Monthly Archives: July 2006

What is a retronym?

Found this out a couple of weeks ago..

A retronym is a word or name given after a product has been around for a long time …

For example, Black & White TV, or Landline Phones !

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I swear I did not make this up !

Your Birthdate: September 8
Watch out Donald Trump! You’ve got a head for business and money.
You’ll make it rich some day, even if you haven’t figured out how yet.
A supreme individualist, you shouldn’t get stuck in a corporate job.
Instead, make your own way – so that you can be the boss.

Your strength: Your undying determination

Your weakness: You require an opulent lifestyle

Your power color: Plum

Your power symbol: Dollar sign

Your power month: August

What Does Your Birth Date Mean?

The ban on blogspot, typepad and geocities (contd)

Some great posts by Greatbong here and here.

Dilip’s post on how the Right To Information act is being amended. When I saw that on the news yesterday I was wondering if the government is getting to scared by bloggers using the RTI act. And how some places utilize typos. How the deal is not just about blogspot being banned. And on freedom.

Some journalist called me from Delhi and asked me if Dilip was leading the bloggers to file a petition under the RTI act. I gave her Dilip’s number and asked her to call him directly. So, Dilip, are you?

Madhukar sees the positives in the ban.

Guess some Indians did not like using pkblogs, so they created inblogs !!

MSM’s covering this blog ban very seriously..and that’s because quite a few read blogs and some are clandestine bloggers themselves.

blogspot, typepad and geocities banned in india

This is crazy !

More here

I can’t access blogspot, typepad and geocities from my airtel connections at home.

Update: Commentator Rajiv says that it’s probably because terrorist group SIMI was using blogs to communicate. As he says…the approach is quite illogical.

I’m sure that if the government co-opts bloggers such blogs could be sniffed out quite easily with our desi-bloggers. Some of them are quite amazing cyber-sleuths. But with this clumsy ban, the government will have to spend energy trying to bluff the Indian blogosphere which could be better utilized going after the real culprits.

Update 2:

A replay of 2003?…that was when the Govt of India (GOI) banned “yahoogroups” 3 years ago. What they had asked the ISPs then was to block one yahoogroup “kynhun”, but since you can’t block one single yahoogroup, the ISPs blocked all the yahoogroups !

From the Financial Express article Blogs, websites go blank:

ISPs are believed to have been asked to block sites like bloodspot.com, hinduhumanrights.org, hinduuni-ty.org and clickatell.com, besides frontline blogs like the Google-owned . Deepak Maheshwari, secretary of ISP Association of India \n said: “We have received a letter from DoT, asking us to block around 18 \n URLs.” \nThough the communication, dated July 13, by \n the telcom department to ISPs lists specific pages/ websites, several ISPs \n have blocked all blogs because they were not equipped to filter specific \n pages. This could be because all websites hosted on blogspot.com, for \n instance, have the same IP address. \n\n

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Superman in the wikipedia

from wikipedia

The story of Superman’s origin parallels those of other cultural heroes and religious figures such as Jesus, Moses, Gilgamesh, Samson, or Krishna, who were spirited away as infants from places where they were in danger.

In 1986, after the Crisis on Infinite Earths limited series, DC Comics hired writer/artist John Byrne to re-create the Superman character, reshaping the previous 48 years of stories by putting new twists on the established mythos.

The post-Crisis comics present Clark Kent as the “real” person, with Superman as the secret identity that he uses to prevent his enemies from harming his family and friends. People do not suspect that Superman is hiding his real identity because he wears no mask. The concept that Clark is the real man, as well as the greater emphasis on his Earthly upbringing, is a deliberate reversal of the pre-Crisis version. Another significant aspect of Superman’s reinvention is a reduced level of abilities, with powers such as time travel removed completely and other powers — notably his invulnerability and super-strength — vastly reduced. The series also introduces the idea that Superman’s invulnerability stems from his body’s creating an “energy field” when exposed to solar radiation from the Earth’s yellow sun.

In 1992, DC Comics published the storyline “The Death of Superman“, in which Superman fights a character called Doomsday. Both Superman and Doomsday are killed, taking each other down with their final blows. “The Death of Superman” is followed by “Funeral for a Friend”, which chronicles Superman’s funeral and examines other characters’ reactions to the death of the hero. Next, DC published the “Reign of the Supermen” storyline, during which four different characters — a new Superboy, the cyborg “Man of Tomorrow“, the murderous “Last Son of Krypton“, and Steel — are introduced as Superman, although none of them are.

Irons as Steel. Art by Jon Bogdanove.