Thursday, 28 August 2008

Expecting to get action? Leave your phone on 'Silent'

This bit of news is almost surreal:
Chants of “condom, condom” will now intersperse indipop and bhajan ringtones as part of a nationwide campaign to promote safe sex. Conceived to destigmatise condom use and encourage responsible sexual behaviour, the new ringtone targets young people between 15 and 35 years.
I can't think of anyone actually downloading the ring tone, except for maybe 15-year old kids with no hope of getting any action aiming to get cheap thrills by downloading the ring tone onto the phones of unsuspecting, less tech-savvy adults. And to think that the Gates Foundation is bank-rolling it along with the BBC. Bill's probably just trying to get some kind of tax break, I suppose.
As an additional bit of irony, the ring-tone is called 'condom a cappella' which can be loosely translated as 'condoms at chapel' or 'condoms in the style of the chapel'. I wonder what the Catholic church might have to say about that.
To listen and/or download, click here. You can even add an app to your Facebook profile and do your bit to curtail the spread of AIDS in India.

Monday, 25 August 2008


This sign's been up on the wall on the break-out area (basically, that means 'where the coffee machines are'), on my floor in office for well over a year now. Although whoever put it up probably did not mean it that way, the silence really did disturb me the first time, when I visited the place for my interviews. Since then, I've gotten accustomed to it.
I realized that today when I met a former colleague from the Bank who told me I had become much quieter since I changed jobs. I told him that was my default mode, I had to adapt to the Bank. The only problem with the silence is that it can make you forget that you need to speak up sometimes.

In case you were wondering, I took a picture of the sign during the week, before I met him. I was originally planning to weave it into a story of some sort about workplace angst or something. That didn't materialize though. Just not in the frame of mind for that sort of thing, really.
I do have a couple of posts half-typed out for a week now, so maybe I will get back to regular blogging pretty soon. See you then.
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Saturday, 2 August 2008

Rage, rage against the dying of the light

Han, among others, linked to Wordle a while back and invited others to try it out. The wordle created from my blog posts wasn't too interesting, so I forgot about it at that time. Then, last night, trying to get sleep in the midst of a 6-7 hour power cut in Koramangala, I got to thinking about Dylan Thomas' 'Do Not Go Gentle Into that Good Night', and wondered what it would look like as a wordle. Here it is:

For a bigger image, click here. The original poem by Thomas goes like this:

'Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night'

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my father, there on the sad height,
Curse, bless me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

-- Dylan Thomas

For commentary, see the minstrels page, or good ol' Wikipedia.
So what poems do you think would look good as a wordle?