Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Throw a balloon at friends

The latest rage on Facebook is Balloonz!.

It's a fun little app that lets you stuff things in balloons and throw at friends. Friends can dodge them by sending them on to someone else. The fun continues until the balloon explodes...

Come, throw some! :)

Recalling an interview on TV with Lata Mangeshkar

I was reading some coverage of the felicitations of the Indian cricket team for having won the world cup. Of course no one expected them to win. Every victory seemed like their last. But that didn't stop the ministers and the who's who to bask in refelcted glory.

The incident I was reminded of was what Lata Mangeshkar -- who if you don't know about happens to be the female voice of just about any Indian film song you heard from 1950 to 1980 -- recounted in a TV interview.

Lata had sung a "patriotic" song during the Indo-China war days in 1962 for India's prime minister Jawahar Lal Nehru. As it happened, Nehru was deeply touched by the song, and shed a tear. Lata was hurriedly called back to meet Nehru after the performance, and Nehru told her that she had made him cry. This incident became a huge rage. And it spun off a weird fad. Whenever Lata was performing live at a show, ministers and babus would sit in the front row, and have her perform the same song she did for Nehru. And... they would cry.

Friday, September 21, 2007

This one's for the gallery

Six sixes off six balls. This one thing alone makes up for a lot of could-have-beens-that-werent from the Indian team. Yuvraj's the man!

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Tracking Facebook ad to install conversion

This is a problem we were looking into for some time, and we released an application to track these better for us.

Read more about it here.

It might be insightful anyway to read it if you want to advertise your apps on facebook.

Friday, September 07, 2007

Gripe of the day

Why do sites require me to provide my birthday, my zip code, my email, my dog's name, my school's name, my roommate's name, my favorite color... Why? When will websites learn? Why is this information relevant to them?

I just today tried to sign up for Mashable. I don't even remember why. Here's what their sign up page looks like:

I tried ot leave a few of them blank and sign up. It didn't work. No I did not sign up thank you. My stupid old internet life is fine enough without sharing all my personal data with every tom, dick and harry.

Have you shared a memory yet?

Where have you been? Here's a link to the Facebook app. Shared Memories.

Vote for it on best of facebook here.

Also -- if you are building applications for Facebook, you might be interested in the blog post here.

Looking forward to Shoot em up

I've seen the trailer online a few times and I am all for it. Shoot 'em up, Clive!

Ever since I saw him in Greenfingers, I've been a fan of Clive Owen. That was years ago, and this guy seems to go from strenght to stength. Shoot em up seems to have everything going for it -- they even roped in Monica Bellucci! Paul Giamatti is an odd guy -- Sideways seemed ot suit him just right -- but he looks irritating enough in the promos that him getting his ass kicked is probably going to be double the fun.