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by Kishore Balakrishnan

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2002 - Looking forward...

Albert Einstein : There are two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.

Remembering 2001

Ford Focus, Digital IXUS, Presario 701EA

From Never settle for the best : ...Give the proper tools to a group of people who like to make a difference, and they will...

Apart from family and friends, I would like to thank the following people for sharing their thoughts/life and making available usable/useful/enjoyable tools on the web.

Seasons Greetings!

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MSN Messenger was very useful. We were able to speak to very close friends for a long time.


Snow has beautifully decorated our balcony :-)


Hello Microsoft!, please check Wingdings Om. Thanks!

If you want to lose weight, goto India :-)

Manish Vaidya : Layoff Lessons

Christopher Ryan turns two. We have met him in Amsterdam and have a few pictures. He was cute!

Peter Koestenbaum in After Shock : ...We must resolve to work with greatness and never forget to do so again. Every workday is a concert, a Nobel-prize ceremony, or an Olympic victory...

Peter explains Cooperation

Top 10 Technologies for 2002

Larry Page and Sergey Brin are co-founders of Google

Inspiration for everyone from Google : Never settle for the best

Steve Krug's book Don't make me think!


The three most difficult things for a human being

Anthony de Mello's book Awareness

Jan Hunt Library

A Conversation with John Holt (Interviewer: Marlene Bumgarner)

Jutta Degener operates HalfBakery and Matt Webb InterConnected

Anton Skorucak's Holiday Wish

Aaron Swartz has a dream

Nomic must be an interesting game !

Jeremiah Rogers : ...I'm only 16, so I still have (estimate here) 70-75 years ideally left until I'm outta commission. Think of how much more knowledge I can gain in that time...

It has been a while since realised that I am not in this world _only_ to gain more knowledge, wealth etc. :-)

Everything takes time! I suppose !


Jim Roepcke receives a Canadian Holiday Greeting


The Rhine ferry " Drusus " connects Germany with France. We were on this today

Rheinmuenster : The people of Greffern have always operated a ferry service between their town and Drusenheim on the left bank of the river: a pontoon bridge was erected in 1875, followed by the motor ferry "Drusus", which has been providing a free ferry service since 1977.

We saw Lord of the Rings yesterday night and at the end, a boy sitting in front of us kept shouting "Was Was Was..." several times ! and I had a similar reaction in my head !

It is the no. 1 movie at http://us.imdb.com/top_250_films

I have an idea: When users rate anything... show them a list of similar objects (with the ratings by them) they have rated already and this will hopefully give them the correct perspective

For eg., I would not rate this movie more than Blast from the past overall !

Ofcourse, I liked the scenic shots in Lord of the Rings. But It is not the no. 1 movie I have seen from the imdb list !

Jason Levine : ...I have to say that there's a lot more hype than there is movie....


The song Christmas Time is on the radio often...

Buckminster Fuller : "For the first time in history it is now possible to take care of everybody at a higher standard of living than any have ever known. Only ten years ago the ‘more with less’ technology reached the point where this could be done. All humanity now has the option to become enduringly successful."

I want to understand Swaraj? ( http://meadev.nic.in/Gandhi/swaraj.htm )

It is very cold outside !

We were in Colmar yesterday


Happy Holidays to Dave Winer, Netizens et al


I have downloaded GraphicConverter, OmniWeb after reading Wesley Felter's Colophon


Mira Art : : ...highways with traffic jams as long as 150 km...

Visit our portfolio at http://www.photo.net



We are connecting to the net from today with dsl flat :-)

I received Drive10 today. The interface could be better... It could tell us more about what is doing behind the scenes...

Seasons Greetings!

Kevin Carter

Year-End Google Zeitgeist : Search patterns, trends, and surprises

Tunku Varadarajan

Enlightened Self-Interest

Babylog : W. Bruce Cameron : The 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenaged Daughter

World Bank praises India's highway upgrade

T-Online Nutzung unter Mac OS X


(via PaperQuote) Martin Farquhar Tupper : Well-timed silence hath more eloquence than speech.

Java Modeling In Color With UML

Stephen Palmer : If you happen to be looking for a technical architect, project director or development manager to produce a high quality result, I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Jeff De Luca to you.

Extreme Programming and Feature Driven Development : a short comparison : The Bottom Line in the article is the essence : ...It is important to discover what works for you and your organization. The name of the process you use is not important. What is important is the ability to repeatedly deliver frequent, tangible, working results on time, within budget and with agreed function...

LinkBaton is interesting...

