Madras Music Season

Finally 45 days of awesomeness in Chennai. The real beauty of living in Madras ( Chennai ) is here to be enjoyed! Its winter (albeit some small rain hung over) and its time to listen to great carnatic music, great food, party over New Years and top it with some sports action of the Chennai Tennis Open.

A quick short guide on the MMS i.e. Margazhi Music Season

Locations of sabhas (halls)


Schedule for Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan – best according to me :-) { AC and food just across the road}

Best part is till Dec 14th all the Halls have free music. All you have to do is show up!

connecting ideas …

a mail from jono triggered me to post these links. I think there is a big gap to get a community based on design and making it work – good scope for a startup. Anybody enthu? I am in for sure:

PG Radio Concept Document

New Project I have taken up after moving to @ Bombay. Do drop in your thoughts!! BTW you can always see the latest document over here in terms of where we stand in the project …

Explore Internet radio as an alternative medium to connect to PG Users and disseminate information. Have Fun in the Process and get the Community Involved.

Log Book

  • Met Shreyas from Radioverve and proposed if they could setup technology backend for internet radio.
  • Deepu starts a thread proposing PG Radio.
  • Talk with Shreyas – Learn Legal Cheap Content needs effort. Need to plan out things.
  • Vinu asks for Volunteers and ideas for 6hrs content.
  • A core team is put together Google Group is created for communication.
  • Meebo chat room for anytime chat.

Core Team:
PaGaLGuY Members

7 Steps Process to Nirvana ;-)

  1. Find someone to host the radio and solve the problem in terms of technology
  2. Get a team of Volunteers from the pagalguy site
  3. Get Content
    1. Make Content
    2. Get Copyright free Content
  4. Gather Viewers
  5. Make the system work on auto pilot with help of community
    1. Have a Blog and Document the effort
  6. Get Advertisers
  7. Share Monies
    1. Technology Provider
    2. Community Volunteers
    3. Content Provider
  8. Do Technology on own if it makes sense in terms of expertise and Bandwidth
  9. Hire someone do take it to the next level

link burrp!

Facebook + iPhone = UltraCool
Airtel ties up with Affle for improved SMS-Telecom-News By Industry-News-The Economic Times
FrontlineSMS: The complete entry-level SMS text messaging system for NGOs and charities
SMS your ECG to ER
m-learning – 2 years28082007 Alexander Hayes » SlideShare
“If it doesn’t work on a billion phones, don’t bother” » SlideShare

Starting up … Luck and the entrepreneur, part 1: The four kinds of luck
Innovation Forum
Talking with the Receptionist, Pausing When You Speak (Leadership Success) – Knowledge@Wharton
The Flip Side of Entrepreneurship by Glenn Kelman – How to Bounce Back From a PR Blunder
The Official Palm Blog: A Message to Palm Customers, Partners and Developers
On a day of market turmoil;words of wisdom from Warren Buffett
Management Methods | Management Models | Management Theories
Startup Weekend
Media – Photo and Film
Announcing PFCOne : The Online Film Festival for One Minute Movies : PassionForCinema
FlashFlavor » Blog Archive » i’ve got a hotstick
gemma & justin barkhuff » about us
Whazzup Mumbai !!! (Bombay): Film Clubs in Mumbai
Benji’s Studio Lighting and Posing Tutorial
The Morning News – Still Life

General Fun
Learning by living: dare to buy
AlterNet: Are Men Threatened by Funny Women?

RhymeZone rhyming dictionary and thesaurus
Nano City
AdMob – AdMonitor
NAMI | “A Day in the Life” Contest

Social Networking and Communities

Unit Structures: New Essay: The Vibrancy of Online Social Space
White Label Social Networking Solutions Chart, Part II
My Social Media Toolkit : []
How to Save the World
Brad’s Thoughts on the Social Graph
PR 2.0 – Silicon Valley
Main Page – Facebook Developers Wiki

Personal Productivity

Get Off Your Butt: 16 Ways to Get Motivated When You’re in a Slump | zen habits
Peaceful Simplicity: How to Live a Life of Contentment | zen habits
Web Worker Daily » Your Information Manifesto: 21 Tips to Deal with Info Overload
100 Mile Diet: Local Eating for Global Change » Getting Started guide

july link overload!

