Archive for September, 2011

A note from Glimpses of Bengal by Rabindranath Tagore

September 29, 2011

Shazadpur 10th July 1893

All I have to say about the discussion that is going on over “silent poets” is that, though the strength of feeling may be the same in those who are silent as in those who are vocal, that has nothing to do with poetry. Poetry is not a matter of feeling, it is the creation of form.

Ideas take shape by some hidden, subtle skill at work within the poet. This creative power is the origin of poetry. Perceptions, feelings, or language, are only raw material. One may be gifted with feeling, a second with language, a third with both; but he who has as well a creative genius, alone is a poet.

Me and my Orbit White!

September 29, 2011

Those knowing me personally would be surprised to see me in such an avatar! I have made a kind of serious image of myself. I don’t mean that I have created it such, but it is so!

I was a kind of phobic to come in front of cameras. It used to trigger a lot of anxiety within me. For example, I had a constant feeling that I cannot smile, which used to get more intense in front of camera. The other problem used to be what to do with the hands; where to keep them when they are clicking me. And blah, blah, blah…

It was you, oh Saathi, who told me for the first time that I can smile too, and that I have one of the best smiles you have ever seen. It was you who told me I can be photogenic too. It was you who told me for the first time that there is nothing wrong to look happy.

I took this photo today in the lunch break. The two wild-bore-like canines you see are actually Orbit White chewing gums. Don’t they look funny? It was you who told me for the first time there is no wrong finding fun in myself! This picture of mine is dedicated to you, oh Saathi, who always stay with me in my smile 🙂

May myself rest in peace!

September 27, 2011

This is not a tech blog, and I am not a tech-geek.  I wrote about those things, because I had got concerned about them for a while.  But there are a lot many things I am concerned about too.  For example, I am concerned about you; I am concerned about myself, and that is far more important than being concerned about why does Zemanta not support Picasa!

A Giant Tree at Hanuman Mandir, Laxminagar, Nagpur

Where are you? How are you?  Hmm, I am fine too!  This is a fine evening, and I am here with my complete randomness.  Why don’t you just come and set me right?  Hmm, I am fine, really!

You know it has been a long while since I have experienced that shaant and prasanna feeling that I have with you.  It has been a long time since I have really lived.  There are a lot of obligations.  Each day I need to get up to carry my own corpse on my own shoulder.  Why don’t you just come and set my soul free?  I can’t carry this bar anymore.

Life has gotten a cacophony.  Live with headphones on all the day.  I myself don’t remember what was the last time I was completely at peace.  It’s getting too much for me.  It’s really getting too much.

I don’t want to listen.  I don’t want to speak.  I don’t want to think.  I don’t want to learn.  I don’t want to grow.  I just want a little silence before I prepare myself again for this cacophony; a little silence, at some far place, far away…

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Installing Windows Live Writer on XP is a frustrating job

September 27, 2011
The Windows Live Writer logo.

Image via Wikipedia

 

I mostly write my blog offline.  I use ScribeFire for Firefox to write and edit posts offline, but I wanted to upgrade to Windows Live Writer (WLW) as it is without doubt the best offline blog editor with a lot of wonderful plugins available.  I had WLW installed a few months ago and I had posted a few posts on Ghalibana with it, but then my PC got cracked and I had to format it.  Now, as I am trying to install WLW again, it is really getting a frustrating job.

I have XP.  WLW does not support XP as such.  We need to install a new version of windows installer to use WLW with XP.  I have that installer installed previously, so that is not a problem.  The problem is Windows gives only a small setup file that fetches and installs WLW directly from internet.  It takes a lot of time with my slow network.  Firstly, I had a powercut while I was in the middle of the installation process.  For the second time, I started the installation around and midnight and went to sleep.  My net is extremely slow.  I knew it would take at least a couple of hours to do with the complete installation, so I went to sleep.  It got installed; I just woke up from sleep and switched off the computer without even checking if it is working or not, and now this morning when I tried it, it is not working.  It says:  “Windows Live Writer has encountered a problem and needs to be closed.”

