What’s your resolution for 2015?

As another year comes to a close, and the time for resolutions comes around, I thought of something which stayed with me from a movie I watched a while ago.

Charlie Chaplin’s The Great Dictator – is both an amusing and a thought provoking movie. The caricature of Hitler in the form of the Romanian dictator and the Jewish barber who is so similar to him, that the Dictator’s own soldiers mix up the two of them. The comedy in the movie highlights the absurdity of Hitler or in this case Henkel’s rise to power culminating in one very powerful speech where the barber impersonates the dictator, to denounce him in front of his people.

With that thought I leave you with some words from Charlie Chaplin’s speech in the Great Dictator. Continue reading What’s your resolution for 2015?

Accessibility and the digital arts

Accessibility is the science of developing technologies and interfaces in such a way that users with limited abilities (visual, auditory or control impairments) can use tools and channels to achieve parity with those whose abilities are not. Web pages separate text from the interface and the design, so that screen readers can read out text to those who cannot read.  Assistive input devices like sip & puff devices and wands allow input without keyboards.

You would ask me, why go to such extremes of building assistive technology and capabilities into what is ultimately a short lived campaign? Our budgets and timelines would never allow for it.

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100 Posts

In cricket I think this is a ton…

And just like that with my last post – I have made 100 posts on this experiment of mine.

On 13th August 2008 – I made my first post – Questioning Google. Google bashing continues to be one of my favourite topics. What with questioning the abilities of Google Translate, or when Google decided to lock me out of my account (my most popular post to date BTW).

Newer and newer experiments, with my posts on Exploring Hinduism; have me writing long format posts on an intriguing topic, examining the history of my faith. While my identifiable love for all things technological can be found scattered all over.

What started out as an experiment for me has grown into a regular part of my daily life. Whether I am just tracking visitors, researching topics or playing around with themes (oh god do I play around with themes :))

It is fun – and I do want to thank you, dear readers, for coming back and reading, making me want to do this more and more.

Its been great so far and can only get better 🙂

Varuna – the Elder God

Varuna is one of the elder gods, sovereign of the water. He is the first god of the Hindu pantheon accredited with the creation of the world. He was the first king and law giver. The prime mover of the universe, he was mostly concerned with moral and societal affairs than being a deification of nature.
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