IBM's Test-Tube Quantum Computer Makes History : ...Scientists at IBM's Almaden Research Center have performed the world's most complicated quantum-computer calculation to date. They caused a billion-billion custom-designed molecules in a test tube to become a seven-qubit quantum computer that solved a simple version of the mathematical problem at the heart of many of today's data-security cryptographic systems...


An interview with Mr. Lee Lozowick

I started eating vegetarisch Flammkuchen at 12:05 today morning !!!


Russell H. Conwell's speech Acres of Diamonds concludes ...If you forget everything I have said to you, do not forget this, because it contains more in two lines than all I have said. Bailey says: "He most lives who thinks most, who feels the noblest, and who acts the best."...

Philip James Bailey : We live in deeds, not years; in thoughts, not breaths; In feelings, not in figures on a dial. We should count time by heart-throbs. He most lives Who thinks most, feels the noblest, acts the best. Life’s but a means unto an end; that end Beginning, mean, and end to all things,—God.

The mission of the North Carolina Christmas Tree Association (NCCTA) is to promote "real" Christmas Trees through marketing and education.

(image source : Why they make Scents]


James Allen's As A Man Thinketh is partly responsible for the creation of the entire personal development industry. Most contemporary PD authors and teachers credit this little book for providing foundation to their principles.

Jeff Keller is President of Attitude is Everything, Inc.

Ben Brown and Ani Moller are on a three week road trip and will send super brief updates using his Nokia's e-mail capabilities.

From: Ani Moller Date: Tue, 18 Dec 2001 17:20:09 -0800 Subject: Yippee!

San Diego - 141 miles.

Derek Powazek's book Design for Community

Dave Winer

Albert Einstein : A man's ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties and needs; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death.


Margaret Mead : Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.

Oliver Breidenbach : The Spiegel figured out how to use numerology to better remember the Euro to DM exchange rate: 1.9 55 83 If you take the sum of the last two pairs it is 10 and 11, respectively. So, the exchange rate is one point nine, ten, eleven...

Mira Art quotes Buckminster Fuller : When I am Working on a problem, I never think about beauty. I think only of how to solve the problem. But when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong.

Why we have a terrorism problem with our airlines : ...the FAA had come down hard on the airport only because 1,000 badges was too many, in that regulations permit that airport to have only 500 unaccounted-for access badges....

I have read somewhere that the Western World follow a 'parts per million' culture while the Japanese follow the 'zero defect' culture... and that this is the fundamental difference !

Ian Strecker : Toward a Zero-Defect Culture

Cameron Barrett : The Dave Winer Big Ego Awards


Pegasos is a literature related resource site

Rabindranath Tagore

Sjoerd Visscher : "I got ADSL!" . I hope to say that soon too :-)

Socrates : The unexamined life is not worth living

Aristotle in Nicomachean Ethics : The man who gets angry at the right things and with the right people, and in the right way and at the right time and for the right length of time, is commended.

Jason Levine : Stanford University Interview : "More important than the workload at Stanford, I find, is the ‘humbling factor’. Basically, if you can gain admission to a school like Stanford, I have no doubt that you can work at the level set by the professors. The problem is more egotistical: can you handle meeting people just as and possibly more intelligent than yourself?"



Sharon Holdstock (is a generic love spreader among others) : Yoga by Shazzie - WOW - see the pictures !

(via PaperQuote) Buddha : A family is a place where minds come in contact with one another. If these minds love one another the home will be as beautiful as a flower garden.


Lawrence Lee pointed to a new feature in Google and I came across a minor problem ! I did send feedback to Google...


Jack Welch's Vintage : Straight from the Gut

I am trying Bruno Cancellieri's Personal Mind Organizer. Good first impressions...

I requested Brent Simmons to list all the Mac OS X applications used by him. The answer. Thanks, Brent.

A visit to their Garden maintained by his wife Sheila Simmons is refreshing.

Saravanan Natarajan has sent me some (10 !) CDs with Osho's speeches and I have started listening to "Osho about Creativity" and most of the speech is available on the web too...

Osho : CREATIVITY: Unleashing the Forces Within : ...Creativity means loving whatsoever you do -- enjoying, celebrating it! Maybe nobody comes to know about it -- who is going to praise you for cleaning the floor? History will not take any account of it; newspapers will not publish your name and picture -- but that is irrelevant. You enjoyed it. The value is intrinsic...


(via PaperQuote) John Muir : Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.

Lawrence Benedict


S Sandilya , Sathyakama Sandilya

Google unveils huge archive of USENET back to 1981

First mention of Google is by Chris Mitchell. He doesnot actively maintain The Searcher's Road Less Travelled

But, Chris Mitchell has a powerful message on his home page for all of mankind - WOW !

