Archive | February 2009

calendar cup

This past Sunday, I was attending BarCamp in Miami which was insane. It was my first BarCamp and I was totally blown away. The ease with which people come together and sort out the sessions. After that everything goes in order. Its so beautifully handled because everybody has clear time guidelines and the simplest of board calendars. People wrote times and sessions they’re interested in on phones, netbooks and even coffee cups. Glad I got this shot.

munky had an excellent first barcamp!

munky had an excellent first barcamp!

speak up

Kristina Halvorson was a speaker at FOWA (Future of Web Apps) in Miami. She was there to emphasize the significance of using the right copy for the web. My dad is from the Print industry and if there is something he has always stressed on me is the importance of copy. I wish I could have attended the workshop on web copy but alas I was torn between that and interface design tips from Daniel Burka. I chose the latter and it was a rewarding experience.

One thing that Kristina Halvorson stressed at conference was the need for more women to step forward. I agree with her. I know that tech events can be predominantly male audiences (and FOWA was no exception) but you are as welcome as the rest of us. If you think that we will think less of you is completely bullshit. I’m sure some developers and programmers might scoff at the idea of women knowing much about their craft but they are completely wrong. I don’t want to name-drop but it seems sometimes its warranted. All of you Mac developers out there, should think about Susan Kare. She is the person who designed many of the application icons, typefaces and even the Happy Mac icon for Apple.

So spread the word and tell women around you who are doing active work in web development and interface design to speak up and come out. The world is big enough for everyone and the more people on board will accelerate us faster towards innovations in our fields.

About the photograph: I shot this at FOWA. In the background is one of the slides from her presentation. Also kudos to her for making the PC community be seen too. I think she was the only speaker who used a PC.

munky is passing on the message of Kristina to all women!

munky is passing on the message of Kristina to all women!

peace yo!

Its been a day since I’ve returned from FOWA in Miami and I still can’t get over it. I would recommend attending FOWA (Future of Wep Apps) to anybody interested in web development and design. My friend’s cousin who lives in Miami took us out to lunch and I managed to grab this shot from his convertible. The driver of this 18 wheeler was very happy to give me this shot. This is the attitude I want from people in Ann Arbor, but I guess people here are just so upset by the weather that they frown when a lens is pointed their way.

So people of Ann Arbor, take a cue from this very nice man here!

munky says 'smile you're on candid camera!'

munky says 'smile you're on candid camera!'

stop duck

The city of Ann Arbor has seen a surge in ‘duck’ tags left across the city. Its on walls, doors, signs, mailboxes and even lamp posts. The aspect that people are not happy with though is that there is absolutely no art or sense to these placements. They all seem as a boisterous plan to brand ‘duck’ across the city. For all of us now the person behind the ‘duck’ tags is either a narcissistic obsessed with his duck personality or somebody who is trying to prove there is no bigger duck.

For more information on the ‘duck’ tags head here: https://munkybizness.wordpress.com/2008/11/05/duck-stop/

To download the wallpaper head here: http://mayankg.deviantart.com/art/stop-duck-113489705

munky is staring at the face.

munky is staring at the face.

old glory

I shot the star spangled banner flying in the wind at the diag. The diag flag is an impressive one. Its one of the largest flags I’ve witnessed, albeit smaller than the UAE flag in Dubai. I was especially pleased with the fact that I was able to capture the sunlight falling across. The ruffling fabric is another thing that I wanted to capture in motion as all the creases formed.

munky is getting a print for this shot!

munky is getting a print for this shot!

three unknowns

A few days ago when we still had snow covering the streets, I spotted these. I don’t know what they are. The shot tends to make them look slightly larger than they are. I might throw in dandelion to just say something for them, but I’m probably incorrect. I imagined dandelions to be light, feathery objects that would float in the air. So I’m pretty sure these aren’t dandelions. So what are they? Please put me out of my nomenclature and taxonomy miseries.

Whatever they are, nature managed to place them in a perfect harmony on the surface. I also have certain theories about the marks trailing theĀ  right two objects. I think, the wind rolled them over the surface creating those marks. Another contention is that squirrels probably checked them out. However the paths are so straight and do not extend to the right and so probably put the squirrel theory out of contention.

What do you think happened here? It might seem like a mundane question and a silly solution-based reasoning. However, when we can talk about the PC vs Mac war all day having absolutely no headway, this question doesn’t seem so trite anymore.

munky is wearing a philosopher's robe!

munky is wearing a philosopher's robe!

yes minister

When I looked at this shot, the first thing that came to my mind was the flattery subjected towards people in power. There is a submissive feel to the manner in which the squirrel stands. ‘Yes Minister’ and then later ‘Yes, Prime Minister’ are some of my favourite British tv shows. A similar version was adapted by Star TV for the Indian subcontinent. It was in Hindi and it was my first initiation to this plot. It was a strictly average fare though. The original tv show however is a masterpiece. Its an excellent execution of British comedy (which is mostly satire).

I have a rather important message for the squirrel though. There is no need to bow down to others unless they truly are good guidance. Make a stand for yourself. And finally, thank you for the shot.

munky says forget being a minion! Carpe Diem!

munky says forget being a minion! Carpe Diem!