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Saturday, September 24, 2005
Everypoet's Poetic Table of the Elements invites you to come read poetry sorted by the the Periodic Table. And you are invited to submit your own.
Friday, September 23, 2005
To post this, we'll have to admit that we read the whole thing. Sigh. Ah well. From an Indiatimes piece on the current-earthshaking developments in Indian cricket.
The Ganguly-Greg saga seems to be taking new twits and turns with every passing day amid growing speculation about a rift in the Indian team.
Thursday, September 22, 2005
Have you been noticing the kind of comments that go: "Hi, I really liked this. I have a site on [something related to your post, with a link]. Do visit my blog when you have the time."
That's comment spam enabled by programs that search for relevant content and then slip in a comment. Thought we'd share an email with you, one that came in to one of my friends on the KatrinaHelp.
Hey Guys,Yeah, we know. We deliberately didn't make the URL clickable.
Experienced blackhat SEO sploggers are setting the software to post comments on blogs which are popular and spidered regularly with strong rich content.Heh heh. We wondered why our humble blog was being picked on. SEA-EAT we can understand. But us? Now we know. We have strong rich content, y'hear? Heh.
As disaster sites are in the news again, some people are using this software to post comments to posts on these blogs purely for the purposes of marketing their products, sometimes often illegal warez, gambling, porn sites, but mostly opportunistic marketers trying to take advantage of the link to a popular blog (which the software pings automatically after the comment is posted) to get the backlink spidered.You can do this in blogger under settings > comments. Blogger calls it "comment verification." Turn it on.
See the range of examples on comments to the post on Tsunami Blog Re Blogging for Disaster Relief.(also previous post and maybe more)Well, leeches, suck no more on this disastrous blog. We have comment verification turned on. Apologies to our regular commenters. Plis to adjust.
Tuesday, September 20, 2005
The line starts here.
Sunday, September 18, 2005
Just filing this away for our own reference. A little online trove of Ogden Nash poems.
Saturday, September 17, 2005
...here's how to find me.
If you're interested, that's via an interesting newish site called MapmyIndia, which, for a limited period, lets you create a free e-locator (that's what is linked to in the previous paragraph). There's a more detailed note in my column, for which you'll have to wait till Sunday.
Tuesday, September 13, 2005
Reproduced from my column
And here's a bit from a mail from Anouradha Bakshi, the founder of ProjectWhy.
Project Why is in the s**** house as we really have no funds beyond this month.Now, we normally pour scorn on chain letters too, and have physically removed a pyramid marketer from the premises once upon a when.
But we do believe in invisible forces.
That is, the blogosphere.
So, those of you who honour this blog (or the atom or rss feed) with your time, you've rallied around for less. Would you care to pass this worthy meme on?
(For the lit-inclined and those of the writerly persuasion, you could also point to this wonderful idea from Jikku of Funny, Filthy, Flawed, Gorgeous, which we mentioned a few days ago.)
Siddharth Varadarajan writing in The Hindu
Virtually four years to the day terrorists levelled the World Trade Center, a federal court in the United States has delivered another shocking body blow to the edifice of civil society in that country. In a unanimous verdict on Friday, the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld as legal one of the most controversial weapons the Bush administration has armed itself with in its "global war on terror": the power to incarcerate anybody — including U.S. citizens — indefinitely, without charge.
Saturday, September 10, 2005
This one's probably winging its way around the web by now, but nevertheless:
(: Via Objet Petit M on CSF, who got it from Demockery :)
Wednesday, September 07, 2005
Badmash has a take on the press coverage post-Katrina.
Sunday, September 04, 2005
BoingBoing quotes [via Making Light] John Scalzi's Being Poor. And for the first time, I find myself genuinely upset with how little people in the USA know about how the rest of the world lives. Fercrying out loud, that piece is about luxury that some people in this part of the world can never aspire to.
Here, with no apologies to Mr Scalzi, is my version.
Being Really Poor
Being poor is not knowing how much everything costs. You can't afford it anyway.
Being poor is your kids watching TV maybe once a year, when the local political party or something like that hires one so they can watch movies during Ganesh Chaturthi .
Being poor is thinking that a car is an unattainable luxury. Unless it's an abandoned junkheap you can sleep in.
Being poor is hoping the tooth falls out.
Being poor is your kid goes to play on the street. When s/he's not working, that is.
Being poor is not understanding the concepts "restroom," "school," and "lunch."
Being poor is living next to - or over - a gutter. And getting evicted from there.
Being poor is hoping someone throws an empty box of something away so you can use it to plug the hole in the thatched roof.
