Thejesh GN

A Blog, A Website and A container for all my views with excerpts from technology, travel, films, india, photography, kannada, friends and other interests. I am Thejesh GN. Friends call me Thej

Cup10: Happy Engineer’s Day

Posted by Thejesh GN On September - 16 - 20101 COMMENT

I couldn’t miss talking about Sir MV whose birthday is celebrated as Engineers Day, which is today, Sep 15th. I was so tired, so I talked only about this and hence probably this is the shortest. But we will be back next week.

PS: I am a Sir MV fanboy.

Cup10: Happy Engineers day

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Parsing and Visualizing Indian Flood Forecast

Posted by Thejesh GN On September - 10 - 20105 COMMENTS

Flood forecast alerts are provided by Central Water Commission. They have boring maps and tables. Also they don’t provide data in program accessible format. Members of ICTD for asia are working on parsing and storing that data. In the meantime I wanted something to play. I found ScraperWiki (hacker news discussion) which can be used to scrape data from any page and schedule it for running. It allows php, python and ruby languages. Its easy and gives lot more flexibility than Y! pipes to scrape that data. Here is my scraper to get the flood data. You will have to register to get an API to use the data. Data is available in JSON, XML, PHP etc.

By the time I scraped the data, it was late. I couldn’t think so I used Google chart API to display simple dashboard. Probably tomorrow, I should be able to use the parsed data in a better way.
Anyway go ahead and have a look at finished Flood Forecast Alert System. Let me know your comments or creative ideas to visualize it.

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Notes on Rainfall data visualization of Karnataka

Posted by Thejesh GN On September - 7 - 20101 COMMENT

After watching “developing world” video on TED, I was eager to try out Google visualization API. When I found the rain fall information, I thought its the best suited data to play around. Go check out the Visualization of Rain Fall in Karnataka.

Data is from India water portal. Data is on public Google document. I have used Google Visualization API for this. Its easy and simple.

Annual and Monthly rain fall comparison

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Online options for Kannada music lover

Posted by Thejesh GN On September - 4 - 20108 COMMENTS

I listen to Kannada music a lot. I mostly end up buying CDs and then rip them so I can use it on my ipod or Nexus1. Its such a waste of resources. CD (eWaste) plus my time and money. Last few months I was searching for a good Kannada online music store where I could buy the mp3s directly. This way I can buy only those songs I like than the whole album. Even though my search was not completely successful, here are a few I found for your reference. As far as I know I have listed only legal sites here.

I am sure, I have missed many others. Let me know.

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1by2coffee: Cup9: Oracle sues Google and Google cheats Net

Posted by Thejesh GN On August - 17 - 2010Comments Off

Recently recorded a new episode of 1by2coffee with Veetrag aka @kv. KV and myself were hosting YAP at one point of time. He was at his home town Udaipur and had some free time. We used this opportunity to record this episode of b2c. The subject of the episode is very well defined by the title. We also talk about blackerry’s issues with Governments.

Go ahead listen
Cup9: Oracle sues Google and Google cheats Net

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