Another buzy month buzzed away, so many things to blog but I decided to try and focus on work more … was decently productive ;-) BTW I am looking for a partner for this project on – 3191 – Lemme is someone is interested!
Good wordpressBlogs

Some nice readings …

mobile programs for Nokia E50

Well, my mind was torn between buying a Nokia E65, HTC Touch and waiting for the iPhone (Wi-Fi Phones). As each needed around 50% of my monthly (yeah I am taking home less than my student salary I was earning 3 yrs back … talk about personal progression!), I decided to ditch them and revert back from to my Nokia E50. I had given the Nokia E50 to my Dad for him to experience the new mobile life. His Employer (SBI) has given him a Nokia N70 and he is happy :-)

Having lived 5 solid months on a low end mobile with no internet – I felt different. My whole experience shifting to Bangalore has been different. Spent a few months with no net, no TV, no FM and no Newspaper at home. With Mobile being the sole companion … a revealing experience more on that later. But I searched on the net to equip my mobile with some programs and here are some links I found useful! Some of them did not install on my mobile as I have not upgraded the software on my phone I think. Here are some themes, games and utilities!!!

June Link Mania

One week in North India – some observations at Humorous Blog
Lovely image on – apple_evolution.jpg (JPEG Image, 3435×2280 pixels)
A cool wiki (I am yet to become part) – Shareideas {News:Mass Text Messaging Made Easy}
Nokia brand & design priorities » SlideShare – a colorful insight!
Collaboration Loop – Social Networks vs. Online Communities
Networked Governance – Working Paper Series
PR 2.0 – Silicon Valley
How to Save the World – Got to Read this again!
Bangalore Metro:: Route Map:: Mono Rail – The Futute of the Indian SV?
The Ultimate RSS Toolbox – 120+ RSS Resources – a great reserve
Essential HTML, CSS, Javascript, PHP, and miscellaneous cheatsheets – nice collection!
The Difference Between Marketing, PR, Advertising, and Branding
Wee planets – a photoset on Flickr
Presentation Zen: Gates, Jobs, & the Zen aesthetic
Dare Obasanjo – Amazon EC2 + S3 Doesn’t Cut it for Real Applications
Determine how much a Facebook app is worth « Lightspeed Venture Partners Blog
» Facebook for the Enterprise = Facebook | Between the Lines | @IAMAI-Web2.0: Is Big Media Under Threat From Individual Content Creators
Start Up or Die Trying
What Else Is New?: Books: The New Yorker – a great article!

May 2nd half links

Some new websites to poke around:

And then some interesting posts:

On MSFT’s realignment =>Jeff Raikes is now operating an organization that stacks up against IBM (and Red Hat, Sun and Apache). Robbie Bach’s group was already squared off against Apple and Sony.Now, Kevin Johnson’s group is tailored for the fight with Google — over search, advertising, consumer online services and control of the personal computing experience. It also has room for Yahoo!

May 2nd week links

link purge

3rd week April 07

blogosphere round up

I checked up on some my feeds related to mobility – thought will point all of you to intereting ones :-)

  • Politics – manipulate on the move ;-) => Pat Mobile : SMS based as of now {I recently read a ebook on using mobile for political campaigns – will talk about it soon!} We are soon see things like these for India too!
  • Watch Lakme fashion Week – live web streaming :D
  • Hinkmond – J2ME evangelist – talks about a new mobile LG phone with alpha numeric keys FAST TAP. And guess what – I think its cool! but $450  :-(


