Thursday, June 05, 2014

What would I do with the ASUS Transformer T 100?



I most appreciate technology when I’m on the move. While I’m waiting, have some time to kill, I can browse Twitter or Facebook on the ASUS Transformer T 100. Or play the next level of Plants vs. Zombies 2. For a break, I can go to Digg or Flipboard.

If I need to search for a shop that keeps what I want, I can google it on the T 100. And of course, directions. I would literally be lost without GPS and Google Maps.

On longer trips, like the one I took to Goa, the T 100 as a tablet’s handy for watching movies or serials. Couldn’t have used a laptop on a bus, which kept jolting me! Even when I take a flight to Bangalore, it can come in useful. Then it can be a laptop, as there aren’t any jolts there, usually.

On a shorter bus ride, to Mumbai from Pune, as a tablet it would be useful in reading novels and also for work. The battery would last much longer than my phone. I can just pop it in my bag and even in Mumbai’s frustrating traffic jams, I can work away!

I seriously feel incomplete without a device even within the house. I need a device within reach to take a photo, to capture that memory when I’m outside having dinner at a new place.

Or if I see a tree in full bloom, a gorgeous sunset, I need to click, check out the filters, and put it on Instagram. Technology helps me to stay connected and create.

Even when the lights go out, which happens frequently, I have no problems. I can just go for a walk, knowing that my mails will keep coming on the T 100. And, I can see how fast I’ve walked using RunKeeper :)

Since it’s tough typing on a tablet, the biggest advantage of the T 100 is that it can become a laptop when I want to. So when I want to chill it can be a tablet, and when it’s time to work, it can be a laptop.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

State.com- the new social network on the block


Just like the mind boggling number of TV channels, there are enough social networks to choke anyone’s bandwidth. Depending on your personality, you can be as social or unsocial as you want.

When you want to be in a social bubble, there’s Facebook. Twitter’s there if you want to learn about new things from strangers. State’s akin to Twitter. It frees you of the 140 character limit though.

Still, there’s no need to be wordy. You can state your opinion in three words. As the world speeds up, that could be enough. The social network version of the elevator pitch.

User interface
State looks stylish. It visualizes trending topics, according to categories. That makes it easier for a category of our interest to jump out at you.

Ease of Accessibility

I signed up using Twitter, so I was quite happy I didn’t have to fill out a lengthy form.

The share your sign up to your social networks option could have been clearer though. I clicked yes, but it didn’t get shared on Facebook or Twitter. Another prompt saying Click on the network you want to share with would have made things clearer.

Ease of sharing and finding content
Although State, like Asimov’s Univac has an encyclopediac list of topics that come up as soon as you search for something you have in mind, creating a new topic isn’t so easy.

You have to go to the red State button at the top middle of the webpage. I didn’t even know it was clickable! From then on, it’s pretty easy.

Stating your opinion on existing topics is a breeze. Since you are likely to be normal, what’s on your mind is likely to be on the mind of others too.  So whether it’s the UK dropping To Kill a Mockingbird from its curriculum, or the classic Friends, you’re likely to find someone who has already voiced an opinion on the topic.

Features

Trending Topics
These are category wise, so you can go straight to the category that interests you. Whether its Books, Tech, Sport,  you’re sure to learn something new.

Tuning In
You can tune in to categories you want to follow and also people. I picked the categories I was keen on, but I often found something of interest even in the categories I hadn’t picked. I though Technology would be well, technical, but it wasn’t. Instagram was a topic on the radar there, so I felt right at home.

Tuning in to people State suggested didn’t seem to work well for me. They weren’t my kind of people. One was into music, and I’m not too aware of what’s hot in that.

I did tune in to someone who commented on one of my opinions though. I was so happy someone had reached out! But again, the person didn’t seem like my kind of person, so I didn’t consciously click to see his opinions later.

Tuning in sounds miles better than following :)

Sentiment Range
Once you jump in with your take, if enough people have stated opinions on that topic, State will show you where you stand on the normal bell curve. Did most people think positively about feminism? What did the top opinion staters say? I came out normal on all my opinions.

Top Word Groups
When you state an opinion, popular words people have used to describe their opinion are suggested. Frankly, I found that distracting. It was too easy to just go with the flow and not think of the right word myself.

State Clip
You can drag State in your bookmarks, so that it’s there when you want to react to something online. The other day I was in the library and came across something that made me say to myself, “I must share my opinion on that on State.”

