This was my first proper long distance running. I finished Open 10k in not so respectable 1:39:00. Its not that bad, considering I haven’t been running at all. I am planning to run a half marathon this year, hopefully with decent timing.
Its been a dream to visit the library from long time. This time I made sure I did. Library of Congress is the largest library in the world (British Library is very a close competitor). It roughly attracts 1.75 million visits in an year and is a reference library. It has books from all over the world including Kannada books(ಉದಾಹರಣೆಗೆ ಕುವೆಂಪುರವರ ಅನಿಕೇತನ ಕವನ ಸಂಕಲನ, ಎಶಿಯನ್ ರಿಡಿಂಗ್ ರೂಮ್ನಲ್ಲಿ ದೊರೆಯುತ್ತದೆ.).
With a free library card you get to see and study them. The library card is available to anybody with an address proof. Fill up the form online and carry your passport (you don’t have to be US citizen or permanent resident. Passport of any country is good) and get your id card in like 10 minutes.
If you have a free day in DC don’t miss visiting loc. They have a free tour almost every day and they are wonderful. If you want to follow-up online they have great set of blogs. They also do 140 character updates.
This is just an idea as of now. Lets call it “Ask Your Govt” where community can ask questions and vote on questions. Questions should be non personal and relevant to the community. If a question gets a certain points (or up votes if you like or retweets). “Ask Your Govt” will raise an RTI on your behalf. Once it gets answered from respective department we will publish it for the community use.
Since its just me as of now. I will do one RTI per month. If you are interested in helping me, send me a mail.
In a couple of days the website should be up and running for you to use interactively. As of now you can ask question by sending me an email. So go ahead and send me your questions.
Ideas and comments are welcome.
I have been a geek forever, mostly embarrassing friends and family around me. This time I did go a step further. It was meant to be something really personal. But then when I told what happened she was embarrassed. Of course she likes most things I do. This time too a second later she smiled at me and asked me whether was her name open data :) Of course there I was covered.
She wrote this for the geek inside me a while back
I could question him every day for proof of his love
Instead I said, “Make me your password”
The clarity of his reply resounded
With the assurance I needed.
“You are already a part of my hard disk key”, said Clarity
The loveliest gesture in his digital world.
His writing ability often vexs me
His spellings, grammar; like monkeys on a page
Misbehave to ruin the moments in his coaxed letters.
One January evening, he hands me an LIC diary.
Later when I open to make it my own
“To my Life Insurance” sing the monkeys in harmony
And my “fine” writing ability goes up in flames
as my heart melts into a puddle of love
for my simpleton.
1. Well I am not embarrassed any more.
2. Of course password has been changed since them. And it wasn’t simple name password if you know what I mean :)
We have been working hard at Mavrix. We have been releasing new features almost every month. But this time its bigger. Now we have shiny new MySwar app for Android and IOS. Both of them are free at this point. Go ahead and install them. I am happy about the way apps have turned up. Let me know what do you think.
I am sure there are bugs and features which you would love to see. Send them. I have already started getting requests. But I assure you, I will look at all of them. Its time to get back to work I guess :) May be another day I will write about the technology behind apps.