  • Smart Mobs – mentions Henry jenkins thoughts on Participartory culture and Media literacy. Highlights – core set of social skills & cultural competencies, youth should have to be full, active, creative and ethical participants in the new culture are:
    • Play – able to experiment / problem solve
    • Performance – adapt alternatives to improvise, discover
    • Simulate – intepret & construct dynamic models of real world
    • Appropriation – meanifully sample and remix media
    • Mutlitasking – scan environment & shift focus as needed to salient details
    • Distributed Cognition – interact meaningfully with tools to expand mental capacities
    • Collective Intelligence – pool knowledge and compare notes towards a common goal
    • Jugement – evaluate reliability and credibility of different resources
    • Trasmedia Navigation – follow stories & info across multiple modalities
    • Networking – ability to search for, synthesize & disseminate info
    • Negotiation – travel across diverse communities, discrening n respecting multiple perspectives & grasping n follow alternative norms
    • Seems to be the 7th part of a series of blog posts! I think it could be called a media education in the connected world in its truest sense. and more

Lately I have been using this site a lot! I mean real lot :-) It seems to be my source of the status of the web now. The guys have a great job putting things together – visual as well as content wise. Nice combination of website sources + media (pics + videos) sources. They also have a mobile website at

See the site through the MyToday’s mobile websurf {makes the site/suceeding links xhtml and strips images} and its blissful! So, here is through MyToday websurf and of course using GWT (google’s phonifier version).

Other links: {I am cleaning my bookmarks toolbar :-)}

Thats it for the day – have great week.

links for the day

Well, I just happened to dive into the blogosphere yesterday for around 2 hours and came up with these cool articles. Bookmarking / sharing!

  • Finding great podcasts
  • Me-centric Information structures
    • very useful I think when it comes to mobiles – its just about me!
    • also a lovely book mentioned ‘Leonardo’s laptop’
  • Geek to Live: control you workday
    • Get one things done before you check your email (i would also add blogs!)
    • choose you Most Important Tasks
    • get priorities straight
    • post work appointments
    • wrap-up alerts
  • Technique for proucing ideas {I feel mobile wiki and camera will really aid here!}
    • 1: Gather new material – specific and general
    • 2: The mental digestive process
    • 3: Drop it
    • 4: Poof idea comes
    • 5: Work it
    • I do this usually – just have the problem in step 5!!
  • 10 ways to motivate geeks :-) {I think it applies to everybody mostly!}
  • 16 rules I live by! {ones I also believe – }
    • get out of your comfort zone
    • never give up
    • you are closer than you think when you are ready to quit
    • worried: make it a point to quantify what the worst thing could be
    • Take things a day at a time
    • never let anyone push you around
    • don’t take yourself seriously
    • there’s always a reason to smile – find it!!
  • Visual IDs and icons {pretty cool i think}
  • Concepts on a waiting list! {really cool design amazing ones!

cutting down reading …

I am enforcing some discipline in myself – as my health needs it. I cannot afford to have behaviour that encourages short attention and I am anyway slightly bored with the happenings of the blogosphere.

Off late – I have bee noticing I am writing more and reading less. As of today my number of feed I read have been cut down to 40. I have made a resolution to keep the number below 42 ;-) – the answer to Life, Universe and Everything :D

Will give a list soon – but the broad categories are: Mobility, Cool, Monitor, News, Other, People, Private and Tech.

Leaving you with links for the day:

I just love this graphic from kathy’s site:


wiki sisters !!!

I don’t think everybody knows about ALL the wikipedia projects!

I am listing them here – if anybody knows of anything more do add in the comments (dank ye …)

  1. Wikipedia – Encylcopedia
  2. Commons – Shared Media stuff
  3. Wiktionary – Dictionary and Thesauras
  4. Wikibooks – Text books
  5. Wikisource – The Free Library
  6. Wikiquote – Quotations
  7. Wikispecies – Directory of Life
  8. Wikinews – News
  9. Meta-Wiki – Wiki projects Dashboard

Now, imagine accessing this on the mobile. All of it! wouldn’t this me so cool?