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Monday, 21 December 2009

these young people i tell you, never stop amazing me

Wednesday, 16 December 2009

ICIMOD and CICERO Event @The Bellona Room, Bella Centre on Wednesday, 16 December 2009 (11.15 am – 12.45 pm) - Facing the Challenges: Climate change adaptation in the greater Himalayas

Monday, 23 November 2009

anything to bungle up the negotiations :( some say it wasn't hackers but a whistle blower who was not happy with some aspects of the climate research

Have 8 Google wave accounts to dish out, anyone interested send me your Gmail ids ims

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

The revamped Google translate works wonders. I specified Nepali, gave me
Hindi.try 4 urself! ims blog

Wednesday, 2 September 2009

Worldlink's WORLD CALL = crappy advertising!

image via wordlink

This is Worldlink's pitch for a VOIP solution -"World Call" that it launched time ago.

The first thing that came to mind when I saw the hoarding board on a rooftop in New baneswor,
- "What a crappy piece of advertisement!" Continued

Wednesday, 12 August 2009

facebook lite! Got an invite but no preview, damn the slow internet :(

I got an invite to Facebook lite, today.

Here's what the text looked like...

“You have been selected as a beta tester for Facebook Lite!

We are building a faster, simpler version of Facebook that we call Facebook Lite. It’s not finished yet and we have plenty of kinks to work out, but we would love to get your feedback on what we have built so far.

Check out Facebook Lite now at”

It seems like I am among thousands of other Facebookers who got the invite to try out the new beta product. Mashable puts it as a new and direct shot over Twitter’s bow.

But I can't seem to make much of it because the Internet was pretty slow today. Friends in Kathmandu are also complaining, querying about the slow Internet.

One mentioned that this is due to a breakdown of a data centre in Taiwan ( which also happens to serve as our Internet backbone)

I Googled "Taiwan data centre Internet in Nepal slow " if its covered on Google news and this is what I got.

I guess the torrent download have to wait (not illegal btw, You wish!)

You might want to head over to Mashable to get to know the new Facebook lite

Monday, 27 July 2009

Panoramic image from Muktinath, Mustang

A compact digital camera, high resolution photos of landscapes from the Muktinath area, free software with a wonderful free algorithm.

What do you get?
A panoramic photo as a showcase for your blog! Hurray!

View from a bench inside the Mukti chhetra

I found this wonderful stitching software (Hugin) on  Wikipedia's  Graphics  labs. It allows you to stitch images together into one big panoramaic image (see above)

If you know what projections are and don't mind tinkering with software, a panoramic image is just a breeze.

P.S.: Would not recommend it if you are running low on processing power.

Wednesday, 8 July 2009

A longer than expected day hike!

A day hike from Lakuri bhanjyang to Godavari turned out longer than expected. This happened because of an unanticipated Pani Puja/Jatra that ensued at Godavari leading us to lengthen our hike another four or more kilometres all the way to Hari Siddhi. This was also partly due to the extended breaks the group took along the way and three stragglers (me included) who always fell behind.

A more detailed break down is available on the map. :D

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Wednesday, 17 June 2009

adaptation or mitigation?

I get confused by the whole adaption vs mitigation quagmire. Under which bandwagon are such actions like resorting to sustainable consumption, reducing our carbon footprints, switching to a local producers and minimising air travel (where applicable) classified?

My personal understanding is they are responses that we as individuals make in response to a stimuli (Climate change) hence is an adaption measure. But I guess we could pursue this debate endlessly.

What piques my interest is - having failed to take any adaptive/mitigative measures on our own, what will the "rural people" have to say when we "experts/urbanites" extend our expertise on adaptive measures?

what do you think?

Wednesday, 13 May 2009

naturally Nepal

I didn't get the joke at first but was cracking up later! Read the text I am sure you will get it too!

Thursday, 5 February 2009

been busy, but did precious little!

My rants haven't surfaced on the blogosphere this new year, mainly because I have been busy. :(

I haven't been working 24/7 this past month - I simply haven't had the opportunity. As a matter of fact, I got very little done this past month. And yes, the primary reason has been this rather intermittent supply of electricity that has engulfed my country. Tuning my biological clock to the rather awkward timings of the NEA issued load shedding schedules to catch up on work, emails, readings and my word processing needs ( which did require waking up at wee hours in the night to use the computer), I simply haven't had the time or the motivation to blog this past month.

There have been a few incidents worthy of blogging like the mention of my earlier post on the national crisis at global voices, scoring 117 on the internet based TOEFL after having had very little time to prepare and almost losing my deaf dog's limb due to carelessness and dawdling.

But with a fixed window of opportunity provided in shifts of four hours each to a total of eight hours in a day, you can do very little and blogging comes in the least priority zone. And having to juggle those precious few hours (read moments) with your siblings on semester break who desperately want to watch the Korean flick recently procured from Maha Boudha and check up on Facebook, or your little cousins on holiday (little imps who come rushing into your room carrying a cartoon flick pestering you to put it on for them at the slightest hint of the electricity) in between your own needs becomes a nightmare.

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