Being poor is not having any well-off siblings. Or aunts. Or uncles. Or any relatives at all. Well maybe the local dada or pusher.
Being poor is no toys.
Being poor is where a one room house is what you aspire to. Never mind the heater. It's hot enough already.
Being poor is not knowing anyone who has the equivalent of $5 to leave around.
Being poor is hoping your kids get to grow up to be adults.
What's underwear? What's Goodwill?
Oh there's plenty of room on the streets.
Being poor is wishing you had a playground to run around in. And never having known shoes.
Being poor is no school.
Being poor is thinking $8 an hour must be what the local ganglord earns.
Being poor is not having anyone to rely on.
Being poor is wishing you could find work. And if it's in a place that has fluorescent lights, you'll wonder where they're stealing the electricity from.
Being poor is where any letter you find is a scrap of paper with squiggles on it that you can add to the raddi sack you're carryying on your back, and hoping that the scrap dealer doesn't cheat you.
Being poor is a bath in water from other people's toilets.
Being poor is taking everything from the trash heap.
Being poor is fighting the cockroaches for food.
Being poor is nt knowing what the fuck a "GED" is.
Being poor is people angry at you for looking so poor. Anywhere. And if you tried to get in a mall, you'll get beaten up by security.
Being poor is taking any job. And your kids take any job too.
Being poor is the police treating you like shit all the time.
Being poor is not grokking romance. Sex, maybe.
Being poor is hoping you can find dinner in a rubbish heap.
Being poor is a sidewalk full of excrement.
Being poor is people not wanting to know anything about you.
Being poor is needing 35-cents. Please.
Being poor is your kid's teacher (if there's a school, if your kid has enough time off from work to go to it) doesn't have any books.
Being poor wondering what a "utility" is.
Being poor is being happy when someone drops a mac and cheese on the floor. Dinner!
Being poor is wishing you could get a job. Wishing you had the strength to work hard.
Being poor is people surprised to discover you're human.
Being poor is not being surprised people are suprised to discover you're human.
Being poor is a sick child asleep on your lap. And hoping she'll live.
Being poor is never buying anything.
Being poor is thinking ramen is what rich people eat.
Being poor is having to live with choices you didn't make. And there being a pretty good chance you will never be 14 years old.
Being poor is wishing there was someone you could be grateful to.
Being poor is knowing you're being condemned.
Box of crayons. Hm. Can be sold. Colouring book. Hm. Add to raddi sack.
Being poor is counting your income in coins.
Being poor is fighting for shelter.
Being poor is knowing you can't afford the local equivalent of a Lotto ticket.
Being poor is never having seen a cash register.
Being poor is feeling helpless when your child hasn't a hope in hell. And you can't do fuck about it.
Being poor is a cough that doesn't go away. [Hey, he got that one right!]
Being poor is being elated at finding a discarded couch that's only damaged, and marginally filthy. Furniture!
Being poor is never having seen a paycheque.
Being poor is not having a night class anywhere. Except, perhaps, if the pusher is teaching you how to sell cut drugs.
Being poor is sleeping on the road.
Being poor is knowing where the shelter is. And you're too tired to walk there.
Being poor is envying people who have never been really poor but think they are.
Being poor is knowing you can't stop being poor.
Being poor is seeing no options.
Being poor is staggering around, left behind.
Being poor is where the only way you leave is when you die.
Update - 5th September, 18.48
John Scalzi dropped by to leave a clarifying comment. We believe in equal air time, so here it is, reproduced from the comments section.
John Scalzi said...Point taken, Mr Scalzi. Thank you fortaking the trouble to explain. And yes, I'm with you on the need to get the message across to the people who wondered why New Orleans's poorer residents didn't leave. Your post didn't offer that context, and it was my first visit to your blog, so I'm sorry that I didn't get that.
Must still say, however, that I stand by everything else I said.
Oh yes, here's Nick Mamatas's post, which Mr Scalzi kindly pointed to. And Least Loved Bedtime Stories v. 2.0 has another version of the list up too.
...is celebrating a year in blogville. Here's to many more Jai!
We think we need a neologism for that kinda event. "Bloggiversary" sounds way too corny, even to me, and I push "CollaBlogs" down people's throats without a blush. Suggestions?
Snopes has a page up on the now-infamous looting v/s finding pictures that have got people riled all over the planet.
Snopes quotes a Salon article[*]
[photographer Dave] Martin says he witnessed the people in his images looting a grocery store. "He saw the person go into the shop and take the goods," Stokes said, "and that's why he wrote 'looting' in the caption."and also quotes Chris Graythen, who took the "finding" picture.
