Wednesday, March 24, 2010

New features in Blogger

19 blesses 'n' curses

    I owe a lot to blogger for my return to blogging. I always preferred Blogger to other blogging platforms. It was so capitulating for me that I could connect to people I would never even think of connecting otherwise when I started blogging. But off late I was losing that passion. I didn't blog for a whole month. The last time I didn't blog for a month was never.

  On one fine day I visited by ‘Blogger Dashboard’ to take a look at what my fellow bloggers have published. I then clicked the layout section to add a ‘twitter widget’ because that was in which, I was very active. I saw something called “Template designer”. I clicked the link and I was totally awed by it. Customizing my blog template according to my whims and fancies was a dream and have a glossy look and a transparent template was one of them.

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  I started exploring each and every option it had. I started the editing from about 9 in the morning and ended up editing till 5 in the evening. My fingers were very itchy; I wanted to write something and something quick. I chose to write what I know about “Time travel” and I was happy with the way it came out.

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   After 6 pm I was waiting for comments about the post and the template. The first one i recieved was from my advisor, well wisher and well read Srini.


I was over the top after seeing his comment about the post and template. I then recieved a comment from Neha and Ajay. Neha didn't have any clue about the equation and Mr Ajay (Dubai sheikh) was in denial mode that time travel was possible.


I couldn't resist myself from jumping in joy after seeing Avada Kedavra’s comment about the post and her linking that post in her blog.


   I then wanted to see whether any other new features were introduced by blogger. When i clicked the Post section I found an option called “Create a Page” Goodness, gracious me, is this dream or what? My feet weren't on ground I was flying up in the skies. You can check my new about page here


These were the two features i was dreaming that blogger would have and i got them. Now that has ensured that I will be blogging often just venture them. I also confess that my blog which I visited once in a blue moon is being constantly visited by me to see that lovely glossy template of mine Winking. This has set the blog registers ringing.

One thing I really want blogger to do is to make its commenting system more elaborate. I want a reply button to reply to the readers rather than using ’@’.  I know there are 3rd party widgets out there but there is nothing like having a commenting which is developed by the respective blogging platform in default.

Now you guys would know why I owe my return to Blogger. Hope I didn't bore you guys

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Monday, March 22, 2010

Indiblogger Meet @ Chennai March 20th 2010

34 blesses 'n' curses

   A few weeks back I got email from Indiblogger saying that I was invited to a blogger meet in Chennai on 20th march 2010. I didn't hesitate a bit to get myself registered for it. I was very eager about it

  Around 2 pm on 20th march I boarded 12G from my place at Ashok Nagar to reach GRT Convention Centre . It was one of those rare occasions when I arrived on time. There was queue standing in front of me, like many i didn't know purpose of the queueI dont know, which was actually for verifying my presence in the meeting.

  I looked around the place for some familiar faces, sadly i found none. I managed to make friends with people sitting around me, which was a great surprise, because I suck at starting a conversation. The host of meet Renie Ravin kicked off the meeting with a video on Hitler kicking his personnel's ass to attend the Blogger meet.

   Then came “30 seconds of Fame” I was not knew to this concept because i used to watch “15 seconds of Fame” on cartoon network Big Grin. It was really nice hearing the bloggers talk about them and their blogs. It was my turn and there came the boring intro which was “I do computer namaskaram blah blah blah” I finished my intro in 15 seconds thanks to my fondness of “15 seconds of fame”.I then happened to bump into to the only person i know, my blogger friend Sandhya.

  As we were seated in our places we were given black sketch pen and a chart which could be hung round the neck. My fantasy was taking a new level I was visualizing people in front of the podium hanging their charts like criminals.


   Thankfully, my horror story didn't come true. The purpose of it was to comment on the people wearing them. I coerced my friends to write on mine and went around asking for urls and if they refused, i would make them watch The Evergreen superstar SAM ANDERSON in as David in “Yaarukku Yaaro Stepnee”.

  All the commotion was over, it was time for some serious talk. The topics were “Blogging about social evils in anonymity” and “Blogging as a way to market products” I Personally think blogging in anonymity is cowardice and i would never do that.  The guests were Zee Tamil Editor Mr Balabharathi, who confessed he did not know English and yet wasn't spared for speaking in Tamil, which non-Tamil speakers didn't understand. Another person working for Australian media spoke about his conflicts between blogging and reporting.  “Zee Tamil” who were known for telecasting “Yaarukku Yaaro Stepnee” for the first time in the history of Universal television with interviews from one and only Sam Anderson, televised this meet sponsored by Univercell.

Univercell, our sponsors for this meet, announced a competition among bloggers for the best review of certain mobile phones. The winner gets to blog for Univercell. I knew i had no chance. I was probably the only one who did have a choice to have mobile but refrained from exercising it. May be i will have to re-think.

The bell was hit, everyone were restless to eat and in no mood to listen anymore. There were Rasamalai, Paneer Cutlet, Chicken Sandwich and Ice cream. For me, there was that one item less in menu due to my vegetarianism. My Love for being off-beat and freakish seem to never leave me. The rasamalais and ice cream got mixed with the sauce, wonder my the ice cream was bitter. I then stood in line to receive the ubercool Indiblogger Tee which i will proudly sport very often.

My unintentional comedy didn’t end there. I boarded a bus and this is what happened next


ME: Sir, One Ashok Nagar please.

Conductor: Raised Eyebrow

Me: I said one “Ashok Nagar“ didn't you hear?

