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Orkut vs Facebook

Posted by Kunal on October 18, 2010

A story told by my gmail inbox. Orkut’s popularity peaked in 2006 when I just got onto Facebook. Since then, Orkut declined sharply and it has pretty much died since 2009. Also of interest are the spikes in activity in the month of March, which can be explained by my birthday falling in that month. I used a fantastic visualization extension called Graph Your Inbox for this post.

Orkut emails in my inbox over time

Facebook emails in my inbox over time

Combining the data on the same graph

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When I have the time

Posted by Kunal on February 20, 2009

Originally posted on a mailing list that I am a part of, this is a list of things that I would do when I have free time on my hand. However, as is my wont, free time or no free time, I will end up doing most of these thing through structured procrastination if at all. C’est la vie!

  1. Understand the world of money and all the jargon that comes with it.
  2. Learn a musical instrument (notwithstanding two failed attempts at being a rockstar).
  3. Buy a fancy road bike and take part in a century ride.
  4. Relearn mathematics.
  5. Learn a real dance.
  6. Get back to reading all the unread books on my shelf.
  7. Live without a laptop and internet for a month.
  8. Run a marathon.
  9. Go on a eurotrip (when I have the time AND the money).


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Any sufficiently advanced magic is indistinguishable from nonsense

Posted by Kunal on September 23, 2008

Heroes started its 3rd season this week and I have mixed feelings after watching it. I didn’t like the second season as much as the first season and the new one doesn’t look promising after the first show. I think the problem is that the plot is growing more and more convoluted. Heroes has one character who can freeze time and travel back and forth in time, as well as two other characters who are all-powerful (they absorb the powers of everyone else). As you can imagine, this is just a recipe for non-sequiters and inanities. Time travel is itself full of very interesting possibilities and in my opinion, the Back to the Future series deals with the cause-effect conundrums quite well. The writers for Heroes have just gone amuck with all the super powers.

Even Harry Potter, a series that I admire very much, had its share of problems as the series grew. I wrote about it briefly in the past.

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Maintaining your orkut sanity

Posted by Kunal on May 24, 2006

Go to settings and unselect the check boxes for 'Messages sent to friends' and 'Messages sent directly to me' options.
And this to all you spammers on orkut.

Thanks.No.

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Age = Age + 1

Posted by Kunal on March 7, 2006

LESTER (V.O.)

I guess I could be pretty pissed off about what happened to me… but it’s hard to stay mad, when there’s so much beauty in the world. Sometimes I feel like I’m seeing it all at once, and it’s too much, my heart fills up like a balloon that’s about to burst…

LESTER (V.O.)

…and then I remember to relax, and stop trying to hold on to it, and then it flows through me like rain and I can’t feel anything but gratitude for every single moment of my stupid little life…

(amused)

You have no idea what I’m talking about, I’m sure. But don’t worry…

FADE TO BLACK.

LESTER (V.O.) (cont’d)

You will someday.

From my favourite movie.

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Google fever

Posted by Kunal on December 11, 2005

Yes. I have been bitten by the Google Earth bug too. Its an amaaazing tool. Here are some photos (click on the thumbnails for a larger image):

1. My college.
VIT

Amidst all the slums of Upper Indiranagar lies VIT.

2. Tekdi

Tekdi

My favourite destination for evenings. I have traced the path from the base of the hill at Law College to the stone quarry. The ‘Measure’ tool in Google Earth tells me that the path is 1.9 km. Cool.

3. Pune Overview

Mutha

The Mutha is looking a damn sight neater than up close!


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Yet another change of address

Posted by Kunal on November 26, 2005

I have moved once again.

The new url is :

https://zaphod.wordpress.com

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Rock and Roll

Posted by Kunal on April 21, 2005

This post is in response to Arnie’s call for a poll on the greatest rock bands and songs:

I can’t single out a single band as the greatest ever. Anyway, I believe that all ‘greatest lists’ are a farce. So, here are a few of my favourite bands:

Led Zeppelin
Arguably my favourite band. The best thing about them was that they disbanded when they were on top (when John Bonhom died). This band must have the largest number of memorable riffs. Immigrant Song, Communication Breakdown, Stairway.. , Dazed and Confused, Kashmir, Bron-Yr-Aur, Black Dog, … the list goes on and on and on. The godly pair of Jimmy Page (whose brilliant leads sound like noise when you listen to them for the first time :)) and the inimitable Robert Plant (ever heard ANYONE sing like him?) make Led Zep one of my top 3 bands.

Metallica
If Metallica had stopped playing after they released Black Album, they probably would have been my favourite band of all time. After Black Album, Metallica went completely downhill. Firstly they cut their hair (heavy metal – short hair?? doesn’t make sense :) ), then they released two shitty albums Load and Reload. Then the MI-2 song I disappear and St. Anger (an album without guitar leads(!) and drums sounding like someone is beating sticks on some homemade skins can hardly be called a heavy metal album). Finally Metallica showed us their greed in the Napster vs. Metallica imbroglio.
Still, Metallica made some awesome music in the 80s. It was a time when they were not afraid to make ‘radio-unfriendly’ long songs with ultimate guitar leads, bass, vox. All of their albums before Load i.e. Kill ‘Em All, Ride the lightning, Master of Puppets, And Justice for all and Black Album are classics. These guys defined thrash music. Ah, those were the days. Die-hard ‘tallica fans (like me :)) still hope for one last great album from them.

Pink Floyd
While other rock bands sing about stupid things like love, hate and other ‘earthly’ stuff, this band is above all of them. Which other band talks about astronomy, animals, money and other such wordly things? Anyway, for most of the junta I know, Pink Floyd is equal to Another Brick in the wall. Obviously, unless you haven’t heard Dark Side.., Wish You Were Here and The Wall atleast a million times, you can’t call yourself a Pink Floyd fan :-). Apart from these albums, I love The Piper at the gates of dawn, Momentary Lapse of Reason and Division Bell. Funnily, I hated Piper at .. the first few times I heard that album. I just couldn’t digest those wierd pyschedelic sounds.
Another reason I like Pink Floyd is that everything about them is GRAND, from the exquisite sets to the 20 minute epics like Shine on you crazy diamond.

I have much more to say on this topic and I will (hopefully) post more on this in the ‘near’ future.

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Working?

Posted by Kunal on February 2, 2005

This is to test whether my new blogging software is working.
I am trying out the following softwares:
blogBuddy

Hohoblog

Newzcrawler
Any recommendations?

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PIFF

Posted by Kunal on January 14, 2005

One can’t expect much from a website if its name itself is 30 characters long. Pune International Film Festival website is one such example. Just one day before the festival starts, the list of films to be shown is not available on the website! The link to the list of films is broken. It shows ‘Permission denied’ even if one has registered on the website. Sad state of affairs :(

I hope the actual film festival is better than the website. This is the first time I will be able to watch the PIFF. Exams prevented me from watching last two editions of the festival. My crib with this edition of PIFF is that last year they had more Hollywood/popular films. There are no Hollywood biggies like Kill Bill this time around. I think they are concentrating on new films only.

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