

    • V.E.G. 5:08 pm on March 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I hope Oliver Hardy is the member of the Sons of the Confederacy and the Sons of the American Revolution.

      The reason, Oliver Hardy’s father is a Confederate Soldier and a direct descendant of the American Revolution.

  • Harshad Joshi 4:02 pm on January 19, 2006 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Goofy, Walt Disney   

    Goofed up!!! 

    Gotten goofed up!

     
  • Harshad Joshi 6:14 pm on January 18, 2006 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Bluto, Olive Oyl, Popeye   

    The first attempt of blogging at wordpress. 

    popeye

    Hello world. This is my first blog on wordpress.I will keep it brief, but hey, I tell you, this blog is goin’ to rock.

     
    • Shreyas 7:40 pm on January 21, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Just by a windfall that I bumped into ur profile thru the answer about the grave of Lord Jesus. Interesting views that you have, am glad to know that ur aware of His grave in Kashmir. Am sure you must’ve googled it, but sending the link anyways
      http://www.sol.com.au/kor/7_01.htm

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