Conductor: Duffer cross the road and take the bus which heads the other way.Feeling beat up

Me: Big GrinBlushing Please open the door sir.

Conductor: Go! ask the driver

Me: please open the door i have to get down.Angel

Driver: Why didn't tell me earlier?Angry

Me:Worried sorry


The traffic made sure that I walked much faster than the bus. Hence i walked from there to my place which is really far by walk Whew. At least burnt the calories and saved my pocket money, if there was one.

I expected many bloggers to be dull because people are not actually the same when you meet in person. I was given a rude awakening that it was just a mere cliché. Almost all the bloggers were funny and witty.

I met a lot of new people and made lot of new friends. And I was really enjoying tweeting with them later that about my prospective stomach trouble, courtesy sauce mix up. I heartily thank the Indiblogger team for organizing this meet and i am  looking forward to many more meets and tweets. Applause

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Saturday, March 13, 2010

Is Time Travel possible?

18 blesses 'n' curses

    For Ages the term “Time Travel” has excited the Sci-fi film makers. All I want to say is that i am staying away from all that. What I am going to do is put down in writing, what I infer from time and the mystery of time travel

    Ok let us hang back and take a look at what is time travel all about. Time travel basically means travelling through time. For starters all of us are time travelers. I am travelling through time as i am writing this post and so are you while reading this. In a sense we all are time travelers

   What we actually mean by time travel is the act of us going back and forth in time with freewill like we move forwards, backwards, sidewards, upwards and downwards. The problem is we are 3 dimensional beings and Time forms the 4th dimension in our universe along with 3 space dimensions. Our movement is restricted to 3 dimensions hence our inability travel time back and forth.

  According to Einstein if an object can travel at the speed of light it can surpass time. But there is one glitch the object should be in an inertial state or to put it in simple words it should be moving at a constant speed without acceleration.
The time dilation equation would explain this better. Time dilation is the difference experienced by an object travelling close to the speed of light. We too experience time dilation because the Earth is always revolving around the sun. Time is a relative it changes accordingly. Now let us look at this equation.

T'= T [√1-(v²/c²)]

T' is time experienced by the travelling object
T is time object on earth
v is velocity of the travelling object
c is speed of light or speed light at vacuum which is constant

When the velocity of the travelling object reaches the speed of light, if you solve the equation you would get T’ as 0.
So what does that mean? It simply means it has surpassed the time barrier. But that is impossible because anything that has mass can never reach the speed of light. Light has effective mass that is why it is affected by gravity. But we talking in respect to rest mass. Rest mass is mass of body when it is at rest. Light cant be brought to rest hence its rest mass is 0. Light is made of photons which doesn't have the concept of time and hence light doesn’t. So there is the reason why you cant travel at the speed of light because you or any object has rest mass, light doesn’t and hence time travel may not be possible.

However If we do manage to achieve that; which is higly unlikely; we may not be able to travel to the past. We all know the time travel to future is possible because we are doing that now. What is present, is turning into past and future is becoming present. But we can never go back to the past not even using the so called ‘Time Machine’.

Why cant we travel to the past?

The answer is simple it creates paradoxes. Paradoxes are nothing but errors. One of the famous ones is “Grandfather Paradox”.  For example If I invent a so called time machine, go back to the past and kill my grandfather, I wont exist. If I kill my Granps, my Pops wouldn't exist and so I wouldn't too. But how come I travel time and kill granps if i did not exist because my grandfather was killed in the first place. Now do you get what error i am talking about?

This can be possible if only parallel universes exist. Existence of these universes is very debatable. String theory or the M theory claims they exist but it is still under construction and has to be worked upon. You can know more about the String Theory by watching these three videos Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3. It is explained in a simple manner by NOVA.

They may be right; they may be wrong only time will tell, perhaps it wont.

Tell me what you thought about this write up. Leave your comments Happy

And for more about this, you can read the view of Stephen Hawking here in Swathi Pradeep’s Blog

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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Looking back @ 365 days- 52 weeks- 12 months- 1 year that went by

17 blesses 'n' curses


IMG_0412 It’s been a while since i wrote something in here or let me put it this way; it’s been a while since my think tank cooked up anything. Without noticing, a year has passed since i started blogging. I have come a full circle from zero back to zero. The place looks deserted as it was a year ago and i am once again thinking of reinventing myself - Venky 3.0

It was a certain February I started off writing about cricket. I found no takers for it. What is the use if you write something people dont want? People might argue that one should write for his own pleasure. Then buddy blogging is not is not your platform you write the same in private place why the hell do you choose blogging and ponder no one visits. I found this out quite early which actually helped me.

I switched to genre which i always had in me, subtly taking pot shots - Venky 2.0. I brought out the cheeky guy hidden inside me. I started my new journey with IPL’s dubious DLF maximums and strategy breaks. Then i never turned back. I slowly started building up readership. Truth be told i first sailed blogs for gaining one ship thats readership. I have this luck, whatever i do ends ending very good; call it “Naradhar Kalagam” or whatever; I sailed towards friendships.

As months passed by, my areas of writing improved from taking pot shots to fiction writing and a bunch of vote less Blog-a-Tons. If i can look back and see my year of blogging; 51 posts, 32 followers, close to 1000 comments, 1 interview, page rank 2, 1 blogadda pick (which i didn't nominate); not bad.

Well, I didn't earn enough from this to buy 2 kachoris, 2 mirchi Bajji and a jalebi which costs 25 bucks but a few friends and experience i earned through blogging simply priceless.

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