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Vodacom Blue Bulls win Super 14

May 31, 2009 by  

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In yet another triumph the Vodacom Blue Bulls have won, for the second time, the Super 14. This team just gets better and better. Not only did they win the final against the Chiefs from New Zealand, they destroyed the Chiefs. The final score was an incredible 61-17. I’m not even sure who didn’t score for the Bulls. For me the stand-out performance came from Fourie Du Preez who will undoubtedly be the Springbok Scrumhalf for the British Lions tour coming up. image courtesy of Mail & Guardian
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Twitter’s Ev & Biz on NOW and the Future

May 31, 2009 by  

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On the coattails of Twitter getting a sweet feature in USA Today, Ev Williams and Biz Stone opened up the D Conference this past week, in the first of a series of fireside-chat like interviews. IMG_7872 The buzz of the conference following their appearance were filled with comments like: “yeah, the press are having a love fest with Twitter right now” and “it was so cool and authentic that they admitted that they just don’t have all the answers figured out yet,” to people throwing their own ideas out about what ‘they think’ Twitter’s new business model should be. Other visionaries just shrugged it off saying the business model will come – there’s tons of opportunities to make money. Focus on organizational structure and get the team and strategy right. As for the strategy, clearly there is more than one for the taking. But isn’t it all about apps, Walt and others wanted to know? IMG_7846 Third-party apps are already out there in abundance. Having gone through the search for simplifying my day on Twitter more than once, I’ve played with the freebies and questioned some that charge $100 or more for…

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The dynamic music of poetry

May 31, 2009 by  

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- Mrunalini
It is quite heartening to see that Telugu cultural meets these days are concentrating on music and literature. Not exclusively, but as one art. Whether it’s Carnatic classical or film music, or non-film music called Lalitha sangeetham, lyrics seem to have suddenly gained status as a very important aspect of music.
One always knew music without literature i would appeal only to a connoisseur and literature without music to a select few. Only when they come together does it become a wholesome art. They complement each other and enhance each other’s value. In fact, a good poet has something of a musician in him. As T S Eliot said in The Music of Poetry, “I think that a poet may gain much from the study of music… the properties in which music concerns the poet…are the sense of rhythm and the sense of structure…the use of recurrent themes is as natural to poetry as to music.” In one sense, maybe music is mass art, while literature is elite art. Many times literature becomes a mass art when it takes the help of music.
For instance, from the Bhakti movement to


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State 2nd in Telugu, no thanks to teacher

May 31, 2009 by  

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HOSUR: Nothing could prevent sincere students from victory. This was proved by a student from a backward hill hamlet in Denkanikotta taluk in Krishnagiri district.
ప్రశాంత్ కుమార్ (Prasanth Kumar) (15), attached to Government Higher Secondary School in Javalagiri near Denkanikotta, has bagged second rank at State level in Telugu subject in SSLC examinations.
What is special in this? He achieved the milestone when there was no teacher in the school to teach Telugu subject.
Many parts of Krishnagiri district comprise mixed multi-lingual population.
In several government schools in Hosur and Thally panchayat unions, the government has arranged for students to study Telugu and Kannada as their second language but there were no adequate teaching staff in most of the schools.
Even in Javalagiri Government School, there was no teacher. The teachers, with the help of non-governmental organisations (NGOs), used to teach students, but not regularly. Prasanth Kumar, hailing from backward T Sulagundam hill hamlet in Anchetty forest range, studied without any guidance from the teachers and secured 96 marks in Telugu.
Kumar’s


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D’s Opening Session

May 28, 2009 by  

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Ev Williams and Biz Stone on the D stage yesterday. IMG_7876 IMG_7873


A Chat with Yahoo’s Carol Bartz

May 27, 2009 by  

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WSJ’s Kara Swisher interviews Yahoo’s CEO and president Carol Bartz on the D7 stage in San Diego today. Is Yahoo a media or technology company? Carol shares the history with the audience of how she got to Yahoo and what motivated her to say yes, I’m on board. IMG_7968 When Yahoo execs first approached her late last fall, Carol wasn’t interested at first but after several conversations with them, she not only realized Yahoo’s potential but also thought that “it would be a lot of fun.” “It was a management issue,” she said. In addition to Yahoo needing some structure, she talks about what’s important for Yahoo today, such as really great video, social and community. On Google as a competitor, she says “they don’t have the reach we have, we’re different companies with very different positioning. In Asia, they like color; we want to be more personal and custom for people. We’re the company that people come to get informed, not just in search…with us, you also get a very local feel. We’re not a competitor to Facebook or Twitter….we all provide different functions for people.” Advertising comes up as a topic as…

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The Trouble with Twitter

May 27, 2009 by  

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For those of you, like me, who simultaneously loathe and love Twitter, you’ll love this clip. It was sent to me by friend of mine and fellow Capetonian Rob Broster who is of the former camp, without much of the latter. Oh and feel free to follow me on www.twitter.com/matthewbuckland (PS: Apologies for the double post on Twitter, but I’ve only just resuscitated my blog which flatlined yesterday).
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Israel’s Sense of Fashion Picks up Steam

May 26, 2009 by  

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Israel’s Sense of Fashion is starting to pick up steam. CEO and Founder Daria Shualy and her crew below in a creative shot that paints an image of their corporate culture and what they have to offer. SOFcrew Their vision is to create an online home for independent fashion designers, trendsetters, fans and shoppers. They don’t believe in an artificial separation between the different elements which compose the real live indie fashion scene, so the goal is to enable all these elements to come together in one place online. If you’re into indie fashion, whether you’re a designers, fashionistas or a student, you can show off your creations, personal style and style picks. You can also shop, sell, interact, influence and be inspired. For designers, Sense of Fashion provides an online shop with a live clientele base and access to clear and open communication with buyers, fans and other designers. For people interested in buying, you can tap into a massive gallery and shop for independent fashion, which will grow over time and include vintage and second hand, one-of originals and new unique designs. They do not currently charge a listing fee and they…

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