It is all the more an important message when I see news like U.S. Nearing ABM Treaty Withdrawal


The Masquerade of Charity

Soul Boosters is inspiring

The Song of the Bird

New York City Three Months After

Mortimer Jerome Adler : The purpose of a liberal education is not to learn how to earn a living, but to learn how to live and enjoy life, especially when not working

Dave Winer on a Segway


Jean-Paul Sartre : The more sand that has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it.

Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

Siva Vaidhyanathan : Software Is Free Speech vs Software Is Free Speech

Isaiah Berlin (in The Hedgehog and the Fox): There exists a great chasm between those, on one side, who relate everything to a single central vision...and, on the other side, those who pursue many ends, often unrelated and even contradictory...The first kind of intellectual and artistic personality belongs to the hedgehogs, the second to the foxes.

Google Interface in Tamil

Jim Roepcke : I've been reading through the AppleScript documentation throughout the day today. So far I'm very impressed.

I am also tweaking the Image Capture in AppleScript

Derk Richardson : Eight Things I Learned from George Harrison

Albert Einstein : If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed.

William James : As the brain changes are continuous, so do all these consciousnesses melt into each other like dissolving views. Properly they are but one protracted consciousness, one unbroken stream.

I received an email response from Richard P. Gabriel regarding a spelling mistake on his site and another from John Patrick for a similar issue. Nice!

I want the following feature in MS Outlook or any email client for that matter: When I send an email, the tool should prompt me... you have sent a similar email to this person and didnot get a reply ! dont bother !!!

Better yet, my browser should have a similar feature :-)

I did something at work which makes me think of the Elegant Hack which is being powered by movabletype since some days...

Can you put the fragrance of the rose into words ?


I was looking for a Digital Camera and the winner is Digital IXUS. We bought it at New York Camera yesterday in person. Christian Kwyas is a great sales man. It was (will be) a memorable shopping experience. However Christian should be thankful to Jeff Keller's very useful reviews at Digital Camera Resource Page

We already like the camera very very much

Visit 1000 words

Probably Christian Kwyas has accumulated lots of good karma like Mark Pilgrim :-)

Coming from India, I am thinking of tasty Korma and Lord Vishnu's Kurma Avatar


The Euro

Dave Winer : Bug reports should have three parts. 1. Here's what I did. 2. This is what I expected to happen. 3. This is what actually happened. For extra credit, if it's a public Web app, provide a URL. It also couldn't hurt to say what version of the software you're using, what OS, and other things that might make your installation different from others.

Office XP Error Reporting May Send Sensitive Documents to Microsoft

Peter Longo is Pratt & Whitney's CIO. Pratt & Whitney is a leader in the design, manufacture and support of engines for commercial, military and general aviation aircraft, and space propulsion systems

16 Ways to Be a Smarter Teacher

Ken Roberts maintains the Great Books Index


Benjamin Kuipers has a possible solution to the Arab-Israeli Conflict

Found The End of the World at his page... which made me goto RAQ and found The Meaning of Life :-)

Thinking of Mannheim ...


LimeWire is interesting

Palestine, Israel and the Arab-Israeli Conflict - A Primer

I want to buy a Digital Camera. Canon PowerShot A20 is on the top of my list... Jeff Keller states ...As always, I recommend a trip to your local camera store to try out the /camera/ and its competitors before you buy!... Do you have any recommendations ?

ONLIFE, Online


I am in The Search for Beauty in An English Country Garden

"For his(Christopher Alexander) Ph. D. Thesis, later published as the book Notes on the Synthesis of Form, he was awarded the first Gold Medal for Research by the American Institute of Architects."

John Patrick is IBM's Internet Guru and his new book is Net Attitude

via PaperQuote Andre Gide : It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not.

CoolCam is coolware as well as shareware :-)

Our QuickCam order was fulfilled yesterday... Checkout our Webcam


Christopher Alexander's ideas on office furniture and interiors

http://www.patternlanguage.com/ : A . W E B S I T E . D E V O T E D . T O . R E B U I L D I N G . T H E . E A R T H

Richard P. Gabriel : Worse Is Better

Dan Simmons in When Mental Growth Outruns Maturity ...Wabash influenced every part of my life because I learned what being an educated human being meant while I was here...

Lightweight Languages Workshop

Enron's Cows

Sushma always wondered about Cops get(ting) speeding tickets from cameras

George Harrison dies. Craig Jensen is Sad and heart broken. All Things Must Pass

We were at Weihnachtsmarkt Mannheim yesterday

I bought National Geographic's 100 best pictures

Weihnachtsmarkt lists all !

Andrea Frick has great pictures from her local Christmas Market

On Saturday, Dinner at Innsbruck


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