Verdict

I guess State is becoming part of me. Twitter’s getting too full of chatter. State’s a good place to go for the thinking person to hang out online. Long may it last.



This review is a product review programme by Blogadda.com and State.com

Friday, May 09, 2014

The Liebster Award

When I saw I have comments to moderate I thought they would be spam. When I saw the one that said I have been nominated for an award I still thought it was spam. Be still, my beating heart! Think this by bloggers award is a great idea :) Thank you Pages from Serendipity for nominating me!

The Rules of the Liebster Award
The Liebster Award is given to bloggers by other bloggers. It is a great way to connect with new bloggers, and to welcome them to the blogosphere. Here are the rules:
1. Link back to the blogger who nominated you.
2. Answer the 11 questions given to you by the blogger who nominated you.
3. Nominate 11 other bloggers with less than 200 followers.
4. Go to the blogs you nominated and notify them of your nomination.
5. Give your nominees 11 questions to answer.
The Liebster AwardHere are my answers to Pages from Serendipity's questions.
1. What is it that you would have missed if you hadn't started your blog?
Great question! Can't imagine life without my blog, although I have been neglecting the poor thng for life lately. Would have missed the lovely comments from strangers that I can still remember when I think of old posts.

2.How do you connect with other bloggers? And how frequently?
I read blogs of old friends, I get notifications about new posts. I post when I write something new, on blogging networks. I look up the bloggers who like my posts and add them to my network if they're interesting :)

3. When was the last time you wrote a letter to somebody?
I remember writing to a friend in France in 2008?

4. Do you think man will build houses on the moon in the future?
Necessity will lead to that, I guess. Would be fun to bounce around up there though! Sure wish I boomerang as a moonling :)

5. What do you think about this award?
Great idea. Stumbling on interestingness is ironically getting tougher under the avalanche of uselessness, so this stands out.

6. Do you earn through your blog?
Nope. Maybe some cents, but they haven't added up to the amount Google will fork out. Maybe when I'm about to kick the bucket, they'll fill it with coins :-P

7. How do you want to spend the last days of your life?
Do you see how my last answer segues in this question? I swear I didn't read the question before. Serendipity, you live up to thy name :) I want to spend the last days of my life- hope they're not soon- travelling through Europe.

8. How much love and how much hatred is your heart made of?
Lot of love and a little bit of hatred. Just to keep life interesting. Your questions are deep, Serendipity!

9. If you are playing with sand now, what are you building?
Balls. I dunno why, it just popped in my head. How would I make them was my second thought. Wet, was the answer. And now I'll stop because I realise this is getting ickier...

10. What would be the fate of your blog after you die?
Death preoccupies you, Serendipity. It would still be there, I'd like to think, still useful to those who stumble on it, looking for play reviews and other random ravings of mine. Sorry, I HAVE to share this PJ I thought of- I'd ghostwrite it!

11. How are you going to choose your set of 11 bloggers now?
That's the first question that popped in my head. Will check whether that friend I read makes the criteria. Another friend I just remembered has started blogging, so will pick her too. Had come across good blogs recently via work, so will dig some of those up. Look at my networks, do some random hunting...

Kairos was nominated from http://pagesfromserendipity.wordpress.com/2014/04/07/the-liebster-award/

These are the blogs I nominate

http://blueglassvase.wordpress.com/
http://www.discoveringhappinessnow.com
http://mytakeoneverything9.wordpress.com/
http://www.janakinair.in/
http://karmicsoliloquy.blogspot.in/
http://chaitanyavs.wordpress.com/
http://www.womanatics.com
http://talkalittledo.wordpress.com/
http://bookwormetc.wordpress.com/
http://noenthuda.com/blog/
http://thousandoceansinside.blogspot.in/

Phew! I had a tough time finding some of you :) Glad I did, though.

Here are my 11 questions.

1. How do you find time for blogging?
2. Do you self censor in case someone will get offended?
3. Who do you support in the election?
4. Do you think writing is related to loneliness?
5. Are you a perfectionist?
6. Do you write to be read or do you write to write?
7. Tell us a secret about your city.
8. What's your favourite way to commute?
9. What do you feel about housework?
10. How do you keep yourself interested at work?
11. The TV show you like was watchable until...

