Thursday, January 31, 2008

DC Media Makers meeting

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DC Media Makers

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Sharing your lunch on Twitter

As @pistachio correctly wrote in her blog that Twitter could be a village a community where you could share things with your friends. Its been a busy day today and I had a few minutes to spend on Twitter during lunch and here is the conversation:

It was a great moment for me and enjoyed the repreive from the stress and strain of the day. See how people shared their lunch or thoughts .

Thank you all for sharing your time with me.

Monday, January 28, 2008

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Couples Want to be featured in the Washington Post ?

My friend Nancy Trejos wrote a article lst Sunday - that was really great about her journey to Columbia - See post below. She is looking for couples in the DC area to talk about personal finances (she is the personal finance reporter)Interested please contact me.


Would any couples out there, married or engaged or co-habitating, be
willing to share their insights on how they deal with money? Among some of
the questions to be asked: Do you talk much to each other about your
individual financial situations? Have you mixed your finances? How are you
dealing with the worsening economy? Are you tightening your belts at all
when it comes to money because of the fear of recession? If so, how much
did you discuss that with each other? This story would appear in early
February but interviews must be done this week.

Please email me for contact info. DC/MD/VA metro area couples only please.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Flight Delays a Bane of Air travel in the US

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Today's Washington Post has a article on the flight delays
. I am irked by the fact that 4 hour delays are becoming routine and don't make the news anymore. Airline use weather as an exucse to cancel flights so they don't have to pay for passengers hotel rooms. The President himself has to intervene to make sure holiday air travel is smoother. I recorded this on my way to the airport to drop friends on their international travel.

On Twitter today atleast 6 people said that their flights were delayed.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

MD/DC/VA Tweetup Feb 28th Rockville

Update; The venue is now changed. details are posted here.
Tweetup Feb 28th 7 p.m tentative at La Tasca Rockville - metro accessible red line

I know we have a share of activities in the DC metro area. I am comfortable with having meetups in the same place but another part of me says that we should move atleast one meetup around to experience places. The meetup we had at Jimmy's Tavern in Herndon this month is a good example. About 20- 25 people came and we all had fun.

The first criteria I had for a place is that it should be walkable distance from a Metro Station. I tried the Rockville library for a meeting but I am told that we can only reserve a meeting room if are a non-profit. I am not sure if I have the patience to register a non-profit and manage it yet. Then I approached Ken Skidmore General Manager - La Tasca Rockville to see if they have a private room . They have an area of the restaurant that is semi-private and might be suitable for our meeting. It can accommodate a group of 25 and I have made a reservation there. There are two Free parking garages right in front of the restaurant square.

Twitterati who have shown interest in attending are : @thursdayb, @batterista, @mindofandre,@lafauce, @nahumg ,@jillfoster, @TammyMunson, @susanreynolds , @whymommy @jjgardner3 @jablair @jonnygoldstein, @jeffhibbard

I am excited that Tammy Munson is coming. She is organizing the Podcamp DC and needs all our support. And Susan Reynolds who motivated the Frozen Pea movement for raising funds for Cancer Research.

Please comment if you can attend and I will update the blog. If there are more than 25 - I can ask the restaurant to accomodate or look for a alternative. Hope to see you all there !

Super Tuesday Meetup in DC feb 5th

Jill Foster is a superb person. I met her on Twitter and then at other Tweet-ups. DC Media Makers, Social Media Club DC. She is associated with DC web Women.

Her latest meetup invite :

SUPER TUESDAY February 5th, results-watch-twit-beer-fest at the Mayorga Cafe wifi,fun space,menu,beer
Time: "7 pm should be fine to settle in, beer-up for polls by 8"

This is the first US presidential election that I am voting in and I am looking forward to join and watch the action at this tweet-up.

Great Story in the Washington Post Magazine - Colombian Odyssey

My Friend Nancy 's Story in the Washington Post Magazine touched my heart. Quoting from the article which takes her to Columbia to meet her Father's family- "Most immigrants envision the American dream for themselves, but the reality is that dream is for the next generation".This is so true and reminded me a little of my pilgrimage back to India this summer (I visit more often since I lived a better part of my life there)

Friday, January 25, 2008

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Donate for Cancer Research

Frozen Pea Fund

Please take a few minutes, click on the Donate button at and donate the price of a couple of bags of frozen peas to the American Cancer Society. That can, and will, make a difference in breast cancer research.

