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February 7, 2007

Feb’07: WikiCamp @ Chennai

The same team who organized BlogCamp is now bringing out WikiCamp, India’s first unconference on wikis.

Wikicamp is all about harnessing and understanding the power of Wikis. It is a one day event aimed to bring together the best minds from the Wiki/Internet space to talk about issues, opportunities and what the future and evolution of this valuable tool looks like.

Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia, will be a key speaker at the event.

The event takes place at Tidel Park,Chennai on the 25th Feb’07.

You can get more information at http://www.WikiCamp.in

If you are interested in taking part, you can register at
http://wikicamp.in/wiki/index.php?title=Participants

January 2, 2007

St. Vassilis is the Greek version of Santa Claus…

St. Vassilis is the Greek version of Santa Claus, and technically speaking, he doesn’t come until January 1st, which happens to be his name day.

Finally 2007 arrived, and in short order the vassilopita was cut, with great excitement..

December 18, 2006

too late yet too soon…its..’You’ finally

So the Time person of the year is you. Otherwise know as “US”.

Time magazine is catchup instead of leading. what new about ‘You’? already, BBC called 2005 as ‘Year of Digital Citizen

“Twelve months ago, it was clear the mass consumer was going to have at his or her disposal many more gadgets with greater capacity to record, store and share content. It was going to be a year in which people started to challenge those who traditionally provide us with content, be it news, music, or movies….
– BBC

OK, masses have never really had a very powerful voice until technology, the internet and blogging have turned everything upside down and reversed the power based.

“But look at 2006 through a different lens and you’ll see another story, one that isn’t about conflict or great men. It’s a story about community and collaboration on a scale never seen before. . . . It’s about the many wresting power from the few and helping one another for nothing and how that will not only change the world, but also change the way the world changes. . . .

The new Web is a very different thing. It’s a tool for bringing together the small contributions of millions of people and making them matter. Silicon Valley consultants call it Web 2.0, as if it were a new version of some old software. But it’s really a revolution. . . .

And for seizing the reins of the global media, for founding and framing the new digital democracy, for working for nothing and beating the pros at their own game, TIME’s Person of the Year for 2006 is you. . . .
– Times

Remember reading interesting argument – its both too soon and too late to recognize “You” because, what will make “You” interesting hasn’t happened yet. Yes, “You” are TiVo-ing, customizing ringtones and downloading music/movies, but in numbers that matter “You” aren’t yet uploading your own television commercials, forming your own social networks, creating newscasts or even linking to each other’s blogs. Perhaps, in a year in which so much has happened involving so many notable people, “They” couldn’t decide. Or perhaps “They” they were being clever. Or lazy. But wise? “I” don’t think so.

December 8, 2006

Kiran Desai in news again..

Kiran Desai’s first novel “Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard” was published to some acclaim. Did well in aboard but in india. She was criticized for romanticizing India; all this exoticism about guavas and mangoes didn’t sit well with people for whom those fruits are as familiar as apples are to us.

Now her second book “The Inheritance of Loss” is also in news. It has created a hullabaloo in Nepal with readers calling her insensitive, colonial and prejudiced. wonder, what its all about? guess, I will need to buy the book after-all.
Book had already won the Man Booker prize for fiction this year.

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