Now when I am trying to uninstall the program to reinstall it again, I cannot found the link in Control Panel >> Add/Remove Program.  There is a link for Windows Live Essentials, but it is not working too.  When I am trying to reinstall it, it says it is already installed on your PC, so I am just left frustrated.

WLW is an excellent program.  I want it on my PC, and I am not able to install it.  What shall I do??

Getting started with Zemanta

September 25, 2011
Image representing Zemanta as depicted in Crun...

Image via CrunchBase

I usually prefer to write my blogs offline with ScribeFire or blog via e-mail.  It has some limitations, but it has its own benefits too.  I can take my own time to proofread and edit my post before publishing it finally.  ScribeFire supports Zemanta, but it does not look as great as I found it on Gaurav’s blog, so I was thinking about adding Zemanta to my Firefox so that I can try out the services of Zemanta that Gaurav had stated “Rock!!”

So, for this post, all the internal links (except the link to Gaurav’s blog), the Zemanta logo, and the related articles at bottom are generated by Zemanta and added with just a single click.  Give me a feedback or leave me a note if you yourself are using or planning to use Zemanta on your blog.

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Origin of Nag River!

September 25, 2011

There is an ancient Marathi saying that goes like “You must not try to find the origin of a river and the ancestry of a sage.”  They may have their reasons to say that, but I wanted to find the origin of Nag River for my Wikipedia article.  I tried to explore the city with Google Earth going back through the course of the River, but could not locate the river past Maharajbag.  I could find where the river got lost in all the Google Earth greenery.  I could see another tributary and pours in the river somewhere near Buldi, but it had no definite source found.

The next option was to look in Google Maps, map version, not satellite.  And the map took me to the place where I had not only been to previously, but had also taken some photos.  In fact, the wall through which the Ambazari Lake goes overflow is the origin of the Nag River.

So here is the origin of Nag River for all of you:

Overflowing Ambazari Lake origin of Nag River

Leave me a reply if you find it useful.  Also, tell me if I have made an error.  You can also see this image on Panoramio to get the exact location in Google Maps and Google Earth.

Changing the blog theme to Manifest!

September 24, 2011

For long, I had been searching for minimalistic theme for The Blog of Reflections.  I wanted a single-column theme that would focus more on the content than the sidebar widgets etc.  The best scenario were to be single-column posts with widgets appearing only on homepage as I have some somewhere in Kubrick theme (I guess it was in An Indian Year by Chris Yoder).  I was looking for if it can be done with TwentyTen, but found out that TwentyTen does it only with pages, not with regular posts.

Today, I have changed over to theme Manifest.  It is the most minimalistic theme I have ever seen on WordPress.  Complete clean white theme with only a single column and no sidebar at all.  Nothing is there to distract the reader from the content.  There are two options widget placeholders in bottom where you can add any important widget you would really like to add.

I really loved the theme, but there are several concerns too.  I would really like to link my twitter account on my blog.  It was at the top in the sidebar previously in TwentyTen.  Also, as there are no sidebars, I would have to push the archives in a separate page or at the bottom widget places, and as a consequence, I need to find out new ways to keep the traffic engaged.  I hope I can do that by providing excellent content on my blog.

So for now, my blog is in a new robe, simple, ascetic, manifest.  Hope I can sort out the concerns and I can go smooth with the simple and beautiful theme.

Please give me your feedback!  Did you like this theme on my blog, or would like to see me back in TwentyTen?

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Ek raah to wo hogi..

September 22, 2011

And what should I write more?

Way beside Ambazari Lake, Nagpur

Saathi, which roads leads to the core of your heart?

 

For more of my photos on Panoramio, click here.

Stubbing on Wikipedia

September 19, 2011

I have not been working on any major projects on Wikipedia for the last few months.  I have not created a single full-fledged article after a couple of “Did you know?” articles about an year ago.  Life is getting more and more demanding and I can find almost no time to do the research it needs to create a good article on Wikipedia.  So, I have just been stubbing.

Stub is a little Wikipedia article that contains only very basic information.  It may consist of just a line or two about what really the object in question is.  A good stub is expected to contain some basic information with proper references.  It can further be expanded in a full-length article with community collaboration.