Monday, March 17, 2014

Retail therapy

Sadly our retail therapy is mostly limited to sales, now that clothes are getting so expensive you might as well wear currency notes. Plus there's the not so little matter of the paunch- there are few tops which are forgiving enough- so then the constraints start tending towards becoming mutually exclusive.

Coupons- get a bargain deal- who doesn't like these? I have got some fantastic ones, before parlours caught on. 70% off on getting pampered- what bliss- unlikely that we would indulge at normal rates. Mani-pedi. facial, waxing, haircut, the works. So what if I signed up for a membership and then got crappy service for months to come?

Cashback's another catchy C. I so identified with Confessions of a Shopaholic. I've always wanted to buy whatever there's a cash back on, but luckily my needs set and the stuff that I'd get a cash back on set haven't intersected yet :)

Giveaways- now that's a magic word! Guaranteed to make me fill out a lucky draw coupon. I actually did come close to winning the grand prize of a Mercedes recently, in a shopping mall draw. If the winner would have declined, I would have got it. Sometimes they do, you know, gift tax and parking are nightmares. I did win a Phir bhi dil hai Hindustani cassette for writing a slogan in school.

My first prize was 3 Benetton tshirts- which were oversize- but I still wore them everywhere. Target, the children's magazine- asked why do Hindi film heroines move from short skirts to the kitchen after marriage? My answer- they move from sizzling to cooking sizzlers :P


This post is a part of the Shop, only to Save More! Activity by GoPaisa.com in association with BlogAdda.com.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Mmmalaysia Musts for Me

Travelling abroad is always refreshing. Everything is new. Sometimes too much newness can be tough to take in at a go, so travelling within Asia's a good idea. Where better to start with than Malaysia?
(Drumroll) Here are my top 5 things to do in Malaysia
1. Soak in Langkawi island. Since pictures speak louder than words, I'm going to let this do all the talking.
2. Gunung Mulu National Park's next on my list. Doesn't it look out of the world? These look like people in robes, waiting for something...a UFO leader?
3.The gorgeous aquatic life at the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park is definitely on my list. Want to just let that multitude of colours wash over me...
4.Redang Island for its corals also makes my list.

5. I'd never heard of a river safari, but now that I have, I sure want to go one! Kinabatangan River, you're on my list too.


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Sunday, February 02, 2014

Ah, poetry

I’d like to study poetry writing. Not reading, writing. I want to do that at the University of East Anglia, UK. I’ve been hearing about it for a long time and it sounds like the ideal place to go for creative writing.

I love this line from the UEA website- You have been writing poetry for long enough to know that it is a vital part of your life.” That is so true. It’s impossible to experience something moving and not want to transform it into a poem.

Being with others interested in writing, in a course that encourages writing day in and day out…that would do wonders for my development as a poet. Looking at one’s own work can be tough. One doesn’t know how to sharpen it. Getting feedback from mentors would be learning.

UK as an environment is conducive to poetry. The poets, the sheer diversity of writing that it is home to, is fodder for thought.

Today, brevity is again the soul of wit, with Twitter, Facebook et al. Imagism remixed. What is poetry but compressed intensity, as a professor called it? The world needs poets today, to interpret the influx of information we are deluged with.


Lyrical ones, so that set to music, their words can drown out the chatter of the internet. A course is one part of the equation. The other is what we bring to the course. Together, magic can ensue.


Poets have listeners today. Let’s give them something worth remembering.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

I hate that unclean stubble



Men may claim that stubble is sexy, but the target audience begs to differ. Stubble makes for an unkempt look, like the creepy characters in Roald Dahl’s The Twits, who had bugs feasting on the food particles stuck in their beards.
While godmen can keep long beards, the current status of godmen in India is poor. Men are lazy- there’s no doubt about this fact- so definitely shaving everyday’s a pain. But the payoff is immense.
You can admire yourself in the mirror with good reason then. Your significant other will enjoy stroking your chin without getting beard rash. You will be recognizable to long lost relatives as that innocent lad they remember from a decade ago.
Keeping a beard in shape is more challenging than being clean shaven, gentlemen. You trim it, and if it is lopsided, you’re a figure of fun. Even if you get someone to do your dirty work, he can goof up too, so be warned.
And as you age and you want to look young, this is an easier option than buying a Mercedes! It is believed that the clean shaven look became popular in military societies- enemies had less to grab on to. In these crime-ridden times, being clean shaven’s a good idea.
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