Saturday, January 31, 2004

Blogging on CFP: WWW2004 Workshop on the Weblogging Ecosystem: Aggregation, Analysis and Dynamics

The International Conference on the World Wide Web has issued a call for papers for the 'Workshop on the Weblogging Ecosystem: Aggregation, Analysis and Dynamics'.

The Theme of the Workshop is research into the dynamics, sociology and mining of the blogsphere.

To quote directly
Weblogging has emerged in the past few years as a new grassroots publishing medium. Like electronic mail and the web itself, weblogging has taken off and by some estimates the number of weblogs is doubling every year. Recent estimates place the number of active weblogs at about 1.4 million.

The weblogging microcosm has evolved into a distinct form, into a community of publishers. The strong sense of community amongst bloggers distinguishes weblogs from the various forms of online publications such as online journals, 'zines and newsletters that flourished in the early days of the web and from traditional media such as newspapers, magazines and television. The use of weblogs primarily for publishing, as opposed to discussion, differentiates blogs from other online community forums, such as Usenet newsgroups and message boards. Often referred to as the blogsphere, the network of bloggers is a thriving ecosystem, with its own internally driven dynamics.

The cross-linking that takes place between blogs, through blogrolls, explicit linking, trackbacks, and referrals has helped create a strong sense of community in the weblogging world. There is work underway to understand the dynamics of the weblogging network, much of which springs from bloggers themselves. The self-publishing aspect of weblogs, the time-stamped entries, the highly interlinked nature of the blogging community and the significant impact of weblog content on politics, ideas, and culture make them a fascinating subject of study.

Important Dates
Deadline of electronic submission: March 12 , 2004
Author notification: April 14, 2004
Workshop: May 17 or 18, 2004

Friday, January 30, 2004

Today we had the TAXI dinner - the dinner of the Tamilian Association of XLRI. All of us tamilians dressed up in Vesti (i managed to borrow one from my Malayali friends) and the girls in Saris and served the others food. The food was amazing in taste but limited in quantity, and very little was remaining by the time it was 1 hour. But all the fellows appreciated the food. Even the faculty came and had dinner and it was appreciated. Next time we plan to hold it in a much grander scale.

Monday, January 26, 2004

Had our senior's nite, the farewell party we organize to our seniors on the eve of Republic Day. Went on great - had a couple of great skits and dances and of course, a couple of great pieces by the band out here - particularly payel - she played violin like a maestro. The most moving time was when the seniors got on stage and sang the xl song.
Also got to visit a play called Ralf-Ralf, organized by the British Council in Tata Audi - was interesting, even though couldn't understand it much :D
Well, updates from XL life ....

Virasat 2004 got over yesterday - a week long cultural festival organized by the SpicMacay chapter of XLRI and Jamshedpur in conjunction with chapters all over Jharkhand. It was a wonderful series of events with greats like Pt. Vinayak Torvi, Pt. Raghunath Prasad and the Dagars performing and giving us 10 wonderful evenings. Am part of spicmacay, so life was hectic the last 10 days, but now that it's over, it feels great to have organized something like this. I'll never forget running around arranging sound systems and standing back to watch nothing went wrong.

Incidentally, avartan - a dude out here :P - proved his workaholism - showed us how hyperactive he could get.

Wednesday, January 14, 2004

Blogging on MSNBC - Kodak to stop selling traditional cameras

Interestingly, Eastman Kodak has decided to stop selling traditional film cameras in the US. So, the film is on its way out. A wise move i believe, the comfort offered by a digital camera is uncomparable by a digital one - no hassles with buying and developing film and so easy to share to all. Even, out here we in XLRI are more impressed with digicams than with the traditional ones - almost every new one bought these days is a digicam - and they are very handy, particularly when one wants an instant snap.

However, the technology needs to improve a lot - which i'm sure it will. The costs of digicams are already coming down and soon i'm sure the digicam is going to rule the picture world.
Found a rather interesting software to learn about Options and the strategies of using them - has a 30 day trial version.


Monday, January 12, 2004

Blogging on OSDL goal: $10M defense fund for Linux users - Computerworld ....

Apparently, OSDL is planning to set up a $10 mn legal defense fund for helping companies sued by SCO for using Linux.

SCO is committing religious sacrilege :|
Blogging on - Investment research may cost Morgan Stanley $38.5M ...

A rather interesting turn of developments, with Morgan Stanley being asked to pay 30 million euros ($38.5million) in damages to the french luxury goods maker LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton, due to an analyst's report which hurt the company !!!

Apparently, Morgan Stanley in 1999 had helped Gucci avoid a takeover by LMVH and MoSt is alleging that LMVH is taking revenge for that!

But a rather shocking development, since if a company were asked to pay compensation for research reports it publishes that apparently hurt a company, it would be the end of all research in companies - surely against free speech - and free beer :)

Sunday, January 11, 2004

Blogging on 'India top entrepreneurial country' - The Times of India

India, with more than 85 million businesses, is the most entrepreneurial country by volume, says a new study.

Worldwide, the researchers of the study estimated, about 297 million people in the 41 countries surveyed were trying to develop 192 million businesses past their initial launch.

Saturday, January 10, 2004

Some random rambling .... :)

What is complexity?: Complexity can then be characterized by lack of symmetry or "symmetry breaking", by the fact that no part or aspect of a complex entitity can provide sufficient information to actually or statistically predict the properties of the others parts. This again connects to the difficulty of modelling associated with complex systems.