Friday, December 25, 2015

Christmas and Eid-e-Milaad-un-Nabi - some celebrations don't need any basis to it

A rare case when Christians are celebrating Christmas [25th December claimed to be the birthday of prophet Jesus (PBUH)] and Muslims are celebrating Eid-e-Milaad-un-Nabi [12th Rabi-al-Awwal claimed to be the birthday of prophet Muhammad (PBUH)] on the same day - Gregorian calendar meets Lunar calendar. Turns out, none of these celebrations have any real basis in the history of their respective religions - sorry to hurt you if I have done so by saying this.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

RESTful API Design - Webinar - by APIGee

A fantastic webinar by #APIGee on making Pragmatic #REST #API design. It contains: 
- things to include, 
- things to avoid, 
- things to watch out for. 

The full webinar is on #youtube at https://youtu.be/R8SIxZVaai4 . 

But if you want to only skim through the contents, I have prepared a 58 slide photo album on #GooglePhotos. You can visit and share https://goo.gl/photos/ZZmhV1dBtRVcb4Kb6 .




Thursday, October 24, 2013

Google Maps... why you on drugs?

So google maps is supposed to be great at giving you directions to your destination. Well it surely does a great job at that [apparently much better than the maps made by the half-eaten fruit company], but recently it really struggles in actually giving you the right directions.

For example: take a look at this screenshot which I captured while asking the G-boy for directions.

Point 1: i asked for WALKING directions, not even CAR directions.

Point 2: i refetched the directions SEVERAL times

Point 3: how could google show me SUCH a long 16 min route [the solid blue line] whereas i was ONLY about 40-60 seconds away from the destination by walk?

Point 4: in fact, the alternative route which google had calculated [the solid grey line] was an EVEN worse route for my given current location and destination

Conclusion: really hope that google doesn't become over-confident about their growth, so much so that it becomes heedless at delivering quality... [like some of the other companies that have risen and fallen in the past]

[UPDATE: Jon Evans on TechCrunch has recently published an appealing article titled "Dear Google, what's wrong with you?" You might wanna check that out too.]



Tuesday, October 8, 2013

treating the women as a commodity

Originally shared on facebook:
I fail to understand what the visuals of a huge BATEXPO-2013 billboard is actually trying to grab attention to. It is one thing to promote an exhibition of clothing apparels & textiles, and it is another thing to promote that with a lack of clothing. Sub-'han-Allah, using a woman's charms as a materialistic commodity to attract stakeholders to a business has become the definition of modernism today. And our so-called "modern" generation doesn't look at it as offensive to respect-for-women.
source: https://www.facebook.com/syed.rakib/posts/10151871268543559 

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Bad guys in movies

I noticed, almost every indian movie shows that the bad guys are the ones who does the most pooja paath and all. The good guys do that occasionally [meh] but the bad guys would have their own temple, would stay in their temple, would bring over pandit and do pooja paath, would give prasad among people - and also cut other people's throats once they are out of the temple and are the most feared person in the area.

Not that i am advocating any one religion over any other religion [that's a totally different topic], but this mass display of the bad guys being the most active in acts of worship has a natural effect on the general public - that religion doesn't necessarily guide anyone towards good; that its only a practice followed by our forefathers and that's why we also follow it without analyzing what exactly this religion thing is.

As a result [with this being one of the MANY other reasons], there is an increased loss of faith and belief among the growing generations year by year. And we think mass media isn't strong enough to manipulate our perceptions.