I have written about four stubs around the last month, all of them just a few-liners.  I created them just because I thought the topic important enough to be covered on Wikipedia.  New users usually hesitate starting a new article; I wanted to make these stubs available for them so that they can add information to it.

My first stub was about Maharashtra State Highway 196.  This state highway passes via my village Manegaon.  I just wanted to create this article as a part of major project covering all the highways in India.

The next stub was about Marathi author Sadanand Deshmukh.  He was awarded with Sahitya Akademi award in 2004 for his novel Baromas (बारोमास).  This article was a long-due.  He is certainly a notable personality and there is almost no information available about him on net.  He belongs to the same district of Maharashtra that I do.  I had very little biographic information about him, so I was waiting for someone to write an article about him, but as nobody did it, I had to take initiative and create a stub.  The article is still in a stub state and I have no means to find any information about him other than getting one of his books and find some author info, so it is pending.

Nag River was the article that I was really expecting someone to start.  It is a tiny river, rather a stream that drains the garbage and sewage water out of Nagpur.  But it certainly has an encyclopedic value as it provides the etymology to the City of Nagpur.  According to a theory, Nagpur is named so because of this river (there is also another theory proposed by Dr. Ambedkar that the river and the city are named after Naga people who settled here in the distant history).  The Wikipedia article about Nagpur has just mentioned this river, so I took the opportunity to create a separate article about it.  It still lacks a lot of information, but still I am expecting some expert to work on it, or I will have to find some time to do some research.  Just googling will not work here, I will have to find printed resources.

The fourth article Machchhindrakhed (मच्छिंद्रखेड) is just a little village in Buldhana district, famous in the locality for the aasara devi temple there.  I had my first family trip there as a kid.  Again, this article was created as a part of better coverage of local knowledge on the world wide web.

So my overall activity on Wikipedia is limited to stubbing only nowadays.  Hope I can get some leisure to do something more!

Let’s keep it simple: Tweetdeck vs Chitterim!

September 18, 2011

Tweetdeck is beyond doubt the most favorite Twitter app, second only to the twitter website.  As Tweetdeck is now acquired by twitter, it is just an approval by Twitter team how important Tweetdeck is.  But Tweetdeck needs best of the connectivity.  I have been experimenting with Tweetdeck for the last few days, both the desktop version and now the Tweetdeck for Chrome, and I found both of them too much byte-consuming to be affordable for slow net users.  Firstly, Tweetdeck is really too much difficult to install for slow networks as it installs online and requires a good connection.  Again, the all simultaneously loading columns eat up lot many bytes.

Chitterim is an excellent app that uses Gtalk to send and receive tweets.  As it uses Gtalk, you don’t need to install anything.  Just visit Chitterim website, login with google, authorize twitter, add Chitterim to you Gtalk, and get going.  It’s too simple, and it works wonderfully even with slow networks!

Chitterim is also a better option for those who love to keep things simple!!  There is no show-off like Tweetdeck or Twitter website; not even display pictures.  It runs in background while you are doing your works without distracting a bit (Tweetdeck is too tempting and asks attention again and again to check if there is anything new).  Chitterim runs in background, and as you get a new tweet in timeline, it pops up via Gtalk; you can reply to it, make it favorite, retweet it, send a direct message to that person, or update your own twitter status directly via Gtalk.

Chitterim is really worth giving a try, even if you are using best of the broadband network.  It’s simplicity, and its working in the background without disturbing what you are doing, makes it a perfect app for bloggers who want to focus more on their content.

And finally, it’s not necessary that you can’t use both apps simultaneously.  Tweetdeck is a nice app too.  If you have a lot of time to play with twitter, just start Tweetdeck; if you are busy in something else more important, just click off the Tweetdeck, and Chitterim would be running silently behind the scene with your Gtalk!

So do you wanna give it a try? Do give me your feedback, or tweet me @ganeshdhamodkar 🙂

UPDATE:  Chitterim also auto-shortens the long links.  The only thing I don’t like about Chitterim is we cannot click on the hashtags as they come via the Gtalk platform.  Hope @chitterim would sort it out soon.