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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Montgomery County Maryland Teen Court System

I picked up my daughter after she finished her stint as a Volunteer for the Montgomery County Teen court. after listening to a few bits of information ( she firmly told me she cannot discuss any specifics) about how the process worked I summarized that it was a great way for Teens to learn the working of the justice system .

The Teen Court system offers a second chance to teenage offenders without the high cost of a criminal record.The program for first-time teenage offenders started by the  Montgomery County  Attorney's office has been in place for the last 10 years.


The MCPS website gives these details :


Teen Court is a justice program run by teens for teens.

Juveniles aged 12 through 17 who have committed a nonviolent minor crime appear before a jury of their peers.

Cases hear in Teen Court involve crimes such as shoplifting, disorderly conduct, destruction of property and possession of alcohol.

The offender must admit guilt since this is a disposition hearing to determine consequences.

Volunteer teens perform the roles of the prosecuting and defense attorneys, bailiff, clerk, and jury. The judge is the only adult directly involved in the court proceedings. Cases are referred to Teen Court by the Montgomery County Police Department and the State of Maryland Department of Juvenile Justice. The case is presented to the teen jury for determining consequences for the offender. After careful consideration of the facts, the jury decides upon a constructive sentence which will include a minimum number of community service hours as well as service on other teen juries. Also, there might be educational programs, essays, and/or apology letters. There is a graduated set of guidelines designed for various offense levels. The offender will be allowed up to sixty days to complete the program. When this is accomplished, the charges will be dismissed.

As I sat waiting for my daughter I saw a lot of teens go by and they all looked happy probably for having given their time for a public cause. I am glad to be helping another teen volunteer for a good cause. I sincerely believe that the system is helpful ( of course I would have loved to see stats on this if any of these teems are repeat offenders)

The contact if interested is  Georgene DeBord, Coordinator, at 240-777-7344  (

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Ma Chen- Autism School in China

Any person with a child needs to ChipIn for this. All children should have access to basic education, and kids with Autism are no different.My friend Whitney Hoffman saw the story in the Wall Street Journal and decided to do something about it. Not only did she start a fuind raising camapign but she contacted her friend who works for the US Embassy in China to make sure this was Ok. Three cheers for Whitney who runs a website for parents with kids who have learning disabilities.Even though times are hard it is always good to think about people who need help.

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Monday, January 21, 2008

My Mom taught me to be green

There is a great movement to practice "green" living now. This I not new, if I remember my upbringing from India my Mom had always believed in conservation. Here are the points that I remember which are mostly common sense.

  1. Paper : If a paper had a blank side then it had to be used - cut into notepad size or used for notes. After this every piece of paper was sold to recycling vendors.
    I think there is no problem to implement this and in a way my daughter does that with all her rough sheets she uses for school.
  2. Plastic: All plastic bags were collected and sold to the roving recycling vendors who exchanged the plastic for small household goods.
    The Montgomery county recycling program takes care of a lot of this. I am not sure why they do not take plastic shopping bags.
  3. Water : Wasting water was a crime in our household. If we opened a faucet/tap the water had to be collected in a container and used. While shaving , no running water- use hot water in a mug. Showers were a luxury and to conserve water you had to fill water in a bucket and have a bath. While filling water we had to make sure no water overflowed the container and fell down.
    I can understand this because I remember the days in my early childhood that I had to wake up at 4 a.m to place a empty container in the line for the drinking water in a Madras ( now Chennai) suburbs. I am not sure I am implementing this to the letter but will make a conscious effort.
  4. Clothes: Wear the clothes till they tore or faded. Once they were not fit to use they became kitchen dusters or waste cleaning clothes.
    After I moved to the US the clothes never tear. I am still using shirts that I purchased 6 to 8 years ago. I know the companies decide together to change the shade of colors every year so that if you wear last years blue you are instantly outed. I can never force myself to throw away good clothes. Sometimes good ones do find their way to a charitable cause.
  5. Power : All devices should be unplugged after use. All room lights to be switched off when there no one was in the room.
    This has been difficult to implement and almost all devices stay switched off but still plugged in. I have to start looking at ways to make this better.

Like I said these are mostly common sense. The one device I wish someone would invent is a way to get hot water as soon as you turn the tap on instead of having to let some water flow till it gets hot. I learnt a lot from my mother an I hope I can impart this to my kids.

