Archive for the ‘World Wide Web’ Category

Mapping Bramhapuri on OpenStreetMap

December 31, 2015
Map of Bramhapuri on OpenStreetMap

Bramhapuri, Chandrapur, Maharashtra

I’m working on OpenStreetMap these days mapping the places wherever I go.  Have a look at this town.  It was almost unmapped just a week ago (except those two main roads).  It’s still nothing near complete, but seems good enough to show off, isn’t it?

Advertisements

Two tweets

June 5, 2014

These two tweets of mine made rounds on twitter after an unfortunate event of killing of a Muslim youth in Pune.

Wish if it was not for such an unfortunate event.

A shair for me

December 29, 2013

Mr. Shashi Tharoor retweeted me!

November 28, 2013

Just one evening…

May 31, 2013

Unsure

October 11, 2012

Being Indian. Being Plural.

September 30, 2012

Being Plural. Being Indian.

While my experimentation with SVG continues, I have tried creating this logo with Inkscape.  It depicts secularism and plurality of thoughts in India.

India is a land of diversity.  We have a long tradition of differences of opinions and argumentative discourses.  Many authors of different times have hailed pluralism as a distinct characteristic of our Indian-ness.  Shashi Tharoor, in his 2007 article, finds pluralism as an integral part of the Indian idea.

I created this logo for Wikipedia article Secularism in India.  There are a few glitches remaining that are being fixed.  Give me your feedback.

