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Manipulating Truth…

… is easy.

Python 2.5.1 (r251:54863, Apr 18 2007, 08:51:08) [MSC v.1310 32 bit (Intel)] on win32
Type “help”, “copyright”, “credits” or “license” for more information.
>>> True
True
>>> True == False
False
>>> True = False
>>> True == False
True
>>> True == True
True
>>> int(True)
0
>>> str(True)
‘False’
>>>

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Ten Thousand Cents

Check out http://www.tenthousandcents.com/

Also check out the about page for the  project.

One observation. Look at the average time spent/user by country.
Egyptians have spent a good half hour, chinese come second at 23
minutes and indians third at 11 minutes. Superficial interpretation may
suggest how people from these countries are willing to grind themselves
for a cent. This coincides with the popular opinion of china/india
being good low cost(a.k.a cheap) outsource destinations. That
interpretation is flawed and here is my reason. I think people take up
mechanical turk jobs(with such meager offerings) not to make a living
out of it, but to get the satisfaction of helping out somebody. The
cent is really a token of appreciation, its like the rupee you put on
the pujari’s plate at temples, that rupee is not for the god, but for
the person who has devoted his life to god and being a channel between
god and the masses
. Of course, you may
argue about how pujari’s become pujaris to make a living, dont do this,
that, whatever, whatever. I dont want to get into all that, i cannot
think of anything more about what their job description could be.
Coming back, another way of looking at this would be
proud-indian/chinese way, people may say ‘Indians put immense efforts
into perfecting even such small things’, ‘so much time for such a job
shows dedication’ blah.. blah.. This observation is also.. well..
incorrect. Reason, we simply dont know if the task actually takes more
than 10 minutes to do, if the overall average is around a couple of
minutes and you spend 10 on that, it could also indicate
inefficiency(like using a small brush to paint the section).

So what do i have to say about it? Well sit back and enjoy the work of
10000 people, have a nice laugh at the selected gallery. Appreciate
their work.

P.S: What does the percent unique visitors stat represent?

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Top Posting? or Bottom posting?

My usual style of responding to emails is by
typing the reply at the bottom of the sender’s message, that i have
assumed to be the right way because that’s where thunderbird places the
cursor while trying to reply. But, most of my friends here reply by
typing at the top, which in a way is useful because you dont have to
scroll to see what the last person has said.
 
I dint bother about which is the right/wrong way until today, one
friend asked me why i had replied an empty mail to him yesterday(my
reply was at the bottom of a long thread, and it seems people assumed i
had simply clicked reply and forgot to add anything). That’s when I
realised something is awfully wrong in the way I reply. Did a google
search on which is the right way of doing this and turns out it is yet
another long standing debate(Between my style is called “Bottom
Posting” and the other is “Top Posting”). Found a nice article talking
about each style here http://mailformat.dan.info/quoting/ .

Now whatever the (dis-)advantages each style has, I think the decision
of which to use should be based on how the majority in your usual
mailing group work, and going by that I think I will be changing my
style to top-posting 😦

P.S: To change your reply position check here.
http://kb.mozillazine.org/Thunderbird_:_FAQs_:_Reply_Position

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First impressions about posterous

Simply awesome.

But that’s the way I have felt about many other services released in
the past couple of years. But how many of these services do I actually
use on an everyday basis – a handful. Not to take anything away from
posterous though, they are just awesome.

One minor gripe – The ‘dont have to signup’ was misleading. I actually
ended up with http://karthik_6qoy0.posterous.com/ as the name of my
posterous site(although I was able to
change it to karthikk.posterous.com soon enough).

Will soon be experimenting with other features. Between, I had heard of
posterous some time back(was only mildly interested then), but the
thing that made me take that extra step of signing up and trying it out
was this post http://sachin.posterous.com/posterouscom-is-not-in-beta .

<quote>

“Beta” is just an excuse to release buggy software and not have
to take responsibility for it.

</quote>

So true.

<quote>

We write the highest quality code we can, and if shit breaks, we take
responsibility and fix it.

</quote>

Honestly, this is the one sentence that got me to try Posterous. Way to
go.

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