Update: Jan 22nd 2008 : Somethings that I remembered after posting.

6. Food : Always take how much you can eat. The advice was almost like " Eat to live and not live to eat". Our platyes had to be completely clean while eating. During my childhood I used to hate Bitter Gourd ( Wikipedia calles it Bitter melon) but neverthless ate it and I like it now.

7. Money : We were taught to be careful about money. I did get pocket money but I grew up nver thinking about what I did not have. The advice - live within your income, never buy anyhting on credit ( I make exceptions for cars and for house mortgage)

Blogger Challenge for a Good Cause

Beth Kanter is an expert on the use of Social Media for non-profits. her latest project is - The America's Giving Challenge that will award $50,000 to the project that gets the most unique donors. The minimum donation to be counted as a unique donor is $10.

She is asking for help in meeting this goal and its a very god cause - Simply to remove poverty by educating the children. Just today Emily Wax wrote an article in the Washington post talking about Literacy and the effect on the caste system. Not toally connected but proves a point that education is important.

A post on your blog and donations from your readers even one will help this cause.

What this achieves will go a long way in promoting children's literacy in Cambodia.I know this first hand because a relative of mine teaches in Cambodia.

More details can be found in the Wiki that Beth created at

One of the The Sharing Foundation’s programs is its Khmer literacy school. It helps farm children learn their native alphabet and numbers well enough to attend elementary school. The Sharing Foundation's English Language Program offers village students, ages 8-18, the opportunity to learn English, allowing them to obtain jobs in tourism and word processing.

Beth kanter's post on this project.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

How Long do Book Stores Have ?

I don't go to book stores much and that's mostly because I realize the economics of ordering online save me money. That does not mean I don't like book stores. I love the fact that they have cozy seats and a in-store coffee-shops. Everyone in my family loves book stores and once inside we choose our sections and settle down. Harry Potter book release nights have been memorable. of course there has never been a time when we didn't leave without buying anything.

After setting this stage let me tell you of my time in the Border's book store in Germantown Maryland today. The reason I was there was that my daughter had got a gift card from our friends and these can be used only in Borders and Walden Book stores. I tool the time to search for Social Media books. I was thrilled to see Seth Godin's Meat Ball Sundae (aff)  in the


Section - noteworthy hard covers. I have the book but I was thrilled to see it there.

In the new books IMAGE_175section I saw one that caught my interest and that's the book that I flipped through at the in store Seattle's Best coffee shop. Sudhir Venkatesh's "Gang Leader for a Day " . Sudhir is a professor at the Columbia University and early in his career went to survey people in the not so safe areas of Chicago. I plan to get the book from the library and read it.

The other book that interested me was a Book on StarBucks  called 'its not about the Coffee"IMAGE_176 . StarBucks and its own language has been a topic of interest and I have a blog post about " What do you order at StarBucks".

I bought the New York Times World Almanac 2008 - Since childhood I loved trivia and this almanac is a great book for facts. I hope my daughter reads it too. I will soon hopefully be tweeting the pearls of knowledge that I learn from this book.

During this visit I also realized that it is easier to take pictures than take notes. I recently discovered a way to make the photos into a PDF - the free website that converts photos to PDF. Using Qipit you could take pictures of whiteboard notes and convert them to pdf docs and send it to the team.

Here are the two pictures of the book "Three Cups of Rice" And then I wanted to blog about the sentence in the back cover.


I used Qipit to make the back over into a PDF. Here is a link to the document. The sentence I wanted to highlight is "We drink 3 cups of tea to do business, The first you are a stranger, the second you become a friend, and the third you join our family and for our family we are prepared to do anything- even die" -Village Chief in the Karakoram Mountains in Pakistan.

i could very well translate that and substitute the tea for beer for the social media and the last sentence would end with " We are prepared to do anything even blog and give you a link" LOL.

On the whole it was a nice trip to Borders. I also picked up Thank you Power - Deborah Norwell which is a very interesting book. I hope book stores will find a way to stay in business and provide some relief from the other wise hyper connected world.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

DC Media Makers January Meeting

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Event Announcement from DC Media Makers

Special event (space is limited!): chemist-gone-storyteller Nahum Gershon tells his tale of going digital at next DCMM meeting
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Check out Nahum’s fantastic bio.

