Wednesday, July 23, 2008

peek into campfire

wrote a small web app a couple of weeks ago, to aggregate messages from all rooms of a campfire account. its called peek into campfire :-)

we use campfire on our current project at eos, to help us be up to date with everything that's happening on the project. its a really nice way to communicate when the team is very distributed, like in our case. we have people working in 2 offices in bangalore, one guy in pune and the client folks in california.

we have setup our campfire account to have one room per person in the project. everyone writes about the stuff they are working on, in their own rooms and also reply or comment on others' updates. the painful part of using campfire though, was viewing everyone's transcripts. campfire shows one transcript per day per room, and that means we need to click open these transcripts, every few hours. That's a lot of tabs and it gets even worse when you see that quite a few of the transcripts just have messages indicating people entering or leaving the room.

so thought a little screen scraping would be useful and created peek into campfire. its a rails app that uses mechanize and hpricot to do the scraping. it was good fun scraping and re-organizing campfire data. all the clean html from 37signals surely helps :-) another nice tool i discovered while doing this little project was heroku. they surely have made it easy to deploy and fix issues by directly editing your code online. git access to the deployed code makes it even more smooth.

Friday, November 02, 2007

newly born

two new guys have entered my brother vivek and his wife suman's life in the last 6 months...
my little nephew anish :-)

and a brand new company :-)

being a part of a new company was always going to be exciting... but the freedom i experienced to approach, design and implement the app was awesome ! and of course it was damn nice to actually complete and deliver a project ! even though the project was similar to the kinda stuff we do in thoughtworks, the experience of taking on the entire responsibility (now thats a lie, i ran to my brother for every small decision) of a project was a first.

i am back to working on my initial project ideas, now with a company backing my effort... im still as confused about what i want to do as i was when i quit thoughtworks... but still as excited to discover it :-)

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Thursday, April 19, 2007

quit thoughtworks

its almost 2 months since that happened... never blogged about it... but its one of those things that you have to blog about... initially i thought i ll write a detailed post with the reasons and my half baked plans, then i thought i'll write an emotional one, then a funny one... but now i have had enough of thinking about it... so there you go... i just put it in the title :-)

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Friday, April 13, 2007

in the bangalore photography festival

7 of my snaps have been selected for display in the bangalore photography festival :-)
looks like they have been very linient in their selection... heard that there are around 200 snaps just in the amateur category

you can see them at the Leela Galleria on airport road for the whole of next week ... 15th to the 20th of this month from 3:00pm to 8:00 pm
as i know now, the festival has been divided into two sections each showing a different set of categories:

the first 3 days will feature categories like nature, sports, fashion, social issues

the next 3 days will show people, culture and bangalore

and the last 2 days, on 21st and 22nd (next
saturday and sunday), will feature the best of the lot from all categories.

Monday, March 26, 2007

small teams rock !

they are playing a two hour video on this topic in the theatres :-) check it out !

Thursday, February 01, 2007

vidya balan is not a person

vidya balan is a feeling :-) a good feeling

it feels like vidya balan...
when you see a beautiful girl,
when you see small methods in small classes,
in a cool breeze,
in a positive moment,
when you keep bare feet in cold river water :-)

Friday, October 13, 2006

neel and me

It's almost un-f
air how easily he can make people smile.

My six-month old nephew neel has been awesome fun to hang out with...
he tries to eat anything you give him...
loves any kinda sound...
and just like me... he can watch crap on TV for hours together :-)