Republishing this here from my article in Desicritics.org to set the context for the next post.
Barcamp Bangalore 8 was announced sometime recently. So I headed to the Barcamp Bangalore site to check out the details and was shocked.
The site’s homepage has been changed to something so tacky, and my first reaction was, wtf, it’s so fugly. Ugh.. C’mon guys, do something better than that..
Anyway, Barcamp Bangalore has been announced for March 7th & 8th.. I’m booking my calendar today ;)
Wow. And the weather is lovely. I don’t even remember last when there was a hailstorm in Bangalore.
Update: Tried to get a few pics of the hailstones but was unable to. Got some pics of the heavy rain though. The haze is the heavy rain. The photos do not do justice to the actual scene though.
A new hypermarket (what is a hypermarket anyway?) or a shopping complex has been constructed right NEXT to my apartments. This is on a stretch of the road which is exceptionally prone to frequent and long traffic jams, on one of the busiest roads in Bangalore.
I am so dreading the opening of the place and even more of it being even moderately successful. The traffic to this part of the road will increase manifold and we get screwed in the process :(
It’s a bit late but I’ll still give my take on day 2.
Frankly, I was disappointed by Day 2. The sessions started off late as it did on Saturday but that was okay I guess. During the introduction, a lot of speakers came forward to announce what they would be talking about and frankly, I thought that it exceeded the possible time constraints as well as the space constraints. But well if it could happen, good for everyone.
The bloggers collective as expected (by me) had a large number of talks. I was skeptical about accommodating so many talks partly because the collective tended to not fragment into those interested in particular topics and not others (As in, if 2 speakers wanted to talk about different topics at the same time, they could not so that the audience does not get split). I was supposed to give a talk on micro-blogging as well.
However, once the talks started, things started getting messy because the talks would overflow and not all the talks had been alloted a time slot (including mine) I did listen to a couple of nice talks like moblogging, securing your images from being downloaded. I tried to attend a talk on Semantic web and moving towards an Internet with all data related semantically. But unfortunately I reached late so missed a significant bit of the talk.
The highlight of the day for me was a very nice discussion on bloggers getting a chance to have their posts published in the print medium to reach a wider audience. And another nice discussion with Arun Ram during lunch(it ranged from phone comparisons to egos of popular bloggers, Techcrunch, Robert Scobel etc)
Anyway, overall I felt that day 2 was fairly underwhelming for me.
Ps. The campus at IIM is gorgeous :)
I’m blogging live from the Bangalore Bloggers Meet in Brewhaha. There are more than 40 people here.. Lots of different bloggers from a range of places from India and a couple of them from Germany.
The cauvery tribunal has released it’s verdict over the sharing of the water from the Cauvery River between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. This has been one of the most contentious issues between these two states, to the extent of causing extensive riots in Bangalore in 1991 and 1992. The previous order given by the tribunal was under appeal by Karnataka and it’s the tribunal issued it’s verdict today.
In it’s verdict, the tribunal has ordered Karnataka to release 419 TMCft to Tamil Nadu while Karnataka being allowed to keep up 270 TMCft. This is much lower than what Karnataka demanded and it is being said that Karnataka has received a raw deal.
As a result, riots are again expected to break out in Bangalore. Most schools and colleges have closed early and most shops are closed as well. Even we were given an early leave at work with most other IT companies asking their employees to leave early.
More information about the Tribunal’s decision at Cnn IBN.