Please RSVP per below details as space is limited.
Date: 1/31 6:30-8PM
Address: 1150 18th NW Suite 1020,Washington DC 20036 at Internet2
Metro: one block from Farragut North (red) or 1.5 blocks from Farragut West (orange/blue)

Time: 6:30-8:30

Seating is limited. You MUST RSVP in advance to Please email Jill to clarify if space is still available. THANKS.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Donate for Cancer

Please take a few minutes, click on the Donate button at and donate the price of a couple of bags of frozen peas to the American Cancer Society. That can, and will, make a difference in breast cancer research.

MD/VA Weather - jan 17th 2008

Video: dulles Toll Road Weather

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DC Blogger Meet up At RFD January 17th

It is always interesting to meet new people. I met with Jimmy Gardner at Shady Grove and we took the Metro to DC. It gave a good 30 - 40 minutes to talk. Jimmy is a great guy and he is looking to launch his startup soon. We met on Twitter and then met subsequently in meet ups and have become good friends.

Nahum took some great pictures. It was great to meet Technosailor-  Aaron Brazell who recommended a great beer ( see picture above) . Greg Gershman Is going to be announcing some good news in a few weeks I think which will be awesome. We spent a lot of time talking about his projects and I am planning to invite him to speak at a "learning Lunch at Network Solutions in Feb. As far as I know he built one of the first blog search engines.

I think compared to the 6 to 7 people who came to the Dec meet atleast 20 people showed up here. Nikolas the organizer took the bus and metro to be here. The last meeting he came all the way but could not get in since he did not have his id with him. he is a nice guy studying hard at UMD.

Jade and Cherle chatted about the elections. This is going to be the first time that I am voting. I met Jamy for the first time but did not get a chance to talk much. maybe next time.

Joe had his new cards which looked very cool. has a blog post about his cards . It is always nice to meet new people. More people should come to this meet. The restaurant asked that we book a table in advance so we should do that the next meet.

As usual RFD has great beer and I ate a fish sandwich which I enjoyed.

I borrowed the list if attendees from Brian Devines Blog

Aaron (technosailor)
Andrew (Pharm Country and Blog Pham)
Cherle (The Green House Cat)
Greg (gregword and dc tech beat)
Jade (Not Another Naked Girl)
Jamy (Grateful Dating)
Jimmy (East Cost Blogging)
Joe (dumb things i have done lately)
Leslie (Leslie Bradshaw)
Matthew (My Suburban Destiny and Mister SQL)
Nahum (Art Science)
Nikolas (Thought Torrent)
Ross (Ross Notes and DC Tech Events)
Shashi (Happening, advice & other technology thoughts)

and Zvi (With The Band and skeevisArts)

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

New Cubicle and a new neighborhood

Are you one of those who is particular about the cube you sit in. I am not. For my new gig  I gave up a fabulous good window to move to another particularly good cube but without a window. I always believe with every new job move even within the company you need to change your neighborhood at least to get a new perspective.

Getting to the point I discovered that Diana Chau IMAGE_168 in the neighboring cube is an actress! Along with her new celebrity status as a Neighbor of Shashib at work , she has acted in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,  with The Arlington Players. See rave reviews here . 

Her next performance is in Red Hot & Cole - a biographical look into Cole Porter’s life using his music enacted by the McLean Community Players . McLean Community Players have a great review in the Washington post .  The play opens on Friday, January 18th and runs until Saturday, February 2nd at the Alden Theater in McLean Community Center.  She is excited about this show because of the sheer talent in the cast and crew of the show.

( OK I am testing the service as I write this Blog. Seems a awesome service for free. you can take a picture and will convert to a PDF file. great for conference whiteboard pictures or restaurant menus- just as an example)

Want to purchase tickets :  tickets are $17 for Adults and $14 for Seniors/Students

Website for the McLean Community Players:

I am looking forward to discovering more people around my cube neighborhood and hope to blog about them. Shhhh! don’t tell them

Monday, January 14, 2008

Melinda Gates Story

Fortune has a great story on Melinda Gates.

While people keep giving Microsoft a bad rap , they will definitely be moved by the Melinda Gate's story. Both Bill and Melinda plan to give away 95% of their wealth to charity. They will follow Warren Buffet's principles "A very rich person should leave his kids enough to do anything, but not enough to do nothing."

