Sunday, July 10, 2011

So, what are the names of your circles?

So I've had google plus for about a week now, and am loving most things about it - from its unidirectional relationship model (which in my opinion models real human relationships very well, as we had in our papers on the yarta mobile social middleware), to its very useful mobile app. Looking forward to the upcoming features.

However, with the coming of circles comes the question: what do you call them? Do single word common nouns really suffice in representing the multiple groups in which we categorize those we know?

Personally, I don't think so. I mean, I have friends from work, friends from Paris, friends from LA, .... then colleagues from several working groups... the list is endless! And then there is the question of coming up with names to determine "closeness" to a person.

Therefore, I think I might settle on a content based naming scheme, especially for the second challenge above; after all, isn't the whole use of circles to (restrict) share(ing) of content?

So, here is a suggested list of circles, in increasing order of closeness :) :

  1. knows-my-name (basically, public)
  2. knows-my-profession
  3. knows-name-of-my-wife
  4. knows-name-of-my-girlfriend
  5. knows-name-of-my-crush
  6. knows-name-of-my-boyfriend (!!)

So, what are your ideas for circle names?

Sunday, July 03, 2011

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Thursday, June 09, 2011

Nine Years, and Still Going Strong

Yup, it has been nine years now since that crazy car accident [details here] in the south of France, and all is well :).

In fact, Chandra is going to be in Paris in a week, and I will be the UK a week after that :).

Here's to close shaves and second chances.

Happy re-birthday (Ashish) Chandra, Akshay (Sharma), (Rahul) Kapoor, and yours truly :)!

Friday, June 03, 2011

Dhinka Chika, the Evolution

I'm sure a lot of you have seen/heard the dhinka chika song from "Ready" by now. I too like the peppy beats, and especially the innovative lyrics -

ek tujhse chatting karne ki khatir main.. internet lagwaaonga rey!* --- waah waah! :)

[*'just for chatting with you, I will get internet']

Here is the promo video, in all its over-saturated color glory :).


And then Varun told me that there is an "original Telugu version", which he likes more; this set me searching.

Here's the original, Ringa Ringa, in its original Telugu, the native language of the peppiest dance numbers coming out of India ;-). I do not speak the language, but am pretty sure that the lyrics are also pretty innovative, since I hear a lot of English terms, especially the "landline" mention at the end :)


And as a bonus, here is the missing link of this transformation from Hyderabad to Mumbai -- Telugu song but dubbed in Hindi :).


Quite a transformation, no? The question now it, which of these will be first used as background music in a Hollywood movie? :)

[mobilePic] Drink of the day: elephant house orange barley sri lankan soda :-)

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Thursday, June 02, 2011

[mobilePic] Seen during my 8mile hike today :-)

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

[mobilePic] So, it begins! #knitting :-)

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