[Note: Yahoo has removed the "finding" picture at AFP's request. But there are enough of them floating around, so we won't bother to reproduce them here.]
We just went through the sportshooter site linked to above, and here'e the rest of Graythen's message to that board
->> Jeasus, I don't belive how much crap I'm getting from this. First of all, I hope you excuse me, but I'm completely at the end of my rope. You have no Idea how stressful this whole disaster is, espically since I have not seen my wife in 5 days, and my parents and grand parents HAVE LOST THIER HOMES. As of right now, we have almost NOTHING.
Friday, September 2nd, 2005Go read the rest of Michael Moore's letter to his C-in-C
Saturday, September 03, 2005
It may be because the site has just moved servers, a step the team had to take because of the huge amount of traffic. It takes a while for the domain name to propagate.
Meanwhile, use this URL please: http://18.104.22.168/.
If you'd like to help with the Katrina Help blog, get in touch with any of the current team you happen to know: Constantin, Bala, Megha, Dina, Neha, Maitri, Strav, VictoriaB, Harini. Or you could mail me. Anybody on the ground in the affected areas would, of course, be invaluable.
Ammani of Filthy, funny, flawed, gorgeous would like to interest you in a flash fiction contest she has dreamed up.
It's really quite simple. You mail me a short story of maximum 200 words, send your entry fee of just Rs.100 (or its equivalent) to Projectwhy and you could win £10 gift voucher from Amazon! If you're in the UK, you could win a £10 voucher from M&S.Ammani, by the way, is a prolific flash fiction writer herself. She's up to number 63, from her archives.
And Project Why is a Delhi NGO that works with children. Its founder, Anuradha Bakshi, blogs at http://projectwhy.blogspot.com/.
[Link via Chandrachoodan Gopalakrishnan's Selective Amnesia]
Friday, September 02, 2005
Some links from the Katrina Help Wiki, to help ease the strain on the front page. Please feel free to copy to your blog or website.
(Did I remember to mention that there's also a blog? See http://katrinahelp.blogspot.com/. Or subscribe to the Feedburner or Atom feeds.
KatrinaHelp Wiki Mirror site
Post a request on the blog
Make a suggestion to the KatrinaHelp team
Inside KatrinaHelp Wiki
Recovery Relocation Advice
Health and Safety Info
Missing and Found
List of Blogs
Wikipedia's Katrina page
Wikimedia Commons Katrina page
Katrina Help 1
Katrina Help 2
Katrina Help 3
Truth Laid Bear
The KatrinaHelp group has also set up a blog: http://katrinahelp.blogspot.com/, which has stepped into the breach when the wiki crashed because of the huge amount of traffic (over a million visitors in a few hours). Hopefully, Google (who helped enormously during the tsunamihelp days by linking to us and providing unlimited bandwidth) will ensure that the blog doesn't crash too.
The wiki is also mirrored at http://katrinahelp.info.nyud.net:8090/wiki/index.php/Main_Page, so go there if the main page doesn't load.
The group is also in need of some financial help to keep the wiki up and running. Go here for details, but in short, they need US$ 5000.
To save you scroll time, here's my earlier post on the subject.
And http://www.katrinahelp.info is the URL for a wiki started by some members of the SEA-EAT team.
The group has also put together a page that aggregates several blog feeds, and a set of links to individual blogs.
Please email Rob, Rudi, Constantin, Angelo, Bala, Nancy and the others at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer to help with the wiki and news aggregation.
They are also on Google Talk, so you could add email@example.com to your buddy list. And they are running a wiki conference room on yahoo; to join the discussions live, please send your yahoo id to firstname.lastname@example.org.
According to an Amazon user who signs himself bobfrancis, these are Top 10 Books Most often Filched from the Local Library
1. Steal This Book: Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Facsimile Edition, by Abbie Hoffman, et al
2. The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ (Official Edition) by Joseph Smith (Translator)
3. The Oxford English Dictionary, Second Edition (20 Volume Set), by J. A. Simpson (Editor), Edmund S. Weiner
4. Kleptomania: The Compulsion to Steal - What Can Be Done, by Marcus J., Md. Goldman
5. Children's Book of Virtues, by William J. Bennett, Michael Hague
6. The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger
7. Conspiranoia!: The Mother of All Conspiracy Theories, by Devon Jackson
8. Edward Weston : Forms of Passion, by Gilles Moraut
9. The Satanic Verses, by Salman Rushdie
10. The Art of Sensual Massage, by Gordon Inkeles, Robert Foothorap
Note: [*] = The site linked to requires registration.
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