Among the foundations efforts are reforms to the American School System :- " New York City, though, shows what Gates money can do. At 43 new small high schools funded by the Gates Foundation, graduation rates are 73%, compared with 35% for the schools they replaced. The Gateses' partner here happens to be Joel Klein, who led the government's antitrust case against Microsoft a decade ago and now runs New York City's public schools."

How do they live:- " \... booting all hired help on weekends except for the security people and a sitter who arrives late in the day in case she and Bill want to exercise or go to dinner or a movie. Wednesday night is family swimming night. Friday night is family movie night.

The most successful joint venture is the GAVI Alliance, formerly called the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization. GAVI has distributed vaccines (including tetanus, hepatitis B, and yellow fever) to 138 million children in 70 of the world's poorest countries. Thanks largely to this alliance, immunization rates are at all-time highs in the developing world, and more than two million premature deaths have been prevented.

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Sunday, January 13, 2008

India: Introducing the Tata Nano - Car for $2500

Millions of Indians now will realize their owning a car. The car that costs 1 lakh Rupees about $2500 may dash the hopes of top Automakers hoping to capitalize the Indian Small car market but will definitely create chaos on the already crowded Indian City roads. The key point is Tata has delivered what Ratan Tata promised.

Of course there has been a lot of commentary on this:

Washington Post

In the Outlook section of today's Washington Post Mira Kamdar writes that " the car doesn't meet U.S. safety standards " so sorry folks you can't buy it.

"If millions of Indians and Chinese get to have their own cars, the planet is doomed. Suddenly, the cute little Nano starts to look a lot less winning."

"Even at $2,500, the people's car costs 10 times more than the annual income of most Indians. At this point, there is only one car for approximately every 1,000 Indians. In the United States, the ratio is three cars for every four people."

She also quotes a college student in India" "Just when we can finally start to enjoy the things you people have had for decades -- cars, air conditioners -- you tell us, 'Sorry, too late, you can't now.' I mean, you created this mess. You won't reduce your consumption, but you tell us we can't increase ours."

Mira Kamdar is a Bernard Schwartz Fellow at the Asia Society and the author of "Planet India: The Turbulent Rise of the Largest Democracy and the Future of Our World."

Even before this outlook piece I saw this article In the Washington Post - GAVIN RABINOWITZ of AP.

"Tata Nano will lead to possibly millions more cars hitting already clogged Indian roads, adding to mounting air and noise pollution problems. Others have said Tata will have to sacrifice quality and safety standards to meet the target price.

Company Chairman Ratan Tata has said the car will be the least polluting car in India and meet necessary safety standards.

Chief U.N. climate scientist Rajendra Pachauri, who shared last year's Nobel Peace Prize, said last month that "I am having nightmares" about the prospect of the low-cost car. "

Introducing the car at an auto show in New Delhi, Tata said the Nano had passed domestic and European emission standards and would average about 50 miles per gallon.

"Dr. Pachauri need not have nightmares," said Tata, the chairman.

If its any consolation Tata is the company that is buying the Jaguar and Land Rover brands from Ford writes Tom Krisher  in the Washington Post . Indian automaker Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. and U.S. private equity firm One Equity Partners LLC, still were in the running.

So an Indian Company will possibly own the cheapest car and a top premium car brand.

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Fortune reports Hasbro to shut down Scrabulous ? Help

Fortune reports Hasbro, manufacturer of Scrabble, tries to shut down Scrabulous, an electronic version of the game gaining enormous success on Facebook. Not sure who is right or wrong but I love scrabulous and hope there is a way for this to end amicably and Fb users can continue to play.

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Saturday, January 12, 2008

Train watching on a Saturday Morning

of course i wish we had gone to this museum in Tuscon Arizona.

I took this video when I visited India in July this year. In remote locations there are still "level crossings" ( local term for railway crossing) and you have to wait for the train to pass.

Is This Maryland Power Company Committing Mail Fraud?

My friend Jim Gardner wrote on his Blog this morning :

"Over the last month or so our local MD power company, Allegheny Power has sent us 2 small boxes containing 4 of the CFL light bulbs and a small brochure on the benefits of using this new type of lighting. I thought wow what a great idea that is of them to do that. It impressed me they would go to that distance to educate us consumers. STOP. not so fast."

The company seems to have sent unsolicited Energy Saving bulbs and will be charging for them over the next few months. Most people think USPS delivers it so you don't know your options. My friend @chazFrench alerted me that "postal law is clear you do not have to pay for unsolicited merchandise."

