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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Feeling for Pakistan

So, India did manage to win the first World T20. Great!! Congrats to the Indian team and every supporter of theirs!! I watched the match with a friend of mine and I was telling him that I will feel bad for whoever ends up losing the game, specially in a close encounter. So, here we are, close encounter and Pakistan end up on the losing side. Feel really bad for them, and more so for Misbah. I guess, he is going to win a lot of matches for them in the future, but surely, he is gonna be feeling very bad about this.

Having said that, I made 60,000 Chips on Cricket Betting, the cool app on facebook, which was developed partially by me. There were millions of chips bets on the match and I ended up making 160,000 on the 100,000 Chips I bet. It was real cool.

And here is a joke on the match by my colleague Midhun:


Misbah thought he was sending the ball to a place where there was no one.

He did not know that there is a Malayalee in every corner of the world!!!

ps: No prizes for guessing that Midhun is a Mallu.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Indo-Pak final

Ok cool, so we have a final clash between India and Pakistan in the ICC World T20. Fans through out the subcontinent are going to be up and supporting their teams - India or Pakistan depending on where they are from.

Both these teams meeting in the final brings together many aspects of this great leveler game. Think about it, both these teams had been pushed out the ODI world cup earlier this year by minnows and here they are, a few months later, fighting it out for the next major tournament in Cricket. Both these teams have reached the final by defeating some big names and deserve to be out there tonight.

But the similarities don't stop there. Here's a look at all similarities between these teams:
  • Both teams were pushed out of the ODI WC.
  • Both lost their coaches since th WC, Pakistan losing Bob Woolmer to death and India losing Greg Chapel to resignation.
  • Both have had captaincy changes - Shoaib Malik for Pak and MS Dhoni for India.
  • Both captains could not have been imagined a few months back - neither Shoaib Malik nor MS Dhoni were in the reckoning, but were pushed because of Younis Khan declining captaincy and Dravid declining to play in T20 WC.
  • Both teams have had scandals and issues back home. Pakistant has had issues with Inzamam stepping aside, Younis Khan declining captaincy, Shoaib Akthar running into all sorts of problems. India has had Dravid recently resign, BCCI has been challenged by ICL and India has not able to find a coach for its cricket team.
  • Both teams had their key players missing since their ODI WC team - Pak has lost Inzamam, Mohd Yousuf and Shoaib (though official Shoias was not a part of their WC team, I'll include him) and India had their big three (Sachin, Sourav and Dravid) and Zaheer Khan resting for this tournament.
The two teams are equally stacked up against each other and I really hope it goes to the wire. I am naturally going to be supporting India, but for me, a washout leading to splitting the honors seems to be the best result.

ps: I watched the match against Australia with three Sardarjis - Amanjeet, Amarjeet and Harmanjeet. It was so much fun to watch it with them, specially when two Punjabis were firing on the field - Yuvi and Bhajji. Bhajji even did a short Bhangra which we all replicated in our TV room. It was real fun, believe me.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Facebook frustrates developers

Mock AJAX, one of the ways in which you can use JavaScript on Facebook apps, and the method that was most encouraged by Facebook, has been down. Interestingly, only the Mock AJAX is down and not the rest of the API or the site. Read more about it. Interestingly, if you use apps.beta.facebook.com instead of apps.facebook.com, Mock AJAX also works. Funny, though not for developers.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Facebook down

In the last few weeks I have been working on developing a bunch of facebook applications. Among them are "Apples n Oranges" and "Sports Betting". So, my normal work day starts by logging in to Facebook and doing a status check. It seems that facebook is down. What a shame. As my collegue Krishna says - "There are thousands of company who are losing money when facebook goes down."

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