Sunday, March 22, 2009

Meehive Launched, Nice Press Coverage

(Originally posted March 11, 2009)

Kosmix' personalized newspaper, Meehive, launched today.  We've had some good coverage, including:

  • Techcrunch
  • Venture Beat
  • Louis Gray

    Kosmix Introduces Meehive to Deliver Personalized News Pages

    “As much as you might think I'm overloaded with information from the Web, I'm not, honestly. I find that often my first tendency after reading through my Google Reader items is to want to go back to the site and start again, only to find them empty. It's possible, with MeeHive up and running, that when I've hit zero on Google Reader, and tapped out my FriendFeed and Twitter, I can have a destination to find out what the rest of the world is doing outside my little bubble.”

  • Portfolio, Tech Observer

    “Now there's a company that will make you your very own personalized newspaper made up of traditional media posts and blogs, kind of like a cyber-news Frankenstein delivered right to your inbox.”

  • Killer Startups Your Personalized Newspaper

    “When all is said and done, this is yet another legitimate way to keep abreast of any development that could appertain to you, and access that information as part of a personalized website. An account can be created in no time at all, so that if you want to see if this solution is right for you or not just wend your way to”

Bushism Of The Week

"Free societies are hopeful societies. And free societies will be allies against these hateful few who have no conscience, who kill at the whim of a hat."
Washington DC, 17 September, 2004

george bush two face

A link to the last Bushism Of The Week

Monday, March 16, 2009

Tuesday Workout

Started the morning with crunches.  Most of the day will be spent walking around Hong Kong and Kowloon.

Regular crunches: 5 sets of 20 crunches each = 100 crunches

Left-twist crunches: 5 sets of 20 crunches each = 100 crunches

Right-twist crunches: 5 sets of 20 crunches each = 100 crunches

Double-crunches = 5 sets of 10 crunches each = 50 crunches

For a total of 350 crunches

Facebook With (More) Egg On Its Face

(Originally posted Feb 18th, 2009)

Facebook recently updated its Terms Of Service to effectively say - "we own your data in perpetuity, even if you go ahead and leave Facebook.  Complain all you like."  

(Ok, I took some liberties with my summary).  Anyway, Shades of Beacon!, they got slammed in the blogosphere, and had to bow down to the public's wishes.  Here's what I saw on my Facebook home page yesterday:

"Over the past few days, we have received a lot of feedback about the new terms we posted two weeks ago. Because of this response, we have decided to return to our previous Terms of Use while we resolve the issues that people have raised. "

What does this mean for Facebook?  Without oversimplifying, they do need some of the updates in their Terms of Service, to better manage their network.  And they would like to add some of the other updates, to be able to use data on their network better - specially for monitoring and monetizing. 

My guess is that they'll slowly start adding a tweak here, a sentence there, and gradually update their Terms of Service to include most of the  changes they wanted.  It will just take them some time now.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Bushism Of The Week

"Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we." Washington DC, 5 August, 2004

george bush funny pic

 bush china funny

A link to the last  Bushism Of The Week

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Carlton Hotel Mussoorie In Winter

A couple more photos of the beautiful Carlton's Plaisance Hotel in Mussoorie, India. 

The photos are from the very large front lawn, facing the hotel.  There is a lovely hill with a temple behind the hotel.  Kids love running up that mountain.

mussoorie carlton hotel

mussoorie india carlton plaisance hotel

Friday, March 13, 2009

Thursday Workout

Started out with crunches in the morning:

10 sets of 20 crunches each, for a total of 200 crunches

No cardio, what a bummer

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Wednesday Workout

Started the morning with some light crunches:

5 sets of 20 crunches each, for a total of 100 crunches

Cardio - Elliptical:

A short, easy workout, since I got out of work really late.

Time taken = 1 hour/  60 minutes

Calories burnt = 694

Distance covered = 5.93 miles

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Restaurant Review - Himawari, San Mateo

Himawari in San Mateo in the bay area (California) is one of my favorite restaurants, specially when its getting close to 9 pm (it doesn't close early, except on Sundays).

Himawari is a Japanese restaurant.  They have sushi, of course.  But their specialty is ramen, udons, and that kind of stuff.

My favorites are the Shio Buttercorn Ramen, and the Tan Tan Men.  Having grown up on Indian food, I prefer a bit more taste, a bit more saltiness in my food, and Himawari delivers.

Favorite side dish - the sesame spinach.  (Although I think all their appetizers are great)

It is located at 202 2nd Ave., San Mateo, CA


Monday, March 9, 2009

Bushism Of The Week

''I know what I believe. I will continue to articulate what I believe and what I believe - I believe what I believe is right." Rome, 22 July, 2001

george bush funny face

A link to the last Bushism Of The Week

Friday, March 6, 2009

Thursday Workout



Time taken =  106 minutes (1 hr 46 minutes)

Calories burnt = 1,197

Distance covered = 10.26 miles


Time taken = 32 minutes

Calories burnt = 203

Distance covered = 7.10 miles

So total calories burnt = 1,400

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Wednesday Workout

Cardio:  Elliptical

Time taken = 120  minutes (2 hours)

Calories burnt = 1,367

Distance covered = 11.7 miles

Weights:  Shoulders

4 exercises of 4 sets each = 16 sets

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Tuesday Workout

Cardio:  Elliptical

Time taken = 60  minutes

Calories burnt = 733

Distance covered = 6.24 miles

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Batonnage - New Wine Consulting/ Blog/ Site

What is Batonnage?  It is the wine making operation of mixing up the lees (dead yeast cells from fermentation) in the barrel with the wine to release the mannoproteins, improving the flavor, mouthfeel, and stability of the wine.

Did that impress you?  How do I know this?  A close friend,  has fired up a site

If you're looking to host a wine event in the bay area, check out this site, or just email  and ask them your wine questions. 

In particular, check out the blog for helpful and timely tips.  My favorite for 2009 - Batonnage's take on the best value wines

Monday, March 2, 2009

Sunday Workout

Cardio:  Elliptical

Time taken = 75 minutes  (1 hr 15 min)

Calories burnt = 840

Distance covered = 7.21 miles

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Bushism Of The Week

"I have a different vision of leadership. A leadership is someone who brings people together."
Bartlett, Tennessee, 18 August, 2000

funny bush face

A link to the last Bushism Of The Week