Here is the link to the rules on the USPS website :

If you do not wish to pay for unsolicited merchandise or make a donation to a charity sending such an item, you may do one of three things (in each case, by law, you have no obligation to the sender):

  • If you have not opened the package, you may mark it "Return to Sender," and the Postal Service will return it with no additional postage charged to you.

  • If you open the package and don't like what you find, you may throw it away.

  • If you open the package and like what you find, you may keep it for free. In this instance, "finders-keepers" applies unconditionally.

Furthermore, it is illegal for a company that sends you unordered merchandise to follow the mailing with a bill or dunning communication.

Just like Jimmy many people may not even see their bills as they usually would have direct payment. I would strongly advice people to check thier bills, bank statements and Credit card ststements throroughly. ( i do it every month).

Please DIgg @JJgardner3's post

Update : Jim Gardner posted a update on his Blog " East Coast Blogging" that Allegheny Power has come out and resolved the issue.

Allegheny Power took full responsibility today for inadequately notifying customers they would be charged for two lightbulbs sent through the mail as part of the program.
“Allegheny Power accepts full responsibility for the customer confusion and delivery issues,” Allegheny President David Flitman wrote in response to a letter from members of the Western Maryland delegation of the General Assembly.

Allegheny sent 220,000 customers two energy-efficient bulbs, billing $11.52 for them in 12 monthly payments of 96 cents. The move prompted outrage and complaints to the state’s utilities agency, the Maryland Public Service Commission and the power company that the charges were not clearly explained.

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Friday, January 11, 2008

Thursday, January 10, 2008

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Twitter Meetup in Herndon with Susan Reynolds

DSCN01242008-01-10 Better Pictures : 
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George's Pictures
Pictures I took.

List of attendees here on Andrew Wright's Blog
Comments from Eric Blair.
Joelogon also wrote about it.

 Taken and sent from my phone to be the first to blog about the event :)

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Simple Movies are nice to watch

Just finished watching 'Waitress". The movie does leave you feeling good and the ending is positive. I always liked "rags to riches" stories. Not having been in to many small towns in the US I am curious about the depiction of the small town life in the movie ? Going and eating regularly in the same diner ? A diner that seems staffed just by 4 people?

I liked this dialog "I don't expect much, give much or get much" - Lew Temple as Cal the Diner owner in the Waitress

I did see a similar movie a few months ago that dealt with food or more precisely -spices- and their effect on life. The  movie is " Mistress of Spices" . Of course this movie is entirely a fairy tale and will interest people who like movies with some Asian culture( In this case from India).

Both movies will interest anyone who has time. I would rate Waitress and " Mistress of Spices" as a B.

If you are curious about the beautiful actress Aishwariya Rai nee Bachan then you should see the Mistress of spices.

The director is Gurinder chadha who also made "Bend it like Beckham"

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Now I am confused again - Dang Amenglish - What's a Caucus and What's a primary?

I am also using this Blog to learn and make sure others confused like me will benefit. So asked is question on Twitter - What is a Caucus and what is a primary.?

Here are some great responses. Thanks.

MichBel :It's basically the same thing. The difference is in the rules, how they do it. Caucuses are people talking, primaries are voting.

chrisbaskind A caucus is where bribery is okay.Caucuses allow you to do things that wouldn't be tolerated in standard voting situations

AlbertMaruggi Basically a caucus people gather at a place, listen to some speakers and declare for a candidate. This is a public pronouncement
A primary is more traditional voting in a ballot box. In some states they vote according to party registration,
Caucus states usually reward the better organized candidate, primary usually the better funded and messaged candidate

Caucus is a mass gathering of people who lobby each other. primaries decided in private voting booths

@nahumg Primary- an election. Caucus-people decide 2 participate & register & self select in their precinct.

Please feel free to leave your comments.

DC Blogger meetup for January

Picture courtesy Andy Roth
I attended the December meetup Joe's post on the meetup has the detailsDumb Things I Have Done Lately: DC Blogger Meetup Runs Smack Into the DC Holiday Cop Surge.

The next one is on January 16th at RFD. This meetup is organized by the group through .

In the last meeting I had fun. RFD has a great selection of beer. The folks who attended were jolly and it was nice to meet new people.

