silence economy

I have been thinking and feeling a lot about silence. You can find posts on this topic in my blog : silence : Infact I lived the last 2 years of my life trying to appreciate in better :-)

This quote by Lao Tzu is so profound! Silence is a source of great strength

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Meditating on silence

I mention about it in the following posts : Being Creative ; Creative Silence ; LoCuSt Theory . 2 years back i was so much into internet and mobile, I suddenly felt if I was too dependent on it. What if, I asked myself, I don’t have the connection? Will I be okay and happy? Am I too social? Can I be happy with myself and people around me? Or am I addicted to the internet to the extent that its a relationship I am dependent on? Hence over the last 700+ days I completely withdrew myself and now I am back to full form myself. Happy to say, I can go to an island and still remain happy with out electricity :-) The internet and mobile with facebook, twitter and google definitely keep me happy and entertained. But I shall be happy and thriving without it as well …

Coming back to the topic of the post, I see the whole world economy as a result of the human kind not be at ease with the silence. As I said in my earlier post, Locust Theory : The whole universe is built around Nothingness or impermanence. Actually a massive silence. The absolute truth is nothingness or silence!

The whole modern materialistic, capitalistic world seems to be making money from the inability of people to be at peace with the silence. The economy of the growth i.e. GDP is a measure of how much the country is working towards filing this silence! The only problem I see with this is its fundamentally unstable. Growth where the foundation of the economy is silence is more sustainable and democratic. Growth that is more thought out – a step though slower definitely towards a stronger, better and richer tomorrow. I think India’ growth trajectory is in the right direction with focus on sustainable development, long term development as the future i.e. as per needs and abilities. Of course, there is a balance of power, a big gap in the socio-economic structure. But the inclusive development will happen in sometime … if not now definitely by 2050! the internet and mobile will play a very critical role in this.

HAR PAL … KUCH ZAROORI ( www.mytoday.com Every Moment … something u need ) a new product we are re-launching and re-branding where I work. I guess this will add more fuel to the economy in general : ;-) and we take a cut! Hopefully in the more sustainable way.  Only time will tell but I am sure we are onto something really big here. Possibly the next google or facebook? I am sure this will be addictive. Atleast thats my job role to make it addictive – hope I live up to the expectations!

Coming to the more details of the silence economy, this is how the economy functions. In order to get away from the silence, a person, institution or group of people can do one of the following things:

  • create
  • consume
  • comment
  • curate
  • collaborate (co-create)
  • destroy
  • share

Depending where you are in the value making or consumption chain your either make or spend money! Thats the gyan session for today :-) too much philosophy. Next blog post on ‘life’ would be either on anger or how / why the future of money will be barter in the open, social and free world :-)

time to talk numbers!

I have been in the number mood this week. I guess primarily because of the operations jaunt I am having at office. As they say devil is in the details – I think once you break the barrier numbers are cool to swim at. So, today I decided to de-stress from excessive work by looking at my flickr numbers ;-)

Another reason I thought it would be good to blog and reflect at the numbers today is because Feb 27th i.e. today happens to be the last day for the gifted pro account by the Flickr Staffer on Nov 26th 2008 when he saw me telling not much bandwidth to upload snaps on the stream! Also, the before I hit another milestone – I have now uploaded my 12,000th snap on flickr. Its a self potrait taken when I was in a reflective mood at Panchgani couple of weekends back de-stressing!

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As it stands currently I have uploaded 12,151 photos and my profile i.e http://flickr.com/people/vinu/ has been viewed 1,184,075 times! Total view count of all snaps stands at an amazing 3.3 million+!!

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If you examine the breakup the facts are even more amazing – only some 1500 are public.  Rest are private. I pressed the privacy button a year back when my camera became defunct a year back as I was very upset. Then changed certain snaps into public. The fact comes out when you see than 11,000+ snaps have been viewed atleast once ;-) Out of everything – one fact I really value a lot – close to 2,000 snaps have been commented at!
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In terms of the top 10 of views – the 26/11 snaps are up there. Infact the first 70+ snaps are from this only! I am sure close the 2.5 million views are from the Mumbai terror attacks incident!
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In terms of referrers – 82% of all traffic is from flickr itself! the 80-20 rule playing itself! news.yahoo.com – from the mumbai terror attacks incident seems to have contributed 12%!!
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Anyway, wrapping it up – it would been nice (more statisfying) to have genuinely got sooo much views i.e. attention for have good quality visual snaps rather than because of news material. Somehow I feel more satisfied and thence happy from genuine appreciation, snaps that convey beauty & feeling. Pictures that are ‘Fluid Frames‘ rather than just news material. But hey, who would not want a supernova moment ;-) I was there and I did that! and the Indian Express has called me the real cool dude (newspaper cutting)! he he and I ain’t complaining ;-)

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have so much to blog ..

but just not in the flow. Even feeling lazy to twitter :-) I guess I should be into blogging soon the ‘go point’ is lurking in the horizon :D

Harshad Leaves Facebook

I got this from Harshad today on Facebook. Interesting :-)

Hey friends!

