16 November 2007

Barcamp Bangalore 5 - Will be missing it this time around

I had attended Barcamp Bangalore 4. I liked the concept and decided that I will probably help out organize next time around, considering that its open to all. The old timers were really happy to get us on board. But the spoiler for me is the fact that I would have had been out of town on the days Barcamp was schedules. Having taken the dip in the organizing it, it was very much clear that whether I attend or not, let me just help if there is no one. I dont know if I was of any help or not, but I did argue a lot {Tongue} on a lot of matters.

I hope that this Barcamp will again generate the enthusiasm and interest in people to do something beyond. There will be some technologies to be understood and some nuance to be cleared.

So guys see in the next Barcamp, Hopefully {Sigh}.

15 November 2007

Theory of Stupidity

Well its an interesting topic to research on. Though I am not doing any kind of Ph.D on it but still I feel I have had enough of such experiences to believe that I am able enough to talk about it. More so because I am a keen observer. I am always observing who is visiting my site for example. I have explained this theory to a lot of my friends. Interestingly never has anyone come up with a counter argument. Anyways lets get to the point.

There is some smart guy(Me) who has formed the law of stupidity which goes as follows.

  

  1. Everyone is stupid.
  2. Smartness is actually just absence of stupidity
  3. Stupidity is proportional to hair length. 

First Law basically says is that "Stupidity is ubiquous". This means that stupidity is everywhere. Each one of us is stupid to some extent. Each one of us will act stupid in one situation or the other. Take me for example, I will act totally stupid when I am talking to a girl over whom I have some level of attraction. I will blabber something totally stupid. End result I do not have a girlfriend :-(. I am actually happy about it as I do not act stupid in front of my friends as some other friends of mine (with girlfriends) often have to.  I hope you all agree to it.

Second Law states basically means that like darkness is absence of light, same smartness is absence of stupidity. If you dont have stupidity you will have smartness. Thats all I say. I am sure many of you wont agree to it. But then why do you say that everyone is smart. We never say that. If you look at any child he his much smarter initially. He knows how to take care of himself. Once he has lost control of his instincts and starts using his synaptic neurons, stupidity is induced in his actions. If I am right then either evolution has introduced stupidity in all of us at some later point of time. If I am wrong then its there since epoch. But if it was since epoch then the stupidity would have lead to killing of the stupid janta as hunters needed a lot of smartness. Hence I am lead into believing that the future of humanity is bleak. Especially after watching the movie 'Idiocracy', to me it does not seem impossible.

The third law tries to quantify stupidity. Well my observation says that stupidity is proportional to hair length. So basically longer the hair, more stupid you would be. To prove my point here I would like to quote certain observations. Well we generally call two kinds of people stupid, the girls and the Sardars. What do they have common? The hair is longer thats it. Not to undermine the possibility of the girls but the most successful one have rather short hair. Let me quote a few people to prove my point, Indira Gandhi, Kiran Bedi, Kiran Mazundar Shaw and Sonia Gandhi. Even Miss Mayawati became the CM after having her hair cur short. Let quote some ladies who I consider stupid, Mamata Bannerjee, Jayalalitha and Rabri Devi. Do you see the point now?  Also the amount of nutrients that is supplied to the brain does not vary all that much, so you can either have your grey cells nourished or the black cells. Either way one of those would experience some amount of stunted growth.

Now lets get to some mathematics. The equation for the third law is something like this

Stupidity(S)  'proportonal to' hairLength(H)

or,  S = c. H, where c=character constant.

This character constant varies from person to person. This is the reason why you would not find so many exception in the successful women and Sardars. You might also find the this phenomenon amusing that even guys with longer hair act dumb more than you female friends would. A possible reason is that their 'c' value is really low and/or hair length is high. Well Einstein would be a good example for exception.

Another interesting thing is if the person is bald. That is to say his hair length is zero. So will he have zero stupidity. Well Actually this is a difficult situation. He has no hair. So we cannot quantify anything. He will definitely inherit stupidity but it cannot be quantified using the usual equation. Just like if you cannot see something what good is a ruler to measure its length.

PS: This post is for fun only. Any intellectual value associated with it is purely a coincidence.

12 November 2007

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This was one of the most amazing mails that I have got. Seems like somebody got really creative. Best part is the security image. Amazingly this security image is a text. Woosh. Creativity at its heights. Morons really. Look at that warning code. Too good.  Dumbos get real. Nobody is going to fall for this silly mail. Genius of this guy lies in the fact that he got hold of the mail id as customer.mailboxverification@gmail.com . I know for sure that gmail or for that matter any free email service provider will never be able to block these people. I have seen mailid dropping a few characters or replacing a few characters to avoid detection. So best of luck to Google and others in fighting them out. Its just that people must be careful enough to discard this out.

07 November 2007

World Usability Day event at Bangalore

5th November(instead of 8th because of Diwali) was celebrated as World Usability Day. Bangalore was not untouched by the phenomenon, though it would rather had been a major thing. But clearly with over 120(My guess) it was not ignorable event. Long time since the usability aspects have been ignored by the technologists. iPhone and iPod have clearly shown the way. They were nothing radical in concept but they infact radically changed the usability part of the respective equipments.

I must add here that I was late for the event. But none the less I did have the opportunity to hear Mr MP Ranjan on Designing. His take on the Design for the user and design in various fields. Pretty much the whole talk is online at his blog http://design-for-india.blogspot.com/. But it was real experience to hear it from the horse's mouth.

Next Sarit from HFI presented the findings of usability test of Indian Railways Online reservation site at http://www.irctc.co.in/ . Ironically it was the awarded Genius of the Web award for the best PSU. Not very astonishing though considering that most PSU sites are actually unusable. It was interesting to note that how difficult it was to get a simple reservation done. It was nightmarish to someone who is not 100% aware of nuances of the Indian Railways. I strongly believe that the way US Government has a policy of certifying usability of all government websites and making sure that they are readable and usable by even a student of class 4, must be implemented in India. This is something 100% lacking with the Indian Government IT Usage Policy. Though I dont like to say it but, I strongly feel, reservations, favorism and corruption is reflected here.

An interesting workshop with teams given topics to come up with ideas for a useable solution for different problems. Different teams worked up solutions for better working models of the real life problems in health care tracking, mobiles for the elderly and mobile for the illiterate.

Shawn from http://babajobs.com told about how he is making life better for the bottom of the pyramid people like cooks, maids and drivers to be searched and found via his social networking site.

Mr Gururaj and Dr R Washington talked about health care system they had designed for Karnataka Health Trust. A truely exciting work. How they are tracking the sex worker and their health records. How its easier for everyone to make use of it.

Overall a really nice event. With something to take home for everyone, and I am not just talking about the goodies that I got. :-)

05 November 2007

Barcamp Bangalore Registrations open

Barcamp Bangalore 5

Finally we have the registrations open for Barcamp Bangalore 5. As usual its through the wiki here. You are requested to enter in the format specified. For wiki entry enter in following format

 # Name , Blog/Website, Organisation, Email Id,
'''Collectives: Primary:'''ABC '''Others: '''XYZ

I hope this is going to be the most liveliest of all barcamps happening around the world, the Baap of all Unconferences.