Jade took my opinion on the presidential election
Joe of course was the life of the party
John Croston is a great guy.
Mathew Martin shared a lot of insights into the blogging community in DC
Ross Karchner used to work close to Network Solutions in Herndon and is now selling books on Ebay hopefully to fund the dinner at RFD :) for all of us.
Tommy Yuin wants to learn about blogging. Before long he will be a A list blogger :)
Andy Roth got some great camera equipment and we had a long conversation as we rode the metro back to Shady Grove.(He saw me take this picture) I hope Jim Gardner makes it to the next one then we can have 2 great photographers.

I hope GeoSteph and Fireton make it too as they are great people to hang with and of course hope the other DC bloggers show up.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Social Media helps you make Better Breakfast

I have been following NicoleSpag on Twitter and added Nicole's blog to my reading list. I must use this post to thank her husband Marc of for his advice when I asked him to help me with my daughter's project for school.

If you are fans of French Toast then you just watch this video show. I tried it at home and the Crunchy French Toast was a instant hit. I am glad Social Media helped me gain brownie points with my family ! My only regret is that Nicole and Marc do not have time to do more of these videos?

High resolution Link here

Singelringen _ Why leave the singles out.

I must confess I do not wear a ring. It's not because I want to hide the fact that I am married :). More because a)Terrified of losing the ring b)Back In India it did not seem like a tradition like it is here.

So I was surprised to see a new "social network" Singelringen. The membership to Singelringen Global Community comes through the purchase of the Singelringen. it seems like a cool concept the ring being unique it is easy to recognize the member.

In my quest to find out more after reading about it on LeahJone's Blog( leahJones on Twitter).I connected with LindaSherman who is Singelringen agent for North America,

I admire the Swedes for this concept. I have visited Stockholm 3 times
and still consider it one of the best cities I have visited. They are innovative - Ericksson , Saab, Volvo were Swedish companies. I have to ask a few of my single friends about their interest in this concept but then they may have already heard of this.

I asked Linda Sherman which ring is it usually worn and she said " Singelringen is worn on any finger on the right hand or on a neck chain or cord. There is no significance to where it is worn. The important thing is that the ring is unisex and always the same color so that it can be easily spotted."

Some more info on Singelringen:

Singelringen ("The Single Ring" in Swedish) is a unisex ring that serves to remind the single wearer that they are already complete; while open to possibilities. The ring features a turquoise acrylic layer shining over a sterling silver band engraved with "made in Sweden" and a unique registration number that provides access to the Singelringen Global Community. First introduced in Scandinavia in 2005, Singelringen is now worn by more than 150,000 singles in over 20 countries around the world. The ring has been spotted on LA celebrities including Terrence Howard, Madeline Zima, Mario Lopez, Haley Bennett and Corbin Bleu. Singelringen retails for $59.

New Years Resolutions/Predictions on the Social Media

In 2008 of course I need to exercise more ( The doctor was very emphatic). That starts from tomorrow. Being a participant in the Social Media also means the gurus will share their resolutions and you can pick the best of them to follow. I am trying to make it easier for myself and any one else who want to sit back and let the wise predict and resolve.

John Batelle : Scobelizer recommends John Batelle's predictions as being usually being quite near the mark.

Shel Israel's 10 2008 Resolutions. I tried to influence a 11th one to ignore all the previous 10 :)

TechCrunch Michael Arrington :2008: Web 2.0 Companies I Couldn’t Live Without

A Twitter USername to track 2008 predictions: predictions08

In the geeky category : Anatole Tartakovsky

Funny but may be true from Phillipines :Abraham Olandres

Dan Farber & Larry Dignan: Social networking prediction for 2008

1938Media Loren Feldman: 2008 Predictions

Chris Green at ITPRO UK

Rumanian Blog perspective

2008 Predictions from South Africa from Vincent Maher

From ScobleizerLinks : Jeremy Toeman's LiveDigitally

Random predictions from Twitter :

Becky McCray; Predictions for 2008 - Many opportunities you must be prepared to seize! Learn, prepare, save, plan. Above all, enjoy, love, laugh!

DanielJohnsonJr : doing 2008 predictions on The Pod 5 Live:

auritech : My prediction for the 2008? Someone will be elected President. Also: we will have an extra day in February. YOU CAN QUOTE ME ON IT

stedaviesMy prediction for 2008: Everyone's gonna make predictions for 2009. And get em wrong

HawaiiSEO: I Predict for 2008 - Google will add a URL shortening application to the Toolbar.

Please add any other you know or your own to the comments. Thanks.