I’m just quickly emailing you from my facebook account before I delete it. I’m still available on orkut, just that I can’t stand facebook anymore.

I’m leaving facebook because
- I don’t use it much
- I don’t like the complicated user interface
- I don’t like giving applications access to my personal information just to view one message from a friend.
- My friends have emails, and its easier for me to contact them that way.
- Facebook doesn’t allow me to simply delete my account – I SUSPECT FOUL INTENTIONS. FACEBOOK IS NOT TRANSPARENT.
- Copyright grab issue… as a person creating content, I cannot stand this.
- Gut feeling – I never wanted to join, but friends forced me to… and now I’m realizing I was right… need to quit ASAP.

Hope you understand, kindly email me whenever you feel like talking.

Cheers!
Harshad.

Old Love

Old Love ...

I heard the song titled ‘Old Love’ by Eric Clapton – a simple and deep song. Clearly explains my state of mind now :-) Check out the video – live version, amazing solo guitar by Clapton in the middle of the song.

And the first photo that came to my mind was this photo I had taken at New York, June end 2005. I had finished my Masters at berk and was wondering what to do next. I didn’t know why I liked the shot but that was my frame of mind best described then and guess what I understand now :-)!!

The lyrics of the song – Old Love:

I can feel your body
When I’m lying in bed
There’s too much confusion
Going around through my head

And it makes me so angry
To know that the flame still burns
Why can’t I get over?
When will I ever learn?

Old love, leave me alone
Old love, go on home

I can see your face
But I know that it’s not real
It’s just an illusion
Caused by how I used to feel

And it makes me so angry
To know that the flame will always burn
I’ll never get over
I know now that I’ll never learn

Chorus

Finding Kiran

My friend Anil just mailed this in, please do mail / circulate this … I personally know Rabin and Arindham – lovely folks. Sorry to hear about this. Its saddening to see that people are assuming Kiran is dead without a proper search operation.

http://findkiran.blogspot.com/ … The rescue efforts seem
to be less than adequate. It’s amazing that this has escaped all news
channels. I have known Kiran personally during my stay at IIT Kharagpur and
feel sorry about the lack of proper response from park officials.This message is going out in the hope that it will help in someway in the search and rescue of a KGPite who has gone missing in Yosemite National Park (in Northern California).

Please contact: if you think you can help in anyway.

Arindam Chakrabarti: 510-717-7447, mailto: arindamchaks@gmail.com
Rabin Patra: 510-717-2999, rkpatra@cs.berkeley.edu

Here is what is known till today:

YSSKS Kiran has been missing in Yosemite since 12:00 noon on
Saturday May 19, 2007. His friends saw him get washed away in the water but lost sight of him moments after. Kiran could have gotten caught on the shore
immediately after.

As of 1:00pm on Monday May 21, 2007, Search and rescue officers say they are assuming he is already dead, and that his body is trapped in rocks under the water. We believe that this is just an assumption and not a confirmed truth. He may be lying injured and unconscious close to the river. We must make sure that all actions are being pursued to find him quickly.

Here is what is known till today: Kiran has been missing in Yosemite since 12:00 noon on Saturday May 19, 2007. His friends saw him get washed away in the water but lost sight of him moments after. Kiran could have gotten caught on the shore immediately after. As of 1:00pm on Monday May 21, 2007, Search and rescue officers say they are assuming he is already dead, and that his body is trapped in rocks under the water. We believe that this is just an assumption and not a confirmed truth. He may be lying injured and unconscious close to the river. We must make sure that all actions are being pursued to find him quickly.

Kiran’s parents are in India and have been notified of this accident. His father is making arrangements to come to the US immediately. Kiran got his B.Tech. (Hons.) in Computer Science and Engineering from IIT Kharagpur in India in 2001. He got his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Minnesota in 2006, and is working in NVidia in the San Francisco Bay Area. We want to find Kiran quickly and hopefully alive. We need your help with the following items as soon as possible:- Assistance in getting the media to highlight this horrible accident in Yosemite, and influence continued and full-fledged search and rescue efforts by the appropriate agencies. Reaching out to Congressmen and Senators to influence continued and full-fledged search and rescue efforts. (We are currently reaching out to the IIT, University of Minnesota, NVidia, San Francisco Bay Area, and other social networks.)

Vive La Revolution

Techcrunch points out Diggs’ surrender to crazy mobs – 09-f9-11-02-9d-74-e3-5b-d8-41-56-c5-63-56-88-c0! This should be a landmark day in the web 2.0 sense! Digg editors tried to bring the HD-DVD hack down by pointing out the Terms of Use but it didn’t work … Talk about Democratization of hacks!!

Until today, it seems, even Digg didn’t fully understand the power of its community to determine what is “news.” I think the community made their point crystal clear.

Vive La Revolution.

I cannot but stop thinking how the so called new media will react in future? Here is a snapshot od the digg popular when I blogged:
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