Fun with SVGs

September 29, 2012

What if I tell you people create and edit image files in notepad?  Doesn’t it sound unbelievable, and so interesting? So it is!  Try this example.  Copy-paste the following code in the notepad.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" standalone="no"?><svg
xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/"
xmlns:cc="http://creativecommons.org/ns#"
xmlns:rdf="http://www.w3.org/1999/02/22-rdf-syntax-ns#"
xmlns:svg="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg"
xmlns="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg"
version="1.1"
width="343pt"
height="340pt"
id="svg2985">
<defs
id="defs2987" />
<g
id="layer1">
<path
d="m 101.89107,250.00697 c 1.49497,-0.55464 2.8801,-1.37187 4.27688,-2.13559 0.48799,-0.26683 1.92327,-1.11812 1.4407,-0.84162 -14.563743,8.34433 -19.016099,11.18099 -12.775998,7.24715 3.060791,-1.93753 6.088728,-3.93604 9.052568,-6.02007 2.8073,-2.00599 5.59493,-4.02267 8.50744,-5.87486 3.60091,-2.25233 6.89077,-4.92495 10.15939,-7.62224 3.50658,-3.16353 7.11148,-6.17714 10.87095,-9.03538 4.34104,-3.17968 8.35663,-6.76474 12.48004,-10.2139 3.97356,-3.40145 7.9306,-6.82718 11.7217,-10.43192 4.23749,-4.24146 8.32887,-8.6297 12.4513,-12.98349 4.45098,-4.75191 8.96435,-9.442 13.05769,-14.50971 4.56808,-5.88151 8.14605,-12.41045 11.56042,-19.00092 3.14926,-6.30397 5.91445,-12.79807 8.71187,-19.26477 1.93246,-5.01293 3.53093,-10.14484 4.72228,-15.38247 0.98808,-4.79044 1.12169,-9.69275 1.22514,-14.56558 0.0579,-4.62214 0.0353,-9.24519 0.001,-13.867489 -0.0661,-3.437457 0.16628,-6.886884 -0.38042,-10.292013 -0.33798,-2.077547 -0.64492,-3.622746 -2.90783,-2.167769 -5.91951,3.753748 0.99545,-0.656165 13.0461,-7.357413 0.69531,-0.386659 -1.34931,0.844804 -2.00004,1.302545 -0.74907,0.526924 -1.47933,1.080901 -2.19705,1.64981 -1.21429,0.962539 -4.17795,3.498329 -5.28771,4.44086 -6.89377,5.931073 -13.36295,12.33441 -19.8465,18.705169 -5.82157,5.78736 -11.34704,11.85841 -16.67517,18.09978 -5.59745,7.25439 -10.37094,15.06447 -14.94522,22.9874 -5.97044,9.81432 -10.82769,20.20216 -15.1413,30.8303 -4.72396,12.41348 -8.0215,25.29 -10.68178,38.28288 -2.32057,12.78174 -4.08716,25.6742 -5.48937,38.58886 -0.89762,9.67709 -1.41414,19.38533 -2.23404,29.06838 -0.72963,7.0117 -1.16933,14.04317 -1.38126,21.08799 0.13967,4.22684 -0.585,8.58086 0.37431,12.7406 0.85165,2.18221 2.9295,2.27042 4.97795,2.40278 3.26345,0.18088 6.31613,-1.38681 9.16504,-2.80535 5.39684,-3.27695 15.47861,-8.2229 -9.66161,5.48342 -0.80225,0.43738 1.50534,-1.03628 2.24895,-1.56728 2.16784,-1.54802 2.68345,-1.97476 4.86066,-3.64461 5.50947,-4.54329 10.91352,-9.2197 16.22082,-13.99812 4.94057,-4.39113 9.61756,-9.0491 13.9776,-14.0149 4.12076,-4.74051 7.89984,-9.76111 11.65365,-14.79264 3.06562,-4.26563 6.33943,-8.37259 9.39609,-12.64434 2.1892,-3.55468 4.36714,-7.12949 6.34211,-10.80949 1.13011,-2.59085 2.40616,-5.09803 3.81717,-7.54366 17.03091,-9.95656 17.85654,-14.6422 16.94309,-2.0278 -0.27057,4.22516 -0.33578,8.45761 -0.34768,12.69007 -0.16851,3.61822 -0.0763,7.11969 1.62073,10.37977 1.08228,2.16937 2.6815,3.73887 4.67835,5.02661 2.01287,1.11191 4.30539,1.28669 6.55376,1.41882 3.41197,0.11418 6.82681,0.10053 10.24024,0.12057 5.47456,-0.41656 10.96095,-0.59198 16.35713,-1.65055 5.30351,-1.11534 10.66086,-1.91891 15.98587,-2.91153 3.10723,-0.39818 6.1353,-1.06461 9.16143,-1.85208 0,0 -14.61105,11.15623 -14.61105,11.15623 l 0,0 c -3.00779,0.67586 -6.04669,1.14656 -9.0862,1.65662 -5.34052,0.92322 -10.66701,1.90932 -15.99387,2.90946 -5.49686,0.85858 -11.06421,1.1186 -16.61353,1.44779 -3.50081,0.0291 -7.01175,0.11973 -10.50642,-0.12675 -2.49581,-0.28049 -4.96152,-0.75887 -7.0928,-2.17645 -2.19594,-1.50812 -3.86153,-3.50579 -5.07566,-5.88784 -1.78604,-3.5457 -2.2714,-7.24186 -1.98176,-11.19257 0.0689,-4.25223 0.0936,-8.50671 0.28492,-12.75555 0.0595,-1.44521 0.0788,-2.02322 0.15221,-3.41889 0.0571,-1.08542 0.0905,-1.76547 0.1772,-1.73611 0.35,0.11859 0.38647,1.01915 0.71404,0.84809 5.33981,-2.78853 10.32645,-6.20662 15.48968,-9.30992 -1.87335,2.12524 -2.9703,4.86179 -4.14644,7.40395 -1.91516,3.78907 -4.21251,7.35483 -6.2728,11.06466 -3.10124,4.30292 -6.37984,8.45564 -9.52351,12.72672 -3.72863,5.0915 -7.55856,10.11628 -11.6368,14.93375 -4.30508,5.07912 -8.96105,9.81986 -13.94015,14.24427 -5.29379,4.78422 -10.69909,9.44095 -16.11348,14.08733 -8.79726,7.08324 -18.54495,12.78951 -28.63232,17.88051 -3.16958,1.36799 -6.39322,2.6388 -9.91678,2.09011 -2.76868,-0.48118 -5.06214,-1.5379 -6.10247,-4.35195 -1.04927,-4.35618 -0.32027,-8.87429 -0.33417,-13.31032 0.26858,-7.11315 0.70671,-14.22144 1.55513,-21.29187 0.96782,-9.73331 1.46103,-19.50894 2.48891,-29.23699 1.5356,-12.97837 3.33618,-25.94083 5.60131,-38.81103 2.587,-13.04471 5.8534,-25.97269 10.37514,-38.49361 4.25842,-10.66231 8.9749,-21.14371 14.91959,-30.99083 4.4789,-7.98242 9.17943,-15.81387 14.60342,-23.20052 5.32256,-6.31457 10.84691,-12.44965 16.69405,-18.28772 6.48101,-6.31517 12.88515,-12.717414 19.63448,-18.749174 8.38951,-7.214137 16.89811,-14.871985 27.92695,-17.9928 3.02579,0.21468 4.08037,1.779358 4.48091,4.691399 0.57823,3.524156 0.33849,7.067612 0.36524,10.62867 -0.0107,4.642243 0.0138,9.28461 -0.0322,13.926755 -0.0797,4.97674 -0.20543,9.98055 -1.07454,14.89369 -1.13875,5.37164 -2.78794,10.60162 -4.70285,15.74567 -2.73183,6.56247 -5.78188,13.01068 -8.78661,19.45164 -3.43461,6.61759 -6.83189,13.26684 -11.31798,19.26116 -3.95267,5.20138 -8.51869,9.86615 -12.96278,14.64499 -4.0763,4.38089 -8.22201,8.69928 -12.34475,13.03377 -3.73883,3.68279 -7.69358,7.12455 -11.66974,10.54905 -4.10827,3.4659 -8.14221,7.02383 -12.40998,10.29468 -3.78026,2.79357 -7.46343,5.64279 -10.81666,8.94659 -3.33396,2.61279 -6.43489,5.53626 -10.06872,7.75656 -2.79156,1.97485 -5.79657,3.64126 -8.44686,5.83642 -3.03832,2.00941 -5.97963,4.16575 -9.07321,6.09137 -7.93048,5.08986 -16.084872,9.88041 -24.571431,13.98371 0,0 14.487881,-11.58893 14.487881,-11.58893 z"
id="path3004"
style="opacity:0.51999996;fill:#ff00ff" />
</g>
</svg>

Save the notepad file with an extension .svg (make sure it is not .txt, the default notepad format). Close the file, and open it with a modern browser.  This is what you wound get.  And the best thing about SVGs is it can be zoomed at whatever level without any loss of quality.  Click on the image below and zoom it to infinity 🙂

This is what you would get!

This is what you would get!

Isn’t it interesting?  And there is a lot more to learn 🙂

How to upload flickr photos on Wikimedia Commons

September 19, 2012

1.  Make sure you are logged in to Wikimedia Commons.
2.  Go to Flickr Upload Bot.  Enter your Wikipedia username and URL of the flickr image.
3.  Click Next.
4.  You will be redirected to Wikimedia Commons.  Save the page and look for “click this link” to complete the upload, and click.
5.  You will be again redirected to the Flickr Upload Bot.  You are done.  Your image is now on Wikimedia Commons.

Note:  You can upload any image, your’s or others’, that has Commons compatible license, i.e. CC-BY or CC-BY-SA, and there are millions of such.  Give it a try.  Do tell me your experience 🙂

Letter to Nagpurpulse for copyright violation

August 20, 2012

Online copyright violation is quite widespread.  Some do it in ignorance of law; the others with just a callous attitude of “no one’s gonna sue you back!”  But is it fair to use someone else’s work as your own?  Wouldn’t it be more appropriate if you just attribute the work to its original creator, not because it is legally mandatory, but because it is their moral right to have an attribution?  It’s an age of Creative Commons.  People are open enough to let others use their work for free; isn’t it the responsibility of the media users to give the attribution at minimum?  It takes nothing, but people don’t even do that little thing!

Nag River reflecting urban polutionA local news site “Nagpurpulse” has used one of my Wikipedia photos on their site without any attribution.  I asked them in a comment to attribute the photo to me; they didn’t.  They didn’t even reply the comment.  I tweeted them; no reply.  Then, I wrote a mail; no reply again!  It has been 15 days now I have gotten no reply from them.  Now, I am free to work in my way.  Though I am not going to play dirty, I have no respect remained for those who “do not care!”, and now I do not need to care about their “online reputation.”

Here, I am releasing the mail to public:

(more…)